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Saturday accident in Lenox


September 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Lenox Police Department report a two-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon at Brooks and Nebraska Streets was apparently caused by another, unidentified driver. An investigation determined that a 2011 Chevy pickup driven by 71-year old Richard Trucks, of Lenox, was traveling south on Brooks Street, and a 2000 Oldsmobile  van driven by 21-year old Christain Collins, of Lenox, was northbound on Brooks.

Both drivers stated an unidentified silver pickup was southbound next to Trucks’ vehicle, and forced him over the center line. The action caused the Trucks’ and Collins vehicles to side swipe each other. Damage from the mishap amounted to $6,000. Officials say Collins was issued a citation for failure to have a valid driver’s license.

Falls Prevention Awareness Day – Sept. 22nd


September 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Public Health says Iowa will join 45 other states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico in recognizing Falls Prevention Awareness Day on the first day of fall, September 22nd, 2012.  IDPH Director, Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks says “Falls are a significant concern for Iowans, especially with our aging population. Falls are the leading cause of injury hospitalizations and emergency room visits in Iowa and the leading cause of injury deaths for those over age 65.” The total cost of fall-related hospitalizations and emergency department visits in Iowa are over $237 million annually.

The IDPH says falls are not a natural consequence of aging; however, aging does contribute to factors that increase the risk of falling, including reduced strength in lower extremities, use of four or more medications, poor vision, chronic health problems and unsafe home conditions. Iowa Department on Aging (IDA) Director Donna Harvey says, “When older adults fall, it often leads to a loss of independence and reduced mobility. Research indicates that fall prevention programs for high-risk older adults have a net-cost savings of almost $9 in benefits to society for each $1 invested. Through appropriate risk management, falls are preventable.”

There are ways older Iowans can prevent falls:

  • Take your time – get out of chairs slowly. Sit for a moment before getting out of bed.
  • Wear sturdy, well-fitting shoes with low heels and non-slip soles.
  • See an eye specialist once a year. Poor vision can increase your chances of falling.
  • Be aware that some medications have side effects that can cause dizziness.
  • Increase physical activity – regular exercise increases balance and strength.

Follow these tips to make living areas safer and help reduce the risk of falls:

  • Use non-slip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors.
  • Have grab bars installed next to the toilet and in the tub or shower.
  • Have handrails on both sides of stairways.
  • Improve lighting in the entire home.
  • Remove tripping hazards like throw rugs and clutter in walkways.

For more information about falls prevention, visit www.idph.state.ia.us/FallPrevention/.

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September 17th, 2012 by admin

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Denison City Council may go “High Tech”


September 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

City leaders in Denison may take the “High Tech” route when it comes to Council meetings.

An electronic tablet, similar to the type being considered by the Denison City Council.

The Omaha World-Herald reports the Denison City Council may join other Crawford County entities such as the Denison Board of Education and Crawford County Board of Trustees, in using electronic tablets. Use of the tablets is designed to reduce the amount of paper waste generated when Council packets and agendas are assembled, and the delivering of those packets to members of the Council.

The newspaper says Denison City Council members discussed the tablet computer options during their meeting last week. The price for a tablet with a 10-inch screen would cost about $329 each, unless the City’s computer support provider can provide a better, bulk rate. Even if the City decides to purchase about eight of the tablets, the Denison City Clerk would still hold one set of paper copies at City Hall.

Administrators with the Denison School District have used electronic tablets for over a year, and this year purchased the gadgets for teachers, using the schools’ sales tax revenue. Denison Municipal Utility Board members also use similar pads, while the Crawford County Board of Supervisors have laptop computers. The World-Herald says last month, the trustees of Crawford County Memorial Hospital adopted a policy for board members’ use of electronic tablets, which will be issued to the board, at a later date.

Domestic disturbance leads to 2 arrests in Red Oak


September 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A domestic disturbance Sunday evening in Red Oak resulted in the arrest of two people. According to Red Oak Police, 30-year-old Paul Earl Lemburg II and 28-year-old Johna Christine Dolph, both of Red Oak,  were arrested for “Breach of Peace.” The pair was taken into custody in the 500 block of North 6th Street, in Red Oak.  Lemburg faces additional charges that include Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Interference with Official Acts.

Lemburg and Dolph were being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 bond each.

Born to love barns? See 100 of them, inside & out, on Iowa Barn Tour

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September 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Iowans who appreciate historic barns can tour dozens of the big agricultural buildings during a special weekend-long barn tour later this month. About a hundred barns are being featured statewide.

Dobbin Barn, near State Center

Jacqueline Andre Schmeal, co-founder and president of the Iowa Barn Foundation, says each structure has a story and like the farmers who built them, they’re all different. Some of Iowa’s oldest, well-preserved barns are in the Dubuque area and date back to the 1830s. “The building was influenced by the ethnics where people came from, Germany, Luxembourg or wherever, or from Wisconsin or from Pennsylvania,” Schmeal says. “In western Iowa, you tend to have more western cattle barns and they’re more alike. It would depend, too, on the crops they had to store or the animals they had to feed.”

