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Iowa early News Headlines: Sat., Aug. 2nd 2014


August 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A Waterloo business’ decision to briefly replace the American flag with an Irish flag atop a downtown building has drawn criticism from residents. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports the owner of the Black’s Building replaced a U.S. flag with the Republic of Ireland’s flag to honor Waterloo’s Irish Fest, which runs Friday through Sunday. When people noticed the change Friday morning, Nelson says the company began getting complaints.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state auditor’s report shows that when it comes to revenue, all performances at the Iowa State Fair’s Grandstand aren’t equal. The Des Moines Register reports nine of the fair’s 53 acts since 2008 have cost more to bring in than they’ve earned in ticket sales. Fair officials are hopeful this year’s Grandstand acts will sell more tickets.

NEW HAMPTON, Iowa (AP) — A motorcyclist from Missouri has died in a northeast Iowa crash involving two sport utility vehicles, including one that drove away from the scene. The Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Office says the crash happened yesterday morning as two motorcyclists were northbound on U.S. Highway 63, just north of New Hampton.

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Chase Elliott is in the midst of one of the best rookie seasons in NASCAR Nationwide series history. Today’s race at the Iowa Speedway could go a long way in determining whether Elliott ends such a promising year with a title.

“Urban Deer Control” Packets available in Atlantic

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

August 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Persons interested in bow hunting deer in Atlantic are advised to pick up their instruction packet from the Atlantic Police Department. The information packets are available Monday through Friday, from 8-a.m. to 4-p.m. Once the packet is filled-out by the hunter, it must be signed by Police Chief Steve Green. If you are already qualified to hunt, you won’t have any further issues to contend with.
It’s the third year the City is making bow hunting available within the City limits. Lt. Dave Erickson with the A-PD says the number of deer harvested each year continues to grow, with last year being very successful. Erickson says bow hunting is made available to the public, with certain exceptions and requirements.

New hunters not previously qualified may still pick up their packet, but they must also make an appointment to shoot with Lt. Erickson at the P-D. The packet explains the rules and City Ordinance. He says the hunting seasons mirror those established by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Hunters must be 18-years of age or older and have a State of Iowa hunting license. They also must have a deer tag or tags issued by the DNR.

Erickson says the one thing they are requesting is that anyone who wants the public to hunt deer on their property, please call the police department Monday through Friday and submit their name. The list of property owners’ names who will allow hunting will then be made available for hunters to contact and provide information as to when they would like to request permission to do so.
Anterless tags will be available.

Hunters must take a doe first before being allowed to hunt a buck within the City limits. If you wish to continue hunting Does – antlerless – the City will reimburse for the tag you purchased through the DNR. You will need to call the Police Department at 712-243-3512 when you harvest a deer. The police will verify that it was taken within the city limits. The hunter then brings the tag to City Hall, where they will be reimbursed for the doe tag. The maximum reimbursement is $28.50. Up to six doe tags per person are allowed for reimbursement.

There are restrictions are where bow hunting will be allowed. For instance, No hunting on City parks of City property. Among the things to note this year: Hunting will not be allowed if your paperwork is not filled out and copies are on file at the Police Department; All hunters must respect the property lines of the land they are hunting on, and be courteous to residents of adjoining properties; Hunters must carry a cell phone with them in case a law enforcement officer needs to contact them with regard to any complaints; Hunter should use safety harnesses while hunting from an elevated stand; Field dressings must be done outside the City limits of Atlantic.

Persons needing to qualify for the in-City hunt will be required to pass a verbal and skill test conducted by the A-PD and Atlantic Archers. The applicant must be able to shoot at 3-d targets up to a maximum of 30-yards from an elevated stand, and successfully hit with 3 out of 5 arrows.

4-wheeler accident near Marne Friday night


August 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Two people were injured during a 4-wheel off road vehicle accident Friday night, near Marne. According to dispatch reports, 47-year old Trisha Bell was seriously injured, while a 5-year old female suffered a gash to her head. The accident happened just west of Marne along Highway 83, at around 9:13-p.m.
Atlantic and Marne Fire and Rescue along with Medivac Ambulance responded to the scene.

LifeNet transported Bell from the Cass County Memorial Hospital to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. The five-year-old was transported by Medivac ambulance to CCMH with non-life threatening injuries.

Iowa cropland value hits new record $8,750 an acre

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The value of farmland in Iowa is up again this year reaching a new high at a time when many observers expect values to drop due to falling commodity prices. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in a new report released Friday the average value of an acre of cropland in Iowa rose 9.4 percent from a year ago to a new record $8,750.

The value of farm real estate — a measurement of the value of all land and buildings on farms — climbed 10.4 percent to $8,500 an acre. Iowa leads the nation in the value of farmland and buildings with a total value of $235.6 billion. That’s up nearly 18 percent.

The annual report is based on producer surveys completed in the first two weeks of June.

Mills County man arrested on burglary charge


August 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A Mills County man was arrested early Thursday on burglary and theft related charges. The Mills County Sheriff’s Office says 39-year old James Lee McFerrin was taken into custody at around 1:10-a.m., on a warrant for Burglary, and Theft in the 2nd degree. McFerrin was being held in the Mills County Hail on $10,000 bond.

