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Shelby County Supervisors Meeting


August 20th, 2013 by admin

The IKM-Manning School District certified the incorrect tax levy amount to 4 counties in the area. In a regular Shelby County Supervisors meeting this (Tuesday) morning, Shelby County Treasurer Carolyn Blum reported to the board the county was notified on August 12th, the school district realized they had certified the wrong amount for the tax levy. Blum said on the same day, August 12th, tax statements were sent to the residents of Shelby County and it was too late to stop them,

Blum1: “So anyone who has parcels in the IKM-Manning School District, their tax statements are incorrect. Marsha contacted the department of management and said they need to be correct. Since that date, we have been working with the software company and we are having to run all those tax statements.”

She told the Supervisors the total number of statements in the county is 3,357 which is about 1/5th of the county’s original statements. The error was by the IKM Manning School District as they certified the tax levy to the state. The levy affects 4 counties, Audubon, Carroll, Crawford and Shelby County. Blum said all the statements will be sent out to residents in the IKM-Manning school district by the end of this week or early next week if all goes well. The statement will include a letter explaining the issue with the tax payers. Blum told the supervisors the issue is there are different circumstances for some residents in the county,

Blum2: “There’s so many case specific situations that it effects. Some people have paid for the whole year. Some have their checks in hand. It affects those who have elderly credit, homestead. The fix is actually taking place on the 2nd half installment which is less and will alleviate the pain a little bit for everyone.”

She said the good news is the fix a little easier than expected,

Blum3: “Originally we thought we would have to do the whole tax process over again which in hind sight might have been easier. But the fix is in the process now so at least we can move forward and get it taken care of.”

If you are a resident in the IKM-Manning School District and have paid your taxes for the year or the 2nd installment, the county is looking at two options. One is giving you a refund check from this year’s taxes or adding credit for taxes next year. Blum said the error is taking “hours and hours and days and days to get it fixed” and money spent on copies of statements and postage to resend them out to the residents. The Supervisors discussed who should be responsible for the expenses and at that point Supervisor Schmitz said the school should be responsible as it was their error. The cost from the error was not known at this time. The Supervisors informed Blum to keep track on the expenses from the tax levy error but no action was officially taken.

(Joel McCall KNOD)

*UPDATE* Suspect in Shooting and Pursuit Dead


August 20th, 2013 by admin

*Updated with incident details*

Law enforcement confirm this (Tuesday) morning that Rodney Eugene Long, a suspect in Sunday night’s shooting and pursuit is dead. No one else was seriously injured in the incident that resulted in Long’s death.

Law enforcement extends its thanks to the citizens in and around Taylor County for their vigilance during the day and a long search for the suspect.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety announced that Rodney Long was shot to death early Tuesday after breaking into the home of 71-year old Jerome Mauderly. Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Special Agent Mitch Mortveldt says Mauderly shot Long with a shotgun in the kitchen of the home he shares with his wife, Karen. Long broke into the home around 10:15-p.m. Monday.

Shortly after 2:00-a.m. Karen Mauderly called 911 to tell authorities her husband had shot Long.

Authorities had been searching for Long since Sunday night, when the fugitive shot and wounded a deputy.

Harlan School Board Meeting


August 20th, 2013 by admin

The Harlan Community School District Board of Educators welcomed a new member to its board. In a meeting Monday, Angie Monson was sworn in as the new member taking over for Tammy Schwartz who had moved out of the district. Monson will represent district 4, which is up for re-election on September 10th along with three other seats on the Harlan Community School Board. Monson does plan on running on the ballot. In fact, aside from District 2, all other candidates are running unopposed. Included on the ballot on Tuesday, September 10th is the Revenue Purpose Statement. The School District is not making any changes to the revenue statement but only to renew it. Voters can get an absentee ballot from the Shelby County Auditor’s Office from now until Friday, September 6th. Towards the end of the meeting, Athletic Director Mitch Osborn gave a report on a new policy from the district charging adults and students to get into certain Middle School activities at Merrill Field. Osborn told the board nine of the twelve Hawkeye 10 Conference Schools are charging to get into Middle School sporting events. Osborn said this is something the district didn’t want to do,

Osborn1: “We have held off and held off and never wanted to. We are looking at football and track with one gate it makes it easy. We are looking at three dollars for adults and two dollars for students. If you have an activity student pass, you get in free. Another incentive, if you are a member of the booster club, show them your pass and you get in free also.”

The Harlan Community activity ticket for students is $25 and a booster club pass for a husband and wife is $50. The district will not charge admittance to the Middle school volleyball, basketball or wrestling events as Osborn said it will be much more difficult when using two gyms and needing more help taking tickets. He said the idea of charging for middle school events was not something he wanted to do,

Osborn2: “I’ve been against. I’ve had people tell me we need to. I put the pencil to the paper and last year we spent around $5,580 for officials at middle school events. That comes out of the high school gate receipts. We think by having 4 home 8th grade football games, 3 home 7th grade football games and 4 home track meets and by those events you will cover most of your officiating for the year.”

No action was necessary by the Harlan Community School Board and the middle school admittance fees will begin this year.

(Joel McCall KNOD)

Burglary in Clarinda


August 20th, 2013 by admin

During the late night of August 17th, Page County Deputies were dispatched to 2914 180th Street in Clarinda for a burglary that had occurred sometime in the previous two days. Deputies processed the scene.

