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Travelers likely won’t have to pay bridge toll

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November 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DECATUR, Neb. (AP) — Traveling over the Missouri River at Decatur, Neb., should soon be cheaper and a little quicker. The Sioux City Journal reports motorists will no longer have to pay a toll to use the bridge, which links Nebraska and Iowa about half way between Omaha and Sioux City. The change comes as the Burt County Bridge Commission turns over ownership of the bridge to Iowa and Nebraska.

Bridge manager Clark Beck says it’s good news for Decatur residents who will no longer have to pay the $1 toll to drive a car or pickup truck over the span. But he notes it also means the loss of more than a dozen part-time toll-taking jobs.

Iowa and Nebraska still must give final approval to the ownership change, but that’s expected soon.

MidAmerican continues with wind energy expansion projects

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November 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

MidAmerican Energy has released more details about a plan to add nearly 450 wind turbines across the state. Construction is underway on the projects around O’Brien, Webster, Grundy, Madison, and Marshall Counties. The company says it has reached an agreement with RPM Access, LLC for the acquisition of the approximate 117-megawatt Macksburg wind project site in Madison County. The Macksburg wind project will be constructed by Mortenson Construction, which is based in Minnesota.

The utility has announced the blades for the expansion will be manufactured by a Siemen’s plant located in Fort Madison. Once completed by the end 2015, MidAmerican officials say the new wind projects will generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 317-thousand (317,000) Iowa households.

MidAmerican says the wind energy expansion projects will provide more than $3 million in landowner payments each year and more than $360 million in additional property tax revenues over the next 30 years. Construction will take place at no net cost to the company’s customers, and officials say it will help stabilize electric rates over the long term.

Approximately 1,000 construction jobs will be added to Iowa’s economy during the two-year construction period, and approximately 40 new permanent jobs will be added when the expansion is complete.

King says Obama to pay a price for lying about ObamaCare

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November 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Republican Congressman Steve King says President Obama has lost the “moral authority to govern” because Obama repeatedly promised Americans if they liked their health care plan, they could keep it.  “Nixon lied and was severely punished for it,” King says. “That set a standard. We severely punish presidents for lying.” King says modern presidents have paid a price for lies or statements that were perceived as lies, like George Bush’s assertion that Iraq was trying to buy nuclear material in Iraq to his father’s decision to break his “no new taxes” promise.

“There’s been a very, very harsh criticism of presidents who were accused of lying whether they told the truth or not,” King says. “This one you can’t peel it off. The ObamaCare brand is branding on Barack Obama dn not only did he sell us ObamaCare with a series of big lies, but he retained…his place in office by repeating them over and over again.” King backed the recent partial government shutdown and has accused the president of being a “narcissist” by closing National Parks and public monuments in Washington, D.C. during the 16 day impasse with congress.

King says over the past 72 hours he’s come to the realization that Obama “had to know” he was lying when he said Americans would be able to keep their insurance.  “I think he is a smart guy. I don’t think he was duped. I think he was part of the duping. If he was willing to dupe the people on ObamaCare and dupe the American people to get reelected and take this vindictive, spiteful, narcissistic position when we call him on it in congress, I think that brand sticks hard and I think that the next three years of his presidency he can’t lead with moral authority any longer,” King says. “He can lead, perhaps, with presidential edict until the people refuse to follow, but he can’t lead with moral authority any longer.”

King says Obama’s lying would have more impact today if Obama hadn’t given employers another year to meet the health insurance mandate in the Affordable Care Act, as that affects far more people than are being impacted by the individual mandate.

(Radio Iowa)

Harlan City Council News

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November 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Harlan City Council, Tuesday, set a date for a public hearing on the next three phases of the 2014 Sewer Rehabilitation project. City Administrator Terry Cox reported the three phases were combined to help receive bids from contractors. The estimated cost of the project is $650,000. A public hearing will be held at the next Harlan City Council meeting, Tuesday, November 19th, with bids coming to the city between the 19th and their first December meeting.

Cox said even though it is three phases, he believes the project will be completed in one fiscal year. The discussion on the 2014 Sewer Rehab project was brought up first at a Public Health and Sanitation Committee meeting on October 25th. In other business, the Harlan City Council approved the 19th as the date for a public hearing on the sale of city owned property, 1901 Hawkeye Ave.

Cox also brought up the new Christmas lights around town which came from money from Hotel/Motel Tax and the City and was discussed at a Hotel/Motel Tax Committee meeting last week. Cox said “They were tracking the Christmas lights with the music to go with them. Knock on wood that everything works as we all plan. The tree will be placed about a week ahead of time. If you watch around town, utilities are putting up the lights. If you haven’t driven down Cyclone, all those lights are LED. They are brighter and save 50 percent energy. They look good. So if you drive around town, make sure you go down Cyclones, it looks nice.”

Harlan Municipal Utilities were placing new lights on Chatburn Ave as well. The city is planning a big lighting ceremony the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 29th on the square in downtown Harlan.

Towards the end of the meeting, Mayor Gene Gettys read a portion of a letter from Turk Therkildsen that was sent to the Harlan Community School District as well as the city. Therkildsen was a graduate of the Harlan school district in 1955 and has since given many donations to the city including large sums for the Therkildsen Center. The letter announced two more large contributions to both the school district and city….

“So it is with continuing pride in my hometown that I commit $250,000 for the Merrill Field renovations. I am equally proud to commit $250,000 to the C.G. Therkildsen Activity Center in continuing support of an essential community activity center.”

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

Wear a Cap Save a Life

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November 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Griswold Schools have announced the district is participating in the statewide Iowa Pride Challenge. The Challenge promotes schools to participate in a community service project of their choosing. The schools that participate are eligible for statewide recognition and grants. Griswold’s service project for the challenge is Caps for Kids.caps

Caps for Kid’s is a non-profit organization whose goal is to provide children diagnosed with cancer and who are receiving chemotherapy, a signed cap by a celebrity of their choice. Griswold Schools will be playing in an Iowa Pride Game on Friday, November 22nd against Fremont Mills. Students will also give a dollar on Friday to be allowed to wear a hat at school. That money will go to Caps For Kids. Money will also be given at the game for spectators that wear a hat.

Griswold Schools will also be taking part in a Change War the week before the game. The Change War will be a competition between all classes of the high school, middle school, and the elementary to see who can raise the most change. All proceeds from the Change War and money collected during the game to wear a hat will go to Brooklynne’s family.

Brooklynne is a first grader who is battling kidney cancer and currently going through chemotherapy. Also, after every three pointer made, the cheerleaders will be accepting free will donations for Brooklynne. The basketball girls invite everyone to attend the game Friday November 22nd, at 6 p.m.  The cost to attend the game is $1 if you wear a hat, otherwise you’ll pay the regular admission prices of $5 for adults and $3 for students.

8AM Newscast 11-06-2013

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CCMH Trustees announce new CEO

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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.

7AM Newscast 11-06-2013

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2013 City election results – Area Summaries

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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

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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.