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Car dealership in Glenwood hit by theft


October 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A Glenwood car dealership has been hit twice by theft. According to Glenwood Police, Best Finish Auto reported the theft of two vehicles after keys to the vehicles were stolen from the dealership at 209 Sharp Street, in Glenwood. Neither of the vehicles were equipped with license plates. The missing vehicles include a maroon 2007 Chevrolet Silverado K1500 pickup and a red 1998 Dodge Dakota pickup. Anyone with information about the theft or location of the trucks is asked to contact the Glenwood Police Department at 712-527-9920.

In other news, the Glenwood P-D reports 47-year old Lisa Bolan, of Glenwood was arrested Friday on a Mills County warrant for Probation Violation. Her bond was set at $5000 cash or surety. And, authorities are investigating a hit and run accident that occurred Sunday evening at the Casey’s store in Glenwood.

Officials say a 2000 Oldsmobile Alero parked in front of the store was struck by a small red, older model pickup truck. The driver of the other vehicle, a red-headed female in her mid-50’s with a medical boot on her left foot,  left the scene without exchanging insurance information. Damage to the car was estimated at $500. The accident victim was unable to get the offending vehicles’ license plate number.

3 arrests in Creston


October 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Creston Police Department reports three arrests over the weekend. On Sunday, 32-year old Stephanie Marie Halterman, of Des Moines, was arrested just after 11-a.m. in the 800 block of Wyoming Avenue, on a charge of Disorderly Conduct. Halterman was being held in the Ringgold County Jail on $300 bond.

Early Saturday morning, Creston Police arrested 28-year old Daman Matthew Wells, of Creston, and 26-year old Andrew Scott Robb, of Kellerton. Both men were arrested on OWI/1st offense charges and later released on $1,000 bond, each.

Authorities said also, a Creston woman reported someone had entered her home in the 400 block of south Vine Street, and took a Toshiba laptop computer. The incident happened someone between 2:45-p.m. Oct. 8th and 7:25-a.m. on Oct. 13th.  The loss was estimated at $200.

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Pheasant season prospects are good in Iowa

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

October 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowa pheasant hunters should see more of what they came for, as they step into the field this fall. More pheasants. The Iowa DNR says a strong rebound in August roadside counts of Iowa’s most popular game bird has buoyed expectations, heading toward the October 25 opener.DNR pheasant biologist Todd Bogenschutz says “We have the best pheasant numbers since 2008. People are telling me that more birds are flushing; that they are hearing more crowing and cackling out there.”

Counts this summer averaged 17.4 pheasants per 30 mile survey route, up 151 percent from last year’s 6.9…an all-time low. Of the nine regions monitored, eight had increases ranging from 102-290 percent. Only northeast Iowa showed no change.

Bogenschutz says drought conditions across the past two summers probably kept pheasants in the fields on August mornings, rather than pushing up to road edges, to escape heavy dew. That may have kept many from being tallied on the 200 gravel road routes surveyed. Hunters harvested 10,000 more pheasants in 2013, despite the record low counts.

Bogenschutz predicts “The best habitat will hold birds; good winter cover, good nesting cover, too. Hunters should be happy hunting those areas, over just decent nesting cover.”  He suggests hunters conduct their hunts around the best habitat, and urges hunters to “Talk to the farmers where you will be hunting. Ask what they have seen while harvesting the crops.”

With a better bird outlook, the numbers of hunters should climb, too. Last year, only 41,000 pheasant hunters were in the fields. Early in the season, standing crops are going to be a factor. Bogenschutz says “Harvest is running a little behind. The season is starting a couple days earlier, too. That could be a challenge for hunters, until the corn is out. Our counts were up; hens with broods were way up. There will be a lot of young roosters, who aren’t wise to the ways of the wild, yet.”

Hunting hours for Iowa’s pheasant seasons are 8 a.m. until 4:30 each day. The daily limit is three rooster pheasants. The season closes on January 10th.

5 decades of Iowa aerial photography available on DNR website

Ag/Outdoor, News

October 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowans have a way to look into Iowa’s past and view changes of their entire state, from decade to decade, thanks in part to REAP funding of the Iowa Historic Digital Aerial Photo Project. The public can now see where former buildings were located, what kinds of industries and operations were on a site 70 years ago, and how development and urbanization has changed Iowa’s city and agricultural landscapes by visiting http://programs.iowadnr.gov/maps/aerials/.

In 2009 and 2011, Historical Resource Development Program grants from REAP helped the DNR’s Geographic Information System Section procure photographs from various archives across the state and nation. Archives in Washington D.C., the University of Iowa Map Library, the Iowa Department of Transportation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Aerial Photography Field Office, county offices and private national archives all contained valuable pieces to Iowa’s geographic time puzzle.

