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Griswold Co-Op Telephone Co. confirms mgmt. changes


June 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Board of Directors of Griswold Cooperative Telephone Co. and it’s President Tom Shellberg, have announced the appointment of Amy Mclaren as General Manager of the company, effective earlier this year. In a Press Release, Shellberg said “Within every organization you will find hard working and dedicated employees. Amy’s success is proof of her skill sets and motivation during the seventeen years she has been employed here.”

According to retiring Executive Vice President Bob Drogo, “there is no area of our business and industry that Amy has not been involved in as preparation for advancement, and we are pleased she has accepted this important opportunity .”

Additionally, the Board of Directors confirmed the rest of the management staff are reporting to McLaren. That team includes Amy Carlisle, Accountant/Office Manager; Brent Milner, Outside Plant Supervisor; and; Karl Lantz, Central Office Equipment Supervisor.

Griswold man arrested on alcohol-related charge


June 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Cass County report the arrest on Monday, of 19-year old Andrew James Roach, from Griswold. Roach faces charges that include Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor and Minor in Possession of Alcohol. He was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released the following day on his own recognizance.

That same day, deputies arrested 26-year old Amanda Corine Elrod, of Omaha, NE, on a Cass County warrant for Failure to Appear. Elrod was taken to the Cass County Jail where she pled guilty and was released later that day.

Outdoor Day Camp held in Montgomery County

Ag/Outdoor, News

June 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Montgomery County 4-H and Extension held “Outdoor Day Camp” for all area youth in grades 4-8 on Tuesday, June 9th at Viking Lake State Park from 9am – 3pm.ISU Extension With 10 excited youth signed up for the busy event, the day began with get to know you games. Youth were then divided into small group. One group focused on fishing; youth learned about their poles, how to bait, cast and even got to try out their fishing luck in the lake.

The second group was kayaking; youth learned about water safety, how to paddle,
and got to play around in the kayaks on the water. The third group focused on leaf identification; youth learned a few common Iowa trees, looked for their leaves, and identified other leaves they found around the park. Participants enjoyed a lunch grilled on site along. The warm afternoon consisted of several more small groups.

The first group learned about the environment and make wildflower seed bombs; the second group went on a nature scavenger hunt; the third group learned about solitary bees and created nests to put out to help the bees in our areas; and the last group was outdoor cooking where youth learned about cooking with a Dutch oven and cooked banana smores! Youth finished the day with some team building activities and some outdoor games.

If there is anything you would like to learn more about, see a presentation on, or attend a workshop for, Hallie Peck, with Montgomery County Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, says they are always open to ideas and would love to hear your interests!

Peck says a special “thank you” goes to Johnson Controls and their program, Blue Sky Involve, where they helped with funding the program, in addition to the volunteers who helped to make this day camp possible! For any other questions regarding 4-H contact Hallie at the Extension Office (712) 623-2592 or email hpeck@iastate.edu.

Two accidents involving cattle in Union County

Ag/Outdoor, News

June 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

No injuries were reported to the drivers of two vehicles that struck cattle on the road in Union County, late Wednesday night. The Sheriff’s Office says at around 11:35-p.m., a 2002 Chevy pickup driven by 64-year old Dwight Ingram, of Winterset, hit a cow on N. Cherry Street (Union County Road P-33), causing $1,500 damage to the vehicle. The cow, owned by Richard Downing, of Creston, was valued at $3,000.

About 10-minutes later, a van driven by 21-year old Jonathan Zollman, of Bedford, was traveling on the same road at about the same location, when it struck three black angus cattle on the road. Damage to the 2002 Dodge Caravan was estimated at $3,500..or, a total loss. The cow and two calves were valued at $3,000.

Atlantic road construction update


June 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the City of Atlantic say Roosevelt Drive, at the intersection with Olive Street, will be closed from Monday, June 22nd, through Friday, June 26th, for the purpose of street repairs. Local, through traffic is asked to used 14th and Roosevelt Streets.

Community meeting set for next Tues., re: Adair-Casey School District


June 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Adair-Casey Community School District say a Community Meeting will be held Tuesday, June 23rd, with regard to enrollment and financial information, a recent community survey, and options for the District’s future, as well as potential partners.

The meeting will be held in the Adair-Casey High School gymnasium, beginning at 7-p.m. The School Board says their number one priority is to “Continue to provide the best quality education for each student” in the District, and “the community’s input is important as future plans are made.”

Iowa’s top farmer makes comments at bird flu prayer supper on the epidemic, nitrate lawsuit

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June 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

An avian influenza support prayer supper was held in northwest Iowa’s Buena Vista County last night (Wednesday). Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey was among the attendees, sharing in a picnic of pulled pork sandwiches and salads in support of impacted poultry producers. Northey told the group of about 175 people that it’s vital for a community to pull together during difficult times like these.

