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KLEM News PM Update May 12, 2011

According to the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office report, 18-year-old Alexander Villalpando lost control of the vehicle near the intersection of Highway 12 and 314th Street. Villalpando's address was not released.

The front seat passenger, 18-year-old Jarren Watterson of Sioux City, was taken to Mercy Medical Center and was released. A backseat passenger, 16-year-old Brandon Parsley of Sioux City, was also taken to Mercy Medical Center.

There were four people in the vehicle. One person was ejected, but refused medical treatment when paramedics responded to the accident.

Legion to dedicate new flags in Le Mars

(LE MARS)---New flags will be dedicated on Memorial Day for the "Avenue of Flags" program by Wasmer Post 241 of the American Legion.

The Le Mars Memorial Day tradition began in 1965 when 91 flags were dedicated. The Wasmer Post conducts the program each year and will begin this year's Memorial Day observance by posting 1,127 flags dedicated to honor deceased veterans.

According to adjutant Tom Baack, family members wishing to have the flag of a deceased veteran dedicated in this year's ceremony should have the flag brought to the American Legion Club, 110 Plymouth Street Southwest in Le Mars by 6 p.m. on Friday, May 27th.

Flags should be standard cotton 9.5-by-five foot burial flags to maintain a uniform appearance of the Avenues. If a family wishes to keep the original burial flag, appropriate flags are available for purchase at the Legion Club.

Police chief receives Le Mars Chamber honor

(LE MARS) -- A City of Le Mars department head is the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce "Boss of the Quarter."

Police Chief Stuart Dekkenga received the Second Quarter Boss honor today.

Dekkenga is described as a fair and compassionate boss who takes time to listen. He's credited with being empathetic to the stress and demands of the police profession.

The nomination for the Boss of the Quarter also described Dekkenga as a boss who appreciates how officers represent the Le Mars Police Department in a professional manner, putting citizen concerns and safety above all else.

Farewell for Dr. Turner planned

(LE MARS)--An open house is planned by the Le Mars Community School District for an administrator.

The Farewell Cake and Coffee Open House honors Dr. Carl Turner

Dr. Turner is the district's assistant superintendent who has accepted a position as Storm Lake School Superintendent. A 10-year school employee, Dr. Turner began his work in Le Mars as Middle School Superintendent.

The Farewell Cake and Coffee Open House is at the Education Service Center Large Board room on Thursday, May 26th from 3:30 to five in the afternoon.

Hay fire causes extensive damage

(STORM LAKE)--Damage from a fire northwest of Storm Lake is estimated at 20-thousand dollars.

According to Buena Vista County Sheriff Gary Launderville, a hay fire was reported at mid-afternoon Monday. Three fire departments were called to the structure fire.

An investigation by the Rembrandt Fire Chief and the sheriff's office determined the accidental fire started in a shredded hay pile.

Due to the strong winds Monday, the sheriff's office reports the fire moved to a structure that was near the hay pile.

Republican Gingrich to campaign in northwest Iowa next week

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will barnstorm across Iowa next week on his first trip to the leadoff presidential caucus state since announcing his candidacy for the 2012 Republican nomination.

The former Georgia congressman announced his candidacy Wednesday, and plans to give his first campaign speech Friday at the Georgia state GOP convention.

Gingrich then plans to launch a 17-city Iowa swing on Monday with a noon speech in Duqubue, followed by news conferences in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines. Gingrich will depart Iowa after a Mason City event Tuesday.

Gingrich returns Thursday for stops in Waterloo, Marshalltown, Ames, Carroll and Atlantic, followed by Council Bluffs, Onawa, Sioux City, Le Mars, Storm Lake and Holstein on Friday. Gingrich winds up the trip on Saturday with stops in Orange City and Sheldon.

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

Severe damage in Lenox

LENOX, Iowa (AP) A suspected tornado ripped through the southwest Iowa town of Lenox, but no serious injuries have been reported.

Spring storms pummeled parts of Iowa on Wednesday, ripping off roofs, shattering windows and tearing apart trees.

Sandi Reyner works at a restaurant in Lenox, a town of about 1,400 people. She told The Des Moines Register that ``there are houses here that used to be two stories that are now less than one story.''

The National Weather Service says it will be sending a team to Lenox on Thursday to confirm the tornado report and assess the storm's strength.

Storm spotters also reported a tornado about two miles from Kent, which is a few miles northeast of Lenox.

Woman fighting big Council Bluffs parking fine

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) A woman says she's going to court to fight a Council Bluffs parking ticket that could cost her $835.

Laura Sherman says she thinks the $750 fine and $85 court fee is way out of line.

Sherman says she didn't see any signs prohibiting parking on the grass at the city's sports and recreation complex. She acknowledges that she passed up open spaces at a parking lot and drove over a curb to get to a spot on the grass Sunday.

Omaha television station KETV says that on the main road into the complex there are several signs that say ``No parking on grass.''

Assistant City Attorney Don Bauermeister says routine parking fines haven't curbed the park problem and that Sherman should have obeyed the signs.

Ankeny-based Iowa Guard members heading home

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) A welcome-home ceremony is being prepared at Ankeny Airport for about 10 Iowa National Guard members.

The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. Friday for the members of Detachment 34, Operational Support Airlift Command.

The unit is based at the airport and flies C-12 fixed-wing aircraft. Its primary mission is carrying personnel and supplies.

After mobilization last June, the soldiers got extra training at Fort Benning, Ga., before heading overseas.

The Guard says that while the unit was deployed, it flew more than 1,500 passengers and 100,000 pounds of cargo to spots in Afghanistan, Iraq, and 15 other countries.

Popular mushroom in short supply this spring

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Iowans looking for morel mushrooms might be out of luck because of a chilly spring.

Morels are a spongy, native delicacy found in timber and often near dead elm trees. The mushroom typically grows for only a few weeks in the spring.

The Cedar Rapids Gazette says warm weather early last spring led to a bumper crop for the mushroom.

But Dean Abel, who works in the University of Iowa's biology department, says this spring was too cold for soil to reach the temperature needed for the fungi to grow.

Abel says the rapid jump in temperature in recent days hasn't helped because the season often ends after three days above 80 degrees.

Missing puppy from Iowa crash found

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) The 8-week-old boxer puppy Zeus has been found not far from the crash site near Waterloo where he went missing.

The pup had been missing since a traffic accident last weekend on U.S. Highway 218.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier is reporting that Zeus was found Wednesday evening in the yard of a home near the accident site.

Zeus had been sitting next to his owner when his truck collided with a semitrailer on Saturday.

Chad Bartles was taken to a Waterloo hospital. Zeus was nowhere to be found.

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

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