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Area dive team responds to help find missing eastern IA man

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December 16th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Montgomery County Emergency Manager Brian Hamman says members of the Midwest Regional Dive Team were called to assist Poweshiek County authorities at Lake Ponderosa for a recovery of a man that fell through the ice Saturday evening. The dive team left this (Monday) morning.

The unidentified man was riding an all-terrain vehicle on Lake Ponderosa when ice broke and he fell into the lake.  Divers and searchers have unsuccessfully tried to locate the man since he went into the icy water on the northeast side of the lake located near Montezuma around 6 p.m. Saturday. A search went on until about 2 a.m. Sunday when it was called off because equipment kept freezing. The search continued Sunday afternoon but ended just after 6 p.m.

Efforts to find the man were suspended indefinitely because it became too dangerous for divers.   Montezuma Fire Chief Chris Widmer says divers, plunging into 37-degree water, were unable to find the man whose name is expected to be released later today (Monday).

8AM Newscast 12-16-2013

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December 16th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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No injuries reported following house fire near Massena

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December 16th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

(Updated 8:20-a.m.) — A house that was completely engulfed in flames early this (Monday) morning southeast of Massena is a total loss, but no one was injured.  Massena Fire Chief Brad Lank told KJAN News a man who was the lone occupant of a home at 70082 760th Street, got out safely and went to a neighbor’s home down the road to call for help.

Photo courtesy Cass Co. Emergency Mgmt. Coordinator Mike Kennon,

Photo courtesy Cass Co. Emergency Mgmt. Coordinator Mike Kennon,

The fire was reported at 6:06-a.m.  Crews from Massena, Anita, Cumberland and Corning responded to the scene.

Lank says the home was out of propane for heating so an electric space heater was being used, and the device was the apparent cause of the blaze.

Crews were still on the scene at 8-a.m. conducting “mop up” activities, and were expected to remain there for about another hour.

7AM Newscast 12-16-2013

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December 16th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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CAM School Board to act on Multi-purpose bldg. issues tonight

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December 16th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The CAM School District’s Board of Education will meet this (Monday) evening at the high school, in Anita. On their agenda, is several action items pertaining to the CAM Multi-purpose building. Those matters include: approving a change order for an additional $6,505; Accepting the Engineer’s Certification of Completion; Adopting a Resolution accepting the work; and approval of a sub-final and final pay request to Jensen Builders.

In other business, the CAM School Board will: Review their Capital Projects list; Act on open enrollment applications and an Early Retirement Policy; Make a request to the School Budget Review Committee (SBRC) for Drop Out Prevention, and act on a modification of the School Calendar.

The meeting begins at 6:30-p.m. in the CAM High School Media Center.

Officials plan major wind energy announcement

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December 16th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Officials at MidAmerican Energy Co. and the state of Iowa are set to make a major announcement regarding a new wind energy development.  Gov. Terry Branstad is expected to discuss the project at his morning news conference Monday and release further details with company officials at a 1 p.m. news conference to be held at the Siemens Energy wind blade factory near Fort Madison.

In August MidAmerican Energy received approval from the Iowa Utilities Board for a $1.9 billion project to install hundreds of wind turbines by the end of 2015.  More than 448 turbines are to be installed in Grundy, Madison, Marshall, O’Brien, and Webster counties.

MidAmerican, Iowa’s largest energy company began building wind turbines in 2004, and it currently has more than 1,200 wind turbines in Iowa.

Griswold School Board to meet Monday evening

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December 16th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Griswold School District’s Board of Education is slated to meet this (Monday) evening, beginning at 5:45. On their agenda is: A presentation by officials with Estes Construction with regard to new and existing projects; The appointment of members to SIAC (The School Improvement Advisory Committee), and the first reading of a 400- and numerous 900-series Board Policies.

The meeting takes place in the Central Office Board Room at the Griswold Middle School/High School Building.

Atlantic Parks and Rec Board to meet this evening

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December 16th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Parks and Recreation Department’s Board of Directors is slated to meet this (Monday) evening, in the Council’s Chambers, at City Hall. The meeting begins at 5:15-p.m.

Action/New Business items on their agenda include: Updates on the Schildberg Recreation Area (SRA) Lake #1 fishery development, SRA Boat Ramp and Campground area projects, as well as a Vision Iowa grant application for the Campground area; A review of the Sunnyside Park Tobacco Free Policy and proposed Ordinance; an update on the Buck Creek Dog Park, and a report on the Sunnyside Park Tree Replacement Plan.

Other, discussion items will include:Future plans for the older metal buildings at Sunnyside Park, and a reminder to the public that the Sunnyside Park roads were closed Dec. 10th, but the park is still open to walking, sledding, cross-country skiing, and other recreational activities. And, parking is still available on Sunnyside Drive for lunch if people wish to eat in their vehicles or shelters (Weather permitting), but no through traffic is being allowed, and no four-wheeling is allowed on the grassy areas of the Park.

Residential Fire reported near Massena

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December 16th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Firefighters from Massena and other area departments are on the scene of a fully engulfed house fire southeast of Massena. According to a scanner report, the blaze was happening at 70082 760th Street. It was reported at 6:06-a.m.

Anita, Cumberland and Corning Fire have also been requested for their tanker trucks. No other details are currently available.

Iowa News Headlines: Mon., Dec. 16 2013

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December 16th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

APLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — Officials are recommending that residents of Aplington boil their water until tests ensure it is safe to drink. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issued the advisory Saturday after a water main break in the Butler County city of about 1,100 people.

MONTEZUMA, Iowa (AP) — Crews plan to renew a search for a man who fell through the ice of Lake Ponderosa in Poweshiek County. Montezuma Fire Chief Chris Widmer says the man had been fishing on the lake Saturday. A Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office official says he was riding an all-terrain vehicle when he fell through the ice around 6:30 p.m.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Woodbury County supervisor and jail official is on paid administrative leave after he was arrested this weekend on suspicion of domestic assault. David Tripp is accused of firing a revolver into the air during an argument with his wife at their home on Saturday. No one was injured. The 43-year-old Tripp was charged with aggravated assault, a misdemeanor.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Police are looking for a man who is accused of carjacking a couple in Council Bluffs and then hitting the woman as he drove away. Police say the couple left their vehicle running outside a Bucky’s convenience store in shortly before 1:30 a.m. Sunday. The couple told police that a man climbed into their car and started to drive off before running over the woman. She was taken to the hospital.