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Shelby County “Fire Danger” index at “Moderate” through Thursday

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October 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Shelby County Emergency Management Coordinator Bob Seivert says the Fire Danger index in the County will remain in the “Moderate” category through at least this Thursday, Oct. 10th. Moderate Fire Danger ratingWith winds expected to increase this week to around 30 miles per hour, Seivert says open burning should be avoided, especially on Tuesday.

Local realtor donates to CCMH Foundation to bring Simon Estes to Atlantic

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October 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Efforts to bring a concert featuring renowned singer Simon Estes to Atlantic, have resulted in a donation from an area realtor to make his presence possible. Melissa Ihnen, owner of Meyer and Gross Real Estate, in Atlantic, recently presented a check for $500 to Cass County Memorial Hospital (CCMH) Foundation Director, Dawn Marnin. Meyer and Gross is a “Silver” partner in the Foundation’s fundraising efforts.Simon Estes’ “Roots to Wings” concert is scheduled for 3:00 pm on Sunday, October 27th. Ihnen says she believes in giving back to the communities that support her, and one way to do that, is by being a partner in bringing Simon Estes, to Cass County.Estes will not only perform for the public, but will also share his inspirational message with Cass County High School Students the following day.

 

 

 

Meyer and Gross Real Estate is one of several locations with tickets available for the Simon Estes Concert. Stop in today at 621 Poplar Street to purchase yours! Tickets are $20 each and the concert will be held at the Atlantic High School Auditorium. For more information, contact Marnin at 712-243-7409.

 

 

Area Extension officials celebrate National 4-H week

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October 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Extension education officials and more than 6-million young people from across the country are celebrating National 4-H week, which runs October 6th through the 12th. Beth Irlbeck, Cass County Extension Youth Coordinator says the week will be marked with of a lot of different activities.4H week Oct 2013

The Iowa 4-H Foundation has dedicated each day to one of the four “H’s” of 4-H (Head, Heart, Health and Hands), with the final day celebrating the 4-H color, green.  Irlbeck says area businesses are showing their support of the organization, through window displays created by several community clubs.

There are 15 4-H Clubs in Cass County, with more than 300 members and 30 volunteers. Cass County Extension will be hosting a coloring contest for all kindergarten through third grade youth. You can visit the extension’s website, download the coloring sheet and return it to the Extension Office. On Saturday, Oct. 12th, during Atlantic’s HarvestFest, there will be additional activities for youth, and opportunities to learn more about 4-H. Extension personnel will be available during the event, from 10-a.m. until 4-p.m. She says there’s also a petting zoo in the parking lot of the Orschelen’s Store on 7th Street in Atlantic this Saturday.

Irlbeck says one area 4-H has been focusing on recently, pertains to STEM. She says for the upcoming year, they plan on offering many great opportunities for youth in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – STEM. They’re also activities designed to expand on communication, citizenship, healthy lifestyles, leadership, and other important skills.

To find out more about the 4-H program in Cass County, contact the Cass County Extension and Outreach Office at 712-243-1132.

Iowa 92 open near Massena – IA DOT wants your feedback

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October 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

After being closed only nine days, Iowa 92 near Massena is open to traffic with a brand new bridge. The Iowa Department of Transportation’s District 4 Office in Atlantic reports that the unique project went very well from the Iowa DOT’s perspective, but they want to know what you think.

Artists rendition of the new Hwy 92 bridge prior to its construction. (IA DOT photo)

Artists rendition of the new Hwy 92 bridge prior to its construction. (IA DOT photo)

Road users in the area are encouraged to complete the customer satisfaction survey on the project website http://www.iowadot.gov/MassenaBridge/index.html

 

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Students help retired Iowa teacher with cleanup

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October 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ROCK BRANCH, Iowa (AP) – Friends and students of a retired teacher have begun helping him recover from tornado damage at his home in northwest Iowa. Nine tornadoes struck northeast Nebraska and northwest Iowa on Friday, injuring at least 15 people.

The Sioux City Journal says that on Sunday, two buses carried about 50 students, staff members and parents from Hinton High School to the rural Rock Branch home of Wayne Stadler and his wife, Debbie. One of the twisters had ripped off the roof of their home and destroyed their barn and several sheds. The Stadlers weren’t injured.

Wayne Stadler had taught at the high school for 32 years. The damage was almost overwhelming, but the hard work by his friends and former students gave him a good start on the cleanup.

Red Oak man arrested at the scene of a fire

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October 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

One person was arrested early this (Monday) morning after he crossed a barricade at a fire scene and refused to leave. Authorities say 29-year old Matthew Daniel Sloan, of Red Oak, was taken into custody at around 2-a.m. on a charge of interference with official acts. After he was transported to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center, Sloan was allegedly found to be in possession of a controlled substance. He was subsequently charged with introducing a controlled substance/marijuana, into a secure facility. Sloan was being held in the jail on $5,000 cash bond.

Red Oak business fire

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October 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Firefighters from the Red Oak Fire Dept and surrounding communities are at a working structure fire in Red Oak this morning at 5th and Reed Streets, the site of the old Pit Stop Bar.

Photo courtesy Montgomery County EMA.

Photo courtesy Montgomery County EMA.

Montgomery County Emergency Management Director Brian Hamman reports the call came in at roughly 12:30am. Mutual aid was immediately requested from Stanton Fire, Elliott Fire & First Responders, Essex Fire & Rescue, and Shenandoah Fire and Clarinda Fire depts provided aerial support.

Crews are still operating at the fire scene and will be for several hours. Hamman asks residents to please avoid the area. The investigation is on going and the State Fire Marshals office has been notified.

Power is out in the area and Mid American Energy is working to restore those that were cut due to the fire.

Iowa News Headlines: Mon., Oct. 7th 2013

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October 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa transportation officials will take on the controversial issue of automated traffic cameras this week with proposed new rules designed to give them control over whether speed and red light cameras are placed on highways and interstates they oversee. The Iowa Department of Transportation on Tuesday will present proposed rules to a legislative committee at the Capitol.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — People in the Des Moines area have been offered unlimited free bus rides for the next several days. The Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority says people can ride free as part of Try Transit Week. It began on Sunday and runs through Saturday. The offer is good on DART Local, Express, Flex and On Call services.

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa high school homecoming dance was interrupted this weekend when a 17-year-old boy was stabbed in the back. The Fort Dodge Messenger reports police responded to the incident just before 11 p.m. Saturday and turned Ford Dodge High School’s dance into a crime scene. The boy who was injured was flown to Des Moines for treatment, but his injuries weren’t considered life threatening.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Powerball ticket worth $1 million has been sold at a gas station in northwest Iowa. The Iowa lottery says the winning ticket from Saturday’s drawing was purchased at a Casey’s convenience store in Sheldon.