Ag/Outdoor, News

October 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

VILLISCA – Ammonia that got released from an agricultural cooperative in Villisca earlier this week is contained and is being recovered. The recovered solution of water and ammonia will be land applied to crop fields.

An unknown amount of anhydrous ammonia was released into a city storm sewer intake and then flowed into a small unnamed tributary of the West Nodaway River. The ammonia is believed to have originated at the United Farmers Mercantile Co-op in Villisca and to have occurred sometime between 1:30 p.m. Tuesday and 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. It was reported to the DNR by a citizen.

Under instruction from the DNR, the coop constructed a dam on the tributary and is pumping it to be land applied. By Friday afternoon, approximately 44,000 gallons of the solution had been recovered. The coop is also flushing the tributary from the storm sewer to remove the contamination.

Although the incident is still under investigation by the DNR, it appears that soil at the cooperative had been contaminated with anhydrous ammonia and came in contact with water when a water line broke. Anhydrous ammonia is in vapor form until it comes in contact with water and becomes soluble. When the water line was being repaired, the ammonia-mixed water got pumped to a city storm sewer that eventually empties into the unnamed tributary of the West Nodaway River.

DNR field office staff is continuing to monitor the clean up.

Planned boycott prompts team to forfeit game


October 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DUNKERTON, Iowa (AP) — A plan by some Dunkerton High School players to boycott a football game has prompted officials to forfeit the match. District Superintendent Jim Stanton told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier on Friday that some students decided to boycott the game to show support for another player who was suspended.

At a Thursday school board meeting, officials stood by a decision to impose an in-school suspension on the player because of his role in a fight. Another student involved also was disciplined. Dunkerton, which plays eight-man football, will forfeit the game against Don Bosco High School.

Stanton says the decision to forfeit was made because of concern that with fewer players, those who did play would be at greater risk of injury. Dunkerton is about 10 miles northeast of Waterloo.

Insurance to change for some low-income Iowans


October 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — One of two health insurers providing coverage to low-income Iowa residents through a state program is withdrawing its services. The Iowa Department of Human Services announced Friday that CoOportunity Health will soon no longer be an insurance option for those enrolled the Iowa Health and Wellness Program, the modified Medicaid expansion offered in the state as part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

Under the federally funded program, some people are enrolled in a state-run health plan and others get premiums covered for private insurance. About 112,000 people are in the program, with roughly 26,000 on private insurance. CoOpportunity covered 9,700 people. State officials say they will get similar benefits from a different carrier. CoOpportunity spokeswoman Leigh McGivern says it was too costly for the insurer to continue coverage.

KATHRYN BARKER, 88, of Panora (Svcs. 10/21/14)


October 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

KATHRYN BARKER, 88, of Panora, died Thu., Oct. 16th, at the Guthrie County Hospital. Funeral services for KATHRYN BARKER will be held 10-a.m. Tue., Oct. 21st, at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church in Panora. Twigg Funeral Home in Panora has the arrangements.

Visitation at the funeral home is from 4-until 7-pm on Mon., Oct. 20th, with the family present from 5-to 7-pm, and a Vigil service at 7-p.m.

Burial will be in the Resurrection Cemetery in rural Guthrie Center.

State offers incentives for 3 company projects


October 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa economic development officials have approved incentives for three companies that promise to create 281 jobs and spend $39 million to locate new facilities or expand in Iowa. The Iowa Economic Development Authority on Friday says it approved tax credits for TrinityRail Maintenance Services which plans to build a new railroad car maintenance facility in Sioux City. The company promises to create 250 new jobs.

Mrs. Clark’s Foods is expanding in Ankeny by adding a $7.3 million warehouse and refrigeration facility. It also received tax benefits for 13 new jobs. The company makes fruit and vegetable juices, salad dressings and other sauces.

Dubuque insurance consulting firm Kunkel and Associates is getting $128,000 in loans for a building expansion project that will create 18 jobs.

Suspicious activity in Brooks leads to an arrest


October 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A complaint about suspicious activity early this (Friday) morning in the City of Brooks, led to the arrest of one person on drug charges. The Adams County Sheriff’s Office says 29-year old Joshua Cooney was arrested on charges of Possession of methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana/2nd offense, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Cooney was transported to the Adams County Jail and held pending an appearance before the magistrate.

(12-p.m. News)

2 Nodaway residents arrested in Adams County on sex abuse charges


October 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Two people were arrested late this week on sexual abuse charges, in Adams County. At around 7:30-p.m. Thursday, the sheriff’s office received a report from authorities in Missouri, with regard to the possible sexual abuse of a child. At around 8:15-a.m. today (Friday), Adams County deputies arrested 20-year old Brandon Pafford, of Nodaway, on felony charges of Sexual Abuse in the 2nd degree and Lascivious Acts with a Child. Pafford was transported to the Adams County Jail in Corning and held pending an appearance before a magistrate.

And at around 10:30-a.m. today (Friday), 38-year old Carolyn Green, of Nodaway, was arrested on a felony charge of Child Endangerment, based on an investigation of the possible sexual abuse of a child within her residence. Green was also be held in the jail pending an appearance before a magistrate.

(12-p.m. News)

Lawn mowers & trimmers missing from Glenwood


October 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Glenwood are investigating the theft of $20,000 worth of lawn mowers and trimmers. According to the Daily NonPareil, a worker with Jim Hughes Real Estate reported the theft Thursday in the 400 block of South Locust Street in Glenwood.

Authorities are asking anyone with information about the theft to call the Glenwood Police Department at (712) 527-9920.

KENNETH EUGENE MARTIN, 94, of Avoca (Svcs. 10-21-2014)


October 17th, 2014 by Chris Parks

KENNETH EUGENE MARTIN, 94, of Avoca died Thursday, October 16, 2014 at the Avoca Nursing and Rehab Center.  Funeral services for KENNETH MARTIN will be held Tuesday, October 21st at 10:00am at the Hancock United Methodist Church in Hancock.  Pauley-Jones Funeral Home in Avoca has the arrangements.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, October 21st from 9:00am-10:00am prior to the service at the Hancock United Methodist Church.


Daughter: Phyllis (Martin) Owen of Lincoln, NE.

Son: John (Kathy) Martin of Carrollton, TX.

Sisters: Neva Metters of Dallas, TX. Twyla Martin of Ida Grove.

Brother: Dean Curtis (Dorothy) Martin of Council Bluffs.

4 Grandchildren

3 Great-Grandchildren


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October 17th, 2014 by Jim Field

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