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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.

Iowa DOT announces flood repair plan for Interstate 680 in Pottawattamie County


September 13th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) said today (Tuesday), it will be undertaking a project to rebuild Interstate 680 in Pottawattamie County, which was decimated by the Missouri River flooding. The roadway has been closed since early June. The Iowa DOT will be using nontraditional design, contracting and construction approaches to get the roadway rebuilt quickly and traffic flowing again.  Getting the roadway reopened will also restore access to the Omaha airport from the north. 

A single contract will be awarded for the project that involves a complete rebuild. An emergency letting is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 21st. A meeting will be held later this week with contractors to discuss constructability of the project. The Iowa DOT will provide bidders a typical cross section, as-built plans, and standards for design, construction and materials. A single, lump-sum bid item to perform all necessary work is anticipated. The contract award will be based on low bid. 

All information necessary to bid on the project will be made available to contractors on the Iowa DOT’s website at http://www.iowadot.gov/contracts/lettings.html. A special section on the site is devoted specifically to the I-680 project. Other information will be added to the site, as needed and it becomes available; so be sure to check back for the latest details. In addition to the website referenced above, information will be posted on the Bid Express website, www.bidx.com, used by contractors to electronically bid on projects.  Bidders with questions should direct them to the Iowa DOT’s Office of Contracts at: phone 515-239-1414; fax 515-239-1325 or e-mail dot.contracts@dot.iowa.gov.

Bluffs men charged in fatal Omaha shooting


September 13th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Police have announced the arrest of two Iowa people in the shooting death of an Omaha man. According to Omaha Police, 34-year-old Anthony Good Jr. and 40-year-old Corey Brooks, both of Council Bluffs,were arrested in Omaha. They face charges of first-degree murder, use of a weapon to commit a felony and being felons in possession of a firearm. The pair are suspected in the Sept. 2 death of 50-year-old James Asmus, who was found dead of a gunshot wound in a south Omaha garage.

Lewis woman arrested on multiple warrants


September 13th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Atlantic Police Department report the arrest Monday of 33-year old Amanda Brenneis, of Lewis. Brenneis was taken into custody on five warrants out of Shelby County, for 5th Degree Theft. The woman was being held in the Cass County Jail.

Atlantic Airport Commission to hold public hearing


September 13th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A public hearing will be held Wednesday morning at the Atlantic Airport terminal building, with regard to the Maintenance Hangar Improvement Project. City Administrator Doug Harris says the total cost of the project is $29,750. Of that, 85-percent, or roughly $25,288 will be eligible for funding from the State, the remaining 15-percent, or about $4,463 will come from local sources, such as leftover bond funds.

During the Airport Commission’s meeting at 9-a.m., they’ll consider a resolution approving the plans, specifications and form of contract for the project, a review of the bids, and consideration of a resolution making an award of the contract.

Other, general airport discussion will be conducted after the new business portion of the meeting.