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New website aims to improve “mortality rate” of small businesses in Iowa


November 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

State officials have partnered with a Kansas City-based non-profit group to create www.IASourceLink.com, a sort of “one stop shop” for people who own a small business, or want to start one. Kevin Lentz of West Des Moines says he could have used this kind of a website 14 years ago when he started his small business. “There’s over 300 tax-supported agencies right now all around our state that are all prepared and willing to provide resource to start-ups and existing business like myself,” Lentz says. “The challenge is navigating that entire network.”

Lentz is the chair of a small business advisory committee that’s been working with officials in the Iowa Economic Development Authority. “Our committee made sure that we were not just re-inventing another tool and add more chaos to what was already out there,” Lentz says. The new website is one of 20 created in partnership with Kansas City-based U.S. SourceLink. Iowa’s version — www.IASourceLink.com — is up and running today. The website has an “Iowa Business Concierge” tab, as well as a “Resource Navigator” to link business owners and entrepreneurs with local banks, accountants and government agencies that provide assistance.

“I think if you look through and read about the mortality rate of small businesses that start up, about one in two fail,” Lentz says. “So really, that’s been our overriding goal is not only to improve the number of start-ups, but really improve the success rate for businesses.” According to the governor’s office, 51 percent of private sector jobs in Iowa are in small businesses.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., Nov. 6th 2012


November 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — President Barack Obama has asked Iowa voters to help him finish what they started in the state four years ago. Obama spoke to more than 20,000 people last night at his last political rally as a candidate. Obama’s 2008 caucus victory in Iowa jumpstarted his road to the White House.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Redistricting and well-funded challengers has forced each member of the state’s House delegation to work hard for another two-year term in Washington. All of Iowa’s four congressional races are seen as competitive in today’s general election. Voters will be tasked with deciding which party will control the Legislature and whether to retain an Iowa Supreme Court justice who supported gay marriage.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Three groups hoping to develop a land-based casino in the Sioux City area have submitted bids to state gambling regulators. The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission had a deadline yesterday for applications for Woodbury County’s gambling license. State regulators decided to replace the riverboat casino with a land-based casino and put the license up for bid. The commission will award it in April.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Governor Terry Branstad wants a further review of state salaries to address gender pay equity and competitiveness concerns. A new salary database shows Iowa employed nearly 33,000 women last year with a median salary of almost $46,000. That’s 91 percent of the median salary of $50,000 for the 27,000 men in state government jobs. Branstad begins talks with state employee unions next month on new contracts slated to take effect in July 2013.

Iowa voters engaged in state, national races


November 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — At least one Iowa congressman’s career will end Tuesday in an election that has forced each member of the state’s House delegation to work hard for another two-year term in Washington. Thanks to redistricting and well-funded challengers, no incumbent can cruise to re-election. And in the 3rd Congressional District, either nine-term Republican Rep. Tom Latham or eight-term Democratic Rep. Leonard Boswell will be out of a job. All of Iowa’s four congressional races are seen as competitive. Voters will also be tasked with deciding which party will control the Legislature and whether to retain an Iowa Supreme Court justice who supported gay marriage. Latham chose to move into the Des Moines-focused 3rd district after Iowa lost a congressional seat due to once-a-decade redrawing of boundaries to reflect population changes.

Cass County Board of Health welcomes new Wellness Coordinator


November 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Health announced Monday a Wellness Coach at the Nishna Valley YMCA in Atlantic has been named the County’s new Wellness Coordinator.

Teddi-Grindberg (Cass Co. Health System – photo)

Teddi Grindberg will assist the BOH in implementing the Community Transformation Grant, through the Iowa Department of Public Health. The County is set to receive $88,000 annually through the grant, for five-years, in order to change strategies related to chronic disease.The funding is provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The grant, in its second year of funding, focuses on five areas of activities: Coalitions; Chronic disease self-management; Community interventions; Worksite interventions; and, Health care initiatives. Grindberg, along with Healthy Cass County, will implement the activities of the grant program.

Teddi Grindberg joined the staff of the Nishna Valley YMCA last December. She completed her personal training certification with the National Academy of Sports Medicine, in March, and since that time has continued to work as a Wellness Coach, in addition to training. Prior to moving to Atlantic in 2011, Grindberg was the administrator of an ambulatory surgery center in Illinois. She is also a trained Registered Nurse.

