The wreckage of a small plane was found in the Mississippi River late lastnight in Clinton County, but the pilot’s fate is still unknown. County Sheriff Gary Mullholland says residents reported hearing a crashMonday night but the craft wasn’t spotted until last night due to poorweather conditions.The pilot is thought to be John Biolchini of Peru, Illinois, who had takenoff from Chetek, Wisconsin.
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The Waterloo Black Hawks hockey team has a new head coach. 32-year-oldScott Koberinski takes over the reigns of the Black Hawks after former coachand General Manager Scott Pionk (pee’-yonk) was fired last week, just oneday before the season opener. Koberinski says he took the job for two mainreasons.Koberinski started the season as an assistant for the Lincoln Stars, but hehas head coaching experience in the United States Hockey League. He washead coach of the Fargo-Moorehead franchise for two seasons. The Blackhawks are already 0-2 on the season and have recorded just onewinning season in the last 19 years.
An intensive study of the potential health hazards from large hog operationswill soon be launched by the Iowa Department of Public Health and severalother agencies. Ken Choquette, the department’s bureau chief ofenvironmental health, explains the goals of the hog lot study.Choquette says about ten Iowa hog operations will be chosen that’ll berepresentative of lots across the state. He says in-depth studies will beperformed on the field application of manure and chemicals and how groundwater and nearby waterways may be effected.He says the probe will be getting underway this fall.He says they should have all the data collected by mid May.Other entities taking part in the study include: the U-S E-P-A, the IowaD-N-R, the Centers for Disease Control, the U-S Geological Survey, and bothIowa and Iowa State Universities.
“Ethanol-Only” won’t be the rule at Iowa gas stations anytime soon. Iowa’s Attorney General says the state’s top ag official does NOT have theauthority to issue a statewide “ethanol-only” mandate for gas stations. A group of Iowans, including Senator Charles Grassley, petitioned Secretaryof Agriculture Patty Judge to consider whether she could mandate ethanol usein the state. Judge says she hopes the legislature will move to improve thesale of ethanol.In his opinion, Attorney General Tom Miller says the Secretary ofAgriculture has the authority to “regulate” but not “prescribe” the contentof gasoline.Last spring, Legislators balked at the idea of a statewide ethanol mandate. Senator Grassley, calls the decision on ethanol use disappointing. Grassley,a republican who is also a farmer, says mandating ethanol would be one ofthe few good things required in gasoline.Grassley says he won’t give up on trying to find a way to increase the useof corn-based ethanol in Iowa.
Des Moines police say one of the two officers shot Monday evening in DesMoines is “lucky to be alive.” Officer Jeffrey Gowen and Officer Gary Bryanwere shot by a 16-year old after stopping the car the teen was riding in.Police spokesman Sergeant Bruce Elrod says the two policemen returned fire,wounding the suspect who police say is an habitual troublemaker. Elrod saysthe bullet hit officer Gowen just below his badge, hit a rib and angled up.Officer Gowen was NOT wearing a bullet-proof vest. He remains hospitalizedin stable condition. Officer Bryan was released. The suspect, SantosRodriguez, was critically wounded. Three other people in the car were alsoarrested. Elrod says the four people had been just committed a robbery andthat is apparently why they resisted. Elrod says officers were feeling a mixof emotions after hearing about the shooting.This is the fourth shooting involving Des Moines police this year. Elrodsays there is not necessarily more crime in Des Moines than anywhere else,as these type of shootings are happening all over the United States.The three suspects that were not involved in the shooting are being held onburglary and drug charges. Elrod says charges will be filed in connectionwith the shooting after the investigation is completed.
A top legislator says lawmakers may not have the authority to enact an”ethanol-only” rule for Iowa gas stations. Yesterday, the state attorneygeneral ruled the state ag secretary does not have the authority to forcegas stations to sell only ethanol-blended fuels. Senate Republican LeaderStewart Iverson says one sentence in the Attorney General’s ruling raises abig question: Does the “commerce clause” in the state constitution prohibitthe state legislature from forcing all motor fuel sold in Iowa to be blendedwith ethanol?Iverson prefers other ways of promoting the use of ethanol. One idea is toend the one-cent per gallon tax advantage ethanol enjoys and turn it into atax credit for gas stations which sell ethanol for less than other fuels.While Iverson is reluctant to pursue a statewide ethanol mandate, AttorneyGeneral Tom Miller is offering to work with Iverson and other legislators todraft something that would be legal.
Some two-dozen singing central Iowa kids will share a Nebraska stage tonightwith one of pop music’s biggest-selling Grammy winners. Twenty-five membersof the Des Moines Childrens Choruses will perform with Celine Dion, bestknown for singing the love theme from “Titanic,” the top-grossing movie ofall time. Chorus director Eugene Wilson says the young singers are verypsyched up for their small part in tonight’s show.The kids will sing part of the chorus to “Let’s Talk About Love” with thediva Dion at the Omaha Civic Auditorium. Wilson says this will be a bigmoment for the young singers, even though they’ll only be performingon-stage with Dion for perhaps two minutes.Wilson says the young singers will head home after their seconds in thespotlight without staying for the whole show — as the promoter who got themonto the stage couldn’t scrounge 25 extra tickets. For production purposes,an excerpt from Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” from the “Titanic” soundtrack:Tonight’s performance is scheduled for eight o’clock. The kids range in agefrom ten to 12 and represent 12 central Iowa communities.
Morningside returns to North Central Conference action this weekend with avisit to South Dakota State. The Mustangs are 1-3 overall after nearlyupseting Nebraska-Omaha last week. Morningside coach Dave Elliott says whiledisappointed with the loss, the team gained some confidence from the game.Elliott says the key against South Dakota State is to slow down sophomorerunning back Josh Ranek .Elliott says the Morningside defense must do a good job of pursuing to tryand slow him down.
The fall harvest is underway in many areas of the state. The latest stateAgriculture Department report says dry weather last week helped bothsoybeans and corn to mature and dry down at a fast rate. The report says95-percent of the corn had reached the mature stage, slightly behind lastyear’s average of 96 percent. As of Sunday, nine-percent of the corn hadbeen harvested. The soybean crop was rated at 26 percent in fair condition,48 percent good, and 17 percent in excellent condition. The report says thebean development is just slightly behind last year at this time.
Free screenings for depression will be offered next week at 30 locationsacross Iowa. Senator Chuck Grassley, who is chair of the Senate SpecialCommittee on Aging, is particularly urging older Iowans to take advantage ofthe screenings.Between 12 and 20 percent of Americans over age 65 have depression & onlyone or two percent of them get treatment. Grassley says some people ignorethe symptoms of depression, thinking it’s just a case of the blues.To find the screening site nearest to you, call 800-573-4433. The freescreening day is October 7th, that’s one week from Thursday.