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Project bringing back signs honoring Union veterans on Highway 6

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May 31st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The group Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War is working on a long-term way to remember soldiers who served in the Union Army.  Highway 6, which runs from Council Bluffs to Davenport was named the Grand Army of the Republic Highway in 1947, but many of the road signs proclaiming the highway’s name have vanished. Dan Rittel is leading the campaign to get support from small towns along the highway to put up new signs.

GAR Hwy 6“It’s overwhelmingly positive. I haven’t had any negative reaction yet. Most of these towns are eager, I think they see it as a way to honor their local veterans as well as veterans at large,” according to Rittel.  When the project is finished, motorist along the route will see signs featuring a gold star, will designate Highway-6 as the “Grand Army of the Republic Highway.”

“It’s not really kind of in the forefront any more. It’s basically just honoring these veterans and the work that they did after the Civil War,”  Rittel says. There will be nearly 60 signs, so travelers through places like Anita, Brooklyn and Wilton, will know they are driving down the Grand Army of the Republic Highway.

(Radio Iowa)

Summer Garden Webinar Series Available for Local Gardeners

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 31st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic, Iowa – The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program is again offering a summer webinar series in 2016. The series is free, and open to anyone interested in attending to learn more about the benefits of shade in landscape, tree problems and native garden insects. In addition, Master Gardeners who attend will gain educational hours for attending. The Cass County Extension office in Atlantic will be one of the host sites for these two-hour webinars in June, July and August of 2016.

Master GardnerDetails for the summer webinars at the Cass County location:

  • Tuesday, June 14 at 6:30 PM – Got Shade? ISU Extension and Outreach horticulturist Denny Schrock will teach participants how to utilize shade plants in the landscape while focusing on plants native to Iowa.
  • Tuesday, July 12 at 6:30 PM – Getting to the Bottom of Tree Problems with Lina Rodriguez-Salamanca, ISU Extension and Outreach plant pathologist and diagnostician with the ISU Plant and Insect Clinic. Participants will become familiar with some of the common symptoms of tree problems and learn what to keep an eye out for.
  • Tuesday, August 9 at 6:30 PM – What’s all the Buzz About? Nathan Brockman is the curator of the butterfly wing of Reiman Gardens at Iowa State University. Attendees will learn about insects native to Iowa and what to do to increase the enjoyment of these six-legged garden visitors.

To register, contact the Cass County Extension Office at 712-243-1132 or email keolson@iastate.edu. The webinars are free of charge and open to anyone who may be interested.

(Press Release from Cass County Extension)

Women, Land and Legacy to Host Beef Event

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 31st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Iowa ranks in the top ten states in all things beef.  On Thursday, June 16th, join Women, Land & Legacy of Southwest Iowa in learning details about different kinds of cattle operations and where your beef products come from. The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a supper served by the Mills-Montgomery County Cattlemen.  The meal will be held at the Will & Deb Frazee Century Farm at 1080 230th St., Emerson.  Following supper, The Frazee family will present information about their cow-calf operation.

As a group, they will then caravan to Gregory Feedlots, located on J-18 between Randolph and Tabor.  David Trowbridge will give a presentation and a tour of the feedlot operation beginning around 7:45 p.m.  The event is expected to conclude at approximately 8:30.

image003Not only will this be a wonderful learning opportunity for women interested in learning more about varying aspects of ag production, it will provide excellent information to youth who might be contemplating a career in beef production, or 4-H and FFA members enrolled in either market or breeding beef projects.

This event is open to anyone, with pre-registration required by Monday, June 13th.  To register, call Iowa State University Extension & Outreach-Mills County at (712) 527-3316, Fremont County at (712) 374-2351, or Montgomery County at (712) 623-2592.  Special accommodations may be requested by contacting these offices.  The cost is $5 per person, including the meal, payable at the door.  Proceeds will be used to offset the cost of the program.  Participants should dress casually and appropriately for the outdoors, and wear close-toed shoes.

This event is sponsored through a partnership of Fremont, Mills and Montgomery counties Farm Service Agency, Soil and Water Conservation District, Iowa State University Extension & Outreach, and Women, Land & Legacy of Southwest Iowa.  Women, Land & Legacy is committed to offering learning opportunities for rural women in areas such as business, management, agriculture and family.

