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Glenwood and Red Oak Teachers win Outstanding Teacher Awards


April 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Two southwest Iowa teachers are the recipients of the 2012 Charles E. Lakin Outstanding Teacher Award. Kay Fast, High School Vocal Instructor at Glenwood, and Melinda Smits, kindergartner teacher at Inman Elementary in Red Oak received their awards during special ceremonies held Monday. Both instructors received $10,000, while their school districts received $2,500. Named after a well-known philanthropist, the Lakin award is presented to teachers or counselors in 25 Iowa school districts within 40 miles of Emerson, Lakin’s hometown. Lakin and wife Florence Swoboda Lakin currently reside in Malvern.

Lakin created the award as a way to give back to teachers, who were a big influence on his life. His mission is to reward teachers who entice students to come to school each day, and to emphasize the vital role of teachers in rural communities. Teachers in large urban communities such as Council Bluffs and Lewis Central were excluded from the award. Administrators were also excluded.

7AM Newscast 04-24-2012

News, Podcasts

April 24th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson


Farm Bureau awards $180,000 to current and future college students


April 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) has awarded $1,000 scholarships for tuition to 180 students who plan to study agriculture at their chosen colleges and universities. Six recipients were selected from each of the nine IFBF districts.  Scholarships were awarded to children of Farm Bureau members who plan to or currently attend an accredited college, university or community college to earn two or four-year degrees. 

First-time Farm Bureau scholarship recipients include 54 graduating high school seniors or students currently enrolled in their chosen college or university.  Students are eligible to renew the scholarships for up to four years by maintaining a minimum grade point average of 2.5 and by being a student in good standing with the college or university. 

Among the 1st time recipients was:

(listed by hometown/name/parents/future or current college choice)

Audubon, Stacey Bruch, Brian and Nancy Bruch, Des Moines Area Community College

Corning, Haley Holbrook, Jerry and Tracy Holbrook, Iowa State University

Greenfield, Rob Mensing, Bruce and Di Mensing, Iowa State University

Griswold, Abigail Leighton, Scott and Angela Leighton, Iowa State University

Harlan, Nathan Ohms, Neil and Melanie Ohms, Iowa State University

Henderson, Samantha Keast, Russell and Diane Keast, Iowa State University

First-time applicants were asked to write an essay indicating the contributions they expect to make to agriculture and the rural community.  They also were selected based on their academic achievement, financial need, community and extracurricular involvement and letters of recommendation.

Preparations continue for 4th Annual T-Fred Memorial Tournament

News, Sports

April 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Trevor Frederickson Mem. Fund Logo (Courtesy Melanie Petty)

The Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund is preparing for the 4th Annual T-Fred Memorial Golf Tournament to be held Saturday, August 11, at the Nishna Hills Golf Course. While organizers say their mailing won’t go out until early June, they do have t-shirts available for sale now. The royal blue and silver t-shirts are $12 each and feature this year’s saying “Laid a lot of memories down, like tattoos on this town”. Melanie Petty, Fund representative, says “The saying is taken from Jason Aldean’s song, “Tattoos on This Town.’ The chorus of that song not only fits how Trevor lived but also what the Fund hopes to do in his memory.

Petty says the Fund’s logo is the tribal tattoo Trevor had designed of his name, making the saying even more appropriate.”  

(Here is the chorus to “Tattos on this town”: “It sure left its mark on us, We sure left our mark on it, We let the world know we were here, With everything we did, We laid a lot of memories down, Like tattoos on this town”)

To date, proceeds from the Annual T-Fred Tournament have funded over $35,000 in academic scholarships and donations to a variety of groups and organizations.  For information about the upcoming tournament or to order a t-shirt, contact Melanie Petty at 712-249-3696 or melaniepetty05@hotmail.com. Updates on the Fund’s activities can be found on KJAN, or by following the Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund on Facebook.

