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Heat Advisory remains in effect today (Tuesday) for the State of IA

News, Weather

August 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

…HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM CDT THIS EVENING…

HIGH TEMPERATURES WILL VARY FROM THE MIDDLE 90S TO AROUND 100 DEGREES TODAY WITH HEAT INDEX VALUES FROM 105 TO 110 DURING THE AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING.

THE CUMULATIVE EFFECT OF SEVERAL DAYS OF HEAT WILL TAKE ITS TOLL…PARTICULARLY ON THOSE WITHOUT AIR CONDITIONING OR THOSE SPENDING TIME OUTSIDE. OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES SHOULD BE DELAYED TO A LATER DATE IF POSSIBLE…OR HELD IN THE MORNING TO MINIMIZE HEAT STRESS. THE IMPACTS MAY CONTINUE TO SOME EXTENT THROUGH THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND AS THE HEAT WAVE PERSISTS WITH ONLY MARGINALLY COOLER TEMPERATURES.

Onawa man injured in motorcycle-vs.-car collision

News

August 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

One person was hospitalized Monday evening after a motorcycle and a car collided in western Iowa’s Monona County. The Iowa State Patrol reports 25-year old Chad Noble, of Onawa, was transported by helicopter to Mercy Hospital in Sioux City, after the 1994 Yamaha he was operating collided with a 2009 Chevy Impala, driven by 41-year old Craig Beedle, of Onawa. The accident happened at around 6:25-p.m. at the intersection of Monona County roads K-45 and E-54.

Officials say the Impala was traveling south on K-45 and slowing to make a left turn onto E-54, as the Yamaha was traveling north on K-45. Beedle told authorities he didn’t see the cycle approaching and proceeded to make the turn. When the motorcycle struck the front of the car, the impact sent Noble airborne. He landed in a corn field on the north side of the intersection. Officials say he was wearing a helmet, but the extent of his injuries were not released.

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., Aug. 27th 2013

News

August 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Two Sioux City residents have been accused of robbing and torturing a man at their apartment. Police say 33-year-old Melissa Lowe and 32-year-old Brandon Keleher were arrested Saturday morning. Online court records say they’re both charged with two felonies: willful injury and robbery.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Juvenile Home has been given 15 citations for violations in its substance-abuse treatment program. The Des Moines Register says the violations found in a new inspection included a lack of oversight and failure to track whether some children were making progress in their treatment. Public health officials say the most recent inspection occurred July 29th.

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) — A Coralville man has been accused of being drunk and falling asleep in his car while his foot was on the driver’s brake pedal. Police for the University of Iowa say they found 22-year-old Jon Roupe asleep and covered in vomit early Sunday morning at a parking ramp. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports Roupe failed a field sobriety test. He has been charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Sioux City leaders have deferred a final vote on eliminating curbside glass recycling. The Sioux City Journal reports the City Council met yesterday and deferred the decision for two weeks. The proposal would end the glass recycling part of the city’s solid waste contract with Gill Hauling. Plastic, aluminum cans and paper still would be accepted.

Danish Museum breaks ground on new addition

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August 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Danish Immigrant Museum broke ground for its $3 million curatorial expansion on Monday afternoon, followed by a coffee and kringle reception for the community.

Pictured from left: Gordon Roesler of Meco-Henne Contracting, Scott Fero of Midwest Storage Solutions, Todd Wanninger of Carroll Control Systems, Jim Wolz of Meco-Henne Contracting, John Mark Nielsen of The Danish Immigrant Museum, Mardy Holst of AHTS Architects, and Angela Stanford of The Danish Immigrant Museum. (Photo courtesy Nicky Christensen)

Pictured from left: Gordon Roesler of Meco-Henne Contracting, Scott Fero of Midwest Storage Solutions, Todd Wanninger of Carroll Control Systems, Jim
Wolz of Meco-Henne Contracting, John Mark Nielsen of The Danish Immigrant Museum, Mardy Holst of AHTS Architects, and Angela Stanford of The Danish
Immigrant Museum. (Photo courtesy Nicky Christensen)

The extra 8,000 square feet will provide compact artifact storage, office space, and exhibit preparation areas. Scheduled to be completed by the Danish Villages’ Tivoli Fest on Memorial Day weekend, the addition will be located mostly underground and will have an environmentally-friendly green roof.

