Des Moines Water supplier votes to sue counties over nitrate

News

January 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Des Moines Water Works board has voted unanimously to sue three northern Iowa counties, holding them responsible for the high nitrate levels the in rivers the utility uses for source water.

The five-member board says it will file a notice of intent to sue Calhoun, Buena Vista and Sac counties because they oversee 10 drainage districts that were designed to move water out of farm fields downstream. The suit will allege with water the drainage districts move contaminants like nitrate that Water Works must remove when the levels exceed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency limits.

A notice of intent will be Friday which informs the county supervisors and state officials that a lawsuit will be filed in 60 days. The process is laid out in the federal Clean Water Act.

Wind Chill Advisory Issued for some Western IA Counties

Weather

January 8th, 2015 by Chris Parks

POTTAWATTAMIE-HARRISON-SHELBY-MONONA Counties


...WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 2 AM TO 11 AM CST FRIDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN OMAHA/VALLEY HAS ISSUED A WIND
CHILL ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 2 AM TO 11 AM CST
FRIDAY.

* WIND CHILL VALUES...LATER TONIGHT 15 TO 25 BELOW ZERO.

* OTHER IMPACTS...THIS COULD LEAD TO FROST BITE OR HYPOTHERMIA IF
  PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WIND CHILL ADVISORY MEANS THAT VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS
WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE LOW WIND CHILLS. THIS WILL RESULT IN
FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.
IF YOU MUST VENTURE OUTDOORS...MAKE SURE YOU WEAR A HAT AND
GLOVES.

Winter Weather Advisory in place for short period this evening.

Weather

January 8th, 2015 by Chris Parks

AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...AUDUBON...EXIRA...GUTHRIE CENTER...
PANORA...BAYARD...CASEY...PERRY...WAUKEE...ADEL...DES MOINES...
NEWTON...GRINNELL
352 PM CST THU JAN 8 2015

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM CST THIS
EVENING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A WINTER
WEATHER ADVISORY FOR BLOWING SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM
CST THIS EVENING.

* SHORT TERM TRENDS...LIGHT SNOW SHOWERS WILL MOVE INTO CENTRAL
  IOWA THROUGH THE EVENING COMMUTE. THE SNOW SHOWERS COMBINED WITH
  A STRONG NORTHWEST WIND AT 20 TO 35 MPH AND GUSTS TO 40 MPH OR
  MORE WILL REDUCE VISIBILITIES. AS COLDER AIR PUSHES IN...WIND
  CHILLS WILL BEGIN TO DROP TO NEAR 20 BELOW ZERO.

* STORM TOTAL SNOW...LESS THAN AN INCH.

* WINDS/VISIBILITY...A GUSTY NORTHWEST AT 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS
  TO 40 MPH COMBINED WITH FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW WILL REDUCE
  VISIBILITIES TO BELOW HALF A MILE AT TIMES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR BLOWING SNOW MEANS THAT
VISIBILITIES WILL BE LIMITED DUE TO STRONG WINDS BLOWING SNOW
AROUND. USE CAUTION WHEN TRAVELING...ESPECIALLY IN OPEN AREAS.

Authorities report multi-vehicle crash on I-80 in Iowa

News

January 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

STOCKTON, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a multi-vehicle crash has closed the eastbound lanes of Interstate 80 in eastern Iowa. Maj. Thomas Gibbs with the Scott County Sheriff’s Office says the Thursday afternoon crash was reported near Stockton. Emergency crews have been sent to the scene.

There are no reports of injuries. Gibbs says the crash involved some semitrailers and caused a fuel leak. Additional information about the crash is unavailable. The Iowa State Patrol is investigating the scene.

Explosion in Creston claims one life

News

January 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

CRESTON, Iowa (AP) – The manager of a fertilizer plant in southern Iowa says an employee has died following an explosion at the facility. Bill Clem, plant manager of Green Valley Chemical in Creston, says the explosion Thursday morning killed an employee and injured at least two people. He called those injuries non-life-threatening, but he did not elaborate. He also would not say if the injured are employees. Clem said he could not immediately provide any further details about the circumstances of the explosion.

Lee Freeman with the Creston Fire Department says officials responded to a medical call from the plant around 11 a.m. He says there was a report of an explosion, but he did not have additional information.
A website for the plant says it produces agricultural fertilizer and anhydrous ammonia.

DCA invests $1.3 million in six communities to spur cultural development

News

January 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES – The Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) say it is continuing to build and sustain a more culturally vibrant Iowa by awarding more than $1.3 million for projects in six communities designated Iowa Great Places. The DCA approved an Iowa Great Places Citizen Advisory Board recommendation to designate and award funding to five communities as Iowa’s newest Great Places: Sixth Avenue Corridor (Des Moines), Grinnell, Linn County, Manning and the Raccoon River Valley Trail (Waukee).

Iowa Great Places funding will advance the vision of Manning, to offer increased recreational, transportation, and social opportunities. Great Places support coincides with other major initiatives in Manning involving the Iowa Economic Development Authority, Drake University and the Iowa Restaurant Association. Manning’s proposal will reinforce its unique sense of place while encouraging creativity and highlighting its most historic attractions.

