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Red Oak Police


August 21st, 2014 by admin

The Red Oak Police Department arrested a Red Oak man Wednesday. Scott Foster was placed under arrest on a Red Oak warrant for failure to appear and taken to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and is being held on three-hundred dollar bond.

Nebraska man charged in chase through 3 states


August 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

MARYVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A Nebraska man is charged in Missouri after a police chase that wound through parts of three states before ending in northwest Missouri. Nodaway County, MO., Prosecuting Attorney Robert Rice on Tuesday charged 37-year-old Neal Alan Ulfers, of Lincoln, Nebraska, with tampering and resisting arrest, both felonies.

Ulfers was arrested Monday after the chase ended in Maryville. He is accused of stealing a pickup truck from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and eluding officers in southwest Iowa before entering northwest Missouri. Investigators say the chase reached speeds up to 80 mph, and Ulfers sometimes drove the wrong direction on highways, two-lane blacktops and gravel roads.

The Maryville Daily Forum reports Ulfers was finally forced off the road by a state trooper.

Study: Farmers are being cautious with cash over fears about 2015

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August 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A survey of Midwestern agricultural lenders conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank finds plenty of wary farmers across Iowa and the region. Nathan Kauffman, with the Omaha branch office of the Fed’s seven-state 10th District, says not too many farmers and livestock producers are worried about this year, but 2015 is another matter. “Thinking about 2014, the crop insurance price for corn, for example, was set at $4.62 which is quite a bit higher than where cash prices are right now,” Kauffman says. “Going into early next year, February will be another important month, just thinking about what the crop insurance price might be set going into next year.”

Kauffman says most rural bankers reported solid credit conditions, but also say farmers are being very cautious about making equipment purchases or other capital outlays. “The important thing to note for now is that it looks like credit quality is still strong,” Kauffman says. “Repayment rates, though they’ve softened a bit, are still relatively strong, although that does present some concerns going forward.”

Analysts say this cautious approach by farmers will cause an economic ripple effect that will be felt by businesses throughout Iowa and across the region.

(Radio Iowa)

Research finds deadly hog virus can be spread through feed

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August 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A deadly virus that’s driving up pork prices as it’s wiped out as many as one in every ten piglets in Iowa in the past year can be spread through hog feed, according to new research. Dr. Scott Dee, the study’s lead author and research director at Minnesota’s Pipestone Veterinary Services, says they were stunned to learn Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus, or P-E-D-V, can travel through livestock feed.

“That’s why I think the industry is a little reactive to that, because it’s new, it’s a surprise,” Dee says. “Again, no blame on the feed industry because we’re partners and we have to work together, but we have to realize that it is a potential risk, so we can manage that risk.” Iowa’s first P-E-D-V case was found more than a year ago. Since then, the virus has killed as many as seven-million pigs nationwide.

There have been more than 41-hundred cases reported in 26 states, including more than a thousand cases in Iowa. Dee isn’t sure where the virus originated but believes the study’s findings can help deter future outbreaks. He says the revelation that P-E-D-V travels through feed has shaken the pork industry. “The feed’s the wild card because historically feed hasn’t been a risk factor for disease transfer,” he says. “Now, all of the sudden, we have a pathogen that does. The fact that the feed could potentially be a vehicle was a big surprise.”

The study is being published in the B-M-C Veterinary Research Journal. Later this month, Dee’s team will release a paper on commercially-available feed additives which he says will help in the prevention of P-E-D-V. The Hawkeye State is the nation’s number-one hog producer in an industry worth some six-point-seven billion dollars to the Iowa economy.

(Radio Iowa)

Man gets life for 2003 Council Bluffs slaying


August 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A 37-year-old man has given life in prison without the possibility of parole for killing another man more than 11 years ago in Council Bluffs. The Daily Nonpareil says James Harris was sentenced Wednesday. A Pottawattamie County jury convicted Harris on July 1 of first-degree murder. Prosecutors say he stabbed to death Nelson Alvarez-Hernandez during a robbery on July 31, 2003.

The case went cold until police used DNA results to tie Thomas Sanchez, of La Vista, Nebraska, to the case and arrest him in January. That led police back to Harris, who police say had long been a suspect. Harris was arrested in March. Charges against Sanchez were dropped on June 24.

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Citizens group sues to stop new state water rules

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August 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A citizens group opposed to new rules approved Tuesday by the Iowa commission regulating water quality has filed a lawsuit seeking to stop implementation of the rules. Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund asks a judge to void the rules approved unanimously by the nine-member Environmental Protection Commission. The rules, supported by farm groups, establish new inspection and permit processes for livestock farms.

