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The “Hunters of the Wild” Halloween Hike

Ag/Outdoor, News

October 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Conservation Board invites you to enjoy the 23rd biannual Halloween Hike, on Saturday, October 24th, as you follow a trail where your “Hunt in the Wild” will start. The event begins at 7:00 p.m., with small groups departing from the Camblin Addition of Sunnyside Park every ten minutes.

Kids twelve and under are encouraged to arrive early to get their faces painted. The last group will depart at 8:10 p.m. and all hikers are welcome to enjoy free tasty treats and warm drinks after their hike. It is NOT the intent of the staff to scare or frighten anyone, but rather to educate and entertain people of all ages.images

Pre-registration is required for this FREE event, so call 712-769-2372 or email lkanning@casscoia.us to make your reservations. If you leave a message please leave name, phone number, how many is in your group and what time you wish to depart on the hike.

The Conservation Dept. is also looking for volunteers to help make the event a success. The hike is sponsored by the Cass County Conservation Board.

Trumpeter Swan Contest time in Cass County

Ag/Outdoor, News

October 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

It’s that time of year for the Cass County Conservation Board to ask you…”When do you think the first Trumpeter Swan will arrive at the Schildberg Quarry?” You can call in your prediction (by November 11th) to the Conservation Board at 712-769-2372, leave a message and return phone number if the staff are not in.

Duplicate dates will not be allowed. For example, if a caller predicts November 25th, no one else will be allowed to predict that arrival date. Again, you can call anytime until November 11th to make your prediction. One prediction per family, please. The sponsors of thw contest will determine the official arrival of the swans. The winner will receive a Trumpeter Swan 8×10 print from the Cass County Conservation Board.

The contest is for Cass County residents only. swan

Trumpeter Swans have visited the Schildberg Quarry for, at least, seventeen out of the last eighteen winters. Arrival and departure dates of the swans have been as follows:
1997/1998 December 18 – January 2
1998/1999 Nothing on record
1999/2000 December 25 – February 15
2000/2001 November 23 – March 6
2001/2002 December 25 – February 24
2002/2003 November 23 – March 15
2003/2004 November 26 – March 21
2004/2005 November 25 – March 18
2005/2006 November 17 – March 5
2006/2007 October 30 – March 9
2007/2008 November 22- February 14
2008/2009 November 18- March 12
2009-2010 November 19 – January 5
2010-2011 November 5 – February 10
2011/2012 November 17 – February 21
2012/2013 November 24– March 4
2013/2014 November 12- April 7
2014/2015 November 11- April 6

Mills County Sheriff’s report, 10/5/15


October 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office Monday (today) released their report on recent arrests. Officials said 39-year old Gabriel Aaron Dabney, of Pacific Junction, was arrested Friday for Public Intoxication and Interference with Official Acts. Bond was set at $600. And, 31-year old James Fredrick McClellan, of Glenwood, was arrested for Assault Causing Bodily Injury, and Child Endangerment. His bond was set at $6,000.

Deputies in Mills County arrested 42-year old Reynel Nava of Omaha, on Saturday, for OWI/1st offense. Bond was established at $1,000. That same day, 42-year old Hurl Luther Beechum, III, of Urbandale, was arrested on a Warrant for Intimidation with Dangerous Weapon, Going Armed with Intent, Willful Injury Causing Bodily Injury, and Assault use/Display of Weapon. Beechum was later released on $10,000 bond.

(Noon News)

Branstad reiterates he cannot cut Planned Parenthood funding


October 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Gov. Terry Branstad has reiterated he does not have the legal authority to stop a Planned Parenthood affiliate in Iowa from receiving state funding, despite public calls to do so from presidential hopeful Bobby Jindal and others.

Branstad said Monday his office has spoken with the Iowa Attorney General about the state’s options in removing taxpayer funding that Planned Parenthood of the Heartland receives for Medicaid services. He says the state would need to show Planned Parenthood has violated terms of the grant money it receives. Branstad emphasized no state dollars are used to fund abortions.

Republicans around the country have targeted Planned Parenthood after several videos were released by an anti-abortion group. Louisiana Gov. Jindal and Republican legislators in Iowa have asked Branstad to cut funding.

Coca Cola Days coloring contest winners announced


October 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 2015 Atlantic Coca-Cola Days Coloring contest was held in September and was a huge success with over 100 participants from Atlantic, CAM, Lewis, and Walnut school districts. The first and second place winners each received a Bonnesen’s Gift Card. The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce says the Kindergarten classes were sponsored by the Atlantic Business and Professional Women and Bonnesen’s.  First Place winner Madison McLaren of Atlantic. Second Place winner Kyler Nichols of Anita.

First Grade classes were sponsored by Salute Gymnastics and Steffens Cycle Shop. First place went to Alexia Larson from Atlantic. Second place went to Rayden Wheeler from Atlantic.

The Second grade classes were sponsored by McDermott & Son Roofing and Salute Gymnastics. Daphna Wahlert from Anita was the first place winner. Jayci Reed from Atlantic was the second place winner.

