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What Makes Iowans Sick?

(Des Moines) The Iowa Department of Public Health has released an annual report on what makes Iowans sick from bug bites, water and food and includes things like Lyme Disease, Dengue Fever, West Nile Virus and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, just to name a few.


Dr. Patricia Quinlisk says don’t be fearful, just be aware and take precautions.


“To be honest, in Iowa we do pretty well. There are some diseases that we want people to be very concerned about but we are pretty standard when compared to other states about what we’ve got, other than last summer’s Cyclospora… that was incredibly unusual,” said Quinlisk.


The Cyclospora outbreak was traced back to bagged salad mix. She recommends a good cleaning of fruits and veggies, then refrigerate the left overs.


Iowa Radio Network


Atlantic FFA Alumni Chapter Formed

(Atlantic) An Atlantic FFA Alumni Chapter was formed September 3rd.


The purpose of the Atlantic FFA Alumni Chapter is to support agricultural education and FFA. Atlantic FFA Advisor Eric Miller said it does not matter if you were an FFA member in high school.  They are looking for people with a passion for Agriculture that would like help high school students.


At the first meeting, the Officers were elected for the coming year.  David York was elected President.  Beth Irlbeck was elected as the Secretary.  Amber Knudsen was elected to the Treasurer position.  Aaron Saeugling and Courtney Brewer were elected to at-large officer positions. The next task of the leadership team is to build membership.


Alumni chapter members will have the opportunity to share their skills and knowledge with FFA and agricultural classes at Atlantic High School. Examples of how members may choose to participate include: volunteering to chaperone events, assisting with student recruitment, speaking to an agricultural education class, and judging or coaching career development events.


There are two options for becoming a member of the Atlantic FFA Alumni Chapter. The first option is annual membership, available for a membership fee of $15 per year. Alternatively, for a one-time fee of $250, members receive lifetime membership to the chapter. 


The next meeting of the Atlantic FFA Alumni Chapter will be on Thursday, September 25th at 6 p.m. in the Ag Room at the Atlantic High School.


If you would like to join the Alumni Chapter, or have further questions please contact Eric Miller, Atlantic FFA Advisor, at or any of the above mentioned officers. 


Mandy Billings


Stuart Police Department Reports Possible Scam

(Stuart) The Stuart Police Department is warning citizens of a possible scam.


The Police Department says there have been reports of someone going door to door claiming to be a Stuart City Worker collecting late utility payments. The city of Stuart does not send workers to your door to collect payments.


If you find yourself in this situation immediately contact Stuart Police at 515-523-1896 or City Hall at 515-523-1280 and try to get the description of the person and any vehicles he/she may be in/with.


Mandy Billings


CASS Incorporated Awarded Three-Year CARF Accreditation

(Atlantic)  CARF International announced that CASS Incorporated has been accredited for a period of three years for its Community Employment, Employment Planning, Organizational Employment, Community Integration and Supported Living services.  The latest accreditation is the tenth consecutive Three-Year Accreditation that the international accrediting body, CARF, has awarded to CASS Incorporated.


This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process. It has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality. 


CASS Incorporated is a nonprofit organization with offices at 1406 SW 7th Street.  It has been providing Community Supported services in the Cass County area since 1977.


CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF International, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services. For more information about the accreditation process, please visit the CARF website at




Iowa Unemployment Rate Holds Steady

(Des Moines) Iowa's unemployment rate held steady at 4.5 percent in August. Last year at the same time, the unemployment rate was 4.7 percent.


Iowa Workforce Development Spokesperson Kerry Koonce says the rate will likely stay around 4.5 percent moving forward.


“As long as job growth stays on a steady track and the labor force continues to grow as it’s been doing every month then we’ll probably maintain fairly steady,” explained Koonce.


The national unemployment rate is 6.1 percent, it fell a tenth of a point from July.


Iowa Radio Network


Cass County Arrests

(Atlantic) A Griswold woman was arrested on drug charges today (Friday).


The Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested 19-year-old Tara Lynn Waters on charges of OWI 1st Offense, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Waters was taken to the Cass County Jail where she was later released on her own recognizance.


In other activity, 45-year-old Carl Daniel Wiechmann, of Griswold, was arrested Wednesday for Domestic Abuse 2nd Offense. He was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on $2,000 bond.


Jessica Ranell Jamison, 33, of Winterset, was arrested Wednesday on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. She was taken to the Cass County Jail where she was held on $25,000 bond.


And, 29-year-old Amanda Fay Petrzilka, of Council Bluffs, was arrested Thursday for Driving While Revoked. She was taken to the Cass County Jail where she was released the following day on her own recognizance.


Mandy Billings


Macedonia Grandstand Grand Slam Tournament This Sunday

(Macedonia) The second annual Grandstand Grand Slam tournament in Macedonia will be held Sunday, September 21, to benefit the 86 year old Grandstand.


Donell Kvaal said the tournament begins at 2:00 p.m. and admission is a free will donation.


“All of the proceeds are going to go to maintaining the Grandstand which is one of two left in the state,” said Kvaal. “It’s a beautiful Grandstand and this park board has done a great job in maintaining it since they took it over a couple of years ago. Also, proceeds are going to go for improving the park itself and it looks really nice down there.”


Kvaal said they have several teams that participated in the tournament last year that are signed up again this year and she invites anyone age 18 or older to put a team together and join the fun.


“It’s going to be a beautiful Sunday, it’s supposed to be 75 and sunny, and we just hope to get a lot of people down there to Macedonia to bring back some of those good old memories, whether you were a fan in the stands or a player in the field, everyone is welcome,” said Kvaal.


Kvaal said there will be t-shirts for sale, chances to win a 50/50 pot, and food available.


In case of rain, the tournament will be held September 28th.


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Mandy Billings


Clarinda Police Reports IRS Scam

(Clarinda) The Clarinda Police Department is warning the public of a scam.


Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers said they have received numerous calls this week from Clarinda residents reporting they were contacted by phone from someone purporting to be with the Internal Revenue Service and requesting personal information in order to deal with a tax problem.


Chief Brothers says this is a fraud and if a call is received, the person should immediately hang up and not provide any information regarding social security numbers, bank account numbers, etc. The Internal Revenue Service does not communicate with taxpayers in this manner. The IRS sends individuals with tax concerns a letter in the mail.



Mandy Billings


Rural Bankers noting more Trouble on the Horizon

(Omaha) Rural bankers are noting more trouble on the horizon for ag-states, including Iowa.


Grain prices are 30-percent lower than a year ago, and that’s having a wide-ranging impact. Creighton University Economist Ernie Goss says farmers are not buying a lot of new equipment now, and bankers expect more of the same.


“Another 14-percent decline in farm equipment sales is expected over the next year,” stated Goss.


He says farmland prices have been falling, for months, and the pace of that decline appears to be quickening. He notes the current, strong livestock sector helps, bt not enough to offset the impact of the low grain prices.


Goss says he expects the U-S dollar to remain strong, and get stronger, which could discourage exports of U-S grain.


Iowa Radio Network

September 19

Red Oak Man arrested for Assault


(Red Oak) The Red Oak Police Department reports one arrest overnight.


According to the press release; 32-year-old Joseph Aaron Nelson was taken into custody at around 7:4- p.m. on a charge of domestic abuse assault.


He was held on no bond.


Tom Robinson

September 19, 2014

a.m. news 

Treynor Bank Plans to add two New Locations in Southwest Iowa

(Treynor) Treynor bank officials say they are planning a $10 million project that includes two new bank locations and expansion to its’ corporate office.


According to the Omaha World Herald, TS Bank Company Officials say they want to expand locally, and those plans include new bank branches in Atlantic and Council Bluffs. The Atlantic branch is slated to open in the fall of 2015.


TS also has purchased land in Underwood to build another branch bank, however construction plans have not started yet. The expansion plan also includes adding 11,000 square feet for more office space at TS Banks corporate office  in Treynor. That project is expected to be finished by March of 2015.


Tom Robinson

September 19, 2015

a.m. news 

Northboro Man Arrested on Sexual Abuse Charges

(Sidney) The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Northboro man on two counts of 2nd Degree Sexual Abuse, two counts of Lascivious Acts with a Child and two counts of Indecent Contact with a Child.


Michele “Mike” Dean Michel turned himself in with his attorney Thursday. The arrest came after an investigation was initiated on August 26th. Michel was unable to post the $30,000 cash or surety bond and was held in the Fremont County Jail.


Mandy Billings


Lenox Man Arrested for Child Endangerment

(Lenox) A Lenox man was arrested on a charge of Child Endangerment.


The Lenox Police Department arrested 23-year-old Cody Long Thursday afternoon after Long allegedly struck a 15-month old child in the head causing injury.


Long was transported to the Taylor County Jail where he was held on $5,000 cash bond.


Mandy Billings


ISU Extension Offers Tips if Higher Beef Prices are Squeezing Your Budget

(Des Moines) A lower-cost protein staple in many diets isn’t exactly “lower-cost” right now. ISU Extension Nutritionist Jody Gatewood says a pound of ground beef is selling at $4.50 to $5.00 a pound. If that’s squeezing your budget, she suggests re-thinking the amount of protein you really need.


