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Tractor ride across Iowa to benefit children’s hospital

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

An Iowa farmer and a country music artist have teamed up to raise money for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines. Dick Barkema and Tom Wurth’s fundraiser involves a tractor ride across the state. They’re calling next month’s event “Playing for Change” as Barkema says they’ll accept donations along the way with Wurth performing each night of the week-long trip. “We’re giving all of our proceeds back to Blank Children’s Hospital,” Barkema says.

The pair came up with the tractor ride idea after touring the hospital last summer. The ride will start on Saturday, June 17 in Onawa, and end June 22 in Dubuque. The nightly stops for Wurth’s concerts will be in Ida Grove, Fort Dodge, Iowa Falls, Waterloo, and Manchester. Wurth will also perform in Dubuque.

The tractor route will follow the old Highway 20. Barkema says the cost to ride is $50, with donations of any amount accepted. Dozens of people have already committed to ride the entire week, but Barkema says they won’t turn anyone away.”If a farmer was out in the field and he decided he wanted to unhook his piece of equipment and come join us for a day, that’s fine,” Barkema said. “We think it’s awesome if people come out and join us and show their support towards Blank.”

Barkema farms near Klemme in north-central Iowa. Wurth is a native of Marcus, Iowa, but moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1994. The video for his latest single, “To Love Somebody,” features images from Blank Children’s Hospital.

(Radio Iowa)

Groundbreaking set for Living Liberty Memorial in Kimballton

News

May 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Representatives with the New Century Art Guild (NCAG) say a groundbreaking for Kimballton’s new Living Liberty memorial will take place following the memorial service at the Kimballton Cemetery on Monday, Memorial Day.

Artist’s conceptual drawing of the Living Liberty Memorial

The actual groundbreaking is scheduled for Noon, rain or shine. The memorial site is located west of the cemetery. The public is invited to celebrate the coming of the one-of-a-kind monument which, when completed, will feature life-size bronze figures and several murals that will take visitors deep into battle scenes from America’s past conflicts and will honor all branches of U.S. Armed Services. 

NCAG will be serving grilled hamburgers and hotdogs at the site. James O’Keefe, Commander U.S. Navy (Ret.) will preside over the event. Sketches of this unique work of art will be available to view.  You can also meet the lead sculptor, Troy Muller, art director of NCAG.  A video of other NCAG projects will be shown at their gallery on Kimballton’s Main Street after the event. 

The event will also be an opportunity for you to become a member of NCAG, in order to keep up with the progress of the projects throughout the coming years.  

Sunday storms bring large hail to southwest Iowa, twisters elsewhere

News, Weather

May 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Storms that swept through western and southwest Iowa dumped large hail and heavy rain to some locations, while central and eastern Iowa experienced tornadoes. Iowa had gone 358 consecutive days without a tornado, prior to Sunday. The National Weather Service confirmed tornados touched down in the Story County city of Huxley, and near Earlham, in Madison County. Another was witnessed in a farm field, by firefighters near Grundy Center. There were no reports of injuries. A storm survey team will fan out across Dallas, Madison and Polk Counties today (Monday), to assess the damage and provide an estimate of what type of weather event (Tornado or straight line winds), occurred, along with the scope of the event.

Downed power lines left about 11-thousand homes and businesses without power across the state. Semi-trailers blew over west of Earlham, and on Interstate 35, near Ankeny. And, a farmer in Mitchell County lost cattle when wind blew over a barn, killing some of the animals inside. 

In western Iowa Sunday evening…A trained spotter reported 2.5″ diameter (Baseball-sized) hail fell 3-miles west/southwest of Carbon, in Adams County. Hail completely covered the ground. Two-minutes later, the public reported slightly larger than baseball-sized hail fell in northwest of Carbon….Thunderstorm wind damage was reported 4-miles SE of Shenandoah, where extensive roof damage occurred to a barn, and Nickel to quarter-sized hail reported by law enforcement.

At around 5:24-p.m., a trained weather-service spotter noted more than two-inches of rain had fallen over the past hour 5-miles east/southeast of Charter Oak, in Crawford County. Water was pouring out of fields and into the ditches. At about that same time, law enforcement in Sac County observed a funnel cloud 4-miles southeast of Lake View, between there and the town of Ulmer.

At 6:30-p.m., a National Weather Service employee reported straight-line winds southwest of Earlham, in Madison County, caused damage to as many as 8 mobile homes in a trailer park, including one unit with its roof missing. At about that same time, Madison County Emergency Management reported a tornado on the ground 2-miles west of Earlham.  Power poles were snapped west of town, a shed was blown over in the same location.

A couple of minutes later and further east, in Dallas County, amateur radio reports said several 6-to 8-inch diameter tree limbs had snapped near the high school in Adel. Emergency management officials reported winds gusting up to 60-miles per hour were occurring at around 6:40-p.m., along with pea to marble-sized hail. At 6:41-p.m., a tornado was reported to have occurred 2-miles south of Adel. A couple of minutes later, hail the size of half-dollars fell in Adel, according to emergency management officials.

(Updated)

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon. May 20th 2013

News

May 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Storms swept through central and eastern Iowa, with tornadoes reported in Huxley and Grundy County. The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado touched down in the Story County city of Huxley about 7 p.m. yesterday. There were no reports of injuries or damage.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker will visit Iowa this week to deliver a speech that may bolster speculation that he will run for president in 2016. The Wisconsin State Journal reports Walker will speak to a Republican fundraiser in the Des Moines area on Thursday. The event will be hosted by the Republican Party of Polk County.

URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) — An 8-year-old girl is recovering after nearly drowning in an apartment pool in Urbandale. Police say a maintenance worker spotted the girl at the bottom of the Westpoint Apartments and Townhomes around 9 p.m. Friday. The maintenance worker jumped into the pool and pulled the child out. Officer Randy Peterson says the girl started spitting up water immediately. She was taken to an area hospital for treatment. Police haven’t identified the girl.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Lottery says Powerball sales in the state totaled $5.1 million for Saturday’s drawing that produced a winner in Florida. The lottery says that nearly $2.8 million in tickets were sold on Saturday alone. The single winner was sold at a supermarket in Zephyrhills, Florida.

Red Oak man arrested on sex abuse & burglary charges

News

May 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report the arrest Sunday evening of 41-year old Robert Paul Denny, of Red Oak. Denny was charged with Sexual Abuse in the 3rd degree, and burglary in the 2nd degree. He was arrested in the 300 block of west Washington Avenue in Red Oak, and being held without bond, in the Montgomery County Jail.

CAM, EHK & Griswold School Boards to meet Monday evening

News

May 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The CAM School District‘s Board of Education will hold a regularly scheduled meeting 7:30-p.m. Monday, in the High School Media Center. Discussion and/or action items on their agenda include: Open enrollment applications; Academy open enrollment applications; School Board polling sites; Resignations and contracts; a revision to the 2013-2014 school calendar; Master contracts and support staff contracts.

The Elk Horn-Kimballton School Board will meet 7-p.m. Monday, in the Family and Consumer Science Room at the High School in Elk Horn. On their agenda is: the approval of fees for 2013-2014; approval of a contract for a School-based Interventionist; approval of Wellmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield as the district’s Medical Insurance carrier; approval of a Wellness policy, and approval of contracts.

And, the Griswold School Board will meet at 5:30-p.m. Monday, in the Central Office Board room. New business on their agenda includes: an update on negotiations; Elementary restrooms planning; 2013 school board election discussion; and a memorandum of understanding with Iowa Western Community College for coursework in 2013-2014.

Iowa lawmakers ponder a special session

News

May 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – As lawmakers try to adjourn the legislative session, some wonder whether the best way to deal with a contentious health debate is to skip the matter for now and hold a special session later.  It’s been seven years since the Legislature held a special session, but they have been used sporadically over the years to address complex issues.

In the past 50 years, lawmakers have joined for 15 special sessions. There were five years when two special sessions were called.  This time around, some lawmakers think a discussion over whether to expand Medicaid may be too complicated to finish in the coming days.   House Speaker Kraig Paulsen says he doesn’t want to rush the process.  But Democratic Sen. Jack Hatch says lawmakers should stay until the job is done.

Hazardous Weather Outlook: May 19th-21st

News, Weather

May 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

AREA COUNTIES: SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR- RINGGOLD

503 AM CDT SUN MAY 19 2013

ISOLATED TO SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED DURING THE DAY WITH A SEVERE STORM POSSIBLE PRODUCING LARGE HAIL OR A DAMAGING WIND GUST. HOWEVER…MUCH MORE WIDESPREAD THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP BY MID TO LATE AFTERNOON AND SPREAD NORTHEAST ACROSS THE AREA INTO TONIGHT.

SIGNIFICANT SEVERE WEATHER IS EXPECTED WITH THESE STORMS LATER THIS AFTERNOON INTO THE EVENING WITH ALL MODES OF SEVERE WEATHER POSSIBLE. GOLF BALL HAIL…DAMAGING SURFACE WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60MPH AND A FEW TORNADOES WILL BE POSSIBLE DURING THIS TIME.

MONDAY AND TUESDAY…SATURDAY SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED FROM TIME TO TIME ON MONDAY INTO EARLY WEDNESDAY. THERE IS THE THREAT FOR SEVERE WEATHER MONDAY AFTERNOON INTO THE EVENING AS WELL AS AGAIN ON TUESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING. MAIN THREAT WILL BE FROM LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS ALTHOUGH AN ISOLATED TORNADO CANNOT BE RULED OUT.

SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENTSPOTTER ACTIVATION WILL BE NEEDED LATER THIS AFTERNOON INTO THE EVENING FOR THE OUTLOOK AREA. ADDITIONAL SPOTTER ACTIVATION MAY BE NEEDED FROM TIME TO TIME EARLY IN THE WORK WEEK.

Sidney woman arrested for OWI test failure

News

May 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Montgomery County report the arrest early this (Sunday) morning, of a Fremont County woman. 41-year old Jill Lynn Davalos, of Sidney, was taken into custody just before 2-a.m., for driving while revoked following an OWI test failure. She was booked into the Montgomery County Jail and held on $1,000 cash bond.

Red Oak Police make drug arrest

News

May 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report the arrest late Saturday night of 37-year old Rachel Charise Kathleen Hadden, of Red Oak. Hadden was taken into custody in the 400 block of east Senate Avenue, on a warrant charging her with a felony controlled substance violation. Hadden was booked into the Montgomery County Jail and held, on $50,000 bond.