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Hastings man arrested for supplying booze to person under age

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March 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office says a man from Hastings was arrested early Sunday morning for allegedly supplying alcohol to a person under the legal age. Gary Scott Runyon was taken into custody at around 12:15-a.m., and held in the Mills County Jail on $1,000 bond.

Grassland Fire Danger High today

Ag/Outdoor, News

March 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency is warning area residents, thatwith weather forecast to be in the upper 60’s to low 70’s this week, the Grassland Fire Danger Index will likely be an increased risk all week.

Counties in orange (Nebraska) have  a Very High Fire Danger index. Those in yellow have a High Danger index.

Counties in orange (Nebraska) have a Very High Fire Danger index. Those in yellow have a High Danger index.

Today (Monday’s), the Grassland FDI is in the HIGH category. If you are burning, use caution as fires can become out of control in a matter of minutes!

Low conversion in Iowa for the REAL ID program

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March 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Many licensed drivers in Iowa have not converted their identification to a version that is designed to help reduce identity theft and fraud. The Sioux City Journal reports two years after Iowa implemented the REAL ID program, only about 250,000 of Iowa’s 2.1 million licensed drivers have switched to identification that may be needed in the future to enter some federal buildings or board a plane.

Mark Lowe, the director of the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Division, says he is not surprised by the low number, and that the department needs to continue its awareness campaign to increase conversion. REAL ID was adopted in 2005, in response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, to help states verify the identities of people applying for driver’s licenses and cut down on identity theft.

Iowa residents are not required to get a REAL ID driver’s license.

DNR: There’s no such thing as “safe ice” — 3 ice fishermen die in Union County

Ag/Outdoor, News

March 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

After the weekend deaths of three ice fishermen, state officials are warning all ice anglers to be extremely careful as they venture onto frozen ponds and lakes, especially with very warm weather in the forecast. Kevin Baskins, spokesman for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, says there’s no such thing as “safe ice” even during the middle of winter, but conditions are more risky now with spring arriving next week.  “Ice never forms uniformly,” Baskins says. “You can have objects that are just under the surface that aren’t visible that can cause the water to be a little warmer there and that ice to be softer.”

Some bodies of water may be fed by springs or pipes that pump in water and keep the ice very thin and fragile. Ice fishing season is not officially over, even though the high temperatures this week are forecast to reach into the 50s and 60s.  Baskins says, “Certainly, as you get to the far north, there is still some fairly thick ice that’s still available as you get up into some of those northern natural lakes.”

Anyone venturing onto the ice needs to watch out for thin, clear or honeycombed ice, while dark snow and dark ice are other signs of weak spots.  “When we get to this time of year, I don’t think people realize how quickly the ice conditions can change,” Baskins says. “As we start getting these warmer temperatures, now, we even have projections of it being above freezing during the nighttime hours, this ice will go out pretty fast.”

Divers recovered the bodies of all three missing fishermen from a farm pond in Union County on Saturday. All three were from Creston and they’re identified as: 71-year-old Earl Burkhalter, 73-year-old Charles Critz and 68-year-old James Oshel. Officials say it’s possible a tile line caused water to run into the pond, creating very thin ice.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa Financial Literacy Summit scheduled May 5

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March 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

State officials are planning to host an “Iowa Financial Literacy Summit” on May 5th for educators, students and their parents. Governor Terry Branstad says students from middle school and high school are the target audience for the summit, so they’ll be prepared to make good decisions about borrowing money for college. “Unfortunately many young people today take on too much debt because there’s a lot of sources and it’s really easy to borrow money,” Branstad says. “The problem is you’ve got to pay it back and you’ve got to pay it back with interest.”

Only three out of every 10 students at Iowa colleges or universities graduate debt-free. Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds says the three state-supported universities are taking steps to address the high level of debt among the student bodies. “To fundamentally change the debt mindset and to increase financial awareness, we must encourage financial literacy — beginning at an early age,” Reynolds says.

Officials in the Iowa Department of Education are organizing the Financial Literacy Summit and Ryan Wise, the agency’s deputy director, says the “temptation” of credit cards and borrowing too much money leaves many students stuck with significant debts before they even land their first full-time job. “It has never been easier for young people to spend money they don’t have,” Wise says.

In addition to the summit in May, the state education department has a “work team” that is evaluating the financial literacy curriculum being used in Iowa’s K-through-12 classrooms.

(Radio Iowa)

Massena City Council to set date for a public hearing on a street vacation

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March 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The City Council in Massena will meet this evening, beginning at 7 o’clock. On their agenda, in addition to other, regular business matters,  is a Resolution setting the date and time for a public hearing to vacate 1st Street, the setting of a date for a City-wide Clean-up day, and discussion on an Urban Renewal Plan amendment.

Union County man arrested on assault and drug charges

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March 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A man from Lorimor was arrested this (Monday) morning on assault and drug charges. Sheriff’s officials say 37-year old Corey Matthew Brown was arrested at 2:30-a.m. in Lorimor, and charged with domestic abuse assault, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of paraphernalia. Brown was being held without bond in the Union County Jail, pending an initial court appearance.

Iowan facing several charges in abduction of stepdaughter, 9

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March 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a 48-year-old man accused of abducting his 9-year-old stepdaughter in Solon will be returned to Johnson County to face domestic abuse, weapons and other charges. The abduction of Brianna Crane on Saturday prompted officials to issue an Amber Alert. The Iowa Public Safety Department says the girl was dropped off safely to law enforcement by a third party around 1:30 a.m. Sunday through an arranged meeting.

Her stepfather, Kenneth Johns, was arrested about 9:35 a.m. Sunday after holding officers at bay for about 2 1/2 hours at a residence in Davenport.

Public hearing in Adair County Tue. on FY 2016 Budget

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March 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A public hearing will be held Tuesday morning (March 10th) in Greenfield, with regard to the Fiscal Year 2016 Adair County Budget. The 9:30-a.m. hearing takes places as part of the Adair County Board of Supervisor’s meeting, which begins at 9-a.m.

Following the hearing, the Board will act on a Resolution approving the FY 2016 Budget, and other budgetary matters, including the Capital Projects Plan for FY2016 and a Compensation Schedule Resolution.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 03/09/2015

News, Podcasts

March 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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