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USDA: 2013 corn harvest a record 13.9B bushels

Ag/Outdoor, News

November 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – This year’s corn crop is the largest the nation has ever seen, and exceeds earlier government projections.  In its first report since the government shutdown, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday it expects 13.99 billion bushels of corn. It had forecast 13.8 billion bushels. The previous record was 13.1 billion in 2009.

Heavy rains delayed spring planting and drought conditions returned to parts of the Midwest. Some analysts thought there would be a subpar harvest. But adequate rain and cooler temperatures at pollination time produced exceptional results, especially in Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. Prices dropped below $4.20 a bushel Friday, the lowest since 2010.

That means some farmers see lower profits, but chicken, pork, and beef producers will have lower feed costs. Grocery prices won’t be impacted.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sat., Nov. 9th 2013


November 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

WASHINGTON (AP) – Two Republican senators say just five people have enrolled in health insurance plans through the District of Columbia’s new insurance exchange. Senators Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah say many Americans are having their health insurance canceled due to President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul but are unable to enroll in a new plan.

THOMPSON, Iowa (AP) – The last hurrah for Thompson Mayor Roger Johnson came two days after his death, when he won re-election. Winter Funeral Home says the 85-year-old Johnson died Sunday at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa in Mason City. But his name remained on the ballot for Tuesday’s municipal election in Thompson, a town of 502 people about six miles from the Minnesota state line.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A Des Moines man has been accused of breaking into a neighbor’s house and offering to mow the lawn. Des Moines police say the burglary victim awoke Thursday afternoon and heard his dogs barking. The victim told police he found 28-year-old Nathan Greene standing in the living room. Greene is accused of offering to then mow the victim’s lawn for $5. Police say the victim ordered Greene out and he complied.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A 43-year-old inmate has been captured following his escape from a work release facility in Sioux City. Fred Scaletta of the state Department of Corrections says David Kreider was apprehended Friday in Sioux City. He’s being held at the Woodbury County Jail.

Inmate captured after escape from Iowa facility


November 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A 43-year-old inmate has been captured following his escape from a work release facility in Sioux City. Fred Scaletta of the state Department of Corrections says David Kreider was apprehended Friday in Sioux City. He is at the Woodbury County Jail.

Officials at the Sioux City Residential Treatment Facility say Kreider didn’t return as scheduled from his overnight shift job on Thursday morning. He’s serving a 20-year sentence for willful injury and other crimes. He was convicted of stabbing a man in October 2004.  In July last year, Kreider left the center without permission. He was found two days later by U.S. marshals and subsequently convicted of voluntary absence.

Scaletta says Kreider was given another opportunity for work release because officials perceived that his behavior had improved.

Red Oak man arrested for violating a court order


November 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak arrested local man late Friday morning for violating a court order. Officers responded to a reported verbal domestic disturbance at a residence in the 1000-block of North 5th Street at around 11:50-a.m. Upon investigation, they determined 35-year old Michael Shane Sunny Cantrell, of Red Oak, did have a valid protective order issued against him by the female in the residence.

Cantrell was taken  into custody and booked into the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center, where he was being held on $300 bond.

NE man arrested following sideswipe accident in Montgomery County


November 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County say a Nebraska man was arrested following an investigation into an accident Friday evening, in Coburg. 66-year old Donald Plott, Jr. of Omaha, was arrested in Page County on an OWI charge.

Officials say just after 7-p..m. Friday, a 1985 Dodge pickup driven by Plott, Jr., was eastbound on 270th Street about one-third of a mile west of West Railway Road in Coburg, when his pickup crossed the center line, causing his side-view mirror to collide with the side-view mirror of a westbound 2004 Chevy Silverado pickup driven by 49-year old Roger Allen Abraham, of Red Oak.

Plott failed to stop and continued west on 270th and then south onto Highway 48 into a rural driveway in Page County, where Abraham was able to get Plott to stop, while they waited for Page and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputies to arrive.

Damage from the incident amounted to $1,950. No injuries were reported.

Cass County Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign kick-off event held Wed.


November 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Salvation Army Chapter had their Red Kettle Campaign Kickoff on Wednesday (Nov. 6th), at the China Hut Restaurant in Atlantic. Local officials say last year (2012) the Red Kettle Campaign brought in over $10,000 in donations, the largest amount ever collected for the Cass County Unit, #209.

90-percent of all donations collected stay in Cass County. The money has been used for assisting individuals with food and shelter after being stranded in the area either due to bad weather or car problems, etc. Over $9,000 was used to assist with needs in the local area. Programs receiving funds this year included:

Parents As Teachers (for meeting supplies); School Principals receiving gift cards for identified students in need; Each Cass County School district received book bags to distribute to kids; Atlantic Food Pantry for Meat; Athletic shoes for needy students participating is sports partnering with Brown Shoe Fit; The Alternative School for food and hygiene products and clothing to assist students in applying for and starting jobs and the “Shop with a Cop” and “Family Dream Christmas” gift cards.

