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KLEM News PM Update January 7, 2011

The National Weather Service in Sioux Falls has issued a Wind Advisory until four this afternoon.

Winds will gust at times to 40-45 miles an hour through the early afternoon through the Missouri River Corridor.

While widespread blowing snow is not expected, the National Weather Service expects visibility to be reduced at times of falling snow.

Wind Advisories are issued when sustained winds are forecast to be 31-39 miles an hour or gusts will range between 46 and 57 miles an hour. One concern is drivers in high profile vehicles.

ISU Ag Dean is "Women in Denim" speaker

(STORM LAKE)--Women interested in or involved in agriculture are the focus of the 2011 "Women in Denim," conference in Storm Lake.

The two-day conference features keynote speaker Amy Dee-Kristensen whose message combines music, humor and celebration. The special guest speaker is Dr. Wendy Wintersteen, Dean of the College of Agriculture at Iowa State University in Ames.

More than two-dozen sessions on everything from farm business to gardening are offered during the January 21 and January 22 conference at Buena Vista University.

Registration is available through the web site

Car dealer and partner sentenced to prison

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) A bankrupt used-car dealer from South Dakota and his partner have been sentenced in Iowa to federal prison for lying to banks that were funding their dealerships.

Sioux Falls businessman Dan Nelson was sentenced in federal court in Des Moines, Iowa, to 2 .5 years in prison, and partner Chris Tapken to 1 .5 years. Together, they must pay $7 million in restitution to nine banks. MetaBank in Sioux Falls is owed the most, at $3.3 million.

Nelson and Tapken operated dealerships in both Sioux City and Sioux Falls. Authorities say they lied on financial reports to give banks undue confidence in the health of their business, which collapsed in 2005.

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

 Afghan land mine blast wounds Iowa Guardsman

EARLVILLE, Iowa (AP) The Iowa National Guard says an Earlville man was wounded when he stepped on a land mine in Afghanistan.

The Guard said in a news release Friday that Sgt. Brian Pfeiler is in stable condition at a U.S. hospital at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. He'll be flown to a U.S. armed forces hospital in Germany, then back to the United States for more care.

Pfeiler is assigned to Company D, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment Task Force Ironman. It is part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division.

The Guard says the mine blast occurred around noon local time in the eastern province of Laghman. A Guard spokesman says the 27-year-old Pfeiler suffered a leg injury.

Iowa flu hospitalization rate jumps

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Despite the availability of vaccinations, more flu cases are being treated at Iowa hospitals.

The Iowa Department of Public Health says the influenza hospitalization rate more than doubled in the past week.

Department medical director Patricia Quinlisk says that although the number of people hospitalized with the flu is small, the increase is significant.

Quinlisk says that with school vacations over, students will be spreading the viruses to each other, their families and others.

So, the department is repeating its annual advice: Get a flu shot. The three flu strains circulating in Iowa are covered by the vaccine.

State audit shows Iowa resort ran in red last year

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A state audit shows the Honey Creek Resort in southern Iowa had a deficit of more than $46,000 in fiscal 2010.

The audit released Friday by Iowa Auditor David Vaudt says the resort reported the operating loss for the 12 months ending June 30, 2010.

The 2010 audit shows revenue of $5.72 million and expenses of more than $5.76 million.

In its first audit, for the year ending June 30, 2009, the resort was almost $900,000 in the red.

The $58 million resort has a lodge, cabins, golf course and indoor water park. It sits on the bank of Rathbun Lake near Moravia in south-central Iowa.

Honey Creek Resort State Park is owned by the state. Central Group Cos., Inc., was hired by the state as manager.

Judge: ins. company not liable for burned home

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A Polk County judge has ruled a former insurance company of a developer's home destroyed by fire won't have to pay the balance of its $1.5 million mortgage.

The Des Moines Register reports that Judge Robert Hutchison ruled that Two Rivers Bank and Trust failed to present sufficient evidence to require Federal Insurance Co. to pay the nearly $1 million that remained on the home of developer John Kline.

Fire destroyed the 16,000-square-foot Urbandale home in 2009.

The bank claims the Federal Insurance policy was cancelled for nonpayment two days before the fire. The home was then insured by American Family Mutual Insurance, which paid more than $621,000.

American Family claims in a lawsuit that Kline and his wife set the fire as their finances crumbled. Kline, who has filed a countersuit against American Family demanding payment, has denied setting the fire.

Inmate reports assault by Iowa jail worker

NEVADA, Iowa (AP) State authorities are investigating a report by an inmate that he was assaulted by a Story County jail employee.

Story County Sheriff Paul Fitzgerald told Des Moines television station WHO that he had called in the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation after a county internal investigation.

Fitzgerald says the jail worker is on paid leave during the probe.

Other details of the alleged incident were not released.

Burgled home also damaged by water from burst pipe

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) When a Des Moines couple returned home from a trip to see their new grandchild, they were greeted by a cold, wet and costly scene.

The Des Moines Register says that on Tuesday, Mary and Charles Pope found their house lights on, water on the floor and ice in a toilet bowl.

A burglar had tossed a brick through a glass door to get inside their home. Cold air rushed in, freezing a pipe to the ice maker in a refrigerator. The pipe burst, and water poured out onto the kitchen floor and down into the basement.

The burglar took a 42-inch flat-screen television, jewelry and other items, leaving a mess and a jagged hole in the door.

Cedar Rapids preparing `coffins' to scare crows

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) The crows are back in Cedar Rapids.

Thousands have been congregating at night in Green Square Park downtown. They've been roosting in park trees for years in winter, leaving their droppings underneath. The birds are believed to be attracted by a relatively warm downtown microclimate.

The Gazette of Cedar Rapids says the city is preparing its usual and unusual arsenal to fight back: ``crow coffins.''

The oddly devised scarecrows were invented by veterinarian Russell Anthony in 2006. City officials say the crow coffins are the only thing that's frightened away the birds.

The coffins are two dead crows attached to boards that are placed in the park's trees, 10-15 feet below the treetops.

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

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