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Red Oak man arrested for trespassing


November 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak, Sunday, arrested a man who violated the terms of a court order issued for No Trespassing at 307 E. Market Street. Authorities say 24-year old Kristopher James Koon, of Red Oak, was taken into custody on the property at around 2:35-p.m.  He was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and charged with Trespass. His bond was set at $300.

MO. Valley berry farm among 9 businesses to receive USDA grants

Ag/Outdoor, News

November 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Nine Iowa businesses have won rural development grants from the U-S-D-A worth more than one-point-two million dollars. Among them, is Sawmill Hollow, in Missouri Valley, which received $250,000 in grant funds to help market an organic aronia berry product line in 15 key markets.

U-S-D-A Rural Development State Director, Bill Menner, says the grants are part of the “Value-Added Producer” program. “These grants are intended to help ag producers add value to their products. Sometimes they’re doing feasibility studies, sometimes it’s working capital, sometimes it’s helping them to promote the products. But these are all value-added producers who are doing really interesting things in rural communities,” Menner says.

The producers make and grow a variety of items, including goat cheese and lotions. “There’s an orchard that’s going to produce hard cider,” Menner says, “three different dairies using working capital to enhance or increase their production, and there’s even a grower out in western Iowa who is growing what are called aronia berries — which are the new super fruit.” The grants range from 43-thousand up to 250-thousand dollars.

“These producers have to show us a plan for their business, they have to show us how they’ll use the money, they have to have feasibility built into it. It’s actually a pretty complicated process,” Menner says.

Also included among the grant recipients, was Penoach Winery and Nursery in Adel, which received $48,000 in grant funds will be used to assist the winery to expand markets and increase sales.

(Radio Iowa)

Minor injuries during I-80 rollover in Pott. County, Sunday


November 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A man and woman from Illinois suffered minor injuries during a rollover accident Sunday night, in Pottawattamie County. The Iowa State Patrol reports the driver of the car, 20-year old Marcos Alonzo, and his passenger, 18-year old Nancy Moreno-Martinez, both of Melrose Park, IL., were traveling west on Interstate 80 at around 8:35-p.m., when the 2007 Dodge Caliber they were in went off the road to the left, about 3-miles northeast of Council Bluffs.

Alonzo over-corrected, causing the car to enter a ditch on the right, where it slid sideways until coming into contact with a post and concrete drainage system. The impact caused the vehicle to roll over before it came to rest in a waterway, on its passenger side.

Both subjects were transported to Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs by Underwood Rescue. Moreno-Martinez suffered a broken right hand and was admitted for observation, while Alonzo was treated and released. Authorities said both were wearing their seat belts when the crash took place.

Drivers won’t get relief from I-29 construction this winter


November 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Construction work will continue on Interstate 29 in the Sioux City area through winter, so drivers won’t get much of a break this year. The Sioux City Journal reports the seven-year widening project is reaching one of its most-complicated stages. So even as this year’s work wraps up, new projects will be getting started.

Iowa Department of Transportation’s Dakin Schultz says seven bridges will be replaced during the next phase of the project, and work on two of those bridges will start during winter. Schultz says next year will be a tough one for motorists because of all the projects that are planned that will require detours.

Major construction is expected to continue in 2019, but some finishing work may stretch in to 2020.

2 arrests Saturday in Montgomery County


November 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County report two arrests took place Saturday. Red Oak Police arrested 24-year old Kiley Brian Caron, of Red Oak, at around 9:45-p.m., on charges of Domestic Abuse Assault and Interference with Official Acts. Caron was transported to the Montgomery County Jail, where he was being held without bond pending an appearance before a magistrate.

And, at around 7:20-p.m., Saturday, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 21-year old Cody Benjamin Carrol Johnson, of Stanton, on a Page County warrant for Domestic Abuse Assault. Johnson was turned over to the Page County Sheriff’s Office and held on a $300 cash bond.

Service providers fear fee cuts under Medicaid privatization


November 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The plan to privatize Iowa’s Medicaid services beginning in January includes a new payment scheme that cuts reimbursements for some organizations helping people with physical, mental or developmental disabilities. Some care providers say the loss is enough to force smaller organizations to close, leaving the people they serve scrambling to find services.

Mental health centers and organizations providing services for people with physical or intellectual disabilities say the Iowa Department of Human Services new payment plan is unworkable for some. A mental health center in Creston expects to lose $150,000 and a nonprofit provider in Burlington faces a loss of about $168,000.

The DHS says the new pay structure simplifies reimbursements and is not intended to cut payments. The agency says it will work with providers facing lower reimbursements.


Iowa early News Headlines: Sun., Nov. 15, 2015


November 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton is defending her campaign contributions from Wall Street by invoking her work to help the financial sector rebuild after the September 11th attacks, raising eyebrows among her Democratic challengers and Republicans alike. During Saturday’s second Democratic debate in Des Moines, Clinton was put on the defensive by rival Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders when he said Wall Street had been the major contributor to her campaigns. Clinton’s other debate opponent, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, called it a “gaffe.”

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders says the business model of Wall Street is “fraud.” Sanders is challenging Hillary Rodham Clinton on her ties to Wall Street as he promises to aggressively take on the nation’s largest banks.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — The city of Mason City has announced five finalists to fill the role of police chief after current Chief Mike Lashbrook announced his plans to retire at the end of the year. The Globe Gazette reports that residents will get the chance to meet the finalists and their spouses during an open house Monday evening at City Hall.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa River Trail between Benton Street and Myrtle Drive in Iowa City will be closed to allow repairs to be made to a storm sewer in the area. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that weather permitting, the closure will begin Monday. Officials anticipate both the trail and parking lot will reopen by December 1st.

Woman charged after reportedly hitting girl with cellphone


November 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) — A Storm Lake woman faces a child endangerment charge after authorities allege she hit a child in the head with a cellphone. The Sioux City Journal reports that police arrested the 38-year-old woman after being called to home in Storm Lake by the Iowa Department of Human Services, which reported possible child abuse involving a 7-year-old girl.

Police and agency personnel say they found the girl suffering from a head injury. After an investigation, officials determined that the woman had hit the girl with a cellphone as a form of discipline.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 11/14/2015

News, Podcasts

November 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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


Fatal crash in Dallas County Saturday morning


November 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

One person died in a crash involving a car and a semi in Dallas County early this (Saturday) morning. The Iowa State Patrol says 28-year old Danny Lynn Dunton, of Van Meter, who was wearing his seat belt, died in the crash that happened at around 1:35-a.m. just off the Van Meter exit from Interstate 80 westbound.

Officials say Dunton had begun to exit the interstate, when the 2014 VW he was driving came into contact with a 2016 tractor-trailer that was parked on the shoulder of the exit ramp. Following the collision, the VW came to rest on its top in the ditch. The operator of the semi, 52-year old James Ronald Renshaw, of Council Bluffs, was not hurt.

The accident remains under investigation.