Charges pending in connection w/weekend chase & crash in Shelby County


February 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

In an update to our reports over the weekend, Sheriff’s officials in Shelby County say criminal charges are currently pending against at least one of two individuals involved in a pursuit Saturday night that ended in a crash with injuries. The chase began in the southern part of the County at around 8:15-p.m., when a deputy tried to stop a 1994 Dodge Dakota pickup for an equipment violation. The pickup sped-off, and at times reached speeds of 100-miles per hour. The vehicle crashed about 30-minutes later at the intersection of Highway 44 and Shelby County Road M-56. Sheriff-vehicle

The driver of the pickup, 18-year old Justin Dickinson, of Harlan, was trapped in the vehicle. He was extricated by mechanical means and transported to Myrtue Memorial Hospital being flown by LifeNet helicopter to the Nebraska Medical Center, in Omaha. A passenger in the pickup, 17-year old Nicholas Haner, of Council Bluffs, was transported by ambulance to Myrtue Hospital and held for observation before being released.

Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies were assisted during the pursuit and resulting crash, by officers with the Harlan Police Department, Iowa State Patrol Troopers, Cass County and Audubon County Sheriff’s Deputies, the Harlan Fire Department, Elk Horn Rescue, and Medivac Ambulance.

Snow Emergency declared for unincorporated areas of Pottawattamie County


February 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Pottawattamie County Engineer has declared a SNOW EMERGENCY for the unincorporated territory of Pottawattamie County. The snow emergency goes into effect at 12:00-a.m. Tuesday, February 2nd, and will remain in effect for forty-eight (48) hours unless otherwise terminated or extended.

During a county snow emergency it is unlawful for any vehicle to be parked on or along any public roadway in the County.Pott. County seal Additionally, no parking is allowed along any posted snow emergency routes for the duration of the snow emergency. Vehicles in violation of these parking restrictions are subject to being towed at the owner’s expense and owners may be fined.

For a listing of county snow emergency routes and updated storm information, visit the Emergency Management Facebook page.

Backyard & Beyond 2-1-2016

Backyard and Beyond, Podcasts

February 1st, 2016 by Jim Field

LaVon Eblen talks with Kenner Baxter, President of P.R.I.D.E. about the upcoming legislative coffees.


Atlantic Archery performs well at Albia Tournament


February 1st, 2016 by Chris Parks

The Atlantic Archery team participated in the Albia Tournament on Saturday, January 30, 2016 and came away with their best high school team score ever.  The Trojans high school team shot a 3151 score, topping their previous best outing of 3134 shot last season.  The middle school squad did not have enough individuals to post a team score at this tournament.

Some of the top Atlantic archers were: Derek Dreager, 275. Clayton Jipsen 270. Bailey Roland 270.  Tomma Jessen 269. Carly Westphalen 266.  Brandon Westphalen 264. Dustin Dreager 262. Heather Freund 259.


Trading Post

February 1st, 2016 by Jim Field

FOR SALE: Fellowes Shredder……it just quit working, will sell for parts unless you can fix it, make offer.  Call 712-304-5607.


FOR SALE: 42″ round oak table with 18″ leaf, 4 chairs on rollers. Good condition. Asking $175. Also oak kitchen pantry cabinet 18″ by 84″ high and 24″ deep, medium color SOLD!, another cabinet 33″ wide, 15″ high and 24″ deep, both for $25. Call right away for those as they are sitting outside.  Call 712-249-3976. Atlantic.


Audubon’s Jake Mulford signs with Morningside to play football


February 1st, 2016 by Chris Parks

Audubon Senior Jake Mulford announced on Friday that he will be signing with Morningside College to continue his football career.  Mulford signed his letter of intent on Friday at Audubon High School.  Mulford completed a very successful career for the Wheelers with 3,253 yards rushing. He averaged 8.1 yards per carry as a senior and scored 23 touchdowns as the Wheelers racked up an 8-2 record. Aside from his Running Back duties Mulford also was a standout Punt Returner and Safety for Audubon.  Mulford ran back two punts for touchdowns in his career and racked up 122.5 tackles and 10 interceptions during his three-years at safety.

Mulford joins a Mustang program with a lot of recent success.  The Mustangs were national semi-finalists in the NAIA playoffs this year, finishing with a 12-2 record which makes their 12th consecutive winning season. The Mustangs had the most profilic scoring offense in NAIA history in 2015 setting records for points in a season with 825 and highest scoring average in a season with 58.9 points per game.

Man wanted in Cass County arrested in Page County


February 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A man wanted on a Cass County warrant turned himself-in to the Page County Sheriff’s Office, Sunday evening. Sheriff Lyle Palmer says 45-year old David Allen Holste, of Yorktown, later posted a $1000 bond through a bondsman, and was released pending further court proceedings in Cass County.

Reeling Phoenix Suns fire coach Jeff Hornacek


February 1st, 2016 by Chris Parks

PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns have fired coach Jeff Hornacek, with the team mired in one of the worst stretches in franchise history.

The Suns announced the dismissal Monday, saying an interim coach would be in place by Tuesday.

A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press three assistant coaches would be interviewed Monday for the interim job. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the plans had not been announced.

Hornacek coached the Suns for 2 ½ seasons. His team had lost 10 of 11 games and 19 of its last 21. At 14-35, their record is tied for fourth worst in the NBA. Hornacek is a former star at Iowa State University and had a successful NBA playing career with the Suns and Utah Jazz.


“Food, Family and Fun” program to take place Feb 10 & 11 in Red Oak

Ag/Outdoor, News

February 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Are you looking for something to bring your family together to learn teamwork, improve communication, and have fun while cooking and eating good food? Iowa State University Extension and Outreach—Montgomery County is pleased to offer a new program called Food, Family and Fun! Sponsored in part due to grant funding from Boost 4 Families, this program is geared towards families with children aged 5-18.

Families will get together with program instructors and volunteers once a month for six months to prepare healthy meals through hands-on cooking experiences. Families will also receive parenting resources and participate in activities that will focus on communication, teamwork, relationships, and health and nutrition. At the end of each session, families will take a meal home with them to freeze or eat later in the week.

There are two locations for Food, Family and Fun—Red Oak High School and Southwest Valley Middle School in Villisca. Sessions are planned to start on February 10th and 11th. Families can pay $50 for the program in either one lump sum or $10 at each session.

Registration is limited due to space, so sign up TODAY! Families need to fill out the registration form found in the brochure at

Questions about the program? Contact Stephanie Langner, Montgomery County Extension Program Coordinator at 712.623.2592 or .

(Press Release)

DARLENE BERNICE KENKEL, 77, of Earling (Svcs. 02-06-2016)


February 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DARLENE BERNICE KENKEL, 77, of Earling died Sunday, January 31st at Hillcrest Care and Rehabilitation Center in Bellevue, NE. Mass of Christian Burial for DARLENE KENKEL will be held Saturday, February 6th at 2:00pm at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Earling. Pauley-Jones Funeral Home in Harlan has the arrangements.

Visitation will be held Friday, February 5th from 3:00pm-9:00pm with family greeting friends from 4:00pm-8:00pm at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Earling.  A rosary will be held at 7:00pm that evening.

Burial will be in the St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Earling.


Husband: Jim Kenkel of Earling.

Daughters: Kathy (Stephen) Welsh of Columbia, MO.  Karla (Tom) Anderson of Overland Park, KS.  Michelle Kenkel Powell of Logan.

Son: Jeff (Michelle) Kenkel of Omaha, NE.

Brothers: Alvin Heller of Harlan.  Rich Heller of Portsmouth. Phil (Dormae) Heller of Portsmouth.  Veral (Mary) Heller of Green Valley, AZ.

Sisters: Mary (Bob) Finken of Earling.  Bonnie (Gene) Thielen of Denver, CO.

8 Grandchildren

1 Great-Grandchild