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KLEM News AM Update May 23, 2011

Frank Tritz Junior submitted the high bid of 215-thousand dollars for the former Camp Quest property. The suggested closing for the sale is on or before June 15th.

Information about searches of student cell phones to be part of the revised elementary school handbook will be presented to the board.

A recommendation will also be made for support staff and administrators contracts for the coming school year.

Superintendent Dr. Todd Wendt will present his recommendation for the assistant superintendent position. The vacancy is due to the resignation of Dr. Carl Turner at the end of this school year. Dr. Turner has accepted the Storm Lake Superintendent's position.

The meeting begins at 7:30 tonight at the Education Service Center.

Wasmer Post 241 prepares for Memorial Day program

(LE MARS)--Volunteers may help members of the American Legion Post in Le Mars have a memorable Memorial Day program.

There are three opportunities to help American Legion Wasmer Post 241 in Le Mars.

The first is Saturday morning, May 28th beginning at 8. Volunteers are asked to help locate flag anchors and place the half-staffs for the 1,127 flags.

They'll be flown on Memorial Day to honor deceased veterans. Additional flag bases will be added to  accommodate the new flag dedications. The deadline to have flags brought to the American Legion Hall in downtown Le Mars for dedication on Memorial Day is at six in the evening this Friday.

Those who volunteer on Saturday are asked to bring a large screwdriver or a metal detector to help locate the flag anchors. They should also wear gloves and be prepared to get wet and muddy.

On Memorial Day, the flags will be place on the Avenues starting at six Monday morning. Volunteers are needed to place the flags and are offered breakfast for their help.

Volunteers are also needed to help when the flags are retired at four in the afternoon on Memorial day.

Mail delivery helps feed the needy through Christian Needs Center

(LE MARS)--The food pantry at the Christian Needs Center is serving the needy with food donations collected by a mail effort.

The National Association of Letter Carriers collected non-perishable items on May 14th.

According to Food Drive Coordinator Belinda Eppling of Branch 1040 in Le Mars, the city and rural carriers collected about 1,479 pounds of food for the Christian Needs Center.

"Grand growler" dies in Colorado

(SIOUX CITY)--The voice of a highly successful Siouxland holiday fund raiser for children died Sunday in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Don Stone, the "grand growler" of the Little Yellow Dog auction was 87.

Stone, a former longtime Sioux City resident, served as Master of Ceremonies for the Mr. Goodfellow Charities for decades. He wore a vibrant colored Christmas plaid jacket while serving as Master of Ceremonies.

Stone began the master of ceremonies role while working at KLEM's Powell Broadcasting sister station, KSCJ, Sioux City. In recent years, he'd shared the microphone with former television news anchor Dave Nixon Senior.

His career in broadcasting also included time at KTIV Channel 4. Stone anchored and asked questions of high school students for many years on the televised "Quiz Bowl" games.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Larkin Chapel, Christy-Smith Funeral Home in Sioux City.

Sergeant Bluff woman dies after accident in Cedar Falls

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) Police have identified a Siouxland 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.

No charges have been filed.

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

 NWS gets reports of 3 tornadoes in eastern Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The National Weather Service has gotten reports of tornadoes in eastern Iowa.

Maren Stoflet in the weather service's Quad Cities office says there were reports of tornadoes briefly touching down near Ladora, Parnell and North Liberty on Sunday afternoon. They have yet to be confirmed.

Stoflet says the weather service had no immediate information on injuries or damage.

The Iowa County sheriff's office says there were no injuries from the tornadoes reported near Ladora and Parnell but there was some damage.

Dave Wilson in the Johnson County sheriff's office says several funnels clouds were spotted near North Liberty but it didn't appear that a tornado actually touched down. He says there were no injuries and no signs of damage.

Pawlenty announces presidential run in Web video

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Republican Tim Pawlenty says his presidential campaign will tell the American people the truth and suggests that President Barack Obama doesn't.

The former Minnesota governor released an Internet video Sunday ahead of a public appearance Monday in Iowa, where he planned to formally enter the race for the 2012 GOP nomination.

Pawlenty says in the video what aides already had disclosed, saying, ``I'm running for president of the United States.'' He says the country needs a president who will tell the American people the truth about the severe challenges facing the country and how America can get back on track.

Pawlenty says, ``President Obama won't do that. I will.''

Authorities name of Iowa teens killed in crash

ALTOONA, Iowa (AP) Authorities have released the names of two teenagers who died after a single-car crash in central Iowa.

The Polk County sheriff's office says 15-year-old Kip Rogen of Des Moines was killed when the car he was in crashed on an Altoona road just after midnight Saturday morning. Another passenger, 16-year-old Connor Miller of Des Moines, died a short time later at a hospital.

The driver of the car was hospitalized. He was identified Sunday as 16-year-old Samuel Wilkens of Altoona.

The sheriff's office says Wilkens' car struck a mailbox then a pole and came to rest in two pieces in a farm field.

Iowa inmate serving life sentence dies of cancer

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) An Iowa prison inmate has died of complications from esophageal cancer.

The state Department of Corrections says 60-year-old Richard Freitas Sr. passed away Friday. He was assigned to the hospice unit at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center.

Freitas was serving a life sentence for first-degree kidnapping out of Linn County and three counts of first-degree robbery out of Scott County.

Few warnings given so far in Iowa's texting ban

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Law enforcement officials in Iowa say a law making it illegal to text and drive has been difficult to enforce.

The Legislature passed a ban on texting and driving last year but made it a secondary offense, which means a texting driver has to be violating another law before they can be pulled over. Lawmakers also approved a one-year grace period where only warnings can be issued. That ends June 30. Starting July 1, violators could be fined $30.

The Cedar Rapids Gazette says few warning tickets have been issued and it's difficult to track verbal warnings.

Iowa City woman acquitted in shooting case

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) A former Iowa City employee has been acquitted of a charge related to a shooting at an apartment complex.

Mary Abboud-Kamps was charged with an accessory count in the Feb. 21 shooting at Ecumenical Towers. Police have said the 54-year-old woman served as a lookout while her boyfriend, 69-year-old Stephen Caldwell, fired a gun inside the building.

Court records cited by The Press-Citizens show the charge against Abboud-Kamps was dismissed earlier this month. Caldwell pleaded guilty to carrying a weapon and reckless use of a firearm causing property damage.

Abboud-Kamps worked for the Iowa City Housing Authority at the time of her arrest. She was later fired.

Man burned in fire at Iowa track's campground

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) A fire has destroyed a camper at the Iowa Speedway campground, sending one person to a hospital.

Newton fire marshal Mike Knoll told the Des Moines Register that the man suffered second- and third-degree burns to his arms and shoulders in the Sunday fire. He was taken to an Iowa City hospital. His name and condition weren't released.

The fire started about 1:45 a.m. Sunday. The cause remains under investigation.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. wins Nationwide race in Iowa

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. held off Sprint Cup drivers Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski to win Sunday's NASCAR Nationwide series race in Iowa, becoming the first series regular to pick up a victory this season.

Stenhouse took the lead from Edwards 233 laps into the 250-lap event at Iowa Speedway and held off the only Cup drivers in the field for his first career Nationwide win.

Edwards, who won the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte on Saturday night, was second, followed by Keselowski, Reed Sorenson and Elliott Sadler.

Teammates Stenhouse and Edwards swapped the lead a number of times down the stretch, but Stenhouse slipped free late and beat Edwards by over four seconds.

It's the first win in 51 starts for Stenhouse.

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

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