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KLEM News AM Update June 26, 2011

Briar Cliff University students elected student leaders for the 2011-2012 academic year.

The new secretary for student government is Katie Hunt of Granville.

Hunt is the daughter of Mary Hunt of Alton and Chris Hunt of Granville who is a senior at Briar Cliff. The B-C-U senior is a member of Campus Ministries and an organizer of the Briar Cliff Student Government-sponsored "Then Feed Just One,"  which is a food packing program to eliminate world hunger.

(SIOUX CITY)--A Sioux City man will be sentenced in federal court in Sioux City for a drug conspiracy conviction.

Forty-seven-year-old Michael Carter was convicted of conspiring with other to distribute heroin in Sioux City.

According to the U-S Attorney's office, Carter and others received heroin and a heroin cutting agent in the mail between October and December of last year.

Carter is pled guilty in federal court and is being held for the U-S Marshal's Service.

(SHELDON)--A northwest Iowa accountant will serve as Chief Financial Officer at Village Northwest Unlimited in Sheldon.

Justin Jonas began working at Village Northwest Unlimited in July of last  year as Director of Finance at the Village.

Village President and C-E-O Barry Whitsell announced Jonas' promotion saying he's clearly demonstrated he is qualified for the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

The Sheldon native is a University of South Dakota graduate with a Master's degree in accounting who previously worked at a Sheldon firm as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

(JOHNSTON)--Two O'Brien County farmers are candidates for the Iowa Corn Promotion Board.

A farmer near Sanborn, Lowell Appleton, raises corn and soybeans in O'Brien County. The graduate of the fourth class of the Iowa Corn Leadership and Enhancement and Development program (I-LEAD)  has farmed for 32 years. He has served on the Sanborn Coop Grain Board and the O'Brien County Farm Bureau Board as well as the Northwest Iowa Farm Business Association Board.

Another O'Brien County farmer, Roger Vander Veen, raises cattle, corn and soybeans near Hartley. Vander Veen is also an Iowa Corn leadership graduate (I-LEAD) who serves as a seed representative and certified crop advisor. Vander Veen served on the Hartley Economic Development Corporation.

Appleton and Vander Veen are candidates for the Iowa Corn Promotion Board seat from crop reporting district one.

The election is July 12th at Iowa State University Extension county offices. Producers who are unable to vote at an extension office then may vote by absentee ballot until June 27th.

(SIOUX CITY)--Children will have hands-on activities to enjoy during Saturday in the Park at Grandview Park in Sioux City next month.

The hours for the Kids Zone are from noon until 7 pm. on Saturday, July 2nd.

Attractions include amusement rides and inflatables; a petting zoo; balloon entertainer Mr. Twister joined by Ms. Twist; card tricks and sleight of hand specialist "Street Magic."

Team mascots from the Sioux City Muskateers and the Bandits will be joined by strolling members of the Sioux City Roller Dames and Sioux City Kornstalkers.

The free music festival will also offer Arts Alley with original art and gifts; exhibits; fun activities ; and new vendors.

Information is available on the website

Iowa governor to tour Missouri River flooding

Gov. Terry Branstad plans an aerial tour of flood-affected communities along the Missouri River in western Iowa.

His tour will begin Monday morning in Sioux City and continue into the afternoon, ending in Council Bluffs. He'll also hold news conferences in both of those communities.

The governor will be joined by Gen. Derek Hill, Iowa's Homeland Security and Emergency Management director, and U.S. Rep. Steve King.

Red Cross offers aid in Council Bluffs, Iowa

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) The American Red Cross is opening an aid station in Council Bluffs to help residents forced from their homes because of Missouri River flooding.

The Red Cross says the station will open Saturday evening at First Assembly of God. Displaced residents will be able to get flood information, food, a shower and temporary sleeping quarters.

As Missouri River continues to flood, the Red Cross has been operating shelters in Malvern and Missouri Valley in Iowa and at Peru State College in Nebraska. Other shelters are on standby.

65 members of Iowa Guard back from Afghanistan

(Information in the following story is from: The Des Moines Register,

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) Some 65 members of the Iowa National Guard are back from Afghanistan.

The 734th Agribusiness Development Team arrived Saturday at Johnston High School, where Gov. Terry Branstad thanked the soldiers. The Des Moines Register reports 1,200 people were on hand.

The unit deployed to Afghanistan last August. While there, the soldiers started or expanded six demonstration farms in Kunar Province, helped plant 70,000 trees and trained farmers.

Lt. Col. Neil Stockfleth, of Sergeant Bluff, says he particularly enjoyed working with six Afghan men he hired as interns. He says the men were hard workers and smart.

Sgt. Tessa Poppe, of Iowa City, says her job was to protect agricultural specialists in the fields but she also worked on health screenings and taught women how to better care for their children.

Romney, Bachmann lead in 2012 Iowa caucus poll

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A new Iowa Poll shows national Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney and tea party favorite Michele Bachmann leading among the state's likely GOP caucus-goers.

The poll conducted for The Des Moines Register shows Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, with support from 23 percent in Iowa. Bachmann is right on his heels. The Minnesota representative who was born in Waterloo plans to launch her campaign with two events there Sunday and Monday.

Romney was the No. 2 finisher in the caucuses in his bid for the 2008 GOP nomination. Bachmann is a three-term congresswoman and a newer face in the 2012 White House mix.

The results are based on telephone interviews with 400 likely Republican Iowa caucus-goers from June 19 to 22. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.

Filmmaker: Palin will attend movie's Iowa premiere

PELLA, Iowa (AP)
A filmmaker says former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will travel to Iowa to attend the premiere of a documentary about her time as governor and rise as a political figure.

Victory Film Group announced Saturday that Palin and her husband, Todd, will attend the first public screening of ``The Undefeated'' on Tuesday at the Opera House in Pella.

It will be Palin's first stop in Iowa in seven months. She last visited the state as part of a book tour.

Palin has been noncommittal about whether she will seek the Republican presidential nomination.

However, her visit to Iowa comes on the same day that President Barack Obama will visit the eastern part of the state.

Iowa school sustains smoke, water damage in fire

(Information in the following story is from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier,

READLYN, Iowa (AP) An elementary school that opened last year in Readlyn has sustained smoke and water damage in a fire.

Officials told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier that Friday's fire ignited in a heating and cooling unit that had been malfunctioning. Damage was contained to a few rooms in the Wapsie Valley Elementary School.

Wapsie Valley Schools superintendent Chad Garber says the school was empty at the time.

Iowa inmate missing from work-release facility

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) An Iowa inmate is missing from a work-release facility in Burlington.

The state Department of Corrections says 35-year-old Anthony Walls was listed Friday night as an escapee after an unexcused absence.

Walls has been incarcerated since November 2007 and was transferred to the Burlington facility last month. He's serving a 10-year sentence for willful injury causing bodily injury and third-offense operating while intoxicated.

Marco Andretti wins IndyCar race in Iowa

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) Marco Andretti grabbed the lead from Tony Kanaan with 18 laps left and won Saturday night's IndyCar race at Iowa Speedway, his first victory in five years.

Kanaan made a final run at Andretti, but Andretti hung at the track in Newton, Iowa for his second career win. Andretti's other victory came in 2006 at Infineon.

Kanaan, who crashed three years in a row at Iowa before winning in 2010, temporarily overtook Andretti but he couldn't hold him off for long.

Will Power, the co-points leader entering the race, hit the wall just 90 laps in. He suffered a minor concussion and will have to be cleared by doctors to race in Toronto in two weeks.

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

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