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The Atlantic FFA Wall of Fame

Ag/Outdoor, News

March 30th, 2015 by Jim Field

By Haley Carlson
Atlantic FFA Reporter

FFA Wall of FameWith 165 names, the Atlantic FFA Wall of Fame is not complete, but officially up to date. The Wall of Fame is located in the Atlantic High School Ag Room, on the north wall. It has every Atlantic FFA member that has received an Iowa Degree or an American Degree. Iowa Degree blocks are painted blue with the member’s name and the year they received their degree. America Degree blocks are painted yellow, with the member’s name and two years: the Iowa Degree year and American Degree year. This year the Atlantic FFA has two seniors, Adam Freund and Savannah Sorenson, receiving their Iowa Degree in April. Also the four 2014 graduates, Kristin Johnk, Chancey Richards, Wyatt Saeugling, and Tucker Sager, received Iowa Degree and are now working to receive their American Degrees in November.

The project began in early 2014 with Advisor, Eric Miller and senior officers, Kristin Johnk, Wyatt Saeugling, and Tucker Sager beginning the wall project. They started by finding the records all of the degree recipients. The north wall of the ag room was painted completely blue and names and years were attached to each brick. Those who had earned an American Degree had their brick repainted yellow. Saeugling and Sager then took a pencil to create a straight line reference for each name. Johnk along with current members, Haley Carlson, Emily McDermott, Marshal McDermott, Garrett Schwanke, Tyler Petty and non-member Erin Olsen continued the project by stenciling in names during their free time. Over the summer members continued by filling in the stenciling with paint; blue bricks had yellow lettering and yellow bricks had blue lettering. Members, Haley Carlson, Emily McDermott, Aubrey Schwarte, Gabby Jordahl, and Mariah Cook all have been working hard on the wall in the 2014-15 school year. Over spring break, Haley Carlson along with her sister, Hannah, and sophomore Gabby Jordahl completed the painting and removal of pencil lines from the wall. The Atlantic FFA Wall of Fame looks fantastic and the chapter is very thankful to all of those who have dedicated their volunteer time to this project. This wall will continue and impact the lives of Atlantic FFA members for years to come.

Freshman, Blake Pelzer gave his thoughts about being on the wall of fame, “I do want to have my name on the wall because having that is a big accomplishment. I think it (the wall) is good because it makes you feel noticed.”

Emily McDermott said, “The project was fun and it took a lot of time, but the wall is finally complete and it looks great!”

Junior, Erin Olsen is not a current FFA member but a part of Mr. Miller’s home room class. Olsen said, “I just did it cause I wanted to help out and it was something that looked fun to do in my free time.”

Kristin Johnk commented, “It took a lot of patience to work on it but in the end, it is a great way to honor those who have put hard work and dedication into their SAEs in order to get these degrees as well as those who still support this great organization (FFA). It is a great feeling to have my name among those who have achieved their Iowa Degree and hopefully be one of the elite members of the chapter to get my American Degree as well!”

Dale M BrickDale Myers is the very first name on the wall of fame. He received his Iowa Degree in 1952. Dale commented that while in FFA they were not as involved as the chapters are now a days. He worked with cattle and hogs while he was in FFA. Dale had four years of vocational ag instruction with two different advisors during his time in the FFA organization.

To earn a spot on the Wall of Fame you must first earn the Iowa FFA Degree.

Iowa Degree requirements include: received the Chapter FFA Degree, been an active FFA member for at least two years, have completed at least two years of Agriculture Education classes of above the ninth grade level, which includes a supervised agricultural experience program, earned and productively invested at least $1,000, or worked at least 300 hours in excess of scheduled class time, or a combination, in a supervised agricultural experience program, participated in at least 25 hours of community service activities in two different community service activities, performed ten procedures of parliamentary law, given a six-minute speech on a topic relating to agriculture or the FFA, served as an officer, committee chairperson, or a participating member of a chapter committee, have a satisfactory scholastic record, participated in the planning and completion of chapter Program of Activities, and participated in at least five approved FFA activities above the chapter level.

American Degree requirements are: to earn at least $10,000 and invested $7,500 or have earned and invested at least $2,000 and have worked 2,250 unpaid hours outside of the classroom, have outstanding leadership skills, have completed at the minimum, 50 community service hours in three different service activities, and maintained a “C” average grade or better in school. Atlantic FFA Advisor Eric Miller commented, “The Wall of Fame is a unique way to recognize the hard work of past FFA members. It is also a motivation for our current members. They see friends and family on the wall and want to achieve this honor.”

The Atlantic FFA will hold their annual banquet on Tuesday, March 24, at the Atlantic High School. The banquet will include a meal along with a review of all activities during the year, awards and degrees, and the installation of the new officer team.

In a final note this will be my last article serving as the 2014-15 Atlantic FFA Reporter. It has been a lot of fun writing about our chapter and seeing the involvement grow. I have loved hearing the community respond to my articles and I can’t wait to see what the new reporter does for our chapter. -Haley Carlson, Atlantic FFA Reporter.

