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Fair Queen contestants needed in Montgomery County

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May 20th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Officials with ISU Extension in Montgomery County, say the Montgomery County Fair Queen, sponsored by the Montgomery County Fair Board, will be crowned on Tuesday, July 12th, at 7:30-pm at the Fairgrounds Auditorium.  To qualify, contestants must be at least 16 years of age and not more than 21 years of age on August 13, 2016 (the first day of the State Fair), have not been married, be enrolled in school (or be a high school graduate), and be an active member of at least one worthwhile organization in her community.

If you are interested in running for the honor and title, stop by the Montgomery County Extension and Outreach Office at 400 Bridge Street for the application form, or you can also download the information at www.extension.iastate.edu/montgomery

Please be sure to access all information if you do so online, including the information letter, rules, and entry form.  Applications are due at the Extension and Outreach office by noon on Wednesday, June 22nd.

Assault & criminal mischief arrests in Union County

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May 20th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Union County Sheriff’s Office reports two people were arrested on assault charges, Thursday. 21-year old Dylan Daniel Hudson, of Shannon City, was arrested at  the Union County Law Enforcement Center on a Union County warrant for assault with intent to inflict serious injury.  He was later released on $2,000 bond. And, 34-year old Timothy Robert Hudek, of Winterset, was arrested at the Union County Law Enforcement Center on a Union County warrant for assault with intent to inflict serious injury.  Hudek was later released on $2,000 bond, also.

Sheriff’ officials said also, 52-year old David Dwain White, of Creston, was arrested Thursday at the Union County Jail, for 5th degree criminal mischief.  White was issued a citation to appear in court, and released.

Healthy U for May — Breathe Easy with Respiratory Therapy

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May 20th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Cass County Health System say the topic of this month’s “Healthy U,” in Atlantic, is “Breathe Easy with Respiratory Therapy.” The educational session will be held at noon on Thursday, May 26th in Conference Room 2 at CCHS.         Chelsey Anderson, Certified Respiratory Therapist, will present an overview about the work of a Respiratory Therapist. Anderson says  “Obviously, breathing is very important. We’ll talk about what we do as therapists and cover general lung health, too.”

Chelsey Anderson

Chelsey Anderson

Respiratory Therapists offer a variety of services including diagnosing lung and breathing disorders, providing treatments, consulting with physicians on therapy, managing ventilators and artificial airways, responding to emergency respiration situations, and educating patients and families about lung disease.

Again, the session will be on Thursday, May 26th at noon in Conference Room 2 at Cass County Health System. Healthy U is a free educational series offered by Cass County Health System that focuses on a different health topic each month. All registered attendees receive a healthy boxed meal in addition to the educational program presented by medical professionals.

For more information, or to make a reservation for Healthy U, call 712-243-7479.

SWITA offers Family Excursion Trips this summer

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May 20th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Officials with SWITA (The Southwest Iowa Transit Agency), says they’ll be offering summer excursion trips for families in Atlantic, this year. SWITA will provide transportation to the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, the Walnut Splash Pad, and the Avoca Swimming Pool. Nine trips are planned, three to each location, from June through August.

The cost is just $5 per person round trip, to visit the Splash Pad or Swimming Pool, and $10 per person round trip, to the zoo. The rates are unchanged from last year, thanks to the generous donations from the Atlantic Rotary Club and other area organizations. In addition, students who have the unlimited summer fun bus pass, are allowed to ride for FREE. Admission to the zoo, pool and splash pad, as well as meals, are NOT includes in the transit price, and are the responsibility of the rider.

An adult is required to accompany all children on the trips. All buses and vehicles are equipped with seat belts that must be worn at all times, as well. All trips are open to the public, and are ADA accessible.

The schedule for future trips is as follows:

June 9, July 8, & Aug. 12th – Avoca Pool

June 14, July 20, & Aug. 2nd – Henry Doorly Zoo

June 24, July 15, & Aug. 17th – Walnut Splash Pad

For more information on the scheduled trips, visit the SWITA website at www.swipco.org, or call 243-2518.

Ernst says Trump camp has not contacted her about VP slot

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May 20th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Senator Joni Ernst has credentials that check some of the boxes on Donald Trump’s list of qualities he’s seeking in a running mate. Ernst is a combat veteran and she has experience in government at the county, state and federal level. So, if asked, would she agree to be Trump’s V-P? “That’s a hypothetical, of course, and I’m very focused on Iowa issues right now,” Ernst says. “No one from the campaign has reached out.”

Earlier this month, Governor Branstad indicated he was seeking a private meeting with Trump in order to tout Ernst as a running mate. Ernst has not met personally with Trump, but she’s talked with other members of congress who did meet Trump privately last week. “A number of my colleagues stated that they really appreciated the fact that he was very thoughtful in his responses to them,” Ernst says. “He was very serious. He was very different in those meetings maybe than what you’ll see out on a stage somewhere, what you might see in Twitter.”

A few months ago Ernst aired concerns about some of the comments Trump made on the campaign trail. “I did have concern about his tone,” Ernst says. “…I don’t agree with every statement that Donald Trump has said, but I will tell you that there are other candidates as well that I would probably not agree 100 percent with their statements either. I would like to see as we move forward more talk about policy…Now that he is the presumptive nominee, I think he has that opportunity.”

Ernst made her comments during taping of the Iowa Press program that will air at 7:30 this evening (Friday) on Iowa Public Television.

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(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 5/20/2016

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May 20th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

More area and State news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report,5/20/ 2016

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May 20th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The area’s top news at 7:06-a.m., w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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Lawsuit stemming from fatal Iowa helicopter crash settled

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May 20th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – The parties involved apparently have settled a lawsuit stemming from a medical helicopter crash that killed three people in northern Iowa.
The helicopter carrying pilot Gene Grell, nurse Shelly Lair-Langenbau and paramedic Russ Piehl went down Jan. 2, 2013, near Ventura while on their way to pick up a patient. Federal investigators blamed ice on the helicopter and said the aircraft was not equipped to fly in winter weather.

Lair-Langenbau’s family sued the helicopter operator, Med Trans Corp. Mason City television station KIMT reports that settlement details haven’t been released. Court documents filed this week show the case has been removed from the court calendar and that documents to dismiss the case will be filed by mid-June.

A federal trial in Sioux City was scheduled to begin June 6.

Trespassing arrest in Red Oak Fri. morning

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May 20th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak arrested a man early this (Friday) morning, on a Trespassing charge. 29-year old Benjamin William Hrabik, of Red Oak, was arrested in the 300 block of E. Washington Street in Red Oak, at around 12:10-a.m. He was brought to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center has held on a $300 cash bond.

Charges pending following Fremont County accident

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May 20th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Fremont County Sheriff’s Department said today (Friday), deputies discovered a one-vehicle accident near the intersection of 220th St and 230th Avenue. A deputy with the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office observed a 2004 Mazda RX8 partially submerged in the drainage ditch located east of the intersection of 220th Street and 230th Ave.

An investigation determined the driver of the vehicle, 18-year old Dustin Rutledge, of Sidney, was westbound on 220th Street when he lost control of his car, which entered the north ditch.  The vehicle traveled in the ditch along the creek bed, struck a culvert and came to rest in the drainage ditch. The car was a total loss. Rutledge was not injured, and left the scene prior to law enforcement arrival.

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor, seatbelts were in use, and authorities say charges are pending.