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Ice jam brings troubles with both low & high water

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January 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Bitter cold temperatures are creating a different kind of problem in the Siouxland area. Officials with the U-S Army Corps of Engineers are looking at options for various ways to break up a large ice jam on the Missouri River between Ponca, Nebraska, and Sioux City, Iowa. Water levels are dropping down-river and may cut off water supplies to several communities, as their intakes could soon be above the water line.

The Corps is boosting releases from Gavins Point Dam in hopes of making up for the low levels. Of course, that means trouble upriver, as the ice dam is forcing water to pool and the river level is rising, along with fears of flooding.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa, Nebraska form new economic partnership

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January 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Business leaders in Iowa and Nebraska are joining forces to promote economic development in the Omaha-Council Bluffs area.   Govs. Terry Branstad and Dave Heineman signed an agreement Friday to add Advance Southwest Iowa Corp., a new public-private partnership, to the Greater Omaha Economic Development Partnership. The group includes business leaders from Douglas, Cass, Washington, Dodge and Sarpy counties in Nebraska.

David Brown, president of the Great Omaha Chamber of Commerce, says the partnership will work to market the area for new business investment and expansion.  Pete Tulipana, president and CEO of the Iowa West Foundation, says about 18,000 Council Bluffs residents cross the Missouri River each day to work in Omaha, and roughly 6,000 employees travel from Omaha to work in Council Bluffs.

HCHS “Teal Out” takes place Saturday

News, Sports

January 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Harlan Community School District plans to recognize the importance of Ovarian Cancer Awareness with a “Teal Out,” this Saturday. During a doubleheader basketball game against Council Bluffs/Abraham Lincoln, the Cyclones will hold the “teal out” to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer. There will also be a personal story told by Earling native and survivor of ovarian cancer, Nadine Kenkel.

Kenkel is an advocate for the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition. She says Ovarian Cancer is a silent killer. “And that is because there is not a screening tool to detect ovarian cancer in its early stages. A screening tool example would be a pap smear to detect cervical cancer, a mammogram for breast cancer and a psa for men for prostate cancer.” 

A foundation was developed recently called Colleen’s Dream to create a screening tool for Ovarian Cancer. The foundation was started by Harlan Community graduate Billy Cundiff, whose mother in law passed away from the disease in February 2013. During the ball games, bracelets and t-shirts will be on sale along with a raffle drawing for a 32” TV donated by Bonsall’s TV and Appliance in Dunlap. A bucket run will take place at halftime of the boy’s game along with Kenkel speaking to the crowd. Kenkel says there are three goals for the Teal Out.

“One of them is to increase awareness for ovarian cancer. Another one is to educate women on early signs and symptoms for ovarian cancer. And then lastly to collect monetary donations to fund research which will find a screening tool to detect ovarian cancer in its early stages.”

The double header basketball game at the Harlan Community High School will tip off at 4-pm, with the girls’ game followed by the boys’ game on Saturday.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

Iowa blood bank puts out plea for donors

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January 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

January is national blood donor month. Stacy Sime — the manager of a center that supplies blood to more than 90 hospitals in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota — says every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. “Donors of LifeServe Blood Center in 2013 impacted over half a million lives,” she says. “We feel like we’re a vital part of the health care community and creating a healthy state of Iowa.”

The LifeServe Blood Center is located in Des Moines, but holds blood drives throughout the three-state region. It is one of the 15 largest blood centers in the country and Iowa Governor Terry Branstad toured the facility Thursday after signing a proclamation about blood donor month. “Every day approximately 38,000 pints of blood are needed to maintain a safe and adequate blood supply,” Branstad says. “Yet only 10 percent of the population eligible to give blood do so annually.”

Branstad says his wife, Chris, is a “real regular blood donor” who used to co-chair blood drives when they lived in Lake Mills. The governor describes himself as an “occasional” blood donor.

(Radio Iowa)

Omaha man arrested on burglary charge in Mills County

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January 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Mills County report the arrest Thursday morning, of 41-year old Christopher Robert Reents, of Omaha. Reents was taken into custody at around 8:17-a.m. on a charge of Attempted burglary in the 3rd degree. His bond was set at $2,000.

Soiree With the Swans… CHANGE OF VENUE!

Ag/Outdoor, News

January 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Naturalist Lora Kanning reports there is a change of venue for Saturday’s “Soiree with the Swans,” in Atlantic, due to the extremely cold weather. Instead of being held at the Schildberg Quarry Recreational Area, Kanning’s 10-minute presentations regarding the Trumpeter Swans will be held at the Atlantic Public Library, from 11:30 a.m-to 1:00 p.m. ,with a light lunch available.

Hot chocolate, cookies, Sandwiches, and other snacks will be provided free of charge with donations being accepted (for swan care).The event is being sponsored by the Cass County Conservation Board, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and the Atlantic Public Library.

 

Coldest air in a decade headed for Iowa, NWS says

News, Weather

January 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say even colder weather has been detected on its way to much of Iowa and the Midwest.  In an urgent winter weather message, the National Weather Service warned Friday morning that more life-threatening cold will hit the region Saturday night or Sunday morning. The service says temperatures could plummet to minus 30 and wind child readings could reach minus 60 and remain dangerously low through Tuesday morning. The service says “this will be the coldest air seen across the area since February 1996.”

Most of Iowa is in a deep freeze Friday morning. The weather service reported overnight lows of minus 20 in Waterloo, for example. In Des Moines the low temperature of minus 6 overnight has risen 3 above zero.

Emerald Ash Borer is Here- Now What

Ag/Outdoor, News

January 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach along with Iowa Department of Natural Resources, will host an informational meeting concerning the presence of emerald ash borer (EAB), an exotic, destructive insect of ash trees. EAB now has been positively identified in five Iowa locations, most recently in Creston.

Mark Shour, Iowa State University Extension & Outreach Entomologist, says “These meetings are designed to provide helpful, usable information to prepare for one of the most destructive insects to hit the urban forest in decades.”

The meeting will be held from 6-to 7:30-pm January 9th, at the Supertel Inn & Conference Center (800 Laurel Street), in Creston. It is designed for those in the green industry, homeowners and others interested in the topic. There is no charge to attend, and pre-registration is not required. For more information call ISU Extension and Outreach – Union County at 641-782-8426.

 

Shelby County Supervisors elect officers

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January 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Shelby County Supervisors have elected board member Steve Kenkel as the new chairman for the 2014 meetings. In a regular meeting Thursday, the board voted to move Kenkel into the chairman position and Charlie Parkhurst to Vice-Chairman.

In other business, the board awarded Commercial Construction Inc. for the North Linden Road Bridge. The bid for the project was $510,832.09. The final motion before adjourning the meeting was to purchase a new tandem axle truck for the Shelby County Engineer’s Office. The Supervisors received three bids for the semi-tractor capable of converting into a dump truck for snow removal purposes.

The bids ranged from $151,898 from Omaha Truck Center, $110,250 from Cornhusker International and the lowest bid from Wise-Mack Inc. $109,921. The Supervisors approved the bid from Wise-Mack for the 2014 Mack tandem axle truck.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

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January 3rd, 2014 by Chris Parks

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