State ag leaders want school lunch changes

Ag/Outdoor, News

September 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture is calling on the federal government to revise new standards for school meals.  North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring introduced the policy statement that was approved by the group during its annual meeting in Des Moines, Iowa, this week. It says the new standards are well-intentioned but won’t solve the problem of childhood obesity.

The standards approved by the federal Agriculture Department earlier this year set limits on calories and require schools to offer at least one vegetable or fruit per meal. Critics say the lunches are too light for some active teens and leave them hungry.  Goehring says children from low-income families might be affected most by the new standards because school lunches might be the most nutritious meals they get.

State audit shows Blencoe improper payments


September 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

BLENCOE, Iowa (AP) – A state audit shows poor record-keeping at the western Iowa city of Blencoe has led to a loss of more than $71,000 in property taxes and unsupported spending of city money. Former city clerk Kym Harris served from January 2008 until she resigned last September after the city discovered financial reports hadn’t been filed. The city couldn’t collect property taxes for the fiscal year that ended in June. Harris told the Omaha World Herald in January she was going through cancer treatments and things were in turmoil.

The audit, released Tuesday by State Auditor David Vaudt, found just over $2,400 of unsupported expenditures and more than $300 of improper reimbursements to Harris.    Blencoe, population 225, is 45 miles south of Sioux City.

Enrollment numbers up slightly at both CAM and EHK


September 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The CAM and Elk Horn-Kimballton Board of Education held regular, separate meetings Monday evening, in Anita and Elk Horn, respectively. In Anita, CAM Superintendent Steve Pelzer said while the enrollment numbers won’t be certified to the State of Iowa until October, it looks like they have seen an increase in the number of students attending the school district. He said early projections show a possible increase of 10-to 15 students over last year.

Pelzer said the Connections online Academy is doing well also, with an estimated 240 students taking courses through the program, which works in conjunction with the school district. In other business, Pelzer says the Board re-elected Gary Dinkla as its President, and Nick Kaufman as Vice President. And, they approved a request to the State for modified allowable growth for a negative Special Education deficit, but Pelzer said while they don’t anticipate actually having a deficit, the Board approved it just in case.

In Elk Horn, the EHK School Board Monday re-elected Mark Smith as President and Kevin Petersen as Vice President. Superintendent Dean Schnoes said the Board also approved a bid amounting to about $21,000, for the purchase of a new heat pumps from Rasmussen Mechanical Services, out of Council Bluffs. Schnoes said bearings on the heat pumps located in the Elementary/Superintendents/Commons area of the building were going out, and sounded like a “747 taking off.” The new heat pumps will be mounted on the ceiling to keep the vibrations to a minimum. They’ll replace the heat pumps which were more than 30-years old.

Schnoes said also, that while the enrollment numbers for the District won’t be certified until October, the latest numbers show an increase of “two-to three-bodies,” but the future appears to be looking bright, he says, because of the number of new births in the area. He says they’ve noticed a lot more children being born in the area, and perhaps more people will be moving back into the rural areas to raise their families, which would obviously be a benefit for future enrollment numbers.

Backyard and Beyond 09-18-2012

Backyard and Beyond, Podcasts

September 18th, 2012 by Doug Evans

Lavon Eblen speaks with Kathie Mailander with Friends of Lake Anita about the Dutch oven cooking contest and tasting.


ISU-UNI Reach Football Scheduling Agreement


September 18th, 2012 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State University Athletics Department announced today that it has entered into an agreement with the University of Northern Iowa to play football games seven times over the next 11 years.

UNI will play in Ames during the 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2021 and 2023 seasons. The Panthers last played in Ames during the 2011 season.

“We are excited to extend our contract with UNI because our games have been some of the best attended contests in Jack Trice Stadium history,” said Iowa State Athletics Director Jamie Pollard. “Our fans have enjoyed this intrastate series.”

Iowa State and UNI have met 27 times since the two schools first faced one another in 1899. Iowa State leads the series, 20-4-3, with the Cyclones winning seven of the last eight meetings.

9AM Newscast 09-18-2012

News, Podcasts

September 18th, 2012 by Doug Evans

w/ Ric Hanson


Bridge to be Named in Honor of Trooper Mark Toney this week


September 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

This week, Troopers in central Iowa, along with members of the state legislature and officers from local law enforcement agencies, will pause to honor a Trooper who recently died in the line of duty.

Trooper Mark Toney

On Thursday, exactly one year after his death, the Highway 65/69 South River Bridge located south of Indianola will be dedicated in honor of Trooper Mark Toney. The dedication ceremony where take place at the Indianola Fire Station, at 110 North 1st Street, beginning at 2-p.m.

Trooper Toney was killed in an automobile accident on U.S. Highway 65/69, south of Indianola in September of 2011. He was serving the citizens of Iowa when his patrol car left the roadway, overturned several times, and burst into flames. Trooper Toney served the Iowa State Patrol for 24 years.

Members of the public are invited and welcome to attend the dedication ceremony as a show support for those who serve and protect Iowa communities.


Trading Post

September 18th, 2012 by Jim Field

FOR SALE:  4 tickets to Nebraska game 9/22.  243-3636.

FOR SALE:  all wood entertainment center with glass door and a drawer, also a TV that matches, both are in excellent condition. Make offer, if you wish I can send pictures. Please call and leave message 243-4350.

FREE:  Full size bed with frame, mattress, and box spring.  Its in good condition, we just upgraded.  You must pick up.  Call Corey at (712) 249-7958.

FREE: Bunk bed with mattress, you haul. 502 E. 10th St, 243-2902    SOLD!

WANTED: Cab or roll bar for International 66 series tractor; John Deere garden tractor like 420, 318, 430. 712-482-6863

8AM Sportscast 09-18-2012

Podcasts, Sports

September 18th, 2012 by Doug Evans

w/ Jim Field


Backhoe hits bridge near Carson, causes nearly $260,000 damage


September 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A backhoe being hauled by a truck struck a bridge south of  Carson Monday afternoon, causing $250,000 damage to the bridge and $8,000 damage to the backhoe. Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Department spokesman, Sgt. Dwayne Riche told KJAN News 32-year old Travis Meyer, of Atlantic, was driving a 1990 Mack truck hauling a Caterpiller backhoe. The vehicle was traveling westbound on Highway 92 at around 3-p.m., when the boom of the backhoe, which was too high to pass under the bridge,  struck multiple supports for the Highway 59 overpass. Following the impact, the truck and its cargo came to rest about 70-yards west of Highway 59, on the north shoulder of Highway 92. The backhoe is owned by Bluffs Paving and Utility, in Crescent.