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KLEM News Update March 27, 2011

The sessions are in Sheldon on April 11th and 12th at Northwest Iowa Community College (NCC). Pre-registration for the training is required by calling 800-352-4907. Training is offered on the 11th and 12 at 7 p-m and on the 12th at 1:30 in the afternoon, too.

On April 21st, training for weather spotters is offered in Woodbury County at the Western Iowa Tech Community College auditorium at 7 p-m

Severe Weather Awareness Week in Iowa is April fourth through the 8th. KLEM Radio participates in the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and will be part of test weather drills which broadcast test emergency messages next week.

(LE MARS)--A musical based on the Gospel of Matthew will be performed at Gehlen Catholic Friday through Sunday.

Based on the concept of Scripture set to music, "Godspell!" is a production of the Gehlen Catholic Theatre and Music Department.

Cecilia Henrich is directing "GodSpell!" with assistance of Terra Goplen.

Performances are at seven Friday and Saturday evening in the Gehlen Catholic Gymnasium. The performance a week from today is at three in the afternoon, following the groundbreaking at St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

During each intermission, a pie and ice cream social will be held with a free will donation to be taken during the social to benefit the Gehlen Catholic Speech Department
(SIOUX CITY)--A Sioux City man who is a former Le Mars resident, will be recognized at an international convention next month.

William Puetz has been named a 2011 Guistwhite Scholar by the international honor society Phi Theta Kapp.

 Puetz is one of only 20 Phi Theta Kappa members selected for this honor. He is enrolled in the general studies program at Western Iowa Tech Community College and is president of the local chapter of the honor society.

Puetz is being honored for his dedication to his fellow students, chapter members and Siouxland.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) A Jackson Pollock painting that some state lawmakers want the University of Iowa to sell could go on tour.

The university's museum director told the Cedar Rapids Gazette that the painting could be the centerpiece of an exhibition of American art that would tour the world in 2013 and 2014.

Peggy Guggenheim gave the masterpiece to the university in 1951. The 8-by-20-foot ``Mural'' now serves as the centerpiece of the university's art collection, but some legislators want the university to sell it and use the proceeds to fund art scholarships.

The plan was subject to heated debate in February but has since fallen to the wayside. The lawmaker who introduced the bill say the Legislature likely won't reach a consensus this year.

The painting is worth more than $140 million.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) A Mason City man has been sentenced to up to 25 years in prison for kidnapping.

A Cerro Gordo County district judge Friday denied a request from 56-year-old Michael Winters to withdraw his guilty plea. Winters entered the plea in January as part of a deal with prosecutors but later said he thought he could convince a jury that he was innocent.

The judge's sentence calls for Winters to serve at least 17 .5 years in prison and register as a sex offender for 10 years after his release.

Court records say Winters forced a woman from her home in Mason City in June and took her to a residence in Rockford. She was released later that day.

HAMPTON, Iowa (AP) The Hampton police chief has been put on paid administrative leave.

Mayor Diane Weldin told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier that Ray Beltran was placed on leave Friday but declined provide details. She says it's a confidential matter.

No number was listed for Beltran, who's been police chief since 2009. He's been with the department for about 18 years.

The Hampton City Council decided Friday morning to put Beltran on leave and will further discuss his job status at its April 6 meeting.

Weldin says Capt. Jim Hilton will run the police department in Beltran's absence.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) A Jackson Pollock painting that some state lawmakers want the University of Iowa to sell could go on tour.

The university's museum director told the Cedar Rapids Gazette that the painting could be the centerpiece of an exhibition of American art that would tour the world in 2013 and 2014.

Peggy Guggenheim gave the masterpiece to the university in 1951. The 8-by-20-foot ``Mural'' now serves as the centerpiece of the university's art collection, but some legislators want the university to sell it and use the proceeds to fund art scholarships.

The plan was subject to heated debate in February but has since fallen to the wayside. The lawmaker who introduced the bill say the Legislature likely won't reach a consensus this year.

The painting is worth more than $140 million.

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

Submit your news release, photo, confidential news tip or news idea by email klemnews@lemarscomm or by calling 712.546.4121 or 712.546.9672 fax.




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