KLEM News Update Saturday, February 5
Mitch Mendler is a San Diego firefighter/paramedic who co-founded an effort to take the massive flag to each state. Mendler explained the "Patriot Flag" is being shipped across the country until the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Aerial ladder trucks from the Le Mars and Sioux Center Fire-Rescue Departments will anchor the stars and stripes. According to Mendler, the fire trucks carry on a tradition that began in San Diego the first time the 30-by-58 foot flag was displayed.
Shipping donated by Fed Ex has taken the flag across the country.
The "Patriot Flag" is unfurled outside the Le Mars Convention Center on 12th Street Southeast at 2:30 this afternoon. There's a brief program for the public in the upper level of the Convention Center beginning at 2:45.
After that, the flag will be taken to the Iowa Firefighters Memorial at Coralville by two retired Le Mars Firefighters and current American Legion members.
Garage fire injures two
(LE MARS) A garage used as a partial living area was considered a total loss after a fire Friday morning.
Le Mars Fire-Rescue Chief David Schipper (ship-per) says the cause of the fire at 325 7th Street Southwest was accidental.
Investigators from the Fire-Rescue and Police Departments and the Iowa State Fire Marshal's office determined bedding was ignited by a space heater. The fire spread to a sofa and up through the ceiling into the roof burning a large hole in the roof. Both the garage and contents are considered a total loss.
Schipper reported the fire was in a garage owned by Gwen Berkenpas and rented by Joy Madsen. One of the two people sleeping in the garage was transferred to a Sioux City hospital. The other person was treated at Floyd Valley Hospital and is no longer a patient. Their names were not released.
Schipper reported fire fighters were cold and tired after attacking the fire with three hand lines and more than two-thousand gallons of water. Conditions included some slippery street and sidewalk surfaces. Schipper explained fire fighters were able to get water to the fire quickly.
Fire fighters were assisted by Le Mars Public Works, Campbell Electric and MidAmerican Energy.
Recycle your paper today and help local schools
(LE MARS)--Today (Saturday) is a day to recycle paper for school projects in Le Mars and Remsen.
The Le Mars Community Elementary Schools paper recycling project is this morning. Paper may be dropped off at O'Toole Park in Le Mars from 8-10 a-m. Other pickup sites are at the Struble and Craig Banks and the Brunsville Bank corner from 8-9 a-m.
The Remsen-Union Family Connection and St. Mary's School Board collect paper from 8-11 a-m at the Marion Street location.
The Gehlen Catholic Can Drive is this morning from 8 am to 10 a-m at the Elementary Building.
Photography is the focus at the Arts Center
(LE MARS) The Le Mars Arts Center will soon be hosting a photography seminar for people looking to learn more about the logistics and art of picture taking. Kathy Moore, from the Le Mars Arts Council, says the seminar was organized because so many people use the medium.
The seminar will be held over two Saturdays. Saturday February 19th will include instruction from Jo Alberda of the Sioux County Camera Club and Scott Bricker of Le Mars. Alberda will be discussing how to use photography to document life through a journalistic approach as well as the artistic aspect of picture taking. Bricker will be sharing insights on contests and his award winning photography.
Bricker says he likes to exhibit at fairs because it helps him better his skills as a photographer.
He started taking pictures six or seven years ago and is self taught. Bricker says he likes to shoot anything and everything except people. However, his current favorite photo that he has taken is a self-portrait, well...kind of.
The picture earned him a blue ribbon at the Iowa State Fair in 2010. Bricker has earned 5 ribbons at the state fair and 3 honorable mentions out of 13 entries. You might be saying... so what? Well the total number of entries at the State Fair level in 2010 was over 4,800.
Learn more about photography from those who know it well at the Photography Seminar hosted by the Le Mars Arts Council. There are two afternoon sessions planned. As mentioned before: Saturday, February 19th is the first session and Saturday, March 12th is the second. The cost is $30 per person for both days . To register email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 546-7476 or stop by the Arts Center.
Orange City development moving along
(ORANGE CITY)-- Construction continues on the Hawkeye Center in downtown Orange City. Marty Guthmiller of the city's Development Corporation, says things are coming along according to plan.
Guthmiller added that recent meetings have been held regarding the sale of the condos and the retail space at the Hawkeye Center. There are 5 condos, with 2 remaining unsold, and plans for one retail space. He is very happy to see the new building revitalizing downtown.
The reconstruction of the Hawkeye Center is phase one of the five phased Phoenix Project, which began when the center burned down in 2008. Phase two is the new Events Center in Orange City.
Guthmiller says construction on that project is expected to begin in April or as soon as the ground thaws. The project is currently in the process of receiving bids.
The Events Center will be located on Highway 10 in front of the Orange City Hospital.
Branstad issues more disaster declarations
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) It's too early to say what the pricetag will be for the winter storms in Iowa.
But Gov. Terry Branstad isn't wasting any time in planning how to cover it, issuing disaster emergency proclamations for four more Iowa counties as the state continues to recover from the blizzard.
Branstad on Friday signed proclamations for Delaware, Jackson, Jones and Lee counties, all in eastern Iowa. Branstad issued proclamations on Thursday for three other counties in eastern Iowa Cedar, Dubuque and Scott counties.