Both parties in House agree on approach to sex offenders


April 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Republicans and Democrats in the Iowa House have forged what they believe is a compromise that will let nursing home residents and their families know when registered sex offenders move into the home. It would also keep the state’s most violent sex offenders who’ve been kept in a special prison unit after their sentences have been served from being transferred to nursing homes. Representative Bruce Hunter, a Democrat from Des Moines, says it’s a good approach. “This issue does require kind of a fine, tight-roping act to make sure that we take care of some of our most vulnerable citizens of our state,” he says, “but yet make sure that we don’t trample over the rights of innocent people here.” The compromise plan passed the House Monday afternoon on a 97 to zero vote. Last week Democrats and Republicans in the Senate had a severe disagreement over this issue last week and it’s unclear whether the Democratically-led Senate will accept this latest plan developed in the House.

(O. Kay Henderson/Radio Iowa)

Wet weather hampers corn planting in Iowa

Ag/Outdoor, News

April 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa farmers are off to slow start in planting corn as cool, wet weather hampers the progress. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says nine percent of Iowa’s corn crop is now planted, behind the five-year average of 16 percent. Less than one percent of the soybean crop is in the ground. The USDA says last week’s weather was unfavorable for planting, and farmers are waiting for fields to dry out. However, the rain improved soil moisture, with topsoil at 88 percent adequate or surplus. Subsoil moisture also improved. Temperatures ranged from the upper 20s to the 70s The report says normal rainfall during the week, just shy of an inch, was exceeded in the northern half of Iowa and came up short in the southern half.

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., April 24th 2012


April 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama will speak at a charity lunch in Omaha on Tuesday. Obama is the featured speaker at Tuesday’s fundraiser for Girls Inc. After the lunch, Obama will speak at campaign events in Omaha and Des Moines, Iowa. Girls Inc. provides educational and recreational programs for girls.

RUDD, Iowa (AP) — The Floyd County attorney says a 17-year-old Mason City boy was shot to death at a house near Rudd in north-central Iowa. County Attorney Normand Klemesrud has identified the teen as Hunter True. He died Sunday. No arrests have been made and the investigation continues.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Nearly every coach in the Big 12 will swear that spring practice shows just how far away their team is from playing a real game. For new Kansas coach Charlie Weis, it’s far from hyperbole. The Jayhawks have issues on both sides of the ball.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Police have identified a suspect in an Iowa City bank robbery who fled the scene on a motorcycle and led authorities on a chase. No injuries were reported in yesterday’s robbery at a Hills Bank branch. Police say 34-year-old Eric Martin of Davenport faces several charges, including first-degree robbery.

Carson man sentenced to 14-months in prison


April 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The U-S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa said Monday that 38-year old Jerry Lee Dawson, of Carson, was sentenced Friday to 14-months in prison for possessing a firearm as a felon.  United States District Court Senior Judge Ronald Longstaff, also ordered Dawson to serve a three-year term of supervised release following his incarceration.

On February 22nd, Dawson entered a guilty plea to possessing a firearm after being convicted of a felony offense. The federal charge
arose from a traffic stop conducted by the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Department on June 29, 2011. During the traffic stop, a 12 gauge shotgun and ammunition were recovered from the vehicle Dawson was driving.

The investigation was conducted by the Pott. County Sheriff’s Office, Pott. County Attorney’s Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

Branstad announces disaster help after storms


April 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad says individual disaster assistance programs are available for some residents dealing with storm damage in Fremont and Union counties. Tornadoes hit on April 14 in Thurman and Creston. The programs provide grants of up to $5,000 for households with an income at or below twice the federal poverty level, or a maximum of $37,000 annual income for a family of three. Grants are available for home or car repairs, clothing and temporary housing. Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for expenses.

Atlantic School Board to hold work session Tuesday


April 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic School District’s Board of Education will hold a work session Tuesday evening at the High School. On the agenda for their 7-p.m. session, is approval of resignations, a closed session, an update on the Schuler and Washington Building Leadership Teams (BLT), a report from Technology Coordinator Roger Warne, on a Technology Purchasing Plan, and discussion with regard to additional Elementary Classroom space.