DALE HENRIKSEN, 84, of Audubon (Svcs. 08-09-2013)


August 2nd, 2013 by Jim Field

DALE HENRIKSEN, 84, of Audubon died Thu., Aug. 1st, at the Friendship Home in Audubon.  Funeral services for DALE HENRIKSEN will be held 10:30-a.m. Friday, Aug. 9th, at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Audubon.  Hockenberry-England Funeral Home in Audubon in charge of arrangements.


Visitation will be held Thursday, Aug. 8th from 3-to 8pm at the Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Audubon with the family present from 5-to 8pm.  A prayer service will be held at 5-pm Thursday.  Viewing will also be open an hour prior to the service on Friday.

Burial will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Audubon.

DALE HENRIKSEN is survived by:

Son:  Kent (Tammy) Henriksen, of Audubon

Daughters:  Rene (Ivan) Blocker,  & Ann (Steve) Brinkman, all of Audubon.

Sister:  Marilyn Hash of Brigham City, UT

BETTY F. WENDELIN-STENDRUP, 93, of Avoca (8-5-13)


August 2nd, 2013 by Jim Field

BETTY F. WENDELIN-STENDRUP, 93, of Avoca died Thursday, August 1 at the Heritage House in Atlantic.  Graveside services for BETTY F. WENDELIN-STENDRUP will be held on Monday, August 5 at 10:30 am in the Graceland Cemetery in Avoca.  Pauley-Jones Funeral Home in Avoca has the arrangements.


Visitation will be held on Sunday from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the funeral home.

Family will greet friends Sunday from 5:0 pm to 7:00 pm at the funeral home.

Family will meet at the funeral home on Monday at 10:00 am.


Sons:  Gary W. Wendelin of Avoca; Jon R. (Karla Jane) Wendelin of Slater; George L. Wendelin of Pickwick Dam, TN.

Daughter:  Catherine A. (Jim) Brendeland of Ames.

Brother:  Joe (Dorthey) Spurek of Dallas, OR

10 Grandchildren

13 Great-Grandchildren

Nieces and nephews

(Update 12-p.m.) Fire destroys garage in Atlantic Thursday night


August 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The cause of a fire late Thursday night in Atlantic is listed as “undetermined,” but considered to be suspicious. Atlantic Fire Chief Mark McNees said crews responded to a reported shed/garage fire at 403 Birch Street, at around 11:55-p.m.  He said upon arrival, an attached shed was fully engulfed in flames and the garage was becoming involved.

McNees said the contents of the nearby home had been removed earlier in the day because the residence had been foreclosed on. He asks anyone who may have seen anything suspicious late Thursday night to call the Atlantic Police or Fire Department’s non-emergency numbers.

He says the contents of the shed and garage were damaged by smoke and fire, and the garage is currently structurally unsound and most likely a total loss. A dollar amount was not immediately available.

McNees said they are looking into three possible causes for the fire, including a discarded cigarette, intentional, or electrical. The latter he says, is the least likely to have been the cause. The fire spread rapidly due to the number of accelerants stored inside the shed.

School Election candidates deadline has passed


August 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The deadline to file nomination papers for the September 10th School Board elections in Cass County has passed. The deadline was Thursday, August 1st. Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman reports there are will be very few contested races this fall.

Here are the candidates for their respective school district boards of education:

CAM Community School District:

North District – Chuck Kinzie (incumbent); South District – Gary Dinkla (Incumbent); At Large District – Nick Kaufman (Incumbant).

Atlantic Community School District:

At Large (elect 2) – Kristy Pellett & Josh McLaren (Incumbents), & Bob Reilly.

Griswold Community School District:

District 3 – Scott C. Peterson (incumbent); District 4 – Thomas Jay Moore (Incumbent); At Large  (elect 2) – Steve Baier & Robert Peterson (Incumbents), & Denise L. Bridges.

Iowa Western Community College Director:

District #4: Scott D. Robinson (Incumbent)

There are also two Public Measures on the ballot in Cass County pertaining to Iowa Western Community College:

Public Measure B asks if the college’s Board of Directors (which serves 13 counties in western & southwest Iowa) should be authorized to continue to levy a tax not to exceed 20.25-cents per thousand dollars of assessed property value, for a period of 10-years, beginning with collection for the fiscal year ending June 30th, 2017. The renewed tax would be used for infrastructure and equipment purchases as needed.

