Two vehicle accident in Red Oak Tuesday


April 11th, 2017 by Chris Parks

The Red Oak Police Department reports a non-injury two vehicle accident occurred Tuesday afternoon in Red Oak.  Officers were called to the intersection of West Walnut Street and North Broadway Street at 1:51pm.

After investigation at the scene it was determined that a a 2016 Ford Escape driven by 61-year-old Kathleen Roberts of Red Oak was traveling Westbound on West Walnut Street and stopped at the stop sign of the North Broadway Street intersection.  Roberts proceeded through the intersection before it was clear and caused a 2001 Buick Century driven by 62-year-old Shirley Grunstead of Red Oak to impact the passenger side door of Roberts’ Ford.

Neither driver was injured during the crash. Damage to Roberts’ Ford was estimated at $5,000 and damage to Grunstead’s Buick was estimated at $3,000. Roberts was cited for Failure to Obey a Stop Sign.

ROBERT POSSEHL, 67, of Hampton, VA (Formerly of Anita) (Svcs. 04/18/2017)


April 11th, 2017 by Chris Parks

ROBERT POSSEHL, 67, of Hampton, VA (Formerly of Anita) died Monday, April 10th at Sentara Care Plex Hospital in Hampton, VA. Funeral services for ROBERT POSSEHL will be held Tuesday, April 18th at 10:30am in the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Anita. Hockenberry Family Care Funeral Home in Anita has the arrangements.

Visitation with family will be held Monday, April 17th from 5:00pm-7:00pm at Hockenberry Family Care Funeral Home in Anita.

Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in Anita.

Memorials may be directed to the family.

ROBERT POSSEHL is survived by:

Sons: Rob (Chrissy) Possehl of Virginia Beach, VA. Rush (Anne) Possehl of Hampton, VA.

Daughters: Ronee (James) Norris of North Royalton, OH. Rochelle Possehl of Anita.

Sister: Evelyn Tillman of Riverside, CA.

10 Grandchildren

1 Great-Grandchild

Parking changes announced at Omaha’s Eppley Airfield


April 11th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Changes have been announced at Omaha’s Eppley Airfield as crews prepare to build a new six-story parking structure. Omaha television station WOWT reports that Eppley will close its surface and canopy lots on Thursday to prepare for the construction.

The new parking structure, which will hold 3,000 cars, was approved by the Omaha Airport Authority in December. The $66.5 million project is scheduled to begin in May and take about two years to complete.

During that time, rental car operations at the airport will be relocated to the canopy lot south of the terminal, which will be closed to public parking.

Man says he ‘had no choice’ but to shoot woman at his home


April 11th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Police say a man accused of shooting a woman in front of his south Des Moines home told officers he had no choice after the woman broken into his home and tried to strangle him with a scarf. Police say officers were called to the house just before midnight Monday for a report of a fight. They found the 71-year-old homeowner, who told police he was in a bedroom with a gun when a woman wearing a headlamp broke in.

He says they fought, and she choked him with the scarf, so he “had no choice but to shoot her.” A woman later called police to say she had been shot several blocks away, but police determined she was the woman the homeowner had shot. She is expected to recover.

NW IA man arrested for 2016 alleged sexual assault


April 11th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Department of Public Safety report a man suspected in the alleged July 2016 sexual assault against a minor female in northwest Iowa, was arrested last week. The incident allegedly occurred at the residence of Eddie D. Delong, in Cleghorn.

The Cherokee County Sheriff’s office in conjunction with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation conducted the investigation. On April 5th, 2017 the 43-year old Delong  was arrested and charged with felony Sex Abuse in the 3rd Degree and Supplying Alcohol to a Minor – Causing Serious Injury (An Aggravated Misdemeanor).

DeLong’s bond was set at $10,000. He has since posted bond and was released, with a preliminary hearing scheduled for April 17th at the Cherokee County Courthouse.

Police release names of 5 people killed in Mason City crash


April 11th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) – Authorities have released the names of five people killed in a fiery Mason City crash. Police in Mason City say an officer discovered the accident scene around 2:40 a.m. Monday after officials noticed that power had been knocked out to hundreds of customers. Officials say the accident apparently caused the short-lived outage.