Iowa CCI and three of its members claiming they have been personally affected by farm pollution say in the lawsuit the commission vote was illegal because five members of the EPC have a financial stake in livestock farming. The lawsuit says they should have recused themselves from voting on the rules they claim are too weak.

2014 Guthrie County 4-H Hall of Fame Inductee

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August 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with ISU Extension in Guthrie County report Jim & Jo Laughery of Guthrie Center were inducted into the 2014 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair on Sunday, August 17th.Laughery's Hall of Fame Eighty-two counties and two state level Iowa 4-H Volunteers were inducted during the ceremony at the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair.

4-H has been a large part of the Laughery family. Mary Jo Laughery grew up in Guthrie County 4-H and was a part of the Beaver Valley Girls 4-H Club. While in 4-H she was busy with sewing, home furnishings, and demonstrations. She was unable to show cattle in the girls club so she joined the Valley Boosters Boys 4-H Club. While in the boys’ club she finally got the opportunity to show her Hereford cattle. She learned many life lessons from both clubs. She then became a 4-H leader for eight years for the US Sunbeams while her children were in 4-H. She also received the Guthrie County Alumni Award in 1983 for all of her hard work and dedication to the program.

Although Jim was never in 4-H he is no stranger to the program. He has served on the county fairboard for many years. Together, they own the Guthrie Livestock Auction. They allow the 4-H’ers the use of their scale before, in-between, and during county fair. They support the 4-H program by also running the fair livestock auction in which Mary Jo clerks all of the animals by hand. They also have purchased animals from the 4-Hers when the buyers fell through so the members didn’t lose their premiums.

Counties select inductees for their exceptional work in contributing to the lives of 4-H members and the overall 4-H program. Many inductees served as club leaders, youth mentors, fair superintendents or fair board members, fair judges, financial supporters, chaperones, or ISU Extension & Outreach staff members. The inductees have demonstrated dedication, encouragement, commitment and guidance to Iowa 4-H’ers through the years.

Awards presented at Iowa State Fair to families that have lead the way on environmental stewardship

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August 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Gov. Terry E. Branstad, Iowa Sec. of Agriculture Bill Northey and Iowa Department of Natural Resources Director Chuck Gipp presented 88 Iowa farm families with the Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award during a ceremony at the Iowa State Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 13th. This was the third year for the award program and to date more than 200 families have received recognition.

Among the award recipients this year was: Dan Buman, of Harlan; Randy, Janalee & Merritt Caviness,  of Greenfield; Audrey Charter, of Adair; Dennis & Jacque Hoover, in Guthrie Center; Stanley & Barbara Johnson, of Villisca; Charles and Ruth Owen, of Guthrie Center; and Bill and Margaret Thomas, of Emerson.

The award is a joint effort between the Governor, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources to recognize the efforts of Iowa’s farmers as environmental leaders committed to healthy soils and improved water quality. It seeks to recognize the exemplary voluntary actions of farmers that improve or protect the environment and natural resources of our state while also encouraging other farmers to follow in their footsteps by building success upon

Winners were presented a certificate as well as a yard sign donated by Monsanto and a  commemorative program provided by The Nature Conservancy. Hagie Manufacturing sponsored a recognition luncheon following the ceremony. All winners were chosen by a selection group representing both conservation and agricultural groups.

Cass Supervisors approve industrial prop. tax exemption & CDBG apps


August 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors met Wednesday morning, at the courthouse in Atlantic. During their session, the Board passed a motion by Supervisor Duance McFadden to approve an “Application for Industrial Property Tax Exemption (per Iowa Code( of A. M. Cohron & Son, Inc for reconstruction of an existing building due to economic obsolescence. The board also approved the portion of the project that is “new construction” with the understanding that this project is eligible for the five year sliding scale tax abatement.

Jeremy Middents, Housing Director with SWIPCO met with the county, the local government CDBG disaster recovery recipient for the flow through of grant funds. He reported that some funding was still available from the 2008 disaster recovery efforts after the 5th round. SWIPCO is the lead agency for the western Iowa ‘super region’. Six projects to construct housing in six cities have been presented and board approval is needed before applications may be submitted for consideration.

Supervisor Gaylord Schelling made the motion for the Board to certify that it has reviewed all six applications for Multi-family Construction Program-Round 6 CDBG funding and gives its approval for submission of the six applications. The Projects include: in Atlantic, a 24 unit apartment building; in Dunlap, 7 upper story apartments; in Avoca, a 20 unit apartment complex; in Woodbine, reconstruction of 3 apartments; in Perry, 20 townhomes; and in Guthrie Center, 10 upper story

The Board also approved an  application for the Renewal of a Class C Beer Permit and Sunday Sales Privilege (effective 10/18/2014) for 21st Century Cooperative, in Massena. Their next meeting is Friday, August 29th.