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KLEM News PM Update May 6, 2011

Pat Kenaley of Le Mars is a Le Mars Community graduate. Kenaley explains a park idea for the Camp Quest property honoring a former instructor is on the social media Facebook.

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The idea started about six last night. As of mid-morning Kenaley said about three-thousand dollars had been pledged. While it is a stretch, Kenaley says people are really interested in letting Tom Bohan know how much he was appreciated.

Kenaley gives three suggestions for those who'd like to be involved.

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Phil Meis email address is pjmeis@umsi.us and Kenaley's email address is pat2alaska@longlines.com.

Taking the park idea to the auction is being considered.

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The 19- acre Camp Quest is to be auctioned by Brock Auction Company at the property location in northeast Le Mars on Marble Avenue at 10 tomorrow morning.

(LE MARS)--Praise in music and God's word framed by prayer was heard during National Day of Prayer in Le Mars Thursday.

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Jill Miller of Sioux City and a worship group as well as The Brown Family led musical worship.

Prayers from five pastors modeled after "The Lord's Prayer" included Pastor Jan Christensen who opened with the praise for God.

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Prayer about God's will followed with Pastor Dan Krause.

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Giving God's people their daily needs was the Lord's Prayer focus for Pastor Casey Kleeman.

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A prayer for forgiveness of sins was led by Pastor Fred Gums.

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Families of those serving the nation, such as those activated with the 113th Cavalry, Troop C, were remembered at the National Day of Prayer by Pastor Jon Meredith.

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The Browns performed their new patriotic reflection, "Because of the Brave" which you have heard on KLEM.

(LE MARS)--The features of the newly relocated Sioux City Public Museum will be presented in Le Mars next week.

Museum Executive Director Steve Hansen is the guest speaker at the 47th annual meeting of the Plymouth County Historical Museum.

The meeting begins with a meal at six in the evening on May 12th in the museum's Old Central Gym.

History Day projects from Plymouth County Schools will be displayed. Volunteers will be recognized and board members will be elected during a brief business meeting led by President of the Board, John Schneider of rural Le Mars.

Anyone who plans to attend needs to make a reservation by contacting the museum by noon Monday.

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) The University of South Dakota in Vermillion honors graduates from its Law School with a special ceremony late Friday afternoon.

This year's graduating class of 52 students is smaller than usual. School officials say the goal is to have around 75 students in each class. This year's first-year class has 72 students.

The spring commencement for USD's undergraduate students will be Saturday.

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

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Republican candidates for president are discovering that the economy and government spending are trumping the usual issues of abortion and gay marriage in socially conservative Iowa.

Republican candidates are making regular appearances in the state, which will hold the first-in-the-nation caucuses in the 2012 presidential race early next year. Republican leaders in Iowa say voters are making clear that the top issue for them will be the nation's budget deficit.

The concerns about fiscal issues could provide an opening for a fiscal hawk in the state. Evangelical conservatives usually have the advantage. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Southern Baptist minister, won the Iowa Republican contest in 2008.

Pro-business and conservative fiscal groups are planning to hold a number of candidate events this summer and fall to emphasize economic issues.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says flows from reservoirs on the Des Moines River will return to normal as the Mississippi River begins to recede in Missouri and southern Illinois.

The corps says in a news release Thursday that the flows from the reservoirs were decreased as the lower Mississippi rose to near record levels. With the river now beginning to recede in those areas, the corps says there is no longer a benefit to holding back water along tributaries that empty into the Mississippi River.

Flows at Lake Red Rock were to increase to normal levels Thursday. Corps officials say flows at Saylorville, which works in tandem with Lake Red Rock, will be managed to control the rate of fall in the reservoir.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) It's been four weeks since a real estate agent was gunned down in a model townhouse in West Des Moines, but police have yet to make an arrest in the case.

Twenty-seven-year-old Ashley Okland died after she was shot twice on April 8 in what police believe was an isolated incident.

Investigators say they've interviewed more than 250 people and followed twice as many leads.

West Des Moines police chief Jack O'Donnell tells the Des Moines Register that Okland's homicide is the department's top priority.

O'Donnell says he's confident Okland's killer will be caught, even though police haven't yet narrowed the focus of the probe.

The Polk County Crime Stoppers are offering a nearly $69,000 reward to anyone who provides information resulting in an arrest.

AMES, Iowa (AP) A man who was charged with attempted murder for allegedly stabbing his live-in girlfriend in Ames has pleaded guilty to reduced charges.

The Tribune in Ames is reporting that 51-year-old James Rasmussen pleaded guilty to assault while participating in a felony and willful injury. Court records filed recently show the Ames man is scheduled to be sentenced May 31.

Rasmussen was arrested in July 2010 after he allegedly stabbed Theresa Schlue numerous times behind a downtown bar. He was arrested later in Ellsworth.

Rasmussen remains held in the Story County jail on a $150,000 bond.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) A 28-year-old Waterloo man has pleaded not guilty to robbing a local bank.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier says Kurtis Culbert appeared at his arraignment on Thursday. He's been charged with robbing the U.S. Bank branch on April 7, getting $80. Police say that's what the robber's note to a teller demanded: $80.

No one at the bank was hurt.

Culbert was caught later that day at a homeless shelter in Cedar Rapids.

A trial date has not been set. Culbert remains in jail, pending $100,000 bail.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Authorities say a man who robbed a bank branch in southeast Des Moines got away with more than $1,300.

The robbery at the U.S. Bank branch occurred about 2 p.m. Thursday.

Police say a man handed a note to a teller, demanding money. There was no word on whether the teller saw a weapon.

The man then left with his loot. A bank employee passed out but refused to go to a hospital.

No arrest has been reported.

HUDSON, Iowa (AP) Two goats were killed but no people were hurt in a fire that destroyed a barn south of Hudson in east-central Iowa.

Officials say firefighters were sent to the property a little after 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

Neighbors helped property owner Ruth Beck get a vintage tractor out of the barn.

Fire crews from Hudson, Reinbeck and La Porte City were called to help battle the flames.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) University of Iowa officials are ready to launch a major fundraising campaign to benefit UI Hospitals and Clinics and the college of medicine.

UI administrators and UI Foundation officials are expected to appear at a news conference Friday afternoon to announce the goal and timeline for the effort.

The campaign will be co-chaired by two alums who announced this week they had donated $10 million to benefit pediatric medicine at UI.

The campaign comes as the hospital embarks on a lengthy and expensive strategy to modernize its facilities and build a new children's hospital.

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

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