Drier fire at Cumberland Elevator

News

December 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Firefighters from Cumberland and Massena were called to a reported grain bin drier fire at the 21-st Century Co-Op elevator, in Cumberland, Sunday. The call went out at 11:27-a.m.  According to reports, about 1,000 bushels of corn was lost in the blaze, the cause of which remains under investigation. A bad drier motor and/or grain dust particulates may be to blame, according to officials.

Photo's by Doug Evans/KJAN

Photo’s by Doug Evans/KJAN

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NORMA LORRAINE RASMUSSEN, 90, of Walnut (Svcs. 12/31/13)

Obituaries

December 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

NORMA LORRAINE RASMUSSEN, 90, of Walnut, died Fri., Dec. 27th, at the Heritage House, in Atlantic. Funeral services for NORMA RASMUSSEN will be held 10:30-a.m. Tue., Dec. 31st, at the 1st Presbyterian Church in Walnut. Pauley-Jones Funeral Home in Avoca has the arrangements.

Visitation at the funeral home is from 6-to 8-pm Monday (12/30).

Burial will be in the Immanuel Cemetery at Kimballton.

NORMA RASMUSSEN is survived by:

Her sons – James (Becky) Rasmussen, of Bellevue, NE; Gary Rasmussen, of Springfield, MO, & Dave (Vivian) Rasmussen, of Richland, WA.

Her daughter – Suzy (Melvin) Larsen, of Walnut.

Her sisters – Rosalyn (Stuart) Fallgatter, of Mesa, AZ, & Harriet Nielsen, of Des Moines.

8 grandchildren & 16 great-grandchildren.

ALLAN LEE SAMS, 69, of Avoca (Svcs. 12/30/13)

Obituaries

December 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ALLAN LEE SAMS, 69, of Avoca, died Fri., Dec. 27th, at Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan. Funeral services for ALLAN SAMS will be held 2-p.m. Mon., Dec. 30th, at the United Church of Avoca. Pauley-Jones Funeral Home in Avoca has the arrangements.

Visitation at the funeral home is from 4-to 8-pm Sun.,(12/29), with the family greeting friends from 6-to 8-pm.

Burial will be in the Graceland Cemetery at Avoca.

ALLAN SAMS is survived by:

His wife – Nan Sams, of Avoca.

His sons – Brian (Trisha) Sams, of Utica, NE, & Mark (Jodie) Sams, of Omaha.

His daughter – Jennifer (Kevin) Gee, of Imogene.

His brother – Gary Sams, of Clive.

His sister – Donna (Gail) Larsen, of Emerson.

and 6 grandchildren.

DANIEL JOSEPH WEGNER, 54, of Harlan (Svcs. 12/31/13)

Obituaries

December 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DANIEL JOSEPH WEGNER, 54, of Harlan, died Fri., Dec. 27th, at Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan. A Celebration of Life service for DANIEL WEGNER will be held 11-a.m. Tue., Dec. 31st, at the Pauley-Jones Funeral Home in Harlan.

Visitation at the funeral home is on Mon., Dec. 30th, from 6-9pm.

Burial will be in the Harlan Cemetery.

DANIEL WEGNER is survived by:

His father – Roland Wegner, of Harlan.

His sons – Shawn Wegner, of Harlan; Steven (Wendy) Wegner, of Council Bluffs, & Spencer (Lori) Wegner, of Avoca.

His sisters – Debra (Bruce) Busing, of Logan, & Linda (Craig) Adair, of Logan.

His brothers – Robert (Jane) Wegner, of Osage Beach, MO; Paul (Kristi) Wegner, of Harlan, & David (Kelly) Wegner, of Lake View.

4 grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

Corning woman arrested for taking a vehicle without permission

News

December 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office reports an arrest early this (Sunday) morning. 24-year old Katherine L. Coleman, of Corning, was arrested at around 12:45-a.m., on charges of Theft of a Motor Vehicle, OWI, Assault on Persons engaged in certain occupations and Interference with Official Acts.

Coleman was arrested following a traffic stop on Highway 34, after authorities received word a possibly stolen vehicle was traveling west on Highway 34 towards Corning. Deputies located the vehicle and stopped it at 306 6th Street, in Corning.

Upon investigation, it was determined Coleman allegedly took the vehicle without the owner’s permission, and that she was under the influence. She was brought to the Adams County Jail and held pending an appearance before the Magistrate.

Iowa News headlines: Sun., Dec. 29th 2013

News

December 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials say a state website that people can use to apply for health insurance is working again. The state Department of Human Services says a website for Medicaid eligibility became available again Saturday night. The agency tells The Des Moines Register the website was down earlier because it was undergoing scheduled maintenance.

