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Iowa early News Headlines: Fri., Oct. 3rd 2014


October 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Some charities are fed up with people who donate items they say belong in a garbage dump. Goodwill of the Great Plains manages 21 thrift stores in four states including Iowa. Sonny Kellen with the charity tells the Sioux City Journal that all of its locations have had to address the issue by installing security cameras to prevent junk donations.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials say it’s too early to tell whether a degenerative neurological disease that affects deer is spreading in Iowa. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship released statistics yesterday that show more than 280 quarantined deer in north-central Iowa tested positive for chronic wasting disease. Kevin Baskins, a spokesman for the state Department of Natural Resources, says there’s no indication the disease is spreading.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Davenport officials are considering whether to change the city’s hunting ordinance to let residents defend their properties against coyotes. The Quad-City Times reports the City Council met Wednesday and discussed the issue. One resident said he wants to use his 12-gauge shotgun to protect his family and livestock from a pack of coyotes.

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Officials say 150,000 gallons of wastewater entered the Cedar River after a power failure at a treatment plant in Cedar Falls. The state Department of Natural Resources says the power failure was reported early this morning. A backup generator for a specific disinfection system failed to start following the power failure.

Red Oak Accident


October 2nd, 2014 by admin

Authorities in Red Oak say brake failure apparently caused an accident late Thursday morning that resulted in $4,000 damage to the vehicles involved, but no injuries. Red Oak Police say the accident happened at around  11:40-a.m. in the 800 block of east Summit Street.

During their investigation, officers learned 20-year old Jacob Avery, of Emerson, was backing up in his driveway when the brakes failed on his 1999 Dodge Ram pickup. The vehicles  rolled backwards uncontrollably backwards into the street, where it hit a 1998 Ford Windstar van,  driven by 35-year old Jennifer Lillie, of Afton.

There were no citations were issued.

Trumpeter Swans will return to Cass County…but when?

Ag/Outdoor, News

October 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Conservation Board is asking 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 available. swan

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. Call anytime until November 11th to make your prediction. One prediction per family, please. The sponsors of this 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 only for residents of Cass County.

Trumpeter Swans have visited the Schildberg Quarry for, at least, sixteen out of the last Seventeen 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


Family dog dies in Stuart after being shot with an arrow


October 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Stuart are asking for the public’s help in finding the person responsible for shooting a dog with an arrow. The animal later died from its injuries. Officials say the incident happened at around 3:30-p.m, Thursday, when a family’s dog was shot around or near the 300 block of N. Division St.

If you have any information regarding this case please call the Stuart Police Department at 515-523-1896 or our Dispatch at 641-747-2214. If you see a loose dog in Stuart, contact the police department and they will attempt to catch the dog and/or notify the owners.

Cass Co. Sheriff warns of shifty door-to-door salemen


October 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office would like the public to be aware of a possible problem that may be going on. A member of the public reported to the Sheriff’s Office that vacuum salespersons had come to her house, and she believed the two male subjects may have been casing the residence. This concern stems from a media release the complainant had seen wherein persons pretending to sell vacuum cleaners come to do a demonstration and later come back to homes to break in.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the public to stay vigilant, and if there are any door-to-door salespersons (or anyone else) who seems suspicious, please contact law enforcement immediately.

Iowa charities want bad donations to stop


October 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Some charities are fed up with people who donate items they say belong in a garbage dump. They say disposing of the used tires, old sofas and stained mattresses is costly and limits profits that fund needed services. Goodwill of the Great Plains manages 21 thrift stores in four states including Iowa. Sonny Kellen with the charity tells the Sioux City Journal that all of its locations have had to address the issue by installing security cameras to prevent the bad donations.

Karen Froelich helps manage the Bargain Center which helps families pay for schooling. She says she finds unwanted garbage there almost daily. Todd Oberg runs the Disabled American Veterans Thrift Store and says it usually costs him $150 to take the garbage off the property and to a landfill.

Iowa aims for 500,000 walkers during next week’s Healthiest State Walk


October 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowa’s 4th annual Healthiest State Walk will be held next week as part of Iowa’s effort to become the healthiest state in the nation. Iowa Lottery C-E-O Terry Rich is serving as the chairman for this year’s event and says they’re aiming for a goal of 500-thousand walkers to walk one kilometer on Wednesday, October 8th.  “We’re encouraging everyone around the state of Iowa to grab a friend, grab your family, join a walk and walk 1K,” Rich says. “That’s really a pretty easy deal. It’s 15 minutes of walking that day.”

He says there are dozens and dozens of walks organized across the state in every one of the 99 counties. “We called the National Guard out and they’re mobilizing all the troops in all of the 52 armories across the state to lead walks,” Rich says. “The governor will lead a walk that day. A lot of the state reps from around the area will be leading, a lot of politicians are having their supporters walk. Schools around the state are going to have all of their students walk that day as part of National Walk to School Day.”

