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KLEM News PM Update June 27, 2011


Deputies from the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office, the Sheriff's Department Dive Team and Remsen Fire and Ambulance safely rescued 21-year-old Laura Mayer of Marcus and Nathan Markworth of Vermillion. Both Mayer and Markworth were on top of their car, near Plymouth County Road L-22 and 190th Street. They were NOT injured.

Markworth called the Plymouth County Communication Center asking for help. Markworth explained he was stalled on the roadway, but Mayer was in a car the Sheriff's office reports washed 50 yards into a field.

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Only the roof of Mayer's car was visible in the field. 

A passerby, Dalton Brady, called 9-1-1 from the Highway Three side of the flooding.

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The call for help was first received in the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office Communication Center. The motorists were stranded in flooding near the Plymouth-Cherokee County line.

City opens landscape waste site Monday and Tuesday

(LE MARS)--Le Mars residents won't need to wait until Saturday to get rid of downed branches and twigs.

Due to winds up to 48 miles an hour Sunday night in Le Mars, the city has opened the twig, branch and grass drop-off site near the Riverview Ball Complex on Highway Three.

Hours today are until five this afternoon. The city also offers the free drop-off tomorrow (Tuesday) from eight in the morning until five in the afternoon.

Until flooding recedes, Public Works Superintendent Steve Hansen says Fourth Avenue Northeast, just north of the west entrance to Le Mars Municipal Park, is closed.

Jurors have completed their duty

(LE MARS)--Plymouth County Jurors do not need to report for Jury Duty on Tuesday, June 28th.

This completes the service for jurors who were called to serve during the month of June

 Some winds exceed 70 miles an hour near Salix

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) No serious injuries have been reported as Iowans clean up tree and other damage from high-powered thunderstorms that swept through much of the state.

The National Weather Service lifted flash flood and other flood warnings and watches in some parts of southern Iowa on Monday morning. The warnings persisted for several north-central and northwest Iowa counties.

The storms ran east across the state beginning late Sunday afternoon, flooding many roadways.

Winds of 75 mph were reported near Salix. Just west of Salix a back porch was torn from its foundation and blown over the house into a neighbor's yard.

High winds knocked out power and damaged homes in buildings in several spots. Wind hitting 100 mph and 2 inches of rain were reported near Fort Dodge.

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


Pedestrian needs divide Council; ideas sought

(LE MARS)--A Le Mars City Council tie vote has left a decision on a trail project in western Le Mars unresolved.

Council members have been debating the route, the cost and the consultant's cost for designing a way for pedestrians to travel into the city on Highway Three West.

The route could serve the residents of Parkview Terrace and areas foot traffic to the Riverview Ball complext.

City Administrator Scott Langel, in his weekly interview with KLEM, asked citizens to give city officials their thoughts on the Highway Three pedestrian access.

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Langel explains the city looking for ideas on pedestrian safety.


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He asks that citizen with ideas provide that informaiton to the mayor and city council.

Outspoken Bachmann makes case for `bold' 2012 pick

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) Republican Michele Bachmann is casting herself as the ``bold choice'' in the 2012 presidential race.

The outspoken congresswoman and tea party favorite formally launched her bid Monday in her Iowa birthplace. She first made her intentions clear at a debate earlier this month. Outside a historic mansion in Waterloo, Bachmann says she's waging the campaign ``not for vanity.'' Instead she says voters ``must make a bold choice if we are to secure the promise of the future.''

Bachmann enters the race as an Iowa poll shows her near the front of the pack in the first in the nation caucus state.

Bachmann played up her tea party ties but also made mention of her Democratic roots.


Gov. Branstad expresses confidence in budget talks

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Gov. Terry Branstad says he has met with top legislative leaders and is increasingly confident they will forge a new state budget that he can accept.

Branstad told reporters at his weekly news conference Monday that he's willing to sign a temporary spending plan if needed to keep the government running past the end of the state's budget year on Thursday.

Branstad says he's hopeful that an overhaul of the state's property tax system will be included in the budget being negotiated by lawmakers.

The governor says he expects the budget will include less spending than the state will collect in taxes. It also doesn't use money from reserve funds to pay for ongoing programs. Both are key issues that Branstad says he will demand.

Branstad to press Obama on disaster declaration

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad says he'll press President Barack Obama to issue a disaster declaration along the Missouri River during the president's trip to eastern Iowa.

The governor told reporters at his weekly news conference Monday that he's scheduled to meet with the president during Obama's trip to Bettendorf on Tuesday and will use the occasion to seek a federal disaster declaration. That would allow the federal government to pick up roughly 80 percent of the costs of damage to public facilities due to flooding.

The governor has already requested a federal disaster declaration. Branstad says he is hopeful that request will be granted in the next few days.

With the president scheduled to be in Bettendorf, Branstad says it makes sense to use that occasion to reiterate his request.

Some Iowa flood warnings lifted

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The National Weather Service has lifted flash flood and other flood warnings and watches in some parts of southern Iowa.

The warnings persisted Monday morning for several north-central and northwest Iowa counties.

High winds and torrents of rain left behind water-covered roads and damaged homes and businesses in Iowa.

The storms ran east across the state beginning late Sunday afternoon.

High winds knocked out power and damaged homes in buildings in several spots. Winds of 75 mph were reported near Salix, and semitrailer trucks were knocked over near Carroll and Woodward. Thousands of people lost power for a time in several locations.

Quarter-size hail was reported at the Creston Airport.

Medicaid reimburses Iowa nursing homes legal fees

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Medicaid reimburses Iowa nursing homes for legal fees accumulated when the homes fight abuse and neglect citations.

The rules allow reimbursement regardless of whether the homes win or lose their battles with regulators.

The Gazette of Cedar Rapids says Iowa nursing homes file reports that list revenue, expenses, assets and employee statistics.

One cost report allows nursing homes to claim expenses for legal fees, accounting fees and professional services.

A spokesman for the Iowa Department of Human Services says nursing homes are entitled under federal law to appeal actions taken by regulators. He says the cost of defending themselves is considered an allowable cost.

Dave Chensvold is administrator for the Monticello Nursing Rehabilitation Center. He says fighting citations is part of the cost of doing business for a nursing home.

Hugging saint draws thousands in Coralville

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) Hundreds of people came to Coralville to see the Indian spiritual leader known as the ``Hugging Saint,'' and to get a hug.

The woman known as Amma visited the Coralville Marriott and Convention Center Sunday to lead them in meditation and to share her message of love and service to humanity. It was the 57-year-old woman's fourth visit to the area in five years.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen says Amma has blessed and consoled more than 30 million people worldwide over the past 35 years and has founded numerous charities.

Followers say getting a hug from Amma is warm and blissful. Some say it's indescribable.

She spreads her message by hugging the sometimes thousands of people who show up to see her in a single day.

`Butter cow lady' of Iowa State Fair dies

TOLEDO, Iowa (AP) A woman who gained fame as the ``butter cow lady'' of the Iowa State Fair has died.

Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home in Tama says Norma ``Duffy'' Lyon, died Sunday at the age of 81. Services are pending.

Family members told The Des Moines Register that Lyon died of a stroke.

Lyon's butter sculptures were a favored attraction at the fair for decades.

Her husband says the butter sculptures were a ``great outlet for her talent.'' He says his wife enjoyed the work and the acclaim in brought.

Duffy Lyon first sculpted a butter cow for Iowa fair in 1960.

She retired in 2006 and was followed as sculptor by Sarah Pratt, of West Des Moines.

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

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