Backyard & Beyond 4-24-2017

Backyard and Beyond, Podcasts

April 24th, 2017 by Jim Field

LaVon Eblen visits with Lucy Newton and Linda Marek about the 31st annual CCMH Auxiliary Soup and Salad Luncheon on Wednesday.


Area EMA managers & associated volunteers invited to seminar in Stuart


April 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Adair/Guthrie County Emergency Management Coordinator Bob Kempf reports a “Management of Spontaneous Volunteers in Disaster” class will be held Saturday, June 10th, from 9-a.m. until 5-p.m., at the Stuart Fire Station. The target audience for this free course is emergency manager and voluntary organizations responsible for the management of spontaneous volunteers.

Officials say one of the most crucial activities during a disaster is to ensure that disaster volunteers are used effectively in communities. This free course will introduce the skills and planning considerations that are required to manage large numbers of people who are not affiliated with an experience relief organization, but who want to help in disasters.

Lunch and Travel expenses are on your own. A minimum of 15 people are needed in order to hold the class. Sign up today at

S.W. IA Astronaut breaks record for most time in space by American


April 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – Astronaut Peggy Whitson has another record under her space belt.  Early Monday, the International Space Station commander surpassed the record of 534 days, two hours and 48 minutes for most accumulated time in orbit by an American. That record was set last year by Jeffrey Williams.

Whitson — a native of Beaconsfield in Ringgold County — already was the world’s most experienced spacewoman and female spacewalker and, at 57, the oldest woman in space. By the time she returns to Earth in September, she’ll have logged 666 days in orbit over three flights.

As part of the celebration, Whitson is getting a special phone call. President Donald Trump will speak to Whitson from the Oval Office, along with his daughter Ivanka and NASA astronaut Kate Rubins.

The world record – 879 days – is held by Russian Gennady Padalka.

Permits available in Cass County for fireworks


April 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman reminds residents that ” In accordance with the CODE OF IOWA, a permit is required for display of fireworks.” Sunderman says applications for display of fireworks in the rural portions of Cass County are available at the County Courthouse in the office of the Cass County Auditor. Those who plan to display fireworks within the city limits should apply to the respective city.

1. The term “fireworks” includes any explosive composition, or combination of explosive substances, or article prepared for the purpose of producing a visible or audible effect by combustion, explosion, deflagration, or detonation, and includes blankcartridges, firecrackers, torpedoes, skyrockets, roman candles, or other fireworks of like construction and fireworks containing any explosive or flammable compound, or other device containing any explosive substance. The term “fireworks” does not include goldstar-producing sparklers on wires which contain no magnesium or chlorate or perchlorate, flitter sparklers in paper tubes that do not exceed one-eighth of an inch in diameter, toy snakes which contain no mercury, or caps used in cap pistols.
2. A person, firm, partnership, or corporation who offers for sale, exposes for sale, sells at retail, or uses or explodes any fireworks, commits a simple misdemeanor. In addition to any other penalties, the punishment imposed for a violation of this section shall include assessment of a fine of not less than two hundred fifty dollars. However,  the council of a city or a county board of supervisors may, upon application in writing, grant a permit for the display of fireworks by municipalities, fair associations, amusement parks, and other organizations or groups of individuals approved by the city or the county board of supervisors when the fireworks display will be handled by a competent operator . . .

NAME: ___________________________________________________________
MAILING ADDRESS: _______________________________________________
CITY: _______________, STATE: ______ DATE OF BIRTH: ______________
(if applicable)
PHONE NUMBER(S): ________________________ CELL: ________________________
EMAIL ADDRESS: ______________________________________
DATE: _________________________ TIME: ____________________________
LEGAL DESCRIPTION (IF KNOWN): __________________________________
LOCATION: _______________________________________________________
NUMBER OF PERSONS UNDER AGE 12: ______________________________
By signing and applying for a fireworks permit I do hereby accept full responsibility and liability for any and all
injuries and/or property damage liability and hold Cass County harmless of any liabilities that may occur during
the discharge of fireworks for which this application is intended.
____________________________________________ ____________________
Applicant’s signature Date
The CASS COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS grants permission for the display of fireworks to
the applicant listed and on the date(s) requested above.
_____________________________________________, Chairman ________________
Date approved
Cc: Cass County Board of Supervisors
Cass County Sheriff’s Department
Cass County Emergency Management
Applicable city fire department

FREDERICK RECTOR, 57, of Ft. Dodge & originally from Panora (Svcs. 4/28/17)


April 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

FREDERICK RECTOR, 57, of Ft. Dodge (& originally from Panora), died Feb. 23rd, at UnityPoint Health – Trinity Regional Medical Center in Ft. Dodge. Memorial services for FREDERICK RECTOR will be held 11-a.m. Friday, April 28th at the 1st Baptist Church in Guthrie Center. Twigg Funeral Home in Panora has the arrangements.

