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KLEM News Update February 26, 2011

 



Dave Smetter of Wells advised the media Friday that the firm recently changed the legal name from Wells' Dairy to Wells Enterprises, Incorporated.

Smetter emphasized the new name continues to reflect the family ownership of the company, but eliminates the element of "dairy." Wells sold its cultured and fluid milk parts of the business more than two years ago.

As a ice cream and frozen novelty only company, Smetter said Wells Enterprises accurately identifies the future growth of the company as Wells expands its Blue Bunny brand nationwide.


(LE MARS)--Funds for a new City of Le Mars Publics Works facility are NOT included in a new day-to-day operations budget proposal for the city.

City administrator Scott Langel says other funds have been anticipated to finance the facility.

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The Le Mars Public Library Board of Trustees requested city funds for the next step in a needs assessment for a library expansion or new construction. The new city budget proposal does not include money for the needs assessment. The request was put into the future category.

Comments on the budget proposal are part of the agenda for the City Council meeting at noon Tuesday.

(REMSEN)--A Remsen St. Mary's High School senior spearheaded what he describes as a facelift for the school's chapel.

Simon Pick explained the change involved everything from seating to images.

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Pick described the chapel project as a group effort. He worked with his dad, Steve Pick, businesses, Knights of Columbus, students and volunteers to make the changes.

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The religious center brings together Remsen St. Mary's students and staff.

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A friend of Pick's who is a seminarian for the Diocese donated the Crucifix. Pick described that as the crowning piece of the chapel. Bishop Walker Nickless of the Diocese of Sioux City rededicated the chapel during Catholic Schools Week. After graduation, Pick plans to study music and theology at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas.

To see pictures of the project  http://www.remsenstmarys.org/ministries.cfm?subpage=1127799

(LE MARS) -- Shopping, brunch and a style show...sounds like a good Saturday to me! The Good Samaritan Society of Le Mars is hosting their 5th Annual Spring Fling Brunch and Style Show on Saturday, March 19th. Marketing Development Director Amy Harnack says this years theme is "Breakfast at Tiffany's."

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This years event also features a silent auction and raffle as well as entertainment by motivational speaker Amy Dee-Kristensen.

All proceeds from the Spring Fling will go directly toward the renovation of the Community Room and Chapel at Good Samaritan Society. These renovations are part of a three phase remodel that will end with the facility having a neighborhood feel. Harnack explains.

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The third phase is the new community room and the chapel.

Good Samaritan is a non-profit retirement community that has been in the Le Mars community for 52 years. They provide skilled nursing, out-patient therapy, and affordable senior housing and home care.

"Breakfast at Tiffany's," the 5th Annual Good Samaritan Society-Le Mars Brunch and Style Show will be held March 19th from 9am to noon in the upper level of the Le Mars Convention Center. Tickets are $25 and are available by calling 546-2125. Organizer Amy Harnack says that they did sell out last year, so don't wait until the last minute if interested in attending. 

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(SIOUX CITY) There's more help for families who have a federal form to complete for their students education.

Volunteers will provide free, on-site assistance to students and families in filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid known as FAFSA.

The free help is offered today (Saturday) in Sioux City at the Western Iowa Tech Community College campus, Enrollment Services Area, Building A, Entrance 1. Hours for the free help with the federally required form for student aid are from nine in the morning until three in the afternoon.


(SIOUX CENTER)-- As a professor at Augustana College in Sioux Falls and conductor of the Augustana College and Community Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra and the South Dakota Symphony Youth Orchestra...Dr. Christopher Stanichar now adds The Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra to his list of credentials.

NISO recently named Stanichar as their new conductor and despite his busy schedule, he said accepting the position was a no-brainer.

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Stanichar's love for music began at 5 years old when his mother and grandmother started him on the piano. He grew up playing in orchestras, and went to school for music where he earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in orchestral conducting from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Part of his educational journey even took him to the Slovak Republic on a Fulbright scholarship.