Heartbeat Today 03-30-2015

Heartbeat Today, Podcasts

March 30th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Jim Field speaks with Brandi Hansen, Assistant Manager at Cass County Landfill and Recycling, about proper disposal of household hazardous waste.

This is Your Nishna Valley 03-28-2015

Podcasts, This is Your Nishna Valley

March 28th, 2015 by Chris Parks

w/ Jim Field and Stacie Linfor

Dairy farms asked to consider breeding no-horn cows


March 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Food manufacturers and restaurants are taking the dairy industry by the horns on an animal welfare issue that bothers activists but is little known to consumers. Horned calves are common in dairy herds and farms routinely remove the horn buds by burning or gouging them out before horns develop. Horns are hazardous because unruly cows can gore farm workers or other animals.

General Mills, Nestle, Denny’s are among companies pushing increased breeding of cows born without horns — called polled cattle. PETA says it’s made progress over three years with several major dairies incorporating polled genetics to eliminate dehorning.

The National Milk Producers Federation says breeding hornless dairy cows is worth exploring but that the industry believes removing the horn buds is a safe and “minimally disruptive, uncomfortable process.”


Family Fun in the Kitchen 03-28-2015

Podcasts, Family Fun in the Kitchen

March 28th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Lavon and Miss NiNi discuss a recipe for Chocolate Mousse Cake

CHOCOLATE MOUSSE CAKE—Gingerbread Cookies and Gunshots—Leslie Meier

(Gluten free)


4 oz. (1 stick) unsalted butter

7 oz. semisweet chocolate chips

7 eggs, separated

1 c. sugar, divided

1 t. vanilla

1/8 t. cream of tartar


Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Melt butter and chocolate chips. Cool. Beat egg yolks with ¾ c. sugar in a large bowl for about 5 minutes, until light and frothy. Gradually add chocolate mixture and vanilla.

Beat egg whites with cream of tartar in a large bowl, gradually adding remaining ¼ c. sugar, 1 teaspoon at a time until soft peaks form. Fold egg whites into chocolate mixture. Bake in an ungreased 9-inch diameter springform pan for 35 minutes. Cool cake on wire rack before removing from pan. Keep refrigerated. Serve with whipped cream.

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Backyard and Beyond 03-27-2015

Backyard and Beyond, Podcasts

March 27th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Lavon Eblen talks about preparations for another season of Produce in the Park at the Atlantic City Park.  Dates set for Thursdays from June 4th-October 15th.  Learn more about how you can get involved!

Heartbeat Today 03-27-2015

Heartbeat Today, Podcasts

March 27th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Jim Field speaks with Atlantic Kiwanis Members Karla Akers and Sue Muri about a free performance of the Sheltered Reality Drumline at the Atlantic Middle School.

Deadline Approaching for Grants to Support Local Garden Projects

Ag/Outdoor, News

March 26th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Spring is the time to plan and plant your gardens. With that in mind, the Cass County Master Gardeners group reminds you that they are again offering grant money to be used in the 2015 growing season, to encourage gardening to grow food and/or beautify local communities. The deadline to apply for the funds is next Monday, March 30th. Master Gardner

The grant monies may be used for gardening education purposes in addition to growing food and beautification purposes. The David Williams Master Gardener Grants are offered to honor the many years of service Master Gardener David Williams provided as a long-time volunteer, with the Master Gardener program and other community organizations, including a term as Cass County Master Gardener president in 2012.

Any Cass County not-for-profit group or individual may apply. Schools, churches, libraries, 4-H clubs, Scouts, and individuals working to improving their communities can use the money to begin or improve gardens or landscaping, or to provide education for their members or the public. To ensure the money is helping a wide variety of community organizations, groups who were funded by 2014 grants will not be eligible to apply in 2015. Each grant has a maximum value of $300. The application must also include plans for teamwork and sustainability. Consideration for the environment is also an important selection factor.

Once again, applications must be received by Monday, March 30th for consideration. They may be submitted by mail or email. Grant recipients will be informed of their selection by the end of April. For more information, or with questions, call the Cass County Extension office at 712-243-1132, email keolson@iastate.edu, or stop by the Extension Office at 805 W. 10th St in Atlantic. You may also contact committee members Judy Kennedy, Marla Anstey or Linda Edelman. Application forms can be picked up at the Extension Office, or printed from the Cass County Extension website www.extension.iastate.edu/cass.

Backyard and Beyond 03-26-2015

Backyard and Beyond, Podcasts

March 26th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Lavon Eblen speaks with Cass County Youth Coordinator Beth Irlbeck about the 4-H Endowment Fund and the pancake supper tonight!

Shelby County Fire Danger remains “Moderate” through the weekend

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

March 26th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Shelby County Emergency Management Agency says the Fire Danger Index will remain in the “Moderate” category, through next Monday. Officials say if you have a large burn, please notify your Fire Chief, prior to ignition. If you call the Emergency Mgmt. Agency at 712-755-2124 for assistance, if needed. Moderate Fire Danger rating

The EMA says you should “Always have a plan, Never leave a burning pile unattended , be aware of the direction and speed of the wind, and avoid smoking out neighbors or those who may have respiratory problems.”

Emergency Manager Bob Seivert says they expect the fire danger conditions to worsen next week.