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In Depth Financial Management Class for Farm Women Starts January 27

Ag/Outdoor, News

January 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Cass County is hosting a program for local farm women to learn the details of farm financial management and ways to determine a farm’s financial stability, starting January 27th, in Atlantic.

Moving Beyond the Basics: Farm Record Keeping” is a four-week program that addresses practical farm financial management in an interactive setting. Focusing on financial management skills such as farm recordkeeping, financial statements, and analysis tools, the program is modeled after Annie’s Project for Farm and Ranch Women, empowering farm women to be better business partners through networking and by managing and organizing critical information.

Annie’s Project gives farm women the opportunity to learn from female agricultural professionals and network with other women in similar situations. Moving Beyond the Basics provides women who participate the opportunity to evaluate record keeping systems and experience accounting software in a hands-on, open discussion format. Knowing the resources available for analyzing financial position also helps participants better plan for periods of low prices and farm income fluctuation.

Moving Beyond the Basics will be offered at the Cass County Extension office in Atlantic on Mondays from 6-9 p.m. starting January 27th. The program will run for four consecutive weeks. Registration fee is $50 for all four sessions, including all course materials and a light dinner before each session. Course size is limited, so interested participants are encouraged to register before the January 24th deadline to ensure a spot in the class. Registration is required through the Cass County ISU Extension office by calling 712-243-1132 or by filling out a registration form, found online at www.extension.iastate.edu/cass.

For local farm women who would like to a broader overview of farm financial and risk management, Adair County Extension will be hosting the original Annie’s Project in Greenfield, starting on February 6th, 2014. This six-week course is designed especially for farm women to help them develop their management and decision-making skills for their farms. Sessions include brief presentations, discussions focused on the participants’ questions, and computer training to use spreadsheets. Topics include understanding market terminology, interpreting financial statements, and estate planning tools. For more information, visit www.extension.iastate.edu/adair or call (641)743-8412.

These programs have been developed through a grant from the North Central Risk Management Education Center and USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

ISU Extension and Outreach Hosting Free Program on Choosing Health Insurance


January 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With only a couple months remaining to meet requirements for having health insurance, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering a free workshop to help Cass County residents understand how to make smart choices for purchasing health care coverage. The workshop will take place Tuesday, January 28th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Cass County Community Center, 805 West 10th Street in Atlantic. Pre-registration is requested by calling 712-243-1132.

Mary Beth Kaufman, Family Finance Specialist will be the presenter for the workshop. At the workshop, participants will understand key health insurance terms and concepts, learn to identify personal health care needs and priorities, understand key provisions of the Affordable Care Act, use Iowa’s new Health Insurance Marketplace, and understand new tax credits and financial assistance available.

The workshop is intended for both current health insurance consumers and those who are newly eligible through the Affordable Care Act. The Smart Choice workshop will not offer one on one assistance or advice for enrolling in a particular insurance plan.

The Smart Choice Health Insurance Program is made possible by funding from a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant. For information about the workshop contact the Cass County Extension and Outreach Office at 712-243-1132, visit www.extension.iastate.edu/cass or email xcass@iastate.edu.

8AM Newscast 01-09-2014

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January 9th, 2014 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson


Girl survives cold outside mom’s South Dakota job


January 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a 2-year-old Nebraska girl has survived nine cold hours alone in a car parked outside her mother’s workplace in Dakota Dunes, S.D.  The Sioux City Journal says the girl was treated and released on Tuesday from a Sioux City hospital.  Authorities in Union County, S.D., say the mother told deputies she didn’t realize the girl was in the car until the girl’s father called after 5 p.m. Tuesday to say the girl wasn’t at her day care.

The girl was bundled in warm clothes in her car seat. National Weather Service records say the area temperature ranged from 2 degrees up to 19 over the day.  Prosecutors are reviewing the case. The girl remains in her parents’ custody at their home in South Sioux City, Neb.

Atlantic Planning and Zoning Board to consider rezoning request


January 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

City Administrator Doug Harris reported during the Wednesday night meeting of the Atlantic City Council, that Atlantic resident Gus Plummer has requested the rezoning of a portion of land next to a high traffic area. Harris says Plummer wants to rezone 701 Olive Street from Residential (R-3 -High Density/Single Family) to Highway Commercial (C-1).

He says the lot on the southwest corner of the intersection is fairly small, and it’s not clear how easy access to the lot would be made, or if the State will allow access to the location off of Highway 6. Harris said also because Olive Street is situated so closely to the site, it will likely cause problems with access. It’s not clear what Plummer’s plans are for the site if the rezoning is approved.

