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KLEM News AM Update June 16, 2011

 How about crazy crowd-inspired rapping and bike flips and tricks that will make you gasp... That's what you can expect at this year's concert and BMX Exhibition put on by the Le Mars Area Youth Network.

Jim Rahn works for Siouxland Youth for Christ, which is part of The Youth Network. He says Action Sports Team Real Encounter will put on quite a spectacle.

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This year's concert  features a group called Whose Rhyme is it Anyway. Rahn says that the group was put together by an entertainer that has been to Le Mars before, Heath McNease.

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The Youth Network, the group putting on the event, is made up of area youth pastors and youth workers. He says that the concert and BMX exhibition that coincides with Ice Cream Days each year has become one of their biggest events. The event takes place Friday evening from 8-10pm at the Olson Cultural Events Center.

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What about today? This evening there are a few fun Ice Cream Days events... The Family Bike Ride starts at the Olsen Cultural Events Center at 6pm, The Primebank Ice Cream Social is being held from 6 to 8, and the outdoor movie starts at dusk at the Olson Cultural Events Center. (News report by Angela Drake of KLEM News)

Fire damages Le Mars home

(LE MARS)--Fire damaged a home in Le Mars late Wednesday afternoon.

Fire-Rescue Chief David Schipper was asked to check a home when someone driving by thought they saw smoke from a garage at 1131 Central Avenue Southwest.


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Schipper says the fire began in the garage of Theresa Jellema's home.


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Fire fighters carried items from the garage out of the house after the fire was extinguished.

Schipper says they contained the fire to the garage area. There was light smoke in the house, including the bedrooms.

A teen who was in the home at the time the fire started got out when a smoke detector went off.

Ice Cream Parlor is open in downtown Le Mars

(LE MARS) -- The ribbon was cut Wednesday morning, and the grand opening celebration is tomorrow.  But Dave Smetter of Blue Bunny Ice Cream wants to make sure people know that the new Ice Cream Parlor in downtown LeMars is open TODAY! 

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Hours are Monday through Saturday 9a-10p and Sundays noon to 10p. (News report by Angela Drake of KLEM News)

Van Beek is Distinguished Alumni

(LE MARS)--A Le Mars native is being honored for her professional achievements by the University of Iowa Alumni Association.

Alumni President Vince Nelson says Dr. Marta Van Beek received a Distinguished Young Alumni award last weekend.



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Van Beek is a 1997 graduate of the University of Iowa. According to Nelson, Van Beek is director of the division of surgery in the University of Iowa Dematology Department.



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The daughter of Les and Iris Hemmingson of Le Mars is a Le Mars Community High School graduate.

She previously received the North American Youth Dermatologist International Achievement Award given by the World Congress of Dermatology and the American Academy of Dermatology. 


Sheldon  woman dies while hiking in New Mexico

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) Authorities say an Iowa woman has died while hiking the Alkali Flat Trail in White Sands National Monument in New Mexico.

National Park Service rangers say 23-year-old Erica Hoekstra, of Sheldon, was hiking Wednesday afternoon with a friend when she began experiencing symptoms of distress.

Her unidentified friend quickly hiked back to the trailhead to retrieve additional water and ice from their car and called 911 from her cell phone.

When the friend returned to the scene, she says Hoekstra was unconscious and she began CPR.

Rangers hiked approximately one-half mile to her location on the trail and continued CPR. Paramedics from Alamo West Volunteer Fire Department also responded and provided assistance.

The cause of death is being investigated by the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator.

(Copyright 2011 by Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Sioux City, Lake View, Holstein plan streets for industries

(AMES)--Transportation funds will be used to grow the economy in three northwest Iowa towns.

Iowa Transportation Commissioners awarded more than 665-thousand dollars for a street project in South City. The roadway in downtown Sioux City, east of Interstate 29, is to be completed by November of next year.

The project by the former John Morrell Pork plant will provide access to four lots totalling more than 16 acres for heavy manufacturing.


The state funds will assist the city in building about three-thousand feet of street in the area being redeveloped by the city.

Nearly 150-thousand dollars will be available to assist in building a right turn lane on HIghway 71 in Lake View. The money will also be used to extend about 700 feet of a street located on the northeast side of Lake View.

