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2 men arrested on burglary/trespassing charges in Page County

News

January 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

An investigation last Friday afternoon into a reported trespass and burglary incident in Page County led to the arrest of two men, Saturday. Sheriff’s officials say 40-year old Markus Eugene Johnson, of Red Oak, and 45-year old Bradley Gene Adolphson, of Emerson, were charged with Burglary in the 3rd Degree, and Trespassing. Johnson later posted a $5,000 bond and was released. Adolphson was being held in the Page County Jail on $5,000 bond.

Page County authorities say the investigation into the men’s alleged activities began after they received a complaint of a possible trespass and burglary at 1323 B Avenue in rural Essex. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the investigation as both Adolphson and Johnson were arrested in Montgomery County.

Iowa egg farms slowly recovering from last year’s bird flu

Ag/Outdoor, News

January 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa egg farms are bouncing back from last year’s bird flu outbreak but rebuilding flocks with millions of new egg layers is taking time as the industry predicted. The latest U.S. Department of Agriculture report released Friday shows Iowa’s population of egg-laying hens at 37.9 million in December, up 6 percent from November but still 37 percent below the year-ago figure.

Iowa farms produced 812 million eggs, up 11 percent from the previous month but down 44 percent from December 2014. The bird flu last summer killed 48 million birds nationwide including 24 million Iowa laying hens. Farmers have replenished flocks but expect it to take most of this year to reach full production again.

U.S. egg production in December was 8 billion, down 8 percent from a year ago.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 1/25/2016

News, Podcasts

January 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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

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Adair & Guthrie Counties launches new emergency notification system

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January 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A new emergency notification system will be launched March 1st by the Adair & Guthrie County Emergency Management Agencies. Emergency Management Coordinator Robert Kempf says the Adair & Guthrie County Emergency Notification System is part of the growing statewide notification system “Alert Iowa.” Currently, 90 of Iowa’s 99 counties have or are in the process of implementing this statewide emergency notification system.

Alert Iowa was developed by Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management to provide all counties with access to a single, statewide notification system that provides local control of how and when to disseminate emergency and public safety messages to residents.

Adair & Guthrie County EMA will be activating public access to the new system February 1st. The existing CodeRED alerting system will remain in place through March 1st as citizens register for the new system and then that program will be eliminated.

Kempf says, “Joining the Alert Iowa System gives us more flexibility in providing alerts to the public, continue to provide automated weather warnings, provide us with more options and significantly reduce emergency alerting costs for the agencies.” Residents will be able to choose the types of alerts they receive, for severe weather watches and warning. Alerts can be sent to residents via landline and cell phone, text messaging and email.

In addition, Emergency Management has been granted access to interface the new system with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) to send imminent emergency and public safety messages through the Emergency Alert System, NOAA Weather Radio and the Wireless Emergency Alerts system. Using IPAWS for local alerts will be another method to ensure the most urgent information is delivered to as many residents as possible when an emergency is happening and requires the public to take immediate action.

Residents can sign up for multiple phone numbers and email addresses to receive emergency alerts for their 911 address within the counties. You may also sign up for alerts that may impact your place of business by registering separately for that address as well.

To register for the Adair & Guthrie County Emergency Notification System (Alert Iowa) visit http://tinyurl.com/AG-alerts, the Emergency Management Page at www.adaircountyiowa.org or www.guthriecounty.org. You can click the signup button on the Adair & Guthrie County EMAs Facebook page.

Representatives will be in each community from 7:00 to 9:00 PM on different days during the month of February to assist people in signing up. The community schedule is below:

February 2nd Panora Fire Station February 11th Adair Fire Station
February 3rd Guthrie Center Fire Station February 15th Bridgewater Fire Station
February 4th Orient Fire Station February 16th Fontanelle Fire Station
February 5th Yale Fire Station February 17th Stuart Fire Station
February 8th Bagley Fire Station February 18th Greenfield Fire Station
February 9th Casey Fire Station February 19th Menlo Fire Station
February 10th Jamaica Fire Station February 22nd Bayard Fire Station

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 1/25/2016

News, Podcasts

January 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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

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Louisiana man killed in snowmobile crash, Iowa officials say

News

January 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

WHITING, Iowa (AP) – Authorities in western Iowa say a Louisiana man has been killed in a snowmobile accident. The accident was reported a little before 10:30 p.m. Saturday in a field about five miles northwest of Whiting. Authorities say David Daigle, of Baton Rouge, struck an irrigation pivot as he tried to cut across a farm field.

Daigle was pronounced dead later at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.  The Monona County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the accident

Atlantic Chamber Annual Dinner & Awards held Saturday

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January 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce hosted their Annual Dinner Saturday at the Cass County Community Center, sponsored by Deter Motor Company. Dinner was catered by the Atlantic Hy-Vee and was open to the entire community. The Chamber discussed accomplishments of not only the Chamber, but the community in 2015 as well as goals for the new year. Successful businesses, organizations and individual leaders in the community were honored for their commitment and support of the Atlantic Area.
The Athena Award, sponsored by Deter Motor Company, was presented to Kathie Hockenberry, with Hockenberry Family Care Funeral Homes. The award recognizes an exceptional individual who has achieved excellence in her/his business profession, has served the community in a meaningful way, and has assisted women in their attainment of professional goals and leadership skills.

