NWS Forecast for the KJAN listening area: Friday, 4/11/14


April 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

  • Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 74. West southwest wind 6 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.
  • Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 51. South wind 10 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.
  • Saturday: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 4pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 13 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
  • Saturday Night: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50. South southwest wind 7 to 11 mph becoming north in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
  • Sunday: Showers. High near 52. Windy, with a north northeast wind 13 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
  • Sunday Night: A chance of rain before 1am, then a chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. Windy. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
  • Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. Breezy.

Medical marijuana bill may surface in Senate


April 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal says he will sponsor a bill legalizing the sale of medical marijuana in Iowa, reviving an issue once thought dead this year. The persistent efforts of woman who have children with epilepsy changed lawmakers’ perceptions on the issue.

New policy measures cannot be raised late in the legislative session unless leaders in the House or Senate bring them up. Since Gronstal, a Democrat, will sponsor a bill its fate relies on Minority Leader Bill Dix, a Republican, to sign on too to move it forward. Dix says he will make that decision when a bill is presented to him.

Gov. Terry Branstad has talked recently with governors who have signed bills legalizing use of cannabis plant oil that isn’t smoked and doesn’t create a high.


Trading Post

April 10th, 2014 by Stacie Linfor

GARAGE SALE: Today and April 11th & 12th, 10 am – 5 pm, 804 Mulberry St, Atlantic.

FOR SALE: Cocker Spaniel puppies – purebred puppies will be ready in May but you can pick the one you want before then. $250 per puppy; White Maytag stove, has propane orifices on it, very clean $100. 249-6930

Iowa releases list of barred workers after denial


April 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Iowa’s human resources agency has released a list of hundreds of former workers who are barred from returning to state employment.  Its release came days after its now-fired director repeatedly told lawmakers no such list existed.

A spreadsheet released by the Department of Administrative Services identifies 975 workers who’ve been disqualified from future employment because they were either fired or resigned before termination, dating to 1990. The majority are barred from any of the executive branch’s 42 agencies.

The department released the data to The Associated Press four days after its then-director Mike Carroll told lawmakers that “there is no list.” Gov. Terry Branstad fired Carroll on Tuesday. The AP reported last month that state government has continued the little-known practice of barring former workers despite questions about its legality.

Senate sends underage drinking bill to Iowa gov


April 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A bill making it illegal for landowners to allow drinking by minors on their property has won the final approval of the Iowa Senate. The Senate voted 47-0 Thursday to send the legislation to Gov. Terry Branstad. The measure originally prohibited landowners from permitting anyone under 21 to drink. The Senate concurred with a House amendment that limits offenses to those who permit people younger than 18 to drink on their property. Lawmakers also agreed to pass a provision exempting landlords and other property managers who may be unaware of minors drinking.

Under the bill, first violations would carry a simple misdemeanor charge and a $200 fine.  Sen. Robert Hogg, a Cedar Rapids Democrat, says despite changes to the legislation, it makes progress in fighting underage drinking across the state.

JERRY LEE BICE, 52, of Des Moines (& formerly of Griswold) – Svcs. 4/21/14


April 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

JERRY LEE BICE, 52, of Des Moines (& formerly of Griswold), died March 18th. A Memorial service for JERRY BICE will be held 10:30-a.m.Mon., April 21st, at the United Methodist Congregational Church in Lewis. Duhn Funeral Home in Griswold has the arrangements.

Interment will be at the Oakwood Cemetery in Lewis.

JERRY LEE BICE is survived by:

His parents – Walter LeRoy and Dolores Bice, of Griswold.

His sisters – Debra Bradburn of Rialto, CA; Karla Piersol and husband Jim of Sioux City; and Lana Thompson of Lake Ozark, MO.

His brother – Keith Bice and wife Brenda of Columbus, NE.

He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Atlantic woman arrested Wednesday


April 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An Atlantic woman was arrested Wednesday on charges that include Interference with Official Acts and Disorderly Conduct. The Atlantic Police Department reports 28-year old Kylee Wojciechowski was booked into the Cass County Jail.

Home goes up in flames Wed. morning in Harrison County


April 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A house in rural Harrison County was destroyed by a fire Wednesday morning. According to the Mondamin Fire Department, the call about the fire at a residence in the 1300 block of 195th Trail came in at around 7-am.  Firefighters from Pisgah, Little Sioux and Modale provided mutual aid at the scene of the blaze about three and half miles northeast of Mondamin. Water trucks from the Logan and Magnolia Fire Departments were also brought into service.

Flames and smoke could be seen from the City of Mondamin. The house was fully engulfed in flames by the time the department responded. Officials say the fire was to dangerous to enter the home, so crews stayed on the outside and sprayed it with water to try and contain the flames. Four residents were inside the home and were able to escape without injury. The American Red Cross was called to the scene to help the family.

Fire crews remained on scene for over five hours battling the blaze. The Mondamin Fire Department left one tanker truck on scene for the remainder of the day in fear of a rekindle however the truck and equipment were removed from the site around 7-pm. An estimated dollar amount on the damage was not given.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)


MIKE SHEER, 47, of Bayard (Svcs. 4/14/14)


April 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

MIKE SHEER, 47, of Bayard, died unexpectedly early Thursday (April 10th), at his home north of Bayard. Funeral services for MIKE SHEER will be held 10:30-a.m. Mon., April 14th, at the St. Gregory gym (formerly the Bayard gym), in Bayard. Ohde Funeral Home in Bayard has the arrangements.

Friends may call at the St. Gregory gym in Bayard, from 5-to 8-pm, Sunday. Visitation will resume 9-a.m. Monday at the same location, prior to the service.

Burial will be in the Willown Township Cemetery near Bayard.

MIKE SHEER is survived by:

His wife – Tricia, of Bayard.

His daughters – Gentry Sheer, of Ames; Dakota Sheer, of St. Paul, MN and Rachel Sheer, of Omaha.

His parents – Stephen and Cheryl Sheer, of Jefferson.

His sister – Karen Gotto, of Carroll.

and his mother-in-law: Marilyn Burnett, of Missouri Valley.

Backyard and Beyond 04-10-2014

Backyard and Beyond, Podcasts

April 10th, 2014 by Chris Parks

Lavon Eblen speaks with Dolly Bergmann, President of Trees Forever in Atlantic, about their upcoming events and meetings.