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Blood banks prep for busy summer and dwindling supplies


June 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Summer arrives in about two weeks and the new season brings with it busier schedules for many Iowans. The Des Moines-based LifeServe Blood Center is seeing its blood supply fall as people’s free time is taken up with vacations and warm weather activities. Claire DeRoin, LifeServe’s community relations director, says the lower supply doesn’t mean less blood is needed. “Ninety percent of the population will need blood at some time in their lifetime,” DeRoin says. “You never know when it could be you or a family member or a neighbor.”

She says the center is hoping to keep a full supply of blood on hand during the critical summer months. Each donation of blood has the potential to help multiple people, be they accident victims or someone undergoing surgery. DeRoin says, “One donation of blood, which is one pint, can go on to help save the lives of three hospital patients in need.” She encourages anyone who’s eligible to visit the website, set up an appointment and make a donation.

“Donors have to be at least 16 years old and weigh 120 pounds and be in general good health,” DeRoin says. “You can’t come in with a cold or anything like that because safety is the #1 priority for you and the blood supply.” The two blood types that are in highest demand now are A-B negative and O-negative. LifeServe supplies blood to nearly 100 hospitals in Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska.

(Radio Iowa)

Retirement Redux: New Phase for Older Iowans with Life Reimagined


June 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa – As the state continues to grow older, an increasing number of Iowans are realizing there’s much more life to live after navigating adulthood and the traditional career path. More than 15 percent of Iowa’s population is already age 65 or older, and within the next decade it’s predicted to be more than 20 percent.

Mark Chapman, a senior adviser with AARP, says there has been a steady shift in thinking on the later years, as more older people are determined to seek out meaningful life changes. “A lot of people are looking at just not, ‘Will my finances last?’ or ‘Can I be healthy enough?’ but they want to know ‘What am I going to do? What am I going to be?’ “And it’s driven by a desire to be purposeful in this new life phase.”

Chapman says since this is really uncharted territory, AARP has created a program called Life Reimagined to help people navigate this new view on retirement. Chapman says Life Reimagined offers live workshops as well as tools online that people can access to figure out the question of what’s next, and then how to achieve those goals.
“So Life Reimagined is a personal guidance system that helps people navigate these transitions and pursue possibilities using principles that have been developed by experts in the field,” he explains.

Chapman and Life Reimagined will be in Iowa next week with workshops set for June 17 in Cedar Rapids and June 18 in Des Moines.  More details on those events can be found at lifereimagined.org.

(Iowa News Service)

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 6/8/2015

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June 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:06-a.m. report w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson


One acre of sweet corn to be donated to Iowa food banks

Ag/Outdoor, News

June 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Many low-income Iowa families, that might not be able to afford a summertime staple in the state, will get the chance this year. Cory Berkenes, executive director of the Iowa Food Bank Association, says his agency is partnering with a sweet corn grower to provide thousands of FREE ears of the vegetable to hungry Iowans. “This first opportunity, we’ll have about 500 dozen ears of corn, so about an acre of corn for this first time,” Berkenes says.

The sweet corn seed, donated by Monsanto, was planted by Jacob and Emily Van Manen, owners of J & E’s Delicious Sweet Corn of Kellogg. If the weather cooperates, the sweet corn will be harvested in July and donated to the Food Bank of Iowa for distribution. “A lot of families, you know, just can’t afford the fresh produce,” Berkenes says. “So, having this chance to bring this into their homes…is an added bonus.”

Once harvested, Berkenes says the sweet corn will travel from the farm to the table in less than one week. He’s hoping the effort might be expanded next year.  “This is just the first project like this we’ve done and we’re hoping it maybe can grow into something more in future years. We’re really excited about it,” Berkenes says.

(Radio Iowa)

Flag Day Celebration & Democratic fundraiser set for June 14


June 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Democratic Party Chair Sherry Toelle says a Flag Day Celebration and fundraiser for Iowa candidates in Districts 19 and 20 will be held 12:30-p.m. Sunday, June 14th, at the Lake Panorama Conference Center (5071 Clover Ridge Road), in Panora. The event marks an opportunity for voters in parts of Cass, Adair, Dallas and Guthrie Counties to meet the candidates and learn about their campaigns.

The event is being hosted by “Senate 10 Progressives,”who have united to elect Democrats. Guests are urged to bring their old flags to be “retired”. Invited Presidential candidates include Senator Bernie Sanders, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Senator Jim Webb, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley.

Other invited guests include: former US Congressman Leonard Boswell; candidate for U.S. Senate Tom Fiegen; candidate for U.S. Senate Bob Krause; candidate for U.S. Congress Desmund Adams; candidate for Iowa House District 20 Scott Heldt; and candidate for Iowa House District 19 Bryce Smith. Iowa Democratic Party Vice-Chair Jim Mowrer will make the introductions for the guest speakers.

Music will be furnished by singer Ruth LaPointe. U.S. flags will be handed out at the end of the event. To purchase $25 tickets by credit card go to the Iowa Senate 10 Progressives Facebook page and click on ActBlue. Or you may send a check to Senate 10 Progressives, PO Box 241, Adel, IA 50003. Inquiries may be emailed tosenate10progressives@gmail.com

5 arrests over the weekend, in Red Oak


June 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Five people were arrested on separate charges over the weekend, in Red Oak. According to the Red Oak Police Department, 47-year old Deborah Sue Reynolds, of Red Oak, was arrested just before 9-p.m. Sunday, on a charge of Public Intoxication. She was later released on $300 bond.