The matter will be taken up during the Jan. 14th meeting of the Atlantic Planning & Zoning Commission, during which a public hearing will be held on the request. According to the P&Z, a change in the zoning designation for the lot of land will allow Plummer Investments to remove a structure that’s in poor condition and allow the lot to continue to natural expansion of the Highway Commercial zone , as well as expand upon the commercial investments already made in the immediate vicinity.  

The public hearing will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall. Public comments may be made at hearing or through written comments in advance. Comments may be mailed or dropped-off at the City Clerk’s Office located at the Atlantic City Hall. Questions regarding the rezoning proposal may be addressed to the Zoning Administrator at City Hall, by calling 243-4810.

(Podcast) 7-am News Thu., 1/9/14

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January 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson…


Schultz to announce intentions to run for 3rd District seat


January 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz is expected to announce his intentions with regard to running for the 3rd Congressional District during a press conference this morning, in Council Bluffs. The conference is scheduled to take place at the Council Bluffs City Hall,  beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Last month, Schultz said he would use the holidays to decide whether or not to run for the 3rd Congressional District seat being vacated by Republican Tom Latham.


Fremont County man arrested for sexual abuse now faces more charge


January 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Fremont County Attorney’s Office has filed additional charges against a man who was arrested late last month following allegations he sexually abused children. 23-year old Andrew James Kluver, of Randolph, was initially charged with three felony counts of second-degree sexual abuse involving minors. In addition to those charges, he was recently charged with three felony counts of lascivious acts with a child, and three felony counts of incest. If convicted on all charges, Kluver could face up to 75 years in prison for the sex abuse charges, 30 years for the lascivious acts charges and 15 years for the incest charges.

Kluver was arrested Dec. 28th.  after Fremont County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a crime in progress in the Randolph area. According to Fremont County Attorney James S. Burger, there was at least one victim involved with the incident, and there could possibly be two others. An arraignment is scheduled 1:30 p.m. Jan. 21st at the Fremont County Courthouse.

Kluver remains in the Fremont County Jail on  $50,000 bond.

Key senator expects lawmakers to stay out of State Fair ‘s “cashless” controversy


January 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Fair’s board of directors will “consider” the governor’s suggestion that they “listen to fairgoers” before switching to a cashless system for food and drink purchases during the fair. The board issued a written statement Wednesday afternoon following an onslaught of negative reaction and the governor’s caution about making such a “big change” to use 50-cent tickets as currency on the fairgrounds.  The Board said it has “been moved by the passion of fairgoers.”

State Senator Dick Dearden, who represents the part of Des Moines that includes the state fairgrounds does not expect lawmakers to get embroiled in the controversy over a “cashless” 2014 Iowa State Fair. The Iowa State Fair Board now refers to its plan to require fairgoers to buy tickets in order to buy Fair food as merely “proposed” rather than a done deal. Senator Dearden does not plan on drafting any legislation to address the issue. “You know, there’s always resistance to change and it seems a little strange to me, but I guess the Bud Tent’s been doing this for years and nobody seems to have any real opposition to that,” Dearden says.

The “Bud Tent” at the State Fair — an outdoor beer garden — has been in operation since 1947. The fair charges a per-keg fee for beer vendors. Food vendors are to pay 17-and-a-half percent of their profits to the fair. The Fair Board, in its statement late yesterday, said their intention “is not to harm our Fairgoers’ experience, but to improve the integrity of our financial systems.”

The Texas State Fair — the largest fair in the country — uses a ticketing system for food and beverage purchases and the Iowa State Fair’s new system would be modeled after the one in Texas.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa News Headlines: Thu., Jan. 9th 2014


January 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — U.S. Senator Charles Grassley says he supports a federal extension of unemployment benefits as long as the money is found to pay for it. Speaking to reporters on a conference call yesterday, Grassley says he voted no Tuesday on a procedural issue determining whether the issue would move forward because there were no assurances the measure would be funded.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Governor Terry Branstad says he is setting modest expectations for the legislative session this year. Speaking yesterday at The Associated Press’ annual legislative seminar, Branstad said he will unveil proposals next week dealing with bullying, Internet access and support for veterans. Those items will be released along with his budget plan.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Governor Terry Branstad says he did not nab a wild hog during a hunting trip in Texas this past weekend. Branstad says today that the trip near Dallas was his first time hunting wild pigs. After waiting to take a shot, Branstad says he missed. Branstad said his group had more success shooting wild ducks.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is following up on a friendly wager with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal over the outcome of the Outback Bowl. LSU beat Iowa 21-14 on January 1st in the Outback Bowl. Branstad says he is donating 100 pounds of Iowa ham to a food bank in his home state and 100 pounds of Iowa ham to a similar place in Louisiana.