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KLEM News PM Update March 29, 2011

Lisa Hodgson is a member of the Plymouth County American Heart Committee that is organizing "Men in Dress Strutting Their Stuff for Heart Health."

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Hodgson explains the men who've generously agreed to wear dresses for the male style show are helping others, including children.

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"Men in Dress" is at the Avalon Ballroom in Remsen Saturday, April 2nd. Social Hour is at six followed by dinner catered by Family Table in Le Mars at 7 and the male style show. Ticket reservations need to be made by tomorrow (Wednesday) by contacting Lisa Hodgson (546-9264), Katrina Homan (786-1153), Edona Snyder (546-2345) or Alice Ruhland (546-7812). Master of Ceremonies is Dave Grosenheider of KLEM Radio/Powell Broadcasting. Music for the event is by KLEM Operations Director Dave Ruden.

The men include Paul Jacobson and Don Burwitz of American Bank; Andy Schmidt of Primebank; Butch Snyder of Artisan Press; Chad Hogrefe of Family Table; Dale Schroeder of Gengler Feeds, Dave Fisch of Fisch Funeral Home; Doug Ruhland who is self-employed; Gary Loutsch of Beelner Services; Jay Schroeder of Le Mars Agri-Center; Jeremy Bunkers and Jeremy Homan of American Bank; Marty Pippett of Am-Bank Insurance; Micah Lang of American Bank; Mike Sparr of the City of Remsen; Rick Delperdang who is self-employed; Jim Wesselmann of Advance Brands; Tom Kockler of Unfors Instruments; Jerry De Witt of Floyd Valley Hospital/Therapeutic Health Services; Ryan Hajek of Wal-Mart; Joe Loutsch of Gengler Feed and Michael Matgen of Matgen Insurance.

(LE MARS) The 2012 Track Season will bring a change in faces at Le Mars Community High School.

Board of Education members Monday night voted to accept the resignation of Steve Mohning as assistant high school track coach at the conclusion of 2011 track season.

Board President Patrick Murphy expressed appreciation for the many years of service Mohning has given the district and students in his coaching role. Murphy encouraged the other board members to do the same. Mohning will leave the coaching job after this season to have more personal time.

The board also approved the hiring of two teachers for assistant coaching positions created by Kelly Bork's resignations. They are Kurt Van Kley as assistant Girls Tennis Coach at a salary of about 21-hundred dollars and Andrew Kleeman as assistant seventh grade Boys Basketball Coach for 18-hundred dollars.

 (ORANGE CITY)--Business and services are showcased in Orange City today (Tuesday) and tomorrow (Wednesday).

The Orange City Chamber of Commerce sponsors the annual Business Expo at M-O-C Floyd Valley High School. Hours both days are from four in the afternoon until eight at night.

Entertainment will be provided for children and those young at heart by MR. TWISTER. Chamber Ambassadors will welcome Expo visitors.

A preview of the new Orange City longterm care facility will be offered by Orange City Area Health System.

HARLAN, Iowa (AP) A southwest Iowa man who's accused of giving alcohol to a Harlan teenager who later died has pleaded not guilty.

Twenty-seven-year-old Dustin Thomas is charged with a felony count of supplying alcohol to persons under legal age resulting in death. The man's trial is scheduled to begin April 12.

The Shelby County sheriff's office says Thomas is suspected of giving alcohol to 17-year-old Julio Caceres (HOO'-lee-oh kuh-SEHR'-ehs). Caceres was found unconscious at a party in Harlan on Oct. 9 and died two days later at a hospital. An autopsy showed he choked on vomit.

The criminal complaint says Thomas told investigators he bought a bottle of whiskey that was consumed at the party. The complaint says several witnesses reported that Caceres drank a large amount from the bottle.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa Lottery is still searching for the winner of a $16.5 million Hot Lotto jackpot, who has a year to claim the prize.

The lucky ticket for the Dec. 29 drawing was bought at a QuikTrip convenience store in Des Moines.

Lottery CEO Terry Rich says it's possible the winner doesn't know they're won the prize.

The jackpot is the third-largest prize ever offered in the game.

The winning numbers were: 3, 12, 16, 26, 33 and Hot Ball 11. The money will be forfeited if the prize isn't claimed.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa Legislature is set to end in a month, and lawmakers acknowledge they can't claim many accomplishments so far.

House Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer says that's to be expected because there were so many new lawmakers this session. She noted about one-third of House members were serving their first term. And the members were dealing with a governor who returned to office after a 12-year absence.

Senate Majority Leader Michael Gronstal says Republican control in the House and Democratic control in the Senate also has made it harder to find areas of agreement.

The session is scheduled to end April 29. In the last month, lawmakers will focus on redistricting and approving budget bills.

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) The Ottumwa school district will be admitting a sex offender who the superintendent says will be attended by a full-time paraprofessional.

The Ottumwa Courier says Superintendent Jon Sheldahl recommended the admittance of a student who must be listed on the Iowa Sex Offender Registry. The school board approved the proposal at its meeting Monday night.

Sheldahl described the person as a special-education student who ``doesn't appear to be at a risk'' of reoffending. Sheldahl says the student will be directly supervised by adults at all times.

The superintendent would not name the student.

Sheldahl told the board things went fine in 2006, the last time a sex offender enrolled in the district.

AMES, Iowa (AP) Police are having difficulty notifying family members about the weekend death of a woman in a wheelchair who was killed by train at an Ames crossing.

Police Cmdr. Jim Robinson said Tuesday that the woman was in her 40s and had moved to Ames from elsewhere in Iowa only in the last week of her life. Her relatives haven't contacted, so police aren't releasing her name.

Robinson also says more than witness reported that it looked to them like the woman moved into the crossing intent on committing suicide. He says investigators aren't discounting the possibility but have not reached a conclusion.

The Ames Tribune says the man who called 911 to report the accident said the woman wheeled herself in front of the train.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) An Iowa official says the slightly higher radiation levels being detected in the state are nothing to worry about.

Melanie Rasmusson is chief of the state Department of Public Health's bureau of radiological health. She says the readings point to normal fluctuations in background radiation levels in the soil and the environment.

Rasmusson says slightly elevated readings were expected following the release of radioactive particles into the air at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. But she says there's no way to positively link the Iowa readings with the Japanese problem.

Traces of radioactive material from the Japanese plant are being detected from coast to coast in the United States and in Iceland, but experts say the amounts are far below levels that would cause health problems.

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

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