WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11TH

Trading Post

September 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

FOR SALE: A 19-foot chest-type freezer. Works good. $90. Call 243-1610.

FOR SALE: 3 Iowa vs. Iowa State Football tickets.  South Endzone seats in section AA.  Call or text with best offer 712-520-2103. Sold

WANTED:  Storm door, 32″ x 80″.  Call 712-254-4170.

TO GIVE AWAY:  several bicycles.  Call 712-304-4262.

FOR SALE:  Truck items, including tool boxes, grill guards, 84 door skins.  CAll 712-304-4262.

FOR SALE:  16 foot swimming pool with ladder, filter and cover.  $100.  Call 712-304-4262.

FREE:  32″ x 80″ aluminum storm door.  Also a bathroom stool.  Call 249-7483.

FREE:  electric treadmill.  Call 243-2437.

Atlantic P& Z passes resolution pertaining to POET ethanol transfer station

News

September 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Members of the City of Atlantic’s Planning and Zoning Commission gathered Tuesday evening at City Hall, and expressed their displeasure with the way Poet Bio-refining, LLC began construction of a ethanol transfer station near the downtown area. When finished, the station will allow semi tanker trucks full of ethanol to transfer their loads derived from a processing facility in Coon Rapids, into railroad cars.

Zoning Administrator John Lund said the City wasn’t notified about the company’s intentions until well after work had begun on the project. Word about the project came on or about August 22nd, and it was from a citizen, not from officials with Poet.

When City officials met with representatives from Poet last week, they were left with more questions than answers, and the answers themselves conflicted with what the Iowa DNR was told would be in-place at the site, located just north of the Atlantic Depot/Chamber of Commerce, on north Chestnut Street. Lund said City Attorney says the P&Z has no authority to do anything about the situation.

Lund said Dave Wierstein told Lund he can’t force Poet to obtain a building permit. Lund said it should have been a P&Z issue “from the get go.” He says if Poet had come to the City first, as a professional courtesy, the City might have been more supportive of the plan, but that didn’t happen.

Among the Commissioners expressing their dismay with the way Poet went about the project, was Roger Herring, who said Poet displayed a “Blatant disregard for the City of Atlantic,” in building a facility in “The very heart and center” of the information and downtown district. Herring said he’s not against Poet and what there business is, but the manner of how they went about constituted a blatant disregard for the City and its citizens, and it shouldn’t work that way.

John Lund says there will be a follow-up report during next week’s City Council meeting. Mayor Dave Jones, who along with Councilman Steve Livengood and Shawn Shouse, were in attendance at the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, Tuesday, said the City isn’t done exploring its options on how to best deal with the situation. The Commission Tuesday passed a Resolution for the record, expressing their frustration at the lack of communication Poet had with the City, that the matter was not brought before them in a timely manner, that an engineering study was not conducted about the location and possible risks, and that the Commission was not aware of the project before construction began.

In other business, the Commission tabled until its meeting in October, discussion pertaining to multiple families occupying Single-family properties. The issue was brought to the Commission’s attention after a citizen expressed her concerns about numerous, extended family members staying in a home in Atlantic, and how that affects property values, along with other, related concerns.

Cass County Extension Report 09-11-2013

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

September 11th, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Kate Olson

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Heartbeat Today 09-11-2013

Heartbeat Today, Podcasts

September 11th, 2013 by Chris Parks

Jim Field speaks with Ken Sidey, Executive Director of the Warren Cultural Center, about the 100th Anniversary Exhibit of the DOT: How We’ve Traveled Over the Years.

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(Podcast) 7:06-a.m. News

News, Podcasts

September 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson….

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(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: Wed., Sept. 11th 2013

Podcasts, Weather

September 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The podcast weather forecast for Atlantic and the KJAN listening area from Freese-Notis, and weather information specifically for Atlantic….

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Clarinda Cross Country Invitational Results

Sports

September 11th, 2013 by Jim Field

Girls Team Standings:

  1. Griswold  85
  2. Harlan  90
  3. Gretna, NE  93
  4. Atlantic  124
  5. Shenandoah  143
  6. Red Oak  159
  7. Clarinda  203
  8. Maryville, MO  260
  9. Southwest Valley  303
  10. Nebraska City, NE  318

Girls Top Five: 

  1. Rebekah Topham, Griswold
  2. Bailey Kuhl, Harlan
  3. Emma Evans, Winnetonka
  4. Tiffany Williams, Atlantic
  5. Sarah Cabeen, Clarinda

Boys Team Standings:

  1. Harlan  42
  2. Shenandoah  66
  3. Gretna, NE  88
  4. Red Oak  108
  5. Atlantic  179
  6. Nebraska City, NE  217
  7. Tarkio, MO  218
  8. Rockport, MO  227
  9. Griswold  278
  10. Southwest Valley  309

Boys Top Five:

  1. Chris Brace, Harlan 
  2. Josh Sunberg, Red Oak
  3. Austin Henry, Gretna
  4. Bradley Young, Shenandoah
  5. Philip Sciranko, Harlan

Council Bluffs house fire probed as hate crime

News

September 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – Vandalism and a fire at a Council Bluffs house are being investigated as a hate crime. Firefighters were sent to the home about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, and they put out flames that had engulfed a bedroom there. No injuries were reported.

