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Iowa emergency management chief criticized


July 15th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The state’s emergency management commander has been criticized as missing in action during part of the fight against flooding in western Iowa. Woodbury County Emergency Management Director Gary Brown told The Des Moines Register says that the absences of Derek Hill have delayed aid requests and slowed flood-fighting efforts.

Woodbury and five other western Iowa counties have been declared federal disaster areas. Brown said of Hill, “He’s been gone a lot.”

Hill is administrator of the Iowa Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. He rejected the criticism and says he’s been in close contact with his staff whenever he’s been away. On Monday he began an eight-day Arizona vacation, and he’s spent nearly eight days on duty with the Iowa National Guard since June 1st.

Western IA man settles with estate over Neb. crash


July 15th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – An Iowa truck driver has settled with the estate of a Canadian man over a crash in Interstate 80 in Nebraska. A federal judge on Thursday dismissed the lawsuit brought by Everett Ruckman Jr., of Westphalia, Iowa, citing the settlement. Terms of the deal have not been released.

Ruckman and his wife sued the estate of Donald Reeve over a February 2010 crash near North Platte. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Nebraska says the crash was the result of Reeve’s negligence.

The state patrol has said Ruckman was passing Reeve’s van when Reeve turned into the semi an apparent attempt to make a U-turn. Reeve and his wife, Marlene, both of Saskatchewan, Canada, were killed.

Ruckman’s lawsuit sought compensation for medical expenses and other damages.

2 injured in Thu. Crash


July 15th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County report two women were injured during a near t-bone collision Thursday evening about two-miles east of Red Oak, on Highway 34. The accident happened at around 5:30, when a 1998 Ford Contour, driven by 56-year old Katherine Carpenter, of Omaha, stopped at the intersection of Highway 34 and 200th Street, before proceeding into the intersection and collided with  a 2011 Chevy Malibu as it was headed west on Highway 34.

Carpenter, and a passenger in the vehicle, 53-year old Denise Fish, of Red Oak, were injured in the crash, and transported to the Montgomery County Hospital, by Red Oak Rescue. No other injuries were reported.

Following the initial collision, the Malibu, driven by 62-year old David Daquila, of Lake Ozark, MO, crashed into a 2000 Ford Ranger pickup driven by 58-year old David McFarland, of Red Oak, as he was stopped at the intersection.

Carpenter was cited for Failure to Yield at a Stop Sign. Damage from the crash amounted to $10,500.

Blown tire sends four people to the hospital


July 15th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A blown left rear tire caused an SUV to go out of control and roll over Thursday, in Fremont County, sending four people to the hospital. Sheriff’s officials say a 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada driven by 33-year old Shawna Caniglia, of Omaha, was traveling south in the 3000 block of Highway 59, when the incident occurred.

The SUV left the road when the tire blew out, and rolled nearly twice, ejecting three of four persons in the vehicle. The injured parties were transported by Shenandoah Rescue to hospitals in Shenandoah and Hamburg.

The names of the other persons were not released, and additional details are currently not available.

Malfunctioning equipment blamed for non-injury accident


July 15th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A loose tie-down strap on a semi-trailer caused $2,500 damage to a passing car Thursday evening, about one-half mile west of Red Oak, in Montgomery County. Authorities say a 2006 International semi driven by 56-year old Larry Hughes, of Homerville, GA, was traveling east on Highway 34, when a cargo strap holding down a flatbed trailer load of steel pipes came loose.

The strap swung out and hit a 2006 Dodge van driven by 43-year old Julie Misner, of South Elgin, IL, as Misner was traveling west on Highway 34. The strap hit the van’s side-view mirror, causing it to break off. It also created a large gouge in the driver’s side door and side sliding door.

Hughes was unaware of the accident until a sheriff’s deputy observed the tie-down strap dragging on the highway, and pulled the semi over. Moments later, Misner pulled up and showed the deputy the damage caused to her van by the passing semi.

No citations were issued.

Fire destroys home of returning Iowa soldier


July 14th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

DEXTER, Iowa (AP) — Fire has destroyed the home of an Iowa Army National Guard soldier returning from Afghanistan.

