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Iowa family travels to DC to cope with veteran’s death

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May 25th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

GRINNELL, Iowa (AP) — A Grinnell family is spending the long weekend in Washington, D.C., at a national seminar and grief camp for those coping with the loss of a member of the armed forces. Kaanan Mackey says the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, known as TAPS, will give her five children, ages 6 to 16, a chance to meet others with similar experiences.

Mackey’s husband, Matthew, died in 2010 from injuries following an accident on his way home from a drill weekend at Camp Dodge in Johnston. He served in the Marine Corps and Iowa Army National Guard. The Des Moines Register reports the family on Memorial Day usually places flags on veterans’ graves at the Grinnell cemetery. This year they will place stones on graves at Arlington National Cemetery.

Iowa DNR confirms black bear tracks in Dubuque

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May 25th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Officials say there’s evidence a black bear has traveled into Dubuque. Nate Johnson with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources says tracks found behind a home on the south side of the city belong to a black bear weighing between 100 and 200 pounds. Police say a bear sighting was reported Monday morning.

The Telegraph Herald reports officials believe the bear likely came to Iowa from Minnesota or Wisconsin. There were sightings reported last year in nearby Illinois.

 

Body of missing boater recovered near Burlington

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May 25th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa DNR said Monday, that the body of a boater missing since Sunday afternoon was recovered in the Mississippi River a short distance from where the boat he was in capsized under a roller dam. The body of 33-year old Christopher Corson,  of Burlington, was found shortly before 11:30 a.m. Monday.

Corson and 30-year old Anthony Zurmuehlen, of Burlington, were fishing below a roller dam at Lock and Dam 18 when the 14-foot jon boat they were in was pulled under the dam where it rolled over. Zurmuehlen was able to grab on to a log and other debris below the roller dam and work his way to shore where he was eventually discovered by Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Conservation Officer Paul Kay shortly before 3 p.m. on Sunday. He was taken to Great River Medical Center in West Burlington where he was checked and released without injury.

Neither of the boaters were wearing life jackets when the boat capsized. The DNR was assisted at the scene and in the search by the Des Moines County Sheriff’s Department, Henderson County, Ill., Sheriff’s Department, the Illinois DNR Conservation Officer Service; the Des Moines County Conservation Department and Burlington Fire and Rescue. The incident remains under investigation by the Iowa DNR.

Iowa employers could do a better job of giving props to employees

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May 25th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A survey finds 90-percent of managers say their company does a fantastic job with employee recognition but only 30-percent of workers agree. Mike Gremmer, spokesman for the Office Team staffing service in Omaha-Council Bluffs, says while many companies can’t afford big bonuses or raises, they can do a better job of showing appreciation.

“Simple thank you notes go a long way, public recognition in front of their peers, you can celebrate milestones like production figures and certain anniversaries, maybe take people to lunch,” Gremmer says. “You just have to get creative.” While he’s not surprised by the results of the survey, Gremmer says employers need to make it a priority to create a good work environment.

“We have a thriving economy right now, there’s a labor shortage out there,” Gremmer says. “When you think about your own company and the work environment you want to create, when people are happy, they’re going to give you more performance which positively effects the bottom line of your organization.” Nobody wants to have a miserable work environment and Gremmer says it’s okay for workers to call bosses out, if it’s done carefully.

“Workers should let it be known, in a professional way,” he says. “There’s nothing wrong to mention to your employers that you really appreciate a little positive feedback. You want to be sensitive to the business conditions and budget limitations the company may have but there’s nothing wrong with saying, ‘Thank you, that meant a lot to me.'” Gremmer says it benefits the company to have a policy in place to show recognition and to be a place where people are happy to come to work.

(Radio Iowa)

Road closures planned Tue. in Council Bluffs due to Orozco funeral

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May 25th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Omaha Police Officer Kerrie Orozco is being buried in Council Bluffs on Tuesday May 26th. Authorities say as a large contingent of law enforcement and family is expected to attend, the Council Bluffs Police Department with the assistance of other local law enforcement agencies will be shutting down traffic in the following areas at approximately 12:30 PM:

  • All of West Broadway both directions. Traffic will be diverted north onto 16th Street.
  • Eastbound traffic on Kanesville from 8th Street to North Avenue. No left turns will be allowed across Kanesville. North‐South access is available on 10th Street, 13th Street, I‐29 and 40th Street. Kanesville and Broadway will be re‐opened once the procession is complete.
  • McPherson from North Avenue to Indian Hills.
  • Canning Street residents may access their homes from North Avenue until
    approximately 1 PM.
  • McPherson residents may access their homes from Indian Hills until approximately 3 PM or completion of the service. McPherson will remain closed until traffic has dispersed.

“Healthy U” program on Thursday will benefit parents

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May 25th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The next “Healthy U” lunch program at the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic will take place this Thursday, May 28th. The program, entitled “10 Things We Want Parents to Know,” will be presented by Dr. Angela Weppler.  on Thursday, May 28, 2015. The program will be held at noon in Conference Room 2 at CCMH.

Dr. Angela Weppler

Dr. Angela Weppler

The presentation is geared to parents of young and adolescent children. Dr. Weppler says “It’s information that’s meant to make their life a little bit easier.”  Weppler has worked with Cass County Health System since 2002. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa Medical School, and she is board certified by the American Academy of Family Practice.

Healthy U is a free educational series that focuses on a different health topic each month. Attendees receive a healthy sack lunch in addition to an educational program presented by medical professionals. Future topics will include dementia, joint health, and diabetes. For more information, or to make a reservation for the May 28th Healthy U, call 712-243-7479.

(Podcast) KJAN News, 5/25/2015

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May 25th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 8-a.m. Newscast w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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(Podcast) KJAN News & funeral report, 5/25/2015

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May 25th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:05-a.m. report w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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Bluffs residents confront burglars Sun. night

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May 25th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Two Council Bluffs residents came home late Sunday night to find a woman and a man had broken into their apartment. According to Bluffs Police, officers responded at 11:50-p.m. to an apartment complex at 35 Bluff Street, following a report an armed subject had just broken into one of the apartments. The victims, 31-year old Anastaschia Hughes, and 50-year old Shannon Hughes, found 26-year old Jennifer Malone, of Council Bluffs, and a male subject, inside the home.

When the residents confronted the two intruders, the male produced a knife and allegedly attempted to slash Shannon Hughes, who was not injured. The two suspects fled area on foot, but Malone was found and arrested on a charge of Burglary in the 1st Degree. The male suspect was not located.

An investigation into the incident continues. Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact the Council Bluffs Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division at 712-328-4765.

Red Oak man arrested on drug charges this morning

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May 25th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak say a local man was arrested on drug charges early this (Monday) morning. 33-year old Anthony David Smith, of Red Oak, was taken into custody at around 1:30-a.m. at E. Oak and N. 6th Streets. Smith was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. His bond was set at $1,000 cash.

About 90-minutes earlier, 47-year old Harry Lee Barnum, Jr., of Red Oak, was arrested near N. 6th and E. Oak Streets. Barnum was taken into custody at around midnight, on a charge of OWI/2nd offense. His cash bond was set at $2,000.