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Several burn bans in place in southwest Iowa

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March 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Two more counties are being be added to the list of counties in the KJAN listening area which have called for a ban on open burning. A Burn Ban went into effect at 10-a.m. Tuesday, for Fremont County. Later that same day, emergency management officials in Page, Pottawattamie and Montgomery Counties announced Burn Bans would be in effect in those counties beginning at 8-a.m. today (Wednesday). The bans will remain in effect until further notice.

The current dry conditions throughout the region have caused an increase in fire responses throughout eastern Nebraska and southwest Iowa. As dry conditions persist, dead and drying vegetation is the perfect fuel to spread fires rapidly. Pottawattamie County EMA Director Doug Reed says Pott. County “Has seen the devastating effects of fire in extreme conditions and we want to do everything we can to help mitigate an incident like that from occurring.”

During these dry conditions, citizens are reminded to not throw out cigarettes from moving vehicles and to discontinue burning yard waste, piled tree debris or other items during the ban. Small recreational camp fires are permitted only if they are conducted in a fire place of brick, metal or heavy one-inch wire mesh. Any camp fire not in an outdoor fire place is prohibited.

Violation of a burn ban can subject a person to citation or arrest for reckless use of fire or disobeying a burn ban.

Red Oak man arrested on arson charge Tuesday

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March 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak have arrested a local man on 2nd degree arson and breach of peace charges. 32-year old Paul Earl Lemburg II, of Red Oak, was arrested at 209 east Nuckols Street on Tuesaday, at around 3:15-p.m.. Lemberg was taken to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $10,000 bond.

Also arrested Tuesday afternoon, was 31-year old Anthony David Smith, of Red Oak. Smith was charged with Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drugs. Smith was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $1,000 bond.

Burn Ban in effect in Pottawattamie County beginning 8-a.m. Wed.

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March 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Pottawattamie County Emergency Management reports a burning ban will be in place for Pottawattamie County starting Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. The ban prohibits open burning in Pottawattamie County, including all the cities within the county.Pott County Emergency Mgmt

The current dry conditions throughout the region have caused an increase in fire responses throughout eastern Nebraska and southwest Iowa. As dry conditions persist, dead and drying vegetation is the perfect fuel to spread fires rapidly. EMA Director Doug Reed says Pott. County “Has seen the devastating effects of fire in extreme conditions and we want to do everything we can to help mitigate an incident like that from occurring.”

During these dry conditions, citizens are reminded to not throw out cigarettes from moving vehicles and to discontinue burning yard waste, piled tree debris or other items during the ban. Small recreational camp fires are permitted only if they are conducted in a fire place of brick, metal or heavy one-inch wire mesh. Any camp fire not in an outdoor fire place is prohibited.

Violation of a burn ban can subject a person to citation or arrest for reckless use of fire or disobeying a burn ban. For more information on burn bans and the law you can find further information on our facebook page or you may call 712-328-5777.

Senator seeks secret state settlement records

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March 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state senator from Des Moines has asked Gov. Terry Branstad to turn over public documents related to settlements reached with employees who were laid off then paid to sign agreements to keep it quiet. Sen. Janet Petersen, a Des Moines Democrat, and chairwoman of the Iowa Senate Oversight Committee, says she wants copies of any such agreements since January 2011. She also wants to know who requested the agreements and who authorized the payments.

On Sunday the Des Moines Register reported that more than $280,000 was paid to six former state employees. Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds says she and Branstad were unaware of the agreements and a comprehensive review is under way. Branstad spokesman Jimmy Centers says results of the review and any action taken will be made public.

Burn Ban in Montgomery County in effect Wed. morning

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March 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Montgomery County Emergency Management Director Brian Hamman has announced a Burn Ban will be in effect for that county beginning at 8-a.m. Tuesday and lasting until further notice.Burn ban image Fremont County has already instituted a ban on open, outdoor burning. Hamman says several other counties in southwest Iowa are in the process of issuing a Burn Ban.

