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(Update) Des Moines man injured during Cass Co. crash

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November 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol says a central Iowa man was injured during an accident Wednesday morning on Interstate 80, in Cass County. 56-year old Bradley Alan Katzenberger, of Des Moines, was transported from the Cass County Memorial Hospital by LifeNet helicopter to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, where he was reported to be in “Fair” condition, Wednesday night.

Officials say Katzenberger was traveling west on I-80 at around 5-a.m., when the 2000 Workhorse delivery truck he was driving was hit from behind by a westbound 2006 International semi, driven by 23-year old Daniel L. Hart, of Omaha. Following the impact, the Katzenberger vehicle left the road to the right and rolled several times into the ditch. Katzenberger, who was wearing his seat belt, was ejected from the truck.

Hart left the scene of the accident near the 55-mile marker, and was involved in a separate crash at the 49-mile marker of I-80 westbound, a short time later. He was placed under arrest and charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident.

(Updated 4-a.m. Thu., 11/21/13)

Santa’s Cabin to Open Thursday, in Atlantic

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November 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce reports Santa’s Cabin will be open this Thursday in the downtown City Park, with a fresh smell of new cedar after the Atlantic Rotary Club repaired the roof and damaged logs last spring. Santa will be in his cabin to see children following the Grand Lighting ceremony at 5:30-p.m. (sponsored by MAHLE Engine Components and Corner Stone Landscaping), when more than 200,000 light bulbs are turned on to signal the start of the holidays.

Prior to Santa’s arrival, Chamber Director Megan Roberts said a sparkling cider toast will be given from the Grand Lighting Stage to celebrate the holiday kick off. In addition to a photo booth, free horse-drawn carriage rides, hot cocoa and visits at Santa’s Cabin, the Chamber’s Holiday Recipe Walk will also be happening for attendees to enjoy from 5-7 p.m.

Roberts says “Many merchants will be open later on Thursday night, and we have nine stops on the Holiday Recipe Walk where attendees can sample holiday favorites and take home a recipe card for their own collection,” Roberts said. “This is all a part of our efforts at the Chamber to create activities on the Third Thursday of each month.”

A list of participating businesses will be handed out at the Grand Lighting Stage near the city park and include: The Atlantic Coca-Cola Center & Museum; Aunt B’s; Bonnesen’s; Camblin Plumbing & Heating; Cappel’s Ace Hardware; Downtowner Cafe & Catering; Cullen & Associates; Longaberger Consultant Dolly Bergmann, and Rex Pharmacy.

The Third Thursday in November is only the beginning of the Chamber sponsored holiday events, followed by the Lighted Parade on Dec. 7th. Roberts said parade entries are welcome by contacting the Atlantic Area Chamber at 712.243.3017 or emailing chamber@atlanticiowa.com for a registration form. Pre-registration is not required but is encouraged.

Storm front is coming, NW half of Iowa could have 1-3″ snow by Friday

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November 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Parts of Iowa will be in for a coating of white by tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon as a wintery storm system is headed our way. Meteorologist Kevin Skow, at National Weather Service office in Johnston, says the front will be bringing very low temperatures and plenty of precipitation. Skow says, “It’s going to start out as rain across our area but then colder air will work in from the northwest and cause that rain to change over to snow, especially across the northwestern half or so of Iowa tomorrow evening.”

A wide section of Iowa could have a blanket of white snow before the weekend arrives. “In general, we’re expecting anywhere from one to three inches, with the highest amounts in northwest Iowa closer to the Sioux City-Sioux Falls area,” he says. While it’s still fall for another month, this storm will definitely feel like winter, as the front may bring in the coldest air of the season so far.

Skow says, “Cold air will work in here on Friday and Saturday and highs on Saturday will only be in the mid-teens to mid-20s across Iowa and the lows on Saturday night will dip down into the single digits above zero with some areas even getting below zero.” Daytime highs by early next week will be back closer to normal in the 30s to low-40s across Iowa.

(Radio Iowa)

Woodbury County OKs money for levee work

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November 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Woodbury County officials agreed to spend more money to restore a levee along the Little Sioux River in western Iowa.  The Sioux City Journal reports the county board Tuesday approved a $128,000 bid for work on the levee near Smithland.  Landowners will be billed for the work, which includes placing 3,600 tons of concrete and quartzite along 1,800 feet of riverbank.

The project follows a $232,000-taxpayer funded effort to add a berm and boulders to retain soil. Those fixes didn’t work and the riverbank continued to wash away.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built the original flood-control device in 1964.

Board member Larry Clausen voted against the winning bid because he favored a different contractor, but he says the county has no choice but to repair the levee.

Cass County Library Assoc. funding request unchanged from last year

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November 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The head Librarians from each of the libraries in Cass County appeared before the Board of Supervisors Wednesday morning to present their annual report and request for Fiscal Year 2014 funding. Vicki Christensen, Librarian/Director at the Anita Public Library, represented the Cass County Library Association (CCLA).

She said “Changing times call for flexibility and adaptability….”and the directors feel that’s what their facilities practice on a daily basis, with the goal of “Enriching everyone’s daily lives and enhance their personal and intellectual life-long development.” Christensen said “Without the financial support of the cities, county, state and local entities, none of [their] endeavors would be possible.” To that end, the CCLA requested Fiscal Year 2014 funding as follows…the Anita Public Library, $10,900; Atlantic, $13,000; Cumberland, $8,700; Griswold, $10,400; Lewis, $8,700, and Massena, $8,900. That is the same amount they requested for FY 2013. The Board will consider the request when it comes time to prepare for the budgeting process.

