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Atlantic Salvation Army Store set to close Friday (7/17)

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July 16th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

The Salvation Army Store in Atlantic is set to close Friday (July 17th). Salvation Army Officials in Omaha issued the following statement to KJAN News this (Thursday) morning:

“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the closure of our Atlantic, Iowa Salvation Army Family Store—effective as of the close of business Friday, July 17.  Declining sales revenues accelerated by the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic have forced this decision.  We are working to assist our remaining store staff as they search for new jobs in the community.  We were hoping to mark the store’s tenth anniversary of operation this year; unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic’s damaging economic effects have made it impossible to keep the store open.

We thank the Atlantic community for its faithful support of this store over the years, and we want to reassure the community that Salvation Army social services will continue in the area despite the store’s closure.  We have had a presence in Cass County for decades, and we will maintain that presence—serving those in need—going forward.”

The store, in the Atlantic Shopping Plaza, held its grand opening Dec. 7th, 2012.

DMACC building big addition to Carroll campus

News

July 16th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) — Work is underway on a four-point-two million dollar expansion of the Des Moines Area Community College campus in Carroll. Provost, Joel Lundstrom, says the expansion helps meet a need for more classes and space. “The project is 11-thousand-700 square feet and two labs. A welding lab and industrial tech lab — and will primarily serve our welding students. We have a record number of welding students coming in this fall,” Lundstrom says. He says they will have 45 students taking welding classes throughout the day. The building also gives them more space for other things.

“A new event space community area for up to 145 community members for when we bring speakers on campus,” according to Lundstrom. “We often time bring speakers…we’ve had an astronaut, we’ve had a number of people speaking on diversity and inclusion the last couple of years, and just bring a lot of educational events into the community.”

He says the DMACC campus in Carroll has a wide reach.”We actually serve ten high schools with a career academy options for them to take concurrent enrollment classes while they are in high school with no cost to them,”Lundstrom says. “We are an hour-and-a half from Des Moines, an hour-and-half from Omaha, kind of right in northwest Iowa and we serve a pretty big region.”

The school has agreements with the University of Northern Iowa, Buena Vista University and the University of Iowa’s Bachelor of Nursing Program that allows students to start with two years of DMACC classes and then finish with two years at the other schools. he Carroll addition is expected to be completed in August 2021

Parts of Cass, Audubon, Guthrie, Dallas & Adair Counties are in a SEVERE Drought

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

July 16th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

What little rain that fell overnight Wednesday into Wednesday morning, did little to help the crops and soil they live in. The latest edition of the Iowa Drought Monitor released today (Thursday, shows parts of Cass, Adair, Audubon, Dallas and Guthrie Counties, are in a Severe Drought. Other area counties affected by the severe drought include Boone, Carroll, and Greene, along with the northwest corner of Madison County. Other area counties are in a “Moderate Drought,” which is characterized by: Soybeans aborting pods; Struggling corn test weights; Grasses are brown & more grass fires occur; The possible issuance of bans; and pond levels decline.

Officials say a continued severe drought could potentially result in: extremely low corn yields; A high fire danger; fewer mosquitoes observed; low surface water, increased algae blooms, and a requested voluntary effort at water conservation.

For more information: https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/CurrentMap/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?IA

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 7/16/20

News, Podcasts

July 16th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

More State and area news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Coffee Cake (7-16-2020)

Mom's Tips

July 16th, 2020 by Jim Field

  • 1 package plain yellow cake mix
  • 1 package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 4 eggs (well beaten)
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Mix cake batter using the first six ingredients.  Then, grease a 9″ x 13″ pan and spread 3/4 cup of chopped walnut on bottom of pan.  Then, pour half of cake batter over walnuts.  Mix 1/2 cup of sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon and spread over batter.  Pour remaining batter over this and put chopped walnuts on top.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.  When you take cake out of oven, mix 1 cup powdered sugar and 3 tablespoons of milk.  Pour over hot cake.

Creston Police report (7/16/20)

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July 16th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Creston Police Department report 32-year old Corry Johnston, of Creston, was arrested Wednesday morning, for Driving While Barred. Johnston was later released from the Union County Jail on a $2,000 bond. And, at around 2:20-p.m., 51-year old Misti Brown, of Clearfield, was arrested at the Union County Law Enforcement Center in Creston, on a Union County warrant for Failure to Appear on the original charge of Theft in the 5th Degree. Brown was later released on a $300 bond.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 7/16/20

Podcasts, Sports

July 16th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

The 7:20-a.m. Sportscast with Jim Field.

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(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & Funeral report, 7/16/20

News, Podcasts

July 16th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

The area’s latest and/or top news stories at 7:06-a.m. From KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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CAM CSD plans on returning to school Aug. 24th

News

July 16th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

CAM High School Principal Dominic J. Giegerich said Wednesday, the CAM Community School District (CSD) is planning on returning to school August 24th, with students attending five days a week in their designated school buildings. Mitigation protocol for cleaning and sanitizing, along with schedule adjustments to allow for those procedures, will be put into place. Students and staff will have the option to wear face masks, they will not be required.

Giegerich says the week of August 10th the CAM CSD will send out, and post, information regarding district procedures and protocols to return to school. A Parent only meetings will be held on Thursday, August 20th, in Massena and in Anita, at 7 p.m. to discuss further the start of school on August 24th. The meeting will be videotaped for those who can not attend. CAM Administration, working with the district leadership team, have been consulting Iowa Department of Education (IDE), Green Hills AEA, Iowa Department of Health, Cass County Health Systems guidance in developing a plan to start the school year face to face with students. The CAM CSD will be prepared to move to a 100% required online delivery of education should it be deemed necessary by one of these entities.

Principal Giegerich says District Staff will have additional training on mitigation protocols, systems, procedures and student accountability. The CAM CSD will be prepared to work with Cass County Health Systems on suspected, or confirmed, cases of COVID-19, processes for contact tracing and if necessary school closure. Social Distancing will be promoted where possible, understanding (guidance from the IDE) that six feet may not be possible in most classrooms. In common spaces protocol will be in place to ensure six feet social distancing and when possible in classrooms.

Details for registration for school will be released soon and this year we will be registering 100% online. Resources and instructions will accompany the release and be sent to all prospective students in the CAM CSD via email and regular mail. This will be in place of in person registration. “Back to School Night”, and Freshmen orientation traditionally held in the elementary school buildings will not take place this school year. Orientation for 6th graders at CAM Middle School will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, August 20th at CAM Middle School (before parent meeting).

Local 24-Hour Rainfall Totals at 7:00 am on Thursday, July 16

Ag/Outdoor, Weather

July 16th, 2020 by Jim Field

  • KJAN, Atlantic  .17″
  • 7 miles NNE of Atlantic  .13″
  • Massena  .47″
  • Anita  .19″
  • Oakland  .19″
  • Guthrie Center  .08″
  • Corning  .8″
  • Red Oak  1.09″
  • Creston  .45″
  • Clarinda  1.38″