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CA truck driver injured when his semi is blown over near Underwood

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January 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A truck driver from California was injured Thursday, when the semi he was driving was blown over on Interstate 80 in Pottawattamie County. The Iowa State Patrol says 60-year old Kenneth Alan Acquistapace, of Goleta, CA, was traveling west on I-80 at around 3:35-p.m., when the rig was hit by strong crosswinds, causing the driver to lose control about five-miles south of the Underwood exit. The semi rolled onto the driver’s side and came to rest blocking both westbound lanes of I-80.

Acquistapace, who was wearing his seatbelt, suffered non-life threatening injuries, and was transported by Underwood Rescue to Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs. Another semi was blown over in the eastbound lanes of I-80 near the same location, but reports say the driver was not injured. Wind speeds at the time approached 60-miles per hour.

 

Head of renewable fuels group to run for US House in 3rd District

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January 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A longtime Republican activist who serves as the head of a pro-ethanol trade group is entering the race for the U.S. House seat being vacated by retiring Rep. Tom Latham. Monte Shaw announced Thursday that he will step down from his role on the GOP State Central Committee so that he can pursue the seat. The 41-year-old Shaw says he must leave because he promised to remain politically neutral while in a party office.

Shaw, an Iowa native who lives in West Des Moines, serves as executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association. He has worked on GOP campaigns in the past. Shaw says the race presents an opportunity to work for Iowa.

Latham announced last month his plans to retire after finishing his 10th term.

Iowa News Headlines: Fri.,Jan. 17th 2014

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January 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

WAUKEE, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa State Patrol says dozens of cars were involved in a crash on Interstate 80 near Waukee. KCCI-TV reports that 25 to 40 vehicles were involved in the crash on I-80 near mile marker 117. The crash came amid snow and strong winds that settled over the Des Moines area late Thursday afternoon.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Corn is the top crop for U.S. farmers but the golden luster has faded with much lower corn prices prompting many to consider switching to more soybeans this year. A December survey of more than 1,600 producers by Farm Futures, an agriculture-focused publisher, indicated farmers intend to reduce corn planting 3 percent from last year and boost soybeans about 7.6 percent.

NASHUA, Iowa (AP) — Investigators have identified a suspect in the death of a retired northeast Iowa grocery store owner found dead in his burglarized home in October 2012. Chickasaw County Sheriff Todd Miller said Wednesday that Randy Lee Patrie of Charles City is under investigation in the death of 70-year-old Carl Gallmeyer in Nashua. Patrie has not been charged but is being held in federal custody on burglary and firearms charges.

Slower growth likely in rural areas of 10 states

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January 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Economic growth will likely slow in rural parts of 10 Midwest and Western states in the months ahead. A monthly survey of rural bankers released Thursday shows the region’s overall economic index falling to 50.8 in January from December’s 56.1. The index ranges from 0 to 100, and any score above 50 suggests growth in that factor in the months ahead.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says declining farm prices are hurting the economy. And most bankers say they expect the economy to be hurt by the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to reduce the amount of ethanol that must be blended into gasoline.

The report covers rural parts of Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.

Boil Advisory remains in effect for the City of Prescott

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January 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources say a Boil Advisory remains in-place for the City of Prescott. The Southern Iowa Rural Water Association (SIRWA) and DNR reported Wednesday that a contractor had struck a water main, causing it to rupture and for the City to lose water pressure, which could have introduced bacteria into the drinking water.

The line was fixed and pressure restored, but the Boil Advisory remains in effect until test results on samples of the water come back clean for bacteria. If all the samples come back bacteria free, the advisory will be lifted, most likely sometime late on Friday.

Residents of Prescott should continue to boil their water intended for consumption. Once it comes to a boil, they should let it continuing boiling for one minute and then let it cool. It is then safe for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth and food preparation.

Accident and arrest reported in Atlantic

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January 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports an accident and arrest occurred, Wednesday. Taken into custody for Driving While Revoked, was 56-year old Douglas Howard, of Atlantic. Howard was booked into the Cass County Jail.

The accident happened at around 1:25-p.m. near the intersection of 10th and east Mahogany Streets. Officials say a vehicle driven by Lee Clarken, of Atlantic, was headed west on 10th when he became distracted. His vehicle hit a legally parked car registered to Scott Wood, of Atlantic. There were no injuries reported, and the damage amounted to $6,000. Clarken was cited for Striking an Unattended Vehicle.

Public hearing in Atlantic on zoning request set for Jan. 22nd

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January 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic Zoning Administrator John Lund reports the Atlantic City Council will hold a public hearing beginning at 5:30-p.m., Wed., Jan. 22nd, with regard to a request from Plummer Investments to rezone a lot of land from R-3 (High Density Single Family), to C-1 (Highway Commercial). The meeting will take place in the City Council Chambers, at City Hall.

A change in the zoning designation for the section of land will allow Plummer Investments, of Atlantic, to remove a 133-year old structure in poor condition on the southwest corner of the intersection of 7th and Olive Streets, and allow the lot to continue natural expansion of the Highway Commercial zone abutting 7th Street (Highway 6). Lund says in addition, “It will expand upon the commercial investments already made in the immediate vicinity, and improve the general condition of the neighborhood.”Questions regarding the rezoning proposal should be addressed to Zoning Administrator John Lund, at 243-4810.

Glenwood woman arrested for probation violation

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January 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Mills County report a Glenwood woman was being held on $15,000 bond in the Mills County Jail, for allegedly violating the terms of her probation. 35-year old Wendy Lynn Meadows was taken into custody at the Mills County Jail, after a warrant was issued for her arrest.

Cass & Audubon County Community Foundation grant deadlines near

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January 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Nicholas Hunt, Chair of the Cass County Community Foundation, and Brett Irlmeier, Chair of the Audubon County Community Foundation are issuing a reminder to non-profit organizations in their respective counties, that the deadline for submitting grant applications is February 1st, 2014.

This year, $109,000 each is available for nonprofits in Audubon and Cass Counties. Detailed application procedures, fact sheets, and a link to the application form can be obtained online at http://omahafoundation.org/swiowa. Applications will only be accepted through the online system. Contact any board member for additional information.

Please contact Dennis Nissen at 800-794-3458 or dennis@omahafoundation.org or Denise Cardos at denise@omahafoundation.org with grant application-specific questions. All completed applications will be considered at the March board meeting with notification of results in early April.

Only organizations providing charitable services in Cass and Audubon County are eligible in their respective counties. They must be able to demonstrate broad community/county support and supply a copy of their 501(c)(3) IRS determination letter. Requests for general operational funds will not be considered.

Shelby County Chamber Director resigns

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January 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Shelby County Chamber Board of Directors announced Wednesday that their Executive Director has resigned. In a press release, the Chamber of Commerce announced Dawn Cundiff resigned, effective this past Tuesday, January 14th. Board member Denny Siemers said, “We want to thank Dawn for her 11 years of service to the organizations and especially her work to grow local business and to promote the great opportunities Shelby County has to offer.”

The Chamber has begun a search for a new Executive Director to lead the Chamber in the coming year.  Job responsibilities as the Executive Director include providing leadership and direction in fulfillment of the Chamber’s mission, initiatives and goals, professionally representing and promoting the Chamber and its businesses in the community and through partnerships and having responsibility for daily operations of the Chamber of Commerce.

Interested individuals should e-mail a resume, cover letter and salary expectations to shelbycountychamber@harlannet.com

(Joel McCall/KNOD)