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KLEM News Update April 17, 2011

The brunch menu features made to order omelets prepared by "Spotlight Chefs" from the Auxiliary Board, doctors and many other volunteers for the auxiliary. Others who'd like to offer their culinary services may contact Omelet Brunch co-chairs Jody Adler and Bonnie Rasmussen.

The annual Auxiliary Omelet Brunch is May 1st from 8:30 in the morning until 12:30 in the afternoon at the Le Mars K-C Hall.

(LE MARS)--Nearly 300 fourth graders from seven schools in Plymouth County will try out 15 learning stations during May Day at the Plymouth County Historical Museum.

Museum administrator Judy Bowman said students participating are from the Akron-Westfield; Gehlen Catholic; Hinton; Kingsley-Pierson; Kluckhohn Elementary; Remsen St. Mary's and Remsen-Union Schools.

The museum will also provide time for the fourth graders to learn to dance the Maypole which is a traditional dance for May Day.

May Day at the Museum is April 28th from 9:30 in the morning until two in the afternoon.

Adults who'd like to participate by attending the learning stations on everything from wool spinning to the country school and the Loess Hills are asked to call to make a reservation.

(SIOUX CITY)--A fundraiser in three Siouxland cities help raise more than 10-thousand dollars for Camp High Hopes in Sioux City.

Camp High Hopes is a year-round recreational facility to be built for children and adults with special needs.

Eighty donation canisters placed at Hy-Vee locations in Sioux City, South Sioux City and Le Mars raised more than five-thousand dollars. The donations which were collected last month were matched by the Chesterman Company.

The non-profit group raising funds for Camp High Hopes is making a final push to raise the rest of the money needed to start the first phase of construction this spring.

(SIOUX CITY) Sioux City Police are searching for the driver of a vehicle that struck a pedestrian early Saturday morning.

Police say a man was found lying in the roadway in the 1200 block of Court Street.

His identity is not known and he is being treated at Mercy Medical Center's Intensive Care Unit where he's been unconscious,  but in stable condition.

The male, a Native American or Hispanic,  between the ages of 25 and 30 is about five-foot ten and weighs about 165-175 pounds. 

Witnesses told police the man was walking across the street when he was struck by a vehicle and the vehicle sped north on Court Street and was last seen in the 1400 block of Court Street.

They believe the vehicle that struck the man was a compact vehicle, such as a Honda Civic, possibly dark in color, and should have damage to the center of the front bumper. Police ask anyone with information about the accident to contact them.

(SIOUX CITY)--Iowa's governor will speak at commencement for St. Luke's College in Sioux City.

The spring graduation ceremony for health care professionals is May 13th at 7 p-m at the Sioux City Convention Center.

Chancellor Michael Stiles said St. Luke's is pleased to host Governor Terry Branstad and excited to have this opportunity for graduates.

(SIOUX CITY)--Demolition work will change traffic patterns in one area of Sioux City tomorrow (Monday).

According to Dean Herbst of the Iowa Department of Transportation, the Interstate 29 bridge over Iowa 376, which is the Singing Hills Boulevard in Sioux City, will require Iowa 376 to be closed Monday through Thursday.

The trail along Singing Hills Boulevard will also be closed while the bridge demolition work is being performed.

To reduce the length of the closure, Herbst said work will be performed 24 hours a day.

A detour will be available.

(SIOUX CITY)--A husband and wife who are the primary backers of a plan to create a vast nature preserve in the nation's midsection spoke in Sioux City this week. Frank and Deborah Popper talked about their concept of the Buffalo Commons at Briar Cliff University. The Poppers propose creating the huge, natural area of prairie on the Great Plains where the human population is decreasing. Deborah Popper says people are more accepting of the idea now than in the past.

The Poppers went public with the idea in 1987. Frank Popper, a professor at Rutgers University in New Jersey, says they have changed some of their ideas relating to government intervention with the Buffalo Commons.

Deborah Popper says technology hasn't directly affected the Buffalo Commons concept, but it helps the agricultural community have less of an impact on the land.

With the current population decline across much of that rural area, the Poppers say cattle herds are being converted into buffalo herds in many plains states. The Buffalo Commons concept calls for returning 139-thousand square miles of the Great Plains to native prairie and reintroducing the buffalo. The proposal would affect parts of ten states: Montana, North Dakota, Wyoming, South Dakota, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas. (News report by Radio Iowa)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Republican presidential prospect Tim Pawlenty told a tea party rally in Des Moines that Congress should refuse to raise the federal debt limit.

The former Minnesota governor also asked the roughly 200 conservative activists at the Saturday rally outside the Iowa Statehouse to stay engaged as he ramps up his campaign for the state's leadoff presidential caucuses.

Pawlenty told The Associated Press his appearance is part of his strategy to build a coalition that can launch the little-known Midwesterner to the GOP nomination.

Pawlenty has formed a national campaign exploratory committee and plans to name Iowa staff this month.

Atlanta businessman Herman Cain, another GOP presidential prospect, also spoke at the rally. It's the third annual event timed to mark the mid-April federal tax deadline.

KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) A man involved in a bar shooting in Keokuk that wounded five people is headed to prison.

The Hawk Eye reports 23-year-old Kenneth Bowman has been given a 10-year sentence for intimidation with a dangerous weapon.

Bowman was among three suspects in the August shooting at the L-Treyns Sports Bar and Nightclub. Police have said five people were wounded after a hip-hop concert at the bar.

Two other men face trial this spring for their alleged roles in the shooting. Deandre Goode is charged with five counts of assault during a felony and one count each of intimidation with a dangerous weapon and willful injury. Antavis Watson is charged with intimidation with a dangerous weapon, assault causing bodily injury, assault during a felony and weapon possession by a felon.

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) A fire at a Baptist church in southeast Iowa has been ruled suspicious.

Authorities are still trying to determine the cause of the blaze at Union Baptist Church in Burlington, but fire marshal Mark Crooks told The Hawk Eye it's suspicious. The FBI is helping with the investigation.

The fire at the 78-year-old church was reported just after midnight Saturday morning. The exterior of the church remained intact but the inside was gutted.

Church trustee Margaret Stone broke out in tears after rushing to the burning church. She says the thought of the fire being intentional is heartbreaking.

A funeral was scheduled at the church Saturday for a 50-year church member who moved to California. Her body was flown in for the service, which has been moved to another church.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Police in Des Moines police say they will stop the city's annual St. Patrick's Day parade in 2012 unless organizers can solve crowd control issues that arose last month.

A record crowd of roughly 22,000 watched this year's parade, which organizers say was a record. But both the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick and police noticed that spectators and small children in particular surged dangerously close to floats to collect candy and beads tossed on the street.

The Des Moines Register says parade organizers met with police and city officials earlier this month to discuss how to improve things next year. Police say they won't sign off on next year's parade unless crowd control is improved. They suggest adding a steel fence to keep the crowd at bay.

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

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