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KLEM News Update May 21, 2011

To spur recycling, the Council voted to move to a rotation of garbage and recycling collection this year. An evaluation was to be made after six months.

Asked about his recommendation to the Council now, Le Mars City Administrator Scott Langel says certain things can still happen in the next month and a half.

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City records show increases in the recycling collection since the change was made.

(MARCUS)--A Marcus business is offering incentives for northwest Iowa businesses to add blender pumps to fuel the market for ethanol.

Little Sioux Corn Processors Board Chair Ron Wetherell says there is a strong need for E85 and mid-level blends in the area.

Little Sioux is offering 150-thousand dollars to retailers.

The rural Marcus ethanol maker will provide 15-thousand dollars per blender pump for businesses that add the option.

The businesses need to be located in Plymouth, Cherokee, Clay, Dickinson, Ida, Lyon, O'Brien, Osceola, Sac, Sioux, Buena Vista and Woodbury Counties.

(LE MARS)--A graduate of Gehlen Catholic High School will speak during commencement at Gehlen Catholic tomorrow (Sunday).

The guest speaker is Gehlen Catholic's Director of Campus Ministry, Lisa Sitzmann.

Sitzmann is one of three speakers during the commencement in the Gehlen Catholic gym tomorrow afternoon. Others are valedictorian Matthew Klein and salutatorian Brittany Jaminet.

Senior class president Palani Permeswaran will give opening remarks at the Le Mars Community High School Commencement which is also tomorrow afternoon.

Senior student addresses will be given by Kristen Ahlers, Michael Ahlers, Hannah Barrett, and Andrea Kelly.

(WEST PALM BEACH, FL) --A Florida writer who describes his jokes as offering put-up humor rather than put-down humor is coming to Le Mars.

Ron Wiggins of West Palm Beach wrote a newspaper column about Iowans when Jimmy Carter was running for President.

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Wiggins continued to write those columns as items appeared in the news. That led to a softcover book he's written after retiring, "Iowa Nice - Genial Jokes for a Gentle People."

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Wiggins sells his Iowa joke book at the Florida version of farmer's markets: green markets.

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Wiggins offers his book through and Amazon.

(LE MARS)--Golfers will help raise money for equipment for children who receive care at Floyd Valley Hospital.

Co-chairs Craig and Cristi Bauerly of Le Mars and the hospital's Golf Committee are organizing the 14th annual "Helping Children" benefit Golf Tournament.

The benefit June 14th is an 18-hole, 4-person scramble.

In 2010 the golf tournament raised more than 11-thousand dollars was raised toward the purchase of specialized beds in the hospital's obstetric rooms.

Area businesses are providing hole prizes, incentives and the lunch.

Tee times are scheduled by calling the Willow Creek Golf Course.


Bomb wounds 4 Iowa soldiers in Afghanistan

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa Army National Guard says four soldiers have been wounded in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan.

The guard on Friday says they were injured when their vehicle hit the bomb during a combat mission on Wednesday. They are 23-year-old Sgt. Chisum Frisch, of Cedar Falls; 21-year-old Spc. Jacob Hutchinson, of Cedar Rapids; 26-year-old Spc. Benjamin Ward, of Rowley; and 18-year-old Pfc. Tanner Williams, of Tama.

The guard says they were taken to medical facilities at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan. There was no immediate information on their condition. The soldiers are with the 34th Infantry Division.

Earlier Friday, Frisch's sister, Tiffany Taylor, said he called his family and said was driving an armored truck when the bomb exploded. He suffered ankle and elbow injuries.

Iowa jobless rate dips slightly to 6 percent

State labor officials say Iowa's unemployment rate fell slightly in April to 6 percent as the state added 700 nonfarm jobs.

Iowa Workforce Development says Friday that April's jobless rate is down from 6.1 percent in March, which was also the rate in April 2010. The nation's unemployment rate was 9 percent in April.

Officials say the biggest gains were in manufacturing, which added 1,400 jobs, and construction, which added 1,200 jobs. Professional and business services grew by 500 positions.

The biggest losses were in service industries, down 900 jobs. Leisure and hospitality lost 800 positions, while education and health services lost 600 jobs.

Iowa police find no one home after storming house

(Information in the following story is from: KWWL-TV,

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) A standoff in Waterloo is over after police stormed a house and found no one inside.

Police surrounded the house Friday afternoon after receiving a call about shots fire in the area and a report of a man with a gun making threats. Police shut down the street, and a tactical team moved in.

KWWL-TV in Waterloo says police say no one was inside the house, and investigators are still trying to find the suspect.

Former Iowa prosecutor sentenced in bank scam

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A federal judge has sentenced a former Clarke County attorney to time served and placed him on five years of probation for making a false statement to a financial institution during the purchase of a home.

The U.S. attorney's office says 69-year-old Ronald Wheeler, of Murray, was sentenced on Friday in Des Moines.

Wheeler was accused of conspiring with two others to lie on bank documents about Wheeler's bank balance and income during the purchase of a home in Ankeny in 2006. Wheeler was county attorney when he was indicted. He pleaded guilty in February.

Wheeler was ordered to pay over $821,000 in restitution and serve 200 hours of community service.

The others charged in the case, Russell Blessman and Robert Beck, are awaiting sentencing.

Public's help sought in missing woman case

CARROLL, Iowa (AP) Authorities are asking for the public's help in searching for a missing woman who was last seen at her home in Carroll on May 4.

Officials met Friday to discuss the search for 50-year-old Dawn Allen and they're focusing on a seven county region in western Iowa.

Her car was found in the parking lot of a nightclub the morning after she disappeared and a man sought as a witness in the case committed suicide in Kansas on May 9 as police closed in.

New trial for man who threatened water supply

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a Calamus man charged with threatening to put psychotropic drugs in the eastern Iowa town's water supply.

The court reversed Jeffrey Soboroff's conviction Friday saying his attorney failed to get a jury instruction that defined the term ``true threat.''

Soboroff was convicted in 2008 and sentenced to two years' probation. He was arrested in November 2007 after he posted a slideshow on his website that showed the Calamus water tower and a reference to putting Thorazine in the city's water supply.

Attorney general spokesman Geoff Greenwood says the ruling is based on a procedural issue and that the decision to prosecute was based on ``solid legal theory.''

UW names U. of Iowa professor new Law School dean

MADISON, Wis. (AP) The University of Wisconsin has named a University of Iowa professor its new Law School dean.

Margaret Raymond will succeed outgoing dean Ken Davis, who is stepping down to return to the school's faculty. Chancellor Biddy Martin says in a statement that Raymond was picked for her ``lively intellect'' and understanding of the school's strengths.

Raymond has served as a law clerk to former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals Judge James Oakes.

The announcement comes two days after finalist Gene Nichol withdrew his name from consideration. Nichol is the director of the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity at the University of North Carolina.

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



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