DUNKERTON, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a two-vehicle crash in Black Hawk County sent several people to the hospital, but their injuries are not life-threatening. The Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office says the crash happened Friday night at an intersection near Dunkerton. Authorities say 28-year-old Steven Michael Chidester Junior has been cited for failure to obey a traffic control device.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Dubuque city officials say a plugged sanitary sewer pipe has caused untreated wastewater to flow down a street and into a storm sewer intake. The City of Dubuque Public Works Department says it received a report about the incident in the 500 block of Samuel Street yesterday morning. Crews were able to remove the blockage a short time later.

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Seth Tuttle scored seven of his 11 points in the final 4:28 to help Northern Iowa hold off Iona 90-78 last night. Tuttle also grabbed 15 rebounds. UNI’s Deon Mitchell scored 20 points, Nate Buss added 19 and Chip Rank finished with 14 points in Cedar Falls.

No. 21 Iowa races away from North Dakota 88-62

Sports

December 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Melissa Dixon sparked a key run before halftime and Samantha Logic heated up in the second half as Number 21 Iowa rallied from as many as nine down to roar past North Dakota 88-62 on Saturday. Logic, the reigning Big Ten player of the week after a triple-double against Drake, had six points at halftime. She finished with a game-high 21 with eight assists. Dixon scored 10 of her 13 points as the Hawkeyes (12-2) closed the first half with a crushing 25-4 run that included five of their six first-half 3-pointers, two from Dixon. Iowa was 9-for-25 from 3-point range.

The Bison (6-4) had led through much of the opening half, until Iowa started dropping 3-pointers. North Dakota was led by Madi Buck’s 19 points with Mia Loyd adding 13 and Emily Evers 10. North Dakota committed 21 turnovers, 12 on Iowa steals and shot just 39.7 percent (23-58) in Iowa City.

No. 14 Iowa State handles Holy Cross 72-50

Sports

December 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Nikki Moody scored 14 points and had 10 assists to lead Number 14 Iowa State over Holy Cross 72-50 on Saturday. The Cyclones (10-0) shot 47 percent from the floor, including 11 of 32 (34 percent) from beyond the arc. Jadda Buckley added 12 points, while Hallie Christofferson and Nicole Blaskowski both chipped in with 11 points.

Holy Cross (7-3) was led by Raquel Scott’s 14 points and Molly Hourigan added 10 points. The Crusaders scored the first six points of the game, but Iowa State quickly took over. Tied at 10, the Cyclones outscored Holy Cross 31-12 the rest of the half to take a 19-point lead at 41-22 into the break.

Iowa State used a 15-0 run at the start of the second half, pushing the lead to 60-25, to ensure the blowout. Holy Cross managed an 11-2 run in the final 4:23 to make the final more respectable.

N. Iowa tops Iona 90-78

Sports

December 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Seth Tuttle scored seven of his 11 points in the final 4:28 to help Northern Iowa hold off Iona 90-78 Saturday night. Tuttle also grabbed 15 rebounds. UNI’s Deon Mitchell scored 20 points, Nate Buss 19 and Chip Rank 14.

A 19-2 Panthers run resulted in a 68-53 lead with 11:27 remaining. Iona (5-6) responded with an 11-3 run with eight points from Sean Armand before Armand was called for a personal and technical and fouled out at 8:12. Five straight free throws rebuilt UNI’s lead to 12. The Gaels got within six with 4:40 left but no closer thanks in large part to Tuttle.

The teams both had nine 3-pointers in a hot-shooting first half that left UNI (6-6) ahead 49-47 in Cedar Falls. Iona freshman Ryden Hines, with a previous high of six points, scored 19. Armand added 18, DaShawn Gomez 14 and Mike Poole 11. Iona has lost four straight.

NWS forecast for Atlantic & the KJAN listenng area: Sun., 12/29/13

Weather

December 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Today: Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny and cold, with a temperature rising to near 7 by noon, then falling to around 3 during the remainder of the day. Wind chill values as low as -20. Windy, with a north northwest wind 21 to 26 mph decreasing to 13 to 18 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 36 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around -2. Wind chill values as low as -15. North northwest wind 6 to 11 mph becoming light and variable.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 23. Wind chill values as low as -15. South wind 7 to 15 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph.
Monday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 10. Wind chill values as low as zero. Northwest wind 9 to 14 mph becoming light and variable after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 18 mph.

Tuesday: A 30 percent chance of snow, mainly before noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 23. Calm wind becoming south southeast 5 to 9 mph in the morning. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Tuesday Night: A 20 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 9.

New Year’s Day: A 40 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 14.