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Iowa lawmaker says business degree was Sizzler certificate

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March 2nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa state lawmaker says he didn’t mean to mislead anyone by claiming he had a business degree from a company that had actually awarded him a certificate for participating in a training program when he worked at Sizzler.

State Sen. Mark Chelgren’s biography on an Iowa Senate Republican website had noted he had a business management degree from Forbco Management school. The information was removed Wednesday after NBC News reported Forbco Management is a California company that operated a Sizzler franchise.

Iowa Senate Republicans spokesman Ed Failor confirmed Thursday that Chelgren’s biography was updated after the NBC report. He said Chelgren doesn’t have a college degree, but Chelgren later said he earned an associate’s degree from a community college.

Audubon County: Lark Avenue bridge project update

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March 2nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon County Engineer’s Office has been notified that the contractor for a bridge project on Lark Avenue will begin about one week ahead of schedule, due to the nice weather. The contractor is ahead of schedule on their other projects, therefore work on the bridge in the 1900 block of Lark Avenue in Audubon County, will begin next Monday, March 6th.

Lark Avenue will be closing just south of Audubon County Road F-32 while contractors replace a bridge located in Leroy Township, section 24. Construction is expected to last about 65 working days.

Atlantic School Board Special meeting Friday, re: Superintendent Contract 2017-18

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March 2nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Members of the Atlantic School Board will gather at the Middle School Library at Noon Friday, for a Special Meeting to approve the hiring of a new superintendent. Approval of the contract is the only action item on their agenda.

Earlier this week, the Board sat down with three finalists for the position: Steven Barber, Superintendent at George-Little Rock Community Schools in George, Iowa; Dr. Joe Potts, Ph.D, an Iowa native who resides in Kent, WA., and serves as High School Principal for the Kent Community School District; and Dan Dierks, who has served Superintendent for the Oelwein Community School District, since 2015.

The person selected will succeed Dr. Michael Amstein, who is retiring at the end of the current school year, after having worked for the District since 2010.

Three non-injury accidents during last Friday’s snow/ice event

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March 2nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says three, non-injury accidents occurred during last Friday’s snow/ice event. Just before 8-p.m., a 2001 Dodge Ram pickup owned and driven by 45-year old Robert James Bagshaw, of Massena, was eastbound on Tucson Road when the vehicle went out of control on the icy roadway. It crossed into the north ditch and rolled onto its top, sustaining an estimated$5,000 damage.

At around 6:15-p.m. Friday, a 2004 Chevy Express van driven by 29-year old Devon Andrew Bretey, of Atlantic, was northbound on Highway 71 when the vehicle went out of control on the slick roadway, entered the west ditch and came to rest on its side. The damage was estimated at $4,000.

And, at around 2:15-p.m., Friday, a 2006 Dodge Ram pickup owned and driven by 38-year old Troy Niehaus, of Carroll, was northbound on 750th Street when the vehicle went out of control on the icy road. It entered the west ditch and rolling onto its top, sustaining about $10,000 damage.

Atlantic man arrested, teen charged in drug case

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March 2nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports two people face drug charges following a recent investigation. On February 27th, Cass County Deputies arrested 18-year old Dominick Gene Gramkow, of Atlantic, on felony charges that include Distributing Drugs to Person Under 18 Years of age, Use of a Minor in a Drug Trade, Possession with Intent to Deliver/Marijuana, and Failure to Affix Drug Tax Stamp. Gramkow also faces a simple misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia charge. He was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $45,000 bond.

And, 17-year-old faces a felony, Possession with Intent to Deliver/Marijuana and Failure to Affix Drug Tax Stamp felony charges. The minor was taken to Juvenile Detention Center pending hearing.

Des Moines man arrested on Union County warrant

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March 2nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Union County Sheriff’s Office reports 46-year old Brian Donnell Taylor, of Des Moines, was arrested Wednesday evening at the Union County Law Enforcement Center. Taylor was taken into custody on a Union County warrant for probation violation.  He was being held in the Union County Jail without bond until being seen by a Judge.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 3/2/2017

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March 2nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

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

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Creston Police Report (3/2/17)

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March 2nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Creston Police Department say a woman residing in the 700 block of Hickory Street reported Wednesday evening, that sometime between 8-and 8:30-pm on Feb. 25th, cash was taken from her purse at her place of employment at 807 W Taylor. The loss was estimated at $60.

And, the Creston P-D says 23-year old Rebecca Holbrook, of Creston, was arrested at the Union County Law Enforcement Center, on a Decatur County Warrant charging her with False Information for a Citation. Holbrook was released from the Union County Jail on a $1000 bond.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, Thursday, 3/2/2017

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March 2nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

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

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Exira-EHK School Board Work Session tonight

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March 2nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Members of the Exira-EHK School Board will meet during a work session this evening, beginning at 6-p.m. During their session in the Conference Room at the Elk Horn building, the School Board will discuss, but take No Action on, the Estes Construction Facility Assessment.