(Press Release from Montgomery County Extension)

Adair County Supervisors to act on township clerk appointment

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May 31st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Adair County Board of Supervisors, Wednesday, will receive the resignation of the Greenfield Township Clerk. The Board is then expected to act on an appointment to the position, if a person is available. In other business, the Board will receive a regular report from County Engineer Nick Kauffman, who will also present documents for signing related to plans for bridge and other projects.

The meeting will conclude with a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) presentation. The Adair County Board of Supervisors’ meeting begins at 9-a.m, Wednesday.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 5/31/16

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May 31st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

More area and State News, from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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Creston Police arrest & theft/vandalism report (5/31/16)

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May 31st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Creston Police Department has released a report on recent arrests and thefts. Officials say 19-year old Wayne Signs, of Creston, was arrested Saturday night for Possession of drug paraphernalia and Criminal Mischief in the 5th degree. He was later released on a promise to appear in court. Saturday morning, Creston Police arrested 48-year old Joel Weeks, of Creston, on an assault charge. Weeks was released from the Union County Jail on a promise to appear in court, and later transferred to the custody of Polk County Sheriff’s Deputies. And, on Friday, 18-year old Dakota Williams, of Creston, was arrested for Driving While Suspended. He was later released on $300 bond.

Authorities said also, four incidents of theft or vandalism were reported. On Monday, a woman reported someone stole a red, Murray 22-inch mower off the front porch of her home in the 300 block of New York Avenue, in Creston. The loss was estimated at $156. That same afternoon, a resident reported someone had broken into his home in the 500 block of W. Adams Street, and taken a blanket and jacket. The loss was estimated at $400.

Last Saturday, a resident of Maryville, MO., reported to Creston Police someone had keyed his vehicle while it was parked on the south side of 1100 block of E. Irving Street, in Creston. The damage was estimated at $500. And, on on Friday, a resident of the 1500 block of Maranatha Lane, in Creston, reported someone had stolen 5 traffic barricades from the intersection of Sumner & Prairie Streets. The bottoms of all barricades were left behind, but the cone, top sections were missing. The loss was estimated at $500.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 5/31/2016

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May 31st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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

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Legal issues remain unresolved in Sioux City casino dispute

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May 31st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Legal issues remain unresolved following the Iowa Supreme Court’s decision not to rule on the closure of the former Argosy Sioux City riverboat casino. Last week the high court rejected the Belle of Sioux City’s request to review an Iowa Appeals Court decision that upheld previous rulings leading to the casino closure.

The Sioux City Journal reports that among the legal issues still pending is a breach of contract lawsuit Penn National Gaming Co. filed against Missouri River Historical Development, the state-licensed nonprofit gambling group that had held Woodbury County’s gambling license with the Belle of Sioux City, a subsidiary of Penn National.

There’s also the matter of nearly $1.8 million in revenue-sharing payments the Argosy owner withheld from the gambling group during the last year the casino operated.

Accident on I-80 in Cass County Tue. morning

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May 31st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

(Update 5:52-a.m.) vehicle removed from the roadway, all lanes open

Atlantic Fire & Rescue, Marne 1st Responders and Medivac Ambulance were dispatched to a single-vehicle accident early this morning on Interstate 80, in Cass County. Dispatch reports at 5:11-a.m. indicated a subject was in shock following the accident that took place about a mile east of the Elk Horn (Highway 173) exit off I-80 eastbound, and during which all of the vehicles’ airbags deployed. It’s unclear if there were any serious injuries. At least one person was transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital to be checked for possible injuries.

A man and woman from Colorado were in the 4-door Chevrolet vehicle. Authorities said they were in their early 20’s.

Additional information is not available at this time.

Red Oak man arrested for OWI Monday night

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May 31st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak arrested a man late Monday night, on an OWI charge. 26-year old Shadoe Lane Steeve, of Red Oak, was arrested just before 11-p.m. in the 1800 block of N. Broadway Street, and brought to the Montgomery County Jail, where his bond was set at $1,000.