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KLEM News PM Update March 18, 2011



One person was taken to Floyd Valley Hospital by Ambulance.

(LE MARS)--Fifteen Le Mars Community School District employees will be honored at the annual foundation banquet April 12th at the Le Mars Convention Center.

The banquet will recognized 25 years of service by Franklin first grade teacher Linda Cline; High School Art Teacher Tom Smalley; Kluckhohn Kindergarten instructor Jayne Willer; Kluckhohn custodian Ted Greaves; and Clark custodian Tom Greaves.

Employees of the month to be honored include retired Middle School Social Studies instructor David Hector; Nancy Isebrand of the middle and high school media center; Kluckhohn teacher associate Jean Hansen; middle school teacher associate Elaine Van Otterloo; District Computer technician Mark Walz; middle school social studies teacher Mark Vannahme; high school Principal Larry Johnson; Clark Fourth grade teacher Nancy Lang and the April Employee of the Month who has not been named yet.

Eight students who are the district's top five percent of the 2011 graduating class will be honored. They include Kristin Ahlers, Hannah Barrett; Palani Permeswaran; MacKenzie DeJong; Michael Ahlers; Andrea Kelly; Mariah Ketelsen and Emily Morrison.

The teacher of the year who is yet to be announced will also be honored.

The Le Mars Community Board of Education and the Le Mars Community School District Foundation are co-sponsoring the annual Foundation Honors Banquet.

Tickets for the April 12th event may be reserved by April eighth by contacting the Superintendent's Office at the Education Service Center.

(LE MARS) Regular screenings could prevent as many as 60 percent of deaths from colon cancer.

Floyd Valley Hospital will mark Colon Cancer Awareness Month with a Colorectal Cancer Community Forum next Thursday.

Tami Kinney of Lohrville will provide the informational program. She'll talk about the burden of colorectal cancer in northwest Iowa, cancer resources in the area and other facts about the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.

The community program is offered free of charge. Preregistration is requested by calling the Education Department at Floyd Valley Hospital.

(SIOUX FALLS)--Flood warnings are expected to be in effect for a Siouxland river at Hawarden and Akron until at least Monday.

The National Weather Service in Sioux Falls reports the Big Sioux at Hawarden was nearly two feet above flood stage this morning. The river is forecast to crest Sunday about five feet above flood stage.

At Akron, the Big Sioux rose above flood stage yesterday. The river is forecast to crest near 20.2 feet by Monday and then fall. The crest is about four feet above flood stage.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) The U.S. Postal Service says it is again reviewing whether to consolidate its Sioux City processing center with one 75 miles north in Sioux Falls, S.D.

The service decided against doing so five years ago, when the idea was first raised. There's been a substantial drop in first-class mail revenue since, thanks in part to web-based bill paying.

The Postal Service lost $8.5 billion in the year ending Sept. 30 and estimates it will lose $6 billion to $7 billion in the next year.

Postal Service spokesman Richard Watkins said that postal customers wouldn't notice any change and that Sioux City would keep its postmark.

A consolidation study is expected to be finished before fall.

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

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) A 36-year-old Davenport man has pleaded not guilty to several charges connected to the death of a woman in January.

Online court records say Eric Olsen made the please Thursday. He charged with second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, homicide by motor vehicle and leaving the scene of a fatal accident. Olsen's next hearing is set for April 22.

The body of Wanda Weldy was found in the middle of a Davenport street on Jan. 17. Olsen remains in Scott County jail, pending $500,000 bail.

The 38-year-old Weldy had received a protection order against Olsen the week before she died. They had been living together.

An autopsy blamed the death on blunt-force injuries.

URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) An Urbandale assisted-living center can't take any new residents while the state investigates another allegation.

The Des Moines Register says Emeritus at Urbandale faces sanctions for violations related to staffing, evaluations of residents, employee record checks, medications and other issues.

Some of those problems were cited last November, when the state fined the facility $7,500.

The latest allegation says that earlier this month, the center didn't adequately assess and treat a resident who fell in her room. Twelve hours after the fall, the woman's daughter noticed that her mother was unresponsive and insisted on calling 911. At a hospital, the 84-year-old resident was diagnosed with six broken ribs and punctured lung.

Emeritus at Urbandale officials declined to comment.

ANAMOSA, Iowa (AP) Officials say a father rescued his 2-year-old son after the boy fell into a pond in rural Anamosa in eastern Iowa.

According to Cedar Rapids television station KGAN, the Jones County Sheriff's Office says the father did CPR on his son.

The accident occurred Thursday evening.

The boy was taken to Jones Regional Medical Center, then to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

The boy's condition has not been released.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) Police say a baby suffered minor injuries during a dog attack in Waterloo.

Police told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier that the baby was in a stroller, which overturned when two pit bulls escaped from their fenced-in backyard on Thursday.

Police say the baby's mother was pushing the stroller and walking a Labrador, which the other dogs attacked. Police say the child wasn't bitten but received minor injuries in the fall.

The mother and the pit bulls' owner, who rushed out to help, also received minor injuries, as did the lab.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Animal doctors being sued by Iowa State University after starting a competing veterinary clinic say the school is trying to have a monopoly over emergency and specialty pet care in central Iowa that would take away options for pet owners.

The doctors say ISU's $4.6 million purchase of a Des Moines animal hospital where they used to work was overpriced by $500,000 and the Board of Regents was not informed about key elements of the deal when it was approved in January.

Iowa State filed a lawsuit last month against the four former employees of Iowa Veterinary Specialties alleging they conspired to start the competing Iowa Veterinary Referral Center, which opened this month.

A hearing on ISU's request for an injunction to essentially close the clinic is scheduled for Friday afternoon.

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) State officials say an Ankeny woman whose missing signature on mortgage documents led to an almost-free home for her and her husband had been involved in a similar situation before.

The Des Moines Register reported Jamie Danielson didn't sign mortgage documents for the home she and Matt Danielson bought in spring 2007. They say his business soon failed, and they learned Iowa law requires the voiding of mortgages that aren't signed by both spouses. They won in court and kept the home.

The Iowa Finance Authority filed a state complaint after Jamie Danielson applied for a mortgage broker's license. The authority says Jamie Danielson had worked on a relative's mortgage that was voided in 2006 because of a missing signature.

The Danielsons deny Jamie was directly involved with that mortgage.

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

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