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KLEM News PM Update April 27, 2011

Two candidates for the opening who've already filed are Lowell Appleton of Sanborn and Roger Vander Veen from Hartley. The O'Brien County producers are in Crop District 1 which is one of the 17 seats on the Iowa Corn Promotion Board.

Board secretary-treasurer Kevin Rempp of Montezuma told KLEM News the board's work includes expanding markets for corn.

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Rempp is part of about a 12-hundred acre family agriculture operation that includes his father and now his son is starting to work with the business. The Rempps have a 50-50 corn and soybean rotation.

Rempp sees the Corn Promotion Board work as being an agriculture advocate.

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He says some candidates have been in the Iowa Leadership Enhancement and Development Program (I-LEAD) which is the corn group's leadership program. 

Elections to the board begin by absentee ballots May 24th through June 27th. They are to be postmarked by July 12th. Producers may vote by absentee ballot or at county extension offices on July 12th. For more information www.iowacorn.org/

 (DES MOINES) - Siouxland students scored well in state competition for National History Day.

In the historical paper category, Le Mars Community's Elizabeth Koele, the daughter of Dean and Patty Koele, is an alternate. The student of Le Mars Community instructor Jeanne Rust wrote about the Smithsonian Institution.

Valorie Philips and Colleen Westergard of Akron-Westfield had a student alternate in Individual Documentary. Corbin Bundy's documentary was about the Great Sit Down Strike of 1937.

Akron-Westfield also had an alternate in Group Performance involving Women's Suffrage. The team members are Katie Black, Maggie Liebetrau, Mariah Grimm and Eliza Kjar.

The competition at the State Historical Building in Des Moines Monday featured ninth through 12th grades in the National History Day Senior Division contest.

(ORANGE CITY) - There's no change in the narrow defeat of a bond issue for Northwest Iowa Community College at Sheldon.

The Recount Boards for the thirteen-point-four-million dollar bond issue completed their work this week.

Voters in Cherokee, Lyon, O'Brien, Osceola, and Sioux Counties defeated the bond issue by one-tenth of a percent. Sixty percent majority was needed to pass the bond issue.

According to the Sioux County Auditor's office, the totals from the Recount Board reflect the original numbers when the results were first reviewed on April 19th.

(SIOUX CITY) - A Sioux City college president plans to retire.

The Western Iowa Tech Community College Board of Directors meets next Monday night considers a search service proposal.

Western Iowa Tech President Robert Dunker is ending a work career that began after he was a student at the community college.

The search for a new president is only the third time in the school's history that a president has been hired. Dr. Robert Kiser was the college's first president.

(SIOUX CITY) - The most decorated living U-S soldier will speak at Briar Cliff University next week.

Colonel "Bud" Day is a Sioux City native and former Prisoner of War during the Vietnam War.

He'll speak about his experiences in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War in the St. Francis Center May 6th at 7 p.m. The free event is open to all.

On Saturday, May 7th, Colonel Day will be the honored guest at the Armed Forces Appreciation Gala in the St. Francis Center.

The Armed Forces Appreciation Gala is sponsored by Briar Cliff University's Emerging Leaders. Proceeds will benefit Freedom Alliance Scholarships for children of service men and women who have been killed or wounded in combat. Ticket information is available by contacting Briar Cliff.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) Some Sioux City residents have taken their concerns about consolidation of local mail processing to U.S. Postal Service officials.

At a community forum Tuesday night, residents peppered the officials with questions and voiced fears that mail service would decline.

The U.S. Postal Service says it is studying whether it should consolidate the Sioux City processing center with one 75 miles north in Sioux Falls, S.D. The service says it must find ways to cut its staggering losses.

One of the questions posed at the forum was why the work would be consolidated to Sioux Falls rather than to Sioux City.

Postal official Jim Herrmann says the Sioux Falls building is nearly twice as big as the one in Sioux City and would be better suited to adding more machinery.

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

 (SIOUX CITY) - Another detour on Interstate 29 in Sioux City begins Monday.

