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Boil Advisory issued for parts of SW Iowa


August 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

(updated 11:57-a.m., 8/4/14)

Officials with the Southern Iowa Rural Water Association have issued a BOIL ADVISORY for the southeastern Cass County distribution system. SIRWA says the system has had chlorine residual that was below the allowable standard in area that includes Bridgewater and Lyman. The levels have been below tolerance since Saturday night. Due to the potential for bacterial contamination, it is being recommended that the water be boiled before using for drinking or cooking or that an alternative source be used.

SIRWA says residents in the Bridgewater and Lyman areas should NOT drink the water without boiling it first. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. The water may be used for bathing and other similar purposes.

The system is being chlorinated and flushed to restore the residual needed. The first set of bacteria samples will be collected after system flushing is completed. The first set of samples will be taken Tuesday morning (Aug. 5th), and then a repeat set of samples will be taken Wednesday the 6th, to ensure the water is safe to drink. Pending the results, the advisory will be lifted Thursday morning, the 7th.

The advisory is a precaution until bacterial sample results are available. SIRWA is working with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to resolve the situation as quickly as possible in order to restore water service and lift the advisory.

Operation T-Bone Winners announced


August 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with this past weekend’s “Operation T-Bone,” in Audubon, have announced the winners of various activities associated with the event.

Winners in the Operation T-Bone Parade include:

  • Antique Auto 1959 & older: Darrell Jensen.
  • Milestone Auto 1960 & newer: Mike Wede.
  • Antique Machinery: Keith Grabill.
  • Jr. Division: Audubon Recreation Foundation.
  • Sr. Division, 1st Prize: Audubon Friendship Village.
  • Sr. Division, 2nd Prize: Community Insurance Agency.
  • Good Neighbor: Atlantic Fire Dept.
  • Grand Champion: Audubon Fire Dept.

Winners of the 2014 Audubon T-Bone Festival, Cowboy/Cowgirl: Olivia Grace & Lane Elmquist.

Audubon County Cook-Off Contest Winners:

  • 1st place: Andy Van Aernam w/his Brisket Philly Sandwich.
  • 2nd place: Andy Van Aernam w/his BBQ Brisket Sandwich.
  • 3rd Place: Scott Brand, with Pulled Beef.

And, the raffle winners this past weekend include:

  • 1st Prize, $1,000 Cash: John Whetzal.
  • 2nd Prize, $500 Cash: Joe Rasmussen.
  • 5 winners of $100 Cash: Raymond Gladman, Brett Rold, Jane Weber, Clint Grabill & Darrin Nordhues.


Emerald Ash Borer confirmed in Central Iowa

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources say two adult Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) beetles have been collected from a trap in a residential tree in Boone and have been positively identified as EAB by a federal identifier. The trap was placed in the tree this summer after suspect galleries were found in an ash tree branch that fell during a storm. A statewide quarantine restricting the movement of hardwood firewood, ash logs, wood chips and ash tree nursery stock out of Iowa into non-quarantined areas of other states was issued on Feb. 4, 2014 and remains in place. Aug 4 2014 EAB map

The city of Boone Parks Department has already taken several steps to prepare for a potential infestation of the EAB. They have inventoried 100% of the street trees in the community and are assessing the condition of ash trees, as well as all other trees, in the right-of-way. The city council established funding for removal of street trees and the purchase of specialized equipment to chip large diameter trees.

$6.75-million cost share available in IA for conservation practices

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today (Monday) announced that more than $6.75 million is available to help farmers and landowners install conservation practices through the state cost share program. Farmers can contact their local Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) offices to apply for assistance of up to 50 percent of the cost of the project.

Northey says “The cost share program is a partnership between the state and local landowners to help get conservation practices on the land that prevent erosion and better protect water quality. Now is the time for farmers to plan ahead and work with the local soil and water conservation district office so they are ready to move ahead with construction of the practices as soon as the crops are out of the field this fall.”

He said also “These funds are a great investment by the state and historically farmers contribute $1.50 for each dollar invested by the state. There continues to be strong interest in the cost share program, but there are funds available and we encourage farmers to contact their local soil and water conservation district office to discuss options for their farm.”

Conservation practices eligible for assistance through the program include terraces, waterways, ponds, buffers, cover crops, and several other conservation practices.

In addition to the statewide cost share, at least five percent of the funds will be used to protect several publicly owned lakes and cost share in these projects is available for up to 75 percent of the cost of the project. Eligible lakes include: Badger Creek Lake (Dallas SWCD and Madison SWCD); Lake Icaria (Adams SWCD); Prairie Rose Lake (Shelby SWCD); Three Mile Lake (Adair SWCD, Union SWCD) and
Twelve Mile Lake (Adair SWCD, Union SWCD).

A map of the targeted lake projects is available on the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s website at www.IowaAgriculture.gov.


Iowan tries to flee officers by jumping into river


August 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A 40-year-old Sioux City man accused of trying to flee officers by jumping into the Missouri River faces kidnapping charges. The Sioux City Police Department says Chance Michaels had forced his estranged wife into a vehicle Saturday evening and that his vehicle soon got a flat tire. Officer Bradley Echter says Michaels tried to take care of the flat at Chautauqua Park, but he jumped into the river as officers arrived.

Police say some people on a boat helped pull Michaels from the river, and he was taken into custody at a boat ramp. He is charged with kidnapping, assault and related crimes. Online jail records say Michaels remained in custody on Monday, pending $58,000 in bail.

