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KLEM News AM Update January 31, 2011



The Celebration kicked off last night with a spaghetti dinner.

Gehlen Catholic Development Director Lisa Niebuhr says Wednesday will be a big day at Gehlen.

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There's also a new event this year. "Dads and Pancakes" will be held in the cafeteria from 8:30 to 10:30am on Friday where, you guessed it, Dads of students will be serving up pancakes to the kids.

Niebuhr is excited for the whole week of activities planned, and is grateful that they have the chance to shine and thank the community for all they do to support the school.

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Gehlen Catholic is one of 28 schools in the Diocese of Sioux City and over 7,300 Catholic Schools in the U.S. Gehlen has 446 students, transitional kindergarten through 12th grade. (News report from Angela Drake, KLEM News)

United Way honors Wells' Dairy employee committee

(LE MARS)--A Le Mars group is honoring a committee with an annual volunteer award.

Le Mars United Way Board Member Robin Grosenheider made the presentation during the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce annual dinner Saturday.

The Paul Olson Outstanding Volunteer of the Year award was given to the committee of Wells' Dairy employees responsible for planning and implementing the company's first United Way campaign.

The steering committee members honored with the United Way volunteer award include David Albrecht; Lesley Bartholomew ; Sherri Bates; Janelle Bixenman; Mona Boylan; Roxane Clausen; Liz Croston; Deb Gran: Christy Hartman; Chris Healy; Jasen Heaton; Casey Kerkman; Makenzie Lang; Kim Porter, Jim Reynolds; Jennifer Rose; Stacey Roupe; Brenda Schmid; Doug Schrad; Jeff Stanley; Amanda Susehmihl; Lynn Swanson; Pam Weisler and David Woolcock.

KLEM operations director Dave Ruden reported on Sunday News that Dick Kirchoff, the mayor of Le Mars, was chosen "Citizen of the Year" and the "Business of the Year" honor was given to Good Samaritan Society-Le Mars. Both awards were presented at the Chamber's annual dinner.

Le Mars Community begins Kindergarten Round-Up

(LE MARS)--The class of 2025 at Le Mars Community will be in school this fall.

Elementary Principals Scott Parry and Floyd Athay have annnounced Le Mars Community will soon conduct Kindergarten Round-Up.

In order to be eligible to attend Kindergarten at Le Mars Community this fall, a child must be five years old on or before September 15, 2011.

Parry and Athay are asking for the names of eligible youngsters by calling one of the elementary schools--Clark, Franklin or Kluckhohn.

Hoffman serves on state board

(LE MARS)--A Le Mars man is a new member of the Iowa State Fair Board of Directors.

Dave Hoffman was elected to serve a two-year term during the State Agricultural Convention.

Hoffman, a former Chairman of the Plymouth County Fair Board, represents the northwest Iowa district.

He succeeds Jeanne Partlow of Manson who served nine years on the State Fair Board.

Hoffman is one of 12 directors. Also representing northwest Iowa is longtime state fair board member Bill Neubrand of Le Mars.

"Nothing Compares to the 2011 Iowa State Fair" is the theme for the August 11-21st event.

FBI could help investigation of Neb. woman's death

NORFOLK, Neb. (AP) The FBI has been contacted about the death of a Norfolk woman whose body was found by deer hunters in neighboring Pierce County.

A Nebraska State Patrol spokesman told the Norfolk Daily News that the FBI hasn't taken over the investigation of Lacey Anderson's death but its agents are available to help. He says local authorities have exhausted all leads in the case.

The 19-year-old Anderson went missing Aug. 23, 2009. Her body was found three mothers later.

Court documents say Anderson was a witness in several criminal cases and had provided information to police investigators. She also faced felony charges involving a drive-by shooting.

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

Despite gay marriage focus, action unlikely

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) This week the Republican-controlled House likely will approve a resolution referring a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage to voters, but legislators say that's probably where the measure will end this session.

Senate Majority Leader Michael Gronstal has promised to block a vote on the measure in the Senate. Gronstal might do the same next year, and under Iowa's process for changing the state constitution, that would mean the proposal couldn't reach voters until 2016 at the earliest.

Opponents of a ban say seven years after an Iowa Supreme Court decision legalized gay marriage in 2009, voters would see little reason to overturn that ruling. Supporters say they hope an election year convinces Senate Democrats to approve the measure next session. If not, they say their effort won't lose its fire.

