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Rep. King wins 6th term, beats Vilsack in NW Iowa


November 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Republican Rep. Steve King has won a sixth term in the U.S. House, beating Democrat Christie Vilsack in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District. King had to campaign harder for re-election than in previous years because redistricting lessened the number of registered Republican voters in the district. King also faced a better-known opponent in Vilsack, the wife of former governor and current U.S. Agriculture Department Secretary Tom Vilsack.

King is known for his outspoken conservative positions on everything from immigration to the federal budget. He kept to those positions while campaigning but placed greater emphasis on his family and success as a businessman.

In her campaign, Vilsack emphasized solving problems with less partisanship. She accused King of being more interested in his status as a conservative firebrand than on helping his district.

Latham beats Boswell in race between incumbents


November 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Republican Tom Latham has been elected in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District, beating Democrat Leonard Boswell in a race between two longtime incumbents. Latham moved into the 3rd district after the once-a-decade redrawing of boundaries left him in a district with another Republican incumbent. The victory gives Latham a 10th House term. He hadn’t faced a serious challenge until he ran against Boswell, who had served eight terms in the U.S. House. Both candidates campaigned on the need to strengthen the U.S. economy and create more jobs in Iowa.

Nov. 6, 2012 General Election Results – Local races


November 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

(Other results available at: http://electionresults.sos.iowa.gov/)

County/Office                                     Votes



Dale Sunderman (R)                               5,973

Board of Supervisors:

Duane McFadden (R)                            1,076

Charles Rieken (R)                                 1,171

Frank Waters (R)                                    1,225


Darby McLaren (R)                                5,957

Union Township Clerk (vacancy term) (elect 1):

Bill Gerlock                                               31

Cheryl R. Christensen                           80* winner

Public Measures A thru D (Should the County BOS appoint Clerk/Trustee?)

A)   Benton Township                             Yes 58*                     No 26

B)   Edna Township                                  Yes 15                       No 44*

C)   Union Township                                Yes 49                      No 57*

D)  Victoria Township                            Yes 30*                    No 29

Soil and Water Conservation Board (elect 3)

Chase Wheatley                                        2,879*

Curt Behrends                                           4,002*

Clarke Gerlock                                          2,827*

Norbert Ray Wilson                               2,030

County Public Hospital Trustee/NW District

Roger Herring                                          3,857*

Michael J. Collins                                   1,739


Board of Supervisors – District 2 (elect 1)*

Merlin Dixson (D)                                     249*

Jerry Peckham (R)                                   187

Board of Supervisors – District 5 (elect 1)

Karl McCarty (R)                                      344

County Attorney (to fill a vacancy) (elect 1)

Duane L. Golden (R)                                1,741

Auditor (elect 1)*

Kevin Wynn (D)                                        560

Becky Bissell (R)                                       1,395*

Kerry Mullen (NBP)                               194

Sheriff (elect 1)

Alan Johannes (R)                                 1,979


Supervisor – District 1 (elect 1)

Matt Wedemeyer (R)                               687

Supervisor – District 3 (elect 1)

David L. Homan (R)                                  649

Supervisor – District 5 (elect 1)

John A. Twombly (R)                             671

Auditor (elect 1)

Mindy Schaefer (R)                                  3,302

Sheriff (elect 1)

Brad D. Newton (R)                                  3,270

Greenfield City Council (to fill vacancy) (elect 1)

Ray Sorensen II                                           793


Board of Supervisors (elect 2)*

Duane Deist (R)                                       1,550*

Todd M. Nelsen (R)                                1,817*

Jerry R. Carter (D)                                 1,082

Kent Grabill (D)                                       1,542

Auditor (elect 1)

Lisa Frederiksen (R)                              2,857

Sheriff (elect 1)*

Todd W. Johnson (R) (incumbent)  2,374*

Blake Asberry (D)                                    1,080

Treasurer (Vacancy Term Ending 12/31/14) (elect 1)

Debbie Campbell (D)                              2,679


Board of Supervisors – District 1 (elect 1)*

James Carroll (R)                                    454

Jermome F. Caraher (D)                      585*

Board of Supervisors – District 5 (elect 1)*

Mike Dickson (R)                                     593*

David Guisinger (D)                                507

Auditor (elect 1)

Jerri Christman (R)                                 4,428

Sheriff (elect 1)

