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Iowa early News Headlines: Fri., 11/21/14


November 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The economic outlook for rural areas of Iowa, Nebraska and other Plains states improved in November. But the monthly survey of bankers doesn’t suggest much growth. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss in Omaha says low grain and energy prices continue to limit the economy in rural areas.

URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Board of Regents member Nicole Carroll says she has resigned from the group that governs the state’s three public universities. Carroll says in a news release that the resignation is due to her family’s move out of Iowa. She says the decision was effective yesterday. Carroll says she wanted to make the announcement ahead of the board’s next meeting.

WILTON, Iowa (AP) — Officials are assessing damage to a warehouse for an electric service provider in eastern Iowa following a small vehicle fire. The Muscatine Journal reports the Eastern Iowa Light and Power Cooperative says a vehicle fire inside the warehouse in Wilton was reported Wednesday morning. The fire was extinguished in 45 minutes and no one was hurt.

CHEROKEE, Iowa (AP) — A Cherokee man has pleaded not guilty to several charges in connection to a lengthy standoff with police on October 30th. The Sioux City Journal reports 35-year-old Joshua Allender entered his written plea Wednesday in Cherokee County District Court.

Atlantic Yard Waste site hours to change effective 11/24/14

Ag/Outdoor, News

November 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the City of Atlantic have announced a seasonal change in operation of hours for the Yard Waste site. Effective Monday, Nov. 24th, the Winter Hours of Operation for the site are as follows:

Saturdays, from 9:00 am. to 5:00 pm.

The City reminds the citizens to bring only trees, branches, grass, garden waste, and/or leaves.

2 Iowa school districts opt to not share grades


November 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

LE MARS, Iowa (AP) — Two Iowa school districts have decided not to share grades in the upcoming school year. The decision means the Remsen-Union and Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn school districts will have to make big budget cuts. Together, they face budget cuts totaling about $600,000.

The Le Mars Daily Sentinel reports Remsen-Union will have to make about $400,000 worth of reductions in general fund expenditures to not face a budget shortfall. The MMC district will have to make about $200,000 worth of budget cuts. The decision was made at an MMC school board meeting Monday. Remsen-Union school board members also were in attendance.

Both school boards had to approve a whole grade sharing plan before February. Grade sharing would have meant sending students in grades five through eight to one district and those in grades nine through 12 to another.

Atlantic P-D to conduct tobacco compliance checks


November 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

As part of a pledge to keep tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products out of the hands of Atlantic’s youth, officers with the Atlantic Police Department will be conducting compliance checks on local establishments, in the near future. The checks are part of the “I-Pledge” program, in partnership with the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division (IBD), and serve to educate local retailers as well as enforce Iowa’s tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products law.

Underage customers, under the supervision of law enforcement personnel, will enter establishments and attempt to purchase tobacco or similar products. Clerks who make the illegal sale, will be cited on the spot. Criminal penalties for selling tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products to a minor include a $100 fine for a first offense, $200 for a second offense, and $500 for a third or subsequent offense.

Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green says the intent of the I-Pledge Program is not to hand out citations, although that may be the result. The intent, he says, is to educate sales clerks and maintain a compliant retail environment in our community.

For more on I-Pedge, go to www.iowaabd.com.

Iowa man pleads not guilty in police standoff


November 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

CHEROKEE, Iowa (AP) – A Cherokee man has pleaded not guilty to several charges in connection to a lengthy standoff with police. Thirty-five-year-old Joshua Allender entered his written plea Wednesday in Cherokee County District Court. He faces charges of attempted murder, possession of a firearm or offensive weapon by a domestic violence offender, intimidation with a dangerous weapon, assault while participating in a felony and assault on a police officer.

The Sioux City Journal reports police responded to a call on Oct. 30 about a suicidal person. Allendar is accused of refusing to come out when officers arrived and firing a gun from an upstairs window. After six hours, a tactical unit fired tear gas into the home and Allender was arrested.

