Norwalk Shooting, Amber Alert and Medium Rare Plus

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Good Morning,

We had two extra viewers this morning…All the way from Roscoe MT, please welcome Bob and Susan Murphy. That’s Uncle Bob to you all…
Bob and Susan are on their way to Chicago and stopped by last night. It was really nice to see both. They were very patient as I dragged them around Des Moines and bragged on our city. We went out to dinner at Fire Creek in WDSM…I’ll get to that in a minute.
First, a very busy day in the News.
Norwalk Shooting.
It’s always a challenge when we’re down one person to handle information that comes in during the show. Jon Cahill and Roger Riley got down to Norwalk quickly for us to cover a shooting that happened about 5 this morning. The behind the scenes of this is that Roger already had the live truck at another location ready for Jon to show up. It takes a lot to get all of that picked up and moved quickly. they do the best they can for us and we appreciate it.
More on the Norwalk Shooting
When we heard about the shooting on the police scanner this morning right before the show started we all wondered if it was a suicide. Come to find out it was not. This is what we know so far — Steve Onnen was shot in the shoulder and police say his wife did it. Sadly, his three children were inside the house when it happened and one of them called 911. This morning the Norwalk Police Chief said he didn’t think Onnen’s injuries were life threatening.
Amber Alert
This is how it’s supposed to work. An amber alert was issued in Red Oak for a baby boy taken by his biological father , within an hour they had the baby back safe.
Ahmadinijhad in NY
The president of Iran is speaking at the UN today. So is President Bush. The thing you’ll want to Google is Ahmedinejhad’s speech at Columbia University. First, the President of the University smacked him down pretty good when he introduced the guy….then he talked about all of the controversial topics, 9/11…The Holocaust, terrorism…and the most comical moment came when he commented that there were no gay people in Iran. This was the point of the exercise. If you let this guy speak…he’s going to do more than anyone else in ruining any credibility he’s got. The thing about crazy…you know it when you hear it.
Huckabee Online Marathon
The former Gov of Arkansas is answering questions online for 24 hours straight.
You can link in through our Caucus website . This is the way technology is effecting the political debate. It can bring the entire country in contact with a candidate if he/she wants to.
How much would you pay?
We did a story about someone paying 47-thousand dollars for a non speaking role on Will Ferrell’s Next movie. What would you pay for a non-speaking guest role on Today in Iowa?

Medium Rare Plus
We went out to Fire Creek for dinner last night and for the third time in a row I had someone tell me they’d never heard anyone order a steak the way I did. I don’t think it’s unique, but I was surprised no one had heard of it. Jeriann echoed that this morning so I decided to ask you all. Have you ever hear of medium rare plus? I don’t like to order a steak medium rare because so few places really do it well. if you add the plus you tell the chef you want it on the medium side of medium rare. Jeriann asked…Isn’t that just Medium? No…I think it’s a more specific order for the kitchen. Medium Rare Plus.
Wikipedia has this temperature guide:
  • Raw – Uncooked. Used in dishes like steak tartare. Steak is rarely eaten at this stage. However, it is gaining popularity with raw foodists.
  • Blue rare or very rare – Cooked very quickly; the outside is seared, but the inside is usually cool and not warm and definitely not cooked. The steak will be red on the inside.
  • Rare – The outside is gray-brown, and the middle of the steak is red and slightly warm.
  • Rare plus – The outside is gray-brown, and the middle of the steak is mostly red and warm, with some pink. Often ordered by those that prefer medium rare and don’t mind rare but worry about overcooking towards medium.
  • Medium rare – The steak will have a fully red, warm center. Unless specified otherwise, upscale steakhouses will generally cook to at least this level.
  • Medium – The middle of the steak is hot and red with pink surrounding the center. The outside is gray-brown.
  • Medium well – The meat is light pink with gray-brown surrounding the center.
  • Well done – The meat is gray-brown throughout and slightly blackened or charred. Well done steaks are sometimes preferred for children and the elderly, as they are more susceptible to food-borne illness.

