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(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 5/29/2018

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May 29th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

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

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Semi missing from Montgomery County recovered in Colorado

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May 29th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says they took a report Monday afternoon about a stolen or missing 2013 Kenworth T-660 semi with trailer. The rig, belonging to W.W. Transport, of Burlington, IA., left Minsa in Red Oak at around 3:30-a.m., and was recovered in Denver, CO., at around 5-p.m.  The semi was returned to the trucking company, but the driver has not contacted them. The driver is from the Colorado area. No charges are pending.

No injuries during two-vehicle accident in Red Oak Saturday

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May 29th, 2018 by Chris Parks

The Red Oak Police Department reports no injuries occurred during a two-vehicle accident on Saturday in Red Oak. Officers were called to the scene of the accident at about 10:00am Saturday in the 100 block of East Reed Street in Red Oak. Before officers arrived both vehicles had been moved. After investigation it was determined that a 2004 Volkswagen Beetle GLS driven by 59-year-old Gary Lee Hudson of Red Oak was westbound on East Reed Street and turned north onto Miller Street and then backed west on East Reed Street to park in font of his home on Reed Street. Before the Beetle was against the curb and was pointing to the center of the road, a 2003 Mazda Tribute ES driven by 16-year-old Cameron Alexander Travis of Red Oak began to back west on Reed Street and did not see the Beetle behind him. Travis said he was trying to fix his radio at the time. The Mazda then backed into the right side of the Volkswagen with the left rear of the vehicle.

Both vehicles were drive-able after the accident. Damage to the Mazda was estimated at $1,000 while damage to the Volkswagen was estimated at $2,000. No citations were issued.

Heartbeat Today 5-29-2018

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May 29th, 2018 by Chris Parks

Jim Field visits with Tina Bakehouse of Golden Hills RC&D abpout a storytelling event planned for the Cottonwood Pavilion in Shenandoah at 6:30 pm on June 30.

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Iowa state representative resigns to take flying job

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May 29th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

MARION, Iowa (AP) — A Republican member of the Iowa House of Representatives has resigned to take a flying job. Rep. Ken Rizer, of Marion, will be piloting jet aircraft out of Des Moines for a private air travel company. He’s a retired Air Force officer. Rizer was first elected in 2014 and re-elected in 2016. He’s not seeking re-election this year.

A special election won’t be required to replace Rizer in the 68th House District, because the Legislature has ended its annual session. Two Democrats are seeking the seat in the June 5 primary, Molly Donahue and Scott Foens. Randy Ray is the sole Republican running.

Creston Police report (5/29)

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May 29th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston report three people were arrested Monday. 38-year old Durrell Hayes, of Creston, was arrested for Driving While Suspended. He was later released on a $300 bond. 28-year old Scott Daman, and 42-year old Richard Starlin, both of Creston, were arrested on separate Violation’s of their Protective Orders. Both men were being held in the Union County Jail while awaiting a bond hearing.

Creston Police said there were also two reports of vandalism. On Sunday, a resident of the 1100 block of Higbee Street, in Creston, reported that sometime between 10-p.m. May 26th and 12-p.m. May 27th, someone broke a large window on the south side of the residence. The damage was estimated at $175. And, Monday morning, a Forest City man told Creston Police someone keyed the passenger side doors and hood of his vehicle, while it was parked in a lot at 806 Laurel Street. The damage was estimated at $200.

Living Well: Women’s Night Out

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May 29th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

ATLANTIC – The Women’s Health Committee at Cass County Health System invites all women to come to “Living Well” on Tuesday, June 5th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the atrium at Cass County Health System. This is a free event and open to the public. The evening will include a style show, chair massages, light refreshments, and a keynote speech. Karla Akers, Care for Yourself Coordinator, says “We’re excited to offer this fun evening out for women. We want to inspire women to lead healthy lives, and part of taking care of yourself is making time for things like this when you can slow down and recharge your batteries.”

The style show will include clothing and accessories from The Upper Cut, Moss & Pearl, and Renew Ag. Two local massage therapists will provide mini-massages for attendees. At approximately 6:30, the keynote speech will begin in the Atlantic Medical Center lobby.

Allison Berryhill

Allison Berryhill will present the keynote speech that evening. Allison teaches freshman English and advises the journalism program at Atlantic High School. She has degrees in English and speech education, certification in journalism, and a master’s degree in secondary English curriculum and Instruction from Drake University. She is a board member for both the Iowa Council of Teachers of English and the Iowa High School Press Association. She is currently serving as chair of the National Council of Teachers of English Public Language Awards Committee. In 2017, Allison was named the 2017 Rod Dahl Journalism Teacher of the Year by the Iowa High School Press Association, and the Iowa Council of Teachers of English 2017 High School Teacher of Excellence.

In her personal life, Allison has been married to Dan Hoegh for 34 years, and they have six children. In addition to teaching, she has worked as a freelance writer for Better Homes & Gardens, The Des Moines Register, and Twins magazine. Allison is also a breast cancer survivor, unicycle rider, accordion player, and a wedding officiant.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 5/29/2018

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May 29th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

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

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Storm knocks out power, leaves behind damage in north Iowa

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May 29th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — Thousands of people lost power when a powerful thunderstorm swept through several communities in northern Iowa. Howling winds of up to 70 mph were reported Monday evening as hail pounded the Clear Lake-Mason City area. Several trees were toppled, power lines were knocked down and a dock was destroyed on Clear Lake. No injuries have been reported.

Alliant Energy says the outages peaked at just over 10,000 customers, but power was expected to be restored to all by late Tuesday morning. Street flooding also was reported in low-lying spots, especially under viaducts.

Iowa bicycling enthusiasts hope for summer free from car collisions

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May 29th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Many Iowans are getting their bicycles tuned-up and ready for a summer full of riding. Cycling enthusiasts are also hoping it’s a much safer season than recent years. According to the Iowa Bicycle Coalition, 11 people died in bicycle crashes in the state in 2016. Nine of those crashes involved collisions with vehicles. Roger White, with the group Cedar Valley Cyclists in Cedar Falls, says lawmakers could do much more to protect people pedaling on Iowa’s highways. “It’s very difficult to prove reckless driving, so there’s a void in the law,” White says. “One of the things that would help is if the legislature would pass full-lane passing of bicyclists and, at the same time, increase the penalties for driving distracted.”

While White is suggesting cars be required to move into another lane while passing bikes, others have called for a three-or-five foot passing clearance. “Neither of those are enforceable because you have two vehicles moving down the road at the same time and the vehicle driver is sitting way over on the left side – it’s very difficult to judge the distance from the opposite side of the vehicle while you’re going 55 or whatever miles an hour,” White says. “The only thing that’s clear is you know when you’re in the opposite lane or not, so full-lane passing is the solution to that.”

White and many other bicyclists are also calling for greater penalties in Iowa for motorists who are found at fault for hitting a cyclist. White says, many times, a motorist is only charged with failure to yield – even if the cyclist is killed or seriously injured.

(Radio Iowa)