According to Dean Herbst of the Iowa Department of Transportation in Sioux City, road construction on Interstate 29 and the I-129/U-S Highway 20/75 interchange will cause the southbound exit ramp to be closed. The closing is from May 2nd to July 29th.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Iowa tax revenues are up by 4.4 percent in the past 12 months.

The Des Moines Register says the Legislative Services Agency reported Tuesday that net revenue for the 12 months ending in March for all taxes totaled $6.4 billion. That's an increase of about $271 million compared to prior 12 months.

The Register says annual revenue is now back at a level first reached in November 2007.

In the past 12 months, the individual income tax was up about 5 percent, while the sales and use tax grew by over 6 percent. Corporate taxes were down 7.7 percent. Fuel and gambling taxes posted a small increase, while the cigarette tax had no change.

For March 2011, net tax revenues were about $430 million, down slightly from March 2010.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) State outdoor officials have proposed regulations that would govern the hunting season for mourning doves.

The regulations call for the dove hunting season to open on Sept. 1 and continue for 70 consecutive days. Shooting hours would be from a half-hour before sunrise to sunset each day.

The daily bag limit is set at 15 and the possession limit set at 30. The entire state will be open for hunting.

The Legislature's Administrative Rules Review Committee will hold its first review of the issue next month.

Lawmakers this year voted to legalize dove hunting, and Gov. Terry Branstad signed that measure into law.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) A 37-year-old Mason City nail salon worker who had misused information from customers' credit cards has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Nam Nguyen (nahm wihn) pleaded guilty to two counts of unauthorized use of a credit card after prosecutors dropped another count and a separate count for ongoing criminal conduct.

The Mason City Globe Gazette says Nguyen was given five years in prison on each of the two counts, to be served at the same time.

Police say the crimes occurred in October 2010.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa Court of Appeals has reversed a woman's child endangerment conviction after her developmentally delayed son began talking about how he was injured.

Wednesday's decision overturns Tammy Smith's conviction. The court ruled the boy's testimony is new evidence that could affect the outcome of the case.

A Humboldt County jury found Smith guilty of child endangerment resulting in serious injury after her then 4-year-old son broke his arm in four places and suffered a dislocated shoulder. At the time of the 2006 injury, the child couldn't speak and only made sounds.

Since then he's begun talking and testified that he broke his arm when he placed it in a front-end loading washing machine on spin cycle.

Telephone messages left for attorneys in the case were not immediately returned.

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) A Coralville man has left Johnson County jail and awaits prosecution on a charge that he used a sword to attack a neighbor.

Twenty-two-year-old Heath Wolfe was arrested Monday. He's been charged with an aggravated misdemeanor of assault with a weapon.

Police say officers were sent to an apartment after a 911 call about an assault. The officers were told by a man there that he and Wolfe had gotten into an argument. The man told police that Wolfe struck him on the stomach with the sword, leaving a bruise. Police say Wolfe acknowledged hitting his neighbor.

A jailer said Wednesday that Wolfe had left custody. A public phone listing for Wolfe could not be found. Online court records don't list the name of his attorney.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) If the weather allows, a major part of the Five Seasons Ballroom in downtown Cedar Rapids is expected to be demolished Wednesday.

Crews are demolishing the building as part of a plan to build a new convention center the city hopes will bring more visitors and business downtown. Three other nearby buildings are expected to be demolished in the next few months.

Workers started the demolition of the ballroom last week, but the city says Wednesday's action will be significant.

The new convention center includes an upgrade to the U.S. Cellular Center and a renovation of the Five Seasons Hotel.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) A Maryland-based company is making plans to employ 175 people at a new iron castings foundry in Iowa City.

The plans were to be announced Wednesday at the Iowa Wind Energy Association conference.

A news release from the Iowa Department of Economic Development says Nadicom, or North American Ductile Iron Co., will initially focus on the wind turbine market.

Nadicom CEO Prasad Karunakaran (pruh-SAHD' kehr-uh-NIHK'-uh-rehn) says the Iowa City site provides a central location that has rail and other logistical services and access to a world-class workforce.

The company hopes to begin operations by 2013. The $85 million project is subject to state and city review.

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

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