Business of the Year was awarded to Renew Ag Supply, for their dedication to consumers and their support of the Atlantic Area. The Distinguished Service Award was given to Geis Perry Jewelry, for over 40 years of commitment, generosity and support of local businesses and events. The Community Betterment Award was given to the Atlantic Rotary Club, for their value and dedication to the community each and every day.Ambassador of the Year was awarded to Dan Mehmen for faithfully attending visits throughout the year, showing support for area businesses and fellow Ambassadors. The Star Ambassadors of the Year are Dolly Bergmann, Sue Muri, Russ Joyce and Pat McCurdy. Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Dr. Keith Leonard, for his willingness to help at any event with a smile on his face and a helpful, giving attitude. Finally, Educator of the Year was awarded to Michelle Huber, for her commitment to making sure every child succeeds.

Along with awards, the 2016 campaign “Explore, Discover, Share” was also introduced. The “Explore, Discover, Share” campaign will encourage residents and visitors to explore local businesses and attractions to discover something new. The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness for all the great businesses, interesting history and exciting experiences available in Atlantic and Cass County.

Community members and visitors that share their photos and experiences will be part of the Explorer Challenge contest and will be eligible to win prizes throughout the campaign. People will submit their photos and experiences of designated places on www.atlanticiowa.com to be shared on social media.“Explore, Discover, Share” will kick off this spring. More information regarding the campaign, attractions, businesses participating and prizes awarded will be released as the kick-off date gets closer.

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., Jan. 25th 2016

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January 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — An inmate who escaped a minimum security facility in Newton has been apprehended. 28- year old Edward Nathaniel Shorter was found at a Des Moines residence and was taken into custody without incident around 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Iowa State Patrol and the Jasper, Polk and Marion County sheriff’s departments began a public search after Shorter didn’t report for a routine count at the Newton Correctional Release Center around 1:50 p.m. Saturday. Shorter is serving a 20-year sentence for two counts of possession of a controlled substance and two counts of prohibited acts-controlled substance in Polk County.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Companies trying to expand high-speed Internet in Iowa say a key part of Governor Terry Branstad’s new broadband law is not formally in effect, and that could hinder their future projects in the state. At the heart of the 2015 law is a 10-year property tax exemption for service providers who build new broadband infrastructure in limited areas. More than six months later, those companies are waiting for the Iowa Department of Revenue to write rules to apply for the exemption.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Only a week remains before the Iowa caucuses — the first contest in a tumultuous presidential campaign that has challenged long-held political assumptions. The Republican race in Iowa is Donald Trump’s or Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s to lose on the night of February 1st. The Democratic race has evolved into a surprisingly heated contest between Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders.

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) — It’s the second-to-last Sunday before the Iowa caucuses, and you could find Donald Trump in a fifth row pew for the service at the First Presbyterian Church in Muscatine. The caucuses are February 1st, and Trump’s main challenger is Ted Cruz. The Texas senator is the son of an evangelical preacher and has made deep inroads with evangelical voters in Iowa.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines Police are investigating after finding a 71-year-old woman dead inside her home. Police said officers were sent to check on the welfare of the woman around 4:30 a.m. Sunday when they found Norma Jean McNeeley dead.

 

RAGBRAI to run across southern IA this summer

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January 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Organizers with RAGBRAI (the Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa), announced Saturday the route and overnight towns for the 2016 ride. The 44th annual event, which spans about 420 miles this year, is set to take place July 23-30 in southern Iowa.

According to the paper, this year’s ride/social gathering begins July 23 in Glenwood and ends July 30 in Muscatine. Overnight communities include Shenandoah and Creston, in southwest Iowa. Leon and Centerville in south central Iowa, and in southeastern Iowa, overnight stops will include the towns of Ottumwa and Washington.

Estimates have shown RAGBRAI can bring in $3 million a day to local economies. That’s everything from gas to meals to sodas. For more information, go to ragbrai.com.

Ragbrai 2016 map (from Ragbrai.com)

Ragbrai 2016 map (from Ragbrai.com)

Companies say there’s a hold up on Iowa broadband law

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January 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Companies trying to expand high-speed Internet in Iowa say a key part of Gov. Terry Branstad’s new broadband law is not formally in effect, and that could hinder their future projects in the state. At the heart of the 2015 law is a 10-year property tax exemption for service providers who build new broadband infrastructure in limited areas. More than six months later, those companies are waiting for the Iowa Department of Revenue to write rules to apply for the exemption.

The law specifies an annual Feb. 1 deadline for applications to be submitted, though there is some flexibility for seeking tax relief up to two years later. Department spokeswoman Victoria Daniels says the agency hopes to provide a draft of the rules soon, but the process may take months.