Rookie QB Mahomes to start for Chiefs in game at Denver


December 27th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — First-round draft pick Patrick Mahomes II will make his NFL debut at quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs when they play an otherwise meaningless game against the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Wednesday that the former Texas Tech star would start in Denver.

The Chiefs locked up the AFC West with a 29-13 victory over the Dolphins last weekend, and cannot improve their playoff positioning against the Broncos. So, it makes sense for starting quarterback Alex Smith and many of the other regulars to get a week off before the playoffs.

Reid declined to say who else might sit out, but he did say there will be enough starters around his young quarterback to ensure Mahomes gets a fair chance to succeed.

15 Years of Soiree with the Swans…


December 27th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

You’re invited to join Cass County Conservation Staff at Atlantic’s Schildberg Recreation Area- Lake 4 on Saturday, January 6th, 2018. Staff will be giving ten-minute presentations regarding the Trumpeter Swans every half-hour beginning at 11:00 a.m. with the last one being presented at 2:00 p.m. Let’s celebrate 20 years of the Trumpeter Swans visiting Atlantic, and 15 years of having this wonderful public event! There will also be time to view the swans through spotting scopes and witness random swan feeding sessions. Hot chocolate, cookies, grilled hotdogs, and other snacks will be provided free of charge with donations being accepted (for swan care).

The Schildberg Recreation Area is located on the northwest edge of Atlantic, Lake 4 is on the north side of Highway 83. IF THE WEATHER IS “BAD” OR THE SWANS ARE NOT AT THE PARK…the program will be held at the Atlantic Public Library from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. with a light lunch available. This event is being sponsored by the Cass County Conservation Board, Atlantic Parks and Recreation, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and the Atlantic Public Library.

Planned Parenthood to close clinic in eastern Iowa


December 27th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

BETTENDORF, Iowa (AP) — A Planned Parenthood clinic in eastern Iowa that is providing abortions will close soon. Planned Parenthood of the Heartland said Wednesday its clinic in Bettendorf will close Friday, several months after the local affiliate announced plans to do so.

Planned Parenthood said in May that four of its 12 clinics in Iowa, including the Bettendorf location, would close soon. The announcement was made shortly after the Republican-controlled Iowa Legislature removed state funding for organizations that provide abortions. At the time, no federal or state dollars were being spent on abortions in Iowa.

The other three facilities closed during the summer, and the Bettendorf clinic stopped most family planning services around the same time. The facility has been proving telemedicine abortion, which involves the use of medicine to end a pregnancy.

Cold weather leads to furnace issues

News, Weather

December 27th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The steep drop in temperatures has exposed a lot of issues with furnaces that are now running constantly. West Des Moines Fire Marshal, Mike Whitsel, says his department noticed it right away when the cold snap hit.”We have seen an uptick in calls for furnaces that may catch on fire or have mechanical issues,” Whitsel says. Whitsel says it seems the earlier mild temperatures made people forget about having their furnaces tuned up. “A lot of people seemed to have delayed their annual service on those because we were in the 50s all the way up until about a week ago,” according to Whitsel. “So if there is a mechanical issue with them, now we are seeing these things are starting to run very frequently due to the cold weather. we’ve see several of them where maybe belts go bad or there is a mechanical issue that has caused the house to fill with smoke or small fires.”

He says a fireplace can be also be dangerous if you have not maintained it throughout the year. Whitsel says, “Never use your fireplace unless you have maintained that woodburning fireplace routinely and to what the experts say.” Many people are turning to space heaters to supplement their furnace. He says that’s okay as long as you take precautions. “There are good space heaters and there also some that aren’t really good to use in the home,” Whitsel says. He says you need to get a space heater that is listed by a company such as U-L. Get one that is cool to the touch and will shut off automatically when it falls over. Also be sure the heater is plugged into an outlet that can handle it. “If you use a space heater and it keeps tripping a breaker, that means that that outlet you have chosen is not compatible with the amount of draw that the space heater is using. So, be very careful of that,” Whitsel says.

