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Boating this weekend? Don’t pick up “hitchhikers”

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July 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

As the Fourth of July approaches, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources is reminding boaters and anglers to check for any unwanted hitchhikers to protect Iowa lakes and streams. Aquatic hitchhikers are invasive species – everything from zebra mussels to Eurasian watermilfoil – that are transported from one waterbody to another by hitchhiking on boats, in bait buckets, and other equipment used in the water. When brought to another lake or stream, they often grow quickly and spread rapidly due to lack of natural controls.

These aquatic invasive species can create serious problems for Iowa waters by reducing native species and making lakes and rivers unusable by boaters, anglers and swimmers. Kim Bogenschutz, aquatic invasive species coordinator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, says “The best way to control the negative impacts of aquatic invasive species in Iowa is to prevent their spread to new waterbodies. Boaters and anglers need to clean, drain, dry after each time on the water to stop aquatic hitchhikers.”

• CLEAN any plants, animals, or mud from your boat and equipment before leaving a waterbody.

• DRAIN water from all equipment (motor, live well, bilge, transom well) before leaving a waterbody.

• DRY anything that comes into contact with water (boats, trailers, equipment, boots, clothing, dogs). Before transporting to another waterbody either: Spray your boat and trailer with hot, high-pressure water; or Dry your boat and equipment for at least 5 days.

• Never release plants, fish, or animals into a water body unless they came out of that water body and empty unwanted bait in the trash.

It is illegal to possess or transport prohibited aquatic invasive species in Iowa. The fine for violating this law is $500. Signs are posted at public accesses to remind boaters to stop aquatic hitchhikers and to identify infested waters. It is also illegal to transport any aquatic plants on water-related equipment. Boaters must drain all water from boats and equipment before leaving a water access and must keep drain plugs removed or opened during transport. It is also illegal to introduce any live fish, except for hooked bait, into public waters.

More information about aquatic invasive species and a list of infested waters can be found in the 2015 Iowa Fishing Regulations booklet.

Creston woman cited following Tue. morning accident

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July 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

No injuries were reported following a crash in Union County Tuesday morning, but the driver of one of the vehicles was cited for a couple of moving violations. The Union County Sheriff’s Office says 27-year old Kayla Harris, of Creston, was cited for Driving While License Suspended/Denied or cancelled, and for having No Insurance – Accident related.

Officials say a 2001 Ford Taurus driven by 54-year old Clark Finehout, of Creston, was traveling north on Sumner Avenue in Creston at around 8:20-a.m., at the same time Harris was traveling east on Prairie Street. Authorities say Harris’ 1997 Ford SUV went through the intersection without yielding to the Finehout vehicle at the stop sign. She told officials she didn’t see the Taurus. Finehout said he tried to swerve and avoid the collision, but was unable to do so.

Damage from the crash amounted to $3,500.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 7/01/2015

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July 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

More area and State news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Creston Police report, 7/1/15

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July 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Creston Police Department reports today (Wednesday), the arrest Tuesday evening of 48-year old Joel Alan Weeks, of Creston. Weeks was apprehended just after 7:10-p.m. during a traffic stop. He was charged with Driving While Barred and OWI/3rd offense. Weeks was being held in the Union County Jail while awaiting an appearance before the magistrate.

Statewide firefighters union censures Des Moines chief

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July 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A statewide firefighters union has censured the Des Moines fire chief, criticizing what it says is his anti-labor management style. The Des Moines Register reports that the group took the action at its convention on Friday. The group president, Douglas Neys, says the censure has no actual effect on Chief John TeKippe other than subjecting him to public scrutiny for what the union says are his failings. TeKippe was president of Des Moines Local 4 before becoming chief in 2009.

TeKippe on Tuesday called the censure disappointing but dismissed it as a personal attack that lacked substance or merit. He says union representatives have used inaccurate statements to question the safety of firefighters and residents due to staffing levels.

Structure fire south of Minden, Tuesday afternoon

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July 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Firefighters from Minden and Underwood responded to a structure fire south of Minden, Tuesday afternoon.

Photo from the Minden Fire and Rescue Facebook page.

Photo from the Minden Fire and Rescue Facebook page.

The call came in at around 4:30-p.m. Officials say upon approach, heavy smoke and flames were showing from a barn, or outbuilding-type structure. Due to lack of water supply, the Neola, Oakland, and McClelland Fire Departments were called-in to provide additional  water support. Personnel from all departments contained the blaze to the lone structure. No injuries were reported. The cause of the blaze was not immediately clear.

June economic report affirms slow growth ahead in Midwest

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July 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A report on a June survey underscores previous survey signs that slower economic growth likely is ahead for nine Midwestern and Plains states. The survey report issued Wednesday says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index rose to 53.0 from 50.4 in May and 52.7 in April.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says “improvements at the national level in housing, retail sales and hiring pushed supply managers to raise their expectations about future economic conditions.”

The survey results from supply managers are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests economic growth, while a score below that suggests decline. The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 7/1/2015

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July 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:06-a.m. report w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Central Iowa city holds raffle to use Taser on officials

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July 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

VAN METER, Iowa (AP) – For $5, residents in Van Meter are getting the chance to use a police Taser on a city official. The Des Moines Register reports City Hall is selling raffle tickets as part of a public safety fundraiser, and the winner will get the opportunity to use a Taser on City Administrator Jake Anderson or Councilman Bob Lacy at the Van Meter Fire Association Street Dance on July 18.

Officials say a police officer will assist using the Taser, and the proceeds will go toward helping the police department purchase a second squad car, add speed radar and potentially expand its six-member part-time and reserve force. According to Anderson, the idea came up during a meeting with police about funding. Lacy volunteered for the event so Anderson, who also volunteered, would have competition.

Ex-Iowa egg farm manager gets probation after assisting feds

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July 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A former Iowa egg farm manager will avoid jail time after cooperating with investigators in a criminal prosecution stemming from a 2010 salmonella outbreak. U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett sentenced Tony Wasmund to four years of probation Tuesday after the government said he provided “substantial assistance” in the salmonella case. Bennett imposed no restitution or fine on Wasmund, of Willmar, Minnesota.

Wasmund worked for egg tycoon Jack DeCoster, whose Iowa operations caused the outbreak that prompted the recall of 550 million eggs and sickened thousands. Under a plea deal, Wasmund pleaded guilty in 2012 to his role in bribing a U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector to allow sales of eggs that didn’t meet federal standards. He cooperated in an investigation that led to convictions of DeCoster and his son Peter.