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House fire reported in Menlo Mon. evening

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May 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Volunteer firefighters from Menlo, Casey and Stuart battled a house fire Monday night, on the north side of Menlo. Stuart Rescue was also on the scene. Guthrie County Sheriff’s officials say the 9-1-1 call came in at 6:05-p.m. Menlo Fire Chief Ben Gilman told KJAN News the blaze at 3317 Rose Avenue apparently started in the attic, but he wasn’t able to declare a cause.

While other firefighters were released from the scene at around 7:40-p.m., Menlo Fire remained to put out any hot spots. Gilman said the home sustained significant water damage, and the family was making other, temporary living arrangements. No injuries were reported.

Creston Police report, 5/5/15

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May 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Creston Police Department reports the arrest Monday evening of 46-year old Susan Lemon. The Creston woman was taken into custody for Driving While Barred. She was later released from the Union County Jail on $2,000 bond.

And a resident on South Stone Street, in Creston, reported to police Monday afternoon, someone had broken a plate glass window on his front door. The incident happened at around 4-p.m. Damage was estimated at $100.

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

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May 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

More area, and state news w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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IASB encourages Iowans to consider school board service

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May 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Association of School Boards urges Iowans who are passionate about education to consider running for election to their local school boards, in order to ensure a bright future for all children and communities across the state. Nominations for open seats on the state’s 336 local public school boards can be filed between July 6 and 5 p.m. on July 30, 2015. School board elections will take place Sept. 8th

Strong leadership in every school district is critical to moving education forward in this state. School board members play significant roles in their communities – members must have leadership, vision and dedication. School board members are locally elected public officials charged with accountability for student learning, determining educational goals, setting policy, overseeing school finances and other duties. Across Iowa, nearly 2,000 men and women serve on local school boards, guiding the education of more than 480,000 young people at an annual expenditure of more than $5.2 billion.

School board members are elected to serve four-year terms, with elections taking place in odd-numbered years. Those elected receive no pay. Experienced school board members say the rewards of service lie in meeting the needs of children and communities.

Nomination papers for school board seats are available from local school board secretaries. School board candidates must obtain the signatures of at least one percent of the qualified electors of the district or 50 electors, whichever is less, but at least 10 signatures. A free guide for board candidates, titled “Leaders Who Care,” can be found at www.ia-sb.org.

Board members for community colleges are also elected on Sept. 8. Board members for area education agencies, which provide specialized services to local schools, are elected by the boards of schools within each area.

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

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May 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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

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Fairfield restaurant captures “Iowa’s Best Burger” award

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May 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A restaurant in Fairfield beat out nine other establishments, including one in Creston and another in Clarinda, in capturing the title of “Iowa’s Best Burger.” The Iowa Beef Industry Council and Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, Monday, announced the winner of the contest as The Cider House, in Fairfield. The restaurant use all locally raised beef in creating their nearly 6.5-ounce burger patties. They use all the meat cuts from the cattle in a grind for their hamburger, whereas other establishments may use chuck, rib, sirloin and round cuts from the beef animal.

The Cider House staff are (from left) Hopi James, Skylar Messer, Annalisa Thompson, Cole Fishback, and Clint Stephenson.

The Cider House staff are (from left) Hopi James, Skylar Messer, Annalisa Thompson, Cole Fishback, and Clint Stephenson.

This year, Iowans submitted more than 4,000 votes nominating 286 restaurants in February and March. Those votes were used to select the Top Ten restaurants. The Top Ten were then independently visited and judged based on the hamburger’s taste, appearance, and proper serving temperature (160 degrees).

The judges found the beefy flavor at The Cider House to be the best. In fact, its hamburger is so good that it inspired one of the owners who was formerly a vegetarian to give meat another try. The Cider House exclusively features the beef from Adrian Family Farms. The cattle are raised like so many others in Iowa: pasture-grazed and corn-finished, and cared for with compassion and treated humanely.

Other restaurants that made the Top Ten with The Cider House are (alphabetically): Ankeny Diner, Ankeny; Big City Burgers & Greens, Des Moines; Down Right Delicious, Clarinda; Elm’s Club, Creston; First Street Grille, Keosauqua; Rides Bar & Grill, Fort Dodge; Saucy Focaccia, Cedar Rapids; The Ritz, Arnold’s Park; and Zombie Burger, Des Moines.

