(Update): Rockwell City Police Officer dies in overnight shooting


September 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ROCKWELL CITY, Iowa (AP) – Officials say a police officer in the small northern Iowa community of Rockwell City has been shot to death after responding to a standoff.officer down  Division of Criminal Investigation Special Agent Michael Motsinger said at a news conference Friday morning that Officer Jamie Buenting was hit by a single gunshot and died in the early morning standoff. Officers had responded to a home after receiving a report Thursday night.

Officers arrested 32-year-old Corey Trott and charged him with first-degree murder. He was held in the Sac County Jail and information about upcoming court appearances weren’t available.

Buenting was 37. He was married with two young children.

Red Oak woman arrested Friday morning


September 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

An observant Police Officer in Red Oak, today (Friday), arrested a woman known to have been driving with a revoked license. Authorities say 69-year old Karen Jean Tuntas, of Red Oak, was arrested at around 10:50-a.m. in the 500 block of North Broad Street. Tuntas’ license had been revoked for a previous OWI offense. She was taken into custody and brought to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center, where Tuntas was charged with Driving While Revoked/OWI related. Her bond was set at $1,000.

Hawkeyes, Cyclones resume unpredictable rivalry


September 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Iowa has won at Iowa State just once since 2003 – even though the Hawkeyes have been favored each time. Iowa is the favorite again in Saturday’s in-state showdown after Iowa State (0-1) played poorly in its season-opening loss to Northern Iowa. Iowa (1-1) lost to Northern Illinois and beat Missouri State of the Championship Subdivision.

If the last decade is any indication, the game could end up being another entertaining but mistake-filled spectacle between two rivals desperate for a win before conference play begins. Listen to the game on AM-1220 and FM 101.1 KJAN Saturday, beginning with pre-game coverage at 3-p.m. , and the kick-off at 5. (Live streaming of Hawkeye Sports on our website will not be available due to restrictions)

Backyard and Beyond 09-13-2013

Backyard and Beyond, Podcasts

September 13th, 2013 by Chris Parks

Lavon Eblen speaks with Dr. Keith Leonard, Veterinarian and member of the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association, about the Animal Hall of Fame.



Trading Post

September 13th, 2013 by Jim Field

FOR SALE: Used Vito Clarinet with marching band flip chart. $200.00. Please call 249.3270 and leave a message if interested.

FOR SALE: Used basic Treadmill. $100.00. Can deliver in Atlantic. Please call 249.3270 and leave a message if interested.

FOR SALE: Wadsworth breakers, 50 AMP 2 Pole $50, 40 AMP 2 Pole $40, 30 AMP 2 Pole $30, 20 AMP Single Pole $25, Single Slot Double 20 AMP Single Pole $40 Have multiples of most, and may consider offers on multiples.  Some are less than 2 years old. Located in Atlantic. Call 712-249-9196 and leave message.

FREE: Grey female cat to a good home.  Cat is declawed, spayed, and housebroken.  About 8 years old and just need to find a new home for her.  Call 243-2890.

WANTED: Gas Stove that is less than five years old.  Also looking for a newer recliner in excellent condition.  Call 243-2480.

WANTED: Propane fire pit. Call 712-304-4262.


Iowa may see fewest tornadoes since tracking began

News, Weather

September 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) – Barring a surprise storm this fall, 2013 will be a record low year for tornadoes in Iowa, with the fewest storms since comprehensive tracking began 33 years ago.  The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports 15 tornadoes tore through Iowa this year. The National Weather Service says that’s one less than the previous low of 16 set in 2012.

The weather service says Iowa’s tornado season also was the shortest on record, stretching over 38 days from a May 19 storm near Adel to a June 26 twister near Vincent.  Since comprehensive tracking began in 1980, a report by meteorologist Craig Cogil says Iowa has averaged 47 tornadoes a year.

Tornadoes in the fall are unlikely but possible. Since 1980, there have been 92 tornadoes in September, October, November and December.

Crops withering in the dry weather as more burn bans are put in place

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

September 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Drought conditions are worsening across Iowa with 98-percent of the state now in some form of drought and 42-percent in severe drought. Joel De Jong, an agronomist with the Iowa State University Extension, says crop conditions are actually in good shape in northwest Iowa, as the region’s gotten some moisture. De Jong says given the late planting this spring, some plants are being forced to mature faster.

“That doesn’t give us as much time to fill those kernels and fill those bean pods,” he says. “Yet, I still think we’re tolerating the drought reasonably well. We had some rainfall in August and it’s helping us out.” De Jong says further east, crop conditions drop off dramatically. He says to the south, in the Denison and Carroll areas where corn silage harvest has begun, some of that is being combined. He says one more good rain would help carry northwest Iowa crops through.

