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Shelby County Fire Danger is MODERATE this week (3/9-12)

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March 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Shelby County is entering its Spring Fire Season. Emergency Management Coordinator Bob Seivert says there is an abundance of dead material that is in the process of fully drying out. With limited access to fields due to thawing conditions, Seivert says they are going to start their bi-weekly updates to our Fire Danger Boards. Updates are Tuesday, and Thursday of each week.  From now through Thursday, Seivert is asking local businesses and fire departments to place their “Fire Danger” Boards into the MODERATE category. The next update on fire conditions will be Thursday morning.

Shelby County has four color coded distinct levels:

LOW – You are asked to call in and report your burning projects to dispatch at 712-755-2124, and notify your local Fire Chief.
ModerateYou are asked to call in and report your burning projects to dispatch at 712-755-2124, and notify your local Fire Chief. Timing for burns should be morning, or evening hours and extinguished by dark unless authorized by Fire Chief due to possible impacts to roads and health from smoke. Burns must be monitored at all times.
High Burning of any kind is restricted unless approval is received from local Fire Chief. Controlled burns that are not reported will result in Fire Department being dispatched, and fires extinguished if determined to be un-safe. Please call 712-755-2124 with questions.
Extreme – Burning is prohibited, unless you have a signed permit from the local Fire Chief. Fires on Extreme days can grow rapidly and pose a risk to the Health and Safety of the Community. Citations can be issued if burning without permission.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Shelby County Emergency Management Agency at 712-755-2124.

Frontier Airlines says it won’t be returning to Sioux City

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March 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Frontier Airlines has confirmed that it won’t be resuming service at the Sioux City airport. In October the company stopped its Denver service from Sioux Gateway Airport. In a statement Monday, Frontier said it had relied on connecting passengers flowing through Denver, but it now is focused on city-to-city service. The airline says Sioux City doesn’t fit into that business strategy.

Sioux Gateway’s only carrier is American Airlines, which offers two daily flights to and from O’Hare in Chicago. Airport officials have said they’re seeking other airlines to offer Sioux City service.

(Podcast) 8-a.m. KJAN News, 3/10/2015

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March 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

With Ric Hanson.

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Omaha-Council Bluffs aims to be among world’s top agri-business metro areas

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March 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Poised in the nation’s heartland between two big farm states, Omaha-Council Bluffs officials hope to benefit from the region’s strong agricultural sector to become one of the world’s top five agri-business leaders. Randy Thelen, senior vice president at the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, sees value-added agriculture as a key to making the metro area a global leader in food processing, biofuels and biochemicals.  “We’ve seen tremendous growth of the Cargill campus up in Blair over the years,” Thelen says. “We want to see that continue to grow and we see a new wave of investment taking place across the country in that space and we want to be a leader in that.”

Thelen says other opportunities include the growing precision agriculture industry as well as managing the huge amount of data collected to aid modern ag practices. Thelen says, “How can we best translate the data that’s being collected today in a meaningful way that provides better abilities to manage the farms, manage these businesses around the world, not just here locally, but around the world?”

Thelen says the region’s strong agricultural sector provides urban centers with great opportunities to foster agri-businesses.

(Radio Iowa)

Manpower survey: 25% of Iowa businesses expect to add workers

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March 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

One-quarter of the businesses in the state have plans to hire more employees, according to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey released today (Tuesday). Manpower spokesperson Karen Miller says the survey covers employers’ staffing plans for the months of April, May and June. Twenty-five-percent of the companies interviewed plan to hire more workers. “We had another 70-percent that expect to maintain their current staffing levels,” Miller says. “So, we’re looking at a solid 95-percent of employers that are maintaining their workforces or adding.”

Just three-percent of the companies surveyed indicated they’ll decrease staff levels in the months ahead. The last survey conducted by Manpower, released back in December, found 21-percent of Iowa businesses planned to add workers between January and March.  “First quarter was good, but second quarter is looking fantastic for those job seekers out there,” Miller says.

