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Charges filed in Sac City cemetery vandalism/accident

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August 11th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Sac City Police Department have filed charges against a man from Sac City and a man from Lytton, following an accident that occurred Wednesday. Authorities say at around 4:30-a.m., the Sac City Police Department responded to a motor vehicle accident at Oakland Cemetery. A black 2008 Chevrolet Colorado pickup was in Oakland Cemetery being operated in a reckless, erratic, careless, negligent manner by spinning donuts in the grass.

As a result of the action, the vehicle – registered to Ronald Osborn, of Lytton – flipped over onto its top. The pickup was considered a total loss, with an estimated value of $12,000. Damage to the cemetery sod was estimated at $1,000. The Oakland Cemetery is owned by the City of Sac City.

The driver of the vehicle, Chase Meyer, of Sac City was charged with failure to have a valid drivers license and failure to maintain control, both simple misdemeanors. Karston Ausborn of Lytton, was charged with permitting unauthorized person to drive, a simple misdemeanor. Minor injuries were reported in the accident with one subject being treated at a local hospital.

Healthy U Aug. 17th deals with Coughs

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August 11th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The next “Healthy U” session made possible through the Cass County Health System, will take place Thursday, Aug. 17th at Noon, and features a presentation by Dr. Ben Howard on the topic of “Coughs.”  During his presentation, Dr. Howard will talk about the causes of coughs as well as the treatments available.

He says “Some coughs might be a symptom of a more serious health concern, so we will also talk about what we look for when we are evaluating the cause of the cough, and when it may need further testing and more aggressive treatment. Everyone’s had to deal with a bad cough at some point, and it’s a particularly common complaint from our older patients.”

Dr. Ben Howard

Dr. Howard is the newest physician to join Cass County Health System. He provides the full spectrum of family medicine care, including obstetrics. Dr. Howard graduated from Des Moines University in 2014 and recently completed his residency at Memorial Hospital Family Medicine Residency in South Bend, Indiana.

Healthy U is a free educational lunch series at Cass County Health System held monthly in Conference Room 2 just past the Atrium at the Cass County Memorial Hospital, in Atlantic. The public is invited and welcome to attend, but reservations are required as lunch is provided for all attendees. Call 712-243-7479 to reserve your seat

Pott. County chase ends north of Atlantic, Thursday

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August 11th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A pursuit that began in Pottawattamie County, ended on Interstate 80 in Cass County, Thursday evening. The Pott. County Sheriff’s Office reports Deputy Logan Lieber was in a marked patrol car at around 6:27-p.m., when he ran a license plate through the computer. The records indicated the owner of the 2007 Volvo was barred from driving. After Lieber drove up next to the car to see if the driver matched the description of the owner, the Deputy conducted a traffic stop.

As he exited his patrol car and was walking up to the Volvo, the vehicle took off on I-80 eastbound at a high rate of speed. The pursuit ended when the Deputy executed a PIT maneuver on the Volvo, after the vehicle took exit 57 (Olive Street) and proceeded to head west on I-80. The PIT maneuver worked, and the suspect 23-year old Vinton Minh Nguyen, of Cedar Rapids, was taken into custody.

He faces numerous charges, including: Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (a red smoking pipe); Possession of a Controlled Substance (1.8-pounds of marijuana, 54.7 grams of marijuana wax, 1.5 grams of pot in a baggy in containers); Eluding; Driving While Barred; Reckless Driving, and OWI/1st offense. Nyguyen suffered an apparent minor injury during the PIT maneuver, but did not require treatment.

A man from Nebraska was arrested at around 4:30-a.m. today (Friday), on an OWI charge. The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office says a Deputy responding to a call about a vehicle on the railroad tracks in the area of Town Lane and Joslin, found the vehicle and driver, 38-year Rosendo Lopez, of Omaha. Lopez consented to a Field Sobriety Test (FST) at the jail, and was placed under arrest on the OWI charge before being turned over to jail staff.

Earlier in the morning, today (Friday), a Deputy conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle with expired tags. He noticed the driver, 27-year old Travis D. Cunningham, of Council Bluffs, had an odor of alcohol about him, and bloodshot, watery eyes. Cunningham consented to an FST and Breath Alcohol Content test, which registered .139 percent. Cunningham was issued a warning for the expired tag, and placed under arrest at around 2:40-a.m., for OWI/2nd offense.

Another in a series of meetings set for Atlantic’s 150th Celebration

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August 11th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Another, in what is expected to be a series of meetings related to Atlantic’s Sesquicentennial Celebration, is set to take place Tuesday, August 15th, in the City Council’s Chambers at City Hall. The meeting begins at 5:30-p.m, and any citizen interested in attending is welcome to do so.

The Celebration Committee is gathering ideas and suggestions for a year-long plan to make the 150th Anniversary of the City’s founding, one for the record books. Initial ideas include having local groups and organizations pick a month in 2018, and doing something special by tying-in the number 150.

