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KLEM News PM Update May 3, 2011

Organized locally by pastors, businesses and Side by Side Ministries, the theme for this year's National Day of Prayer is "A Mighty Fortress is our God."

Prayer, praise and a catered meal are part of the Le Mars National Day of Prayer Thursday evening at the Le Mars Convention Center. Dinner is at 5:30 with the program from 5:55 until seven in the evening.

The worship team will be led by vocalist Jill Miller of Sioux City with a special performance by The Browns dedicated to the local military.

This is the first time the Le Mars National Day of Prayer event has been offered in the evening.

(LE MARS)--The commander of American Legion Wasmer Post 241 in Le Mars served on active duty after the 9-11 attacks on America.

Gary Konz of Le Mars had this reaction to the death of Osama bin Laden.

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Konz has thoughts of the soldiers still serving their country where efforts to end terrorism continue.

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Troop C of the Iowa Army National Guard based in Le Mars was deployed for active duty in Afghanistan last August.

(LE MARS)--Le Mars Community Middle School is the National History Day "School of the Year" in Iowa.
They received the top state honor Monday for having the most national qualifiers and alternates of any school at the state History Day contest.

Jeanne Rust is the Le Mars Community instructor for the students. According to Rust, Dayton Rand and Ellen Meis both qualified for the national contest in the individual web site category. Kacey Hovden advanced to nationals for her historical paper.

David Barker qualified for nationals in the individual documentary category. Emily Ahlers is alternate for nationals in historical papers and won the outstanding project in military history award. Mary Meis is the alternate for nationals in the individual exhibit board category and won the award for outstanding use of primary resources. Glen Clark competed in the individual documentary category.

The students chosen to compete at nationals will travel to the University of Maryland for the contest June 12-16th.

(LE MARS) - Customers of a Le Mars business will be able to help those in need this month.

Super Wash car wash owners Tom and Lori Schuch are hosting a "FoodRaiser" for the Christian Needs Center in Le Mars.

Super Wash will donate one dollar of every Super Wash and one dollar of every five token wash packages purchased between now and May 31st to the Christian Needs Center.

The first "FoodRaiser" in 2010 collectively raised more than 52-thousand dollars.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) A 41-year-old Sioux City man has pleaded not guilty to beating up his boss.

Court records say Joseph Sauce (SAHS) made the plea last week in Woodbury County District Court. The charges are willful injury, which is a felony; and two misdemeanors: harassment and false imprisonment.

Police reports say Doug Inlay had planned to fire Sauce on March 11. But police say that on March 9, Sauce went into the office and beat and kicked Inlay, at one point dragging him into an office, locking the door and threatening to kill him.

Police say Inlay suffered a concussion, four chipped teeth and needed surgery on his injured nose.

Sauce's trial is scheduled for Aug. 9.

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

AMES, Iowa (AP) Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty promises to devote the time and resources needed for an extensive campaign for Iowa's leadoff precinct caucuses.

After speaking and taking questions for an hour Tuesday in Ames, Pawlenty told The Associated Press that Iowa activists expect one-on-one attention. He says such campaigns are common in the Midwest and he's comfortable with that personal approach.

Pawlenty has formed a presidential exploratory committee and recently announced the hiring of Iowa staffers for his likely caucus campaign.

Although some expect Pawlenty will get a boost with Iowa voters because he's from a neighboring state, Pawlenty says people don't choose candidates based on geography.

Pawlenty plans another event Tuesday night in Adel. On Wednesday, he'll speak in Urbandale, then tour the Pioneer Hi-Bred Research Center in Johnston.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Voters in Cedar Rapids and Linn County are heading to the polls to decide whether to extend the county's 1 percent sales tax for 20 years.

If approved Tuesday, Cedar Rapids would use half of the proceeds to build a flood production system on both sides of the Cedar River, which flooded a large area of the city in 2008. Forty percent would be used for street improvements and 10 percent for property tax relief.

Opponents say the measure gives the city too much flexibility for spending the money.

The city currently receives about $20 million a year from the tax.

If the extension is approved, the city plans to sell bonds and pay off the debt with sales tax revenue.

Polls are open until 8 p.m.

RIVERSIDE, Iowa (AP) The 70-year-old man charged with fatally shooting his female roommate while she was riding a lawn mower had worked as Johnson County's emergency management coordinator.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that Thomas Hansen worked for the county from 1996 until he retired in April 2007. He had worked previously for the Iowa City Fire Department, where he achieved the rank of battalion chief.

Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek says he and others in his office who worked with Hansen closely are stunned by his arrest.

Hansen was charged Monday with first-degree murder in the death of 54-year-old Sharon Gerot. Authorities say Hansen shot her after an argument outside their home in Riverside.

Preliminary autopsy results released Tuesday show Gerot died of a single gunshot wound to the head.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Des Moines officials are more than doubling the number of cameras in city schools in hopes of preventing trouble before it starts.

More than 200 cameras will be installed in Des Moines schools by the end of the class year, up from 96 just four years ago.

The Des Moines Register reports that officials hope the cameras can help stamp out distractions like restroom fires and petty thefts.

Firefighters have been called to Des Moines schools 26 times in the past two years to put out small fires.

Bill Good, the chief operating officer with Des Moines schools, says the message to students to avoid causing trouble becomes clearer when someone is caught in the act.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) The pedestrian bridge that spans the Missouri River to link Omaha with Council Bluffs, Iowa, is getting its first safety inspection after opening about 30 months ago.

Mike Laviolette tells Omaha television station KETV that he and his partner will pore over concrete, pylons and bearings. They will check for corrosion and friction and to make sure all bearings are functioning.

Laviolette says they want to ensure the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge is moving as designed. It expands with hot weather and contracts with the cold.

A six-member recommended using Kerrey's name on the bridge. The former U.S. senator from Nebraska secured federal funding for the $22 million project with an earmark in 2000, his last year in office.

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

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