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Officials: Iowa man shot mountain lion in Nebraska


September 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

CRAWFORD, Neb. (AP) — Officials say an Iowa man faces fines for shooting a mountain lion out of season in Nebraska. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says the 23-year-old man was hunting deer on Saturday at the Ponderosa Wildlife Management Area in Dawes County when the shooting occurred. The man, whose name was not released, contacted law enforcement officials that night. Officials later recovered the body.

The man faces up to $1,500 in fines for shooting in a closed season. Officials believe the female mountain lion had cubs in the vicinity. They are trying to locate them, and will attempt to place them in zoos.

Missing Waukon Boy Located


September 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Waukon, IOWA — A 9 year old boy that went missing this morning in Waukon has been found safe and unharmed. Lance Kirk Palmer was last seen this morning around 7:15 on a gravel road, not far from his residence.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa State Patrol and Allamakee Sheriff’s Office worked together to locate Lance.

“Introduction to the 2014 Farm Bill” meeting in Harlan Sept. 23rd

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September 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ISU Extension and Outreach, and USDA Farm Service Agency are hosting a program on the 2014 Farm Bill. The program takes place from 6:30- until 8-p.m. Tuesday, September 23rd, at the Therkildsen Activity Center 706 Victoria St. Harlan.

Shane Ellis, ISU Extension and Outreach Farm Management Specialist will be discussing the scope of the 2014 Farm Bill, updating yields and base acre allocations with the FSA, “new” crop programs, and the program sign-up process.

To assist in the planning of the event, please RSVP with the Shelby County Extension office before Sept 18th by calling (712) 755-3104 or by emailing oloff@iastate.edu.

Late Summer Virus Causing Illness in Iowa


September 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) today (Monday) announced a virus that has caused outbreaks in Illinois, Ohio, Kansas and other states is also causing illness in Iowa. Enterovirus EV-D68, like other enteroviruses, appears to spread through close contact with infected people. Enteroviruses, including EV-D68, are not a reportable disease in Iowa or the U.S.; therefore, the number of cases of the virus is not tracked.

EV-D68 often begins like a cold and symptoms include coughing and wheezing; most people will recover at home without complications however, some people with severe respiratory illness caused by EV-D68 may need to be hospitalized and receive intensive supportive therapy. Infants, children, and teenagers, especially those with a history of asthma or those who have a condition that compromises their immune system, are most likely to become severely ill. Parents of children with cold-like symptoms that experience difficulty breathing should contact their health care provider.

There are currently no medications available for treatment for EV-D68 infections and there is no vaccine available for the virus. Most infections resolve on their own and require only treatment at home:

Drink plenty of fluids.
Stay home so you do not spread the virus to others.
Clean frequently touched surfaces to stop the spread the spread of the virus at home.

To help reduce the risk of getting infected with EV-D68:

Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.

Enteroviruses are very common viruses; there are more than 100 types. It is estimated that 10 to 15 million enterovirus infections occur in the United States each year, usually in the summer and fall.


Guthrie County authorities find property near a bridge


September 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Guthrie County report a gas powered leaf blower was found Aug. 25th at around 2-a.m.  The machine was discovered near a bridge south of Panora on Wagon Road. No other details were provided.

Anyone missing the device is asked to call the Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office at 641-747-2214.

Eastern IA authorities search for missing child


September 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

(Update 12:15-p.m. – The child has been found safe!)

Waukon, IOWA – The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa State Patrol and the Allamakee Sheriff’s Office are currently searching for a 9 year old boy. Lance Kirk Palmer was last seen walking a gravel road towards school. Lance was last seen by a neighbor walking on a gravel road near his residence (1833 Moose Road, Waukon, Iowa) at 7:15 AM.

9-year old Lance Palmer

9-year old Lance Palmer

Lance is described as 4 feet tall with blond hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, blue jeans and carrying a sweatshirt and book bag. Anyone with information about Lance’s whereabouts is asked to call their local law enforcement.

