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Kwik Trip plans $300 million capital investment

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November 22nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — La Crosse, Wisconsin-based Kwik Trip is planning to make a $300 million capital investment to support its convenience store chain. Plans by the retailer include a $113 million bakery plant, expanding its dairy manufacturing facility, kitchen operations and transportation fleet. The investment is expected to create more than 300 jobs in the La Crosse area over the next five years. Construction of the new bakery is expected to be completed by late fall of 2018.

Gov. Scott Walker’s office says the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation has authorized up to $21 million in state income tax credits over the next five years for the expansion. Kwik Trip owns and operates more than 600 retail convenience stores in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. The company is building 56 new stores this year, including 36 in Wisconsin.

Polk County prosecutor charged with child endangerment

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November 22nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

ADEL, Iowa (AP) — A Polk County prosecutor has been charged with child endangerment, accused of striking a child. Court records say 35-year-old Joseph Crisp pleaded not guilty Monday in Dallas County Court in Adel.  A criminal complaint says Crisp acknowledged striking the child Nov. 15. The complaint says Crisp used an open hand to strike the child across the back as punishment for defecating in a diaper. The records say Crisp lives in West Des Moines.

Polk County Attorney John Sarcone told The Des Moines Register that Crisp is “presumed innocent” and remains on his staff of prosecutors.

Shelby County road closed for bridge removal project

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November 22nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Shelby County Emergency Management Agency reports a bridge over Silver Creek is currently closed through the winter months. The bridge is located in the 1100 block of 1300th Street, west of 1113 1300th, between Westphalia Township Section 35, and Lincoln Township Section 2. The bridge is being removed and will be replaced with a low water crossing. Area residents and emergency responders should be prepared to find an alternate route to homes and/or businesses in the affected area.

Deere reports improving markets for farm & construction equipment

Ag/Outdoor, News

November 22nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Iowa’s largest manufacturing employer is reporting a successful year. For the quarter ending October 29th, the Moline, Illinois-based Deere & Company posted earnings of more than $510 million or $1.57 per share. That compares with $285 million or 90 cents per share a year ago. Deere’s net income of more than $2 billion for the quarter bettered $1.5 billion a year ago. Worldwide net sales and revenues increased 23 percent for the fourth quarter and 12 percent for the full year. Deere says improving markets for farm and construction equipment contributed to the higher quarterly and full year results. The company also says its performance shows continued benefits from advanced products and a flexible cost structure.

(Radio Iowa)

School snack program goes statewide, thanks to Iowa’s #1 pork producer

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November 22nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Iowa’s largest pork producer is launching a program in all 99 Iowa counties that aims to feed protein-packed sandwiches to needy children. Allyson Ladd is marketing specialist for Iowa Select Farms which is starting what it’s calling the Power Snack program. Ladd says, “How it works is, we work with local school officials, principals, lunch coordinators, and we give all children that are on the Free & Reduced Lunch Program coupons that can be used four times throughout the school year.”

The program is now going statewide after it had been tried as a pilot program in several Iowa communities and Ladd says the coupons were a success. “Those coupons are for $5 for a pound of shaved ham and a $3 coupon that will get them a loaf of whole wheat bread,” Ladd says, “so kids will be able to prepare their very own power snacks.” She says recent studies find one in eight children in Iowa are food insecure, meaning they’re not sure where their next meal may be coming from. “This year, more than 18,000 K-through-12 Iowa students are going to benefit from the Power Snack program,” Ladd says, “which will be about 72,000 coupons total. We’re bringing a lot of nutrition to Iowa children in need.”

Learn more at the Iowa Select Farms Facebook page or at www.iowaselect.com.

(Radio Iowa)

Small Business Saturday takes place 11/25

News

November 22nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce reports businesses in Atlantic will participate in the 7th Annual Small Business Saturday (Nov. 25th), to support small businesses. Bailey Smith, Executive Director at the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce said “We’re excited to partner with all the Atlantic Area businesses to create shopping incentives and activities to celebrate Small Business Saturday.” Earlier this month, Atlantic was recognized as a Neighborhood Champion. American Express recognizes communities that have strong participation. The on-going Shop Local Initiative and Passport Program, presented by First Whitney Bank & Trust, and overall community support has helped Atlantic achieve the national recognition.

