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KLEM News AM Update January 7, 2011



The house fire on December 9th caused more than five-thousand dollars in damage to the Ronald and Mary Morris residence at 309 Fifth Street Northwest.

An investigation by the Le Mars Fire Department, Iowa State Fire Marshal's Office and Le Mars Police determined the fire was intentionally set in two separate areas of the basement of the home.

Based on that investigation, 53-year-old Mary Morris was arrested Thursday afternoon for the fire at her home. The charge of arson in the second degree is a felony.

Morris is being held in the Plymouth County Jail. Bond is set at 10-thousand dollars.

 Cooling equipment is spring project at Convention Center

(LE MARS)--Improvements to the heating, cooling and ventilation at the Le Mars Convention Center are in the winter and spring phases.

City administrator Scott Langel says the work underway includes automating controls.

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Langel says the project is ahead of schedule and there should be no problem having proper air conditioning for the coming cooling season.

Queen to be chosen for Brunsville celebration

(BRUNSVILLE)--Candidates for the queen of the Brunsville

Centennial will be introduced in early May.

Planning is underway for the celebration June 24 and June 25th.

A wedding-gown style show is May first at 2 in the afternoon at the Brunsville Legion Hall. Brunsville area young women between the ages of 16 and 21 are eligible for Brunsville Centennial queen.

Centennial planners are looking for wedding gowns, old and new, and for young women who might be interested in modeling them for the Centennial event.

Queen contestants may contact Vicki Henrich or Beth Rollinger at 533-6441.

Brunsville area residents with ideas or who'd like to serve on Centennial committees are invited to the next planning meeting Monday evening at seven at the Brunsville Legion Hall.

Jazz and Blues Festival in Cherokee this weekend

(CHEROKEE)--A northwest Iowa community is trumpeting the sounds of jazz and blues this weekend.

Promoted as music where the Rocky Mountains meet the Great Lakes, the 11th Cherokee Jazz and Blues Festival begins with pub crawls this (Friday) evening.

Jam sessions, pub crawls and concerts are planned Saturday. Featured performers are David Klee and the Jazz Express; Jimmy Davis and Friends; Mary Bridget Davies Band; Bob Dorr and The Blue Band; David Zollo and The Body Electric and the Erick Hovey Band.


St. Paul's United Methodist Church hosts the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church Choir from Sioux City. The performance at two Sunday afternoon closes the three-day music event.

www.cherokeejazzbluesfestival.com

13 Iowa cities get Cultural Trust grants


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Nonprofit organizations in 13 Iowa communities have been awarded Iowa Cultural Trust grants totaling more than $245,000.

The grants from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs were announced Thursday. Agency director Cyndi Pederson says the grants are designed to encourage and support fund raising efforts of nonprofit cultural arts organizations in the state.

The Sioux City Public Museum received 20-thousand dollars from the Endowment Challenge Grant program.

Endowment Challenge Grants require recipients to raise $3 in new endowment funds for every dollar in grant funds awarded. They must be used to support general operating expenses.

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

IA teens charged with tossing objects off I-29

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) Criminal mischief and disorderly conduct charges have been brought against two teens who police say hurled construction cones and other objects at cars on Interstate 29 in western Iowa.

The Daily Nonpareil in Council Bluffs says the Harrison County sheriff's office says the boys were caught Jan. 1 at an overpass near Mondamin.

Sheriff Patrick Sears says a 16-year-old from Missouri Valley and a 17-year-old from Mondamin were involved in three separate incidents. The others were on Dec. 25 and Dec. 31.

Sears says the teens allegedly also tossed a bicycle frame and water bottles, damaging two cars.

The boys' names were not released.

Facebook apologizes to Iowa birth photographer

SHUEYVILLE, Iowa (AP) Facebook has acknowledged a mistake and apologized to an Iowa birth photographer for disabling her account over photos that it initially considered inappropriate.

The company wrote in an e-mail to Laura Eckert yesterday that it had restored her account and that its decision to disable it on Dec. 22 was made ``in error.''

Eckert says she still wants to know which of her photos led the company to disable her account. She says Facebook warned her about photos she posted in May of a friend and her newborn. Eckert says she removed some photos and carefully cropped others to make sure they didn't show genitalia or nipples.

