Riverton reopens after floodwaters recede

Ag/Outdoor, News

October 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has reopened the south entrance and boat ramp at the Riverton Wildlife Management Area in Fremont County, after floodwaters receded off Hwy. J46, west of the town of Riverton.

Much of the parking area at the boat ramp has a few inches of water on it, but it is still usable, said Matt Dollison, wildlife biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

The water is currently about 2.5 feet above normal crest in the main area. The walk in area on the southwest side of the main Riverton WMA tract and the Jensen tract south of the town of Riverton were both unaffected by the flood waters and are only slightly above normal crest. The north portion of the access road to the main area still currently has water on it so it is closed at this time.

October 4th is the opening day of waterfowl season and Riverton is a heavily used waterfowl hunting area.

Mez: Slauson doesn’t understand right from wrong


October 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The lawyer for an Atlantic woman accused of faking her daughter’s cancer says the woman is competent to stand trial, but unable to tell right from wrong. KETV in Omaha reports a judge granted Attorney Jay Mez’ requested the state to pay for depositions and Mez’ expert witnesses.  Online court records show Mez indicated on Oct. 1st his defense of 30-year old Leatha K. Slauson would be one of “Diminished Responsibility.”

Authorities say Slauson lied about her daughter having cancer, inserted a feeding tube into the 5-year-old girl and gave her drugs and cannabis oils.

Slauson has pleaded not guilty to 20 counts, including assault, child endangerment and theft by deception. Her trial is set for next month.

Backyard and Beyond 10-03-2014

Backyard and Beyond, Podcasts

October 3rd, 2014 by Chris Parks

Lavon Eblen speaks with Rudi Mund, Musician from Germany, about performing with Andy Glandt in Iowa and Nebraska with their group The Sunny Dogs.

Hear “The Sunny dogs”, Andy Glandt and Rudi Mund :
Sunday, October 5 at SF Martin House, 5 – 9 PM
Wednesday, October 8 at Sweet Joy Shoppe, 5 – 8 PM
Saturday, October 11 at Manning German Hausbarn, 4 – 7 PM
Find out more here.

New, $50k endowment fund established in Audubon County


October 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Audubon County Community Foundation (ACCF) Chair Brett Irlmeier, today (Friday), announced a new endowment fund. The $50,000 Exira-Elk Horn/Kimballton School District Endowed Fund was created by Exira resident Marvin Jorgensen. The fund will ultimately benefit students of the newly-formed district.

The Exira-EHK School DIstrict Foundation Endowed Fund is a permanently endowed fund that can accept donations from the public, individuals, businesses and other organizations, that want to help the school district today, and, help build a stronger community tomorrow. Donors will be eligible to receive a 25% Endow Iowa Tax Credit for each donation, in addition to any Federal Tax benefits for which they may qualify.

The Audubon County Community Foundation has distributed over $1.2-million in grants and scholarships. For more information about donating and/or establishing an individual foundation or fund, call any ACCF Board member, or Iowa Foundations Director Dennis Nissen at 1-800-794-3458.

JAMES MURRANE, 89, of Coon Rapids & formerly of Bayard (Svcs. 10/6/14)


October 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

JAMES MURRANE, 89, of Coon Rapids (& formerly of Bayard), died Thu., Oct. 2nd, at Thomas Rest Haven. A Mass of Christian Burial service for JAMES MURRANE will be held 10:30-a.m. Mon., Oct. 6th, at St. Patrick’s Church in Bayard. Ohde Funeral Home in Bayard has the arrangements.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 4-to 6-pm Sun., Oct. 5th, with a Prayer service set for 5-p.m. Visitation will resume 9:30-a.m. Monday at St. Patrick’s Church, and until the time of service at 10:30.

Burial will be in the Willow Township Cemetery near Bayard.

JAMES MURRANE is survived by his nieces and nephews.


Trading Post

October 3rd, 2014 by Jim Field

FOR SALE: 210 Gallon poly ank for pick-up truck, never used $125; Black Toolbox-HD Plastic fits s-10; Ranger; or Dakota, $25; Flo-thru 5th wheel tailgate, fits full-size ’95-96 Chevy or Dodge $75. Call 712-243-2408 leave a message.

FOR SALE: Hot Springs Hot Tub. Will hold 2-3 People. Good Condition. $900. If interested call 712-243-2037.

FREE: Walnuts – located at the end of Sunnyside Lane (3203), Atlantic. 243-7787

FOR SALE: Electric smoker, 11″ around, brand new, never used, make offer. 249-2591 or 243-5759. SOLD!

Iowa hotline, domestic violence shelters field 70,000 calls a year


October 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The issue has been in the national spotlight after a few high-profile cases involving N-F-L players accused of abuse. In Iowa, officials say the state’s domestic abuse hotline and shelters field more than 70-thousand calls a year. Leah (LEE-uh) Gilbert is with the Domestic Violence Awareness Center in Fort Dodge that serves residents in 15 counties in north central and west central Iowa. “This year we’re just asking for everyone’s help to raise awareness and show support for victims and survivors in Iowa,” Gilbert says.

There are 12 domestic violence shelters in Iowa and Gilbert says her facility in Fort Dodge gets 10 to 15 calls every day. “We are strictly shelter-based now, so within the month I would say we house between 20 to 25 women, men or children,” Gilbert says.

The Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence is asking supporters to put a purple bulb in an outdoor light fixture to show support for the movement. On October 23rd, Iowans are being invited to make a five-dollar donation to the statewide organization and wear jeans to work on “Jeans Day”. The money will be used to buy clothes for domestic violence shelters.  “Money is a big issue,” Gilbert says. “We all know that funding has been cut in a lot of areas and so donations, volunteering — anything that anyone would want to do — we would greatly appreciate.”

According to the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence, weekends are the most common times cases of alleged domestic abuse are reported — and about two-thirds of the perpetrators of domestic violence are under the age of 35. A federal report indicates 70 percent of those accused of domestic abuse were abused as children.

The Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence is holding the eighth annual “It’s About Time” fundraiser tomorrow night (Saturday) in Des Moines. Shelters around the state have a variety of fundraisers scheduled throughout the month, too. (The other 11 domestic violence shelters are located in Sioux City, Council Bluffs, Ames, Des Moines, Clinton, Waverly, Oskaloosa, Iowa City, Burlington, Muscatine, and Dubuque.)

(Radio Iowa)

(Podcast) 8-a.m. News, 10/3/2014

News, Podcasts

October 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.


Election will alter Iowa’s congressional lineup


October 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – After years of stability, Iowa’s congressional delegation will soon have some new faces – and the candidates running for the state’s two open seats all say they can bring some homespun pragmatism to Washington.

Democrat Staci Appel, a former state lawmaker, and Republican David Young, a former aide to Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, are both making that argument in the 3rd district, where longtime Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Latham is retiring. Appel says she supports boosting the minimum wage and other efforts to help working families and argues Young lacks perspective due to his long career in Washington. Young says his experience means he can effectively work across the aisle.

The 1st district also will have a new representative because incumbent Rep. Bruce Braley is running for U.S. Senate.

Heartbeat Today 10-03-2014

Heartbeat Today, Podcasts

October 3rd, 2014 by Chris Parks

Jim Field speaks with Kris Gross, Director of the Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP), about October being the month for Iowans on Medicare to start their annual Part D check-up.