NWS weather forecast for Atlantic & the area, 4/29/15


April 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Early this morning: Partly cloudy, with a steady temperature around 45. Light west northwest wind.
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 71. North wind 6 to 11 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 43. North northeast wind 3 to 8 mph.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 71. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 45. East wind 5 to 9 mph.

Friday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 70. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 47.

Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 74.

Hy-Vee recalls Summer Fresh Pasta Salad


April 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials with Hy-Vee, Incorporated, issued a recall Tuesday for Hy-Vee Summer Fresh Pasta Salad, which is sold in its stores’ kitchen department cold cases and salad bars. The Omaha World-Herald reports the recall was issued due to potential contamination with listeria monocytogenes. It came after Hy-Vee was notified that the frozen vegetables used to make the ready-to-eat pasta were potentially contaminated. Inventure Foods of Jefferson, Georgia, produced the frozen vegetables.Hy-Vee

Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The Summer Fresh Pasta Salad is packaged upon customer request from the kitchen cold case and would have been packaged in 16-ounce (1-pound) or 32-ounce (2-pound) clear plastic containers. A light tan scale-produced label with the product name, weight and price would have been affixed to the container.

The recalled product was available between April 9th and Monday, April 27th. Hy-Vee has since pulled the ready-to-eat Summer Fresh Pasta Salad from its distribution channels and the stores in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota to which it was distributed. All stores that received the product have been instructed to dispose of it.

To date, Hy-Vee has not received any complaints associated with the salad. Customers who purchased the recalled pasta salad from the Hy-Vee kitchen department cold case or salad bar between April 9th and April 27th should dispose of the product or return it to the store for a refund. For questions, call Hy-Vee Customer Care at 1-800-772-4098.

Freedom Rock in Pott. County gets $10k boost; Vets Affairs Bldg. proposal lags


April 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Pottawattamie County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, agreed to provide $10,000 to help defray the cost of the Freedom Rock project in Oakland, but took no action on the proposed Veterans Affairs building. The Daily Non Pareil say the board agreed to provide $5,000 now and the other in the next budget year to encourage Freedom Rock project leaders to continue raising more money on their own. The county’s contribution will come from gaming tax revenue.

The $5,000 in this year’s budget will go towards the purchase of the rock and its transport from a Macedonia-area rock quarry to Oakland’s Chautauqua Park. The other $5,000 will help with the cost of labor and materials when Ray “Bubba” Sorensen, who founded the statewide project, comes to Oakland in 2017 to paint the 82-ton rock.

The project is part of a statewide effort to put a large “Freedom Rock” in each of Iowa’s 99 counties as a patriotic symbol. It began in 1997 when Sorensen painted a large rock with patriotic scenes near Greenfield. This Adair County “Freedom Rock” now attracts 14,000 people annually.

The Pott. County Supervisors, turning their attention to cost overrun issues with the proposed Veterans Affairs building in downtown Council Bluffs, made no specific decisions yet on how to handle the higher-than-anticipated costs for the facility. The supervisors recently learned that construction costs for the building, for which voters approved the sale of $1.5 million in bonds, has come in hundreds of thousands of dollars higher than expected.

Instead of seeking construction bids last fall when the project was ready to go, supervisors opted to wait until January under the assumption that contractors would need work and would offer a favorable bid. That assumption was dashed earlier this month when bids came in no lower than $700,000 above the $1.5 million price tag approved by county voters. Supervisor Justin Schultz, who is also a veteran, said he’s been reaching out to veterans to gain input on how to address the cost overrun, but he concedes they may have to start the process all over, again.

(Update) DNR Investigating two pollutant releases near Red Oak

Ag/Outdoor, News

April 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources late Tuesday evening updated our earlier report about a possible fertilizer spill near Red Oak. Authorities said they were investigating two reports of pollutant releases. Nachurs Alpine Solutions (Nachurs) reported a release of an unknown amount of fertilizer Tuesday afternoon. City officials closed a floodgate to prevent fertilizer from reaching the Nishnabotna River.

It is unknown whether the fertilizer reached the river. DNR staff is working with the facility and the Montgomery County Emergency Response. To be safe, Red Oak residents should keep children and pets away from the waterway behind the Nachurs

The second report involves ammonia found near a culvert in Red Oak. The source of
the ammonia is unknown and still being investigated. The DNR will continue to monitor the river and clean up, as needed.Spill2

Photos courtesy Montgomery County EMA

Photos courtesy Montgomery County EMA

WILBURN MORRIS, 92, of Greenfield (Graveside Svcs. 5/7/15)


April 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

WILBURN MORRIS, 92, of Greenfield, died Tuesday, April 28th, at his granddaughters home in Greenfield. Graveside services for WILBURN MORRIS will be held 2-p.m. Thu., May 7th, at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery near Van Meter. Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield has the arrangements.

There is no visitation. Online condolences may be left to the family at www.steenfunerals.com.

WILBURN MORRIS is survived by:

His sons – Jim (Ramona) Morris, of Stuart, and Don (Beth) Morris, of Golden, CO.

His sister – Pauline (Bill) Buchanan, of MI.

6 grandchildren, many great- and great-great grandchildren, other relatives, & friends.

Cardinals pound Phillies 11-5, Wacha stays unbeaten


April 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matt Carpenter tripled and doubled, and the St. Louis Cardinals had season highs in runs and hits to help Michael Wacha remain unbeaten with an 11-5 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night. Matt Holliday and Matt Adams each added three hits for the Cardinals, who finished with 15 hits. Jason Heyward reached base four times and Jon Jay drove in two runs.

