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Council Bluffs considers buying flooded land

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December 9th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Council Bluffs is considering buying some property that was flooded by the Missouri River over the summer. The City Council on Monday will vote on the initial process of getting federal funds to buy the properties in two areas near the river. Building inspector Steve Carmichael says there are over 45 homes and other structures that are damaged beyond repair and they need to be demolished. He says they’re in a floodway, not protected by a levee. The city is working on a grant application to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for buyouts. Local governments must provide 15 percent of the amount requested.

Kansas teen injured in I-29 crash, Friday in Mills County

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December 9th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A teenager from Overland Park, Kansas was injured this (Friday) morning, when the van he was a passenger in rolled over off of Interstate 29 in Mills County. The Iowa State Patrol says 16-year old Troy Burgett was transported by Glenwood Rescue to Jenny Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs, following the crash which occurred at around 8:45-a.m.   Trooper says he was wearing a seatbelt.

Officials say a 2009 Ford van driven by 27-year old Kefentse Mandisa, also of Overland Park, was traveling north on I-29 about 6-miles south of Glenwood, when the van went out of control on the icy roadway. The vehicle slid into the median, rolled over, and came to rest on the driver’s side. Mandisa was not injured in the crash.

Lewis Elementary students evacuated Friday after natural gas leak

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December 9th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Students at the Lewis Elementary School were evacuated for a short time this (Friday) afternoon, after a smell of gas was noticed in the boiler room. Superintendent Dana Kunze says the incident occurred at around 12:15-p.m.   Students and staff followed the procedure for a gas leak evacuation, meaning they were taken to a safe location to await an investigation into the source of the smell.

An employee of Black Hills Energy arrived within minutes and a natural gas leak was confirmed. Kunze said there was a leak on the line leading to the hot water heater. After the line was shut off,  and when administrators were given the okay, students and staff returned to the building. Appropriate repairs are being made so the problem does not happen again.

Page Co. Farmers receive IA. Farm Bureau award

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December 9th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Two farmers from Page County received the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation’s (IFBF) 2011 Young Farmer Achievement Award, Thursday. The award was presented during the organization’s annual meeting in Des Moines, to Justin and Jennifer Dammann. The Dammanns raise cattle, corn, soybeans, alfalfa and rye on their Century Farm near Essex.

In addition, they offer a number of diversified services including a seed business and custom farming, spraying and harvesting and grain hauling. Justin and his father also run a hay business. Justin and Jennifer have both served the Farm Bureau in various capacities at the local and state levels.

For their award, Justin and Jennifer received a plaque, the use of a John Deere tractor for one year/300 hours or a XT Gator and a 90-day NPNI farm Plan Certificate. They will also receive expense-paid trips to the 2012 American Farm Bureau annual convention in Honolulu (to represent Iowa in the National Young Farmer Achievement competition), the GROWMARK annual meeting in Chicago in August and the IFBF Young Farmer conference in February.

The IFBF’s annual contest honors young farmers who show outstanding management ability in their farming operations and involvement in Farm Bureau and community activities. Second place in the contest went to Tom and Jessica Forbes of Monona County.  The Third place recipients were Mark and Stacy Boender of Mahaska County.

Mailing Deadlines Approaching for Christmas

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December 9th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Postal officials are urging Iowans to get their holiday cards, letters and gifts in the mail soon, because a major logjam is expected in just under two weeks. Richard Watkins, a spokesman for the U-S Postal Service in Iowa, says Monday, December 19th, is expected to be the busiest mail processing day of the year. Other deadlines are coming up as soon as this Saturday, if you want items delivered before Christmas. “Some of the mailing deadlines include December 10th for military mail to overseas bases other than Afghanistan — that deadline was last week,” Watkins says. “December 15th for parcel post, December 20th for First Class mail, December 21st for Priority Mail and December 22nd for Express Mail.” 

The state’s largest mail processing center in Des Moines is expected to handle about a million pieces of mail on December 19th, up from around 400-thousand pieces on a typical Monday. If you’re sending off boxed gifts this month, he offers a few quick tips to get them there faster. “We recommend before shipping packages to remove batteries from toys and other electronic devices,” Watkins says. “Also, place a card inside the package that contains both the delivery and the return address. That insures the safe return of an item that couldn’t be delivered if the mailing label became damaged or fell off.” 

