MARILYN A. PRALL, 82, of Elk Horn & formerly of Atlantic (Svcs. 9/19/14)


September 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

MARILYN A. PRALL, 82, of Elk Horn (& formerly of Atlantic), died Tue., Sept. 17th, at the Salem Lutheran Home in Elk Horn. Funeral services for MARILYN PRALL will be held 10-a.m. Fri., Sept. 19th, at the 1st United Methodist Church in Atlantic, with a luncheon to follow. Roland Funeral Service in Atlantic has the arrangements.

Visitation is open at the funeral home from 12-p.m. Thursday until the family visitation, from 6-to 8-pm.  Online condolences may be left at

Burial will be in the Atlantic cemetery after the luncheon at church.

MARILYN PRALL is survived by:

Her son – Alan (Cheryl) Prall, of Dallas Center.

Her daughter – Pam (Randy) Wurster, of Sioux City, IA.

Her sister – Marcy (Ron) Helms, of Newton.

and 5 grandchildren.

YPA Annual Scavenger Hunt


September 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Young Professionals of Atlantic recently held their annual scavenger sponsored by Dolly Bergmann, Longaberger Consultant, S. F. Martin House and Subway. The hunt included 15 Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce Businesses: After 5 Somewhere, Atlantic Health Center, Atlantic Collison Center, Anytime Fitness, Boulders Inn and Suites, Fireside Lounge, Olsen’s Outdoor Power, Plastic Professionals, Renew Ag Supply, Rick’s Auto Clinic, Subway, The Alley Bar and Grill, The Tinderbox, Vagabound Travel and Weitzel’s Restaurant and Bar.2014 Collage

“The annual scavenger hunt is something all the YPAs look forward to each fall. The YPAs have received great support from all the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce members,” Executive Director, Ouida Wymer mentioned.

Teams of four received thumbnail photos associated with each Chamber businesses and received point for successfully identifying and taking a picture of each one. Bonus points were awarded for creativity. The winners were announced at S.F. Martin house and awarded Atlanticash and other prizes.

First place was awarded to the team, We thought this was BINGO, with 75 total points. The second place prize was given to H.I.C.K.S. (Highly Intelligent Country Kids). Mental Minions also took home prizes for the most creative team.

The Annual Scavenger Hunt is coordinated by the social committee of the Young Professionals of Atlantic. This committee is also responsible to organize monthly social events. The YPA’s mission is to connect, engage and attract young leaders into the community while promoting the greater Atlantic area. Any young professionals between the ages of 21-40 that are interested in joining the Social Committee or any YPA Committee contact or 712-243-3017 for information.

Late season diseases are hitting some Iowa corn fields

Ag/Outdoor, News

September 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A crop specialist with Iowa State University Extension says some late-season diseases are cropping up in northwest Iowa fields. Joel DeJong says some hybrids aren’t tolerating “Northern Corn Leaf Blight” very well. “We’ve kind of seen an explosion of that disease in some fields,” DeJong says. “And all of a sudden we’ve got a lot of brown leaves and we’re starting to see some, maybe, premature death in some of those fields which is going to hurt yields somewhat.” Some corn stalks are rotting in the field, too, because of soggy conditions.

“I think our environment for this whole season leads us to have more stalk rot,” DeJong says, “so we’re going to be a little concerned about standability at harvest time.” Combines only harvest corn from upright stalks, so if the corn stalk falls over, farmers lose those ears of corn. This year’s Iowa corn crop hasn’t reached maturity yet and the harvest in northern Iowa won’t begin until the end of this month.

“We’re hoping for more sunshine now and also some more sunshine and maybe warmer than normal days as we get into October so we can dry that crop and don’t have to spend so much money,” DeJong says. Propane prices have been steady for several weeks, but farmers have been urged to buy propane in advance to run the dryers on their corn bins. DeJong has inspected soybean fields, too, and his analysis indicates there are enough pods on the plants, but the question is how big the beans are inside those pods.

(Radio Iowa)

Attempt at world’s record pasta meal coincides with feeding the hungry


September 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A chef in the Omaha-Council Bluffs area has set a big goal to break a world’s record while trying to feed thousands of hungry people — in one day. Lynn Leahy is president of the non-profit organization, The Power of One, and has organized a huge spaghetti feed that will take place at 12 metro area high schools on Sunday. Leahy says all proceeds will go directly to the Food Bank for the Heartland.

“We are just a bunch of regular Joes that want to make a difference,” Leahy says. “There is so much overwhelming bad sometimes, so much in the news, how we look at politics, how divided it is, how divided everything seems to be. I wanted to pull us together just a little bit.” A recent U-S-D-A study found about 12-percent of Iowa’s population is food insecure, meaning, they don’t always know where their next meal will come from. The Omaha-based Food Bank for the Heartland helps stock the shelves at 285 food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens in Nebraska and western Iowa. Leahy says the Food Bank is the sole beneficiary of this weekend’s event.