Today (Tuesday) the Mason City Police Department identified the driver as 20-year-old Zachary Hartley. His four passengers were identified as 17-year-old Donte Foster, 18-year-old Roderick Lewis, 14-year-old Sydney Alcorn and 19-year-old Alex Wiebke. All of them lived in Mason City.

The crash cause is being investigated. Mason City sits about 109 miles (176 kilometers) north of Des Moines.

Charles City bridge, river closed after partial collapse


April 11th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) – Officials of a city more than 50 miles northwest of Waterloo have asked residents to stay at least 100 yards away from a bridge that partially collapsed. Charles City police chief Hugh Anderson tells the Charles City Press there’s a possibility of falling debris near the Charley Western Bridge or that it could collapse completely.

An archway of the bridge on the Cedar River pulled away from the structure Saturday morning, and part of it collapsed. Charles City Administrator Steve Diers says the river is closed to activities.

Earlier this month, City Council voted in favor of an evaluation of both the Charley Western and the Main Street bridges. Charles City Engineer John Fallis says officials are examining how to move forward with the evaluation.

ARLENE SCHILTZ, 93, of Manilla & formerly of Templeton (Svcs. 4/17/17)


April 11th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

ARLENE SCHILTZ, 93, of Manilla (& formerly of Templeton), died Sunday, April 9th, at the Manilla Manor. A Mass of Christian Burial for ARLENE SCHILTZ will be held 10:30-a.m. Monday, April 17th, at the Sacred Heart Church in Templeton. Ohde Funeral Home in Manning has the arrangements.

Friends may call at the Sacred Heart Church from 4-until 7-p.m. Sunday, where a Catholic Daughters Rosary is a 5:30-p.m. and a Prayer services begins at 6-p.m.  Visitation resumes at the Church Monday at 9:30-a.m. (Prior to the Mass).

Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery.

ARLENE SCHILTZ is survived by:

Her children – Dr. Daryl (Sherry) Engelen, of Des Moines; Randy Engelen, Gary (Patricia) Engelen, and Doyle (Jane) Engelen, all of Templeton; and Karen (John) Cosgrove, of Austin, MN.

Her sister – Della (Virgil) Lappe, of Glidden;

Her brother – Dale (Theresa) Schlichte, of Wisconsin.

Her brother-in-law: Robert Schmitz, of Carroll.

Other relatives and friends.

GEORGE WILLIAM MARNACH, 86, of Stuart (Svcs. 4/22/17)


April 11th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

GEORGE WILLIAM MARNACH, 86, of Stuart, died Saturday, April 8th, at the Stuart Community Care Center. A Mass of Christian Burial for GEORGE MARNACH will be held 10-a.m. April 22nd, at the All Saints Catholic Church in Stuart. Johnson Family Funeral Home in Stuart has the arrangements.

Visitation will be held from 9:30 am until 10:00 am on April 22nd, at the All Saints Church (prior to the Mass).; Online condolences may be left at

Memorials may be directed to the All Saints Catholic Church in Stuart.

Burial will be in the Ft. Memorial Gardens.

Sen. Grassley again introduces bill to ban packer ownership of livestock

Ag/Outdoor, News

April 11th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley is reintroducing legislation that would ban packer ownership of livestock. Grassley, a Republican, says he’s seeing more consolidation and “vertical integration” in the livestock industry which will ultimately hurt farmers and consumers. “When four companies control 76% of all the slaughter, there’s not much competition,” Grassley says, “and particularly that competition is even lessened when farmers are up against these packers that own livestock and can butcher their own.”

In the past few decades, large poultry and pork packers have concentrated operations and Grassley says the beef industry is also showing signs of going the same direction.  “I want farmers to have as much competition as they can to get the highest price for the cattle,” Grassley says. “I think it’s compromised when cattle are owned by packers. They can manipulate the market easier. It shows up in lower prices for farmers.”

A report from the U-S-D-A says the amount of cattle traded on the cash market dropped from 52-percent in 2005 to 21-percent in 2015. Grassley says that trend shows how packers are gaining far too much power to control the marketplace. Grassley says, “You’ve heard me say, quoting some president of some company, ‘Why do we own livestock? Well, when prices are high, we kill our own. When prices are low, we buy from the farmer.'”

Grassley has offered packer ownership bans at least twice before in recent years and he’s hoping this Congress will be more receptive to his concerns.

(Radio Iowa)