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KLEM News Update January 2, 2011

Production dates for the performance directed by Ken Niehus will be February 24th through February 27th and March 3rd through March sixth.

The script by Del Shore is for a show in a small Texas town where family members are with a patriarch who is expected to die very soon. The story unfolds to create a rebirth of the spirit of the family.

The cast of eight will selected after auditions January 10th and January 11th at the Postal Playhouse. Auditions are at seven in the evening.

Le Mars Community Show Choir performs at Pops Concert

(SIOUX CENTER)--The Le Mars Community High School show choir will join the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra at a performance this month.

The popular Winter Pops Concert will be directed by Tim McGarvey January 22nd at 7:30 in the evening at the B-J Haan Auditorium on the Dordt College campus.

Show choirs from Le Mars Community High School, MOC-Floyd Valley High School and Sheldon High School will share the stage with the Northwest Iowa Symphony orchestra for the concert.

After each show choir performs their own set, all of the singers will join the orchestra for a mass number.

Rosbergs speak in Orange City

(ORANGE CITY)--Marriage conference speakers and award-winning authors Gary and Barb Rosberg will speak at Northwestern College this month.

The Rosbergs, co-founders of America's Family Coaches international ministry, have developed over a dozen prominent marriage and family resources and DVD series.

The couple met at Drake University and today coach couples and families through their ministry which is based near Des Moines. Their daughter, Sarah, was a member of Northwestern College's class of 2000.

The public is invited to their presentations at Northwestern on January 17th at chapel at 10:05 in the morning and at seven in the evening in Christ Chapel.

St. Luke's fosters families

(SIOUX CITY)--Family Spirit is a new program designed to help families share time, make memories and manage their health.

St. Luke's Regional Medical Center announced the program to be kicked off January 8th with a free family access day at Four Seasons Health Club.

Families will have the opportunity to be part of free health screenings, tae kwondo demonstrations and much more.

A special announcement is planned at 11 in the morning on January 8th at Four Seasons to explains events scheduled for Saturdays throughout January and other months this year.

Information on Family Spirit is available on St. Luke's web site at www.stlukes.org

3 killed, 3 injured in fire at Iowa trailer home

ARLINGTON, Iowa (AP) Three people, including two small children, have died in a fire at a northeast Iowa trailer home.

The Fayette County sheriff's office says the two children and one adult were pronounced dead at the scene of the fire Saturday southwest of Arlington.

Three other people two adults and one child were injured in the blaze and taken to a hospital in Oelwein for treatment.

Authorities haven't released the names, ages or genders of the dead or injured. All six victims lived in the trailer home.

The fire was reported about 4 a.m. Saturday. The sheriff's office says the home was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

Iowa man pleads not guilty to burning own house

CLINTON, Iowa (AP) A Clinton man has pleaded not guilty to arson and other charges related to a November 2008 fire that destroyed his house.

The Clinton Herald reports that 60-year-old Jeffrey Soboroff entered the written plea Thursday.

According to court documents, two gasoline cans were found inside the house and state fire marshal's office determined the fire was intentionally set.

Soboroff is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence in a separate case involving harassment and extortion charges in 2008.

New rules for gun permits go into effect in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) News rules for gun permits have gone into effect in Iowa.

The law limits the discretion local sheriffs previously had in denying the weapon permits without explanation. Now, sheriffs can only deny applications for specific reasons, such as a prior criminal record or drug and alcohol addiction, and must provide a written explanation.

The law also allows permit holders to drink some alcohol while in possession of a gun. Any drinking while carrying a concealed weapon had been banned, but the law allows permit holders to drink until their blood alcohol level hits .08, the level of intoxication under Iowa law.

Sean McClanahan, president of the Iowa Firearms Coalition, told the Cedar Rapid Gazette that the changes are good. He says ``a properly holstered firearm is not a threat.''

Ill. man found dead at party at Iowa hotel

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) Police say a New Year's Eve party at a Davenport hotel has turned deadly.

Officers were called to a disturbance involving gunshots at Casa Loma Inn and Suites about 3:30 a.m. Saturday. Davenport police say a 20-year-old Rock Island, Ill., man was found dead in a suite where a large gathering was being held.

The victim's name has not been released. An autopsy is planned.

No arrests have been announced.

Boyfriend of dead Iowa woman arrested in Chicago

CLINTON, Iowa (AP) Police say the boyfriend of a Clinton woman killed in her apartment has been arrested.

WQAD-TV reports that 32-year-old Jason ``Jay'' Tate was picked up Christmas Eve in Chicago and was transferred back to Clinton County this week. He's due in court Friday on a charge of being a felon in possession of a weapon.

Police say Tate was found with Kelsey Sue Stahl's car. The 24-year-old's body was found Dec. 21 in her apartment by officers who went there to check on her well-being. An autopsy ruled her death a homicide.

Tate has not been charged in Stahl's death.

Ex-worker at Iowa hospital accused of taking drugs

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) A former occupational therapist for a Dubuque hospital has been ordered to appear before a state board over allegations she stole prescription painkillers from patients' homes.

The Iowa Board of Physical and Occupational Therapy has charged 30-year-old Alesha Hansen with unlawfully acquiring a controlled substance and unethical conduct. No criminal charges have been filed.

The board says she took the drugs from two patients during homes visits between June 2008 and October 2009. She worked for Mercy Hospital at the time.

Hansen is scheduled to appear before the board on March 18 in Des Moines.

No number was listed for Hansen.

Jail inmate charged with assault in fight over TV

NEVADA, Iowa (AP) A man being held in the Story County jail in Nevada  on assault charges is facing additional charges after authorities say he got into a fistfight with another inmate over what television channel to watch.

The Tribune in Ames says 43-year-old Kurt Wayne of Pleasant Hill has been charged with serious assault.

Court records show the incident occurred on Dec. 23.

Records show Nichols allegedly started the argument and when confronted by the other inmate, Nichols punched him.

The fight continued until jail staff stopped it. The other inmate was injured.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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