Large fuel tank stolen from property near Red Oak


July 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of a large fuel tank from property owned by Schildberg Construction, north of Red Oak. Officials say sometime between the hours of 4-p.m. Monday and 6:45-a.m. Tuesday, a person of persons entered the Schildberg Quarry property located at 1423 J Avenue, and stole a 550-gallon fuel tank valued at $2,000. In the process, a small storage building sustained $500 damage.

The fuel tank was described being red, with a top mounted electric pump. Authorities say evidence at the scene leads them to believe the tank was stolen by using a vehicle with rear duals. Anyone with information about the crime is urged to call the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at 1-800-432-1001.

Authorities in Montgomery County report also, the arrest Tuesday morning of a Red Oak man following a traffic stop at the intersection of 200th Street and G Avenue. 20-year old Isaias Guerra was charged with Driving Under Suspension/Habitual Violator, and he was cited for having no insurance and a registration violation. Guerra was released after posting bond.

Head-on crash kills a Taylor County man


July 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A Taylor County man died Tuesday after the van he was driving collided with a semi in southwestern Union County. The Iowa State Patrol reports 79-year old Leonard Page, of Lenox, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on Highway 25, northeast of Lenox. Officials say Page was traveling southbound at around 5:15-p.m, when for reasons unknown, the 2002 Ford van he was driving crossed the center line of the road and collided head-on with a northbound 2007 Freightliner driven by 59-year old David Werner, of Mason City.

Pages’ body was transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny for an autopsy. The accident remains under investigation.

EDWIN H. NIHSEN, 92, of Avoca (Svcs. 7-6-2013)


July 2nd, 2013 by Marissa Hovde

EDWIN H. NIHSEN, 92, of Avoca died Mon., July 1st at the Avoca Nursing and Rehab Center. Funeral service for EDWIN NIHSEN will be held at 10:00-a.m. Sat., July 6th in the Minden United Church of Christ. Pauley Jones Funeral Home in Avoca has the arrangements.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00-p.m. Fri., July 5th at Pauley Jones Funeral Home in Avoca.

Burial will be in Minden Cemetery.

EDWIN NIHSEN is survived by:

Cousins, friends, and neighbors.

Special Weather Statement for the KJAN listening area


July 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

249 PM CDT TUE JUL 2 2013





Trading Post

July 2nd, 2013 by Stacie Linfor

WANTED:  good used refrigerator to use as a second. 243 9849


FOR SALE: 2 steel coffee cups, 20 oz. fit into narrow bottom cup holders. Comes with sip lid. $1 each. Call 243-2344.

FOR SALE: Dixon 30-inch, zero turn riding lawn mower in very nice condition. Asking $400. Call 790-1841.

Shelby County Board approves labor relations-related matter


July 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Shelby County Supervisors approved a labor relations engagement with a law firm for representation for the county. In a regular board of Supervisors meeting this (Tuesday) morning, the board approved the agreement with Ahlers Law Firm for a flat rate of $1,250 per month for one year. According to Supervisor Roger Schmitz, the law firm would represent the county on several items. He said “Lawyers that would represent the county on negotiations to contracts, grievances, complaints and consulting services. We felt maybe this was the time to do this and go through the whole process.” 

The County can terminate the contract but would need a 30 day notice. Supervisor Steve Kenkel went on to say the law firm will take care of policies and job descriptions as well. We will use this to get into our negotiations and to work on implementing annual evaluations and updating job descriptions and our handbook. A lot of policies are outdated so combining them all into one.” 

In other business, the supervisors tabled an agreement between the county and city of Harlan for the collection of delinquent parking tickets. Shelby County Treasurer Carolyn Blum stated at the meeting she has not had proper time to go over the agreement yet and felt by the next board meeting, the agreement should be written and approved. Blum said cities in other counties do in fact use an agreement at times. The agreement on the collection of delinquent parking tickets is a fee of $5 to the county from the city of Harlan. She said the city has 13 overdue parking tickets averaging around $50. The Shelby County Board of Supervisors will discuss the agreement again at their next meeting on Tuesday, July 23rd.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

Weekend arrests in Cass County


July 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports two arrests over the past few days. On Friday, June 28th, , deputies arrested 29-year old James Nektarios O’Brien, of Cumberland. O’Brien was charged with Driving While Barred and brought to the Cass County Jail. He was released the next day on his own recognizance.

