STEVE KESTERSON, 59, of Harlan (Svcs. Pending)

Obituaries

November 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

STEVE KESTERSON, 59, of Harlan, died Tue., Nov. 25th. Services for STEVE KESTERSON are currently pending at the Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan.

STEVE KESTERSON is survived by:

His mother, 4 brothers, and 2 sisters.

KJAN listening area weather forecast: 11/26/14

Weather

November 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

400 AM CST WED NOV 26 2014

EARLY THIS MORNING…PERIODS OF SNOW AND RAIN. NOT AS COLD. NEW SNOW ACCUMULATION UP TO 1 INCH. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATION UP TO 2 INCHES. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION NEAR 100 PERCENT.

TODAY...CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN AND LIGHT SNOW THROUGH MID MORNING…THEN A SLIGHT CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN AND LIGHT SNOW BEFORE NOON. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE MID 30S. NORTHWEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH INCREASING TO 20 TO 25 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 40 PERCENT.

TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY UNTIL EARLY MORNING THEN BECOMING PARTLY CLOUDY. BREEZY…COLDER. LOW AROUND 10. NORTH WIND 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH DECREASING TO 5 TO 10 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT.

THANKSGIVING DAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 20S. NORTH WIND AROUND 5 MPH SHIFTING TO THE SOUTHEAST IN THE AFTERNOON.

THURSDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY THROUGH MIDNIGHT THEN BECOMING PARTLY CLOUDY. NOT AS COLD. LOW IN THE LOWER 20S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.

FRIDAY...MOSTLY SUNNY. WARMER. HIGH IN THE MID 40S. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

SATURDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 50S.

Red Kettle campaign looks to use social media

News

November 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The drop in temperatures makes it tougher on the people ringing the bells at the Salvation Army red kettles, and it also puts a bit of a chill on donations. Lia Pontarelli, is the spokesperson for the Salvation Army in Cedar Rapids. “Having such a cold start to our kettle season is not very exciting to us, ” Pontarelli says. “Last year it got very cold, but it got cold a little later in our kettle season.” Cold weather makes people want to get in and out of stores quickly and keeps them from stopping to drop a donation into the kettles.

“We’re hoping that as the holidays come a little bit closer — with Thanksgiving this week, Christmas is a month away now– hopefully people will start getting in that spirit and despite the cold weather they will still give.” Modern economics have also hurt the kettle campaigns across Iowa and across the country as Pontarelli says people don’t carry as much money with them. She says they are trying to use technology and social media to help out with the donations.

“Encouraging people to be an on-line bell ringer. You can set up a kettle yourself and you can send an e-blast out, you can post it on your social media and you can help be a bell ringer in your pajamas, on your couch or in front of your fireplace,” Pontarelli explains. She says they’ve looked at many options to make it easier for people to chip in.

“Different locations have tried text to give at the red kettle, where you can text in your donation. Some locations tried having a credit card machine right at the kettle, but again you’re walking into as store and you really don’t want to fumble through to try to find your wallet and pull out your credit card,” Pontarelli says. “And then also with the cold weather you really have your hands bundled up with your head down and heading into the store, and that’s never going to change that. So, going to the on-line method I think is a good change for us.” Pontarelli says you can use the on-line system anywhere in the state.

“If you do a Google search for Salvation Army in your town, you should be able to find the Army that is closet to you,” Pontarelli says. “And also the same goes with the online red kettle. If you go to on-line red kettle dot o-r-g (www.redkettle.org), you should be able to find the red kettle nearest your location.” She says the red kettle campaign raises important funds for the organization. “During the Christmas campaign we raise about 40-percent of our annual operating budget, so it really helps set the pace for what we are going to be able to do throughout the entire year in the community.” according to Pontarelli. “It helps us pay people’s rent in June or provide meals in September for kids. So the money that we raise now is imperative to the help that we can provide our community year round.”

The Red Kettle Campaign runs through Christmas Eve.

(Radio Iowa)

Northern Iowa balances sinks Virginia Tech 73-54

Sports

November 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — Matt Bohannon scored 13 points to lead a balanced attack and Northern Iowa defeated Virginia Tech 73-54 in the Riviera Division of the Cancun Challenge on Tuesday. Seth Tuttle had 11 points and Marvin Singleton and Nate Buss had 10 apiece for the Panthers (5-0), who are off to their best start in 14 years. Joey van Zegeren had 15 points to lead Virginia Tech (2-2).

Buss and Bohannon scored 10 points apiece in the first half as Northern Iowa shot 60 percent to take a 40-31 lead. Bohannon’s 3-pointer 4 minutes into the second half started a 12-0 run that put the Panthers up 57-35. Singleton turned a put-back into a three-point play and added a layup during the surge. Wes Washpun capped the run with a layup and as soon as Malik Muller ended the drought for the Hokies with a 3-pointer Washpun answered with a three-point play.

No. 17 Iowa surges past Northern Iowa 73-45

Sports

November 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Ally Disterhoft scored 18 points and Samantha Logic added 13 with seven rebounds as No. 17 Iowa rolled past Northern Iowa 73-45 on Tuesday night. The Hawkeyes improved to 5-0 on the season, shooting 43.3 percent from the field and hitting eight 3-pointers. Whitney Jennings added 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting with four assists. Logic also had four assists and Disterhoft grabbed six boards.

