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Atlantic man arrested on an OWI warrant

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January 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports the arrest on Thursday of 27-year old Tanner Preston. The Atlantic man was taken into custody on a Cass County warrant for OWI and booked into the Cass County Jail.

Western IA hotel ranks high in AAA ratings

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January 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with AAA Minnesota/Iowa have announced that three hotels in Iowa earned the Four Diamond Rating during the past 12 months. The AAA/CAA Four and Five Diamond Ratings are AAA’s highest designations for hotels and restaurants. Among the three is The Ameristar Casino Hotel, in Council Bluffs. The others include The Hotel at Kirkwood Center, in Cedar Rapids, and The Hotel Blackhawk, in Davenport.

Hotels rated Four or Five Diamond are stylish and refined with upscale physical attributes. Guests receive personalized attention from an experienced staff and extensive amenities in a luxurious setting. Establishments at the Four and Five Diamond rating levels make up just 3.9 percent and 0.3 percent, respectively, of the 59,000 AAA/CAA Approved hotels and restaurants. Across the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, the selected properties represent the upper echelon of the hospitality industry.

Across the continent, just 4.2 percent of all AAA Approved hotels and restaurants began the year with the travel authority’s highest ratings 

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Red Oak Police arrest Villisca man on drug charges Thu. night

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January 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop in Red Oak Thursday night resulted in the arrest on drugs charges, of a man from Villisca. According to Red Oak Police, 58-year-old Rodolfo Morales Jr., of Villisca, was pulled over at the intersection of East Summit Street and Sunnyslope Drive. During the traffic stop, authorities determined Morales, Jr. was driving with a revoked license.

A perimeter search of his vehicle by the Red Oak P-D’s K-9 unit resulted in a search of  the vehicle, during which marijuana, and 30-doses of various prescription drug medications were found.  Morales Jr. was arrested on charges of Possession of Marijuana and Prescription Drugs. He was also charged with a drug tax stamp violation, and driving while revoked. Morales, Jr. was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and held on a $5,000 cash bond.

Semi blown into a ditch in Shelby County Thursday

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January 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A gust of wind in Shelby County Thursday afternoon toppled a semi north of Harlan, resulting in non-life threatening injuries to a the driver, who was  from Illinois. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said a 2012 Volvo semi truck driven by  56-year old Charles Surrat, of Rushville, Ill., was northbound on U.S. Highway 59 at around 2-p.m., when a gust of wind caused him to lose control of the rig. The semi and trailer overturned in the east ditch and came to a rest. Shelby County Rescue transported Surrat to Myrtue Memorial Hospital in Harlan. The National Weather Service said wind speeds in the area reached 63 mph at the time of the accident.

The highest reported wind speed in the region came in Castana in Monona County, where gusts hit 73 mph.

Iowa businesses seek state incentives to expand

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January 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Economic Development Authority is considering financial incentives for several proposed business expansions, including one in Pottawattamie County. Carter Lake steel fabricator Owen Industries is proposing a $34 million project to build a new factory adding 16 jobs. The company seeks a $50,000 forgivable loan and $2 million in tax credits.

General Mills Cereals is proposing to convert warehouse space in Cedar Rapids to a food manufacturing area. The project cost is $58 million. The company wants a $200,000 loan, $3.2 million in state tax credits, and $85,000 in Alliant Energy tax rebates. The project creates 41 jobs.

Loffredo Gardens, a fresh produce distributor, proposes to build a $7 million food processing facility in Norwalk. The company, creating six new jobs, seeks up to $401,000 in tax credits.

IA West Foundation Announces 4th Qtr grant recipients

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January 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Daily NonPareil reports officials of the Iowa West Foundation, headquartered in Council Bluffs, have announced the awarding of nearly $4.3 million in grants for the fourth quarter of 2013. The grants will be used to assist 32 nonprofit organizations and governmental entities with funding for area projects, especially in the areas of economic development and education.

