Trading Post

July 5th, 2016 by Jim Field

FOR SALE:  2008 Winnebago Itasca Sunova Class A motorhome – great condition and very low miles! $50,000. Call 712-263-3854.

FOR SALE:  706 D tractor $ 5500/ 16ft livestock trailer always shedded $3000/ misc gates and livestock equipment $ 50.00 up 712-254-0258.

FOR SALE: 48 piano scrolls – $25 for all; heavy duty power wheel chair, brand new battery – TRADE for a riding lawn mower. 712-243-2361.

WANTED: Dresser, 4 or 5 drawer. 249-2591FOUND!

FOR SALE: Fender Squier Bass Guitar.  Precision model, hardshell case, good shape. $225 OBO.  Call 712-250-0788.

Key Lime Cheesecake Pie (7-5-2016)

Mom's Tips

July 5th, 2016 by Jim Field

  • 1 1/4 cups finely crushed coconut bar cookies
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine, melted
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 packages (8 oz. each) Philadelphia cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lime peel
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • few drops green food coloring (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix crumbs, butter and sugar; press firmly onto bottom and up side of 9-inch pie plate.  Bake 10 minutes.  Cool.

Beat cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended.  Add peel, juice, food coloring; mix well.  Pour into crust.

Refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight.  Store leftover pie in refrigerator.

Red Cross issues emergency request for blood donations


July 5th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (July 5, 2016) — The American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for blood and platelets, urging all eligible donors to give now to replenish an extremely low summer blood supply.

Blood donations have fallen short of hospital needs for the past few months, resulting in about 39,000 fewer donations than what’s needed, as well as a significant draw down of the overall Red Cross blood supply. In addition, the Independence Day holiday may have caused many regular donors to postpone donations due to vacation plans. A recent Red Cross poll revealed that more than 75 percent of donors surveyed indicated vacation plans this summer, many of them occurring the weeks before and after July 4.

“Right now, blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in, which is why we are making this emergency request for donations,” said Anna Sanderson, Donor Recruitment Director of the Midwest Blood Services Region. “Donations are urgently needed now to meet the needs of hospital patients in the coming days and weeks. If you’ve thought about giving blood and helping to save lives, now is the time to do it. It’s the blood donations on the shelves that help save lives when an emergency occurs.”

How to Help

To schedule an appointment to donate, use the free Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). The Red Cross is extending hours at many donation sites to allow for more donors to make an appointment to give. Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire are encouraged to avoid longer wait times. Donors with all blood types are needed.

Those unable to give can still help by encouraging others to give through a SleevesUp virtual blood drive at redcrossblood.org/sleevesup, giving of their time through volunteerism or making a financial donation to support Red Cross humanitarian work across the country and around the world.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities

Adair County:

Orient: 7/6/2016: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Methodist Church, 124 South Maple Street

Audubon County:

Exira: 7/18/2016: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Exira Recreational Center, 106 N Jefferson

Carroll County:

Dedham: 7/6/2016: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., American Legion Hall, 302 Main Street

Cass County:

Atlantic: 7/13/2016: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Cass County Memorial Hospital, 1501 E. 10th Street; 7/21/2016: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Atlantic Catholic Parish Center, 105 West 5th Street

Montgomery County:

Red Oak: 7/25/2016: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Faith Community Church, 2701 North 8th Street

Villisca: 7/20/2016: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Community Center, 201 S. 3rd Ave

Page County:

Clarinda: 7/8/2016: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Westminster Presbyterian Church, 322 N 16th; 7/20/2016: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Regional Health Center, 220 Essie Davison Drive.

Shenandoah: 7/15/2016: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Shenandoah K-8 School, 601 Dr. Creighton Circle.

