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Audubon City Council to review budget tonight


February 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon City Council will hold a final review of the City’s proposed Fiscal Year 2012-2013 Budget. The review, and action on a resolution setting March 12th, 7-p.m.,  as the date and time for a public hearing on the budget, will come during the Council’s meeting, which begins tonight at 7 o’clock.

The Council will also refine the definitions of a “Nuisance Lighting” ordinance, and discuss: An ordinance banning parking in yards; a Water/sewer maintenance contract; and, compensation practices.

Former Perry man set to stand trial in Guthrie Co. fatal crash


February 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A man formally of Perry, who authorities say was the driver behind a car that went out of control in Guthrie County and crashed in 2009, is set to stand trial, Tuesday. According to the Omaha World-Herald, and, online court records,  30-year old Thomas Dugan has been charged with vehicular homicide, reckless driving and drunken driving, in connection with the August 23rd, 2009 death of Adam Anderson, of Bagley.

Anderson was 28-years old at the time. As KJAN reported on August 24th, 2009, officials said a 2003 Ford Mustang the men were in, was traveling at a high rate of speed southbound on Wink Avenue in Guthrie County, when the road changed from hard surface, to gravel. The car began to fishtail out of control and entered a ditch before rolling end-over-end, and coming to rest on its top in a soybean field. Even though they were wearing seatbelts, both men were ejected during the crash, which happened at around 6:30-a.m.  Anderson died at the scene, while Dugan suffered critical injuries.

The newspaper says Dugan wasn’t charged until Feb. 2011, because it took authorities that long to determine who was driving. The answer came through the results of a DNA test. Dugan was arrested in March, 2011. He was released later that month on a $25,000 bond. According to Iowa Courts Online, the trial, which was supposed to have started January 24th, but was continued until 9:30-a.m. Tuesday in Guthrie County District Court,  is expected to last about four days.

Iowa News Headlines: Mon., Feb. 27 2012


February 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

PANORA, Iowa (AP) — Police are investigating the beating of an eighth-grade boy in the Panorama Middle School cafeteria that left him with injuries requiring surgery. Des Moines television station KCCI reports that the beating happened Thursday, leaving Alex Kent with a titanium plate in his jaw and a broken leg that will require screws to reset. Panora’s Police Chief says he expects a decision on whether to file charges in the case next week.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Officials have identified a man killed in an early morning house fire in Cedar Rapids. The Cedar Rapids Fire Department says 43-year-old Kerry Bye died in yesterday morning’s fire. Firefighters were called to Bye’s home around 5:45 a.m. Sunday when two newspaper carriers saw smoke pouring from the house.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Governor Terry Branstad is the new chairman of the Midwestern Governors Association, a group of 10 states that works together on agriculture, economic development and other issues. The Iowa Republican was elected yesterday in Washington D.C., where the group is meeting. Minnesota Democratic Governor Mark Dayton was elected to serve as vice chairman for this year.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Meyers Leonard had 22 points off the bench as Illinois defeated Iowa 65-54 last night. Matt Gatens powered the Hawkeyes with 22 points and 5 of 6 shooting from 3-point range in Champaign. But Gatens was held in check in the second half, scoring just five points.

Rolling Hills Heifer Project sparks interest in other counties

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February 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A program designed to involve the youth of area communities in agriculture has grown since its inception, and even sparked interest in forming similar programs in other counties around western Iowa.

Chuck Edwards, President/CEO of Rolling Hills Bank & Trust

Chuck Edwards, President and CEO of Rolling Hills Bank and Trust, which is headquartered in Atlantic, told a crowd of young people, their parents, and others in attendance at a banquet at the Cass County Community Center Sunday afternoon, that the “Heifer Project,” which began in 2001 with five heifers each given to two area youth, has grown to four sets of heifers given away this year.

And, he says, the Carroll County Farm Bureau joined in this year, and also gave away five heifers. That makes 25 head of bred heifers given out this year to area youth. So far, 220 head of heifers have given to 45 people. Carroll County, which is in the second year of the program, has given away 10 altogether.

Edwards said when he spoke recently before a gathering of the Shelby County Cattleman’s Association, he said he learned they’re interested in getting a similar program established in that area. Tim Greave, who attended Sunday’s meeting , said their satellite program began this year, with one of their board members placing five heifers.  He says during a recent auction, 70,000 was raised in 15-minutes, to put towards the heifer program, which is still in its infancy and being tweaked in that. He says in the future, there may be a “share-type program,” where a portable loan is paid back at the end, and one or two of the payments are forgiven.

Past and present recipients of heifers from the RHHP 2-26-12

The Rolling Hills heifers are purchased by the bank, to be given to two individuals for a 5 year period. Those persons must be either in 7th or 8th grade, and must be interested in agriculture and willing to accept total responsibility for the daily care of the heifers. The youth can do what they wish with the heifers for the 5 years, either by selling the offspring, building a herd, etc., but at the end of the 5-years, the current cash equivalent value of 5 heifers must be paid to the Rolling Hills Heifer Project. Those funds will be used to purchase heifers for the next year’s recipients. The participants must document the entire process involved with raising the animals, including income and expenditures, and be willing to promote the program to other youth.