“You need maybe 6 oz. or 7 oz., and so you can still purchase a pound of ground beef, or some type of beef, and make it go a ways by eating recommended amounts,” explained Gatewood.


She reminds consumers they can buy cheaper meats with a higher fat content, and then get rid of the excess fat. Watch for meat counter specials and/or come up with protein alternatives.


More consumer tips are available on ISU Extension’s “Spend Smart, Eat Smart” website.


Iowa Radio Network


College Fair Comes to Atlantic

(Atlantic) The Iowa Association for College Admissions Counseling will sponsor a College Fair on Tuesday, September 23th, at Atlantic High School from 2:00-3:15 PM.   


High school guidance counselor Craig Fredin, site coordinator for the event, announced that 60 representatives from post-secondary institutions will be present to speak about opportunities at their colleges, vocational and technical schools, and military services. 


The Iowa Association for College Admission Counseling has established 30 College Day/College Night programs throughout the state to provide a supportive environment for students to obtain information and appropriate counseling helpful in their college selection process.


Students, parents, or interested adults from Atlantic and surrounding communities are invited to attend.


Press Release


Harlan Police Report

(Harlan) The Harlan Police Department reports three theft arrests.


On September 8th, 37-year-old Ryan Schwery, of Earling, while in the Shelby County Jail, was charged with 5th degree Theft and Aiding and Abetting for allegedly calling 27-year-old Lachelle Petersen, of Elk Horn, and asking her to call the Pizza Ranch and order several pizza’s that would not be picked up. Petersen then allegedly called the Pizza Ranch and ordered pizzas worth approximately $105. Petersen was charged with Theft by Deception and 5th Degree Theft.


On September 9th, 26-year-old Matthew Peters, of Avoca, was charged with five counts of 5th Degree Theft for taking money from the deliveries he was making for Pizza Hut. The complaints were sent to the Shelby County Clerk of Court and Peters was given a court date to appear on the charges.


On September 16th, 59-year-old Jeffrey Stehr, of Harlan, was arrested when officers were called to the Fareway Store for someone taking two steaks from the store without paying for them. Stehr was taken to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with 5th Degree Theft.


In other activity, 34-year-old Nicholas Gaer and 28-year-old Marcus Erwin, both of Harlan, were arrested on September 6th for Disorderly Conduct. The arrests stem from a disturbance in the 600 block of Market Street.


Michael Gifford, 31, of Harlan, was arrested September 5th for 1st Degree Harassment.


And, Harlan Police Offices are currently investigating criminal mischief in which the Harlan water tower at Highway 59 and Cyclone was defaced with gold spray paint.


Mandy Billings


Harlan Man Cited for Leaving the Scene of an Accident

(Harlan) A Harlan man faces several charges following an accident Sunday.


The Harlan Police Department says 27-year-old Joey Ranney, Jr. was cited for operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license, failure to stop in an assured clear distance, failure to maintain control and leaving the scene of an accident.


The accident occurred at the corner of Highway 59 and Cyclone Avenue. Ranney struck the back of a vehicle driven by Stephanie Frank, of Alta, and then left the scene. The vehicle Ranney was driving was later located at the JJ Jensen Sports complex.


Mandy Billings


Two Southwest Iowa Schools Receive Financial and Accreditation Reports from DOE

(Des Moines) The head of the Iowa Department of Education today is advising the state Board of Education that two Iowa school districts appear to be at the "circling of the drain".


“Hamburg and Farragut, they’re in the very southwest corner of the state, they would have received reports from us yesterday that are a phase one financial report and a phase two accreditation report,” said Brad Buck, DOE Director.


Buck says the two districts now have thirty days to come up with response plans to the Department's concerns.  He says, if worse comes to worse, the Board could vote to withdraw accreditation by the end of next month and, in effect, dissolve the districts.


Buck says Hamburg and Farragut's problems are symptomatic of the rural population drain.


Iowa Radio Network


Atlantic Alzheimers Memory Walk This Saturday

(Atlantic) An Alzheimer’s Memory Walk will be held in Atlantic this Saturday, September 20th.


Randy Maas, who has organized the walk, said a silent auction has been added to the event.


“I have a lot of businesses that have donated items and we are going to have a silent auction at the City Park; opening bids will start at five dollars and will go in five dollar increments,” explained Maas.


The walk starts at noon for a free will donation and the bidding for the silent auction will close at around 4:00 p.m. The object of the Walk to Remember is to raise awareness and funds to help the Alzheimer’s Association provide services to the area. The walk will go down Chestnut Street to the Depot and then head back to the City Park.


Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia and is a fatal disorder that results in the loss of brain cells and function. Randy Maas said he knows firsthand how Alzheimer’s disease affects individuals and their families.


“This has touched my heart deeply because my own mother has second stage dementia and I have lost two patients to dementia that I am a Stephen Minister with,” said Maas.


If you can’t make it to the walk, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders, Inc., The Omni Centre, 300 West Broadway, Suite 233, Council Bluffs, IA 51503. Checks should be made to ALZ Midwest Fund. Put in the memo that it is for the Atlantic Memory Walk.


Randy Maas invites everyone, even from outside of the Atlantic area, to join the Atlantic Memory Walk on September 20th.



Mandy Billings


Kimballton Teen Arrested on Warrant

(Kimballton) A Kimballton teen was arrested Monday on an Audubon County warrant.


The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office says 18-year-old Jeremy Robert Albert has been charged with Public Intoxication, Providing False Information and Interference with Official Acts. The charges stem from the investigation into an incident on August 10th that occurred on Main Street in Kimballton.


Albert later posted bond and was released. He will appear in court Monday.



Mandy Billings


Harlan Teen Arrested for Eluding

(Audubon) A Harlan teen was arrested following a pursuit in Audubon County Tuesday.


The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office says 18-year-old Lucas Alan Schwery has been charged with Eluding. The charge stems from an attempted traffic stop at Eagle Avenue and Littlefield Drive. Schwery allegedly eluded the officer by going in excess of 90 mph. The pursuit ended in Elk Horn.


Schwery was transported to the Audubon County Jail and later released. He appeared before the magistrate this morning and was released. A preliminary hearing is set for October 6th.


Mandy Billings


Atlantic Mayor Looking Into Recycling Program

(Atlantic) Atlantic Mayor Dave Jones is looking into a recycling service for the citizens of Atlantic.


Dave Jones said he has been talking with a company that would bring a trailer to town so citizens can drop off their old computer monitors, televisions, microwaves, etc.


“Our landfill has a new resource to pick up their TV’s they have out there, so I contacted them and what we plan on doing, if everything goes okay, we plan on bringing them to town on a Friday or Saturday and have a four, five or six hour event where people can bring their stuff in and we’re going to try and make it a free event to the citizens of Atlantic,” explained Jones. “We’ll probably be looking for some support from the business community and some other ways to get it paid for.”


Jones said the cost of the recycling service would be around $5,000. He will be talking with the Community Protection Committee to put a plan together. He’s hoping they can hold a recycling event this Fall or Spring at the latest. Jones said he hopes this recycling program will help keep people from dumping stuff in the ditches.


Mandy Billings


Reports says Motorists Have Higher Chance of Hitting a Deer This Fall and Winter

(Des Moines) There is a one in 77 chance that your vehicle will hit a deer this fall and winter. That’s from State Farm insurance, which says the chances for deer collisions is up three-percent this year over last year.


Anne Avery says Iowa is fourth in the nation among the states where drivers are more likely to have a collision with a deer. She says to avoid a costly crash, remember that if you see one deer, there is probably more, and no road is exempt from what police call “car versus deer” accidents.


“Remember that deer are most active between 6:00 and 9:00 p.m., of course you could see one at any time,” stated Avery. “And don’t rely on deer mounted car whistles, awareness of your surroundings is your best bet.”


Most of the crashes occur during their mating season between October and December. And the average cost to repair your vehicle nationwide is about $3,900, up 14-percent from last year.


Iowa Radio Network

September 18, 2014

a.m. news 

Iowa Public Information Board to Rule on Red School Board's alleged Open Meeting Violations

(Red Oak) It appears the Iowa Public Information Board will make a decision today on whether or not the Red Oak School Board violated the state’s open meeting laws when they fired former principal Jedd Sherman. The discussion centers on vote by the Red Oak School board to close an April 10 meeting. The other issue was whether or not the board broke the law on April 14 to apprise the public of an agenda item.


Red Oak Schools Superintendent Terry Schmidt is optimistic after evidence they presented to the Iowa Public Information board via a conference call earlier this week.  Schmidt says the reason for the call was to review the upcoming meeting scheduled for today.


“It looks like some of the looming questions are going to be resolved,” stated Schmidt. “And primarily I think the biggest thing is that the Iowa Public Information Board found that there was no violation of the School Board using a closed session to discuss a performance review. And that was one of the biggest contentions in that.”


