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Rolling Hills Wind Project Press Conference

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July 28th, 2011 by Doug Evans

Officials with the Rolling Hills wind project say the project is still scheduled to wrap up by the end of the year.

On Wednesday, representatives with MidAmerican Energy, Mortensen Construction, and Siemens Energy held a press conference to showcase the project.

A wind turbine was displayed at the conference which allowed attendees to see the turbine up close. They were allowed to sign the blade to commemorate the day’s celebration. The blade is about half the length of a football field and weighs 12 tons.

Rolling Hills is one of three MidAmerican Energy Companies that are taking place this year. The other projects are in Calhoun, Marshall, and Pocahontas counties.

Jerry Grundtner, The Vice President of Project Development for Mortenson Construction, says the foundations are about fifty percent complete, and the turbines are about twenty percent complete.

When the project is complete, the 258 wind turbine expansion project will add 593.4 megawatts of renewable energy. MidAmerican says that is enough power for about 190,000 homes.

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Man Hospitalized after Shelby Co. Crash

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July 28th, 2011 by Doug Evans

A Missouri man has been hospitalized after a crashing his tractor trailer into the banks of the Nishnabotna river during a rear-end accident on Highway 59 in Shelby County.

On Wednesday, 46-year-old Robert Anderson of St. Joseph, Missouri was transported to Myrtue Medical Center with unknown injuries after he had rear-ended a pick up truck.

At about 4:45 Wednesday afternoon, Anderson was driving a semi tractor and empty flatbed trailer south on Highway 59 in Shelby County near Route F58. He rear-ended a Ford F150 driven by Timothy Meyer of Harlan.

As a result of the incident, Anderson’s tractor trailer veered off the road and came to rest in the west bank of the Nishnabotna river. Meyer’s vehicle came to rest on the shoulder of the road.

After the crash, Anderson was transported by Medivac Ambulance to Myrtue Medical Center. The status of his injuries is unknown, and it is not known if any citations were issued.

King Comments on Post Offices

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July 28th, 2011 by Doug Evans

As you may have heard on our newscasts Wednesday, the US Postal Service is considering closing several Iowa post offices, including locations in Brayton, Cumberland, Kimballton, and Lewis.

Western Iowa Congressman Steve King has released a statement on the possible closings, saying he will help develop an individualized plan to ensure that the feedback and concerns of each community are brought to the attention of the Postal Service. He says, “The USPS cannot be allowed to take advantage of this situation to shirk its responsibilities in western Iowa.”

Sentencing Today for Man who Supplied Alcohol to Harlan Teen

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July 28th, 2011 by Doug Evans

Sentencing is scheduled for today in the case of a Crescent man accused of supplying alcohol that resulted in the death of a Harlan teenager last fall.

27-year-old Dustin Thomas pled guilty to supplying alcohol to an underage person resulting in death last week. He could face as much as five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Nine other people had been charged in the incident where minors had been drinking at a party.

Thomas was arrested in February on accusations that he provided alcohol that resulted in the death of 17-year-old Julio Caceres. On October 11 Caceres died as a result of injuries suffered in the alcohol incident the previous weekend

Thomas had admitted to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation that he bought a bottle of Black Velvet that Caceres drank at the party.

Charges were filed following an investigation by the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation.

Cass County Arrests

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July 27th, 2011 by Doug Evans

The Cass County Sheriff’s office reports the arrests of several people the past few days.

On Tuesday, 34-year-old Jason Glen Dukes of Anita was arrested on charges of OWI 2nd Offense and Driving While Revoked. He was taken to the Cass County Jail and was released later the same day on his own recognizance.

Also on Tuesday, 18-year-old Austin Allen Schmitt was arrested on a warrant for Delivery of Marijuana, Distribution of Drugs to Persons Under 18, two counts of Use of Individual Under 18 in the Drug Trade, and two counts of Using a Juvenile to Commit and Offense. Schmitt was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was held on $45,000 bond. Two other unnamed juveniles were arrested in this case as well.

On Monday, 37-year-old David Daniel Good of Anita was arrested for Possession with Intent to Deliver and Driving While Barred. He was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was held on $7,500 bond.

Also on Monday three people were arrested on drug charges after a Cass County traffic stop.

Twenty-one-year-old Cam Christopher Jahnke was arrested on charges of Possession with Intent to Deliver and Possession of a Controlled Substance. He was taken to the Cass County Jail and was held on held on $6,000 bond.

Twenty-one-year-old James Michael Howard of Atlantic was arrested on charges of Possession with Intent to Deliver and Possession of a Controlled Substance. He was taken to the Cass County Jail and was held on held on $6,000 bond.

Also as part of that same traffic stop, 27-year-old Alanda Nevelle Starkey of Lawrence, Nebraska was arrested on charges of Possession with Intent to Deliver and Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Offense. She was taken to the Cass County Jail and held without bond

Last Friday, 42-year-old Shannon Sue Prall of Atlantic was arrested for Domestic Abuse Simple Assault. She was transported to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office where she was released Saturday on her own recognizance.

And last Thursday, 37-year-old Gregory James Storjohann of Walnut was arrested for Driving Under Suspension. He was taken to the Cass County Jail where he pled guilty and was released that day.

Shenandoah Man Hospitalized from Motorcycle Crash

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July 27th, 2011 by Doug Evans

Authorities in Fremont County report a Shenandoah man was injured in a motorcycle crash in Shenandoah.

Twenty-seven-year-old Corey Whitehill of Shenandoah was driving a 2001 Honda Motorcycle on Highway 59 near Highway 2. Whitehill lost control of the bike after passing a vehicle and crashed into a ditch.

Shenandoah rescue transported Whitehill to the Shenadoah airport where he was flown to Creighton Medical Center.

The Page County Sheriff’s Office and Shenandoah Fire assisted at the scene. Further information on the accident is unavailable.

Notes for August from the Iowa DNR

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July 27th, 2011 by Doug Evans

The annual August roadside survey of upland game will begin August 1. Staff with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will be driving through different areas of Iowa looking for pheasants, rabbits quail and partridge. The survey tracks population trends and provides reliable predictions of the fall pheasant harvest. The survey concludes on August 15.

Also anyone interested in deer hunting this fall may begin purchasing licenses for the upcoming season on August 15. Season dates and license quotas were approved at the July meeting of the Natural Resource Commission of the Iowa DNR. Licenses are sold at nearly 900 locations across the state. Locally, you can get your license at the Cass County Courthouse. For more locations visit: www.iowadnr.gov.

Moped Classes at Iowa Western in Denison

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July 27th, 2011 by Doug Evans

Western Iowa Tech Community College in Denison will be offering a Moped Safety Class on Saturday September 17, 2011 from 8:30am to 2:30pm. The course is designed for people age 14 or 15 who wish to obtain a moped license. It is an approved course of training in the skills required by the Iowa Department of Transportation prior to obtaining a moped license. To register, call WITCC at (712) 263-3419.

* Press release

Several SW Iowa Post Offices Could Close

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July 27th, 2011 by Doug Evans

The US Post office is considering closing more than 3,600 post offices throughout the US.

Several offices in southwest Iowa are on the list of offices that might be closed. They include locations in Brayton, Cumberland, Kimballton, and Lewis.

It is important to note that just because a post office is on the list, it does not necessarily mean it will close.

This past January, about 1,400 post offices were considered for potential closings. Two-hundred-eighty offices have officially been closed, but of those 200 passed their reviews and will remain open.