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KLEM News PM Update June 16, 2011


City administrator Scott Langel says Tim Harris Construction started work on Lincoln Street, at the intersection with Sixth Avenue. Langel asks motorists to use caution. 

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 Langel is also monitoring the surface on Business Highway 75 where sand is being applied to cutback asphalt.

Polaris to move production to Spirit Lake

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa (AP) Polaris Industries says it will move some production of electric vehicles from North Dakota to its Iowa plant at Spirit Lake.

The Des Moines Register is reporting that Polaris will close the Global Electric Motorcars operation in Fargo, N.D. Other Global Electric operations will move to Polaris offices in the Minneapolis area or to a Wyoming facility.

Polaris is buying Global Electric from Chrysler Group.

Production of the on-road electric vehicles at Spirit Lake is expected to begin late in the fourth quarter.

Polaris says it can't pinpoint yet how many new jobs the new production will require at the Spirit Lake plant, which already makes motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles.

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

Jackson performs at Spencer

(SPENCER)--Country Superstar Alan Jackson performs his hits at the Clay County Fair.

His current sound successes includes "As She's Walking Away," with the Zac Brown Band, featuring Alan Jackson.

Jackson will be take the Clay County Fair Grandstand stage Sunday evening, September 18th at 6:30

Dakota Dunes residents allowed to check homes

DAKOTA DUNES, S.D. (AP) Evacuated residents of the flood-threatened South Dakota city of Dakota Dunes were being allowed back into their homes to check on their properties, though the resumption of traffic was delayed early Thursday by repair work to a levee.

About half of the 2,500 residents of the Missouri River town have been evacuated since June 3. State Public Safety officials say those residents will be allowed to go back between certain hours from later Thursday or early Friday through Monday.

The Army Corps of Engineers is releasing record amounts of water from Missouri River dams because of heavy snowmelt and spring rains.

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

Breaches don't change Missouri River flood outlook

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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