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Ragbrai in Atlantic

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July 25th, 2011 by Doug Evans

Thousands of cyclists made their way to Atlantic Sunday as part of the 39’th edition of RAGBRAI.

The bikers left Glenwood on their near 60-mile trek to Atlantic as they traveled 9-miles to Silver City, 19-miles to Carson, 15-miles to Griswold, 7.5-miles to Lewis and then 8 miles to Atlantic.

The weather wasn’t exactly comfortable for the riders either Sunday afternoon as temps topped out in the low 90’s with dew points hitting nearly 80. There were reports of several riders needing medical treatment due to the uncomfortable conditions.

In addition to the hot, steamy weather, the riders also battled a drastic change in elevation of 462 feet on the trail to Atlantic.

Once the bikers arrived Sunday, they were greeted by numerous volunteers at the Cass County fairgrounds supplying free water and cokes as they made their way through 10th street to the camping areas. Numerous entertainment options were available Sunday night in downtown Atlantic including music and other food and beverage venders.

The Ragbrai riders will leave this morning as they now make their way to Carroll. If you plan on traveling at all this morning, you should avoid route 173 as that will be the trail the riders will take out of town towards Elk Horn and Kimballton.

Missing Viking Lake Boater ID’d

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July 25th, 2011 by Doug Evans

A Red Oak man has been identified as the missing boater who was found at Viking Lake Park in Montgomery County.

He was 63-year-old John Carmichael of Red Oak.

Park visitors reported an empty fishing boat around 7:30 Saturday evening, which initiated a search for the boater.

Authorities searched nearly non-stop for the missing man Saturday night and Sunday morning, except for a three hour period when storms passed through the area. The search widened to include trails Sunday morning.

Dive teams discovered the missing man’s body in the lake near pontoon boats about 12:35 Sunday afternoon. He was later identified as Carmichael on Sunday evening after his family had been notified.

Iowa DNR conservation officers and park officers; the Midwest Regional Dive Team; the Red Oak and Stanton Fire Departments; and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s office conducted the search.

9AM Newscast 07-23-2011

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July 23rd, 2011 by Chris Parks

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Arrests in Harlan

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July 22nd, 2011 by Doug Evans

The Harlan Police Department reports the arrests of several people the past few days.

On July 12, 25-year old David Coenen was arrested on a valid Shelby County warrant. The warrant was for domestic abuse assault stemming from an incident on July 6th. Coenen was transported to the Shelby County Hail where, in addition to the warrant, he was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and prohibited acts penalties.

On July 14, 59-year-old Thomas Wageman of Harlan was taken into custody following a traffic stop. He was taken to the Shelby County jail where he was charged with driving while revoked, reckless driving, and no proof of insurance.

Also on July 14, 30-year-old Kimberly Konecny of Harlan was taken into custody when officers were called to Concerned Inc for a disturbance. Konecny was taken to the Shelby County jail where she was booked for public intoxication.

On Monday, 29-year-old Nathan Ayers of Harlan was arrested when police were called to a disturbance at 605 Spring. Ayers was taken to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with public intoxication, interference with official acts and assault on a police officer.

Also on Monday, 30-year-old Joseph Schoemann of Harlan was arrested for driving while barred when he was observed by officers driving on 12th street. He was taken to the Shelby County Jail.

On Tuesday, 58-year-old Larry Meurer of Harlan when officers responded to a 911 hang up call. He was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with assault.

And on Thursday, 23-year-old Paula Koestner of Harlan was cited for two counts of allowing a dog to run at large. Officers were called to the 700 block of Broadway on July 12 and again July 15 for a dog running at large and acting vicious to persons passing by. She was cited and released.

Three Atlantic Men Arrested

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July 22nd, 2011 by Doug Evans

The Atlantic Police department reports the arrest of two people Friday.

Twenty-one-year-old Justin Jacobs of Atlantic was arrested for public intoxication and disorderly conduct. He was transported to the Cass County Jail and booked.

Twenty-four-year-old Robert Hackwell of Atlantic was arrested for public intoxication and disorderly conduct. He was transported to the Cass County Jail and booked.

Also on Thursday, 33-year-old Neil Christensen West Valley, Utah for public intoxication. He was transported to the Cass County Jail and booked in.

High Speed Chase in Atlantic

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July 22nd, 2011 by Doug Evans

An incident at the Nishna Valley YMCA in Atlantic led to a high speed police chase Thursday night.

The chase ended with 23-year-old Jonathan Adams of Council Bluffs crashing near Highway 92. Police say the incident began Thursday night when he entered the YMCA and refused to pay or identify himself. That prompted staff at theY to call 911, but Adams left before police arrived according to Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green.

The police then initiated a traffic stop with Adams, who was reported to be going to another pool in Atlantic. During the traffic stop Adams attempted to flee and sped away.

Adams then led the officers on tenth street out of town on Olive Street. The pursuit continued for a number of miles in rural Cass County.

The pursuit eventually crossed Highway 92 at the intersection with 550th Street where Adams’ vehicle hit another vehicle being driven by Sandra Royer of Logan. Adams lost control of his vehicle and entered a ditch on Highway 92.
Adams has been charged with eluding or attempting to allude law enforcement. Additional charges are currently pending. He is currently being held in the Cass County Jail.

9AM Newscast 07-22-2011

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July 22nd, 2011 by Chris Parks

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7AM Newscast 07-22-2011

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July 22nd, 2011 by Chris Parks

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Harlan Company Gets Gov’t Grant

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July 22nd, 2011 by Doug Evans

The Iowa Economic Development Board approved awards Thursday that will create up to 59 jobs in Iowa and retain another 227 jobs.

The board approved incentives for projects located in Harlan, Cedar Rapids, Ankeny and Oelwein.

The awards were given to businesses that the board says are important growth industries where Iowa is a leader, including technology, industrial biotechnology and food manufacturing.
The board awarded Enterprise Zone tax incentives to AMPC, Inc., doing business as Proliant Meat Ingredients, to expand its facility in Harlan. The company, which produces stocks and broths, plans to expand its existing building, improve wastewater-handling capabilities, and increase production capacity by adding new equipment.

The project represents a nearly $12.9 million total capital investment.

Nelson Named Audubon Fair Queen

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July 22nd, 2011 by Jim Field

Chelsea Nelson of Exira was crowned 2011 fair queen in front of the grandstand at the Audubon County Fair Thursday night.  Chelsea is the daughter of Dave and Trudy Nelson.  She will be a freshman at Iowa State University this fall.  Chelsea will also represent Audubon County in the state fair queen competition at the Iowa State Fair from August 9th through the 13th.  Amanda Steffes of Audubon was named as the runner-up.  Amanda is the daughter of Bruce and Deb Steffes.  She will be a senior at Audubon High School this fall.    2010 Audubon County Fair Queen Hallie Christofferson was also in attendance to help with the ceremony.