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Lottery players continue to win large prizes across the state


February 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Lottery say a Massena woman was the latest, big instant-scratch game winner in Cass County, during calendar year 2013. Kristen Karstens won $50,000 in the “Super Crossword” scratch-off game with a ticket purchased at 21st Century Coop C-Store, in Massena.

Iowa Lottery players won a total of $200.8 million in prizes in fiscal year 2013, the latest complete year for which the lottery has records. However, there are a significant number of prizes that expire each year without being claimed. The lottery reminds its players to double-check their tickets. In fiscal year 2013, more than $1.3 million in lotto prizes expired in Iowa without being claimed.

Prize money left unclaimed after redemption deadlines goes into the lottery’s prize pools for future games, so it will be used to pay prizes, just not those particular prizes that have expired. On the lottery’s website at www.ialotterycom, there is a current list of unclaimed lotto prizes of $10,000 or more.

Prizes in instant-scratch and pull-tab games must be claimed within 90 days of the end of the game. Scratch-game prizes can be claimed at any Iowa Lottery retailer where the games are sold, while prizes in pull-tab games must be claimed at the location where the tickets were purchased. Players also may visit an Iowa Lottery retailer or go to one of the lottery’s offices in Des Moines, Council Bluffs, Storm Lake, Mason City or Cedar Rapids to claim prizes.

Winning lotto numbers may be checked by visiting the lottery website or calling the winning numbers hotline at (515) 323-4633. They may also be checked by visiting a lottery retail outlet or calling the lottery at (515) 725-7900 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Powerball estimated jackpot surges to $400M


February 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lottery officials say there was no jackpot winner in Saturday’s Powerball drawing, adding the current estimated jackpot has jumped to $400 million or $227.8 million in cash value. Powerball said the next drawing will be Wednesday, Feb. 19. It added in a statement that the previous estimated jackpot total was an annuitized $330.8 million, or $188.4 million as a cash option.

Powerball is played in 43 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The odds of matching all six numbers in the game are 1 in about 175 million, according to statistics of the nonprofit Multi-State Lottery Association whose members offer one or more of the association’s games.

Fremont County Weekend Arrests


February 16th, 2014 by Chris Parks

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office reports a number of arrests over the weekend.

On Friday (2/14) at approximately 11:20pm deputies conducted a traffic stop on a 1996 Mercury Villager for a broken taillight near the intersection of 190th street and 355th Avenue in Fremont County.  The driver, 34-year-old Craig Duane Ellis of Council Bluffs was found to have a warrant for his arrest for Possession of a Deadly Weapon by a Prohibited Person and Possession of a Controlled Substance out of Nebraska.

Ellis was placed under arrest and a search of the vehicle produced a loaded firearm as well as several controlled substances.  Ellis was arrested on numerous charges and is being held on $131,548.00 cash only bond and his Nebraska warrants.  A passenger in the vehicle, 50-year-old Kelli Rachelle Gould of Shenandoah was also placed under arrests on numerous charges including possession of Methamphetamine and Marijuana.  Gould is being held on $125,300 cash only bond and more charges are pending in the case.

On Saturday (2/15) Sheriff’s deputies were called to County Line Bar in Shenandoah for a report of a fight in progress.  Upon arrival 26-year-old Charles Franklin Liles of Shenandoah was arrested for Public Intoxication and was later released on $300 bond.

Also on Saturday (2/15) Fremont County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a domestic disturbance at 402 Clay Street in Sidney at approximately 1:13am.  Sheriff’s officials along with Sidney Police responded to the scene.  36-year-old Melvin Benny Jurey of Sidney was arrested for Felony Assault and Domestic Abuse Assault and later received a Contempt of Court charge.  Jurey is being held on no bond.

Finally on Saturday (2/15) Fremont County Sheriff’s Officials received a report of a hit and run accident at 1406 Main Street in Hamburg that had occurred sometime in the evening hours Friday (2/14) or early morning Saturday.  An investigation was made of the scene and Sheriff’s Officials later made contact with the driver of the vehicle that left the scene 21-year-old Dalton Haler of Hamburg.  The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.

Public Intoxication Arrest in Villisca


February 16th, 2014 by Chris Parks

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Villisca man early Sunday (2/16) morning on a public intoxication charge.  Officers arrested 34-year-old Dean Richard Orr of Villisca following an incident in the 400 block of S 3rd Avenue in Villisca.  Orr was taken to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $300 bond.

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LOVILA HANSEN, 84, of Audubon (Svcs. at Later Date)


February 15th, 2014 by Chris Parks

LOVILA HANSEN, 84, of Audubon died Friday, Feb. 14th at the Thomas Rest Haven in Coon Rapids.  Following cremation, there will be a celebration of life memorial service at a later date for LOVILA HANSEN.  Kessler Funeral Home in Audubon has the arrangements.

Cass Co. Farmer Wins $2,500 for Atlantic H.S. Journalism Dept.

