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KLEM News Update March 24, 2011

 Mayor Dick Kirchoff Wednesday joined a nationwide mayors' effort to raise awareness of the Meals on Wheels and Congregate Meals programs.

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According to Siouxland Aging Service, the goal of the mayors is to motivate residents to volunteer to deliver meals to homebound seniors, to assist at congregate meal sites or to make a donation to support the nutrition programs.

The Meals on Wheels program has nine routes in Le Mars. Volunteers take meals prepared through the Siouxland Aging Services Congregate Meals kitchen at the Senior Center to Le Mars residents. Many of the volunteers give their time on behalf of churches in Le Mars.

Mayor Kirchoff describes his experience as a volunteer who delivered meals.

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Kirchoff says the meals can be delivered in less than an hour.

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Volunteers interested in delivering the noon meals may contact Siouxland Aging services by calling 712. 279.6900 or surfing to www.siouxlandaging.org. Seniors who'd like to be part of the congregate meal site may make a meal reservation 24 hours in advance. The menus are read weekdays on KLEM.

 

(ORANGE CITY)--A new style of housing for seniors could be available in Orange City in about two years.

Dan McCarty of Orange City Area Health System explains work underway now includes the final stages of the initial planning--floor plan finalization and artist's rendering.

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The Orange City Area Health System project is planned on 37 acres of land on the north edge of the city. The neighbor to the west is Orange City Area Health System's Landsmeer Ridge Retirement Community.

McCarty describes the nursing home project as the most exciting project for him personally in his career. He explains it provides the opportunity to give those "who we've loved and have taken care of us our whole life a special place."

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The home-like setting is being designed for a "village" appeal.

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At this point, there are plans to ask residents to choose the name of the new nursing home. Anyone who'd like to assist with fundraising may contact McCarty at Orange City Area Health System by calling 737.5374.

(SHELDON) Voters in four northwest Iowa counties will consider a bond issue for Northwest Iowa Community College next month.

The 13.4-million dollar bond issue proposed is for fifteen years at a tax rate of 17 cents.

About half the funds are proposed for improvements to classrooms and student support areas. About 2.3-million is planned for advanced technology and 750-thousand dollars for high school partnerships. The remaining three-point-one million dollars will enhance energy systems.

College president Dr. William Giddings says N-C-C had a 28 percent enrollment growth last year. Giddings also says N-C-C needs to be able to address the growing needs of the Sheldon college and taking this bond to the voters is a way to do that.

The vote is April 5th for residents of Sioux, O'Brien, Lyon, and Osceola Counties as well as the Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn School District in Cherokee County. Hours are from 7 a-m to 8 p-m.


According to information from the board of Northwest Iowa Community College, if the bond issue is approved, the cost for a home valued at 100-thousand dollars would be about $16.40 a year and the cost for ag land would be about 50 dollars per quarter section of land.


(ORANGE CITY)--A Sioux County Sheriff's Deputy is ending a 25-year career with the Sheriff's Office.

Sioux County Sheriff Dan Altena has announced Deputy Dave Pluim's decision to retire. Pluim will work his last shift next Wednesday.



Pluim started his time with the sheriff's office as a jailer in 1985 and was appointed to the position of deputy sheriff in 1987.

The sheriff's office will host a retirement coffee for Deputy Pluim on Thursday, March 31st from 2:30 to 4:30 at the Sioux County Courthouse on the second floor.  (Photo courtesy Sioux County Sheriff's Office)

(SIOUX CITY)--Singer-songwriter John Prine will perform at the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City this summer.

Prine's most recent release, "In Person & On Stage," was a live album featuring a duet with Emmylou Harris.

He'll present an evening of his classic songs with special guest Iris DeMent on Wednesday, June 15th beginning at 8 p-m at the Orpheum.

Tickets will be available beginning April 8th.

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Iowa's House Government Oversight Committee has approved a ban on abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy.

The panel voted 5 to 4 Wednesday evening in favor of the bill. Rep. Kim Pearson, a Pleasant Hill Republican, joined Democrats in opposing the bill. She favors a ban on all abortions.

