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Civil Air Patrol takes flight into Canada to help monitor expected flooding PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Cox   
Friday, 24 May 2013 12:20

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – In what is another first for Civil Air Patrol, aircrews from the U.S. Air Force auxiliary’s North Dakota Wing are flying into Canada to take aerial assessment photos in advance of expected flooding from spring thawing of ice and snow.

Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley approved the CAP imagery flights, which began last Friday over the Souris River basin and could continue for the next two weeks. The request for CAP’s assistance came from North Dakota through the state’s adjutant general, Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk.

The CAP flights are unique in that the aircraft are taking off and landing in the U.S. but are being flown in Canadian airspace.

“We greatly appreciate the secretary of the Air Force’s approval for North Dakota Civil Air Patrol to conduct incident awareness and assessment flights into Canada,” said Sprynczynatyk. “This is a very distinctive mission, and based on years of flood experience, uniquely suited for our pilots. It is exciting to work with our international partners to the north to better understand the impact of flooding along rivers, which we share as a common concern.”

The Souris River, or Mouse River as it is known in the U.S., is 435 miles in length. Originating in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, it flows south into North Dakota through the city of Minot and reaches its southern point at the town of Velva, and then back north through the central part of the state into Manitoba, Canada.

“We took the Ward County Emergency Management with us on Friday, so they could get an idea of what is coming our way,” said North Dakota Wing Commander Col. Bill Kay, incident commander for the CAP flights.

Ward County and its county seat of Minot have experienced significant flooding several times in recent years and more is expected this spring because of higher than usual snow packs during the winter, as well as heavy rains over the past weekend.

After last Friday’s initial flight into Canada, rains grounded CAP aircrews over the past few days, but they were expected to return to the skies over the Souris River today to collect new imagery. “Now that we’ve got the secretary of the Air Force’s permission to fly across the border, we can launch when the weather permits,” said Kay. “That new imagery will give us a better idea of what we’ll be dealing with in coming days.”

In addition to using CAP’s aerial photos to predict where high waters might occur in North Dakota, the state is also sharing the imagery with the Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization, so officials in the Canadian province can monitor the flooding potential there.

Civil Air Patrol (CAP), the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization chartered by Congress in 1941 with a 501(c)(3) designation and pre-dates the Air Force. CAP consists of 61,000 unpaid professional members nationwide, and operates a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. Its unpaid professionals also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 26,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. CAP is a force multiplier to the Air Force CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 71 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans.

Loebsack Calls on President to Approve Iowa’s Request for Disaster Assistance PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Friday, 24 May 2013 12:15

Leads Iowa House delegation response to April storm damage

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack, along with the entire Iowa Congressional delegation, called on President Obama to approve Governor Terry Branstad’s request for a disaster declaration for 19 Iowa counties.  The declaration would assist counties that suffered significant damage caused by severe weather in late April.  If granted, the declaration would make these areas eligible for Public Assistance.

“I have toured and seen firsthand the damage that was caused by the severe storms and flooding that hit Iowa last month.  I call on the President to swiftly approve the Governor’s request so communities that were affected can begin the recovery process and get the help they need.”

Specifically, the counties of Appanoose, Cedar, Clinton, Davis, Decatur, Des Moines, Iowa, Johnson, Keokuk, Lee, Lucas, Marion, Monroe, Muscatine, Ringgold, Van Buren, Wapello, Warren and Wayne are included in this request.

A copy of the letter can be found here.


Governor Branstad requests Presidential Disaster Declaration for 19 Iowa counties PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Albrecht   
Friday, 24 May 2013 07:26

(DES MOINES) –Today, Gov. Terry E. Branstad signed a letter to be delivered to President Obama requesting a Presidential Disaster Declaration for 19 Iowa counties where significant damage was sustained from heavy rains, thunderstorms and flooding between April 17-30.

The Governor is making the request for federal Public Assistance Program funding for the counties of Appanoose, Cedar, Clinton, Davis, Decatur, Des Moines, Iowa, Johnson, Keokuk, Lee, Lucas, Marion, Monroe, Muscatine, Ringgold, Van Buren, Wapello, Warren and Wayne.

A joint federal, state and local preliminary damage assessment of the 19 counties found the severe weather caused an estimated $8.9 million of damage that could be eligible under the Public Assistance Program. Public Assistance funds may be used to rebuild damaged infrastructure that may include roads, bridges, culverts and other public facilities, or to cover costs of emergency work during and debris removal after storms.

The Governor’s letter to President Obama will be available at www.homelandsecurity.iowa.gov.

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Author of “Flannel John’s Cookbooks for Guys” To Donate 25% to 50% of Profits to Oklahoma Tornado Victims PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Murphy   
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 07:17
“I have had great fortune with these books this past year,” said author Tim Murphy. “25% of all the profits from the four titles sold in June will be donated to the Red Cross to assist the Oklahoma Tornado victims. If we sell at 2500 in June, I will double that to 50%.”

How did these books come about?

“It all started when friends would show up at fishing and deer camp with cheese, bologna, beef jerky and beer. I would shake my head and ‘say we do better this.’ So I wrote the first book and it just took off,” says author Tim Murphy. 

It was that idea that launched “Flannel John’s Hunting & Fishing Camp Cookbook” in October 2013.  His first “Cookbook for Guys” cracked Amazon.com’s “Top 1%” Sales category in six weeks.

Why cookbooks for guys? “I just didn’t see anything written for men, especially novice cooks,” said Murphy. “I wanted to assemble, hearty, good tasting meals that could be prepared easily and quickly. That first book covered breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, deserts and drinks. It was aimed at hunters and anglers but it’s perfect for campers, RVers, male or female.”

