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NW IA teen dies in snowmobile accident

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February 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources reports a northwest Iowa teenager was fatally injured late Wednesday afternoon while operating a snowmobile on a creek southwest of Fonda in Pocahontas County. 13-year old Raymond Gatzemeyer, of Fonda, was operating a snowmobile when he struck a rope that was suspended between two pillars of a bridge shortly before 5 p.m. He was in a group that included two other snowmobiles and an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) when the incident occurred. No one else was injured.

Gatzemeyer, who was wearing a helmet at the time of the incident, was transported to Loring Hospital in Sac City where he was pronounced dead. The incident remains under investigation by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

 

Manilla house fire (Update)

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February 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A house fire south of Manilla early this (Thursday) morning, caused damage to an attic but there no injuries. The Manilla Fire Department was called to 1635 2400th Street around 3:45am for the fire. Corey Gaskill, captain for the Department, said the smoke was coming from the attic inside the attached garage Then we found the attic access out in the garage and once we opened the door from the house to the garage, the garage was full of smoke. Then we notified the rest of the guys coming and as soon as they got there, we got up in the attic and realized we had some embers and flames near the wood stove. We made access in the roof which was dangerous because of the snow and ice on the roof. It made it really hard to cut a hole.”

He said the roof joists were what was burning and the damage was isolated to the one area,

 “It was a well executed fire. Everybody did really well. We basically kept it to the wood stove area. When we were inside after the fire was out, the wall was ripped out all the way around the stove to make sure we didn’t miss any hot spots. But really that’s all the damage we had in there.” Gaskill said the frigid temperatures made things difficult for the firefighters “Our knobs were frozen shut. We had some air packs that we had issues with because they were froze. We had a lot of tanks changing out and a lot of air packs being flipped around.”

Fire Departments from Defiance and Irwin were called to assist about 15 minutes within battling the blaze. They were on scene for about 2 hours while the Manilla Fire Department was there until 6:30 this morning. Gaskill said the family was staying with a neighbor. The wood burning stove was the likely cause of the fire but was not confirmed by the department. A dollar amount of damage was not given. 

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

Atlantic Recent Arrests

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February 6th, 2014 by Chris Parks

The Atlantic Police Department reports two recent arrests. On Wednesday (February 5th), Atlantic Police arrested 27-year-0ld Levi Olsen of Atlantic on a Cass County Warrant for Probation Violation.  He was taken to the Cass County Jail and booked in.

And today (Thursday, February 6th) 36-year-old Eric Ostrander of Atlantic was arrested on a Cass County Warrant for Possession of Controlled Substance.  He was also transported to the Cass County Jail and booked in.

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House fire reported sw of Manilla

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February 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Firefighters from Irwin and  Defiance were called to the scene of a house fire early this (Thursday) morning about two-miles southwest of Manilla. The call about the fire at 1635 2400th Street came in just before 4-a.m.  The family reportedly got out safely.

No other details are available.

New Jersey company plans western IA wind farm project

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February 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A New Jersey company has announced plans to invest $42 million in a west-central Iowa wind farm.  The Des Moines Register says the project will go up in Carroll County and have a capacity of 20 megawatts.

The company, NJR Clean Energy Ventures, is a subsidiary of Wall, N.J.-based New Jersey Resources. It has made a 25-year power purchase agreement with Des Moines-based MidAmerican Energy.  The wind farm is expected to be operational by spring 2015.

Atlantic City Council approves Engineering Services Agreement

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February 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic City Council Wednesday, authorized Mayor Dave Jones to execute an Engineering and Design Services Agreement with Snyder and Associates for the 2014 Street Improvement Projects (SIP). City Administrator Doug Harris says the lump sum cost for the design and construction inspection services is $74,000, which he says reflects a reasonable 9.9% of the estimated project cost. The preliminary cost estimate for the work is $755,000.

The 2014 Street Improvement Projects include:

• The reconstruction of 17th St. from Redwood Dr. to East Dead End.

• Mill, patch & overlay 9th St. from Palm to Cedar, and Elm to Plum.

• Mill, patch & overlay 13th St. from Cherry to the Dead End east of Plum.

• Mill, patch & overlay Locust St. from 8th to 10th.

• Mill, patch and overlay Maple St. from 7th to 10th.

City Administrator Doug Harris said the City has the option of retaining the current contractor and subcontractors working on City Streets for the work, both of whom are willing to hold their current contract prices. Or, the City could request competitive bids for the projects. Harris said the benefit of utilizing a change order is that it will lock-in last year’s prices and save the City money, not to mention time.

He said the last time the City went out for SIP bids, there were only a couple of general contractors who replied, and a couple of subcontractors who pour the concrete. Harris said the scope of the project is one reason why they didn’t receive much interest the last time they went out for bids, and why a change order may be most beneficial.

City Attorney Dave Wiederstein says the City assumes some risks if it elects to go the change order route. He said but it would save the City money. The risk he spoke of was if another contractor “Raises an issue [as to the City using a Change Order], then we’d have to go back to the bidding process.” Councilwoman Kathy Somers said the City “Has a history of contractors raising issues. I can think of at least two times” when a contractor has spoken up about the awarding of contracts when bids weren’t requested.

After much discussion, the Council decided to informally ask area contractors if they would be interested in submitting a bid prior to making an official request for bids. If there is not much interest, they’ll move forward with the change order process. In other business, Doug Harris announced Atlantic is receiving another “Tree City USA” award. The City has received the award and honor for many years. The official announcement will come April 3rd, in Johnston.

USDA expects grocery store prices to rise in 2014

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February 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowans will likely be spending more money at grocery stores this year, but USDA economist Ricky Volpe  says the food price increase should not be dramatic. “We generally expect grocery store prices to increase maybe around 2.7 or 2.8 percent every year and the current outlook for 2014 really catches that right on the button,” Volpe says. One area where shoppers will keep seeing high prices will be in the beef aisle. Volpe says that’s mostly because cattle herds have gotten smaller since 2011.

“The number of cattle in the U.S. is comparable to where we were in the 1950s and of course we have a much larger population and we’re exporting a lot more, so consumers should not expect a huge price increase, but certainly for these very high prices to stay and even inch up a little bit more,” Volpe says. A wild card influence on food prices in 2014 will be if wholesalers and retailers decide to widen what have been narrow profit margins in recent years.

“There’s nobody in the food supply chain who can permanently absorb losses or reductions in their margins so that should pick up at some point in 2014 and should translate into a quickening of the pace of food price inflation over at least what we saw in 2013.”

(Radio Iowa)

Bluffs Police conduct tobacco compliance checks

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February 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs say over the past few months, their Police Area Representative, (PAR) Unit conducted Tobacco Compliance checks at 71 businesses that have a tobacco license issued in Council Bluffs. During those checks, eight of those businesses sold tobacco to an underage informant working with the Council Bluffs P-D.

Authorities say citations were issued to each of the eight clerks at those businesses, with fines of $100 plus a surcharge and court costs. Civil fines and Administrative sanctions can be levied against the businesses, including a loss of their tobacco sales license.

The eight Council Bluffs businesses that failed the tobacco compliance check include: The Filling Station at 1531 2nd Ave.; Hy-Vee at 1745 Madison Ave.; Bucky’s at 1759 Madison Ave.; Eddy’s at 3434 Nebraska Ave.; Hy-Vee at 2323 W. Broadway; The Elks Lodge at 380 McKenzie Ave.; Tobacco Hut at 3134 Manawa Centre Dr., and Casey’s at 701 42nd Avenue.