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KLEM News Update June 10, 2011


Pea-sized hail and street flooding from a couple of downpours occurred in Le Mars. The KLEM gauge measured 1.66 inches from rain that began early Thursday afternoon and was followed by heavy rain late in the afternoon and into the evening.

The National Weather Service in Sioux Falls reports the hail size was estimated at one-inch at Marcus just after five Thursday afternoon.

Centennial celebration begins in Craig today

(CRAIG)--Classic wheels kick-off the centennial celebration in Craig this weekend.

The town of 89 people celebrates the 100th birthday with a parade Saturday morning at ten.

Tonight (Friday) the Tri-State Cruisers Car Show and Shine travels into Craig at five. There are three days of ball games at Eastman Field. An ecumenical church service in downtown Craig Sunday morning at eight is followed by a breakfast in the shelterhouse for a freewill donation.

Riata is the band for the street dance in Craig Saturday night beginning at eight.

Four businesses are in the community which a Centennial history book shows had its deep sidewalks at a time when streets still were grass.

Sue Moller researched and wrote the book.

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Fire departments from Plymouth County cities protect rural property today. Craig's fire history showed an early partnership.

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The Centennial schedule for the town with the motto, "We're small, but big enough to know you," is in the KLEM Fairs and Festivals guide.

"Two by Two" is summer musical at the Postal Playhouse

(Le Mars) -- Most of us know the story...God gets angry with man, tells Noah to build an ark, put the animals in two-by-two, flood, rainbow...yay! God promises to never do it again. (Even though wet springs like this one make us wonder.)

This summer the story of Noah and the Ark is brought to life through music with the Postal Playhouse Production of "Two by Two." The players have been cast and involve many names that will be familiar to musical goers here in Le Mars. Tim Pick will be playing the role of Noah. Margaret Britton takes the role of his wife, Esther. Their three sons Shem, Ham and Japheth are played by Scott Parry, Sam Schroeder, and Blair Remmers, respectively. Mary Pitts plays Shem's wife Leah, McKenna Murphy is cast as Ham's wife Rachel, and Tara Goplin plays Goldie. She's roped into getting on the Ark, even though she's not married to any of the brothers.

Director Ryan Becker has been involved with Le Mars Community Theaters summer musicals every year, except one for the last ten years; this is his first time directing. Ryan says the show is set before the flood when the ark is being built, but that's not the important part of the story.

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Becker adds that despite a few serious moments, he considers the show comedic.

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The cast for "Two by Two" has been in rehearsals for the last week in preparation for a July 22nd opening at the Le Mars Postal Playhouse.  (News report by Angela Drake of KLEM News)

Two injured in rear-end collision

(HINTON)--Two people were injured in a traffic accident Tuesday afternoon just south of Hinton.

The Plymouth County Sheriff's Office reports 48-year-old Jay Vandenbrink of rural Ireton was stopped on northbound Highway 75. Authorities said there was traffic congestion near a construction area.

The information released stated another northbound vehicle driven by 62-year-old Francis Dunn of Sioux City struck the rear of Vandenbrink's pickup truck.

Dunn and Vandenbrink's passenger, 51-year-old Robert Pelletier of Sioux Center, were checked for injuries by EMS staff, but were not transported for care.

Seat belt, speed violations top saturation effort

(ORANGE CITY)-Seat belt violations continue to top traffic violations in saturation efforts for traffic safety in Sioux County.

The latest project by the Sheriff's Office, Iowa State Patrol and State Motor Vehicle Enforcement brought together 16 officers working the northern half of the county.

There were 24 citations for seat belt violations and four warning memos.

The second highest citation total involved speed and the third highest was equipment violations.

Half of the four projects to trim traffic accidents and deaths are completed.

Missouri River floods mean more power, same prices

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) The six dams along the flooding Missouri River are generating more electricity, but the surplus won't mean cheaper power prices for customers.

Utility officials say the hydropower already is cheap and there's not much demand for extra electricity.

The federal Western Area Power Administration sells power from the Missouri's dams.

The agency supplies 15 states and has contracts with rural electric cooperatives, municipal utilities and Indian tribes, including Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative (NIPCO) of rural Le Mars.

South Dakota utility executive Vic Simmons says rural electric customers don't need much power right now. He says farmers aren't running air conditioners, irrigation pumps or grain dryers yet.

Simmons says the federal agency also has to make up from years of drought losses when the Missouri River dams were generating less hydropower than normal.

