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KLEM News AM Update June 17, 2011

Wayne Marty spent yesterday afternoon hanging out with two of his six grandkids. 10 year old Sasha and 14 year old Grisham are up from West Des Moines to visit. They were busy playing in Marty's old barn where vehicles with rich histories sit under tarps, and a wild kitty hides out. They marched around the back yard on stilts, and climbed up into the tree house. They let me crash their party and talk to grandpa about why Ice Cream Days is special. When I talked to Wayne yesterday he said he enjoys going to the events with the kids because there's something fun for everyone.

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They also participated in the Family Bike Ride and went to a Marty favorite...the Prime Bank Ice Cream Social. Whew, sounds like they've have had a busy schedule! When I asked the kids what they were looking forward to for the rest of Ice Cream Days the answer was no surprise...

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That was Sasha, and her brother agreed...trying more flavors of ice cream was definitely a priority!

Marty says that his other grandkids have have also come back to visit during the celebration and participated in some of the events including the 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament and riding in the parades.

Wayne Marty and the grandkids will be in tomorrow's parade in the Plymouth County Historical Museum's Classic Car. But before I get ahead of myself on tomorrow's events, let's talk about todays activities. The Smile Contest is at 2pm, the kids Cone-ival is being held at O'Toole Park from 4 to 6 and the Grand Opening Celebration for the new ice cream parlor is at 7. The day rounds out with the Concert and BMX Exhibition. Saturday steps off with a 9 o'clock parade and includes lots of fun like Art in the Park, Ice Cream Flavor Creation Contest and the Kids Fishing Derby.

Enjoy time with family and enjoy your ice cream! (News report/photo by Angela Drake of KLEM News)
Absentee ballots available for Hinton election

(LE MARS)--Hinton voters may get absentee ballots for the August 2nd election on a Public Safety Building Project from the Plymouth County Auditor's Office.

Hinton residents are being asked to approve borrowing funds of up to 980-thousand dollars to build, equip and furnish a building for police, fire and ambulance.

Those who'd like to vote before the election or cast a vote by using a ballot they'd receive in the mail, may make those requests through the Auditor's Office at the Courthouse.

Financial advisor added at Le Mars firm

(LE MARS)--Edwards Jones is adding a financial advisor in Le Mars.

Edward Jones Financial Advisor Greg Mitchell has announced that Joe Susemihl has joined his office in Le Mars.

Mitchell said Edward Jones prides itself on providing the best service possible to those investors who choose to do business with the firm.

Mitchell added that Susemihl will help provide the high level of service investors in the community have come to expect as well as extend services to new investors.

Engelkes sentenced for firearms conviction

(SIOUX CITY)--A Sanborn man has been sentenced to prison for a firearms conviction.

According to the U-S Attorney's office, 44-year-old Billy Jo Engelkes pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Court records indicated Engelkes had been convicted on a felony drug charge in O'Brien County four years ago.

He was sentenced to 20 months in prison for the ammunition and firearm conviction in federal court in Sioux City.

He's being held for the U-S Marshal's Service until he can be taken to a federal prison.

Vilsack meets with farmers in South Sioux City

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has scheduled meetings in Iowa and Nebraska to discuss Agriculture Department programs that will help people recover from flooding from the Missouri River.

A USDA news release says the former Iowa governor will be meeting with farmers and community this ( Friday) morning at 9:30. Vilsack is scheduled to attend a meeting at the Marina Inn in South Sioux City.

U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska says Vilsack has assured him that the USDA considers flooding along the Missouri to be a natural disaster, meaning crop insurance will cover damage.

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

 Governor says partial levee collapse shows danger

DAKOTA DUNES, S.D. (AP) Gov. Dennis Daugaard says a partial collapse of a portion of the Dakota Dunes levee on Thursday shows that the potential for levee failure is a real danger.

Officials say the section of the south levee has been repaired and steps are being taken to prevent further erosion.

Daugaard warns that those concerned with property must also be attentive to personal safety. He says property owners proceed at their own risk when entering the evacuated area.

The Army Corps of Engineers is pushing record amounts of water through Missouri River dams to get rid of unexpectedly heavy rains that fell upstream in eastern Montana and Wyoming and western North Dakota and South Dakota.

Levees have been built in Pierre, Fort Pierre and Dakota Dunes to hold back the water.

I-29 Exit 1 reopened as levee repair continues

DAKOTA DUNES, S.D. (AP) State officials have reopened the Dakota Dunes exit off Interstate 29 Thursday afternoon as workers continue to repair an erosion problem on a section of the southern levee.

The state Department of Public Safety says the closure delayed a plan to allow residents of Dakota Dunes to re-enter the area to check on their homes.

Officials say they hope to allow residents of the evacuated area to begin re-entering their neighborhood on Friday at 10 a.m.

