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KLEM News Update May 7, 2011

The Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Tour of Le Mars is an event focused on bringing out-of-towners in to see what Le Mars has to offer. This marks the third year for the tour. Mary Reynolds, the Chambers Main Street Manager, says that everywhere you go you'll hear music, making this year a "Musical Tour of Le Mars." She tells about some of the tour locations.

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Other stops include the new Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor on Central Avenue, angelic music at Heavenly Bliss Bed and Breakfast, and flutes at the Arts Center.

A luncheon will also be offered by the Chamber of Commerce at the Willow Creek Golf Course. Reynolds says this year the musical theme lends itself to a fun feature.

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The luncheon and various elements of some tour locations have costs associated with them. You can contact the Le Mars Chamber Office for details on each tour stop and to make your reservation.

Reynolds added that this is the last year for this type of touring event, she says that next year there will be something different to enjoy.

 

Gehlen students join the fight against hunger 

(LE MARS)--The youngest students at Gehlen Catholic School joined the "Then Feed Just One" food packaging event in Le Mars Friday.

The students and adults volunteering at Gehlen Catholic combined rice and other ingredients into plastic bags which are sealed and boxed for shipment.

Gehlen student Abbie Dickman talked with Joanne Glamm of KLEM about her work toward the end of the food packaging production.

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The meals packed Friday will be shipped to feed the poor in Honduras.

Food packed at Bishop Heelen this spring arrived during the annual Gehlen Catholic Mission Honduras trip.

 

Le Mars keeping toxic waste out of landfill 

(LE MARS) There's a renewed effort to keep hazardous and toxic waste out of the rural Le Mars landfll.

The Plymouth County Solid Waste agency is licensed as a construction and demolition or c and d landfill.

City administrator Scott Langel says that waste has never been allowed, but a new landfill recycling tool is uncovering the waste.

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Langel lists the items that can't be mixed in with construction and demolition materials.

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The city of Le Mars offers residents free disposal of household hazardous materials on May 11th. Daytime appointments are available and need to be made by calling the city at 548-4958.

 

Free dental clinic coming to Sioux City

(Sioux City) - An annual free dental care clinic will be held in northwest Iowa this fall. The Iowa Dental Association has selected Sioux City for the two-day clinic known as the "Mission of Mercy." Since 2008, that event has traveled around Iowa, providing 4,500 patients with approximately $2.5 million in free care. Sioux City native Dr. Dick Hettinger is the state chair for the Iowa Mission of Mercy. He says the clinic has always been held in central or eastern Iowa.

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Patients are seen on a first come, first serve basis. There are no income eligibility requirements.

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At last year's event in Cedar Rapids, about 1,000 dental professionals donated their services. This year, the clinic will be held November 18 and 19 at the Tyson Center in Sioux City. (News report by Radio Iowa)

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Paper Recycling Today

(LE MARS)--Today (Saturday) is a day to recycle paper for school projects in Le Mars and Remsen.

The Le Mars Community Elementary Schools paper recycling project is this morning. Paper may be dropped off at O'Toole Park in Le Mars from 8-10 a-m. Other pickup sites are at the Struble and Craig Banks and the Brunsville Bank corner from 8-9 a-m.

The Remsen-Union Family Connection and St. Mary's School Board collect paper from 8-11 a-m at the Marion Street location.

The Gehlen Catholic Can Drive is this morning from 8 am to 10 a-m at the Elementary Building.

 

Cedar Rapids police ask for help finding assailant

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Police in Cedar Rapids are asking for the public's help looking for a man they say broke into a home and sexually assaulted a woman.

The police department said Friday an adult female reported that she was sexually assaulted Thursday after a man came into her house near Daniel's Park on the city's northeast side. The statement says the offender then stole the woman's white Buick Century.

Police are asking anyone who was near the park around 5 p.m. Thursday and has any knowledge or saw anything suspicious to contact the department.

Police say the female did not offer a detailed description of the suspect. They say a similar attack happened in October 2009 that remains under investigation.

