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Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., Aug. 27th 2013

News

August 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Two Sioux City residents have been accused of robbing and torturing a man at their apartment. Police say 33-year-old Melissa Lowe and 32-year-old Brandon Keleher were arrested Saturday morning. Online court records say they’re both charged with two felonies: willful injury and robbery.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Juvenile Home has been given 15 citations for violations in its substance-abuse treatment program. The Des Moines Register says the violations found in a new inspection included a lack of oversight and failure to track whether some children were making progress in their treatment. Public health officials say the most recent inspection occurred July 29th.

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) — A Coralville man has been accused of being drunk and falling asleep in his car while his foot was on the driver’s brake pedal. Police for the University of Iowa say they found 22-year-old Jon Roupe asleep and covered in vomit early Sunday morning at a parking ramp. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports Roupe failed a field sobriety test. He has been charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Sioux City leaders have deferred a final vote on eliminating curbside glass recycling. The Sioux City Journal reports the City Council met yesterday and deferred the decision for two weeks. The proposal would end the glass recycling part of the city’s solid waste contract with Gill Hauling. Plastic, aluminum cans and paper still would be accepted.

Danish Museum breaks ground on new addition

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August 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Danish Immigrant Museum broke ground for its $3 million curatorial expansion on Monday afternoon, followed by a coffee and kringle reception for the community.

Pictured from left: Gordon Roesler of Meco-Henne Contracting, Scott Fero of Midwest Storage Solutions, Todd Wanninger of Carroll Control Systems, Jim Wolz of Meco-Henne Contracting, John Mark Nielsen of The Danish Immigrant Museum, Mardy Holst of AHTS Architects, and Angela Stanford of The Danish Immigrant Museum. (Photo courtesy Nicky Christensen)

Pictured from left: Gordon Roesler of Meco-Henne Contracting, Scott Fero of Midwest Storage Solutions, Todd Wanninger of Carroll Control Systems, Jim
Wolz of Meco-Henne Contracting, John Mark Nielsen of The Danish Immigrant Museum, Mardy Holst of AHTS Architects, and Angela Stanford of The Danish
Immigrant Museum. (Photo courtesy Nicky Christensen)

The extra 8,000 square feet will provide compact artifact storage, office space, and exhibit preparation areas. Scheduled to be completed by the Danish Villages’ Tivoli Fest on Memorial Day weekend, the addition will be located mostly underground and will have an environmentally-friendly green roof.

Iowa crops set back in dryer than normal week

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The condition of the corn crop in Iowa and nationally has declined slightly as a late summer dry hot spell settles in over Iowa and other Midwest states renewing fears of a crop damaging drought. The Department of Agriculture says in Monday’s weekly report that corn is about two weeks behind schedule in Iowa as 21 percent is now rated poor or very poor up from 18 percent the previous week and 44 percent is good or excellent, down from 48 percent previously. The remaining portion is fair.

Nationally a larger portion of the crop similarly slipped into poor or very poor category. Iowa soybeans are now 20 percent poor or very poor, up from 18 percent the week before. A similar decline is reported nationally.

Farmers’ Almanac predicts “piercing cold” winter for Iowa

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

August 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Iowans who don’t enjoy the extreme heat that’s in the forecast this week may find relief in a prediction from the Farmers’ Almanac. The publication’s managing editor, Sandi Duncan, says they’re predicting a winter with below normal temperatures for about two-thirds of the country.FarmersAlmanac2014-Winter-Map “We are saying it’s going to be a very cold winter, in fact, we’re using the words ‘piercing cold’ in your neck of the woods, with normal snowfall,” Duncan says. “So, it’s going to be one of those rough, old-fashioned, very chilly, very cold, snowy winters.”

The Farmer’s Almanac for 2014 hit newsstands today (Monday). Scientists don’t put much stock in the almanac’s weather forecasts, which Duncan says are based on a secret, mathematical and astronomical formula. “It takes things like sun spot activity, tidal action of the moon, the position of the planets, and a variety of factors into play,” Duncan says. “We’ve been predicting the weather for 197 years and people who follow our forecasts say we’re about 80 to 85 percent accurate.”

The Farmers’ Almanac, which was founded in 1818, is predicting a heavy winter storm will hit the Northeast U.S. right around the time Super Bowl is played February 2 in New Jersey.

On the web at http://www.farmersalmanac.com/

(Radio Iowa)

Burglary/theft of tools reported in Page County

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August 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Page County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of tools valued at $4,720, from a building in Blanchard. The incident happened on or about August 18th. A list of the tools was provided to the Sheriff’s Office last Friday by Joseph Nelson, owner of the tools. Anyone with information about the burglary and theft is asked to call the Page County Sheriff’s Office at 712-246-5193.