And, on Sunday, sheriff’s deputies arrested 36-year old Richard Edwin Swain, of Griswold, on a charge of OWI 2nd Offense. Swain was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on his own recognizance.

Break-in reported at Harlan bar


July 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Harlan are investigating a break-in and theft at a local establishment. On Saturday, officers were called to the Westside Lounge, with regard to a break-in, where food and alcohol was reported missing. The case remains under investigation.

The Harlan P-D reports also, a 2008 Chevy truck, along with about $500 worth of tools and other items, were stolen sometime Saturday night from a property in Harlan. The incident remains under investigation.

A Harlan man turned himself-in to authorities Saturday after he ran from police the previous day, following a traffic stop. 26-year old Joey Ranney, Jr., was subsequently cited for Driving Under Suspension, and Interference with official acts, and then released from custody. Officials said also, 55-year old Robert Murtaugh, of Harlan, was arrested Thursday, on a warrant associated with a charge of OWI/1st Offense. And, 18-year old Payton Larsen, of Harlan, was arrested Friday, following a traffic stop. The young woman was cited for being a Minor in Possession of Alcohol and having improper headlights while driving at night. She was subsequently released from custody.

A reminder: Community Dance this Friday night, in Atlantic


July 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Local band “Popcorn Button” will be back on the stage this Independence Day weekend at the Elks Lodge in Atlantic for a night of free music and dancing. Admission is free, and dancers and listeners of all ages and abilities are invited to attend the dance on Friday, July 5th from 7- to 10- pm.

The summer’s first dance, titled “Let Freedom Swing” will see the twenty piece ensemble perform big band favorites like “In the Mood,” “Pennsylvania 6-5000,” and “Hoop-de-Doo Polka.”  Event organizers encourage dancers of all skill levels, including those with no experience, to enjoy the live music and get out on the dance floor. Jake and Pam Auerbach will be available to provide free instruction in east coast swing, waltz, two step, and polka throughout the evening.

Popcorn Button is a group of volunteer musicians who come from all walks of life. Many of the band’s members are from Atlantic or the surrounding area, including several students and alumni from Atlantic High School. Also featured are students from Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, the University of Northern Iowa, and the community at large.

A free will donation will be accepted at the door to help defray costs of the event. All excess money goes back to the community in donations or through the Popcorn Button Community Music Scholarship, an award to help young musicians attend band camps, honor bands, or private lessons. For more information, contact Curtis Ullerich at or at 424-242-2878, or visit

Scam phone calls to utility customers continue into summer


July 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Alliant Energy today reminded customers to be wary of scam phone calls, as complaints similar to those received in winter and spring are continuing into the summer. Similar to a scam that has been in occurring locally and nationally, customers report receiving phone calls that threaten electric service disconnection and ask them to purchase a prepaid card. 

Alliant Energy does not ask customers to purchase prepaid credit cards nor make immediate cash payments over the phone. This scam appears to target Spanish-speaking customers, but can happen to anyone. 

  • If someone calls claiming they represent Alliant Energy and they demand immediate payment or personal information, hang up and call us. Do not give in to a high-pressure caller seeking personal information. We have several secure and convenient payment options listed at
  • Beware that scammers can spoof caller-ID displays, which means they can mask the call’s true origin and make it appear as if it the call is coming from a utility company. 
  • Do not provide your Social Security number, credit card numbers or bank account information to anyone who requests that information during an unsolicited phone call or an unannounced visit. 
  • Customers should report attempted scams to local law enforcement and the Iowa Attorney General by visiting, or calling 1-888-777-4590.