KCCI-TV in Des Moines says Pfc. A-Jay Irelan is to arrive in Iowa on Sunday. His house in Dexter, about 30 miles west of Des Moines, was damaged early Wednesday.

His girlfriend, Erin Richey, says she got the call at work. The home they shared with her son, Layne, was engulfed in flames.

Richey says the hardest thing was telling Irelan about the fire. He’s on his the way home after a yearlong deployment. Richey says he was just relieved that no one was hurt.

Richey says they don’t have insurance, and have found a home in Stuart to rent for now.

A Wells Fargo fund to help the family has been set up. You can donate at any Wells Fargo location, under the Irelan-Richey fund.

Groundwater bubbling is concern for apartment complex in C.Bluffs


July 14th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Residents of a Council Bluffs apartment are moving because of concerns about a sewer line.

City leaders have told residents of the Riverbend Apartments to leave because of a growing sand boil compromising the line.

A malfunctioning private pumping station and sewage line due groundwater bubbling is causing the concern. Fixing the problem isn’t an option, because the work could threaten a nearby levee along the flooding Missouri River.

About 70 families are affected. Some are moving to a nearby apartment complex or

Soldiers welcomed home in Johnston


July 14th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Homecoming celebrations were held today (Thursday) in Cedar Rapids, Boone and Johnston for three Iowa National Guard soldiers returning from duty in Afghanistan. Some 50 soldiers from Company B of the Second Brigade of the 24th Infantry marched into the Johnston High School gym to bring their deployment to an end. Captain Nic Jones spoke to several hundred people who held signs and balloons welcoming home their family members.

Jones says it is heartwarming to see so many family, friends and employers there to welcome home the soldiers. “This is a great testimony to your carrying and support for these soldiers, and the sacrifices they have made for each of us,” Jones said. Lieutenant Colonel Doug Rossell spoke directly to the soldiers.

Rossell called the day a milestone and the culmination of a deployment into a “hostile theater against a determined, resistant and tough enemy.” He says today marks the beginning of a second mission to return the soldiers to the ones who care for them the most. Rossell thank the soldiers for their effort.

“Today as we repay your contributions, we do this by returning you to your family and friends, and we do so with the acknowledgment that nothing will replace the time taken from your lives to support the national interest,” Rossell said,”You put your lives on hold and at risk upholding the honor and integrity of the profession of arms and citizens soldiers. Your service, your sacrifice as you have heard many times and in many forums, reflect great credit upon yourselves, your unit, the Iowa National Guard and the United States Army.” The ceremony ended with soldiers being dismissed from their formation.

The soldiers were part of an intelligence unit that compiled intelligence reports and also flew unmanned aircraft. Today’s are the first of some 30 homecoming ceremonies for the 28-hundred Iowa troops sent to Afghanistan last October.

(Radio Iowa)

More Iowa National Guard soldiers returning home


July 14th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Another homecoming ceremony is set for more Iowa National Guard soldiers returning from a yearlong deployment in Afghanistan.

The guard says about 105 soldiers will be welcomed home on Saturday (July 16th),  in the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls. The soldiers are with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion of the 133rd Infantry.

Homecoming ceremonies were held on Thursday in Cedar Rapids, Boone and Johnson for 185 soldiers.

Nearly 3,000 Iowa soldiers were sent to Afghanistan last year. It was the largest single deployment of Iowa National Guard troops since World War II.

Shelby County Fair results

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 14th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

4-H Dog Show
Champion Conformation – Shiloh Carroll
Reserve Champion Conformation – Cassidy Robinson
Champion Pre-novice A – Adrianna Trail
Reserve Champion Pre-novice A – Maddie Trail
Champion Pre-novice B – Mackenzie Goshorn
Reserve Champion Pre-novice B – Lauren Borkowski
Champion Novice – Cassidy Robinson
Champion Graduate Novice – Cassidy Robinson
Champion Junior Dog Showman – Maddie Trail
Reserve Champion Junior Dog Showman – Gabe Madson
Champion Intermediate Dog Showman – Mackenzie Goshorn
Champion Overall Dog Showman – Lauren Borkowski
Reserve Champion Overall Dog Showman – Cali Andersen

