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Sen. Grassley: Vote early and risk a bad case of voter’s remorse

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September 25th, 2014 by admin

Election Day is 40 days away yet many Iowans are already casting their ballots as early voting begins today. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, who’s not up for re-election this year, typically votes absentee himself but says he’s not a fan of how the election process is evolving. While 30-percent of Iowans voted absentee in 2010, that number jumped to 43-percent in 2012. This year, 130-thousand Iowans requested absentee ballots, more than twice the number from the last midterm election. Grassley says people who are casting their ballots today might find themselves with a case of voter’s remorse if any sort of scandal errupts during the next 40 days before November 4th. Beginning this morning, Iowans can vote in person at their county auditor’s office, via absentee ballot through the mail, or at temporary “satellite” sites. If you’re annoyed by telephone calls from pollsters, one campaign official says if you vote early, you’ll be taken off all of the calling lists.

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Early voting period starts today in Iowa

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September 25th, 2014 by admin

Voting for the 2014 General Election in Iowa starts today. Matt Schultz, the state’s commissioner of elections, says over 130-thousand Iowans requested an absentee ballot before the “early voting” period even started. The number of absentee ballot requests is more than double what it was during the last midterm election in 2010. Schultz predicts early voting will increase again in 2014. Iowa Democrats have scheduled 13 different “kickoff” events around the state today to mark the start of early voting. Five Republican candidates running for statewide office this year will be together today, making stops at G-O-P events in five cities. There are a few ways to vote early in Iowa. You can go to your county auditor’s office and vote in person there. You can request an absentee ballot through the mail and, once you’ve marked up that ballot, you can either mail it back or deliver it in person to the county auditor’s office. Finally, many county auditors are setting up temporary “satellite” sites where voters can cast ballots.

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Lawsuit alleges Templeton Rye misled customers

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September 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Chicago law firm is suing Templeton Rye, alleging that the Iowa company broke consumer protection laws and misled drinkers with stories of its whiskey’s origins.

The class-action lawsuit was filed in Cook County Circuit Court in Illinois on behalf of “all individuals in the United States who’ve purchased a bottle of Templeton Rye.” It comes after news in August that the whiskey is made using the stock recipe in an Indiana distillery, according to the Des Moines Register.

Since the company released its first bottles of whiskey in 2006, its marketing materials have said the founders were inspired by the Prohibition-era recipe of Alphonse Kerkhoff, handed down through his family on a scrap of paper. But in an interview last month with the Register, company chairman Vern Underwood said federal regulations prevent the company from making the whiskey using the Kerkhoff recipe.

The company also announced plans to begin printing on its labels that the whiskey is distilled in Indiana. According to the lawsuit, Templeton Rye worked to deceive drinkers into believing “the good stuff” was a craft whiskey made in Iowa. The complaint includes pictures of the company’s marketing tools, including a T-shirt that reads, “Templeton Rye: Made in Iowa.”

Reynolds announces mentoring for young women

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September 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa is launching a statewide effort to recruit mentors to encourage young women to consider careers in science and technology, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Wednesday. The effort is part of a national campaign called Million Women Mentors. The Iowa program seeks to enlist 5,000 mentors for young women in the state over the next four years to encourage women to pursue science, technology, engineering and math, often called STEM, education. Officials said 1,500 have already signed up. Reynolds said STEM education “continues to grow momentum across the state.” She stressed that there are good job prospects in related fields and said women should seek out those opportunities.

The program will be geared at girls aged 12 and older, and mentors will be expected to offer at least 20 hours a year in service. Some companies and universities have already pledged to participate, including Hy-Vee, Vermeer Manufacturing, the Principal Corporation, Drake University and all three of the state’s public universities.

For those interested in participating, the program is online at www.mwmia.org .

Early voting starts in Iowa on Thursday

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September 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Early voting by absentee ballot will begin in Iowa on Thursday, and the secretary of state is encouraging all eligible voters to participate. Iowa allows absentee voting by mail and offers early in-person voting at the offices of county auditors beginning the 40th day before Election Day.

Residents have increasingly opted for voting by absentee ballot in recent elections for the convenience and in response to increasing pressure from political parties striving to get as many votes as possible cast by Election Day.

Secretary of State Matt Schultz announced earlier this week that the number of absentee ballots requested by Iowa voters this year is nearly double the number sought 43 days before the 2010 election.

Democrats have in recent election cycles excelled at the strategy but the numbers released Monday show Republican absentee ballot requests are up nearly 145 percent from 2010 to just over 31,000. Democratic requests have climbed nearly 67 percent to nearly 58,000.

New option eyed for replacing Omaha VA hospital

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September 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Turning the Creighton University Medical Center into a veterans hospital has surfaced as a new option for replacing Omaha’s aging federal facility. Rep. Lee Terry, an Omaha Republican, says the option was one of three discussed Tuesday during a meeting between the Nebraska delegation and the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Robert McDonald.

Local financing to build the replacement and lease it back to the federal government also was discussed. Officials say renovating the Creighton hospital would cost about $250 million, compared with the $560 million estimated for a new, replacement facility. Federal funding for the replacement facility remains mired on a list of VA construction projects.

The Omaha hospital serves more than 160,000 veterans in the VA’s Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System.

Exira-EHK School Board set to meet Friday

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September 24th, 2014 by Chris Parks

The Exira-EHK School board is set to meet on Friday, September 26th at 7:30am at the Superintendent’s Office in Elk Horn.  The short agenda includes discussion and action on approving a resolution to set a public hearing for the sale of Exira Elementary School land.

Atlantic Accident

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September 24th, 2014 by admin

The Atlantic Police Department investigated a single vehicle accident in the Wal-Mart parking lot Tuesday afternoon. Mary Smith of Lewis was driving east in the parking lot and started to turn down a parking aisle to park. Smith struck a concrete post with the left front corner of her vehicle. Smith was taken to Cass County Hospital by Medivac and a passenger complained of injuries but refused transport. Damage to the Smith vehicle listed at 6-thousand dollars. No citations were issued.

Atlantic Ambassadors

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September 24th, 2014 by admin

The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors visit Atlantic Motor Supply (NAPA) to celebrate 50 years in business. Atlantic Motor Supply has been in business for 50 years but has over 100 years of experience. The business expanded in 1995 after a downtown fire. Atlantic Motor Supply is one of the largest downtown stores in Iowa.
“When we expanded in 1995, we decided to be bigger, better and cleaner than the other automotive stores,” owner, Kelly Schlake said.
The store prides themselves on great customer service and encourages customers to come and ask questions with over 100 years of experience they will have the solution for you.

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Pictured are: Gary Clausen, Greg Hawkins, Preston Harter, Randy Eden, Sheena Hagen , Carol Schlake, Kelly Schlake, Gary Christensen, Janet Cappel, Tara Jennerjohn, Nedra Perry, Connie Wailes, Sue Muri, Debbie Leistad, Lana Westphalen, Dolly Bergmann, Carole Schuler, Julie May, Tammy Waters, Arlene Drennan, JoAnn Runyan, Dr. Mitch Peerbolte, Jolene Roecker, Dr. Haley Kickland, Bill Saluk, Dr. Keith Leonard, Donnie Drennan, Diane Harris, Kerry Jepsen, Melanie Petty, Rich Perry, Dr. Jim Kickland, Chip Hansen, Tyler Mosier, and David Schwab.