Another report released last week also indicated Iowa employers are optimistic about boosting their workforces. The Iowa Business Council survey found 55-percent of the CEOs of the state’s largest businesses anticipate hiring more employees over the next six months, while 40-percent expect “no change” in employment levels.

(Radio Iowa)

Lawn & garden tractor stolen from Creston Business

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March 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A business in Creston has reported to police some stole a lawn and garden tractor sometime over the course of the past week. Agrivision at 801 W. Taylor Street reported Monday afternoon, that a John Deere L-120 lawn and garden tractor was stolen sometime between March 3rd and 9th. The loss was estimated at $1,500.

(Podcast) KJAN News & funeral report, 3/10/2015

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March 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:07-a.m. report w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Atlantic Kiwanis donate playground equipment near Little League Park

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March 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Kiwanis Organization has agreed to pay for the installation of playground equipment near the Little League ballpark. Parks and Rec Director Roger Herring said the group asked the City to play a role in the process. The Kiwanis want the City to maintain the playground equipment. Herring said the answer to that is “…of course, yes.” A rubber matting will be laid down as a cushion to prevent injury if a child should fall near the equipment.

The group will give the Parks and Rec Department money that’s been raised. Herring will then order the equipment and the Department will oversee its installation. The Parks and Rec Board approved the proposal as presented.

Des Moines water supplier to vote on lawsuit over nitrates

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March 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Des Moines Water Works board has scheduled a vote on whether to sue three northern Iowa counties, alleging that they are responsible for the high nitrate levels in rivers the utility uses for water. The board’s meeting agenda for Tuesday afternoon indicates a closed session to discussion potential litigation. The board is expected to publicly vote to sue Calhoun, Buena Vista and Sac counties.

In January it sent a notice of intent to sue, which is part of a procedure outlined in the federal Clean Water Act. The counties oversee 10 drainage districts north of Des Moines that help move water from fields. The lawsuit will claim the drainage districts are the same as city wastewater treatment plants and should be regulated.

Atlantic Parks and Rec Board approves engineering services contract for Dog Park

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March 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Parks and Rec Board Monday evening, approved an engineering services contract with Snyder and Associates for the layout and surveying of a land at the Schildberg Recreation Area, for the Buck Creek Dog Park project. Parks and Rec Director Roger Herring and Assistant Director Seth Staashelm spent time with Mayor Dave Jones, City Administrator John Lund and City Clerk Deb Field, discussing options for funding the project from Local Option Tax and Hotel-Motel Tax revenue.

Snyders will prepare a plan drawing for the proposed dog park fencing, and bid documents with sufficient detail to obtain competitive quotes within about two-weeks. Their fee for the service is $850. Herring said in discussions with the County Engineer with regard to moving the now closed Buck Creek Bridge to another location nearby, he’s learned the move – which will not likely take place for at least five to 10-years – will not affect the size of Dog Park.

The Parks Board also approved a contract with Snyder’s for the Sunnyside Park Shelter Replacement Project, which includes a topographic survey of the area in preparation for a site plan, a detailed grading and paving plan for the shelter pad and access drive, and bid documents. The cost of the service is $2,850.

In other business, a local troop of Girl Scout Cadets has approached the City with a service project to eliminate second-hand smoke at the Sunnyside Park Kiddie Korral and other areas of the park. Herring told the Troop that the City of Atlantic, last year, rejected efforts to establish an ordinance banning smoking in the Parks, because of the legalities involved.

In a meeting with the Cadette Troop, Herring suggested they find a way to appeal to smokers’ sense of decency and courtesy. He said the Parks Board would be willing to post a sign about the dangers of smoking if the Cadettes come up with a catchy slogan to make their point without being overbearing.

The kids came up with three slogans, which the Assistant Parks Director Seth Staashelm suggested be combined into one. The slogan suggested was “Kids in the park like to breathe clean air, Be aware of your surroundings. Please don’t smoke around the playgrounds.” Once the signs and design are created by the Troop, they will need to make a presentation before the Parks Board, which includes a sample design for the signs. It’s unclear how soon signs may be put in-place, because the concept is still in its formulative stages.