Marty Arganbright (D)                          4,785


Board of Supervisors – District 3 (elect 1)

Bryant Amos (R)                                          921

Board of Supervisors – District 5 (elect 1)

Donna Robinson (R)                                     844

Auditor (elect 1)

Stephanie Burke (NBP)                                3,742

Sheriff (elect 1)

Joe Sampson (R)                                             4,397

Agricultural Extension Council (elect 5)*

Karen Klocke                                                    2,455*

Michael J. Olson                                              2,814*

Sabrina Johnson                                             1,927

Carroll Freeman                                              2,403*

Timothy L. Kammerer                                  2,286*

William Drey                                                     2,805*


Board of Supervisors (elect 2)*

Jerry Hensheid (D)                                        2,015

LaVon Christensen (D)                                 1,781

Charles Parkhurst (R)                                   3,282*

Steve Kenkel (R)                                             4,191*

Auditor (elect 1)

Marsha J. Carter (D)                                     4,653

Sheriff (elect 1)

Mark Hervey (R)                                           5,426


Board of Supervisors (elect 2)*

Lynn G. Grobe (R)                                       21,034*

Melvyn J. Houser (R)                                21,231*

Brian Lund (NBP)                                        10,857

Auditor (elect 1)

Marilyn Jo Drake (R)                                 32,512

Sheriff (elect 1)

Jeff Danker (R)                                            32,703

Treasurer – to fill Vacancy (elect 1)*

Lea A. Voss (R)                                           21,608*

Paula E. Danker (D)                                   17,915

2012 General Election Results – County by County in Iowa


November 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The results of the 2012 General Election, County-by-County, are available at the Iowa Secretary of State’s website, including local precinct break-downs, where available. For the latest information, go to http://electionresults.sos.iowa.gov/resultsCountyList.aspx.

The information will be updated throughout the evening, Tuesday and early Wednesday morning. All results are not “Official,” until they are canvassed in each county.

Man arrested for failing to comply with sex offender registry


November 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Adams County Sheriff’s Department reports the arrest Tuesday morning, of 22-year old Johnathan Edwin Watkins, who last known address was in Kellerton.

Johnathan Edward Watkins

Watkins was taken into custody at around 11:35-a.m. in Corning, on a Felony warrant out of Ringgold County, for Failure to comply with Iowa’s Sex Offender Registry. He was arrested after authorities received information with regard to his location, and that a valid warrant existed for his arrest. Watkins was transported to the Ringgold County Jail. He was originally convicted in July 2010, for enticing away a female 13 years of age or younger.

Assault arrest in Corning


November 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A Corning man was arrested Tuesday morning, on an assault charge. The Adams County Sheriff’s Department says 30-year old Richard Alexander was charged with 3rd offense Domestic Abuse, a Class-D felony. He was taken into custody after deputies were called to investigate an incident which allegedly occurred earlier that morning.

Corning man arrested on drug charges


November 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Adams County Sheriff’s Department says a Corning man was arrested Tuesday afternoon on drug charges. 25-year old Garret Templeton was arrested after authorities received a call at around 5:53-a.m., about a missing 16-year old. Upon further investigation, Templeton was allegedly found to have marijuana and drug paraphernalia in his residence. He was charged with Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia.

Atlantic City Council to act on Sunnyside Park Resolution TIF Policy


November 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic City Council is expected to act on a couple of resolutions, and possibly set the date for the first reading of an ordinance changing the speed limit on a portion of West 22nd Street, during their meeting 5:30-p.m. Wednesday, at City Hall. One of the Resolutions pertains to approving the plans, specifications, and Form of Contract for the Sunnyside Park Tennis Court Project.

The Council last summer tabled action on the matter, and it’s expected they’ll act to table the items until next January or February, at the request of Snyder and Associates Engineers and Parks and Rec Director Roger Herring, in order to allow the City to secure the best bid prices for the work. The other Resolution pertains to the establishment of a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Policy.

The Council received a Resolution establishing a new TIF Policy during their last meeting, but additional comments and input was received from local developer Don Sonntag, and, from City Bonding Attorney Bob Josten. The Resolution was revised by Josten to allow the Council more flexibility, and make language in the Resolution more “open-ended.” Among the changes Josten recommends, is Property Tax Rebates as the preferred method of giving TIF assistance. In his report, Josten said issuing TIF bonds would result in additional costs to the City that would eat up the City’s limited legal debt capacity. The Council will decide which if any, of the proposed changes to the policy it would like to incorporate into the final document.

