Cass County Fair Schedule: Sunday, July 30th 2017

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 30th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Fair still has two full days of activities for your family to enjoy. Here’s a look at today’s (Sunday’s) line-up of events:

  • 7:30-a.m.: Swine Show
  • 10-a.m.: Poultry Show& 4-H Exhibits open; Doyle Chainsaw Artistry (10-am to 1-p.m.)
  • Noon until 4-p.m.: Decorator’s Showcase
  • 2:30-p.m. Pedal Tractor Pull
  • 3-p.m. to 3:30-p.m: Feeder Calf Weigh-in; 3-until 5-p.m.: Doyle Chainsaw Artistry
  • 4:30-p.m.: County Fair Church Service
  • 5:30-p.m.: Cow/Calf Show
  • 6:00-p.m.: Feeder Calf Show
  • 6:30-p.m.: Horse Fun Show
  • 7:00-p.m.: Dance/Gymnastics & a Comedian

The Fair continues for one more full day, on Monday, and concludes Tuesday morning with the Livestock Sale beginning at 8-a.m.  Take time today to visit your Cass County Fair, where it doesn’t cost you a thing to park, see the exhibits or enjoy the rides and shows.

ACSD 2017-18 School Year Student Registration. The district will be opening online student registration on Tuesday, August 1st.


July 30th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Atlantic Community School District (ACSD) say they will continue to utilize the “rollover” online registration process for the 2017-18 School Year using JMC, the district’s student information system. The online portal for registration will open Tuesday, August 1st. If your student or students attended ACSD last school year (2016-17) and were still in attendance on the last day of school, you need to follow 6 steps to verify registration information and pay student fees (The steps are shown below). Student fees will need to be paid by Friday, October 6, 2017.

Students who are new to the school district and are planning to enroll for the 2017-18 school year will need to register for school at our school buildings. During this time, if administration is available we will be more than happy to give new students tours of their new school. Information about the six quick steps for “Rollover online registration, as well as other information about the district and contact numbers, is listed below. Parents can also access school registration forms by visiting the district’s webpage,

The 6 Quick Steps for “Rollover” Online Registration.

Log onto Parent Portal
Click on Register for School and Start/Continue Registration Process
View Tuition/Fees In Parent Portal
Set Up Alert Configuration in Parent Portal
Pay Fees and Lunch on RevTrak

Other information is available on the district’s webpage as well, including: Free and Reduced Forms, Physical Forms, Transportation Request (rural only), Yearbook Order, Handbook, Parent Portal Information, and much more).

If you don’t have access to the internet/online, please feel free to stop at your child’s school. The office will be more than happy to assist you in anyway. Should you have any questions regarding school registration or the payment of school fees, please contact the schools at the numbers below.

Washington Elementary School: Pre-K – 3rd grade, 712-243-5234; Stacey Hornung, Principal. Hours: 7:30 am – 4:00 pm

Schuler Elementary School: Grades 4-5; 712-243-1370; James Northwick, Principal. Hours: 7:30 am – 4:00 pm

Atlantic Middle School: Grades 6-8, 712-243-1330; Josh Rasmussen, Principal. Hours: 7:30 am – 4:00 pm

Atlantic High School: Grades 9-12, 712-243-5358; Heather McKay, Principal. Matt Alexander, Asst Principal/Activities Director. Hours: 7:30 am – 4:00 pm

Transportation – All Grades: Phone: 712-243-3374; Dave Eckles, Supervisor

Food Service – All Grades: Phone: 712- 243-5369; DeeAnn Schreiner, Supervisor

JERRY LEE JENSEN, 77, of Altoona & formerly of Kimballton (Svcs. 7/31/17)


July 30th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

JERRY LEE JENSEN, 77, of Altoona (& formerly of Kimballton), died Wed., July 26th, at Mercy Hospital Medical Center in Des Moines. Funeral services for JERRY JENSEN will be held 2-p.m. Monday, July 31st, at Bethany Lutheran Church, northeast of Kimballton. Kessler Funeral Home in Audubon has the arrangements.

