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KLEM News Update May 15, 2011

Josh Locker of Orange City is a biology health professions major. Locker received the biology departments "Outstanding Graduating Senior" award. Locker did summer research at Sanford Health in Sioux Falls and at Northwestern College. He has been accepted into medical school at the University of Iowa. He served as a Northwestern College student ambassador, a resident assistant and was a member of the golf team.

Other faculty honors went to Greta Hays of Chicago and Anna Pitney of Wausau, Wisconsin.

Betty Strong Encounter Center offers bat program

(SIOUX CITY)--Lewis and Clark Expedition members saw them in the 1800s. The story of "Bats of Siouxland" will be presented at the Betty Strong Encounter Center in Sioux City this afternoon at two.

Dr. Jim Stroh of Morningside College will discuss the types of bats that live in Siouxland, their habitats and why they're important to humans. The event connects with the Lewis and Clark Expedition which identified 122 animals new to western science during its exploration from 1804-1806.

The expedition first encountered bats in the Spirit Mount area near present-day Vermillion in late August in 1804. 

Relay for Life sponsors support Hull event

(HULL)--Fifteen corporate sponsors are supporting the 2011 Sioux Relay for Life in mid-June in Hull.

Corporate sponsor chair John Buntsma says major sponsors help cover routine costs of the event so all of the money collected by Relay for Life participants goes directly to the fight against cancer. According to Buntsma, corporate support has helped make the Sioux Relay for Life among the top ten Relays in Iowa the last three years.

This year's Sioux Relay for Life is at A-R Hesla Field in Hull June 17-18. Activities for families are planned and the public is invited.

St. Luke's to train caring clowns

(SIOUX CITY)--Caring clowns will be trained to help patients, visitors and staff at St. Luke's Regional Medical Center in Sioux City.

Clowns are trained in the ethics and joys of becoming a hospital clown, hospital protocol, rules and regulations.

To be a caring clown, candidates should have the ability to be a good listener, a desire to look goofy and be willing to devote two hours a week to clowning.

St. Luke's Caring Clown Troupe will offer training classes beginning June 6th for six weeks beginning at seven in the evening at St. Luke's.

Registration for the upcoming classes is being coordinated through St. Luke's. 

Summer theater at Morningside features musicals, solo performers

(SIOUX CITY)--A summer of performances begins at Morningside College with a Tony-award winning musical.

The amphitheater-style stage, the Buhler Outdoor Performance Center on the campus, is the stage for "The Assassins" and five other productions.

The first production, "The "Assassins," opened on Broadway in 2004 and is a revue-style show that tells the stories of men and women who tried to assassinate U-S presidents. The performances are at seven in the evening on June 3rd and June 4th.

Artistic director Randy Peters said the series is designed to bring free, quality music and theatre performances to residents of the Sioux City area.

Other performances include the Many Moccasin Dance Troupe on June 24th; the musical, "The Music Man" on July 8th and July 9th; the one-woman show, "The Bell of Amherst" with Barbara Kingsley on July 22nd and July 23rd; the children's musical, "Hansel and Gretel," on August 5 and 6th" and "Quartus," a rock/jam band on August 20th. Performances are free.

Huckabee says he won't run for president

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee said Saturday he won't seek the Republican presidential nomination, choosing to stick with a lucrative career as a television and radio personality.

Huckabee, the winner of the 2008 Iowa caucuses, said on his Fox News Channel show. ``All the factors say go, but my heart says no.''

The former Baptist minister's decision further muddies the GOP field as the Republican Party seeks a challenger for President Barack Obama.

A prominent social conservative, Huckabee had ranked high in surveys of Republicans on who they'd like to see lead their ticket in 2012.

13 Iowa Guard members return home from Middle East

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) Thirteen members of the Iowa National Guard have returned home from a year in the Middle East.

The members of Detachment 34, Operational Support Airlift Command were greeted Friday at the Ankeny airport. Gov. Terry Branstad was among those in attendance. He praised the soldiers' service and sacrifice.

One of the soldiers, Brian O'Keefe, says he kept in touch with his family through text messages. He told WHO-TV he plans to return to his job as a firefighter next month. For now, he's happy to be with his children.

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

4 Iowa police officers on leave after shooting

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Four Des Moines police officer have been placed on paid leave after a suspect in a credit union robbery and carjacking was shot and wounded.

The police department identified the officers as Christopher Curtis, Scott Fisher, Tina Kaylar and Michael West, all senior officers. It's department policy to put officers involved in shootings on leave pending an investigation.

Twenty-eight-year-old Robin Brooks Junior of Des Moines, was in stable condition after Friday's shooting.

Authorities say he entered Tradesman Community Credit, passed a note indicating a robbery and that he had a gun, and took an undisclosed amount of money. Police then chased Brooks, who they say got out of his car and carjacked a van before ramming a police car.

Authorities name Iowa man burned in explosion

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Authorities have identified a Des Moines man who was hurt in an explosion earlier this week at his home.

The Polk County sheriff's office says Draine Blackwell suffered burns to his arms and body in Thursday afternoon's explosion and subsequent fire. He was taken to an undisclosed hospital for treatment.

Two neighbors entered the Blackwell's burning home and pulled him out.

Iowa clinic to close amid federal investigation

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) A Newton health clinic has announced its closure about a month after it was searched by federal investigators.

Urgent Care manager Debbie Martin declined to say whether the impending closure was relate to the search. She told the Newton Daily News that the clinic will close May 27.

The search warranted carried out April 5 was issued by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Des Moines. Officials there declined to comment on the ongoing investigation.

Records from the Iowa Board of Pharmacy show the clinic's supervising physician, L.J. Twynar, voluntarily surrendered his license to issue prescription narcotics on April 12.

2 ousted Iowa justices take jobs as mediators

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Two former Iowa Supreme Court justices have taken new jobs as mediators.

David Baker and Michael Streit told the Cedar Rapids Gazette that they felt they were too young to retire after losing their seats on the bench over a 2009 ruling that struck down a state law banning same-sex marriage. The men have a combined 68 years in the law profession and wanted to continue on.

So, Baker and Streit have taken jobs as mediators and arbitrators. In their new positions, they work to help negotiations and resolve conflicts so the court system doesn't have to get involved.

4 in Iowa family graduate college on same day

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Four members of an Iowa City family are graduating on the same day from the University of Iowa.

The Press-Citizen reports that Vikram Patel is getting his master's degree in physics during Saturday's commencement, while his wife, Elizabeth Shores, is getting a bachelor's in fine arts. Patel's mother, Jennifer Patel, is getting a master's in rehabilitation counseling and his sister, Veena Patel, is getting a bachelor's in geography.

Vikram Patel says it makes the day more meaningful.

The Iowa City university says it doesn't know of another instance of so many same-day graduates from the same family. Graduation ceremonies were staggered so family members could attend all four.

Witness says pooch tossed from truck

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) A black and white terrier is recovering at an Iowa City shelter after a witness says they saw the pooch thrown from a pickup truck.

Officers were alerted Thursday when a witness called in to say they saw a dog thrown from a truck driving on Highway 965.

A motorist found the terrier shortly after the incident and held it until animal control officers arrived.

The dog suffered just bumps and bruises and is being cared for at the Iowa City facility.

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

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