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Ft. Calhoun nuke station exercise & public meetings postponed TFN


August 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Region VII office announced today (Tuesday) that the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station public meeting and emergency response exercise, scheduled to take place this week near Fort Calhoun, Nebraska has been postponed until further notice. High wind speeds reaching approximately 90 mph were reported during a severe thunderstorm this morning, and power was lost. The power has since been restored and there are no safety concerns.REPP Logo

The states of Nebraska and Iowa along with Washington County in Nebraska and Pottawattamie and Harrison Counties in Iowa will work with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), FEMA and the Omaha Public Power District to reschedule the exercise for a future date to be determined. The exercise is a biennial requirement to determine the adequacy of the state and local radiological emergency preparedness and response plans. It tests the abilities of the state, the utility company, and participating counties to protect the health and safety of the public living and working in the vicinity of the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station.

The exercise requires the activation of emergency facilities operated by state, county and local units of government, all of which generating response activities that are evaluated by the FEMA Region VII Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) Program. Concurrently, the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station on-site performance is evaluated by officials from the NRC.

Members of the public will be informed when the exercise and the public meeting outlining the full-scale response exercise process, has been rescheduled.

Harlan Arrest Report


August 6th, 2013 by admin

The Harlan Police Department reports the arrest of 32-year old Ian Leib of Harlan on July 30th. Officers were called to the 300 block of Market Street for an intoxicated person that would not leave an open garage. Leib was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with Trespassing and Intoxication in public, which were enhanced due to four prior convictions.

Also on July 30th, the Harlan P-D took a report of a Troy Built weed eater that had been stolen from Renee Parrot of Harlan in the 1800 block of 7th Street. Police are following leads and the case remains under investigation.

On August 4th, Dillon Wells of Harlan reported that his 16 GB iPod had been stolen from Burger King, his place of employment. This case remains under investigation.

Atlantic man arrested on drug warrant


August 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Atlantic report the arrest on Monday of 42-year old Scott Haupert. The Atlantic man was taken into custody on a Cass County warrant for a Controlled Substance Violation. Haupert was booked into the Cass County Jail.

Harlan is ready to become “Christmas City” again


August 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

It’s still summer, but the Shelby County Board of Supervisors took action this (Tuesday) morning, to ensure the City of Harlan is bright and festive this winter. The Supervisors approved a $5,000 contribution from the building and grants fund, to go towards the Christmas Light Project. Officials with Shelby County, City of Harlan and Harlan Municipal Utilities are working together on the new project. The Hotel/Motel Tax Committee is also contributing as they approved a grant of $10,000 to the project.

Shelby County Auditor Marsha Carter told the board the plan is for the lights to be in tune with music. She said “There is a company out of Kansas City called Animated Lighting and actually does Christmas Lights for Disney. They go all over the nation and is working with a Council Bluffs Casino for one of their signs. They will do the Christmas lights with music. I think we have all seen that where the lights go with Christmas carols.”

The main lighting will go on the courtyard lawn on the east side of the square but Carter said lights will be over all over the square. The reason for the project is because Harlan was once known as Christmas city. Carter said “Everyone is working hard to get that name back. I remember as a kid Channel 7 would come up and film the downtown square.” The Christmas Light Project isn’t over with the one motion from the Supervisors. Carter said it will be an ongoing project with the plan to purchase an electronic tree down the road. This year and next year, the Harlan square will feature a real tree.

In other business, the Shelby County Engineer Dan Ahart discussed the recent closure of the bridge located on 1800th Street and Highway 191. The bridge has been closed because of damage and will not be repaired. Ahart said he is working with residence in the area to figure out a new entrance for all parties involved.  According to Ahart, “Typically what we like to do is make sure the landowners and people affected are in harmony. Worst thing to do is have a public hearing where you have two separate groups, one for and another against. So what we try to do is get the harmony before the paper work. Then go through the Iowa Code to hold the meeting to hear the comments and then actions taken by the Supervisors to do that.”

So far the engineer said he hasn’t had any problems with the residents. The county will come in and obliterate the road and use the good materials from the bridge in other projects. Ahart said the project will start later this year and hopes to have the entrance created for the landowners along with the land that was county land, to be used for farm ground next year. No action was taken by the Shelby County Supervisors.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

Cass Supervisors to act on abatement in Anita & Massena Urban Renewal request


August 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday, are expected to act on a couple of matters pertaining to the Cities of Anita and Massena. During the 9-a.m. meeting at the courthouse in Atlantic, the Board will act on approving an abatement of taxes on property belonging to the City of Anita, at 501 Maple Street, and Iowa Dept. of Transportation, for three parcels in the Right of Way.

