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Iowa to join in recognizing National Rural Health Day

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November 16th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Iowa will join dozens of other states in recognizing tomorrow (Thursday) as the first-ever National Rural Health Day. Dr. Deb Romberger is a pulmonologist in Omaha/Council Bluffs who works with rural health issues. “National Rural Health Day is an important day for us to think about health issues in communities, including safety,” Dr. Romberger says. “Rural communities have special challenges, especially around safety related to motor vehicle accidents and to accidents on the farm.” 

Romberger says the day reminds all Iowans, especially those in rural areas and the ag community, about the dangers being faced every day.  She says, “We want to remind people of the kinds of disorders that they might face, things that we can do in terms of protecting ourselves, using protection for our ears and sunscreen for our skin and a mask when we’re going into dusty work environments.” 

Romberger works at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. She says the hospital is taking part in National Rural Health Day because it has a close connection with people in the ag sector. “It’s important that we’re partnering with rural communities,” she says. “We are an institution that helps train providers going back to the communities and we need to make sure they’re being trained to address special concerns in rural communities.” 

About 60-million people, or nearly one in five Americans, live in rural or frontier communities. The goal of National Rural Health Day is to increase awareness of health care issues in those areas.

(Matt Kelley/Radio Iowa)

Two accidents in Pottawattamie County, Tuesday

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November 16th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol investigated two separate accidents Tuesday afternoon, in Pottawattamie County. The first happened at around 3:20-p.m. on Highway 92 southeast of Council Bluffs. The Patrol says 24-year old Rachel Lammert, of Silver City, suffered minor, possible injuries, after the Pontiac Grand Am she was driving rear-ended an SUV driven by 16-year old Braxton Mittan, of Council Bluffs. The accident happened after an unknown vehicle came to an abrupt stop on eastbound Highway 92 near Hearthstone Drive.

Officials say another vehicle passed the stopped vehicle on the shoulder, to keep from hitting the first vehicle. A separate vehicle managed to stop in-time, and the vehicle driven by Mittan stopped before hitting the second vehicle, but Lammert was unable to stop, and could not take evasive action because of the other vehicles on the roadway and shoulder. Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts. Damage from the accident amounted to $8,600. No citations were issued.

The second accident happened about 2-hours later, on Interstate 80 in Council Bluffs. The Patrol says a 2010 Toyota Camry driven by 24-year old Amanda Harding, of Plainfield, IL., was traveling east on I-80 in the center lane crossing into Iowa where I-29 southbound merges with I-80. An unknown semi merging into the first lane collided with the Camry, causing $6,500 damage, but no one was injured. The semi failed to stop, and was never located.

Opening of Iowa Hwy 333 another milestone for fast-track flood recovery effort

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November 16th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa – Nov. 16, 2011 – Over the Veterans Day holiday weekend, the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) restored traffic on Iowa 333 into Hamburg.

Hwy 333 flooding in Sep. 2011

This marked a significant milestone in Iowa’s fast-track flood recovery effort, as this was the last section of state highway to remain closed as a result of the Missouri River flooding.

Iowa 333 was closed in June when a temporary levee was constructed around Hamburg and across the highway to protect the town. Flooding eventually inundated the highway with several feet of water, damaging the roadway and bridge approach.

Fremont County and the city of Hamburg were hard hit as a result of the Missouri River flooding. Flooding took an economic toll on businesses that lost access to the interstate, as well as to the many regional business and recreational travelers the highway brought to the area. Flooding closures significantly impacted local residents by adding miles to their daily commutes.

The Iowa DOT joins the residents of Fremont County in welcoming visitors back to Iowa, and encourages travelers to make a stop in Hamburg (I-29, exit 1) or any one of the other communities easily accessed from Interstate 29.

(DOT Press Release)

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Corps: SW Iowa levee to remain vulnerable in 2012

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November 16th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

SIDNEY, Iowa (AP) – Officials say the levee near Percival that failed in last summer’s Missouri River flooding will undergo temporary repairs but will remain vulnerable to severe flooding next year. According to reports, damage to the levee is about $120 million but only $10 million has been received to fix it. Pat Sheldon of the local levee district says it’s going to take time to clear legal hurdles and ensure the work is done right. Kim Thomas of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the Percival levee is a top priority but money is limited. The agency says the levee will be repaired to handle a 25-year flood by March 1, but it will take a year or more to restore it to the way it was before the flooding.

Armed robbery reported in Union County

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November 16th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Union County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a reported armed robbery. The incident was said to have occurred at around 1:30-p.m., Sunday, at 120th and Beechwood Ave., or about 5-miles southwest of Orient.  Authorities say Ronnie Gilbert, of Corning, said  he was robbed an gunpoint by an unknown male suspect in a tan Chevrolet or GMC pick-up. An undisclosed amount of money was taken. Anyone with information relating to the incident is aksed to contact the Union County Law Enforcement Center, at 641-782-8402.

Department of Revenue will no longer mail tax forms to Iowans

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November 16th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Revenue won’t be mailing out income tax forms and instruction books to taxpayers this year. Department spokesperson, Kay Arvidson, says it’s a move that many states and the I-R-S have already made. Arvidson says you can still call or e-mail the department if you want the paper forms. She says they wanted to be sure that people can still have access to the information, they are just not mailing them to homes any more. Iowa is one of the leading states for electronic tax filing and Arvidson says fewer people actually need to have the paper forms.

Arvidson says they have cut back on the number of paper books over the last several years and she says they are like the rest of state goverment and watching every dollar that is spent. She says they can save over 50-thousand dollars by only sending the documents to the people that want them rather and mailing them to everyone’s home. Libraries have been one of the main places people could pick up the tax forms but that is changing too.

Arvidson says they’ve provided information to the libraries on how to direct people to their website for the forms, but she says the paper forms will no longer be given to the libraries to be handed out to the public. Arvidson says it is part of the evolving use of on-line tax filing. Arvidson says it’s a big change, but an important change for efficiency as people move into the electronic realm. She says they don’t want to leave anyone out, so the paper forms will still be available.

If you still want paper tax forms you can get them online at: www.iowa.gov/tax. You can call the state forms order line at 1-800-532-1531 or request a form by e-mail at: IowaTaxForms@Iowa.gov. You can also request forms via mail from the department of stop by their office on the 4th floor of the Hoover State Office Building at 1305 East Walnut street in Des Moines.

(Radio Iowa)

Mills County man arrested on burglary charge in Montgomery County

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November 16th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report a Glenwood man was arrested Tuesday evening on a burglary charge. Officials say 19-year-old Christopher Lynn Young was taken into custody on a warrant for 3rd degree burglary.  Young was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $5,000 bond.  Red Oak Police were assisted in conducting an investigation into the crime by deputies with the Mills County and Montgomery County Sheriff”s Offices.

Law Enforcement Seek Wanted Subject

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November 15th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Emmetsburg, IOWA — The Emmetsburg Police Department and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are seeking assistance from the public in locating James Michael Pietrarosso. Pietrarosso is a 32-year old male from the Emmetsburg, Iowa area.  He is wanted for Attempted Murder and several other outstanding warrants.Pietrarosso was last known to be in the Spencer, Iowa area.

James Michael Pietrarosso

His whereabouts are unknown at this time.  The Emmetsburg Police Department is asking for your assistance in locating this subject.  If you or anyone you know has information that would assist law enforcement in locating and arresting Pietrarosso, please contact your local Law Enforcement at 9-1-1, or The Emmetsburg Police Department at 712-852-2424.