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KLEM News AM Update March 21, 2011

According to the Plymouth County Sheriff's office, the accident occurred on Lake Avenue at 7:35 p-m Saturday.

The driver, a juvenile female, lost control while operating the A-T-V in a corn stubble field and The vehicle came to rest on top of the driver and juvenile female passenger. The driver had life threatening injuries. Her juvenile female passenger was not injured.

The driver was taken to Floyd Valley Hospital and then flown by air ambulance to a Sioux Falls hospital.

The sheriff's office did not release the names of the females citing the need to notify family members.

The Plymouth County Sheriff's office was assisted by Le Mars Police and Ambulance.

(LE MARS) -- Iowa State University Extension is celebrating Extension Week throughout Iowa this week, and Plymouth County's office is bringing their message to the KLEM Expo March 25th and 26th.

Education Director Carol Schneider tells us that Extension Week is to highlight their relationship with Iowa State University.

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University Extension will be at the KLEM Expo with education in mind. Carol explains what you will be able to learn at their booth.

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To learn more about the free and confidential ISU PowerPay program, visit their booth at the KLEM Expo. The Expo is being held at the Le Mars Convention Center Friday, March 25th from 4pm to 8pm and Saturday the 26th, 10am to 4pm. ISU Plymouth County will also be drawing for Plymouth County Fair gate passes during the event. (News report by Angela Drake of KLEM)

(LE MARS)--Drilling equipment could be moved into Le Mars next week to monitor a former coal tar site now owned by the City of Le Mars.

The city's Public Works Department is headquartered in an area used decades ago to produce power that was cleaned up through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and is monitored.

Le Mars City Administrator Scott Langel says the Environmental Protection Agency plans to monitor an area south of the Public Works facilities at the intersection of First Street Northeast and Fourth Avenue.

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The EPA notified the city of plans to park mobilize and stage equipment at the Public Works facility site.

City Council members last week discussed their concerns about any drilling that would reach the city's water source and asked Langel to get specifics about the plans.

(REMSEN)--Remsen Police and Plymouth County CRIME STOPPERS are offering reward for information about business burglaries.

According to CRIME STOPPERS, two people went into Remsen Co-Op and Gengler Feeds on February 23rd. The burglaries took place between 5:30 in the afternoon and 7:30 at night and the businesses were entered by prying open locked doors.

Property was damaged while the businesses were searched for cash. An undisclosed amount of money was taken from both businesses.

A white van may have been in the area at the time of the business burglaries.

CRIME STOPPERS will pay up to one-thousand dollars for information leading to the arrest and conviction for any felony crime. Anyone with information may contact Plymouth County CRIME STOPPERS by calling 548-4968.

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) A Marshalltown Community College professor will debut a documentary that chronicles his walk across Iowa last year.

``14 Days of Iowa'' will gets its first screening Thursday at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Marshalltown.

Broadcasting professor Steve Muntz, of Le Grand, walked 320 miles, west to east, across the state. His two-week trip was mostly along Highway 20. He started in Sioux City and ended in Dubuque.

Muntz shot the footage himself.

He says several themes emerge from the film, including how kind Iowans are to strangers and how much they have in their state.

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

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The future of a bill that would ban late-term abortions in Iowa remains unclear in the Legislature.

The Republican-controlled House is expected to approve the ban, but support in the Senate, where Democrats are in the majority, is uncertain. Questions also remain about whether the measure is subject to an April 1 deadline

The bill would ban most abortions in the state after the 20th week of pregnancy. Iowa abortion opponents say there's a sense of urgency to pass the restrictions. After lawmakers in Nebraska enacted similar restrictions, a greater Omaha doctor announced plans to offer late-term abortions at a Council Bluffs clinic.

The bill is expected to come out of the House Government Oversight Committee this week, and then be debated by the full House the next week.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Two people have been hurt in a small explosion at an Iowa City grocery store.

Brian Platz of the Iowa City fire department told the Press-Citizen that a contractor was working on a refrigeration unit at the Hy-Vee store when the blast happened about 9:30 a.m. Saturday. The contractor and a store employee were taken to a hospital. Platz says their injuries weren't believed to be life-threatening Their names and conditions were not released.

Platz says the explosion did not cause a fire.

The store was closed for about an hour as firefighters ventilated the store.

AMES, Iowa (AP) An Ames attorney faces a charge after a client accused him of inappropriate behavior.

The Ames Tribune reports 47-year-old Gerald Moothart turned himself into police Saturday morning and was later released. He's charged with assault with intent to commit sexual abuse.

Court documents show the woman told police that Moothart made comments about her body after she hired him in January 2010 to represent her in a DUI case. In a meeting at his office earlier this year, the filing says, the woman was served alcoholic drinks by Moothart and ended up on his lap. She says she doesn't know how she got into the compromising position or how she made it home.

No home number was listed for Moothart. A message left Sunday at his office wasn't immediately returned.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Graduate teaching and research assistants at the University of Iowa are in line for 2 percent raises in July under a union contract up for approval by the Board of Regents.

Members of COGS, a labor union affiliated with the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America, negotiated a two-year contract with the state in February. Their members voted to accept the plan last month, and the regents could give final approval during Wednesday's meeting in Ames.

The deal would increase their wages by 2 percent July 1 and by 2.5 percent the following year. The minimum scholarships TAs and RAs receive would also increase to about $3,800 per semester, enough to cover tuition in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) About 240 members of the U.S. Army Reserve unit based in Des Moines will be home next month.

Army Capt. William Marquez, a military spokesman, told the Des Moines Register that the soldiers have received orders ending their 10-month mission in Iraq and are due home in mid-April.

The troops are members of the 103rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command, which is based at the Army Reserve Center at Fort Des Moines. The unit was deployed to support the withdrawal of U.S. forces in Iraq.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Funeral services will be Tuesday in Albia for one of the last remaining members of the 1939 Iowa football team dubbed the ``Ironmen.''

George ``Red'' Frye died Saturday in Albia at age 91.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First Christian Church. Frye is survived by two sons, a daughter and several grandchildren.

The Ironmen went 6-1-1 under coach Eddie Anderson. Nile Kinnick won the Heisman Trophy that year.

The Iowa athletic office says Frye's death leaves one living member of the team, 89-year-old Henry Vollenweider.

LATIMER, Iowa (AP) A Latimer man has died in a one-vehicle crash in Franklin County.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports the Iowa State Patrol identified the victim of Sunday morning's crash as 45-year-old Therron Miller.

The patrol says Miller lost control of his pickup about 2:45 a.m. and went into a ditch. The vehicle rolled into a field, and Miller was ejected.

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

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