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“Mysterious Monarchs” Program to be held in Sept.

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Conservation Board is holding a “Mysterious Monarchs” Program early next month.Cass Co Conservation Board The free public program will be held at the Campground Shelter at Cold Springs Park in Lewis, on September 7th, beginning at 4:00-pm, and at the Camblin Addition Shelter at Sunnyside Park in Atlantic, on September 14th beginning at 2:00-pm.

During the sessions, you can discover the Monarch Butterflies before they begin their journey south. Conservationists will be tagging monarchs and show the public how to do so, as well.  If you would like a home tagging kit you must attend and pre-register for the Kit. Call 712-769-2372 to pre-register for your kit. You DO NOT have to be a registered camper to attend the program. 

USDA: food prices will rise this year, but not as much as previously forecast

News

August 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Iowans will not be paying as much for food this year as previously predicted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The agency has reduced its forecast for food price inflation this year to one-and-a-half to two-and-a-half (1.5 to 2.5) percent. USDA Economist Ricky Volpe says the previous prediction was based primarily on the drought in 2012. “We were initially looking at a three to four percent increase, which was above average, but that was before we knew we were going to have these lower fuel prices, the strengthening U.S. dollar, and the overall improvement in the economy,” Volpe says.

One of the biggest bits of good news for consumers, according to Volpe, is the downward revision of price increases for dairy products. “We were initially forecasting pretty strong price increases (for dairy) for 2013, but it turns out that we saw most of the impacts of the drought at the tail end of 2012,” Volpe says. “We’re now on track for very moderate price increases for dairy for the foreseeable future, one to two percent for 2013.” And although beef prices won’t be increasing as much as expected, Volpe says beef will remain expensive this year.

“We’re now looking at beef prices to increase between two and three percent on the year, but many beef prices have reached record or near record levels across super markets in the U.S. So, inflation for the beef category may be small in percentage terms, but it’s not as if consumers are seeing any relief there,” Volpe says. High inflation is still forecast for poultry, with prices expected to rise three to four percent, according to the USDA. Egg prices should rise two to three percent this year.

(Radio Iowa)

Heat wave to arrive Sunday, starting what may be the hottest week of the year

News, Weather

August 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

After one of the cooler July’s in years, where low temperatures dipped into the 30s, a brutal heat wave is expected to wash over Iowa this weekend. Meteorologist Rod Donovan at the National Weather Service says summer may be starting to wind down, but the temperatures in the forecast are definitely heating up.  “It looks like the warmest temperatures we’ve seen all year this year,” Donovan says. “We’ll be having temperatures rising into the 90s by Sunday and it could be mid- to upper-90s by mid next week.”

Donovan says record heat is possible and heat advisories are likely to be issued in another few days. “We could have some headlines out next week due to the heat and possibly a heat index rising into the low 100s, near 105, during that time frame,” he says. “As cool as it’s been this summer, it’s definitely going to be a drastic change from what we’ve had.” There’s no immediate relief in the forecast, as highs statewide are expected to be in the 90s for several days, possibly into next weekend. (Radio Iowa)

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT FOR THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES IN THE KJAN LISTENING AREA: SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-GREENE-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR-RINGGOLD…

151 PM CDT FRI AUG 23 2013

…A PROLONGED PERIOD OF UNSEASONABLY HOT CONDITIONS FORECAST TO BEGIN SUNDAY AND EXTEND THROUGH MUCH OF NEXT WEEK…A WARM FRONT WILL LIFT THROUGH IOWA ON SATURDAY AND WILL BRING MUCH WARMER CONDITIONS TO THE STATE BY SUNDAY. HIGH TEMPERATURES ON SUNDAY WILL BE IN THE LOW TO MID 90S.

EVEN WARMER TEMPERATURES ARE FORECAST FOR MONDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY WITH HIGHS IN THE MID TO UPPER 90S. THIS WILL INCLUDE THE POTENTIAL FOR A FEW LOCATIONS TO REACH 100 ALONG WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY. DEW POINT VALUES ARE EXPECTED TO BE IN THE MID TO UPPER 60S DURING THE AFTERNOON HOURS. THE DEW POINTS COMBINED WITH THE TEMPERATURE WILL PRODUCE HEAT INDEX VALUES OF 100 TO 105 DURING THE AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING HOURS.

A WEAK COLD FRONT MAY MOVE INTO NORTHEAST IOWA LATE WEDNESDAY INTO THURSDAY AND MAY PROVIDE LIMITED RELIEF HOWEVER THE HEAT IS EXPECTED TO BUILD BACK INTO THE STATE BY FRIDAY. THIS WILL BE THE MOST PROLONGED PERIOD OF HEAT SINCE LAST SUMMER. IN ADDITION TO THE HEAT…THE POTENTIAL FOR APPRECIABLE PRECIPITATION THROUGH THIS PERIOD IS VERY LOW.

THERE ARE NUMEROUS PRECAUTIONS THAT CAN BE TAKEN DURING PROLONGED HEAT EVENTS. DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS…STAY IN AN AIR-CONDITIONED ROOM…STAY OUT OF THE SUN…AND CHECK UP ON RELATIVES AND NEIGHBORS. TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS IF YOU WORK…EXERCISE OR SPEND TIME OUTSIDE. WHEN POSSIBLE…RESCHEDULE STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES TO THE EARLY MORNING OR EVENING HOURS. KNOW THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT STROKE. WEAR LIGHT WEIGHT AND LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING WHEN POSSIBLE AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER. TO REDUCE RISK DURING OUTDOOR WORK…SCHEDULE FREQUENT REST BREAKS IN SHADED OR AIR CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENTS.