Friends may call at the funeral home, where the family will be present 3-p.m. Sunday (7/30).

Burial will be in the Bethany Lutheran Cemetery.

JERRY LEE JENSEN is survived by:

His wife – Leanna Jensen, of Indianola.

His daughter – Ronda (Steve) Baugher, of Spring Green, WI;

His sons – Corey Jensen, and Aaron (Roxanne) Jensen, all of Indianola.

His brother – LaVerne (Jan) Jensen, of Panora.

His sister – Dianne (Wesley) Furne, of Denison.

3 grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, other relatives, his in-laws, and friends.

Midwest Sports Headlines: 7/30/17


July 30th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Mid-America sports news from The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt homered and drove in three runs, Zack Greinke pitched seven strong innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-1 Saturday night. Cardinals starter Mike Leake allowed three runs and four hits over five innings.

BOSTON (AP) — Sandy Leon slid into home plate and avoided catcher Drew Butera’s tag on Eduardo Nunez’s ground out in the 10th inning Saturday night, lifting the Boston Red Sox past Kansas City 9-8 to end the Royals’ nine-game winning streak. Lorenzo Cain hooked a three-run homer around the right-field pole and Whit Merrifield had a career-best four hits — all singles — for the Royals, who were looking to match their longest win streak since June 2014.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jason Heyward homered in the 11th inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 on Saturday night to strengthen their hold on first place in the NL Central. Second-place Milwaukee pulled within a half-game of Chicago with a 2-1 victory in the series opener Friday night. But the Cubs responded with their fourth win in five games overall.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Hall of Fame outfielder Lou Brock says he is free of cancer more than three months after the 78-year-old St. Louis Cardinals great announced he had been diagnosed with a type of blood cancer. Brock said in a statement Friday that a doctor’s diagnosis that he had conquered multiple myeloma was “the greatest news ever.” He credited God and thanked family, friends and fans for their support, saying he remained hopeful.

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Ryan Preece survived a green-white-checkered finish to win the NASCAR Xfinity race Saturday at Iowa Speedway for his first career victory. The 26-year-old Preece, running the second of a two-race deal in the Number 20 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, started from the pole in Newton, Iowa.

Johnston wins State 4A Baseball Title


July 30th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The top-ranked and top-seeded Johnston Dragons defeated the Dowling Catholic Maroons 5-0 to win the Class 4A state title Saturday night at Principal Park.
Johnston dominated on both offense and defense en route to the championship. Andrew Nord and Jack Dreyer led the offensive charge for the Dragons. Nord went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI, while Dreyer went 1-for-3 with two RBI.

Dreyer also got the win on the mound, throwing a complete game shutout. He allowed just two hits and one walk, while striking out 13 batters on the night. He finished his season with a perfect 10-0 record.

Connor Erps and Sam Olson recorded the only hits for the Maroons. Luke Yacinich took the loss on the mound, throwing two innings and allowing three hits and two earned runs. He finished the season with a record of 6-2.

Dowling Catholic finished its season with a record of 36-9, while Johnston finished its championship season with a record 41-3.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sunday, July 30th 2017


July 30th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 5:15 a.m. CDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Attorneys for a former Iowa Senate Republican caucus aide awarded $2.2 million in a sexual harassment lawsuit this month have filed a motion seeking an independent investigation into the caucus office’s workplace culture. The Des Moines Register reports attorneys for Kirsten Anderson filed the motion Thursday. It accuses GOP party leaders of doing nothing to curb an ongoing toxic environment at the statehouse.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Police have identified a Des Moines man shot and killed in the city’s River Bend neighborhood, as well as two people arrested in the case. Police say 23-year-old Jeffrey Sifrido Mercado died following the Friday afternoon shooting. Police say two other men, 19-year-old Miguel Angel Lorenzo-Baltazar and 22-year-old Anthony Garcia, both of Des Moines, were arrested Friday and have been charged with first-degree murder.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa City police are investigating a shooting that left one man injured. The shooting happened late Friday night. Police were called to Sandusky Drive for a report of a fight. When officers arrived, they found a man bleeding from a gunshot wound. The man was taken to a hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening. Police say an initial investigation revealed the man may have been robbed at gunpoint.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A former union president in northwest Iowa has been sentenced to a year in prison for embezzling more than $95,000 from the organization. The Sioux City Journal reports that 53-year-old Curtis Lang was sentenced in federal court in Sioux City on Friday. Prosecutors say Lang took the money from 2005 through 2015 while serving as president of the United Dairy Workers, which represents employees of Wells Enterprises in Le Mars, Iowa.