Uncle says SW Iowa soldier killed in Afghanistan


November 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A soldier from Shenandoah has been killed while serving in Afghanistan. Family members were informed today (Monday) that 19-year-old Brandon Buttry was killed in action. Brandon’s uncle Steve, a resident of Herdon, Virginia, says U-S Army officials informed Brandon’s parents, Don and Pam Buttry, at their home in Shenandoah Monday morning. “He was manning a watch tower in Afghanistan and there were other casualties, but we don’t have any other details,” Buttry said. “We knew Brandon was in Afghanistan, but he was not allowed to say where. So we don’t even know yet where this happened.”

Steve says Brandon had enlisted in the Army in January after his 19th birthday, and was sent to Fort Benning, Georgia for boot camp. Brandon was stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington, before deploying to Afghanistan in August. Steve says Brandon had informed his family last Wednesday that he had earned his combat infantry badge.  “Everybody who has loved ones serving in the military, this is your worst fear input, what you’re thinking about even before they get shipped out. But none of that prepares you for the shock that he was killed in action,” he says. Steve Buttry described his nephew as “a really fun kid.”

“He had a bit of an ornery streak,” according to Buttry. He says the family was almost all Minnesota Vikings fans, but Brandon went contrary to that and was a Philadelphia Eagles fan. “He went against the grain there and always had a twinkle in his eye, and maybe a mischievous look on his face. It’s a fun-loving family, and Brandon was the part of the fun of being with them.” Steve says Brandon seemed enthusiastic about his military service, and never indicated to him any concerns about the danger of being stationed in the Middle East.

“He seemed pretty confident in our interactions on Facebook, and I didn’t sense fear from him. I’m sure that’s always in the back of your mind, but if you are going to serve in the military, you have to overcome that,” Buttry explained. Military officials have not indicated when Brandon Buttry’s body will return to the U-S. In addition to his parents, Brandon is survived by eight sisters and five brothers, most still living at their rural home south of Shenandoah.

(Mike Peterson/Radio Iowa – Shenandoah)

Bluffs grocery store robbed Monday morning


November 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs say a 42-year old employee of the Aldi Store at 3135 Manawa Avenue, was robbed this (Monday) morning, at knife-point, when he arrived to open the store. The suspect, a masked black male, took an undetermined amount of cash from business. He was last seen running from the store, carrying a white plastic trash can, which held money from the business. Officers checked the area, but were unable to locate the suspect, who was about 6-feet 5-inches tall, and weighed about 160-pounds.

In addition to the mask, he wore a dark quilted coat, a blue Toronto Blue Jays baseball cap, blue jeans and white tennis shoes. He’s believed to be between 25- and 30-years old. Anyone with information about the incident should contact the Council Bluffs Police Department at 712-328-4728.

Lewis man arrested on assault charge


November 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A man from Lewis was arrested Saturday on an assault charge. The Atlantic Police Department reports 37-year old Mish Loghry faces a charge of Domestic Abuse Assault. Logry was booked into the Cass County Jail.

2 search warrants result in 6 arrests


November 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Separate search warrants executed over the weekend in Shenandoah resulted in the arrest of six people. According to the Shenandoah Police Department, five persons were arrested after a search was conducted at a residence in the 1200 block of west Thomas Avenue, in Shenandoah.  Ashley Greene, of Essex, and Jamie Stockwell, Katherine Lynn, and Dee Mattley, all of Shenandoah, were all charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Mattley faces an additional charge of possession of a controlled substance. In addition, Matthew Whitt of Essex, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and also faces a charge of illegal possession of prescription drugs.

A 2nd search warrant was executed at a residence on west Lowell Avenue, resulted in the arrest of David Dawson, of Shenandoah,  on a charge of possession of a controlled substance. Dawson, Greene, Lynn, and Stockwell were all cited into court and released. Mattley and Whitt both posted bond and were given a court date before being released. Deputies with the Fremont and Page County Sheriff’s Offices assisted Shenandoah Police in serving the search warrants.

Shelby County Fire Danger Index to remain Moderate

Ag/Outdoor, News

November 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Fire Danger Index in Shelby County will remain in the “Moderate” category through this Thursday, November 8th. Emergency Management officials say sunshine and drying conditions expected for the balance of this week will create a moderate risk of grassland and field fires, when opening burning is conducted.

9AM Newscast 11-05-2012

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November 5th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson