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Creston Police report, 11/15/16


November 15th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Creston Police Department reports 47-year old Dennis Speed, of Creston, was arrested Monday morning, on a Union County warrant for Parole Violation. Speed was brought to the Union County Jail and held without bond.

And, a Creston resident reported to police Monday morning, that sometime overnight Sunday into Monday, someone broke out a rear passenger window of her vehicle, and let the air out of the left rear tire. The incident happened while the vehicle was parked outside the woman’s home in the 700 block of W. Jefferson Street. The damage was estimated at $250.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 11/15/2016

News, Podcasts

November 15th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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


38th Annual Julefest set for Nov. 25-26 in Elk Horn


November 15th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

2016 is the 38th anniversary of the Danish Villages of Elk Horn and Kimballton, Iowa’s Christmas celebration called Julefest 2016 on November 25th and 26thdanish-treeThe important elements of a Danish Christmas – good food, warm hospitality, flickering candles and other decorations – will all be a part of this weekend.  There are unique shops, specialty stores, a winery, museums, Christmas exhibits and craft fairs for early holiday shopping, as well as food establishments serving pastries, breads, candies, Danish open faced sandwiches and some Danish specialties.   There are over 15 locations offering exquisite one-of-a-kind gifts.  Watch out for all the live entertainment on the streets of the Danish Villages.

Again this year, The Annual Naughty or Nisse 5k Polar Run will be held on Saturday at 9 a.m. and running from the Little Mermaid in Kimballton to the Danish Windmill in Elk Horn. Runners will be dressed up in Nisse (Elf) Costumes, ugly sweaters, or other silly costumes of their choice for chances to win prizes.

Don’t miss Santa Claus roaming around the Danish Villages as well.

The museums and historic structures welcome visitors with special events and decorations.  Come tour the Museum of Danish America and view their new exhibits and the Museum Design Store stocked with tastefully designed merchandise and discounted items. There is also a Lego play area for kids of all ages and complimentary refreshments will be served. The Genealogy Center will be open both Friday and Saturday with Free Admission! Discover how to research and collect information on your Danish family history. Christmas activities will also be available and Pebernødder and wassail will be served. The historic 168 year old Danish Windmill will serve glögg and Danish cheese to visitors and have an old fashion Julemarket.  Bedstemor’s House – Danish for Grandmother’s House – will welcome visitors with a warm fire.  The parlor’s Christmas tree will be decorated with homemade paper ornaments like Julehjerte, chains, fish, and roses.

The Elk Horn Town Hall features Iowa Homespun Crafters at the 21st Annual “Main Street Country Boutique.” There you will find many unique items, including candles, re-purposed furniture, signs, quilts, handmade wooden furniture, scarves jewelry, baked goods and much more! The Cottonwood Barn’s “Cottonwood Christmas” will be full of vendors, offering a variety of handcrafted items, baked goods, quilts, jewelry, and plenty more. Enjoy the specialty Shops, Winery and Restaurants in the Villages– they’re sure to get you in the holiday spirit and help fill your Christmas list! Unusual and unexpected accessories, decorations, gifts, furniture, and more!

Both Villages will be decorated for Christmas and the streets lined with Danish and American flags.  To really get you into the Christmas spirit attend the free, annual Christmas concert, at 7 p.m. followed by traditional dancing and singing around the Christmas tree at the Elk Horn Lutheran Church on Saturday evening.

Julefest is a great way for these proud Danes to show off their Danish heritage to their welcomed guests and to celebrate the opening of the Christmas season in the Danish Villages.  Pick up a brochure with a map of the local merchants and happenings at any of the Danish Villages businesses. Contact the Danish Windmill at (800) 451-7960 or visit www.danishvillages.com for an electronic copy of the brochure and more information.

Elk Horn and Kimballton are located in southwest Iowa, off I-80, 6 and 9 miles north of Exit 54 and no passport is required and Jul Love It!

(Press Release)

Iowa Turkeys selected for White House pardon

Ag/Outdoor, News

November 15th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Iowa is sending some turkeys to Washington, D-C. That’s not a commentary on the recent elections — it’s a big honor for the state’s turkey industry. Iowa Turkey Federation spokesperson, Hailey Grant, says a northwest Iowa farm will supply the turkeys for the annual ceremony where the president pardons the big birds before Thanksgiving. “We’re pretty excited. I think it’s a great honor for Iowa to get to raise these turkeys for the president,” Grant says.

She says the name of the farm and its owner are being kept secret until later this week for security reasons to keep animal rights groups and others from going to the farm. While a national election chooses the politicians who’re sent to White House, the selection of the presidential turkeys are picked by one person. “The chairman of the National Turkey Federation selects the state that will raise the presidential flock and this year Iowa was chosen,” Grant says. ” There’s ten or so states in the U-S that have a pretty large turkey industry — and so if you think once a year the turkey is chosen — that means that every eight to ten years Iowa we might be chosen, so that’s pretty exciting.”

The process is a little more complicated for the turkey producers than picking out a couple of birds and sending them out east. “What they usually do is they pull 20 or so from their normal size flocks and they have a special building built on the farm where those turkeys are raise — just the 20 of them — with people or noise, so they get acclimated with crowds,” Grant explains.

The turkeys that pass the test end up getting pardoned. She says they have a radio playing all the time to generate noise and they end up picking two birds out of the 20 that seem to handle being around people without being skittish are sent to be pardoned.

Grant says the honor is a big boost for the turkey industry after being hit so hard last year by the bird flu. She says Iowa’s industry has rebounded and is back to 100 percent production. Most of the turkeys raised in Iowa do not end up on the Thanksgiving table, they are used for meat in sandwiches in fast-food restaurants.

(Radio Iowa)

Harvest season very close to the end

Ag/Outdoor, News

November 15th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The recent spell of warm and sunny weather has allowed many farmers to either finish come very close to completing this year’s harvest. The latest U-S-D-A crop report shows 94 percent of the corn crop has been harvested — and for the first time this year the harvest is not behind the five-year average. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey talked about harvest. “It’s really coming along very good, we have some parts of Iowa that are done, and the tillage is done and fertilizer going on the ground,” Northey says.

He doesn’t expect it to take too much longer before all the combines have finished their work. “We do see a lot of progress, the forecast is good, the conditions are very good now, the corn is drying down and I would imagine within the next week or so there won’t be too many acres left in the field,” Northey says.

The numbers he’s hearing on the harvest are good for corn. “Average yield in Iowa across all acres expected to be199 bushels and acre,” Northey says. “And 59 bushels and acre for soybeans. Again that’s a record.” Northey, who farms near Spirit Lake says his harvest is completed after some weather setbacks.

“We had a little wet spell in the middle, so we had a little bit of mud in the middle. And I had a little too much rain in May when I planted some of the corn, so we had some stand issues. My corn crop wasn’t the best I’ve had — it was a little bit better last year than this years,” Northey says.

The Agriculture Secretary says he has some post-harvest work left to do before wrapping everything up for the years. While harvest is winding down in most of the state, southwest and south central Iowa still have more than 10 percent of the corn crop and almost 10 percent of the soybean crop remaining to be harvested.

(Radio Iowa)

Red Oak man arrested again on drug charges


November 15th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A man with a history of controlled substance violations was arrested again, Monday afternoon, in Red Oak. Red Oak Police say 28-year old Matthew Stephen Hyland, of Red Oak, was taken into custody at around 4:45-p.m.following a traffic stop at the intersection of Highway 34 and N. 4th Street, after police found Hyland to be in possession of marijuana. Hyland was charged with felony Possession of a Controlled Substance (3rd or Subsequent offense), as well as Driving While Revoked. He was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and held on a $5,000 cash bond.

Iowa early News Headlines: Tuesday, 11/15/16


November 15th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. CST

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State University President Steven Leath damaged a private plane in a hard landing in 2014 _ 11 months before he banged up a university aircraft in remarkably similar fashion. Documents obtained under the open records law show Leath was flying in gusty conditions in August 2014 and “landed hard” in a crosswind, causing propeller damage.

DOUGHERTY, Iowa (AP) — Family of a Mason City resident killed five years ago in a crash say they are disturbed someone stole an item left at a roadside memorial to the man. Heidi Hanson, of Mason City, told the Globe Gazette there isn’t a gravesite for her father, Marlin Hanson, so relatives and friends visit a memorial at the site near Dougherty where he died in a 2011 grain truck crash. In October, they pounded in a wind vane with an eagle cutout, as Hanson loved the birds. Recently they realized it had been stolen.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Some 200 rallies protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline are slated Tuesday across the United States, at Army Corps of Engineers offices, federal buildings and banks that have helped finance the project. Pipeline opponents are seeking to draw the attention of President Barack Obama and get his administration to reject a crossing at a Missouri River reservoir in southern North Dakota.

LEON, Iowa (AP) — Police in the southern Iowa city of Leon are investigating what authorities are calling a suspicious death. Leon police, with help from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, were called to a home Sunday morning after two people found a man’s body. The body was identified as 53-year-old Steven Dabb, of Leon. The body was in a home where Dabb lived and had recently been destroyed by a fire.

Lt. Governor says Governor has no plans to end term early


November 14th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Iowa’s Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds is trying to put to rest persistent rumors that Governor Terry Branstad will retire before his four-year term ends, putting Reynolds into office and setting her up as the incumbent in 2018. The governor has long denied any such intention. Reynolds was asked at the administration’s weekly news conference if the governor is about to step down.

” No. Listen. What does he say at almost every stop? You follow him, what does he end almost every sentence with? Proud of what we’ve done, we’ve got a great story to tell. We’re not done yet,” Reynolds says. There has been some speculation that Branstad might join the Trump administration as the Ambassador to Chine because of the governor’s close relationship with China’s president.

Reynolds also shot down that idea. The governor is currently on a trade mission to China. Branstad has made clear he is grooming Reynolds to eventually become governor. Reynolds wouldn’t comment on whether Branstad himself will run again in 2018.

(Radio Iowa)

Anita man arrested on burglary and other charges in Cass County


November 14th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest today (Monday), of an Anita man on Burglary and other charges. 37-year old Matthew Robert Prall faces charges that include Attempted Burglary in the 3rd degree, Escape from Custody, Public Intoxication, Disorderly Conduct, and Interference with Official Acts. Prall was brought to the Cass County Jail and held on $3,600 bond. In addition, a juvenile male was charged in the incident, with Criminal Mischief in the 4th degree, and Minor In Possession of Alcohol.

Last Friday, Cass County Deputies arrested 24-year old Drew Ashton Gagnon, of Missouri Valley, on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. Gagnon was taken to the Cass County Jail and remains held on $5,000 bond.

And, on Saturday, Cass County Deputies were called to the scene of an accident near 71555 Oxford Road, where a 1997 Pontiac Bonneville driven by 17-year old Alexandria Michelle Becker, of Wiota, was pulling out of a driveway. The car struck an eastbound cattle trailer attached to a 2000 Ford F350 pickup. The pickup was driven by 55-year old Jon Charles Groves,  of Massena. No injuries were reported. Damage to Becker’s car is estimated at $1,000; damage to Groves’ trailer is estimated at $1,200.

Atlantic Arrest Report 11/14/2016


November 14th, 2016 by Chris Parks

The Atlantic Police Department released details Monday on several recent arrests.

On Thursday, November 10th Officers arrested 18-year-old Dustin Jones of Atlantic on three Cass County Warrants for Controlled Substance Violations.  He was taken into custody and transported to the Cass County Jail and booked in.

Also on Thursday Officers arrested 26-year-old Francis Kirchner of Villisca for Possession of Controlled Substance (Marijuana) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was taken to the Cass County Jail and booked in.

Finally Thursday APD arrested 18-year-old Austin Boggs of Atlantic for Theft 5th Degree. He was cited into court and released.

On Saturday, November 12th Atlantic Police arrested 56-year-old James Cisar of Atlantic on Cass County Warrants for OWI 1st Offense and Possession of Controlled Substance (Marijuana). He was taken into custody and booked in to the Cass County Jail.