Montgomery County City Election will be held on November 3, 2015


September 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Friday, October 23rd
The deadline to PRE-REGISTER to vote for the Regular City Election is 5:00 P.M. on this day. This applies to registration in person (including registration at driver’s license stations or agencies) or by mail. After today, a person may register to vote at the Auditor’s Office and vote an absentee ballot. The process is the same as for registering to vote on Election Day and specific documentation must be provided. If possible, please register before Election Day.

Friday, October 30th
Deadline to Request Absentee Ballot to be mailed for the Regular City Election is at 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 3rd ELECTION DAY
Polls open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Polling Places:
Red Oak Gold Fair Building, Red Oak Fire Station, First Christian Church, Elliott Community Building, Stanton Fire Department, Grant Fire Department and Villisca Community Building

Those requesting Absentee Ballots by mail should complete their requests as soon as possible and return them to the Auditor’s Office. Absentee Ballot requests will be filled as soon as the Ballots are available.

The Montgomery County Auditor’s Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. If anyone has questions about voter registration, absentee ballots, or voting, call the Auditor’s Office at 712-623-5127 or visit

Severe Thunderstorm Watch for parts of s.w. Iowa until 1-a.m. Friday


September 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

635 PM CDT THU SEP 17 2015





Lawmakers seek to halt or amend plans to privatize Medicaid


September 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two Democratic lawmakers are seeking to halt or amend Gov. Terry Branstad’s plan to privatize Iowa’s Medicaid program. Sen. Amanda Ragan and Sen. Liz Mathis on Thursday sent a letter to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. They say they have “grave concerns” about the privatization plans and ask that federal officials deny Iowa’s application to set up the private system.

If a denial is not an option, the lawmakers ask that the state be subject to additional terms, including a longer time period to phase-in the new program. They argue that the plan to implement the new system in January is moving too quickly.

In a statement, Branstad spokesman Jimmy Centers says the shift will help the state find savings, while improving care.

CCHS Donates to area Food Pantries

News, Sports

September 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Health System staff spent the week before the Iowa State vs Iowa football game gearing up for the big game while supporting area food pantries with $1250 in donations. Throughout the health system, jars were set up for Cyclone and Hawkeye fans to show their team spirit by making cash donations.

JarsThe fun continued with a lunch tailgate party the day before the game. Each department donated a pot of chili, allowing staff and visitors to enjoy a free chili tailgate lunch. Everyone who ate got to vote for their favorite chili, with first prize going to Mary Young of Southwest Iowa Mental Health Center.

The tailgate party included a photo booth with ISU and U of I accessories and an ISU vs U of I cornhole game. Staff were encouraged to show their allegiance with their favorite team shirt and could make a $5 donation to wear jeans for the day.

(Press Release)

BETTY CROZIER, 90, of Atlantic (Private Svcs.)


September 17th, 2015 by Chris Parks

BETTY CROZIER, 90, of Atlantic died Monday, September 14th at Exira Care Center.  Private family memorial services will be held at a later date.  Hockenberry Family Care Funeral Home in Atlantic has the arrangements.

Memorials may be directed to the Atlantic Public Library.

BETTY CROZIER is survived by:

Daughters: Connie Anderson of Omaha, NE.  Janet (Chuck) Bremholm of Katy, TX.

Sisters: Carolyn (Morris) Wilson of Mesa, AZ.

4 Grandchildren

7 Great Grandchildren


Backyard and Beyond 09-17-2015

Backyard and Beyond, Podcasts

September 17th, 2015 by Jim Field

Lavon Eblen speaks with Arch Andersen with the Audubon County Historical Society about the Fall Festival at Nathaniel Hamlin Park south of Audubon.


Chiefs host Broncos tonight


September 17th, 2015 by Chris Parks

KANSAS CITY (AP) — Tonight’s NFL game is an AFC West matchup as the Kansas City Chiefs entertain the Denver Broncos. Each team is coming off a Week-1 victory. The Chiefs beat the Texans 27-20 and the Broncos dumped the Ravens 19-13.

Denver quarterback Peyton Manning has enjoyed great success in Thursday night games, passing for just under 36-hundred yards and 38 touchdowns. He didn’t have the best of games against the Ravens last week, leading many pundits to question just how much the veteran has left in the tank.

For the Chiefs, quarterback Alex Smith was 22 of 33 for 243 yards last Sunday with three touchdowns.

Before and during the game the Chiefs will honor their Super Bowl I and IV teams.

Catch all the action on KJAN AM 1220 and FM 101.1 as Mitch Holthus, Len Dawson, Kendall Gammon and the crew bring you the game on the Chiefs Radio Network.  Pregame at 6:00pm, kickoff set for  7:25pm.


Pitt’s Narduzzi still mum on starting QB vs Iowa


September 17th, 2015 by Chris Parks

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi is going to keep Iowa guessing.

Narduzzi declined to name a starting quarterback for Saturday’s game against the Hawkeyes, saying he’ll wait until just before kickoff to make his decision between Chad Voytik and Nate Peterman.

Narduzzi had said earlier this week he planned to reveal his choice on Thursday and that both players would see reps no matter who went out for the first series.

Peterman, a junior transfer from Tennessee, has the better numbers this season. But Voytik has started 15 consecutive games for the Panthers (2-0). Narduzzi said he would use practice as the barometer on who gets the nod, adding he was in no hurry.


MARY EDNA MILLER, 92, of Guthrie Center (Svcs. 09-19-2015)


September 17th, 2015 by Chris Parks

MARY EDNA MILLER, 92, of Guthrie Center died Tuesday, September 15th in Guthrie Center.  Funeral services for MARY MILLER will be held Saturday, September 19th at 10:00am at First Christian Church in Guthrie Center.  Twigg Funeral Home of Guthrie Center has the arrangements.

Visitation will be held Friday, September 18th from 2:00pm-4:00pm at the Twigg Funeral Home in Guthrie Center with the family present at that time.

Burial will be in the Union Cemetery in Guthrie Center.

Online condolences may be left at

ALBERT “Bert” PETERSEN, 75, of Atlantic (Svcs. 9/21/15)


September 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

ALBERT “BERT” PETERSEN, 75, of Atlantic died Wednesday, September 16th at Creighton Medical Center in Omaha. Funeral services for ALBERT “BERT” PETERSEN will be held Monday, September 21st at 11:00 am at the Roland Funeral Home in Atlantic.


Open visitation will be held on Saturday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and Sunday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the funeral home.

Friends may call at the funeral home one-hour prior to the funeral service, on Monday. Online condolences may be left at

Burial in the Oakwood Cemetery

Memorials may be directed to the family for designation at a later date.

ALBERT “BERT” PETERSEN is survived by:

His mother – Eleanor Petersen, of Atlantic.

His daughters – Lisa (Dick) Schnackel, of Council Bluffs; Amy (Wade) Jessen, of Anita; Cindy (Steve) Brownsberger, of Adel, and Amanda (& Victor Martinez) Griswold, of Hastings, NE.

His brother – Larry Petersen, of Atlantic.

His sisters – Rosemary (Ray) Zellmer, of Wiota, and Arla Clay, of Atlantic.

Also Nancy Petersen, of Audubon

10 grandchildren

2 great-grandchildren