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2015-2016 Iowa Bicycle Map now available

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July 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation is now distributing the 2015-2016 Iowa Bicycle Map.Bike map Officials say the popular publication has been updated to show new 4-foot or wider paved shoulders and recreational trails completed since the 2012 version was published. As in past versions, the map highlights bike-friendly routes when traveling on two wheels through Iowa by identifying bike trails and traffic levels on all paved roads. The map also includes insets of Iowa’s 16 largest cities.

A person riding a bicycle on a public road has all the rights, and is required to know and obey all traffic laws and rules of the road, applicable to the driver of a motor vehicle. To assist bicyclists in understanding their rights and responsibilities, a section of the map is dedicated to highlighting rules of the road for bicyclists. Bicyclists are urged to always wear helmets, use lights at night, and watch out for road hazards, including parallel-slat sewer grates, gravel, sand, and debris.

The 2015-2016 Iowa Bicycle Map is available online at www.iowadot.gov/iowabikes/bikemap.aspx or by calling the Iowa Department of Economic Development’s Iowa Tourism Office at 515-725-3084 or 888-472-6035.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 7/13/2015

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July 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

More area and State news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Southwest Iowa church celebrates 100th anniversary

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July 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

IMOGENE, Iowa (AP) – A southwest Iowa church has celebrated its 100th birthday with an event that drew hundreds of people. Des Moines television station KCCI-TV reports that about 700 people attended a dinner gathering Saturday at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Imogene. The church is one of the oldest in southwest Iowa.

The town has shrunk to less than half the size it was 100 years ago, and many church members come from surrounding counties. Margaret Laughlin, the parish’s secretary and historian, says the church altar traces its history back to the founding pastor, Edmond Hayes.

2 arrested on drug charges in Creston

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July 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Two people were arrested over the weekend on drug charges, in Creston. Authorities say 21-year old Tyler Kimball, of Creston, was arrested Sunday afternoon on a warrant out of Minnesota, for a Controlled Substance Crime in the 5th Degree. Kimball was being held in the Union County Jail while awaiting a bond hearing. And, early Saturday morning, 31-year old Jaime Torres, of Creston, was arrested on a charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana – 2nd offense. He was later released on $1,000 bond.

Also on Saturday, 26-year old Blake Gunter, of Creston, was arrested on a Union County warrant for Violating his Probation on a original charge of 3rd Degree Sexual Abuse. Gunter was later released on $1,000 bond.

Last Friday, 45-year old Randy Wagaman, of College Springs, was arrested in Creston on a Union County warrant for Failure to Appear in Court on a Contempt Hearing. Wagaman was being held in the Union County Jail while serving a 25-day sentence.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 7/13/2015

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July 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:05-a.m. report w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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Fire heavily damages NW Iowa feed mill & elevator

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July 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Firefighters from six northwest Iowa communities were called to Ireton about 9 last night (Sunday) to fight a fire in a feed mill and grain elevator. Ireton Fire Chief Rich Steckelberg says he believes the fire at the Deluxe Feed Incorporated may have started in the electrical room. Smoke could be seen billowing from the structure. An aerial truck provided by the Sioux Center Fire Department, was used to spray water on the four-story high feed mill, and firefighters were seen dismantling the metal walls to have better access to the fire.

Firefighters were not only battling the blaze, but also the heat and humidity. Several firefighters were suffering from heat exhaustion and were seen taking frequent breaks. Ireton Ambulance and Sioux Center Ambulance crew members were checking the firefighters’ vital signs. Several Ireton townspeople not only were watching the fire, but assisted the firefighters by providing bottled water to drink and wet towels which was placed on the firefighters’ heads.

Steckelberg said the state fire marshal will arrive on Monday to help with the investigation. Firefighters were at the scene the entire night. There were no injuries reported. Damage estimates due to the fire may run into the tens of thousands of dollars.