Media contact: Iowa DCI Special Agent in Charge Mike Krapfl at (563) 599-4239.

Regents’ plan would seek $13M for funding change


September 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Board of Regents said Monday it will ask lawmakers for an additional $13 million to help the state’s three public universities transition to a new funding model based on in-state enrollment. A board budget plan shows the money would be split between the University of Northern Iowa and Iowa State University. Regents will consider the plan Wednesday during a meeting in Ames. Board spokeswoman Sheila Koppin said the new money would prevent $13 million from being shifted away from the University of Iowa next year.

The school has a lower percentage of students from Iowa than the other two universities, and it was expected to lose up to $39 million over the next three years under the plan. University of Iowa spokesman Joe Brennan said Monday’s funding request was good news and should reassure faculty who are anxious about possible cuts. But he cautioned that it was only the beginning of the process.

Under the funding model adopted in June, 60 percent of money for the schools will be allocated based on in-state enrollment. The other 40 percent would be based on measures such as the number of graduates and diversity of the student body. Regents said the new model aligns state tax dollars with Iowa students, and holds the universities accountable for their performance.

Exira man arrested on harassment charge


September 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Audubon County report an Exira man was arrested Friday evening in connection with an incident that happened in the 300 block of S. Carthage Street, in Exira. 71-year old Charles Emmert Paulsen, of Exira, was charged with Harassment in the 3rd Degree. He was brought to the Audubon County Sheriff’s Office and later released. Paulsen is scheduled to appear before the magistrtate on Sept. 11th.

And a man from Kansas turned himself-in to the Audubon County Sheriff’s Office early Saturday afternoon. 19-year old Dylan Leeroy Millard, of Topeka, KS, was wanted on a warrant for Burglary in the 3rd degree and Theft in the 3rd degree. The charges stem from an investigation into an incident that occurred August 9th in the 1600 block of Littlefield Drive.

Millard was being held in the Audubon County Jail on $5,000 bond. The incident remains under investigation.

Water levels rise on Missouri River, navigation season is extended


September 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With all the rain in recent weeks across the Midwest and Northern Plains, water levels are rising along the Missouri River basin — and the water will likely remain high through fall. Dave Becker, operations manager for the U-S Army Corps of Engineers at Gavins Point Dam, says they’re having to increase the releases from the dam near Yankton.  “Our runoff here above Sioux City has gone now up to 141% of normal, so the upper reservoirs are really storing quite a bit of water and we need to evacuate that this fall while we can,” Becker says. “Our flows are steadily being increased.”

Becker says the high water levels will likely continue for a few months.  “Releases are expected to be up there through the fall, probably until about Thanksgiving,” he says. “They have extended the length of the navigation season which normally stops a little before Thanksgiving so they’ve extended that a little bit.” Repair work is still underway on several of the spillway gates at Gavins Point Dam. Becker says they can use the spillway and continue the repairs.

“Right now, we’re using five gates and we may go up to as many as using eight gates for these releases,” he says. “Even though we have four gates being worked on, we have plenty of gates we can use to release the excess water.” The river has risen about two feet at the gauge on the Meridian Bridge in Yankton, but it’s still well below flood stage. Releases from all the main stem dams are being increased to move the water before winter arrives.

(Radio Iowa)

Macedonia chopper crash update


September 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Pottawattamie County have released additional details about a crop dusting helicopter crash that happened Saturday afternoon, south of Macedonia. Authorities identified the pilot as 26-year-old Christopher Moore, of Creston.

Moore was flying over a soybean field when his helicopter hit a non-energized power line just south of Pioneer Trail and 340th Street. Treynor Fire Chief Russ Maguire said Moore was outside the wreckage and conscious when paramedics arrived on the scene. He was transported to Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha for treatment for non-life threatening injuries.

Officials with the FAA were contacted and were expected to investigate the crash.