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CCMH Trustees announce new CEO


November 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A new CEO has been elected to the Cass County Memorial Hospital. During a brief, special session this (Wednesday) morning, the CCMH Board of Trustees unanimously selected Todd Hudspeth to succeed retiring CEO Pat Markham, whose 29-year career ends January 17th. Hudspeth, who brings more than 15-years of experience as a CEO in critical access hospitals, will take over as CEO at CCMH, on January 20th.

Todd Hudspeth, MBA, FACHE

Todd Hudspeth, MBA, FACHE

CCMH Board Chair Ned Brown said the Board is “Confident (Hudspeth’s) expertise and leadership are just what (is needed) to guide (the) health system through the many challenges facing the healthcare industry today, and in the years to come. Hudspeth was selected from more than 100 applicants for the position, which Brown says reflects on “The positive reputation of the CCHS workforce and facilities.”

Hudspeth was most recently the President and CEO of Jamestown Regional Medical Center, a 25-bed regional hospital in Jamestown, ND. Prior to serving there, he was CEO at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake. He’s also served as CEO at the Guthrie County Hospital in Guthrie Center. His other experiences include positions at the Storz Cancer Institute at Clarkson Hospital in Omaha, and at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Hudspeth graduated from ISU in 1989 with a BS in Industrial Engineering. He also received a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska. He is board certified in healthcare management, and in 2007, became a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Todd Hudspeth and his soon to be wife Jessica, along with two of her five sons will relocate to Atlantic, with Jessica and her boys moving here at the end of the school year. The boys will be in the sixth and fourth grades next fall.

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November 6th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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2013 City election results – Area Summaries


November 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

There were few surprises in locally contested races during Tuesday’s City Elections in the KJAN listening area. In Atlantic, where the voter turnout amounted to a little more than 5-percent of the registered voters, there were no contested races. There was however one write-in for the Parks and Recreation Department Board of Directors. Erin McFadden was elected to the Board, along with announced candidate Charlene Beane. McFadden received 57 votes.

In Anita, where two candidates had filed to run for 3 seats on the City Council, there were four write-in candidates. Incumbent Dennis Zimmerman was re-elected to the Council, along with Mark Harris, and write-in Wade Jessen. In Cumberland, Incumbent Mayor Nancy Virginia Coughlin was re-elected after receiving 21 votes. Write-in Kim Bagshaw received just two votes, Tuesday. And, two incumbents, Gary Cooper and Douglas C. Neiner, were re-elected to the Cumberland City Council, along with a write-in, Mike Martin, who received 15 votes.

In Griswold, Incumbent Jared Wyman was re-elected to the City Council, along with Barry Moore. Voters in Lewis re-elected incumbents Matt Klein and Marilyn Mundorf, who were unopposed. In Marne, Randy Baxter was re-elected as Mayor, with Barb Fischer having received two votes. Elected to the City Council in Marne, were incumbents Alan Cranston, Randy Henningsen and Angela Redler. Joining them is Randy L. Fischer and Lori Holste. Voters in Massena elected Jackson Bissell and Doug Venteicher to the City Council, where there were four people running for two open seats.

In Wiota, incumbent Mayor J. Ford Lillard was re-elected, with 25 votes. Write-in candidate Jeff Schaaf received just two votes. Incumbents Kathryn Havens and Deanna Spry were re-elected to the Wiota City Council, where there were three seats open. Joining them will be Jeff Lillard, who received 16 votes. Lillard narrowly defeated write-in Steven Hayes, who had 15 votes. Lamar Spies received 14.

Voters in the City of Adair elected John M. Larson as their Mayor by a slim margin, Tuesday. Larsen received 152 votes. Challenger Dennis Weigel received 145 votes. In Bridgewater, where no candidate had filed for Mayor, a write-in, Steve Frese was elected, after receiving 17 votes. Two other write-in candidates, Dean Griffith and Marlo Smith, were elected to the City Council in Bridgewater, and Merrill Bower, another write-in, was elected to fill a vacancy seat on the Council.

