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Cass County teen receive national honor for her art work


May 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A teenager from Cass County was honored Thursday afternoon as the winner of an art competition. Jessica Marshall, a Junior at the Griswold High School was recognized during a special ceremony held in the Griswold High School Auditorium. Iowa Republican Congressman David Young announced during the event that Marshall as the winner of a 3rd Congressional District Art Competition. Jessica says the sketch “Word Art: The Young Child,” was part of an assignment.

Jessica Marshall's award winning sketch.

Jessica Marshall’s award winning sketch.

She says the assignment was to choose a picture and add a 10 word description. Instead, she chose the words first and then the photo, which depicted despair, sorrow, helplessness and vulnerability. She created a pencil sketch of the photo that incorporated the words she chose. The award came as a complete surprise to Marshall, because she thought one of her classmates was getting an award. The chance to submit art work for the contest was optional for students in the class.

Despite receiving the award, she says she doesn’t see herself making a career out of being an artist. Marshall has received other awards and honors, but the Congressional award was by far the most prominent she’s received, so far. Congressman David Young said he’s thrilled to recognize people in the 3rd District for their efforts, talents and contributions to society.

Young says Jessica’s work will be displayed alongside works from students in much larger districts from across the country, in a hallway between the U-S House Buildings and the Capitol in Washington, D-C. Every time a member of the U-S House prepares to vote, they’ll walk by Marshall’s art and those of other students.

In addition to winning the award, Jessica Marshall will take a round-trip trip for two to Washington, D.C., on June 24th, for a special awards ceremony to honor all the competition winners. She may also be eligible to receive a $1,500 art scholarship. High school students from all 16 counties in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District submitted artwork. Jessica had the highest score from the judges, making her the winner. The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982, to provide an opportunity for Members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, more than 650,000 high school students have participated in the nationwide competition.

Emerald ash borers detected at 2 spots in Polk County

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Officials have found emerald ash borders in Polk County, home of the state capitol in Des Moines. A news release from the Iowa Agriculture Department said Friday that the tree-killing pests were found in Urbandale and West Des Moines. The department says the confirmation brings to 22 the number of Iowa counties where the insects have been found.

The larva of an emerald ash borer cuts off an ash tree’s flow of nutrients when deposited below the bark. Once infected, trees typically die within five years. The insects are native to Asia and were first spotted in the U.S. in 2002, when they showed up in the Detroit area. They devastated ash trees in Michigan and have spread to at least 21 other states.

Police: Brother of infant found in dumpster still missing


May 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

LA VISTA, Neb. (AP) – Authorities say they have not found the 5-year-old son of a woman whose body was found in southeast Omaha and whose infant brother was found alive in a dumpster near a suburban Omaha apartment complex. Omaha police Lt. Darci Tierney said Friday that officers are still looking for Josue Ramirez-Marinero, who was the subject of an Amber alert issued Thursday. The vehicle he was believed to be traveling in was found Thursday afternoon in Omaha.

Josue’s little brother, 11-month-old Angel Ramirez-Marinero, was wearing only a diaper when he was found around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Police say the body of his mother, 45-year-old Jesus Ismenia Marinero, was found Wednesday night. Her death has been ruled a homicide, but police have not released any details or reported any arrests.

Police were questioning a man who turned himself-in in connection with the case. Jusue Ramirez-Marinero’s father, Jose Ramirez, was taken into custody prior to Jusue’s disappearance, for being an illegal immigrant.

Threat of severe weather is statewide on Sunday

News, Weather

May 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Mother Nature may be very busy on Mother’s Day. After a full week of stormy weather, forecasters say Iowans see a brief break from the clouds today (Friday), while the rains will return tomorrow. Meteorologist Kurt Kotenberg, at the National Weather Service, says it appears likely much of the state may see severe weather on Sunday.

“It will probably start to get potentially bad early afternoon especially through the early evening,” Kotenberg says. “One of the things we’ll be working on today is to narrow it down to a more specific area. The southern part of the state has a little better chance than northern Iowa for severe weather, but we’re looking at a statewide threat, as of right now.”

While many Iowans may be traveling this weekend to celebrate the holiday, they may need to keep an umbrella handy, while some Iowans may need to retreat to the basement. “We could be looking at all modes of severe weather here in Iowa,” Kotenberg says. “We could see some hail, some damaging winds and maybe even a few tornadoes across the state. Stay tuned to the forecast the next couple of days as we try to pin it down a little more but it looks like it could be a pretty widespread severe weather threat for Sunday.”

Parts of Nebraska had tornadoes and severe flooding this week, while that state’s weekend forecast calls for up to eight inches of snow in the higher elevations of the Panhandle.  “It looks like we’ll get to miss out on the cold weather here in Iowa,” Kotenberg says. “It’ll be cooler, certainly. We’ll probably see temperatures drop down to the 40s and high temperatures in the 60s, maybe even the 50s, but no snow in the forecast here in Iowa. It’ll be cooler, but snow-free.”

