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Special meeting to fill Audubon City Council seat


April 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon City Council will hold a special meeting this evening to appoint a member of the community to fill the seat of Councilman Thomas Nielsen, whose resignation was submitted and accepted during the Council’s regular meeting on April 13th. The person appointed would fill the seat until a Special Election is held. The Council has the option of holding the Special Election on August 4th, or, they could wait until the General Election on November 3rd, which would save costs.

Bomb threat at ISU Mon. morning


April 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Students at Iowa State University were alerted to a reported bomb threat on campus early this morning. KCCI reports an alert went out around 12:50 a.m. with regard to a bomb threat at the Durham Center on campus. The Durham Center is a computer facility for students and faculty.

At 1:10 a.m., Iowa State posted that the Durham Center was closed and the building secure. Students reported on Twitter that the nearby Parks Library was also evacuated. Iowa State University later posted another update on its website, that the search of the building is complete and nothing suspicious was found.

The Durham Center will reopen at 6:30 a.m.

2016’ers highlight opposition to same-sex marriage


April 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The future of same-sex marriage was a focus for most of the speakers and the audience gathered in a central Iowa church this weekend. The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments tomorrow (Tuesday) in a case that could make same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. Texas Senator Ted Cruz was the next-to-last speaker at Saturday’s gathering of the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition. Cruz told the crowd Christians are “called to stand and fight” on this issue.

2008 Iowa Caucus winner Mike Huckabee, a former Baptist minister, said Christians who believe in traditional marriage are under attack. Florida Senator Marco Rubio, the program’s first speaker, said “thousands of years of human history” prove the family is the “most basic cell of society.”

An A-B-C/Washington Post poll conducted nationally in mid-April found 61 percent of Americans support same-sex marriage and some in the G-O-P have said they hope the party’s presidential nominating contest would focus on other issues. In 2009, Iowa became the third state in the country where same-sex marriages were legal and, over the past six years, the issue has dimmed for many. However, it remains a key rallying point for Christian conservatives in the G-O-P and they are an important voting block in the Iowa Caucuses.

(O. Kay Henderson/Radio Iowa)

Villisca man arrested Sunday following domestic dispute


April 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County arrested a man Sunday evening, following a domestic dispute. 44-year old William E. Barr, of Villisca, was arrested at around 6:20-p.m. on a charge of Public Intoxication, near the intersection of E. 5th Street and N. 7th Avenue, in Villisca.

Super search underway in Red Oak


April 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Red Oak Community School District wants to have a new superintendent in place this summer after an abbreviated regional search.  Superintendent Terry Schimidt announced earlier this month that he resigned effective June 30th. He declined to elaborate on his reasons, and his letter of resignation didn’t offer any explanation to the school board. The Daily NonPareil reports since that announcement, made during an April 9th meeting, the school board has moved quickly to start the task of finding Schimidt’s replacement.

Lee Fellers, the president of the school board, said the district hired G. Tryon and Associates to conduct the search. The same firm recently finished a search for the Shenandoah Community School District. Board members have provided the firm with a list of attributes they want in a superintendent. The board also worked to set a schedule with the search group that includes an application deadline at the end of the month.

Advertisements are being made regionally for the opening. The school board will decide May 4th whether it wants to continue the search process or put it on hold and name an interim superintendent for the 2015-16 school year. Four focus groups – made up of administrators, teachers, support staff and community and business leaders – will help the school board through the process. Those groups are currently being set up.

Should the board move forward, four to five semifinalists will be selected by the board at its May 18th meeting. Interviews would be held that week, with two finalists named on or around May 20th. Finalists would be interviewed May 26th and May 27th, with a decision May 27th by the board. The new superintendent would start July 1 or as soon as possible this summer.

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon. April 27th 2015


April 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican presidential hopefuls have emphasized their opposition to gay marriage and abortion before a crowd of Christian conservatives who hold significant sway in Iowa’s leadoff presidential caucuses. Nine declared and prospective 2016 candidates appeared at a weekend forum sponsored by the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition and attended by more than 1,000 people in suburban Des Moines.

MARION, Iowa (AP) — Police arrested the 32-year-old man suspected of killing a woman in a grocery store parking lot in eastern Iowa. Marion Police said Sunday that Nicholas Luerkens of Cedar Rapids was arrested on a warrant for first-degree murder after he was released from the hospital. Luerkens was treated for self-inflicted stab wounds after Tuesday’s stabbing death of 29-year-old Lynnsey Donald of Marion.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — With farmers markets set to begin in dozens of cities across Iowa, vendors and market managers alike are pulling out all the stops to keep consumers coming back for more. National data suggest the tremendous growth in farmers markets has begun to ebb, with a slight decline in sales adjusted for inflation. But officials say customer and vendor retention efforts in Iowa have helped the state’s markets.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The future of the Des Moines agency that handles civil rights issues is unclear after losing two of its three employees. The Register reports city officials are considering closing the office and asking other departments or a state agency to handle the concerns.

Red Oak woman arrested Sat. night


April 26th, 2015 by Chris Parks

A traffic stop late Saturday night resulted in the arrest of a Red Oak woman. Red Oak Police say a car driven by 31-year old Nina Marie Foster, of Red Oak, was stopped at around 11:45-p.m. at the intersection of North 2nd and East Corning Streets. During an investigation, officers determined Foster was Driving while Suspended. She was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $300 bond.

Bluffs Police Officer assaulted Sat. evening


April 26th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Council Bluffs police officer responding to an altercation near 19th Street and Avenue F Saturday evening, was assaulted while attempting to arrest the suspect. Authorities say at around 6:50-p.m., 22-year old Jordan Kostecki, of Omaha, was arrested for 2nd Degree Robbery, Assault a Peace Officer and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Official say the unidentified officer was kicked in the groin by Kostecki during the man’s arrest, following an investigation into the assault of 28-year old Ronald Rosenburg, who was working on his vehicle along Avenue F. Police say Kostecki hit Rosenburg in the face with his fist and entered his vehicle in an alleged attempt to steal it. Rosenberg yelled for his two friends inside the home at 1826 Avenue F. Both subjects came out and helped Rosenburg. They also held Kostecki until police arrived on the scene.

Bluffs Police investigate Sat. evening robbery


April 26th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

An attempted robbery in Council Bluffs Saturday evening ended with the suspect getting away empty-handed. According to Bluffs Police, a man entered the Family Dollar Store near 17th and Broadway at around 7-p.m., and displayed a semi-automatic handgun to the clerk. The suspect — a black male about 30-to 40-years of age, 5-feet 10-inches tall and weighing around 150-pounds – shoved the clerk toward the register, demanded money.

After the clerk was unable to open the cash drawer, the robber fled on foot. He was described as wearing all black clothing, having a tan hat and a striped scarf over his face.

Council Bluffs Police ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 712-328-7867.

Iowa farmers markets vie to retain customers, vendors

Ag/Outdoor, News

April 26th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — With farmers markets set to begin in dozens of cities across Iowa, vendors and market managers alike are pulling out all the stops to keep consumers coming back for more. National data suggest the tremendous growth in farmers markets has begun to ebb, with a slight decline in sales adjusted for inflation, but officials say customer and vendor retention efforts in Iowa have helped the state’s markets so far evade such a fate.

Kelly Foss, director of the Downtown Des Moines Farmers Market, says finding ways to ensure incremental growth each year is crucial to success as the market enters its 40th season. Todd Mills sells gourmet mushrooms, and he says his latest venture in Des Moines fills a niche currently unserved at the downtown market.