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KLEM News Update May 22, 2011

The Plymouth County Medical Reserve Corp is offering an orientation session June 2nd from 5:30-7:30 p-m. The orientation is at Floyd Valley Hospital's Conference Center.

The Plymouth County Medical Reserve Corp is a community-based program designed to organize and use volunteers who want to donate time and talent. The volunteers will supplement existing local emergency and public health resources.

The title is Medical Reserve Corp, but anyone may volunteer and a medical background is not needed. Information is available from Tammy Hatting or Deb Steffen at Floyd Valley Hospital.

(SIOUX CITY)--Bike riders are being invited to help raise money for a Siouxland group, Women Aware.

Women aware is a United Way of Siouxland agency which provides women with resources needed to raise their families.

The Sixth annual Wheeling for Women Aware bicycle ride is June 11th at the Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve. Riders will leave between 7:30 and 9 in the morning.

The family ride option within the preserve includes a nature-themed scavenger hunt. The ride has three mileage loops: a 50-mile, 35-mile or 20-mile loop to destinations in South Dakota.

Registration is through Women Aware in Sioux City.

(SHELDON) --Runners, walkers and wheelchair operators of all ages may support people with disabilities in Sheldon.

Village Northwest Unlimited will host the sixth annual Benefit Run, Walk and Roll Saturday, June 4th.

The Sheldon event will use the services of All Sport Central and the chip timing system for fast and accurate results. There will be a 5K and 10K run or one-mile walk/roll.

Information packets will be available June 3 at Village Northwest's Wansink Center. Registration information is available by contacting Village Northwest.

(ORANGE CITY)--Northwestern College is being recognized for community service.

Northwestern was named to the 2010 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction.

The program from the Corporation for National and Community Service recognizes a commitment to volunteering, service learning and civic involvement.

Northwestern is among 114 schools in the nation to receive the service award. More than 600 Northwestern College students were involved in community service last year. Their activities ranged from delivering groceries for the Orange City food pantry to building homes for Habitat for Humanity and coaching youth sports programs. The volunteers work around the world during spring break

Daniels bowing out sets up intra-GOP fight

Tensions are rising between tea partyers and more traditional Republicans as the result of efforts by influential GOP donors to entice an establishment candidate to jump into the 2012 presidential race.

Now that Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush have bowed out of the race, some Iowa Republican donors plan to meet with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie late this month to try to persuade him to run.

But that wooing is taken by some in the tea party movement as a snub to supporters of Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, businessman Herman Cain or Texas Congressman Ron Paul.

Daniels announced to friends and supporters though an email sent very early Sunday morning that he won't run for the White House in 2012.

Cain announced he's running to cheering supporters in Atlanta on Saturday. Cain has never held elected office. Ron Paul ran unsuccessfully for the nomination in 2008 and was the Libertarian Party's presidential nominee in 1988. Paul's vocal criticism of continued U.S. involvement in Afghanistan has placed him squarely at odds with most members of his party.

2 teens killed, 1 hurt in single-car crash in Iowa

ALTOONA, Iowa (AP) Two teenage boys have died and a third has been hurt in a single-car crash in central Iowa.

The Polk County sheriff's office says their car struck a mailbox then a pole and came to rest in two pieces in an Altoona farm field just after midnight Saturday morning.

One of the teens died at the scene and another at a hospital. The third was taken to a hospital for treatment. The sheriff's office says his injuries aren't believed to be life threatening.

The victims' names and ages weren't released pending notification of their families.

Police release name of Iowa woman hits by vehicles

Police have identified a woman who died after being struck while crossing a Cedar Falls street.

Fifty-seven-year-old Susan Fletcher, of Sergeant Bluff, suffered multiple injuries in Friday night's crash. She died at hospital.

Police say Fletcher tried to cross the intersection in front of two northbound vehicles. The drivers were identified as 26-year-old Joshua Beyer and 19-year-old Dylan Knudsen, both of Waverly.

Official: Death of Iowa woman by train was suicide

(Information in the following story is from: The Tribune,

AMES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa Medical Examiner's Office says a woman killed by a train at an Ames crossing in March had committed suicide.

A death certificate cited by the Ames Tribune says 44-year-old Maribel Gaitan (GYE'-tan) died of multiple blunt force injuries.

Gaitan was in a wheelchair when she was struck by the train on March 27. Witnesses said she was at the crossing for a while before being struck.

Iowa chief justice warns of politicizing courts

(Information in the following story is from: Iowa City Press-Citizen,

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Iowa's chief justice says he's concerned that further efforts to oust his colleagues will jeopardize the court system.

Three judges on the Iowa Supreme Court lost retention votes in November over a 2009 ruling that legalized gay marriage in Iowa.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports Chief Justice Mark Cady spoke Friday in Iowa City. He says that if the other four judges involved in the unanimous decision lose their seats, then the court system will become politicized because judges will have to raise money and keep their supporters happy.

Iowa attorney charged in alleged mortgage fraud

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) A Davenport attorney has been indicted on nine charges in an alleged scheme to defraud banks and mortgage lenders.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says the fraud carried out by 59-year-old Marc Engelman involved eight transactions and nine properties in Davenport.

Engelman is charged with six counts of wire fraud, two counts of bank fraud and one count of conspiracy. He faces up to 185 years in prison if convicted. A trial is set for July 5 in U.S. District Court.

Iowa mom faces charge after child found in street

(Information in the following story is from: The Hawk Eye,

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) A Burlington woman has been charged with child endangerment after her toddler was found wandering on a busy street.

The Hawk Eye reports 30-year-old Tara Kay Green-Johnson was arrested Wednesday afternoon after a motorist stopped at an intersection to help the 23-month-old child. A police officer located the child's home and confronted the mother.

Green-Johnson says she had been in the basement and had asked another child to look after the toddler.

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

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