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Sept. 10th, 2013 School Board Election Results


September 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

This page will be updated as results become available

*Final results, unofficial until canvassed

(I= Incumbent) (**=Winner in a contested race)

Cass County

CAM School District

North District – Chuck Kinzie (I)          87*

South District – Gary Dinkla (I)            82*

At Large District – Nick Kauffman (I) 85*

Atlantic School District

At Large – (2)

Kristy Pellett (I)          266*

Josh E. McLaren (I)    190*

Bob Reilly                       151

Griswold School District

District #3 – Scott C. Peterson (I)    59*

District #4 – Thomas Jay Moore (I)  81*

At Large (2)

Steve Baier (I)   168*

Denise L. Bridges   121

Robert Peterson (I)  206*

IWCC Director District #4 – Scott D. Robinson  547*

Public Measure B – (IWCC 20.25-cent/$1,000 assessed valuation levy) Yes- 483*   No 182

Public Measure C – (IWCC 6-cent/$1,000 assessed valuation levy) Yes 491*   No 157

Audubon County

-Audubon (vote for two)

Sarah Asmus                77*

Becky Jones                 82*

-Exira (vote for two)

Thomas M Benton        37*

Bart Peppers                42*

Montgomery County

-Villisca (vote for two)

Leland D. Shipley     70*

Todd Drake                 70*

-Stanton (vote for three)

Mark Lindgren     71*

Brian Bates             87*

Jeff Sorensen         90*

Prop. A – Yes: 113     No: 6

-Red Oak (vote for three)

Kathy M. Walker     97*

Warren C. Hayes     96*

Paul M. Griffen        94*

Adair County


At Large (vote for three)

Megan Kading     147*

Jeff Leonard         93*

Tobin Muller        79

Mark A. Williams  126*

-Nodaway Valley

At Large (vote for two)

James Campbell     79*

Tyson Sickles          112*

Director District 1

Roger Jensen           119*

-Orient Macksburg

At Large

Stephanie Mikkelsen   41*

Director District 1

Wendi Lynn Eslinger     49*


Director District 3

Jim Knott      115*


Director District 1

Dennis Davis   171*

Adams County


District 1

Howard Anderson    89*

District 4

Wendi Boswell           95*

District 5

Scott A. Shuey          92*

District 2 (to fill vacancy)

Gwen Larsen              89*


At Large (vote for three)

Doug Birt                    26*

Marnie Cline             26*

Randy Cooper          27*


District 1

Dennis Davis             23*

Shelby County


Director District 1

Alan Hazelton      235*

Director District 2 (vote for one)

Robert Dickinson          12

Amy Rueschenberg      252*

Director District 3

Lonnie Muxfeldt            238*

Director District 4

Angie Monson                238*


Director District 1B

Amy Ferneding            905*

Director District 2B

Jim Thraen                   958

Director District At Large (vote for two)

Sam Hansen                 746*

Jeff Hornback                 66

Dennis Kasparbauer   679

Zachery J. Meiners     482

Eric Ramsey                 709*

-Elk Horn Kimballton

Director District At Large (vote for three)

Tamie Fahn                   42

Stacie Larsen                 41

Kevin L. Petersen          45


Director District 9

Randy Pash                   468


Director District 3

Jim Knott                     405

Pottawattamie County


District 1

Bernadette Hatch     235*

District 3

Amber Carcel     223*

District 5

Robb A. Jacobsen     253*

At Large (vote for one)

Steven Paul Kock           174*

Thomas J. Rzemyk        115


District 1

Phillip L. Reed                415*

District 5 (vote for one)

Lindsay Bentley             303*

Calvin Grobe                   28

Charles Pleak                  159

District 6

Murray Fenn                   399


At Large (vote for two)

Shane R. Brockhoff      45*

Tom Carroll                     80*

Terri Naegele                  39

Jason Wood                     33

Guthrie County

-Guthrie Center (vote for two)

Melia Vanmeter       91

Wes Policky              75


District 1

Greg Irving              20

District 2 (vote for one)

Deb Douglass          57*

Mindy L. Fear        26

Kent Muyskens     18

District 4 (vote for one)

Shari Clark             26

Jon Stetzel              51*

-Coon Rapids-Bayard

District 1 (to fill vacancy) (vote for one)

Kelly Pevestorf         66

Brenda Schlaatter    227*

District 3 (to fill vacancy)

Jason Rosenbeck      255

District 4 (vote for one)

Steve Dentlinger      108

Chad Leighty            183*

District 6

Pat McAlister           247

District At Large

Joel Davis                 215

Red Oak women arrested for Breach of Peace


September 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Red Oak Police Department reports two women were arrested Tuesday evening. 34-year old Brandi Lynn Beckett, and 35-year old Janet Marie Scuturio, both of Red Oak, were taken into custody at around 5:50-p.m. in the 500 block of North 6th Street, on Breach of Peace charges. The women were being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 bond, each.

