Trout stocking at Big Lake postponed

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

January 19th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Council Bluffs – The trout stocking scheduled for tomorrow (Friday, Jan. 20th) at Big Lake has been postponed until spring due to rapidly deteriorating ice conditions. The Iowa DNR says the family fishing event scheduled for this Saturday, Jan. 21 has been cancelled, and will not be re-scheduled.

DIXIE LOUISE SCHIRM, 95, of Avoca (Formerly of Walnut) (Svcs. 01/24/2017)


January 19th, 2017 by Chris Parks

DIXIE LOUISE SCHIRM, 95, of Avoca (Formerly of Walnut) died Wednesday, January 18th at Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan. Funeral services for DIXIE SHIRM will be held Tuesday, January 24th at 10:30am at First Presbyterian Church in Walnut. Pauley-Jones Funeral Home in Avoca has the arrangements.

Visitation will be held Monday, January 23rd from 6:00pm-8:00pm at Pauley-Jones Funeral Home in Avoca.

Burial will be in the Layton Township Cemetery in Walnut.

DIXIE LOUISE SCHIRM is survived by:

Husband: Albert Schirm of Avoca.

Daughter: Cindy Young of Mission Viejo, CA. Nancy (Jeff) Blum of Blair, NE.

Son: Neal (Pam) Schirm of Avoca.

AFS Student: Conchi (Phil) Madson of Cincinnati, OH.

Sister: Ellen Mattox-Meisel of Orange City, FL.

6 Grandchildren

15 Great-Grandchildren

ONETAH BRIDGER, 94, of Torrance, CA, formerly of Griswold (later date)


January 19th, 2017 by Jim Field

ONETAH BRIDGER, 94, of Torrance, CA, formerly of Griswold died January 16th in Torrance, CA.  Graveside services for   ONETAH BRIDGER will be held at a later date in Griswold.  Green Hills Mortuary in Torrance, CA and Rieken-Duhn Funeral Home in Griswold are handling arrangements.


ONETAH BRIDGER is survived by:

Daughter:  Gloria Younkin of Torrance, CA

Brother:  Owen Schrader of Bellevue, WA

7 Grandchildren

10 Great-Grandchildren

1 Great-Great-Step-Grandchild

Man attends funeral of airport shooting victim from Council Bluffs


January 19th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A man who ran to help an Iowa couple during the deadly Florida airport shooting this month attended the funeral for the man who was killed. The Omaha World-Herald reports Mark Lea flew down from Minnesota to attend the Wednesday service at Council Bluffs’ Bayliss Park Chapel for 57-year-old Mike Oehme.

Lea says he found the couple while trying to aid the shooting victims at the airport. Mike and his wife Kari Oehme were both shot, but Kari is currently recovering from her wounds. Lea says he was tending to Kari’s wounds when he noticed Mike Oehme nearby with a head wound.

Oehme was one of five people killed in the baggage claim area of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Jan. 6 when a gunman opened fire.

Bankers: Weak farm prices biggest threat to rural economy

Ag/Outdoor, News

January 19th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Bankers across Middle America say depressed farm commodity prices are the biggest threat to the economy this year in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states. The overall economic index in a monthly survey of bankers for the region remained in negative territory at 42.8 in January, down slightly from December’s 42.9. Survey officials say any score below 50 suggests an economic decline.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says livestock commodity prices have tumbled by 7.3 percent and grain commodity prices by 11.7 percent in the last year. Bankers from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming were surveyed.

Goss says the rural economy is improving in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, and South Dakota, while all the other states are trending lower.

Clarinda Police investigate hit & run property damage incident at Clarinda Cemetery


January 19th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Police in Clarinda are investigating a hit-and-run property damage incident that took place at the Clarinda Cemetery. Police Chief Keith Brothers says at around 5-a.m. today (Thursday), Officers discovered several cemetery monuments had been damaged at the Clarinda Cemetery, located on the north side of Clarinda.