Christensen said also, libraries in the County are providing more and more free databases for the general public to access anytime, anywhere, by mobile device or personal computer. Information provided during the meeting indicates a total of 426 programs were provided by libraries in the County to patrons, including those related to wellness.

Kristen Templeton

Kristen Templeton

In other business, the Board of Supervisors heard from Kristen Templeton with Unity Point at Home &Cass County Public Health, with regard to an effort by the Cass County Child Abuse Prevention Council, to bring the “Scary Guy” program to each school district in the County, next fall. She says the Council is ready to declare the 2014-2015 school year as “Violence Prevention.” Templeton says The Scary Guy (his legal name), is from the U-K, but he is originally from Minnesota. He would be in the County for about 10 days. His mission is “The total elimination of Hate, Violence and Prejudice Worldwide.” That includes bullying.

He began his effort in 1998 and since then, has worked with over 10-million people around the world, promoting peace through the teaching of his core theories on “Awareness, Understanding, Acceptance and Love” of all people. He will travel to the U-S along with his wife, once there is enough money to retain his services. The total cost of his visit is $26,300. Templeton says they’ve received several donations so far this year to help bring The Scary Guy to Cass County. That includes funds from the Lion’s Club. The Rotary also donated funds from its auction/raffle. The Crisis Support Network/Salvation Army, Zion Recovery and the Schools have also pledged their support.

$12,000 has been raised so far. The Council needs $13, 150 as a retainer by the end of December, in order to bring The Scary Guy to the area. Templeton didn’t make a request for funding from the Board during her presentation. Instead, it was intended to be informational only at this point.

Clarinda residents reminded about Emergency Snow Ordinance

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November 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

With the chance of accumulating snowfall to occur in Clarinda later this week the Clarinda Police Department is reminding the citizens of Clarinda about the emergency snow ordinance. The ordinance states that: “No person shall park any motor vehicle or other apparatus upon any street of the city that will obstruct the removal of snow when there has been an accumulation of two (2) inches or more. Any vehicle left parked on any street in violation of this ordinance may be impounded, and the registered owner of the vehicle will be subject to a $15.00 parking fine, and payment of all applicable towing and storage fees in order for the vehicle to be released.”

Housing study being considered in Harlan

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November 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

City officials in Harlan have discussed the possibility of conducting housing survey study in the city limits. In a city council meeting Tuesday, City Administrator Terry Cox reported he has been in contact with Foutch Brothers about the need for additional rental property in the city of Harlan. The study would be conducted by the Southwest Iowa Planning Council or SWIPCO.

Cox says the council has options the length and depth of the study. “If we did what the Foutch Brothers request, that would be a shorter one. If you want to take a whole city and more intensive that could take a few months. A SWIPCO representative needs to prepare it and will be hear on December 3rd or at an earlier meeting to explain it. We will have an option voting on one and doing the other.”

The cost of the study was not discussed. The item was tabled during the Harlan City Council Tuesday and will be brought back at the next meeting in December. In other business, the council approved to sell a portion of city owned property at 1901 Hawkeye Avenue to Iowa Western Community College. The segment of area is close to 2,200 square feet and was sold to the college for $238,260. The property will allow for additional expansion to the Harlan campus.

And, the Harlan City Council approved a couple of resolutions during their meeting. The first was to order bids for the 2014 Sewer Rehab project. The council will hold a public hearing and open bids at their second council meeting in December. The second resolution was to approve a temporary transfer of funds from the Harlan Municipal Electric Utility to the Harlan Communications Utility. Councilmember Kate Kohorst explained the transfer is a loan and electric utility rate payers will be receiving interest on the money. The transfer is not to exceed $422,548.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

Cass County K-9 team wins award

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November 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A K-9 team from the Cass County Sheriff’s Department has won an award from a regional K-9 group. The Sheriff’s Office says the K9 team of Kyle Quist and his partner “Vader,” was voted top patrol case of 2013. In the case presented for a vote, Vader located a weapon which had been used in an attempted murder incident, making prosecution of a defendant possible. The award honoring the duo was presented in October, 2013, at the “Heart of America Police K9 Association” certification and competition in Des Moines. Deputy Corey Larsen and his partner Mufasa also attended the event.

The Heart of America Police K9 Association is an accredited organization comprised of K9 teams from Iowa, Kansas, and Missouri. Teams are certified yearly in patrol work, narcotics detection, and/or search and rescue. K9 handlers may submit their top patrol and narcotics cases for the year, and all handlers vote for the winners, which are announced at the organization banquet.

Cass County Sheriff’s Office says it’s proud of their K9 teams and the hard work they do.

 

Harrison County body identified as a NE man

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November 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Iowa have positively identify the body that was discovered Saturday evening, November 16th, approximately 4 miles southwest of Mondamin in Harrison County, as that of a Nebraska man. The Iowa Department of Public Safety says fingerprints submitted to a FBI database were able to confirm that the body is that of 52 year-old Michael E. Gnirk of Hoskins, NE.

Michael Gnirk

Michael Gnirk

 
Investigators are still seeking the public’s help in retracing that last few days and weeks of Mr. Gnirk’s life.  If anyone has any information, or had contact with Mr. Gnirk over the last 3 to 6 months, they are urged to contact the Iowa DCI at (712)322-1585.

8AM Newscast 11-20-2013

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November 20th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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