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Morel mushroom hunters in Iowa are getting ready to go out

Ag/Outdoor, News

April 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Iowans who love to hunt, cook and eat morel mushrooms are ready to start scoping out their secret areas in hopes of finding their prized growths of fungus. Maxine Stone has hunted the elusive mushrooms for years and says they have a distinctive look. “A morel is either black or yellow or grey and it has ridges and pits, definite ridges and definite pits,” Stone says, “and when you cut it down from the top to the bottom, it’s totally hollow inside.”

A Morel mushroom (ISU Extension photo)

A Morel mushroom (ISU Extension photo)

Stone says those who are morel hunting for the first time should go with people who know what the mushroom looks like. She says you should never eat a wild mushroom without positively identifying it. “I think first time around, if you’re going to eat a mushroom, I wouldn’t go by a picture,” Stone says. “I would either take it to someone who knows what they’re doing or take really good pictures of the mushrooms and send them to someone who knows what they’re doing.”

Stone says her favorite way to cook morels is by sauteing them with onion, cream and cognac over pasta and bread. Some people prefer to bread and fry them, but she says that’s too “old school.” Stone adds, you should always cook a wild mushroom before you eat it. Morel hunter Malissa Briggler says morels can be found near dying elm trees but avid mushroom hunters keep quiet tabs on the places where they hunt.

Briggler says,  “A lot of times they’ll be popping up at the same spot next year so you want to kind of guard your area closely so you don’t let your secret out or you might have somebody beat you to the spot next year.” Briggler says you do not need a license to hunt morels, but hunters should get permission from landowners and check regulations on public land before collecting mushrooms.

(Radio Iowa)

(Podcast) KJAN News, 4/13/2015

News, Podcasts

April 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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

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3 OWI arrests in Creston

News

April 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Creston Police arrested three people on OWI charges over the weekend. Early Saturday morning, 38-year old Shane Lee Sanden, of Creston, was arrested for OWI/2nd offense. Early Sunday morning, Creston Police arrested 21-year old Robert Paul Campbell, of Orient, for OWI/1st offense, and, 53-year old Phillip Alan Hansen, of Creston, for OWI/2nd offense.

Sanden and Hansen were being held in the Union County Jail on $2,000 bond, each, while Campbell’s bond was set at $1,000.

(Podcast) KJAN News & funeral report, 4/13/2015

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April 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:06-a.m. report w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Iowa Warning: Debris Turns Deadly in the Blink of an Eye

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April 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa – As Iowa slowly inches closer to summer, it’s becoming a common site on roadways across the state – vehicles hauling yard and garden waste or large, bulky items to area landfills – and drivers are being urged to secure their loads.
Leslie Irlbeck, program and outreach manager with the Metro Waste Authority in Des Moines, says making sure that loads are secure helps keep roadways clean and more importantly, helps keep drivers safe from the dangers of debris.

“According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, there are about 25,000 crashes that are caused each year and there are 80 to 90 deaths (in North America),” she points out. “And these are preventable if we all just take that extra step and make sure that things are safe.”

Irlbeck notes that many landfills in Iowa have strict policies for arriving with a secure load and those drivers who don’t can be charged a service fee of between $10 and $100, depending on the size of the vehicle.  Irlbeck says it really doesn’t take much for a loose item being hauled to fall or go flying, so if the load cannot be fully enclosed within a vehicle or trailer, it should be secured – either by tying it down or covering it with a tarp.

“And that’s especially important for smaller items – like maybe some recyclables, or some yard waste material as well,” she explains. “But even larger things need to be secured down, and that can be done with bungee cords or tie-downs, or twine. Things like sofas or large chairs are even at risk at flying out of the back of a truck.

(Iowa News Service)

Egg executives to be sentenced today (Monday) in salmonella outbreak

Ag/Outdoor, News

April 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Two former egg industry executives are scheduled to be sentenced in Sioux City on Monday for their roles in a 2010 salmonella outbreak that sickened thousands. Austin “Jack” DeCoster and his son Peter DeCoster pleaded guilty last June to misdemeanor charges of shipping adulterated food.  The two hope to avoid jail time, but prosecutors have argued for tough punishment because of the widespread harm caused by the outbreak.

