Wind Advisory in effect for parts of western IA

Weather

October 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

FOR: MONONA-HARRISON-SAC-CRAWFORD & CARROLL COUNTIES
346 AM CDT FRI OCT 3 2014

WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM THIS MORNING TO 6 PM CDT THIS EVENING

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN OMAHA/VALLEY HAS ISSUED A WIND ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM THIS MORNING TO 6 PM CDT THIS EVENING.

NORTHWEST WINDS WILL INCREASE THROUGH THE MORNING AND THEN DECREASE TOWARD EVENING. WINDS WILL INCREASE INTO THE 25 TO 35 MPH RANGE WITH
SOME GUSTS OVER 40 MPH.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS BETWEEN 30 TO 39 MPH OR GUSTS BETWEEN 45 TO 57 MPH ARE EXPECTED. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT…ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION.

Freeze Watch for parts of western IA from 2am-8am Saturday

Weather

October 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

AREA COUNTIES: SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MONONA & HARRISON 346 AM CDT FRI OCT 3 2014

FREEZE WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 2-A.M. SATURDAY THROUGH 8-A.M. SATURDAY.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN OMAHA/VALLEY HAS ISSUED A FREEZE WATCH, WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING.

TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO DROP INTO THE UPPER 20S AND LOWER 30S AFTER MIDNIGHT TONIGHT. TENDER VEGETATION MAY BE IMPACTED. THIS WOULD INCLUDE ANY LATE SEASON GARDENS OR OUTDOOR PLANTS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A FREEZE WATCH MEANS SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES ARE POSSIBLE. THESE CONDITIONS COULD KILL CROPS AND OTHER SENSITIVE VEGETATION.

With Christofferson gone, ISU needs new leaders

Sports

October 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — With Hallie Christofferson gone, the Iowa State women’s basketball is looking for a new leader. Seniors Brynn Williamson and Nikki Moody say they’re ready to take on that responsibility. Both have been regulars for the past three seasons and will lead a team that should have excellent guard play and almost no experience in the post.

Christofferson is the only one missing from what essentially was a six-player rotation last season. But all of those coming back play on the perimeter. Coach Bill Fennelly hopes freshmen Bryanna Fernstrom and Claire Ricketts can give the team a presence inside.

But Fennelly says it’s likely the Cyclones will play five guards at times.

Iowa guard Jok hopes to overcome shaky offseason

Sports

October 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa sophomore Peter Jok has enough talent to become the face of the program someday. But first, he’ll look to rebuild his reputation following a pair of offseason arrests. Jok was arrested on his moped twice since the end of last season — once for drunk driving, once for driving it with a revoked license. He pleaded guilty to both charges. He also served a four-day jail sentence last month.

There’s little doubt that the 6-foot-6 Jok has a chance to develop into an All-Big Ten player for the Hawkeyes. But another slip-up could put Jok’s future with the Hawkeyes in jeopardy. Jok was suspended by coach Fran McCaffery in July and reinstated six weeks later. He and the Hawkeyes (20-13, 9-9 Big Ten in 2013-14) open the season on November 14th against Hampton.

Iowa early News Headlines: Fri., Oct. 3rd 2014

News

October 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Some charities are fed up with people who donate items they say belong in a garbage dump. Goodwill of the Great Plains manages 21 thrift stores in four states including Iowa. Sonny Kellen with the charity tells the Sioux City Journal that all of its locations have had to address the issue by installing security cameras to prevent junk donations.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials say it’s too early to tell whether a degenerative neurological disease that affects deer is spreading in Iowa. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship released statistics yesterday that show more than 280 quarantined deer in north-central Iowa tested positive for chronic wasting disease. Kevin Baskins, a spokesman for the state Department of Natural Resources, says there’s no indication the disease is spreading.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Davenport officials are considering whether to change the city’s hunting ordinance to let residents defend their properties against coyotes. The Quad-City Times reports the City Council met Wednesday and discussed the issue. One resident said he wants to use his 12-gauge shotgun to protect his family and livestock from a pack of coyotes.

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Officials say 150,000 gallons of wastewater entered the Cedar River after a power failure at a treatment plant in Cedar Falls. The state Department of Natural Resources says the power failure was reported early this morning. A backup generator for a specific disinfection system failed to start following the power failure.

