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Bluffs man dies in I-80 crash in Nebraska

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August 25th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say an western Iowa man died after a collision on Interstate 80 near Omaha that happened as traffic was backed up from an earlier accident.  29-year-old Andrew Shutters, of Council Bluffs, died when his car hit the back of a pickup truck about 6:45 a.m. on Thursday.

The Sarpy County sheriff’s office says the truck was stopped because traffic was still tied up from a collision between two semitrailers that happened around 6 a.m. The impact caused a fire in Shutters’ car. Witnesses removed both drivers before the fire spread. Shutters died at an Omaha hospital.

The driver of the pickup was taken to an Omaha hospital. Officials say his injuries were not considered life threating.

PUBLIC INPUT SOUGHT ON MISSOURI RIVER MANAGEMENT

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August 25th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS – State leaders are interested in hearing directly from the public on the impacts of flooding and how the Missouri River can be effectively managed at a meeting scheduled for Sept. 9 in Council Bluffs.  The meeting of the State of Iowa Missouri River Authority (SIMRA) is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at the Looft Conference Center at Iowa Western Community College, 2700 College Road in Council Bluffs. The agenda, which includes participation by Gov. Terry Branstad, includes updates on the flooding impacts and recovery efforts as well as a panel discussion.

The public comment and question period is scheduled from 2:15-3:05 p.m. and all comments will be distributed to the relevant state personnel in the departments/agencies involved in the SIMRA organization for further consideration. Agencies included in SIMRA are the Iowa Governor’s Office, natural resources, economic development, transportation, the Iowa Utilities Board and agriculture.

Those unable to attend the meeting in person can also provide written comments by fax at 202-624-8189 or by email at Christine.bartel@iowa.gov.

Dr. Seann Atkinson joins Atlantic Medical Center

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August 25th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

ATLANTIC – Dr. Seann Atkinson will be joining Atlantic Medical Center (AMC) in October 2011.  Dr. Atkinson is a board-certified family practice physician, currently practicing in Sturgis, SD.

Dr. Seann Atkinson and family

He will provide comprehensive family medicine services. “We are thrilled to have Dr. Atkinson join our practice,” said Dr. Angela Weppler, AMC Family Medicine Physician.  “He and his family will be a wonderful asset to our clinic, hospital and community.” In addition to caring for patients at Atlantic Medical Center, Dr. Atkinson will be on staff at Cass County Memorial Hospital.  “Dr. Atkinson comes to us with seven years of experience and outstanding recommendations,” noted Pat Markham, CCMH Administrator. “We are very pleased to add another such well-qualified physician to care for our patients throughout Southwest Iowa.”

Dr. Atkinson grew up in Ankeny, Iowa, and received his zoology degree from Iowa State University.  He graduated from the Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical Center in 2001, and went on to the Rapid City Regional Hospital Family Practice Residency Program, Rapid City, SD.  Since completing his residency in 2004 he has practiced with the Regional Health Physicians in Sturgis, SD, providing inpatient, outpatient and emergency room care.  “From my first visit, the medical professionals and staff in Atlantic have been very welcoming,” Dr. Atkinson said.  “They are a wonderful group of people, and I’m looking forward to joining them.”

Dr. Atkinson and his wife, Shelly, have three children – Tyler (9), Brayden (7), and Kayla (4).   “We fell in love with Atlantic – the people, community and lifestyle,” Dr. Atkinson continued.  “It’s just what we were looking for!”

Pending approval of his Iowa medical license, Dr. Atkinson will begin seeing patients at Atlantic Medical Center and Cass County Memorial Hospital in late October.

Harlan arrests reported

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August 25th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Police in Harlan report numerous arrests were made this week. On Sunday: 18-year old Brandon Allen, of Harlan, was arrested on charges including four-counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Intent to Deliver, prohibited acts penalties, and ongoing criminal conduct; 21-year old Dane Dodge, of Harlan, was arrested for interference with official acts, driving with defective equipment, and failure to prove proof of insurance; 29-year old Tacy Bruck of Panama, was arrested on a charge of public intoxication, and 29-year old Bruce Spray, of Harlan, was arrested on a charge of 2nd offense OWI, driving while revoked, and failure to obey a stop sign; and, 55-year old Jeron Henscheid, of Harlan, was arrested Monday, on a Shelby County warrant for contempt of court related to child support.