Whitsel says take some time to learn the best way to use the space heater. “Whenever you open up a brand new box if you buy a new space heater — always look at the manufacturers instructions for what they recommend on how to use it,” Whitsel explains. He says space heaters need their space to prevent fires. Keep the areas around space heaters clear so there is nothing near them that can catch fire and they can effectively heat.

(Radio Iowa)

Chaplains for Iowa police department need more members


December 27th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Chaplains who provide emotional support and spiritual guidance to police officers in western Iowa say they’re looking for more members to better serve the community. The Daily Nonpareil reports that the Council Bluffs Police Department Chaplain Corps met with police recruits Friday to spread the word about the program and their need for more chaplains. Only three chaplains serve the department.

Lt. Dan Flores says a chaplain offers the police department support through non-denominational faith. Flores says a chaplain can help notify a family when someone has died or hold a ceremony. Chaplain Liaison Sgt. Jill Knotek says a member doesn’t have to be an ordained minister or a certain faith to become a chaplain. Flores says the chaplains encourage anyone who “can be there for others” to contact them.

Glenwood Police Dept. report (12/27)


December 27th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Glenwood Police Department reports one arrest and a few accidents occurred late last week into early this week. Last Friday, 20-year old Brandon Vanatta, of Farragut, was arrested for Public Intoxication. His bond was set at $300.

Just before noon, on Friday, Glenwood Police investigated an accident that caused a total of $2,750. Officials say 51-year old Leslie Dianne Hamilton, of Glenwood, was leaving an apartment complex parking lot for the Village Glen Apartments, when the 2002 Pontiac Grand Am she was driving struck a retaining wall. The car then ran over a parking stop, pushing it into an adjacent yard. Witnesses told Police Hamilton drove through the adjacent yard, leaving parts of her vehicle behind until she got back on the roadway. She then left the scene southbound on Locust Street. Officers stopped her vehicle and confronted Hamilton about the incident. They said the woman appeared confused and was shaking uncontrollably. Hamilton told Police she had not been drinking, but the results of a Preliminary Breath Test (PBT) showed there was 0.056 on the device, or just under the legal limit to drive. Hamilton said there was ice on the windshield of the car, so she couldn’t see where she was going. She was cited for Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage accident.

Late Sunday morning, Glenwood Police investigated a property damage accident involving a vehicle traveling west on Fairview Drive. The 1999 Dodge Durango driven by 42-year old Barbara Evans Teaney, of Glenwood, went out of control and began sliding on the snow covered road. The SUV slid off the road and onto private property, where is struck mailboxes and became high-centered on a large, decorative rock. Damage from the mishap amounted to $1,700. No injuries were reported and no citations were issued.

And, Tuesday night, a 2017 Chevy Equinox driven by 59-year old Gloria Jean Prindle, and a 2003 Cadillac driven by 33-year old Gaylene Yvonne Laate, both of Glenwood, collided at the intersection of N. Walnut and 3rd Streets, in Glenwood. No injuries were reported. Officials say the Cadillac was northbound on N. Walnut, while the SUV was eastbound on 3rd Street. Prindle didn’t see the Cadillac, and failed to yield the right of way to the vehicle. The SUV pulled into the intersection and was struck by the Cadillac, causing a total of $2,500 damage. No citations were issued.

ROBERT “BOB” GRASTY, 88, of Greenfield (Svcs. 1/3/2018)


December 27th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

ROBERT “BOB” GRASTY, 88, of Greenfield, died Tue., Dec. 26th, at Mercy Medical Center, in Des Moines. Funeral services for BOB GRASTY will be held on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Greenfield. Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield has the arrangements.

Open Visitation:  Will be held on Tuesday, January 2nd, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield. Family Visitation:  The family will greet friends on Tuesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield.; Online condolences may be left to the family at

Burial is at the Greenfield Cemetery with full military graveside rites conducted by the Greenfield American Legion Head-Endres Post No. 265 and V.F.W. Post No. 5357.  A luncheon will be held at the church following the committal services at the cemetery.

