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Western Iowa Cattle Sickened by EHD

Ag/Outdoor, News

September 27th, 2012 by admin

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship today said that more than fifteen cattle herds primarily in western Iowa have had animals contract the Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) virus.

EHD is a virus that is spread by biting midges and primarily affects deer.  A hard freeze kills midges and will stop the spread of the virus.

EHD can cause illness in cattle, including fever, ulcers in the mouth and gums, swollen tongue, excessive salivation, and lameness or stiffness when walking.  Death loss is uncommon in cattle and there is no evidence that the EHD virus can infect humans.

EHD rarely affects cattle, but the wild whitetail deer population in southern and western areas of Iowa and surrounding states is seeing the disease at high levels.  EHD is common in whitetail and other deer in some years and can be fatal in these deer.

Cattle farmers are advised to use insect control as a preventative measure to reduce the risk of having cattle that become infected.  Farmers who notice signs of illness in cattle are encouraged to immediately contact their veterinarian.


Cass Co. Supervisors to discuss and/or act on Amaizing Energy URA parcels


September 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors are set to meet Friday morning, in Atlantic. During the 9-a.m. session at the Courthouse, the Board will discuss appointing a Safety Coordinator, with regard to a recommendation from the Iowa Municipal Worker’s Compensation Association (IMWCA).

Board Chair Duane McFadden reviewed the IMWCA workers’ compensation safety review onsite visit by Loss Control representative Ed Morrison.  Following his September 11th visit, Morrison said he finds the workplace to be generally safe and compliant.  However, he recommended that Cass County “appoint a safety coordinator to assess the state of safety in the workplace, promote safety and ensure compliance with established safety programs and policies.”  The matter was taken under advisement during the Board’s meeting last week.

The Supervisors, Friday, will also discuss and/or possibly act on, a valuation exemption agreement for an Amaizing Energy Urban Renewal Area (URA) parcel or parcels.

$202M Powerball in Iowa Last Night


September 27th, 2012 by admin

Check your numbers, as your net worth may’ve jumped overnight by several digits. A Powerball ticket sold somewhere in Iowa won the jackpot in last (Wednesday) night’s drawing worth 202-million dollars. But that’s not all, according to the Iowa Lottery’s Mary Neubauer, who says it may have been the “winningest” night in Iowa lottery history.

There were four big prize winners last night here in Iowa including both Powerball and Iowa’s $100,000 Cash Game,” Neubauer says. In addition to the 202-million dollar Powerball jackpot, there were also one-million-dollar and ten-thousand dollar winners in the Powerball last night. Plus, there was a grand prize winner in Iowa’s Hundred-Thousand Dollar Cash Game. Neubauer can’t say yet where any of the winning tickets were sold.

“This was such an unusual evening, we need to sort through all of these details,” she says. “Lottery security was working on it last night and is already working on it this morning. It certainly does not appear that there was anything amiss but we just need to review all of these details and we hope to have that information ready to release later this morning.” Neubauer says it’s the second time this year a Powerball ticket sold in Iowa has won the monster jackpot.

This 202-million dollar winner is Iowa’s second-largest jackpot winner, right behind the 241-million dollar “Shipping 20″ prize claimed in June by a group of Quaker Oats factory workers in Cedar Rapids. Neubauer says September 26th of 2012 may go down in Iowa Lottery history.

“We think this may have been Iowa lottery players’ winningest night ever, or luckiest night or whatever you want to call it,” she says. “We can’t remember a time when we ever had this many big winners all in one night. It certainly is unusual news.” Last night’s jackpot winning ticket for Powerball had the numbers: 13, 26, 39, 41, 42 and the Powerball number 10. Learn more at: www.ialottery.com

Woman Cited After Crashing Into Dump Truck Near Harlan


September 27th, 2012 by admin

A Cumberland woman was cited after crashing her pickup into a dump truck performing maintenance on Wednesday in Harlan.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 1:20 PM, Sylvia Hoffman of Cumberland was driving a 2006 Chevrolet pickup north on highway 59 about two miles south of Harlan.  Keith Myers of Oakland was operating an Iowa DOT dump truck on the east shoulder performing maintenance.  Hoffman lost control of her pick up and struck the rear of the dump truck.

Both vehicles sustained heavy damage and were towed from the scene.  Neither driver sustained injuries.  Hoffman was cited for failure to maintain control.