And on Tuesday, 41-year old Richard Jerald Scott Driscoll, of Sidney, was arrested at the Fremont County Jail on a charge of OWI/3rd offense. Bond was set at $5,000.

Essex man arrested on Page County warrant


August 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Page County Sheriff’s office reports an Essex man was arrested Thursday at the Shenandoah Police Department. 26-year old Paul Matthew Hughes was taken into custody on a valid Page County warrant for Prohibited Acts – Prescription drug violation 2nd offense, Assault on persons in certain occupations, and possession of controlled substance, cannabidiol (an ingredient in cannabis) 1st Offense.

Hughes was transported to the Page County Jail and later posted the $2000.00 bond. He was then released pending further hearings.

2 arrested on burglary charges in Atlantic


August 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports two local men were arrested Thursday on burglary charges. 18-year old Blake Zweck and 24-year old Nathan Stone, both of Atlantic, were charged with two counts each of Burglary in the 3rd degree, Criminal Mischief in the 4th and Theft in the 4th degrees. The charges are the result of an investigation into a burglary July 21st at the local can redemption center and an adjacent pet grooming business near Commerce and Linn Streets. The loss, including cash and various items, was estimated at about $400.

Zweck and Stone were booked into the Cass County Jail and held.

Some Iowa State Fair Grandstand acts not so grand


August 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A state auditor’s report shows that when it comes to revenue, all performances at the Iowa State Fair’s Grandstand aren’t equal. The Des Moines Register reports nine of the fair’s 53 acts since 2008 have cost more to bring in than they’ve earned in ticket sales. The study shows Janet Jackson’s 2011 concert appearance was the biggest loser, costing the fair about $107,000.

Last year, three performances didn’t earn enough ticket sales to cover all entertainers’ fees. One of the acts included three “Saturday Night Live” veterans. The fair had to come up with nearly $91,000 to pay the performers. Fair officials are hopeful this year’s Grandstand acts will sell more tickets.

The fair typically attracts about one million visitors during its 11-day run. It starts next month.

S.W. IA cattle producer is finalist for national environmental award

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A southwest Iowa cattle producer has been selected as the Region 3 winner of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s program that highlights exceptional work done by cattle producers to protect and enhance the environment. Officials with the NCBA report Nichols Farms, LTD., of Bridgewater, was announced as the Region 3 winner in the Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP) at the Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Denver on Thursday (July 31st). The family farm operation is managed by Dave Nichols, Phyllis Nichols and Lillian Nichols, and covers Adair, Adams and Cass counties.

Nichols Farms of Bridgewater, owned by (from left) Dave and Phyllis Nichols and Lillian Nichols.

Nichols Farms of Bridgewater, owned by (from left) Dave and Phyllis Nichols and Lillian Nichols.

Nichols Farms, an internationally known seedstock producer and a cow-calf operation, will compete for the national ESAP title with six other regional winners. The national winner will be announced during the Cattle Industry Annual Convention and Trade Show in San Antonio, TX, in February 2015.

The area where the Nichols both own and rent land is known as Iowa’s Hungry Canyons area, which is identified with deep cut gullies and stream trenching. Over 70% of the farmland managed by the Nichols (some owned, some rented) has been designated as highly erodible. While it’s typical for the area to have row crops grown on nearly 70% of the land, Nichols Farms has 46% of the farmland in row crops, and 54% in grassland and pasture production.

The NCBA says the work by cattlemen and women to protect their natural resources helps to improve the environmental sustainability of the beef industry. Those efforts also help this year’s regional winners improve the land for future cattle producers, a goal shared by each of these operations.

Nat’l. Farmers Market Week is Aug. 3rd-9th

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today (Friday) encouraged Iowans to take advantage of fresh fruits and vegetables available at the more than 220 farmers markets in Iowa as part of National Farmers Market Week, which runs from Aug. 3 to 9.

“We continue to see growing demand for fresh locally grown produce and farmers markets are a great place to find healthy and delicious Iowa grown fruits, vegetables, meats and other products,” Northey said. “National Farmers Market Week, and every week, is a great time to visit your local farmers market to support the vendors who are there and enjoy some of the great food grown in this state.”

As part of National Farmers Market Week, Northey highlighted the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Programs. These programs provide eligible low-income seniors as well as women and children in Iowa with checks that can be redeemed for fresh, locally grown produce at authorized farmers markets and farm stands from June 1 through October 31, 2014.

Northey also encouraged Iowans to take advantage of the free Iowa Farmers Market app for smartphones that can help Iowans locate the farmers markets in their area. The app allows users to find the farmers market closest to them by using GPS location services or to search for specific farmers markets by city or zip code. Once they have located a market, the user can view the hours of the market, browse a list of vendors and see a phone number and email address of the market manager. App users can also leave reviews of the market and vendors and upload their photos to share with others.

The app is free to download and is available through Apple’s App store and Google Play by searching “Iowa Farmers Markets.”  The app was developed for the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship using funds from the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.