Kevin Durham and Shelly Owens were gone and their children were at school when the fire occurred. The couple say the house had been vandalized and racial slurs had been spray-painted several times on the walls. Durham is black; Owens is white.

Council Bluffs police Sgt. David Dawson confirmed that the incident is being investigated as a hate crime.

Iowa part of USDA Conservation Innovation Grants

Ag/Outdoor

September 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Iowa is involved in four of 33 Conservation Innovation Grants announced Tuesday by U-S Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Vilsack, the former Iowa governor, said during the announcement that the Natural Resources Conservation Service is already doing a good job in instituting conservation projects.  Vilsack says “One of the critical components though for us maintain our edge in conservation is for us to continue to be innovative, and innovation will be key to managing the capacity to manage and adapt to climate changes,” Vilsack says. “It will be key for us to continue to learn and expand on our soil health campaign. It will be the foundation upon which our ecosystem market effort will be built. And it obviously is critically important to water quality.”

Vilsack highlighted one of the grants that involves Iowa. It’s for the multi-state Conservation Technology Information Center. “Which is really going to focus on providing information to expand on the benefits that cover crops can provide. The economic benefits to landowners, the environmental benefits that can accrue,s well as the crop production and ag management benefits that accrue from cover crop production,” Vilsack said.

Cover crops can be grasses or small grains that are planted between the primary crop production times to protect the soil. Researchers from Iowa will use the 482-thousand dollars given to the center along with those from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota and South Dakota. “This award will basically fund roughly a thousand acres that will help us hopefully dispel some of the myths that may be in the countryside that have discourage producers from focusing on cover crop production,” according to Vilsack.

A companion project at the University of Tennessee will take a longer-term look at the impact of cover crops. Iowa State University received a grant of 485-thousand-850 dollars to study different mixes of cover crops and how they can use up excess nitrogen in the soil. Iowa will also be involved in a Environmental Defense Fund project that won 992-thosuand-dollar grant to study how to decrease nutrients that run into the Mississippi River, the Western Lake Erie Basin and elsewhere.

The final Iowa project involves the Women, Food and Agriculture Network’s effort to increase soil health practices among women who own farmland. Vilsack said each of the projects will provide valuable research. “This is going to be important information that we’ll obtain from these innovative grant recipients. And will help to educate and assist us in the future in terms of conservation program,” Vilsack said.

The innovation grants were created in the 2008 Farm Bill, and Vilsack said it is important that Congress take action to pass a new Farm Bill to ensure these types of programs continue.

(Radio Iowa)

School Board election results (Contested races – Summary)

News

September 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Voters across the State went to the polls Tuesday (9/10/13) to cast their ballots in the 2013 School Board elections. Among the area contested races:

In Cass County, incumbents Kristy Pellett and Josh McLaren were re-elected to the school board in the Atlantic Community School District. Both beat out challenger Bob Reilly for the two At Large open seats on the Board. In the Griswold District, incumbents Steve Baier and Robert Peterson were re-elected to the school board. The men defeated Denise Bridges for the two open At Large seats on the Griswold School Board. Also in Cass County, both Iowa Western Community College levy measures were overwhelmingly approved by the voters.

In Adair County,  Megan Kading, Jeff Leonard and Mark Williams were elected to the At Large seats on the Adair-Casey school board. The three won the three open At Large seats in a four way race with Tobin Muller.

In Guthrie County, Deb Douglass defeated two other challengers for the single, open seat in District 2 of the Panorama School District, and Jon Stezel beat challenger Shari Clark in District 4. The winner of the Coon Rapids-Bayard District 1 school board seat was Brenda Schlatter, who beat challenger Kelly Pevestorf 227-to 61. Chad Leighty had a somewhat closer win over challenger Steve Dentlinger in CR-B District 4, 183-to 108.

In Montgomery County, there were no contested races, but voters in the Stanton School District did pass Proposition A by 113 to 6.

In Pottawattamie County, Steve Paul Kock won a two-way race for an At Large seat on the AHST school board, and Lindsay Bentley won a three-way race for a District 5 seat in the Riverside School District. And, in the Walnut School District, Shane Brockhoff and Tom Carroll won a four-way race for two At Large seats on the Walnut School Board.

In Shelby Countythe Harlan Community School Board will see no changes after elections Tuesday night. In District 2, Amy Rueschenberg defeated Robert Dickinson 252 to 12 in the only contested race. The Public Measure for the Revenue Purpose Statement for the Harlan Community School District passed 228 yes to 21 no. Sam Hansen and Eric Ramsey won a race against three other contenders for two open At Large seats on the IKM-Manning School Board.

You can see the full results on the News page on our website, at www.kjan.com. Just scroll down and look for the “Sept. 10th 2013 School Board election results.”