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House destroyed by fire in Harlan Monday morning; 2 firefighters hurt


December 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Two Harlan firefighters were injured at the scene of a residential structure fire Monday morning. According to our sister station KNOD, the firefighters were hurt when they fell on the ice near the blaze at 902 Tarkington Street, in Harlan. No other injuries were reported. The fire occurred at around 9:40-a.m.

The house was a total loss. Officials say the blaze started in the northwest corner of the house in a storage area. The cause of the fire was under investigation. Crews from the Westphalia and Avoca Fire Departments provided mutual aid to Harlan Fire. Harlan Police Officers and Medivac also assisted at the scene. Firefighters were on the scene for a little more than four hours.

The American Red Cross was called-in to assist the family with their housing needs. They will be staying at the Settle Inn and Suites tonight (Monday). The family of five lost everything in the fire and are in immediate need of clothing. The father wears a size large shirt and pants that are size 30 x 36. The mother wears a medium shirt and size 7 pants. There are also three children, a boy who wears size 4T, a girl that wears a size 2T, and a 1 month old girl that wears 0 to 3 months sizes.

Any children’s toys or books that can be used in a rather confined space would also be appreciated. Food is being provided by the Iowa Community Kitchen. Donations can be left at Christ’s Church at the corner of 12th and Lincoln, across from Elm Crest Retirement Community, from 4 to 5 pm today. Financial Donations and clothing donations may also be left with Town and Country Credit Union on Chatburn Avenue in Harlan.

CCHS Foundation’s Hansen Scholarship Available


December 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Health System Foundation is offering $10,000 in scholarships to students who are enrolled and have been accepted into a nursing or medical doctor training program. The scholarships were established by a bequest from Louie and Elsie Hansen. John Molgaard, CCHS Foundation board member, said “The Hansens believed strongly in the importance of education. I believe they would be proud to know that these scholarships are helping our students become well-trained medical professionals. It’s not only an investment in the student, but in the health of our community, too.”

The Louie and Elsie Hansen Memorial Scholarship was established to benefit Cass County high school graduates who are enrolled and have been accepted into a college of nursing or medicine, leading to an LPN, RN, BSN, or MD degree. Two $5,000 awards will be presented. Consideration will be given to applicants’ scholarship, citizenship, and leadership abilities.

Applications are available at area high school guidance offices and the Foundation office at Cass County Health System. The application can also be downloaded from www.casshealth.org. In 2015, the CCHS Foundation was able to award three $5,000 scholarships. Recipients of the Louie and Elsie Hansen Scholarships were Courtney Jensen of Atlantic who is attending Iowa Western Community College for her RN, Samantha Freund and Emma Mathisen also of Atlantic who are attending Mercy College of Health Science for their BSN.

Scholarship applications are due April 1, 2016. For further information, contact Dawn Marnin, CCHS Foundation Director, at 712-243-7409 or mardd@casshealth.org.

Snowplow hits pedestrian, in Atlantic


December 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

An accident involving a snow plow Thursday evening in Atlantic sent one person to the Cass County Memorial Hospital. Atlantic Police report the plow, driven by Nicholas Myers, of Atlantic, was pushing snow in the parking lot near the Salvation Army building and had turned to go west at the north end of the lot, when a pedestrian, Joel Dory, of Anita, was struck by the plow.

Myers told police he came around a pole and didn’t see Dory until he got around the obstruction. He applied the brakes, but the truck slid and struck Dory, who was transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital to be treated for undisclosed injuries.

Police say no injuries were reported following an accident that happened at around 11:40-a.m., Dec. 23rd, at 9th and Walnut Streets in Atlantic. Officials say a vehicle driven by Michelle Miller, of Lewis, was traveling south on Walnut and approaching 9th Street, when her vehicle was struck by a vehicle being driven by Meagan Travis, of Council Bluffs. The accident occurred after Travis, who was traveling west on 9th, stopped at the intersection, but then not seeing Miller’s vehicle, continued into the intersection. Damage from the collision amounted to $6,000.

Atlantic P-D report numerous arrests


December 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department today (Monday), reports numerous arrests took place over the past week or so. On Sunday, officers arrested 44-year old Scott Lockard, of Atlantic, for OWI. Last Thursday, 34-year old Brian Beard, of Atlantic, was arrested for Public Intoxication. On Dec. 23rd, 18-year old T-K Narios, of Atlantic, was arrested on Cass County warrants for Burglary in the 3rd Degree, and Criminal Mischief in the 4th Degree. And on Dec. 21st, Atlantic Police arrested 24-year old Mark Fredericksen, of Red Oak, for Public Intoxication.

On Dec. 19th, 30-year old Brian Brookshire, of Atlantic, was arrested for Aggravated Assault/Use or Display of a Weapon. Each of those individuals were booked into the Cass County Jail.

Christmas Day accident in Cass County


December 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Deputies with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a one-vehicle accident on Highland Road, Christmas Day. Officials say a 2014 Ford F250 driven by 35-year old Nathan Thielen, of Atlantic, was eastbound on Highland Road when he  lost control. The pickup entered the south ditch, hit a power pole and then struck a concrete culvert. The power pole broke off from the impact.

