Mahaska County Wind Farm Now Complete

(MAHASKA COUNTY, Iowa) — MidAmerican Energy Company has announced that it has completed two new wind farms in Iowa that add 338 megawatts of wind generation capacity, with one of those farms located in Mahaska County.

According to a news release sent by MidAmerican, the Beaver Creek Wind Farm in Boone and Greene Counties as well as the Prairie Wind Farm in Mahaska County are now in operation. The 168-megawatt Prairie Wind Farm began generating electricity in the Fall 2017, with the final four megawatts put into service Jan. 2018.

Construction started in the spring of 2017, following approval by the Iowa Utilities Board in 2016.

“We’re committed to providing reliable service and outstanding value to our customers, and wind energy accomplishes both,” says Mike Fehr, vice president of resource development at MidAmerican Energy. “Wind energy is good for our customers, and it’s an abundant, renewable resource that also energizes the economy.”

The release states that MidAmerican Energy anticipates that renewable generation will equate to more than 90% of its customers’ annual retail electricity usage by 2020.

By Hailey Brown, KBOE/KMZN

‘Offbeat News’ for December 11th


A snow ball fight attempting to break a world record was cancelled at nationwide Six Flags theme parks…because of snow. The event, which was all set be held at nine parks across the country, promised thrills, chills, and the “World’s Largest Snowball Fight.”

Instead, Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey announced the event was cancelled due to snow. “Your safety is our top priority!” the statement adds. “Check back for updates on tomorrow’s operating schedule before heading to the park.”

It’s unclear if Six Flags is planning on re-staging the event.

Walter Bazemore is not a regular lotto player. In fact, he’s never bought himself a ticket. His sister, however, had $3 in change after picking up sour cream for Walter’s birthday party and decided to buy him up a scratch-off card.

Thanks to his sister, the Belcamp, Maryland man ended up $30-thousand richer… he also thought his sister was messing with him. “My sister is a prankster, we both are,” Walter adds. “We’re always trying to get one another. I really thought it was a joke when I saw the $30,000, that it was a fake ticket.”

We don’t know what exactly Walter is planning on doing with the money, but he calls the jackpot a “life changer.”

Pacifiers have been going missing in Dovey the dog’s house. After the dog’s grandma noticed him jump up on the counter and grab her granddaughter’s pacifier, she knew something was up. Dovey’s dad took him to the vet, who noticed he’d lost weight.

An x-ray proved Dovey had a habit of snacking on pacifiers. All in all, doctors at Edmond, Oklahoma’s Gentle Care Animal Hospital removed 21 from the pooch’s stomach.

“All of them stacked up on each other in the stomach,” Dr. Chris Rispoli explains. “In 20 years, this is the craziest surgery I’ve ever done.”


Rule number one of fleeing police is making sure you know where you’re going. Logan Michael Brandenburg learned that the hard way after he led police on a chase through Milwaukee that reached speeds of 100 MPH. At one point, he tried to look up directions on his phone. That’s when the 20-year-old crashed the minivan he sped off in. Brandenburg explained to officers he had smoked marijuana and was on probation so a “fight or flight mentality kicked in.” The cops didn’t sympathize and hit Brandenburg with two felonies.

A multifamily house in Avondale, Ohio got hit with bed bugs. Naturally, one of the residents thought the best way to do it was to set fire in her unit. Fortunately, no one was injured, but seven adults and three teenagers were displaced from the five-unit home. What’s more, this is the second time in two weeks someone set a major residential fire while trying to kill bedbugs in the area. It’s unclear if the unidentified woman faces any criminal charges.

Emergency services in Birmingham, England are not happy with the 22-year-old trying to make it big on YouTube. The unidentified man, with the help of his friends, stuck his head in the microwave surrounded by seven bags of spackling. They thought to give the YouTuber a straw to breathe through, which was smart considering they didn’t call for help until an hour and a half after they first started trying to free him. It took nearly another hour to free the man and while he wasn’t charged with anything, emergency services were quick to point out that while they were busy with him, they could have been prevented from helping someone else in genuine, accidental need.

Subject Arrested in Sexual Assault Case in Fremont

On Sunday, February 12th, 2017, at approximately 3 PM, deputies from the Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to 218 North Kennedy Street, Fremont, Iowa, regarding the complaint of a Sexual Assault with had allegedly occurred earlier in the day at this location.

The victim (an adult female) was taken to the Mahaska Health Partnership Hospital where she was treated for an undisclosed injury and then released.

During the investigation into this report, deputies located and arrested 41-year-old Chad Michael Crosby (of 218 North Kennedy Street) within the Fremont City Limits. Crosby was charged with one count of Domestic Abuse Causing Injury (a serious misdemeanor) and one count of Sexual Abuse in the 3rd Degree (a class “C” felony). Crosby was incarcerated in the Mahaska County Jail.

Crosby made his initial appearance in the Mahaska County Magistrate’s Court on Monday, February 13, 2017. Crosby’s bond was set in the amount of $15,000 for the above two charges. After posting bond, Crosby was released from custody.

As a reminder, a criminal charge is merely an accusation and all defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


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