The largest grant award is for the creation and operation of Advance Southwest Iowa, a partnership with the Greater Omaha Economic Development. Advance Southwest Iowa isa unique public-private partnership including the city of Council Bluffs, the Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Omaha Economic Development Partnership, the Iowa West Foundation, Pottawattamie County and the Western Iowa Development Association. Iowa West’s grant is for $2.2 million over the next five years.

In the area of education, the Iowa West Foundation says it will continue to fund two of its own initiatives, which were initially announced in 2009 – the Iowa West Opportunity Scholarship Program and the College Access Program (CAP). The 2014 scholarships will be funded with $495,000 and CAP with $345,000. Both programs are designed to assist local high school students who might not otherwise go to college.

There are 25 scholarships available for seniors currently attending Pottawattamie County high schools. The scholarships are for $16,000, paid over four years. The program is administered by the Iowa College Foundation. Additional information on the criteria for the program and how to apply for Iowa West Opportunity Scholarships is available at www.iowawestfoundation.org.

Funding for the foundation’s grants comes from investment earnings and the Iowa West Racing Association, which receives contracted license fees from Council Bluffs’ casino operators, Ameristar and Harrah’s. The Iowa West Racing Association distributes funds to the Iowa West Foundation – an independent 501(c)(3) organization under the IRS code. The foundation makes grants throughout southwest Iowa and eastern Nebraska.

Requests for Iowa West grant applications for the second quarter of 2014 will be taken beginning March 1 and will be accepted through April 1. Completed applications will be due April 15. The deadline to request applications for the first quarter has passed. For more information including deadlines, interested organizations may visit the foundation’s website at www.iowawestfoundation.org or contact Deb Debbaut, director of grants administration, at (712) 309-3003. Guidelines and procedures can be viewed on the website, and applicants can apply online.

Here is the partial list of grant recipients for the 4th quarter:

• Center for the Advancement of Self-Sufficiency, technology upgrades for Atlantic facility serving the disabled, $15,000

• City of Corning, computers for patrons and staff at library, $1,700

• City of Red Oak, implementation of downtown revitalization plan, $50,000

• Food Bank for the Heartland, “Weekend Food for Kids” in Omaha metro area, $15,000

• Green Hills Area Education Agency, planning for a career technical institute in southwest Iowa, $50,000

• Indian Creek Historical Society and Museum, restoration of barn for museum near Emerson, $10,000

• Southwest Iowa Nature Trails Inc., maintenance equipment for the Wabash Trace, $4,300

The Danish Immigrant Museum, Curatorial Center addition with “green roof” at museum in Elk Horn, $50,000

• The Nature Conservancy, fire management education for the Loess Hills of western Iowa, $10,000

CA truck driver injured when his semi is blown over near Underwood

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January 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A truck driver from California was injured Thursday, when the semi he was driving was blown over on Interstate 80 in Pottawattamie County. The Iowa State Patrol says 60-year old Kenneth Alan Acquistapace, of Goleta, CA, was traveling west on I-80 at around 3:35-p.m., when the rig was hit by strong crosswinds, causing the driver to lose control about five-miles south of the Underwood exit. The semi rolled onto the driver’s side and came to rest blocking both westbound lanes of I-80.

Acquistapace, who was wearing his seatbelt, suffered non-life threatening injuries, and was transported by Underwood Rescue to Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs. Another semi was blown over in the eastbound lanes of I-80 near the same location, but reports say the driver was not injured. Wind speeds at the time approached 60-miles per hour.

 

Head of renewable fuels group to run for US House in 3rd District

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January 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A longtime Republican activist who serves as the head of a pro-ethanol trade group is entering the race for the U.S. House seat being vacated by retiring Rep. Tom Latham. Monte Shaw announced Thursday that he will step down from his role on the GOP State Central Committee so that he can pursue the seat. The 41-year-old Shaw says he must leave because he promised to remain politically neutral while in a party office.

Shaw, an Iowa native who lives in West Des Moines, serves as executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association. He has worked on GOP campaigns in the past. Shaw says the race presents an opportunity to work for Iowa.

Latham announced last month his plans to retire after finishing his 10th term.