News, State Feed

Man dies in coyote hunting incident

CLAY COUNTY, Iowa -- On January 27, at approximately 11:15 a.m., Clay County Sheriff’s deputies, Iowa DNR conservation officers and local emergency personnel responded to a report of a hunting incident near County Highway B53 and 160th Ave. in Clay County. 

Kirk Struve, 47, of Granville, Iowa was struck by a round believed to be fired from another member of his hunting party. The incident occurred while Struve was coyote hunting with a large group of hunters. 

Struve was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The investigation into the shooting is on-going and further information will be released throughout the investigation as necessary.


RAGBRAI 47 comes with a 'twist' in a southerly Iowa route

RAGBRAI 47 will cross southern Iowa in what is being billed as the eighth-easiest route in its history, ride organizers revealed Saturday.

This year’s ride includes a twist in that riders will reach the Mississippi River in Burlington on the sixth day of the seven-day ride and will spend the seventh day riding along the river to Keokuk. Traditionally, reaching the river has marked the end of what has been a river-to-river ride.

via www.thegazette.com


Karkosh accepted for admission to Luther College

DECORAH, Iowa—Scot Schaeffer, Luther College vice president for enrollment management, has announced that Spencer Karkosh of South Amana, Iowa, has been accepted for admission for the 2019-20 academic year. Karkosh has been awarded the Martin Luther Award.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,005, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.


2018-2019 Urban Deer Management Program Completed

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The 2018-2019 Urban Deer Management Program season concluded on January 10, 2019.  Seventy-seven hunters qualified for the urban bow hunt with 26 of the hunters successfully harvesting at least one deer.

Program Manager for the Urban Deer Hunt is Battalion Chief Jason Andrews.  According to Chief Andrews, there were 115 deer harvested in the 2018-2019 season, which was conducted between September 15, 2018 through January 10, 2019.  The number of deer harvested increased by 4 deer compared to the previous urban bow hunt season.

Deer harvested in 2018-2019:

·         101 does

·         10 button bucks

·         4 antlered bucks

Eighteen of the deer were donated to help feed the hungry in Cedar Rapids and Linn County, while 97 deer were kept for personal consumption.  Hunters had the choice to either donate their deer to the HUSH (Help Us Stop Hunger) program, which is a collaborative effort among Iowa deer hunters, Iowa’s food banks, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, or to a local program to feed the hungry at Mission of Hope.  The donation program to the Mission of Hope is a cooperative effort between the Newhall Locker, HUSH, Cedar Rapids Fire Department, and local ENT Physician Dr. Kevin Carpenter.  The two main goals of donation include reducing the deer population and providing high-quality red meat to the needy in Iowa.

One hunter successfully harvested 8 deer.  Twelve hunters harvested 5 or more does and will be eligible for the 2019-2020 bow hunt season incentive buck tag. 

There were no injuries or hunting violations recorded during the 2018-2019 season. 


Need that special gift for Valentine's Day, Thursday, February 14th?

Singing Valentines - RoseFor a donation of $45, a women's quartet will perform two love songs and deliver a Valentine card, a rose, candy, and memories to last a lifetime!  The music can also say “you are special” or “thank you” to groups such as family members or friends at a restaurant, workplace, retirement facility, just about anywhere in Iowa City, Cedar Rapids or surrounding area.  Have harmony, will travel.

If you would like to touch someone’s heart on Valentine’s Day, make your request at SingingVal.MM@gmail.com  or call 319-430-0169.  Imagine the surprise, the smiles and sometimes a few joyful tears.   To reach loved ones across the miles, you may request a Singing Valentine via telephone for a donation of $10.   Get your order placed soon. 


Have you made your New Year's resolutions?

Picture3If improving your health is one of them you will want to be at Coral Ridge Mall January, 19-20 and get information on improving your health. Health screenings will take place between 1-5pm both Saturday and Sunday. Information will be available during the entire show. After you get your health goals on track take some time to relax and shop our local crafters and vendors.


IA Consumer Advocate Opposes Alliant Energy Smart Meters - Nov 5 IUB Hearing

Iowa Consumer Advocate, Mark Schuling is opposing Alliant Energy’s smart meter rollout at an Iowa Utility Board hearing Nov. 5 in Des Moines. Attorneys General and state utility boards around the country have opposed smart meters due to many studies showing no cost benefit. Smart meters average millions of dollars more every year that would come from customer rate hikes.

Smart meters cost about six times more than current analog meters, with one third the lifetime, plus the multimillion dollar initial expense to replace 481,000 working analog meters.

Studies show that the faster outage reporting Alliant claims doesn’t result in faster service restoration.

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has warned about serious dangers to America’s security from the smart grid and smart meters. So has former CIA Director James Woolsey calling the smart grids “stupid” on national TV (along with many other cyber security experts and institutions).

The ACLU and many others oppose smart meters for privacy violation. A $2.2 trillion /year data market is expected, with utility companies making even more profits from selling detailed customer personal lifestyle data, Alliant says it will not sell data, but Alliant reps repeat, “We may change any policy at any time without notice.”

Although Alliant’s planned opt out meter has been proven acceptable for health, Alliant’s proposed opt out proposal has multiple severe requirements.

Oppose Alliant’s smart meters by emailing customer@iub.iowa.gov or use IUB’s form:

https://iub.iowa.gov/consumers/complaints-about-utility/online-complaint-form


Iowa’s Move Over law expanding to include all vehicles with flashing lights

Starting July 1, drivers in Iowa are required to change lanes if possible or slow down when they approach any vehicle with flashing lights.

All 50 states have versions of this type of law commonly referred to as a “Move over” law. The laws are meant to protect workers and others who are along the side of the road from being hit by passing motorists. Iowa first put the law (Iowa Code 321.323) into effect in 2002. At that time it included only certain emergency and maintenance vehicles. Last year the law was expanded to include utility vehicles and others working alongside the roadway. The 2018 version now includes all vehicles displaying flashing or hazard lights, including private vehicles who may be stopped due to vehicle trouble or emergencies.

via www.transportationmatters.iowadot.gov