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SMALL FUEL SPILL DISCOVERED OUTSIDE MENLO

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July 8th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

MENLO -The city of Menlo in Guthrie County is investigating how a petroleum product entered its storm water system. A resident reported a diesel odor at the 350th Street bridge east of Pinewood Avenue, just south of Menlo, to the Guthrie County Conservation Board on Thursday. A DNR investigation found a plastic tile discharging water with a rainbow sheen and slight petroleum odor into a drainage ditch.

The tile line drains water from Menlo’s storm sewer. Unlike sanitary sewers, storm sewers do not receive any treatment before discharging into streams, rivers or lakes. The drainage ditch flows into an unnamed tributary of the North River.

The city is investigating possible sources of the fuel and has put absorbent material in the ditch to keep it from spreading. It is not known how much fuel may have entered the storm sewer.

Senators seek hearing on Missouri management

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July 8th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – U.S. Sen. John Thune says a bipartisan group of 14 senators in Missouri River states is requesting a Senate hearing to look into the Army Corps of Engineers management of the river before recent historic flooding. The South Dakota Republican says the group has sent a letter to the leadership of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee requesting a hearing. The letter was signed by senators from South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas and Iowa.

The corps has been criticized for its management of Missouri River reservoirs in the Upper Midwest that have been swollen by heavy spring snowmelt and rains. Some dam releases have been at record levels. The corps has said the reservoirs were in good shape to handle spring runoff until record rains fell upstream in May.

Westfair set for July 26th – 31st in Pott County

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July 8th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Adrenaline pumping rides and high-powered motor sports are among the many attractions for you to enjoy during Westfair, July 26th through the 31st at the Pottawattamie County Fairgrounds near Council Bluffs. The family-friendly fair also features fashion shows and art.

Bryon Menke, Westfair Board President, says “From the traditional 4-H livestock shows to a wide variety of entertainment…there should be something for everyone.” The fair has taken place at the fairgrounds located two-miles east of I-80 on Highway Six, for more than 70-years.

Gates at Westfair are open Tuesday, July 26th, through Sunday, July 31st, from 8-a.m. to midnight. The cost of admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-to-12. Children age 5 and under are admitted for free. Your gate admission fee includes entry to the Saturday night Chad Lee Band concert in the amphitheater.

Memberships to Westfair are also available. For more information, visit the fair’s website at www.westfairevents.com, or call Stacy Maddux at (402)-345-5401, ext. 111.

9AM Newscast 07-08-2011

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July 8th, 2011 by Chris Parks

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Special Public hearing on Adair County CAFO Monday

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July 8th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A special, public hearing will be held Monday evening in Greenfield, with regard to the proposed construction of a large, Confined Animal Feeding Operation, or CAFO, in the southern part of Adair County. Auditor Mindy Schaefer says Eric Taylor has submitted an application for a hog and pig feeding facility to be located somewhat south and between Fontanelle and Orient. She says the proposal calls for a 2,480 head feeder operation, which means the Animal Unit Capacity is 1,984. Since it’s over the threshold of 1,000, Adair County can use the Master Matrix scoring method to make it’s recommendation to the DNR following the public hearing.

The public hearing will last no longer than 90-minutes, with three-minutes allowed per speaker. No designees will be allowed. Sign-up for the hearing begins at 6:30-p.m., Monday in the Courtroom at the Adair County Courthouse. A member of the Board of Supervisors will sign-up speakers on a first-come, first-served basis. Speakers will make their comments in the order they signed-up. Once the meeting begins, no additional speakers will be allowed to sign-up, or speak.

Written comments must be presented to the Board of Supervisors by mail or hand-delivered prior to the public hearing at 7-p.m.. Schaefer says only written comments will accompany the Board of Supervisor’s recommendation to the DNR, along with the Master Matrix scoring.

Schaefer says experience has taught her these types of meetings are usually well attended.

Red Oak man arrested for vehicle thefts

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July 8th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Cass County report an investigation into various thefts from vehicles in the past two weeks has resulted in the arrest of a Montgomery County man. 18-year old Joel Alan Gronewold, of Red Oak, was arrested on three charges of Burglary in the 3rd Degree, and two charges of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. Charges are also in the works against two juveniles from Montgomery County, in connection with the theft. Gronewold was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was being held awaiting an initial appearance before the magistrate. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in their investigation by officials with the Red Oak Police Department and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s officials report also, a Nebraska man was arrested Tuesday on a drug charge.  25-year old Jacob Lee Gronewold, of North Platte, NE, was taken into custody on a charge of Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Cocaine) within 1000 Feet of a City Park. Gronewold was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was being held on $100,000 bond.

Memorial service set for fallen Iowa soldier

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July 8th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

JEFFERSON, Iowa (AP) – A memorial service has been set for U.S. Army Capt. Matthew Nielson of Jefferson. The 27-year-old Nielson was killed June 29 in Badrah, Iraq, during a fire attack by insurgents. Two other soldiers also died.

Nielson was born in Omaha, Neb., and lived in Lincoln, Neb., before moving with his family to Iowa, where he grew up in Jefferson. He graduated cum laude from the University of Northern Iowa in 2008, then joined the Army.

Nielson’s memorial service will be held noon Sunday at the Greene County Community Center in Jefferson. Visitation will be held Saturday afternoon, as well as an hour before the Sunday service. Nielson will be buried at 4 p.m. at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery near Van Meter.

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Status of flood mitigation work on U.S. 30 west of Missouri Valley

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July 8th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa – July 8, 2011: 6 a.m. – The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) is reporting that work on installation of the flood barrier wall along the north side of U.S. 30 in locations west of Missouri Valley is completed and the road reopened.

Harlan man arrested on drug charges

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July 8th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Police in Harlan reported Thursday, a Harlan man was arrested June 30th on drug charges, after they investigated a suspicious vehicle in the pit area of the Shelby County Speedway. Officials say 52-year old Kenneth Kenkel, of Harlan, faces charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Prohibited Acts.

Authorities report also, 37-year old Mark Anthony Kaufman, of Harlan, was arrested this past Monday (July 4th), on a disorderly conduct charge, and two counts of assault. He was taken into custody after police were called to an altercation between Kaufman and three other persons, at a residence on Hill Street. Two of the individuals were from Council Bluffs, the other from Minden.

And, 21-year old Cody Lister, of Harlan, was arrested June 27th after turning himself in to the Harlan Police Department. Lister was wanted in connection with the theft of a vehicle from Shelby, and the burglary of a residence. He faces 3rd degree burglary, Aiding & abetting Possession of Stolen Property and Forgery charges.