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Firm seeks new spot for hog plant after Mason City says no

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) – Prestage Farms is pressing forward with plans to build a hog processing plant somewhere in Iowa, now that Mason City has said no. The City Council rejected an agreement Wednesday with Prestage to build a $240 million plant that the company says would have employed around 1,800 people.

Prestage spokeswoman Summer Lanier says the company is considering other Iowa locations but wouldn’t name them. Officials in Fort Dodge and Webster City both had been in talks with Prestage before the company chose Mason City. Fort Dodge officials say the city couldn’t afford the incentives Prestage wanted. Webster City Mayor John Hawkins says city officials will be reaching out for Prestage’s reconsideration.

Mason City residents who opposed the plant raised environmental issues and expressed concern about possible harm to property values.

Atlantic law firm receives Community Improvement Award

News

May 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce’ Image Committee has presented the Mailander Law Office with a “Community Improvement Award.” The award recognizes the successful efforts to improve a property in the Atlantic Area, and leave a positive impression on both their clients and the community.

The Mailander Law Office has been in existence since 1982 with an office in Anita. In November of 2012, they opened an office in Atlantic at 104 E. 5th Street. The Atlantic office is staffed by Attorney Jonathan “Jack” Mailander and staff Andrea Steffen and Emily Soper. Serving both the Atlantic and Anita offices are Attorneys James W. Mailander and Karen L. Mailander, with the assistance of the Anita staff of Brandi Sargent and Mona Christensen.

Pictured: Gene Fischer, Bill Saluk, Rich Perry, Gerald Brink, Ouida Hargens, Jim Mailander, Jack Mailander and Andrea Steffen.

Pictured: Gene Fischer, Bill Saluk, Rich Perry, Gerald Brink, Ouida Hargens, Jim Mailander, Jack Mailander and Andrea Steffen.

The Community Improvement Award is given to a business that takes pride in making Atlantic a welcoming and beautiful community by continuing to improve its appearance. If you would like to nominate a business or community member for a Community Improvement Award please contact the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce: 712-243-3017 or chamber@atlanticiowa.com.

Atlantic Boy found wandering the street is turned over to DHS

News

May 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A child found wandering the streets late Thursday evening in Atlantic, was at least temporarily turned over to officials with the Department of Human Services (DHS) for protective custody. Atlantic Police Lt. Jon Parsons told KJAN News the search for the boys’ parents began at around 8:35-p.m., after he was spotted by an off-duty dispatcher with Cass County Communications.

The child, who was estimated to be somewhere between 3-and 5-years of age, was apparently unable to tell police who he was, or who his parents were. That prompted authorities put out a plea for help through the local media and social media, to try and find his parents. Authorities finally made contact with family members, just before 10-p.m.

Parsons said it appears the child’s grandmother was watching him and she may have fallen asleep. She thought the child had been picked up by the parents. When officers found the child, he was placed in protective custody and the parents were eventually reached and informed of his status. Parsons wasn’t sure if the child was still with the DHS as of this [Friday] morning.

Officials with the DHS will likely conduct an investigation into the matter, according to Lt. Parsons, and it will be up to them to determine if any child neglect charges will be filed. Parsons declined to release the name of the boy, his parents or grandmother, while the case remains under investigation.

Lenox School Board votes to continue shared Superintendent talks w/Griswold

News

May 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The school board for the Lenox Community School District spent about 45-minutes to an hour Thursday evening discussing how they wish to proceed with a possible Superintendent sharing agreement between the Lenox and Griswold Community School Districts. Lenox High School Principal Mike Still told KJAN News the Lenox School Board voted unanimously (5-0), to continue pursuing sharing with Griswold.

The Griswold School Board voted earlier this week to continue with discussions, as well. Still says there’s a number of things that need to take place before anything is set in stone. He says Superintendent Dave Henrichs will likely go to Griswold and meet with the Griswold School District’s Board and staff, and then hold a community forum. The Griswold Board will then determine the next steps.

If Henrichs ultimately becomes the shared Superintendent for both districts, it’ll be a bit of a commute for him, but it’s better than the alternatives. Still says an hour’s drive is better than a two-hour drive.

Lenox Community School District serves the counties of Adams, Ringgold, Taylor, and Union in southern Iowa.

2 people arrested on drug and weapon charges in Shelby Co.

News

May 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop Wednesday afternoon in Shelby County resulted in the arrest of two people on drug and weapon charges. Sheriff Mark Hervey reports deputies initiated a traffic stop at around 5-p.m. at the intersection of Highways 44 and 59. A 1996 Ford Escort, occupied by a man and woman, was searched, during which a handgun was discovered.

Further investigation revealed a controlled substance in the vehicle, believed to be methamphetamine. The occupants of the car, 37-year old Benjamin Allmon, of Harlan, and 20-year old Hannah Krogh, of Otho, were taken into custody.

Allmon faces felony charges that include: Felon in Possession of a Firearm; Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver; and Failure to Affix a drug tax stamp. He also faces a simple misdemeanor charge of drug paraphernalia possession.

Krogh faces felony charges of Possession with the Intent to distribute, and Failure to affix a drug tax stamp, along an aggravated misdemeanor charge of Carrying a concealed weapon, and a simple misdemeanor Possession of drug paraphernalia, charge.

Both were being held in the Shelby County Jail on $100,000 bond, each. Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted at the scene by the Harlan Police Department and their K9 unit.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 5/6/2016

News, Podcasts

May 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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

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Shelby County Trails’ Bike/Walk/Run event set for May 26th

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

May 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Shelby County Trails Committee will be gathering to bike / walk / run at numerous venues throughout the county in 2016. They invite you to join them to show your support and desire for trails in Shelby County. In the process you’ll get some exercise, good company, the opportunity to sample some refreshments and to learn what needs to be done to make a trail system in the county a reality.

SCTThe first event takes place beginning 6-p.m. Thursday, May 26th, at Pauley’s Pub in Panama (IA), and will conclude at Norma Jean’s. The final destination is the Bent Rim Fermentation Project at the intersection of Main Street & Highway 191, in Panama.

Runners and Walkers will travel south along Highway 191. Each individual will decide when to turn around and return to Panama. Bikers will ride south on Highway 191 to Portsmouth. Those riders who want to experience hills will continue to Westphalia via Highway 44, Highway M16 and Highway F32. From Westphalia, riders will return to Panama via Highway F32. Riders who want to stick to the flat roads will return to Panama from Portsmouth on Highway 191.

For additional information, please contact Dean Kloewer (panamadean@panamatransfer.com) or Patrick Stessman (patrickstessman@yahoo.com).

Frederickson Fund donates to Schuler Elem. & Friends of Lake Anita

News

May 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Trevor Frederickson Foundation has announced two, recent donations. The Foundation has presented a check for $1,000 to the Schuler Elementary School in Atlantic, for their computer program.Schuler

And, $500 was donated to the “Friends of Lake Anita,” for their annual fishing clinic held the first Saturday in June.  The clinic, which has been held for several years, is a great way to kick off summer, enjoy the outdoors and spend time with family. Friends of Lake Anita

The checks were presented by Trevor’s mom and Fund spokesperson, Melanie Petty. The Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund was started to give back to the community Trevor loved. Trevor was 21-years old when he died during a 2009 house fire, in Council Bluffs.

Creston man arrested on assault charge, Thursday

News

May 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Creston Police Thursday evening, arrested 21-year old Tyler White, of Creston. White was taken into custody just before 7-p.m. on a Simple Assault charge. He was later released from the Union County Jail on $300 bond.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 5/6/2016

News, Podcasts

May 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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

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