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KLEM News Update June 18, 2011

The Ice Cream Days Parade begins at nine this morning at the
Plymouth County Fairgrounds, travels west onto 6th St NE and south on Central
to Foster Park. You'll hear the parade broadcast on KLEM by Ice Cream Days Committee member, Brad Pick of Primebank, and Denny Callahan of KLEM.

Dozens of vendors will fill Foster Park on Central Avenue for "Art in the Park" from ten until four today. Ron Wiggins of West Palm Beach, Florida is a retired newspaper columnist who has written "Iowa Nice," Genial Jokes for a Gentle People.

Wiggins joked that he eats his weight in Blue Bunny Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream about every week and keeps his girlish figure, too. He's in Le Mars to market his book after reading about Ice Cream Days and offered more of his Iowa humor in talking about his time here.

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You won't miss Wiggins' book if you look for the three rows of corn teeth on the woman's smile. The cover illustration is by his brother, Mikc Wiggins of Little Rock, Arkansas.

You'll hear details about other Ice Cream Days events on KLEM today.

Industry to be consulted about latest consultant's report

(LE MARS)--Meetings are the next step in a study of the city's wastewater needs.

City administrator Scott Langel says he's gotten comments from the City's Wastewater Committee of two council members and city staff. They reviewed a consultant's report. Now that those comments have been reviewed by consulting firm Bolton and Menk, Langel says more meetings are planned. 

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Le Mars businessman John Grosenheider and his partners are considering Le Mars and other locations for a waste to fuel plant and an international office for their business. Waste to be converted through the wet oxidation process they'd use could include materials from a waste water treatment facility and a landfill.

Asked about the city's wastewater study and the renewable fuels project, Langel says he has some thoughts but no recommendation.

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Langel expects the ongoing wastewater study by consultants Bolton and Menk to be considered by the Council next month.

Mail processing to be moved from Sioux City to Sioux Falls

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) The Postal Service is moving all mail processing operations from Sioux City to Sioux Falls.

The postal service says the decision is based on a study done earlier this year on consolidating the operations to cut its staggering losses. The transfer is expected to be completed by October.

Employees who work at the Sioux City mail processing center are to be reassigned to the Sioux Falls operation or to other openings with the Postal Service.

Hawkeye District Manager Gail Duba says in a statement that mail volume handled by the postal service has dropped 20 percent since 2007, and it must take action if it is to remain viable

Postal Service officials say local mail delivery will not be affected by the move.

The decision was opposed by the Sioux City Council and City Manager Paul Eckert as well as the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce and Sioux City.

In a written statement, Siouxland Chamber President Chris McGowan repeated the Chamber's support for the Postal Service 's pursuit of greater efficiency. However, McGowan said the consolidation proposal of taking South Sioux City mail and North Sioux City mail to Sioux City for processing instead of the current Norfolk and and Sioux Falls destinations for those two cities represented a far superior consolidation opportunity. McGowan said that also would have preserved the Sioux City mail processing center.

(Portions of this report provided by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Ron Paul to campaign in Sergeant Bluff

(SERGEANT BLUFF)--Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul will be in Siouxland next week.

The 12-term Republican Congressman from Texas will outline what his staff calls Paul's vision to restore America.

Paul speaks at the Sergeant Bluff Community Center Tuesday at noon.

Coast Guard closes 100 more miles of Mo. River

ST. LOUIS (AP) The U.S. Coast Guard has closed an additional 100 miles of the Missouri River to all boat traffic.

In a statement yesterday evening, the Coast Guard said the Missouri River is closed to all vessels from mile marker 450 near St. Joseph, to mile marker 811 near Gavin's Point Dam in Yankton, S.D. The Coast Guard said the closure was issued because of requests from the governors of Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri and in consultation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Coast Guard said its earlier Big Sioux River closure between the Missouri River confluence and Military Road Bridge in north Sioux City, S.D., is also still in effect because of high water.