The proclamations allows state resources to be used to recover from the storm, including heavy equipment for snow removal.
The blizzard that hit Tuesday and Wednesday dumped nearly 2 feet of snow on parts of Iowa, clogging highways, schools and businesses. It took three days for road crews to clear hundreds of miles of roads in the southern two-thirds of the state.
Muscatine man pleads guilty in woman's death
MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) A Muscatine man charged with first-degree murder in the death of a woman has pleaded guilty to lesser charges.
Muscatine County Attorney Alan Ostergren said Friday that Brett Noble pleaded guilty to four charges attempted murder, voluntary manslaughter, first-degree theft and assault while participating in a felony. Ostergren says a plea agreement calls for Noble to serve a total sentence of up to 50 years in prison.
A sentencing date was not immediately set.
Noble was charged in the Jan. 6, 2010, death of Kristi Nicosia, who was found dead in her home. Court documents show she was strangled, stabbed and bludgeoned. Noble was charged with theft for stealing her car.
Man charged in deadly Iowa crash in court
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A man charged in a crash that killed two children in Ankeny last May has made his initial court appearance.
Kevin Dalasta was charged Tuesday with two counts of vehicular homicide and two counts of serious injury by vehicle. He's accused in the deaths of 5-year-old Carson DeJoode (DUH'-jodee) and 5-month-old Claire DeJoode and serious injuries to their mother and 3-year-old brother.
WHO-TV in Des Moines says Dalasta turned himself in at the Ankeny police department on Friday. He was booked and taken to court. Court records for Polk County show bond was set at $30,000.
Dalasta's attorney, Alfredo Parrish, told The Des Moines Register that ``this was a tragedy.'' He declined further comment.
An arraignment is set for March 21.
Council Bluff man's nose bitten off in scuffle
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) Council Bluffs police say they are looking for a man who bit off another man's nose during a scuffle.
Police say a 42-year-old man was walking behind the Horseshoe Casino about 6:15 a.m. Thursday when a car pulled up beside him and a man got out and began attacking him.
The Daily Nonpareil reports that the man tried to fight back and both men fell to the ground. Police say the alleged attacker climbed on top of the victim and bit off the tip of his nose.
They say the attacker got back in the car and drove off. Police say the victim told officers he didn't know the man who attacked him or why he was assaulted.
Police say the victim's nose was reattached at a local hospital.
Branstad's granddaughter at state-paid preschool
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Gov. Terry Branstad's 4-year-old granddaughter is attending preschool through a state-support program that Branstad has targeted for spending cuts, saying it should be for low-income families who can't afford the classes.
The Des Moines Register says Friday that the girl's father, Eric Branstad, works for Iowans for Tax Relief, a Republican-leaning nonprofit that lobbies for fewer taxes. He has not taken a public position on preschool, and did not respond to messages left by the Register.
The governor's spokesman, Tim Albrecht, declined to comment.
A bill that would scrap universal preschool passed in the Republican-controlled Iowa House last month, but has stalled in the Democratic-controlled Senate.
Branstad included $43 million for preschool in his budget, but that's far less than the state spends now to provide preschool for all 4-year-olds.
Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com
Man sought in alcohol death of Iowa teen
HARLAN, Iowa (AP) Authorities say they have issued an arrest warrant for a man who allegedly gave alcohol to a Harlan teen who later died.
The Daily Nonpareil in Council Bluffs says 17-year-old Julio Caceres was at a party in Harlan when friends found him unconscious on Oct. 9. Caceres died two days later at a Nebraska hospital. An autopsy showed he choked on his own vomit while unconscious.
Police also have cited nine people for underage drinking in connection with the party.
Caceres's mother says she hopes the case will discourage others from giving alcohol to minors.
Shelby County Attorney Marcus Gross Jr. says the name of the man being sought isn't being released until he's in custody.
Information from: The Daily Nonpareil, http://www.nonpareilonline.com HARKIN-HEALTH
Harkin says Americans will back health reform
JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) Sen. Tom Harkin says voters will come to understand the benefits of a health care overhaul that President Barack Obama pushed through Congress, and he thinks efforts to repeal the measure are doomed to failure.
Harkin says among the changes are extension of coverage to thousands of young people and expanded coverage options for the elderly. As those benefits become clear, he says the popularity of the health overhaul is certain to increase.
He says under the current system, an average family pays more than $1,000 a year to cover the cost of treating those without coverage.
Harkin was speaking Friday during a taping of the Iowa Public Television program, ``Iowa Press.''
Hawks look to keep rolling at Indiana
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa Hawkeyes will try to prove their blowout of Michigan State wasn't a fluke when they face Indiana today.
The Hawkeyes, who'd won just one league game in nine tries, crushed reeling Michigan State 72-52 on Wednesday night.
That game encapsulated the struggles of the Spartans, but it also showed that Iowa might be close to turning things around.
The Hawkeyes will next try to prove their blowout of Michigan State wasn't a fluke.
Coach Fran McCaffery says the win over Michigan State shows what the Hawkeyes are capable of. But McCaffery also says their biggest challenge is playing that well the rest of the way.
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