2 people injured in northwest Iowa grain elevator explosion


March 17th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

HINTON, Iowa (AP) — Two people were seriously injured in a northwest Iowa grain elevator explosion. The Sioux City Journal reports the explosion occurred just after 1 p.m. Thursday at Central Valley Ag in Hinton. Plymouth County Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo says two people were taken to a Sioux City hospital in serious condition. Authorities have not identified the victims, and the cause of the explosion hasn’t been determined.

U.S. Highway 75 and a county road were closed through Hinton to allow emergency crews to quickly reach the grain elevator, but the roads were later reopened. Authorities had asked that trains not travel through the area but rails also were reopened.

Prescription drug drop box at the Pott. Co. S/O nets 50-lbs of unwanted drugs


March 17th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office, Thursday, said that in a little more than three-weeks since it was set-up to collect unwanted prescription medications, the Prescription Drug Drop Box in the lobby at the Sheriff’s Office, has collected 50-pounds of medications. The meds are currently awaiting proper disposal.

Sheriff Jeff Danker said that the Sheriff’s Office partnership with the Governor’s Drug Control Office is valuable, in that it provides the public a proper place for unneeded prescription drugs to be disposed of reducing the possibility that the medications fall into the wrong hands.

Sheriff Danker continues to encourage anyone who has prescription drugs that are no longer needed or are out of date to consider utilizing the services of the Drop Box, which can be found at the Sheriff’s Office located at 1400 Big Lake Road, in Council Bluffs.

Remember, the drop box is not intended for the disposal of “sharps” such as syringes.

Mexican Citizen in Pott. County, Sentenced for Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine


March 17th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The U-S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa reports a Mexican citizen was sentenced to prison Wednesday on a drug charge, in U-S District Court in Pottawattamie County. 29-year old Jonathon Oros-Moreno, received a sentenced of a little more than eight-years in prison, from Senior United States District Court Judge James E. Gritzner.  The 100 months prison term for Possession with the Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, will followed by five years of supervised release.

Oros-Moreno entered a guilty plea on July 24, 2015, to the possession charge following his arrest one-year earlier. He was taken into custody by the Southwest Iowa Narcotics Task Force working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Task Force. On July 24, 2014, law enforcement purchased two one-pound packages of methamphetamine from Oros-Moreno before serving a search warrant on the Council Bluffs apartment where he was staying. At the apartment, law enforcement located an additional twelve one-pound packages of methamphetamine.

The investigation was conducted by the Southwest Iowa Narcotics Task Force, Council Bluffs Police Department, the Bellevue (Nebraska) Police Department, the Omaha (Nebraska) Police Department and the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

Survey: Plains, Midwest economic picture slightly brighter


March 17th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A survey of rural bankers in 10 Western and Plains states suggests a slightly brighter economic picture that remains shadowed by lower agriculture and energy commodity prices. A March report released Thursday (Today) says the Rural Mainstreet Index rose to 40.2 from 37.0 in February and 34.8 in January. Survey officials say any score below 50 on any of the survey’s indexes suggests that factor will decline.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the monthly survey, and he says prices for farm products have fallen about 11 percent and fuel roughly 25 percent since June. Goss says the confidence index dropped to 30.1 this month from 30.4 in February, reflecting the bankers’ pessimism.

Bankers from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming were surveyed.

Cardinals take gay ex-player’s allegation ‘very seriously’


March 17th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) – The St. Louis Cardinals say they’re taking allegations that a gay minor-league pitcher abandoned baseball because of homophobia “very seriously.” Tyler Dunnington was drafted by the Cardinals in 2014 and told Outsports.com in a report published Wednesday that he heard derogatory comments from college coaches and later unidentified teammates in the pros. He said “each comment felt like a knife to my heart.”