9AM Newscast 09-27-2012

News, Podcasts

September 27th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Brett Johnson

Shelby Co Fire Danger Remains “High”


September 27th, 2012 by admin

Shelby County Emergency Manager Bob Seivert says today (Thursday), that the Fire Danger level will remain in the “HIGH” category until further notice. Seivert cites wind conditions and low relative humidity.  The Fire Danger rating in Shelby County is based on input from local fire chiefs and the Emergency Manager, and weather factors.

Controlled Burns should only be conducted with the knowledge of the local Fire Chief.  Open burning is discouraged.

Seivert says the local farmers have done an extremely good job during harvest.  He says not one combine fire was reported during the month of September.  Only one hay bailer caught fire.

The next update from Shelby County regarding fire danger is scheduled for Monday.  Seivert says he expects the Fire Danger to remain high into the month of October.

8AM Newscast 09-27-2012

News, Podcasts

September 27th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Brett Johnson

Mills Co Incident Report


September 27th, 2012 by admin

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports several recent incidents.

On September 14, Jessica Appley of Red Oak reported 2nd degree arson near highway 275 and Rains Ave.

On September 15, Jean Curtis of Hastings reported 3rd degree burglary on 345th st in Hastings.

On September 17, Vanderhaag’s of Council Bluffs reported 3rd degree burglary and 3rd degree theft on 189th street in Council Bluffs.  Also on September 17, Farm Service of Pacific Junction reported a burglary incident at the Pacific Junction Depot.

On September 18, Carol Liles of Pacific Junction reported 3rd degree burglary on Elm Street in Pacific Junction.

If you have any information about these incidents, contact the Mills County Sheriff’s Office at 712-527-4337.

MidAmerican Begins Search for New Nuclear Plant Site


September 27th, 2012 by admin

MidAmerican Energy has begun the process of studying potential locations to build a new nuclear power plant in the state. Company spokesperson, Tina Potthoff (Pot-off), says the study is focusing on Muscatine and Fremont counties in the southwest corner of the state.

“When evaluating sites to include in this study, we look at things like geography, environmental issues, proximity to transportation routes and proximity to existing transmission lines,” Potthoff explains. She says the study is in reaction to a law the legislature enacted a law in 2010 directing MidAmerican to look at and analyze the possible construction of nuclear power-generating facilities.

“We are in the process of beginning soil and environmental sample taking, that’s a part of the study process to asses land suitability in the event that a determination will be made to to develop the facility in the location,” Potthoff says. “And it is important to note that no decision has been made to build any generating facility in Iowa, this is simply part of the study process and those samples will be taken as several locations this fall. An overview of the study will be in 2013.” Crews moving around taking soil samples have drawn notice from residents.

“There’s definitely been an interest in this, as there should be. We want to make sure that we’re letting people know –especially in those sites where we might be on their land or their neighbor’s land — that they understand what is going on,” according Potthoff. “The sites under study also may be a good location for other generating facilities in the future, especially a natural gas plant, if a nuclear plant is not pursued.” Iowa currently has just one nuclear power plant located in Palo (Pay-low) in eastern Iowa.

Early Voting in Iowa Begins Today


September 27th, 2012 by admin

Today is the 40th day before election day, and the first day that absentee ballots may be voted in a county auditor’s office.  Any Iowa voter may request an absentee ballot if they expect they cannot go to the polls on election day.  Voting an absentee ballot may be done in different ways:

  1. Voters may vote in-person in their county auditor’s office during the regular business hours.  The last day that a voter can vote an absentee ballot at the county auditor’s office is Monday, November 5th.  In Cass County, the auditors office is located at Cass County Courthouse 5 West 7th Street Atlantic, IA 50022.  Regular business hours are from 8 AM to 4:30 PM.  The phone number is 712-243-4570
  2. Voters may request an absentee ballot be mailed.  The last day to request an absentee ballot by mail is Friday, November 2nd at 5 PM.  If you request a ballot by mail, it must be returned to the county auditor’s office by the following deadlines:
  • In-person delivery – Tuesday, November 6th by 9:00 PM
  • Mail delivery – postmarked no later than Monday, November 5th and received no later than 12:00 PM on Tuesday, November 13th.  Postmarks are not guaranteed.  Please mail your ballot early to make sure it is received on time.
  1. Satellite voting stations may be offered.  Check with your local county auditor’s office to see if satellite voting is available.

A voter who chooses to vote an absentee ballot by one of these methods will be asked to fill out an official Iowa absentee ballot request form.

Persons soliciting absentee ballot request forms while acting as an agent for a political party or candidate must offer a receipt to the voter for the completed request form.

Track your absentee ballot at https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/absenteeballotstatus/search.aspx.