Now Murphy has penned the third and fourth titles in a planned ten-book series. For fish and seafood aficionados there’s “Flannel John’s Pirate Galley Cookbook - Coastal Cuisine and Maritime Meals from Oceans, Lakes and Rivers.” For the backwoods, rustic soul there is “Flannel John’s Mountain Man Cookbook - Frontier Food from the Hills, Country and Backwoods.”

“The Pirate Galley Cookbook focuses on seafood dishes, lake and river fish recipes with a touch of southern cooking,” said Murphy. “If you like albacore, lobster, sea bass, crab, lake trout, salmon and walleye this is for you. It covers dishes from the west coast, Alaska, the Gulf, Caribbean, Mid-Atlantic, Great Lakes, New England and the Bayou.”

“The Mountain Man Cookbook goes real old school with recipes that go as far back as the mid-1800s. It features pioneer recipes and country staples like corn pone, hard tack, rhubarb cake, venison stew and sourdough plus new twists on older dishes.” Both books feature over 110 recipes and in keeping with past titles, are simple for guys to pull.

The second title, released in February 2014,“Flannel John’s Woods & Water Cookbook: Critters, Fritters, Chili & Beer” featured wild game recipes like Mountain Bear Stew, Rasta Mon Squirrel and Rattlesnake Chili with traditional dishes including burgers, stews, corn breads, chilies, chicken and beer.

But who is Flannel John? 

Born in northern Wisconsin and raised in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, he is equal parts Babe Winkelman, Red Green, Grizzly Adams, Ted Nugent and crusty mountain man. He has hunted and fished in 40 states plus Canada and Mexico. He is, in essence, Murphy’s alter-ego.

“I’ve crossed paths with men like him over the years. This was my way of acknowledging their spirit and thanking them,” said Murphy. 

Flannel John summed up the first book best. “If you’re tracking deer in the U.P woods, searching for elk in Colorado, bird hunting on the Dakota prairies or ice fishing in Minnesota…food keeps the camp sane. A hearty breakfast or sustainable snack sharpens the senses. That end of the day dinner can celebrate bringing down a ten-point buck or be warming comfort when the deer tag goes unfilled. Breaking bread, eating from the community pot and telling stories around the table bonds all outdoorsmen. A good meal always makes for a good day.”

Future releases include “Flannel John’s Tailgating Grub & Couch Potato Cookbook” in July and “Flannel John’s Cabin Christmas Cookbook” in September. 

Tim Murphy is a graduate of Western Michigan University. This 23-year radio veteran spent 17-years hosting morning radio shows in several Michigan cities including Holland, Muskegon, Traverse City, Saginaw and Houghton plus Fargo, North Dakota, Stevens Point, Wisconsin and Ketchikan, Alaska. Murphy has had a long career as a freelance and comedy writer. His work has appeared in dozens of outlets including Backwoods Home Magazine, The Porcupine Press U.P. Magazine, National Lampoon, The Traverse City Record Eagle and ABC Radio Network. 

He lives in Oregon with his wife LisaMarie Costanzo. 

All four Flannel John books are $7.95 and are available through Amazon.com and at flanneljohn.com. For additional information on the books, to interview the author or to inquire about wholesale book pricing, contact Tim Murphy at (701) 238-1775 or E-mail him at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

“I have had great fortune with these books,” said Murphy. “25% of the profits from all the books sold in June will be donated to the Red Cross to assist the Oklahoma Tornado victims. If we sell at 2500 in June, I will double that to 50%.”

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Governor Quinn Requests Federal Disaster Aid for Families and Businesses in 16 Additional Counties PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brooke Anderson   
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 12:19

More Than 800 Homes Damaged by Floods in 16 Counties

SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today asked the federal government to add 16 Illinois counties to a recent federal disaster declaration for 11 counties hit by widespread flooding in mid-April. Counties included in today’s request are Bureau, Crawford, Henderson, Knox, Livingston, Marshall, Mason, McDonough, Peoria, Putnam, Rock Island, Schuyler, Stark, Tazewell, Warren and Woodford.

“We are continuing to do everything possible to help the families and businesses who are recovering from this historic flood,” Governor Quinn said. “I want to thank President Obama for his fast approval of our first request for federal assistance, and I urge quick federal approval of this request so people in these counties can access the critical help they need.”

The federal disaster declaration will help people and businesses in the 16 new counties by allowing them to apply for grants and loans to assist with storm-related losses. According to reports from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), more than 800 flood-damaged homes were found in the counties requested today, including 14 homes that were destroyed and 202 with major damage.

On May 10, President Obama approved Governor Quinn’s request for a major disaster declaration for Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Fulton, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, McHenry and Will counties. To date, more than 16,000 applications for assistance have been submitted from those 11 counties.

As more damage assessments are completed, Governor Quinn will request assistance for additional counties. Personnel from IEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and affected communities have documented damage to more than 4,300 homes since April 29.

Governor Quinn will also seek federal assistance to help local governments recoup 75 percent of their eligible flood-related costs. Since May 6, IEMA and FEMA have been meeting with local government officials to document expenses incurred for emergency protective measures, debris removal and repair or replacement of roads, bridges and other public facilities. That information is needed to support a request from the governor.

Governor Quinn declared a total of 49 counties state disaster areas after torrential rains caused widespread flash and river flooding. Those counties include: Adams, Brown, Bureau, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Champaign, Clark, Cook, Crawford, DeKalb, Douglas, DuPage, Fulton, Greene, Grundy, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Jersey, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kendall, Knox, Lake, LaSalle, Lawrence, Livingston, Marshall, Mason, McDonough, McHenry, Mercer, Monroe, Morgan, Ogle, Peoria, Pike, Putnam, Rock Island, Schuyler, Scott, Stark, Tazewell, Warren, Whiteside, Will, Winnebago and Woodford.


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