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Hy-Vee recalls Summer Fresh Pasta Salad

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April 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials with Hy-Vee, Incorporated, issued a recall Tuesday for Hy-Vee Summer Fresh Pasta Salad, which is sold in its stores’ kitchen department cold cases and salad bars. The Omaha World-Herald reports the recall was issued due to potential contamination with listeria monocytogenes. It came after Hy-Vee was notified that the frozen vegetables used to make the ready-to-eat pasta were potentially contaminated. Inventure Foods of Jefferson, Georgia, produced the frozen vegetables.Hy-Vee

Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The Summer Fresh Pasta Salad is packaged upon customer request from the kitchen cold case and would have been packaged in 16-ounce (1-pound) or 32-ounce (2-pound) clear plastic containers. A light tan scale-produced label with the product name, weight and price would have been affixed to the container.

The recalled product was available between April 9th and Monday, April 27th. Hy-Vee has since pulled the ready-to-eat Summer Fresh Pasta Salad from its distribution channels and the stores in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota to which it was distributed. All stores that received the product have been instructed to dispose of it.

To date, Hy-Vee has not received any complaints associated with the salad. Customers who purchased the recalled pasta salad from the Hy-Vee kitchen department cold case or salad bar between April 9th and April 27th should dispose of the product or return it to the store for a refund. For questions, call Hy-Vee Customer Care at 1-800-772-4098.

Freedom Rock in Pott. County gets $10k boost; Vets Affairs Bldg. proposal lags

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April 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Pottawattamie County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, agreed to provide $10,000 to help defray the cost of the Freedom Rock project in Oakland, but took no action on the proposed Veterans Affairs building. The Daily Non Pareil say the board agreed to provide $5,000 now and the other in the next budget year to encourage Freedom Rock project leaders to continue raising more money on their own. The county’s contribution will come from gaming tax revenue.

The $5,000 in this year’s budget will go towards the purchase of the rock and its transport from a Macedonia-area rock quarry to Oakland’s Chautauqua Park. The other $5,000 will help with the cost of labor and materials when Ray “Bubba” Sorensen, who founded the statewide project, comes to Oakland in 2017 to paint the 82-ton rock.

The project is part of a statewide effort to put a large “Freedom Rock” in each of Iowa’s 99 counties as a patriotic symbol. It began in 1997 when Sorensen painted a large rock with patriotic scenes near Greenfield. This Adair County “Freedom Rock” now attracts 14,000 people annually.

The Pott. County Supervisors, turning their attention to cost overrun issues with the proposed Veterans Affairs building in downtown Council Bluffs, made no specific decisions yet on how to handle the higher-than-anticipated costs for the facility. The supervisors recently learned that construction costs for the building, for which voters approved the sale of $1.5 million in bonds, has come in hundreds of thousands of dollars higher than expected.

Instead of seeking construction bids last fall when the project was ready to go, supervisors opted to wait until January under the assumption that contractors would need work and would offer a favorable bid. That assumption was dashed earlier this month when bids came in no lower than $700,000 above the $1.5 million price tag approved by county voters. Supervisor Justin Schultz, who is also a veteran, said he’s been reaching out to veterans to gain input on how to address the cost overrun, but he concedes they may have to start the process all over, again.

(Update) DNR Investigating two pollutant releases near Red Oak

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April 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources late Tuesday evening updated our earlier report about a possible fertilizer spill near Red Oak. Authorities said they were investigating two reports of pollutant releases. Nachurs Alpine Solutions (Nachurs) reported a release of an unknown amount of fertilizer Tuesday afternoon. City officials closed a floodgate to prevent fertilizer from reaching the Nishnabotna River.

It is unknown whether the fertilizer reached the river. DNR staff is working with the facility and the Montgomery County Emergency Response. To be safe, Red Oak residents should keep children and pets away from the waterway behind the Nachurs
building.

The second report involves ammonia found near a culvert in Red Oak. The source of
the ammonia is unknown and still being investigated. The DNR will continue to monitor the river and clean up, as needed.Spill2

Photos courtesy Montgomery County EMA

Photos courtesy Montgomery County EMA

Fertilizer spill into Red Oak creek feeding Nishnabotna River

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April 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency announced late Tuesday afternoon, that the City of Red Oak was notified of a possible hazardous materials spill from Nachurs Alpine Solutions, in Red Oak. It was determined that an unknown amount of mixed fertilizer had been released into a waterway behind the business and had traveled to the Nishnabotna River on the west side of Red Oak.

At this time there is no immediate health risk to the public, however there may be an environmental impact to fish downstream. Nachurs Alpine in Red Oak has taken the steps to contain the spill and are working with an outside source to clean up the remaining product that had been released.