The price of a stamp is also going up, but not until next month. Watkins says the cost of a first-class stamp is going up one penny to 45-cents, starting on January 22nd. He says those ‘Forever’ stamps are called that for a reason. Watkins says, “Customers who have purchased ‘Forever’ stamps in the past and have some in their drawers or tucked away in their offices, those will be good always, as you would expect, forever at the prevailing first-class rate.”

Find more mailing tips and information at: www.usps.com.

(Radio Iowa)

2 injured during Mills County Collision, Thursday

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December 9th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Mills County says two people were injured during a collision Thursday, four-miles northwest of Malvern, on Highway 34. An investigation revealed a Chevrolet being driven by 21-year-old Noel Thompson, of Red Oak, was traveling on Highway 34, when he attempted to pass a slower moving car. As he was passing the other vehicle, Thompson’s car collided head-on with a Buick driven by 73-year-old Grace Blackman, of Hastings. Both drivers were transported to Creighton University Medical Center by Malvern and Glenwood Rescue.

Atlantic woman arrested Wed. now faces drug charges

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December 9th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon County Sheriff’s Department says an Atlantic woman arrested Wednesday on an Interference with Official Acts charge, now faces a charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana.  19-year old Carly Jean Seddon was originally placed under arrest following an incident which allegedly occurred Wednesday afternoon during a traffic stop, in Brayton. A subsequent investigation resulted in the additional charge. Seddon is scheduled to appear in court next Monday (Dec. 12th).

Ice and snow cause attributed to non-injury accident in Audubon Co.

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December 9th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

No injuries were reported following an accident Thursday evening in Audubon County. The sheriff’s department says vehicles driven by 34-year old Joseph Leo Thielen, of Audubon, and 28-year old Jeffrey Michael Blum, of Manning, collided near the intersection of 110th Street and Crane Avenue. The accident happened at around 5-p.m, when Thielen was unable to stop due to the snow and ice covered road. As he approached the intersection, the 2008 Chevy Thielen was driving slid into Blum’s 2006 Ford. Following the collision, Blum’s vehicle went into a ditch and hit a power pole. The vehicles sustained a combined $42,000 damage. No citations were issued.

Embers Restaurant damaged in Thu. morning fire…but still open

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December 9th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A fire late Thursday morning at the Ember’s Restaurant in Avoca caused about $4,500 damage, but no one was injured, and the restaurant remains open for business. Will Rose, with the Avoca Fire Department, says an electrical wire contacted a heat duct in the attic, which then caught fire. The call came in around 11:30-am.  Crews from the Avoca and Walnut Fire Departments were on scene until about 2:10-p.m 

Rose told our sister station KNOD in Harlan, that Avoca Rescue was also called out around 2-am this (Friday) morning for a semi tractor-trailer rollover accident on Interstate 80, at about the 38-mile marker.  Rose said driver of the rig was taken to Myrtue Memorial Hospital in Harlan, but no other details are currently available.

Cass Supervisors hear recommendation on indigent burial policy & libraries’ request for funding

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December 9th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors met Wednesday, in Atlantic. During their meeting, the board heard from Supervisor Frank Waters, who sits on a review committee tasked with recommending changes to the County’s indigent burial policy. Waters said the committee proposed three changes to the current policy: Add a cremation alternative with maximum contribution $1,500; change the maximum payable amount for a burial to $2,000; and set the maximum costs for a grave opening at $550.  The proposal was taken under advisement. 

The Supervisors also approved a livestock confinement facility Construction Evaluation Resolution, which is required by Iowa Code. Only counties that have adopted a construction evaluation resolution are allowed to submit to the Department of Natural Resources an adopted recommendation to approve or disapprove a construction permit application regarding a proposed confinement feeding operation structure. The move makes it possible for those same counties to contest the DNR’s decision regarding a specific animal confinement facility application. 

Auditor Dale Sunderman says by adopting a construction evaluation resolution the board of supervisors agrees to evaluate every construction permit application for a proposed confinement feeding operation structure received by the board of supervisors between February 1, 2012 and January 31, 2013 and submit an adopted recommendation regarding that application to the DNR. The evaluations will be conducted and graded using the master matrix created by Iowa Code, but their recommendation to the DNR may be based on the final score on the master matrix or may be based on reasons other than the final score on the master matrix. 

And, the Cass County Board of Supervisors heard from the head Librarians in all six city libraries in the county (the Cass County Library Association). They reported on the services provided by those libraries, and requested that the current annual county funding of $60,600 be maintained for Fiscal Year 2013. The request was taken under advisement.