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Iowa to spend $700 million on road projects this year

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April 20th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Department of Transportation says it plans to spend a record $700 million on construction on state and interstate highway projects this year.Road work ahead The Des Moines Register reports the department spent $656 million on road projects in 2014. A 10-cent-per-gallon tax gasoline tax increase, which took effect March 1, will provide about $200 million annually to cities and counties across the state. There are statewide plans to fill potholes, repair aging bridges and install new concrete and asphalt pavement.

Des Moines Public Works Director Jonathan Gano estimates the city’s budget will receive an additional $3.7 million annually because of the tax increase. Officials say that up to 500 work zones will be set up statewide from now until the end of the road construction season in November.

SBA Names City of Manning as the 2015 Iowa SBA Small Business Community of the Year

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April 20th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration has named the City of Manning as the recipient of its 2015 Iowa SBA Small Business Community of the Year.Manning This is the inaugural year for the award, which highlights community efforts to support small business. Communities (defined as a city, town, county, regional economic development or planning district) were invited to submit nominations to the SBA’s Iowa District Office showcasing their efforts to support small businesses.U.S.-Small-Business-Administration Submissions were judged on the following criteria:

• Key programs and incentives implemented to attract and retain small businesses.

• Leveraging of community resources with other federal, state, county and local programs to benefit the small business community.

• Examples of how the community directly contributed to the success of a local small business.

Manning, a community with a population of about 1,500 in Carroll County, was selected for demonstrating an ideal collaborative environment for small business success, utilizing revolving loan funds, TIF financing, Main Street program, Iowa Challenge Grants, tax abatement policies, funding from local utilities, Community Block Grant Programs and local community foundations.

Manning’s leveraging of federal, state and local government, higher education and community resources was also recognized for helping the community create an ideal small business culture. The city also identified cultural, health care and education initiatives as critical resources for small business success.

Jayne Armstrong, district director of the SBA’s Iowa District Office, says “The SBA is honored to recognize Manning as the inaugural winner of the SBA Iowa Small Business Community of the Year. The city has leveraged a large number of programs and partners to create an ideal environment for small business.”

The award will be presented to Manning at the Iowa Smart Conference in Des Moines on May 7th. The SBA also plans to re-present the award at a special ceremony in Manning at a later date this spring. Manning was selected among 11 nominations from small towns, larger cities and regional economic corridors from throughout the state.

Ambassadors Celebrate 95 years of the Atlantic Rotary Club

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April 20th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Ambassadors recently celebrated the 95th Anniversary of the Atlantic Rotary Club and the 110th Anniversary of the International Club. This year’s Rotary Auction will be held on November 21, 2015. The Rotary Auction has provided funds back to the community for many organizations since the first auction in 1983.

Pictured: Dave Chase, Ted Robinson, Dolly Bergmann, Kellie Jimerson, Brian Harris, Sue Muri, Nedra Perry, JoAnn Runyan, Sara Nelson, Megan Roberts, Jolene Roecker, Carole Schuler, Arlene Drennan, Lana Westphalan, Debbie Leistad, Kathie Hockenberry, Janet Cappel, Dianne Gipple, Pat McCurdy, Russ Joyce, Steve Tjepkes, Melissa Inhan, Todd Hudspeth, Chrystal Christensen, Lucas Moiser, Melanie Petty, Dr. Keith Leonard, Dr. Jim Kickland, Rich Perry, Dr. Mitch Peerbolte, Dan Rossell, Dr. Haley Kickland and Donnie Drennan.

Pictured: Dave Chase, Ted Robinson, Dolly Bergmann, Kellie Jimerson, Brian Harris, Sue Muri, Nedra Perry, JoAnn Runyan, Sara Nelson, Megan Roberts, Jolene Roecker, Carole Schuler, Arlene Drennan, Lana Westphalan, Debbie Leistad, Kathie Hockenberry, Janet Cappel, Dianne Gipple, Pat McCurdy, Russ Joyce, Steve Tjepkes, Melissa Inhan, Todd Hudspeth, Chrystal Christensen, Lucas Moiser, Melanie Petty, Dr. Keith Leonard, Dr. Jim Kickland, Rich Perry, Dr. Mitch Peerbolte, Dan Rossell, Dr. Haley Kickland and Donnie Drennan.

Searching for a soldier’s photo, for the ‘virtual wall of faces’

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April 20th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

An effort to find photos of all 851 Iowans who died in the Vietnam War is almost complete. Iowa Newspaper Association executive director Chris Mudge says last May the search began for the last 47 photos. “We have located all but one,” she says. “David LeRoy McCombs served in the Army. He died on October 11, 1969 at the age of 26. He was from Oskaloosa. We hope to find a picture of David so he can be placed next to his 850 comrades who, along with David, made the ultimate sacrifice.”

The photos are part of the “Faces Never Forgotten” project. A virtual wall of soldiers’ faces will be featured in the education center next to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. Governor Terry Branstad asked Mudge to speak at his weekly news conference to issue what Branstad referred to as a “call for action” in hopes of finding someone who knew McCombs.  “As a Vietnam era veteran and the governor of Iowa, I want to ensure that every Iowan who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation is recognized and honored,” Branstad said.