The skies may start to clear on Monday, as the forecast calls for a return to calmer, more seasonable weather.

(Radio Iowa)

AAA: 37.2 Million Americans to Kick Off Summer with a Memorial Day Getaway


May 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Official with AAA Travel are projecting 37.2 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, a 4.7 percent increase from the 35.5 million people who traveled last year and the highest travel volume for the holiday in 10 years. Kicking off the summer driving season, 33 million travelers will be driving to their destinations. The Memorial Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, May 21 to Monday, May 25.images

Highlights from 2015 Memorial Day Travel Forecast: 

  • The 2015 Memorial Day forecast is expected to mark the highest travel volume for the holiday in 10 years, since 2005.
  • The 4.7 percent increase over Memorial Day 2014 is the highest forecast growth rate for any of the holidays tracked by AAA since Independence Day 2012.
  • More than 88 percent of travelers (33 million) will travel by automobile, an increase of 5.3 percent over last Memorial Day.
  • Holiday air travel is expected to increase 2.5 percent to 2.6 million leisure travelers.
  • Travel by other modes of transportation including cruises, trains and buses, is expected to decrease 3.6 percent this Memorial Day, to 1.64 million.
  • Travelers will encounter higher average daily car rental and lodging costs this year, while airfares are down slightly compared to Memorial Day 2014.

AAA’s projections are based on economic forecasting and research by IHS Global Insight. The Colorado-based business information provider teamed with AAA in 2009 to jointly analyze travel trends during major holidays. AAA has been reporting on holiday travel trends for more than two decades. The complete AAA/IHS Global Insight 2015 Memorial Day Travel Forecast can be found here.

Glenwood man arrested Thursday for assault


May 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Glenwood report just one arrest, Thursday. 31-year old Justin Mierau, of Glenwood, was arrested for Domestic Abuse assault. Mierau was being held in the Mills County Jail without bond, until an appearance before the magistrate.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 5/8/2015

News, Podcasts

May 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 8-a.m. Newscast w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.


Union County man arrested for assault; Pharmacy break-in investigated


May 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston say a Union County man was arrested Thursday at the Union County Jail, on a warrant for Assault with Serious Injury. 59-year old Michael Cihack, of Afton, was later released on a $5,000 cash bond.

And, Creston Police investigated a break-in,  and a dog bite, Thursday. Medicap Pharmacy, in Creston reported that sometime between 6-pm Wednesday and 7-a.m. Thursday, someone broke the glass front door of the business, and the building had been entered. Numerous pills were stolen. The damage and loss amounted to an estimated $17,100.

A resident on Vine Street in Creston told police a dog had bitten a child at his residence at around 6:20-p.m., Thursday. The owner of the animal, Betsy Bozwell, of Creston, was cited for allowing an animal to run at-large. The dog was quarantined by Animal Control.

(Podcast) KJAN News & funeral report, 5/8/2015

News, Podcasts

May 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:07-a.m. report w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson


Get ready for Tivoli Fest!


May 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Tivoli Fest, Elk Horn (Iowa’s) annual festival celebrating their Danish heritage, is set to take place May 23rd and 24th. Officials say this year, the two day event’s theme is “Where Memories and Movies are Made.” The 35th annual fest is packed with an assortment of activities sure to please visitors of all ages.

As in years past, Tivoli Fest has offered a wide variety of musical entertainment. Music can be heard all over town. Activities actually begin on Friday, May 22nd, when Brad Myers’ Band, will be performing at the Elk Horn Fire Station from 7 – to 10 p.m. Enjoy the opening of the Iowa Beer Tent. On Saturday, May 23rd, Ron Johnson, Accordionist of Scandinavian Melodies, will be performing at Noon at the Elk Horn Town Hall, 1:30 p.m. at the Elk Horn Fire Station and again at 5:00 p.m. at the Windmill Entertainment Stage.

Denmark’s Jensen & Bugge, along with Dwight “Red” Lamb, will perform from 1-to 2 p.m. and again from 6-to 7 p.m. at the Windmill Entertainment Stage. They will also perform at the Elk Horn Fire Station from 8-to 9 p.m.Foto Mette Bebe Juel_3535 Dwight will be playing traditional Danish tunes on his vintage G accordion, while Danish musicians, Mette Jensen and Kristian Bugge, play and sing along. Conclude your evening listening to “Usual Suspects”, starring Elk Horn native, Darla Hansen, at the Elk Horn Fire Station from 9 p.m. – to Midnight.

On Sunday, May 24th, Ron Johnson will perform at the Elk Horn Fire Station at 10 a.m.  And, beginning at 2 p.m., patriotic songs will be performed by local talent at the Veteran’s Memorial Park on Main Street Elk Horn during the Tribute to Ralph Hansen/Walk of Honor.

For further information see us at www.danishvillages.com.