Freese-Notis Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the area, 7/30/2017


July 30th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

TODAY…Clear to Partly Cloudy. , High 80. SE 5 mph.

TONIGHT…Clear, Low 58. SE 5 mph.

MONDAY…Partly cloudy.High 81. S 5 mph.

TUESDAY…Partly cloudy in the afternoon.High 84. S 3 mph.

WEDNESDAY…Light rain in the afternoon and overnight.High 82. NE 4 mph.

THURSDAY…A 30% chance of rain until the evening. High 73.

Harlan falls to Davenport Assumption in 3A State Baseball


July 29th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Assumption Knights defeated the defending champion Harlan Cyclones 10-1 to capture the Class 3A state title Saturday at Principal Park. The title is the all-time state record 10th in history for the Knights.

The Knights scored early and often, recording at least one run in all six innings they came up to bat. Nolan Melchert led the offensive attack for Assumption. Melchert went 2-for-3 with a run scored, a double, a two-run home run and a sacrifice fly to give him four RBIs on the day.

Trenton Wallace was dominant on the mound for Assumption, twirling a complete game and allowing three hits and one unearned run. He also struck out 13 batters en route to finishing the season with a perfect 11-0 record.

Brett Sears took the loss for the Cyclones, his first of the season. He finished his season with a record of 9-1 after throwing 3.1 innings and allowing six earned runs on seven hits.

Harlan finished its season with a record of 36-3 en route to the runner-up finish. Assumption finished its championship season with a record of 41-5.

Ryan Preece wins NASCAR Xfinity race at Iowa Speedway


July 29th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Ryan Preece survived a green-white-checkered finish to win the NASCAR Xfinity race Saturday at Iowa Speedway for his first career victory. The 26-year-old Preece, running the second of a two-race deal in the No. 20 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, held off Kyle Benjamin on three restarts in the final 17 laps. Preece started from the pole.

Benjamin was second, followed by Brian Scott, Brennan Poole and rookie Cole Custer. William Byron, who began a streak of three wins in five races at Iowa last month, finished ninth. Justin Allgaier was 20th after leading 106 laps.

Beckman wins 2A State Baseball Tournament


July 29th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Beckman Catholic Trailblazers defeated the Kuemper Catholic Knights 9-6 Saturday at Principal Park to win the Class 2A championship game. Beckman wins its sixth state championship and its first since back-to-back titles in 2012-2013.

The Trailblazers came out firing on all cylinders, tagging Kuemper pitching for nine runs in the bottom of the first inning. Beckman sent 13 batters to the plate in the inning, drawing six walks, recording three hits and one hit by pitch. Nine runs is all Beckman would need, with starting pitcher Jackson Bennett holding Kuemper to one run in four innings of work. He gave up just two hits, walking four and striking out nine before leaving the game due to a pitch count restriction.

Kuemper clawed its way back into the game, scoring one in the fourth and five runs in the sixth to get within three runs. Six straight baserunners reached for the Knights to start the sixth inning, with the first five coming across to score. Leadoff hitter Izak Baumhover reached base in four of five plate appearances, going 2-for-3 with a double, RBI, walk and hit by pitch.

Beckman second baseman Riley LeGrand did it all for the Trailblazers, reaching base three times with two singles, two RBI and a walk, while pitching the final inning to seal the 9-6 win for the Blazers en route to their championship victory.

Beckman Catholic finishes the season with a 32-11 record as it takes home the Class 2A state championship for the third time in the last six seasons. Kuemper Catholic finishes the season with a 22-13 record.