Nearly 900-thousand Iowans have participated in the Healthiest State Initiative’s walks in 2011, 2012 and 2013. This year’s goal is 500-thousand walkers, which would make it the largest statewide walk to date. “If you want to join a walk, just go to IowaHealthiestState.com and join one, start one, get your family out,” Rich says. “Register that you’ve walked and how many people walked so we can reach that 500,000 mark.”

Many organized walks will be held at noon on Wednesday, but walks are encouraged throughout the day. In order for walks to be counted, registration is required. According to the 2013 poll, the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, Iowa is 10th in the nation when it comes to being physically, emotionally and mentally healthy.

(Radio Iowa)

Plans would cut HR, IT jobs at 3 Iowa universities


October 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) – A consultant says Iowa’s three public universities could save tens of millions of dollars in the coming years and eliminate up to 250 jobs by restructuring their administration. Recommendations released Thursday by Deloitte Consulting LLP call for changing or eliminating many individual departments’ human resources, information technology and finance positions. Instead, many of their functions would be handled at a college or university-wide level by more centralized teams.

Deloitte says the jobs would be cut over two years through attrition and perhaps an early retirement initiative. It cautioned the figures were broad estimates. The Iowa Board of Regents is meeting in Ames to discuss the proposals. Regents plan to gather feedback next week at town hall meetings on the university campuses before potentially taking action on the plans next month.

Health officials say Ebola “scary” but chances of contracting “extremely unlikely”


October 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials in the Iowa Department of Public Health say it’s “understandable” that Iowans may find the recent news about an Ebola patient in Texas “scary,” but Dr. Ann Garvey, the assistant medical director for the agency, says the U.S. has health care systems in place to handle such cases. “Ebola is only spread if an infected person is actively having symptoms and it’s spread through direct contact with bodily fluids,” Garvey says. “Ebola is not spread through the air.”

Garvey says public health officials are ready to respond if an Ebola case is identified in Iowa. “Hospitals have been preparing for diseases like Ebola for a very long time. They have procedures in place,” Garvey says. “There is a significant amount of guidance that the CDC has put out recently related to Ebola specifically and that addresses all the procedures and steps that health care providers should keep in mind, many of which they’re already doing on a daily basis for other diseases that are infectious in nature.”

The president of Sierra Leone and the ministers of agriculture in Liberia and Sierra Leone are due to visit Des Moines in mid-October for World Food Prize festivities. Dr. Garvey says there’s no reason for concern. “Again, to get Ebola you have to have direct contact with bodily fluids from someone who is ill and actively having systems. Again, it’s not an airborne disease,” Garvey says. “And the recommendations for individuals coming from parts of the world where their is ongoing Ebola activity are really based upon the exposures that they’ve had, but people who have not had contact with anyone who is ill from Ebola, the recommendation is to just take their temperature daily.”

Dr. Garvey says it would be “extremely unlikely” one of those visitors would come down with symptoms, but if they get a fever, there is “appropriate care” available here. One of four medical missionaries from the U.S. who got Ebola in Africa was treated at an Omaha hospital. Dr. Richard Sacra was released last week and he’s not ruling out a return to Liberia.

(Radio Iowa)

CWD found in captive deer herd


October 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship today (Thursday) announced that the test results from the depopulation of a quarantined captive deer herd in north-central Iowa showed that 284 of the 356 deer, or 79.8% of the herd, tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). The owners of the quarantined herd have entered into a fence maintenance agreement with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, which requires the owners to maintain the 8’ foot perimeter fence around the herd premises for five years after the depopulation was complete and the premises had been cleaned and disinfected

CWD is a progressive, fatal, degenerative neurological disease of farmed and free-ranging deer, elk, and moose. There is no known treatment or vaccine for CWD. CWD is not a disease that affects humans.

On July 18, 2012, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) National Veterinary Services Lab in Ames, IA confirmed that a male white tail deer harvested from a hunting preserve in southeast IA was positive for CWD. An investigation revealed that this animal had just been introduced into the hunting preserve from the above-referenced captive deer herd in north-central Iowa.

The captive deer herd was immediately quarantined to prevent the spread of CWD. The herd has remained in quarantine until its depopulation on August 25 to 27, 2014. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship participated in a joint operation to depopulate the infected herd with USDA Veterinary Services, which was the lead agency, and USDA Wildlife Services.

Once the depopulation was complete and the premises had been cleaned and disinfected, indemnity of $917,100.00 from the USDA has been or will be paid to the owners as compensation for the 356 captive deer depopulated. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship operates a voluntary CWD program for farms that sell live animals. Currently 145 Iowa farms participate in the voluntary program. The above-referenced captive deer facility left the voluntary CWD program prior to the discovery of the disease as they had stopped selling live animals. All deer harvested in a hunting preserve must be tested for CWD.