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Missouri River opens for boat traffic

Ag/Outdoor, News

October 10th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Missouri River in Iowa is open for boaters again. Boats have been off-limits all summer because of flooding. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says Monday that the Missouri River as well as the Big Sioux River in northwest Iowa are now open. The agency says with fall fishing picking up and the second duck season a few weeks ago, the rivers could get busy. Officials are urging boaters to be careful because the river level is still high, and there are many obstacles under the surface, including logs and sandbars. Most of the public access areas on the Missouri River remain closed, but the DNR is working to clean and inspect the boat ramps and parking lots, which will reopen as conditions allow.

Traffic moving on I-29 after months of flooding

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October 10th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Traffic is moving again on Interstate 29 in southwest Iowa after four months of long detours because of flooding on the Missouri River. The Iowa Department of Transportation opened I-29 from near Pacific Junction to the Missouri border on Saturday. It ended a detour to Kansas City, Mo., that stretched hundreds of miles through central Iowa via Interstate 35. There are still a few traffic snarls around Hamburg to deal with, but drivers say it’s better than before. Georgia Wolt, of Sioux Falls, S.D., travels south to see her sons, and says her trip has been cut by about 1 1/2 hours. Road crews are focusing on repairing I-680 north of Council Bluffs, and hope to reopen a 3-mile stretch by late December.

Person fatally injured by train in Council Bluffs

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October 10th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Council Bluffs police have released the name of a man who died after he was hit by a train. Police on Monday identified the man as 50-year-old Donald Blakeman, of Council Bluffs. Witnesses told police that Blakeman was hit Sunday night as he tried to cross the tracks. Police say video from the train confirms those accounts. Blakeman was taken to a hospital in Omaha, Neb., where he died.

Chalices stolen from Council Bluffs church

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October 10th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Council Bluffs police are investigating the theft of two chalices valued at $5,000 from a church. The Rev. Dan Kirby of the Corpus Christi Parish reported the silver and gold chalices were stolen from the Holy Family Church. Kirby told police the chalices, which were in a cupboard, were taken between 11 a.m. on Oct. 2 and 11 a.m. last Wednesday. No arrests have been reported.

Assault and disorderly conduct arrests in Atlantic

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October 10th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Two Atlantic men were arrested over the weekend. According to the Police Department, 40-year old Sean Brousseau, Sr., was arrested Friday, on a charge of Domestic Abuse Assault. And, on Sunday, 36-year old Russell Lower was taken into custody for Disorderly Conduct.

Both men were brought to the Cass County Jail and held pending an appearance before the magistrate.

Farming accident report near Oakland (ages corrected 9:45-a.m.)

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October 10th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

One person was injured during a farming accident over the weekend northeast of Oakland, in Pottawattamie County. Sheriff’s Department spokesman, Sgt. Dwayne Riche says a Case model 275 tractor owned by David Lee Applegate, of Oakland, and driven by 16-year old Cory Reichart, of Oakland, was backing up to a trailer, under the direction of 18-year old Collin David Applegate, of Oakland.

As the tractor was backing up, Collin Applegate’s left leg got caught between the trailer and tractor, causing a severe, but non-life threatening injury. Sgt. Riche says the mans’ leg was nearly severed at the knee. He was flown by helicopter to Creighton University Hospital’s Trauma Center for treatment.

The accident happened at around 1:45-p.m. Saturday.

Bridge jumper still missing

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October 10th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

There’s still no sign of a man who witnesses say jumped from the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge linking Iowa and Nebraska, Friday evening. According to Police, the family of 19-year old Cory Criss heard from him just before authorities received a call of about someone jumping off the bridge at around 8:30 p.m. The family said Criss was suicidal.

Rescue crews and police spent more than two hours searching along both sides of the Missouri River and a rescue boat was launched Friday and again Saturday evening. Criss’ backpack was recovered, but there’s been no sighting of his remains.

Audubon City Council to discuss vacated street

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October 10th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The City Council in Audubon is expected to act on a resolution tonight, calling for the disposal of a vacated portion of Davis Street, and the offering of property to adjacent property owners. The move will take place during the council’s regular session, which begins at 7-p.m.  The Audubon City Council will also discuss compensation practices, and, siding for the Police Office.

Two public hearings tonight in Massena

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October 10th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Two public hearings are on the agenda for this evening’s meeting of the Massena City Council. At 6:30, a hearing will be held with regard to housing rehabilitation and construction programs administered by the Southwest Iowa Planning Council (SWIPCO), and, at 6:45, a hearing will take place with regard to a 2010 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application for wastewater collection systems improvement.

During the start of the regular session at 7-p.m., the Massena City Council will take action on approving the SWIPCO and CDBG applications, along with a contract for wastewater collection systems improvement. The council will also hear a presentation on rural water from a representative with SIRWA, and act on approving an agreement with Railroad Management, L.L.C and the City of Massena.

In other business, they’ll act on approving payment for blacktop service using funds from the Local Option Sales Tax and/or Betterment Fund, set the date for trick-or-treating, and discuss the demolition of a home at 208 East Cedar Street.

Nishna Valley Trails meeting

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October 10th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A local trails group is inviting the public to attend tonight’s meeting in Atlantic. The Nishna Valley Trails Association will gather at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on East 14th Street, beginning at 6-p.m.

During the meeting, the group will hear from a representative with the Western Iowa Tourism Council, and, receive updates on the development of trails in the Atlantic area.