KJAN Programs

Work on Nishna Valley Trail connector project continues, despite grant setbacks

Ag/Outdoor, News

September 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Work on the Nishna Valley Trail Connector Project in Atlantic continues, despite some setbacks in funding for the project. Nishna Valley Trails President Dave Chase told KJAN’s Jim Field on the “Heartbeat Today” program, that progress is being made, and a pedestrian bridge over the Troublesome Creek just west of the KJAN Studios, is closer to reality, but there have been some “bumps in the road,” financially.

Chase said this past week, a couple of major grant applications they were counting on that were pending approval, went unfunded. The applications that were rejected include those from the Wells Fargo and Wellmark Foundations. He said while disappointing, there was no guarantee the grants would have been approved to begin with, and it does NOT stop the project from moving forward.

Work continues on the Nishna Valley Trail connector project near the KJAN studios.

Work continues on the Nishna Valley Trail connector project near the KJAN studios.

He says also, there are other funding opportunities that they are exploring, and they still feel as good about their financial position, as they did when they “pulled the trigger” on the project in June. Chase says fundraising efforts will continue as well. Individuals and organizations who have already contributed to the project, according to Chase, have promised to do more if needed to help out. He says right now, they’re about $160,000 short of the funds necessary to pay for the project.

Donations for the project are tax deductible, because Nishna Valley Trails is a 501(c) 3 tax exempt organization. If you would like to contribute to the cause, mail your donation to P.O. Box 496, Atlantic, IA 50022, or call Dave Chase at 712-249-3059. There are other ways to contribute as well, so give Chase a call to find out more.

Chase said work on clearing the path for the trail is nearly complete, and a pre-construction meeting with contractors was held Monday, with the plan being to start work on the trail and the bridge next Tuesday, which is earlier than anticipated. It’s expected construction will be completed in about 40-days from the start, weather permitting. The trail is expected to be in use later this fall, instead of next spring, as originally anticipated.

September 2015

Birthday Club

September 1st, 2015 by Stacie Linfor

September 1st:

  • Craig Eilts of Griswold (Winner)

September 2nd:

  • Bonnie Bruner of Atlantic (Winner)

September 3rd:

  • Ashley Hamilton of Atlantic (Winner)
  • Virginia Bornholdt of Exira
  • Brandon Toft of Audubon
  • Nancy Sand of Kimballton

September 4th:

  • Darlene Planck of Atlantic (Winner)
  • Denise Robinson of Exira
  • Sandra Marnia of Atlantic
  • Barb Humphrey of Atlantic

September 5th:

  • Sue Muri of Atlantic (Winner)
  • Catherine Schmidt of Audubon
  • Grace Christensen of Audubon
  • Sharon Ludington of Atlantic

September 6th:

  • Becca Zachairias of Anita (Winner)
  • Pam Curtis of Cumberland

33rd Annual Carstens Farm Days: Something for Everyone

Ag/Outdoor, News

September 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Iowa farm history will come to life September 12th & 13th, at the 33rd Annual Carstens Farm Days. From threshing to the saw mill, from the food to the crafters and vendors to the quilt show, from the tractors and equipment to the historic memorabilia of the Farm there is something for everyone to enjoy. The Carstens 1880 Farmstead is an 80-acre working farm museum exhibit located between Minden and Shelby, in Pottawattamie County.

You’re invited to see steam engines powering antique threshing machines, antique machinery, a parade, crafts, and entertainment. Over two hundred restored antique tractors will be on display. The original Carstens farm buildings will be open for tours. The buildings will be alive with demonstrations that will bring back memories for older visitors and teach valuable history lessons to young people.

To start Farm Days off right, a pancake breakfast is planned at 6:30 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. The proceeds from the pancake breakfast go to the Shelby Volunteer Fire Department. The fire department volunteers will also serve lunch both days. Various non-profit local groups will be offering refreshments and delicious desserts all weekend.

The original 1880 horse barn has been restored this summer and will be open for all to see during the 2015 edition of Carstens Farm Days which takes place September 12 & 13, 2015.

The original 1880 horse barn has been restored this summer and will be open for all to see during the 2015 edition of Carstens Farm Days which takes place September 12 & 13, 2015.

A pork supper will be held on Friday evening, Sept. 11th,  from 5 – 7 p.m. Proceeds from the pork supper will benefit the Friends of the Trail Committee in Shelby in support of the Old Stone Arch Nature Trail. On Saturday beginning at 5:30 p.m. enjoy Staley’s Chicken for a delicious dinner. Proceeds from the chicken dinner will go toward on-going maintenance at Carstens 1880 Farmstead. Beginning at 6 p.m. Tamie Hall and Band will entertain visitors on the front lawn of the farmhouse.

Farmall tractors and equipment and related brands will be the featured line this year. All Farmall tractors & equipment owners are invited to bring their exhibits to display throughout the weekend. Horsepower-testing, sawmill operations and field demonstrations will occupy tractor exhibitors all day. Nearly 250 pieces of vintage equipment were on display during the 2014 Farm Days show. Visitors will enjoy watching most of the restored tractors as they go through the parade each afternoon at 2 p.m.