Some of the Barns on the tour in our area include: The Anstey barn, near Massena; The Heflin and Wooster barns in Shelby County; The Hindraker and Caltrider barns in Guthrie County; The Finken barn in Harrison County, and the Renze barn, along with the Ed Sextro Crib, both in Carroll County.

Roghair near Alton, pix by Ken Dunker

Whether they’re painted the traditional red-and-white or are made of wood, stone or brick, Schmeal says barns can be beautiful and fascinating. She says one round barn in central Iowa that’s on the tour has an unusual story.  “It was created by Van Pine Manufacturing in Davenport and all of the pieces were sent by railroad to State Center and then were hauled to the farm,” Schmeal says. “It’s a huge, magnificent, round barn. You just go in there and you look at all those pieces and wonder how that happened.”

Most of the 100-some barns on this year’s tour have gotten preservation grants from the foundation. Schmeal says the organization has handed out more than two-point-six million dollars since its founding in 1997. Some Iowans have an undying devotion to saving and restoring barns and Schmeal says it’s well-deserved. “It’s our heritage and it’s our history,” Schmeal says. “I cannot look at a barn without thinking of the farmer and the barn builder who worked all day and then he still had to put this barn together. Often, the family lived in the barn until the house was finished because they had to have the barn because that was their livelihood.”

The self-guided tours will run from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM on September 22nd and 23rd. Learn more at the website: www.iowabarnfoundation.org.

(Radio Iowa/Ric Hanson)

Theft arrest in Montgomery County, Sunday


September 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest Sunday, of 19-year old Drew Dale Goodrich, of Stanton. Goodrich was taken into custody at around 10:40-p.m.  on a warrant out of Montgomery County, for Theft in the 5th degree. The man was booked into the jail and held on a $300 cash bond.

California man reported missing from Amtrak train


September 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) —

Charlie Dowd (image from https://www.facebook.com/MissingPersonCharlieDowd)

Family members and Amtrak officials are looking for a retired California man who disappeared from a train somewhere between Denver and Chicago. Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said Sunday that the railroad is searching for 69-year-old Charlie Dowd.  Dowd, who lives in San Mateo, Calif., boarded the Amtrak train on Wednesday in the San Francisco area. Dowd’s son talked to him by cellphone on Thursday evening when the train was in the Denver area. That was the last time family members talked to Dowd. Dowd’s luggage, cellphone and medication arrived in Chicago without him on Friday. Family members say they are worried that Dowd may become disoriented without his medication. Dowd is a retired firefighter who is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 175 pounds.

More info. at (https://www.facebook.com/MissingPersonCharlieDowd)

Iowa News headlines: Mon., Sept. 17th 2012


September 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) — Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley is walking an early — and tricky path — into presidential proving ground Iowa yesterday, less than 60 days before the 2012 election. The chairman of the Democratic Governors Association says he is focused on helping Iowans elect a Democratic governor in 2014, not sowing seeds for his own presidential ambition. O’Mally tells reporters before speaking to hundreds of Iowa Democratic activists that he’s attending the fundraiser because his friend, Senator Tom Harkin, asked him come to Harkin’s annual fall fundraiser.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — The superintendent of the Davenport school district refused to accept a raise this year because the district is facing budget cuts. The Quad-City Times reports that Art Tate asked the school board last week not to increase his nearly $196,000 salary.

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Two University of Northern Iowa students are facing charges after one of them ran over a police officer’s foot. KCCI reports that the Cedar Falls officer stopped the 19-year-old and 20-year-old men Thursday night on suspicion that the younger man was trying to buy alcohol. The 19-year-old was standing outside the car when the 20-year-old drove away and ran over the officer’s foot. Both men turned themselves into police on Friday.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are investigating a rollover crash that killed a 19-year-old Iowa City woman. Iowa City police say the crash happened around 3:30 a.m. yesterday, killing Bharati Mashay Windmon.

Elk Horn-Kimballton School Board to meet Monday


September 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Members of the Elk Horn-Kimballton School District’s Board of Education will hold their regular meeting Monday evening, in the Family and Consumer Science Room, a the High School in Elk Horn. During their 7-p.m. session, the Board will act on: approving a contract for a Middle School Track Coaches’ position; approval of a trip for the Drill Team; appointing a Board representative to “Meet and Confer” with staff, regarding 2013-2014 salaries, and other, administrative matters. They will also be holding an election for, and the swearing in of, new officers, including Board President and Vice-President. Prior to adjournment, the EHK School Board will act on approving a bid for the heat pumps, and, offering an Early Retirement package.