Steve King, deputy state historic preservation officer, said “The Iowa Historic Digital Aerial Photo Project makes these images available to researchers, developers, landowners and others who need to understand the history of properties in Iowa. We appreciate preserving these important historical documents and making them available online to Iowans and others around the world.”

Developers, landowners and managers, and planners often need to understand how a property was previously used in order to evaluate history’s environmental and character impacts. Knowledge about a site’s resource use is also beneficial, and difficult to find elsewhere. Soil and streambank erosion patterns, conservation improvements and changes in natural vegetation and habitat can also be used to compare trends in land use and natural resource management.

Once the photos were scanned and made digital, GIS staff diligently matched them to their actual location. A processing algorithm then aligned the photos into blocks, which were mosaicked together to produce statewide coverage. Because of this approach, the photos can now be viewed with other mapped features such as roads and land boundaries.

The GIS Historic Aerial Photography Project took more than eight years to complete, from 2004-2012, because of its detail specific and comprehensive nature.

Official: Iowa fugitive apprehended in Nebraska


October 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa fugitive has been apprehended in northeast Nebraska’s Dakota County.
Iowa prisons spokesman Fred Scaletta said Monday that 42-year-old Cletus Armell already has been transferred to Woodbury County Jail in northwest Iowa. Armell was listed as escaped on July 14 after he didn’t return to the Sioux City work release facility from an appointment.

Records show Armell escaped from a residential work release center in Sioux City in 2012. He was captured a short time later and was returned to prison. In November 2013 he was again transferred to work release. His original sentence was 15 years for armed robbery.

Griswold School Board to meet this evening


October 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Members of the Griswold School District’s Board of Education will meet this evening in the Central Office at the Middle School/High School building. Old business on their agenda includes an update on projects, and action on approving: Board goals; Board Polices; An agreement with the Glenwood School District for APEX digital learning services for the 2014-15 school year; and, a letter of understanding with the Cass County Educational Opportunity Center (CCEOC) for 2014-15.

The Griswold School Board meeting begins at 5:45-p.m.

Police: Iowa hit-and-run driver panicked


October 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A Des Moines police sergeant says a woman charged in a fatal hit-and-run panicked when she left the scene of the accident.  Sgt. Jason Halifax tells the Des Moines Register  that 20-year-old Ashley Brown is remorseful about the Saturday death of 55-year-old Kenneth Wallace. She has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and not having insurance.

Wallace had been walking and was found dead in the road. Halifax says Brown turned herself in after a witness identified her to police. Authorities are examining surveillance videos from businesses near the scene of the crash.

Federal Budget Means $27 Billion a Year in Iowa


October 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa – The latest analysis of state impacts of the federal budget by the National Priorities Project finds that Iowa receives about $27 billion from the federal budget over the course of a year.

Becky Sweger, director of data and technology for the advocacy group, says the figure in its State Smart project is calculated through direct federal assistance to individuals, federal grants and contracts to business and governments, and the salaries of the federal employees in the state.

And Sweger says it works out to about $8,700 per capita, which is a little bit lower than the U.S. per capita. On the other end, the study found that Iowa residents and businesses paid about $18 billion in federal taxes in 2013, most of that by or on behalf of individuals in the form of income taxes, self-employment taxes and payroll taxes.

While the inflow to Iowa is billions of dollars a year more than the total federal taxes paid, Sweger notes that the figures aren’t expected to be equal. “It’s just not how the federal budget works,” she says. “People shouldn’t expect to get sort of a one-for-one, I give you a dollar and I get a dollar back.”

(Iowa News Service)

USDA plans to survey Iowa corn farmers about chemical use

Ag/Outdoor, News

October 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A sample of Iowa corn growers will soon be asked to report on their use of pesticides and fertilizer. The Agricultural Resource Management Survey is conducted on different crops each year and 2014 is a corn year. Greg Thessen, regional director of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, says once the data is compiled and released to the public, it’s a tool policymakers can use to evaluate proposed changes. Thessen says, “This provides a good source of information for them to take a look at see, okay, if they change a policy what impact is that going to have on farmers and how they grow crops or corn in particular.”

Thessen says about 10-percent of the farmers polled for this year’s corn survey will be in Iowa. The information gathered will be released in public reports beginning next May. Thessen says the survey gives farmers a chance to tell the government how they grow their crops. He says, “What kind of inputs it takes as far as fertilizer and pesticides go, as well as any pest management practices, and really show other people that may not be involved with agriculture how they are good stewards of the land.”

Thessen says selected farmers will receive a notice in the mail and then a U-S-D-A employee will visit the farmer to record detailed information about the use of chemical inputs. Thessen says one use is for the U-S Environmental Protection Agency to see whether products are being used according to their labels.

(Radio Iowa)