Syngenta faces dozens of lawsuits over GMO seed

Ag/Outdoor, News

November 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — More farmers are filing lawsuits against agrochemicals giant Syngenta in a legal battle tied to the sale of a genetically modified corn seed. Agrisure Viptera is genetically altered to kill corn-eating bugs and is approved by the United States. It was marketed to farmers in 2011.

But China, a major corn market that refuses to buy genetically modified crops it hasn’t tested, had not agreed to import it. It began rejecting U.S. corn last year when Viptera was detected. More than 50 lawsuits have been filed and hundreds more are being prepared. The lawsuits say losing China as a buyer has cost corn farmers more than $1 billion.

Syngenta says the lawsuits are without merit and upholds the right of farmers to use approved new technologies.

DUANE EDWARD RATHMAN, 73, of Springdale Arkansas and formerly from Atlantic (Svcs. 11/19/14)


November 17th, 2014 by admin

DUANE EDWARD RATHMAN, 73, of Springdale Arkansas (formerly from Atlantic), died Saturday (11/15),at the Walnut Grove Nursing Center, in Springdale Arkansas. Graveside Services for DUANE RATHMAN will be held 11-a.m. Wednesday (11/19), at the Rogers, Arkansas, City Cemetery. Sisco Funeral Chapel in Springdale, AR has the arrangements.

A visitation will be on Wed. from 9 until 10-am at the Sisco Funeral Chapel in Springdale, Arkansas. A remembrance gathering will take place in Atlantic at a later date. Online condolences may be left at

DUANE EDWARD RATHMAN is survived by:
His wife – Donna.
His children – Jeana Sornson; Tracy Rathman; and Duane Rathman, JR.

Two step daughters: Tracy Anzalone and Britt Graham.

His sister – Karla Bailey.

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

ROBERT JOSEPH LANE, JR, 71, of Cumberland (Svcs. Later Date)


November 17th, 2014 by admin

ROBERT JOSEPH LANE, JR, 71, of Cumberland, died Saturday (11/15) at his home in Cumberland. Cremation has taken place, and Funeral Services for ROBERT JOSEPH LANE, JR will be held at a later date. Hockenberry Family Care in Atlantic has the arrangements.

ROBERT JOSEPH LANE, JR is survived by:
His wife – Susan.

His children – Susan of Springfield, MO; Steve and wife Jeri of Humboldt; David of Copper Hill, VA; Cindy Gossman and husband Tim of Massena; Lindsey Forester and husband Randy of Fort Scott, KS;

His step-son: Bryan Blair and wife Michelle of Newton, MA

His siblings – Mary Kay Ersland (Lynn) of Grey Eagle, MN; Larry(Marlys) of Humboldt, & Cathy (Leon) Heider of Humboldt.

8 grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

Audubon County Community Foundation awards grants


November 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon County Community Foundation, Friday, awarded $39, 770 in grants to four non-profit agencies. ACCF Chair Brett Irlmeier says with this most recent round of grants, the Foundation has distributed more than $1.2-million in grants and scholarships over the last 14-years.

Among the grant recipients is: The Audubon Downtown Stage Revitalization Committee, which received $5,000 for handicap access, signage and other components for the John James Audubon City Park stage structure; The Audubon Recreation Foundation – $15,000, for a Recreation Center project; The Exira Community Club received $5,000 for the Little League Splash Pad, and the Exira Public Library received $14,770 to complete their current construction project.

Of the $39,770: about $2,500 is from the Leon and Iva Milliman Endowed Fund, for the Exira Public Library; $2,800 is from the Charles T. and Kathleen K. Manatt Endowed Fund, $690 came from the Audubon State Bank/Stephen Garst Endowed Fund, and $1,200 came from the Audubon Masonic Association, which was directed to the Audubon Recreation Fund. In addition, $490 was from the Fred and Evelyn Nissen Endowed Fund for Audubon, and $490 from the Merle and Norma Petersen Endowed Fund for the Audubon Downtown Revitalization Stage Committee.

All grantees submitted their grant applications by the September 1st deadline, and met the criteria as Audubon  County non-profit agencies or organizations with charitable missions in the areas of civic, cultural, health, education and social services. Only those organizations providing services in Audubon County were eligible.

For more information about donating or establishing an individual foundation or fund, contact Iowa Foundations Director Dennis Nissen, at 1-800-794-3458.


Des Moines Lands NCAA Men’s Tournament Games


November 17th, 2014 by Jim Field

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines will host first and second-round games of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament in 2016.

The NCAA announced Monday that Iowa’s capital city will be among eight sites to host early-round games next season.

Landing such a prestigious event is a major coup for Des Moines, which has hoped to host the NCAA tournament ever since Wells Fargo Arena opened in 2005.

