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Shelby County Fair Queen crowned

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

It was a night of royalty and recognition at the 2014 Shelby County Fair Thursday evening. The queen ceremony was held inside the all new show ring at the fairgrounds with twelve young ladies competing for the crown. Every contestant was asked two questions from the MC Lynn Brinker before the crown was handed out to Emily Pattee. She said the award was a complete surprise. “I was completely shocked. When I didn’t hear my name for princess, I thought oh there is no way I will get it. And then when I heard my name I was completely shocked.” Pattee was nominated by her group Portsmouth Super Production.

As the queen, Pattee will be involved in handing out ribbons and other activities at the Shelby County Fair and will represent Shelby County at the 2014 Iowa State Fair Queen contest. Pattee has lofty goals as she will be enrolling at the University of Iowa in the fall for bio-medical engineering. In other awards, Chelsea Assman received runner-up in the queen competition and Teresa Arkfeld won the 2014 Brownfield Ag Youth Award sponsored by our sister station KNOD in Harlan. Arkfeld said it meant a lot to her as she is heavily involved in Agriculture.

In addition to the queen ceremony, the Shelby County Fair Board inducted two couples into the Shelby County Fair Hall of Fame. Ed and Vickie Anderson and Kevin and Deb Rutherford were welcomed into the Hall of Fame. The other couple, Kevin and Deb Rutherford couldn’t remember how many years they have been running the 4-H food booth but they have enjoyed it. The Rutherfords said they weren’t expecting the award as they thought their daughter was going to receive an award instead. They called it a humbling experience and were well appreciative for the nomination.

The final recognition went to Linda Heflin who will be inducted into the Iowa State Fair Hall of Fame on August 18th, 2014. Heflin has worked the dog show at the Shelby County Fair for over 25 years.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

(Podcast) 7-a.m. News & funeral report, 7/11/2014

News, Podcasts

July 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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Weekend storms may be severe

News, Weather

July 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Moisture returns to the region Friday and into the weekend with a series of disturbances combined with a stationary boundary expected to stall across central Iowa tonight (Friday) through Sunday. The National Weather Service says that combination will provide periods of thunderstorms late tonight through Sunday. The greatest chance for thunderstorms with heavy rain and severe weather will be Scattered thunderstorms central and north today will become numerous across the state tonight.wxwk

Thunderstorms are expected again Saturday in to Saturday evening. Some of the storms may be severe, producing heavy rain, high winds, and hail this afternoon in the west, and over the state Saturday afternoon and evening. Isolated thunderstorms are possible Sunday into Monday, followed by sharply cooler temperatures more typical of mid May on Tuesday.

2 people arrested for vehicle break-ins in Hamburg

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July 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Fremont County say two people have been arrested in connection with several vehicle break-ins and burglaries in Hamburg. Acting on a Crimestoppers tip, sheriff’s deputies arrested 22-year old Kevin Junior Booher, of Hamburg, and 20-year old Torri Grace Perry, of College Springs. The pair were arrested on two felony charges of Burglary in the 3rd Degree, 14 counts of Burglary in the 3rd involving a motor vehicle (Aggravated misdemeanors), one aggravated misdemeanor count of 3rd Degree Theft .

Their bonds were set at $26,000 each. The arrests followed an investigation into more than a half-dozen reports of vehicles being broken into during the early morning hours of June 29th, in Hamburg. Sheriff’s officials say ALL of the vehicles were unlocked when the thefts occurred.

Villisca man arrested for indecent exposure

News

July 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest on Thursday of a Villisca man. 57-year old John Robert Hausen was taken into custody at around 8:20-p.m. on an Adams County warrant for Indecent Exposure. The warrant was the result of an incident which allegedly occurred at the Adams County Jail on July 8th. Hausen was being held in the jail on $1,000 bond.

1 injured during Adams County crash, Thursday

News

July 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Adams County say one person was injured during a collision Thursday evening,  about four-miles northeast of Prescott. Authorities say the driver of a pickup, 33-year old Jason Mark King, of Red Oak, was transported to Alegent Health in Corning, after the pickup hit a semi. The accident happened at around 6:20-p.m., when a 2005 Freightliner truck driven by 66-year old Keith Rex Moore, of Creston, pulled away from the intersection at 180th and Union Avenue.

No charges have been filed in connection with the crash.

Red Oak pair arrested for theft of funds

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July 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An investigation initiated by the Department of Human Services (DHS) and conducted by the Red Oak Police Department, has resulted in the arrest of two people on felony Theft charges. Authorities say 49-year old Cuba Cerene Lane, and 44-year old Danny Jo Lane, both of Red Oak, were arrested at their residence in the 2400 block of North 8th Street Thursday morning.