Schmidt says some of the other things that grabbed some headlines was whether or not the school board had actually gone into closed session for the appropriate reason or took the appropriate action to go into closed session. Schmidt says what happened was when the board did move to go into a closed session and the minutes were transcribed, the actual vote to go into that closed session was not written in the minutes.


“So therefore the Iowa Public Information Board had no other choice but to question whether or not the school board had a legal session,” said Schmidt. “And of course what we have been able to do was document that it was an oversight on the recording of the minutes. And since everything is tape recorded anyway it was just a matter of providing that evidence. So I think that particular matter is cleared up.”


Schmidt says his best guess is that that all remaining issues will be resolved informally between the parties. He says that is important because they can avoid any kind of hearing with the public Information Board.


Two Red Oak School Board members will be attending that meeting this afternoon.


Tom Robinson

September 18, 2014

10:00 a.m. 

Villisca Man Arrested on Page County Warrant

(Villisca) A Villisca man was arrested this (Thursday) morning on a Page County warrant.


The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says 52-year-old Jon Willbert Oltmanns was wanted on a warrant for Contempt of Court – Illegal Resistance to Court Order.


Oltmanns was taken into custody at the intersection of N. 4th Avenue and E. 3rd Street in Villisca just before 9:00 a.m. He was transported to the Montgomery/Page County line and turned over to Page County. He will be held at the Page County Jail on $300 cash bond.


Mandy Billings


Disaster Proclamation Issued for Four Counties

(Des Moines) Governor Terry E. Branstad Wednesday issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for four counties in response to recent severe weather.


Counties included in the proclamation are:  AdairGuthrieRinggold, and Warren. The Governor’s proclamation allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of severe weather and heavy rains on Sept. 9, 2014. In addition, the proclamation also activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Program for all four counties.


The Iowa Individual Assistance Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level, or a maximum annual income of $39,580, for a family of three. Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and for the expense of temporary housing. Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to storm recovery. The grant application and instructions are available on the Iowa Department of Human Services website. Potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation to submit a claim.



Mandy Billings


Gas Prices Lower than a Year Ago

(Des Moines) Drivers are getting a break on fuel prices.
State Energy analyst Harold Hommes says their latest survey shows declines across the board. The retail price of gasoline dropped six-cents this week, closing at an average of $3.26 per gallon. That is .31-cents lower than a year ago. 
Diesel fuel prices are down .02-cents, with a statewide average of $3.66 per gallon, .23-cents lower than a year ago. E-10, or mid-grade, blend ethanol is also down .06-cents from last week's price and .26-cents lower than a year ago.
Propane prices fell $.02 compared to last month’s price with a statewide average of $1.58 per gallon. Home heating oil fell $.07 from last month’s figures, ending with a statewide average of $3.26. Natural Gas prices in Iowa were down $.09 from last week’s report, ending the week at $3.85 / MMbtu. 
Iowa Radio Network
September 18, 2014
a.m. news 

License reinstated for Madison County Chiropractor

(Des Moines) The Iowa Board of Chiropractic’s has decided to reinstate a Winterset Chiropractors license with some contingencies.


The Omaha World Herald said Wednesday the Board agreed to allow Stuart Hoven’s license on several conditions. He is on permanent probation and will need a female chaperone present when treating patients who are women. He must also submit to a polygraph test every six months.  


Hoven had been accused on several occasions of inappropriately touching some of his  female patients. Two women reported incidents in 2012. Others reported incidents in 2004 that included inappropriate comments of a sexual nature.


His license was suspended indefinitely in January of 2013.


Tom Robinson

September 18, 2014

a.m. news 

Iowa Chapter of Realtors Land Institute Report a Decline in Farmland Values

(Des Moines) Lower commodity prices and increased interest rates are partly blamed for a recent decline in farmland values. The Iowa Chapter of Realtors Land Institute released the results of their September 2014 Land Trends and Values Survey today.


The results of the survey show a statewide average decrease of cropland values of -3.4% for the March 2014 to September 2014 period. Combining this decrease with the -5.45 decrease reported in March 2014, indicates a statewide average decrease of -8.8% for the year from September 1, 2013 to September 1, 2014.


Besides the lower commodity prices and higher interest rates, other contributing factors for the decrease include; lack of stable alternative investments, cash on hand, and limited amount of land on the market.


nine Iowa crop reporting districts showed a mixed response. The districts varied from a 3.1% increase in the southeast district to a -6.5% decrease in the Northeast district since March.


The average value of high quality cropland in the southwest district declined -6.9% for an average price per acre of $9,811 compared to $10,581 in March.


The average price of high quality farmland in the West Central district declined -4.9% from $11,460 in March to $10,880 in September.


Tom Robinson

September 17, 2104

Atlantic City Council Acts on a Short Agenda Wednesday

(Atlantic) The Atlantic City Council breezed through a light agenda at Wednesday’s City Council meeting.


The load was loosened even more when Mayor Dave Jones presented an amendment to the agenda scrapping item four which was an order to deny a request to vacate lot A of Southern Heights Subdivision Second addition.  


The agenda stated that the City does not want to vacate the street right-of-way lot until the Council reviewed options for future residential development. However, Mayor Jones wanted to refer that item to the Community Development  Committee because he claimed the language wasn’t stated quite right on the agenda.


Don Sonntag is the local developer that is requesting the vacation of the lot. He asked the council when an action might be taken because he has two prospective condos already spoken for.


“I have two of those units spoken for but I can’t start until I get this resolved,” stated Sonntag who thanked some of the folks he does business with that attended the meeting. “I don’t want to brag, but 95-percent of all the material we buy is bought in Atlantic Iowa. I would like to get us on a tract so I can find out what the end result will be.”



Sonntag Development, LLC is proposing a construction project that would include more than 30 condominium units over a period of time, which he says would bring in a minimum of $215,00 in tax revenue annually for the City. He has stated that if the lot is not vacated, the project will not proceed. 


The Mayor says the council will have to set a public hearing before the council can decide on it but Jones stated that they will proceed as quickly as possible. 


In other business, the Mayor approved a Class C Liquor License for Desperados Investments and Rumors Lounge. The Council also approved the Mayor reappointment of Brad Osborn and Dee Bebensee to the Library Board of Trustees.


The Council also set October 1 for a public hearing on the disposal of property located at 1200 Birch and 1106 Poplar streets.


Tom Robinson

September 17, 2014

Menlo Woman Arrested on Drug Charges

(Menlo) A Menlo woman was arrested on drug charges Friday.


The Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office says at around 1:00 a.m. a vehicle being driven without its head lights on was stopped in the 400th block of Sheridan Street in Menlo. During the course of the traffic stop, the deputy became suspicious that the occupants were under the influence of methamphetamine.  A search was conducted of the stopped vehicle and approximately one gram of methamphetamine was located.  Heather Marie Luckinbill, of Menlo, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine first offense and possession of drug paraphernalia. 


Luckinbill was transported to the Guthrie County Jail where she was put through testing for suspicion of driving under the influence of a controlled substance.  Additional charges are pending.



Mandy Billings


Vice President Joe Biden in Iowa Today

(Des Moines) Another potential presidential candidate is back in Iowa rallying the troops today.


“There’s no reason in the world why any American should work 40 hours a week and be seven thousand dollars below the poverty rate… that should not happen in America,” said Vice President Joe Biden



Biden spoke at the "Nuns On The Bus" launch at the statehouse over the noon hour.  Biden is calling on voters to help restore "the grand bargain" that "working hard" and "playing by the rules" will guarantee "a piece of the American Dream".  He says it starts by hiking the Federal minimum wage.


The Vice-President says "income inequity" is threatening "the American middle class".


And, Biden is calling for more support for immigration reform, even though the President has tabled action on immigration until after the election.


Iowa Radio Network


Oakland Man A Finalist in Hottest Husband Contest

(Oakland) An Oakland man is a finalist in Redbook magazine’s Hottest Husband contest.


Tina Drahota said she entered an essay and some pictures of her husband Mark into the contest in July and about a month later she got a call saying that he was named a top 25 finalist out of 700 men.


“To me he is a great dad and a great husband and he is a really good looking guy, all the women in my family swoon over him,” said Drahota. “I think it’s something that I think he deserves because he’s kind of had a little bit of a rough year and a few different things have gone on with the storms and family situations and stuff and I think he needed a little bit of something pleasant to happen to him.”


To vote for Mark Drahota, or for more information, click on the following links. (Mark is number 18 on the list.)


Mandy Billings


Harlan Community School Board Receives Award

(Harlan) The Harlan Community School Board received a high honor recently from the Iowa Association of School Boards.


Each year the IASB recognizes Iowa School Boards for exemplary leadership

that creates positive results and change in their school district and communities.


This year the Mt. Pleasant and Harlan school boards received the award called the “Boards Making a Difference Award.”


Harlan Schools Superintendent Justin Wagner says this is basically the Iowa Association of School Boards, “Board of the Year” award.


