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Shelby exit hit-and-run victim dies


July 16th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A Minnesota man who was critically injured when he was struck by one or more vehicles July 6th near Shelby, has died from his injuries. 31-year old Mosadaq A, Aden, of St. Paul, died Friday, at the Nebraska Medical Center.

Aden was hit by an unknown vehicle or vehicles at around 3-a.m., as he was walking on an Interstate 80 ramp. The State Patrol says the driver left the scene of the crash without stopping, but they acknowledge that person may not have known they struck an individual.

The man was previously listed in critical condition after suffering a crushed pelvis and severe head injuries during the accident. He had been making his way across the country from Las Vegas to St. Paul, by with whatever transportation was available to him, including hitchhiking.

Heavy rain event

News, Weather

July 16th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Heavy rain and intense lightening ripped through the area early this morning. The storms dumped 3.32-inches of rain in Atlantic (here at the KJAN studios) between 1-and 2-a.m., and caused street flooding and scattered power outages. Higher rainfall amounts were reported further to the northwest, near the Marne area.

Excessive run-off from the rainfall was expected to cause flash flooding to occur. The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Warning for northwestern Cass County until 8:30-a.m.   A Flash Flood warning that had been in effect for eastern Pottawattamie and Shelby Counties until 5-a.m., was cancelled just before 4 o’clock, as excess runoff from the heavy rain had ended, and streams and creeks in the warned area were expected to have begun receding, therefore ending the flood threat. If flooding is or has been observed, you’re asked to report the incident to law enforcement.

A lightening strike may also have sparked a barn fire a few miles south of Marne, at around 3:40-a.m. Cass County Communications dispatched Marne and Atlantic Fire to the Sonya Schuler residence at 55242 560th Street. The barn, which contained a snowmobile and camper, was reported to have been fully engulfed in flames minutes after the first firefighters’ page went out.


News, Weather

July 16th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Here at the KJAN Studios in Atlantic, the official reporting station for the National Weather Service, we’ve received 3.32-inches of rain since 1-a.m. The heaviest rain and intense lightning occurred between 2-2:45-am.

A Flood warning remains in effect for NW Cass County until 8:30-a.m., and for eastern Pottawattamie and Shelby Counties until 5-a.m.

NE woman injured during Mills Co. Crash


July 15th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A crash between three vehicles Friday evening on Interstate 29 in Mills County resulted in a Nebraska woman being flown to the hospital in serious condition. The Iowa State Patrol says the accident happened at around 5:15-p.m. near the Glenwood exit.

Officials say three vehicles, a 1998 Harley Davidson motorcycle, a 2000 Chevy S-10 pickup, and a 2003 Toyota Highlander were all traveling south on I-29 when the pickup, driven by 21-year old Maegen Duran, of Johnstown, NE hit the cycle.

Following the impact, the pickup entered the ditch, rolled over, and was hit by the Toyota SUV. Duran was flown by Lifenet Helicopter to the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where a report on her condition was not available late Friday night.

Neither driver of the motorcycle, 27-year old Luke Edmonds, of Plattsmouth, NE, nor the driver of the Toyota, 35-year old Tara Marie Cowherd, of Omaha, were injured.

The accident remains under investigation.

Omaha/Council Bluffs hosts annual dog show


July 15th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

From pomeranians to labradors, more than a thousand dogs and their handlers from across the region are competing in a dog show in Omaha/Council Bluffs this weekend. Pam Swisher, with the Nebraska Kennel Club, says there are 11-hundred pampered, purebred pooches registered for the main event.

“They’re entered in confirmation which is really the beauty show of the dog show world, where judges look at the dogs and judge the dog which represents the breed standard the closest,” Swisher says. “They’re not really judged against one another. They’re judged against the breed standard.” She says the obedience and rally divisions of the show are also something to see.

“The judge is watching the way the team works together, the way the dog responds to the handler,” she says. “Some of the obedience work is done with verbal commands, some with hand commands. Then we have rally, which is really less formal than obedience, and that’s where different dogs are doing different functions at different stations around the ring.” Swisher says a new feature this year will give those attending a chance to meet the breeds and ask the experts a few questions.

She says, “On Saturday and Sunday between the hours of 10 and 3, a variety of breeders have volunteered to bring their specific breed to the NKC Education booth and let people pet them and get to know a little bit more about what this particular breed was bred for, what kind of temperament they have, what kind of pets they’ll make.” The dog show got underway this afternoon (Friday) and runs through Sunday at the Qwest Center in Omaha. For more information, visit: “nebraskakennelclub.com”.

(Matt Kelley/Radio Iowa)

Roberts Dairy closing Iowa City plant. Moves ops to Omaha & Dubuque


July 15th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Roberts Dairy says it’s closing its plant in Iowa City immediately and moving operations to Dubuque and Omaha, Neb.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen says the company sent a letter to the mayor, saying the closure is effective Friday. Forty-seven workers will be affected. Roberts Dairy will continue to employ 30 workers as drivers and support personnel. In the letter, the company says the closure is the result of lower volumes and the need to consolidate operations.

The dairy says it will continue to have 250 employees in Iowa.

U-turn leads to injury accident near Council Bluffs


July 15th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

An illegal u-turn by a motorist traveling on a one-way road, led to a collision that injured two people. The Iowa State Patrol says 83-year old Leslie Wayne Johnson, of Villisca, was traveling eastbound on Interstate 80 in Pottawattamie County, when he realized he was going the wrong direction.

