IDPH: childhood lead poisoning still “serious concern” across state


March 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Lead Paint in Window

Lead paint on window frame/sill

A few recent incidents are serving as a reminder that childhood lead poisoning continues to be a serious concern in Iowa. Kevin Officer, with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), says one Iowa toddler was recently hospitalized with unusually high blood-lead levels. Health inspectors found several lead-based paint hazards in the child’s home, which was built more than a century ago.

“One the issues he had was he was actually picking at the paint and putting it in his mouth,” Officer says. In another recent case, a toddler was treated for lead poisoning after biting around windows in a rental home built in the early 1900s. Officer says children could be at higher risk for lead poisoning if they live in homes built before 1960. Seven years ago, Iowa passed a law requiring kids be tested for lead poisoning before they enter grade school.

“There has been, since about 2008, much more awareness of lead poisoning and the need to have kids under the age of six tested,” Officer says. Lead poisoning is a more widespread problem in Iowa, compared to other states, because Iowa has a lot of older homes in rural communities. “In Iowa, we have a lot of rental properties and those properties aren’t always maintained as well over the years,” Officer says. “Those are a lot of the ones where we do see problems with renters who come and go and the maintenance isn’t always up to where it should be to maintain that paint.”

An Iowa law that took effect in 2011 requires contractors and landlords to be “lead certified” to do work in homes and child-occupied facilities built prior to 1978. More information about lead screening and the proper method for lead paint removal is posted on the IDPH website.:

(Radio Iowa)

Creston man arrested for assault by strangulation


March 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston report the arrest Saturday afternoon of a man on a Union County warrant for Domestic Abuse by Strangulation, and False Imprisonment. 55-year old Michael Alan Fry, of Creston, was arrested at around 1:15-p.m. and later released on $5,000 bond.

40-year old Dwain Michael Ripperger, of Afton, was arrested early Sunday morning by Creston Police, for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Ripperger was later released on $1,000 bond.

Sunday afternoon, 18-year old Brandon Lane Barrett, of Afton, was arrested at the Union County Jail on warrants for Theft in the 2nd Degree, Conspiracy to Commit a non-forcible felony, and Burglary in the 3rd degree. Barrett was being held in the jail on $5 ,000 bond.

Also arrested at the Union County Law Enforcement Center on Sunday, was 52-year old Louis Michael Bender, of Creston, who was charged with Driving While Suspended. Bender was subsequently released on $300 bond.

On Friday, 57-year old James Matthew Portwood, of Creston, was arrested at the Union County LEC on two warrants for Theft in the 3rd Degree. He was later released on a bond of unknown amount.  And on Saturday, 22-year old Trevor James Perrigo, of Creston, was arrested on a charge of Public Intoxication. He was later released on $300 bond.

Creston Police said also, a resident reported that someone had taken a pair of “Beats by Dre” headphones. The item was taken from 401 S. Vine Street sometime between January and February. The loss was estimated at $500.

(Podcast) KJAN morning Sports report, 3/23/2015

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March 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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March 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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BETTYE LYNN FUHS, 56, of Omaha (3-28-2015)


March 23rd, 2015 by Jim Field

BETTYE LYNN FUHS, 56, of Omaha, died Saturday, March 7th, at Creighton University Medical Center, in Omaha, Nebraska.  A Memorial service for BETTYE LYNN FUHS will be held on Saturday March 28th at 2:00 pm at Pauley-Jones Funeral Home in Harlan.


Visitation will be held on Saturday March 28th from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm at Pauley-JonesFuneral Home.

There will be no burial.

Memorials can be made to the ASPCA.

BETTYE LYNN FUHS is survived by:

Daughter:  Emily Labenz, of Harlan

Son:  Jason Fuhs, of Des Moines

Brothers: Robert Brophy of Tampa, Florida and John (Toni) Coville of Monroe Township, Pennsylvania.

Sister: Laura (Ken) Breunig of Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin

3 Grandchildren, other family members and friends.

COLLETTE K. YOUNG, 71, of Atlantic (3-24-2015)


March 23rd, 2015 by Jim Field

COLLETTE K. YOUNG, 71, of Atlantic died Monday, March 16th at University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.  A Memorial Service for COLLETTE K. YOUNG will be held on Tuesday, March 24th at 2:00 pm at 1st Assembly of God Church in Atlantic.


COLLETTE K. YOUNG is survived by:

Sisters:  Beverly Redler of Atlantic and Joan Schmidthuber of Henderson, Nevada

Brother:  Ronald Young of Lexington, Oklahoma

and many nieces, nephews, and grandchildren.


Louisville back to Sweet 16 with 66-53 victory over No Iowa


March 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

SEATTLE (AP) – Rick Pitino and Louisville are heading to the Sweet 16 for the fourth straight year. Terry Rozier scored 25 points Sunday night to lift the fourth-seeded Cards to a 66-53 victory over fifth-seeded Northern Iowa in the NCAA Tournament. Montrezl Harrell added 14 for Louisville (26-8), including a couple of game-sealing alley-oop jams on passes from Rozier. The Cardinals will play eighth-seeded North Carolina State on Friday in an East Region that is now missing the top two seeds.

The Cardinals packed it in against Northern Iowa’s top scorer, Seth Tuttle, holding him to 14 points and only seven shot attempts. The Panthers (31-4) were trying for their first trip to the second weekend since 2010, but it didn’t happen.  Instead, it’s Louisville now two wins away from its third Final Four since 2012.

MILDRED FRANCES ARKFELD, 92, of Panama (Svcs. 3/26/15)


March 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

MILDRED FRANCES ARKFELD, 92, of Panama, died Sun., March 22nd, at Myrtue Medical Center, in Harlan. A Mass of Christian Burial service for MILDRED ARKFELD will be held 10:30-a.m. Thu., March 26th, at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, in Panama. Pauley-Jones Funeral Home in Harlan has the arrangements.

Visitation will be held at the St. Mary’s Parish Hall on Wed., March 25th, from 4-until 8-pm, with a Rosary at 7-p.m.

Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the family.

MILDRED ARKFELD is survived by:

Her daughters – Janet (Ralph) Kwapiszeski, of Sun City West, AZ; Diane (Al) Vandenberg, of Council Bluffs; Lou (Bill) Dewhurst, of Scottsdale, AZ; Vivian (Mike) Cairney, of Earlville, IA, & Sandy Thompson (Mark Mesa), of Chandler, AZ.

Her sons – Ed (Shirley) Arkfeld, of Omaha; Richard (Mary Kay) Arkfeld, of Panama; Gene (Mary Ann) Arkfeld, of Colorado Springs, CO; Brian (Mary) Arkfeld, of Wesphalia, & Jayme (Shirley) Arkfeld, of Panama.

32 grandchildren and 48 great-grandchildren.

MARGARET REIMER, 90, of Atlantic (Svcs. 3/27/15)


March 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

MARGARET REIMER, 90, of Atlantic, died Sun., March 22nd, at the Heritage House, in Atlantic. Memorial services for MARGARET REIMER will be held 10-a.m. Fri., March 27th, at the 1st United Presbyterian Church in Atlantic. Roland Funeral Service in Atlantic has the arrangements.

Visitation with the family is from 6:30-until 8:00-p.m. Thursday, at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at

Memorials may be directed to Cass Incorporated or the 1st United Presbyterian Church.

Burial will take place Friday morning in the Layton Township Cemetery at Walnut, prior to the Memorial service.

MARGARET REIMER is survived by:

Her husband – Marion Reimer, of Atlantic.

Her children – Randy, Renee and Russell.