Santana homers in ninth to lift Brewers over Cardinals

Sports

April 14th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Domingo Santana hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the ninth inning, Chase Anderson threw six innings without an earned run and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 on Wednesday night. Santana connected off closer Trevor Rosenthal (0-1) with two out to break a 4-4 tie.

Milwaukee had lost five of its previous seven in St. Louis. Jeremy Jeffress pitched the ninth for his fourth save. St. Louis’ Brandon Moss tied the game 4-4 with a leadoff, pinch-hit homer in the eighth off reliever Michael Blazek (1-0).

 

NWS forecast for Cass & surrounding counties in IA, 4/14/16

Weather

April 14th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

346 AM CDT THU APR 14 2016

EARLY THIS MORNING…PARTLY CLOUDY. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

TODAY…SUNNY…BREEZY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 70S. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 20 MPH.

TONIGHT…CLEAR. LOW IN THE LOWER 50S. SOUTHEAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH.

FRIDAY…SUNNY…BREEZY. HIGH IN THE MID 70S. SOUTHEAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH INCREASING TO SOUTH 20 TO 25 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.

SATURDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 70S. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH.

SUNDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF SHOWERS. HIGH IN THE LOWER 70S.

Iowa early News Headlines: Thursday, April 14th 2016

News

April 14th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Republican-controlled House has passed legislation that would add state oversight to boarding schools in Iowa, though the bill could face future opposition over exemption language. The House voted 74-24 Wednesday for the bill, which now goes to the Democratic-majority Senate.

SIBLEY, Iowa (AP) — Sibley leaders are studying the city’s options after owners of a processing plant didn’t meet a deadline to provide $50,000 to help reduce odors coming from the facility. The Sioux City Journal reports that Iowa Drying and Processing had until Monday turn in the money.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Dubuque police are investigating an apparent cross burning and are treating the incident as a possible hate crime. Police say Dubuque dispatchers received a report early Wednesday of burning items at the intersection of 22nd and Washington streets, but authorities did not initially find anything in the area. Police were notified again around 9:30 a.m. of burned objects in the same area. They found what appeared to be two crosses damaged by fire. More information will be provided Thursday.

LACONA, Iowa (AP) — The family of an Iowa woman who was fatally shot is trying to obtain a 911 call to include in their wrongful death lawsuit against the woman’s son. Sixty-eight-year-old Shirley Carter was found shot to death in June at her Lacona home. KCCI-TV reports the woman’s husband, Bill Carter, wants to obtain the 911 call from that night. No charges have been filed in the case.

THURSDAY, APRIL 14th

Trading Post

April 14th, 2016 by Jim Field

FOR SALE:  Pride Jet 3 Ultra electric wheelchair.  Older model comes as seen and with charging cord.  No head rest.  As is.  In good working order.  Charged and ready to go.  Best offer.  Call 712-243-6905.  If no answer please leave message.  Unable to deliver so would have to be picked up.  Can help load up.

wheelchair

FOR SALE: 2013 Craftsman 18 inch rear tine Tiller, 208cc motor, asking $350.00. Phone 712-304-0677 or 712 -268-5359.

Cardinals’ Gonzales to have Tommy John surgery

Sports

April 13th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals left-hander Marco Gonzales will have season-ending Tommy John surgery. General manager John Mozeliak announced the decision Wednesday, and said he expects Gonzales to have the operation Friday. Gonzales injured his elbow during spring training.

The 22-year-old Gonzales was limited to one start for the Cardinals last season because of shoulder problems. Gonzales was 4-2 with a 4.15 ERA in 10 games as rookie in 2014 after being selected by the Cardinals in the first round of the 2013 draft. He continued his strong play in the postseason, going 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA in six games.

The standard recovery from Tommy John surgery is 12-15 months.

ROBERT JAMES NEEDHAM, 57, of Omaha & formerly of the Oakland area (Svcs. 4/16/16)

Obituaries

April 13th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

ROBERT JAMES NEEDHAM, 57, of Omaha (formerly of Malmo, NE & the Oakland, IA areas), died Wed., April 13th, at Specialty Care, in Omaha. Graveside services for ROBERT NEEDHAM will be held 10:30-a.m. Saturday, April 16th, at the Fairview Cemetery west of Oakland. Rieken-Vieth Funeal Home in Oakland has the arrangements.

