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Monday Afternoon News, April 15

Monona County ATV Accident Claims Life

WHITING, Iowa (AP) - Iowa authorities are investigating a fatal collision between all-terrain vehicles in western Iowa.
The Monona County Sheriff's Office says the accident was reported a little before 9 p.m. Saturday. It occurred southwest of Whiting in rural Monona County.
Officials say 31-year-old Nathan Derocher, of Onawa, was pronounced dead at the scene west of Interstate 29.  Twenty-one-year-old Dalton Brown, of Onawa, was flown to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City. Hospital officials declined to comment on Brown's condition.
What caused the collision and other details about it haven't been released.


Students Can Learn Financial Lessons

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa grade school students can learn financial lessons through a new online educational program offered by the state.
Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds says Monday that the Vault program will teach 4th graders through 6th graders about how to handle money.
The program is being offered free to schools by the Iowa College Student Aid Commission.
Students who use the program learn through interactive games and lessons. A spokeswoman for the Commission says the cost of providing the program to Iowa elementary and middle schools is
$100,000 per year.
Vault was developed by EverFi, Inc., an educational technology company based in Washington, DC. EverFi also created a financial program that teaches high school students about finances. That
program is being used in over 150 schools in the state.


Train Derails At Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a locomotive has derailed in southwest Cedar Rapids.
No injuries have been reported following Monday morning's accident.
Joshua Sabin (SAY'-bihn) is director of administration for Iowa Northern Railway Co., and he says the accident occurred about 4:30 a.m.
Sabin says a company team is still at the accident site, but he's learned so far that only the locomotive derailed. He says some diesel fuel spilled after the locomotive's fuel tank was damaged.
He didn't know how many cars the locomotive was pulling.


Rodent Causes Ottumwa Power Outage

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) - Officials are blaming a rodent for a power failure that knocked out electricity to parts of downtown Ottumwa.
Alliant Energy spokesman Ryan Stensland tells the Ottumwa Courier (http://bit.ly/11hQVm5 ) that the rodent was burrowing at a site where above-ground power lines go underground to connect
downtown sites.
Stensland says the rodent apparently chewed through a protective covering and made contact with the power lines, blowing four fuses about 5:15 a.m. Monday.
Several sites lost power, including City hall, a bank and the Courier office. All power was restored within a few hours.
At City Hall, the outage also caused bearings to freeze up in an elevator motor, causing it to smoke. That drew firefighters to the building, but there wasn't a fire.
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