In Fontanelle, where no one had filed to run for Mayor, Nathan Jensen, a write-in, received 13 votes, while Scott Homan, another write-in candidate, received 9. Elected to the City Council in Fontanelle, was Ron Reed and Jim Warrior. In the City of Greenfield, Robert Guikema and write-in Willard Olesen, were elected to the Park Board.

In Adams County, a write-in candidate, Dwight Sunderman, was elected Mayor in Carbon over two other men. In Corning, Courtney Turnis was elected Mayor over three other candidates. In Nodaway incumbents Hartford Cooper, Christine Dunn, Becky Poen, Gary Poen and Christine Wiechman were re-elected to fill 5 open seats on the City Council.

In Audubon County, Jason Hocker, Teresa Murray and Thomas R. Nielsen were elected to the City Council in Audubon. In Gray, write-in candidate Bryan Olsen was elected Mayor, while Brandon Bruch and Joan Cramer were elected to the City Coucil At-Large seats. Voters in Exira elected Dwight Jessen and Jeff Jensen to At Large seats on the City Council, and Robert Sorensen, who will fill a vacancy At-Large position on the Council.

In Guthrie County, Jamie Galivan, Deanna Gibson and Ruth Riley were elected to the City Council in Bagley, while Gary Allen Long, Ben Sease and Tom Wardyn were elected to the Council in Bayard. In Casey, Marilyn Harden and Robbi Sneller were elected to the City Council. Voters in Guthrie Center chose Randy Nickel and Dennis Patrick for 2 open seats on the City Council, and in Menlo, Larry Jacobsen and Briane Wolfe were elected to serve on the City Council.

In Pottawattamie County, voters in Carson elected Donnie Hendricks, Adam Houser and Timothy Todd to the City Council. In Macedonia, Eileen Adickes was elected Mayor and Susan Goos, along with Gary Wax, were elected to the City Council. In Neola, Scott Brooks was elected Mayor. And in Walnut, Dennis Hullinger, Robert Kreeger and Sue Shepherd were elected to the City Council.

Other area election results are available under the News tab at kjan.com.

Mo. Valley woman arrested for writing bad checks to Red Oak stores


November 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak say a woman from Missouri Valley was arrested Tuesday on fraud and drug charges, following an investigation into bad checks written at two Red Oak businesses. 48-year old Delise Renee Steadman was arrested at the United Farmers Mercantile in Red Oak, after officers responded to a call about a woman writing checks on a closed account at the Mercantile.

Officials say Steadman allegedly wrote six checks at the United Farmers Mercantile and five checks at the Cubby’s Store in Red Oak. The checks amounted to a little more than $660. 

Steadman was taken into custody on 11 counts of Fraudulent Practices in the 3rd Degree. While the woman was being searched, officers discovered a pipe used to consume illegal controlled substances. Steadman was subsequently charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She was held in the Montgomery County Jail on $2,000 bond.

3 arrested on drug charges in Red Oak Tue. night


November 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports three people were arrested Tuesday night on drug charges, following the execution of a narcotics search warrant at a residence in Red Oak. 30-year old Stephen Adams, of Red Oak, was arrested on three counts of Delivery of Marijuana, and Possession with the Intent to Deliver (76.2-grams). His bond was set at $5,000.

47-year old Michelle Adams, of Red Oak, was arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Bond was set at $300. And, 53-year old Donald Charles, of Des Moines, was arrested on a warrant for Delivery of Methamphetamine and Possession with the Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine. His bond was set at $205,000.

The trio were arrested at around 8-p.m. Tuesday.

Taylor County voters approve new Law Enforcement Center


November 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Voters in Taylor County, Tuesday approved a $3.8-million dollar bond issue for the construction of a new Law Enforcement Center. The facility will house a jail designed to hold prisoners for 20-years at a substantial cost savings to what is currently being paid to board them locally and in other counties. The bond also allows for the construction of new Sheriff’s Offices. The current jail in Bedford is more than 100-years old. The measure needed 61-percent approval to pass. Unofficial results show it was approved by 931 (or 61.21%) of voters. 590 voted against the bond issue. 

