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Student Financial Aid Applications now available for 2013-2014

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January 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa College Student Aid Commission (Iowa College Aid) has announced the release of the 2013-2014 Iowa Financial Aid Application.  The application, which can be accessed through the state-designated career information system, www.IHaveAPlanIowa.gov, allows students to apply for five state-administered financial aid programs through one application process.  Collectively, the programs provided almost $8 million in funding for students during the 2011-12 academic year.

The Iowa Financial Aid Application serves as the application for the following programs:

  • All Iowa Opportunity Scholarship
  • All Iowa Opportunity Foster Care Grant
  • Terry E. Branstad Iowa State Fair Scholarship
  • Education and Training Voucher Program, and, the Iowa National Guard Education Assistance Program (NGEAP)

The Iowa Financial Aid Application does not replace the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  The FAFSA can be completed online at www.fafsa.gov.  Students who complete their FAFSAs online will have the opportunity to link directly from their FAFSA confirmation page to the Iowa Financial Aid Application

Deadlines play a critical role and often determine the amount of financial assistance available to help students pay for college.  Students are encouraged to apply early to meet the priority deadlines associated with different programs.  The Iowa Financial Aid Application indicates the priority application deadlines for each of the five programs included in the application.  More information about financial aid and products and services that help Iowa families plan, prepare and pay for college is also available on Iowa College Aid’s website at www.IowaCollegeAid.gov.

9AM Newscast 01-02-2013

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January 2nd, 2013 by Chris Parks

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8AM Newscast 01-02-2013

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Dunlap structure goes up in flames Monday night

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January 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

As many people celebrated ringing in the New Year, several fire departments were called to the city of Dunlap for a building fire. The structure fire was located in the 100th block of 3rd Street at the intersection of Highway 30 in Dunlap. According to officials with the Dunlap Fire Department, the call came in around 7:20pm Monday.

Crews from Denison, Dow City and Woodbine were called in to help with the fire. The Denison Fire Department had to use their ladder truck to help with the fire as flames were shooting out of the top of the building. The building, once known as Linda’s Drapery in Dunlap, was a total loss. No injuries were reported as no one was inside. The Dunlap Fire Department was on scene for 5 hours. During that time, traffic was re-routed around Highway 30 with the assistance of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office and Dunlap Police Department.

The building is said to be a total loss. The cause of the fire is unknown and officials say an investigation is being conducted by the State Fire Marshall’s Office.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

Lavonne Klinkefus, 93, of Exira (Svcs. 1/4/13)

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January 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

LAVONNE KLINKEFUS, 93, of Exira, died Sun., Dec. 30th, at the Exira Care Center. Funeral services for LAVONNE KLINKEFUS, will be held 11-a.m. Fri., Jan. 4th, at the Kessler Funeral Home in Audubon.

Visitation at the funeral home will be held one-hour prior to the service (10-a.m.), Friday.

LAVONNE KLINKEFUS is survived by:

Her daughter – Judy Nelson, of Atlantic.

‘Tis not the season for bicycling, but it is if you have a bike simulator

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January 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

You may’ve heard there’s a high-tech automobile simulator at the University of Iowa, but the campus is also home to a bicycle simulator. Dr. Jodie Plumert is co-director of the sophisticated virtual environment which is used to study how children make decisions in heavy traffic without being at risk. Plumert says the simulator immerses bicycle riders in a city-scape. “There’s a bicycle that sits in the middle of these three very large screens that are placed at right angles to each other so it completely wraps around the person who’s riding the bike,” Plumert says. “As you pedal the bike, you actually appear to be moving through the environment. As you turn, you appear to be turning and so on.”

She says one focus of the bicycling simulator is to compare how kids and adults cross intersections filled with virtual on-coming cars and trucks. “They bicycle up to an intersection and they see traffic that’s coming on the cross street,” Plumert says. “They just watch the traffic and then they cross when they think they can cross without getting hit by a car. They go on and do that again at the next intersection and they do that for 12 or 14 intersections.”

From the recent research, Plumert says they’re seeing a pattern in the children bicyclists, ages 10, 12 and 14. She says they choose the same gaps in traffic as the adults to cross, but they tend to hesitate before pulling out. “What happens is that they end up with less time to spare than the adults have,” Plumert says. “One thing we’ve been able to pinpoint is that kids, even at these older ages, when you put them in a fairly challenging traffic situation, are not coordinating their movements with the traffic as well as the adults are.”

There are some 600-thousand bicycle-related injuries treated in emergency rooms nationwide each year. Children ages five to 15 years old represent a particularly vulnerable segment of the cycling population. Motor vehicles are involved in about one-third of all bicycle-related brain injuries and in 90-percent of all fatalities resulting from bicycle crashes.

(Radio Iowa)

Red Oak resident arrested on Trespassing & O/C charge

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January 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report the arrest this (Wednesday) morning of 50-year old Janis Kyle Hunt. Hunt, who’s from Red Oak, was taken into custody in the 15-hundred block of North 4th Street, on charges of Trespassing and Open Container.  Hunt was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on a $300 cash bond.

Adair County Board of Supervisors hold 1st meeting of the year today

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January 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Board of Supervisors in Adair County will hold the first meeting of the month and year this morning, in Greenfield. Like their counterparts in Cass County, the bulk of their duties today are administrative, including: the election of a chair and vice-chairperson; approval an organizational resolution; approval resolutions pertaining to travel policy and the  Master Matrix, and designation of the official newspapers for 2013.

In other business, the Adair County Supervisors will hold a public hearing beginning at 9:30-a.m., with regard to a Fiscal Year 2013 budget amendment, followed by action on a resolution to approve the amendment, an appropriations and transfer resolution, and the assignment of fund balances.

The Supervisors’ meeting begins at 9-a.m. in their boardroom at the courthouse in Greenfield.

Midwest economic index again rises slightly

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January 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A monthly economic index for nine Midwest and Plains states rose again last month but still suggests an economic slump will continue over the next three to six months. The Mid-America Business Conditions index hit 49.5 in December, up from November’s 48.0 and October’s 46.5.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says he’s expecting only small regional increases in the job market. The survey of business leaders and supply managers uses a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests growth while a score below 50 suggests decline for that factor.

The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

Cass Co. Supervisors hold 1st meeting of the New Year today

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January 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors will hold their first meeting of the month and for the New Year this (Monday) morning, in Atlantic. The Board will primarily handle administrative matters, including: Reorganization; Appointment of employees and/or deputies by the Sheriff and Auditor; First year wage adjustments; The appointment of Board members to serve on various committees; Approval of appointments to numerous committees, commissions, and/or councils, and Township Clerks and Trustees.

The Supervisors will also act on setting the 2013 Holiday Schedule and New Year’s Day 2014 schedule, the setting of mileage reimbursement, and the naming of official County newspapers. Later on during their session, they’ll hear regularly scheduled reports from the Cass County Attorney, Engineer, and Mental Health Coordinator. As time allows, the Board will begin work on the Fiscal Year 2014 County Budget.

The meeting begins in the Supervisor’s Board Room in the Cass County Courthouse, at 9-a.m.