Of the 77 confirmed cases of bird flu in Iowa poultry operations, 14 of them were in Buena Vista County. More than 31-million chickens and turkeys have been euthanized in Iowa in recent months due to the bird flu epidemic. The USDA provides an indemnity for euthanized birds and will cover some costs of disposal, but the federal government doesn’t give aid for loss of income. Some called the 2014-2015 Avian Flu Outbreak the biggest animal health emergency in U.S. history.

While attending the grand opening of an agronomy center in Buena Vista County on Wednesday, Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey discussed the ongoing lawsuit between Des Moines Water Works and three counties in northwest Iowa. The water utility says Calhoun, Buena Vista and Sac counties aren’t proactive enough in preventing agricultural runoff. Des Moines Water Works says it’s causing an excessive financial burden on the city to remove nitrates from the water supply. Northey says while he doubts a lawsuit is the answer, he also says the agricultural community needs to find a long-term solution.

“Society is going to demand that of us,” Northey says. “We want those nutrients to stay there. We’re motivated by it. We’re going to learn things that are going to make us better producers as we learn how that nitrogen mineralizes in the soil.” According to the Des Moines Water Work’s petition, in the summer of 2013, fall of 2014 and winter of 2015, nitrate levels in the Raccoon River reached record peaks.

Bill Stowe, CEO and general manager of Des Moines Water Works, alleges the drainage districts in the three northwest Iowa counties are violating the federal Clean Water Act. Stowe says the system to remove the nitrates costs $7,000 per day to operate.

(Radio Iowa)

Busy summer in store for the Museum of Danish America


June 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn, say they have several unique events planned to celebrate the longest day of the year and one of their temporary exhibits.

Each year, Danes mark the summer solstice with a celebration known as Sankt Hans Aften, or “St. John’s Eve.”

Museum of Danish America celebrating Sank Han Aften,

Museum of Danish America celebrating Sank Han Aften,

Before Christianity came to Denmark, Scandinavian peoples celebrated the longest day as a supernatural struggle between light and dark, heat and cold. Since the feast day of Saint John the Baptist occurred on June 23rd, near the date of the annual summer solstice, the Christian Church emphasized this celebration in Scandinavia. Today, the celebration typically involves bonfires late into the night and singing of traditional songs.

The museum’s main exhibit at the moment is Skål! Scandinavian Spirits, which tells of the history and traditions of drinking culture in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. Programs have been planned that will join Midsummer and the exhibit’s topic into a fun series of events:

On Thursday, June 25 a free, public Brown Bag Lunch presentation will be given by Lexi, owner of Old Ballard Liquor Company in Seattle, Washington. Lexi lent her expertise on Scandinavian aquavit [Aqua-Veet] (a flavored spirit) to the exhibit and will share some of that knowledge with program attendees from noon to 1 p.m.



Then, on Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27th, Lexi and Deb Christensen Larsen, Development Manager at the museum and an aquavit do-it-yourself expert, will hold two aquavit workshops. From 2- 5 p.m., workshop participants will learn about the history, production, and traditions of Scandinavian aquavit and also learn how to flavor their own. For registration and other details for the workshops, contact Tova Brandt at 712-764-7001 [or tova.brandt@danishmuseum.org.]

Finally, a Sankt Hans Aften Celebration sponsored by Shelby County State Bank and Hy-Vee will be held from 6 – 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 27th. Activities for the celebration include a fire-roasted hot dog supper beginning at 6 p.m., live old-time country music from 7-9 p.m., bicycle jousting for kids and adults from 7-9 p.m., and a showing of a family-friendly Danish film “Antboy” at 7 p.m.



The film centers around 12-year-old Pelle, who accidentally gets bitten by an ant and develops unimaginable superpowers. The film is in Danish with English subtitles and is 77 minutes long. It will be shown in the Bro Dining Room. The traditional lighting of the Sankt Hans Aften bonfire will be held at sunset – approximately 9 p.m. All Sankt Hans Aften activities are free will donation and are open to the public. Scandinavian heritage is not required to have a good time!

For more information about these activities, visit danishmuseum.org or call (712) 764-7001.

Feds: Ex-bookkeeper embezzled $1.4M from Iowa farming co-op

Ag/Outdoor, News

June 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The former bookkeeper of a western Iowa farming cooperative is admitting she embezzled roughly $1.4 million over six years. Kathy Joan Cullen, who worked 27 years for the 21st Century Cooperative in Cass County, pleaded guilty Wednesday to filing a false tax return.

Under a plea agreement with prosecutors, she admitted that she wrote nearly $1.4 million in checks to herself from 2008 to 2013 and deposited the funds in her personal bank account. The plea agreement says the state and federal government lost $553,000 in tax revenues as a result. In 2009 alone, she embezzled $300,000 from the cooperative, which she didn’t report as income.

The agreement calls for her to pay restitution to the cooperative. Cullen was released after Wednesday’s hearing in Des Moines. Sentencing is Oct. 1st.  Filing a false tax return carries a maximum term of three years imprisonment, up to a $100,000 fine, and up to one year of supervised release.

The case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, and the Cass County Sheriff’s Office. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 6/18/2015

News, Podcasts

June 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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