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KLEM News Update May 1, 2011

The Queen candidates will be introduced after the Bridal Gown Style Show at two this afternoon at the Brunsville Legion Hall.

The style show, open to all, is a fund raiser for the town's centennial which is being celebrated June 24th and June 25th.

Voting for Centennial Queen is at Iowa Prairie Bank, Brunsville Legion, Brunsville Post Office and the Corner Cafe beginning tomorrow.

(WEST DES MOINES)--Siouxland high school seniors are being awarded Iowa Farm Bureau Federation Scholarships.

Six students were selected from each of the nine Iowa Farm Bureau Districts. Those receiving the scholarships are children of Farm Bureau members who wrote an essay about contributions they expect to make to agriculture or agribusiness.

They were also selected on the basis of their academic achievement, financial need, community and extracurricular involvement and letters of recommendation.

Kristin Ahlers and Brittany Jaminet, both of rural Le Mars, were selected for the Farm Bureau Scholarships. Kristin, the daughter of John and Debra Ahlers, plans to attend Iowa State University in Ames. Brittany, the daughter of Michael and Karen Jaminet, has chosen Augustana College in Sioux Falls.


(ORANGE CITY) - Regional artists are invited to be part of a juried exhibition in Orange City in July.

The art exhibit, "Flora of our Place: Interpretations," is a one-day exhibit planned at the Te Paske Gallery in the Northwestern College Korver Visual Arts Center.

The show will feature artists' works that interpret the natural world to be part of Orange City's annual Summer Suites which are mainly outdoor events in backyard gardens featuring music, theatre, art and desserts.

Regional artists from a 300-mile radius of Orange City are invited to submit works for the juried exhibition. Photography will not be included in the art exhibit.

Information is available through the Orange City Arts Council or Northwestern College.

(ORANGE CITY) - Eighteen Northwestern College students will spend at least six weeks volunteering as missionaries in 14 countries this summer.

The students will assist pastors, physicians, teachers and other missionaries in churches, hospitals, orphanages and refugee camps.

Their work is part of Northwestern's Summer of Service program (SOS). Students raise their own funds for the projects. This year's Summer of Service (SOS) fund raising totals more than 64-thousand dollars.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Cedar Rapids police are investigating after a woman was found dead in an alley.

Police say they are investigating the death as a homicide.

A police news release says authorities received an emergency call from the area late Friday night. When officers arrived, they found the woman on the ground and unresponsive. Officers tried to resuscitate her, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police have not released the woman's name and say they don't expect to do so until Monday.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A Des Moines man is in critical condition after falling while trying to catch a city bus, then sliding under the bus' wheels.

Des Moines police identified the man Saturday as 60-year-old Robert Pate Sr.

The Des Moines Register cites witnesses who say Pate was running alongside the bus Friday night in an effort to stop it when he fell.

Police say Pate suffered serious injuries to his legs and was taken to Des Moines hospital.

Police say the driver of the bus faces no charges.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Gov. Terry Branstad appears to be meeting his promise of an open government.

Since taking office, he's appeared at hundreds of public events and held weekly news conferences. On Friday, he also began answering questions via Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as part of a weekly ``Ask the Gov'' video project.

Chris Mudge, executive director of the Iowa Newspaper Association, credits Branstad for his openness since being elected to a fifth term, 12 years after his first tenure ended.

Some, like Iowa Democratic Party Chairwoman Sue Dvorsky, say the ``Ask the Gov'' project is more about politics than policy.

She says Branstad should spend more time trying to work out an agreement on the state budget than focusing on what she claims are public relations gimmicks.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants have taken Iowa Hawkeyes safety Tyler Sash in the sixth round of the NFL draft on Saturday.

Sash has a nose for the ball. He had 13 interceptions in just three years on the field, although only two came this past season.

He could fit right into the Giants secondary since veteran Deon Grant is a free agent and may not be back.

New York drafted Nebraska Cornhuskers cornerback Prince Amukamara in the first round Thursday night.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Eagles have selected Iowa guard Julian Vandervelde in the fifth round.

Vandervelde started at left guard last season and made 37 career starts with the Hawkeyes. He's the second offensive linemen selected by the Eagles. They chose Baylor's Danny Watkins at No. 26 overall to beef up their interior line.

Earlier in the fifth round, the Eagles selected Pittsburgh running back Dion Lewis at No. 149.

The Eagles then made a trade, sending their second fifth-rounder (153) and a seventh (227) to the New York Jets for a fifth they used on Vandervelde and a sixth (194).

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans are working hard at adding help on defense. They have drafted defensive lineman Karl Klug of Iowa.

The 6-foot-3, 275-pound Klug is versatile and can play end or tackle. He was second-team All-Big Ten by coaches and media and was picked to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

Klug started all 13 games in 2010 at defensive tackle with 29 solo tackles and 28 assists. He led Iowa with 13 tackles for loss and had 5.5 sacks.

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings have selected Iowa defensive tackle Christian Ballard with their fourth-round draft pick.

The Vikings took Ballard with the ninth choice of the round, 106th overall on Saturday. The 6-foot-3, 283-pound tackle could add depth at the position with Kevin Williams facing a four-game suspension and Pat Williams a free agent.

Ballard was the first defensive player picked by new Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier, a former defensive coordinator.

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

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