Johnson pulled his 1998 Dodge Dynasty onto the right shoulder of the road, and was attempting to make a u-turn in a prohibited area, when his car was hit by a 2008 Chevy Impala driven by an unidentified 15-year old female.

Both drivers were transported by personal vehicle to their respective doctors. The accident happened at around 2:50-p.m., a little bit northeast of Council Bluffs.

Atlantic Chamber & Police Chief caution drivers in advance of Ragbrai


July 15th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic RAGBRAI Organizing Committee is urging all residents to use caution while driving on Sunday, July 24 and Monday, July 25 while in the Atlantic Area. Cyclists will be traveling into Atlantic on Highway 6 from Lewis on Sunday, July 24. The cyclists will also be traveling throughout town to reach campsites and private homes.

“We’d encourage everyone to avoid Highway 6 entirely on that day,” says Steve Green, Atlantic Chief of Police. “There will be a number of other closures and high-traffic areas that should also be avoided.”

All RAGBRAI support vehicles will use I-80 Exit 57, which is Olive Street. The traffic will come into Atlantic on Olive and then be directed to their campgrounds from Olive Street. Due to the large number of support vehicles, local traffic should avoid Exit 57 and Olive Street.

“Obviously, 7th and Olive is going to be a very busy intersection,” says Green. “We’ll have officers and volunteers directing traffic all over town, but we’d urge our locals to avoid these areas if at all possible.”

Other areas of congestion include 10th Street between Olive and Highway 6, Sunnyside Park, Cass County Fairgrounds, and Roosevelt Drive.

On Monday, July 25, the riders will be leaving Atlantic by traveling from Sunnyside Lane to 6th Street, north on Front Street, and then proceeding north on Marne Road (Highway 173) to Elk Horn.
“My best advice is that locals should keep up on RAGBRAI announcements in the newspaper and on local radio stations,” says Green. “Think through your route to work and home on Sunday and Monday, and try to avoid the cyclists whenever possible so that we can keep everyone safe.”

For a map of all RAGBRAI events, campgrounds, and more information, please visit www.atlanticiowa.com/ragbrai.

(Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce Press Release)

Gov. Terry E. Branstad orders flags at half-staff to honor Sgt. 1st Class Terryl Pasker


July 15th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Sgt. 1st Class Terryl Pasker, IANG

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered all flags in Iowa be flown at half-staff Monday, July 18, 2011 in honor of Iowa National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Terryl Pasker, 39, formerly of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Sgt. 1st Class Terryl Pasker was killed in action Saturday, July 9, 2011 during a mounted patrol in Panjshir Province, Afghanistan. Pasker was assigned to Co. B, 334th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Iowa Army National Guard, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The Governor’s directive applies to all U.S. and state flags under the control of the state. H.R. 692, signed in 2007, requires federal government agencies in the state to comply with the Governor’s Executive Order that the U.S. flag be flown at half-staff in the event of the death of a member of the Armed Forces.

Flags will be at half-staff on the State Capitol Building and on flag displays in the Capitol Complex, and upon all public buildings, grounds, and facilities throughout the state. Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.

Sgt. 1st Class Pasker is survived by his wife Erica; his mother and father, Mary and David Pasker; brother Andrew; and sisters Christine Ross and Rebecca Southard. Memorial services for Sgt.  1st Class Pasker will be held Monday, July 18, 2011 in Cedar Rapids. Gov. Branstad has cleared his schedule to attend the funeral service.

The U.S. flag flown over the state Capitol on the day of the funeral will be presented to Sgt. 1st Class Pasker’s family at a later date, along with a proclamation honoring him.

Reminder: Sales Tax Holiday August 5th & 6th


July 15th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

On August 5-6, no Iowa or local sales tax will be charged on clothing and footwear priced below $100.  A family that spends $500 on clothing during the back-to-school season could save $30 or more in sales tax if they make their purchases on those days.

The exemption applies to “any article of wearing apparel and typical footwear intended to be worn on or about the human body.”  Some items are NOT exempt from sales tax, including: watches, jewelry, umbrellas, and sporting equipment (such as skis, roller blades, or swim fins).

Does the sales tax holiday mean that you should buy all your fall clothing on that weekend?  “Not necessarily,” says Mary Beth Kaufman, ISU Extension Family Finance Specialist.  “The sales tax holiday is a good deal IF you buy items that you would normally buy, and IF you get them at a good price.”

Kaufman adds that the tax holiday can backfire on families if they go overboard.  “When families use the tax holiday to buy items they would never normally buy, then it can create problems.  Likewise, when people use credit cards to buy more than they can pay for now, and then pay interest for more than 2 or 3 months, the cost of the interest will exceed the savings provided by the tax holiday.”

To take full advantage of the August 5&6 tax holiday, Kaufman offers the following suggestions:

  • Review family members’ clothing needs in advance.  Identify what they already have that fits and is in good condition, and make a list of items that are needed.
  • If possible, know in advance what sizes are right for each person.  This will make shopping easier, especially if stores are busy.
  • Keep receipts for all clothing purchases during July and August.  That’s always important, but especially so during these months.  Any time you return an item, the store will need to know whether you paid sales tax on it.
  • Plan to have funds available by saving between now and that weekend.  Delay or cancel other unnecessary purchases so you’ll have the money you need for clothing purchases.

For more information on the Iowa Sales Tax Holiday,  see the website: www.state.ia.us/tax/educate/holiday1.html

For more ideas and details about planning for back-to-school spending, contact the _Cass_ County Extension Service (712-243-1132) for a planning guide.