A fire destroyed key military records and officials do not know what race McCombs was, or where he may have attended school. They have found his birth certificate and know his hometown was Oskaloosa. His last known address was California. Branstad says anyone who may have information about McCombs should contact the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs.

(Radio Iowa)

Shelby County Fire Danger index “Moderate” this week

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April 20th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Strong winds early this week across western Iowa have prompted the Shelby County Emergency Management Agency to ask participating businesses and fire departments in the County, to move their Fire Danger placards into the “Moderate” danger category, through Thursday.Moderate Fire Danger rating The winds are expected to be problematic for those who may have been considering burning brush or fields. Exercise extreme caution.

Officials say if you have a large burn, please notify your Fire Chief, prior to ignition. Call the Emergency Mgmt. Agency at 712-755-2124 for assistance, if needed.

Nominees Announced for the Young Professionals of Atlantic Awards Gala

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April 20th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Young Professionals of Atlantic (YPA) have announced the 2015 nominees for the second annual YPA Awards Gala presented by the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce and Megan Roberts State Farm. The event is designed to celebrate the achievements of young professionals who demonstrate excellence and innovation in his/her profession and community.YPA logo

In addition to recognizing the success of area young professionals, one Chamber business will be recognized as the YP Choice Workplace of the Year. The YP Choice Workplace Award recognizes companies who effectively attract, retain and develop young professionals. Nominations were received in the following categories: YP Newcomer, YP Business Leader, YP Entrepreneur, YP Public Servant and YP Choice Workplace. The nominees are as follows (name/employer):

  • Newcomer: Dan Mehmen/Principal Financial & Darryl D. Smith Company; Dr. Ojash Raval/Cass County Health System, and Anthony Smith/1st United Methodist Church.
  • Business Leader: Dr’s. Pat & Kate Hoffmann/Atlantic Animal Health Center; Ryan Legg/Rehab Vision at CCHS; Kevin Wieser/Brown’s Shoe Fit Company, and Jenny Williams/Lindeman Tractor.
  • Entrepreneur: Tricia Brosam/Eastside Salon; Brandi Eckles/Lou Lou’s, and Adam Nelson/Snipers Smokin BBQ.
  • Public Servant: Cate Christensen/Wells Fargo; Lora Kanning/Cass County Conservation; John Lund/City of Atlantic; Jessica Nichols/Wells Fargo, and Ouida Wymer/Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce.
  • Choice Workplace: Cass County Health System and Deter Motor Company.

The 2015 award winners will be announced at the YPA Awards Gala on April 29, starting at noon. The event will take place at the Atlantic Golf & Country Club. Special thanks also goes out to Awards Partner, Renew Ag Supply. Visit www.atlanticiowa.com to register on the Events Calendar page or call the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce at 712-243-3017.

The Young Professionals of Atlantic is an organization focused on connecting, engaging and attracting young leaders into the community while promoting greater Atlantic. Any interested individuals can contact chamber@atlanticiowa.com or call 712-243-3017 for information.

Glenwood teen crashes vehicle into building while attempting to park

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April 20th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

No injuries were reported after a teenaged driver accidentally crashed a car into a building in Glenwood, Sunday afternoon. Glenwood Police report 14-year old Brianne Merritt, of Glenwood, was attempting to park a 2011 Buick LaCrosse on the parking lot of the Eddy’s convenience store at 1200 Locust Street. While pulling into a handicapped spot on the southeast side of the business, the teen accelerated, causing the car to hit the front of the store, just north of the front entrance.

The car crashed through the wall at around 2:12-p.m. and entered the store before Merritt put the vehicle into reverse and backed out into the parking lot. A male employee of the store was the only person in the building, but he escaped injury. Four other people in the car, including Merritt’s mother and three juveniles, were also uninjured.

No citations were issued. Police said the crash was caused by driver inexperience. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $2,000, while the building sustained $5,000 damage.

The Glenwood P-D reports also, 33-year old Caleb Wear, of Silver City, was arrested Sunday for OWI/1st offense. His bond was set at $1,000.

Clarinda man arrested on assault charge

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April 20th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

(Corrects address to Clarinda instead of Red Oak)

Deputies in Page County, early Saturday morning, arrested one person on an assault charge.

Ricky Peterson

Ricky Peterson

38-year old Ricky Dean Petersen, of Clarinda, was arrested at around 7-a.m. on a charge of Domestic Abuse Assault, following an investigation into a domestic disturbance at 1389 O Avenue. Petersen was transported to the Page County Jail, appeared later before a Magistrate,  posted bond and was then released.

(Update) Audubon County authorities continue to investigate drowning

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April 20th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

In an update to our report Saturday morning, the Audubon County Sheriff’s Office says it is continuing to investigate a drowning incident in a rural farm pond. The body of 63-year old Maynard Nielsen, of Elk Horn, was found lying face down by a dock, in about 4-feet of water.

Nielsen’s vehicle was parked nearby. The owner of the property found Nielsen’s body. Nielsen suffered from cerebral palsy most of his life, but it’s not known if that or another medical condition contributed to the incident.  An autopsy was scheduled to be performed in Ankeny.

(Podcast) KJAN News, 4/20/2015

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April 20th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 8-a.m. Newscast w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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