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KLEM News AM Update May 13, 2011

During Ice Cream Days on Saturday, June 18th, First National Bank and Blue Bunny will be hosting an Ice Cream Flavor Creation Contest. Kathy McCrary of First National Bank tells us about this first year event.

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Participants must name their flavor. McCrary says that a panel of familiar Le Mars faces will serve as judges.

The entry fee for the contest is $15 and all entry money will be given back to the contestants in some way or another. Prizes include cash, gifts and a trophy for the grand prize winner. McCrary says participants also get free ice cream. She suggests using it to practice making your flavor.

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Deadline for entry in the Ice Cream Flavor Creation Contest is Friday, June 10th. Interested individuals and teams can register at the Chamber Office.

The contest will take place at the Olson Cultural Events Center in conjunction with Rib Fest on June 18th. (News report by Angela Drake of KLEM News)

Auxiliary awards scholarships for training

 (LE MARS)--Three-thousand dollars is being donated for health care education in the Le Mars Area.

Chad Hoppe of Le Mars Wednesday received a one-thousand dollar scholarship from the Floyd Valley Hospital Auxiliary. Hoppe is a Floyd Valley Hospital Maintenance Department employee and will be pursuing a nursing degree from Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City.

Also during the National Hospital Week Chamber Coffee, the Hospital Auxiliary presented a one-thousand dollar scholarship to Stephanie Begnoche who is a Remsen St. Mary's High School senior. Begnoche plans to pursue a pre-med degree at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City. She is the daughter of Tim and Connie Begnoche.

Nancy Augustine, Floyd Valley Hospital Auxiliary President, center, presented scholarships to Hoppe, left, and Begnoche, right. (Photo courtesy Floyd Valley Hospital)  

The Auxiliary also donated one-thousand dollars to the Floyd Valley Hospital Education Department to be used for hospital staff training. This may include Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Life Support and Neonatal Resuscitation provider.

Hawarden workers are without jobs

HAWARDEN, Iowa (AP) Forty-nine workers have been laid off at a lamb slaughter plant in Hawarden.

Workers at the Superior Farms plant in Hawarden were let go on Wednesday.

Company spokeswoman Angela Gentry says the cuts target the harvesting portion of the operation. Gentry says the sheep industry has been short of supply.

The plant also let 32 workers go from its processing plant in February.

The company says about 15 people will continue to work at its livestock buying and selling operations in Hawarden and a nearby facility that produces animal food.

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

 Senate panel moves to block Iowa abortion clinic

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A key Iowa Senate committee has approved a measure designed to block plans for a Council Bluffs clinic that would offer late-term abortions.

Backers said the measure was narrowly drawn to block Nebraska Dr. LeRoy Carhart, who announced plans for the Council Bluffs facility after Nebraska passed late-term abortion restrictions. Critics worried that the measure could lead to more late-term abortions.

Under the measure, late-term abortions could only be performed in clinics in cities that have hospitals offering intensive care services for infants.

There are five such facilities, one each in Davenport, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City and two in Des Moines. The Senate Ways and Means Committee approved it on a 9-6 vote, sending it to the full Senate for debate.

Aides: Ron Paul to make 3rd bid for president

WASHINGTON (AP) Campaign aides say U.S. Representative Ron Paul will run for president for a third time.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, aides say the Congressman from Surfside, Texas will announce his plans on Friday while in New Hampshire.

Paul announced his presidential exploratory committee in Iowa last month.

The Republican made his first run for president on the Libertarian Party ticket in 1988 and is best known as a staunch critic of the U.S. Federal Reserve bank, which he blames for rising food and gasoline prices.

Senate moving on budget bills despite differences

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa Senate has approved an education budget measure and will likely pass a human services budget, but there is no indication that Republicans and Democrats have narrowed their differences over state spending.

The Senate, where Democrats hold the majority, approved the education budget Thursday by a 26 to 23 vote along party lines. They next will take up the human services department budget.

Senate Democrats want to spend about $60 million more on the two budgets than House Republicans support.

Neighbors save 600-pound man from fire

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Two men say they rushed into a Des Moines home after seeing an explosion and brought a 600-pound man to safety.

Byker Mark and Steve Miller say they saw fire shooting out of a neighbor's home on Thursday afternoon.

Mark tells KCCI that he heard crying inside the home and broke through the front door. Mark and Miller say they rolled the man into a nearby ditch and put towels on him.

The victim's name and condition aren't yet available. Mark and Miller say he appeared to suffer severe burns to his hands, chest and feet.

Dump truck driver's death ruled a drowning

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Authorities say a dump truck driver died from drowning in Iowa City.

Fifty-three-year-old Timothy Russell died Monday after his truck overturned and plunged into the Iowa River.

Johnson County Medical Examiner Dr. Stephen Scheckel says Russell's death has been ruled a drowning. The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports that Scheckel says the crash is listed as an accident.

Johnson County Sheriff's Office Maj. Steve Dolezal said earlier this week that Russell's crash happened on an unpaved access road that was mostly mud because of recent rainfall.

Iowa Purple Heart recipient recovering

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) The family of an eastern Iowa soldier who received a Purple Heart last month after being injured in Afghanistan says he's doing well.

Military officials say Sgt. Matthew Macke's vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device on April 27, fracturing Macke's right foot and left leg.

Macke, a Cedar Rapids native, was awarded his second Purple Heart on April 30.

Macke's mother Kelly, who lives in Wyoming, says her son is recovering at a military facility in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

Cedar Rapids investigates photo of officer

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Cedar Rapids police are investigating a photograph obtained by an anti-tax activist that appears to show an officer sleeping in his squad car.

Tim Pugh, who helped organize opposition to a sales tax referendum last week, said Thursday he was forwarded the photograph by a friend. Pugh said the photo was taken Tuesday on the city's southwest side by another individual who wishes to remain anonymous because he fears retaliation.

Pugh e-mailed the photograph to police and media outlets Thursday, complaining about what he called a waste of tax dollars.

Sgt. Cristy Hamblin says the investigation is in its infancy and has not yet been able to determine whether the photo is authentic. She says investigators are trying to determine whether an officer was involved and should face any discipline.

Des Moines man convicted of killing wife

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A Des Moines man who shot and killed his wife last April has been found guilty of first-degree murder.

Twenty-six-year-old Donte Gilmore was convicted Thursday by a Polk County jury. He will be sentenced to life in prison at a later date.

The Des Moines Register reports that Gilmore shot at his wife, Randi Gilmore, eight times as she was trying to run away from him.

Police found Randi Gilmore's body in the couple's Des Moines home. Officials say the couple's three young daughters were in the house when the shots were fired.

Donte Gilmore's attorney, public defender Wendy Samuelson, acknowledged that her client shot and killed his wife.

Samuelson tried to prove that stress sparked a ``disassociate event'' that made Donte Gilmore him incapable of understanding his actions.

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

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