Iowa abortion opponents are pushing for new abortion restrictions in part because the state now has a Republican governor who is likely to sign them. And after lawmakers in Nebraska enacted similar restrictions, a doctor in the Omaha area announced plans to offer late-term abortions at a clinic just across the Iowa state line in Council Bluffs.

The Republican-controlled House is expected to approve the ban, but a vote in the Senate, where Democrats are in the majority, is uncertain.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Republican-led Iowa House has voted to allow the hunting of mourning doves, sending the bill to Gov. Terry Branstad, who is expected to sign the measure.

The House approved the bill on a 58-39 vote Wednesday, largely along party lines. The measure calls for the state Department of Natural Resources to establish a hunting season for the birds.

The issue has been debated for years, but the Senate approved it Tuesday without discussion.

Although a measure allowing dove-hunting passed in 2001, it was vetoed by then Democratic Gov. Tom Vilsack.

Supporters of the change say 39 other states allow such hunting and that it's a popular sport. Opponents say the mourning dove is a symbol of peace that has little value as game.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A Mexican national who had been jailed in Iowa will stand trial for allegedly raping a 6-year-old girl in Mexico.

U.S. officials say they handed over Rafael Cruz Romero to Mexican authorities yesterday. A Mexican judge issued a warrant for Romero in 1997 charging him with raping a 6-year-old girl. Mexican officials say the girl died as a result of the rape.

Immigration authorities say Romero illegally entered the U.S. in 2004 and was arrested in Cedar Rapids. He was deported in 2009. Officials say Romero illegally entered the U.S. again, and was arrested in Iowa last October. While awaiting trial, U.S. officials determined he was the same man wanted in Mexico.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The head of MidAmerican Energy says lawmakers should approve legislation making it easier for the company to construct a nuclear power plant in Iowa.

MidAmerican President William Fehrman told members of the House Commerce Committee on Wednesday that the bill allows the company to continue considering nuclear energy as an option in the state. He says nuclear may be the only viable options to power the state if tighter federal regulations on coal plants are approved.

Fehrman appeared last week before the Senate Commerce Committee to sell the company's plan, which requires MidAmerican to apply with the state to build a nuclear plant and effectively guarantees a recovery of the company's costs for constructing the plant.

The future of the bill is uncertain, as several lawmakers have asked to hold off on it until next year.

PAPILLION, Neb. (AP) A second suspect has been charged in the shooting death of a Bellevue man.

Sarpy County Court records show a 17-year-old from Atlantic faces adult charges of accessory to a felony and aiding a felony in the March 3 death of 18-year-old Kyle Williams, who was found mortally wounded and unresponsive in his grandfather's house.

The suspect was served with an arrest warrant Wednesday at a detention center in Iowa's Pottawattamie County where he's being held on an outstanding warrant in another Sarpy County case.

No attorney was listed for him. The Associated Press is withholding his name because he is a juvenile.

Another 17-year-old suspect faces a murder charge in Williams' death. His public defender says he'll plead not guilty.


AMES, Iowa (AP) A report on 13 University of Iowa football players hospitalized after a strenuous workout in January clears the players, trainers and coaches of any wrongdoing, but recommends that the workout that led to the injuries be abandoned.

A five-member committee appointed by university President Sally Mason released its finding Wednesday to the Board of Regents.

The 13 players were diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis (rab-doh-my-AHL'-ah-sis), which breaks down muscle cells and discolors urine. All the players were treated and none show any lasting effects.

Back squats with heavy weights caused the injuries, but committee members say they can't identify why the injuries occurred because similar workouts in the past did not cause any problems.

Athletic Director Gary Barta says he will implement the committee's recommendations.


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul will be keynote speakers at an April 1st event for the Iowa Federation of College Republicans.

It will be Pawlenty's first visit to Iowa since he announced an exploratory committee to ponder his running for the GOP presidential nomination.

Rand Paul, a tea party favorite and son of Texas Congressman Ron Paul, was elected to the U.S. Senate in November. He's scheduled to speak the next day. Paul already had agreed to come to Iowa for a state Republican Party event, dubbed the ``Night of the Rising Stars.''

Other speakers at the event include Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and U.S. Rep. Tom Latham.

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

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