Wacha (4-0) drove in two runs and pitched 5 2/3 innings to win for the fourth time in four starts. Severino Gonzalez (0-1) yielded seven runs and 10 hits in 2 2/3 innings in his major league debut. The Cardinals reworked their batting order and it paid off. Carpenter was moved out of the leadoff spot for the first time in nearly two years and, batting second, tripled and scored in the first inning and added an RBI double in the fifth.


Sports Headlines: Wed., 4/29/15


April 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden scored 28 points and the Houston Rockets advanced to the NBA’s Western Conference semifinals for the first time since 2009 by downing the Dallas Mavericks 103-94. Terrance Jones scored 10 of his 15 points in the final period and helped the Rockets stay ahead after the Mavericks got within three with five minutes remaining. Dwight Howard had 18 points and 19 rebounds for Houston, while Josh Smith delivered 20 points.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs have grabbed a 3-2 lead in the NBA’s Western Conference quarterfinals by downing the Clippers 111-107 in Los Angeles. Tim Duncan had team highs of 21 points and 11 rebounds to help the Spurs win their second straight in L.A. since dropping the series opener. Blake Griffin hit a short jumper that would have given the Clippers a 109-108 lead with about five seconds remaining, but the basket was waved off by an offensive goaltending call on DeAndre Jordan.

BALTIMORE (AP) — The rioting in Baltimore is prompting the Orioles and Chicago White Sox to play Wednesday’s game in what is believed to be the first contest without fans in major league baseball’s 145-season history. The unrest caused the first two games of the Orioles-White Sox series to be postponed and will lead the Birds to play their three-game weekend series against the Rays at Tropicana Field instead of Camden Yards. Schools were closed Tuesday and the mayor imposed a 10 p.m.-to-5 a.m. curfew following Monday’s riots a few miles northeast of Oriole Park.

DETROIT (AP) — Former Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Kirk Gibson has announced he’s been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The 1988 National League MVP was hired to broadcast Tigers games for Fox Sports Detroit after being fired as manager of the Diamondbacks last September. He had not been in the broadcast booth since opening day April 6 while undergoing tests.

ATLANTA (AP) — The Washington Nationals pulled off Tuesday’s best major league comeback by turning a 9-1 deficit into a 13-12 win over the Braves in Atlanta. Dan Uggla (UHG’-lah) capped his five-RBI performance by belting a go-ahead, three-run homer with one out in the ninth. Jose Lobaton (LOH’-bah-tohn) also smacked a three-run homer, and Denard Span was 5-for-6 with a solo shot and four runs scored to help the Nationals end a six-game losing streak.


BERNICE RUHDE POTTER, 98, of Manning (5-2-2015)


April 28th, 2015 by Chris Parks

BERNICE RUHDE POTTER, 98, of Manning, died Tuesday, April 28th at the Manning Plaza Nursing Home.  Funeral services for BERNICE RUHDE POTTER will be held on Saturday, May 2nd at 2:00 pm at the Ohde Funeral Home in Manning.


Friends may call on Saturday after 1:00 pm at the funeral home.

Burial in the Manning Cemetery.

BERNICE RUHDE POTTER is survived by:

Children:  Roxanne Collins of Warrensburg, MO & Russell (Deborah) Ruhde of Hinton.

Brothers:  John (Betty) Jansen of Sioux City; Leonard (Clarice) Jansen of Gregory, SD; Cliff Jansen of Lake Havasu City, AZ & Duane (Arlis) Jansen of Fort Collins, CO.

Sisters:  Delores (Ed) Mulder of Spirit Lake & Joan (Charles) Odens of Forest City.

Step-Son:  Russell (Cheryl) Potter of Texas

Step-Daughters:  Charlotte (Neil) Carstens of Dow City & Sandra McCutcheon of Austin, MN.

2 Grandchildren

2 Great-Grandchildren

Fertilizer spill into Red Oak creek feeding Nishnabotna River

Ag/Outdoor, News

April 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency announced late Tuesday afternoon, that the City of Red Oak was notified of a possible hazardous materials spill from Nachurs Alpine Solutions, in Red Oak. It was determined that an unknown amount of mixed fertilizer had been released into a waterway behind the business and had traveled to the Nishnabotna River on the west side of Red Oak.

At this time there is no immediate health risk to the public, however there may be an environmental impact to fish downstream. Nachurs Alpine in Red Oak has taken the steps to contain the spill and are working with an outside source to clean up the remaining product that had been released.

The City of Red Oak, Red Oak Fire & Rescue, Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency and Iowa DNR assisted at the scene.

Photos courtesy Montgomery County EMA Spill2

Staffers start adjournment tasks but lots of work remains


April 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Staffers in the Iowa Legislature are starting some of the tasks associated with adjourning the session, even though lawmakers are not close to concluding the budget process. Student pages in the Iowa Senate were organizing boxes in the chamber Tuesday for members to pack up desks. As per tradition, they also stacked the boxes up to the balcony until they collapsed.

Friday will mark the last day for lawmakers to receive daily expense payments, as well as the final day of work for many clerks and pages in the part-time Legislature. But lawmakers in the Democratic-majority Senate and Republican-controlled House have not reached a compromise deal on the state budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1st.