3 arrests reported in Atlantic


April 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department today (Wednesday) reports three recent arrests. Officials say 36-year old Kimberly Ruiz, of Atlantic, was arrested this morning on a 5th Degree Theft (Shoplifting) charge.

On Tuesday, 35-year old Joshua Lillard, of Atlantic, was arrested for Domestic Abuse Assault, and, 23-year old Alex Garside, of Atlantic, was arrested for Criminal Mischief in the 4th Degree.

All three suspects were booked into the Cass County Jail.

Report: Iowa farmland values fell 11 percent over past year

Ag/Outdoor, News

April 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A new report says Iowa’s average farmland values fell 11 percent over the past year after a drop of 4.6 percent a year earlier. The Des Moines Register reports  that the Realtors Land Institute says the new average per-acre figure is $7,372, compared with $8,286 a year earlier.

Kyle Hansen with the Realtors Land Institute says farmland values could drop up to 20 percent more over the next three years, depending on the direction of commodity prices. Corn and soybean prices have declined 40 to 50 percent since their high in 2012.

Nationally, farm income is projected to drop 32 percent this year on top of a 16 percent decline in 2014.

Iowa Takes Steps Toward Better Health: National Walking Day


April 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

All across Iowa today, residents young and old are being urged to grab their sneakers, lace them up and get moving toward a healthier and longer life. This is National Walking Day, and Kassi Wessing, communications director for the American Heart Association in Iowa, said making a habit of walking on a regular basis can help relieve depression, lower blood pressure and cholesterol and prevent stroke and heart disease.

“The weather is turning nicer,” she said. “Spring is coming, and it’s kind of time for everybody to come out of hibernation and get those walks in, get those steps in.” While many people will be stepping out on their own or with family members or community groups, Wessing said a growing number of Iowa employers are realizing the importance of healthy workers.

“A healthy employee is a happy and more productive employee,” she said. “They have more motivation, more energy. So we work with a lot of our local companies to host events at their sites to get their employees out walking and moving and do companywide initiatives.”

Wessing said the American Heart Association recommends walking for a half hour a day, five days a week to get in the recommended 150 minutes of weekly physical activity. More information is online at heart.org.

Public hearing April 8th in Atlantic on Comm. Center Equipment


April 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A public hearing will be held at 8:45-a.m. on April 8th in Atlantic, on a request from the Cass County Public Safety Communication to institute proceedings to secure an essential county purpose loan for purchase of equipment for the communications center at 705 Poplar. The loan would amount to $324,000. The hearing will take place as part of the Cass County Board of Supervisors regular meeting. The date of the hearing was set during the Supervisors’ Board meeting Tuesday morning, in Atlantic.

In other business, the Supervisors, Tuesday, agreed to accept a quote of $41,683 from Access Systems, for replacement of the courthouse telephone system. The County will pay $3,000 per year for annual phone system support.

During their meeting next Wednesday, the Cass County Supervisors will act on a Resolution approving the Comm. Center Equipment loan, and, on a request from Nishna Valley Trails for $50,000 from the county local option sales tax fund, to help fund the Troublesome Creek Connector Trail project.


Trading Post

April 1st, 2015 by Jim Field

FOR SALE:  Frigidaire extra large capacity stackable apartment washer & dryer.  Asking $350.  Call 712-254-2188 after 6:00 pm.  In Atlantic.

(Podcast) 8-a.m. KJAN News, 4/1/2015

News, Podcasts

April 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

Tuesday Golf Results


April 1st, 2015 by Jim Field

Girls Golf:

A-H-S-T-W 224, Exira/EHK 257

  • CeCe Gray, A-H-S-T-W 52
  • Nicole Tiarks, A-H-S-T-W 52
  • Jessica Wood, Exira/EHK 58

Boys Golf:

A-H-S-T-W 174, Exira/EHK 206, Adair-Casey 285

  • Erik Jorgensen, A-H-S-T-W 37
  • Dustin Engel, A-H-S-T-W 42
  • Jack Carroll, Exira/EHK 43


Creston man arrested on drug/alcohol charges


April 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Creston report the arrest Tuesday afternoon of 50-year old Jon. J. Perry. The Creston man was arrested for OWI/1st Offense and Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drugs. He was later released from the Union County Jail on $1,000 bond.

And The Book Store at 210 N. Maple Street in Creston reported to police on Tuesday, that sometime between 12-a.m and 11:30-p.m. Sunday, someone took an old Fareway shopping cart from an upstairs hallway in the store. The cart was valued at $100.

(Podcast) KJAN Sports report, 4/1/2015

Podcasts, Sports

April 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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

McCool coaches pitching clinic in Atlantic recently


April 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A six session pitching clinic sponsored by the Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund wrapped up March 29. Zach McCool, Manager and Baseball Director at MVP Sports in Des Moines, coached the clinic aimed at 3rd through 9th grade boys. photo

McCool, a 2007 West Delaware High School and 2011 University of Iowa graduate, earned a long list of academic and athletic achievements during his high school and college careers. Just a few of McCool’s baseball accomplishments include one West Delaware Offensive and two Defensive MVP awards, three 1st Team WA Mac All-Conference infielder selections, two 1st team and one 2nd team IHSBCA All-District team selections, two 1st Team IHSBCA 3A All-State Team 2nd baseman recognitions, an Iowa High School Baseball All-Star Series selection, one 1st team and one 2nd team Iowa Newspaper Association All-State Infielder listing, and a Collegiate Baseball Pre-Season All American listing. His success continued in college where he holds three school records in addition to being honored as an All-Big Ten 3rd baseman.

“The Atlantic Little League has been working hard to increase participation. Bringing in someone as experienced and talented as Zach to work with some of the kids is just something the Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund can do to support that effort,” said Melanie Petty, Fund Representative. “Zach really interacted with the kids. It was fun to watch.”

To date, over $100,000 has been given back to the community in Frederickson’s memory. The Fund’s only fundraiser, the annual T-Fred Memorial Golf Tournament, will be held Saturday, August 8 at Atlantic’s Nishna Hills Golf Course. Organizers invite anyone interested in the Fund or its tournament to follow local media or like the Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund on Facebook for more information.