WILLIAM DENE PETTY, 76, of rural Elliott (Visitation 3/13/17)


March 10th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

WILLIAM DENE PETTY, 76, of rural Elliott, died Thursday, March 9th, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, in Omaha. Visitation with the family of WILLIAM PETTY will be on Monday, March 13th, from 5-until 7:30-p.m. at the Rieken Duhn Funeral Home in Griswold.

Interment will be at Waveland Township Cemetery at a later date.

WILLIAM DENE PETTY is survived by:

His wife – Avis Petty, of Elliott.

His children: Angie Amos and husband Wade, Shelly Kruse and husband (Doug), Curtis DeWitt and wife Melissa, Dan DeWitt and wife Theresa, and Arlene Petty.

12 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, other relatives and friends.


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March 10th, 2017 by Stacie Linfor

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PAT SCHAEFER, 83, of Greenfield (Svcs. 3/15/17)


March 10th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

PAT SCHAEFER, 83, of Greenfield, died Friday, March 10th, at the Greenfield Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Greenfield. A Mass of Christian Burial for PAT SCHAEFER will be held 10:30-a.m. Wed., March 15th, at the St. John’s Catholic Church in Greenfield. Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield has the arrangements.

The family will greet friends on Tuesday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield, where a Prayer Service will be held on Tuesday at 5:00 p.m.; Online condolences may be left to the family at www.steenfunerals.com.

Burial will in the Greenfield Cemetery.  A luncheon will be held at the church following the committal services at the cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the Pat Schaefer memorial fund to be established by the family at a later date.

PAT SCHAEFER is survived by:

Her children – Margaret Schaefer, of Des Moines, Joe Schaefer and wife Janel, of Creston, Richard Schaefer and wife Lynn, of Indianola and Philip Schaefer and wife Christel, of Mesa, Arizona.

Her brother – David Miller and wife Mary, of Creston.

6 grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

JEFF NEIGHBORS, 48, of Anita (Private family services)


March 10th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

JEFF NEIGHBORS, 48, of Anita, died Tue., March 7th, at the Anita Medical Center. Private family services for JEFF NEIGHBORS will be held at a later date. Hockenberry Family Care Funeral Home is assisting the family.

There is no visitation.

Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation.

JEFF NEIGHBORS is survived by:

His mother – Sandra Neighbors, of Anita.

His son – Aaron Neighbors, of Modesto, CA.

His sisters – Cheryl (Ron) Jensen, of Anita, and LeeAnn (Jim) Denney, of Anita.

(Update) NTSB Go Team responds to NW IA Train Derailment


March 10th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A 15-member team of investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) “Go Team” were ordered to the scene of a train derailment this (Friday) morning, in northwest Iowa’s Palo Alto County. The incident involving three locomotives and 101 rail cars, 100 of which were hauling ethanol, resulted in a massive fire that could be seen from about 8-miles away. Palo Alto County Sheriff Lynn Schultes says the accident happened near Graettinger at around 1-a.m.

The ethanol tanker cars had recently been filled at an ethanol plant in Superior, Iowa. Railroad crews were able to unhitch most of the tankers and move them away from the crash site. 27 tanker cars derailed during the incident. Initial reports indicated an unknown amount of ethanol spilled into a nearby creek. There were no reports of injuries or death.

Photo by Ryan Long/KCID in Spencer, via Radio Iowa.

The NTSB says the tanker cars involved in the crash are of a design known to have many vulnerabilities that create the risk of hazardous materials release or flammable liquids when those tanker cars are involved in an accident. Congress has mandated the DOT-111 style tanker cars be cease being used by 2029, and retrofitted, or replaced with a new, more robust DOT-117 standard tanker be used for hauling hazardous or flammable materials.

Man & woman from Bedford arrested following theft investigation


March 10th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office reports two people were arrested Thursday afternoon following a Theft investigation. 43-year old Laura Vaughn, of Bedford was arrested for having in her possession items allegedly stolen from the Sidney Foods store, in Sidney. Vaughn faces charges that include Theft in the 5th degree and Interference with Official Acts. Her bond was set at $600. 36-year old Casey Lee Baker, also of Bedford, was arrested for Theft in the 5th and Interference with Official Acts, the bond for which was set at $600. Baker was also found to have a warrant for his arrest from the State of Wisconsin and was being held without bond as a Fugitive from Justice.

