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KLEM News PM Update June 6, 2011


ICON Ag Solutions relocated from 170th Street to new facilities on Key Avenue overlooking the four-lane Highway 60.


General Manager Adam Timmerman says the workforce for the John Deere sales and service business in Le Mars is growing by more than a half dozen employees.

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ICON will celebrate a grand opening next month.

Great-granddaughter researches college president during Le Mars stop

(LE MARS)--The great-granddaughter of a former president of a Le Mars college is tracing her roots through a visit to Le Mars.

Working with Jan Kooiker of Westmar Alumni and Friends, Lorena McWilliams of Glendale, California researched her great-grandfather, Western Union President Charles A. Mock. Mock was president of the Le Mars college from 1911-1930.

McWilliams contacted Plymouth County Historical Museum Administrator Judy Bowman by email and connected with Kooiker to visit the Westmar Room at the museum. Wayne Marty of Le Mars, a former Westmar student and professor, joined Kooiker to hold the building's name plate for a photo by McWilliams.

Kooiker and McWilliams combed through handwritten registrars records and bound volumes of campus newspapers and annuals reading also about McWilliams' grandfather, Byron Mock, and her grandmother, Ruth Countryman. They met while attending Western Union marrying after graduation in 1921.

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McWilliams shares an August 7th birthday with the President of Western Union who she met after he and his wife moved to Glendale, California which is now McWilliams' home. Her grandmother, Ruth (Countryman) Mock, took the family to Glendale.

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While in Le Mars, Mock's great-granddaughter also went to Charles A. Mock Library one of three unused buildings on the campus slated for sale by the city of Le Mars. She has a painting of the building.

She suggests families ask questions while they have the opportunity to gather information.

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McWilliams' mother's interest in genealogy led McWilliams' to Le Mars while pursuing her hobby of visiting Presidential Museums such as Herbert Hoover's in West Branch.

Farmers' Market opens in Le Mars June 22

(LE MARS)--Fresh from the garden and the oven items are some of the features at Farmers' Market in Le Mars.

The Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce Ag Committee opens this season's Farmers' Market Wednesday, June 22nd.

The market will be open Wednesdays from 3-6 in the afternoon and Saturdays from eight in the morning until noon. The market location at the Olson Cultural Event Center in downtown Le Mars continues through October as long as produce is available.

There will be local vendors who are certified to accept WIC, senior citizen and food stamp vouchers.

There is no pre-registration or reserved space.

Band bus rolls

MINDEN, Iowa (AP) More than three dozen people are injured after a bus carrying high school students from Wyoming to a national band competition crashed and rolled over in western Iowa.

The Iowa State Patrol told KETV that 39 people have been taken to hospitals in nearby Omaha, Neb. after the crash on the Interstate 80 near Minden early Monday.

Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker says none of the injuries are believed to be life threatening, although the driver is seriously injured after being pinned inside the bus.

Investigators believe the bus blew a tire.

The State Patrol says the bus was taking the students from Casper, Wyo., to a band competition in Indiana.

Danker and the Iowa Department of Public Safety did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Secondary levy being built to protect Iowa town

HAMBURG, Iowa (AP) Temporary repairs have been completed on the breached Missouri River levy threatening Hamburg, Iowa. But officials are now building a secondary levy to help protect the town in the southwest corner of the state.

The Iowa National Guard used a helicopter to drop 22 half-ton sandbags on the breached levy in Missouri's Atchison County. Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management spokesman John Benson says the breached levy appears to have been stabilized for the moment.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has begun work on a secondary earthen levy on the south side of Hamburg that is expected to be completed within the next few days.

Benson says the evacuation of the southern half of Hamburg's roughly 1,100 residents should be completed by the end of Monday.

Iowan faces 2 homicide counts in crash deaths

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) A 19-year-old Iowa man is in jail, awaiting his next court hearing on two counts of vehicular homicide while driving under the influence.

Des Moines television stations KCCI and WHO are reporting that Joseph Stoner is charged for the deaths of 14-year-old Dakota Stattleman, and his 16-year-old brother, David, of Newton. They died March 17 when Stoner lost control of the pickup carrying the three of them. The truck struck a utility pole near Newton.

Officials say Stoner was under the influence of a controlled substance at the time of the crash. He was injured.

Stoner's next court appearance is scheduled for June 13. A jailer said Stoner remained in custody at the Jasper County Jail on Monday, pending $50,000 bail. Online records don't list the name of Stoner's attorney.

2 missing Michigan kids found safe in Iowa

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) Authorities say two Michigan children have been found safe in central Iowa and their mother and her boyfriend have been arrested.

The 12-year-old boy and 17-year-old girl were reported missing from Holland, Mich., on Friday night. Authorities say the kids' biological mother, Donna Perez, is not their custodial parent.

Authorities were tipped that the kids could be heading to Iowa with Perez and her boyfriend.

Des Moines television station WHO is reporting that the Iowa State Patrol found the four around noon on Saturday near Newton, which is about 30 miles east of Des Moines.

Perez and Larry Guajardo (gwah-HAR'-doh) were taken into custody. Perez faces kidnapping charges. Guajardo is being held on drug charges.

Online court records don't list their attorneys.

Rebuild Iowa Office going out of business

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Rebuild Iowa Office is going out of business as planned later this month.

The agency coordinated state efforts to recover from flooding and tornadoes in 2008. The law creating it said it would go out of business after three years. Closing is set for June 23.

Its work may provide a guideline for handling recovery from future disasters.

Ron Dardis was adjutant general for the Iowa National Guard, chairman of the Rebuild Iowa Advisory Commission and later the agency's executive director. He told The Des Moines Register that the agency did a lot of hard work ``that has resulted in best practices, benchmarks and models for the nation.''

He cited for example the Jumpstart Iowa Recovery Initiative, which helped provide financial aid to homeowners and small-business people.

Des Moines church disbands after 117 years

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The last service at Grant Park Christian Church in east Des Moines was full, giving lie to the problems that have forced the congregation to disband after nearly 120 years of worship together.

The regular membership had shrunk to about 40. The resulting lack of financial support made Sunday morning's gathering the last for Grant Park Christian.

But The Des Moines Register is reporting that sermons still will resound in the building chapel.

Church members decided not to sell the building. Instead, they gave it away to another congregation.

Grace Church International will hold an open house on June 19 at what was, for 117 years, the home of Grant Park Christian Church.

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

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