During the investigation, fingerprints were recovered and turned over to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) for analysis. Deputies were informed that on Friday, August 16th, Sara Lawrence, a resident of the home, had discovered missing items from the porch but did not contact Police. Late night on the 17th, Lawrence said she became nervous about the stolen items, so she secured the residence, put the firearms in a gun cabinet and stayed with relatives.

When Lawrence and the other resident, William Humphrey, returned to the residence they noticed that a handgun, clothes, ammunition and other items were missing. They then notified Law Enforcement at approximately 9:45-p.m.

Deputies searched for anyone that might still be in the area but no person was found. The gun was entered as stolen nationwide through the Clarinda Police Dispatch at 7:00-a.m. on August 18th.

Harlan Incident Report


August 20th, 2013 by admin

The Harlan Police Department has released incident and arrest reports for the past week. On August 13th, Phillip Matzen of Council Bluffs reported the theft of his 1994 Mercury Marquis from 2001 6th Street. The vehicle was later located and returned to Matzen. This case remains under investigation.

On August 15th, 27-year old Steven Riley was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance (enhanced due to prior convictions), possession of drug paraphernalia, and failure to wear a seat belt. All charges were in regards to a traffic stop on July 26th, 2012 and were filed with the clerk of court.

On August 16th, Officers were called to an altercation in the 400 block of Market in which an individual had a weapon. As a result of the investigation, 41-year old Anthony Thraen of Harlan was charged with assault. 41-year old Robert Kirk Loudy of Rogersville, TN, was charged with carrying weapons. Both subjects were transported to the Shelby County Jail.

On August 17th, Harlan Officers were called to a disturbance at the Shelby County Speedway. 22-year old Michael Erickson of Exira, 24-year old Tyler Schwager of Council Bluffs and 23-year old Zachary Schwager of Council Bluffs were all arrested and taken to the Shelby County Jail where they were charged with disorderly conduct.

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August 20th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Famous Company Casserole (8-20-13)


August 20th, 2013 by Stacie Linfor


  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 T. instant minced onion
  • 8 oz pkg. cream cheese (soft)
  • 1/4 c. chopped green pepper
  • 2 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce
  • 8 oz noodles or spaghetti
  • 1 c. cottage cheese
  • 1/4 c. dairy sour cream
  • 1/3 c. diced onion
  • parsley flakes (optional)


Pan-fry beef in large skillet and cook until pink color disappears. Pour off drippings. Add salt, onion and tomato sauce. Cook about 1 minute and remove from heat. Cook noodles according to directions and drain. Mix together cottage cheese, cream cheese, sour cream, green pepper and green onion. Add cooked noodles and stir to blend. Pour into greased 3 quart casserole and top with meat mixture. Sprinkle parsley flakes over top if desired. Bake in 350 degree oven for 30 – 40 minutes or until bubbly. Makes about 8 servings.

Daycare Assistance for Job-Seeking Veterans


August 20th, 2013 by admin

Providing day-care for the children of job-seeking veterans is the focus of the new “Warrior Care” program sponsored by the Atlantic chapter of Operation Barnabas.

In partnership with Zion Lutheran “Kids Come First” and the Ann Wickman Child Development Center, Warrior Care provides licensed day-care assistance for the children of reservists, National Guardsmen and recently discharged active-duty troops to support them in their job-search activities.

The program provides funding for military members’ children to attend a licensed day-care facility while they are seeking employment, said Rich Kanning, commander of the local Operation Barnabas chapter.

More information about the program can be obtained by contacting Rich Kanning, commander of the local Operation Barnabas chapter, at 243-6825, and the Cass County Veterans Office at 243-6662.

Early morning headlines 8-20-2013


August 20th, 2013 by admin

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

(Information in the following story is from: Globe Gazette, http://www.globegazette.com/)

NORTHWOOD, Iowa (AP) – An arraignment date is set for next month for a Northwood man charged in the death of a 30-year-old woman. The Globe Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1eY6AvE ) the arraignment will be Sept. 3 in Worth County District Court for 39-year-old Tyrone Washington. He’s charged with first-degree murder in the death of Justina Marie Smith.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa’s unemployment rate rose to 4.8 percent in July as total employment in the state dropped for the first time this year. Iowa Workforce Development reports that unemployment was up from 4.6 percent in June. Despite the increase, Iowa’s rate is far less than national rate for July of 7.4 percent.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – More than 1 million visitors attended the Iowa State Fair during its 11-day run that ended Sunday, but the number was a little smaller than last year. The fair reports that 1,047,246 people attended the event this year. That’s nearly 50,000 under last year’s attendance.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The troubled Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant continues to inch closer to restarting, but federal regulators say significant work remains to be done at the Nebraska plant. Later this month, the Omaha Public Power District will meet with Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials to explain the plan for continuing to improve Fort Calhoun – if the nuclear plant about 20 miles north of Omaha is allowed to restart.

Atlantic, Audubon Weekend Arrests


August 19th, 2013 by Jim Field

Atlantic police report that Friday, August 16th, 28 year old Sean Bloomfield of Atlantic was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia after he turned him in to local authorities.  He was booked at the Cass County jail.

Atlantic police also arrested 30 year old Jesse Swanson of Atlantic on Saturday, August 17th.  He was charged with first degree burglary and assault with injury.  He was booked at the Cass County jail.

The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office arrested 20 year old Reece Joseph Blohm of Audubon at about 3:30 Saturday morning after a traffic stop on Highway 71 near 150th Street.  Blohm was charged with operating while intoxicated and possession of alcohol.  He was released after appearing before a magistrate.