Corning woman arrested on NE warrant


September 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Adams County said a Corning woman was arrested Tuesday evening on a warrant out of Omaha for Failure to Appear. Jessica Goodvin was taken into custody at around 5:35-p.m., after deputies in Adams County saw an abandoned vehicle sitting at the Gun Club at Lake Binder. A check of the vehicle’s registration came back to Goodvin, who also had a warrant for failure to appear in court on a felony shoplifting case. Goodvin was brought to the Adams County Jail and held pending extradition to Nebraska.

Cass Co. Sheriff’s Office K-9’s receive Bullet- and Stab-Protective Vests


September 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday their K9’s “Vader” and “Mufasa” recently received bullet- and stab-protective vests thanks to the efforts of Vested Interest in K9s, Inc, a Massachusetts based non-profit organization. The made-to-order vests were recently delivered and will protect the K9’s from bullet and stab wounds as well as blunt force trauma.DSC03426-5

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) all volunteer charity located in East Taunton, MA, whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests for law enforcement dogs throughout the United States. Each vest costs $950.00 and has a 5 year warranty. The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially life-saving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., has provided over 435 law enforcement dogs with protective vests since their inception in August of 2009. Over $400,000 in K9 vests have been donated in 35 states including Alaska and Hawaii.

Two recent events made it possible for the charity to provide 217 vests for our four-legged crime fighters across the country.  In January 2013, a regional Groupon Grassroots campaign naming Vested Interest in K9s as a charity partner raised over $55,000 which allowed the donation of 53 K9 vests, and a nationwide Groupon campaign in March 2013 raised over $155,000, providing vests for 163 K9s in 30 states.

The organization orders the Armor Express vests made in Central Lakes, MI, exclusively from distributor Regency Police Supply in Hyannis, MA, who also does the custom embroidery on the body armor. New K9 graduates as well as K9’s with expired vests are eligible to apply for the ballistic vests.

For more information about Vested Interest in K9s visit www.vik9s.org or call 508-824-6978.

Southwest Iowa medical center suspends surgeon


September 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

SHENANDOAH, Iowa (AP) – A southwest Iowa medical center has suspended a surgeon who is facing disciplinary action by the Iowa Board of Medicine.  The Daily Nonpareil in Council Bluffs says Dr. Subir Ray was suspended Friday by the Shenandoah Medical Center.  The Iowa board says Ray has been practicing in Iowa without informing the board he had been disciplined by Pennsylvania.

Ray had worked in Harrisburg, Pa., before beginning his work in Shenandoah. He was disciplined by the Pennsylvania Board of Medicine in November 2011. That board concluded Ray had engaged in unprofessional conduct and, during an evaluation, failed to diagnose and manage complications in a timely manner. The Pennsylvania board put Ray on indefinite suspension.

Accidents reported in Harlan


September 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Harlan say no injuries were reported following two, separate, recent accidents. On Saturday, vehicles driven by Donna Stephens, of Woodbine, and Jeanne Beilenberg, of Harlan, collided as Beilenberg’s 2002 Ford was traveling south in the 2300 block of the 23rd Street frontage road. Stephens was pulling out of the service station when her 1985 Chrysler  hit the Ford in the rear end, causing minor damage to both vehicles.  The damage amounted to $800. There were no citations.

And, on September 3rd, Mellisa Fitzpatrick, of Harlan, was cited for failure to yield upon entering a through highway and failure to have insurance, after her 1999 Dodge collided with a 1997 Ford driven by Eric Rose, of Harlan. The accident at the intersection of 8th and Chatburn Avenue, happened as Rose was traveling west on Chatburn and Fitzpatrick was heading north from Southwest Avenue and crossing Chatburn.

Fitzpatrick’s vehicle hit Rose’ car on the driver’s side, causing his vehicle to veer into a stop sign, while Fitzpatrick’s car to come to rest on the grass, past the curb line.

