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KLEM NEWS Update June 11, 2011

(ORANGE CITY) -- The City of Orange City unveiled a new community branding initiative, logo, and web site at its Customer Appreciation Picnic in City Hall on Thursday evening.

Citizens, business leaders, and visitors were introduced to a distinct, brilliant orange logo that blends the community’s Dutch heritage with a contemporary, progressive new look.

Orange City Mayor Les Douma, said that Orange City’s re-branding initiative began a year ago, as a group of 40 citizens and community leaders came together to study what it means for a community to have a strong and distinct brand.

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It may be not surprise that the new look focuses on the color orange and the logo uses tulips to make the shape of a windmill. Douma says the slogan- "Color Your Life Vibrant" refers to the meaning behind the color orange.

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The new brand will be seen throughout the community on vehicles, letterhead and headlines the launch of the city's re-designed website- (News report by Angela Drake of KLEM News)

Parks are focus of city preparations

(LE MARS)--Le Mars city workers are part of a cadre of community members readying the city for Ice Cream Days next week.

The city effort involves meeting needs for the celebration coordinated during the third week in June each year by the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce.

City administrator Scott Langel says the city concentrates on Foster and O'Toole Parks and the Olson Cultural Event Center to make sure they're set up for festivities.

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A short term fix for the intersection of Plymouth Street and Central Avenue may also be attempted before Ice Cream Days, subject to weather and Iowa Department of Transportation approval.

Funds for flood recovery accepted through Le Mars United Way

(LE MARS)--Funds for flood recovery efforts in the Siouxland area are being raised through the Le Mars United Way.

Tim Stiles of the United Way says donations may be dropped off at American Bank; First National Bank; Great Southern Bank; Kingsley State Bank; Northwest Iowa Credit Union; and Primebank.

"Helping a neighboring community in need is in tune with our mission," said Robin Grosenheider, United Way Le Mars board chairperson. "Your donation through the United Way gives you the assurance that the funds will be directed through the proper channels and put to the best use."

Donations will be accepted at the five financial institutions in Le Mars through Friday, July 1st. Checks should be made payable to the Le Mars United Way. Donors are asked to indicate it is for flood relief.

Lightning causes Merrill corn crib fire

(Merrill )--A weather-related fire destroyed a farm building Thursday night.

Merrill Fire Chief Bill Merchant says a passerby reported the corn crib fire at about 7:30 Thursday night. Merchant says the smoke from fire at 32897 250th Street could be seen over the top of trees.

The empty wooden corn crib and an older wagon were both destroyed. The corn crib was not being used to store grain.

Merchant says the cause of the fire was a lightning strike. Fire fighters were out on the call for about an hour and a half.

Sioux City woman dies in collision

JACKSON, Neb. (AP) Authorities have released the names of two people who died in a head-on collision in Siouxland.

The accident happened Thursday afternoon on U.S. Highway 20 just west of Jackson, Nebraska when an eastbound car collided with a westbound car.

The Nebraska State Patrol on Friday says the drivers of both cars were killed 54-year-old Julie Sands of Sioux City and 54-year-old Donald Buckley of Newcastle. A passenger in Buckley's car was injured.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

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

Flood concerns temporarily close casino

(SLOAN)-WinnaVegas Casino Resort is temporarily closing.

The general manager of the casino resort in Sloan was informed by the Corps of Engineers that flood water could reach the casino by tomorrow (Sunday).

An eight-foot berm was built around the perimeter of the casino, including the construction site of the new hotel in an effort to secure the area from flood water.

The WinnaVegas Inn on Interstate 29, at exit 127, is remaining open because it is not affected by the "controlled flood."

WinnaVegas Casino Resort general manager Catherine Colsrud says when it is a safe environment, the business will reopen.

Missouri River tops 1993 levels in several places

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) The Missouri River is already higher than it was during the 1993 flood in much of Nebraska and Iowa, and the water is still rising.

The river is expected to crest next week 5 to 7 feet above flood stage in Nebraska and Iowa. And the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the water will remain at that high level at least into August.

The river was at 33.3 feet in Sioux City, Iowa on Friday. That's above the 27.3-foot crest recorded in 1993.

Flooding forces closure of I-680 between states

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) Rising floodwaters on the Missouri River have forced the closure of the section of Interstate 680 that links Iowa and Nebraska.

The Iowa Department of Transportation announced the closing on Friday.

I-680 is now closed between the spot where it meets I-29 and the North 30th Street exit in Omaha. The closing includes the Mormon Bridge over the Missouri River.

A 10-mile stretch of Interstate 29 between that location and Council Bluffs is also shut down.

Officials recommend that drivers who want to cross between Nebraska and Iowa detour south to Interstate 80 to cross the swollen Missouri River.

Iowa governor says integrity of levees a concern

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) Gov. Terry Branstad says he's concerned as to how levees in western Iowa will hold up to high water along the Missouri River for a prolonged period.

The governor was in Council Bluffs Friday to view flood-fighting efforts and provide an update on the state's response.

The Missouri is rising rapidly because the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is increasing the amount of water it releases from upstream reservoirs to deal with heavy spring rains and Rocky Mountain snow melt.

Branstad optimistic on budget talks

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) Gov. Terry Branstad says he's cautiously optimistic that the Legislature will strike a budget deal he can accept before the fiscal year ends June 30.

In a Friday interview on the public television program ``Iowa Press,'' Branstad maintained progress was being made on budget talks between his office and legislative leaders.

He says that even if talks break down, he has the authority to keep the state running into the next budget year. He says he doesn't think that will become necessary.

G.W. Bush vets: Still time for Perry to enter 2012 race

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Governor Rick Perry says he's considering a run for the White House. And an exodus of staff from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's imploding campaign this week -- including Austin-based Perry consultant David Carney -- has fueled speculation that the governor will run.

Perry also plans to meet with deep pocketed Republican donors next week in New York City, and speak to the Alabama Republican Party later this summer.

The wave of Perry speculation has prompted several veteran fundraisers for President George W. Bush to weigh in on Perry's chances.

They say the fact that Perry will be entering a crowded 2012 presidential field late may actually help his fundraising on the way to winning the GOP nomination.

Man sentenced in deadly Cedar Rapids robbery

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) A man accused of killing another man during a robbery in Cedar Rapids has been sentenced to 75 years in prison

Eighteen-year-old Denem Null was charged with first-degree murder and first-degree robbery in the death of 26-year-old Kevin Bell in January 2010. Prosecutors say Null shot Bell when a drug deal involving Bell's roommate went bad.

Null pleaded guilty in March to second-degree murder and first-degree robbery.

KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids says Null was sentenced on Friday to 50 years in prison for murder and 25 years in prison for robbery, to be served consecutively.

Two others charged in the case, Gabriel Taylor and Johven Lee, pleaded guilty to robbery and were sentenced last week to 25 years in prison.

Woman pleads guilty in death of Iowa woman

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) A 22-year-old woman has been sentenced to 50 years in prison in the stabbing death of a Council Bluffs woman.

Lisa Reeves was charged in the death of 39-year-old Tammy Rocha last winter. A passing motorist found Rocha lying in the middle of a street on Jan. 14.

The Daily Nonpareil in Council Bluffs says Reeves pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Thursday in Pottawattamie County District Court. She was sentenced to 50 years in prison.

Reeves, her father, Brian Reeves, her boyfriend, Eric Long, and another man, Clarence Woolsoncroft, were charged in Rocha's death.

Woolsoncroft was convicted of second-degree murder and awaits his sentencing.

Brian Reeves and Eric Long pleaded guilty to various charges and were sentenced to prison.

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

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