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KLEM News PM Update June 28, 2011


Plymouth County Engineer Tom Rohe updated supervisors today (Tuesday).

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According to Rohe, there was more tree damage in the Akron area, but not as much water.

Sheriff warns of possible scam

(ORANGE CITY)--Sioux County's Sheriff is warning of a possible scam involving Direct TV.

Sheriff Dan Altena says his office has received many calls from older Sioux County residents reporting a male is going door-to-door selling Direct TV in a "high pressure" manner. One person also reported the individual may have called his bank impersonating a grandson.

Altena recommends anyone who is contacted check with their present television service provider and or contact another family member before making any decisions.

For those who are being pressured and don't know what to do, Altena asks that they call law enforcement.

Wharton is new Mercy Vice President

(SIOUX CITY)--Mercy Medical Center is promoting a long-time community leader to Vice President of Marketing and Business Development.

Jim Wharton joined Mercy four years ago as Director of Development and Public Policy. Earlier this year, Wharton transitioned to Director of Marketing and Communications.

In his expanded position, Wharton will continue to manage marketing and advocacy efforts and will also be responsible for strategic planning.

His community activities include being a board member of Downtown Partners and serving as Vice President of Camp High Hopes.

Flooding forces closure of Iowa-Nebraska bridge

AMES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa Transportation Department says Missouri River flooding has forced more road closures, including a highway bridge into Nebraska.

Iowa Highway 175 has been closed from Interstate 29 at Onawa west across the river to Decatur, Neb. Flooding has eroded the river bank along the bridge's east abutment.

The department says U.S. Highway 30 will be closed between Missouri Valley and Blair, Neb., beginning Wednesday morning. Workers will be installing a flood-control barrier on the south side of the highway. It's hoped the work will be finished within 48 hours.

The department also says northbound Interstate 29 will remain closed through the end of the week between Exit 105 near Blencoe and Exit 112 near Onawa as flood barriers are erected. Work is continuing on the southbound lanes.

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

Bachmann speaks of mis-speaks

WASHINGTON (AP) Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is acknowledging ``misspeaking'' occasionally, including wrongly claiming that actor John Wayne was from her Waterloo, Iowa hometown. But she says she's ``a substantive, serious person'' who would be a good president.

Announcing her candidacy on Monday, Bachman flubbed her hometown history in declaring ``John Wayne was from Waterloo'' and ``that's the kind of spirit that I have, too.''

The actor was born nearly 150 miles away. It was the serial killer John Wayne Gacy Jr. who lived, for a time, in Waterloo.

Bachmann said her comments ``were just misspeaking.''

``I wish I could be perfect,'' Bachmann told CNN on Tuesday. ``I'm a substantive, serious person'' who has ``good sense on how to turn the economy around'' as president.

Palin visits Iowa for premiere of film about her

PELLA, Iowa (AP) Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is returning to Iowa for the first time in seven months, this time to attend the premiere of a documentary about her time as governor and her ascent as a national political figure.

Palin says she and her husband, Todd, will attend the first public screening of ``The Undefeated'' on Tuesday evening at the Pella Opera House.

Palin was then-presidential candidate John McCain's running mate in 2008.

She has been noncommittal about whether she will seek the Republican presidential nomination. By coming to Iowa, which hosts the nation's first presidential caucuses, she likely will spark more speculation about her plans.

President Barack Obama is visiting eastern Iowa on Tuesday to discuss manufacturing and the economy.

Police say Iowa man lied about who stabbed him

URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) Police say a 19-year-old Urbandale man lied about being stabbed by a man in his 40s at South Karen Acres Park.

Police say Stuart Turner told detectives on Monday afternoon that he had stabbed himself.

A police news release says charges are pending against Turner.

A man who answered a phone listed for a Stuart Turner in Urbandale said Tuesday morning that he is not the Stuart Turner cited by police.

It's unclear whether Turner has an attorney. Online court records don't yet list the case.

Iowa OKs Linn County auditor's request for audit

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) The state auditor's office has granted the Linn County auditor's request for a state audit of county books.

County Auditor Joel Miller says the county sheriff and recorder have separate, independent accounts that they amass through fines and fees rather than taxes. Miller thinks the accounts aren't legal, and he wants the state auditor to audit the county and determine whether those accounts are permissible.

The county's annual audit found no problems with the county's books. But Miller says that audit didn't say whether those separate accounts were lawful.

Deputy State Auditor Andrew Nielsen told The Gazette of Cedar Rapids that the state won't conduct a complete second audit. It will focus only on issues raised by Miller.

DuPont ethanol plant to be built in central Iowa

NEVADA, Iowa (AP) DuPont has chosen a central Iowa location near Nevada for its next-generation ethanol plant.

Jennifer Hutchins is spokeswoman for DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol, a subsidiary of Wilmington, Del.-based DuPont. Hutchins told The Des Moines Register on Monday that the plant will take 12 to 18 months to build. She says the plant is expected to ready for production in 2013.

The biorefinery will use corncobs, leaves and stalks to produce ethanol rather than kernels of corn. The plant payroll will have about 60 workers.

DuPont had announced in January that the project would go to Iowa, which beat a Nebraska bid. The Iowa Power Fund board approved a project grant of $9 million in February.

DuPont will be buying land next to the Lincolnway Energy ethanol plant.

Iowan wins $20K from investment arbitration panel

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) A Story City man who said he lost nearly $500,000 on ill-considered investments has been awarded $20,000 by an arbitration panel.

The Des Moines Register says Dennis Sonderstrum had said his broker and the Cedar Rapids brokerage of Berthel Fisher Financial Services failed to conduct due diligence and suitability analysis on two land investments.

In his claim with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Sonderstrum said the investments in Georgia land were inappropriate for him.

Tom Berthel is chief executive officer for Berthel. He told the Register that he and his firm were disappointed with how Sonderstrum's real estate investments fared but pleased that the arbitration panel ``found in our favor'' on the firm's due-diligence efforts.

The panel didn't explain why it awarded $20,000 on Sonderstrum's claim.

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

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