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Penguin Day Camp for youngsters in Cass County

Ag/Outdoor, News

January 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean your children can’t have fun at camp. The Cass County Conservation Board and Cass County Extension Service is offering kids and opportunity to do on a non-school-day, by registering them for “Penguin Day Camp.”  The Penguin Camp is for children in Kindergarten through 2nd grade and will be held on Monday, January 20th, at the Cass County Community Center in Atlantic.

Youth may register for either the 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon or 1:00 PM – 4 PM Activities include: Penguin Crafts – Learn about penguins and make a fact book; Taking an outdoor adventure by going on a winter hike and coloring in the snow;  Enjoying a live bird presentation by the Blank Park Zoo, and Participation in games & activities about penguins.

The camps will be offered free of charge, with pre-registration required. A snack will be provided. Parents should remember to dress your children to go outdoors for fun and a winter hike. Registration deadline for Penguin Camp is January 15th. Call the Cass County Extension office at 243-1132 or email xcass@iastate.edu to register your children. No registrations will be accepted after the registration deadline.

Adair County Supervisor’s to receive more funding requests

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January 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Adair County Board of Supervisors will receive additional requests for Fiscal Year 2015 funding during a Special Session that begins at 8:45-a.m., Friday. The Board will first hear a recommendation from the Compensation Board with regard to compensation for elected officials, and consider FY 2015 hourly wage increases for full- and part-time employees.

Beginning at 9-a.m., the Supervisors will hear FY 2015 funding requests from: The Southern Iowa Council of Governments (or, SICOG); The Connections Area Agency on Aging; DHS; Recorder’s Dept.; the Adair County Fair Board and Historical Society, and from the MATURA Community Action Agency.

The meeting will adjourn following a Budget Work Session.

“Farmer’s Coffee” set for Jan. 30th, in Guthrie Center

Ag/Outdoor, News

January 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Farmers and those associated with agriculture are invited to attend a “Farmer’s Coffee” in Guthrie Center, on Thursday, January 30th. The event will be held at the Guthrie County Extension office, beginning, at 9-a.m.

You’re invited to come and network with other individuals and learn more about current ag issues, as well as catch up on the latest ag news with ISU Farm and Ag Management Field Specialist Shane Ellis, who will be talking about the future outlook for livestock, crops and also land prices.

Coffee and refreshments will be served. The event is sponsored by the Guthrie County State Bank.

In Depth Financial Management Class for Farm Women Starts January 27

Ag/Outdoor, News

January 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Cass County is hosting a program for local farm women to learn the details of farm financial management and ways to determine a farm’s financial stability, starting January 27th, in Atlantic.

Moving Beyond the Basics: Farm Record Keeping” is a four-week program that addresses practical farm financial management in an interactive setting. Focusing on financial management skills such as farm recordkeeping, financial statements, and analysis tools, the program is modeled after Annie’s Project for Farm and Ranch Women, empowering farm women to be better business partners through networking and by managing and organizing critical information.

Annie’s Project gives farm women the opportunity to learn from female agricultural professionals and network with other women in similar situations. Moving Beyond the Basics provides women who participate the opportunity to evaluate record keeping systems and experience accounting software in a hands-on, open discussion format. Knowing the resources available for analyzing financial position also helps participants better plan for periods of low prices and farm income fluctuation.

Moving Beyond the Basics will be offered at the Cass County Extension office in Atlantic on Mondays from 6-9 p.m. starting January 27th. The program will run for four consecutive weeks. Registration fee is $50 for all four sessions, including all course materials and a light dinner before each session. Course size is limited, so interested participants are encouraged to register before the January 24th deadline to ensure a spot in the class. Registration is required through the Cass County ISU Extension office by calling 712-243-1132 or by filling out a registration form, found online at www.extension.iastate.edu/cass.

For local farm women who would like to a broader overview of farm financial and risk management, Adair County Extension will be hosting the original Annie’s Project in Greenfield, starting on February 6th, 2014. This six-week course is designed especially for farm women to help them develop their management and decision-making skills for their farms. Sessions include brief presentations, discussions focused on the participants’ questions, and computer training to use spreadsheets. Topics include understanding market terminology, interpreting financial statements, and estate planning tools. For more information, visit www.extension.iastate.edu/adair or call (641)743-8412.

