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KLEM News Update February 27, 2011

The summer fund raiser for the American Cancer Society draws hundreds of families, friends and coworkers to a fun activity that also honors cancer survivors, caregivers and victims.

Information for those who'd like to participate in June or learn more about Sioux Relay for Life will be presented early next month.

The meeting is Thursday, March 3rd at Boyden-Hull High School. Those attending should use the middle school entrance on the south side of the building and follow signs to meeting room 149.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) State officials say a water treatment plant in Mapleton has been repaired after a connection pipe inside the plant exploded, but it will be tomorrow (Monday) before it goes online.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says that's to make sure the repairs will hold under pressure. The department says the water will be chlorinated and monitored for nitrate levels.

The incident happened on Thursday, making the plant inoperable. The agency says the cause of the explosion was a repair on a connection pipe that had not cured sufficiently. The repair blew out along with several other areas of the pipe.

Officials say nitrate levels remain well below the maximum contaminant levels, but residents may want to use bottled water for infants under the age of six months.

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


(SIOUX CITY)--Judges for outstanding women in Siouxland include a Le Mars woman.

To honor the outstanding contributions of Siouxland woman, nominations are being accepted by Women Aware until Tuesday for the 2011 Woman of Excellence awards.

Judges include Kay Allen of Le Mars who is a Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Maternal-Child Nursing Units at St. Luke's Regional Medical Center.

Woman Aware will present the awards at the 27th annual Women of Excellence banquet and ceremony on Tuesday, March 22nd beginning at 5:30 in the evening at the Sioux City Convention Center.


(SIOUX CITY)--Workshops for middle and high school students will be offered at the Iowa State University Design West Studio in Sioux City this summer.

The first-ever Explore Design! Summer Design Workshop for sixth through eighth graders is June 14th.

With support from a National Endowment for the Arts Access to Artistic Excellence Grant, I-S-U Design West will provide 25 scholarships for area students to attend the one-day workshop free of charge.

The fourth annual high school workshop, Sioux City by Design 2011, will be offered June 15th-17th. This is open to students currently in ninth through 12th grade. Scholarship and registration information is available through I-S-U Design West in Sioux City.


(SIOUX CITY)--Siouxland hospitals are benefiting from more than 184-thousand dollars in St. Luke's Children's Miracle Network grants.

St. Luke's Regional Medical Center will use funds to enhance care for both critically ill newborns and pediatric patients.

St. Luke's Children's Miracle Network also distributed more than 10-thousand dollars to its partnership hospitals. Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake received nearly seven thousand dollars. Horn Memorial in Ida Grove was awarded about 31-hundred dollars.


Judge sentences 2 in SD sex trafficking case

(Information in the following story is from: Argus Leader,

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) Two people accused in a South Dakota sex trafficking ring have been sentenced to prison.

Joshua Payer and Megan Hayes are charged in federal court with conspiracy to commit sex trafficking. Authorities say the operation involved at least 10 underage girls.

Prosecutors say Payer, a medical doctor, paid for prostitutes and illegally prescribed Oxycontin for a man accused of running the ring. Hayes allegedly provided transportation and lodging to at least one of the girls and took pictures of them for an online advertisement.

U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier on Friday sentenced Payer to 22 months in prison. Hayes was sentenced to one year in prison.

The Argus Leader reports that Brandon Thompson, the alleged ringleader, will be sentenced on March 28. He faces at least 15 years in prison.

Agreement reached in search lawsuit

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) The federal government has agreed to pay $61,666 to settle claims by three women that they were subjected to an illegal strip search in a Bureau of Indian Affairs jail.

The women are members of the Standing Rock Indian Tribe, whose reservation is in South Dakota and North Dakota. They filed a lawsuit in federal court in Aberdeen in April 2009.

Their complaint said male guards in 2008 removed their blouses and bras without probable cause to believe they were hiding weapons or contraband. The women were being held in a BIA jail in Fort Yates, N.D., on misdemeanor alcohol-related offenses.

The government said the settlement is not an admission of liability or fault by it or its employees.

Late report raises flu deaths to 6

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) South Dakota now reports six deaths from the respiratory flu this winter.

The Health Department said one death from early February but was just reported.

Three of the deaths have been in Turner County and one each in McCook, Douglas and Shannon counties. Five victims were age 64 or older.

Officials label the flu as widespread in South Dakota and say 125 people have been hospitalized.

January gambling dollars down in historic SD town

(Information in the following story is from: Rapid City Journal,

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) Gambling dollars are down in historic Deadwood, a popular tourist destination in western South Dakota.

Figures show that revenues from slot machines and card games in January dropped 13 percent from the same month a year ago. Profits totaled about $6.5 million, compared to about $7.5 million in 2010.

Deadwood Chamber of Commerce Director George Milos tells the Rapid City Journal that he believes the state's expanded smoking ban has had an obvious effect on business. He also cites a series of weekend snowstorms.

Tracy Island, general manager of Deadwood Gulch Gaming Resort, says the company has been forced to cut back on workers and adjust its hours. She says it's the first time that's happened in 12 years.

Island says February appears to be following the same pattern.

2 appointed to SD Arts Council

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) The governor has appointed Mary Bordeaux (bor-DOH') of Pine Ridge and Lynne Byrne (burn) of Sioux Falls to the South Dakota Arts Council.

Bordeaux is curator of The Heritage Center at the Red Cloud Indian School in Pine Ridge. Byrne is an owner of VistaComm and Byrne Companies.

They fill vacancies created by the resignations of Mickey Miller of Pierre and Karen Tufty of Flandreau.

The South Dakota Arts Council promotes the development of arts in the state, in part by providing grants and services to artists, art organizations and schools.

Sioux Falls airport offers incentives to Frontier

(Information in the following story is from: Argus Leader,

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) Airport officials in South Dakota's largest city are courting a new carrier.

Sioux Falls Regional Airport authorities say they have offered an incentive package worth $250,000 to Denver-based Frontier Airlines. Airport officials plan to meet with Frontier representatives within a few weeks to discuss service to Denver.

The city offered Frontier a package worth almost $300,000 in 2007, but the airline opted instead to start service in nearby Sioux City, Iowa, and Rapid City. The carrier has since pulled out of both cities.

A Denver-based consultant tells the Argus Leader that Sioux Falls is one of more than 20 cities offering incentives to Frontier.

Rapid City physician honored by peers

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) Rapid City physician Dr. Kurt Stone has been named Family Doctor of the Year by the South Dakota Academy of Family Physicians.

Stone is medical director of the Family Residency Clinic at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

He moved to the Black Hills in 1988 as flight surgeon and chief of hospital services at Ellsworth Air Force Base. He joined Regional Hospital in 1995 after two years with the Community Health Center of the Black Hills.

Dakota Territory passed into law 150 years ago

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) This weekend marks the 150th anniversary of the formation of the Dakota Territory.

The U.S. Senate passed legislation creating the territory on Feb. 26, 1861. President James Buchanan signed it into law on March 2, less than 48 hours before his term ended.

The area originally included much of what is now Montana and Wyoming. Dakota Territory was divided into the states of North Dakota and South Dakota on November 2, 1889.

South Dakota Sen. John Thune said in a statement to Congress that it took several attempts to create territorial status. Thune said it's important to honor the dedication of those who made the status a reality.

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

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