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NW IA farm ground sells for $17,300 an acre

Ag/Outdoor, News

November 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Despite low agricultural commodity prices, Iowa farmland still seems to be in high demand — with buyers willing to pay near-record prices. At a Sioux County land auction held two weeks ago near Hospers, a tract of 154 acres sold for more than 17-thousand dollars an acre ($17,300). Jim Klein of Remsen was the auctioneer for that sale.

“I think everybody figured coming into the fall season with the grain markets down and going down that the land market was going to follow,” Klein says. “Actually in the last probably month, month-and-a-half we’ve actually seen the prices increase and I don’t quite understand it yet.” Klein says “local people” were bidding for the ground and it was sold to a neighbor who owns land across the road. In addition to row crops, Sioux County has a number of livestock and poultry operations and Klein believes one reason for the high demand for land in the area is so farmers have somewhere to spread their manure.

“I think they want to expand their operations in numerous ways and one of them of course is having extra property to disperse their manure,” Klein says. A parcel of Sioux County land near the town of Boyden sold for nearly 22-thousand dollars ($21,900) an acre about two years ago, the all time record price for Iowa farm ground.

(Radio Iowa)

Ed Board approves rules of EpiPens

News

November 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The State Board of Education has approved the final draft of rules to allow schools to use a device that is expected to help save the lives of students or others who experience a severe allergic reactions. Governor Terry Branstad sign a bill into law in April allowing schools to use what are called epinephrine auto-injectors or EpiPens. Board of Education lawyer, Nicole Proesch, says one of the adjustments made to the final rules narrowed the definition of a school building.

Proesch says the Iowa Association of School Boards asked for a change so the definition wouldn’t be so broad that it would include a shed or storage facility or a building where there weren’t people. Proesch says they decided to make the definition of a school building a place where there would be students, adults or other people are present.

“We know even if you had an EpiPen in a bus barn, the problem would be the practicality of being able to use it if you had it in a bus barn or somewhere other than where you would have a school nurse present or somebody that would be adequately trained,” Proesch explains. “Because it is more likely than not that the individual who is going to be trained to use the EPi-Pen injector is going to be your school nurse or some other individual present in the attendance center.” The Epi-Pen can only be used by a person who has the proper training. The other change requires the schools to have two separate doses on hand.

“We are requiring both a pediatric dose and an adult dose in every attendance center. And we had some pushback on that until we explained that you have to have both doses available as an equity issue. And you may have students who might be a weight that is not consistent with a pediatric dose. You have adults in the building as well, so we are going to be a sticklers about requiring both doses — that way you have either doses available if you need it.” Proesch says they are also requiring schools to make a report when they use the device.

“We wanted to get information back on that so we understand and know if our training the we have for EpiPens is adequate training,” according to Proesch. “So having the reporting mechanism allows us to make sure that we have the appropriate training that we need to have as well down the road.” The decision on whether to have the EpiPens on hand is still up to the districts.

“They are not required to, this is a voluntary thing that school districts can do. But if they do volunteer to do it, then they have to follow the rules and do it the way that the rules have outlined,” Proesch says. She says the rules will go before a the Legislative Rules Review Committee one more time, and if there are not major concerns, they would go into effect in January.

(Radio Iowa)

Creston Police Report, 11/27/15

News

November 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Creston Police Department reports a northeast Iowa man was arrested early Thursday morning on a drug charge and for an outstanding warrant. 48-year old Roger Steadman, of Sumner, was arrested at around 1-a.m at 806 Laurel, in Creston. Steadman was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, and arrested on a Bremer County warrant for Probation Violation. He was released on $1,000 bond for the Union County charge, and then transferred to the custody of Bremer County deputies.

Arrested Thursday afternoon, in Creston, was 25-year old Noel Ornelas, of Creston, who faces a charge of Simple Domestic Assault. Ornelas was being held in the Union County Jail while awaiting a bond hearing.

And, Thursday night, 37-year old Lacey Fowler, of Creston, was arrested at 900 N. Sycamore Street in Creston, for allegedly assaulting a Police Officer. Folwer was later released from the Union County Jail on a $1,000 bond.

