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Red Oak burglary under investigation


September 14th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Red Oak are investigating a vehicle burglary. According to Red Oak Police, the incident was reported early Tuesday afternoon. Officials say Joshua Craig

indicated someone broke into his vehicle which was parked in the vicinity of North Boundary Street, sometime between Monday evening and Tuesday morning. The man said an I-Pod, valued at $150, was missing, but there was no damage to his vehicle.

Anyone with information can call the Red Oak Police Department at 623-6500 or Montgomery County Crimestoppers at 800-432-1001.

Cass County School Board Election Results (unofficial)


September 13th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

(I= incumbent)

Alantic Community School District - (vote for 3*)

At Large

(I) Phil Hascall – 478*

(I) Denny Davis – 366*

(I) Jon Martens – 352

Rodney Hartwig – 376*

Director At-Large (to fill a vacancy)

Josh McLaren – 457

Physical Plant & Equipment Levy: Yes 414  No 122

CAM School District

North District/Julie Williamson – 78

South District/Todd Mckee – 79

Griswold School District

District 2/Scott Peterson – 27

District 6/Douglas Lembke – 19

District 4/Scott Hansen – 16

District 7/Clarion Campbell – 25

Revenue Purpose Statement Yes 137  No 9

Adair County School Board Election Results (unofficial)


September 13th, 2011 by Ric Hanson


District 3

Dallas Dinkla 118 votes

District 4

(write-in) Randy Carney 85 votes

Tim James 49 votes

Public Measure A – Revenue Purpose Statement

Yes 123 No 16

Nodaway Valley (elect 2)

Danelle Cooney 67 votes

Amy DeVault 77 votes


District 2

Doug White 37

District 3

Eldon L. Ray 35

District 4

Randy Hensley 38

Guthrie County School Board Election Results (unofficial)


September 13th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Coon Rapids/Bayard

District 1

Brad Schlepp 74 votes

Scattered 6

District 2

Jill Anthofer 75 votes

Scattered 3

District 3

Steve Detlinger 79 votes

Scattered 1

District 5

Mike Oswald 74 votes

Scattered 4

Guthrie Center Community School District (vote for 3)

Tim Benson 73 votes

Keith Butler 72 votes

Wanda Knobbe 77 votes

Scattered 7

Public Measure B Yes 63 No 17

Panorama Community School District (vote for 1)

District 3

Tom Arganbright (I) 28

Jim Nelson 24

District 5

Bryice A. Wilke 21

Scattered 3

Adams County School Board election results (unofficial)


September 13th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Votes will be canvassed Friday, Sept. 16th with official results to follow

Corning Community School District

District 2

Write-in Scott Akin 119 votes

District 3

Write-in Lori Harvey 133 votes

District 4 (to fill a vacancy)

Keny Haffner 132 votes

Southwestern Community College

Fred Shearer 148 votes

Prescott Community School District

Director At Large (vote for 2)

Don Gee 23 votes

Steven Wainwright 22 votes

Director At Large (to fill a vacancy)

Marnie Cline 8 votes

Zachary Brandt 1 vote

Montgomery County School Board (Unofficial) Election Results


September 13th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Red Oak Community School District – Director At Large (vote for 2)

Lee Fellers                               84 votes

William Drey                          71 votes

Write-in/Christie Welter       26 votes

Write-in Scattering               3

Stanton Community School District – Director At Large (vote for 2)

Paul Vanderholm                 43 votes

Jeff Magneson                         45 votes

Write-in                                      3    

Southwestern Community College District 2

Fred Shearer                             38

Write-in                                      2

Villisca Community School District – Director At Large (vote for 3)

Jason R. Poston                         83

Tom A. Williams                      83

John L. Baker                            72

Write-in                                      5

Southwestern Community College District 2

Fred Shearer                            63

Potential killing freeze to affect Iowa crops

Ag/Outdoor, News

September 13th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Weather and crop experts are expressing cautious optimism that Iowa’s corn, soybean and hay crops won’t be greatly affected by the frost predicted for north-central and northwest Iowa Thursday morning. The U-S-D-A estimates about one-third of Iowa’s corn crop is fully mature and most areas need another 10-days to reach that level. That’s why Iowa State University corn specialist Roger Elmore doesn’t believe freezing temperatures will greatly affect yields. “What that’ll do is shut the plant down and it will result in some reduction in yield, maybe at the most three to five percent,” Elmore said. “That yield reduction is coming from those kernels being shortchanged the last few days…so it’ll be a reduction in kernel weight.” Iowa State University Climatologist Elwyn Taylor says cloudiness in the approaching cold air could mitigate the frost damage.

“If it’s a perfectly clear sky, then we will get at least (a partial) killing freeze,” Taylor said. “That means, maybe not whole fields, but spots when we go through Wednesday night. We don’t expect it to stay around long. It would just be that one night with the killing freeze, which is basically 28-degrees for corn and soybeans.” I-S-U forage specialist Steve Barnhart says grasses respond well to cool temperatures, so the badly-needed late fall hay crop should be fine.

“A standing alfalfa crop and grass hay crops will tolerate a light frost and really won’t stop their growth for the remainder of the season,” Barnhart said. “It takes a 23 or 24 degree overnight freeze to really stop the hay crop.” The National Weather Service has issued a Freeze Watch for late Wednesday night through Thursday morning over north-central and northwest Iowa.

(Radio Iowa)

Cass County Memorial Hospital Announced Blood Draw Procedure Changes


September 13th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Due to the current remodeling taking place in the Atlantic Medical Center, there will be a change in the procedure for patients having blood draws done for laboratory (lab) tests.  Currently, there is a blood draw station in Atlantic Medical Center as well as the Cass County Memorial Hospital main lab, and patients utilize both.  Officials say effective September 19, 2011, all patients coming for a blood draw separate from a doctor’s appointment will have their blood drawn in the main hospital lab.

This includes patients with standing orders for chronic diseases, those who are having a blood draw that requires fasting, or those with a lab order from a non-AMC physician.  Only patients who are having blood drawn while they are at an appointment with an AMC  healthcare provider will have it done at the medical center draw station.

If you are unsure about where to go, call the CCMH lab at 712-243-3250.

Amtrak resuming full Chicago-to-Calif. service


September 13th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Amtrak will resume its full service between Chicago and California later this week now track damage from flooding and a derailment has been repaired. The railroad said Tuesday that it will restart eastbound service on Thursday when train 6 departs Emeryville, Calif. The westbound service will restart on Friday when train 5 leaves Chicago.

Amtrak says the BNSF railroad, which owns the tracks it uses, has been repairing damage caused by flooding along the Missouri River and an August derailment in western Nebraska. The repairs will allow Amtrak to offer service between Fort Morgan, Colo., and Burlington, Iowa, for the first time since August 26. And Amtrak will be able to resume using the Omaha, Neb., station for the first time since June 1.

Appearance of Hot Dog Man statue mystifies police


September 13th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Police in Council Bluffs say they’re mystified by the appearance of a Hot Dog Man statue but would relish any information about where it came from.  A concerned citizen called police last week to report a man in a hot dog costume near a bus stop where children congregate. When officers arrived, they found the man was actually a 6-foot tall statue, with spindly legs and a pair of high-top sneakers. Its hands are missing and a U.S. flag is draped across its back. The statue has been spotted elsewhere in the city, but police Capt. Terry LeMaster says no one knows anything about it or where it came from. It is being stored at the police department until someone claims it.