Plans call for bronze statues and sculptural elements to be placed throughout the community and the creation of a new park around the historic Milwaukee Trestle Bridge. Additionally, a Park/Hospital trail connector will improve pedestrian access from a regional hospital to the community’s historic Main Street, supporting the community’s economic development goals. All of the projects are supported by multiple local and regional vision plans and partnerships with Iowa State University and Trees Forever.

Dawn Rohe (Roy), with the City of Manning, said “The Manning community is very grateful for the Iowa Great Places designation and funding. Not only will it help fund three public art projects, two trail segments, and the new trestle park, it will help showcase some of the developments that make Manning one of the great places of Iowa.”

This year, the board reviewed applications from nearly a dozen Iowa communities requesting approximately $3 million. Common themes identified across the communities awarded funding include an emphasis on creating livable, walkable communities, revitalizing downtowns and urban neighborhoods, and capitalizing on outdoor recreational corridors.

1st New Year’s baby at CCMH

News

January 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Cass County Health System have announced the first baby born in the New Year, belongs to a couple identified as “Keisha” & “Rick.”LilyFamily The little girl and her proud parents of “Lily Lynn” were celebrated by the CCMH OB Department,  were celebrated by going home with a stash of diapers and Lily’s very own 2015 baby blanket.

Bluffs Police release details of CU robbery

News

January 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs are looking for two men who robbed a credit union near the Mall of the Bluffs Thursday morning. Officials say just before 10-a.m., two black males entered the SAC Federal Credit Union at 1712 Madison Avenue, wearing grey hooded sweatshirts, orange safety vests and dark colored face masks. One of the men was wearing a dark colored stocking cap. He was described as being 5-feet 9-inches tall and of average build. The other man wore a white colored hard hat. He was said to be about 6-feet two-inches tall, and of average build.

Surveillance photo of the suspects.

Surveillance photo of the suspects.

The suspect in the dark colored stocking cap pointed a black semi-automatic handgun at one of the clerks and demanded money. The man in the white hard hat jumped over the counter and began removing money from one of the drawers. After taking an undetermined amount of money, both men fled the bank through the front doors and left the area in a black, newer model four door car.

The suspect's getaway vehicle.

The suspect’s getaway vehicle.

The car left the bank in an unknown direction. No one was injured during the commission of the robbery.

The Council Bluffs Police Department is working in cooperation with the FBI to solve this crime. Anyone with information on the robbery is urged to contact the Council Bluffs Police Department at 328-STOP, or the FBI at 402 493-8688. You can remain anonymous and any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects could be eligible for a cash reward.

MARY ELIZABETH FEULING, 66, of Farmington, MN (1-13-15)

Obituaries

January 8th, 2015 by Jim Field

MARY ELIZABETH FEULING, 66, of Farmington, MN died Tuesday, January 6th. Mass of Christian Burial for MARY ELIZABETH FEULING will be held on Tuesday, January 13th at 12:00 pm at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Atlantic. White Funeral Home in Farmington, MN has the arrangements.

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Visitation Friday from 5-8pm at White Funeral Home in Farmington, MN and from 11-12 prior to the Mass in Atlantic at Church.

Burial in the Atlantic Cemetery.

MARY ELIZABETH FEULING is survived by:

Children: Tricia (Andrew) Seemann, Chris Feuling, and Ann Feuling

Brothers: Mike (Sally) Mailander and John (Pam) Mailander

10 grandchildren

Winter Weather Advisory in effect for parts of western IA

Weather

January 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

AREA COUNTIES: SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL
1135 AM CST THU JAN 8 2015

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 AM CST FRIDAY…

THE ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR MONONA COUNTY UNTIL 6-PM TODAY (THURSDAY)

* SHORT TERM TRENDS…LIGHT SNOW SHOWERS WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE ACROSS NORTHERN IOWA THROUGH THE AFTERNOON. A STRONG COLD FRONT IS ABOUT TO ENTER NORTHWEST IOWA THEN MOVE ACROSS THE AREA THROUGH THE AFTERNOON. THE FRONT WILL SWITCH WINDS AROUND TO THE NORTHWEST AND INCREASE IN BOTH SPEED AND WIND GUSTS. THIS WILL LEAD TO BLOWING SNOW WHICH WILL REDUCE VISIBILITIES. AS COLDER AIR PUSHES IN…WIND CHILLS WILL BEGIN TO DROP TO NEAR 20 BELOW ZERO.

* STORM TOTAL SNOW…AROUND AN INCH OR LESS.

* WINDS/VISIBILITY…A GUSTY SOUTHWEST WIND AT 20 TO 30 MPH WILL TURN TO THE NORTHWEST AND INCREASE TO 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH OR MORE LATER THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING. BLOWING SNOW WILL REDUCE VISIBILITIES TO BELOW HALF A MILE AT TIMES THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING. LOCALLY VISIBILITIES MAY DROP TO A
QUARTER MILE AT TIMES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR BLOWING SNOW MEANS THAT VISIBILITIES WILL BE LIMITED DUE TO STRONG WINDS BLOWING SNOW AROUND. USE CAUTION WHEN TRAVELING…ESPECIALLY IN OPEN AREAS.