All vintage and classic car owners are encouraged to show and shine their vehicles during Farm Days. Bring classic cars, pick-ups or works in progress. A car display area will be available to showcase the many fine vehicles from the area. This is not a judged show, so you can come out and simply have some fun.

A colorful display of quilts, wall hangings, wearable art and other types of quilting projects will be featured in the special event building at the farm. Many talented quilters from around the area will allow their works of art to be displayed for all to enjoy. Even if you have never displayed a quilt before, consider joining the fun and bringing a quilt to display. Exhibitors are asked to deliver their quilts on Friday, September 11th. For details about the quilt show or to inquire about adding your quilt to the collection, please call Jan Hursey at 712-544-2662 or Marilyn Evans at 712-544-2266.

A quilt made especially for the 2015 Carstens Farm Days show will be raffled on Sunday evening. Raffle tickets can be purchased at area businesses. The quilt is now on display at the Shelby County State Bank in Shelby.

Foggy Mountain Cloggers will perform on Saturday, Sept. 12th at 12:30 p.m. on the farm’s main stage. On Sunday afternoon at 12:30 p.m., the River City Shakers will entertain young and old farmstead visitors alike. Various music acts will add to the fun and folksy atmosphere of Farm Days.

There will be over fifty crafters and vendors on hand. A special display of vintage seed corn sacks will be in the corn crib. A wide array of crafts will be available. From unique wooden creations to homemade jams and jellies, there will be something for everyone. A very healthy crop of farm-grown potatoes will also be available for purchase. Proceeds from the sale of potatoes will help make improvements to the farmstead.

On Sunday morning, Sept. 13th, a non-denominational worship service will take place at 9:00 a.m. on the lawn in front of the Carstens home. Worship will be led by Kirk Parsons of the Community of Christ Church in Persia. Everyone is welcome to join in the worship service.

Admission is $5 per day for everyone nine years and older.For more information visit the web site: www.carstensfarm.com

Pineapple Upside Down Cake (9-1-2015)

Mom's Tips

September 1st, 2015 by Jim Field

  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 slices canned pineapple
  • 4 maraschino cherries


  • 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup crushed pineapple, well drained


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/3 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1.  Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.  Sprinkle brown sugar into an 8-inch ovenproof skillet.  Arrange pineapple in a single layer over brown sugar; place a maraschino cherry in the center of each pineapple slice.

2.  For filling, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar until smooth.  Beat in flour and vanilla.  Add egg; beat on low speed just until blended.  Fold in crushed pineapple.  Spoon over fruit.

3.  Bake 35-40 minutes or until center is almost set.  Cool on a wire rack 10 minutes.  Loosen sides from pan with a knife.  Cool one hour longer.  Refrigerate overnight, covering when completely cooled.

4.  For crust, in a skillet, melt butter over medium-low heat.  Add cracker crumbs and cinnamon; cook and stir 4-6 minutes or until toasted.  Cool.  Just before serving, top cheesecake with toasted crumbs; pres to adhere.  Invert cheesecake onto a plate.

(Marilyn McGinnis, Citrus Heights, CA)

Heartbeat Today 08-31-2015

Heartbeat Today, Podcasts

August 31st, 2015 by Jim Field

Jim Field speaks with Congressman David Young about a variety of issues discussed in the area.

Backyard and Beyond 08-31-2015

Backyard and Beyond, Podcasts

August 31st, 2015 by Jim Field

Lavon Eblen speaks with Teacher and Author Ann Gadzikowski about the book Creating a Beautiful Mess.

Family Fun in the Kitchen 08-27-2015

Podcasts, Family Fun in the Kitchen

August 29th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Lavon and Miss NiNi talk about making various foods in a muffin tin.

HANDy Eggs

Muffin shape egg omelet to pick up with a napkin to carry in your hand.

¾ cup your choice combination of
chopped fully cooked meat and chopped vegetables
such as peppers, onions, zucchini, broccoli
1/3 cup shredded Colby Jack or cheddar cheese
4 eggs
1/3 cup milk
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a muffin tin.
Divide mixture of meat, veggies and cheese among cups.
Whisk together eggs, milk salt and pepper.
Pour equal amount into each cup.
Bake 20 minutes or until set in the center.
Cool 5 minutes. Pick up and go.
Place leftovers in a covered container to refrigerate up to 3 days.

Note: Double all ingredients to make 12.

Egg muffin

Conservation Report 08-29-2015

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

August 29th, 2015 by Chris Parks

w/ Host Bob Bebensee and Brian Smith, Conservation Officer for Cass and Adair Counties.

Who’s Gonna Win?-Week 1- 08-28-2015

Podcasts, Trojan Preview/Who’s Gonna Win?

August 28th, 2015 by Chris Parks

8 area High School Football Games picked by Chris Parks, Jim Field, Matt Mullenix, and Doug Leonard.

Trojan Preview 08-28-2015

Podcasts, Trojan Preview/Who’s Gonna Win?

August 28th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Chris Parks’ weekly discussion with Atlantic Head Football Coach Eric Waldstein. In week 1 the Trojans prepare to host Clarinda.