Senate supports audits of settlement agreements


April 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Senate has passed a Democratic-sponsored amendment to a state spending bill that would require the state auditor to look into confidential settlement agreements with fired state workers during Gov. Terry Branstad’s current term. The amendment authorizes $10,000 for the auditor to conduct the reviews.

Senate Republicans proposed to amend the measure to cover the administrations of Chet Culver and Tom Vilsack, both Democrats, claiming confidential settlements are nothing new. The proposal failed. Democratic Senate Leader Mike Gronstal accused Republicans of politicizing the issue. He says the question of whether Branstad’s administration fired state employees for political reasons needs to be answered.  Republican Sen. Jack Whitver says the issue has been going on for years.

The amendment was tacked onto the Administration and Regulation Budget bill, approved Wednesday 26-21.

Backyard and Beyond 04-03-2014

Backyard and Beyond, Podcasts

April 3rd, 2014 by Chris Parks

Lavon Eblen speaks with Atlantic BPW Member Jacque Wickey about the BPW Craft Show.

Heartbeat Today 04-03-2014

Heartbeat Today, Podcasts

April 3rd, 2014 by Chris Parks

Jim Field talks about the different special designations for the month of April.


Trading Post

April 3rd, 2014 by Stacie Linfor

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8AM Sportscast 04-03-2014

Podcasts, Sports

April 3rd, 2014 by Chris Parks

w/ Jim Field

Shelby County Fire Danger risk “Moderate” through Mon., April 7th

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

April 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Recent and forecast rain has prompted Emergency Management officials in Shelby County to lower the outdoor Fire Danger risk from “High”, to “Moderate.” The “moderate” rating will be in effect through Monday morning, following another assessment of conditions in the County.Moderate Fire Danger rating

Emergency Manager Bob Seivert says if you need help planning your controlled burn, please feel free to contact the Emergency Mgt Agency, 712-755-2124 or your local Fire Chief for assistance.

Madison County bans firearms from courthouse


April 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Officials in Madison County have banned firearms from the courthouse following a gun scare in the building.  The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday in favor of the ban. Madison County was the last of 16 counties in its judicial district to enact such a ban.

Guy Cook, president of the Iowa State Bar Association, applauded the vote and urged more county officials to examine security at their courthouses. The Des Moines Register reports some gun rights advocates say the ban violates Iowa law that allows residents with proper permits to carry concealed firearms.

Twenty-nine-year-old Cory Lee Daugherty is accused of pulling out a weapon and brandishing it around the Madison County courtroom last month. He faces multiple charges in the case.

Cause of car fire linked to developer a mystery


April 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – An investigator says it’s unclear what caused the fire that destroyed the car in which a prominent Iowa developer was found dead Sunday.  Ron Humphrey of the Iowa Fire Marshal’s Office says investigators found no definitive evidence in the burned-out Honda Accord where Bob Knapp’s body was found in rural Guthrie County.

Investigators are looking into what caused Knapp’s death and the vehicle’s fire. Humphrey says preliminary testing indicates Knapp didn’t die of carbon monoxide poisoning. He also didn’t have gunshot wounds.

Knapp left prison last week after serving about 2  1/2 years for conspiring to mishandle the removal of asbestos from a Des Moines building he was renovating. The next day, he borrowed a friend’s car so that he could check in with his parole officer. He never returned.

8AM Newscast 04-03-2014

News, Podcasts

April 3rd, 2014 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

HELEN HONOLD, 97, of Coon Rapids (4-5-14)


April 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

HELEN HONOLD, 97, of Coon Rapids died Thursday, April 3rd at Thomas Rest Haven in Coon Rapids.  Services for HELEN HONOLD will be held on Saturday, April 5th at 10:30 am in the First United Methodist Church in Coon Rapids.  The Ohde Funeral Home in Coon Rapids has the arrangements.


Friends may call Friday from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the funeral home.  Visitation will resume Saturday at the church at 9:30 am.

Burial in the Willow Township Cemetery near Bayard.

HELEN HONOLD is survived by:

Sons:  Jerry Honold of Coon Rapids & Doug Honold of Coon Rapids.

6 Grandchildren

9 Great-Grandchildren