Spieth stumbles in 1st round of John Deere Classic


July 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

SILVIS, Illinois (AP) — Justin Thomas and Nicholas Thompson were tied for the lead at 8 under par in Thursday’s opening round of the John Deere Classic, while Jordan Spieth languished far behind. Thomas and Thompson each shot a 63 at the TPC Deere Run in Illinois, finishing eight strokes ahead of Masters and U.S. Open champion Spieth. They were a shot ahead of Charles Howell the Third and Luke Guthrie.

Three-time tournament winner Steve Stricker led the list of golfers at 6 under. Spieth shot even-par 71 in his first round since winning the U.S Open. Spieth, who will go for his third straight major title next week at the British Open, had three bogeys in a four-hole stretch, and missed a 15-foot birdie putt on Number 18.


Iowa early News Headlines: Friday, July 10th 2015


July 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa lawmaker says he doesn’t regret telling a science teacher to “quit whining” in an email exchange over the state’s public education funding. Republican Senator David Johnson of Ocheyeden tells the Sioux City Journal that his initial response to Vaughn Gross, a teacher at Waterloo West High School, was fueled by the lawmaker being “fooled” when responding to other messages sent on social media.

OSAGE, Iowa (AP) — Police say an Iowa man has been arrested after leading authorities on a car chase into Minnesota that reached speeds of up to 130 miles per hour The Osage Police Department says 24-year-old Brandon Anderson of St. Ansgar was arrested after he failed to follow instructions for a traffic stop Tuesday night in Mitchell County in northern Iowa. Anderson is accused of leading officers on a high-speed chase that went into Mower County in nearby Minnesota. Spike strips were deployed to stop his car.

BEDFORD, Iowa (AP) — A man arrested in May in connection with the death of his 3-year-old daughter in southwest Iowa has been charged with first-degree murder. The Taylor County Attorney’s Office announced Thursday that the charge was added against 25-year-old Charles Hall on July 2nd.

SILVIS, Illinois (AP) — Justin Thomas and Nicholas Thompson were tied for the lead at 8 under par in Thursday’s opening round of the John Deere Classic, while Jordan Spieth languished far behind. Thomas and Thompson each shot a 63 at the TPC Deere Run in Illinois.

Clippers sign free-agent forward Wes Johnson – former ISU player


July 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers have signed free agent forward Wes Johnson, who played for the Lakers last season. He averaged 9.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 76 games, including 59 starts for the other NBA team that plays in Staples Center. Johnson’s five-year NBA career includes stints with Minnesota and Phoenix.

The Timberwolves drafted him with the fourth pick in the first round of the 2010 draft. He played two years at Iowa State before transferring to Syracuse, where he was the Big East player of the year in his lone season with the Orange.


Governor’s awards honor environmental leaders

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Twelve Iowa organizations and businesses will receive Environmental Excellence awards from Gov. Terry E. Branstad this summer. The awards are the premier environmental honors in Iowa. Among the winners is the Guthrie Center Community Schools, in Guthrie Center. The district will receive Special Recognition for Habitat Restoration and Environment Education.

The Governor said “The vision and initiatives undertaken by the award recipients to benefit Iowa’s citizens both economically and environmentally are recognized and celebrated through these awards. They showcase the commitment being made to make Iowa a better state now and into the future.”

Branstad will present awards to the recipients at a recognition ceremony at 3 p.m. Aug. 4th in the Capitol Rotunda, located at 1007 East Grand Avenue in Des Moines. The public is invited to attend.

For more information about the Governor’s Iowa Environmental Excellence Awards, go to www.iowadnr.gov/eeawards.

Audit: Doctor improperly billed insurers, diverted payments


July 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The state auditor’s office says a former doctor for University of Iowa Health Care improperly billed insurers and diverted nearly $1.9 million in collections into his personal bank accounts. The office said in a news release Thursday that the university had requested a special investigation into actions by Dr. Brian Adams. He worked in the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation from December 1992 until resigning last August.

