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Euken earns Bob Joslin Excellence in Ag Award

Ag/Outdoor, News

December 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) say the passion Stacie Euken has for agriculture is clear from her countless leadership positions with various organizations and dedicated work to help tell the story of Iowa agriculture. Euken’s commitment to youth interested in agriculture and contributions to the local community has earned her the 2015 Bob Joslin Excellence in Agriculture Award from the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation.

Stacie Euken

Stacie Euken

Euken received the award at the 97th IFBF annual meeting in Des Moines on Dec. 2nd. The award honors a young farmer who demonstrates outstanding leadership qualities in Farm Bureau, agriculture, and his/her community. Euken and her husband Eric own and operate a diversified farm operation near Wiota, consisting of corn, soybeans, alfalfa, a cow/calf herd, beef feedlot, and a small farrow-to-finish niche swine operation.

Euken has been an active leader in Iowa agriculture for many years, first joining the Cass County Farm Bureau board of directors in 2008. While serving on the county board, Euken has twice been elected membership chair, served as vice president, and is currently in her third year as the county president.

Stacie’s passion is sharing the story of Iowa agriculture with as many people as possible, and that includes helping others share that message. Euken was instrumental in helping organize a Teachers Academy through the Iowa Ag Literacy Foundation to provide farm tours to teachers and share ways to incorporate agriculture education into their classrooms. Additionally, Euken volunteers for the Cass County 4-H, Atlantic FFA Alumni Chapter, Iowa Pork Producers Association, and is a member of the Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Soybean Association, and Iowa Cattlemen’s Association.

As the Joslin Award winner, Euken receives a $1,500 Home and Workshop certificate
from John Deere, the award sponsor, a 90-day no-principle and no-interest (NPNI)
John Deere Financial Certificate up to $5,000, a $750 FAST STOP gift card from
GROWMARK, and expense-paid trips to the 2016 American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Annual Convention in Orlando, and the 2016 GROWMARK annual meeting in Chicago in August.

The Excellence in Ag Award is given in memory of Bob Joslin, who served as IFBF
president from January 1986 to December 1987 and was known for his support and
encouragement of young farmers.

1 teen dead, 2 injured in Bluffs crash Friday morning

News

December 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

One died and two others were injured during a rollover accident Friday morning, in Pottawattamie County. Council Bluffs Police say a front seat passenger in a 2004 Mazda driven by 16-year old Kaitlyn Renshaw, of Council Bluffs, was partially ejected from the vehicle and died when it landed on its side following the crash that happened at around 10:20-a.m. The victim was identified as 16-year old Haley Wright, from Council Bluffs.

Officials say the car was traveling westbound on Interstate 80 near mile marker 4 when the vehicle went out of control, and rolled over, sliding down an embankment on the north side of the road before coming to rest. Renshaw suffered significant, but non-life threatening injuries. A rear seat passenger in the car, 16-year old Ethan Conger, of Council Bluffs,  suffered minor injuries. Both were transported to the University of Nebraska Medical Center, in Omaha.

The accident remains under investigation by the Council Bluffs Police Department’s Special Operations Unit.

(Update) 17-year old from Atlantic at UNMC following crash

News

December 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A 17-year old male from Atlantic was injured during a crash that happened just after 10-p.m. Thursday, near Atlantic’s southeast side. Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green told KJAN News there’s a lot of information that cannot be released due to HIPPA regulations, but he acknowledged the vehicle the teen was driving was traveling west on 22nd Street when the vehicle went out of control near the intersection with Palm. The vehicle struck a power pole before coming to rest. Green said the youth was not wearing a seat belt.

The teen was outside the vehicle on the ground, when police arrived. He was transported by Medivac Ambulance to the Cass County Memorial Hospital and later to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. A report on his condition, and other information concerning the crash is not available. The accident remains under investigation.

Gov. Terry Branstad orders flags lowered to half-staff in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

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December 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Gov. Terry E. Branstad has ordered all flags in Iowa be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday, December 7, 2015, in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Flags will be at half-staff on the State Capitol Building and on flag displays in the Capitol Complex, and upon all public buildings, grounds, and facilities throughout the state.

Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.

Accident closes part of I-80 in C. Bluffs

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December 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Westbound Interstate 80 is closed near the 4-mile marker after a single-vehicle accident. The Daily NonPareil says according to the Pottawattamie County Communication Center, the accident occurred just before 10:30 a.m., though it’s unclear what caused the crash.

Authorities are diverting traffic off of I-80 at the U.S. Highway 6 exit and onto I-29 southbound. No immediate word on injuries.

Shotgun deer season opens Saturday

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

December 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The first shotgun deer season opens this weekend on the heels of what has been a successful bow season. Iowa Department of Natural Resources wildlife research technician, Jim Coffey, says hunters have already reported taking more than 27-thousand deer. “We’ve had an excellent fall with weather conditions and the crops came out early, and the hunters have had some great days to be out there. So, I think that has helped increase the number of people in the field and also increase license sales,” Coffey says. Coffey says he doesn’t expect any drop in hunters taking to the field this season.

He says the license sales for the shotgun season have been right on track to be about the same amount as last year. With license sales doing well, he expects the harvest numbers to be right around last year too. “Reported harvest last year was right at about 100-thousand deer and that’s what we would expect this year — unless there’s some major phenomenon in the weather — we should track pretty similarly,” according to Coffey. The weather is expected to warm up this weekend and Coffey says the weather conditions can really dictate the success of the hunt.

“Weather impacts the hunters as much or more than it does the deer. And sometimes warmer weather is just a little more difficult because the deer can spread themselves out,” Coffey explains. “It’ll be an interesting weekend, it will be a little muddy in some places. It should be nice weather, but that can actually make it more difficult to deer hunt.” The D-N-R surveys the deer population to try and keep it under control. Coffey though doesn’t talk about deer numbers in specific areas.

“Populations are something that are very difficult to talk about across the entire state because there is so much difference in the habitat from north to south and east and west. So we talk about trends more than anything,” Coffey says. He says if you saw deer last year in the places you normally hunt, there should be plenty of deer in those areas again this year.

This first shotgun deer season begins Saturday and runs through next Wednesday. The second shotgun season is December 12th through the 20th. The archery season closes Saturday to allow for the shotgun season and will re-open on December 21st. The late muzzleloader season opens at the same time and both will run through January 10th.

(Radio Iowa)

Clarke County man arrested in Creston

News

December 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Union County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest today (Friday), of a man from southern Iowa’s Clarke County. 48-year old Ike Matthew Findley, of Murray, was arrested just after 5-a.m.  at the Union County Law Enforcement Center, for violation of a protection order. Findley was being held without bond in the Union County Jail until making an appearance before the Magistrate.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 12/4/2015

News, Podcasts

December 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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

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Iowa hospital systems sign Medicaid contracts amid concerns

News

December 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Three of Iowa’s largest hospital-and-clinic systems have signed contracts to provide care to patients who will be enrolled in new Medicaid managed-care programs. Gov. Terry Branstad’s office announced Thursday that the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, UnityPoint Health and Genesis Health System have signed such contracts.

The Des Moines Register reports that Democratic lawmakers have expressed concern that Branstad’s plan to turn over administration of the $4 billion Medicaid program to private, for-profit companies is moving too quickly. The new system is to take effect Jan. 1st. Genesis spokesman Craig Cooper says his system has the same concerns, but that it signed up with two of the four managed-care contracts so as not to leave patients in the lurch.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 12/4/2015

News, Podcasts

December 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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

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