Each of those individuals were brought to the Shelby County Jail and held pending an appearance before the magistrate. The Harlan P-D said also, after officers checked on a vehicle parked on the west side of the courthouse, Monday, it was determined the 1992 Buick Century had been reported stolen out of Harrison County. Officials in that county were notified, and the vehicle was returned to its owner.

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Heritage and Century Farms recognized at Iowa State Fair

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August 25th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey recently recognized Century and Heritage Farm families. The event took place August 16th, during the Iowa State Fair, in Des Moines. To qualify, a family must have owned at least 40-acres for 100-years or more, in the case of Century Farms, and 150-years or more, for a Heritage Farm.

This year, 341 Century Farms and 56 Heritage Farms were recognized. Among the Century Farms was: In Adair County - The Norman Kading, Incorporated, E. Eldon Eversull, and Bob Condon farms; In Adams County, the Tanner and Brittina Lund farm; in Audubon County, the Anthony P. Anthofer and Merle and Muryl Vokt farms; in Cass County, the LaVerne and Karen Ackerman farm; in Guthrie County, the Randy and Cynthia Ruth farm; in Montgomery County, the Terry Regan and Michael M. Anderson farms; in Pottawattamie County, the Ronald R. Paasch farm; and, in Shelby County, the Phyllis M. Allen, Joseph and Patricia Michels, and Mary Ann S. Schwery farms.

The Heritage Farm Program began in 2006, on the 30th Anniversary of the Century Farm Program. To date, more than 500 farms have been recognized. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has partnered with the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation since 1976, to recognize families that have owned and worked a farm for 100-years or more. Including this year’s recipients, more than 17,000 farms across the state have been recognized.

Atlantic’s Markham Awarded CCHS Scholarship

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August 25th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Don Johnson, Assistant Administrator for Human Resources, is shown congratulating Claire on her award.

The 2011 Cass County Health System scholarship was awarded to Claire Markham of Atlantic.  Claire received her bachelor’s degree in Medical Mathematics from Creighton University last May.  She is currently enrolled  in the Creighton University School of Medicine.

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Proposed increase in gas tax part of statewide public input meetings on improving roads

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August 25th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A commission established by Governor Branstad is hearing from Iowans who are interested in raising the state’s gas tax to finance improvements to Iowa’s roads and bridges. Stuart Anderson, with the Iowa Department of Transportation, says the Governor’s Transportation 2020 Citizens Advisory Commission has held three public input meetings this month in Bettendorf, Mason City and Des Moines. Commissioners have learned many Iowans are concerned about the conditions of the state’s rural roads.

Anderson says farmers have talked about lengthy detours they take because of weight restrictions on bridges. School officials have also raised concerns about the safety of rural roads. Iowa’s motor fuel tax, which has remained unchanged since 1989, raises about one-point-two billion dollars a year. Anderson says commissioners have been asking people attending the public meetings about their thoughts on increasing the gas tax.

“They’ve heard a lot of feedback that, yeah, they feel that’s a possibility,” Anderson said. “One thing that’s pretty consistent is…if funding is increased, it ought to be from funding sources dedicated to roads and bridge improvements.” He notes the state constitution requires 95-percent of the money raised by the gas tax must be directed toward road construction. The commission will hold four more public input meetings, over the next four Wednesday nights, in Storm Lake, Council Bluffs, Waterloo and Mount Pleasant.

“This is the mission of the commission to hear from the public, so we really hope a lot of people turn up at these meetings,” Anderson said. The commission is expected to complete a report outlining ideas for improving the state’s roads for consideration by the 2012 Iowa Legislature.

on the web at: www.news.iowadot.gov/newsandinfo/2011/07/governors-transportation-2020-citizen-advisory-commission-.html

(Radio Iowa)

Oakland man in the hospital following Wed. evening crash

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August 25th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs arrested an Oakland man Wednesday evening, after he attempted to flee the scene of an accident. Officials say a motorcycle driven by 38-year old Michael Iwan Carter collided with a car driven by 52-year old Antoni0 Zambrano, of Council Bluffs, as Zambrano was pulling away from a stop sign at the intersection of 19th Street and 5th Avenue, in Council Bluffs.

Authorities say Carter, who had an active warrant for his arrest, tried to run from the scene, but collapsed after traveling about 80-feet. He suffered from possible head and leg injuries, and was transported by Council Bluffs Fire and Rescue to Alegent Health Mercy Hospital.

Zambrano and a passenger in his vehicle refused treatment at the scene. The accident remains under investigation.