There is no visitation.

Burial of cremains will be in the Resurrection Cemetery at Guthrie Center.

FREDERICK RECTOR is survived by:

His sister – Kim (Paul) Greenlee, of Panora.

Other relatives and friends.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, /4/24/2017

News, Podcasts

April 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

More area and State news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.


(Update) Clarinda Academy students apprehended Sunday night


April 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Clarinda Police and the Fremont County Sheriff’s Dept. K9 units kept busy over the weekend searching for youth who absconded from the Clarinda Academy. In an update to our earlier reports, Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers said that at around 9:15-p.m., Sunday, officials with the Clarinda Academy notified the police department that five female students had just absconded from the facility for At-Risk and Troubled youth.

The students that fled the facility included; a 15-year-old from Minnehaha County, South Dakota; A 16-year-old from Winnebago County, Nebraska; A 15-year-old from Cass County, Missouri;. A 15-year-old from Bellingham, Washington, and a 13-year old from Ramsey, County, Minnesota.

A search for the juveniles was conducted with assistance was provided by the Fremont County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Division, K-9 “Judge” and handler, Deputy Buttercase, and K-9 “Roby” and handler Deputy Wake. The K9 teams successfully tracked the juveniles to an area approximately 1.5 miles to the southwest of the Clarinda Academy campus.

The juveniles were apprehended without incident after about 90-minutes, and returned to the custody of the Clarinda Academy where all five juveniles are court ordered placements. Chief Brothers said the Fremont County’s K-9 units were instrumental in locating the five absconded students and that’s he’ grateful for the assistance.

Atlantic wins couple of events at Sioux City Relays


April 24th, 2017 by Chris Parks

Atlantic picked up a couple of wins in boys track at the Sioux City Co-Ed Relays on Saturday.

Gratt Reed won the Class B 110m hurdles and then went on to win the elite race in that same event. Atlantic also took the title in the 4x200m relay. That relay team included Zade Niklasen, Jayden Bardwell, Dillon Sonntag, and Gratt Reed.

Full results here.

Atlantic boys golf wins Denison Tournament


April 24th, 2017 by Chris Parks

The Atlantic boys golf team took another tournament title home on Saturday at the Denison Tournament.

Team Scores

  1. Atlantic 302
  2. Glenwood 317
  3. Harlan 320
  4. Denison 324
  5. Carroll 340
  6. Shenandoah 338
  7. Lewis Central 356
  8. Storm Lake 374

Individual Scores

  1. Connor Paulsen, Denison, 71
  2. Ben Renaud, Atlantic, 74
  3. Jake Olsen, Atlantic, 74
  4. Ryan Leath, Glenwood, 76
  5. Zach Haggstrom, Glenwood 76
  6. Zac Stork, Atlantic, 77
  7. Cyle Renaud, Atlantic, 77
  8. Matthew Bjoin, Harlan 79
  9. Kevin Campbell, Harlan, 79
  10. Jay Swanson, Harlan, 81

Other Atlantic Scores: Nate Gifford 82, Matt Gearheart 85.

Atlantic head coach Ed DenBeste: “Chilly start but the sun was out and the weather ended up being pretty nice out today.  Tough thing today was not getting warmed up.  No range to get a swing or two in.  I think that didn’t help us on a few holes.  Most had a rough hole or two.  Jake hit two out on 2 but still finishes with a 74.  Had 5 birdies today.  Ben was disappointed but a nice score of 74.  Zac got a little aggressive on a few holes on the back and it cost him a few strokes.  Good to see Cyle shot a nice round and keep it in the 70s.  Matt had a tough start with two OBs and was 5 over after first couple of holes.  Better start and he would have been around his average.  Nate had a nice round and would have been happy to take his 82.  Great win for us today against some good competition.”

Abraham Lincoln wins Atlantic Girls Tennis Tourney 04/22/2017


April 24th, 2017 by Chris Parks

Abraham Lincoln took the team title at the Atlantic Girls Tennis Tournament on Saturday.

Team Standings

  1. Abraham Lincoln
  2. Clarinda
  3. Lewis Central
  4. Harlan
  5. Atlantic

#1 Singles

  1. Nicole Lange, Harlan
  2. Claire Wilder, Abraham Lincoln

#1 Doubles

  1. Maddie Harley/Brooke Brown, Clarinda
  2. Hannah Moen/Presley Rhodenburg, Lewis Central

#2 Singles

  1. Jessica Dix, Abraham Lincoln
  2. Riley Holmstrom, Clarinda

#2 Doubles

  1. Allie Green/Maddy Sapienza, Abraham Lincoln
  2. Michaela Fine/Delayne Glassgow, Clarinda

Full results: AtlanticGirlsTourney2017