Iowa opens part of I-29 and 680 on flooded river

AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa officials say sections of Interstates 29 and 680 along the flooding Missouri river have reopened to traffic after a wall of sandbags and flood barriers were placed on the highways.

The Department of Transportation said yesterday evening that Interstate 29 is open from near Loveland to Missouri Valley, a distance about 4 miles. Also, Interstate 680 has been reopened from Beebeetown to I-29, which is about 16 miles.

Officials say this re-establishes a critical link between north and southbound traffic on I-29. Officials caution, however, the highways could close again, depending on rising flood and ground water levels.

I-29 is closed from Council Bluffs to Loveland. Interstate 680 is closed from the I-29 interchange near Crescent, Iowa, to Omaha, Neb., including the Mormon Bridge over the Missouri River.

Iowa businessman convicted in $8M scheme

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Federal officials say a West Des Moines businessman has been convicted of wire fraud in an $8 million scheme against another company in the Des Moines area.

The U.S. attorney's office says a federal jury in Des Moines convicted Clarence Rice, owner of C Leasing Corp., of all four counts against him.

Officials say evidence at trial showed Rice had over $800,000 in day-trading losses in the early 2000s using his company's money. Authorities say he addressed the cash flow problems by misappropriating millions from Frontier Leasing Corp. between 2003 and 2006 and using it to pay other debts and engage in other day trading.

Rice's sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 16 in U.S. District Court.

GOP's Perry team forming Iowa plans

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Texas Gov. Rick Perry's key political advisers are beginning to lay the groundwork for a campaign for Iowa's leadoff presidential caucuses.

But they caution that their preliminary planning does not indicate that the Republican has decided to seek the 2012 GOP nomination.

Perry's chief political consultant Dave Carney says he's making inquiries about the caucus process, available campaign staff and rules for the August Republican straw poll in Iowa.

But he says the fact-finding is aimed at aiding Perry's decision-making. The governor says he'll decide after the Texas Legislature adjourns later this month.

Perry is also expected to begin making calls to key Iowa Republican activists and operatives late this month or early next month.

He was to speaking today at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans.

Woman injured in shooting in western Iowa

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) Authorities in western Iowa have released the name of a woman who they say was shot by a man who then shot himself and fled the scene.

The shooting happened at the woman's home in rural Minden in Pottawattamie County early yesterday. Sheriff Jeff Danker says 48-year-old Patricia Harker was wounded. He says she was taken to a Council Bluffs hospital with ``very serious injuries.''

Danker says she was shot by a man who then turned the gun on himself. The man survived and fled in a vehicle. Danker says Harker and the man had been involved in a relationship, but had broken up a few weeks ago. Danker says another man at Harker's house heard the gunfire and called police.

Danker says authorities are still searching for the shooter.

Man who killed Gable's sister dies

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A prison inmate serving a life sentence for the 1964 slaying of former Iowa wrestling coach Dan Gable's sister has died.

Iowa prison officials say 64-year-old John Kyle was in custody of the Kansas Department of Corrections and under hospital care when he died earlier this week after suffering a heart attack.

The Gazette in Cedar Rapids says Kyle was 16-years-old when he killed 19-year-old Diane Gable in May 1964.

Kyle also was serving a five-year sentence from Lee County for escape.

He began his sentence in 1964. He escaped from the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison in 1977 and was caught in Florida eight months later. He was transferred to the custody of Kansas after he was apprehended.

Blaze extinguished at Ottumwa Cargill plant

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) Officials say a fire at the Cargill Meat Solutions plant in Ottumwa was started by welders using blow torches to remove old equipment.

Firefighters responded to the blaze Thursday morning. The Ottumwa Courier says crews had the fire out and left the facility two hours later.

Plant manager Randy Zorn says the plant had completely redone the rendering operation area and welders were cutting away older equipment when the fire started.

The Courier did not report any injuries or damage.

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

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