No injuries were reported. Damage to the vehicle is estimated at $10,000; damage to the power pole is estimated at $3000. Thielen was cited for Failure to Maintain Control.

Cass County Sheriff’s report 12/28/15


December 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports several, recent arrests. On Saturday (12/26), deputies arrested three individuals as the result of a check on a vehicle stopped alongside the road near Cold Springs Park outside of Lewis. 24-year old Alex Michael Garside, 20-year old Aaron William Garside, and 20-year old Nathan James Jeray, all of Atlantic, were arrested for Possession of Controlled Substance Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Alex Garside was also charged with OWI 1st Offense. All subjects were taken to the Cass County Jail where they were released later that day on their own recognizance.

On Sunday (12/27),  21-year old Zachery Charles Vance, of Griswold, was arrested on a charge of OWI 1st Offense. Vance was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on his own recognizance.

And on Thursday (12/24), deputies in Cass County arrested 37-year old Tamara Lynn McCoy, of East Moline, IL, on two district court warrants for Probation Violation and Failure to Appear. McCoy was taken to the Cass County Jail where she remains held on $5000 bond and an obligation to serve jail time.

Iowa Cattlemen’s Association to hold educational forums

Ag/Outdoor, News

December 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

In an effort to provide continuing education to Iowa’s beef producers, the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association (ICA) will hold 3 educational forums in January, 2016, two of which will be held in western Iowa.

On January 19th, ICA will partner with the Iowa Beef Center and ISU Extension to offer a Feedlot Forum in Sioux Center,  at the Terrace View Event Center from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. The event will focus on defending agriculture, sustainability, competitiveness, antimicrobial usage and profitability. The cost to attend is $25 and $10 for students. Registrations are due Jan. 12 to the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Sioux County. 

The third event, another feedlot forum, held in Carroll at the Carrollton Inn on January 20th, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., will offer a market outlook and discussion on the quickly approaching Veterinary Feed Directive. Attendees will have the opportunity to listen to area producers share their environmental compliance stories and learn from state officials the state’s response plan during a Foreign Animal Disease outbreak. The event is free and includes lunch. Contact ICA at 515-296-2266 to RSVP.

ICA will also hold pasture walks and other educational events around the state later this year in order to provide each segment of the cattle industry information on critical topics to them.

Snowfall amounts may be changing in western Iowa

News, Weather

December 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

In its mid-morning update, the National Weather Service says a major winter storm remains on track to impact much of Iowa today and tonight. The storm track has shifted a bit east, though, and as a result the greatest expected snowfall amounts have also shifted east a bit. In western and southwest Iowa, the Weather Service predicts anywhere from 4-to 7-inches is possible, with Guthrie County and points north and slightly northwest receiving 6- to 10-inches of snow.

10399418_937117416366454_3858066770171735141_nAs much as 12″ of snow or more is possible across northeast Iowa, while much of northern and portions of central Iowa may see 6-10″ of snow through tonight. The combination of strong winds and heavy snow (snowfall rates of 1″ per hour at times) is expected to cause blowing snow over central and northwest Iowa. A wintry mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow remains in the forecast for southeast Iowa. With the potential for significant icing over areas such as Ottumwa and northeast towards the Quad Cities, where as much as a half inch or more of ice is possible. Damage to power lines and trees will be possible as well, especially with additional force from expected high winds.

Travel conditions will continue to be treacherous at times, especially as another round of moderate to heavy precipitation is expected to arrive by mid-afternoon. Do not travel unless absolutely necessary today. Click here for the latest briefing and forecast information: http://www.weather.gov/dmx/dssforecast

Investigation continues into cow butchered in a Guthrie County field

Ag/Outdoor, News

December 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Guthrie County are continuing to investigate the death and butchering of a cow, the remains of which were left in a ditch in the southern part of the County. Deputies were investigating a rural farm site burglary in Southern Guthrie County Christmas Day, and while checking neighboring farms North of Menlo, they came across blood on the snowy roadway and noticed raw cow flesh and hide in the ditch next to a cattle corral.

A gate to the corral was ajar. After walking into the adjoining pasture, deputies discovered a cow had been butchered behind the corral. A person or persons unknown had killed the cow and gutted it. The cows head had been removed and the cow had been cut into two pieces dividing the front and rear quarters of the animal. The rear quarters of the animal were missing.The loss was estimated at about $2,000.

Authorities say the act was committed by a human, and was executed very precisely. Those involved in the crime could face possible misdemeanor charges of trespassing and livestock abuse, as well as felony theft and felony criminal mischief charges.

Moore Appointed Committee Vice Chair


December 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Iowa House Speaker Select Linda Upmeyer (A Republican from Clear Lake) has announced that Representative Tom Moore (Republican from Griswold) will serve as the Vice Chairman of the House Education budget subcommittee. Upmeyer said “As a former teacher, Representative Moore will continue to make education a priority in the state budget.”

Moore will also serve on the Education, Environmental Protection, Human Resources and State Government committees. Moore was recently elected State Representative in a special election for House District 21 in earlier this month. The appointments become effective at the start of the next legislative session, which begins January 11, 2016.