Public Measure C asks if voters wish to continue a levy not to exceed six-cents per thousand dollars assessed valuation, for program sharing between community colleges or for the purchase of instructional equipment. If approved the renewed tax would be in effect for 10-years, beginning with the June 30th, 2017 collections.

Atlantic School Board hires new staff and accepts resignations


August 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Community School District’s Board of Education held a special meeting Thursday night at the High School, to approve contracts for new staff coming on-board for the 2013-2014 school year, and some resignations.

Superintendent Mike Amstein told KJAN News the Board elected to hire:

Jessica Brocka, as a Middle School Art Teacher. Brocka comes to the district from Adel, and has formerly taught in Arizona;  Scott Yates was hired as a Physical Education teacher at Schuler Elementary School, and Assistant Football Coach; Tina Olson was hired by the district as a part-time Home School Program teacher, to work with Linda Nichols. The Home School Program is being expanded from three-to five-days per week, according to Amstein.

The Board also hired the following as coaches: Alan Jenkins was hired as the Middle School Football and Head Boys Varsity Track Coach, and Jordan Newburgh was hired as Assistant Varsity Wrestling Coach.

The Board also accepted the resignation of Jill Pollard, Remedial reading instructor at Washington Elementary, and Brandi Nielsen, who served in the Health Services Dept. as the Schuler and Middle School Nurse.

New voter registration forms now available


August 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A revised version of the new voter registration forms are now available from the Secretary of State’s office. The Iowa A-C-L-U had raised concerns about the layout of the questions on the forms. Chance McElhaney, a spokesman for the Secretary of State, says they made changes so the voter eligibility question is the first thing on the new form. “There are three easy questions that we move to the very top, ‘ are you a citizen of the United States, will you be 18 before election day, and if you’ve been convicted of a felony, have your rights been restored?’ If you answer no to any of those questions you’re not eligible to vote,” McElhaney says.

He says it should make it harder to accidentally register to vote if you’re not eligible. “Nobody wants anyone to commit a felony mistakenly. How the previous form was set up, you got to those qualifications at the very end right when you were about to sign , and we want to make sure that right up front should I be filling out this form or not,” McElhaney says.

McElhaney says county auditors, the voter registration commission, and the secretary of state collaborated on the new form. The new version of the form has passed muster with the A-C-L-U.

(Radio Iowa)

Backyard and Beyond 08-02-2013

Backyard and Beyond, Podcasts

August 2nd, 2013 by Chris Parks

Lavon Eblen speaks with Ed Ransom with the Walnut Optimist Club about the Antique City Car Show coming up this Sunday.


Man hit in construction zone accident, Friday morning


August 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A man was struck by a truck in a construction zone near Anita this (Friday) morning. According to reports, emergency crews were called to a construction site west of Anita on Highway 6, just after 9-a.m.

The man was said to be conscious and breathing. No other details are available at this time.

Cycles collide on I-80 in Cass County


August 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

(Update at 9:57-a.m.: No injuries. Property damage accident only)

Rescue crews from Atlantic and Marne have been called to an accident this (Friday) morning on Interstate 80. The accident involving two motorcycles happened at around 9:50-a.m. on I-80 westbound, about a mile west of the Marne exit. Marne and Atlantic Fire and Rescue and Medivac Ambulance were called to the scene. No other details are currently available.


Trading Post

August 2nd, 2013 by Jim Field

FOR SALE: A full-size Sterns and Foster sleeper/sofa, plaid design. $40/obo; Storage chest, 4 1/2-feet long x 18″ deep x 20″ tall, 4-doors on front. Storage compartment inside. $20/obo; Kitchen table w/4 chairs. Needs refinishing. Table is two-leaf, about 40″ long x 30″ wide. $40/obo; Antique Teachers Desk, 24″ deep x 40″ long. Desk height. $40/obo. Call 7-8-220-9461.

FOR SALE: 5 Day Pass Tickets to Arnolds Park Amusement Park at Lake Okoboji. $10.00 each. Good thru 9-8-13. Call 712-779-2289 or 712-779-0976.

FOR SALE: 2 male cookapoo pups, 6 weeks old, light chocolate, have had vaccinations, and dewclaws clipped. Very cute and should be on the small size. $350.00. 712-249-5095 in the Marne area.

FOR SALE: I have some older Tonka toys such as the school bus and dump truck along with some smaller jeeps and a fire water truck. Would like to sell as a package. Most have some service rust. Asking 125.00 for all of them. There are several more Tonka items not pictured Call 254-6045. Leave message if no answer.

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