“This board leads by example through trust, example and leadership,” stated Wagner. “They don’t micro manage but they are constantly looking for ways to do things better. In think their singular focus is on what is really best for kids.”


Wagner says this school board is made up of a special group of people.


“When you get a group of leaders together that are volunteers and don’t have hidden agendas or an axe to grind so to speak, some great things happen,” said Wagner. “And I am so proud of this board and what they do. I think every board whether its’ school or not,could learn a lot from this board.”


According to the press release; The Harlan School Board was selected from among a nominated group of outstanding Iowa boards and there were four different ways in which the board created those positive results.


First, the board approved specific teaching and learning approaches congruent with the core curriculum while championing changes to better prepare students for life after high school.


Second, the board worked tirelessly and seamlessly with the district’s education foundation to raise more than $2.1 million for a plan focused on starting a state of the art STEM program, upgrading the sports complex and replenishing the musical instruments.  


Third the board took hands on approach to working with the superintendent to prepare for the district’s 2013-2014 site visit from the Iowa Department of Education.


 And finally, the Harlan school board established a set of axioms which have directly led to improved financial health of the school district.


The board and superintendent team will be recognized at the IASB’s 69th annual convention in Des Moines November 20.


Tom Robinson

September 17, 2014

Atlantic Police Report

(Atlantic) An Adair teen was arrested on an Audubon County warrant for 5th Degree Theft.


The Atlantic Police Department arrested 18-year-old Matthew Paulsen today (Wednesday) and transported him to the Cass County Jail where he was released to Audubon County.


In other activity, 44-year-old Carl Kemp, of Atlantic, was arrested Tuesday on a Cass County warrant for Violation of a No Contact Order. He was transported to the Cass County Jail and booked in.


And, 33-year-old Ameli William, of Atlantic, was arrested Tuesday for Driving While Barred. She was transported to the Cass County Jail and booked in.


Mandy Billings


Atlantic Ambassadors Visit Zellmer Farms

(Atlantic) The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors headed to the country to visit Zellmer Farms and A-Z Feeders on Highland Road.  Alan and Brenda Zellmer began their farming career in the mid 1970’s. Alan and his two sons, are the 5th and 6th generation of Zellmer farmers.  Zellmer Farms focuses on crop farming and Wagyu and Angus cattle production. The business is family owned and operated.    Jim Skartvedt (son-in-law) explained the difference between Wagyu and Angus cattle.  
Pictured are: Gerry Ludington, Kathie Hockenberry, Janet Cappel, Sharon Ludington, Nancy Zellmer, Jolene Roecker, Joanne Mueller, Sue Muri, Pat McCurdy, Jane Kay, Tara Jennerjohn, Jim Skartvedt, Gerald Brink, Doug Harris, Josh Dvorak, Sara Nelson, Darlene Ellsbury ,Rita Willmott, Kerry Jepsen, Carole Schuler, Tammy Waters, Russ Joyce, Chrystal Christensen, Chip Hansen, Carol Seddon, JoAnn Runyan, Lucas Mosier, Rich Perry, Lana Westphalan,  and Dolly Bergmann

Wells Fargo Releases Home Buying Survey

(Des Moines) Seventy-four percent of Americans say they “know and understand” what it takes to buy a home today, according to a new study released by Wells Fargo. But the company’s survey also shows what they know may not be reality.


“We also found these myths on how difficult it might be to get a mortgage,” stated Franklin Codel of Wells Fargo. “For instance; one needs to have 20-percent down, or have a perfect credit rating, or very high income, each of which is not true.”


Codel says the best way to find out what you can buy is to see a mortgage broker, who can look at your personal finances and determine what of the many programs out there you’re qualified for.


He says the good news is for the real estate and home mortgage business is that most people still have the dream of owning a home.


Iowa Radio Network

September 17, 2014

a.m. news 

Iowan's Gambling up 9-percent

(Des Moines) The State Health Department says the number of Iowan’s gambling is on the rise.


According to their recent survey, nearly 1.8-million Iowa adults gambled last year which is up 9-percent since 2011. The study was done by the University of Northern Iowa Center for Social and Behavioral Research, also estimates about 8,000 adults in the latest figure could be “problems” gamblers.


The report concludes 77.8 percent of Iowans gambled during the past 12 months. That’s a jump from 68.9 percent in 2011.


Tom Robinson

September 17, 2014

a.m. news 

Casey City Hall Fire Still Under Investigation

(Casey) The investigation continues into the fire that destroyed the Casey City Hall last month. The fire that started in the early morning hours of August 22, leveled the structure that doubled as the town of four hundred's Community Center and City Hall.


The fire has raised suspicions because it started hours before employees of the state auditor’s office planned to gather city records for a review. The fire destroyed those records.


Ron Humphrey Special Agent in Charge of the Arson Explosives Bureau for the State Fire Marshall says the investigation is still in the fact finding phase.


“It’s an open investigation and we are still going through witness statements and collecting evidence and submitting evidence to the lab to determine if there was the presence of a flammable liquid,” stated Humphrey.


He says some investigations like these can take weeks, some months and others years.


“This one could take a while because there are other agencies involved regarding the fire and the audit that was going to happen at the building that same day,” said Humphrey.


The agencies involved include; The State Fire Marshalls’ Office, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and the State Auditors’ Office.


“We are working with the State Auditors’ Office because we either need to rule out that the fire and the audit are not related or we can prove that the fire is related to the audit,” said Humphrey. “So it is just going to be a slow process until all the evidence is collected and analyzed and determinations can be made on everything.”


Humphrey said they are done investigating the building and it has been turned over to the insurance company.


Tom Robinson

September 17, 2014

a.m. news 

Iowa Home Sales Show an Increase

(Clive) Home sale prices increased in August while home sales decreased according to the Iowa Association of Realtors® (IAR).


 The IAR's August 2014 Housing Trends Report show the median home price increased by 3.8%, going from $134,900 last August to $140,000 this August.  The average price also rose when compared to 2013. The average sold price was $168,316, up 4.7% from 160,688 in August of 2013.


Homes sales decreased by 9.2%, when compared to August 2013.  According to the latest survey 3,685 homes were sold in August 2014, while 4,059 homes were sold in August 2013. Pending sales were down 8.7% from a year ago. 


Tom Robinson

September 17, 2014

a.m. news 

Branstad Administration Proposal to Match Skilled Workers with Available Jobs

(Des Moines) The Branstad-Reynolds administration is announcing a policy proposal related to matching skilled workers with available jobs. Governor Branstad says the Center for Human Capital Enrichment would be an entity housed in the Iowa Department of Workforce Development, in partnership with the Iowa Economic Development Authority.


“One of the challenges the Lt. Governor and I hear as we travel the state is ‘we have good jobs but we can’t find people with the right skills’,” said Branstad.


Branstad says it would be a public-private partnership aimed at better coordinating existing programs to help match people to careers.


Iowa Radio Network


Trees for Kids Grants Awarded

(Des Moines) Trees For Kids will be funding 17 different projects totaling $67,000 to give more than 1,400 students hands-on experience planting 639 trees, and learning about the benefits that trees can bring to Iowa schools and communities. 


Each planting event will have an educational component with the students which include a planting demonstration. More than 225 adult volunteers will assist at the planting events, and given training to assist student with proper planting. Project Learning Tree training is also provided to educators to create lesson plans and utilize curriculum with the planted trees.


Here in southwest Iowa, grants were awarded to the Denison Arbor Committee and the Woodbine Community Foundation.


Mandy Billings


Audubon School Board Work Session Focuses on Board Goals

(Audubon) The Audubon School Board along with the school administrative team, met in a work session on Monday night to develop Board Goals for the next three to five years.  Harry Heiligenthal, from the Iowa Association of School Boards, facilitated the meeting, which was called to order at 5:00.


Those in attendance included: board members, Christy Konkler, Mark Nissen, Becky Jones, Sarah Asmus, Doug Olson, board secretary John Roberts, Superintendent Brett Gibbs, 5 – 12 Principal Eric Trager, Elementary Principal Sam Graeve and Business Manager Natalie Lange.


Mr. Heiligenthal reviewed with the participants a study done by J. Timothy Waters and Robert Marzano that identified five district-level leadership responsibilities that have a statistically significant correlation with student achievement.  Those five responsibilities all revolve around the idea of creating goal-oriented school districts.


The board and administrators were lead through several exercises that helped facilitate discussion around district priorities and what they hoped the district would be known for four or five years from now.  These exercises lead to the development of four overarching district goals that will be written up and presented to the board for further discussion and approval at their October board meeting.


Press Release


Governor Branstad to sign National Recovery Month Proclamation

(Des Moines) Governor Branstad will sign a proclamation declaring September as National Recovery Month in Iowa on September 18.


The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) joins the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and local prevention and treatment organizations statewide in this 25th anniversary of the observance, which recognizes the benefits of substance abuse treatment, the hard work of individuals and families in recovery, and the message that recovery from substance abuse in all its forms is possible.