7AM Newscast 08-04-2014

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August 4th, 2014 by Chris Parks

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Atlantic Schools roll out 1:1 initiative this week


August 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Parents and students with the Atlantic Community School District are set to receive instructions this week on the District’s new, 1-to-1 laptop computer initiative. Atlantic High School Technology Coordinator Roger Warne says August 6th and 8th are their “roll-out nights.” Parents and students should check their emails and student handbook for information that will be presented those evenings, as hard copies will not be available during the sessions.

Warne says registration on both nights’ starts at 6:30 p.m. at the high school. Students whose last names start with A-through-L with get their information on August 6th. The rest will receive theirs on August 8th. Attendance at one of the two sessions is mandatory. The district has prepared 450 laptop computers that will provide a dual Operating System platform, meaning they can run both Windows and Apple Macintosh programs.

MacBook Air

MacBook Air

Students will be receiving 11-inch, light weight, MacBook Air, full-power computers. No lap tops will be allowed to leave the school those nights unless parents have signed a form indicating they assume responsibility along with their student(S) for the device’ security and any damage that may occur. Warne says parents are probably more excited to see their students receive the lap tops, because the kids are already familiar with them, but the district couldn’t make them available to all students, and that created some disparages with how they could be used.

He said teachers would have to go to a lab or roll a cart into a room, but there was no guarantee the devices would be available on a day-to-day basis. Now they can structure their programs with the device in mind, making it the most efficient way to deliver the technology.)

Warne says getting the computers into the hands of all students in the District is important, because that’s the way education is going. He says eventually there won’t be any text books, and tests and worksheets will be handled online. That allows for instant grading and feedback.

Warne says 65-percent of the schools in the State of Iowa have some type of a similar 1:1 initiative for their students. A school in Omaha was the first in the region to roll out the initiative almost 10-years ago. Other districts have followed suit as cost allowed. More information is available at www.atlanticiaschools.org.

Braley, Harkin tout minimum wage hike


August 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

For the second time in four months, Senator Tom Harkin and Congressman Bruce Braley have visited a central Iowa business to highlight their support for increasing the minimum wage. Their Sunday stop in Norwalk, however, comes just days after Braley — the Iowa Democratic Party’s U.S. Senate nominee — began airing an ad attacking his Republican opponent, Joni Ernst, on the issue. “My opponent has said that she opposes a federal minimum and that she thinks $7.25 an hour is just fine for Iowa’s minimum wage workers,” Braley said Sunday, “and that’s where she and I disagree.”

During the primary campaign, Ernst said she opposed a nationwide minimum wage. She said states should set the minimum wage that’s appropriate for the local cost of living in each state. Braley supports raising the federal minimum wage to 10-dollars-and-10 cents an hour and setting up “indexing” so the rate automatically goes up in the future, without the need for congressional action. “So it doesn’t become captive of a political system,” Braley says, “and that’s what’s going on right now.” Harkin says this “should be a voting issue” this fall.

“We’ve had a minimum wage since 1939 and it’s worked well in this country,” Harkin said. “So those who say there should be no minimum wage are really on the fringes of any kind of economic thought at all.” Harkin and Braley toured the La Quercia company in Norwalk, a firm that makes cured meats, like its internationally acclaimed proscuito. The company’s owner has raised the starting pay for his employees to 10-dollars-and-10 cents an hour — the wage level Harkin has been pushing as a new national minimum wage.

In April, Harkin and Braley visited Raygun, a Des Moines t-shirt business known for its provocative slogans to highlight the minimum wage. Raygun’s owner offers a starting pay rate of 13-dollars an hour to his employees.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., Aug. 4 2014


August 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Texas company seeking to run an underground oil pipeline through Iowa has a laborious approval process to get through before it can start digging. Energy Transfer Partners LP is behind the project, which would carry crude oil from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota to Illinois, cutting diagonally through 17 Iowa counties.

FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a 27-year-old was fatally shot by a Fort Madison police officer after he allegedly brandished a knife during a chase. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says officers were called to a report of a man slashing vehicle tires with a knife around 1:45 a.m. Sunday. Officers say they spotted Ryan Swearingen with the knife and chased him before Swearingen refused to drop the knife and was shot.

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) — Four people were hospitalized and six others were injured after an early morning boating accident on Clear Lake. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that authorities were called to the northern Iowa lake shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday. The Iowa DNR and the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s office are investigating.

EPWORTH, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have identified the four boys killed in a crash near the eastern Iowa city of Epworth. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald says the Dubuque County Sheriff’s office released the names Sunday. Those killed were 14-year-old Sean Kenneally of Peosta; 14-year-old Mitchell Kluesner of Epworth; 14-year-old Nicholas Kramer of Dyersville; and 14-year-old Bryce Wilwert of Epworth.

Exira woman injured in Saturday evening accident


August 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

One person was injured during a single vehicle accident Saturday evening, about 5 miles east of Audubon. The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office reports 43-year old Ruth Ann Abernathy, of Exira, was transported by Audubon Fire and Rescue to the Audubon County Memorial Hospital, following the crash on 190th Street, near Nighhawk Avenue, at around 5:40-p.m., Saturday.

Officials say Abernathy was traveling westbound when her 1987 Oldsmobile Cutless partially left the road and slipped onto the shoulder. The woman over-corrected, sending the car across the southbound lane and into a ditch, where it struck a culvert. The vehicle sustained $5,000 damage.

The accident remains under investigation.