Visitation with the family will be on Friday, April 15th, from 5-to 7-p.m., at the Rieken Vieth Funeral Home in Oakland.

ROBERT NEEDHAM is survived by:

His brother – Dale (Vernalyn) Needham of Oakland.

His sister  – Vicki (William) Dauel of Malmo, NE.

Several nieces and nephews, many other relatives and friends.

Atlantic School District Superintendent announces retirement

News

April 13th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic School District Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein has announced he will be retiring at the end of the 2016-17 school year. The announcement came during Wednesday evening’s regular meeting of the Atlantic School Board.

Amstein, who has served the Atlantic School District since April, 2010, said when he concludes his service here, he will have “been on one side of the desk or the other side of the desk for 53-years. My wife tells me it’s about time to ‘come to the house.'”

Atlantic Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein (Ric Hanson, photo)

Atlantic Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein (Ric Hanson, photo)

He said “You get a point in your life where you know it’s time to take a look at something else.” Amstein says he has some ideas of what he might do upon retirement, but “It probably won’t be in education….I want to do something that normal people do.”

He said in the meantime, he looks forward to the upcoming year, and that he will do whatever is necessary in the upcoming year to help in the transition to a new Superintendent, next year.

In a prepared statement, Dr. Amstein said “I am grateful to the Atlantic Community for making me feel so welcome into the community. My wife and I have been fortunate that we have been able in the short time that we have lived here, to have developed some life-long friendships that we will cherish and hope to continue.”

He said he’s proud “Of the fact the district’s test scores have improved steadily over the past six-years, the graduation rate has improved, while the district’s dropout rate has dropped to below the state average. None of these things could have been accomplished without the hard work and dedication of our teachers, support staff, administrators and school board members.”

Amstein joins a list of Superintendents from around southwest and western Iowa who have announced their resignations or retirements since the beginning of the 2015-16 school year. The most recent being Griswold’s Dana Kunze and Riverside’s Jim Sutton. Superintendents at Exira-Elk Horn/Kimballton and Farragut School Districts all announced their plans to leave this past fall and winter. Farragut’s Tom Hinrichs’ decision was immediate, after the State Board of Education stripped away the district’s local control.

Sioux City schools locked down after robo threat

News

April 13th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The entire Sioux City Community School District was placed on lockdown this (Wednesday) morning after a threatening call was received around 8:20 a-m at the administration building. Sergeant Brad Bollinger of the Sioux City Police says the call claimed that explosive devices had been placed at each school in the district, and that the schools would be attacked with rifles within a half hour.

He says it was a robotic voice that said a bomb would go off at all schools. “These calls have been going around the country recently, and numerous school districts have received them in the past. In fact, this is the second time that the Sioux City School District has received them,” Bollinger says. Officers were dispatched to the buildings and the call proved to be a hoax. Bishop Heelan High School Principal Chris Bork says the city parochial schools did not receive the call, but police notified them of the threat and they also briefly went on lockdown.

He says they went outside and made sure the students were safely moving across campus. Bork says started talking with a police officer about the best way to handle things, and during that meeting the public schools lifted their lockdown. The lockdown was canceled at 9:15. Sergeant Bollinger says the F-B-I has been notified of the threat and the investigation is continuing.

(Radio Iowa)

Tuition could rise at Iowa universities, community colleges

News

April 13th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Legislature’s proposed higher education budget target could hike tuition at the state’s three public universities and 15 community colleges this fall. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that lawmakers have agreed to give a nearly $4.9 million increase for public higher education in the 2016 to 2017 fiscal year budget. But the proposed target is more than $3 million less than the minimum that the Iowa Board of Regents says it needs to keep resident undergraduate tuition the same at the University of Northern Iowa and Iowa State University.

The University of Iowa’s base tuition will already increase by $100 per semester starting in the fall, but the budget target could mean another increase.

Iowa State signs prep forward Cameron Lard

Sports

April 13th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State has signed prep forward Cameron Lard to a letter of intent. Lard, a 6-foot-9, 220-pound forward from Louisiana, missed his senior season because of transfer rules. But as a junior, Lard averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds at Natchitoches Central High School.

Lard, the fifth member of coach Steve Prohm’s first recruiting class, was rated as a four-star recruit by ESPN and 247sports.com. Lard might play immediately next season since the Cyclones lose post players Georges Niang, Jameel McKay and Abdel Nader to graduation.