Smith said “It’s a great opportunity for Atlantic to receive positive, national exposure. Atlantic has everything you need and this day is just an added reminder for the community how important their support and participation in shopping local is to keeping Atlantic a vibrant place to live.” Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting the local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country. This Saturday, shop these participating businesses:

  • Akin Building Center
  • Howard’s Clothing
  • Aunt B’s
  • Renew Ag Supply
  • Bonnesen’s
  • Rex Pharmacy
  • Brown’s Shoe Fit
  • Robinsons True Value
  • Brymons Interiors
  • Something For You
  • Cappel’s Ace Hardware
  • Steffens Cycle Shop
  • Complementary Care Health & Wellness
  • The Picker’s Parlor
  • Hanson’s Fine Jewelry
  • The Uppercut & More Boutique

Bring your receipts from participating businesses to the Rock Island Depot between 11-a.m. to 4-p.m. Saturday, to be entered into a drawing for $250 in AtlantiCash. Receive double stamps on your Shop Local Passport at participating business, found at www.atlanticiowa.com.

The Holiday Ice Skating Rink, presented by Megan Roberts, State Farm will also be held this weekend. Community members will get to enjoy a skate on the Ice Skating Rink in front of the Historic Rock Island Depot with skates provided at a low cost. The Ice Skating Rink will be in town Saturday from 11-a.m. until 9-p.m., and on Sunday from 11-a.m. until 4-p.m. You can also enjoy free Carriage Rides Saturday from Noon until 3-p.m., with Granny’s Kettle Korn available for purchase. Admission Fees and other details can be found at www.christmasinatlantic.com.

Atlantic Medical Center & satellite centers closed Thursday

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November 22nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Cass County Health System (CCHS) remind area residents that the Atlantic Medical Center and the satellite clinics in Anita, Griswold, and Massena will be closed for Thanksgiving. The Atlantic Medical Center will be open on Friday, however, the satellite clinics will remain closed until Monday, the 27th.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 11/22/2017

News, Podcasts

November 22nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

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

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Man accused of U of Iowa campus sex assaults takes plea deal

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November 22nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa City man charged with sexually assaulting numerous students and employees on the University of Iowa campus has taken a plea deal. Court records say 34-year-old Adam Weinstein entered an Alford plea Tuesday to assault with intent to commit injury and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse. In an Alford plea, a person doesn’t admit guilt but acknowledges there is enough evidence for a likely conviction.

Prosecutors dropped several other charges in exchange for Weinstein’s pleas. His sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 12. Police say Weinstein sexually assaulted, groped and harassed at least eight women on the campus during a 15-hour period on Nov. 10, 2015. Police say the incidents took place at the university hospital, near residence halls and the law school.

State Drug Czar to take over as head of Dept of Veterans Affairs

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November 22nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A New Vienna native who has been the state’s drug czar has been appointed by Governor Kim Reynolds to take over as the executive director for the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs. Steve Lukan replaces Jodi Tymeson who announced her retirement last month. “I am very excited for the opportunity, we have a great team here and I’m looking forward to helping veterans here in Iowa and to working with people and hopefully we can do some good things,” Lukan says.

Lukan is a veteran who joined the U-S Navy after graduating from Dyersville Beckman High School. He served four years, earning four promotions and obtaining the rank of Petty Officer Second Class. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and Navy Achievement Medal. Lukan says appreciation for the military has always been important to him and his family. “I’ve come from several generations where we’ve all served in the military and extended family has served in the military,” Lukan says. “I think it’s just a wonderful opportunity to help those people who have served out country, and I like to think of them as some of the finest men and women out there, and I’m just thankful for the opportunity to do it.”

While serving as a state representative for Delaware and Dubuque counties, Lukan championed the creation of the House Veterans Affairs Committee and enacted legislation to help disabled veterans through the establishment of the Veterans Trust Fund. Lukan says he is looking into proposing a few changes to some of the existing laws, but wants to get settled in to his new position before releasing details.

(Radio Iowa)