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Southern IA man arrested in Union County

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April 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A man from southern Iowa was arrested Tuesday night on a Union County warrant. 27-year old Devin Douglas Logue, of Chariton, was arrested on a warrant for Theft in the 2nd Degree. Logue was picked up in Wayne County and is being held in the Union County Jail without bond until making an appearance before the Magistrate.

3 arrests reported in Atlantic

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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

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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

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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

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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 Communications Commission, 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.

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

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April 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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Creston man arrested on drug/alcohol charges

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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 News & funeral report, 4/1/2015

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April 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:06-a.m. report w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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Iowan who posed as nurse to get medicines is given 10 years

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April 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) – A 30-year-old northwest Iowa woman who posed as a nurse so she could get prescription drugs has been sentenced to prison. The Sioux City Journal reports that Kayleen Stallman, formerly Kayleen Leedahl, was sentenced on Monday to 10 years in prison. She’d pleaded guilty to three counts of felony obtaining or attempting to obtain a prescription drug by deceit. She also pleaded guilty to five misdemeanor counts of the same charge.

Police and court documents state she posed as a nurse over nearly four months in 2013 and used a doctor’s information to get the medications from a Storm lake pharmacy.

Economic report points to slow growth in Midwest, Plains

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April 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A new report suggests slow economic growth is ahead for nine Midwestern and Plains states. The survey report issued Wednesday says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index dropped to 51.4 in March from 57 in February. The January figure was 54.8.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says manufacturers of nondurable goods reported that sales, production and employment have weakened over the past several months. The survey results from supply managers are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests economic growth, while a score below that suggests decline.

The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.