“We are still filling bean pods in a lot of fields and we’re filling kernels in a lot of fields,” he says. “A little more moisture helps get us a little more dry matter and moderating these temperatures is going to do some of the same thing.” While highs last week were in the hundreds in parts of Iowa, highs now are back in the 60s and 70s.

Few problems are reported with plant diseases, although there have been signs of sudden death syndrome and white mold as well as soybean cyst nematode. He says there have also been some spots of Goss’s Wilt along the Iowa-Minnesota border.

(Radio Iowa)

Dry weather prompts warnings on open burning

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

September 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Iowa’s weather has cooled off significantly in the past few days, but conditions are still extremely dry. Bans on open burning are now in effect in seven Iowa counties. Dan Wood, with the Iowa Fire Prevention Bureau, is urging residents to be extremely careful with fire, even in places where there isn’t a ban. Fire chiefs and emergency managers get together and assess the threat, he says, especially with crops drying and the danger from people intentionally setting fire to weeds in ditches or fields.

Looking at the forecast, which only calls for a few scattered showers, Wood says it’s likely more counties will ask the Fire Prevention Bureau to approve more burn bans. “When conditions are drier than normal and things are dry, fire tends to move faster and it’s easier to catch things on fire simply because there’s no moisture in the ground and there’s no moisture in the leaves and grass,” Wood says. “It’s easier for things to catch on fire and it moves quicker and can really get away from you.” Wood says each individual county and fire protection district will decide when to end their bans on open burning. The current list includes: Audubon, Calhoun, Clinton, Greene, Muscatine, Scott, and Webster.

(Radio Iowa)

Injury accident this morning in Clarinda


September 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Page County Sheriff’s Office reports one person was transported to the Clarinda Regional Health Center following a collision this (Friday) morning, in Clarinda. 50-year old Bernard Bergen, of Shenandoah, suffered possible/unknown injuries during a collision between his motorcycle and a car. Authorities say he was wearing a helmet and protective clothing.

The accident happened at around 5:35-a.m. at the intersection of the Highway 2 bypass and State Street. Sheriff Lyle Palmer says a 2007 Dodge Caliber driven by 59-year old Joyce Larson, of New Market, had stopped at the stop sign and was pulling out onto Highway 2 westbound. An unknown pickup pulling a trailer was turning south from Highway 2 onto the Hwy 2 bypass around Clarinda. Bergen’s 2007 BMW motorcycle was west of the pickup/trailer traveling east onto State Street.

Palmer says Larson didn’t see the cycle due to the obstruction created by the pickup & trailer. When her car hit the motorcycle, Bergen was thrown from the machine onto the pavement. Larson was cited for Failure to Yield upon entering a through Highway.

Iowa kids who have a parent in prison are subject of photo exhibit


September 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A photography exhibit featuring Iowa children who have a parent in prison opens this weekend in a fitting locale. The display “Confliction” will premiere on the walls of cells in the former Polk County Jail in downtown Des Moines. Joy DeSomber, co-founder of the group Empowering Children of Incarcerated Parents, says the black-and-white photos are riveting as they appear beside quotes from each youngster.

“These quotes from these children are amazing,” DeSomber says. “You see the quote from the child, you see the image of the child, you see that they’re behind bars. You see that we as a community are stigmatizing them. We are putting them behind bars for their parents’ crimes.” A study finds seven out of every ten children with a parent in prison will end up in prison themselves. DeSomber, who has a degree in criminology, co-authored the book “What Did I Do?,” the inspiration for the photo exhibition.

“We hold workshops with these children and invite them to tell their stories,” DeSomber says. “What did they feel when their parent was first arrested? How did they feel when they visited their parents behind bars? Do they tell their friends? Do they not tell their friends? In the back of the book is an opportunity for us to provide resources for these families in their communities that they can reach out to for help.” She says her West Des Moines-based organization is working to become a clearinghouse for children to gain access to positive solutions.

“These children feel so stigmatized and isolated and neglected,” DeSomber says. “They often don’t tell their friends about their home situation, with their parent being behind bars, because of the stigmatization. It’s an opportunity for them to learn other children have been through similar circumstances and they made it through. It helps them feel more confident they can get through their situation.” The exhibition in Des Moines only runs this weekend as photographer Ben Easter takes it to Paris, France, next week. Learn more about the exhibit at: http://conflictionexhibit.com/ — and the book at: http://whatdididobook.com/

(Radio Iowa)