Pottawattamie County:

Avoca: 7/16/2016: 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., American Legion, 309 1/2 Elm

Council Bluffs: 7/5/2016: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Loess Hills Chapter Donation Center, 705 North 16 Street; 7/9/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Mid-America Center, One Arena Way; 7/11/2016: 12:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., Loess Hills Chapter Donation Center, 705 North 16 Street; 7/11/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, 239 Frank St.; 7/12/2016: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Loess Hills Chapter Donation Center, 705 North 16 Street; 7/16/2016: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Home Depot, 3101 Manawa Center Drive; 7/17/2016: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., East Side Christian Church, 331 West Bennett Ave.; 7/18/2016: 12:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., Loess Hills Chapter Donation Center, 705 North 16 Street; 7/19/2016: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Loess Hills Chapter Donation Center, 705 North 16 Street; 7/20/2016: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., H&H Buick GMC, 3400 South Expressway Street; 7/25/2016: 12:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., Loess Hills Chapter Donation Center, 705 North 16 Street

Minden: 7/9/2016: 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., United Church of Christ, 106 Lincoln Street, PO Box 218

Neola: 7/5/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Neola Community Center, 110 4th St

Ringgold County:

Mount Ayr: 7/12/2016: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., First Christian Church, 201 W Monroe

Sac County:

Wall Lake: 7/8/2016: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Wall Lake Community Center, 202 West 2nd Street

Shelby County:

Earling: 7/25/2016: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. Joseph’s Hall, 118 Main Street

Elk Horn: 7/12/2016: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Elk Horn Lutheran Church, 4313 Main Street

Harlan: 7/6/2016: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Veteran’s Memorial Building, 1104 Morningview

Westphalia: 7/13/2016: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. Boniface Parish Center, 305 Duren St.

Union County:

Afton: 7/19/2016: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., East Union High School, 1916 High School Drive

Creston: 7/13/2016: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Creston High School, 601 W. Townline

Animal operations one of the big issues for DNR

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 5th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources turned 30 on July 1st, and one of the issues that has generated a lot of controversy has been large-scale animal confinement operations.  D-N-R director Chuck Gipp says one of the things that’s brought the issue to the forefront is the change in the number of people involved in raising livestock.

“Part of it is the demographics that are living out in the countryside. Used to be as a kid when I was growing up, that the vast majority of people living out in the country in the unincorporated areas were people involved in agriculture. Today that is not the case,” according to Gipp.

He says people who are not involved in agriculture are more likely to raise concerns about farm smells, the operation of grain dryers and other things that come with an ag operation.  There’s also been a change in how animals are raised, as he says in the 1990s there were mostly open feed lots where animals were raised and the manure was out on the ground. “Most of that was runoff, because there was no machinery there was not equipment and there were no facilities to capture all of the manure, including the liquid portion of it,” Gipp says. “And rain was your friend. It took that off, so it was runoff.”

He says the animal confinement operations led to more animals being raised, but also more control on the waste the animals produced. “In 1990 there were 14-point-one million hogs grown in the state and 2015 there’s 20 million hogs. Prior to confinement operations becoming the norm and way to do that, those 14-point-one million pigs were generating waste, a lot of which wasn’t captured and became runoff into the rivers and streams,” Gipp says.  “Other than the odor issue there — other than the siting decisions made by some — actually the way we raise livestock today is much more environmentally friendly than it ever has been.”

Gipp says the D-N-R has to manage the issue without taking sides. “I think the biggest challenge is always going to be to find that middle ground to do what you need to do, regardless of who controls the legislature or anything like that, the department has a job and a responsibility to the people of Iowa to provide opportunities for the long run,” Gipp says.

Gipp says if everyone has to take a role in making things work in protecting the state’s natural resources. “We have to understand no matter who we are what we do. If the combined effort of somebody if they are rich or poor, rural or urban, or big and small. If they all work together to determine what happens on their particular piece of property, the combined effort of everybody doing a little bit, no matter what their condition is, is going to be immense.   Rather than waiting for the other guy to be the solution — let’s just determine what we can do,” Gipp says.

He says getting everyone on board is not always easy. “Having that type of thinking process, how all of us individually can impact our surroundings, I think our the biggest challenge that we face,” Gipp says, “not only in the department, but across government in general.”

The D-N-R was created by combining four agencies in 1986. Gipp has led the department for the last five years.

(Radio Iowa)

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 7/5/2016

Podcasts, Sports

July 5th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The 7:20-a.m. Sportscast w/Jim Field.


