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Iowa Lt. Gov. endorses Joni Ernst for US Senate

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October 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds says she’s supporting fellow Republican Joni Ernst in her effort to win the U.S. Senate seat next year. Ernst, from Red Oak, was elected to succeed Reynolds in a southwest Iowa Senate district and is serving in her third year. Reynolds says Ernst is a proven conservative and the best of the Republican Party.

Gov. Terry Branstad says he will not endorse a Republican primary candidate for the Senate seat to be left open in 2015 by the retirement of Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin.

The primary next June will be crowded with Republicans with at least five other candidates announced and others considering a run to go up against the Democratic nominee, likely U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, the only Democrat running so far.

Cass Co. Conservation Board to hold Geocaching class & Halloween Hike

Ag/Outdoor, News

October 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

There is no shortage of outdoor activities to participate in this month, here in Cass County. The Conservation Board reports a Geocaching Class and “Magical Forest” Outdoor Hike are planned for October 19th and 26th, respectively. Cass Co Conservation Board

The “Geocaching 101″ class will be held 1-p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19th, at the Outdoor Educational Classroom, located two-miles south of Massena on Highway 148, and then left into Tucson Road for two-miles. During the class, you’ll learn about a newer technology to help you explore nature. Time will be spent on “Caching” with GPS units, and learning about the technology. You can bring your own GPS unit or use one available during the class. Pre-registration is requested by calling 712-769-2372. Let them know at that time, if you plan on bringing your own GPS.

And, the 22nd bi-annual Halloween Hike will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26th, beginning at 7-p.m., in the Camblin Addition of Sunnyside Park, in Atlantic. The event is for people of all ages, and is designed to both educate and entertain. Kids 12 and under are encouraged to arrive early to get their faces painted. Hikers will enjoy tasty treats and warm drinks after the hike.

Pre-registration is required (Call the number mentioned above, or by e-mailing lkanning@casscoia.us. If you plan to call, please leave a message with your name, phone number, the number of persons in your group and what time you wish to depart on the hike).

During the “Magical Forest” Hike, small groups will depart every 12 minutes, with the last group leaving the Camblin Addition at 8:10-p.m.  If you’d like to volunteer as one of the characters persons on the hike will encounter, please call the Conservation Department. That number again is 712-769-2372.

 

Structure fire battle continues in Red Oak

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October 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Montgomery County Emergency Management Director Brian Hamman said late this (Monday) morning, that firefighters are still on scene of the blaze that occurred early this morning in the former Pit Stop bar just east of downtown Red Oak. Hamman said the fire is under control, however crews were expected to remain on scene though at least mid-day.

Photo courtesy Montgomery County EMA.

Photo courtesy Montgomery County EMA.

Empire Construction was called in to assist crews on tearing down a portion of the buildings walls to make access to voids created during the roof collapse to extinguish the remaining hot spots. The area in and around the fire is still blocked off and will remain blocked off for several more hours.

Area residents who lost power this morning should have had it restored. If you’re power is not restored, please call Mid American Energy.

Study: Rural Iowans lack access to fruits & veggies

Ag/Outdoor, News

October 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

While Iowa is one of the nation’s top food producers, people in some areas of the state don’t have easy access to fruits and vegetables. Courtney Pinard, a research scientist, says a study finds neighborhoods that lack access to healthy foods have obesity rates 52-percent higher than communities with ready access to fresh produce.  “A lot of communities are considered what we call food deserts and that’s when the distance to the nearest full-service grocery store is more than a mile for urban areas and for rural areas, it’s ten miles,” according to Pinard.

Pinard, who works at the Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition in Omaha, says”Many communities, especially in Iowa, do have this challenge.” While many Iowans have large supermarkets nearby featuring well-stocked produce sections, she says not everyone is as fortunate. “They don’t really have access and for the majority of the population, the middle- to upper-income, they don’t really see that but, if you go into a store in a lower-income community, even the quality of the products might not be the same,” Pinard says. “The fresh fruits and vegetables just don’t even look that good.”

Efforts are underway to improve all Iowans’ access to five food categories: fruits, vegetables, lean meats, low-fat dairy and whole grains. Pinard says, “Moving forward, we’d like to have a national program to be able to support the type of work that we’re doing and also just to increase food access in our communities.”

The Farm Bill, which is still tied up in Congress, is expected to include funding for what’s called the Healthy Food Financing Initiative. The program promises to improve access to healthy food, bringing with it health benefits and revitalized communities by creating jobs and supporting small businesses.

(Radio Iowa)

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

Ag/Outdoor, News

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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