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Pay Tribute to Veterans by Giving Blood this Veterans Day Weekend

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November 10th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The American Red Cross is asking people to roll up their sleeves and give blood or platelets this Veterans Day weekend to honor those who have served their country. Officials say at the same time, anyone who comes to donate will have the opportunity to sign a card and include a personal message that will become part of the annual American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign. 

The Red Cross and Pitney Bowes have joined together for Holiday Mail for Heroes, a program through which people can sign holiday cards for members of the U.S. military, veterans and their families. Pitney Bowes will then screen the cards for hazardous materials, and the Red Cross will sort and deliver them to military installations, veterans medical facilities and other locations during the holidays.

Tricia Quinn, CEO of the Red Cross Midwest Blood Services Region, says “By giving blood this Veterans Day weekend, donors can pay tribute to those who serve this country. Quinn says the blood drives will “Give donors the chance to help hospital patients who need blood, and at the same time, write messages of thanks to veterans and members of the military for their service.”

On Friday (Nov. 11th) an American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held in Cass County, from 8:30-a.m. until 2:30-p.m., at the Griswold High School. If you’d like to donate, simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment, or for more information.

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. 

EPA air quality “watch list” made public: Bluffs Company included

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November 10th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is making an air quality “watch list” available to the public for the first time. The EPA watch list names alleged air pollution offenders who’ve been out of compliance without state or local resolution within 270 days. Jason Marcel, with the DNR air quality bureau, says the list used to be for internal use only. “They made a decision here recently to make that, what they call the watch list, more publicly available. It was in response to repeated freedom of information act requests,” Marcel said. A few Iowa firms have shown up on the list in recent months.

“The expectation from the EPA to the state and local level is that enforcement actions should be processed in a timely manner, so the watch list is a check on that when the time limit is exceeded,” Marcel said. The EPA now publishes the watch list on its website. The September list included Griffin Pipe Products of Council Bluffs, Diamond V Mills in Cedar Rapids and Grain Processing Corporation in Muscatine. Only Griffin Pipe remained on the list in October. Marcel said enforcement for Griffin Pipe has been turned over to the EPA because water quality violations are also involved.

(Radio Iowa)

Shelby County man injured in Pott. County crash

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November 10th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Pottawattamie County say a Shelby County man was injured during a single-vehicle accident Wednesday morning  about four-miles south of Shelby. 63-year old Larry Sheeler, of Tennant, was traveling south on 380th Street at around 11:30-a.m., when he apparently suffered from a medical condition and blacked-out. Sheeler’s 1995 Cadillac hit a fence post before coming to rest in the east ditch near the intersection with Sycamore Road. 

The man was pinned in his vehicle and had to be extricated with the “Jaws of Life,” by Shelby Fire and Rescue. Sheeler was transported to Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs for were described as non-life threatening injuries.

8AM Newscast 11-10-2011

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NW IA Nursing Home fined after reported sexual assault

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November 10th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

POMEROY, Iowa (AP) – The state of Iowa has fined a Pomeroy nursing home where an 8-year-old girl reported seeing an elderly resident being sexually assaulted by a registered sex offender who lives there. The Des Moines Register says the 83-year-old sex offender hasn’t been charged but that a Calhoun County prosecutor says charges are expected. State records say an Iowa judge had ordered the man placed in the Pomeroy Care Center. The girl had been visiting a relative on Aug. 21. She told officials she saw the man in the room of a resident in her upper 90s who has dementia. The state fined the center $10,000 last week for failing to protect its residents. The center’s administrator declined to comment on the state allegations.

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Event in Coon Rapids focuses on public art for small town Iowa

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November 10th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Small towns in Iowa don’t have to think small when it comes to art, according to one organizer of this weekend’s event in Coon Rapids called Public Art for Rural Communities. It will gather artists, art appreciators, patrons and rural leaders from across Iowa to discuss prospects for public art, even in small rural towns. Doug Carpenter is the rural arts coordinator for Creating Great Places.  “There’s been a question for years over the role of public art in small communities,” Carpenter says. “Big towns have a lot of money and a lot of volunteers and can make things happen but smaller towns have a smaller budget and that makes it more difficult but it doesn’t keep small towns from pursuing it.”