According to IDPH, alcohol is the substance most abused by Iowans. According to a study of admissions to substance abuse treatment, 51 percent reported alcohol as their primary problem. Marijuana was second at 27 percent, followed by methamphetamine at 13 percent.


IDPH data shows recovery is possible with treatment. According to client interviews conducted six months after discharge, the abstinence rate rose from 0 percent at admission to 49 percent at six months; the full-time employment rate went from 22 percent to 41 percent; and 84 percent of treatment clients were arrest-free during this time period, as compared to 41 percent at admission.


Mandy Billings


Young Professionals "Paint the Town"

(Atlantic) The Young Professionals of Atlantic (YPA) partnered with Cass/Atlantic Development Corporation (CADCO) to paint an Atlantic resident’s home. Every year CADCO helps a local resident whose home needs exterior paint in order to maintain the attractiveness of Atlantic and surrounding towns.

The YPAS painted the house on Spruce Street over two days. The project took several hours to complete but greatly improved the appearance of the home.

The Young Professionals of Atlantic is a social group with no membership dues or required meetings. Their mission is to connect, engage and attract young leaders into the community while promoting the greater Atlantic area.  Members are young professionals between the ages of 21-40.  Any interested individuals can contact or 712-243-3017 for information.


Mandy Billings


Griswold School Board Met Monday Night

(Griswold) The Griswold School Board retired the 2013-2014 Board at their meeting Monday night and elected a President and Vice President for the 2014-2015 school year.


Doug Lemke was re-elected President and Tom Moore was elected Vice President.


During the regular meeting, the Griswold School Board approved the Budget Guarantee.


“Budget Guarantee is something that the sate provides to schools that allows the schools to collect 101-percent of their previous budget,” explained Griswold Superintendent Dana Kunze.  “It’s available to schools that are shrinking in size and at this point it’s kind of a preventative measure until count day, it’s something you go ahead and prepare to do so that if you need to you can take advantage of that.”


Kunze said the board also discussed goals for the next year.


“They did this last month too, they addressed student academics and that would be test scores and offerings to students. This month, they looked at safety and security for our campuses and also long-term financial planning,” said Kunze. “And, out of the financial planning pieces they set a target of a solvency ratio to be maintained at around 20-percent.”


In other activity, the Board set the regular board meeting date and time. Kunze said they will continue to hold their meetings on the 3rd Monday of the month at 5:45 p.m.




Exira-EHK School Board Reaches Land Sale Agreement at Former Exira Elementary Site

(Elk Horn) The Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton School Board has accepted a $5,000 offer for the land where the old Exira Elementary School Building once stood. The board reached the agreement at their meeting Monday night. The building was burned down in a controlled fire earlier this year.


“Marvin Jorgenson bought the land for $5,000 for the deed with some additional financial  support that will be coming in as soon as they finish up the rest of the documents for the land and all of that so we are just waiting for that to get all finalized.”


Superintendent Dean Schnoes explains what the area is expected to be used for.


“They are looking at putting in a nursing home/assisted daycare living/possible medical facility there on the land. I think it‘s going to be good.”


An endowment to bring in even more money from the land is in the works.


“He bought the deed for $5,000. The conversation of an endowment being set up with extra, on top of the $5,000  that will go to the school district for the land, so we just have to wait until that all gets finalized.”


The organizational portion of last night’s meeting featured no changes. Schnoes says that all school board members remain the same as last year and Kevin Petersen will continue to serve as school board President with Terri Harris as Vice President.


Bennett Blake

Disaster Proclamation Issued for Union County

(Creston) Governor Terry E. Branstad Monday issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for Union County in response to recent severe weather.

The Governor’s proclamation allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of severe weather and heavy rains on Sept. 9, 2014. In addition, the proclamation also activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Program for Union County.


The Iowa Individual Assistance Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal povery level, or a maximum annual income of $39,580, for a family of three. Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and for the expense of temporary housing. Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to storm recovery. The grant application and instructions are available on the Iowa Department of Human Services website. Potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation to submit a claim.


Mandy Billings


IWCC, Conductix Invites Public to Celebrate Manufacturing Day

 (Harlan)   Conductix-Wampfler, in partnership with Iowa Western Community College, will host an open house at its manufacturing facility located at 1605 Industrial Parkway, Harlan, Iowa, to celebrate National Manufacturing Day. The open house will be held on Friday, October 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and is open to all members of the community.


 Conductix-Wampfler is a global manufacturer of electric power transmissions and control systems for moving equipment that has been in business since the 1940s. The open house will give visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the 110,000 square feet of manufacturing space facility located in Harlan where they build and warehouse conductor bar, C-track festoons, small spring reels, push button pendants, radio remote controls, and ENDO balancer products.


 Studies show that almost 80 percent of Americans believe manufacturing is important to our economic prosperity, standard of living, and national security. Yet only 30 percent of those surveyed would encourage their children to go into manufacturing careers. This is a trend that must be reversed and which Manufacturing Day seeks to address by giving more people an opportunity to discover what modern manufacturing environments are really like.


 Manufacturing Day is an annual event that brings together hundreds of manufacturers in North America to host students, teachers, parents, job seekers and other local community members at open houses designed to showcase modern manufacturing technology and careers. A panel of co-producers comprising the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the Manufacturing Institute (MI), the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), Industrial Strength Marketing (ISM), the Science Channel, and American Made Movie provides the support necessary to coordinate this nationwide array of simultaneous events.

 People who are interested in learning more about Manufacturing Day and who wish to attend this event at Conductix-Wampfler can find the complete details More information about Conductix-Wampfler can be found by visiting


Press Release

September 16, 2014

a.m. news 

Clarinda Man Arrested for Credit Card Fraud and Drug Charges

(Clarinda) A Clarinda man was arrested on a warrant for credit card fraud and drug charges.


The Clarinda Police Department says 19-year-old Caleb Jordan Ennen was arrested Monday pursuant to an arrest warrant for credit card fraud issued by the Page County Magistrate. At the time of his arrest, Ennen was found in possession of a controlled substance believed to be marijuana and drug paraphernalia related items.


Ennen was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Page County Jail in lieu of bail, pending initial appearances before the Page County Magistrate.



Mandy Billings


Two Arrested on Warrants for Child Endangerment

(Glenwood) Two people were arrested on warrants for child endangerment.


The Glenwood Police Department arrested 21-year-old Tabitha Madsen and 19-year-old Cody Hunter, both of Glenwood, on Monday. Both were held on $10,000 bond each.


Mandy Billings


Dinkla Re-Elected as CAM School Board President

(Anita) The CAM School board held their annual organizational board meeting Monday night at the CAM High School Media Center. First on the agenda was to elect board officers and Gary Dinkla was re-elected as President and Chuck Kinze was re-elected Vice-President. The board also voted to continue meeting on the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m.


In other business; the school board designated the Anita Tribune as the schools official newspaper, renewed the agreement with the Cass County Sheriffs’ Office for the School Resource Officer program.  The cost to the CAM district is $3,000.00. The board also approved the Middle School Man and Environment Field Trip and agreed to allow the Middle School Students to join the High School Shooting Team. The board also offered a Mary Schoning a contract to coach Junior High School Volleyball.


Tom Robinson

September 16, 2014

a.m. news 

Area Physicians Dealing with Several Different Illnesses

(Atlantic) It hasn’t been a good fall for fall allergy sufferers in particular Ragweed, but there are also some other nasty illnesses going around right now.


“We have seen some strep throat, some infectious mono, and some nasty bronchial viruses going around,” stated Stacey Bean a Physician Assistant at the Atlantic Medical Center. “To avoid these illnesses it’s best to practice good hand washing and stay away from the crowds.”


Bean says over the counter medications such as Claritin, Zyrtec, or Allegra, can be very helpful for those suffering from allergies. 


Tom Robinson

September 16, 2014

a.m. news 

Atlantic Park and Rec. Director Looking at Succession Plan

(Atlantic) Atlantic Park and Recreation Director Roger Herring told the Park and Rec. Board Monday night that it’s time to start looking at a succession plan.


Herring began duties as the Park and Rec. Director in June 2011 and when he took the position he committed to five years. With a little over three years down already, Herring is looking toward the future and wants to make sure the Park and Recreation Department continues to be successful.


“I’m not getting any younger and there are things that I want to do also,” said Herring. “So, in committing to five years I will fulfill that, but I also want to be able to, in good conscience, be able to leave the department with a plan and also, looking down the road, with good leadership and those kinds of things. I feel that we’ve really created a true Parks and Recreation Department identity within our community and I think it’s been greatly appreciated by our community.”


Herring said he has spoken with Mayor Dave Jones about possibly hiring a full time assistant to work alongside him and learn how things operate and to hopefully free-up some time so he can do other things for the Department that he has little time to do now, such as grant writing.


“I’m excited and yet I’m discouraged because we haven’t moved very far forward in the last six or eight months whether it be on Schildberg’s, whether it be the Dog Park or whether it be the shelters and I just need some more time or some help,” said Herring.