Prosecutors also say the DeCosters knew their Iowa egg facilities were at risk for contamination. Federal health officials linked 1,939 illnesses to the 2010 outbreak, but they estimate that up to 56,000 people may have been sickened. The Quality Egg company agreed to pay a $6.8 million fine as part of a plea agreement, and the DeCosters will pay $100,000 apiece.

Initial autopsy completed in Bluffs childs’ death

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April 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

An initial autopsy was conducted Saturday on the body of a Council Bluffs child who died at an apartment complex, last Friday. Bluffs Police Sgt. Chad Meyers says the results of the autopsy on 18-month old Jayden Suriano have not yet been released to authorities, and until that’s done, an investigation into the child’s death will continue. Foul play however, is not suspected.

Meyers says Jayden was playing with his 3-year-old brother when he fell off a ladder. The child’s father was home at the time. Emergency responders took the boy to a local hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead. The accident happened around 10:30 a.m. Friday, at the Featherstone Apartments.

Last month, a 2-year-old boy survived a fall from a second-story window at the apartments.

Iowa early News Headlines: Monday, April 13th 2015

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April 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa farmers efforts to control the spread of nitrates in recent years appears to be helping but research shows that levels of the fertilizer byproduct have soared in the state’s major rivers. The Des Moines Register reports that nitrate levels have more than tripled since the 1950s to more than 7 milligrams per liter in 2010. Researcher Keith Schilling with the University of Iowa says the upward trend in nitrate levels is unmistakable.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Hillary Clinton is taking her newly announced presidential campaign into the heart of small town Iowa this week. Clinton will tour a community college in Monticello on Tuesday and visit a produce distribution company in Norwalk on Wednesday. That’s according to a schedule provided by her campaign Sunday.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two Iowa State University football players were arrested in separate incidents after Saturday’s spring game. The Des Moines Register reports 20-year-old Jack Rhoads, who is the son of coach Paul Rhoads, was one of the two players arrested. The other player was 23-year-old Terry Ayeni. Neither player was in custody as of Sunday morning.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Two Iowa men who were wounded by gunfire are now facing charges because they police say they tried to mislead investigators. The Quad-City Times reports the two men went to the hospital late Friday for treatment of their wounds, which are not life-threatening. The men were both arrested on suspicion of filing false police reports.

2 area School Boards to hold regular meetings, Monday

News

April 12th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

(removes reference to Griswold School Board mtg. – that’s 4/20/15)

Two area school district Board’s of Education will hold their regular, monthly meetings Monday evening. The Exira-Elk Horn Kimballton School Board will meet at 6:00-p.m. in the Family and Consumer Science Room at the High School in Elk Horn. During the meeting, the Board will hold a Public Hearing on the 2015-16 School Budget, followed later in the meeting by action on approving the budget. Other action items include approving the resignations of Kara Wilson/4th grade teacher, and Connie Wyatt/Head Volleyball Coach, and the approval of continued discussions with Audubon, with regard to the sharing of Wrestling.

And, the Atlantic Board of Education will meet in the High School Media Center, at 7:30-p.m. During their session, the Board will act on approving: A recommendation for 2014-15 Snow Days make-up; 2015-16 Lunch prices, bread and milk bids; Ratifying the Certified Employees 2015-16 Tentative Agreement, and the Termination of a Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) teacher contract, along with an HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) recommendation.

Research shows soaring nitrate levels in Iowa rivers

Ag/Outdoor, News

April 12th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa farmers efforts to control the spread of nitrates in recent years appears to be helping but research shows that levels of the fertilizer byproduct have soared in the state’s major rivers. The Des Moines Register reports  that nitrate levels have more than tripled since the 1950s to more than 7 milligrams per liter in 2010.

Researcher Keith Schilling says the upward trend in nitrate levels is unmistakable. Schilling studies nitrate levels for the Iowa Geological Survey at the University of Iowa. Last month, the Des Moines Water Works sued Buena Vista, Calhoun and Sac counties over high nitrate levels. The utility has invested in costly measures to control nitrates in drinking water.