Historical data shows Atlantic was founded in October 1868, by Franklin H. Whitney and others. How those persons chose the name “Atlantic,” is a matter of debate, but most seem to think it was because the founders thought the community was about half-way between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. A coin toss is believed to have determined the name.

Another reason for setting up stakes in preparation for building, is because Atlantic is located alongside the rail lines for the Rock Island Railroad.

Woodbury County family plans to build event center

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August 11th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

ANTHON, Iowa (AP) – A Woodbury County family plans to build an arena and center for rodeos and other events. The Sioux City Journal reports the multilevel structure would include a horse arena, bleachers, stalls, chutes, a tack room, an office, concession area, a kitchen and storage areas. The plans submitted to Woodbury County planners also say there would be nine apartments on the upper level.

The center planned by Patrick DeRocher and Cynthia DeRocher-Anderson would sit about 2 1/2 miles north of Anthon. Anthon Mayor Allan Pithan says the center could provide a boost to the town by bringing more people to the area. Elsewhere in Woodbury County, a $16 million Ag Expo & Learning Center is planned at the Sioux City site of a former John Morrell plant.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 8/11/2017

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August 11th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

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

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Study: Iowa’s projected rise in new Alzheimer’s cases is lowest in USA

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August 11th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Iowa ranks 50th in a new study that ranks the states based on the projected rise in the percentage of Alzheimer’s disease cases that’ll be diagnosed in the next several years. Carol Sipfle, executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Iowa Chapter, says the report is a little misleading, as Iowa’s population is already much older than many other states. “Relative to other states, we have a higher rate of Alzheimer’s disease in this population,” Sipfle says. “So, as we look toward the future, we’re not going to see a dramatic increase because we’re already at a higher level, relatively speaking, compared to other states.”

While some states may see a rise of 40 and even 50-percent, Iowa’s only projected to see a 14-percent increase in Alzheimer’s cases through 2025, according to the rankings from 24-7 Wall Street. While she doubts it’ll be a selling point for tourism or getting people to move here, Iowa’s ranking is the lowest among the 50 states. “It puts us in a good situation,” Sipfle says. “We’re tackling Alzheimer’s disease as much as we can because of our high percentage of people age 65 and older. We’re working to spread the word about resources that’re available.”

While there’s no sure-fire way to prevent the memory-stealing disease, Sipfle say several things are proven to help slow its progression. They’re all focused on a person’s physical and mental health. “Anything you might do to keep your heart healthy, exercise and watch your blood pressure and cholesterol, eat heart-healthy foods, all of those things are good for your brain,” Sipfle says. “We also advise them to stay mentally-active by learning new things and doing things like crossword puzzles and Sudoku and learning new skills and taking on new hobbies.”

In addition, she says it’s also important to stay socially-engaged. About 64-thousand Iowans are now living with Alzheimer’s. A 14-percent increase would take us to 73-thousand cases by 2025. The state with the highest projected increase in cases is Alaska with an expected rise of nearly 55-percent over the next eight years. Arizona, Nevada, Vermont and Utah round out the top five with projected increases of at least 40-percent each. Joining Iowa at the bottom of the list are: North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota and New York, all in the teens.

(Radio Iowa)

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 8/11/2017

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August 11th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

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

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Spencer councilwoman wants to run against congressman, King

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August 11th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A Spencer councilwoman wants to run against U.S. Rep. Steve King in Iowa’s 4th District. Leann Jacobsen announced her intention Thursday to join the Democratic race. Former baseball player J.D. Scholten announced his candidacy in last month.

Jacobsen says in a news release that she wants to help turn around things in the northwest Iowa district, where she says “the qualities that have made living there so attractive – great schools, good jobs, bright futures – are beginning to slip away.”

She says her priorities if elected would be to create jobs and improve rural communities so young people are more inclined to stay rather than seek opportunities elsewhere. Jacobsen co-owns three Spencer businesses.

The Republican King was first elected to Congress in 2002.

Swing-district House GOP feel the heat on health care

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August 11th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

RED OAK, Iowa (AP) – Republican congressman David Young angered conservatives in Iowa when he initially opposed a House Republican health care bill then weeks later backed it.  Independents were frustrated with the two-term congressman’s embrace of a partisan approach to repealing and replacing Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. And now the Democrats are coming.

The collapse of the years-long Republican quest to dismantle “Obamacare” has been a bitter pill for House Republicans who voted for GOP legislation in May, only to see the drive fall apart in the Senate two weeks ago. The affirmative vote looms large for 21 GOP lawmakers, including Young, who represent competitive congressional districts where Democrat Hillary Clinton won or came close in last year’s presidential election.

This summer, Democrats embarked on a national bus tour of those districts.