Iowa deputy, suspect scuffle in altercation


November 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

HULL, Iowa (AP) – A Sioux County deputy and a suspect have been treated for minor injuries following an altercation.  The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says 34-year-old Florencio Ortigoza-Victoriano, of Hull, got into a scuffle with Sheriff’s Deputy Caleb Haverdink Wednesday following a domestic disturbance call.  Ortigoza-Victoriano is accused of trying to remove Haverdink’s firearm from its holster. Other deputies helped take Ortigoza-Victoriano into custody.

The Sioux City Journal reports Ortigoza-Victoriano was taken to Sioux Center Community Hospital with minor injuries. He was released a short time later. Haverdink was treated for minor injuries and released from Orange City Hospital. Ortigoza-Victoriano was arrested and faces charges of domestic assault, interference with official acts, assault on a peace officer and attempting to disarm a peace officer.

DENNIS BROWN, 73, of Cumberland (Svcs. 12/2/13)


November 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DENNIS BROWN, 73, of Cumberland, died Fri., Nov. 29th, at the Atlantic Nursing & Rehab Center. Memorial services for DENNIS BROWN will be held 1:30-p.m. Mon., Dec. 2nd, in the Cumberland Community Center. Hockenberry Family Care Funeral Home in Atlantic has the arrangements.

Visitation with the family will be held from 4-to 6-pm Sun., Dec. 1st, at the Cumberland Community Center.

Burial will be in the Newlon Grove Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation.

DENNIS BROWN is survived by:

His daughters – Julie Brown, of Cumberland, & Lila (Darren) Lassen, of Red Oak.

His sisters – Jeannette Hansen, of Grand Island, NE; Rosella Dehlin, of CA; Carol Dorsch, of Omaha, & Burnidette Edwards, of Pollack, LA.

Chiefs’ Hali to play vs Denver; Houston out


November 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali pronounced himself close to 100 percent for Sunday’s game against Denver, while fellow pass rusher Justin Houston is week to week with an elbow injury.  Hali went through practice Friday without feeling pain from a sprained right ankle sustained in last Sunday’s loss to San Diego. He initially thought that the injury was much more serious, but he received treatment early in the week and will play against the Broncos.

Houston dislocated his right elbow against the Chargers and it’s unclear when he’ll return. The Chiefs’ top pass rusher couldn’t have an MRI exam until Wednesday because of swelling, and trainer Rick Burkholder said Friday the elbow was still in a brace.  Chiefs coach Andy Reid does not believe the injury is season-ending.

LUCILLE A. EVANS, 84, of Elk Horn & formerly of Kimballton (Svcs. 12/3/13)


November 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

LUCILLE A. EVANS, 84, of Elk Horn (& formerly of Kimballton), died Thu., Nov. 28th. Funeral services for LUCILLE EVANS will be held 2-p.m. Tue., Dec. 3rd, at the Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Mon. (Dec. 2nd) from Noon until 9-pm, with the family present from 4-to 6-pm.

Burial will be in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Kimballton.

LUCILLE EVANS is survived by:

Her sons – John (Kay) Evans, of Richland; Charles Evans, of Placitas, NM; Jerry (Tracie) Evans, of Elk Horn, & Randy (Cindy) Evans, of Cincinnati, OH.

8 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren, her brother-in-law, other relatives, & friends.

Rudock passes for 2 TDs, Iowa tops Nebraska 38-17


November 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Jake Rudock threw for two touchdowns, including a 24-yarder to Kevonte Martin-Manley right after Iowa had stuffed Nebraska on a fake punt, and the Hawkeyes finished the regular season with a 38-17 victory on Friday.  The Hawkeyes converted two of Nebraska’s three turnovers into touchdowns and got a short field for a third TD after the failed fake punt. Seven of Iowa’s 15 possessions started in Cornhuskers’ territory.

Iowa (8-4, 5-3 Big Ten) doubled its win total from a year ago and won a fourth road game for the first time since 2009. Mark Weisman ran 24 times for 72 yards and two touchdowns. Rudock left late in the third quarter with an undisclosed injury.

The Huskers (8-4, 5-3) had their lowest regular-season win total since 2008, coach Bo Pelini’s first year, and lost three games at home for the first time since 2007 under Bill Callahan.

Free Holiday String Concert in Stuart


November 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Project Restore Foundation say their annual Holiday String Quartet Concert will take place Sunday, December 8th beginning at 3-pm, at the Saints Center (320 N. Fremont Street), in Stuart. The public is invited to the free concert with refreshments served afterwards.fronttop

According to event organizers, the featured musicians are from the Des Moines area and play a variety of Christmas songs. This special holiday tradition began as a way to give back to the community for all their support during restoration and the Project Restore Foundation plans to continue the tradition.

For more information on this free public event as well as the Saints Center for Culture and the Arts, please visit


ISU prof. to present NASA with anti-asteroid plan


November 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa State University professor has a plan for saving humanity from a devastating asteroid collision, and he’ll soon meet with officials at NASA to discuss his proposal. Engineering professor Bong Wie says one way to stop an asteroid from hurtling toward earth is to break up the rock with a nuclear device. He will meet Tuesday with NASA officials to talk about his research, which is being hashed out at the Asteroid Deflection Research Center in Ames.

The Des Moines Register says Wie plans to request a five-year, $5 million grant to put the research into action and launch a practice satellite. A NASA spokesman says there’s no grant request scheduled in the Tuesday meeting. Wie says developing the project will take more than a decade.

Iowa St, West Virginia meet in 2013 finale


November 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Not long after Paul Rhoads finally thawed out from the coldest game in the history of Iowa State’s home stadium, the Cyclones’ coach recalled a night at West Virginia in 2005 that was even more bone chilling.

Rhoads was Pittsburgh’s defensive coordinator when the Panthers played in the Backyard Brawl in blustery snow and single-digit readings. He says the wind made that game feel colder than last week’s home finale against Kansas.

Still, Rhoads says the frigid Kansas win has mentally prepared Iowa State (2-9, 1-7 Big 12) for its first visit to West Virginia (4-7, 2-6) on Saturday. Temperatures for the late afternoon kickoff in Morgantown are expected to be balmy by comparison in the 30s.

The game marks the regular-season finale for both teams.

Backyard and Beyond 11-29-2013

Backyard and Beyond, Podcasts

November 29th, 2013 by Chris Parks

Lavon Eblen speaks with Cass County Naturalist Lora Kanning about Natural Holiday Decorating and a class coming up.


VIVIAN VERONICA SIMONS, 86, of Guthrie Center, formerly of Massena (no service)


November 29th, 2013 by Jim Field

VIVIAN VERONICA SIMONS, 86, of Guthrie Center, formerly of Massena died Wednesday, November 27th at the Panora Nursing and Rehab Center.  No services are planned for VIVIAN VERONICA SIMONS.  Twigg Funeral Home in Guthrie Center is handling the arrangements.