A manhunt is underway after a robbery in Marshalltwon today. The 1st Members Credit Union in Marshalltown reported the robbery at 11:22 this morning. Marshalltown Police Chief Lon Walker says a man entered the credit union, demanded money and then left in an older grey Mazda pickup truck. He says they’re looking for an Hispanic male between five-foot-four and five-foot-seven, wearing white tennis shoes, a white hooded sweatshirt, ski mask, dark gloves and dark pants and carrying a handgun. Walker says the suspect then left town southbound on Highway 14.
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Two Iowan companies are donating money to fund a media campaign by the State Health Department aimed at keeping people from getting sick this winter. State Health Department Director Mary Mincer Hansen says the Iowa Farm Bureau and Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield are contributing 200-thousand dollars for the campaign in a first of its kind public-private partnership. She says they cooperating on an education campaign designed to keep people from getting ill from not just the flu, but also other illnesses. Doctor Hansen says they’ve found that some of the things they think are basic information haven’t gotten out to everyone. She says along with the media campaign, educations kits will be sent out to all the state’s schools and daycare centers. The campaign will carry the familiar message that you need to cover your mouth when you cough, wash your hands, staying in the best shape you can, eat nutrituous foods and get the proper rest. There is one new piece of advice in fighting the flu and other winter ills. She says in the past they would always tell everyone to sneeze or cough in their hands. Now, she says they’re telling poeple to sneeze or cough in their arms to make it less likely to transfer the flu germs. Hansen says there haven’t been any confirmed cases of the flu in Iowa — although it’s been confirmed in all the neighboring states except South Dakota. She can’t says how rough the flu season might be. She says nationally it’s been a slow start, but she says they can’t predict bad it will be. Hansen says the campaign will run from mid December through mid January.
A university known for offering on-line classes has opened a campus in Iowa. A suite of rooms in West Des Moines serves as the temporary University of Phoenix “campus.” Chris Mason, the associate campus director, says they’ll soon move into permanent digs near the new Jordan Creek Mall. There will be six classrooms as well as administrative office space for Mason and others. Classess will start in January. But Mason says they’ll be “flex-net” classes. Students won’t spend much time in the classroom. Students will physically be in the classroom with their instructor for the first and last session. The rest of the course will be conducted on-line. Undergraduate courses run five weeks. Graduate level classes last six weeks. Critics question the quality of the university’s course work and the value of a University of Phoenix degree. Mason says the University is now accredited just like other universities and colleges in Iowa. Mason says the University of Phoenix is just another option for working adults and he says it’s up to students to decide what higher ed institution works best for them. About a thousand Iowans are currently taking University of Phoenix classes on-line, but Mason expects few of those students to convert to taking classes in the university’s West Des Moines center. Mason says their “target student” is someone who’s already working and unable to become a full-time student. The average age of a University of Phoenix student is 37.
An expert says there are a few steps you should take to significantly cut the risk of turning your holiday light displays into fire hazards. Electrician Tom Ramsey says it only takes a few more minutes to make sure a display is safe. Ramsey says “Plan what you want to do, how many decorations you’re going to put, how much equipment you need and things like that. The second thing is stretch those lights out and see the entire product. Plug them in and see if anything is burned out.” Legge says replace any lights that are burned out and look over the wires closely. He says “If you see any sign of wear or fraying or breaks in the cord or anything worn out, it’s just a better idea to discard them. Most of these lights today are really inexpensive — it’s really easy to replace them.” Ramsey says it’s also a good idea to avoid hanging lights near flammable materials, like drapes or in dry sprigs of evergreen.
