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Montgomery County Board of Supervisor District #2 Vacancy

News

June 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Auditor’s Office reports Montgomery County’s vacancy committee met today (Friday), and unanimously decided to fill a vacancy on the Board of Supervisors in District 2, by appointment.  Members of the committee are Carleen Bruning, Recorder; Carol Strovers, Treasurer; Stephanie Burke, Auditor.  Burke was chosen to be the committee Chairperson and Strovers was chosen to be the committee Secretary.

The committee also determined application materials and a meeting schedule for the appointment process. Prospective appointees are requested to submit the following for consideration:

  • Letter of Interest
  • Resume
  • References – optional

Applications should be sent to Carleen Bruning, Recorder, 105 E Coolbaugh, PO Box 469, Red Oak, IA  51566.  Applications must be received on June 24, 2016, at 4:30 p.m.  They must be postmarked June 24, 2016, if mailed.  Applications for appointment are public record. All applicants must have resided in Montgomery County Supervisor District 2 for at least 60 days.

The committee will convene at 6:30 p.m. on June 28th, in the courtroom at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Red Oak, for a public meeting.  Qualified applicants are expected to attend.  The Supervisor Appointing Committee will conduct a panel interview of all persons seeking appointment to fill Supervisor District #2.  The committee will randomly draw the order for responding to the question.

The committee will reconvene on Wednesday, June 29th, at 5:00 p.m. in the basement meeting room at the courthouse to decide on the appointment.  A new member of the Board of Supervisors will be sworn in on the next regular scheduled Board of Supervisors meeting.

If within fourteen days after the publication of notice or within fourteen days after the appointment is made, a petition is filed with the county Auditor requesting a special election to fill the vacancy, the appointment is temporary and a special election shall be called.  Signatures required are 77 of eligible electors of District 2.   For additional information, please contact the Montgomery County Auditor’s office at 712-623-5127.

Supreme Court rules on workers’ comp and retirement benefits

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June 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled for the first time on whether retirement benefits should be considered when paying workers’ compensation to an injured employee. David Evenson injured his elbow while working at Winnebago Industries in May of 2010. Evenson argued that company contributions to his 401-K plan should be considered when setting the amount of workers’ compensation payments.

The district court upheld an arbiter’s ruling that the 401-K payments were a fringe benefit and not part of his weekly earnings. The Iowa Supreme Court agreed with the lower court. The ruling says the employee chooses the amount of money put into the retirement account and the company then matches that amount.

It says the money is not a part of the employee’s spendable weekly earnings and should not be considered when setting workers’ compensation payments.

(Radio Iowa)

2 from Carroll arrested on drug charges in Audubon County

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June 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop in Hamlin late Thursday night resulted in the arrest of two Carroll County residents on drug and other charges. The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office says 29-year old Ashley Chantelle Nicole Hetterich, and 40-year old Troy Adam Dillavou, both of Carroll, were taken into custody at around 11-p.m.

Hetterich faces charges that include Possession of Methamphetamine with the Intent to Deliver, Possession of Heroin, and three counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Dillavou faces Possession of Meth/3rd offense, Possession of Heroin and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, charges. He was also cited for numerous traffic violations.

Hetterich and Dillavou were transported to the Audubon County Jail and later released, after appearing before the magistrate.

Western Iowa No-till Field Day set for June 21st

Ag/Outdoor, News

June 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Western Iowa No-till (WIN) Demonstration Field Day, scheduled for June 21st at the Carstens 1880 Farmstead south of Shelby, Iowa, will address a wide variety of topics for local producers interested in learning more about the practical management of soil heath, fertility and alternative crop rotation systems. Registration opens at 8-a.m., with coffee and rolls provided by Farm Credit Services of America. Local agribusinesses will also be on hand beginning at 8-a.m., to visit with producers in the morning and showcase their services/equipment.

(File photo) Western IA No Till Day at Carstens 1880 Farmstead

Western IA No Till Day at Carstens 1880 Farmstead (photo from the Carstens Farmstead website)

The field day program begins at 9-a.m., with rotating breakout sessions. John Sawyer, Iowa State University Agronomy Department, will cover nitrogen application timing and rates, while Rick Bednarek, State Soil Scientist with USDA-NRCS discusses maintaining and managing soil health. The breakout sessions will be followed at 11-a.m., by an overview of 2016 Iowa Weather & Long-Term Trends, presented by Harry Hillaker, State Climatologist with IDALS.

At 11:45, the program will break for lunch, with a barbeque lunch available on grounds for $5. After lunch, Matt Liebman, Iowa State University, will discuss the benefits of diversifying corn-soybean rotations by adding a non-traditional crop. To wrap up the program, Tim Youngquist, Iowa State University Ag Specialist, will give an overview of the STRIPS Trial project- Science-based Trials of Row-crops Integrated with Prairie Strips- and discuss project implementation in a row-crop setting.

Anyone with an interest in the practical application and impact of soil conservation practices, whether looking for ideas to begin adopting no-till practices or a long-time producer looking to improve production results, is encouraged to attend this field day.  There is no charge to attend this event, but pre-registration is requested by June 15th to ensure a lunch will be available.

A barbeque lunch, with sides, dessert and a drink, will be available for $5 the day of the event. Registration can be completed by e-mailing csgorham@iastate.edu or by calling the Harrison County Extension Office at 888-644-2105. More information is available at many local ISU Extension and NRCS offices, or can be found online at www.extension.iastate.edu/cass.

The field day is brought to you by NRCS, ISU Extension and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) in Harrison, East & West Pottawattamie, Cass and Shelby Counties, along with many local supporting agribusinesses. 2016 Business Sponsors include Farm Bureau in East & West Pottawattamie, Shelby & Harrison Counties, Avoca Seed, Cyclone Seed, HTS Ag, Farmers and Merchants State Bank, Heartland Ag, Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Sorensen Equipment Co. and United Bank of Iowa.