Shelby County Fire Danger “Moderate”

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

August 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Shelby County Emergency Management Coordinator Bob Seivert says the local Fire danger signs have been in the “Low” category since spring, and while they are not implementing the bi-weekly fire danger assessments, given the general lack of rainfall…and expected very hot and windy condition expected to prevail through the next week…Seivert advises businesses and area fire departments to move the fire danger signs into the “Moderate” category.Moderate Fire Danger rating

Seivert asks residents of Shelby County to “Please report a planned or controlled burn prior to ignition,” by calling 712-755-2124. If you need help in determining if the burn can be conducted safely, you’re asked to contact the Emergency Mgt Agency, or your Fire Chief.

Seivert says his office will continue to monitor conditions and keep residents and the media updated as necessary.

Page County arrest report

News

August 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Page County Sheriff Lyle Palmer reports the arrest of man who turned himself in on a warrant for unauthorized use of a credit card. 22-year old Keith James Land, of Clarinda, was unable to post a $2,000 bond, and was being held in the Page County Jail.

Law enforcement campaign underway: drive sober or get pulled over

News

August 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A nationwide campaign to remove drunk drivers from the road is being launched today and will run through September 8.800x100-sober Randy Hunefeld with the Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau says motorists in Iowa, compared to others around the country, do a good job of designating a sober driver or calling a cab when they’re out drinking alcohol.

Iowa ranks 2nd as having the lowest number of alcohol related fatalities in the nation. “My hat goes off to drivers who are out partying because they are apparently taking responsibility for that,” Hunefeld says. The crackdown on drunk driving, dubbed “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” is funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“There are contracts with law enforcement agencies across the state, so there will be somewhere between 250 and 260 law enforcement agencies that’ll be out specifically working this enforcement effort,” Hunefeld says. “And even though there is an emphasis on drunk drivers, they will be looking for all traffic violations.”

In addition to the enforcement boost, the campaign is being supported by paid advertising. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s latest statistics, from 2011, show 9,878 people died across the nation in crashes involving drunk drivers. That equates to roughly one drunken driving fatality every 53 minutes. Over the Labor Day Holiday weekend in Iowa last year, there were no reported alcohol related fatalities, however there were four fatalities from traffic crashes.

(Radio Iowa)

Heat Advisory covers the entire state, could be record week

News, Weather

August 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The entire state is under a heat advisory today (Monday), as temperatures are going to push up into the 90’s. National Weather Service meteorologist, Brad Small, says it’s not that unusual to see such high temperatures at the end of August. “What is unusual is how long this is going to last,” Small says. “If we end up with how the forecast is expected to pan out, it will be the hottest end of August that we’ve seen on record for that seven-day period from yesterday through the 31st. So, it will be very unusual to see temperatures this warm for this long.”

Not only are the temperatures heating up — but for areas of the state that have had some recent moisture — the humidity is also a factor. “We’ve increased both the heat and humidity from what we’ve seen from earlier in the summer, especially recently what we saw right around the state fair,” according to Small. “Definitely a big change in that regard, and we’ll be pushing records by Tuesday.” When you factor in the actual temperature and the relative humidity, you get the heat index. That index is expected to be over 100 in many parts of the state this week.

The forecast shows just a slim chance for a little relief from the heat. He says there may be a brief cold front dropping down on north-east Iowa around Wednesday. “That will be brief and very temporary, if it even occurs at all, and most of the state will see really little change, with highs in the 90’s at least through the holiday weekend,” Small says.

While people can turn on the air conditioner to seek relief, the crops in Iowa’s fields don’t have that option. “We’re gonna really increase things as far as the stress on the crops with the heat and the lack of moisture. North-east Iowa is a little better off — they’ve had some rains recently — but the south-west two-thirds of the state is in drought conditions right now and it will continue to worsen,” Small says. Polk County in central Iowa is also under an excessive heat warning for today (Monday).

(Radio Iowa)

Clarinda man arrested in Mills County; Rollover accident injures Glenwood resident

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August 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Mills County report the arrest this (Monday) morning of 48-year old Carl Race, of Clarinda. Race was taken into custody on Bunge Road at around 1:25-a.m. for allegedly Violating a Protective Order and Interference with Official Acts. He was being held without bond in the Mills County Jail.

The Sheriff’s Office reports also, a Glenwood resident was transported to a hospital in Council Bluffs, following a single-vehicle accident Saturday morning. Kerry Newman was driving a 2009 Chrysler northbound on 221st Street  at around 10:35-a.m., when Newman swerved to the right to avoid another vehicle which has crossed into the northbound lane. Newman’s vehicle went off the road to the right and hit a curve sign and power pole before rolling over four times and coming to rest on its wheels in the east ditch. Newman was transported to Jennie Edmundson Hospital for treatment of undisclosed injuries.