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KLEM News Update April 30, 2011

The Iowa Department of Transportation is hiring about 40 temporary summer employees who will work with several staff members to monitor traffic.

The traffic information will be collected by employees during peak traffic hours of seven in the morning until six in the evening. Many employees will specifically count the morning, noon time and evening traffic.

In addition to the count, they'll classify vehicles, record vehicles turning movements, tally helmet use by motorcyclists and get other information to plan the future of Iowa's roadway systems.

There will also be portable traffic recorders and data collection by image. A van with two mounted cameras will collect 200 images per mile. The van method is used in half the state each year and this year the van counts will track traffic in the northern half of Iowa.

(BRUNSVILLE) - Gowns from the past to the present are part of the Brunsville Centennial Bridal Gown Style Show Sunday afternoon.

 Vernon and Karen Harrington of Brunsville are displaying her mother-in-law's wedding dress. Farrel (Fuzz) Harrington and Mathilda (Tillie) Siebens were married June 8th in 1940.

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A candidate for Brunsville Centennial queen will model the dress Karen Harrington wore for her wedding. The couple will be celebrate their 43rd anniversary in June.

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A dress from 1905 is also part of the wedding gown display.

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Wedding photos and soloists singing wedding music will be part of the Centennial event at the Brunsville Legion Club beginning at two Sunday afternoon. The event is a fundraiser for the centennial. A freewill offering will be taken. M-C is Marlin Renken. The queen contestants will be introduced and voting for them begins May 2nd.

(ORANGE CITY)--Twenty-one of the 251 diplomas for the class of 2011 at Northwestern College will be for students completing nursing degrees.

Commencement is May 14th with an address by the assistant professor of biology, Dr. Elizabeth Heeg-Truesdell. She is the 2010 Northwestern College Teaching Excellence award.

She's credited with involving her students in her research. She's now studying bacterial infections highly resistant to antibiotics . The research involves Northwestern's Future Physicians Club.

Commencement is at 10 a.m. in the DeWitt Physical Fitness Center of the Rowenhorst Student Center.

(SIOUX CITY) - Morningside College is presenting three honoring degrees during the 113th spring commencement May 14th.

Carolyn Jensen of Sioux City is receiving an honorary degree in recognition of her support for Morningside and her involvement with cultural and educational initiatives in Sioux City. Jensen's family has provided scholarships and direct grants to Morningside students and to athletic and academic programs.

Along with her husband, Irving F. Jensen Junior, she also has been involved with the new Sioux City Public Museum and the Orpheum Theatre Preservation Project.

Jensen will receive one of three honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees. The others to be honored are Harvard University Graduate School of Education professor Richard Light and Lucy Buhler of Edmonds, Washington who is a Morningside graduate and retired vocal music educator/consultant.

Light is also the featured speaker at the 2 p.m. commencement ceremony.

(LE MARS) - May jurors do not need to report for jury duty in Plymouth County on Tuesday, May 3rd. Jurors are asked to call the Clerk of Court's office on Monday, May 9th after 3 p.m. to find out whether to report on Tuesday, May 10th.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The mother of an Iowa Army National Guard soldier who was injured while helping to rescue the crew of a downed helicopter in Afghanistan says he's scheduled to return to the United States.

Specialist Zachary Durham, of Des Moines, was wounded by enemy small arms fire on April 23 near Kabul. Another Iowa solder, Staff Sgt. James Justice, of Grimes, was killed in action.

Durham's mother, Sharon Stougard (STOO'-gahrd) told The Des Moines Register that her son was to arrive late Friday in Washington, D.C., and be treated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Likely Republican presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty is naming state a Des Moines area state legislator as director of his campaign for the Iowa caucuses.

With his announcement Friday, Pawlenty became the first 2012 White House prospect to unveil an Iowa team.

The former Minnesota governor's Iowa campaign will be led by two-term state Rep. Erik Helland of Grimes. He's the House majority whip and worked on Sen. John McCain's 2008 Iowa caucus campaign.

Helland was arrested in 2010 for drunken driving, but was re-elected to a second term in November without opposition.

Pawlenty also named a deputy Iowa campaign director, state political director and 10 staffers. He will spend two days in Iowa next week.

The caucuses are set for Feb. 6, 2012.

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) Democratic Congressman Leonard Boswell says he's confident he can win a newly drawn 3rd District against Republican Tom Latham.

Speaking Friday on the public television program ``Iowa Press,'' Boswell noted he's represented about 70 percent of the district at one point during his legislative and congressional tenure.

The new district includes Des Moines and 15 other counties in central and southwest Iowa. Boswell says he's accustomed to running in districts where nominees from either party have a chance of winning.

There are more registered Democrats than Republicans in the new district, but both are outnumbered by independent voters.

Latham has represented the 4th District since 1995 but opted to move to the 3rd District after redistricting pitted him against incumbent Republican Congressman Steve King.

GARWIN, Iowa (AP) Authorities say the driver of a large crane was injured when the machine went into a ditch on a road in east-central Iowa.

The accident happened Friday morning about three miles south of Garwin.

Fire Chief Tim Laffoon told KCCI-TV in Des Moines the driver was pinned inside the crane when it rolled and went into the ditch. The driver was taken to a Marshalltown hospital and transferred to University Hospitals in Iowa City. His name was not immediately released.

MARENGO, Iowa (AP) An attorney for a Nebraska man accused of killing a maintenance worker at an Interstate 80 rest stop in Victor in eastern Iowa want his trial moved from Iowa County.

Peter Riggs, of Columbus, Neb., is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Jeffrey McAdam, of Victor, in May 2010.

The Gazette in Cedar Rapids says defense attorney Peter Persaud has asked a judge to move the trial because of pretrial-publicity.

During a hearing on Friday, Persaud suggested moving the trial to Sioux City. Prosecutors argued against the move.

The judge took the request and several others under advisement and will rule later.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Police say an employee of a Des Moines recycling company has been arrested for allegedly stealing $174,000 from the business.

Police say Friday that 55-year-old Barbara Hulsebus, of Des Moines, is charged with first-degree theft. She's accused of taking the money from Alter Metal Recycling since May 2010.

Police say the company discovered the money missing after an internal audit. Hulsebus allegedly paid customers who didn't exist and kept the money for personal use.

Hulsebus turned herself in on Friday and was booked into the Polk County jail on $10,000 bond. She was released later in the day.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The Green Bay Packers added to their offense in the second and third rounds of the NFL draft, taking Kentucky wide receiver Randall Cobb with the No. 64 overall pick.

The 5-foot-10, 192-pound Cobb could help the Packers' pass-heavy offense and potentially shore up what has been an inconsistent return game. He began his college career as a quarterback.

The Packers also selected Hawaii running back Alex Green in the third round Friday night. At 6 feet and 220 pounds, he rushed for 1,199 yards last season.

Green Bay selected an offensive tackle with its first round pick for the second year in a row, nabbing Mississippi State's Derek Sherrod to close Thursday night's round one of the draft.

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

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