Danny Jo Lane was charged with six felony counts of Theft in the 2nd Degree, 1 count of Theft in the 3rd Degree (an Aggravated Misdemeanor), and two counts of Theft in the 4th Degree (Serious Misdemeanor’s). Cuba Lane, who is accused of helping take the funds faces one count each, of Theft in the 2nd, Theft in the 3rd and Theft in the 4th Degrees.

The couple were brought to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and held on $5,000 cash bond, each.

Health system wins 10.1 million for “value based care”

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July 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Mercy Health Network and its related facilities in Iowa and Nebraska have won a grant of just over 10 million dollars to move to a system called “value based care.” Among the facilities included in the Mercy Health Network is: The Audubon County Memorial Hospital; Clarinda Regional Medical Center; Adair County Memorial Hospital; Manning Regional Healthcare Center; the Ringgold County Hospital; Madison County Health Care System, and the Dallas County Hospital.567-16b25928

Mercy Des Moines senior vice president, David Swieskowski says the new approach looks to cut costs and improve care by more closely following patients. “This grant will provide funding to put in the I-T systems to follow all patients with chronic diseases or healthy patients,” Swieskowski explains. “Patients with chronic diseases will make sure they’re getting the care that they need and make sure they we are getting the outcomes that we expect.” The network includes more than 160-thousand patients at 25 hospitals and 73 clinics located in 37 counties in Iowa and Nebraska.

“So if they are not getting the care, we are going to call them and tell them they are overdue for care and ask them to come in,” Swieskowski. Setting up the system to track patients is the first step, but Swieskowski says the most money will be spend on the staff to handle the care.”We’ll have health coaches who can work with patients to set goals and help them change their behaviors to get better outcomes,” Swieskowski. Another aspect of the program is working with those who already treat the patients.

“Part of it is you have to engage their health care providers — their physicians and advanced practitioners who are working within these sites — to support this and encourage patients to work with this process,” according to Swieskowski. What happens if the patients don’t follow up and get the care that they need? Swieskowski is a doctor who works in Des Moines, and says they have seen a positive response when working with their patients.

He says when they call patients who are overdue for care, they get 90-percent of the people to come in. “The most common reason people will give for not coming in is that they forgot or didn’t know,” he says. Swieskowski is not sure exactly when the program will get underway, but says it shouldn’t take long once they launch it. “We can get these data systems ramped up in three to six months, so I’m saying in six to 12 months patients in these locations will start noticing a difference in the way we are delivering their care,” Swieskowski says. The different delivery system is expected to save money for treatments and care that are not needed because the patient got better and not worse. The health system will benefit by making the program work.

“We have shared savings programs with Wellmark and with Medicare where if we reduce the costs we get a portion of the costs that we reduce, we share in the savings,” Swieskowski says. “So, initially we are going to fund this program through he grant, and when the grant runs out in three years we are hoping that the shared savings will be more than enough to continue the program.”

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Fri., July 11th 2014

News

July 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Governor Terry Branstad has issued a disaster proclamation for four Iowa counties affected by flooding and damage from recent storms. The proclamation issued yesterday covers Benton, Butler, Mahaska and Tama counties. The proclamation means state resources can be used to respond to areas affected by June storms.

LE MARS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are investigating the deaths of two people whose bodies were found inside a northwestern Iowa house. Plymouth County Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo says the causes of death were violent in nature. The bodies were found Wednesday night inside a home in Akron.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — A northern Iowa woman has been given probation for leaving more than a dozen residents alone at an assisted living center. Fifty-four-year-old Debra Ihrig of Rudd was recently given deferred judgment and probation on multiple charges. Ihrig was arrested in April after being accused of leaving 15 residents alone at Country Meadow Place Assisted Living.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A western Iowa woman has been sentenced to life in prison without parole in connection to the torture of her mentally disabled stepson. Forty-seven-year-old Rebecca Beyer was sentenced yesterday in Pottawattamie County. Authorities say Beyer abused the now-21-year-old man in February 2013.

Iowa woman gets life in prison for torture case

News

July 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A western Iowa woman has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in connection to the torture of her mentally disabled stepson. The Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil reports 47-year-old Rebecca Beyer received the sentence Thursday at the Pottawattamie County Courthouse.

Authorities said Beyer abused the man, now 21, in February 2013. She was convicted in May of first-degree kidnapping and willful injury causing serious injury. The man testified that Beyer burned him and locked him inside a garage. He said he was attached to a wall with a dog leash.

The man’s father faces charges in the case, and his trial is scheduled to start in August. The man’s stepbrother pleaded guilty earlier this year to an accessory charge as part of a plea deal.