This year’s heifer recipients in western Iowa included: Morgan Barkley, from Cumberland; Brooke Newell, from Anita; and Preslyn Grobe, of Hancock. The Carroll County Farm Bureau gave its five heifers to Kourtney Grimm. Chuck

In addition, rewards were given Sunday to those youth participating in the program, who kept the best records while raising their animals. First place, and a cash award of $750, went to Jonathan Triggs, of Mt. Ayr, who received his heifers in 2008. Second place, and a $500 award, went to Paige Kipp, of Yale, who received her heifers in 2008 also. Third place, and a $250 award, went to Delaney Carroll, of Avoca.

To apply for the Rolling Hills Heifer Project Program, individuals must fill out an application describing their interest in agriculture as well as have 3 letters of recommendation from such persons as teachers, club leaders, etc. For more information use this link:


Western IA woman pleads not guilty to animal neglect


February 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A Sac County woman has pleaded not guilty to 93 counts of animal neglect.  Sioux City television station KTIV reports that Mary Brodersen entered the plea during her initial appearance in court on Friday.

The charges stem from the rescue of 87 dogs and one cat from a farm in rural Kiron. The carcasses of five dead animals were found when officials searched the farm on Jan. 25th. 
Authorities say the dogs were kept in a wooden shack, up to five in 4-by-4 wire cages, which were stacked on top of each other.
Brodersen faces a maximum of 12 years in prison if convicted of all the charges. She has relinquished ownership of the animals, which have been turned over to various shelters.

Police investigate cafeteria beating of Panora teen


February 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

PANORA, Iowa (AP) – Panora police are investigating the beating of an eighth-grade boy in the Panorama Middle School cafeteria that left him with injuries requiring surgery.  Des Moines television station KCCI reports that the beating happened Thursday, leaving Alex Kent with a titanium plate in his jaw and a broken leg that will require pins and screws to reset.
The boy’s mother, Yvonne Repp, questions whether there was adequate supervision of students. She also says school officials did not call an ambulance, but gave her son an ice pack and some Tylenol. The boy’s sister later drove him to a hospital.
School superintendent Kathy Elliot says school staff responded quickly to the incident. Police Chief Matt Reising says he expects a decision on whether to file charges in the case next week.

Charges upgraded against Nodaway Valley H.S. Teens Accused of Sexual Assault


February 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Des Moines Register reports sexual assault charges against two Greenfield teens accused of sexually abusing a wrestling teammate, have been upgraded to Felonius Assault.  The paper said in its Sunday edition, that the Iowa Attorney General’s Office is now handling the case against 18-year old’s Mikel Feick,  and Jacob Schliessman, who were originally charged in January with second-degree sexual abuse.  Felonious Assault is a Class C offense, punishable by up to 25-years in prison.

In January, Greenfield Police Chief Austin O’Brien said there were at least three victims of alleged hazing by students on the wrestling team at the Nodaway Valley High School, in Greenfield. Feick and Schliessman, who were members of the high school wrestling team were arrested. Their arrests followed an investigation that began January 4th, after a parent of a Nodaway Valley wrestler reported her son was the possible victim of an assault in the high school’s wrestling room in mid December. Police then learned of two other potential victims, but their investigation was complicated by witnesses who initially refused to come forward and make a statement to investigators. O’Brien says the assaults were “sexual in nature” and were “directly related to some type of punishment toward the victims.”

Nodaway Valley Superintendent Casey Berlau told the Register on Saturday, that two students at the school had been expelled last month, but he had declined to provide the names of the students. In January, WHO-TV reported that Feick, a 2011 state qualifier, was expelled from Nodaway Valley High School.

Man shot twice as he tries to shoot caged raccoon


February 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

REDFIELD, Iowa (AP) — A rural Redfield man is being treated for two gunshot wounds after an attempt to shoot a raccoon caught in a live trap backfired. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says 68-year-old Larry Godwin was using a 22-caliber handgun to shoot the caged raccoon at around 11 a.m. Saturday when the bullet ricocheted off the cage and struck him in the lower abdomen on the right side. He dropped the gun and it fired again, shooting him again in about the same spot. He was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines by private vehicle. The DNR says the injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

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Couple Arrested in Red Oak on Child Endangerment Charge


February 25th, 2012 by Chris Parks

The Red Oak Police Department reports the arrest on Friday of a couple on a child endangerment with no injury charge.  34-year-old Edgar Ralph Wilkins Jr. and 33-year-old Wendi Ann Wilkins were arrested at 8:14pm on Friday (2/24) at a residence on East Hammond Street in Red Oak.  The couple were being held on $2,000 bond each and no further details are available at this time.