Heartbeat Today 5-2-2016

Ag/Outdoor, Heartbeat Today, Podcasts

May 2nd, 2016 by Jim Field

Jim Field visits with Park Ranger Jon Fenner and Jeff Gress of Hancock about the Gress family donation of a rare white buffalo to the Botna Bend Park at Hancock.


Atlantic Fire responds to gas leak Sunday night


May 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Fire Department responded to a natural gas leak at 709 Elm Street late Sunday night. Fire Chief Mark McNees says a neighbor called in the report at around 11:38-p.m.  Upon arrival, firefighters discovered a broken joint on the line leading to the gas meter. The gas was successfully shut off, and the neighbors at 711 Elm were evacuated after investigation revealed the home at 709 contained a large amount of natural gas. The home was unoccupied for the evening, except for the homeowner’s dog.

Alliant Utility workers arrived and began digging the entrance line as the leak was feared to be underground as well.  Atlantic Municipal Utilities was also called to shut off the electricity to home to avoid any potential ignition sources. After excavating the underground entrance line and discovering no other leak, the neighbors were allowed back in their home. The occupant was located and advised of the situation.

The homeowners advised they had recently replaced a foundation wall. The ground area beneath the gas meter had settled greatly since then and allowed the meter and line to sink into the ground causing the break.

Alliant and Atlantic Fire officials remind residents that any excavation around a gas meter is dangerous and proper backfilling underneath the lines and meter is critical to prevent such settling and possible breaks and leaks.

Fire Chief Mark McNees says “Thankfully disaster was averted in this case. Had this happened later in the evening the result could have been much worse.  It was a dangerous situation for some period of time until the home was ventilated and we were sure there was no more underground leak.”

The Atlantic Fire Department was also assisted by the Atlantic Police Department and the Cass County Sheriff’s Department. The AFD was on scene for 2 hours.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 5/2/2016

Podcasts, Sports

May 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The 7:20-a.m. Sportscast w/Jim Field.


Midwest economic survey index figure drops after 3 increases


May 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Figures from a survey of supply managers in nine Midwest and Plains states have dropped slightly after rising for three months, but they still point to economic growth.  A report issued today (Monday) says the Mid-American Business Conditions Index declined to 50.1 in April from 50.6 in March.

The survey results are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests economic growth. A score below that suggests decline.  Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says “continuing weakness in the region’s agriculture and energy sectors remains an obstacle to improving overall growth.”

The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 5/2/2016

News, Podcasts

May 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The area’s top news at 7:06-a.m., w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson


Skyscan forecast & weather data for Atlantic: 5/2/16


May 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Today: Areas of fog this morning; Becoming partly cloudy. High 64. N @ 10.

Tonight: Fair to P/Cldy. Low 38. Winds light & variable.

Tuesday: Mostly Sunny. High 72. W @ 10-15.

Wednesday: P/Cldy. High 68.

Thursday: P/Cldy. High 72.

Sunday’s High in Atlantic was 48. Our 24-hour Low thru 7-a.m. today was 36. We received .08” of rain, Sunday. Total weekend rainfall amounted to 1.65. Last year on this date, our High in Atlantic was 68 and the low was 5. The All-time Record High in Atlantic on this date was 91 in 1968. The Record Low was 17 in 1908.

Sport of FootGolf finds foothold in central Iowa


May 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A relatively new outdoor sport is beginning to gain traction in Iowa. It’s called FootGolf. Alex Rich of West Des Moines is working to promote the game. “FootGolf is a combination of soccer and golf. It’s more heavily related to golf. Just like the traditional round of golf, you tee off at the tee marker and (kick) the ball until you get it in the hole, in the least amount of strokes as possible,” Rich says.

FootGolf, which involves a soccer ball and a 21-inch diameter cup,  is growing in popularity throughout the United States. “I know the (U.S.) women’s soccer team just played Japan’s team in a charity outing for FootGolf, so it’s slowly picking up. I think it’s been around for about five years, but it’s starting to get that viral traction online and people are starting to hear about it,” Rich says.

There are now at least five FootGolf courses in Iowa that are registered with the American FootGolf League. Rich is helping open the latest course, located in Norwalk, later this month (May). The 27-year-old Rich is an assistant soccer coach for Urbandale High School and he plays with the Iowa State Soccer Club. Rich says FootGolf provides a way for kids to hone their soccer skills, but in a different setting.

“We’ve talked about having our high school varsity boys come out, just to get off the soccer field, have some fun with each other, as well as building skills…accuracy, distance, how to strike a ball, where to place it, and things like that all come into play when actually playing the sport of FootGolf,” Rich says.

The FootGolf course in Norwalk, located on the Warrior Run Golf Course, is slated to open in mid-to-late May. Iowa’s other FootGolf courses are located in Newton (Westwood Golf Course), Charles City (Cedar Ridge Golf Course), Davenport (Red Hawk Golf Course), and Muscatine (Muscatine Municipal Golf Course).

(Radio Iowa)

Posted County Grain Prices: 5/2/16


May 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Cass County: Corn $3.45, Beans $9.58
Adair County: Corn $3.42, Beans $9.61
Adams County: Corn $3.42, Beans $9.57
Audubon County: Corn $3.44, Beans $9.60
East Pottawattamie County: Corn $3.48, Beans $9.58
Guthrie County: Corn $3.47, Beans $9.62
Montgomery County: Corn $3.47, Beans $9.60
Shelby County: Corn $3.48, Beans $9.58

Oats $2.08 (always the same in all counties)

(Information from the USDA’s Farm Service Agency offices)

BARBARA STRACKE, 85, of Harlan (Svcs. 5/3/16)


May 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

BARBARA STRACKE, 85, of Harlan, died Sat., April 30th, at Myrtue Medical Center, in Harlan. A Mass of Christian Burial for BARBARA STRACKE will be held 10-a.m. Tue., May 3rd, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, in Defiance. Pauley-Jones Funeral Home in Harlan has the arrangements.

Friends may call at the funeral home today (Monday, May 2nd), from 2-until 9-p.m.  The family will greet friends at the funeral home from 6-until 9-p.m. (5/2), & a Wake service will be held at 7-p.m. (5/2).

Burial will be held at a later date, in the Sts. Peter & Paul Cemetery at Defiance.

BARBARA STRACKE is survived by:

Her sons – Bob (Jeanne) Stracke, of Edmond, OK; Paul (Cheryl) Stracke, of Graham, WA; Ed (Kris) Stracke, of St. Cloud, MN; Larry Stracke, of Sauk Rapids, MN; Jerry (Janet) Stracke, of Cary, NC., & Phil (Sara) Stracke, of Manilla (IA).

Her daughters – Jane (Joe) Herbers, of Manning, & Ann Langenfield (& Curtis Custer), of Harlan.

Her sisters – Phyllis (Darrell) Hansen, of Woodbine, & Mary (Ray) Wildwerding, of Earling.

32 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

MARK J. KEMP, 80, of Atlantic (Svcs. Pending)


May 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

MARK J. KEMP, 80, of Atlantic, died Sunday, May 1st, at the home of his daughter, in Dallas Center. Services for MARK KEMP are pending at the Hockenberry Family Care Funeral Home, in Atlantic.