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KLEM PM Update, October 25, 2010

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Those are the words of Bret Peterson, chief-financial-officer for North American Co-Pack Iowa.  The meat processing facility plans to move into an existing facility in Le Mars, and invest one-point-three million dollars for the business.  The plant will focus on sliced meats and other ready-to-eat food processing.  The processed pork products will be offered to retail, food service and industrial customers

(Spencer) --A Curlew, Iowa woman was arrested for lying to a Clay County Deputy.  Rhonda Vandenhemel, 40, a passenger in a vehicle stopped for a traffic violation last Sunday afternoon on Clay County road M-50, interfered with the Deputy's investigation by lying about a 2-year-old being in a child restraint seat.  Vandenhemel was placed under arrest and was transported to the Clay County Jail without incident.  Vandenhemel was charged with interference with official acts, a simple misdemeanor.  She was released on bond.

(SIOUX CENTER)--A group of women hopes to collect items for care packages for Sioux County area soldiers.

Operation C.O.M.B.A.T., (combat)  known as Come Out to Make Boxes and Thank 'em, was begun in September to show support for local overseas troops.

Coordinator Jodi Aalbers says it's a way to give back to local community members that are serving in the military.

Operation C.O.M.B.A.T. selected the Sioux Center How-to Building Center as a drop off location.  Community members may bring in personal care items, just for fun items, food/snacks/candy and items like batteries and phone cards. Money donated will help defray the cost of postage. A listing of items needed is at the collection site in the How-To Building Center.

Operation C.O.M.B.A.T. will assemble and ship the first packages the week of Thanksgiving.

(LE MARS)--Local food is the focus of a meeting in Le Mars Thursday evening.

Iowa State University Extension is hosting the local food meeting.

A Regional Food Systems Working Group will gather to  continue work in building and sustaining vibrant local and regional food systems in northwest Iowa.

The regional food coordinator is Laura Kuennen (q-nen). She'll show photos and provide information from her recent area tours to farmers markets and small towns in search of homegrown and homemade foods and businesses.

The meeting is at the Plymouth County Extension office, 251 12th Street S-E in Le Mars,  beginning at six Thursday evening. There is no fee, but those who plan to attend are asked to call the extension office. 

(ORANGE CITY)--A public groundbreaking for the second part of an Orange City development effort is set for 11:30 tomorrow (Tuesday) morning.

Groundbreaking for the Event Center is at the site of the project, on Highway 10 East at Lincoln Circle. The Event Center is part of Orange City's Phoenix project.

Government, business and community leaders developed five projects after a fire which destroyed a major downtown retail area. The Event Center is one of the five. Groundbreaking for the first project, the Hawkeye Center in downtown Orange City, was earlier this year.

The 300-400 capacity Event Center will be a two-story facility for public,  private, corporate, cultural, recreation, educational and entertainment events.

The center is being funded with a vote-approved bond, a Community Attraction and Tourism grant from Vision Iowa; and corporate and private donations.

(SIOUX CENTER)--A Halloween flu clinic is planned by Greater Sioux Community Health Center in Sioux Center.

The November 1st clinic is from 4-8 p-m.

Costumed staff and volunteers will welcome families or individuals at the day after Halloween flu clinic. The theme is "Learn the trick of treating your body right." 

Flu shots for kids through age 18 years of age are free. There is a $25 fee for adults flu vaccinations.

Information about the Hawk-I (hawkeye) Insurance program for children, applications for Medicaid and Spanish-language assistance will be available.

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