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RAGBRAI rider dies in northern Iowa

News, Sports

July 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

GRAETTINGER, Iowa (AP) – A participant in an annual bicycle ride across Iowa has died due to a medical condition. Bob Libby, medical director for The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, told The Des Moines Register the 63-year-old man died Monday while riding near Graettinger, a small northern Iowa city in Palo Alto County. His name wasn’t released.

Libby says he didn’t know the cause of death, but that is was due to a medical condition and not a traumatic injury. A trauma surgeon, nurse and others cared for the man, who was taken to Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg, where he died.

It’s the first time a RAGBRAI rider has died since 2010. About 8,500 riders make the weeklong trip across Iowa, plus others who ride on single days.

USPS in Atlantic receives Community Improvement award


July 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce report the United States Postal Service office in Atlantic has received a Community Improvement Award. The Image Builders Committee presented the Community Improvement award to Atlantic’s Post Office for its improvement to the front of its building.

Pictured:  Bert Rose, employee, and Sharon Worthen, Post Master, Also pictured:  Image Building Committee: John Krogman, Ouida Wymer, Rich Perry, Gerald Brink, and Bill Saluk.

Pictured: Bert Rose, employee, and Sharon Worthen, Post Master,
Also pictured: Image Building Committee: John Krogman, Ouida Wymer, Rich Perry, Gerald Brink, and Bill Saluk.

The Community Improvement Award is given to a business that has shown that it takes pride in making Atlantic a welcoming and beautiful community. Bert Rose, a USPS employee, found old materials in the post office basement and created the scene you see out front today.

4 arrests in Mills County


July 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Mills County report four people were arrested Friday. 44-year old Damon Patrick Doty, of Council Bluffs, was arrested at the Pottawattamie County Jail on a Mills County warrant for Probation Violation. His bond was set at $5,000. 20-year old Eric Joseph Carlson, of Nebraska City, NE, and Nadine Gail Yoesel, of Auburn, NE, were arrested Friday following a traffic stop. The pair face Possession of drug paraphernalia charges. Bonds were set at $300 each.

And, 20-year old Jacob Kyle Rash, of Herriman, UT, was arrested last Friday following a traffic stop on I-29 in Mills County, for OWI/2nd offense. His bond was set at $2,000.

ACSD School Registration letter available online


July 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Atlantic Community School District (ACSD) have announced information with regard to registration for the 2014-2015 school year is available online at http://www.atlanticiaschools.org/

In the letter, Superintendent Mike Amstein says “For the 2014-15 school year, Atlantic Community School District will continue to utilize the “rollover” registration process with JMC, the district’s student information system. By using the “rollover” registration process it will alleviate the long lines for school registration at the high school each August. The “rollover” registration process assumes that every student enrolled in the ACSD at the end of this school year will be attending school in the fall of the next school year. This means that you will not have to register student(s) for the upcoming school year, if they attended ACSD this school year (2013-14) and were still in attendance as of the last day of school for this past school year (May 27, 2014).”

Amstein goes on to say “Students, who are NEW to the school district and are planning to enroll for the 2014-15 school year will need to register for school at our school buildings,which are open during the summer or access the school registration forms located online at the district’s website, www.atlanticiaschools.org. All of the necessary registration forms are posted on the right hand side of district’s website or are available at each school building.”

Other information in the letter pertains to student fees which need to be paid for the upcoming school year. The district is now utilizing RevTrak instead of PaySchools to collect fees and to pay for lunch. By using RevTrak, there will NO longer be a $2.00 transaction fee for online credit card payments.  The free and reduced application can be found on the Registration website.

If you want more detailed instructions on how to register online, please follow the instructions provided to you on the ACSD website If you don’t have access to a computer, please stop by your student’s school.