Casey Lee Baker

Laura Vaughn

Their arrests happened after deputies with the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office were called to Sidney Foods in Sidney at around 4:45-p.m., Thursday, for a report of a theft in progress.  The callers advised that a male and female were observed stealing items from the store and when confronted fled on foot into a nearby trailer park.  Witnesses advised the male was possibly seen running in a field in the area.

Deputies located Laura Vaughn near the intersection of Clay and Nebraska Streets. A K9 was deployed in the area of the of the trailer park located in the 2000 block of Illinois Street, however the male suspect (Baker) was not located at that time. A later search resulted in Baker being found hiding in a trailer home in the area.

Sioux City schools CFO placed on leave; no explanation given


March 10th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – The Sioux City School District’s chief financial officer has been placed on paid administrative leave for reasons the district won’t disclose, just weeks before next year’s school budget is due.

District spokeswoman Alison Benson tells the Sioux City Journal that CFO John Chalstrom was placed on paid administrative leave Feb. 13. Neither she nor school board president Mike Krysl would discuss why, saying it was a personnel matter.

The move comes as Superintendent Paul Gausman is being considered for the superintendent position at Nebraska’s largest school district, Omaha Public Schools.
State law requires Iowa public schools to adopt their budgets by April 15. Recent school board meetings indicate the district is facing a budget shortfall.

‘Bridges of Madison County’ author Robert James Waller dies


March 10th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

NEW YORK (AP) – Author Robert James Waller, whose best-selling, bittersweet 1992 novel “The Bridges of Madison County” was turned into a movie starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood and a Broadway musical, has died in Texas, according to his literary agency. He was 77.

Lucy Childs of Aaron M. Priest Literary Agency said Friday that Waller died either Thursday or early Friday. Childs did not know the cause but said the author had been ill. In “Bridges,” which Waller famously wrote in 11 days, a photographer spends four days romancing a war bride from Italy married to a no-nonsense Iowa farmer.

Waller’s novel reached No. 1 on The New York Times best-seller list and stayed on it for over three years; the Eastwood-directed 1995 movie grossed $182 million worldwide.

Backyard and Beyond 03-10-2017

Backyard and Beyond, Podcasts

March 10th, 2017 by Chris Parks

Lavon Eblen speaks with Donnie Drennan with the Pymosa Masonic Lodge about their upcoming St. Patrick’s Day Scholarship Fundraiser.


IDALS & NWS need precipitation observers!

News, Weather

March 10th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s (IDALS) State Climatology Office and the National Weather Service (NWS) are recruiting volunteer precipitation observers across Iowa to participate in the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow network, known as “CoCoRaHS” (pronounced “KO-ko-rozz”).

Weather observers are needed everywhere, but with the most critical needs are in 16 counties: Pocahontas, Worth, Wright, Allamakee, Bremer, Calhoun, Greene, Shelby, Audubon, Cedar, Adair, Adams, Decatur, Monroe, Louisa and Davis counties.

All that is needed to participate is an interest in the weather, a four inch diameter rain gage, a suitable location to set up the gauge and access to the internet. All data collected is immediately available for free online and is routinely used for flood forecasting, drought assessment, news media stories, scientific research and general weather interest.

Much more information about the network is available on the CoCoRaHS web site at www.cocorahs.org. The website includes information on how to join, where to obtain your rain gauge and how to accurately measure and report rain and snow. There is no cost involved in joining or participating in the CoCoRaHS network other than the need for the four inch diameter rain gauge.

The network was established by the Colorado Climate Center in 1998 and has now spread to all fifty states and Canada. Iowa joined this volunteer network in 2007 and now has over 300 registered CoCoRaHS observers across the state. However, more observers are needed to better document the amount and variability of rain and snow across Iowa.

State Climatologist Harry Hillaker says “Whatever comes our way in 2017, the weather observations obtained by this network can be of great benefit in obtaining a clearer picture of Iowa’s weather.”