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KLEM News Update January 29, 2011


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Donlin hopes to be able to make an announcemnt at the February Floyd Valley Hosptial Board of Trustees meeting.

 

(REMSEN)-- An area farm was honored with a Master Pork Producer Wednesday night.  Don and Shelly Kass of rural Remsen, received the honor from the Iowa Park Producers, along with 9 other Iowa families.

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Kass says this recognition comes from years of hard work in the industry.

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Kass, who is on the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors, said his work in politics helps him get access to legislators and stay on the forefront of lobbying for the pork industry.

Don has been in the hog industry his whole life.  He and Shelly's current operation is a 42,000 head capacity swine nursery.

The Kass' were nominated by Bill Tenneger, district one regional director with the Iowa Pork Producers.  The Carlsen Family of Quimby also recieved the award.


(LE MARS) Northwest Iowa has the potential to start off the growing season on the right foot. Joel DeJong, crop specialist with ISU Extension, tells us why.

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DeJong says being at full capacity is something that's happened in the last few year in northwest Iowa, but historically is not that common.

There is a weather concern for 2011.  Climatologists are watching La Nina really closely right now.

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DeJong has a seminar coming up on March 1st called "Understanding the Basics of Soil Fertility."  He says the day will be spent talking about the research behind soil tests and how to make decisions based on those tests. 

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The cost of the seminar is $75, lunch is included, and 40 spots are available. This same conference filled to capacity last year, so register early by calling  712-546-7835.


(LE MARS) The players have been cast for Le Mars Community Theater's new production.  "Daddy's Dyin'-Whose Got the Will?" by Del Shore, has a cast of 9. 

Danna Schuster, Linda Kleven, Angela Riedeman and Dan Delperdang play siblings who have returned to their hometown in Texas to get their dad's affairs in order before he dies.  Wayne Marty plays the somewhat incoherent father, who just had a stroke.  Hilma Person plays the feisty grandmother of the siblings.  Lisa and Doug Opheim round out the cast as the loud mouth sister-in-law and hippie boyfriend.  This will be Doug's first show at the Postal Playhouse.

Ken Niehas, who is accustom to being on stage in Le Mars, is taking the directors seat for the first time.  He said he wanted to bring Daddy's Dyin' to Le Mars because it's a comedy that full of touching moments.

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"Daddy's Dyin'-Whose Got the Will?" will be performed at the Postal Playhouse February 24th-27th and March 3rd-6th.  Evening performances are at 7:30pm, Sunday matinees are at 2pm.



Ferentz says 5 Iowa players released from hospital

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says five of the 13 players hospitalized this week with a muscle disorder following grueling off-season workouts were discharged Friday.

Ferentz said in a statement released Friday that he's hoping the eight remaining players also will be released soon.

The coach hasn't spoken to reporters since the school announced Tuesday that the players had been hospitalized with rhabdomyolysis, a stress-induced syndrome that can damage cells and cause kidney damage.

Ferentz said in the statement that he's been communicating with each player and their parents since learning they were hospitalized.

He said the health and well-being of each player in paramount and that he'll work to make sure such an event doesn't happen again.

SC swimmers had disorder affecting Iowa players

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP)
A doctor says seven University of South Carolina swimmers came down with the same muscle disorder in 2007 that has led to the hospitalization of 13 Iowa football players and they may have simply been pushing their bodies too hard after a break.

Rupert Galvez says the swimmers were diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis following three days of intense workouts after they returned from summer break. He says they reported swelling and weakness in their arms and discolored urine.

Galvez was involved in their treatment, and he wrote a 2008 article in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine about the case. He says coaches should be cautious about putting athletes through rigorous training after they return from extended breaks.

Iowa players were hospitalized Monday after strenuous workouts following winter break.

Iowa farmer pleads guilty to stealing corn

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Federal prosecutors say an Iowa farmer has pleaded guilty to selling 32,000 bushels of corn that were mortgaged to a government-owned agriculture lender.

The U.S. attorney's office says Chris Wessels, of Earlville, received a government loan on his corn crop and then sold it without repaying the loan.

Wessels pleaded guilty on Friday in federal court in Cedar Rapids to one count of stealing corn mortgaged to the Commodity Credit Corporation.

Prosecutors say the corn was mortgaged in 2007 as a security for a $61,000 loan, but he sold the corn to pay other bills.

Wessels faces up to 5 years in prison. No sentencing date is set.

Insurance regulator cuts Wellmark's rate request

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)
Iowa Insurance Commissioner Susan Voss has trimmed a proposed rate increase by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield for Iowa customers from 11 percent to 8.5 percent.

The Des Moines Register says Voss on Friday based her decision on the opinions of two actuaries, who determined the 11 percent increase was excessive.

Wellmark is Iowa's largest health insurer, covering three-quarters of state residents who buy their own policies.

The company raised premiums on individual plans last spring and then sparked an outcry when it announced in November that it wanted to raise rates again. Wellmark says the increases are needed to keep up with rising costs of medical care.

Wellmark, in a statement, says it believes its request was justified, but understands the commissioner's concern.

Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

Santorum signs on Des Moines firm as adviser

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum has brought on a veteran Des Moines consulting firm to serve as adviser to his political action committee as he explores whether to seek the Republican presidential nomination and compete in Iowa's leadoff caucuses.

Santorum has signed up Concordia Group LLC, its president Nick Ryan and Jill Latham, a principal at the firm.

Ryan is a former top aide to U.S. Rep. Jim Nussle and is founder of the American Future Fund, a multistate advocacy group.

Latham was Iowa political director for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's campaign in the last election cycle. She's worked on Capitol Hill and on former President George Bush's 2004 campaign.

Weather Service issues early look at Iowa flooding

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)
Iowa could be at risk of flooding this spring, but a lot depends on what happens during the rest of the winter.

The National Weather Service in Des Moines has issued a flood outlook that shows the risk is ``near to above normal.'' Hydrologist Jeff Zogg says it's vague because Iowa may or may not get a lot of snow between now and mid-March when the spring thaw typically starts.

Current snowfall amounts on the ground range from a trace in extreme southeast Iowa to 20 inches in northern Iowa along the Minnesota border. The statewide seasonal snowfall average for all of last winter was 49 inches, the sixth highest on record.

Iowa was swamped by flooding in 1993 and 2008, and came close last year.

Iowa hunts for winner of $16.5M lottery jackpot

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)
The Iowa Lottery is still searching for the winner of a $16.5 million Hot Lotto jackpot.

The lucky ticket for the Dec. 29 drawing was bought at a QuikTrip convenience store in Des Moines.

The Iowa Lottery held a news conference on Friday about the unclaimed ticket. Lottery CEO Terry Rich says it's possible the winner doesn't know.

The jackpot is the third-largest prize ever offered in the game. The winning numbers were: 3, 12, 16, 26, 33 and Hot Ball 11. The money will be forfeited if the prize isn't claimed within one year.

Hot Lotto is played in the District of Columbia, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Vermont and West Virginia.

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

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