Dave Jones told the Park and Rec. Board that he is in favor of hiring an assistant.


“What I don’t want to happen is like what we had before… get a new Director and ‘here are the keys to the tractor, you’re on your own’,” said Jones. “We’ve come a long ways and my thinking is we get somebody to ncome in and see how things work and Roger can sit back and do the administrative parts.”


The Personnel and Finance Committee will be discussing the position in future meetings to see if they can fit it in the budget.


Mandy Billings


Veterans History Project Making a Stop in Iowa this Fall

(Des Moines) Stories of Iowa veterans will be saved for future generations to hear, as the Veterans History Project will make a stop in the state this fall.


The event is being hosted by the Newton campus of Des Moines Area Community College. Professor Patti Ziegler says those local veterans who step up to tell their tales will receive a copy of their transcripts, as will the Library of Congress.


“The transcripts will also go into the Iowa Gold Star Museum and we are hopeful that they will even go into the DMACC library for history classes, literature classes and so on. So, it really comes full circle,” said Ziegler.


The project is part of a national initiative to collect, preserve and honor the personal accounts of American war veterans so future generations may hear from them directly and better understand the realities of war.


Iowa Radio Network


Body Identified at Missing Council Bluffs Man

(Council Bluffs) The Council Bluffs Police Department has released more information on the body discovered in a pond Friday on the Council Bluffs Country Club course.


An autopsy was performed on Sunday and the medical examiner was able to positively identify the remains through tattoos, along with secondary findings, as 33-year-old Josie Lee Janssen, of Council Bluffs. Janssen was reported missing to law enforcement by family on September 3rd. Through investigation, the Council Bluffs Police Department has determined that Janssen was last seen on August 29th between the hours of 10:30 and 11:30 p.m. in the area of the Lighthouse Tavern walking south toward his residence and may have attempted to take a different route.


The medical examiner found no indications of foul play and preliminary cause of death at this time will be listed as accidental drowning.



Mandy Billings


No Injuries in Semi Rollover Accident in Cass County

(Atlantic) No injuries were reported in a single vehicle accident in Cass County Saturday morning.


The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says the accident occurred on Highway 6 at Lansing Road at around 9:21 a.m. A 2011 Freightliner straight truck, driven by 33-year-old Tommy Jo Manheim, of Bellevue, Nebraska, was eastbound on Highway 6 when the vehicle lost control and overturned in the roadway.


The damage to the vehicle was estimated at $7,000. Manheim was cited for Failure to Maintain Control.


Mandy Billings


Traffic detour in place on U.S. 169 between De Soto and Winterset for emergency repairs

(Creston) Repair work to patch faulting in the roadway and stop an increased instability to the ditches along U.S. 169 between De Soto and Winterset requires an emergency closure of the roadway and detouring traffic, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Creston construction office.


Traffic wanting to go south from De Soto to Winterset is being detoured east on Interstate 80 (exit 110), south on I-35, and then west on Iowa 92 (exit 56) to reach U.S. 169 in Winterset.

Traffic wanting to go north on U.S. 169 from Winterset to De Soto is being detoured east on Iowa 92 (exit 56) to I-35, north on I-35 to I-80, and then west on I-80 to U.S. 169 at De Soto (exit 110).


Motorists will be notified once the roadway is repaired and open to traffic.



Iowa DOT


Task Force works on recommendations to help student with Financial Literacy Skills

(Des Moines) The Iowa Department of Education's Financial Literacy Work Team is releasing recommendations today to help ensure Iowa students are learning "financial literacy skills". 


The head of the DOE says, from his own experience, better financial training is necessary.  Director Brad Buck admits he was not prepared to fill out tax annuity forms when he graduated from college and got his first teaching job.


“So, from the perspective of both an educator and a former student, I’m exciting we’re talking about this in Iowa,” said Buck.


Director Buck says he had to call his parents to help him figure out how to fill out those financial forms.


Task force recommendations released today include: reexamining the state's financial literacy requirement for schools, more support for financial literacy, tapping into external stakeholder groups to help train teachers, reviewing districts' approach to financial literacy, improving the statewide conversation over financial literacy.


Iowa Radio Network


Dr. Ojash Raval Begins Medical Practice with Cass County Health System

(Atlantic)  A new physician will begin his medical practice at Cass County Health System on Tuesday, September 23rd.  


Dr. Ojash Raval will provide comprehensive family medicine services, including obstetrics.  Dr. Raval will care for patients at Atlantic Medical Center and Cass County Memorial Hospital.



 “Dr. Raval comes to us with the highest recommendations, including his selection as chief resident,” noted Todd Hudspeth, CEO. “He has been a leader in his residency training program, both clinically and in the adoption of electronic medical records for the Mercy residency program.  We are very pleased to add such a well-qualified physician to our medical team.”


Dr. Raval grew up in Fort Dodge, Iowa, and earned his bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University with a double major in Biology and Psychology.  He graduated from the Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical Center in 2011.  After completing a one-year internship at St. Petersburg General Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida, he returned to Des Moines to complete his family medicine residency at Mercy Hospital Family Medicine Residency program in Des Moines.  


“I want to practice in a smaller community so I can really know my patients, and provide the full-scope of care,” Dr. Raval said.  “When I was ready to look for a practice opportunity I thought of Atlantic immediately.  I have friends in the area and know the great reputation of the medical community and the community as a whole.  My visits with the Atlantic Medical Center physicians and hospital staff have only confirmed my initial impressions that Atlantic will be a great place for me to live and care for patients.”



Dr. Raval moved to Atlantic earlier this summer.  To schedule an appointment, contact Atlantic Medical Center at 712-243-2850.


Press Release



CCHS Foundation Reminds Farmers of Fall Giving Opportunities

(Atlantic)  As harvest season approaches, the Cass County Health System Foundation would like to remind area farmers that they can choose to donate a portion of their stored or harvested crops to benefit our friends and neighbors by enhancing healthcare services and receive a tax deduction at the same time.


There are a number of advantages to donating crops instead of cash. Not only is the value of the grain excluded from income, which results in lower taxation in federal, state and self-employment taxes, but the grain production costs are deductible as well.


The Cass County Health System Foundation is the development arm for Cass County Health System.  All monies raised are used for equipment, education and services for Cass County Health System.  The Cass County Memorial Hospital Foundation is a qualified 501(C)3 organization, which means gifts to the organization are tax deductible.


Please contact Dawn Marnin, CCHS Foundation Director at 712.243.7409, or email her at, for more information. 



Mandy Billings


Mills County Arrests

(Glenwood) The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports two arrests.


Daniel Dustin Sampson, 42, of Pacific Junction, was arrested Friday for Possession of a Controlled Substance. He was held on $1,000 bond.


And, 48-year-old Annie Christine Gardner, of Glenwood, was arrested Saturday for OWI 1st Offense. She was held on $1,000 bond.


Mandy Billings


Cass County Arrests

(Atlantic) A Wiota man was arrested on drug charges over the weekend.


The Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested 19-year-old Bryant Kenney Mitchell on Saturday for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on his own recognizance.


The Cass County Sheriff’s Office also arrested 52-year-old Russell Alan Shearer, of Elliott, today (Monday) on a charge of Driving Under Suspension. He was taken to the Cass County Jail where he pled guilty and was released.


Mandy Billings


Youth Deer Hunting Begins This Weekend

(Area) Iowa’s youth deer hunting season will start on Saturday.


Anyone under 16 years of age when they purchase their license is eligible to start

harvesting deer this weekend.


“This gives those young hunters a chance to get out there ahead of the regular deer season before there is a big crowd, not a big push, and it can be kind of a controlled hunt for these young hunters.” 


Bryan Hayes with the Iowa DNR says unfilled tags can be used later on in the fall.


“I know a lot of people that hunt with the youth that buy this youth tag and it has to be purchased before the end of the season which is October 5th. They purchase that tag with the idea that they are going to use it during the early muzzle loader and not use it during the youth season”


Young hunters must be accompanied by a licensed adult hunter.


Bennett Blake

Good Year for Ragweed, Not for Allergy Sufferers

(Des Moines) It’s been a good year for ragweed; just ask anyone who suffers from fall allergies.


Des Moines allergist Dr. Jim Wille says over-the-counter products are usually helpful to east the symptoms of red, itchy, watery eyes and sneezing.


“If they don’t work, if you have side effects from them, or if somebody is on multiple other medicines, you really should talk to your doctor or pharmacist to make sure that they are safe even though the bulk of them are very safe,” said Wille.


Dr. Wille also reminds allergy sufferers that it’s best to keep windows closed until cold weather kills off the ragweed.


Iowa Radio Network


Iowa DOT Hosting Open House on Iowa Park and Ride System Plan

(Ames) The Iowa Department of Transportation will hold an open-house public input meeting Thursday, September 18, in Council Bluffs to discuss and gather input regarding the Iowa Park and Ride System Plan. The meeting will be he held at the Charles E. Lakin Human Services Campus from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.


