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KLEM News Update April 3, 2011

Farm Service Agency offices, including the ones in Le Mars and Orange City, have information to begin the sign-up process.

State Executive Director John Whitaker says producers are reminded that offers need to be completed in their entirety by the end of sign-up April 15th in order to be considered eligible.

Following sign-up, all offers for C-R-P will be evaluated and ranked using an Environmental Benefits Index. There are five factors in the index as well as a cost factors.

C-R-P is the largest voluntary private-land conservation program.

(ORANGE CITY)--A one-and-a-half million dollar refurbishing of Northwestern College's DeWitt Physical Fitness Center will begin when classes end at Northwestern College in May.

The four-court area which includes an indoor track and space for basketball, tennis and volleyball will be redressed with new flooring, lighting and an updated heating system. Northwestern also released information that windows will be added near the ceiling to allow natural light into the space.

Rowenhorst Student Center Director Dale Thompson says more cushioning for the track will offer increased protection to runners .

Less balls will be in areas where people walk or run on the indoor track because netting will be added to separate activities.

Contributions from donors are the main source of funds for the project.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) Ten members of an Iowa Air National Guard unit have returned home from deployment to Afghanistan.

Associated Press reports the airmen with the 185th Refueling Wing based in Sioux City reunited with their families Friday night. They left for Afghanistan in September.

Airman Brandon Brady says their mission was to build new buildings on base.

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

(SIOUX CITY)--Sioux City's elected officials are hoping for a two-million dollar grant to help tear down the former John Morrell packing plant.

The business owned by Smithfield Foods stopped hog processing about a year ago and company officials recently agreed to transfer ownership of the site and facilities to the City of Sioux City.

As part of an agreement with Morrell, the company has contracted to remove and recycle most of the machinery and equipment. City inspections staff is working with the contractors to drain and flush tanks, conduct asbestos surveys and remove several smaller buildings.

Inspection Services Supervisor Darrell Bullock says the completion of this work will save the city more than 100-thousand dollars in demolition costs.

The former employer of more than 14-hundred workers was located on a 23-acre site.

(SIOUX CITY)--Siouxland high school students will compete in Western Iowa Tech Community College's annual Technical Skills Competition Day and Career Expo.

Welding, computer drafting, computer-aided design and auto mechanics are among the skills to be tested hands-on and in written activities.

Enrollment management Dean Janet Gill says it's an outstanding opportunity to recognize talent and promise among regional high school students.

In addition to the competitive activities Wednesday, there will be educational breakout sessions throughout the morning.

Career opportunity information will be offered by representatives of programs at Western Iowa Tech as well as the military and government.

CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) An Iowa man has been arrested in a fatal crash that happened over Labor Day weekend.

KIMT-TV reports 19-year-old Ryan Dougherty, of Dougherty, was booked Saturday into the Floyd County jail on suspicion of vehicular homicide. He's due in court Sunday.

Online court records available Saturday didn't list the case or show Dougherty's attorney.

Authorities have said Dougherty was the driver of a pickup truck that rolled in September while backing out a driveway near Rockford. A passenger in the truck, 20-year-old Brianne Pals of Belmond, was killed.

The state patrol has said Dougherty was traveling at a high rate of speed.

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

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul will appear at events in Des Moines to raise money for the GOP and spread his message of reducing the size of government.

Paul has become one of the Republican Party's highest-profile senators, and his visit Saturday demonstrates changes in the state party since his father ran for president in the last election cycle.

At one point during that campaign, Texas Rep. Ron Paul wasn't allowed to participate in a candidate forum and rented space nearby to promote his smaller government views.

Former state Republican Party Chairman Stewart Iverson says he thinks Ron Paul's message is now more accepted by Iowa Republicans, who agree the government needs to reduce spending.

HOPKINTON, Iowa (AP) No charges will be filed by local authorities in a dog mauling that killed a 3-year-old Hopkinton girl.

Delaware County sheriff John LaClere said at investigators have confirmed that the March 5 death of Vanessa Hussmann (HUS'-muhn) was an accident.

The girl died after being attacked by the two Rottweilers, which had gotten loose from a locked, fenced kennel in her backyard. The dogs have been euthanized.

The child's mother, Rhonda Marty, has said she doesn't know how the dogs got out of the kennel. She was not home when the attack occurred. The girl was under the care of a baby sitter.

The Iowa Department of Human Services is trying to determine whether the fatal attack amounts to abuse. Its investigation is ongoing.

MAQUOKETA, Iowa (AP) Authorities have released the names of two people killed in a Jackson County crash.

The Iowa State Patrol identified them as 20-year Tanner Schreiber and his 17-year-old passenger, Brittany Greene, both of Maquoketa.

The Jackson County sheriff's office says Schreiber's vehicle went off the road a mile west of Maquoketa just before 5 a.m. Saturday. Both occupants were pronounced dead at the scene.

The sheriff's office says Schreiber's car passed another vehicle on a curve, then went out of control and left the road.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A Des Moines couple is suing their former landlord over a 2009 fire that killed their granddaughter and left them with severe burns.

Sieh and Annie Toffoi say in the lawsuit cited by the Des Moines Register that the windows in their second-floor apartment were either designed not to open or were sealed shut, hindering their escape. They were pulled from the building by firefighters.

Killed in the blaze was 10-year-old Czu Toffoi. Her grandparents were in comas for several months with severe burns and smoke inhalation that left them disabled.

Police say the fire started when a man living next door passed out with a lit cigarette. It was ruled an accident.

The landlord, Terry May, says the fire was tragic but he couldn't have prevented it.

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) Authorities have seized 10 dogs and seven cats from an Ottumwa woman suspected of animal abuse.

Ottumwa police say the animals were seized Friday after officers viewed a video of the woman that appears to show her hitting a dog 15 times with a club.

No charges have been filed. Police continue to investigate.

The department says the animals are being held while officers investigate but the woman can ask the court to order their release.

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

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