After leading by five at halftime, Iowa pulled away in the second half as Logic, Alexa Kastanek and Jennings each hit 3-pointers to fuel a 21-3 run. After Stephanie Davison’s layup at the 17:54 mark, Northern Iowa (1-2) went on a scoreless drought until she hit another layup with 10:38 left. Kali Peschel’s pair of free throws capped the Iowa surge, making it 49-28.

Jen Keitel led the Panthers with 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Davison also chipped in 13 points.

Maryland beats No. 13 Iowa St 72-63 in CBE Classic

Sports

November 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jared Nickens and Jake Layman scored 15 points apiece to lead a balanced attack, and Maryland beat No. 13 Iowa State 72-63 on Tuesday night in the championship game of the CBE Classic. Dez Wells added 14 points and Melo Trimble scored 11 for the Terrapins (5-0), who built a 15-point lead with three minutes left before hanging on down the stretch.

It was a happy homecoming for Terps coach Mark Turgeon, who grew up in Topeka and starred at Kansas before coaching at Wichita State. He improved to 6-0 in his career against Iowa State, the majority of those wins coming while he was coaching at then-Big 12 rival Texas A&M.

Bryce Dejean-Jones had 17 points to lead the Cyclones (3-1), who won the Big 12 title in the same building in March. Georges Niang added 10 points, but was 4 of 14 from the floor.

Drake cruises to 73-60 win over IUPUI

Sports

November 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Jacob Enevold Jensen scored 10 points and hauled in 12 rebounds to lead Drake to its first win of the season with a 73-60 victory over IUPUI on Tuesday night. Drake (1-3) opened with a 9-2 spurt to capture a lead it never relinquished, then took control with a 13-2 run early in the second half that included a Chris Caird 3-pointer and was capped with an Envold Jensen layup that made it 47-27 with 16:12 to play.

Reed Timmer contributed 12 points and C.J. Rivers added 11 points for Drake, which shot 60.9 percent from the floor to snap a four-game skid stretching back to last season. It was Enevold Jensen’s first career double-double.

IUPUI (2-3) came into the game after a 71-69 overtime win Saturday over Ball State but hit just 20 of 56 from the floor Tuesday and had no players in double figures.

Area Girls High School Basketball Scores from Tue., 11/25/14

Sports

November 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ADM, Adel 55, Van Meter 42
Atlantic 45, Denison-Schleswig 44
Bedford 68, Stanton 42
Clarinda 62, Lenox 21
Creston 64, Mount Ayr 40
Glenwood 64, Council Bluffs, Thomas Jefferson 17
Interstate 35,Truro 77, Earlham 70
Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 69, Carroll 23
Lamoni 41, Orient-Macksburg 23
Lewis Central 47, Sioux City, North 22
Logan-Magnolia 67, Woodbine 44
Nodaway Valley 54, West Central Valley, Stuart 36
Panorama, Panora 49, Bondurant Farrar 34
Red Oak 59, Riverside, Oakland 13

Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., Nov. 26 2014

News

November 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

LE MARS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are investigating the cause of a small electrical fire at a northwest Iowa plant owned by the makers of Blue Bunny ice cream. Wells Enterprises says efforts are underway to figure out the cause of the Monday night fire at one of its facilities in Le Mars. No injuries were reported.

ELDORA, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa woman has been given probation for stealing from an elderly man under her care. District Court Judge Michael Moon recently ordered to suspend a 10-year prison sentence for 60-year-old Pamala Hammond. She will instead be on probation for two- to five years. Hammond pleaded guilty last month to a count of theft in connection to the estate of James Curtis Ruby, of Eldora. The 88-year-old veteran died in 2012.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man is back climbing trees after he fell 40 feet from one over the summer, breaking several bones. Owner Kevin Hardy of Cutting Edge Tree Services in Mason City fell from a tree in Charles City on July 20. He broke nearly everything but his will. Hardy suffered several injuries in the fall, including a broken clavicle and ribs. After several hospital stays and rehabilitation work, Hardy says he considers himself a lucky man.

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa school has filled more than 3,500 shoeboxes with items like toys and clothing intended for impoverished children overseas. The shoeboxes filled by Great River Christian School students were loaded into a semitrailer destined for Minneapolis, where they will eventually be flown to other countries. The shoebox delivery is by Operation Christmas Child, an organization the school has been helping for 11 years.

Council Bluffs, Iowa Resident Sentenced to 60 Months for Possession of Child Pornography

News

November 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A Pottawattamie County man was sentenced, Monday to spend five-years in prison on a child pornography charge. United States District Judge Stephanie Rose ordered 42-year old Anthony John Wesolowski, of Council Bluffs, to serve 60 months in prison by for possession of child pornography, plus  10-years of supervised release following his imprisonment.

An extensive investigation began when law enforcement determined that Wesolowski was using a file sharing program to obtain images containing child pornography over the internet for a period of several years. On July 8, 2014, Wesolowski pled guilty and admitted that on October 31, 2013, he had images on his home computer that depicted minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

The investigation was conducted by the Department of Homeland Security and the Council Bluffs, Iowa, Police Department. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.