When the improvement is complete, there will be access to three lots of more than five acres that will be used for light-manufacturing, warehousing, wholesaling and corporate business offices.

Holstein was also awarded transportation funds this week. About 113-thousand dollars will be used to assist with a 900-foot extension of a street in the northwest part of Holstein. The three lots served by the access total more than five acres and will be used for industry and manufacturing.

All three projects are from the state's transportation funds set aside for road projects that spur economic development.

Levee nearly complete

HAMBURG, Iowa (AP) Construction crews are putting the final touches on a makeshift levee guarding a small Iowa town from the creeping advance of Missouri River floodwaters.

Robert Michaels, who has overseen the construction of the temporary levee guarding Hamburg for the Army Corps of Engineers, says floodwater advanced to within 500 yards of the floodwall on Wednesday and is expected to reach it by Thursday.

Experts say a drop in river levels caused by Monday breaches along the primary levee south of town would be temporary. The river had already begun rising again Wednesday near Brownville, Neb., just downstream from the breaches.

Hamburg Fire Chief Dan Sturm says crews hope to cover the levee with plastic before the water reaches it.

Iowa closes another I-29 stretch

HAMBURG, Iowa (AP) Officials have now closed a stretch of Interstate 29 in southwest Iowa and northwest Missouri because of flooding on the Missouri River.

The Iowa Department of Transportation says both the southbound and northbound lanes of I-29 south of Exit 10 at Iowa Highway 2 closed Wednesday afternoon.

The closure runs south to U.S. Highway 136 in Rock Port, Mo., a distance of about 30 miles.

The southbound lanes were closed first, followed by northbound lanes about an hour later.

Judge sets $500K bond in 1996 Iowa killing

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A Polk County judge has set a $500,000 bond for a man who was granted a new trial in a 1996 murder case in Des Moines.

The Des Moines Register says the judge set the bond on Wednesday for David Flores. He was convicted of killing a woman during a rolling gunbattle between rival gangs.

Flores, who is serving a life sentence for killing Phyllis Davis, is waiting to see whether the Iowa Supreme Court will interfere with a lower court decision granting a new trial.

In his order, Judge Joel Novak says Flores is a flight risk and the $500,000 bond is appropriate.

No ruling in former slaughterhouse manager's case

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) An attorney for a former Iowa kosher slaughterhouse executive convicted of financial fraud says he's ``hopeful'' Sholom Rubashkin will get a new trial.

The U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis heard arguments Wednesday. Attorney Guy Cook says the court took the case under advisement.

Rubashkin, a former Agriprocessors Inc. manager, was convicted in 2009 and sentenced to 27 years in prison. His arrest followed an immigration raid at the company's Postville plant in 2008.

Rubashkin sought a new trial claiming Chief U.S. District Court Judge Linda Reade, who presided over his trial, couldn't be impartial and should have recused herself because she participated in the planning of the raid.

Sean Berry, a spokesman with the U.S. attorney's office, says prosecutors would not comment on Wednesday's hearing.

Waterloo man's electric wheelchair stolen

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) A Waterloo man's electric wheelchair has been stolen after he left it outside during a visit to his sister's house.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier is reporting that the man's Hoveround wheelchair was stolen Sunday evening. The battery-powered chair is valued at $4,500.

The police report shows the man left it outside at his sister's house around 6 p.m. When he came out to leave at 7 p.m. it was gone.

No arrests have been made.

GOP's Pawlenty sending first 2012 mailer in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty is introducing himself to Iowans by mail this week, sending his first mailing advertisement of the 2012 caucus campaign.

The mailer features pictures of Pawlenty and his wife, Mary. It's expected to land into the mailboxes of thousands of likely Iowa caucusgoers by Thursday.

Iowa's caucuses begin the nominating season next year.

The former Minnesota governor plans to compete aggressively in the Iowa Republican Party's straw poll. It's scheduled for Ames in mid-August. Aides say Pawlenty plans to spend roughly 15 days in Iowa next month.

He also is announcing state campaign co-chairmen Christian Fong and Roger Underwood, and is returning to the state this weekend. Fong briefly sought the 2010 Republican gubernatorial nomination, and Underwood is an adviser to Gov. Terry Branstad.

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

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