25-year old Kiley Brian Caron, of Red Oak, was arrested Sunday afternoon. Caron was taken into custody just after 2-p.m.  in the 2400 block of N. 8th Street, and charged with Driving While Barred. He was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $2,000 bond.

40-year old Troy Alan Myers was taken into custody at around 11:40-p.m. Saturday, in the area of Broadway and Linden Avenues, in Red Oak. His bond was set at $300. 32 year old Joseph Aaron Nelson, of Red Oak, was taken into custody Saturday, for domestic abuse assault, and was being held without bond in the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center.

And, 33-year old Ryan Michael McDougall, of Red Oak, was taken into custody at around 12:25-a.m. Saturday, in the 700 block of East Washington Avenue. McDougall was arrested for Domestic Abuse Assault. He was being held without bond in the Montgomery County Jail.

2nd of 2 Iowa jail inmates who escaped arrested in Urbandale


June 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) – The second of two escapees from Warren County Jail in south-central Iowa has been arrested.The Des Moines Register reports 29-year-old Darian Crayton was arrested Sunday morning.

According to a news release, Crayton was arrested while at a gas station in Urbandale. He faces several charges, including possession of a stolen vehicle and driving while barred. Crayton will be taken back to Warrant County Jail following his charges in Dallas County. He is being held on $5,000 bail.

Authorities say he and 26-year-old Frank Manders escaped from jail last week by manipulating a cell door lock and descending from the third floor. Manders was found earlier. Crayton had been jailed on charges of driving while barred and failing to appear in court.

Straw Poll up next, same site as Roast & Ride


June 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The site of Joni Ernst’s inaugural “Roast and Ride” this past weekend is where Republicans intend to hold their Iowa Straw Poll two months from now. Critics call the contest meaningless, as campaigns often buy straw poll tickets for supporters and past winners like Michele Bachmann have fizzled ultimately as candidates. So far no 2016 candidate has committed to participating in this year’s Straw Poll, to be held on the grassy fields near Boone where the Farm Progress Show is often staged.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker isn’t an official candidate yet — and he was non-committal Saturday. “Should we be a candidate, we’ll be in Iowa quite a bit,” Walker told reporters. “Whether or not the Straw Poll is a part of that remains to be seen.” Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Mike Huckabee and Lindsey Graham have all said they will NOT participate. Ben Berringer of Lake Mills made the trip to Boone this past Saturday and he’s hoping to make the return trip two months from now to see candidates like Ted Cruz, who wasn’t there Saturday.

“We’re going to try to get back, if at all possible,” Berringer said. Republican Congressman Steve King gave a full-throated pitch for the Straw Poll on Saturday, arguing its value is in winnowing the field, especially this year when so many candidates are in the race. “The field does need to be narrowed,” King said. “We don’t want to say, ‘No,’ to anybody, but it does need to be narrowed.”

A recent Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll found only half of Iowa Republicans think it’s important for candidates to attend the Straw Poll. The event is a fundraiser for the Republican Party of Iowa and tickets to the 2015 Straw Poll are 30 dollars each. The first Iowa Straw Poll was held in Ames in August of 1979. Ever since, it has been held the summer before a presidential campaign year in which Republicans have a competitive race for the White House.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Monday, June 8th 2015


June 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Central Iowa residents are picking up fallen tree limbs and dealing with other minor damage from overnight storms. The storms that moved across the state early Sunday knocked down some trees and traffic lights with 55 mile per hour winds. In Ames, two light poles were sheared off and several sheds in the parking lot of a Lowes store were damaged.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials are optimistic after the growth of bird flu cases in the state slowed last week. Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey tells the Des Moines Register he’s hopeful the disease has been contained in the state. But officials are still working to dispose of millions of chickens and turkeys that were killed to limit the spread of the disease.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Data shows the number of abortions performed annually in Iowa is declining. Between 2010 and 2013, the number of abortions decreased from nearly 5,400 to just over 4,420. That represents an 18.1 percent drop. The Associated Press compiled the data based on information from the Iowa Department of Public Health.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — At least 10 Iowa businesses are now authorized to use drones, so the unmanned aircraft may become more common in the state. The Des Moines Register reports several of the businesses plan to use drones to monitor crops, some will use them to help market real estate while others obtained Federal Aviation Administration approval primarily to experiment with the aircraft.

Public hearing in Massena Monday, on Ordinances


June 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Massena City Council will hold a Public Hearing Monday evening, prior to the beginning of their regular session. The 6:30-p.m. hearing is with regard to an Ordinance Adopting the 2015 City of Massena Code of Ordinances.

During the Council’s regular session at 7-p.m., they’ll discuss the Main Street Fence Project, and hold the second reading to approve an Ordinance adjusting sewer rates, followed by approval of the Ordinance discussed during the Public Hearing.

The Massena City Council will also discuss: Air conditioning in the Council’s Chambers; Mulberry Street lights; Signs on Private Property, and a grant agreement with Massena Hillside Harvest, along with taking action on a Resolution setting the date for a public hearing on an Urban Renewal Plan amendment.