Champion Rabbit – Heavy Breed Buck – Kristen Ferry
Reserve Champion Rabbit – Heavy Breed Buck – Emily Juhl
Champion Rabbit – Heavy Breed Doe – Carley McConnell
Reserve Champion Rabbit – Heavy Breed Doe – Gabe Ferry
Champion Rabbit – Heavy Breed – Carley McConnell
Reserve Champion Rabbit – Heavy Breed – Kristen Ferry
Champion Rabbit – Light Breed Buck- Kristen Ferry
Reserve Champion Rabbit – Light Breed Buck- Carley McConnell
Champion Rabbit – Light Breed Doe – Kristen Ferry
Reserve Champion Rabbit – Light Breed Doe – Allyssa Obrecht
Champion Rabbit – Light Breed – Kristen Ferry
Reserve Champion Rabbit – Light Breed – Casey McConnell
Junior Rabbit Showman – Jacob Bartley
Reserve Junior Rabbit Showman – Anna Ahrenholtz
Intermediate Rabbit Showman – Carley McConnell
Reserve Intermediate Rabbit Showman – Emily Juhl
Senior Rabbit Showman – Gabe Ferry
Champion Overall Rabbit Showman – Jacob Bartley
Reserve Champion Overall Rabbit Showman – Casey McConnell

Champion Shorthair Cat – Casey McConnell
Reserve Champion Shorthair Cat – Trey O’Neill
Champion Longhair Cat – Alana Monson
Reserve Champion Longhair Cat – Carley McConnell
Champion Cat – Trey O’Neill
Reserve Champion Cat – Alana Monson

Champion Small Pet – Kara Rueschenberg (chinchilla)
Reserve Champion Small Pet – Rachel Nelson (rat)

Champion Chicken- Lauren Borkowski
Reserve Champion Chicken – Lauren Borkowski
Champion Commercial Egg Layer Chicken – Andrew Schechinger
Reseve Champion Commercial Egg Layer Chicken – Lauren Borkowski
Champion Bantam – Lauren Borkowski
Reserve Champion Bantam – Adriana Trail
Champion Broiler Trio – Kyle Arkfeld
Reserve Champion Broiler Trio – Kyle Arkfeld
Junior Poultry Showman – Andrew Schechinger
Reserve Junior Poultry Showman – Laura Pauley
Intermediate Poultry Showman – Carley McConnell
Senior Poultry Showman – Kyle Arkfeld
Reserve Senior Poultry Showman – Katrina Arkfeld
Overall Poultry Showman- Lauren Borkowski
Reserve Overall Poultry Showman – Kyle Arkfeld

Champion – Emily Zimmerman
Reserve Champion – Emily Zimmerman
Champion Junior Showman – Cassie Rasmussen
Overall Showman – Emily Zimmerman
Reserve Overall Showman – Rachel Zimmerman

Champion Prospect Heifer Calf – Taylor Assmann
Champion Prospect Steer/Bull Calf – Ashley Hastert
Reserve Champion Prospect Steer/Bull Calf – Tyler Schwery

Champion Commercial Cow/Calf – Teresa Arkfeld
Reserve Champion Commercial Cow/Calf – Logan Peters
Champion Hereford-Polled Hereford Cow/Calf – Anna Eggers
Reserve Champion Hereford-Polled Hereford Cow/Calf – Nathan Eggers
Champion Overall Cow/Calf – Anna Eggerss

Champion Hereford-Polled Hereford Heifer – Chance Wiese
Reserve Champion Hereford-Polled Hereford Heifer – Chance Weise
Champion AOB Heifer – Tyler Schwery
Champion Commercial Heifer – Tyler Schwery
Reserve Champion Commercial Heifer – Chelsea Assmann
Champion Overall Breeding Heifer – Tyler Schwery
Reserve Champion Overall Breeding Heifer – Chance Wiese
Champion Junior Showman – Dylan Stein
Reserve Champion Junior Showman – Cassie Rasmussen
Champion Intermediate Showman – Trey Wiese
Reserve Champion Intermediate Showman – Chelsea Assmann
Champion Senior Showman – Chance Wiese
Reserve Champion Senior Showman – Shayne Wiese
Champion Overall Showman – Chance Wiese
Reserve Champion Overall Showman – Tyler Schwery