Now that that’s out of the way…I’m going to go take Bob and Susan to Breakfast at the Drake Diner. What’s your favorite Breakfast spot. I think this is a big moneymaker for someone. Some of the breakfast spots we have are too smokey and there are a lot of chains, but not a lot of Mom and Pop type places. Maybe when I retire…I could keep the same hours.

Have a good day,



  • Anonymous

    I was thining today as I watched your show, what time do you guys get off work? I am assuming you have to be there by 4am-and just wondered how late in the day you have to stay, and what you do after you are done on air.

  • rosorio

    Amber AlertIt is great that the child was found so quickly. I find it pretty hard to focus on the screen and memorize the info that is posted while I’m driving. Iran’s President Yesterday Jay Leno was making fun of the president’s last name pronouncing it(I’m a nut job). I was very surprised of the Columbia University president’s introduction. How much $I wouldn’t pay to be on TV for sure. I would be way too embarrassed and probably have the reaction Jim Carrey’s character had in the Fun with Dick and Jane’s movie debate with Ralph Nader. SteakYou guys are making me hungry again with all of this steak talk. I always order mine well done if it is a steak. If it is a roast I kind of temp it to about 130, carved it and drown it in a gallon of Au jus. Favorite breakfast jointSpeaking of prime rib and au jus, we have a restaurant called Olde Main here in Ames that has an awesome Sunday brunch. It is my favorite. Too bad it is only on Sunday.

  • Alliegirl

    First off, if you don’t know how to pronounce Ahmadinijhad, I just watched The View and they said all you have to think about is saying “I’m a dinner jacket” , you’ll get the pronunciation right. Shut up…that’s so stupid-funny it works.And yesterday I was watching President Bollinger get up to do what I thought was kindly introduce I’madinnerjacket and I was just steaming mad that they were even letting him even speak there. But then my husband and I just died laughing and were applauding his statements. Kudos to him for having the guts to speak his mind in that “it’s all about free speech let him speak” forum. And then Ahmadinijhad’s statements….Crazy is what Crazy says.Do know what’s even crazier than his statements yesterday. If you read, there is a a diary excerpt in there written by a Jewish left-wing lesbian where she talks about her crush on Ahmadinijhad. Just think about that for a minute.And steak….mmmmm. I’m a Atkins person…so steak is always my food of choice. But it’s got to be WELL DONE! No pink, no blood…gew!

  • Anonymous

    I was just curious what is going on with Brad? He usually sits at the news desk with you, but lately (the last 2 days)there’s just a picture of him on the screen while he does his report.I know nothing about the news, but was just curious.Eileen

  • Lisa

    Any meat I order – steak, a burger, whenever they need to ask “how would you like that cooked” needs to be well. Very well. No pink, no blood, no mooing. Well. VERY well.

  • Anonymous

    YUCK! Very well tastes like rubbery charcoal to me. I think medium is perfect!This is funny to debate on here, considering everyone is going to have a different opinion :)

  • Anonymous

    Has anyone watched the online live video of the standoff in DSM? Someone needs to tell the camera man to wipe off the lens! You can only see rain

  • Anonymous

    i like mine well done…my husband likes his medium well…On our honeymoon they got our orders mixed up and boy let me tell ya…there is a reason I get my well done, YUCK was the first thing that came out of my mouth…Thankfully he switched with me! Jenni

  • Lisa

    Jenni-My husband is the same way! I like mine VERY well, he likes his thrown on the grill, turn it over, take it off and it’s done! Nope – if I see even any pink – I don’t want it any more. That’s gross!

  • Anonymous

    I can’t handle any pink either – not in anything. Usually if there is some, I’ll ask if the cooks would stick it in the microwave for a minute to finish it off. Ususally the wait person looks at me like I’m an alien, but I can’t handle it!My brother is the same as your husband Lisa, we like to tell him that it’s still mooing when it hits his plate. (yuk!!!)Brandy

  • Anonymous

    I think that, in a state where we do produce cattle, we should know how to cook it. BTW, mnost cooks in DSM (It is Des Moines afterall) cannot cook a steak within the parameters laid ou by Pat. Koi or Chow in L.A., sure. Here, not so much!What’s up with B-rad?Alissa

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