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Latham and Drake attend Cass Co. Republican party HQ grand opening

News

October 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Republican Chairman David Wiederstein reports that Congressman Tom Latham attended an open house event at the Cass County Republican Headquarters in Atlantic on the afternoon of Friday, October 5th.

Congressman Tom Latham addresses the crowd.
(Photo courtesy Dale Gross)

Wiederstein says an estimated 30 people attended the event, during which State Representative Jack Drake and Congressman Latham spoke about the state of their campaigns. Both men also gave messages that centered upon reducing the size of government, tackling government debt, and increasing opportunity for success in the economy by eliminating government-imposed barriers and regulations.

8AM Newscast 10-08-2012

News, Podcasts

October 8th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Greenfield artist wins $5k in convenience store chain contest

News

October 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A man from Adair County, known across the country for his painting of murals honoring veterans, on a huge rock south of Interstate 80, and other renditions, has won $5,000 from Casey’s General Stores. Store officials say Ray “Bubba” Sorensen, The Freedom Rock Artist, is the winner of the Casey’s “Famous People” contest. The winner was announced late last month, following a three-month search. To celebrate, Casey’s will host a pizza party for Sorensen’s hometown of Greenfield, all-day Tuesday, October 9th, at the Casey’s General Store located at 601 Southeast Kent Street.

Residents of Greenfield can visit Casey’s throughout the day for a slice of free pizza while supplies last. Casey’s will also present Sorensen with the $5,000 Grand Prize check at the store, beginning at 11-a.m.

The Casey’s Famous People contest began in July with a community-wide call-to-action asking Facebook users to nominate local “celebrities” from their hometowns for a chance to win the $5,000 Grand Prize. The contest generated more than 650 nominations, which were narrowed down to three finalists.

View a video of Sorensen here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=fObmgBa_UhY

Learn where your food comes from — an Iowa farm — and win free groceries

Ag/Outdoor, News

October 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

While Iowa’s an agricultural state, some Iowans have lived their whole lives and never set foot on a farm. A program through the group “Farmers Feed US” invites all Iowans to learn more about the origins of their food along with the chance to win 12 months of free groceries. Justin Dammann, who farms near Essex in southwest Iowa, is one of eight featured Iowa farmers on a website that showcases their operations.  “Listen to the video, see our farm and how we grow corn, soybeans and cattle and then answer the trivia question and register to win free groceries for a year,” Dammann says.

Everyone should know more about how the food they eat is produced, he says, in addition to how livestock are cared and how farmers work to protect the soil, air and water. The website features beef cattle, dairy cattle, turkey, corn, hog and soybean farmers from across the state.  “We promote those products voluntarily through programs like the Farm Bureau or Farmers Feed US and tell our story, how we produce them and show America and the world,” he says. “If we didn’t think those products were safe, we certainly wouldn’t be feeding what we grow to our own children.”  Among his crops, Dammann raises white corn, which is for human consumption. “None of that goes into the cattle market or the livestock market,” he says. “It’s kind of neat to see how the white corn is raised here in Iowa and is turned into white flour and then is used to make tortillas and tortilla chips. It’s neat to see that farmer’s gate-to-the-plate movement.”

The website offers an up-close look at eight Iowa farm families and a chance to tour their farms, in addition to the two grand prizes of free groceries for a year. The other farmers featured are: Russ Yoder, turkey farmer, Wayland; Eric and Emily Crossman, hog farmers, Ogden; Jim Brown, soybean farmer, Churdan; Pam Johnson, corn farmer, Floyd; Stephanie Dykshorn, dairy cattle farmer, Ireton; Matt Schuiteman, hog farmer, Sioux Center; and Tim Kaldenberg, beef cattle farmer, Albia. Learn more at the website: www.FarmersFeedUS.org/ia

(Radio Iowa)

Extreme Fire Danger today over parts of western/SW Iowa

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

October 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Counties: MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-

THE GRASSLAND FIRE DANGER INDEX WILL BE IN THE EXTREME CATEGORY THIS AFTERNOON. EXTREME FIRE DANGER MEANS THAT FIRES START QUICKLY…SPREAD FURIOUSLY AND BURN INTENSELY. ALL FIRES ARE POTENTIALLY SERIOUS. ALL OUTDOOR BURNING SHOULD BE AVOIDED IN AREAS WITH EXTREME FIRE DANGER.

Red Flag Warning for Counties along & north of Hwy 30

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

October 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Counties in Western Iowa: SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-GREENE//Mon., Oct. 8th 2012

RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 7 PM CDT THIS EVENING FOR EXTREME FIRE CONDITIONS.

