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KLEM News AM Update May 20, 2011

 While you stroll the Orange City Streets and take in all that the festival has to offer, there are a few Dutch food items that I've heard you have to munch on. Poffertjes and saucijzenbroodjes (I've been told they are pronounced "puffer-chise" and "cess-sah-she's") are two favorites that you find at festival time. Saucijzenbroodjes are simply pigs-in-a-blanket, Poffertjes on the other hand, aren't as easy to describe. Being from Wisconsin, I was excited about the prospect of what I thought was "puffer CHEESE," but then Orange City Chamber Director Mike Hoffman told me I was a little off base.

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So, it's not cheese, but it still sounds tasty! Poffertjes is sold out of The Little White Store by the Dutch Heritage Boosters. Next to them you can find Woudstra's famous brats, and just north of the Sioux County Courthouse is the Straatmarkt. Hoffman tells about some of the goodies you'll find there.

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You may be asking- What's OliKuiken? Hoffman says the easy answer is a soft doughnut rolled in sugar.

At the Straatmarkt there are also more familiar food items, games and a souvenir shop.

So that's munchies...now music. While downing your treats Festival Committee Chair Dale Hiemstra you'll find music by the courthouse. The band playing each day of the festival is Ecuador Manta.

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They start playing around 9am until street sweeping and parade time, around 1pm, and then they start back up after the parade.

And onto movies. In it's second year, the OrangeRind Film Festival is excited to be showing a number of films coming from all across Iowa.
Organizer Vaughn Donahue says that entries include a little bit of everything- from a film about two women who come together on a frigid day at the Iowa Women's Prison, to a 9-minute flick entitled "Snow White." The Festival starts at 8pm tonight at DeWitt Theatre Arts Center on the Northwestern College campus. The OrangeRind Film Festival is free of charge. (News report by Angela Drake of KLEM News)

Sheriff's office investigates Seney burglary

(SENEY)--A rural Le Mars burglary is being investigated by the Plymouth County Sheriff's office.

The sheriff's office reports sometime between May 11th and May 12th, Billie's Bangles and Antiques in Seney was burglarized. Several antique items were removed. The business was entered through a window.

If anyone has information on the burglary they're asked to call the sheriff's department or their local police department.

DNR: No impact on environment from ice cream solution spill

(DES MOINES)--An ice cream spill into a Plymouth County stream early Wednesday is NOT expected to impact the environment.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issued written information about the diluted ice cream solution spill the state agency reports was caused by a Wells' operator error.

According to the D-N-R's information, Wells' workers estimated the spill at between 800 and 12-hundred gallons.

Mats were placed over storm sewer grates and prevented some of the liquid from running into the storm sewer. The liquid in the sewer mixed with water from a cooling tower and ran into a tributary of the Floyd River.

Wells will be notified that the spill was not reported to the D-N-R within six hours.

Aunt, niece celebrate shared birthday for the first time on their 90th

(LE MARS)--Two Le Mars women who share the same birthdate will celebrate together for the first time tomorrow (Saturday) on their 90th birthdays.

 

Evelyn Fischer, right,  and her niece, Bernice Lehrman  were both delivered on May 21st by the same physician, Dr. F. Fletcher of Hinton. Evelyn, Bernice's aunt,  was born in the morning on her parents' farm between Merrill and Hinton. Evelyn's maiden name is Blackmore. The doctor traveled to the Stephens' farm east of Hinton where Bernice was born in the evening.

Bernice recalls she and and her aunt, Evelyn, were together each year in Maurice for family reunions.

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 Evelyn remembers visiting with her niece. 

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Visiting with people and food are enjoyments in Evelyn's nearly 90 years of  life.

Her first name is her niece's middle name.

Bernice's wish to her aunt on their birthdays as they've talked in the recent years when they've both lived in Le Mars:  "Happy Birthday and many more."

Bernice is looking forward to celebrating at an open house this Saturday afternoon from two until four at Grace Lutheran Church in Le Mars

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Bernice's son, Jim Lehrman of Le Mars, Evelyn's grand nephew, helped to organize their 90th birthday celebrations--the first time to celebrate together in their lifetimes. Asked about her favorite birthday--Evelyn's quick to answer that it will be this one and she jokes that she didn't think that she'd live this long.  

Mapleton tree replanting is one woman's priority

MAPLETON, Iowa (AP) Hundreds of Mapleton's maples and other trees were ripped apart or out of the ground by the April 9 tornado.