General manager John Mozeliak told The Associated Press in a statement that he’s “very disappointed” and would speak with MLB’s ambassador for inclusion for guidance.  Dunnington spent most of the summer of 2014 with the Cardinals’ rookie-level affiliate in Florida and says two teammates “mentioned ways to kill gay people.” He says he felt uncomfortable revealing his sexual orientation and retired before spring training a year ago.

Pizza Ranch chain linked to E. Coli outbreak


March 17th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A restaurant chain based in northwest Iowa has been linked to a food poisoning outbreak in at least nine states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed 13 people who were sickened by E. Coli reported they ate at a Pizza Ranch restaurant prior to becoming ill. Health officials have declared the E. Coli outbreak has come to an end.

Officials with Pizza Ranch, based in Orange City, say their independent testing on different products found no problems but the restaurant has temporarily discontinued the use of a dough mix from an ingredient supplier that may’ve been a factor in the outbreak. Pizza Ranch has more than 180 locations in 13 states, including restaurants in more than 75 Iowa towns and cities.

(Radio Iowa)


Trading Post

March 17th, 2016 by Jim Field

FOR SALE:  LG DVD player with remote, book and wires.  Like new, used very little.  Asking $50.  Call 712-249-5995 in Atlantic.

FOR SALE:  A nearly new lift chair, size small. Call or leave a message at Griswold, 712-778-4692. SOLD!

FOR SALE:  2009 Dodge Grand Caravan, stowaway seats, 214,000 miles (mostly highway), tires are in fair condition, cruise control does not work.  Getting 22-24 miles per gallon.  Asking $3200 or best offer.  Call 712-250-0788.

JULIE HEDIN, 78, of Anita (3-22-2016)


March 17th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

JULIE HEDIN, 78, of Anita died Thursday, March 17th at the Salem Lutheran Home in Elk Horn.  Graveside services for JULIE HEDIN will be held on Tuesday, March 22nd at 11:00 am at the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Kimballton.  Ohde Funeral Home in Kimballton has the arrangements.


JULIE HEDIN is survived by:

Children:  Nels Thomas Clausen of Anita; Julie Ann Rafferty of Memphis, TN; Anton Clausen of Anita; Richard Lee Clausen of Adair

2 Grandchildren

5 Great-Grandchildren

other relatives and friends

Backyard & Beyond 3-17-2016

Backyard and Beyond, Podcasts

March 17th, 2016 by Jim Field

LaVon Eblen visits with Shiona Putnam about upcoming events.


Effort underway to rename Cedar Rapids post office for Iowa soldier


March 17th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The members of Iowa’s Congressional delegation are supporting a measure to re-name the main Cedar Rapids post office in honor of an Iowa National Guard soldier who died in Afghanistan. U-S Senator Joni Ernst, from Red Oak, talked about Sgt. 1st Class Terry L. Pasker during her weekly conference call with reporters. “Sergeant First Class Pasker was born in Anamosa, Iowa. He enlisted in the U-S Army in 1990, and later joined the Iowa National Guard in 1995. While serving in the guard, he served two tours in Afghanistan — in 2005 and 2011,” Ernst says.

The 39-year-old Pasker was killed in July of 2011 during his second tour in Afghanistan when an Afghan security officer shot and killed him at a roadway checkpoint.  “While we will never be able to say thank you enough to Sergeant First Class Pasker and his family. This post office would honor his legacy and serve as symbol throughout the community of his unwavering heroism” according to Ernst.

Ernst says the re-naming now just needs the approval of the rest of Congress. “It should not be a long process. It should be as simple as passing the legislation and that would rename the post office. We feel it’s the right thing to do for Sergeant Pasker,” Ernst says. The measure in the Senate sponsored by Ernst and Senator Chuck Grassley, is companion to a House bill introduced by Representative Rod Blum and co-sponsored by Iowa’s three other Representatives Dave Loebsack, David Young and Steve King. Pasker is survived by his wife, Erica; parents, Mary and David; brother, Andrew, and two sisters, Christine and Rebecca.

(Radio Iowa)