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KLEM News Update January 23, 2011

A 250-dollar scholarship will be given to four seniors. The applicants must be from a Plymouth County Farm Bureau family and be in the upper half of the current year's high school graduating class.

Application forms may be picked up at the guidance counselor's office along with a set of scholarship requirements.

Applications are also available at the Plymouth County Farm Bureau office in Le Mars.

The deadline to return applications is March first.

Spring symbol benefits efforts to fight cancer

(ORANGE CITY)--A sign of spring that symbolizes hope is the spring fund raiser for the American Cancer Society.

Sioux County volunteers are taking orders for daffodils that may be shared with friends, family members and or people touched by cancer.

For more than 35 years, the Daffodil Days program has offered help for strength and hope to the millions of Americans facing cancer.

Orders are due by February 16th and will be delivered the week of March 7th.

A Sioux County American Cancer Society volunteer from Sioux Center, Mary Ortner, is leading the volunteer Daffodil Days effort.

' Annie Oakley" performer will take the stage in Orange City

(ORANGE CITY)--A sharpshooter and Wild West Show performer will be portrayed on the Northwestern College campus Thursday.

Lise "Kat" Evans, a Chicago actress, playwright and teacher, performs the one-woman show at the England Theatre at 7:30 Thursday night.

"So Much a Lady: The Life of Annie Oakley" is the result of a commission for the Ohio Bicentennial that Evans received from Ohio State University.

The woman Evans portrays, Annie Oakley, offered to fight in the Spanish-American War, was feisty and had a strong moral center.

Tickets for the January 27th show are available by contacting the Orange City Arts Council.

Her residency is sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council and includes one-person show acting classes at schools in Sioux County.

Sioux Center team is champion in SD competition

(SIOUX CENTER)--A Sioux Center team received the prestigious Champions Award at the FIRST LEGO League Championship in Sioux Falls.

The rookie team, "electro-virus," won the robot competition and overall Champion award. The boys and girls ages 9 to 14 include students who are home schooled and from the public and Christian Schools in Sioux Center.

A blizzard forced the competition in Sioux City in December to be cancelled so the team traveled to Sioux Falls last weekend.

The Champion Award is the most prestigious award that a team can win. The Robot Performance Award is presented to the team that scores the most points pursing Challenge missions. Each team ran its robot for a minimum of three rounds. Sioux Center's team received the highest score with 245 points.

The team has the opportunity to participate in the FIRST LEGO League World Festival in April in St. Louis.

Nomination process underway to recognize women of excellence

(SIOUX CITY)--Women of Excellence in Siouxland will be honored at a fund raiser in March.

Women Aware sponsors the fund raiser to support its work with single parents and displaced homemakers working toward self-sufficiency.

The 27th annual Woman Aware "Women of Excellence" awards are in seven categories.

They include Women Pursuing Truth; Women Striving to Improve the Quality of Life: Women Taking Risks; Women Creating Art; Women Helping Women; Women Developing the Community and Young Women of Excellence.

Applications for nominations must be returned to Women Aware in Sioux City by March 1st. Information is available at the website,

The award winners will be recognized March 22 at the "Women of Excellence"awards banquet at the Sioux City Convention Center. Tickets for the banquet are available through Women Aware.

Iowa nursing home fined $10,000 in outing death

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) A Davenport nursing home has been fined $10,000 in the death of a resident injured during an outing.

The Quad-City Times reports the Iowa Department of Inspection and Appeals found Ridgecrest Village didn't ensure the safety of 97-year-old Corine Armentrout during a Nov. 19 outing.

Armentrout and another resident were hurt in the incident, and Armentrout died Dec. 1. The state attributed her death to congestive heart failure caused by a broken leg and blood loss.

A state report says the driver of their van suddenly stopped in traffic, throwing the residents from their wheelchairs. The report says the driver told investigators he had secured the wheelchairs in the vehicle but didn't fasten the residents' safety belts.

Calls to three numbers listed for the nursing home rang unanswered Saturday.

Iowa house searched twice destroyed by fire

KLEMME, Iowa (AP) The state fire marshal's office is investigating a fire that destroyed the same Klemme house that authorities searched earlier this week in a theft case.

Hancock County sheriff Scott Dodd told the Globe Gazette that the homeowner was there when the fire broke out late Friday night but wasn't hurt.

Dodd says search warrants for stolen property were served Wednesday and Thursday at the residence.

No charges have been filed against the homeowner.

Former Iowa school worker accused of taking money

KEOSAUQUA, Iowa (AP) A former employee of the Van Buren Community Schools has been charged with taking money from the district.

An audit cited by The Fairfield Ledger indicates more than $36,000 money went missing between July 2006 and last May.

Teresa McIntosh, of Keosauqua, was tasked with collecting and depositing that money for Van Buren's nutrition fund. She faces charges of ongoing criminal conduct and first-degree theft.

A number listed for McIntosh rang unanswered Saturday.

State official says peak Iowa flu season ahead

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The peak flu season in Iowa is still probably three to four weeks away.

State epidemiologist Dr. Patricia Quinlisk tells The Gazette in Cedar Rapids that the state will likely see much more flu activity in the coming weeks.

Quinlisk says a big difference this year is that three different flu strains are circulating at once. She says it's something she's never seen before.

Last year the H1N1 virus was the prominent strain being spread.

It is still hitting children hard this year along with the A strain and B strain of the flu virus.

Quinlisk says it is possible someone could get sick with all three strains this year.

She says it's not too late to get a flu shot, which covers all three strains.

Iowa Speedway to host 5-mile race for runners

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) The Iowa Speedway is hosting a five-mile race for runners this spring that stars and ends at the track.

The fifth annual ``Where the Rubber Meets the Road'' race will be held on April 16 in Newton.

The race will start in pit row, continue around the venue's property and finish with a lap around the high-banked 7/8 mile oval, which is normally reserved for race cars.

The run will benefit the P. I. Foundation and the Iowa Speedway Foundation, which aids more than 400 central Iowans with disabilities.

Race organizer Melissa Butler says officials are expecting well over 600 people to run the race.

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

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