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8AM Newscast 12-13-2011

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December 13th, 2011 by Chris Parks

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December 13th, 2011 by Chris Parks

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Iowan makes plea deal after prosecutors’ mistake

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December 13th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

ADEL, Iowa (AP) — A delay in charges being filed against an Iowa man has let him escape the possibility of more than 10 years in prison.Des Moines television station KCCI says James Eagle had led police on a high-speed chase through Dallas County on Sept. 11. He’d faced more than 30 traffic charges and two felony counts of assaulting an officer.But Eagle’s attorney, Bill Kutmus, told the station that the county attorney’s office didn’t file the charges in court within 45 days.So Kutmus began bargaining with the prosecutors and managed to get most of the charges dropped. Eagle pleaded guilty to eluding and got 180 days in jail, 90 days suspended.The Dallas County attorney has declined to comment.

Red Oak woman arrested on theft charge

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December 13th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak say a local woman was arrested Monday on a warrant for 5th degree theft.  28-year old Ann Marie Reed, of Red Oak, was taken into custody at her home on North 2nd Street. Reed was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 bond.

Red Oak man arrested for burglary

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December 13th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak arrested one-person Monday afternoon following a break-in which occurred at a home on Coolbaugh Street. Officials say 26-year-old Joshua Alan Goolsby, of Red Oak,  taken into custody at around 2-p.m., on a charge burglary in the Second-degree. The man being held in the Montgomery County Jail.

Corps short on Missouri River levee-repair money

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December 13th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Monday that it has money available so far to fix only 11 of 68 Missouri River levees and is draining extra water from upstream reservoirs to nurse the flood-battered system through 2012. The damaged levees are in Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas, officials announced during a meeting of the Missouri River Flood Task Force in suburban Kansas City. About half are federal levees and the other half are part of a program in which the corps helps pay for flood repairs if the levees pass routine inspections. “The reality is that not all damages can be repaired this year because of funding and time limitations,” said Brig. Gen. John R. McMahon, commander of the corps’ northwestern division office.

The $68 million available is only sufficient to help pay for the 11 most crucial projects. The goal is to fix those levees at least enough to protect against a 25-year flood, although many provided 100-year flood protection previously, said John Leighow, chief of the readiness and contingency operations division in the northwestern division of the corps. It would cost $253 million to make all the Missouri River Basin repairs. That money is part of the more than $2 billion the corps estimates it needs to repair the damage to the nation’s levees, dams and riverbanks caused by this year’s excessive flooding. A supplemental appropriation bill is stalled in Congress, and the corps has been focusing its limited money on fixing levees that protect communities and facilities such as water treatment plants. For now, the corps has been shuffling money around in its existing budget to pay for the levee fixes, Leighow said. “We are trying to be in the best possible position come March 1,” he said.

One step the corps has taken to help is to wait an extra week to drop to lower winter-release levels on the Missouri River, allowing it to empty extra water from the six upstream reservoirs. The corps has been stepping down the releases slowly and plans to hit the target level Wednesday. “We don’t anticipate that we will have a repeat of this year next year,” said Jody Farhat, chief of the corps’ Missouri River Basin Water Management office. “But the system is vulnerable and that is why we are releasing this additional water. The levees aren’t repaired, so having some additional storage … may allow us more flexibility to operate next summer.”

Water levels must be dropped in winter to avoid flood-causing ice jams, but this year’s mild fall weather allowed the corps to delay the reductions. Besides the helpful fall weather, Farhat also found hope in the relatively light snowpack. “It’s still very, very early,” she said. “There is some snow out there, but isn’t as heavy as going into last winter or the winter before it.”

Little Mermaid Trail Committee receives $15k – 1st phase set for completion in June

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December 13th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Efforts to construct recreational trails in Elk Horn and Kimballton received a big boost from local and state officials, last week. Several members of the Little Mermaid Trail Committee were joined last Friday at the offices of Marne Elk Horn Telephone Company (METC) by Rod Rowland, President of Landmands Bank of Kimballton, and Sue Cosner, Vice President of Iowa Area Development Group, in Des Moines, to receive a total of $15,000 in donations for the projects.

Rowland pledged $10,000 over a period of three-years. The funds will be shared by the trail project and the Danish Immigrant Museum’s Jens Jensen Prairie Landscape Park. Cosner presented the Iowa Network Services Ripple Effect check in the amount of $5,000 for the trail project, to be matched by METC.  The group is also receiving an INS Charity grant of $1,000, also to be matched by METC.