Pott. Co. Board approves $1.2-million bond issuance


November 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Pottawattamie County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, approved the issuance of $1.2 million in general obligation bonds for improvements in the courthouse and adjacent areas. According to the Daily NonPareil, the unanimous vote paves the way for the county’s Buildings and Grounds Department to seek bids for the sale of the bonds to help fund safety and security measures.

Proposed projects include the installation of fire sprinklers in the ceilings on the first and second floors, as well as the basement. A new air conditioning system will be installed at the same time as work is being done on the ceilings and new lights are installed. That project will cost about $510,000.

The building’s four elevators need replacements of some of the control mechanisms. Expected cost there is $400,000. And,  to improve security, electronic card access will replace keys for 31 doors throughout the building, as well as a nearby building used for storing election materials. The card access project is expected to cost $86,000.

Two other projects involving the paving of four county parking lots in the area,  and renovation of the courthouse restrooms to make them complaint with standards of the Americans With Disabilities Act, will add about $230,000 to the price tag. The bond funds will be paid back from the county’s debt services levy. The bonds are to be paid back over a five- to seven-year period.

Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., Nov. 6th 2013


November 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa City voters say a three-year-old city ordinance that requires 19- and 20-year-olds to leave bars by 10 p.m. should remain in effect. Voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected an effort to repeal the ordinance by a vote of 66 percent to 34 percent. The City Council adopted the ordinance in 2010. It makes exemptions for bars featuring entertainment such as live music and businesses that bring in most of their money from food.

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Three candidates who faced intense criticism by the conservative group Americans for Prosperity have been elected in Coralville. Among them is Mayor Pro Tem John Lundell, a university researcher who defends the city’s role in ambitious developments. Americans for Prosperity, backed by the billionaire Koch brothers, had tried to turn Coralville’s election into a referendum on government spending and borrowing by focusing on Coralville’s $280 million debt.

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa (AP) — Jurors in the trial of an Iowa man accused of killing his pregnant wife have listened to audio and seen video of the former jail guard talking about the woman’s death. Seth Techel is charged with murder in the May 2012 death of Lisa Techel. The Ottumwa Courier reports that in the recordings played Tuesday, Seth Techel says he was in the shower when he heard a gunshot. He says he found Lisa Techel lying on the bed, and he ran outside to look for a shooter.

PRAIRIEBURG, Iowa (AP) — Linn County authorities are seeking the public’s help after several animals were intentionally poisoned in the Linn County city of Prairieburg. The Linn County Sheriff’s Office says pieces of meat laced with poison were placed between Oct. 23 and Oct. 24 in several spots near East Main Street in the city of less than 200 people. Several animals became sick and two of them died.

2013 Montgomery County election results


November 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Red Oak

Mayor – William H. Billings, Jr. 521*

City Council – At Large (1)

Fred Pilecki     197

Roger Waggener 336*

Rusty Williams 126

City Council – Ward 2 (1)

Jerry Dafffer 86

Bill Hauffle     90*

Red Oak LOST   511 yes   136 no (Local Option Sales Tax)


Mayor – Michael Carson 67*

City Council (3)

Michelle R. Cockburn 50*

Nancy Jo Nelson 45*

Ken Potter 36

Jeff Smith 54*



Andrea Holldorf  18

City Council (5)

Michael Bradley Amos 24

Jeffrey Brown 22

Michael A. Ford 19

Lyn Sliger 25

Nancy L. Taylor 24


City Council (3)

Dan Allen 68*

Harold Clark 82*

Tysen Sederburg 65

Dan Shehan 88*



Larry E. Figgens 63

Marilyn Halda 172*

City Council (2)

