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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

w/KJAN News Director 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.

Sioux City home destroyed in afternoon grass fire

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April 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a Sioux City home that contained an exotic bird store was destroyed in an afternoon grass fire. The Sioux City Fire Rescue department says five adults lived in the residence and that only the homeowner was there when the structure caught fire Tuesday. The homeowner escaped safely, and no other injuries were reported.

The Hinton fire chief says he doesn’t have details about the birds but says the owners gave authorities permission to take them to an area pet shelter. The Sioux City Journal reports the grass fire started on the Woodbury County line and spread north into Plymouth County. Firefighters worked for several hours to extinguish the blaze.

It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the fire.

1 arrest/2 citations issued overnight in Red Oak

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April 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak made one arrest and issued two citations overnight Tuesday into early this (Wednesday) morning. Officials say at around 8:25-p.m., an officer stopped a vehicle in the 2000 block of North 4th Street, for having an expired registration tag. A passenger in the vehicle, 44-year old Shelby JoAnn Olivares, of Red Oak, was seen sitting next to an open container of alcohol. The woman admitted the container was hers. She was cited for Open Container and released from the scene.

And, just after midnight, Red Oak Police arrested 27-year old Derek Daniel Bergeson, of Red Oak, for having an Animal At Large, in violation of City Code. Bergeson was cited and released. His court date is pending.

Month of March was 7th driest in 143 years

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April 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The just completed month of March was one of the driest in the state’s history. State Climatologist Harry Hillaker says the statewide average precipitation for the month amounted to just under six-tenths of an inch. “This ranked as the seventh driest March in 143 years of records,” Hillaker says. “You have to go back 21 years to 1994 for the last time we had a drier month of March in the state.”

The statewide average temperature for the month was 37.5 degrees, which is slightly warmer than normal. In Atlantic, we received just 32-one hundredths of an inch of rain last month (nearly 1/3 of an inch). The statewide average temperature for the month was 37.5 degrees, which is slightly warmer than normal. The average High here in Atlantic was 56.5 degrees. The average Low was 24.6 degrees.

The month of March featured some interesting temperature extremes. We had temperatures down to minus-17 degrees on March 5 in Stanley in northeast Iowa and up to 90-degrees just 11 days later in Sioux City,” Hillaker says. “That was the earliest we’ve hit 90-degrees in the state…it came on March 16.”

The dry spell will be interrupted across much of the state on this first day of April as showers and severe storms are in the forecast. We’ve actually had 10 consecutive wetter-than-normal Aprils, so we’re certainly getting off to a quick start this April as well,” Hillaker says. The months of January, February and March enter the Iowa record books as 12th driest first three months to the start of a year. “About half of what we’ve had this year came in one storm — the big snowstorm we had January 31 into February 1,” Hillaker says. “Otherwise, it’s been quite dry so far.”

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Police chief testifies in 2nd Iowa man’s murder trial

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April 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

BOONE, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa police chief testified Tuesday that a man accused of killing his former roommate in 2009 admitted to the crime during an interview. The second trial of 55-year-old John Green began with opening statements from attorneys and testimony from Sac City Police Chief John Thompsen. Green is charged with first-degree murder in 58-year-old Mark Koster’s death in Sac City.

Green’s first trial was held in Webster County because his attorney argued that pretrial publicity would make it impossible for Green to receive a fair trial in Sac City. The same argument was used against holding the second trial in Fort Dodge. The first ended in a mistrial. Koster was declared missing in 2010. His remains were found in the basement of his home in 2012.