“We’re doing the World’s Largest Spaghetti Feed Ever,” Leahy says. “We thought in order to get everybody involved in this and to really create that atmosphere, we needed to make it a contest.” To break the record, 17-thousand plates of food will need to be served on Sunday at midday. She says everyone is welcome to have a meal and if they can make a contribution, great.

“It’s a free will donation,” Leahy says. “If you don’t have any money, come eat. We really want to feed you. Our goal was for one day, in this town, no one goes hungry. No one. How realistic is that, I don’t know, but man, can I make an effort? Yeah.” Food will be served from 11 A-M until 3 P-M on Sunday at high schools in Omaha, Ralston, Plattsmouth, Westside, and at Lewis Central High School in Council Bluffs. The U-S-D-A report found 11-point-nine percent of Iowans are “food insecure,” missing meals or eating food that’s cheaper but with low nutritional value, just to have something to eat. Iowa is doing better than the national average of 14-point-six percent.

(Radio Iowa)

Cass County Supervisors approve two items on their agenda


September 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors had a light agenda for their meeting Wednesday morning. The Board approved the Fiscal Year 2013-2014 Urban Renewal Report. Auditor Dale Sunderman ran down a list of items in the report, which included the Valley Business Park…which he said is not an active TIF (Tax Increment Financing) District…the Amaizing Energy Urban Renewal area, which Sunderman says has a bond balance of $277,000 after $26,000 was paid in TIF funds in FY 2014, in addition an interest payment of more than $9, 473.80 was paid. TIF revenues for FY 2014 was $29, 359. The ending TIF fund balance was $12,039.

The Board approved the Urban Renewal Report as presented. They also set the number of deputies in the Recorder’s Office at one. In the June 2014 Primary, Mary Ward won the Republican nomination for Cass County Recorder. Joyce Jensen had earlier announced she would not be running for re-election. No one is running against Ward in the November General election, therefore it’s assumed that she will officially take over the office on November 14th.

But before Ward can be certified by Jensen as her Chief Deputy in the interim, the Board needed to approve the number of deputies Jensen can have, which is normally one. Jensen says when Ward takes office, she will hire her own deputy. A part-time clerk will also be hired. That person will not have deputy privileges.

Currently Ward is currently a deputy in name only, and will not be compensated the same as Deputy Recorder Linn Headlee, who retired from office last Friday. Ward will move into Headlee’s position and be paid $41,363. Jensen said Ward has a stack of more100 applications to weed through in selecting the person who will become her deputy. The interviewing process is expected to begin next week.

Iowa board OKs hog facilities despite opposition

Ag/Outdoor, News

September 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa officials cleared the way for two hog facilities in Adair County to expand their operations even though local leaders twice rejected the projects. The Iowa Environmental Protection Commission on Tuesday backed a state Department of Natural Resources ruling on the facilities, The Des Moines Register reported.

That means Circle G and Geidel Pork, operated by the same family, can double the number of pigs to nearly 5,000 at each site even though Adair County supervisors twice voted no. Local leaders asked the commission to deny the expansions because of concerns about air and water pollution, farming practices, and the impact of the operations on nearby properties.

State leaders said they can’t require more distance between hog facilities and neighbors than the one mile currently required by law.

Sisters Ann Hatfield Merritt and Jane Anchustegui, who operate a 1,500-acre outdoor retreat called Hatfield Lakes near Creston, said they would consider shutting down their resort. Merritt said the family has invested at least $2.5 million, provided jobs for about a dozen people and is considering an expansion.

“We’re done. We will not invest another dime,” Merritt said. “Why would anyone want to visit a recreational lakefront when they’re forced to smell hog odors?”

Dean Anderson, who has chronic pulmonary disease and uses oxygen full-time, sent the commission a video saying the expansions would make him “a prisoner in his own home.” He said the hog facilities deny him and his neighbors their “God-given right to fresh, clean air.”

Backyard and Beyond 09-17-2014

Backyard and Beyond, Podcasts

September 17th, 2014 by Chris Parks

Lavon Eblen speaks with Bob Nelson whom is a volunteer for the Greenridge Steam and Gas Engine Antique Show this weekend.


Adair man arrested on Theft warrant in Cass County


September 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Dept. reports the arrest today (Wednesday) of a man from Adair. 18-year old Matthew Paulsen was taken into custody on a warrant out of Audubon County for Theft in the 5th degree. Paulsen was brought to the Cass County Jail and later turned over to authorities in Audubon County.

On Tuesday, Atlantic Police arrested 33-year old Ameli William, of  Atlantic, for Driving While Barred. That same day, 44-year old Carl Kemp, of Atlantic, was arrested on a warrant for violating a No Contact Order. William and Kemp were booked into the Cass County Jail.

8AM Newscast 09-17-2014

News, Podcasts

September 17th, 2014 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson


Heartbeat Today 09-17-2014

Heartbeat Today, Podcasts

September 17th, 2014 by Chris Parks

Jim Field speaks with Sue Pitts about the Extreme Entrepeneurship Tour with Iowa Western Community College.