Final Iowa football players released from hospital

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The last of the hospitalized Iowa football players have been released.

The 13 student-athletes checked into the hospital last Monday after complaining of discolored urine and extreme soreness. They were diagnosed with a muscle disorder that can be caused by extreme physical exertion. The students all had participated in intense off-season workouts that started the previous week after the players returned from winter break.

Iowa's athletic department says five of the students were discharged Friday, six on Saturday and the final two on Sunday.

Coach Kirk Ferentz apologized yesterday for the students' ordeal and said they had but training hard but didn't do anything wrong. He said the university is investigating the source of problem.

Luther College preparing for Norwegian royals

DECORAH, Iowa (AP) Luther College officials are planning for a visit from the king and queen of Norway during its sesquicentennial celebration in October.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that the Royal Palace in Oslo will make final confirmation of King Harald V and Queen Sonja's visit in May. Preliminary plans put them on the Decorah campus on Oct. 13.

The college has a long-standing relationship with Norwegian royalty. King Harald first visited the school in 1965, when he was a crown prince, and returned in 1995. In 1939, Crown Prince Olav made the first of three visits.

Luther College is a liberal arts school affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Its website says it has about 2,500 students.

Iowa wrestling beats No. 1 Penn State

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Iowa extended its unbeaten streak to 73 dual meets by upsetting top-ranked Penn State 22-13 yesterday.

The Hawkeyes, ranked No. 8 in the coaches' poll, won six of 10 bouts, including the first three.

Matt McDonough, the defending NCAA champion at 125 pounds, scored a fall to spark Iowa's 12-0 lead after three bouts.

The Hawkeyes then won at 165, scored an upset by No. 16 Grant Gambrall over No. 6 Quentin Wright at 184 and added a major decision at 197 pounds to secure the win.

Penn State coach Cael Sanderson, the former Iowa State coach and a former four-time NCAA champion wrestler for the Cyclones, again was denied a win over nemesis Tom Brands of Iowa.

The Hawkeyes (11-0-1, 3-0 Big Ten) are now the only undefeated major program in the nation.

100 residents displaced in West Des Moines fire

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) About 100 people were displaced in a weekend fire at a West Des Moines apartment complex.

Officials with Sun Prairie Apartments told the Des Moines Register that the affected residents will be placed in open units elsewhere in the complex.

The fire was contained to one building at the complex. Fire Chief Don Cox says the fire that broke out about 3:30 p.m. Saturday destroyed much of the third floor and roof on the north side of the building.

KCCI-TV reports a total of 36 units were damaged.

Fire officials estimate the fire caused $1 million in damage to the building and residents' belongings.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Ex-official with IDDA accused of embezzlement

HUMBOLDT, Iowa (AP) A former official with the Iowa Drainage Ditch Association faces a felony theft charge over the disappearance of more than $72,000.

A release from the Humboldt County sheriff obtained by the Fort Dodge Messenger says an association audit showed 48-year-old Julie Fridolfson, of Fort Dodge, took the money between July 2009 and August 2010, when she was the group's secretary/treasurer. The release says the money was deposited in Fridolfson's personal account.

No number was listed for Fridolfson. Court records didn't list her attorney.

Fridolfson had also been the Humboldt County drainage clerk. She worked for the county for 20 years before her firing related to the theft investigation in August.

Former Iowa, Neb. minister guilty in assault case

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) A minister who led churches in Iowa and Nebraska has been found guilty of three sexual assault charges.

The Council Bluffs Nonpareil reports 55-year-old Efrain Umana faces up to 37 years in prison when he's sentenced March 3. He was convicted Friday by a Pottawattamie County jury.

Police say Umana forced a girl to have sex with him in 2003. Police say that Umana went to another woman's house in 2007 and forced her to have sex with him while her husband was away. In two 2008 incidents, police say Umana kissed women against their will. Most of the incidents happened at the Templo Monte Horeb church in Council Bluffs.

Umana had previously been accused of misconduct at two Lincoln, Neb., churches and fired by the Lincoln school district.

2011 RAGBRAI to run from Glenwood to Davenport

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Organizers of the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, or RAGBRAI, have announced the 2011 trek will begin in Glenwood and end in Davenport.

The 454-mile route includes overnight stops in Atlantic, Carroll, Boone, Altoona, Grinnell and Coralville.

The 2011 race is scheduled for July 24-30. It will be RAGBRAI's 39th year.

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

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