Iowa crops set back in dryer than normal week

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The condition of the corn crop in Iowa and nationally has declined slightly as a late summer dry hot spell settles in over Iowa and other Midwest states renewing fears of a crop damaging drought. The Department of Agriculture says in Monday’s weekly report that corn is about two weeks behind schedule in Iowa as 21 percent is now rated poor or very poor up from 18 percent the previous week and 44 percent is good or excellent, down from 48 percent previously. The remaining portion is fair.

Nationally a larger portion of the crop similarly slipped into poor or very poor category. Iowa soybeans are now 20 percent poor or very poor, up from 18 percent the week before. A similar decline is reported nationally.

Farmers’ Almanac predicts “piercing cold” winter for Iowa

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

August 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Iowans who don’t enjoy the extreme heat that’s in the forecast this week may find relief in a prediction from the Farmers’ Almanac. The publication’s managing editor, Sandi Duncan, says they’re predicting a winter with below normal temperatures for about two-thirds of the country.FarmersAlmanac2014-Winter-Map “We are saying it’s going to be a very cold winter, in fact, we’re using the words ‘piercing cold’ in your neck of the woods, with normal snowfall,” Duncan says. “So, it’s going to be one of those rough, old-fashioned, very chilly, very cold, snowy winters.”

The Farmer’s Almanac for 2014 hit newsstands today (Monday). Scientists don’t put much stock in the almanac’s weather forecasts, which Duncan says are based on a secret, mathematical and astronomical formula. “It takes things like sun spot activity, tidal action of the moon, the position of the planets, and a variety of factors into play,” Duncan says. “We’ve been predicting the weather for 197 years and people who follow our forecasts say we’re about 80 to 85 percent accurate.”

The Farmers’ Almanac, which was founded in 1818, is predicting a heavy winter storm will hit the Northeast U.S. right around the time Super Bowl is played February 2 in New Jersey.

On the web at http://www.farmersalmanac.com/

(Radio Iowa)

Burglary/theft of tools reported in Page County

News

August 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Page County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of tools valued at $4,720, from a building in Blanchard. The incident happened on or about August 18th. A list of the tools was provided to the Sheriff’s Office last Friday by Joseph Nelson, owner of the tools. Anyone with information about the burglary and theft is asked to call the Page County Sheriff’s Office at 712-246-5193.

Shelby County Fire Danger “Moderate”

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

August 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Shelby County Emergency Management Coordinator Bob Seivert says the local Fire danger signs have been in the “Low” category since spring, and while they are not implementing the bi-weekly fire danger assessments, given the general lack of rainfall…and expected very hot and windy condition expected to prevail through the next week…Seivert advises businesses and area fire departments to move the fire danger signs into the “Moderate” category.Moderate Fire Danger rating

Seivert asks residents of Shelby County to “Please report a planned or controlled burn prior to ignition,” by calling 712-755-2124. If you need help in determining if the burn can be conducted safely, you’re asked to contact the Emergency Mgt Agency, or your Fire Chief.

Seivert says his office will continue to monitor conditions and keep residents and the media updated as necessary.

Page County arrest report

News

August 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Page County Sheriff Lyle Palmer reports the arrest of man who turned himself in on a warrant for unauthorized use of a credit card. 22-year old Keith James Land, of Clarinda, was unable to post a $2,000 bond, and was being held in the Page County Jail.

Law enforcement campaign underway: drive sober or get pulled over

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August 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A nationwide campaign to remove drunk drivers from the road is being launched today and will run through September 8.800x100-sober Randy Hunefeld with the Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau says motorists in Iowa, compared to others around the country, do a good job of designating a sober driver or calling a cab when they’re out drinking alcohol.

Iowa ranks 2nd as having the lowest number of alcohol related fatalities in the nation. “My hat goes off to drivers who are out partying because they are apparently taking responsibility for that,” Hunefeld says. The crackdown on drunk driving, dubbed “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” is funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“There are contracts with law enforcement agencies across the state, so there will be somewhere between 250 and 260 law enforcement agencies that’ll be out specifically working this enforcement effort,” Hunefeld says. “And even though there is an emphasis on drunk drivers, they will be looking for all traffic violations.”

In addition to the enforcement boost, the campaign is being supported by paid advertising. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s latest statistics, from 2011, show 9,878 people died across the nation in crashes involving drunk drivers. That equates to roughly one drunken driving fatality every 53 minutes. Over the Labor Day Holiday weekend in Iowa last year, there were no reported alcohol related fatalities, however there were four fatalities from traffic crashes.

(Radio Iowa)