These programs have been developed through a grant from the North Central Risk Management Education Center and USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

ISU Extension and Outreach Hosting Free Program on Choosing Health Insurance

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January 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With only a couple months remaining to meet requirements for having health insurance, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering a free workshop to help Cass County residents understand how to make smart choices for purchasing health care coverage. The workshop will take place Tuesday, January 28th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Cass County Community Center, 805 West 10th Street in Atlantic. Pre-registration is requested by calling 712-243-1132.

Mary Beth Kaufman, Family Finance Specialist will be the presenter for the workshop. At the workshop, participants will understand key health insurance terms and concepts, learn to identify personal health care needs and priorities, understand key provisions of the Affordable Care Act, use Iowa’s new Health Insurance Marketplace, and understand new tax credits and financial assistance available.

The workshop is intended for both current health insurance consumers and those who are newly eligible through the Affordable Care Act. The Smart Choice workshop will not offer one on one assistance or advice for enrolling in a particular insurance plan.

The Smart Choice Health Insurance Program is made possible by funding from a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant. For information about the workshop contact the Cass County Extension and Outreach Office at 712-243-1132, visit www.extension.iastate.edu/cass or email xcass@iastate.edu.

8AM Newscast 01-09-2014

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January 9th, 2014 by Chris Parks

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Girl survives cold outside mom’s South Dakota job

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January 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a 2-year-old Nebraska girl has survived nine cold hours alone in a car parked outside her mother’s workplace in Dakota Dunes, S.D.  The Sioux City Journal says the girl was treated and released on Tuesday from a Sioux City hospital.  Authorities in Union County, S.D., say the mother told deputies she didn’t realize the girl was in the car until the girl’s father called after 5 p.m. Tuesday to say the girl wasn’t at her day care.

The girl was bundled in warm clothes in her car seat. National Weather Service records say the area temperature ranged from 2 degrees up to 19 over the day.  Prosecutors are reviewing the case. The girl remains in her parents’ custody at their home in South Sioux City, Neb.

Atlantic Planning and Zoning Board to consider rezoning request

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January 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

City Administrator Doug Harris reported during the Wednesday night meeting of the Atlantic City Council, that Atlantic resident Gus Plummer has requested the rezoning of a portion of land next to a high traffic area. Harris says Plummer wants to rezone 701 Olive Street from Residential (R-3 -High Density/Single Family) to Highway Commercial (C-1).

He says the lot on the southwest corner of the intersection is fairly small, and it’s not clear how easy access to the lot would be made, or if the State will allow access to the location off of Highway 6. Harris said also because Olive Street is situated so closely to the site, it will likely cause problems with access. It’s not clear what Plummer’s plans are for the site if the rezoning is approved.

The matter will be taken up during the Jan. 14th meeting of the Atlantic Planning & Zoning Commission, during which a public hearing will be held on the request. According to the P&Z, a change in the zoning designation for the lot of land will allow Plummer Investments to remove a structure that’s in poor condition and allow the lot to continue to natural expansion of the Highway Commercial zone , as well as expand upon the commercial investments already made in the immediate vicinity.  

The public hearing will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall. Public comments may be made at hearing or through written comments in advance. Comments may be mailed or dropped-off at the City Clerk’s Office located at the Atlantic City Hall. Questions regarding the rezoning proposal may be addressed to the Zoning Administrator at City Hall, by calling 243-4810.

(Podcast) 7-am News Thu., 1/9/14

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January 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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Schultz to announce intentions to run for 3rd District seat

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January 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz is expected to announce his intentions with regard to running for the 3rd Congressional District during a press conference this morning, in Council Bluffs. The conference is scheduled to take place at the Council Bluffs City Hall,  beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Last month, Schultz said he would use the holidays to decide whether or not to run for the 3rd Congressional District seat being vacated by Republican Tom Latham.