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Google announces additional major investments in Iowa Total Iowa

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November 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Google is investing another $200 million in its Council Bluffs data center operations as it invests $75 million in a wind farm in central Iowa. Google announced the additional investment in the data center on Friday at a Statehouse news conference. The Mountain View-Calif.-based tech giant has an existing $600 million data center it announced in 2007. In April, Google said it would build a $300 million data center near the existing campus. Friday’s announcement would add $200 million to that new site.

Google said Thursday it was investing $75 million in the Rippey Wind Farm in Greene County as part of its effort to encourage development of cleaner energy sources. Google’s investment in Iowa now stands at $1.1 billion.

Daoust receives Teacher of the Year award

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November 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A man with ties to Atlantic has received the 2012 Teacher of the Year award from the Shenandoah Community School District. Brian Daoust, graduated from the Atlantic High School in 1995. He received his degree from the University of Northern Iowa, and has been teaching Social Studies and Broadcasting at the Middle School in Shenandoah, for the past four or five years. Prior to that, he taught at Central Lyon Community School District.

The award was presented to Daoust during the annual American Education Week reception, held Wednesday, at the Shenandoah Middle School. In a form nominating him for the award, it was noted “Brian is the type of teacher and coach who goes above and beyond the call of duty.” He is said to be “…Innovative, and willing to go to great lengths to get things done to make programs work.”

Daoust created a broadcasting class several years ago at the school. His idea, coupled with community support, allowed a broadcasting booth to be built in the back corner of his classroom. Several of his broadcasting students have won state recognition. It was also noted that Daoust is a dedicated father and husband, with high moral values.

Brian Daoust is the son of Mark Daoust, in Atlantic.

Cell tower copper theft reported

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November 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Page County are investigating the theft of copper wiring from a cell phone tower. Officials say Sean Monahan, of Essex, reported Monday that someone climbed the Chat Mobility tower at 404 Howland Street in Emerson, and removed about 160-feet of two-watt stranded copper cable. The cable was valued at $1,200. The incident happened sometime between October 27th and November 12th.

You may recall we told you last week, that another Chat Mobility cell phone tower had been hit during the same time frame. Sheriff’s officials in Montgomery County reported that sometime between October 25th and November 7th, someone cut and stole 160-feet of copper wiring from the Chat Mobility tower at 1926 Ironwood Avenue, in Red Oak. They also took copper wire from a radio station tower in the area. The combined replacement cost of the wire was estimated at around $3,000.

Vehicle vandalism reported in Shambaugh

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November 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Page County are investigating damage to three-vehicles in Shambaugh. The incident occurred sometime after seven-p.m. on November 1st. Clarinda resident Jim Chambers told officials the damage was inflicted on vehicles which were parked on property Chambers owns, at 206 Main Street, in Shambaugh. Sheriff’s officials say the damage was estimated at $13,200 altogether. It included tires being slashed on a Ford F-250 pickup. That vehicle, along with a Ford Ranger pickup and another Ford truck, also sustained scratches associated with vandalism typically described as “keying.”

Theft reported in Page County

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November 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Page County Sheriff’s Office says a Braddyville man has reported an incident of theft. Mike Marriott told authorities someone entered a garage at his residence in the 26-hundred block of 300th Street, and stole a 40-gallon Sanborne air compressor, valued at $700. The theft, which remains under investigation, is believed to have occurred over the weekend.

Essex Golf Course establishment subjected to license check

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November 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Page County Sheriff’s Office put the owner of a bar at the Essex Golf Course, and a bartender, on notice that they allegedly violated the terms of their liquor license. Officials say at around 2:20-a.m. November 11th, deputies performed an alcohol license check at the Essex Golf Course, which is required to stop serving alcohol at 2-a.m.  Sheriff Lyle Palmer says deputies found violations of the license, and spoke with Ricky Hawkes, of Essex, and bartender Travis Williams, of Omaha.

Both men were informed of the violations, and information about the incident was forwarded to the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) agency for further review. No charges have been filed at this time, and the business remains open.

Clarinda man arrests on Page & Taylor Co. warrants

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November 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Page County Sheriff’s Department reports the arrest Wednesday, of 24-year old Kiel Martin Brittain, of Clarinda. Brittain was taken into custody at around 8:15-p.m., on warrants out of Page and Taylor Counties. Brittain was brought to the Page County Jail, posted a $600 bond, and was ordered to appear in court at a later date, in both counties.

Harlan P.D. arrest report

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November 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Harlan Police Department today (Friday), released a report on arrests made over the past couple of weeks. The most recent arrests came November 8th, when officers investigated a reported assault. Officials say 24-year old Kurtis Kobold and 23-year old Brooke Scheffler, both of Harlan, allegedly assaulted Kimmy Kobold, of Harlan. When officers arrived at the residence in the 1300 block of 6th Street on November 8th, they found Brooke Scheffler at the bottom of the stairs, suffering from injuries that were allegedly caused by Kurtis Kobold. He was subsequently arrested on charges of assault causing injury, and domestic abuse assault. Scheffler was transported to Myrtue Medical Center to be treated for her injuries. She was arrested afterward, on a charge of domestic abuse assault.

On November 7th, Police in Harlan arrested 22-year old Brittni Finken, of Harlan, on a charge of Domestic Abuse, after she allegedly struck her sister, Danielle Finken, several times. The incident reportedly happened at a residence in the 1300 block of Durant Street.

And, on November 6th, 47-year old Randall Schwery, of Earling, was arrested by Harlan Police on a charge of Interference with Official Acts, after he was apparently passed out behind the wheel of his vehicle, and became resistant when asked by officers to exit the vehicle.

Iowa Museum Association Announces 2013-2014 Board Members

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November 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Museum Association has announced the names of the Board of Directors who will lead the organization in 2013-14. Leading the organization for the next two years will be:  Angela Stanford, Danish Immigrant Museum, Elkhorn, who will serve as President. And, among the Board members from western Iowa, is Tina Popson, with the Hitchcock Nature Center and Saundra Leininger, with French Icarian Colony.

The Iowa Museum Association is a statewide organization, serving a constituency that includes art centers and museums, botanical gardens, children’s museums, historic sites, historical societies, living history sites, nature centers, natural history museums, planetariums, science and technology centers, and zoos.

The mission of the Iowa Museum Association is to provide quality training and development to Iowa museum professionals and volunteers, advocate for support of Iowa’s museums, and build a strong community of museums and museum supporters in Iowa.

Google is expecting to make 2nd of 2 big Iowa announcements this afternoon

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November 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Another major economic development announcement from Google is expected this (Friday) afternoon, the second one in Iowa this week. The internet search engine giant is powered by eight data centers, including one in Council Bluffs. Google’s already invested 600-million dollars in that facility and the new announcement is expected to be detailing an expansion of the center in southwest Iowa.

Earlier this week, Google announced it will pump 75-million dollars into a wind farm in central Iowa near the town of Rippey. Given its acres of computer servers, the company uses a significant amount of power, so officials want to invest in renewable forms of energy that cause less pollution.

Today’s announcement is expected at 3:30 PM.

(Radio Iowa)