Glenwood woman goes shopping – comes home to find a tree has crushed her house


April 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Glenwood woman who went shopping in Council Bluffs with her mother received some devastating news Saturday afternoon. The Omaha World-Herald reports Katie Davis received a call from Glenwood Mayor Kimberly Clark, who is also a Sergeant with the Mills County Sheriff’s Office. Clark told Davis a giant oak tree had fallen and crushed Davis’ home in the 500 block of North Vine Street. The house was a total loss.

The tree snapped just above the trunk, revealing a hollow section, and fell across the living room in the front of the house and on nearby vehicles. The tree came down as a thunderstorm moved through the area Saturday. The family was hoping their cat “Nala” made it out of the house, which will have to be torn down and rebuilt from scratch. The home was too dangerous to enter Saturday to look for the family pet.

This is Your Nishna Valley 04-18-2015

Podcasts, This is Your Nishna Valley

April 18th, 2015 by Chris Parks

w/ Jim Field and Stacie Linfor

Martinez, Heyward, Cardinals beat Reds for 4th win in row


April 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Carlos Martinez pitched six strong innings and Jason Heyward hit his first home run for St. Louis, leading the Cardinals over the Cincinnati Reds 5-2 Saturday for their fourth straight win. Matt Carpenter drove in a pair of runs as the NL Central champion Cardinals kept winning after a 3-3 start.

Zack Cozart homered for the Reds, who have lost three in a row and six of seven. Cincinnati speedster Billy Hamilton left in the eighth inning after beating out an infield single. Martinez (1-0) gave up one run on three hits, striking out four and walking two.

Trevor Rosenthal picked up his fourth save in as many opportunities. He struck out Joey Votto with two on to end the game. Homer Bailey (0-1) surrendered five runs and nine hits over 5 2-3 innings. He made his first start after beginning the season on the disabled list while recovering from surgery on a torn flexor tendon.

Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday left Saturday’s game against Cincinnati in the bottom of the first inning because of tightness in his back. Holliday doubled and scored before leaving. He has hit safely in all 10 games for St. Louis this season, and his double was his first extra-base hit. He is batting .363. Jon Jay moved from center to left field and Peter Bourjos entered the game.

Sioux City set to become second Home Base Iowa Community


April 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A pledge by local businesses to hire military veterans has Sioux City set to become the state’s second city to qualify as a Home Base Iowa Community. The Sioux City Journal reports that Gov. Terry Branstad will bestow the honor during a news conference Wednesday.

Sioux City reached the program’s goal to have at least 10 percent of local employers pledge to hire at least one veteran before Dec. 31, 2018. Communities also were required to put together incentive packages for veterans and their families. The program seeks to make the state a top destination for job-seeking veterans.

Marion in eastern Iowa was the first Home Base Iowa city. Thirteen counties have been designated.

Sleepy driver seriously injured after SUV crashes in Montgomery County


April 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A man who fell asleep at the wheel of an SUV suffered serious injuries and was transported to the Montgomery County Hospital by Red Oak Rescue, after the vehicle crashed into a field drive Saturday morning. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says 63-year old Jackie Kendrick, of New Market was driving west on 270th Street about seven-miles southeast of Red Oak, when he fell asleep at the wheel of his 2001 Chevy Equinox.

Kendrick woke up when the SUV crossed the center line of the road. He over-corrected, causing the vehicle to enter the westbound ditch before hitting a field drive. The SUV sustained about $13,000 damage during the crash that happened at around 7-a.m.

JIM CHRISTENSEN, 49, of Omaha & formerly of Greenfield (Svcs. 4/21/15)


April 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

JIM CHRISTENSEN, 49, of Omaha (& formerly of Greenfield), died Thursday, April 16th, in Omaha, Nebraska. Celebration of Life Services for JIM CHRISTENSEN will be held 10:30-a.m. Tuesday, April 21st, at the United Methodist Church in Greenfield.

An open visitation will be held 2- until 8-pm on Monday, April 20th, at the Greenfield United Methodist Church, with the family present from 6-until 8-pm. Online condolences may be left to the family at

Burial will be in the Greenfield Cemetery. A luncheon will be held at the church following the committal services at the cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the James H. Christensen Family Trust.

JIM CHRISTENSEN is survived by:

His children – Alexandra and Nicholas, of Cedar Falls; and Austin, Dane, and Jenna of Omaha, Nebraska.

His father – Larry, and step-mother Marlene Christensen, of Greenfield.

His mother – Rosann Christensen, of Waukee

His siblings – Chuck (Deb) Christensen, of Des Moines, David (Lori) Christensen, of Council Bluffs; and, Angie (Brad) Jacobsen, of Waukee.

Other relatives and friends.

MARVIN WARNER, 81, of Fontanelle (Svcs. Pending)


April 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

MARVIN WARNER, 81, of Fontanelle, died Friday, April 17th, at the Good Samaritan Society in Fontanelle. Funeral services for MARVIN WARNER are pending at the Steen Funeral Home in Fontanelle.

Online condolences may be left to the family at

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 4/18/2015

News, Podcasts

April 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

More area, & State news, w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

Family Fun in the Kitchen 04-18-2015

Podcasts, Family Fun in the Kitchen

April 18th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Lavon and Miss NiNi talk about cookies and share a recipe.


Cookie Ingredients:

1 c. butter

1-1/4 c. granulated sugar

2 large eggs

1 t. vanilla extract

2 c. all-purpose flour

½ t. baking powder

1 t. ground cinnamon

¼ t. salt

¼ t. ground nutmeg

4 T. freshly ground Jamaican-Me-Crazy flavored coffee (or try your favorite flavored coffee to make your

own unique cookie)

Frosting Ingredients:

2-1/2 c. powdered sugar

2 t. rum (may omit if using a different flavored coffee)

2 T. brewed coffee

2 t. cream

Freshly ground coffee for sprinkling on top of cookies


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In mixing bowl cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla

extract. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, and ground

coffee. With mixer on slow speed, add dry ingredients and mix until blended. Drop on to cookie sheets.

Bake for about 12 minutes or until lightly browned around edges. Cool slightly on cookie sheets. Remove

from cookie sheets and cool completely before frosting.

For frosting, whisk together powdered sugar, rum, brewed coffee, and cream. Frost tops of cooled

cookies. Sprinkle freshly ground coffee on top. Makes about 36 cookies.  Inspired by

Miss NiNi

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(Podcast) KJAN morning Sports report, 4/18/2015

Podcasts, Sports

April 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

With Ric Hanson.