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KLEM News AM Update May 2, 2011

The home in northeast Le Mars was built by the Dalton family who were early English citizens settling in Le Mars. Only four families have lived in the home in its 110 years of existence. Iris Hemmingson of the Le Mars Historic Preservation Commission says it makes it more interesting and you can understand what has been done to a home if you know about the people who've lived there.   

As an example, Hemmingson says you really can't talk about Jerry and Audrey Scholtens' house unless you talk about the two houses on either side.

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Hemmingson noted the Scholtens' house wasn't built with a fireplace because it had new steam heating.  

Hemmingson and Linda Mayrose have planned and organized the tour to reflect history, architecture, antiques and restoration. They're part of the Le Mars Historic Preservation Commission which offers the tours to promote preservation of buildings and homes. Tours leave the Plymouth County Historical Museum from 10 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon Saturday.

 

(LE MARS)--Traffic on Business Highway 75 South in Le Mars will soon include earth moving equipment.

City Administrator Scott Langel says spring construction work includes relocating a water main on Sixth Avenue East and a water project in the 500 block of Second Avenue East, near the outdoor pool.

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The City Council will consider other projects for the Sheldon Community College students during a meeting tomorrow.

(LE MARS)--Outdoor warning sirens will be sounded in Le Mars today.

The monthly test is made on the first Monday of each month at one in the afternoon.

The Le Mars Fire-Rescue/Disaster Services Operations, Public Works Department and Plymouth County Communication Center staff work together to test the system

(SIOUX CITY) - Options for parking for the Elton John performance tomorrow night in Sioux City are being outlined by concert organizers.

Aran Rush of the Sioux City Convention Center and Tourism Bureau says free parking is offered a few short blocks away at the Convention Center.

Limited premium parking will be available at the Elton John venue, the Tyson Events Center. Overflow parking will be available at the parking ramps.

MAPLETON, Iowa (AP) The tornado-ravaged northwest Iowa town of Mapleton is facing a new problem: Too many donations.

Associated Press reports that the town has been inundated with canned food, clothing, bottled water and other donations since an April 9 tornado destroyed more than 140 homes and businesses there. No one was killed.

Now, the town is running out of room to store the items, which had been piling up at the Mapleton Community Center. The items have been moved to the Maple Valley Bus Barn.

A lack of room wasn't the only reason behind the move. The community center is needed for upcoming graduation parties.

Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto High School Principal Dan Dougherty says the outpouring of donations and well-wishes from neighboring communities has been overwhelming and amazing.

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

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann is expressing her gratitude to the U.S. military and intelligence community after America special forces killed Osama bin Laden on Sunday.

The Congresswoman from Minnesota says their ``persistence and dedicated service has yielded success in a mission that has gripped our nation since the terrible events of 9/11.''

Bachmann says that while bin Laden's death ``does not end the threat posed by terrorists,'' she hopes ``this is the beginning of the end of Sharia-compliant terrorism.''

Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, another GOP presidential prospect, issued a similar statement yesterday.

President Barack Obama made the announcement Sunday night from the White House, reporting that U.S. operatives had captured Bin Laden's body after a firefight in Pakistan.

Huckabee says to bin Laden: `Welcome to hell'

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Former Arkansas governor and 2008 presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said Americans and ``decent people'' have reason to cheer the death Osama bin Laden. The former Baptist minister also told the Al-Qaida leader ``Welcome to hell.''

According to Huckabee, ``It is unusual to celebrate a death, but today Americans and decent people the world over cheer the news that madman, murderer and terrorist Osama Bin Laden is dead.''

Huckabee also said, ``It has taken a long time for this monster to be brought to justice. Welcome to hell, bin Laden. Let us all hope that his demise will serve notice to Islamic radicals the world over that the United States will be relentless is tracking down and terminating those who would inflict terror, mayhem and death on any of our citizens.''

SIKESTON, Mo. (AP) The Army Corps of Engineers officer in charge of deciding whether to destroy a southeast Missouri levee has ordered crews to start filling pipes at the levee with explosives.

Maj. Gen. Michael Walsh instructed crews Sunday to move barges containing explosives to the Missouri side of the Mississippi River in case he decides to blow up the levee.

Walsh says he still hasn't decided whether to breach a two-mile section of the levee to relieve pressure upriver on the small Illinois community of Cairo. Doing so would put 130,000 acres of Missouri farmland under water but protect the Illinois community of 2,800 residents.

Walsh says it will take 20 hours to fill the tubes at the Birds Point.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) Two people have been injured in a fall from the deck of a Dubuque house.

The Telegraph Herald in Dubuque reports the two local residents fell about 15 feet early Saturday morning when a railing they were leaning on gave way.

Dubuque police say 42-year-old Marvin Redmond suffered a broken wrist, internal bleeding, a lacerated liver and a detached kidney in the fall. He was taken to a Dubuque hospital before being transferred to University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City.

Also injured was 42-year-old Tanya Brisco, who suffered a broken wrist and broken jaw. She was taken to a Dubuque hospital and released later that day.


AMES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa Board of Regents is expected to choose an outside search firm to help find a replacement for retiring Iowa State University President Gregory Geoffroy.

The Gazette of Cedar Rapids reports that the regents interviewed four search firms last week and will choose one of them as its consultant at its June meeting, if not sooner.

The four firms interviewed were Funk and Associates; Isaacson, Miller; Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc; and Parker Executive Search. All are based out of state.

Consultants told the board that university presidents today spend much of their time off campus doing fundraising, lobbying, dealing with athletics issues and visiting donors. They often leave the handling of day-to-day oversight of the schools to the provost.

Geoffroy has announced plans to step down by July 2012.

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) The music department at Marshalltown Community College is in danger of being eliminated and some of the program's 50 students are fighting back.

MCC music instructor Meghan Schumacker tells the Times-Republican of Marshalltown that the program will be cut. She declined to comment further.

Iowa Valley Community College District Chancellor Chris Duree declined to confirm the development, saying program cuts will be revealed at a May 11 board meeting.

MCC music student Ashley Tyler says she and others are infuriated by the news. Tyler has created a Facebook page titled ``Save MCC Music,'' and says she's hoping to amass supporters.

Music Student Mathew Kanour says he and fellow music students will do everything possible to keep the program alive, including fundraising and contacting lawmakers.

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

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