Federal tax deadline is today


April 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Today (Monday) is the deadline for filing you federal income tax returns. I-R-S spokesman, Christopher Miller, says they’re expecting many people to file at the deadline based on the nationwide numbers thus far. “We’re a little bit behind last year’s rate, and that may be because of the later start to the filing season and the tax changes that occurred late in the year,” Miller says. If you are filing your return today, Miller says simple things often cause problems — like transposed numbers or letters. “Be sure to enter your Social Security numbers for you and your dependents on you tax return exactly as they are on the Social Security cards, and don’t switch up the numbers. And be sure to enter the names of all the individuals on the return exactly as they’re spelled on the Social Security cards,” Miller says. “Also, if you choose direct deposit, be sure to triple check that you are marking down the routing number and bank account number correctly.”

He says any mix up in the names and numbers will slow down the processing of your return. Miller says it’s especially important to write in the correct information on paper returns. There are still many people who choose to file paper instead of electronic returns. “We don’t have an exact number this season for the people who are electronic filing in Iowa yet…but Iowa has always been a national leader in e-filing, at well over 80-percent of the people filing electronically. Precisely because it’s fast and easy and more accurate,” Miller says. “When you e-file electronically, the error rate is about one-percent compared to about 20-percent on a paper return.”

Many people have already filed their returns and gotten refunds back. Miller says the most recent national information finds the average tax refund is 27-hundred-90 dollars. Miller says anyone with questions on filing can go to the I-R-S website at: IRS.gov.

(Radio Iowa)

Fewer state road maps printed for 2013


April 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The 2013 state road map will be available soon. Mark Hansen, map maker for the Iowa Department of Transportation, says the new edition will include several hundred updates – everything from minor changes to symbols to new road projects. “We update the map to show…any changes in bypasses or new routes like U.S. 20 through Sac and Calhoun counties. If we have a new four-lane section of roadway, such as U.S. 63 north of Waterloo, we show that as well,” Hansen says. The map contains more than 11-hundred (1,100) cities and towns, and displays the streets and highways that link them all together. Hansen says the “hard copy” maps are still popular with many motorists.

“The paper maps from the Iowa DOT have all the latest changes, so they are at times more current than the technologies we get through Google Maps and navigation units,” Hansen said. This year, 600-thousand (600,000) maps are being printed. That’s down more than 50% from last year. While the DOT has noticed a slight reduction in demand, Hansen credits a limited budget as the bigger reason for the cutback. Starting in 2015, Iowa road maps will go to a two-year printing cycle. This year’s edition will be available sometime in May – at welcome centers, rest stops, and on the DOT website (www.IowaDOT.gov).

(Radio Iowa)

HAROLD “KID” McLAUGHLIN, 88, of Audubon (Svcs. 4/17/13)


April 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

HAROLD “KID” McLAUGHLIN, 88, of Audubon , died Sat., April 13th, at the Friendship Home in Audubon. Funeral services for HAROLD “KID” McLAUGHLIN will be held 2-p.m.Wed., April 17th, at the 1st United Methodist Church in Audubon. Kessler Funeral Home in Audubon has the arrangements.

Friends may call at the funeral home, where the family visitation begins at 6-pm Tuesday.

Burial will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Audubon.

HAROLD “KID” McLAUGHLIN is survived by:

His wife – Charlen McLaughlin, of Audubon.

His children – Michael (Cindy) McLaughlin, of Starkville, MS; David (Donna) McLaughlin, of Omaha; Mary (Greg) Lamka, of Polk City; Connie Nihsen, of Omaha, and Mark (Teresa) McLaughlin, of Audubon.

13 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, other relatives, & many friends.

LOUIE ANDRESEN, 80, of Manning (Svcs. 4-18-2013)


April 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

LOUIE ANDRESEN, 80, of Manning , died Sat., April 13th, at home. Funeral services for LOUIE ANDRESEN will be held at 2:00 PM Thurs., Apr., 18th at the Zion Lutheran Church in Manning. The Ohde Funeral Home in Manning has the arrangements.

Burial will be in the Manning Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4:00 to 7:00 PM Wed., Apr., 17th at The Ohde Funeral Home in Manning.

LOUIE ANDRESEN is survived by:

His wife, Betty Andresen of Manilla Manor

Three daughters, Lynna (Jay) Miller of Manilla, Lessia (Shawn) Smith of West Des Moines and LuAnn (Craiag) Langle

And five grandchildren.