Third grade was sponsored by McCurdy’s Pumpkins and Nishna Valley Credit Union. First place went to Luke Irlmeier of Atlantic. Second place went to Claire Mertz from Walnut.

Glenwood Police report, 10/5/15


October 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Glenwood report four recent arrests, two of which took place Saturday. Officials say 34-year old Christopher Chardoulias, of Glenwood, was arrested for OWI 3rd offense. His bond was set at $5000. And, 37-year old Wendy Meadows, of Glenwood, was arrested for Public Intoxication. With her bond set at $300.

The other two arrests took place Friday. 30-year old Chanel Nord,  of Glenwood, was arrested on a Mills County warrant for Driving under suspension. Her bond was set at $500. And, 39-year old Gabriel Dabney, of Pacific Junction, was arrested for Motor vehicle theft, Burglary, Criminal mischief 2nd degree, Obstruction of emergency communication and domestic Abuse assault causing bodily injury. He was being held in the Mills County Jail on $37,300 bond.

Accident reported near Lewis


October 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

(updated 11:30-a.m.)

Two people were injured this (Monday) morning during a two-vehicle accident on Highway 6 west of Atlantic, near the Lewis turn-off (Cass County road M-56). The crash was reported at around 10:45-a.m. Both persons were transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic. One of the victims suffered from head injuries during the crash, and was transported by LifeNet helicopter to a trauma center, presumably in Omaha.

No other details were immediately released.

Goal: 70 percent of Iowa workers have credentials beyond high school by 2025


October 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Iowa’s governor and lieutenant governor say they plan to work with educators and the business community to find new ways to ensure that 70 percent of Iowa workers have more than just a high school degree by 2025. Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds calls it the “new minimum.”

“The goal demonstrates that we want to empower more Iowans with the degrees and the credentials that really will enable them to attain the rewarding careers that are available right here in our great state.” Neither Reynolds nor Governor Branstad are calling for more state spending on their “Future Ready” initiative. They’re calling for collaboration between colleges, universities and businesses to get more Iowans earning two- and four-year degrees, becoming apprentices and taking courses for new work certifications.

“We’re excited about the initiative,” Reynolds says. “I think it’s the next step that we need to take to make sure that we have a talent pipeline to meet employers’ needs.” According to the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, 68 percent of jobs in Iowa in 2025 will require some form of training beyond a high school degree. Nicole Smith is a senior economist at Georgetown.

“A perennial problem for every state, indeed especially since the Great Recession, is how to find the skilled workers necessary to compete,” Smith says. Smith says Iowa has more advanced manufacturing jobs than its Midwestern neighbors and those jobs require more skills — and they pay higher salaries, too. The governor and lieutenant governor will hold public meetings in Waukee, Cedar Falls and Sioux City this month to discuss their “Future Ready” initiative.

(Radio Iowa)

Atlantic City Council to act on City Attorney Appointment & Surplus funds transfer


October 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic City Council, Wednesday, is expected to act on the appointment of a City Attorney. Former City Attorney David Wiederstein, who also serves as the Cass County Attorney, has been filing-in as needed since the departure in August, of former City Attorney Jamie Arnold. The Council has considered proposals for the position from Clint Fichter, J-C Van Ginkel and Wiederstein, and conducted interviews with both Wiederstein and Van Ginkel in closed sessions.

The City’s Personnel and Finance Committee also discussed each of the proposals but decided to forward the matter to the Council without making a recommendation. Mayor Dave Jones made it clear during the Council’s session Sept. 16th, that he prefers Van Ginkel for the job, but according to City Administrator John Lund, the consensus of Council following the closed session interviews, was to appoint Wiederstein. Lund said he remains neutral and will not offer a recommendation during the Council’s 5:30-p.m. meeting, Wednesday.

In other business, the Atlantic City Council will hear from Fire Chief Mark McNees, with regard to the Fire Department providing commercial fire extinguisher inspection and servicing. And, the Council will act on a Resolution “Approving the Transfer of Surplus Funds from the Atlantic Wastewater Utility Fund to the City Employee Benefits Fund.”

The move is being considered according to John Lund, because the City was recently forced out of its health insurance plan due to a $2-million dollar deductible being placed on a member of the group plan. That was a substantial increase from the $40,000 deductible the City had been paying from its insurance underwriters. When the contract ended, the underwriter was no longer responsible for any billing or claims being processed after May 1st, 2015.

Once claims in the system had been processed, that left the City with run-out claims amounting to over $1.28-million. Lund says the City has exhausted all of its employee benefits fund, and reduced the balance to just over $600,000. The City, he says has five options, with the most logical being the transfer of surplus Wastewater Utility funds to the Benefits Fund, as allowed under Iowa Code. The City will have a “sizable reserve” of more than $638,000 in the Wastewater Utility Fund as of July 1st, 2016 , according to Lund, largely due to cost overestimates for the treatment plant construction and ongoing operations.

Lund says using those funds would be “The most cost-effective, taxpayer friendly and expedient manner,” with which to address the Run-Out claims issue.

(Podcast) 8-a.m. Area/State News, 10/5/15

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October 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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