THE MOST HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED FROM AROUND MIDDAY THROUGH THE AFTERNOON HOURS UNTIL A LITTLE AFTER SUNSET. WINDS OF AROUND 25 MPH ARE EXPECTED AT TIMES…WITH GUSTS IN EXCESS OF 35 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON. THE RELATIVE HUMIDITY WILL BE  AS LOW AS 20 PERCENT IN THE AREA. IN ADDITION, SURFACE FUELS ARE VERY DRY DUE TO DROUGHT CONDITIONS AND PERSISTENT LACK OF RAINFALL.

ANY FIRES WILL SPREAD RAPIDLY. BURNING OF ANY KIND SHOULD BE POSTPONED…AND HARVESTING OPERATIONS SHOULD EXERCISE A HIGH LEVEL OF CAUTION. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW…OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS…LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY…AND WARM TEMPERATURES WILL CREATE EXPLOSIVE FIRE GROWTH POTENTIAL.

Area & State News Headlines: Mon., Oct. 8, 2012

News

October 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

In area News: Two tractor-trailers collide on I-80 in Cass County early this morning, just east of the exit to Highway 71. One of the trucks erupted into flames. Only Minor injuries reported; Cass County Democratic Party Chair says several campaign signs have been stolen or vandalized in Atlantic; Atlantic Walk to School Program continues this morning; Atlantic School Board and Audubon City Council to hold separate, regular meetings tonight; record low temps set in Atlantic over the weekend; Ag Sec. Tom Vilsack to speak near Lewis this afternoon. RED FLAG WARNING for Counties along and north of Highway 30 today (from Noon-to 7-pm)

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A 26-year-old Iowa man is facing several charges after injuring three Dubuque police officers who tried to arrest him. KCRG reports the officers were injured Saturday afternoon while they responded to a report of a domestic assault. Ronald Gasaway Junior is being held on $20,000 bond.

MAQUOKETA, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a man drowned in an eastern Iowa river Sunday after his small boat capsized. The man drowned in the Wapsipinicon River about five miles south of the town of Wyoming, Iowa. The Jones County Sheriff’s office says 60-year-old Douglas Berkhoff and 52-year-old Wylie Tredway were fishing together before the accident. Neither man was wearing a life jacket.

CENTERVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Investigators in south-central Iowa are trying to determine what caused a Sunday morning fire that destroyed an old, unused church in a rural area. The Sharon Chapel Church is about seven miles southeast of Centerville. The Appanoose County Sheriff’s office says the wooden church had not been used regularly for several years. The church was built in the mid-to-late 1800s.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — An eastern Iowa nonprofit that promotes agricultural education and preservation has lost most of its funding because of Congressional gridlock over the budget. Waterloo television station KWWL reports that the Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area lost about three-quarters of its funding because the latest short-term budget resolution didn’t include money for the National Park Service to review the group.

Audubon City Council to meet this evening

News

October 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Members of the Audubon City Council will hold their regular meeting this (Monday) evening. On their short agenda, is discussion about, and possible action on, a Housing Rehabilitation Application through the Region 12 Council of Governments (COG). The Council will also receive and possibly act on, bids for the painting of the swimming pool, and a generator for the Sewer Department. Their meeting begins at 7-p.m.

Atlantic School Board to meet Monday evening

News

October 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic School District’s Board of Education will return to their Monday evening monthly sessions, beginning tonight. Previously, the Board had met on Tuesday evenings twice  a month, but during their last session, voted to change it back to Monday’s. During tonight’s session, which begins at 7:30, the Board will hear a progress report on construction at the Middle School, and a Student Council report from Media Specialist, Ginger Bechtold.

They’ll also act on contracts, including those for General and Special Education, and Volunteer Coaches, along with any resignations. The School Board is also expected to take action on approving changes in substitute non-certified pay, and the Certified Annual Report as well as Special Education Supplement, and a sharing agreement with the Fremont-Mills Community School District, for Chemistry classes.

Discussion items will focus on Driver’s Education, and a review of the 2012-2013 Activity Budget. The meeting takes place as always, in the Atlantic High School’s Media Center.

 

Cass County Democratic Party Chair says political signs are being stolen/vandalized

News

October 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Chair of the Cass County Democratic Party says campaign signs for candidates running for public office are being stolen or vandalized in Atlantic. Sherry Toelle (Tell’ee) says while some people feel that political signs being stolen and/or vandalized “Is merely a prank, ” it is far more than that.  She says “It is trespassing, destruction and/or theft of personal property, and a violation of people’s right to free speech.”

Toelle says she has had numerous reports of Democratic yard signs being stolen and/or vandalized from all parts of Atlantic. She says “What the vandals do not realize is that this only helps our Democratic candidates’ purses as these signs must be purchased from the campaigns, adding to their coffers. So, for every sign destroyed, the vandal is actually causing more money to go to the campaigns.”

And, for the record, Cass County Republicans say their signs are also being taken or vandalized, in Atlantic.

According to Iowa law, a person could be charged with criminal mischief for vandalizing a sign or fifth-degree theft for stealing a campaign sign.