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KLEM News AM Update June 15, 2011

Greta Giese  is the coordinator of the Northwest Iowa Lifelong Learning and Recreation Center in Sheldon.

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The center on the Northwest Iowa Community College Campus features a three-lane indoor walking and running track and separate rooms for group fitness.

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Giese says there's a great partnershp with the city of Sheldon's Recreation Department.

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The center is also partnering with Sanford Health in Sheldon.


Four days of Ice Cream-theme fun begin today

(LE MARS)-- Ice cream and kids...they go hand in hand. As the Ice Cream Days festivities kick-off today, let's hightlight some events that are especially for kids.

In its second year, the Kids Ice Cream Cone-ival will be held at O'Toole Park Friday from 4 to 6pm. Blue Bunny employee Julie Arens is helping to organize the event this year. She says there are seven carnival-like games kids ages 4 through 12 can play for free.

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There is also a grand prize drawing at 5:25pm Friday, in which participants must be present to win. Arens adds that there is a new photo opportunity this year as well, so bring your camera.

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Another fun event for kids 12 and under is the annual Fishing Derby. It takes place this year from 5:30 to 6:30pm on Saturday, with registration beginning at 5. The Sportsmans Club of Le Mars started the event 30 years ago, and eventually decided to have it coincide with Ice Cream Days. Chuck Keenan is on the board of the directors of the Sportsmans Club, and has helped organize the event for a number of years. He says the fish will be plentiful.

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Refreshments including hot dogs and hamburgers are available for the participating families after the event.

And for those of us who aren't kids anymore, but want to feel like one, grab an ice cream treat and join in on this evening's festivities. The Tri-State Drive in Cruisers are at Bob's Drive Inn starting at 5 and there's a swim party at the Le Mars Outdoor Pool from 6:40 to 8:40. The Ice Cream Social at Foster Park goes from 7:30 to 9. Also at Foster Park tonight is the Golf Ball Drop on the 1st Ave SE side, starting at 7:45pm followed by the Le Mars Municipal Band concert at 8pm. (News report by Angela Drake)

Brunsville Centennial celebration offers "Ribfest Cook-off "

(BRUNSVLLE)--A Ribfest Cook-off is part of Brunsville's 100th birthday celebration.

The Ribfest Cook-off in Brunsville June 25th west of the Legion on Oak Street begins with registration from eight until 10 in the morning.

Bill Osterbuhr is coordinating the Centennial event which he says runs until three in the afternoon on the 25th.

The contest features prizes for first, second and third place with a 100 percent payback of the $25 entry fee.

Anyone with questions may call Osterbuhr at 533-6246.

Brunsville rolls out the red carpet for the Centennial celebration Friday, June 24th through Sunday, June 26th.

DOT reopens I-29 Dakota Dunes exit

DAKOTA DUNES, S.D. (AP) The Dakota Dunes exit on Interstate 29 has reopened after crews have reached their goal of building protective levees around the southeastern South Dakota community.

The South Dakota Department of Transportation closed Exit 1 to general traffic on May 31 to facilitate levee construction efforts in the area.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is pushing record amounts of water through the river's dams to get rid of unexpectedly heavy rains that fell last month upstream in eastern Montana and Wyoming and western North Dakota and South Dakota.

Dakota Dunes and the surrounding area has been preparing for record water levels being released from Gavin's Point Dam, which was boosted to 150,000 cubic feet per second at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

(COPYRIGHT 2011 BY ASSOCIATED PRESS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

 Yankton man pleads guilty in store theft

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) A Yankton man accused of robbing a convenience store earlier this year has pleaded guilty under a deal with prosecutors.

The Press Dakotan newspaper reports that Nicholas Arneson pleaded guilty to grand theft, and a robbery charge was dismissed. He's to be sentenced July 11.

Arneson is accused of entering the Cork `N' Bottle on Feb. 26, pushing his way behind the counter and taking a box containing more than $3,000. Police say officers followed footprints from the store to Arneson's home.

(COPYRIGHT 2011 BY ASSOCIATED PRESS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

 

Gavin's Point releases reach expected maximum

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) Officials say releases from Gavin's Point Dam in Yankton were bumped up to 150,000 cubic feet per second on Tuesday, the final planned increase to move more water down the bloated Missouri River.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is pushing record amounts of water through the river's dams to get rid of unexpectedly heavy rains that fell last month upstream in eastern Montana and Wyoming and western North Dakota and South Dakota.

