Early Morning Iowa Headlines 6-26-2013


June 26th, 2013 by admin

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press
FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) – A Corrections Department spokesman says a break-in at a prison construction site in Fort Madison resulted in the theft of computers and software that detail facility drawings. The theft occurred June 19 at the construction site for the new Iowa State Penitentiary. Items stolen included laptop computers and tools.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Des Moines police say they plan to keep a pilot program that lets plainclothes officers focus on burglary investigations. The Des Moines Police Department says four officers began carrying out the special duties five months ago after an increase of burglaries in the city. The burglary detail squad has made nearly 100 felony arrests for burglary, theft, forgery and wanted subjects.

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) – An auto repair shop in Muscatine says an employee has died from injuries sustained during severe weather that damaged his work area. The Krieger Auto Group posted on its Facebook page that the male employee died Monday from injuries caused the weather.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Republican state Rep. Mark Lofgren says he will run to represent Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District. The Muscatine lawmaker says he wants to bring “fiscal responsibility” to Washington. The seat covers the southeastern part of Iowa and is currently held by Democrat Dave Loebsack.

CHARLOTTE ANN THORSON, 55, of Atlantic (6-24-13)


June 25th, 2013 by Jim Field

CHARLOTTE ANN THORSON, 55, of Atlantic died Saturday, June 22nd from complications relating to her battle with breast cancer. A private family church service for CHARLOTTE ANN THORSON is planned for Friday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Atlantic. A celebration of life luncheon for anyone wishing to remember the life of this remarkable woman will follow, starting at 11:30 in St. Paul’s fellowship hall.


The family asks that donations be made to the Iowa Donor Network or a local charity.


Husband: Chuck Thorson of Atlantic, Iowa

Children: Heather (Jeff) Lundquist of Atlantic; Ben (Kathy) Madison of Adel.

Stepson: Nicholas Thorson of Atlantic.

Mother: Noreen Leigan of Exira

Sister: Mary (Dan) Anstey of Cumberland

Brother: Craig (Sharon) Leigan of Shenandoah

4 Grandchildren


Backyard and Beyond 06-25-2013

Backyard and Beyond, Podcasts

June 25th, 2013 by Chris Parks

Lavon Eblen speaks with Brenda Nelson with the Experimental Aviation Association about a youth rally coming up on June 29th.

Multiple Drug Arrests in Atlantic


June 25th, 2013 by admin

Within the past week the Atlantic Police Department and Cass County Sheriff’s Office together have arrested four people on drug charges. On June 19th, 26-year old Jacky Walters of Atlantic was charged with Delivery of Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine).

On June 20th, 58-year old Blaine Buchanan of Atlantic was charged with Delivery of Controlled Substance (Heroin).

Two arrests occurred on June 21st, first was 57-year old Janice Peterson of Atlantic for Delivery of Controlled Substance (Oxycodone). The second arrest that day was 55-year old Jon Meyer of Atlantic for Possession with Intent to Deliver Controlled Substance (Morphine) and Sponsoring a Gathering where controlled substances are distributed.

They were all transported to Cass County Jail and booked in. Additional charges and arrests are pending.

Skyscan Forecast 06-25-2013

Podcasts, Weather

June 25th, 2013 by Chris Parks

Today: Scattered Showers early then Partly Sunny with a high near 90.  Breezy with a south wind at 10-15mph with gusts as high as 25.

Tonight: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 9pm and 1am. Partly cloudy with a low around 70.  South winds at 5-15.

Wednesday: Sunny with a high near 89.  West northwest winds at 10-15 with gusts as high as 20.

Thursday: Mostly sunny with a high near 88.  Northwest winds at 5-10.

Friday: Sunny with a high of 86.

Saturday: Mostly sunny with a high in the low 80’s.

Exira-EHK Vote Today


June 25th, 2013 by admin

Residents in the Exira-Elk Horn School Districts have their chance to vote on the reorganization of the districts today. The two districts have been sharing teachers and sports for the past few years but now they are looking at sharing the entire district. Superintendent Dean Schnoes says the reorganization stems from dropping enrollment in the two schools,

Schnoes: “Lot of this comes from dropping in enrollment and wanting to use the staff and facilities you have. And seeing what was going on, we wanted to whole grade share so we can use the staff and facilities. At the same time, it gives you the added supplemental money from the state that comes with whole grade sharing.”

He said the state was seeing smaller schools lose enrollment so they implemented the whole grade sharing and lead to reorganization for a bigger district. Another reason for the districts to reorganize is the state has said starting July 1st, 2014, no funding can be shared between districts. Schnoes says by reorganizing, residents in both districts will see a decrease in property taxes,

Schnoes: “The next thing is by reorganizing you can lower property taxes for patrons for three years. So instead of paying the normal $5.45 per thousand of a set value, it drops to $4.45 the first year. It goes to $4.85 then $5.15 and then back to the $5.45. I look at it as it is out there and the best route for us to use the incentives from the state and reorganize.”

Schnoes says one of the nice benefits is the students already see the schools as one district,

Schnoes: “These students have gotten a long real well and see it as one district. The other nice benefit is we will keep a building in each district. Students will be able to attend buildings that are well kept and continue to get a quality education. The students overall will be able to continue operating of knowing they can continue going to the two school districts we have now.”

Residents in the Elk Horn Kimballton School District can vote at the Elk Horn High School and patrons in the Exira School District can cast their ballot on the reorganization Exira Recreation Center. Polling places open from noon to 8pm today.


8AM Sportscast 06-25-2013

Podcasts, Sports

June 25th, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Jim Field

MILDRED BOWEN, 93, of Greenfield (Svcs. 6-28-2013)


June 25th, 2013 by admin

MILDRED BOWEN, 93, of Greenfield died Mon., June 24th at the Adair County Memorial Hospital in Greenfield. Services for MILDRED BOWEN will be held at 1:30 PM Fri., June 28th at the United Methodist Church in Greenfield. Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield has the arrangements.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 8:00 PM Thurs., June 27th at the Greenfield United Methodist Church with the family greeting friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

Memorials to the Adair County Historical Society or to the Greenfield Public Library. Online condolences may be left to the family at www.steenfunerals.com.

MILDRED BOWEN is survived by:

Brother, Donald R. Bowen of Odessa, TX

Nieces, Joy Standley (Larry); Betty Fetcher (Lynn); and Nancy Nowak (Gene)

Nephews, Gaylord (Obie) Bowen (Susan); Jessey Bowen (Fonda); and Jeff Bowen (Cela)

Several great, great-great and great-great-great grand-nieces and nephews, and many friends.

Heartbeat Today 06-25-2013

Heartbeat Today, Podcasts

June 25th, 2013 by Chris Parks

Jim Field talks about the effects of humidity on your health and home.

Dijon-Crusted Chicken Breasts (6-25-13)

Mom's Tips

June 25th, 2013 by Jim Field

  • 1/3 cup dry bread crumbs (or Panko)
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon reduced-fat margarine

Place the first six ingredients in a shallow bowl.  Brush chicken with mustard; roll in crumb mixture.

In a large non-stick skillet, cook chicken in oil and margarine over medium heat for five to six minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 170 degrees.