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KLEM News Update June 12, 2011


Le Mars United Way Board Chair Robin Grosenheider says helping a neighboring community in need is in tune with the group's mission.

Grosenheider also explains that a donation through the Le Mars United Way gives the assurance that the funds will be directed through the proper channels and put to the best use.

Participating Le Mars financial institutions are American Bank, First National Bank, Great Southern Bank, Kingsley State Bank, Northwest Iowa Credit Union and Primebank.

Donors are asked to indicate flood relief on their checks payable to the Le Mars United Way.

Mercy offers support for flood victims

(SIOUX CITY)--Mercy Medical Center is offering a program to help flood victims deal with the emotional challenges.

Brian Damon who is a therapist with the Pathways program at Mercy Medical Center says the sixty-minute weekly group sessions begin Wednesday June 15th.

The topics for each hourly session deal with specific issues related to flooding. Each session is limited to 12 participants.

The topics begin at 11 in the morning with trauma support followed by a general support at noon and educational support from one to two in the afternoon. A spiritual support group is offered from two until three in the afternoon.

The groups will meet in the Mercy Central Medical Building at Fifth and Jackson Streets and be offered every Wednesday as long as a need exists.

"Wheeling for Woman Aware" is fall event

(SIOUX CITY)--Bike riders will pedal through the Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve to help Woman Aware of Sioux City.

The annual fund raiser, "Wheeling for Women Aware," has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 24th.

The ride will leave the Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve shelter between 7:30 and 9 in the morning.

Early registration information is available through the Sioux City office or through the web site www.womenawarescia.org.

(SIOUX CITY)--A foundation will help a Siouxland group provide care.

The Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation will provide five-thousand dollars to the Siouxland Community Health Center. The Sioux City award is for preventive care and oral health education.

The Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation mini-grant program is for one-time oral health projects

Hundreds in Iowa leave homes as Missouri rises

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Iowa has released new information on the number of residents who've been forced from their homes because of Missouri River flooding.

The State Joint Information Center said Saturday that 200 to 300 people have voluntary evacuated in Modale.

More than 300 people were ordered to leave their homes on the south side of Hamburg. About 100 homes were vacated in Council Bluffs, but the number of residents affected wasn't known.

The Missouri River 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 snowpack.

Crews search Des Moines River for man's body

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A man who jumped into the Des Moines River after a crash is believed to have drowned.

Des Moines police say 23-year-old Dax Bell ran from officers after the Saturday morning crash on Interstate 235 and jumped into the river.

Officers tried to rescue Bell but were unable to. Police say he's believed to have drowned.

A search team has been trying to recover his body.

Iowa man hurt in explosion in stable condition

MARTENSDALE, Iowa (AP) A man has been hurt in a house explosion on the outskirts of Martsendale.

The Warren County sheriff's office told KCRG-TV that the man suffered burns to the upper half of his body when a propane tank exploded about 8:20 p.m. Friday, destroying the house.

The man's name has not been released. He's in stable condition at an Iowa City hospital.

The sheriff's office says the explosion is believed to be related to the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

No charges have been filed.

Hundreds in Iowa leave homes as Missouri rises

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Iowa has released new information on the number of residents who've been forced from their homes because of Missouri River flooding.

The State Joint Information Center said Saturday that 200 to 300 people have voluntary evacuated in Modale.

More than 300 people were ordered to leave their homes on the south side of Hamburg. About 100 homes were vacated in Council Bluffs, but the number of residents affected wasn't known.

The Missouri River 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 snowpack.


Waterloo next Iowa city to consider traffic cams

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) Another Iowa city is considering traffic cameras to catch drivers who speed or run red lights.

If approved, Waterloo will join a growing list of communities that use the cameras, which capture photos and video of traffic violations. The owner of the vehicle is mailed a ticket.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports two companies are vying to install the cameras. The City Council heard a pitch from Redflex Traffic Systems, based in Phoenix, this past week. The council heard from another company, Gatso USA Inc. of Massachusetts, last August.

Spanish vaccine maker plans facility in Iowa

AMES, Iowa (AP) A Spanish company that manufactures animal vaccines plans to build its first U.S. plant in Ames.

David Nogareda, president of Amer, Spain-based Laboratorias Hipra, says Ames is a great location because of its proximity to Iowa State University. The facility would be at the university's research park.

The Ames Tribune reports construction is expected to begin by year's end. The plant would be in operation by 2014 and employ 60 workers.

Iowa teen pleads not guilty to attempted murder


FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) A Fort Dodge teenager has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder.

The Messenger reports 17-year-old Deangelo Foy filed the plea Thursday. A trial date has not yet been set.

Police say Foy allegedly fired a gun at a woman and her son while they were in the woman's car on May 25. The bullet allegedly struck the car's windshield. The woman reported the incident to police and told them Foy drove off in a white car.

Police say officers stopped the car a short time later and took Foy into custody. A handgun was recovered during the traffic stop.

Workers in Iowa executive branch fall under Branstad

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The number of workers in Iowa's executive branch has fallen considerably since Gov. Terry Branstad took office early this year.

The Republican governor says the drop helps fulfill his campaign promise to shrink state government. But some politicians in his own party question whether there have been too many cuts.

State records obtained by the Des Moines Register show Iowa's executive branch had 18,347 full-time employees as of May 12, the last pay period for which complete records were available. That's 251 fewer than when Branstad took office and the fewest employees since 1993.

GOP State Senator David Johnson says he's concerned that Iowa has too few workers to help monitor the state's waterways for zebra mussels and other pests.

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

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