Creston Police report, 7/5/16


July 5th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Creston Police Department reports two arrests took place Saturday. 22-year old Michael Cox, of Creston, was arrested for Public Intoxication/2nd offense. He was later released from the Union County Jail on $1,000 bond. And, 29-year old Cory Laird, of Creston, was arrested Saturday on a Union County warrant for Failure to Appear in court on a Civil case. Laird was later released on $600 bond.

On Sunday, Terry Squibbs, of Creston, was cited and released on a Promise to Appear in court, with regard to a charge of Allowing an Animal to Run At Large. And, a male juvenile was referred to Juvenile Authorities Sunday night, with regard to charges of Harassment of a Public Official, and Disorderly Conduct. The boy was then released to the custody of a family member.

Early this (Tuesday) morning, 27-year old Angel Sharpsteen, of Corning, was arrested at the Union County Law Enforcement Center in Creston, on a Union County warrant for Failure to Appear in court, on an original Theft in the 5th Degree, charge. The woman was transferred to the Ringgold County Jail, where her bond was set at $300.

And, the Creston Dairy Queen store reported Saturday, that sometime between 11am and 10-p.m., Friday, someone passed a counterfeit bill at the store. The loss was estimated at $100.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 7/5/2016

News, Podcasts

July 5th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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


Will Black Friday finally decide B1G West title?


July 5th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

When the Big Ten Conference created the Nebraska/Iowa Black Friday game it was hoped the annual clash would have division title implications on a regular basis. This may finally be the year according to publisher and college football prognosticator Phil Steele, who has the Hawkeyes as the favorite to repeat as West Division champion and predicts the Huskers will be one of the nations most improved teams after a 6-7 finish a year ago.

The teams have yet to meet with a trip to the Big Ten Championship Game on the line. When Nebraska won the division title in 2012, Iowa was only a four-win team and this past season the Hawkeyes had already clinched the division title when they visited Memorial Stadium.

Steele believes the division will come down to the November 25 game in Kinnick Stadium because Wisconsin’s schedule, which includes Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State, will be too difficult to keep the Badgers in contention.

In the five games played between the two since Nebraska joined the Big Ten the home team has won only once.

(Learfield Sports)

Skyscan forecast & weather data for Atlantic: 7/5/16


July 5th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Today: Partly Cloudy, warm & humid. High 93. S @ 10-20. HEAT ADVISORY 1-8pm. Heat Index 102-106+.

Tonight: P/Cldy to Cldy w/scatt. Showers & tstrms. Low 73. S-N @ 5-10.

Tomorrow: P/Cldy to Cldy, warm & humid w/scatt morning shwrs & tstrms. SDE @ 10-15.High 91.

Thursday: Variably Cldy, warm & humid w/scatt shwrs & tstrms. High 88.

Friday: P/Cldy. High 84.

Monday’s High in Atlantic was 76. Our 24-hour Low thru 7-a.m. today was 61. Last year on this date, our High in Atlantic was 87 and the low was 67. The All-time Record High in Atlantic on this date was 107 in 1911. The Record Low was 41 in 1972.

Auditor advises cities to cross-check financials; says state-run pension fund solid


July 5th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

State Auditor Mary Mosiman says in the past 12 months her staff has been called in to review the financial records of 18 Iowa cities and local governments. “Sometimes they’re one person handling all financial transactions — both the revenue side and the expenditure side, with very little oversight,” Mosiman says. “I think it’s well worth the time and resources of this office to investigate and report on these.” Mosiman advises all cities — no matter how small — to have a system in place so financial transactions are checked by at least one other person.

Mosiman says the state-run pension systems in Iowa are in far better shape than pension plans in some other states.”We talk sometimes about the unfunded liability, but comparing us to other states, we’re in a good place and our General Assembly, the governor’s office, they reacted a few years ago,” Mosiman says.

In 2010, Iowa lawmakers raised the contribution rates for employees paying into the Iowa Public Employees Retirement System and adjusted how pension payouts were calculated. There are more than 200 state-run pension systems in the United States. Those systems had a nearly one TRILLION dollar funding gap in 2013 according to a national report.

(Radio Iowa)