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Those motivational posters may be doing nothing of the sort


September 25th, 2023 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) -A University of Iowa College of Business professor says motivational posters with inspirational messages that adorn many of our workplace walls often do little to motivate or inspire employees. Ken Brown, a U-I professor of management and entrepreneurship, says for a poster like that to have real impact, it has to be bundled with what managers are actually doing day-to-day to keep members of their staff working toward a common set of goals.

Brown says some workers may mock the posters as confirmation their leaders are completely disconnected from what’s really going on in the workplace.

A business called Despair-dot-com offers de-motivational posters, with sarcastic messages like: “The glass is half-empty: Deal with it.” and “Adversity: That which does not kill me delays the inevitable.” Brown says he’s never bought one of the Despair posters, but he’s tempted, as he finds them hilarious.

Of course, some people like the original posters, with photos of pole vaulters or pouncing panthers. Brown notes he can have two students sitting side-by-side for a lecture and one may think it’s the worst class ever, while the other may say it was a fascinating, life-changing experience.

Brown says his research finds people who are naturally upbeat tend to react positively to employee motivation techniques, while those who aren’t, don’t.

Nunn proposes using seized Russian assets to rebuild Ukraine


September 25th, 2023 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) – Iowa Congressman Zach Nunn is co-sponsoring legislation that would redirect Russian assets that were seized when Russia invaded Ukraine.

Nunn, a Republican from Bondurant, says the nearly 300 BILLION dollars of Russian money and assets that are being held in banks in the U-S, Europe and Japan should be used to rebuild Ukraine.

A United Nations report issued in June indicated at least 135 BILLION dollars worth of damage had been done to buildings and infrastructure in Ukraine and more than one-and-a-half million homes have been destroyed during the war. Nunn, a Republican from Bondurant, says if there’s no plan to shift Russian assets to rebuilding Ukraine, that money will eventually return to Russia.

Nunn, who served on three combat missions when he was in the U-S Air Force, has been a strong supporter of Ukraine’s military, but he says there should be limits on the amount of U-S aid sent to Ukraine.

President Biden has asked congress to approve 24 BILLION in additional aid to Ukraine, along with more money for federal disaster aid and border security. Nunn says those are key domestic issues that should not be tied to funding for Ukraine.

(Updated) Collision & rollover in Atlantic Sunday morning


September 24th, 2023 by Ric Hanson

(Atlantic, Iowa) – One person was cited for Failure to Yield and careless driving, following a two vehicle accident late Sunday morning, in Atlantic. The collision occurred at around 11:15-a.m. at the intersection of 10th and Plum Streets, when a fully loaded U-Haul box truck driven by Matthew Ludwig, left the stop sign heading north on Plum, and struck the left side of a westbound Chevy Suburban driven by Esperensa Salatier.

Following the impact. the SUV rolled over and landed on its wheels. Several people including children were inside the SUV, but no one was injured. Police cited Ludwig. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

Cass EMS, Atlantic Fire and Rescue and Atlantic Police were dispatched to the area. Numerous area residents reported their lights flickered or the power went out, about the time of the accident, but it’s unclear if the incident was responsible for the outages.

Ric Hanson (photo)

Cass County Supervisors to discuss abatement in Massena & act on road/bridge projects


September 24th, 2023 by Ric Hanson

(Atlantic, Iowa) – The Cass County Board of Supervisors are set to meet at 9-a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26th, in-person and online**. On their agenda is action on approving three Resolutions:

  • Resolution 2023-37, Abating the taxes, penalty & interest for parcels in the City of Massena, in accordance with the Code of Iowa.
  • And, Resolutions 2023-35 and 2023-36, awarding contracts for two Cass County road/bridge projects.

The Board is expected to receive a weekly report from County Engineer Trent Wolken, and a monthly report from General Services/Mental Health Director Debbie Schuler. Their next regular meeting is Oct. 3, 2023.

** Join the meeting via Zoom at:

Meeting ID: 289 919 5216
Passcode: 012064

Or by Call-in at 312-626-6799, press *9 to indicate you wish to speak.

Montgomery County Supervisor’s agenda for 9/26/23


September 24th, 2023 by Ric Hanson

(Red Oak, Iowa) – The Board of Supervisors in Montgomery County will hold their regular, weekly meeting in person and via Zoom, beginning at 8:30-a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26th. On their agenda is approval of an agreement with the Iowa Dept. of Transportation, with regard to detour/traffic sign(s) at the intersection of Highways 34 and 48.

The Board will act on a request to abate property taxes for a parcel owned by the City of Stanton at 205 Center Street, and discuss leasing of the County Farm, with action as necessary.

Their next regular meeting is on Oct. 10th at 8:30-a.m.

**Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 861 8514 1628

Dial by your location +1 312 626 6799 If you are calling in, Press *9 to raise your hand if you wish to speak.31

Man struck by 3 vehicles on I-80 Saturday night in Des Moines


September 24th, 2023 by Ric Hanson

(Des Moines, Iowa) – A man who ran out into traffic on the eastbound Interstate 80 Saturday night, was struck by an SUV and thrown over the median barrier into the westbound lanes, before being hit by another SUV. The accident happened at around 8:42-p.m. near mile marker 135. After he was struck by the second SUV, the man landed in the center lane, where he was run over by a passenger vehicle.

The unidentified pedestrian died at the scene. The accident remains under investigation.

Ringgold County man arrested in Creston


September 24th, 2023 by Ric Hanson

(Creston, Iowa) –  Police in Creston report an arrest was made at around 2:22-a.m., Sunday (today). 23-year-old Trevor Lee Henry, of Mount Ayr, was arrested at 301 W. Adams. Henry was charged with Consume Alcoholic Beverage in Public Place-1st Offense.

He was transported to the Union County Jail where he was later released on $300 cash or surety bond.

SE Iowa man who failed to appear for trial verdict is under arrest


September 23rd, 2023 by Ric Hanson

OTTUMWA, IOWA – The Iowa Department of Public Safety said today (Saturday), that an Ottumwa man who failed to appear at for the verdict in his trial, has been taken into custody.

Police Department and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation were seeking the public’s assistance in locating 63-year-old Gregory Allen Showalter Sr.  Showalter has an arrest warrant for Failure to Appear- Murder in the First Degree. The case was being held in Wapello County District Court.

Showalter was not present when the jury found him guilty, Friday, for the murder of his wife in August of 2021.

Missing Mills County woman found deceased


September 23rd, 2023 by Ric Hanson

(Glenwood, Iowa) – The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports a sad end to the story of a Glenwood woman missing since Sept 16th.  Authorities say a community search party located 73-year-old Judy Krueger at around 10:35-a.m. today (Saturday). She was beyond medical care and pronounced deceased at the scene. The location where she was found was not disclosed.

The Sheriff’s Office said her family has been notified, and they are asking you to respect their privacy at this time. The Mills County Sheriff’s Office sends their condolences to the Krueger family, and thanks the many volunteers and departments who aided in the search for Judy Krueger.

Judy Krueger


Sign-up Now for 4-H

Ag/Outdoor, News

September 23rd, 2023 by Jim Field

Enrollment is open for youngsters to join 4-H for the 2023-24 program year.  Cass County Iowa State University Extension 4-H Youth Coordinator Katie Bateman says 4-H is all about learning.

Cass County enrollment is free due to the money raised through different events, like the annual Fall Fest on October 8th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the fairgrounds.  Bateman says youngsters can choose a specific club.

She says enrollment is easy.

Cass County 4-H will host a new member information night on December 4th at 5:30 pm at the Cass County Community Building.