The City of Red Oak, Red Oak Fire & Rescue, Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency and Iowa DNR assisted at the scene.

Photos courtesy Montgomery County EMA Spill2

Staffers start adjournment tasks but lots of work remains

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April 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Staffers in the Iowa Legislature are starting some of the tasks associated with adjourning the session, even though lawmakers are not close to concluding the budget process. Student pages in the Iowa Senate were organizing boxes in the chamber Tuesday for members to pack up desks. As per tradition, they also stacked the boxes up to the balcony until they collapsed.

Friday will mark the last day for lawmakers to receive daily expense payments, as well as the final day of work for many clerks and pages in the part-time Legislature. But lawmakers in the Democratic-majority Senate and Republican-controlled House have not reached a compromise deal on the state budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1st.

Kixmiller awarded Theatre Production Scholarship

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April 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials with Iowa State University’s Theatre Department report an ISU student from Walnut, Breanna Kixmiller, was recently awarded the $1,000 Frank E. Brandt Production Scholarship.

Breanna Kixmiller (photo submitted by ISU)

Breanna Kixmiller (photo submitted by ISU)

Breanna is a sophomore in Pre-Integrated Studio Arts and Performing Arts. She was scenic design assistant for this year’s spring musical, Les Misérables.

Loud explosions in Guthrie County explained

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April 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Guthrie County Sheriff’s office said Tuesday, it received many reports over the past several days about loud explosions or gun shots being fired. Authorities say the noises appeared to have originated in the northwest part of Guthrie Center. Late Monday night, officers were able to pin point and identify the source of the explosions.

Guthrie Center Police Chief Rod Pavelka, says Rose Acre Farms is using a device intended to keep the migratory birds away from their water treatment lagoons due to the Avian Flu spreading closer to the County. This device uses propane and fires off a burst, which is essentially a small explosion. The location of the device is high enough on the hills behind Rose Acres that the sound travels easily into town and echoes off of our many metal buildings.

Pavelka says the device will primarily be used during dawn and dusk periods  during the day. These explosions pose no danger to our citizens, but are a minor irritation from the noise. The explosions are fairly random, but are harmless.

2 arrests in Page County

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April 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Page County Sheriff Lyle Palmer reports deputies arrested 41-year old Lisa Jennifer Holtz , of Westboro, Mo., Monday, at the Page County Courthouse. Holtz was taken into custody on a Page County Warrant for charges of unauthorized use of a Credit Card, and Theft in the 4th Degree. Holtz was unable to post the $2000.00 bond and is currently being held in the Page County Jail.

Also on Monday, an arrest warrant was issued for 59-year old William Alfred Hale Jr., of Shenandoah. The warrant, issued by the Page County District Court, charges Hale with Forgery, Identity theft under $1000.00, and Theft 4th Degree. Hale had failed to appear for sentencing in the District court on April 27th and was arrested at 809 Vista in Shenandoah that same day. He was transported to the Fremont County courthouse for sentencing in the District Court. Hale was sentenced to two 5-year prison sentences to run concurrently, and ordered to be transported to the Oakdale Medical Classification Center for intake into the Iowa Prison System.

Hale Holtz

 

Ex-egg execs appeal jail sentences in salmonella outbreak

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April 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Two former egg industry executives are appealing the three-month jail sentences a judge has ordered for their roles in a 2010 food poisoning outbreak. The appeals filed Monday by Austin “Jack” DeCoster and his son, Peter DeCoster, had been expected.

U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett ordered the jail time earlier this month, citing a “litany of shameful conduct” that happened at their large Iowa egg production company. But Bennett allowed them to stay free while they appeal to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Federal investigators traced the 2010 salmonella outbreak to eggs that came from the DeCosters’ company, Quality Egg. Thousands of people were sickened and more than 500 million eggs were voluntarily recalled. The DeCosters’ attorneys argue that jail time is unconstitutional for the crime.

First case of dog flu in Iowa confirmed in Sioux City

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April 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – The first dog flu case in Iowa has been confirmed in Sioux City. Dr. Kyoung-Jin Yoon with the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Iowa State University says samples from a sick dog treated at the Perry Creek Animal Hospital are believed to be the latest strain of canine flu, H3N2. He says the specific strain hasn’t yet been confirmed.

The virus has swept the Midwest in recent weeks, sickening more than 1,000 dogs and killing five between January and March. Dr. David Ray, the veterinarian who first treated the sick dog April 20 in Sioux City, says the owners reported his health was improving as of Monday. He says about half of animal clinics in the area have reported dogs with flu-like symptoms, including fever, nasal discharge and a dry cough.