Memorials: To the Bob Grasty memorial fund to be established by the family at a later date.

BOB GRASTY is survived by:

His wife – Loretta Grasty, of Greenfield.

His son – David Grasty, of Greenfield

1 grandchild, 2 great-grandchildren, other relatives, neighbors, and friends.

TIM THOMPSON, 58, of Mt. Pleasant (formerly of Fontanelle) – Svcs. 1/3/2018


December 27th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

TIM THOMPSON, 58, of Mt. Pleasant (formerly of Fontanelle), died Tuesday, December 26th, at the Henry County Health Center in Mount Pleasant.  Funeral services for TIM THOMPSON will be held on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. at the Fontanelle United Methodist Church. Steen Funeral Home in Fontanelle has the arrangements.

Visitation at the funeral home will be held on Tuesday, January 2nd 2018, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with the family greeting friends from 6-until 8-p.m.; Online condolences may be left to the family at

Burial will be in the Fontanelle Cemetery.

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

TIM THOMPSON is survived by:

His mother – Peggy Goetz, of Fontanelle.

His sister – Sharon Blancard, of Fontanelle.

His brothers – Marty Goetz, and Clint Goetz, both of Fontanelle

Other relatives and friends.

Plant expert suggests ways to make Iowans’ winter landscapes more visually appealing


December 27th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

If you haven’t already done so, you’ll probably be joining other Iowans in switching off your Christmas lights for the season, leaving folks with little to look at outside that has any color or interest. If your snow-covered landscape looks too barren, you can’t do much now, but horticulturist Bob Hendrickson suggests -next- autumn, you leave your perennial plants in place, especially things like tall ornamental grasses. “Folks often ask, ‘When is a good time to cut those down? Can I cut them down in the fall or in the spring?’ and we always say you want to keep them up all winter long for interest, something to look at rather than a blank slate,” Hendrickson says. “Not all plants are created equal. Some look more interesting than others.”

Hendrickson says many of us are tempted to hack down those grasses when the growing season ends, but he says to resist the urge and let them stay. “They’re adaptable, they’re tough, they add a lot of movement to the landscape, backlighting and all of this cool stuff with grasses,” he says, “but, they really stick out and shine in the wintertime.” They may not add a lot of color, but leaving those perennials in place over the winter will serve an important purpose, as they’re a good habitat for certain pollinators.  “A lot of our native bees are solitary and they overwinter in the hollow stems of plants,” Hendrickson says. “People have actually observed these bee balm stems, which are hollow, cutting them back and seeing bees emerge out of the stems in the spring.”

He also suggests leaving plants with interesting seed pods in place, just to make the landscape more visually appealing during the dead of winter.

(Radio Iowa, w/Thanks to Karla James in Omaha)

DNR warns ice may still have flaws despite cold temperatures

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

December 27th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

While the temperatures have dropped to below freezing across the state, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources is warning those who enjoy ice fishing to be extra careful during the next few days. D-N-R Fisheries Chief Joe Larscheid says the cold snap likely froze most bodies of water solid — but you should still test it before venturing out. “We need a good solid four to six inches of clear ice, hard ice in order to be safe,” he says. Larscheid says even with that said — ice is never 100 percent safe. “In that lake that is mostly safe there could be weak points that you don’t even know about,” Larscheid says, “there’s upwelling there’s currents in the lake, so you’ve always got to be careful when you’re ice fishing.”

Larscheid suggests you go to a place where there are other anglers. That’s often where the fish are and if you happen to fall in, there’s someone there to help. He suggests that you fish with someone else so you have help if you would fall in. And don’t delay if the worst happens. “Call 9-1-1 immediately and then hopefully you have rope or somebody has rope and you can toss that rope to them, and hopefully they get ahold of that rope and you can pull them out,” Larscheid says. “But I would immediately call 9-1-1 because time is very significant in those situations.”

Larscheid says heavy winter clothing often makes it harder to swim or stay afloat if you fall into the water. He says to not panic, as most people are able to use their fingers, arms and legs for several minutes before hypothermia sets in.

(Radio Iowa)