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Atlantic Parks & Rec Board to meet Monday evening

Ag/Outdoor, News

September 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The City of Atlantic’s Parks and Recreation Board is slated to hold their regular monthly meeting Monday evening, in the Camblin Shelter at Sunnyside Park, instead of City Hall. During their 5:15-p.m. session, the Board will receive updates on the various Capital Improvement Projects, including those to: Sunnyside Park and its tennis courts, the Skate Park, and the Maintenance Building project; along with a Pellett Park playground equipment update.

The Board will also receive updates on the Schildberg Recreation Area, which will cover the Campground, Dog Park, Eagle Scout Bench Project, and Signage. In addition, they will discuss the need for Park Director Roger Herring to receive Pesticide Certification. In his report to the Board, Herring will review his meeting with the Schildberg Committee, report on a meeting with a Loss Control Specialist from the Iowa Communities Assurance Pool (ICAP), and give a tour of Sunnyside Park, along with a review of projects completed thus far, and those being considered.

Iowa News headlines: Sun., Sept. 16th 2012

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September 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) — Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley is scheduled to be in Iowa as a special guest at Senator Tom Harkin’s annual steak fry. The major Democratic event is scheduled for today in Indianola, Iowa. It typically draws thousands of party activists. O’Malley has been mentioned as a potential presidential contender in 2016.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines police say a city councilman stepped in to stop a crime in progress. Des Moines television station KCCI reports that Councilman Skip Moore was in the City Hall parking lot and noticed a man trying to open car doors. Moore called police as he watched the man cross the street into another parking lot. A nearby detective soon showed up and arrested the 23-year-old Des Moines man.

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Two University of Northern Iowa students have been arrested after one was accused of driving over a Cedar Falls police officer’s foot. Waterloo television station KWWL reports that a 20-year-old man and a 19-year-old man turned themselves in on Friday. The officer was treated and released.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Walk-on fullback Mark Weisman rushed for 113 yards and three short touchdowns as Iowa held off Northern Iowa 27-16 yesterday. James Vandenberg added 228 yards passing for the Hawkeyes, who beat the Panthers, a Football Championship Subdivision program. It was Iowa’s 15th straight victory over NIU despite losing backs Damon Bullock and Greg Garmon to injuries.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Steele Jantz threw three touchdown passes and James White ran 56 yards for another score, leading Iowa State to a 37-3 victory over Western Illinois on Saturday night.

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Shakir Bell rushed for a school-record 349 yards and two touchdowns as Indiana State defeated Drake 27-10 Saturday.

Minor injuries reported following Sat. rollover south of Atlantic

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September 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

One person suffered minor injuries during a single-vehicle rollover accident Saturday afternoon, south of Atlantic. Cass County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Rink told KJAN News 22-year old Andrew Jackson Rice, of Atlantic, refused medical treatment at the scene of the crash, which occurred at around 4:45-p.m. about two-miles south of Atlantic on 620th (Olive Street), or about one-half mile south of Keystone Road.

The car being hauled away on a flatbed wrecker/ (Ric Hanson-photo)

Rink said Rice was traveling north on 620th when the 1999 Pontiac he was driving went off on to the right shoulder. Rice over-corrected on the gravel, sending the vehicle across the road and into the west ditch, where it apparently rolled once, before coming to rest back on the road. Rink says Rice, who was wearing his seat belt, refused medical treatment at the scene. He was cited for Failure to Maintain Control. The car was totaled in the crash. Atlantic Fire and Rescue, Medivac Ambulance, Atlantic Police and the Cass County Sheriff’s Department assisted at the scene.

Sioux City considers ban on feeding deer, turkeys

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September 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Sioux City leaders will consider a measure that would make it illegal to feed deer and wild turkeys within city limits. The City Council will vote on the proposed ordinance on Monday. Violators would be fined. Assistant City Attorney Connie Anstey says the measure is meant to reduce traffic accidents and damage to plants caused by the wild animals. In July, about a dozen residents from a northern area of the city told the council that deer pose a problem in their area. Drought conditions this summer forced the animals into Sioux City neighborhoods. The council considered a similar ban in 2010, but the measure was opposed by people who wanted to feed the animals.

Iowa schools to report, track bullying on database

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September 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa public schools have a new database to report and track bullying incidents in detail as they happen throughout the year.  The Iowa Department of Education launched the database on Friday.  The state has relied on one annual set of reports, logged under four labels, each spring to track bullying in schools. That was prompted in 2007 by a state anti-bullying and anti-harassment law. The new database will have schools report bullying based on one or more of 17 student traits explicitly named in state law – including sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability or political belief.

Fly Iowa Air Show 2012

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September 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here are just some of the images from the Sat., Sept. 12 2012 “Fly Iowa – Heritage and Homecoming” airshow, in Atlantic, IA. (Photo’s by KJAN News Director Ric Hanson)…

More military vehicles on display at the airshow

The Iowa State Patrol’s aircraft, based in the Atlantic Airport hangar.

Western IA berry farm wins IA Farm Bureau Award

Ag/Outdoor, News

September 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Farm Bureau have announced Sawmill Hollow in Missouri Valley, the country’s first aronia berry farm, is this month’s Iowa Farm Bureau Renew Rural Iowa entrepreneur award winner.

Aronia Berries

The organic berry operation is a family farm run by Vaughn and Cindy Pittz and their son, Andrew.  In 1997, the Pittzes planted 207 aronia berry plants and have since expanded the farm to 26 acres and more than 13,000 plants. The berries, also known as black chokeberries, can be made into a variety of products, including syrup, sauce, powders and wine.

After looking into a number of value-added ideas, ranging from Christmas trees to pumpkin patches, the family found aronia berries offered the best potential.The business is a benefit to Iowa’s ag industry and to the Missouri Valley economy with its annual festival. Sawmill Hollow’s fifth annual North American Aronia Festival is this weekend, Sept. 15-16, featuring children’s activities, wine tasting, recipe contest, farming and gardening workshops and more. (For a full schedule, go to http://sawmillhollow.com/.)

Renew Rural Iowa (RRI) is an Iowa Farm Bureau Federation initiative supporting new and existing businesses through education, mentoring and financial resources. To learn more, visit www.renewruraliowa.com.

8AM Newscast 09-15-2012

News, Podcasts

September 15th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

7AM Newscast 09-15-2012

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September 15th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Iowan who traveled the world and showed his home movies at schools is remembered

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September 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An Iowa man who brought the world to thousands of Iowa students over three decades will be remembered in Stuart this weekend. Al Bell traveled all over the planet and filmed his adventures, then visited schools across Iowa and made grand presentations. His daughter, Becky Bell-Greenstreet, says the film festival of her father’s work is the second one they’ve held in the past few years. Bell-Greenstreet says Sunday’s event will feature films that were not shown two years ago as there’s now a complete film library of her dad’s movies. Bell made his appearances in schools across Iowa between 1949 and 1979, highlighting his trips to Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.

She says her father was always well-received whenever he visited a rural Iowa school. “Those gyms and auditoriums were just packed to the rafters,” with kids from kindergarten through high school in one assembly, she says, “and my dad’s job was to teach them about a particular country. She says her dad would go all out for the films and for the assemblies. He would come out in costume and taught the students words in foreign tongues while the movies were well-produced and funny, artistic and sometimes bringing screams of surprise from students. T

he Al Bell Film Festival will be held at the Saints Center in Stuart, opening at noon, with artifacts, costumes, photos, foreign dolls, original posters and films on display. Films will be shown at 1 and 3 PM. Learn more at: “www.albellremembered.com”

(Radio Iowa)