NISO's new director says that he loves all kinds of music, but orchestral music is clearly his favorite.

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Dr. Christopher Stanichar was one of several guest conductors who filled in over NISO's last two seasons, since their first conductor, Dr. Henry Duitman, moved away in 2009. Stanichar will begin his journey as the principal conductor for NISO in the fall with their 2011-2012 season. He said that he has a lot of family friendly things planned to pique peoples interest. Stanichar is also the guest conductor for NISO's upcoming spring concert on April 5th. (Angela Drake, KLEM News)

Man taken into custody in OK in Iowa slaying

(Information in the following story is from: Telegraph Herald, http://www.thonline.com )

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) Iowa authorities say a man has been taken into custody in Oklahoma as a material witness in a homicide investigation in Dubuque.

According to the Telegraph Herald in Dubuque, the Dubuque County attorney's office on Friday says 52-year-old Teodoro Borrego is being held in the investigation into the death of 40-year-old Shani Smith. She was found dead in her home on Thursday when she didn't show up for work.

Police say Smith's death was not a random act.

The county attorney's office says Borrego, described by police as Smith's ``significant other,'' is in jail in Oklahoma, but authorities didn't say where he was being held.

Lawyer: UI child porn investigation found no crime

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) The lawyer for a University of Iowa researcher says campus police officers may have jumped the gun when they searched his home and office during a child pornography investigation that later found no evidence of a crime.

Leon Spies, the attorney for Gary Hunninghake, said Friday the university has long held itself out as a community of caring professionals, and he would like to think its members would ask questions about potential wrongdoing ``before acting precipitously.'' He said that from his client's perspective, he wishes the police investigation would have been handled differently.

Spies said investigators established probable cause to justify the warrants served last April, ``but that's a far cry from proving that a crime was committed.''

The case was closed in November without charges being filed.


Man says Iowa forum excluding him because he's gay

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A gay rights activist and Republican presidential hopeful from California says he's filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging that he's being excluded from an upcoming GOP forum in Iowa because of his sexual orientation.

Fred Karger is founder of the gay rights group Californians Against Hate. He criticized the forum's sponsor, the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition, during a news conference Friday.

Karger says he mailed his complaint to the FEC on Thursday. The forum is scheduled for March 7 in Waukee.

Steve Scheffler, president of the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition, called Karger's complaint ``specious and utterly without merit.''

He said the coalition used criteria such as a participant's viability to compete in Iowa's caucuses and past electoral success in selecting who to invite.


Branstad names 3 new members to Regents board

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Gov. Terry Branstad has named Bruce Rastetter, Katie Mulholland and Nicole Carroll to the Iowa Board of Regents.

Rastetter, of Hubbard, is CEO of Hawkeye Energy Holdings; Mulholland is superintendent of the Marion Linn-Mar School District; and Carroll is a former president of the Carroll Community school board.

Branstad announced the appointments on Friday. All three will serve six-year terms if confirmed by the Senate.

The Regents oversee the state's three public universities and its specialty schools for the blind and deaf.

The appointments, if confirmed, will replace former attorney general Bonnie Campbell, former NBC news president Mike Gartner and Rose Vasquez.


Iowa hobo ``Iowa Blackie'' dies

(Information in the following story is from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, http://www.wcfcourier.com )

NEW HAMPTON, Iowa (AP) A man known to many as ``Iowa Blackie,'' who was a regular at the annual National Hobo Days Convention in Britt, has died.

Officials with the New Hampton Police Department say the hobo, whose real name was Richard Gage, was found dead in his home in New Hampton on Thursday. He was 62.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that Gage was given his hobo name in the 1970s. He supported himself by working whatever job he could find and selling books of his poetry that detailed his life as a hobo.

Gage began to chronicle his life as a hobo in 1987. His work is also included in the book ``One More Train: the Underground World of Modern American Hoboes,'' by Cliff Williams.

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

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