The community has been very supportive of the Red Kettle Campaign in Cass County, and the local Salvation Army Chapter is expressing its gratitude for your ongoing support. This year, the organization welcomes a new Bell Ringing Chairman, Mark Wedemeyer. He and Dave Hancock will be instrumental in finding volunteers. Anyone wishing to volunteer to assist in the Campaign this year is asked to call Mark Wedemeyer at 712-249-0938.

Any donations that are mailed in to Salvation Army Headquarters need the notation for Iowa Unit #209 on the front of their check or on the online donation form, to be credited to the local unit. The money collected here locally stays in the community to be used to assist local community members.

Pott. Co. man sentenced to 5-years in prison on drug-related charge


November 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A Judge in Pottawattamie County has sentenced a Council Bluffs man to five-years in prison for maintaining a drug-involved premises. 27-year old Justin Ray Smith was also ordered Thursday, to serve a two-year term of supervised release following his incarceration. On Feb. 8th, Smith pled guilty to the charge, which was the result of an investigation conducted by several law enforcement agencies into the importation and distribution of marijuana by a known drug trafficking group operating in the Council Bluffs and Omaha areas.

Marijuana was distributed by the group from May, 2009 through March, 2012. Smith maintained a residence on Monument Road in Council Bluffs, as a storage location and distribution point for the drug trafficking organization. Prior to sentencing Smith, Chief Judge James Gritzner sentenced Smith’s five co-defendants.

The following were sentenced earlier this year to terms in prison for conspiracy to distribute marijuana:

30-year old Christopher Brandt of Council Bluffs, was sentenced to 36-months in prison; 40-year old David L. Lopez, Jr, of Omaha, was sentenced to 48-months in prison and 26-year old Nicholas Barnes, of Council Bluffs was sentenced to 48-month.

28-year old Dennis Smith, of Council Bluffs, was sentenced to 84-months in prison for conspiracy to distribute marijuana and money laundering. And, 29-year old Gene Smith, of Council Bluffs, was sentenced to 41-months in prison for maintaining a drug-involved premises.

The investigation was conducted by seven law enforcement agencies and prosecuted by the U-S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

Exira man sentenced to 2.5-years in prison for felon in possession


November 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The U-S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa reports an Audubon County man was sentenced Thursday to two and a-half years in prison for possessing a firearm after a felony conviction. 51-year old Randy Eugene Doss, of Exira, was also ordered to serve two-years of supervised release once he completes his 30-month sentence.

On August 1st, Doss plead guilty to being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. The charge was the result of a June 12th, 2013 search by law enforcement of Doss’ home in Exira, during which a loaded .410 shotgun was discovered near the front door of the residence.

The investigation was conducted by officers with the Council Bluffs Police Department, U-S Marshall’s Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case was prosecuted by the U-S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

Greenfield historical preservation group receives national award


November 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

An historical organization in Adair County has received a national award for its efforts at restoring a nearly 120-year old building in the heart of downtown Greenfield. The National Trust for Historic Preservation presented its Preservation Honor Award for the restoration of the Warren Cultural Center in Greenfield, to the E.E. Warren Opera House Association. The project is one of 18 award winners honored by the National Trust during its 2013 National Preservation Conference in Indianapolis, IN.

E.E. Warren Opera House in Greenfield

E.E. Warren Opera House in Greenfield

Attending on behalf of the E.E. Warren Opera House Association was Board President Nancy Queck and Catherine Howe, former vice-president. Co-recipients are Greenfield Chamber of Commerce and Main Street; INVISION Architecture; the Iowa State Historic Preservation Office; and Lang Construction Group.

The National Preservation Awards are bestowed on distinguished individuals, nonprofit organizations, public agencies and corporations whose skill and determination have given new meaning to their communities through preservation of our architectural and cultural heritage.

In the face of a declining economy, the community of Greenfield took action to preserve the historic E.E. Warren Opera House. Built in 1896, the Romanesque-inspired building was a local landmark for decades, but eventually time took its toll and the building was showing its age. When Greenfield was made a Main Street Iowa community in 1996, the town redoubled its efforts to preserve the Opera House.

Led entirely by volunteers, the E.E. Warren Opera House Association raised $4.5 million. The project’s diverse mix of private and public funding – including state and federal historic tax credits – enabled an expert rehabilitation. The project also catalyzed several other downtown rehabs, including a boutique hotel and new restaurant.

The winners of the National Preservation Awards will appear online at www.PreservationNation.org/awards.

No Bull: Skull stolen from Red Oak garage


November 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report an animal skull valued at $300 was stolen sometime this past week from a garage off of B Street. The victim of the crime said a 30-by-30-inch bull skull that was attached to the garage was taken sometime between Nov. 5th and 8th. The incident remains under investigation by the Red Oak Police Department.