Facebook spokesman Simon Axten says the company reviews thousands of pieces of content every day and acts to ensure Facebook ``remains a safe and trusted environment for everyone.''

IA teens charged with tossing objects off I-29

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) Criminal mischief and disorderly conduct charges have been brought against two teens who police say hurled construction cones and other objects at cars on Interstate 29 in western Iowa.

The Daily Nonpareil in Council Bluffs says the Harrison County sheriff's office says the boys were caught Jan. 1 at an overpass near Mondamin.

Sheriff Patrick Sears says a 16-year-old from Missouri Valley and a 17-year-old from Mondamin were involved in three separate incidents. The others were on Dec. 25 and Dec. 31.

Sears says the teens allegedly also tossed a bicycle frame and water bottles, damaging two cars.

The boys' names were not released.

Iowa woman sentenced to prison in meth case

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) A Cedar Rapids woman has been sentenced to 24 years in prison in a methamphetamine case.

The U.S. attorney's office on Thursday says Kristina Bohnenkamp gathered over a kilogram of pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient to make the illegal drug. She pleaded guilty in July to conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

Prosecutors say Bohnenkamp admitted she and others made meth from December 2008 into last July. She also admitted in February 2009, she led officers on a chase as passengers threw a meth lab out the car window.

U.S. District Judge Linda Reade sentenced Bohnenkamp to 292 months in prison.

Oskaloosa chiropractor sentenced in abuse case

OSKALOOSA, Iowa (AP) An Oskaloosa chiropractor convicted of sexually abusing patients has been sentenced 12 years in prison.

KCCI-TV of Des Moines says Jason Ebelsheiser was sentenced on Thursday in Mahaska County District Court in Oskaloosa. He was convicted in October on one count of third-degree sexual abuse, two counts of assault with intent to commit sexual abuse and one count of tampering with medical records.

Ebelsheiser was arrested in 2009 after being accused of abusing women, ages 17 to 46.

Before sentencing, Ebelsheiser's attorney, Leon Spies, asked  for a new trial. The request was denied.

Branstad sees $700M shortfall in state budget

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Republican Gov.-elect Terry Branstad says he'll keep his promise to support big tax cuts despite facing a budget shortfall of up to $700 million.

Branstad, who takes office next week, committed himself in his campaign to slashing in half the corporate income tax rate and he also said he'd move aggressively to ease commercial property taxes. Some have estimated that combination will cost more than $300 million. He says has met with Republicans who took control of the House in the November election, and they are eager to move quickly on cutting taxes.

Branstad, who will be sworn in for a fifth term as governor on Jan. 14, met Thursday with Iowa's newspaper and broadcast associations during a seminar on finances.

Police say Des Moines student took gun to school

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Police say a student at Hoover High School in Des Moines is in custody after officials say he took a loaded handgun to school.

Sgt. Jeff Edwards says the 17-year-old boy was taken into custody shortly before noon yesterday.

Edwards says when school officials tried to talk to the student, he ran and tossed his coat into another student's locker. Edwards says officials found a loaded handgun in the jacket.

Principal Doug Wheeler says he doesn't believe there's any connection to the school shooting in Omaha, Neb., on Wednesday. He says no students or staff were threatened and it doesn't appear the student had any intention of using the gun.

Edwards says the student has been taken to police headquarters for questioning.

KCCI-TV first reported the incident.

Surprising Cyclones set for Big 12

AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State's 13-and-2 start has been a surprise to those who thought it couldn't win 13 games all year.

Now comes the Big 12, the true test of the surging Cyclones.

Iowa State enters league play with a seven-game winning streak. The Cyclones also carry legitimate concerns about whether they've got enough to get through the league's 16-game grind.

Iowa State's flimsy depth has started to wear thin heading into Saturday's conference opener at Nebraska, which is undefeated.

The Cyclones played just six guys for nearly all 40 minutes of a 72-63 win over Northern Illinois on Monday night.

Coach Fred Hoiberg added a pair of walk-ons from the football team on Monday. The Cyclones have four transfers not eligible until 2011-12 and guard DeMarcus Phillips left the program last week.

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

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