And Zella Craig wants to replace as many as she can.

Craig says Mapleton has always been ``one of the better places to come and look at the wonderful fall foliage.''

She says replanting trees is as important as rebuilding homes in trying to get Mapleton back to normal.

So far she's raised around $1,500 for new trees, and several gardening stores have donated trees as well.

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

Iowa GOP cancels fundraiser after Trump rules out run

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Billionaire Donald Trump is cancelling his appearance at one of the Iowa Republican Party's biggest annual fundraisers, prompting the state's GOP leaders to scrub the event.

Trump was scheduled to headline the Iowa GOP's annual Lincoln Dinner on June 10 in Des Moines. Interest in Trump's appearance prompted planners to move the event to a larger venue.

Iowa's Republican caucuses will begin the 2012 presidential nominating contests, and Trump's acceptance fueled speculation he would enter the race.

Trump announced Monday that he wouldn't run, but didn't say then whether he'd honor the Iowa commitment.

Minnesota congresswoman mulling 2012 run comes to Ohio

ARCHBOLD, Ohio (AP) Ohio is playing host to a Minnesota congresswoman considering a 2012 presidential run.

U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann is lined up to speak at a Republican fundraiser in northwest Ohio on Friday night.

Her appearance comes just days after another social conservative, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, decided against seeking the GOP nomination.

She'll speak at an event in Archbold hosted by Ohio congressman Bob Latta.

Bachmann says she'll decide on whether to run for the White House by sometime in June.

Bachmann has won support from many Tea Party activists for urging the GOP to take a tougher line against spending and on other issues.


Midwest, Plains bankers worried about energy costs

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) A new monthly survey of bankers in 10 Midwest and Plains states suggests higher energy prices are beginning to slow economic growth across the region.

The overall Rural Mainstreet index remained in positive territory but declined in May to 54.9 from April's 59.4. Anytime the index, which ranges from 0 to 100, is over 50, it suggests the economy will expand over the next six months. The survey was released Thursday.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says the bankers are concerned because rising oil prices would likely lead to higher fuel and fertilizer costs for farmers.

Iowa City evacuation ends after powder scare

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Police say an evacuation is over at an office building in downtown Iowa City after a law firm received a piece of mail that contained a white powdery substance.

Officials say the evacuation ended about 4 p.m. Thursday. No injuries were reported.

Police spokeswoman Sgt. Denise Brotherton says an employee in the law office of attorney Dean Keegan opened a letter containing the substance about noon. She says three employees were exposed to the substance but didn't show any medical symptoms.

The Savings and Loan Building on the Pedestrian Mall and its 14 tenants were evacuated as a precaution.


Man charged with 2nd murder in man's death

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) Ottumwa police a man has been charged with second-degree murder after a victim in an assault died.

Police say 39-year-old Bobby Snow ran over a woman with a car and then assaulted a man early Sunday morning. The man, James McElroy died Monday.

Snow is being held in the Wapello County jail under $600,000 bond. Online court records did not indicate whether he has an attorney. Officials at the jail did not have that information.

The Ottumwa Courier reports that Snow first hit the woman with his car in an alley and then assaulted McElroy in front of his home, about a block away.

Snow also is charged with attempted murder for striking the woman


Police: Heroin needles found with child's toys

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) An Iowa City man is being held on more than $47,000 bond after police say they found hundreds of used heroin needles near his 7-year-old daughter's toys.

Christopher Hinshaw was arrested after police say they found heroin, marijuana and other drug-related items in the home Wednesday night. Police spokeswoman Sgt. Denise Brotherton tells the Iowa City Press-Citizen it's the worst case of a child being exposed to drugs the officers had ever seen.

Police say many of the items, including razor blades with drug residue, were found in the child's room.

The 27-year-old Hinshaw is charged with possession of heroin, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and neglect or abandonment of a dependent person.


Downtown Des Moines site off list for ICE office

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A site in downtown Des Moines is off the list of potential locations for a federal immigration enforcement center.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement wants to relocate and expand the office from the federal building in downtown. A proposed site several blocks away drew opposition from the mayor and two major employees, primarily over the building's proximity to residential property and child care facilities.

The Des Moines Register says Thursday that the owner of property sent the city a letter saying it won't seek a special use permit to allow the office. The matter had been scheduled for consideration at next week's zoning board meeting.

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

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