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

Branstad to tour flood-threatened western Iowa

HAMBURG, Iowa (AP) Gov. Terry Branstad is heading back to western Iowa for another look at flood-threatened communities along the Missouri River.

Branstad's office says the governor on Friday will fly the length of the river in Iowa from Sioux City to Hamburg. He'll be joined by Derek Hill, the administrator of Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

Afterward they'll be in Council Bluffs, where they'll meet with local officials and workers at staging areas for sandbags, followed by a news conference.

The Missouri River is expected to crest 5 to 7 feet above flood stage in Iowa and Nebraska next week.

People fleeing flooded Missouri won't be back soon

HAMBURG, Iowa (AP) Hundreds of people leaving flood-threatened homes on the rising Missouri River may not be able to return before late summer.

The river is set to reach peak flows within days but won't get back to normal until September as officials manage swollen reservoirs.

Hamburg, Iowa, officials are skeptical two levees protecting their town will withstand the onslaught and have ordered half the town to evacuate. They warn any water that surges into Hamburg will be there to stay.

The timeline has even veteran river-town residents resigned. They're packing belongings to last a season and face weeks without an income. One Hamburg business-owner who's already taken most merchandise out of his auto parts store says the precaution alone will cost him $35,000 in a month, even if the store remains dry.

Iowa sets up phone line to help motorists

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa Department of Transportation has set up a temporary customer service phone line because its regular numbers have been swamped with calls about flooded roadways.

The new number is 866-452-8510.

The department says the line is earmarked for helping motorists navigate state roadway closings. Questions about county roads and city streets should go to local officials.

Iowa Dept. of Transportation restricts I-29 travel

AMES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa Department of Transportation is restricting travel along flooded parts of Interstate 29, north of Council Bluffs.

Officials say they have closed the right lane of southbound I-29 between mile markers 69 and 66.5, which is just north of the Honey Creek exit in western Iowa. The ramp from southbound I-29 to westbound Interstate 680 is now closed as well.

Romney to skip Iowa GOP, Florida straw polls

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Aides to GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney say he won't compete in the Iowa Republican Straw Poll in August.

Gearing up for the straw poll would divert time and money from a 2012 Romney campaign aimed at presenting the former Massachusetts governor as a national candidate who does not need the lift from winning the event.

Romney is also not participating in the Florida straw poll set for September, or any other of the non-binding contests in early voting states.

Romney says he plans to campaign in Iowa and will participate in the debate in Iowa sponsored by Fox News two days before the Aug. 13 straw poll in Ames.

Iowa Democrats file complaint against Schultz

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa Democratic Party has filed an ethics complaint against Secretary of State Matt Schultz, alleging he used public resources to campaign against a potential Republican presidential candidate.

Party Chairwoman Sue Dvorsky on Thursday urged the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board to investigate Schultz's use of public resources ``for political purposes.''

Schultz on Monday used his office to send a press release in which he criticizes former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman on his intentions to skip the Iowa caucuses due to his opposition to ethanol subsidies.

Schultz says Thursday afternoon that he ``defended'' the Iowa caucuses and never said that anyone should vote for or against Huntsman. Schultz says the allegations are ``without legal merit.''

Schultz, a Council Bluffs Republican, was elected in November.

Former Warren County attorney pleads guilty

INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) A former Warren County attorney has pleaded guilty to drug charges.

Bryan Tingle, of Carlisle, was charged in May with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia after he was stopped by an undercover officer near Carlisle. Police say a search of his car turned up methamphetamine.

KCCI-TV in Des Moines says Tingle pleaded guilty on Thursday to both charges. He received a deferred judgment and was placed on probation for a year. A deferred judgment means the conviction will be removed from his record if he successfully completes the probation. Tingle must complete a substance abuse treatment program and 200 hours of community service and undergo random drug testing.

Tingle, who was elected in 2007, lost his re-election bid last November.

Iowa man arrested after baby left in hot van

AMES, Iowa (AP) An Ames man has been arrested after police say he left his baby in a hot van.

LaTroy Ducksworth is charged with neglect or abandonment of a dependent person for allegedly leaving his 8-month-old child in the van Sunday evening. The temperature was almost 90 degrees.

The Tribune in Ames says court records show a woman heard the child ``screaming'' and called police. An officer who arrived called an ambulance. The officer waited, and Ducksworth came out of a building.

The child wasn't believed to be seriously harmed.

Ducksworth is in the Story County jail on $10,000 bond.

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


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