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KLEM News Mid-day Update May 13, 2011

Dan Peters manages the campground at Le Mars Municipal Park.

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Willow Creek offers electricity, showers, restrooms, picnic areas and walking trails for about 40 campers and 10-12 tents.

Cool temperatures kept camping activity down earlier this spring, but he's expecting a busy Memorial Day weekend.

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Willow Creek is a destination for campers from the surrounding areas and Peters sees a few people come through on vacations.

Peters enjoys the people he meets as manager of Willow Creek campground-something he's done for 11 years.


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Depending on weather, the campground usually opens by May 1st and remains open until October 15th. Reservations may be made by calling 712.540.4984.

New Sioux City Museum location attracts thousands

(LE MARS)--The opening of the Sioux City Museum in downtown Sioux City is attracting thousands of visitors.

Museum director Steve Hansen spoke at the 47th annual meeting of the Plymouth County Historical Museum in Le Mars last night.

Hansen said more than 91-hundred people have been to the new museum since early April.

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Hansen spoke about the importance of pride in the region's history whether that is featured in Le Mars or Sioux City museums.

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Like the Plymouth County Historical Museum, the Sioux Museum does not charge admission. Both will celebrate Iowa Museum Day tomorrow. In Le Mars there are free root beer floats in Miller's Lunch. The Sioux City Museum is featuring fourth grade history projects.

Also during the annual meeting in Le Mars, Stuart Fischer was elected to the Board. A tribute was presented to longtime museum volunteer Ron Burkhard who died earlier this year.

Yanney is WITCC Commencement speaker

(SIOUX CITY)--A Sioux City businesswoman is the Spring Commencement speaker for Western Iowa Tech Community College tonight.

Western Iowa Tech will honor students who are earning certificates, diplomas and degrees as well as G-E-D High School equivalency diplomas.

The guest speaker is Charese Yanney who is a partner in Guarantee Roofing and Siding Company. The Outstanding Teacher of the Year award will also be presented.

The ceremony is at the Tyson Events Center at seven tonight.

Arson charge for former tenant

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A 26-year-old woman is accused of starting a fire in the Des Moines apartment from which she was being evicted.

According to The Des Moines Register, Cassie Majerus was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of arson. Majerus had been served earlier in the week with eviction papers.

Police say the apartment's smoke alarms were found in a closet by the bathroom.

According to a police report, Majerus told officers that ``she likes to throw fire at things when she gets scared.''

Polk County Jail records said Friday that Majerus remained in custody, pending bail of $25,000. Online court records don't list the name of her attorney.

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

Northern Iowa teacher program problems cited

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The University of Northern Iowa teacher preparation program is being criticized for a lack of oversight.

University officials blame administrative turnover and ``passing of the buck'' for the failure to meet the state's standard for oversight.

The Des Moines Register says the university program met five out of six state standards for teacher preparation and on Thursday was given conditional approval by the state Board of Education.

The university was given up to a year to meet the oversight standard.

UNI officials say significant progress has been made in fixing the problems.

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

Clear Lake Fire Department will use World Trade Center beam

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) The fire department in Clear Lake is using a beam salvaged from the World Trade Center in New York City for a sculpture at its new station.

The 10-foot steel beam was donated to Clear Lake under a special program by the New York and New Jersey Port Authority and the September 11th Families Association.

The Mason City Globe-Gazette says the program is donating 1,200 artifacts to fire departments and other organizations around the country.

Eleven Clear Lake firefighters will be leaving Sunday for New York City to pick up the piece of steel.

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

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