A scouring of the fast-moving Missouri River caused erosion on the river side of a section of the levee in the Bay Hills area.


Iowa soldier escapes serious injury in helmet shot

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The military says an Iowa Army National Guard soldier escaped serious injury when a bullet passed through his helmet during a recent firefight in Afghanistan.

According to The Des Moines Register on Thursday, an Army press release says 20-year-old Spc. Tom Albers, of Alton, was on foot patrol in Parwan Province in late May when shots started coming out of a nearby building.

In the press release, Albers says he felt like he was hit in the head with a ``wooden baseball bat.''

When the firefight subsided, a medic looked at Albers' helmet and realized a bullet had passed through it. Albers was taken to a hospital, where it was determined he suffered little more than a burn mark on the top of his head.

Johnson County says no guard helipad

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Johnson County supervisors have turned down a request from the Iowa National Guard to build a helicopter landing pad on county land.

Representatives of the guard appeared before the board on Thursday to request building a helipad across the street from the National Guard Armory Readiness Center in Iowa City. Supervisors expressed concerns about noise and safety and questioned building a landing zone in a residential area, especially with the Iowa City airport, which is about five miles away.

The Readiness Center is a command and control location for the east side of the state, which is why the guard wants a helipad at the facility.

The guard will look at other options, including using land at the Readiness Center.

Police say Neb. woman got Iowa ID with RI info

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Lincoln police say a woman being investigated in Iowa has been arrested in Nebraska in an alleged identity theft involving a Rhode Island woman.

The Lincoln Journal Star says Christine Bleecher, of Omaha, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of criminal impersonation. Police say a Rhode Island woman called Lincoln police after she received a letter from the IRS demanding nearly $2,000 in back taxes from work in Lincoln that she didn't disclose on her taxes. Officer Katie Flood says the Rhode Island woman never worked in Lincoln.

Flood says Bleecher allegedly acquired an Iowa driver's license with her photo on it but the Rhode Island woman's name and information. Iowa is investigating how the inaccurate ID was issued.

Nebraska online court records don't list an attorney for Bleecher.

Marion man charged with stealing change machines

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) A Marion man has been charged with criminal mischief and theft for allegedly using his pickup truck to pull change machines from car washes.

The Gazette in Cedar Rapids says 37-year-old Steven Roloson was charged Wednesday with first-degree criminal mischief, three counts of second-degree criminal mischief and four counts of second-degree theft. The charges are related to incidents that date back to last December.

Court documents outline incidents that occurred at two car washes in Cedar Rapids and one in Marion. Police say they were able to link Roloson to the crime a security camera caught him using his truck to pull a change machine from a car wash in Mount Vernon.

A telephone message left Thursday for his attorney was not immediately returned. Roloson remains held under $100,000 bond.

Meredith cuts 75 jobs and closes magazine

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Meredith Corp., the Des Moines-based publisher of Ladies' Home Journal and Better Homes and Gardens, is cutting 75 employees nationwide and ceasing publishing a do-it-yourself magazine.

The Des Moines Register reports the company on Thursday says layoffs include 20 in Des Moines. Meredith is closing its ReadyMade magazine that targets 20- and 30-year-olds, due to ongoing weakness in the home advertising market.

Meredith spokesman Art Slusark says 10 layoffs are from closing ReadyMade. The rest is due to an alignment of operations.

Meredith will take a special charge of $10 million in its fiscal 2011 fourth quarter related to the layoffs and ending the lifestyle publication.

CEO Steve Lacy says the cuts will enable the company to devote additional resources to key initiatives, including digital.

Iowa Democrats say they'll approve Senate budget

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) With bargaining stalled, Democrats running the Iowa Senate are making plans to pass their own version of a state budget early next week.

Sen. Bob Dvorsky, who heads the Senate Appropriations Committee, says plans are in place beginning Monday to assemble a Democratic budget that can be approved and sent to the House, controlled by Republicans.

No new bargaining sessions are planned and Dvorsky maintained Thursday that Democrats want to put their position on paper. He says some ideas floated by Republicans will be included in that budget.

Aides to Gov. Terry Branstad say they'll be in touch with lawmakers in the next couple of days to figure out how to proceed with budget talks.

Midwest, Plains bankers worry about flood effects

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Rural bankers in 10 Midwest and Plains states worry that Missouri River flooding will hurt the region's economy.

Their concerns were included in the monthly Rural Mainstreet survey released Thursday.

Larry Winum, president of Glenwood State Bank in Iowa, said flooding will hurt the agriculture and business sectors and have a negative impact on riverside communities.

Meanwhile, the Rural Mainstreet Index rose to 56.0 from May's 54.9. Anytime the index, which ranges from 0 to 100, is over 50, it suggests the economy will expand over the next six months.

Bankers in rural parts of Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming are surveyed. Creighton University professor Ernie Goss oversees the survey.

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

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