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Quick news: Mountain lion confirmed in Madison County

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 12:22 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 12:32 p.m. CDT
DNR confirms this photo of a large cat taken by a trail camera 10 miles north of Winterset is a mountain lion.

Mountain lion confirmed in Madison County

Iowa Department of Natural Resources confirmed a picture of a large cat taken by a trail camera 10 miles north of Winterset is a mountain lion. The picture, taken just before 7 p.m. Oct. 13 by Jerry England, is the 16th confirmed mountain lion sighting in Iowa since 1994.

The DNR expects fewer sightings in the future because South Dakota recently raised the hunting limits for mountain lions. The last confirmed sighting was October 2012 when Des Moines Police killed one in a city neighborhood.

NWS predicts rain, hard freeze tonight

The National Weather Service forecast is calling for mostly rain with a slight chance for snow flurries and sleet as the temperature drops below freezing this evening in Union County.

With the wind out of the north at 5 to 15 mph, the first rain system will push off to the east, leaving cloudy conditions overnight. The temperature is expected to drop to 28 degrees. A 50 percent chance of rain and winter mix returns Wednesday through the early afternoon. Temperatures are expected to drop below freezing again Wednesday night.

Supervisor highlights

The Union County Board of Supervisors met for their weekly meeting Monday at the Union County Courthouse. Paula White, Union County recorder, said total revenue for the county from July through September 2013 is up in every category — documents filed, parcels transferred, passports, pictures and certified copies.

In September 2012, the recorder’s office brought in $6,149. This September, White reported total revenue was $8,652. She also said the state collects a large percentage of the revenue through fees.

Union County Engineer Steve Akes gave the maintenance activity report and Supervisors unanimously approved replacing the office telephone system for secondary roads.

Gene Haner, assessor for Union County, asked Supervisors to approve a contract with Schneider for the agriculture land use program. Because of a new bill — Senate File 295 — it is mandated by the state to have a company like Schneider value agriculture land. Haner will now have to budget $16,295 for 2014-15. He added he is not sure if this will have a positive or negative impact on agriculture land values.

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