He says the event will showcase place-based art that reflects Coon Rapids’ rich agricultural history as the cradle of hybrid seed corn on the Garst farm and host to Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev in 1959. One feature will be the large, lighted sculpture, “Hybrid Icon,” at the Coon Rapids entryway.  “We’re bringing together people who have successfully started programs,” Carpenter says. “Plus, we’re bringing together some of the state people who know about public art and funding from the Iowa Arts Council.” He says from sculpture to singing and from dancing to poetry, people in small towns deserve art just as much as city folks, which is why this event is being held.

“We call it a gathering,” Carpenter says. “It’s not a symposium or a formal meeting. It’s just inviting people who know about art or who are interested in art in small communities to come together and network, compare notes and get ideas.” The gathering begins at 1:30 Friday afternoon and ends late Saturday morning with a visit to the sixth annual Raccoon River Art Fair in downtown Coon Rapids.

(Radio Iowa)

Top Democrat in Iowa senate reacts to big victory

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November 10th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The top Democrat in the Iowa Senate says a Democratic victory in an eastern Iowa legislative race highlights the faulty campaign strategy “outsiders” employed. Democrat Liz Mathis finished 12-percentage points ahead of her Republican competitor in the Linn County state senate race, preserving Democrats’ two-seat majority in the senate. Senate Democratic Leader Mike Gronstal, from Council Bluffs, says voters refused to be distracted by outside groups like the National Organization for Marriage, which argued a Republican victory would oust Gronstal from power. 

 “There were a whole bunch of outsiders that came into this district and tried to make it a referendum on this, or that or the other thing,” Gronstal says. “And in the end, what I kept saying to folks is, ‘This is a referendum on who the people of Senate District 18 think ought to represent them in the Iowa Senate.’” The special election came about because Republican Governor Branstad appointed the Democrat who had held the senate seat to the Iowa Utilities Board. Gronstal says Branstad and his Republican allies miscalculated. “They thought this district was theirs for the taking,” Gronstal says. “That’s why they made the appointment. That’s why they went out there and recruited a candidate. They engaged in this race and now they’re going to try and pretend, ‘Oh, no. We didn’t.’ That’s really nonsense.” 

A day before the election, Governor Branstad said people shouldn’t read too much into special election results, as they’re a reflection of that particular district at that particular time. The candidate Branstad recruited to run in the district didn’t wind up winning the nomination from Linn County Republicans.

(Radio Iowa)

Western Iowa man’s death apparently not crash-related

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November 10th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Authorities suspect a medical condition in the death of a western Iowa man involved in a car crash. An Omaha Police Department news release says officers were sent to the accident scene in northeast Omaha just after 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. They found that a car had veered off a road and struck a power pole. There was no sign that the driver had tried to stop before hitting the pole. Police say the driver was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He was identified as 73-year old James Fisher, of Carter Lake. An autopsy has been scheduled.

Bluffs Company breaks ground for new plant that could create 100 jobs

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November 10th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A ground breaking ceremony was held Wednesday in Council Bluffs, for a plant which may generate up to 100 jobs. Plumrose USA broke ground on a 100-thousand square foot, $70-million cold-cut slicing facility, which will be built north of the intersection of South 32nd Street and 21st Avenue. The company already has a plant at 2650 23rd Avenue, in Council Bluffs, but that facility produces products which must be sliced at a different location.

In May, 2011, Plumrose USA was one of three western Iowa companies that were awarded financial incentives packages from the Iowa Economic Development Board. The IEDB approved $520,000 in direct financial assistance from the Grow Iowa Values Financial Assistance Program (GIVFAP) and tax incentives, to Plumrose. The new plant is LEED certified, which means its design is environmentally and employee health friendly. Company officials say the facility should be open in about 11-months. Plumrose USA is owned by Denmark-based Danish Crown, a packaged meats company.

The Iowa Economic Development Board last May had also approved Enterprise Zone tax incentives to Menard’s Incorporated, to expand a warehouse at its distribution center in Shelby County, which will allow for a further expansion of its product lines, and $800,000 in direct financial assistance to Tyson Prepared Foods, Inc., for a proposed renovation of its Council Bluffs facility.