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Lorimor resident reports recent break-in

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February 10th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Union County Sheriff’s Office says a Lorimor resident reported last weekend, that sometime over the past week, someone broke into his home in Lorimor. A door sustained about $250 damage during the incident. And, several items were taken, including a wooden box containing old silver coins, a box containing assorted ammunition, a Samsung 42” flat screen tv, and a jewelry box with assorted jewelry items.  The items were valued at $8,500 altogether.

U of Iowa sends out notice about campus water problem

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February 10th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – University of Iowa officials have told campus residents about a problem with the campus water system. The university said in an email Thursday that the water exceeded the maximum contaminant level for a byproduct of the treatment process. The byproduct forms when chlorine reacts with naturally occurring organic matter. The levels of organic matter are higher in winter.

The university says disease prevention specialists with the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics say special precautions are not necessary and that the situation doesn’t pose “an immediate risk.” But the university says prolonged exposure to elevated levels of the byproduct could have long-term consequences.

The university will flush fire hydrants to lower the time water sits in the distribution system, reducing the amount of time available for the byproduct to form.

Want to get fit? ISU study says to join a health club for best motivation

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February 10th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

We’re six weeks into the new year and Iowans who made a resolution to get fit are likely succeeding if they have a gym membership, according to an Iowa State University study. Elizabeth Schroeder, lead author of the report and a former I-S-U grad student, says the study found people who belong to a health club tend to exercise more and see healthier returns.

“From the results, we speculate that you have more options at the health club so you’re more apt to have all that resistance training and weight machines around you,” Schroeder says, “but you also have classes you can take and the social support from others to help you work out, that could lead to more physical activity while you’re at the health club instead of at home.”

The study found health benefits were even greater for people who had a gym membership for more than a year. “A lot of motivation goes into working out, so it’s not just buying the membership, it’s not going to make you work out,” Schroeder says. “There has to be some other internal motivation that’s also going to make you go there which could be as simple as you bought a membership, it’s going to cost you X dollars a month and you don’t want to waste that money.”

While it’s no surprise that people with a gym membership work out more, the differences were dramatic. The study found gym members were 14 times more aerobically active than non-members and 10 times more likely to meet muscle-strengthening guidelines, regardless of their age and weight.

“Even though you have the health club membership, we thought maybe those people would exercise less when they’re at home and not at the health club,” Schroeder says. “You get that mentality of, ‘Oh, I worked out today, I went to the gym so I don’t need to do anything the rest of the day,’ but we actually found that people who had the health club membership worked out or were just as active outside the health club as people without that membership.”

The results were similar in men and women. It’s recommended adults get 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity each week, such as brisk walking or running, along with two days of weight lifting or other muscle-strengthening activities. Despite the health benefits, only half of Americans get enough aerobic activity and about 20 percent meet the guidelines for strength training.

(Radio Iowa)

Night sky watchers in Iowa get treat X3 this weekend

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February 10th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Stargazers in Iowa will have something of a triple-play late tonight (Friday) and early tomorrow (Saturday). We’re being treated to a lunar eclipse, a “snow moon,” and a relatively close fly-by from a comet. Steve Spangler, a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Iowa, says if you’ve never heard of a “snow moon” before, you’re not alone. “The ‘snow moon’ term is not one that’s in broad astronomical use, in fact, I had to look up in the Astronomical Almanac to see what the definition is,” Spangler says. “It just means a full moon in February, so except under rare circumstances, every year, you’ll get one.”

While that full moon may be big, bright and beautiful, it’ll be covered in darkness early in the evening, but only temporarily. “Eclipses of the moon are due to the moon going into the shadow of the Earth,” Spangler says. “All of the light in the solar system, most of it anyway, comes from the sun. The Earth is an opaque object and it casts a shadow back into space behind it and sometimes, at the time of a full moon, the moon will go through this shadow.”

This is what’s known as a penumbral eclipse, as the moon won’t be completely covered by the earth’s shadow. The peak of the eclipse should arrive at 6:43 P-M Central time. Early Saturday morning, there’ll be another space spectacle to behold as Comet 45-P will be coming into view around 3 A-M. It’ll be in the constellation Hercules but don’t confuse comets with “falling stars” or meteors. There will be no startling “shooting star” streak across the night sky, as a comet typically appears stationary, if you can find one.

“It’d be a good idea to get a star chart so you’ll know where you’re looking, otherwise, it’s not something you’re going to casually notice in the sky,” Spangler says. “You’ll need at least a good pair of binoculars or a small telescope and a star chart to show exactly where it is.” Comet 45-P will be about seven-point-four million miles away from Earth, which is considered very close in astronomical terms.

(Radio Iowa)

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 2/10/2017

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February 10th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

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

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Creston Police warn of arrest scam

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February 10th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Creston Police Department are issuing a warning about an ongoing scam. Authorities say the Creston P-D has received recent reports from citizens stating they had received calls from the Police Department’s phone number (641-782-8402), telling the citizen that they have warrants, and that they would be arrested unless the citizen pays a bond over the phone.

The Creston P-D says it does NOT release warrant information over the phone and we would never ask someone to pay a bond over the phone. If you receive a similar, threatening call, it means the Creston P-D’s phone number is being spoofed, and someone is trying to scam you for money.

Other law enforcement agencies have reported the same scam, including the Pottawattamie and Page County Sheriff’s Offices in 2015, and the Atlantic P-D in 2014. Never give your personal information to someone who calls you. If you have any doubt about your status with a law enforcement agency, call that agency directly.

Creston man arrested on warrant for FTA on an OWI charge

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February 10th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Creston Police Department report the arrest late Thursday morning of a man wanted on a Union County warrant. 20-year old Jacob Ransom Gryder, of Creston, was taken into custody at around 11-a.m. on the warrant for Failure to Appear in court on an original charge of OWI/1st offense. Gryder was being held in the Union County Jail on a $1,000 cash only bond.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, Friday, 2/10/2017

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February 10th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The area’s top news at 7:06-a.m., w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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Decision due on officer who fatally shot man in traffic stop

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February 10th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – The Woodbury County attorney is expected to announce his ruling today (Friday) on whether he’ll charge a Sioux City police officer who fatally shot a South Dakota man during a traffic stop. County Attorney Patrick Jennings has scheduled an afternoon news conference to discuss the Dec. 7th shooting of 36-year-old Daniel Riedmann, of Dakota Dunes, South Dakota.

Police have said Officer Dylan Grimsley and his partner learned during the stop of an arrest warrant for Riedmann and a warning that Riedmann was considered armed and dangerous.

Police say Riedmann ignored the officers’ commands to show his hands and unlock a door of the vehicle in which he was a passenger. Police say Grimsley shot Riedmann when Riedmann reached for something. Police say a loaded handgun was found in the vehicle.

Iowa abandons unemployment kiosk system

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February 10th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa officials have confirmed that the state has stopped servicing or tracking the more than 700 self-help computer kiosks installed to replace dozens of unemployment offices closed in 2011 as a money-saving effort.

Iowa Workforce Development spokeswoman Courtney Greene told The Des Moines Register that it’s unknown how many kiosks in the virtual access points program are still dedicated to helping the unemployed. Initially the kiosks were placed in public places such as libraries and homeless shelters.

Greene says improved technology that lets Iowans file for weekly unemployment claims by smartphone has made the kiosks less essential. She says the kiosk system was discontinued as part of the department’s efficiency efforts. It’s unclear when the department ended the program.