Iowa Senate approves anti-bullying bill

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March 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Lawmakers in the Iowa Senate have approved a measure aimed at establishing more anti-bullying efforts in schools across the state. The Democratic-majority Senate narrowly cleared the bill Tuesday in a straight party-line vote, 26-19. The legislation now goes to the Republican-controlled House, where lawmakers are wrangling with a similar measure.

The bill is meant to help schools better address bullying. But Sen. David Johnson, a Republican from Ocheyedan, says the proposal falls short in its effort to ensure student safety. Sen. Robert Hogg, a Democrat from Cedar Rapids who sponsored the bill, argues Republicans are neglecting to consider the well-being of children by refusing their support of the measure.

Cracking down on bullying has been a priority for Gov. Terry Branstad this session.

OWI arrest in Atlantic

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March 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Atlantic report the arrest on Monday of a local man on an OWI charge. 26-year old Sophin Phylon, of Atlantic, was charged with OWI/1st offense and brought to the Cass County Jail, where he was being held pending an appearance in front of the magistrate.

Shelby County Supervisors approve grader purchase

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March 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Shelby County Supervisors have approved the purchase of a new motor grader for the Shelby County Engineer’s Office. In a meeting held this (Tuesday) morning, Shelby County Engineer Dan Ahart presented two bids, one from Zeigler and the other from John Deere.

Zeigler was the low bid for a new 2013 Caterpillar at $201,810 which included a trade in from the county of a 2005 Caterpillar motor grader. Ahart also put together a resolution to place stop signs on Hickory Road and Ironwood Road south of Westphalia. The reasoning behind the resolution was a safety concern, as Supervisor Roger Schmitz said he drives by the two “T” intersections on 1400th Street almost daily and is very dangerous.

In fact, the county had a couple of accidents on the intersections in 2013. The resolution was approved. The stop signs will now be at all three sections of the “Ts” and signs will be posted of an upcoming stop ahead. The stop signs will be installed later this week. In other business, Shelby County Auditor Marsha Carter said the courthouse had received some customer complaints in regards to the courthouse steps being closed during inclement weather. The board has a policy where as the steps to the courthouse are blocked off during ice and snow as a safety precaution.

No change in the policy was made. The Shelby County Supervisors heard also from Chris Nelson of Gronewold and Company, on the Fiscal Year 2013 Audit, which was subsequently approved.

(Joel McCall/ KNOD)

1st Burn Ban of the season approved in SW IA

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March 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Fremont County is the first of what is likely to become many counties in southwest Iowa to request and receive approval for the instituting of a ban on outdoor burning from the State. The State Fire Marshal’s Office received the request today (Tuesday) from Fremont County Emergency Manager Mike Crecelius. Crecelius represents each of the fire departments within the County, in their request to implement a Burn Ban effective immediately, and lasting until further notice.

The Ban states that conditions in Fremont County are such that open burning constitutes a danger to life or property, and requires that no person engage in open burning except until such time the fire district chiefs feel the danger is reduced or no longer exists.

Violating the Burn Ban is a simple misdemeanor, which requires a court appearance.

Cass and Adair County Supervisors to hold regular meetings, Wed.

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March 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Boards of Supervisors in Cass and Adair Counties will hold their regular, weekly meetings Wednesday morning in Atlantic and Greenfield, respectively. The Cass County Supervisor’s meeting begins at 8:30-a.m.  During their session, the Board will act on the “Assignment of county held tax sale certificate of purchase 2012-105 (that is, to abate the interest, penalty and costs to pay the taxes)” for a property in the Cumberland Second Addition. The Board will also act on approving a Resolution to abate the tax for a mobile home, where it is “Impractical to collect” the tax. The Board will also hear a report from Amanda Baker, with regard to FY 2015 Wellmark Health Insurance Renewal.

In Greenfield, the Adair County Board will hear reports and/or presentations beginning at 9-a.m., with regard to: Radon Control; a Safe Room; A Fence issue; Renewal for Health Insurance and a Door-to-Door Sales Ordinance. They Board will also act on a Resolution appointing the paying agent and related administrative matters pertaining to the paying for $5.83-million in General Obligation Capital Loan Notes Series 2014.