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KLEM News AM Update May 19, 2011

The parade steps off today, and before it can begin festival committee chair Dale Hiemstra says that street scrubbing must first occur.

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Street scrubbing happens prior to the early parade each day. Hiemstra says that the "Mode Show" also happens before the parade.

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Other parade features include the "Pride of the Dutchmen Band," marching in their wooden shoes, and, of course, the many floats.

Gene Haverdink has earned the title "float engineer" and has been taking care of Orange City's floats for about 12 years. He says there's at least a dozen of them and they all do something a little different.

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With all those moving parts Gene says that building them strong from the get go is the key to making the floats last year after year. He adds that he does not make the floats pretty, he just helps build them and store them. In addition to being the float guy, Gene is this year's Parade Marshall. This life long Orange City resident says his favorite recent festival memory is watching his granddaughter on the Tulip Court, a not so recent memory...

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At the time they were sweethearts, both attending Northwestern College. To see Gene waving along the Tulip Festival parade route, head to Orange City today, tomorrow and Saturday. Parade times are 2pm and 6:30 pm. Can't make it there or want to know what's going on while you watch? Tune in to KLEM at 2pm today for our live broadcast. (News report by Angela Drake of KLEM News)

Layoffs trim Orange City workforce

(ORANGE CITY)-- About 100 workers are losing their jobs at a food processing plant in northwest Iowa.

AdvancePierre Foods is shutting down one of its meat processing lines in Orange City. The work will be transferred to plants in Oklahoma and Ohio. Over 100 workers at the Orange City plant will be out of a job in July.

A company official says those employees will get a severance package based on their tenure with the company and some may choose to transfer to other AdvancePierre Foods plants. The Orange City plant had been operated by Oklahoma City-based Advance Food until last fall, when the company merged with Pierre Foods based in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The layoffs affect about a quarter of the more than 400 workers at the company’s Orange City facility. (Josie Cooper/KSCJ/Powell Broadcasting)

Hearing set for drainage district project

(WESTFIELD)--Comments on maintenance of the Westfield Drainage District will be heard at a meeting in Le Mars next month.

The Westfield Drainage District, which includes property within Westfield and rural areas, was created 88 years ago.

Records show the estimated 60-thousand dollars in maintenance work planned is the first work since 38-thousand dollars was spent in 1956.

Plymouth County Supervisor serve as the Drainage District Board and met with 21 people who own parcels of property in the district Monday.

Tuesday Supervisors Chair Jim Henrich said the maintenance work isn't the reason for questions. Supervisor Craig Anderson said there were answers to the reason property owners south would be assessed.

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Supervisors also discussed building a fund for drainage district maintenance. That would avoid waiting until a large amount of work was needed at a higher per parcel cost.

A hearing for public comments on the Westfield project is set for June 7th in the Board of Supervisors room at 11:30 in the morning.

Three convicted for illegal re-entry

(SIOUX CITY)--Three men convicted of illegally re-entering the United States are to be sentenced in Federal Court in Sioux City.

According to the U-S Attorney's office, 36-year-old Manuel Castaneda-Herrera; 24-year-old Eduardo Carrasquillo-Montalvo; and 29-year-old Douglas Juarez-Chilel were each convicted of illegal re-entry.

They were charged after Homeland Security Investigations had contact with each of them while they were being held in the Woodbury County Jail.

They had previously been removed from the United States to Mexico.

Likely GOP presidential hopefuls plan Iowa stops

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Potential Republican presidential candidates are stepping up the pace of their Iowa appearances, with at least five making stops in the state through the coming week.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich returns to Iowa on Thursday and will spend three days in the state. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum also has Iowa stops planned beginning Friday.

Atlanta businessman Herman Cain has a Friday night event in Council Bluffs.

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann returns to Iowa next week, as will former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. They will speak at separate events in Des Moines.

Radio DJ charged after spat at Little League game

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A Des Moines area radio DJ has been charged with disorderly conduct after a profanity-laced argument at a Little League baseball game, which police say became so out of control that the coaches decided to call the game.

The Des Moines Register on Wednesday reports West Des Moines police arrested 51-year-old Steven Brill after he allegedly argued with spectators during his son's game on Saturday.

Brill is an on-air personality for Citadel Broadcasting, and is known as ``Catfish'' on KJJY-FM.

In a statement to the newspaper, Brill claims other parents cursed at him first while he was talking privately with his wife about concerns that a young player was injured.

A telephone message from The Associated Press left for Brill at the radio station on Wednesday was not immediately returned.

Lawsuit seeks payment from Flav's Fried Chicken

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Flav's Fried Chicken may be gone, but its debts aren't forgotten.

A food distribution company has filed a lawsuit against the now-closed Clinton restaurant founded by reality television star Flavor Flav, claiming his ex-business partner Nicolo Cimino owes more than $12,000 for past food shipments.

Flav's Fried Chicken opened with much fanfare in January, but closed in April after Cimino and the former rapper cut ties and accused each other of mismanagement. Some employees had complained their paychecks were bouncing.

The lawsuit filed in Johnson County by Iowa City-based Hawkeye Foodservice Distribution, Inc. was first reported by The Gazette of Cedar Rapids. The company is asking a judge to order Cimino to pay the outstanding balance of $12,153 plus interest and attorney's fees.

Iowa woman pleads guilty in animal abuse case

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) A Cedar Rapids woman accused in an animal abuse case has pleaded guilty to amended charges.

KGAN-TV in Cedar Rapids says Jennifer Wood on Wednesday pleaded guilty during her trial in Linn County to 35 charges of keeping animals in unhealthy and unsanitary conditions. She was originally charged with 35 counts of animal abuse.

Authorities in February seized 32 dogs, two cats and parrot from her home. As part of the deal, Wood can't keep any pets within the city limits of Cedar Rapids. She must pay a total of $4,500 in fines and court fees.

Wood was arrested in March in Red Feather Lakes, Colo., on warrants from Iowa.

Iowa call center company Caleris adds 100 workers

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) West Des Moines-based Caleris Inc. says it is hiring 100 workers to serve a new client moving its call center operations back to the United States from overseas.

Caleris will hire the workers for its Newton call center. It is located in the former Maytag corporate headquarters vacated when Whirlpool Corp. bought Maytag in 2006.

The call center employs more than 100 workers now and Caleris plans to increase the workspace to accommodate about 200 workers. Company co-founder Rick Grewell says in a statement released Wednesday that the hiring will boost company-wide employment to 400 from the current 300.

The company also has call centers in Jefferson and Manning, Iowa.

Fire destroys farm buildings in eastern Iowa

CLARENCE, Iowa (AP) Authorities say no injuries are reported in a fire that destroyed several buildings at an old dairy farm near Clarence in eastern Iowa.

KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids says five Cedar County fire departments responded to the fire around 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Officials say the fire started in a barn and spread to two other buildings.

Authorities say there were some animals in one of the buildings, but all escaped unharmed.

UNI assistant coach takes new job in Wisconsin

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) University of Northern Iowa assistant men's basketball coach Kyle Green is now the head coach at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Green was named coach of the Blugolds, a Division III program, on Wednesday. According to the university's website, Green inherits a program that has had only three head coaches in the last 84 years.

The position became available when coach Terry Gibbons announced his retirement on March 31 after 16 years at UW-Eau Claire.

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

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