In other business, the Council, Wednesday, will receive a report from the Community Protection Committee, with regard to reducing the speed limit on West 22nd Street, from Chestnut to Palm Streets, from 45- to 35-miles per hour. As we reported earlier, the Committee, on October 25th, met to discuss a petition the City received in support of the change. Despite findings that indicate the road is capable of handling the current speed limit, and a report from Police Chief Steve Green that there has not been a problem with accidents on that stretch of road, the Committee, with Green’s recommendation, proposes the Council amend the Traffic Ordinance to reduce the speed limit to 35-mph. If the Council agrees to do so, the first reading of an ordinance incorporating the change, would be held on November 20th.

The Council will also act on approving a change order that adds 20 working days to the 2012 Hot Melt Asphalt (HMA) street project contract with Henningsen Construction, Incorporated, due to Oak Street Portland Cement Concrete (PCC) reconstruction time used to construct sidewalk ramps for the City on a separate grant-funded project, and, a change order for the 2012 PCC Paving and Storm Sewer Improvements project with Carley Construction, LLC, that will result in a net savings to the City amounting to just over $1,253.

Auditors report brisk pace for voting


November 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A sampling of county auditors across the state finds a brisk pace for voting so far today (tuesday). Pottawattamie County Auditor, Marilynn Jo Drake, says good weather greeted western Iowa voters today. “Most of our precincts are reporting long lines, people are very patient and waiting for their chance to vote, but the lines are long,” Drake says. She says many people in the county took advantage of early voting. “Well, compared to four years ago in the presidential, we had 14-thousand (early) voters, and this time we had 20-thousand,” she explained. Drake says they had a couple of label machines that gave them some trouble, but otherwise things are going smoothly. We haven’t had any actual polling place problems, everyone was able to get into their polling place and that’s a record. We usually always have one or two where someone has failed to go and open the door for us, but we didn’t have any of that today. So that was nice,” according to Drake.

In central Iowa, Polk County Auditor, Jamie Fitzgerald, says voting machines have been busy. “We had an historic levels for out early voting — well over 90-thousand people had cast their ballots before election day — and were seeing a lot of that trend parlay into today. A lot of my poll workers showed up to work today and opened the polls to a line of people waiting to vote,” Fitgerald says. “So we’re seeing a pretty steady trend of people voting. I think we are going to surpass our 2008 number of over 215-thousand voters, I think we are going to get to that today.” If that trend holds true, Fitzgerald says they would have just over 80-percent of the registered voters in the state’s largest county turn out. He says the number of early votes could lead to some smaller lines at the polling places today.

He says with 18 to 20-thousand people voting early, there could be some drop off at the polls today. Fitzgerald says they had to replace one voting machine that was not working, but otherwise things have gone smoothly. In northeast Iowa, Black Hawk County Auditor Grant Veeder is keeping an eye on the voting. “We had our precincts call in with their turnout at 10 o’clock this morning and at that point we were at about ten-and-a- half percent of registered voters turn out. And that compares to four years ago at that time where we were at about 13-and-a-half percent,” Veeder says. Veeder attributes the in-person drop off to the number of early votes.

The polls will be open until nine tonight.

(Radio Iowa)

Guthrie Center woman during Sunday morning accident


November 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol says a Guthrie County woman was injured during a single-vehicle accident Sunday morning, northwest of Stuart. 95-year old Agnes French, of Guthrie Center, was transported by Stuart Rescue to the Guthrie County Hospital, after the 1994 Pontiac she was driving left the road and entered a ditch before driving through a farmer’s fence line. The accident happened on White Pole Road, just west of Victory Trail, at around 8:55-a.m., Sunday. The woman had been traveling west on White Pole Road when she lost control of her vehicle, after the car slipped onto the shoulder of the road. She suffered apparent minor injuries, and was transported to the hospital to be checked out, according to the Patrol. Officials say she was wearing a seat belt. French was cited for Failure to Maintain Control. Her car sustained about $3, 500 damage.

Stuart Fire and Rescue, the Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office and Iowa State Patrol assisted at the accident scene.