The arena hosted the NCAA women’s basketball tournament — which included legendary Tennessee coach Pat Summitt’s last game — and the NCAA wrestling championships in 2013.

Iowa State will serve as the tournament host, so the Cyclones can’t play in Des Moines in 2016.

Heyward to Cards, Braves get Miller in 4-Man Deal


November 17th, 2014 by Jim Field

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have dealt outfielder Jason Heyward and reliever Jordan Walden to the St. Louis Cardinals for pitcher Shelby Miller and a minor-leaguer.

The deal was announced Monday and ends Heyward’s tenure with his hometown team.

The 25-year-old outfielder never lived up to expectations after a brilliant rookie season, when he homered in his first at-bat and was voted to the All-Star Game. This past season, he hit .271 with 11 homers, 58 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. He also won his second Golden Glove.

Miller went 10-9 with a 3.74 for the Cardinals, after going 15-9 with a 3.06 ERA in 2013.

Walden was 0-2 with a 2.88 ERA and three saves.

The Braves also acquired pitcher Tyrell Jenkins, who played for Class A Palm Beach last season.

Slauson pleads guilty to 5 out of 20 charges


November 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An Atlantic woman who lied about her daughter having cancer and solicited funds for her treatment, has pleaded guilty to 5 out of 20 counts against her, including four felonies and one serious misdemeanor charge. 30-year old Leatha Kaye Slauson faces up to 21-years in jail when she is sentenced on Dec. 22nd in Cass County District Court.

Leatha Kaye Slauson (Cass Co. Sheriff's Office photo)

Leatha Kaye Slauson (Cass Co. Sheriff’s Office photo)

In her plea bargain, Slauson agreed to plead guilty to Class D felony charges that include two counts of Child Endangerment/Bodily Injury, with regard to the administering of Cannabis Oil and Neupogen to her daughter Riley, as well as a count of Administering Harmful Substances. She also plead guilty to a Serious Misdemeanor charge of Unlawful Possession of a prescription drug/Neupogen, and a reduced felony charge of Theft in the second degree, also a Class D- felony. She was originally charged with Theft in the 1st degree, a Class C felony.

Slauson will be released from custody and allowed to live with her mother in Hampton, Iowa. She is not allowed to have contact with her children or her husband, and must complete a mental health evaluation prior to her sentencing. Cass County Attorney Dan Feistner answered a question many people have with regard to the money.

He said at least $13,000 of the money Slauson garnered from various fund raising activities for her daughter’s supposed cancer treatment has been frozen at a local bank. Another nearly $13,000 was spent by Slauson. The remaining funds are not officially accounted for, but she will likely be required to make restitution. But when and how much she must repay has yet to be determined.

Slauson attorney Jay Mez said overall, he’s pleased with the agreement.

Slauson Pleads Guilty to 5 out of 20 Counts, Faces Potential 21 Years in Prison


November 17th, 2014 by Chris Parks

At a hearing Monday (11/17) morning at the Cass County Courthouse Leatha Slauson pleaded guilty to 5 out of 20 counts including 4 felonies, and 1 serious misdemeanor.  Slauson will face the potential of 21 years in prison at a sentencing that will take place on December 22nd at 9am.

Details Released on Accident in Atlantic Friday


November 17th, 2014 by Chris Parks

The Atlantic Police Department has released details about an accident that occurred at 9th and Poplar Streets in Atlantic  last Friday, November 14th.  Officials say a vehicle driven by Jesse Simmons of Atlantic was traveling southbound in the 900 block of Poplar Street entering the intersection at 9th Street, when it was struck by a vehicle driven by Marilyn Mundorf ,of Atlantic.  Mundorf had stopped at the stop sign in the 100 block of West 9th Street facing eastbound, and proceeded to enter the intersection, when she hit Simmons’ pickup, causing it to roll on it’s top.

Mundorf was cited for failure to stop or yield at an intersection. Her vehicle sustained $4,500 damage.  Simmons was cited for Driving Under Suspension and No Liability Insurance. His vehicle sustained $8,200 damage.

Rollover Accident Saturday Near Elk Horn


November 17th, 2014 by Chris Parks

A single vehicle rollover accident with injuries occurred Saturday, November 15th south of Elk Horn.  The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene on Highway 173 near the 400 Block south of Elk Horn at 12:20pm. Officers discovered 17-year-old Zachary Thompson of Elk Horn had lost control of the 2005 Chevy Trailblazer he was driving southbound and went into the east ditch and rolled onto the roof and came to rest.

Elk Horn Fire and Rescue responded to the scene and transported Thompson to the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic where he was then transported to Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha for further treatment.

The roadway was ice and snow covered at the time of the accident and no further details are known at the time of this report.