(8-a.m. News)

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 11/27/2015

News, Podcasts

November 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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

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(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 11/27/2015

News, Podcasts

November 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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

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Small Business Saturday aims to keep your dollars LOCAL

News

November 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce encourage you to Shop Atlantic, Saturday, November 28th,  to help support small businesses in Atlantic. Founded by American Express in 2010, the sixth-annual “Small Business Saturday” is a day to celebrate the small businesses that help support our community. Small Business Saturday rallies shoppers, local businesses and public officials to Shop Small and show their community pride.

sbsAt least 30 businesses have indicated they will be participating in”selfies for support,” and some in the Chamber shopping incentive, that allows shoppers to receive a stamp in their Atlantic “passport.”  When your passport receives six stamps, you’ll be entered to win a $200 shopping spree. For more information, call the Chamber at 243-3017.

Other, upcoming events in Atlantic include: The Annual Lighted Christmas Parade, Dec. 5th, beginning at 6-p.m., and, the Angel(s) of Christmas award winner(s) Dec. 6th, beginning at 3-p.m., just before the annual Holiday Concert at the 1st United Methodist Church, in Atlantic.

Freezing rain causes power outages and minor accidents

News

November 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Rain that transitioned to freezing rain over parts of western Iowa Thursday afternoon into early Friday morning, caused minor accidents and in at least one community, a power outage that lasted for more than 2-hours. The National Weather Service said this (Friday) morning, Rockwell City was without power after rain froze on power lines, which were then whipped by the winds and knocked down.

Late Thursday night in Menlo, social media reports indicated trees were cracking under the weight of one-quarter inch of ice, and power surges were being noticed. In Cass County, there were reports of at least three accidents, none of which resulted in injury, except to say that rescue was dispatched for man who was involved in an accident on I-80 near exit 54. The man was not injured, but was suffering from chest pain following the crash. Additional information is not currently available.

Shenandoah Officer resigns before investigation into policy violation is complete

News

November 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Shenandoah Police Officer in the midst of a civil lawsuit, along with the Shenandoah Police Department and City of Shenandoah, resigned effective immediately, this past Wednesday. The Daily NonPareil says according to City Administrator Jim Davey, Officer Derek Baier, a member of the Shenandoah Police Department since December 2013, resigned because an investigation into a possible administrative policy violation was underway, and Baier chose to resign before that investigation was complete.

Baier will be eligible for unemployment, and it would be up to the city to approve or appeal that request. Davey said the process to find Baier’s replacement will begin soon.

The lawsuit involving Baier, the City of Shenandoah and its Police Department, is against Drew Bayless. In January 2014, the then 20-year-old Bayless was stopped by Baier for allegedly running a stop sign. Once Bayless stopped his vehicle, he alleges that he was thrown to the ground by Baier. Two weeks prior to the incident, Bayless had lumbar disc surgery. A second surgery was then needed to repair the damage done by Baier throwing him to the ground.

The date of Aug. 16, 2016, has been set for the start of the civil trial.

Stanton man arrested Friday morning on burglary & other charges

News

November 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department reports a Stanton man was arrested early Friday morning on Burglary and other charges. 26-year old Mykel Allen Thoren was taken into custody at around 1:45-a.m. for Burglary in the 3rd Degree and Criminal Mischief in the 4th Degree. The charges stem from an incident that took place Wednesday (11/25) in the 400 block of Highland Avenue, in Red Oak.

Thoren was also arrested on a valid Cass County warrant for Theft in the 5th Degree. He was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and held on a $5,000 cash bond.

Altercation in Red Oak Thursday – no arrests

News

November 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Two men suffered minor injuries during an altercation Thursday, in Red Oak, but no charges were filed. Authorities say that’s because all persons involved were intoxicated, and there were contradictory stories from victims and suspects. Persons involved in the incident were identified as Michael Vaughn Cox, Kevin Leon Simmons, and Shelby Joan Olivares.