Iowa Small Businesses Have Three Weeks Left to Apply for SBA Disaster Loans

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA)is reminding small, non-farm businesses in 70 Iowa counties and neighboring counties in Illinois and Missouri that they have until August 11th, 2014, to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). These loans are to offset economic losses because of reduced revenues to farmers and ranchers caused by drought that occurred from August 27 – October 28, 2013, in the following primary counties.

Primary Iowa counties in this area include: Adair, Audubon, Carroll, Crawford, Dallas, Guthrie, Madison, Sac, Shelby, and Union. Neighboring area counties eligible to apply for an EIDL include: Adams, Cass, Harrison, Pottawattamie, Ringgold and Taylor.

Small, nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private, nonprofit organizations of any size may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred. Businesses primarily engaged in farming or ranching are not eligible for SBA disaster assistance.

Agricultural enterprises should contact the Farm Services Agency (FSA) about the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) assistance made available by the Secretary’s declaration. However, in drought disasters nurseries are eligible for SBA disaster assistance. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure Web site at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
For owners of impacted small businesses, disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling toll-free at (800) 659-2955 or e-mailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. For more information about SBA’s disaster assistance programs, visit http://www.sba.gov/disaster.

The deadline to apply for these loans is August 11, 2014.

IWCC Board meets in Atlantic


July 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Western Community College’s Board of Trustees held their regular monthly meeting in Atlantic, Monday afternoon.

Iowa Western President Dr. Dan Kinney (Center, tan sport jacket) speaks at the meeting held in Atlantic.

Iowa Western President Dr. Dan Kinney (Center, tan sport jacket) speaks at the meeting held in Atlantic.

During the 75-minute meeting, which was held at the Atlantic Center of IWCC, College President Dr. Dan Kinney introduced the newest member of the Board, Marge Welch, who officials came on board June 30th, and has been putting together some new initiatives for the college. Welch is originally from Afton, in Union County. She started her career in higher education at Southwestern Community College, where she served for 11-years, before working at the university level (Buena Vista University) for the past eight years.  She said she’s wanted to get back to get back to the community college scene, which is where she says more emotionally grounded.

In his report to the Board, Dr. Kinney said Summer Graduation is set for 7-p.m. this Friday (July 25th). Approximately 80 students are set to receive their diplomas. Fall classes at Iowa Western begin August 18th. Kinney was also pleased to report he received a letter recently indicating the college will be receiving another Iowa Great Lakes Grant for IWCC’s innovative program designed to keep more students enrolled and on track academically, socially, and financially for program completion. The program is called “Intrusive Advising.” Kinney says he thinks it’s making a difference in student proficiency.

The latest grant amounts to $197, 340. Last year, the college received a grant amounting to $214, 790 to helping 150 students navigate their first year of studies through weekly advising meetings, supplemental instruction, and tutoring.

IWCC Cass County Center Director Ann Pross speaks to the college Board of Trustees.

IWCC Cass County Center Director Ann Pross speaks to the college Board of Trustees.

And, Iowa Western/Cass County Center Director Ann Pross reported to the Board of Trustees on the status of construction projects and enrollment. She said the new Student Activity Center which is currently under construction should be finished by the beginning of the Fall semester, and ready for occupancy by the start of the Spring semester.

Pross also reported there are now five full-time faculty members at the Cass County Center, and the enrollment numbers have held steady, with a small amount of growth. She said also the Design Technology Program continues to grow. 13 students graduated from the program in May. Another dozen students are involved in internships this summer. All of the students who take internships and graduate have received multiple job offers, with starting salaries of $35,000-45,000.

7AM Newscast 07-22-2014

News, Podcasts

July 22nd, 2014 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson


Sac County jail inmate attempts escape


July 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SAC CITY, Iowa (AP) – A 60-year-old inmate caught trying to escape from the jail in Sac City faces additional criminal charges. The Sioux City Journal reports Randy George Barney, of Rockwell City, was charged with felony attempted escape. The Sac County Sheriff’s office says Barney climbed a security fence and a barbed-wire barrier while exercising in an outside enclosure with three other inmates on Friday morning.

