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Audubon employer announces closure; 61jobs to be lost

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November 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An Audubon County manufacturer has announced its workers were given notice earlier this week that their jobs are being eliminated. California-based Anthony International,  the world’s largest manufacturer of specialty glass, commercial glass refrigerator & freezer doors, case lighting, and display & merchandising systems said Monday, 61 of its employees in Audubon were given notice that as of January 16th, they will be out of a job.

Shawn Simmons, Vice President of Human Resources for Hillphoenix, Anthony’s parent company, stated that some of the Audubon employees will have the opportunity to relocate to Richmond, Virginia for roles in which they qualify and that they will be working to provide support to all Audubon employees during the transition.

Anthony opened in Audubon in 2010, after the acquisition of Trausch Industries. At that time, 118 people were employed at the Audubon Plant. In 2012, Dover Corporation, acquired Anthony International, merging it with Hillphoenix. Monday’s announcement came as a surprise to both the workers at the business as well as officials with Audubon County Economic Development.

(KNOD/Harlan)

Council Bluffs planning Fairmount Park restoration

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November 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – Council Bluffs officials are planning a nearly $1 million restoration of the historic Fairmount Park with the help of $100,000 from a Rotary club. Mayor Matt Walsh announced the project Thursday. The 90-acre park features a greenhouse, ice skating, sledding, a petting zoo and an old bell tower. But the Daily Nonpareil reports the park’s forest is overgrown and its facilities need renovation.

Officials say the project will restore the woodlands and establish new trails to improve pedestrian access from nearby neighborhoods. The project also calls for a plaza on the site of the former Fairmount Lodge.

Mick McKinley, the former president of the Rotary Club of Council Bluffs, says the group was looking for a service project to help fund to commemorate its 100-year anniversary.

City Councilman in Harlan announces resignation

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November 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Councilman Aaron Anliker has announced he is resigning from the Harlan City Council effective December 31st. Anliker served seven years for the City. Officials will appoint his replacement sometime in December. That person will fill Anliker’s remaining three years of a four-year term.

Anyone interested in the position that lives in Ward 1 and 4 could be eligible to be considered for the position. Call the Harlan City Hall at 755-5137 or contact Mayor Gene Gettys, Aaron Anliker or city administrator Terry Cox for more information.

Service on the council will begin January 1st. Besides council meetings, the appointed member will be involved in committees of the council as well, to be determined for the next year in the coming month.

(KNOD/Harlan)

Photography by Diana Velasco: Two Nationalities at Museum of Danish America

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November 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Museum of Danish America will present Photography by Diana Velasco: Two Nationalities from November 28 – March 15. This exhibition presents a series of photographs exploring individuals who grew up with parents of two different nationalities – as Velasco herself did, with a Danish mother and Spanish father. The exhibition is organized by the Denmark Immigration Museum outside of Copenhagen. The exhibition will also feature an artist-in-residency project that will involve the community members of Elk Horn and result in another exhibition, Sense of Place, to be opened at the museum in May 2015. Support for this exhibition and for the artist-in-residency comes from the Iowa Arts Council. Diana Velasco, Cristina

Photography by Diana Velasco: Two Nationalities will open at the museum during the Danish Villages’ annual Christmas celebration of Julefest on the Friday and Saturday following Thanksgiving. The museum, its Genealogy Center, and its historic house museum, Bedstemor’s House, will have free admission on November 28 and 29. Special refreshments and activities will be held during those dates as well. The artist herself will give gallery talks about the exhibition in the main floor gallery throughout the celebration days.

The museum will have four different exhibits open throughout the winter months, including Exploring Danish Happiness, which looks into the reasons why Denmark is consistently ranked as “one of the happiest countries on Earth.”

For more information, visit the museum’s website, danishmuseum.org or call (712) 764-7001.

(Podcast) 8-a.m. KJAN local/state News, 11/21/2014

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November 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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Forecast: Brief warmup this weekend, iffy Thanksgiving, and winter is still a toss-up

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November 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowans are enduring much colder-than-normal, snowy weather for the last half of fall, and while there’s a little relief in sight for the weekend, the winter ahead is still a toss-up. Jeff Zogg, senior meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Johnston, says they’ve re-run all of their computer models to get a glimpse at December through February and so far, it’s 50-50.

“We’re calling for equal chances for temperature,” Zogg says. “That means there’s really no strong signal of above-, near- or below-normal temperatures. For precipitation, generally equal chances, maybe a little bit of a dry signal across the eastern part of the state.” Armchair prognosticators may claim this current cold spell could be a sign of a bitter, blizzard-filled season ahead, while other say it’s an indicator a warmer winter is on the way. Zogg says nobody really knows at this point.

“When you go back and look at past winters, really the temperature trends that you see in November really have very little if any predictability as to the rest of the winter,” Zogg says. “Yes, we have been quite cold for the first part of November but that would not necessarily translate into a certain trend for the rest of the winter.” While much of Iowa should see highs in the 40s this weekend — a nice change from the 20s — but the travel forecast for Thanksgiving looks dicey.

“This weekend, we’re looking for a warm-up, even a chance of rainfall on Saturday and Sunday,” Zogg says. “Temperatures will be warm enough for rain but there is the potential for some additional unsettled weather next week, particularly towards Thanksgiving. We’re seeing the potential for below-normal temperatures again, maybe another system to bring us some rain or snow.” Stay tuned in to the latest forecast at weather-dot-gov.

(Radio Iowa)

(Podcast) 7:07-a.m. KJAN News & funeral report, Friday 11/21/14

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November 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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Tabor man arrested Thursday on eluding & assault charges

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November 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Glenwood report the arrest on Thursday of a man wanted on warrants for Eluding and Assault while displaying a dangerous weapon. 36-year old Charles Knipe, of Tabor was arrested on the Mills County warrant. His initial bond was set at $5,000.  While in custody, Knipe was also charged with Theft in the 1st degree and Theft in the 2nd degree. A$15,000 bond was added to the latest charges and current bond amount.

Red Oak man arrested on Mo. warrant for Child Neglect

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November 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A Red Oak man wanted on a warrant out of Ray County, Missouri, was arrested Thursday night by Red Oak Police. 37-year old Christopher Michael McDonald, of Red Oak, was taken into custody at around 11-p.m., on a warrant charging him with Child Neglect. McDonald was arrested in the 1100 block of Eastern Avenue and brought to the Montgomery County Jail, where he was being held on a $5,000 cash bond.

Stranger on a porch call leads to an arrest near Stanton

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November 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A call to authorities in Montgomery County early this (Friday) morning about a suspicious subject lead to the arrest of a man wanted in Fremont County. Sheriff’s officials say a resident on 180th Street, northeast of Stanton, called at around 1:45-a.m., and reported a man on their porch had tried the doorknob several times.

When deputies arrived, they located 44-year old Joshua N. Fuller, who was still standing on the porch. Fuller was secured in the deputies’ patrol car after a brief discussion. During an investigation, it was determined Fuller was wanted on a warrant issued on Aug. 21st, that charged him with Obstructing Police (Originally charged as Driving Under Suspension) and Interference with Official Acts.

Fuller was transported to the Montgomery County Jail and held on a $600 cash bond while awaiting transportation to Fremont County.