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Public hearing on requested variance in Atlantic for 802 Spruce St.

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June 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The City of Atlantic’s Board of Adjustment will conduct a Public Hearing at 7:30 a.m., next Monday, June 8th,  in the Council Chambers at City Hall. During the hearing, the Board will consider a variance application by Lyle Brown, at 802 Spruce Street, in Atlantic, that would allow for the construction of a residential storage shed not conforming to accessory setback requirements as stated in the Zoning Ordinance.

The Public may comment in person at the hearing or may submit written comments in advance to the City Clerk’s Office, 23 East 4th Street, Atlantic, Iowa 50022. Questions may be addressed to the Zoning Administrator, John Lund at johnlund@cityofatlantic.com or you may call 712-243-4810.

May economic report suggests slow growth ahead in Midwest

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June 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A report on a May survey says slower economic growth likely is ahead for nine Midwestern and Plains states. The survey report issued Monday says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index dropped to 50.4 last month from 52.7 April. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he highlighted drops in economic activity for companies linked to energy production and agriculture.

The survey results from supply managers are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests economic growth, while a score below that suggests decline. The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 6/1/15

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June 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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Nutrient Reduction Strategy meeting set for June 9th in Minden

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June 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Neola-Henschal Watersheds Project, along with the Harrison County and West Pottawattamie County Soil and Water Conservation Districts, are sponsoring a meeting on implementing Iowa’s nutrient reduction strategy in the loess soils region, Tuesday June 9th at the Minden Community Club, from 8- to 11:30-AM.

Dr. Matt Helmers, Professor, Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Iowa State University, and, Jamie Benning, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Water Quality Program Manager, will be featured speakers.

Iowa’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy is two years old now. The initial reaction and burst of energy has passed, and the State is directing funds towards water quality projects. In terms of helping comply with the Nutrient Reduction Strategy, officials say the nature of the problem in the loess soils region is different than the rest of the state, requiring different solutions. Questions that need to be answered include “What are the differences in how the nutrients cycle? How should we be doing things differently? Do we need to worry more about gullies than sheet and rill erosion?”

The lion’s share of the burden is on agricultural producers and landowners. But everyone has a share of the problem, and a share of the solution. For more information about the Neola-Henschal Watersheds Project, contact West Pottawattamie County Soil and Water Conservation District, at 712-328-2489 extension 3.

The Neola – Henschal Creeks Watershed Project is supported in part by the Iowa Watershed Improvement Fund administered by the Iowa Watershed Improvement Review Board and with support from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Division of Soil Conservation.

Creston Police Dept. arrest/incident report, 6/1/15

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June 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Creston Police Department today (Monday) said there were three arrests over the weekend and one juvenile referred to other authorities. Officials say early Sunday morning, 33-year old Natasha Woody, of Creston, was arrested on a charge of Domestic Abuse Assault. Woody was later released on a $2,000 bond.

Sunday night, 23-year old Brandon Case, of Creston, was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana. He was later released from the Union County Jail on $1,000 bond.

Last Friday night, Creston Police arrested 19-year old Jacob Davis, of Creston, for Interference with Official Acts, OWI/1st Offense, and Reckless Driving. Davis, who was arrested near the intersection of Highway 34 and Division Streets, was later released on $1,000 bond. At the same time and place, 18-year old Hunter Miller, of Creston, was arrested for Interference with Official Acts and Public Intoxication. He was later released from custody on a $300 bond.

And on Friday afternoon, 14-year old Sheldon Jones, of Creston, was referred to Juvenile Services on a 4th degree Theft charge. Jones was then released to the custody of his parent.

Creston Police said also, a resident in the 800 block of West Howard Street reported on Saturday, someone took her check book and forged multiple checks on the account. The incidents occurred between April 1st and May 23rd. The loss was estimated at nearly $3,359.

(Podcast) KJAN News, 6/1/2015

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June 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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Atlantic native honored for service to Univ. of Idaho & the beef industry

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June 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Dr. Carl Hunt, native of Atlantic and who graduated from the Atlantic High School in 1971, and thirty-year member of the University of Idaho faculty, was recently honored by that university’s alumni association for his service to the University and to the Idaho beef industry. After retiring as head of the University’s animal science department, Hunt continued to lead a Steer-A-Year program, in which the state’s cattle producers and other supporters annually donate steers to support animal science student scholarships and beef cattle research.