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February 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Monsanto Fund have announced Mrs. Stephanie Witzman of Cass County, has been selected as a winner in America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Seed Company. Stephanie Witzman selected Atlantic High School Journalism Department to receive the $2,500 donation in Cass County. A representative of the seed company, the AHS Journalism Department, and Mrs. Witzman will participate in a ceremonial check presentation ceremony next Wednesday, Feb. 19th, at the High School, beginning at 5-PM.AFGC logo

America’s Farmers Grow Communities works directly with farmers to support nonprofit organizations doing important work in rural communities. The program encourages farmers to enter to win $2,500, which is then directed to the farmer’s nonprofit of choice. Launched nationally in 2011, the program has grown to include 1,289 eligible counties in 39 states. America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, is part of the America’s Farmers initiative, which highlights the important contributions farmers make every day to our society.

For a complete list of Grow Communities winners and more program information, visit growcommunities.com.

2 Council Bluffs men arrested on theft charges associated with stolen vehicles


February 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Pottawattamie County say two Council Bluffs men were arrested Thursday afternoon on 1st degree Theft and Possession of stolen property charges, following an investigation into the theft of vehicles from Pottawattamie, Shelby and Crawford Counties. Sheriff Jeff Danker said in a press release, that at around 1:30-p.m., Thursday, investigators following up on a lead of persons of interest possibly involved in the theft of vehicles from the three counties were checking the suspect’s residence they observed a vehicle in the driveway that matched the description of a pickup truck that was stolen out of Crawford County. The Investigators were able to determine that the vehicle was in fact the stolen vehicle from Crawford County. While at the residence two suspects were taken into custody and booked into the Pottawattamie County Jail.

The suspects were identified as 30-year old Andrew J. Arrick and 18-year old Sean M Arrick, both from Council Bluffs.. Both suspects were booked into the Pott. County Jail. The suspects admitted to investigators that they did take the pick up that was located in the driveway and that they had another stolen vehicle in the garage. They told Deputies that the vehicle in the garage was a Roadster that was taken out of Crawford County.

Deputies were given consent to search the garage and the residence for other possible stolen property. Deputies recovered a 2009 Dodge Ram Pickup and a 1936 Pontiac Coupe (Street Rod) that was taken from Crawford County, a 1997 Chevrolet pickup that was stolen out of Colfax County Nebraska, a Four Wheeler from Pottawattamie County, and other property that was identified as being stolen from Shelby County.

The Investigation is ongoing and further charges are pending.

Meeting held on IKM-Manning consolidation


February 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A large group of patrons in the IKM-Manning School District were on hand Thursday evening to hear a presentation on the next steps for consolidating the district. The presentation was held inside the auditorium at the Manning High School Building. Recently, the IKM-Manning school board hired the Iowa School House Construction and Planning Services to review the options the district has in order to make the best decision on consolidating the district from three buildings to two. The crowd viewed a PowerPoint presentation from the organization’s president Duane Van Hemert and Vice President Sam Hardy.

The reasoning behind getting rid of one building is due to several problems the district is facing including a declining enrollment as the service group showed that the combined district in 1999 had 1,095 students and in 2013 the number was 720. Before unveiling their decision, Van Hemert said the district only has a few options. They include reducing building space from 3 buildings to 1, and reducing staffing costs from the General Fund, which currently takes up 80% of the fund. He said it would be wise for the districts to look at all areas in order to obtain a balanced approach to consolidation.

Planning Services presented three options including moving students in certain grades to different buildings as well as changing the central office, cutting the cost of administrators and closing either the Manilla or Irwin school building. Out of the three options, Van Hemert and Hardy agreed that option 3 was the best one. In that scenario, the IKM-Manning school district would move Kindergarten through 2nd grade from Irwin to Manning, the 5th and 6th graders from Manilla to Manning and the 7th and 8th graders would be in Irwin.

The plan would keep the secondary gym in Manilla open for a practice facility and use the bus parking as a central location for transportation. The central office for the district would be in Manning. The organization said this option would reduce staffing costs by over $400,000 and eliminate maintenance costs for the Manilla School building. Van Hemert said cost to renovate the Manilla School Building alone would be over $900,000 because the heating and cooling system in the whole school needs replaced. The organization mentioned that the Irwin School Building would need remodeling in certain areas. That would cost the district an estimated $280,000. Hardy said option C is beneficial in cost savings and provides the best education for the children.

Van Hemert said no matter what the district decides to do, there may be more consolidating in the future.  He said if enrollment continues to declines, the district may end up with just one building in a dozen years or less. The key dates coming up for the IKM-Manning School District with regard to consolidation are the next two board meetings on Wednesday, February 19th and Thursday March 6th. The School Board said they’ll hold another open forum for residents to ask questions and voice their concerns, on Wednesday, the 19th at the Manning High School Auditorium. Action on the final consolidation plan is expected on March 6th.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

Atlantic men arrested on drug charges Thursday


February 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Two men were arrested Thursday in Atlantic, on drug charges. The Atlantic Police Dept. reports 20-year old Andrew Laughlin and 19-year old Dakota Miller, both of Atlantic, were taken into custody on Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a Controlled Substance, charges. Both men were booked into the Cass County Jail.