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KLEM News PM Update April 29, 2011

White fiberglass ice cream cone sculptures forms for the public art project in Le Mars are being delivered to artists after a shipment from a Shelton, Nebraska business arrived bolted to a trailer Thursday morning.


The cone forms will now be painted by artists for display in Le Mars. Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce Main Street Program manager Mary Reynolds describes the delivery as the latest step in the public art project.

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Thirty-one cones and a cow sculpture will be placed throughout Le Mars after individuals and businesses came together with artists who will complete them.

Kathy Moore is the executive director of the Le Mars Arts Council.

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There are two different kinds of styles for cone creativity. Some reflect the business where the art will be placed and others who sponsored a cone asked the artist to choose the look.

No specific time frame is in place for cones to be completed for display--the hope is fall of this year.

(SIOUX CENTER) - A former Pennsylvania Senator is the latest speaker at the Presidential Lecture Series hosted in Sioux Center by the Family Leader.

Rick Santorum will speak at Dordt College as one of three Iowa venues for the Presidential Lecture series. Others stops are at Pella and Iowa City. The series begins at Dordt Monday afternoon at 4:30 in the Dordt Campus Center. Santorum's talk is open to all.

Santorum, a Republican, served in the U-S House from Pennsylvania from 1991-1994 and served in the senate for two terms beginning in 1994.

(SIOUX CITY) - Excellence in stroke care at St. Luke's Health system is being recognized with two honors.

St. Luke's received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's "Get with the Guidelines-Stroke Gold plus Quality Achievement Award. The Sioux City hospital has also announced it has been designated as a primary stroke center from Det Norske Veritas Healthcare which is St. Luke's accrediting organization.

The Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award is the highest level of recognition awarded by the heart and stroke groups.

About 800-thousand Americans have a stroke each year.

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) An Ottumwa teenager has been arrested after police say he threatened to blow up Ottumwa High School on a Facebook posting.

Derick Hendrickson was arrested Thursday and charged with making arson threats.

The Ottumwa Courier is reporting that the 18-year-old made two posts on the social network website threatening the school and students.

Police Chief Jim Clark says one threat was to blow up the school. The other, he says, was a threat against someone's life but did not name a specific person.

High School Principal Jon Sheldahl says the threats were brought to the school's attention by students.

Hendrickson was being held Friday at the Wapello County jail under $5,000 bond.

Court officials say they have no attorney listed for him in court records.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) The city council in Iowa City will discuss the future of development downtown next week after last year's passage of the 21-only ordinance has made the area much less attractive to bar owners.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that city planners have told the council they are looking to forge a new direction for downtown in light of the ordinance.

Among their objectives is to increase the amount of office space and non-student residential development downtown and enhance the area as an arts and entertainment destination.

Council members are expected to give city staff guidance during a work session Monday about how to proceed with updating the city's comprehensive plan. A number of concerns, from how to provide adequate parking and better accommodate bicycle traffic, will be up for discussion.

HIAWATHA, Iowa (AP) Federal immigration officials say nine roofers have been arrested in the middle of a job in Hiawatha for being in the country illegally.

KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids says the roofers were arrested Wednesday morning, after they had removed about 80 percent of the shingles from a house.

Immigration and Custom Enforcement officials say the workers are from Mexico and are now in custody. Three of the cases have been referred to the U.S. attorney's office.

The workers were employed by a subcontractor for Eastern Iowa Construction. Company president Jeremy Bleeker says his business went through an ICE inspection nine months ago and received a clean record. He says the arrests ``came out of the blue.''

ICE officials say if the workers can't provide documentation Bleeker could be held liable.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Gov. Terry Branstad has signed a law that makes it illegal to impersonate a decorated military veteran.

KWWL-TV in Waterloo says the new law makes it a crime to impersonate a decorated military veteran with the intent to deceive another person for any monetary gain. The crime is a serious misdemeanor.

Under the law, a decorated military veteran is defined as any veteran of the armed forces who has been awarded any decoration or medal for service in the armed forces.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) A Fayette County man who threatened to blow up his ex-girlfriend's home has been sentenced to 10 years in a federal prison.

The Gazette in Cedar Rapids is reporting that 38-year-old Shawn Gant was sentenced Thursday in U.S District Court. He pleaded guilty last October to making a telephone call threatening to destroy his ex-girlfriend's home. He also sent a series of text messages in June 2010 to the woman, who lived with her boyfriend in Independence. Gant and the woman broke up in March 2010.

Gant has a history of setting fires, dating back to 1991.

In sentencing Gant, U.S. District Chief Judge Linda Reade called him a violent person and a menace.

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) Police in Marshalltown are investigating the theft of more than 340 bronze vases from graves at a Marshalltown cemetery.

Police say the vases are valued at $68,000. The Times-Republican in Marshalltown is reporting that the vases were taken from Rose Hill Memorial Gardens sometime April 16 or 17.

In most cases, the vases were owned by relatives.

The investigation is continuing but police say they have little to go on.

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) In a move to save money, Webster County is considering cremating residents who cannot afford a funeral or don't have family to cover the costs.

The county currently buries indigent residents.

The Messenger in Fort Dodge is reporting that the county pays $1,100 to bury someone. Under the new policy, the county will spend $700 for each cremation.

Webster County officials say the county pays for about 30 burials a year. They say the ordinance does not pay for a funeral service, flowers, obituaries or grave services.

The county Board of Supervisors will take a final vote on the new policy May 3.

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