L-R Sue Cosner, Glennda Mortenson, Janell Hansen, Terri Johnson, Jill Madsen, Bob Mortenson, Rod Rowland.

The Little Mermaid Trail is designed to be built in phases. Thanks to the mentioned recent gifts and grants, including $75,000 from Iowa Great Places and $25,000 from Lynette Rasmussen/The Rasmussen Group in Des Moines, officials say “Phase One” will be completed by June, 2012.

That means that by summer of next year, there will be a recreational trail ready for use in Kimballton, from the Little Mermaid Statue to just past the ball fields, with further expansion planned, and, in Elk Horn, from College & Union Streets to The Danish Immigrant Museum (currently known as the Atlantic Friends of the Museum Friendship Walk).

Calling all Audubon and Cass County Non-profit groups!

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December 13th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Chairpersons of the Cass and Audubon County Community Foundations are putting out a reminder to non-profit organizations in their respective counties, that $95,000 in grants funds are available in each county separately, through the Cass and Audubon County Community Foundations. Applications are due no later than Feb. 1st, 2012.  Detailed application procedures, fact sheets, and a link to the application form can be obtained online at http://omahafoundation.org/swiowa.  Applications will only be accepted through the online system.

Contact any board member for additional information.  Contact Dennis Nissen at 800-794-3458 or dennis@omahafoundation.org or Denise Cardos at denise@omahafoundation.org with grant application-specific questions.  All completed applications will be considered at the March board meeting with notification of results in early April.

Only organizations providing charitable services in Cass or Audubon Counties are eligible.  Each organization must be able to demonstrate broad community/county support and supply a copy of their 501(c)(3) IRS determination letter.  Requests for general operational funds will not be considered.
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Local Board members for the Cass County Community Foundation: Chair, Nicholas Hunt of rural Atlantic, 243-5485; Vice Chair, Gary Maas of Anita, 762-3434; Secretary/Treasurer, Roland K. Landsness, Esq. of Atlantic, 243-4154; Royal Bierbaum of Griswold, 778-2586; Beulah Follman of Massena, 779-3457; and Mark D. Kyhnn, CPA of Atlantic, 243-1800.

Local Board members for the Audubon County Community Foundation: Chair, Brett Irlmeier of Audubon, 712-563-2644; Vice Chair, Larry Beckendorf of Exira, 712-268-5331; Secretary/Treasurer, Thomas Nielsen of Audubon, 712-563-2742; Joanie Heuton of Kimballton, 712-773-5291; Jonnie Meislahn of Audubon, 712-563-2009; Jay Nelson of rural Brayton, 712-549-2277; and Daryl Olsen, DVM of Audubon, 712-563-2080.

Atlantic School Board to act on Video Camera policy, Tuesday

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December 12th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Community School District’s Board of Education will meet Tuesday evening in the High School Media Room. On their agenda for the 7:30-p.m. session, is an update or presentation from Jerry Purdy, with the Design Alliance architectural firm. The Board will also act on approving General and Special Education contracts, as well as other, similar contracts and/or letters of assignments, and resignations.

Other matters up for discussion and action, include: approval of allowable growth requests for increased enrollment, Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Instruction beyond 4 years, and a request for exces cost for LEP instruction; the first reading of a policies pertaining to the use of video cameras on school premises and a school transportation regulation; and, approval of a bid for the replacement of doors for the Washington School and the baseball concession stand.

The board will also hold initial discussion with regard to the 2012-2013 Budget.

Perry Bus tour across Iowa: details released

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December 12th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Additional details have been released with regard to Texas Governor and Presidential candidate Rick Perry’s bus tour across Iowa. As we mentioned on KJAN.Com Friday and over the weekend, Perry begins his 48 city tour Wednesday afternoon (Dec. 14), with a 1-p.m. stop in Council Bluffs, for a town hall meeting at Bayliss Park Hall, 530 1st Avenue. At 3:15-p.m., Perry will hold a Main Street walk in Harlan on the town square/Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, at 1101 7th Street. That same evening, at 5, he’ll be in Denison for a meet and greet at Cronk’s Cafe Restaurant.

Perry will be in the KJAN listening area again on Tuesday, December 27th, with a 10:45-a.m. meet and greet event at the Main Street Cafe in Council Bluffs, followed by a similar event at the Glenn Miller Museum in Clarinda, beginning at 1:15-p.m.  From there, Perry moves on to Creston, for a 3:30-p.m. meet and greet at Adams Street Espresso.

Governor Perry will also be in Carroll on January 2nd, for a meet and greet at the Santa Maria Vineyard, beginning at 4-p.m.