JEANE SULGROVE LOWRY, 90, formerly of Bridgewater (Svcs. 4/18/13)


April 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

JEANE SULGROVE LOWRY, 90, of San Diego, CA. (& formerly of Bridgewater) died Sun., April 14th, at the home of her son, in Des Moines.  Funeral services for JEANE LOWRY will be held 11-a.m. Thu., April 18th, at the United Methodist Church in Bridgewater. Steen Funeral Home in Fontanelle has the arrangements.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 17th from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Steen Funeral Home in Fontanelle with the family greeting friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Online condolences may be left to the family at www.steenfunerals.com.

Memorials may be made to the Jeane Lowry memorial fund to be established by the family.

Burial will be in the Garner Cemetery, south of Bridgewater.

JEANE LOWRY is survived by:

Her husband – Kenneth Anderson, of San Diego.

Her son – Les (Linda) Sulgrove, of Des Moines.

Pisgah man arrested Monday


April 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Red Oak Police Department reports the arrest early this (Monday) morning, of a Pisgah man. 21-year old Ryan Duane Burmeister faces a charge of Open Container (by a passenger), after the 1995 Ford Mustang he was in, was pulled over at around 1-a.m., in the 100 block of West Coolbaugh Street, in Red Oak. Burmeister was released from custody on a citation bond.

Hawkeyes have 3-man race at QB


April 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa piled its team onto five busses and trekked halfway across the state Sunday, giving its fans in the Des Moines area a sneak peek at the 2013 Hawkeyes.  The crowd at West Des Moines Valley High saw the same thing they’ll likely see at the final spring practice in Iowa City in two weeks.

The Hawkeyes have three quarterbacks competing for the vacant starting job, but Jake Rudock, Cody Sokol and C.J. Beathard have yet to separate themselves.  Coach Kirk Ferentz says that Rudock has the best handle on things because he was James Vandenberg’s backup in 2012. But Ferentz says it’s too early to predict who’ll be the starter this fall.

Lucroy homers in 10th, Brewers defeat Cardinals


April 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Jonathan Lucroy hit a solo home run in the 10th inning and the Milwaukee Brewers rallied past the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 Sunday and avoided a sweep at Busch Stadium.  The Brewers trailed 3-0 when Ryan Braun hit a two-run homer off reliever Trevor Rosenthal with no outs in the eighth.

Braun’s second home run of the season snapped a 39-inning shutout streak for St. Louis pitchers. It also broke a club-record 32-inning scoreless string for the Brewers, who had not scored since the second inning Tuesday against the Cubs.

Milwaukee tied it in the ninth on a leadoff single by Carlos Gomez and an RBI double by Yuniesky Betancourt off Mitchell Boggs.

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., April 15th 2013


April 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – What should Iowa do with the extra money sitting in the state’s bank accounts? It’s a key point of debate in ongoing budget negotiations as GOP Governor Terry Branstad, House Republicans and Senate Democrats push different ideas for dealing with a surplus estimated at more than $800 million. If lawmakers can’t reach a deal, as has happened in the past, the money could just stay put for some time.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Des Moines police have identified the man found dead with a gunshot wound in an apartment in the city’s River Bend area. Police said yesterday that officers were called to a shooting in an apartment at 1:24 a.m. Sunday. The victim has been identified as 19-year-old Anthony Moss of Chicago, Illinois.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A second shooting on the same day in Des Moines has left a man critically wounded. Police are investigating the shooting that happened around 11:45 a.m. yesterday. After gunfire was reported, officers found a 20-year-old man behind an apartment building near Interstate 235 in central Des Moines on Sunday. The shooting victim’s name wasn’t immediately released.

IDA GROVE, Iowa (AP) – The collapse of a downtown building left quite a mess in the northwest Iowa town of Ida Grove. Assistant Fire Chief Scott Van Dusen says the vacant building on 2nd Street started to collapse Saturday when a side wall caved in around 8:30 p.m.

NWS Forecast for Cass & area Counties in Iowa: Mon., April15th 2013


April 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Today: A 20 percent chance of showers after 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 51. Breezy, with a west wind 9 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Tonight: A 10 percent chance of showers before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34. North wind 7 to 11 mph.

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 50. North northeast wind 8 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.
Tuesday Night: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1am. Cloudy, with a low around 40. East northeast wind 10 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday: Rain and possibly a thunderstorm. High near 50. Breezy, with a east wind 13 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Wednesday Night: Rain likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Cloudy, with a low around 34. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday: A chance of rain. Cloudy, with a high near 43. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Thursday Night: A slight chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. Blustery. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 45. Breezy.