Award nomination letters emphasized Hunt’s enthusiastic work with students, both inside and outside the classroom, even after he had assumed the duties of department head. That included industry tours for students, linking them with potential employers in both cattle operations and in related industry companies, and his work with individual cattle producers across the state. The Idaho Cattle Association also recently named Hunt “Industry Leader of the Year” for his work with the state’s industry.

Idaho’s Steer-A-Year program not only provides scholarships, steer donors receive awards in accord with how their donated steers performed in the feedlot and at harvest, in gain per day, carcass cutability, leanness, and product value. Two years ago, Hunt and his wife, Maria, established the Hunt Family Beef Education and Research Foundation, to insure continued support to the beef cattle program of the University.

Hunt is the son of the late Jim and Gertrude Hunt of Atlantic and he and his brother and sister maintain land interests in the Atlantic area.

Potential breakthrough in Alzheimer’s research at Iowa State University

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June 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

An Iowa State University researcher will travel to Seattle this week to discuss a promising study about memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s disease. Auriel Willette will present his findings at an annual meeting of the Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society. Willette has found evidence that an elevated presence of a certain protein, neuronal pentraxin-2, may slow cognitive decline and reduce brain atrophy in people with Alzheimer’s disease.

Auriel Willette

Auriel Willette

“I think this could give us, as researchers, a new insight into why some people might go on to develop Alzheimer’s disease or perhaps why their disease progression might more marked than those with a kinder profile,” Willette said. The protein neuronal pentraxin-2 is naturally produced in the body and regulates connections between nerve cells or neurons. Both physical and mental exercise can help induce more activity between neurons, which could in turn boost a person’s level of neuronal pentraxin-2.

“One venue of research I would like to pursue with this is looking to see if being more mentally active perhaps raises these (protein) levels, because being more mentally active tends to cause more of these connections between neurons, between these brain cells,” Willette said. The Alzheimer’s Association predicts that by 2050, nearly 14 million Americans over 65 will have Alzheimer’s.

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Iowa Amber Alert cancelled

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June 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

An AMBER ALERT issued early this (Monday) morning for two children missing from Jefferson has been cancelled, after both children were located at a Des Moines hotel with the suspect, 21-year old Allison Tucker.

Allison Tucker

Allison Tucker

Tucker was arrested and taken into custody without incident. Both children were found safe and unharmed.

The Jefferson Police Department at 3-a.m. had issued the AMBER ALERT in connection with the disappearance of two Native American children identified as 4-year old Reed Day, and 2-year old Rheea Lee Ann Day. The children belong to a good friend of the suspect, who was allowed to leave with them Sunday afternoon when they travelled to Des Moines to look at a dog. Tucker did not return with the children and had no contact with the mother.

Reed Day

Reed Day

Rheea Day

Rheea Day

Bluffs Police investigate burglary & shots fired incidents

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June 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs are investigating separate incidents of burglary and shots fired. Authorities say at around 10-p.m., Sunday, officers were called to 2724 North Broadway Street for a reported Burglary in progress, with possible shots fired. An initial investigation has determined 34-year old Shawn DeShane and 32-year old Georgetta Bothwell, both of Council Bluffs, were at home, when they saw two white male suspects attempt to kick-in their back door. DeShane and Bothwell retreated to another part of the house where they heard the suspects enter the residence.

The unknown suspects were seen taking property out of the home, and as they fled in a white Dodge truck with the front bumper missing, one of the suspects allegedly fired several shots from a semi-automatic handgun toward the residence. No injuries were reported.

The second incident happened at around 5:47-p.m. Council Bluffs Police were called to the area of 6th and Mill Streets, for a report of shots fired. The initial investigation determined 31-year old Rodney L. Koehrsen, of Council Bluffs, got into a verbal altercation with a white male, who pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and continued to argue with Koehrsen.

The suspect, who was described as having brown hair, about 5-feet 9-inches tall and weighing 140-pounds, allegedly pointed the gun at Koehrsen, as the argument continued. As Koehrsen backed-away from the suspect, the man fired a shot at Koehrsen’s feet. No injuries were reported. The suspect then left the home and took off in a possibly silver-colored Buick sedan with Dealer plates.

Both incidents remain under investigation.