Public Intox. & No Contact Order arrests in Atlantic

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June 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports the arrest on Thursday of 42-year old John Eichelberger, of Atlantic. He was taken into custody on a Cass County warrant for Violation of a No Contact Order. And, on Wednesday, 41-year old Kaela Holt, of Atlantic, was arrested for Public Intoxication. Both subjects were booked into the Cass County Jail.

Stanton woman arrested for probation violation

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June 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s deputies in Montgomery County, Thursday evening, arrested a Stanton woman on a Pottawattamie County warrant for Violation of Probation. 29-year old Samantha Jo Kelly was later released on a $1,000 cash bond.

Ambassadors Hosted by Midwest Medical Transport and MedAir

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June 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors were hosted by Midwest Medical Transport and MedAir on Thursday, May 26th, to introduce their services and staff to the community. MMT/MedAir has a staff of more than 400. Their dispatch center receives over 60,000 calls a year.

In 2010, Midwest Medical Transport added Med Air services to the Nebraska area because there was a high need for their services. Today, they have three helicopters with a base in Audubon. They are the closest emergency air service in the area, having already treated over 100 patients since the beginning of 2016.

Midwest Medical Transport and MedAir: Base Manager Shannon Odiet and the Midwest Medical Transport and MedAir crew. Ambassadors Pictured: Janet Cappel, Ouida Hargens, Carole Schuler, Julie Smith, Dan Mehmen, Renee Hansen, Josh Hansen, Debbie Leistad, Dr. Jim Kickland, Sue Muri, JoAnn Runyan, Casey Symonds, Doreen Ellsbury, Dr. Mitch Peerbolte, Dawn Marnin, Debbie Brown, Russ Joyce, Liz Toft, Kerry Jepsen, Dolly Bergmann, Nick Harris, Lucas Mosier, Tyler Mosier, Michelle Olsen, Melanie Petty, Sara Nelson, Pat McCurdy, Diane Gipple-McCurdy, Brittney Weirich, Amy Coenen, Mandi Ronfeldt and Tayla Kamies

Midwest Medical Transport and MedAir: Base Manager Shannon Odiet and the Midwest Medical
Transport and MedAir crew.
Ambassadors Pictured: Janet Cappel, Ouida Hargens, Carole Schuler, Julie Smith, Dan Mehmen, Renee Hansen, Josh Hansen, Debbie Leistad, Dr. Jim Kickland, Sue Muri, JoAnn Runyan, Casey Symonds, Doreen Ellsbury, Dr. Mitch Peerbolte, Dawn Marnin, Debbie Brown, Russ Joyce, Liz Toft, Kerry Jepsen, Dolly Bergmann, Nick Harris, Lucas Mosier, Tyler Mosier, Michelle Olsen, Melanie Petty, Sara Nelson, Pat McCurdy, Diane Gipple-McCurdy, Brittney Weirich, Amy Coenen, Mandi Ronfeldt and Tayla Kamies

Homeownership Month Campaign to Spur Awareness of Homeownership Benefits and Resources

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June 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Finance Authority, Iowa Association of REALTORS® and the Iowa Mortgage Association today announced the launch of the 2,500 Bucks homeownership month campaign. The campaign encourages Iowans to visit IowaHouseHunt.com throughout the month of June to learn about all aspects of buying a home in Iowa, including $2,500 down payment assistance grants, as well as a chance to win $2,500, no strings attached during the month of June.IFA logo

The IowaHouseHunt.com web site is a new resource for Iowa home buyers, which provides information on the steps to purchasing a home in Iowa, a free home buyer education course, information about the Iowa Finance Authority’s programs and links to participating lenders and Realtors that can guide them through the process.

To participate in the 2,500 Bucks campaign, all Iowans, eighteen and older should visit IowaHouseHunt.com before July 4 to enter the sweepstakes for $2,500. A second chance to win $2,500 is available by visiting the Iowa Finance Authority facebook page and posting a photo of something that symbolizes “$2,500”. The entry with the most votes will win $2,500.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 6/3/2016

News, Podcasts

June 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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

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Before taking a summer road trip, make sure your tires are properly inflated

News

June 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

It won’t officially be summer for a few weeks yet, but many Iowans are already taking their summer road trips — and some of them will be riding on under-inflated tires. Anne Forristall-Lake, president of the Rubber Manufacturers Association, says only 17-percent of drivers surveyed know how to properly check their tire pressure. “Open the door and look on the inside of the driver’s side door for the little sticker,” Forristall-Lake says. “It also has the proper tire pressure for the tires on that particular car. It’s in the owner’s manual as well.”

When you check a tire’s pressure, the temperature of the tire is key. “Check your tires cold,” she says. “When you drive a tire, heat builds up and that causes inflation. If your tires are warm when you check them, you might get a false reading.” Every year, she says there are 11-thousand accidents nationwide that are tire-related. If you have a blow-out, you’ll need to change out the damaged tire for a spare, but some new vehicles don’t come equipped with a spare. Tire pressure

“Sixty-percent of people never check the pressure in their spare,” Forristall-Lake says. “If you’re lucky enough to still have an actual spare tire in your trunk, it’s important to make sure that you check the tire pressure and the condition of that tire as often as you’re checking your other tires.”

About one in three drivers don’t know how to tell if their tires are bald. To see if the tires are road-worthy, turn a penny upside down and stick it in the tire tread. If you can see the top of President Lincoln’s head, it’s time to replace the tire.

(Radio Iowa)