The plan is being developed to identify ideal locations for park and ride facilities to serve commuters in the state. At the meeting, a presentation will be made and Iowa DOT personnel will be available to individually discuss the plan.


The meeting room is accessible for persons with disabilities. To provide comments, to request special accommodations at a meeting, or to ask about transportation options to a meeting, please contact the Iowa DOT, Office of Systems Planning, 800 Lincoln Way, Ames, Iowa 50010, telephone 515-239-1520, or email


The Iowa DOT will be accepting public comments on the plan through Oct. 16, 2014. There are several ways to provide your input on the plan. You can provide input via the open house meetings, the online survey (, or both. You can view the plan online at:



Mandy Billings


Atlantic Man faces Burglary Charges

(Atlantic) The Atlantic Police Department reports three arrests over the weekend.


According to the report; 24-year-old Nathan Stone, of Atlantic faces Burglary and Criminal Mischief charges after breaking into an attached porch on Saturday.


Police say Stone starting pounding on the window of an enclosed porch at a residence located at 804 Birch Street. He broke the window and climbed in. Stone was charged with third degree burglary, third degree criminal mischief, and public intoxication. He was transported to the Cass County Jail and booked in.


In other activity; 49-year-old David Gatrel, of Atlantic was arrested for Domestic Abuse Assault and felon in Possession of a Firearm. He was transported to the Cass County Jail and booked in.


In separate incident; 24-year-old Jonathan Leonardi, of Atlantic was charged with first offense OWI. He was booked into the Cass County Jail.


Tom Robinson

September 15, 2014

a.m. news 

Bill Clinton Speaks at Harkin Steak Fry Fundraiser

(Indianola) Former President Bill Clinton was the final speaker at the final Tom Harkin “Steak Fry” fundraiser in Indianola Sunday. He told the crowd they shouldn’t get too upset over all the bad news they see on the news every day.


“Think about America, we are less racist, sexist, and homophobic than we have ever been,” stated Clinton. “But, we do have one continuing problem; we don’t want to be around anyone that disagrees with us.”


Clinton told the activists gathered at the National Balloon Classic Field out Indianola that Republicans are using the bad news to try and “get you to check your brain at the door” and not show up on election day.


He and most of the speakers at the event urged them to turn out and vote in November, saying “when we turn out we win.” His wife, Hillary Clinton, said she is “thinking about” running for President, but didn’t talk Presidential politics at the event-choosing to praise the outgoing Senator Harkin and the slate of democratic candidates on the November ballot instead.


Iowa Radio Network

September 15, 2014

a.m. news 

Driver not hurt in Adams County Rollover

(Corning) A Villisca man was issued a citation following a single-vehicle rollover accident in Adams County Sunday evening.


According to the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, 32-year-old Carlton John Dolph was northbound on Chestnut Avenue a half mile south of 150th Street when he lost control of his pickup and slid into the ditch. The truck struck some small trees causing the vehicle to flip over onto the driver’s side. Dolph escaped injury.


However he was cited for failure to maintain control.


Tom Robinson

September 15, 2014

a.m. news 

One Hurt in Pottawattamie County Accident

(Neola) One person was hurt in a car versus semi accident Sunday evening on Interstate 680.


The Iowa State Patrol says 23-year-old Nicholas A. Dedinsky, of Omaha was injured in the crash. He was taken by Neola Rescue to Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs.


According to the report, the accident happened at around 7:19 p.m. on Interstate 680 westbound near the 27 mile marker.


 Dedinsky was driving a 2009 Honda Accord  and for some unknown reason rear ended a 2014 Volvo Semi driven by Hercules H. Cawagas, of Ontario, Canada. Dedinsky’s car then left the roadway and crossed the median and came to rest in the left lane of eastbound 680.The semi was able to pull off onto the eastbound shoulder.


The accident remains under investigation.


Tom Robinson

Sept3ember 15, 2014

a.m.  news 

One Hurt in Adair County Accident

(Adair) One person was hurt in an accident in Adair County this (Sunday) morning involving a semi and a pickup.


The Iowa State Patrol says the accident happened at around 11:08 a.m. at the intersection of 130th and Elk Avenue.  


According to the report, 42-year-old Michael Shane Cordova, of Harriman, Utah was northbound on Elk Avenue and failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection and struck the left side of a 1994 Ford F150 pickup driven by Gary Vogl, of Adair.


The semi ended up in the northeast ditch and the pickup came to rest in the northwest ditch.


The Iowa State Patrol says Cordova was injured in the crash but he was not transported. Vogl was not hurt.


Both Cordova and Vogl were cited for not wearing  seatbelts . Cordova was given an additional citation for failure to yield.


Tom Robinson

September 14, 2014

p.m. news 

Red Oak Police Report One Arrest

(Red Oak) A Red Oak man was arrested this afternoon.


According to Police 21-year-old Cody Jackson Shiflet was taken into custody at around 12:15 p.m. (Sunday) on a charge of Simple of Assault.


Shiflet was transported to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $300.00 bond.


Tom Robinson

September 14, 2014

p.m. news 

Update: Clarinda Academy Escapees in Custody

(Clarinda) The three students that escaped from the Clarinda Academy are now in custody.


Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers says the three were captured in the south part of Clarinda near the vicinity of  Orange Street.


The Clarinda Police Department was assisted by the Page County Sheriff’s Office and Clarinda Academy staff.


Tom Robinson

September 14, 2014

Authorities Searching for Three Escapees from Clarinda Academy

(Clarinda) Three students have escaped from the Clarinda Academy. 


According to Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers the students are described as an Hispanic male, a black male, and a white male. Their direction of travel is unknown. If see them contact your nearest law enforcement agency. 

Tom Robinson

September 14, 2014

Helicopter Accident Claims A Life

(Macedonia)  The man involved in the September 6th helicopter accident, by Macedonia, has passed away.
According to the Daily Nonpareil, 26-year-old Chris Moore was crop dusting a bean field South of 340th Street and Pioneer Trail, when he struck a power line, causing his helicopter to crash into the bank of a cropland terrace.  
Moore passed away on Thursday, at Creighton University Medical Center, where he was taken following the crash.
Anna Hastert
September 14, 2014
a.m. news 

Single Arrest Made In Montgomery County Over The Weekend

(Red Oak) - An arrest was made in Montgomery County over the weekend.
According to Montgomery County Law Enforcement, 26-year-old Richard Dean Pierce III, of Red Oak, was pulled over at the intersection of Highway 34 and Highway 48, where he was arrested for Driving While Suspended.  Morrison was booked into the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center.  He is being held on $566.25 cash bond.
Anna Hastert
September 14, 2014
a.m. news

No One Injured in Montgomery County Accident

(Red Oak) -  No one was hurt in a single vehicle accident in Montgomery County yesterday.
According to Montgomery County Law Enforcement, 37-year-old, Joshua Shane Morrison, of Red Oak was heading eastbound on Highway 34 from Evergreen Avenue, when the 2001 Sandpiper Dump Trailer he was pulling started to fish tail.  Morrison was unable to regain control, cauing him to travel into the South ditch half a mile West of G Avenue.  As a result of the accident, the trailer jack knifed and struck the passenger side of Morrison's 2000 Ford F-150 pick-up, causing an estimated $2,500 worth of damage.  No injuries were reported.
Anna Hastert
September 14, 2014
a.m. news

Semi Accident Slows Traffic on Highway 6

(Lewis) Rescue crews were called to a semi rollover accident on Highway 6 and Lansing Road this morning. 


The Cass County Sheriff's Office, Atlantic Police and Atlantic Fire all assisted at the scene.


Cass County Communications has confirmed that thereare  no injuries. 


Tom Robinson

September 13, 2014 

Two Hurt in Cass County Accident

(Cumberland) Two people were hurt in an accident west of Cumberland Friday evening.


The Iowa State Patrol says it happened at around 5:50 p.m. at 63724 Highway 92. The two people injured in the crash are identified as 44-year-old Christopher Robert Tedford, of Cumberland and 43-year-old Jason Vaughn Rieber, of Griswold. Rieber was taken by Cumberland Rescue to the Cass County Memorial Hospital. Tedford was air-lifted from the Cass County Memorial Hospital to Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha.


Authorities say Rieber was eastbound on Highway 92 in a 1997 Ford F150 pickup and slowed down to make a left turn into Schuler Manufacturing and was rear-ended by Tedford who was driving a 1997 Ford F150. Tedford’s pickup left the roadway went through a fence and came to rest eastbound in a bean field. The debris from the collision struck and damaged a westbound 2003 Altima driven by 29-year-old Rachel Powell, of Glenwood. Powell was not hurt.


The accident remains under investigation.


Tom Robinson

September 13, 2014

a.m. news 

Body Discovered in a Pond on Council Bluffs Golf Course

(Council Bluffs) A body was discovered floating in a pond on the Council Bluffs Country Club Golf Course Friday afternoon.


The Council Bluffs Police Department and Rescue Squad responded to the scene at around 2:37 p.m. and retrieved the body. Authorities’ say no positive identification can be made at this time. The subject appears to be a male in age range of 30-40 years old.


