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Fender bender in Atlantic Thursday afternoon

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August 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department says no injuries were reported following an accident Thursday afternoon near Murphy Oil, in the Wal-Mart shopping plaza. Officials say the accident happened at around 4:15-p.m., when a vehicle driven by Gail Lange, of Atlantic, was attempting to enter the parking lot by making a quick left turn before turning back to the right. At the same time, a vehicle driven by Tye Olsen, of Colorado Springs, CO, was leaving the lot. Olsen slowed or stopped for Lange’s vehicle, but there wasn’t enough room for Lange’s car to turn. The vehicle hit Olsen’s vehicle on the right front side, causing a total of $1,500 damage. There were no citations issued.

Search of western IA trucking company results in drugs seized, 1 arrest

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August 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Shelby County report a search conducted Thursday night at the trucking company in Panama, resulted in the seizure of a small amount of methamphetamine and the arrest of a rural Harlan man. Authorities say the search was performed by a Cass County Sheriff’s Department K-9 team at the facilities of Panama Transfer at 600 Lasalle Avenue.

Working closely with company officials, authorities found the meth, and arrested 46-year old Brian Michael Coenen, who faces a serious misdemeanor charge of Possession of Methamphetamine. Coenen was brought to the Shelby County Jail and later released on $2,000 bond.

Heavy Metal band concert expected to tie traffic in a knot Aug. 17th

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August 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office is warning motorists to expect heavy traffic next Friday, August 17th, when the Des Moines heavy metal rock band Slipknot and other acts perform at the Mid America MotorPlex, during “KnotFest.” Gates at the complex, located near Pacific Junction, will open at 2-p.m. August 17th. The concert will not end until 11:30-p.m.

Officials say to expect heavy traffic at Exit 35 off Interstate 29 and Highway 34. Anyone not attending the concert, is strongly encouraged to find an alternate route to home and/or work. You should expect delays also, on southbound I-29 from Council Bluffs.

Semi truck rollover in Cass County

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August 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic Fire and Rescue along with Medivac ambulance were dispatched at 8:46-a.m. to the scene of a rollover accident involving two semi’s along Interstate 80 in Cass County, about a mile west of the exit to Highway 71 (mile marker 59).

Overturned semi along I-80 at mm 59 westbound (Ric Hanson photo)

The Cass County Communications Center says both drivers and a passenger in one of the semis were checked for injuries, but all refused transport to the hospital.

According to the State Patrol, a tractor trailer entering I-80 westbound from the Highway 71 interchange was building up speed while his rig was making its way up an incline, when the rig was hit from behind by another semi.  The collision caused the first semi to go out of control, and into the median, where it rolled onto its left side.

The names of those involved in the collision have not yet been released.

Lawsuit filed over NW Iowa farm field pipeline blast

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August 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

HINTON, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa construction company has been sued over an explosion of natural gas that followed a pipeline rupture in northwest Iowa. The lawsuit was filed by the pipeline owner, Northern Natural Gas Co, of Omaha, Neb., against DeRocher Construction, of Le Mars.  Two DeRocher workers were injured by the blast that sent a fireball hundreds of feet into the air on April 25. Authorities say the men were operating trenching equipment that struck the pipeline near Hinton.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Sioux City. It says Northern Natural Gas spent nearly $440,000 for emergency response, inspection and repair and other expenses to get the pipeline back into operation. DeRocher Construction has declined to comment.

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Cass County man wins horseshoe pitching event at IA State Fair

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August 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A retired Anita area farmer has won the horseshoe pitching competition at the Iowa State Fair. Ray Pottebaum, of Anita, won the competition for the 4th year in a row Thursday, according to his son.

Red Oak man arrested for assault

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August 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A rural Red Oak man was arrested Thursday night on a Simple Assault charge. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports James L. Bourn was taken into custody at around 9:20-p.m. as the result of an investigation into a report of a family disturbance at the Bourn residence. The investigation determined there had been a physical altercation between Bourn and a minor living in the home. Bourn was booked into the Montgomery County Jail, where he was being held on $300 bond.

Producer says drought will cause popcorn shortage

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August 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

This year’s historic Midwest drought is having an impact on all crops — including popcorn. Gary Smith is President of the American Popcorn Company, the parent company of Jolly Time Popcorn. The company is based in Sioux City and has contracts with farmers in northwest Iowa and northeast Nebraska to grow the company’s popcorn. Smith describes this year’s crop as “okay,” especially when compared with conditions in other parts of the country.

“There is going to be a popcorn shortage because Indiana burnt up in June even, I mean, they didn’t even get started. And we’ve got a lot of competitors in the eastern cornbelt,” Smith says. Smith says about 90-percent of the company’s popcorn is grown under irrigation in northeast Nebraska. He says the dryland popcorn grown in the Sac City, Iowa area is in decent shape having received some rain in July that didn’t fall elsewhere. Still, he says there may be some quality issues in this year’s popcorn.

“I think the test weights will be down. When the test weights are down, then maybe your pops aren’t quite as good, we might struggle with quality issues, but that’s the way Mother Nature treats the product. And I’m just grateful we’re going to have a crop,” Smith says. With field corn prices at, or near, all-time record highs,- popcorn companies have to pay more to prevent farmers from switching away from popcorn production. Smith says the company is already paying record-high contracts to farmers, and he expects the contracts to be higher again next year. He worries, though, about an eventual consumer backlash.

“We’re at the highest point we’ve ever been because of the price of corn. Now with the drought, corn prices have rallied more, and so we’re looking at another increase, which is a big worry,” according to Smith. “Because at some point, America’s consumer is gonna say ‘your products too expensive, I don’t want you any more,’ and I don’t think we’ve gotten there yet. But where is that threshold? I’m not absolutely sure.” The American Popcorn Company has been in business for 98 years. Smith is a fourth-generation family member involved with the company.

(Radio Iowa)