An investigation revealed that a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox had entered the cemetery at the 16th & Walnut Street entrance, careened out of control on one of the access roads, striking several monuments causing an estimated $20,000 in damages to the monuments and totaling the Chevrolet Equinox with an estimated worth of $5,000.

The driver of the Chevrolet Equinox left the scene of the accident on foot. The accident remains under investigation and officers are pursuing numerous leads and collecting evidence at the accident scene in an attempt to identify and locate the driver.

Clarinda Cemetery damage. (Photos provided by Clarinda P-D)

PRISCILLA ANN JACOBSEN HANSEN, 84, of Elk Horn (Svcs. 1/21/17)


January 19th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

PRISCILLA ANN JACOBSEN HANSEN, 84, of Elk Horn died Dec. 25th, at the Salem Lutheran Homes in Elk Horn. Funeral services for PRISCILLA JACOBSEN-HANSEN will be held 2-p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21st, at the Elk Horn Lutheran Church.

Memorials in her name may be directed to the Salem Lutheran Home.

Priscilla Ann Jacobsen Hansen is survived by:

Her daughter – Janet (John) Krengle, of Boone;

Her sons -James (Karen) Jordan, of Lsibon, and Kent (Jodi) Jordan, of Clive.

Her step-children: Kent (Julie) Hansen; Kathy Piper; Jennifer (John) Arndt.

6 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren and 2 step great-grandchildren.

(Update) EPA Atlantic PCE site information meeting location 1/24/17 changed


January 19th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

In an update to our earlier report, officials with the U-S Environmental Protection Agency said today (Thursday), that the location for a meeting planned for next Tuesday evening in Atlantic has been changed. The EPA had planned to hold a public session at the AMU Building on Jan. 24th from 6-until 7:30-p.m., but the location of the meeting instead has been changed to the Cass County Community Center.

The session will provide updates on efforts to mitigate PCE contamination from a former dry cleaning business site near 7th and Plum Streets, and the PCE site on Chestnut Street. The former dry cleaning facility and IDOT laboratory facility no longer exist at the location (1205 E. 7th St). The EPA has said some municipal drinking water wells have been impacted due to groundwater contamination associated with the former dry cleaner. Those wells were shut down, and the City’s drinking water wells are NOT affected.

Additional site information is available online at

Woman accused in homicide case will stand trial


January 19th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – An Iowa woman charged with first-degree murder in the death of someone who allegedly dated the same man as her will go to trial. A judge bound 41-year-old Shanna Golyar over to district court Wednesday for the 2012 disappearance-turned-homicide case of 37-year-old Cari Farver. Golyar was arrested in December of 2016 in connection to Farver’s disappearance, who was last seen in Omaha.

Attorney for Golyar, James Davis, says there is no real evidence proving his client murdered Farver, citing police have no body or murder weapon. Officials testified Golyar posed as Farver online and by phone for years after the disappearance, and also posed as other people confessing their murder of Farver. A sergeant testified Farver had been dating Golyar’s ex-boyfriend for some weeks.

The prosecution and Farver’s family declined to comment after the hearing.

Nebraska, Iowa Guard troops assigned inauguration duties


January 19th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – National Guardsmen from Nebraska and Iowa have been assigned security and other duties for Friday’s presidential inauguration of Donald Trump. The Omaha World-Herald reports that members of the Des Moines-based 71st Civil Support Team are looking for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons. Most of the Nebraska Guardsmen are operating a field kitchen to feed some of the 7,500 soldiers and airmen from the National Guards of 44 states and three territories who will support inauguration activities.

Airmen from the 185th Air Refueling Wing in Sioux City and the 132nd Wing in Des Moines will join Martin’s team representing Iowa. A Kansas Air Guard jet flew the Nebraska troops to the Washington area Tuesday. They’re scheduled to return Sunday on a Hawaiian Air Guard jet.