(Photo above: Iowa State Coach Dan McCarney talks with the media after loss to Missouri) The Iowa State Cyclones must now play waiting game to see which bowl game they will be playing in. The Cyclones hoped to be getting ready for a matchup against Oklahoma in the Big-12 Championship game but those hopes were dashed in a heartbreaking 17-14 overtime loss to Missouri. The loss prevented ISU from winning the North Division outright and Colorado will visit Kansas City by way of the tie breaker. Cyclone coach Dan McCarney says the loss does nothing to diminish a second half of the season in which the Cyclones won four of their last five. McCarney says the resurgence, the hope, faith and integrity of the team makes him proud. He says he’s thankful this isn’t their last football game this year because he says they want to have one more great celebration as a football team.
The Cyclones could have won the game in regulation but Bret Culbertson pushed a 24-yard field goal wide to the right with about a minute to play. Culbertson says, “it was just bad technique on my part. I’m just bummed I let down my team.” Quarterback Bret Meyer says while it is a difficult loss the Cyclones will have no trouble bouncing back and getting ready for a bowl game. He says it won’t affect them because they have too much integrity and too many people who have been through a lot. He says the team is special and he’s ready to go to a bowl game anywhere.
Iowa State finished the regular season 6-5.
Nodaway Valley will play one of nearly 30 boys basketball games when the season opens tonight. The Wolverines finished last season ranked #3 in the final Radio Iowa 2-A poll and lost to the eventual state champ, PCM by two points in the sub-state game. Nodaway Valley coach Darrell Burmeister expects strong guard play once again this season. Burmeister says he hopes his younger players can step into the team’s forward and center positions. He says the junior varsity and the freshman teams were undefeated last year, and he says they think they have some quality players that just need some floor time. The Wolverines open their season tonight against Dallas Center-Grimes.
The UNI women’s basketball team suffered its first loss of the season on Sunday. The Panthers fell behind 33-15 at the half in a 65-45 loss at Wyoming. On his post-game show on KCNZ Panther coach Tony Dicecco said his team found out how hard it must play to be successful. He says that’s what he hopes the team takes from the game, as he says their intensity level wasn’t enough to win the game.It was UNI’s first loss after opening the season 3-0. Dicecco says they did the things they were asked in the first three games in preparations and playing hard, but he says in this game they just couldn’t do that.
A train carrying coal derailed east of Chilicothe in Wappello County last night, causing problems for passenger trains. Burlington Northern Railroad spokesman Steve Forsberg says the derailment involved 42 cars of a 110 car train. The accident shut off east and westbound rail traffic and a county road. He says they hope to have one line open later this afternoon. The line also serves as the main route for Amtrack’s California Zephyr. Train passengers have been transferred to buses to finish their trip.
A teen missing since last Tuesday from Western Iowa’s Cass County, has been found. Officials with the Atlantic Police Department have released very few details, but what is known is that 15-year old Jonathan Page Peoppe was found safe and sound in California, and was reported to be in the company of 15-year-old Amanda Thompson. Thompson left Atlantic several weeks prior to Peoppe’s disappearance, to avoid a court issued pickup order. Jonathan — who’s also know by his family and friends as “Page” — was last seen by his family Tuesday evening, when he went out with friends and failed to return home. Authorities are treating the matter as a runaway-type situation, and are expected to release further details tomorrow
If the start of shopping and the trouble of traveling already have you dreading the holidays, an Iowa-based group aims to remind you what Christmas should be all about. Founded in 1973, the group “Alternatives for Simple Living” aimed to offer a new interpretation of celebrations, lifestyle, culture, scripture, ecology and justice that were counter to those of the prevailing authority. For more than a decade, the head of “Alternatives for Simple Living” has been Gerald Iverson of Sergeant Bluff. He’s helped create a series of radio programs this season for folks who want an alternative holiday, fofering ideas like earth-friendly, homemade decorations, and setting aside a certain percentage to give to charity everytime the family makes a holiday purchase. The group also offers ideas for “alternative carols” to sing, and has a mail-order catalog of projects and reading material. Iowa native Iverson has headed Alternatives for over a decade but board members hail from all over the country, as do callers, subscribers and visitors to their website…simpleliving-dot-org.