Online court records don’t show any charges against Adams. The auditor’s office filed copies of its report with law enforcement, including Johnson County prosecutors.

Posted County Prices for the grains (7/9/15)


July 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Cass County: Corn $3.82, Beans $9.86
Adair County: Corn $3.79, Beans $9.89
Adams County: Corn $3.79, Beans $9.88
Audubon County: Corn $3.81, Beans $9.88
East Pottawattamie County: Corn $3.85, Beans $9.86
Guthrie County: Corn $3.84, Beans $9.90
Montgomery County: Corn $3.84, Beans $9.88
Shelby County: Corn $3.85, Beans $9.86
Oats $2.54 (always the same in all counties)

Backyard and Beyond 07-09-2015

Backyard and Beyond, Podcasts

July 9th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Lavon Eblen speaks with local High School Student Cody Baker about the National History Day Contest.

Iowa’s sweet corn crop is looking very good

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

We hear reports on Iowa’s corn and soybean crops from the U-S-D-A every week, but one thing we don’t hear updated often is the condition of Iowa’s -sweet- corn crop.Sweet Corn Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey says so far, so good. “We’ve seen just a little sweet corn coming around and we’ll see a lot more in the next several weeks,” Northey says. “I’m hearing there’s a really good crop out there and it’s a great time of year for sweet corn.”

Northey said the condition of the sweet corn crop varies in different areas of Iowa. “We have some parts of the state that have gotten too much water,” he says, “so in those cases, if the sweet corn was in a low area and got too much water, that may be either hard to harvest or may even be such that it just drowned out pieces of that sweet corn or set it back.” Favorable reports have come from many sections of the state, especially northwest and north-central Iowa.

Northey says the first locally-grown corn started appearing around the 4th of July weekend and vendors are ready to sell the golden ears. “It’s a great time to pick up sweet corn at farmers markets,” Northey says. “There’s a lot of local sweet corn that’ll be sold in our grocery stores and of course, we have a series of festivals around that are centered on sweet corn, from now until almost Labor Day.”

Some of the bigger sweet corn festivals in the state include those in Adel on August 9th, West Point on August 13th and Des Moines on August 29th.

(Radio Iowa)


Trading Post

July 9th, 2015 by Jim Field

FOR SALE: 2014 Nissan Titan King Cab, 7020 Miles. All the extras and is Gray in color. $30,000.  Call Jerry at 249-0729.

WANTED: Looking for a 220 volt Air Conditioner.  If you have one to sell or give away call 712-304-5420.

FOR SALE:  We have a Large Dr. Pepper Store Display Ice Cooler (made 2002-2004) for Sale for $125.00. It is in very good condition. CAN BE USED INDOORS OR OUTDOORS. The cover was damaged (large cracks) during a wind storm but we have used it with tape the past several years. The Cover can be easily replaced with a piece of plexi glass as we have all the hinges and screws still attached to the cooler.GREAT FOR REUNIONS, PARTIES, BBQ’S. It also has a spout on the side to drain the ice after usage. HOLDS MANY CANS AND BOTTLES. Can be seen and picked up in Atlantic. PLEASE PHONE: (712) 243-2999 IF INTERESTED.

Dr Pepper Store Display Cooler

FOR SALE:  2008 Class A Winnebago motor home; low miles, priced to sell & in great condition!  Call 712-263-3854.

Sioux City’s landmark white arches come crashing down


July 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – The three giant Gateway Arches that for 35 years told travelers that they were in Sioux City have come crashing down. Each 40-foot-tall, 36-ton structure was pushed over on Wednesday after dirt was dug from the base beneath them. Now they’re no longer in the way of a new Nebraska Street exit to be built as part of the ongoing Interstate 29 project.

The estimated $165,000 cost of moving and installing the arches elsewhere in the city ruled out proposals to save them. Joanne Grueskin led the community drive to build the arches in 1980, and she says they helped spur development of the Anderson Dance Pavilion and the riverfront bike trails. She says the arches well-served their purpose.