The initial investigation did not reveal any indications of foul play.

An autopsy has been scheduled for Sunday, September 14.


Tom Robinson

September 13, 2014

a.m. news 

Frost Advisory Issued

(Des Moines) A Frost Advisory is in effect from 3 a.m. to 8 a.m. Saturday for all of southwest Iowa.


The National Weather Service in Des Moines says temperatures will fall within a range of 32 to 35 degree by daybreak Saturday. Plants and tender vegetation may be killed if left outside uncovered.



Mandy Billings


Council Bluffs Police Department Investigating Home Invasion

(Council Bluffs) The Council Bluffs Police Department is investigating a home invasion robbery.


The Council Bluffs Police Department says officers were dispatched to 1714 6th Avenue at around 9:51 this (Friday) morning for a report of a shot being fired. Officers arrived on scene and came into contact with the victim, 26-year-old Kyle Medearis. According to Medearis, someone knocked on his front door and he answered. When he opened the door a black male and a Hispanic male forced their way into his home. The black male was armed with a handgun and they ordered him to sit down. Medearis did not comply and ran to the back of the house. As he was exiting the rear door of the house, the black male fired a single shot in his direction. Medearis was not struck by the round and was able to escape. The two suspects exited out the same door and ran to a full sized white pickup that was parked on 6th Avenue. The white pickup then fled north on 18th Street.


Both suspects were described as being in their 20’s, average height and weight. The black male was wearing all black clothing and the Hispanic male was described as wearing a blue ball cap. The Council Bluffs Police Department is still investigating the incident and is asking that anyone with information on the crime call 328-STOP.


Mandy Billings


A Time to Revisit Courthouse Security Measures

(Des Moines) The shooting this week in the Jackson County Courthouse is prompting new calls for improved courthouse security throughout the state.


“Adopting a policy and posting a sign that no weapons are allowed, as was the case there, is woefully inadequate,” said Joe Feller, of the Iowa State Bar Association.


Feller says the shooting Tuesday could have been prevented with a better security system. He says in 2005 the Iowa Bar Association studied courthouse security and came up with guidelines and recommendations. Feller says perhaps it’s time to revisit those and remind every courthouse that such tragedies can happen, but they can also be prevented.


Tuesday, a property owner fired a shot at the County Assessor. A County Supervisor then tackled the gunman, who then committed suicide.


Iowa Radio Network


AMVC Ribbon Cutting and Open House Brings Excitement to Audubon Community

(Audubon) The Audubon/Manning Vet Clinic Staff were grinning from ear to ear as they showed off their state of the art facility to the public at Friday's ribbon cutting ceremony. Among those who spoke to the large crowd was Brett Irlmeier, of Audubon County Economic Development, who thanked AMVC for all they do for the community.
“Not only are they a huge employer and really have improved the Highway 71 corridor. But they are also very involved in everything with the community they backed ACED in our housing projects, they’ve cleaned up numerous sites in the country that a lot of people don’t know about.  It is just a huge win-win for Audubon and our area and we want to congratulate them and thank them for what they’ve done. Audubon would not be the same without AMVC.” 
AMVC staff relayed to the public that they have world class employees and wanted to give them a world class facility to work with. 

Three Pottawattamie County Communications Center Employees Given Life Saving Awards

(Council Bluffs) On Thursday, September 11, 2014, the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Department presented three employees of the Pottawattamie County Communications Center with Life Saving Awards. They were involved in call taking with a patient in cardiac or respiratory arrest, assisted a caller on scene giving CPR instructions, in addition to the efforts made on scene by first responders, resulted in a Life Save. This means that the patient was discharged after treatment, and given another chance at life.


On February 8, 2014, Operator Rachel Bassich was still in training and had been taking calls for 3 weeks. She was being trained by Assistant Supervisor Scott Vandervort, who is a Certified Training Officer with the Communications Center. On this date, Rachel answered a 911 hang up call. When calling back immediately, the female caller advised her husband was not breathing. With Scott’s guidance, Rachel gave the caller CPR instructions. Having a CTO behind her every step of the way, Rachel was able to encourage the caller to continue CPR until help arrived to take over. The patient was transported, and was able to leave the hospital after treatment.


Scott Vandervort has been with the Sheriff’s Department since 2002. He is an Assistant Shift Supervisor and CTO. Rachel Bassich has been with the Sheriff’s Department since 2013.


February 25, 2014 Eric Wallner received a 911 call from a male caller. The caller stated that his wife was not breathing. He immediately recognized the severity of the call and took control. He began giving the caller CPR instructions. While giving the instructions the caller stated that the female was possibly breathing and making funny noises. Eric correctly recognized that this was agonal breathing and encouraged the caller to stay with his wife and continue compressions. Eric was on the line with the caller for over 10 minutes. During this time he kept the caller focused and kept reassuring him that help was on the way. With Eric’s instructions, the caller continued CPR until a Deputy arrived to take over. The patient was transported to the hospital. The patient had vitals at the time and was discharged a few days later.


Eric Wallner has been with the Sheriff’s Department since 2010. He has worked as an Assistant Shift Supervisor, CTO, and recently promoted to Shift Supervisor.



Photo and information from the Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office



Riverton Marsh Reopens after Floodwater Quickly Recedes

(Riverton) Floodwaters at Riverton Wildlife Management Area have receded enough for the boat ramp and access road at both ends of the area to reopen.  The water is still higher in the main marsh than normal so hunters need to plan accordingly.


Floodwaters had caused a dike on the south side of the main tract to blow out, rapidly raising the water level in the marsh.


The Riverton Wildlife Management Area is a 4,000-acre public hunting and wildlife refuge area popular with waterfowl hunters.


Mandy Billings


Ray Rice Video Draws National Attention to Domestic Violence

(Atlantic) The video of Baltimore Ravens football player Ray Rice punching his wife Janay in an elevator has embroiled the nation in discussion of domestic violence.


Wendy Richter, Director of the Family Crisis Support Network, in Atlantic explains the reason why this incident is getting so much attention.  


“One is because we have an organization that is huge, the NFL, and two, we also have a video tape,” stated Richter. “It’s not very often that an intimate relationship incident such as this is videotaped. You just don’t usually see that.”


Richter admits drugs, alcohol, mental health issues and stress are all inhibitors to the violence but they don’t cause the violence. She says the reality of domestic violence is that it is a learned behavior.


“The greatest percentage of the problem has been learned or witnessed at home or learned later in life as a way to get their needs met,” said Richter. “And if there isn’t accountability held to those alleged offenders of domestic violence, it won’t change.”


However, Richter says that if the NFL and Baltimore Ravins, two power house organizations, come together and take this seriously and do something to provide some assistance it might trickle down.


“The reality is that if we can get men to stand behind this saying, we are responsible for holding each other accountable and assisting, that would be huge,” said Richter. “There are men nationwide that recognize this is a men’s issue because men are primarily the physical abusers.”


According to the National Network to End Domestic Violence, three women die a day as the result of partner abuse.

Richter does offers this disclaimer; she says we often talk about the female victims, but there are a lot of cases where the male is the victim of domestic violence, however the tactics are different. She says there is more emotional and financial control or using the children, rather than physical abuse.


Richter says everyone needs to be invested in this problem to create a healthy situation for everyone.


Tom Robinson

September 12, 2014

11:00 a.m. 

Glenwood Police Report

(Glenwood) The Glenwood Police Department reports two arrests.


Dakota Liddell, 18, of Glenwood, was arrested today (Friday) for Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drugs, 5th Degree Theft, Assault on a Peace Officer, Interference with Official Acts with Bodily Injury and Possession of Contraband in Jail. Liddell was held on $8,300 bond.


Mitchell Waller, 19, of Glenwood, was arrested today (Friday) on a Mills County warrant for 1st Degree Burglary. He was held on $25,000 bond.



Mandy Billings


Frost possible in Northern Iowa Tonight

(Des Moines) The Black Hills of South Dakota picked up six inches of snow overnight.


Frost is possible tonight into tomorrow morning in northern Iowa. But State Climatologist Harry Hilaker says snow this early in the season is uncommon for Iowa. He says the last time there were snowflakes in Iowa this early, was in 1995, and it melted quickly.


“In 1942 we had accumulating snow over a very large part of the state, even as far south as the Missouri border,” stated Hilaker. “So it does happen every once in a while.”


Hilaker says frost is likely in northern Iowa tonight, but he does not believe there will be much crop damage. He says vegetable gardens, however may suffer.


By the way Hilaker says once we get through this chilly weekend, temperatures are expected to bounce back into more normal warmer range for this time of year.


Iowa Radio Network

September 12, 2014

a.m. news 

Red Oak Police Report one arrest

(Red Oak) The Red Oak Police Department reports one arrest this morning.


According to the report; 23-year-old Michael Eugene Sickels, of Red Oak was arrested at around 5:45 p.m. for trespassing.


He was taken into custody and held on $300.00 bond.


Tom Robinson

September 12, 2014

a.m. news 


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