The sheriff’s office reported the incident Monday in a statement. It says deputy sheriff’s caught Barney while he was still on the property. He was the only inmate in the exercise yard to climb the fence. Officials say Barney had minor lacerations that did not require medical treatment.

He’s been in jail on burglary charges filed in April in neighboring Calhoun County. He has pleaded not guilty.

Iowa moves up 4 spots in Kids Count survey


July 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowa moved up four spots in the annual “Kids Count” survey released today. Iowa Kids Count director, Michael Crawford says “We moved up to third this year, we were seventh last year, so obviously a move up four places is very good,” Crawford says. The survey by the Anne E. Casey Foundation looks at 16 factors believed to be an indication of how well kids are doing in each of the 50 states. Massachusetts and Vermont were ranked one and two. Crawford says the move by Iowa shows how close the states in the top 10 are.

“I think some of it is attributed to the policies we have in place as far as helping children — particularly in the health areas — we ranked first in the health areas of all 50 states, which is very good,” Crawford says. “But I think also some of it has to do with the fact that maybe the other states are slipping in the work they do, so I think it’s kind of a combination of those two things has helped Iowa move up.” The four health areas ranked are the number of low birth weight babies, the number of children without health insurance, the number of child and teen deaths and the number of teens who use drugs or alcohol. Iowa also saw an improvement in all four education areas.

“We’ve improved the number of children going to pre-school — which is a good idea, a good thing — fourth in eighth graders improving their proficiency in their reading and math scores, and our tests. And also, we are lowering the number of kids who are dropping out of school or not graduating on time,” Crawford says. Iowa saw the state’s marks drop in some areas.

“We’ll be seeing an increase in the number of children living in poverty, which is a bad sign. And also, the number of children living in single parent homes,” Crawford says. Also on the negative side, Iowa saw an increase in the number of kids living in a situation where housing costs are a burden and the number of teens not in school and not working. Crawford says measuring the state against the rest of the country is good, but not the only way to find out how we are doing.

“I think it is import also to keep in mind, not only to compare Iowa to other states, but to compare Iowa to Iowa,” Crawford says. “Maybe compare Iowa to where we were 10 years ago, to where Iowa is now and really not look at the others states to see if our policies and programs in place are really helping families.” New Hampshire and Minnesota rounded out the top five in the survey behind Iowa. Arizona, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico and Mississippi ranked lowest among the states.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., July 22nd 2014


July 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) — State agents are assisting the Wapello County Sheriff’s Office in investigating the death of an Ottumwa area man. Authorities received a call just after 1 a.m. Monday to a rural residence four miles southwest of Ottumwa. Deputies found 49-year-old Clinton Gus Leedom unresponsive from a gunshot wound. Officials say the shooting “appears to be an isolated incident and no future danger appears to be imminent.”

EDDYVILLE, Iowa (AP) — The city of Eddyville is getting more than $1 million to improve its stormwater handling system to protect the city from Des Moines River flooding. The project includes funding for the extension and rerouting of more than 4,000 feet of storm sewers, installation of larger inlets and manholes, and four high capacity pumps to move water over the city’s levee.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democrat Jack Hatch has just $183,000 in the bank for his campaign for governor, putting him at an extreme disadvantage against Republican Gov. Terry Branstad, who has amassed $4 million. Hatch raised nearly $270,000 during the latest fundraising period, which ended July 14. After expenses, he was left with $183,000 in cash. Branstad is running for an unprecedented sixth term.

SIOUX RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A Sioux Rapids man accused of stabbing a 19-year-old man last week now faces an attempted murder charge. Forty-three-year-old Pedro Orozco was initially charged with willful injury but an attempted murder charge was added Monday. Buena Vista County Sheriff Doug Simons says the additional charge was added after police discussed the case with the county attorney. Orozco is accused of stabbing a Spencer man at a Sioux Rapids home on July 9.Iowa