Harlan man arrested on burglary and other charges


September 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Harlan report the arrest on Sunday of a local resident on burglary and other charges. 23-year old Jeremy Bias, of Harlan, was caught thanks to tips from citizens, after he allegedly tried to break into a car. Bias was charged with four counts of Burglary in the 4th degree, Criminal Mischief, Public Intoxication, ongoing criminal conduct and possession of stolen property. A search of his residence resulted in the recovery of numerous items reported stolen over the past two weeks. Those items were seized and held as evidence in the case against him.

On Saturday, officer with the Harlan P-D arrested 31-year old Justin Henriksen, of Harlan, on charges of OWI/2nd offense, eluding, and careless driving. Henriksen was taken into custody after a brief pursuit, which ended near 8th and Farnam Streets. That same day, a Harlan resident reported to police the theft of his 1999 Chevy Blazer. The vehicle was stolen from a residence in the 1200 block of College Boulevard. The incident remains under investigation.

Officials report also, 32-year old Kevin Bruck, of Harlan, was arrested Sept. 3rd on an active Shelby County warrant for Theft in the 5th degree. Meyers was booked into the Shelby County Jail. Authorities meanwhile continue to investigate the theft of several high end golf clubs belonging to several individuals. The clubs were stolen from the Harlan Golf and Country Club. The incident was reported on August 28th. Officials say there are no suspects at this time.

Also under investigation, is an incident involving damage to a light pole at the Westridge Acres trailer court. The pole was found Saturday, laying across the road, with the light still lit. Crews with HMU disconnected power from the pole, so it could be removed.

Atlantic man arrested for Criminal mischief


September 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports the arrest on Monday of 20-year old Bradley Herring, of Atlantic. Herring was taken into custody on a charge of Criminal Mischief in the 4th degree. He was booked into the Cass County Jail pending an appearance before the magistrate.

Bird causes 1,180 customers to lose power


September 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A bird flying into an electrical  substation in Griswold Tuesday morningcaused 1,180 customers of Mid-American Energy to lose power. Tina Potthoff, Media Relations Manager for the utility company, told KJAN News the outage affecting parts of three counties began at 8:07-a.m.  By 10:20-a.m., 1,100 people were still without power.

She said crews “Are working to restore electricity as safely and efficiently as possible.”  Potthoff said they were working to get those still without power switched to a different circuit. She said the substation itself has to be repaired before it can come back online. And, while unable to provide a specific timeline for when all customers might have power returned, Potthoff said they are hoping to do so early this afternoon.

At it’s peak, 1,180 customers were left without power. That included 564 in Griswold, 226 in Lewis, 201 in Elliott, and a dozen or so customers in Pottawattamie and Montgomery Counties. Power was restored to all customers by no later than 2:15-p.m.


Harlan School District approves sharing agreements


September 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Harlan Community School District approved three sharing agreements with three separate school districts. In a meeting Monday, the Harlan Community School Board approved the sharing agreements of a college English teacher with AHST, Librarian with the Exira-EHK district and an ESL/Curriculum Director with the Atlantic School District.

The college English teacher agreement is not something new as the Harlan Community and A-H-S-T districts have shared for 4 years. The district saves more than $9,600 in costs by sharing the position. The teacher/librarian position is a unique one for both districts. Harlan Community held a staff member last year for the position however Mrs. Evans-Winfield retired. Superintendent Justin Wagner said after posting for the job, the district didn’t have much interest so they asked Evans-Winfield back to share between the Harlan Community and Exira-EHK District. Wagner says it is a big benefit to both schools as EHK meets a certification and the Harlan Community School district saves about $35,000.

The final agreement approved was with the Atlantic School District for an ESL/Curriculum Director. The Harlan Community School District held a full time position last year for the ESL but this year the Primary-Elementary Principal Scott Frolich is stepping in for that role with the help from the Atlantic School District. Wagner said this is yet another cost savings as the Curriculum Director from Atlantic will cost a a little more than $11,870, which saves the district more than $15,890 altogether, over the last year.

With the agreements with the districts, the Harlan Community School District met state incentives from the state for additional money from the Operational Sharing Dollars. Wagner said that is an additional $240,000 because the district met the criteria in both scenarios.

The district will receive their operational sharing dollars at the beginning of next year. In other business, the Harlan Community Board hired Kent Klinkefus for head softball coach, Megan Tasler for assistant middle school cross country coach and Sam Brummer for head boy’s track coach. All three will start their position during their respective sport’s season.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)