It should take about a day for those higher flows to reach Dakota Dunes, where crews have spent weeks building levees to protect the community from the rising Missouri.

Levees have been holding strong in the Pierre and Fort Pierre areas, where releases earlier were increased to record levels on Oahe Dam a few miles upstream.

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

 

Branstad to tour flood-threatened Hamburg

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Gov. Terry Branstad is heading back to western Iowa to check on flooding along the Missouri River.

His office says the governor and Derek Hill, the administrator of the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management, will be in Hamburg Wednesday evening to tour a secondary levee where workers are racing to add several feet to the top.

Branstad and Hill will hold a news conference after their tour.

Meanwhile, state, local and federal officials will be conducting preliminary damage assessments in the six Iowa counties along the Missouri River. Information from the assessments could be used by the governor to request presidential disaster declaration.

Amtrak restores service over flooding Missouri

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Amtrak is restoring its California Zephyr passenger train between San Francisco and Chicago, which was disrupted by the flooding Missouri River in the Omaha area.

Amtrak said Tuesday that service will be restored for the complete route, except in Omaha.

Service was suspended on June 7 between Denver and Chicago, which included Fort Morgan, Colo., Nebraska, and Iowa, except for Fort Madison, because of flooding and closures on Burlington Northern Santa Fe tracks in the Omaha area.

Amtrak says service will resume on Wednesday with the eastbound train from California, and on Thursday with the westbound train in Chicago.

Temporary levees have been built over BNSF tracks to help protect Omaha and Bellevue. Amtrak says alternate transportation will be provided between Lincoln and Omaha and between Creston, Iowa, and Omaha.


Clinton mayor won't seek re-election

CLINTON, Iowa (AP) Clinton Mayor Rodger Holm says he won't seek re-election this fall.

The first-term mayor tells the Clinton Herald that he will focus his efforts instead on a likely run for the state Senate.

Holm, who was elected mayor in 2007, says he is looking at running for a seat in a new Senate district created by redistricting. He says it wouldn't be fair to Clinton residents for him to serve as mayor while campaigning.

Local officials worried by proposed tax cuts

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Local officials told a legislative panel that proposed property tax cuts would result in reductions in government services.

Kurt Subra, chief financial officer for the West Des Moines school district, told lawmakers Tuesday that proposed cuts to commercial and industrial property taxes would remove one out of eight property tax dollars in his district's tax base.

Gov. Terry Branstad and Republican legislators have been pushing for such tax cuts, which they say are needed to bring Iowa in line with neighboring states.

Senate Ways and Means Committee Chairman Joe Bolkcom, a Democrat, says he agrees commercial taxes are too high but called for ensuring that the tax burden isn't shifted onto other classes of property.

Panel upholds firing of former Iowa DNR official

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A state panel has rejected an appeal from a former official at the Department of Natural Resources who was fired in 2008.

The Public Employment Relations Board on June 2 upheld a 2010 decision by an administrative law judge, who found the DNR didn't violate state regulations in firing Basil Nimry. He was the bureau chief for the DNR's construction services and engineering bureau.

He blamed his firing on his opposition to construction of the $58 million Honey Creek Resort on the banks of southern Iowa's Rathbun Lake. But the DNR says he was fired after allegations that he mistreated employees, tried to block an investigation into the use of a state computer to access pornography and ordered a worker to help in his private business.

Nimry declined to comment.

1st Libertarian presidential nominee Hospers dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) John Hospers the Libertarian Party's first presidential candidate has died.

The party says on its website Hospers died Sunday in Los Angeles.

He was 93.

Running on a platform of limited government and individual rights, Hospers and vice presidential nominee Theodora Nathan were on the ballot in two states in 1972 and received 3,671 votes and a single electoral vote. The election sent Richard Nixon to the White House for a second term.

Hospers taught philosophy at the University of Southern California.

According to his website, he was born in Pella, Iowa, near Des Moines, and earned a doctorate at Columbia University.

The Libertarian Party was founded in Colorado in 1971.


Body recovered from Des Moines River

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Des Moines police say officials believe they have recovered the body of a man who jumped in the Des Moines River after a traffic accident.

Authorities had been searching the river for 23-year-old Dax Bell, who jumped in the water last Saturday after a crash on Interstate 235. Police say he fled from the wreck and jumped in the river. He was seen struggling and then went under.

Police say a body believed to be Bell's was found Tuesday afternoon by a bridge. An autopsy is pending.

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

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