The Supervisors will also act on approving a Resolution allowing the City of Massena to exercise Urban Renewal powers, pursuant to the Code of Iowa. During the past two Board of Supervisors’ meetings, Massena Mayor Linda Reineke presented information about the City’s Capital Improvements Plan (CIP), which illustrates that it is only the approximate $3.83-million for a Sanitary Sewer Collection System Relining Project that Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) could potentially finance in six-years. The other, approximately $8.17-million worth of projects are not included.

During last week’s meeting, Auditor Dale Sunderman recommended the Board consult legal counsel before proceeding, and that a public hearing be conducted before taking action. The Board took the recommendation under advisement.

At 11-a.m., the Board will receive an Iowa Counties Information Technologies’ evaluation of the Cass County Information Technology System.

Grassley to hold constituent meetings later this month


August 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley has announced plans to hold constituent meetings in 15 Iowa communities during the month of August. In the KJAN listening area, meetings will be held in Onawa, Denison, Carroll and Sac City.

On Monday, August 26th Grassley will be: In Onawa at the the Community Center, from 2:15-to 3:15-p.m.; In Denison, in the Community Room at Denison Municipal Utilities, from 4:30-to 5:30-p.m.; and in Carroll, from 6:30-to 7:30-p.m., at Charlie’s Steakhouse on U-S Highway 71 north.  And on Tuesday, August 27th, the Senator will be in Sac City, from 7:30-until 8:30-a.m., at the Law Enforcement Center (100 NE State Street).

With the scheduled meetings, Grassley will have been to every one of the state’s 99 counties this year, for meetings with Iowans. He’s held meetings in every county, every year since 1980, when he was first elected to the U-S Senate. All of the meetings are open to the public.

Atlantic photographer looks to donate school supplies


August 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A photographer in Atlantic is asking area residents to donate school supplies at her studios for distribution to schools in Cass County. Sue Fischer, of Sue Fischer Photography says the idea is based on a similar program in Omaha. Fischer said she decided to do something special this year, after 15-years in business. The idea is once the supplies are accumulated, they will be equally dispensed to the schools in Cass County.

Fischer says no purchase of her photography services is necessary. She says if donors of school supplies do elect to have a portrait taken, they will receive a free, extra portrait to take home. The school supplies will then be given to the children.

Fischer says there is no limit to the type of school supplies you can donate. The only exception is that the supplies must be new, and not used. They will be distributed first, among the schools in the Atlantic District, and then it will be on to CAM. Donations will be accepted at Fischer’s studios from tomorrow (Wed., Aug. 7th,) through the end of the month.

*Update-victim name corrected*Bluffs teen injured during rollover accident this morning


August 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A rural Council Bluffs teenager suffered non-life threatening injuries following a rollover accident early this (Tuesday) morning, in Pottawattamie County. According to Sheriff Jeff Danker, 16-year old Keagan Hedrick, who was wearing his seat belt,  was transported by LifeNet to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, for treatment of broken bones cuts, bruises and other, unknown injuries. Danker said the accident happened near 260th Street at around 6:20-a.m., as the teen was traveling east on Highway 92, enroute to football practice in Treynor.

The teen told authorities he fell asleep at the wheel of the 2005 Toyota minivan, and when he woke up saw his vehicle had drifted into the oncoming lane of traffic, where another vehicle was approaching. Hedrick swerved to avoid contact and lost control, causing the van to roll several times into the north ditch.

Danker said he wasn’t sure if the teen will be cited for Failure to Maintain Control, he said more importantly he’s just thankful the teen is still alive.

Mills County accidents reported


August 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Mills County say no injuries were reported following two recent accidents. On July 30th, a 1998 Lincoln driven by Denver Cook, of Glenwood, was traveling east at a high rate of speed on Highway 34, when Cook tried to make a left-hand turn onto 315th Street. His vehicle was traveling too fast to make the turn though, and went out of control. It hit a ditch head-on before traveling up an embankment through a cornfield and coming to rest in the south ditch of Highway 34, about one-half mile north of Malvern.

The other accident happened last Friday (Aug. 2nd), at around 2:35-p.m.  Officials say a 2007 Honda driven by Samuel Kalhorn, of Glenwood, was traveling south on 240th Street, when an unknown vehicle was headed northbound, partially in Kalhorn’s lane. When he swerved to avoid contact with the other vehicle, Kalhorn’s car hit a cable guardrail.

8AM Newscast 08-06-2013

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