(Update) MASSENA SPECIAL ELECTION SEPTEMBER 17, 2013

News

August 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman reports that as of noon Friday (Aug. 23rd), no nomination papers had been filed to fill the vacant position of Mayor for the City of Massena. Noon was the deadline to file nomination papers with the City Clerk. Sunderman says since no nominations were filed, no candidate’s name will appear on the ballot. All votes will be cast by write-in.  When the votes are canvassed by the Cass County Board of Supervisors, the person who received the greatest number of votes on September 17 will be declared elected.

The Massena special city election will be held September 17, 2013. The voting center will be the Massena Public Library, 122 Main St., Massena. The polls will open at 12:00 noon and close at 8:00 P.M.

Corn Expo in Shelby County this weekend

News

August 23rd, 2013 by admin

A huge corn expo is running this weekend in Shelby County. The 2013 3rd Bi-Annual Hybrid Corn Pioneers Historical Expo will be held out at Steve and Nadine Kenkel’s farm located in rural Earling. The expo features working corn machinery exhibits, rides and corn shelling for kids. Steve Kenkel, owner of the farm, says he has made changes to his Corn Museum,

Kenkel1: “If you have ever been out to the farm and my museum, you will see a way different look. Over a year ago, we put a loft in the museum and it gave it a new look. I was happy with that. The only problem is I filled it up fairly fast so it is full.”

The museum was built in 2002 and since that time, Kenkel has worked on restoring old farm equipment to hang in the building,

Kenkel2: “Most of the things in my museum are pre-1900. You will see a lot of wood things. I have corn planters to one row to two rows and horse drawn planters. Everything has been restored. I have planters from the 1850’s to the 1950’s and you will see walk behind plows, dryers, several hundred seed corn signs hanging in the museum. There is a little bit of everything.”

The Historical Expo is also having food concessions featuring homemade ice cream, a blacksmith in action and wire check planting demonstrations. Kenkel says another aspect of the expo is the three centuries of corn plot,

Kenkel3: “I plant corn of the 1800s called Reids Yellow Dent. It was the most popular in Iowa and grown on my farm in the 1900s-1920s. Then I jump up to the first Hybrid Corn called US-13. You can see how the technology changed. Then I’ll have the triple stack corn of today. Another thing I have that hasn’t been advertised is some of the first Indian corn, maize was grown several hundred years ago. As you look at that and other corn, you can definitely see where we have come in the technology.”

The Hybrid Corn Expo is welcoming the 2012 National Corn Husking Champions who will pick corn by hand and compete against each other. If you would like a special way to ride out to the farm, located at 2040 Ironwood Road, a tractor ride will leave from Harlan on Saturday morning. The ride is sponsored by the Nishna Valley Antique Tractor Club. For more information on the tractor ride, contact Lance Scott at 712-249-6178. The 2013 Hybrid Corn Pioneers Bi-Annual Historical Expo will take place from 9am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday. Admission is a free will donation with proceeds going to Ovarian Cancer Research. Signs will be posted off Highway 37 east of Earling.

(Joel McCall KNOD)

8AM Newscast 08-23-2013

News, Podcasts

August 23rd, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Marissa Hovde

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Chamber Image Builders give Rotary Award

News

August 23rd, 2013 by admin

The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce Image Builders Committee awards the Atlantic Rotary Club a Community Improvement Award for Santa’s Cabin in Atlantic City Park. This summer the Rotary Club invested nearly $14,000 in the restoration, sealing and securing of the cabin for the next generation of Atlantic children to enjoy during the holidays when Santa sets up his Atlantic headquarters. For more information about how to nominate or receive a Community Improvement Award please contact the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce at 712.243.3017.

7AM Newscast 08-23-2013

News, Podcasts

August 23rd, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Marissa Hovde

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Adams County Arrests

News

August 23rd, 2013 by admin

On Thursday August 22nd, the Adams County Sheriff’s Office arrested two people. 43-year old Matthew Desher of Corning was arrested and charged with aggravated assault (with weapon) after he walked into a Hy-Vee store and threatened an employee with a knife. He is being held on $2,000 bond.

Also arrested Thursday was Tara Squibb of Corning on a warrant from Union County. She is being held on $300 bond.

Two search warrants executed in Villisca

News

August 23rd, 2013 by admin

On Wednesday August 21st, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office executed two search warrants in Villisca. The first being at 113 N 4th Avenue around 9:00-a.m. 41-year old Chad Jason Rittgers of Villisca was arrested and charged with three counts of delivery of methamphetamine. He is being held on $50,000 bond. Also arrested was 38-year old Misty Marie Herring of Villisca. She was charged with child endangerment and is being held on $2,000 bond.

As a result of the second warrant at 609 East 8th Street at approximately 3:20-p.m., 35-year old Jill Currin of Villisca was arrested and charged with criminal mischief/4th, possession of methamphetamine, and additional pending drug charges. Currin was held on $1,000.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Department of Human Services Child Protection Division.