Red Oak Accident

News

October 2nd, 2014 by Mark Saylor

Authorities in Red Oak say brake failure apparently caused an accident late Thursday morning that resulted in $4,000 damage to the vehicles involved, but no injuries. Red Oak Police say the accident happened at around  11:40-a.m. in the 800 block of east Summit Street.

During their investigation, officers learned 20-year old Jacob Avery, of Emerson, was backing up in his driveway when the brakes failed on his 1999 Dodge Ram pickup. The vehicles  rolled backwards uncontrollably backwards into the street, where it hit a 1998 Ford Windstar van,  driven by 35-year old Jennifer Lillie, of Afton.

There were no citations were issued.

Trumpeter Swans will return to Cass County…but when?

Ag/Outdoor, News

October 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Conservation Board is asking you…”When do you think the first Trumpeter Swan will arrive at the Schildberg Quarry?” You can call in your prediction (by November 11th) to the Conservation Board at 712-769-2372, leave a message and return phone number if the staff are not available. swan

Duplicate dates will not be allowed. For example, if a caller predicts November 25th, no one else will be allowed to predict that arrival date. Call anytime until November 11th to make your prediction. One prediction per family, please. The sponsors of this contest will determine the official arrival of the swans. The winner will receive a Trumpeter Swan 8×10 print from the Cass County Conservation Board.

The contest is only for residents of Cass County.

Trumpeter Swans have visited the Schildberg Quarry for, at least, sixteen out of the last Seventeen winters. Arrival and departure dates of the swans have been as follows:
1997/1998 December 18 – January 2
1998/1999 Nothing on record
1999/2000 December 25 – February 15
2000/2001 November 23 – March 6
2001/2002 December 25 – February 24
2002/2003 November 23 – March 15
2003/2004 November 26 – March 21
2004/2005 November 25 – March 18
2005/2006 November 17 – March 5
2006/2007 October 30 – March 9
2007/2008 November 22- February 14
2008/2009 November 18- March 12
2009-2010 November 19 – January 5
2010-2011 November 5 – February 10
2011/2012 November 17 – February 21
2012/2013 November 24– March 4
2013/2014 November 12- April 7

 

Family dog dies in Stuart after being shot with an arrow

News

October 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Stuart are asking for the public’s help in finding the person responsible for shooting a dog with an arrow. The animal later died from its injuries. Officials say the incident happened at around 3:30-p.m, Thursday, when a family’s dog was shot around or near the 300 block of N. Division St.

If you have any information regarding this case please call the Stuart Police Department at 515-523-1896 or our Dispatch at 641-747-2214. If you see a loose dog in Stuart, contact the police department and they will attempt to catch the dog and/or notify the owners.

Cardinals announce roster for NL Division Series

Sports

October 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Veterans Jason Motte, Mark Ellis and A.J. Pierzynski have been left off the St. Louis Cardinals’ 25-player roster for the NL Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The team announced its roster Thursday, when the Cardinals worked out in 95-degree heat at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers have yet to release their roster. The deadline is Friday before the teams meet in Game 1.

The Cardinals chose 12 pitchers for their roster: left-handers Randy Choate, Sam Freeman and Marco Gonzalez; and right-handers John Lackey, Lance Lynn, Seth Maness, Carlos Martinez, Shelby Miller, Pat Neshek, Trevor Rosenthal, Michael Wacha and Adam Wainwright, who will start Game 1. Catcher Yadier Molina will be backed up by Tony Cruz.

The infielders are Matt Adams, Matt Carpenter, Daniel Descalso, Pete Kozma, Jhonny Peralta and Kolten Wong. The five outfielders are Peter Bourjos, Randal Grichuk, Matt Holliday, Jon Jay and Oscar Taveras.

Cass Co. Sheriff warns of shifty door-to-door salemen

News

October 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office would like the public to be aware of a possible problem that may be going on. A member of the public reported to the Sheriff’s Office that vacuum salespersons had come to her house, and she believed the two male subjects may have been casing the residence. This concern stems from a media release the complainant had seen wherein persons pretending to sell vacuum cleaners come to do a demonstration and later come back to homes to break in.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the public to stay vigilant, and if there are any door-to-door salespersons (or anyone else) who seems suspicious, please contact law enforcement immediately.