Previous winners in the contest are: 2014 – Brick City Grill, Ames; 2013—61 Chop House Grille in Mediapolis; 2012—Coon Bowl III in Coon Rapids; 2011—Rusty Duck in Dexter; and 2010—Sac County Cattle Company of Sac City.

Sioux City man accused of slamming 3-year-old into furniture

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May 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A 22-year-old Sioux City man is accused of slamming his live-in girlfriend’s 3-year-old son into the corner of a piece of furniture. Online court records say Markus Leon is charged with child endangerment causing serious injury and is being held in Woodbury County Jail.

Authorities say Leon was baby-sitting the boy and a 1-year-old child on April 22 and became angry when the boy’s noise kept waking up Leon, who was trying to sleep. Leon told officers that he lost his temper and slammed the boy into the furniture. The child later was diagnosed with a lacerated liver, a bruised spleen and a bruised kidney.

Sioux City teen gets 15 years in prison for failed robbery

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May 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A Sioux City teenager has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for a failed robbery. The Sioux City Journal reports the 17-year-old pleaded guilty in March to assault while participating in a felony and second-degree burglary. He must serve a mandatory minimum of five years in prison before he’s eligible for parole.

According to court documents, the 17-year-old and two others entered a Sioux City house. The documents say one of the suspects brandished a gun to try and steal drugs from a drug dealer, but was overpowered by the home’s occupants and held until police arrived. The 17-year-old and another other suspect fled and were arrested later. The two other people involved, both of Sioux City, were sentenced to 10 years in prison each.

Hamburg man arrested Monday night on assault and drug charges

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May 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s deputies in Fremont County arrested a man Monday night on assault and drug charges. Authorities say 24-year old Kevin Junior Booher, of Hamburg, was arrested at around 10:45-p.m. at the corner of E and Washington Streets, following an incident involving deputies.

The Sheriff’s Office says Booher was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on charges that include: 2 counts of Assault on a Peace Officer; Possession of a Controlled Substance; Interference with Official Acts, and Public Intoxication.

His bond was set at $3,600. Fremont County deputies were assisted at the scene by officers with the Tabor Police Department.

Iowa News Headlines: Tue., May 5th 2015

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May 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

CLARINDA (KJAN) – 2 students escaped from the Clarinda Academy early this (Tuesday) morning. The Native American males are both from South Dakota. Anyone with information on their location should call 9-1-1.

COUNCIL BLUFFS (KJAN) – Two men were injured when three unidentified men invaded their Council Bluffs home late Monday night. One of the suspects fired a shotgun during the incident, but no one was hurt as a result of the blast. The suspects got away with money and other items.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – Council Bluffs police charged a 39-year-old man with attempted murder after stopping his vehicle and finding him bleeding from stab wounds. Police charged David Leroy McKee, who is being treated at an Omaha hospital. After stopping McKee, he was treated and charged with attempted murder, first-degree burglary and felony domestic abuse assault.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The head of Iowa’s economic development agency says she will try to facilitate communication between labor leaders and officials overseeing construction of a $1.8 billion fertilizer plant that recently issued layoffs. Iowa Economic Development Authority Director Debi Durham says she is open to hosting a meeting with labor leaders and officials involved in the construction of Iowa Fertilizer. Iowa Fertilizer recently had about 3,000 workers at its construction site near Wever in southeastern Iowa. Layoffs were issued in April to more than 1,400 employees.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Ideal weather last week enabled Iowa farmers to make progress planting their corn and soybean crops. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says as of Sunday, farmers had planted 68 percent of the state’s corn crop and 11 percent of the soybean crop. Both figures are better than the five-year average. The USDA says 84 percent of farmland had adequate topsoil moisture, with 11 percent short and 5 percent in surplus.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Officials say the bird flu virus has been found in four more locations in Iowa, bringing the total number of poultry that must be killed in the state to more than 19 million. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship says new cases were reported at an egg-laying operation in Wright County with 2.8 million chickens and at three turkey farms. Two of the turkey farms are in Buena Vista County and one is in Cherokee County. State officials didn’t release the number of birds at the turkey operations.