(Radio Iowa)

Arthritis in Iowa: 2,800 Kids Among Those Afflicted

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July 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa – July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month, and while arthritis is most often associated with older adults, children can also be affected. Corrine Grace, community engagement director in Iowa and Nebraska for the Arthritis Foundation, says early diagnosis and treatment are key, and one thing to watch for is what one may first believe to be so-called growing pains.

“We now know that symptoms of joint pain, swelling, stiffness, fatigue are early signals of an inflammatory rheumatic disease and that requires medical treatment,” she points out. Juvenile arthritis is not a disease itself, but an umbrella term used to describe the many autoimmune and inflammatory conditions that can develop in people under age 18.

Nationwide, about 300,000 children are affected, including 2,800 in Iowa. No known cause has been pinpointed for most forms of juvenile arthritis, but Grace says research points toward a genetic predisposition. “There has been a lot of work done in terms of genetics, trying to determine what are those genetic markers that might be causing juvenile arthritis, but there’s also research that suggests that environmental factors can play a role,” she states.

(Iowa News Service)

Atlantic School Board regular meeting tonight (7/13)

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July 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Community School District’s Board of Education will hold their its regular monthly meeting this evening (Monday), in the Media Center, at the High School. The meeting begins at 7:30. During the session, the Board will act on items as part of their Consent Agenda, including: Open enrollment requests; General Education & Special Education contracts; Amended Contracts and/or Letters of Assignment; Volunteer coaching positions; And, any resignations.

Other actions items include approval of: A fuel bid for 2015-16; A bid for the bleachers at the Schuler Elementary School; High School Parking Lot repair bid; The District’s Affirmative Action Plan; 2015-16 Student Handbooks; A Leave of Absence for Jeremy Blake; IASB Legislative Priorities; Bank Depository Limits for 2016; 2015-16 Board Meeting & Work Session Master Calendars; And, approval of Cooperative Sharing Agreements.

During the Discussion portion of the meeting, and prior to adjournment, the Atlantic School Board will talk about Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein’s goals for the 2015-16 school year.

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., July 13, 2015

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July 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The backyard of Iowa’s historic governor’s mansion is about to get a major facelift, with a new reflecting pool and vintage style greenhouse. Jeff Boeyink, a former chief of staff to Governor Terry Branstad who heads up a fundraising effort, says both projects will be privately funded.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Family members of a Davenport man who was fatally shot are working to keep his case in the public eye. The Quad-City Times reports that relatives of Justin J. McBridge held a vigil Saturday to mark the six-month anniversary of the day he was found dead in his apartment of a gunshot wound.

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) — Motorcyclists have rallied in an eastern Iowa town to honor two cousins who were abducted and killed three years ago. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier says the third annual “Memorial Ride and Drive for the Girls” drew supporters Saturday to mark the anniversary of the day 10-year-old Lyric Cook-Morrissey and 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins were taken. The Evansdale girls disappeared on July 13th, 2012 sparking a massive search that ended tragically when their bodies were discovered on December 5th, 2012 in Bremer County.

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) — Police say they plan to ticket a motorist who crashed into a southern Iowa stadium building. The Courier newspaper reports that the driver went through a chain-link fence at Schafer Stadium in Ottumwa on Saturday and struck the facility’s newest building. The driver was taken by ambulance to a local hospital.

MN man injured in Pott. County rollover crash, Sunday

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July 12th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A man from Minnesota who was a passenger in a vehicle that rolled over Sunday afternoon in Pottawattamie County, was transported by helicopter to a hospital in Omaha. The Iowa State Patrol says 34-year old James Vocelka, of Park Rapids, MN., suffered possible, serious injuries and was taken to Creighton University Medical Center following the crash that happened at around 1:10-p.m. on northbound Interstate 29, near the I-680 split.

Authorities say Vocelka was a passenger in a pickup truck that was struck from behind by another vehicle. After the impact, the pickup went out of control, entered the ditch and rolled onto its side. Neither the driver of the pickup, 34-year old Candace Schilling, of Osage, MN., nor the driver of the other vehicle, 29-year old Joseph Victor, of Council Bluffs, were injured.