Authorities search for missing Iowa woman, 50

CARROLL, Iowa (AP) Authorities are searching for a missing 50-year-old woman from western Iowa whose car was found in the parking lot of a nightclub the morning after she disappeared.

The Carroll Police Department and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation said Friday they are asking for anyone with information related to the disappearance of 50-year-old Dawn Allen to come forward.

Allen was last seen at her home in Carroll on Wednesday at about 8:30 p.m. and no one has reported talking to her since. She did not show up for work the next day, and her employer reported her missing to police.

Allen's vehicle was found Thursday morning in the parking lot of the Piranha Club on the east edge of town.

Police ID suspected bank robber in Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Police have identified a man suspected of robbing a bank in southeast Des Moines.

Police on Friday say 18-year-old Nickolas Nelson is wanted for second-degree robbery. He's suspected in the holdup of a U.S. Bank on Thursday afternoon.

Sgt. Chris Scott says Nelson recently moved to Des Moines from Moline, Ill.

Police say the robber handed a note to the teller, demanding money and got away with about $1,350. There was no word on whether the teller saw a weapon.

Chicago man sent to prison for Iowa robberies

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) A Chicago man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for robbing a bingo hall and several convenience stores in Iowa.

Brandon Reynolds was arrested last June after a standoff with police at a vacant home in Waterloo. He's accused of robbing a bingo hall in Waterloo and three convenience stores in Waterloo and Cedar Falls.

Reynolds pleaded guilty to several counts of first-degree robbery in March. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier says he was sentenced on Thursday in Black Hawk County District Court.

Another man charged in the bingo hall robbery, Elton Wade, of Waterloo, pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Jury convicts Ottumwa man of killing wife

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) A Wapello County jury has convicted an Ottumwa man of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of his wife.

The Ottumwa Courier says the jury returned the verdict on Friday in the trial of Christopher Johnson. He was accused of killing Anessa Pherigo-Johnson in their home in June 2010.

The jury returned the guilty verdict after deliberating the case for about three hours on Friday.

Johnson faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.


Court reinstates Indianola homeowners' assessments

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa Supreme Court has reversed a lower court decision that reduced assessments against six Indianola homeowners for a project that paved a gravel road and installed sidewalks to a new elementary school.

The property owners argued the assessments exceeded the benefits of the project. They say increased traffic and sidewalk maintenance outweigh the benefits and that a formula used to calculate assessments was improperly used.

A district court agreed and reduced the assessments, but on Friday the Supreme Court reversed that decision.

The court says the property owners experienced numerous benefits from the project and the assessments were fair.

The homeowners' attorney, Joe Happe (Happy) says they are ``terribly disappointed.''

Giunta to serve as torchbearer for military event

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta (JUN'-tuh), a native Iowan awarded the nation's highest military honor for heroism in Afghanistan, will be the torchbearer for the opening ceremonies of the 2011 Warrior Games.

The event will be held in Colorado Spring, Colo., and will feature over 200 wounded, ill and injured servicemen and women competing in seven sports.

Officials say the Warrior Games is part of the United States Olympic Committee's Paralympic Military Program.

The program is focused on providing daily physical activity in rehabilitation efforts.

The Des Moines Register says Giunta, who is from Hiawatha in eastern Iowa, plans to enroll at Colorado State University in the near future.

Giunta will serve as torchbearer on May 16.

Neb. college names new president from New England

CRETE, Neb. (AP) Doane (doan) College in Nebraska has named an administrator from the University of New England in Maine as its next president.

The liberal arts and sciences school says Friday that its board of trustees named Jacque Carter as its 12th president. Carter will begin his term as president of the college's three campuses, in Crete, Lincoln and Grand Island, on July 1. He succeeds Jonathan Brand, who's leaving to become president of Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa.

Carter, who joined the University of New England faculty in 1989, has been the school's provost and vice president of academic affairs for the past five years.

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

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