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KLEM News Update February 21, 2011


Twenty-three-year-old Cruz Garcia of Le Mars is charged with felony eluding and felony assault on a peace officer. Garcia also faces numerous traffic violation charges.

The Plymouth County Sheriff's Office reports Garcia was arrested after losing control of his vehicle when he struck another vehicle and the base of a utility box. The accidents happened near the intersection of Business Highway 75 South and 12th Street Southwest about midnight Saturday.

Police went to an apartment at 650 Fourth Avenue Northeast about 11:45 Saturday night to investigate a domestic abuse. Deputies tried to stop a car with a suspect a short time later, but the driver fled south on Fourth Avenue and then onto 12th Street. Garcia is accused of trying to strike a Sheriff's Deputy's patrol car in the 600 block of 12th Street. The deputy avoided the collision.

Le Mars Fire-Rescue and Ambulance Departments assisted law enforcement.

Craig's 100-year history is published

(CRAIG)--A history of a Plymouth County town described as small, but big enough to know you is a Centennial accomplishment.

Sue Moller, a Kansas native who came to Le Mars to attend Westmar College is now Craig's town clerk. Drawing on her family geneology hobby, Moller, with the help of many people, researched and wrote the softcover book.

Moller wanted to preserve correct information recalling a complete history had never been written of its vibrant business and family foundation.

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Craig's roots are from a railroad going through a rural area that led to prosperity for a town whose nearest city neighbor was seven miles away.

Moller believes she was successful in showing what she described as the litany of businesses that existed at different times in the past 100 years.

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Craig's sidewalks standout in the early pictures and are there today.

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Fire often changed the face of the town. Buckets of water were replaced by a large, fire extinguisher on wheels in 1916 after fire destroyed two downtown buildings.

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The town of 89 people celebrates their hometown's 100th birthday June 10-12th. One of Craig's early businesses Farmers Cooperative-Craig marked its its 100th anniversary last year.

Moller will speak about the book next Sunday afternoon at the Plymouth County Historical Museum. The program was rescheduled due to weather conditions yesterday (Sunday).

Workforce, work changes during Le Mars woman's court career

(LE MARS)--A Le Mars woman is retiring from more than 30 years of work behind the scenes of courts in Woodbury and Plymouth Counties.

Charlene Petersen will be recognized for her service with a public retirement reception next month at the Plymouth County Courthouse.

The biggest change Charlene Petersen experienced still unfolds daily in her office on the third floor of the Plymouth County Courthouse.

Large bound books where records for everything from bill collections to murder trials were recorded have been replaced with electronic records for one of only two pilot projects in the state.

Petersen also sees changes in the workforce numbers.

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Petersen says she's enjoyed her work as a clerk's office employee, deputy clerk or clerk because it offers a challenge.

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How Petersen and others look in the workplace has changed in the three decades of her court career.

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The public reception for Petersen's retirement is March 2nd at 2 pm at the Plymouth County Courthouse.

Free financial aid form help offered in Sheldon Tuesday

(SHELDON)--Help is available tomorrow in Sheldon for families who need to a complete a form for financial aid for college.

Students and parents will get the free assistance with the FAFSA form at Northwest Iowa Community College, Building H, from 5 to 7:30 tomorrow night.

FAFSA is the federally required form for students who want financial aid for their education after high school.

Watertown, Yankton gain positions among SD largest

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) Sioux Falls is still South Dakota's largest city, but there has been some shifting in the rest of the Top 10 biggest.

Population figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau from the 2010 Census show that Brookings has overtaken Watertown as the fourth-largest city in South Dakota, with slightly more than 22,000 residents. Watertown is just slightly under 21,500 people, which is still 1,200 more than a decade ago.


Yankton has eclipsed Pierre in population, gaining almost 1,000 residents since 2000 to become the state's seventh-largest city. Pierre saw a drop of about 230 people and fell to eighth-biggest.

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

Poll: Less than half of Iowans approve of governor

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Less than half of Iowans polled approve of Gov. Terry Branstad's job after a month in office.

The Iowa Poll commissioned by the Des Moines Register shows 45 percent of Iowans are pleased with Branstad's performance.

Branstad was governor from 1982 until 1998. The Republican returned to the office last month and has proposed a tight budget freezing education spending and cutting hundreds of state jobs.

The poll shows three-fourths of Iowans questioned are skeptical he'll meet his goal of 200,000 new jobs in the next five years and even more are skeptical he can increase family incomes by 25 percent.

The poll was based on 800 interviews with adult Iowans contacted Feb. 13-16 by landline or cell phone. The poll has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.


Iowa workers to rally at capitol to support unions

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Union workers plan to rally at the Iowa capitol this week to show their support for Wisconsin workers protesting their governor's proposal to eliminate union rights.

Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO says on its website that unions are being stifled across the U.S., not just in Wisconsin. It's calling for workers to gather at 1 p.m. Tuesday on the west steps of the capitol in Des Moines.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's bill would require government workers to contribute more to their health care and pension costs. It would also largely eliminate their collective bargaining rights. The proposal has spawned massive protests in Madison.

2 men rescued from van stuck in flooded Iowa park

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) Two men have been rescued from their van stranded in water flooding a Cedar Falls park.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports the men called 911 about 5:30 a.m. Sunday and were found about two hours later in the Black Hawk Park area. Authorities say they'd been stuck in the vehicle with water up to its floorboards overnight.

The men reported being cold and were taken to a hospital. Their names have not been released.

Authorities searched the area for a third man who left the vehicle but didn't find him.

No injuries reported in explosion at Iowa plant

OELWEIN, Iowa (AP) No injuries have been reported in an explosion at an Iowa feed plant.

Oelwein Fire Chief Wallace Rundle says six people were inside the International Ingredient Corp. plant north of town when the blast was reported Sunday morning. They all got out safely.

Rundle says he believes a lightning strike ignited a pile of agricultural dust, causing the explosion. There was stormy weather in the area about the same time.

Rundle says that when firefighters arrived at the plant, its roof had collapsed and there was extensive structural damage. He did not yet have a damage estimate.


Police ID Iowa woman killed in 3-vehicle crash

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) Authorities have identified a woman killed in a weekend crash in Waterloo.

Police told KGAN-TV that 37-year-old Shalee Renner of Waterloo was pronounced dead at a hospital after Saturday's crash. Two others were hurt.

Police say Renner's car collided with another vehicle, sending it into a parked car.

Authorities: Missing Iowa teen wasn't abducted

RED OAK, Iowa (AP) Authorities say a missing Iowa teen believed to have been abducted by a relative has been found safe with her boyfriend.

The Iowa State Patrol issued an Amber Alert Saturday evening for 17-year-old Betsy Luna of Essex. The alert said she was believed to have been taken by a relative and could be in danger.

But the state Department of Public Safety says the girl was found Saturday night at her 19-year-old boyfriend's home in Red Oak. Both were taken in for questioning.

The department says charges are pending.

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

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