Vince Abraham 41

Rex Galloway 68

Mark Heimbach 71

T.J. Leonard 112*

Richard Mullen 105*

Ed Ramsey 67



Cal Myers 9*

Jody R. Schooling 7

City Council (2)

Ellen Houser 8*

Sandra Gray 7*

Bill Hardy 4

Montgomery County Township Local Option Sales & Service Tax (LOST)

Yes 44*      No 7

City Election results – Local races (Part 2) – Final


November 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

* denotes winner in contested races

Audubon County:

City of Audubon

City Council (elect 3)

Delyte A. Borkowski 220

Jason Hocker 322*

Teresa Murray 279*

Thomas R. Nielsen 280*

City of Gray

Mayor (no candidate filed)

(wi) William Cramer 2

(wi) Bryan Olsen 6*

City Council At Large (2)

Brandon D. Bruch 6*

Joan Cramer 6*

(wi) Marilyn Newell 1

City of Brayton


Cally Christensen 9*

City Council At Large (2)

Greg Gust 9*

Shawn Kline 4*

City Council At Large (to fill a vacancy)

Tanya Marshall 10*

City of Kimballton


Randy Poldberg 22*

City Council At Large (3)

Aaron Hoegh 22*

Jim McClain 23*

Tony Petersen 22*

City of Exira


Brenda Bengard 48*

City Council At Large (2)

Dwight Jessen 50*

Jeff Jensen 18*

Peggy Toft 3

City Council At Large (to fill a vacancy)

Robert Sorensen 50*

Jeff Jensen 2

Charlie Asberry 1

Guthrie County:

City of Bagley

City Council (3)

Emily Chapman Olesen 21

Jamie Galivan 22*

Deanna Gibson 36*

Ruth Riley 29*

City of Bayard

City Council (3)

Dean Hopkins 32

Gary Allen Long 68*

Ben Sease 64*

Tom Wardyn 63*

City of Casey

City Council (2)

Marilyn Harden 54*

Dan Irlbeck 33

Robbi Sneller 48*

Guthrie Center

City Council (2)

Ruth Ann Newell 51

Randy Nickel 128*

Dennis Patrick 130*

City of Menlo

City Council (2)

Deanna Harwood 21

Larry Jacobsen 41*

Bob Sudbrock 9

Briana Wolfe 34*

Shelby County:


City Council 3rd Ward

Mike Kolbe 62*

Corey Sorensen 30



Melvin Hursey 60*

Ronald Kroll 24

City Council (2)

Patricia Honeywell 56*

Karen E, Schluter 62*

Brad Blum 13


City Council (3)

Brian Arkfeld 17*

Julie Goetzinger 27*

Diane Hall 26*

Bill Holzer 10



Ron Heese 19*

City Council (2)

Marvin Goans 29*

Clinton Kienast 4*


Mayor (no candidate filed)

(wi) Bill Sondag 22*

City Council (3) (No candidates filed)

(wi) Craig Rau 9*

(wi) Tim Blum 20*

(wi)Donnie Kenkel 11*

(wi) Chuck Leinen 7


City Council (2)

Dennis A. Oellrich 18*

Harold Peters 11*

Mark W. Tearney 10

Pottawattamie County


City Council (3)

Donnie Hendricks 96*

Adam Houser 73*

Ron Ransom 72

Andrew Taylor 25

James Taylor 24

Timothy Todd 161*



Eileen C. Adickes 50*

Chris Marsh 10

City Council (2)

Michelle Faxon 8

Paul Faxon 12

Susan Goos 48*

Patty Tripp Stephens 10

Gary Wax 42*



Scott Brooks 83*

Lon Ring 50


City Council (3)

Dennis Hullinger 70*

Robert Kreeger 59*

Ray Rasmussen 50

Sue Shepherd 67*

Full Guthrie County Election results can be found at www.guthriecounty.org.

Pottawattamie County Election results are at http://www.pottcounty.com/departments/auditor/election-results/