Orthopedic Surgeon to join Cass County Health System and Myrtue Medical Center


November 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Edward Fisher, M.D., orthopedic surgeon, will be joining Myrtue Medical Center and Cass County Health System in February 2015. Dr. Fisher is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with over 25 years of experience.

Edward Fisher, M.D., orthopedic surgeon

Edward Fisher, M.D., orthopedic surgeon

“We are thrilled to bring a highly skilled orthopedic surgeon to live and practice in southwest Iowa on a full-time basis,” noted Todd Hudspeth, CEO of Cass County Health System. “This will allow patients to receive quality orthopedic care, including joint replacement surgeries, with the convenience of staying in their hometown hospitals.”

MMC and CCHS have a long history of working collaboratively to enhance services and employment opportunities. This joint venture is the most recent in that ongoing partnership. “It is great to be able to work together to bring Dr. Fisher to both of our communities,” said Barry Jacobsen, CEO of Myrtue Medical Center. “Rural hospitals need to be creative and work together in order to ensure we continue to meet the healthcare needs of the citizens who depend on us.”

Dr. Fisher will provide full orthopedic services at hospitals, conducting clinics and performing surgeries at least two days each week in Atlantic and Harlan. His care will encompass a wide variety of orthopedic surgeries including:
• Joint replacement (hip and knee)
• Carpal Tunnel
• Arthroscopies (knee and shoulder)
• Rotator cuff
• Fracture and dislocation procedures

Dr. Fisher completed medical school and his orthopedic internship and residency training at the University of California, Irvine. After practicing in California for seven years he moved to Russellville, Alabama where he practiced for 15 years. He has been working in Clarksdale Mississippi since 2009.

Dr. Fisher and his fiancée, Maggie Doran, will relocate to southwest Iowa in early 2015.

(CCHS Press Release)

Elliott man arrested on OWI charge in Cass County


November 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A Montgomery County man was arrested Wednesday in Cass County on an OWI charge. Sheriff’s officials report 50-year old Randall Joe Conry, of Elliott, was taken into custody on charges of OWI 3rd or Subsequent Offense and Driving While Barred. Conry was brought to the Cass County Jail where he remained pending a hearing before the Magistrate.

(Update) About 20 hogs lost in Audubon County confinement fire


November 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Firefighters from Audubon, Templeton and Dedham were on the scene of a hog confinement facility fire this (Thursday) morning, in Audubon County. Audubon Fire Chief John Ballou told KJAN News the blaze at the private hog confinement facility located at 2516 150th Street, northeast of Audubon, was reported at around 7:20-a.m.  About 20 hogs were lost, but another 360 were saved.

Ballou said when the arrived the entire attic space was on fire. At that point tanker trucks from Templeton and Dedham were called-in to assist.  The flames were confined to the attic area and knocked down to prevent them from spreading. The Chief said a man at the facility told him he saw arcing and burning around the wires leading into the attic.

A dollar amount of the damage was not available, but Ballou said the roof will likely need to be replaced. No injuries were reported. Crews were on the scene for a little more than two-hours.

(Update) Accident east of Atlantic Wed. night


November 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

(In an update to our story posted online Wednesday night and heard this (Thursday) morning on KJAN), the Cass County Sheriff’s office says an accident that occurred at around 5:30-p.m. resulted in two-people being transported to the hospital in Atlantic.

Authorities say 55-year-old Paul Stinn, of Atlantic, was driving a 2004 Ford pickup westbound on Highway 6 near the railroad overpass, and had slowed for traffic in front of him. A 2002 Dodge Dakota pickup driven by 35-year-old Heather Possehn, of Audubon, rear-ended Stinn’s truck, causing a total of about $20,000 damage.

Authorities cited Possehn for Failure to Stop.

Frederickson Fund donates to local backpack program


November 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund recently donated $300 to the Friday Friends Backpack Program. The program helps provide weekend meals for students in need in the Atlantic school district.donation