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KLEM News Update June 29, 2011

Plymouth County Board of Supervisors Vice Chair Don Kass Tuesday spoke about the rescue of two people stranded in their vehicles after flooding on County Road L-22.

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Kass also praised work to reopen the area of the road that was flooded.

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Kass made his comments at the weekly meeting of the board of supervisors. The board will NOT meet next Tuesday. 

Le Mars man dies in collision

(CHEROKEE)--A Le Mars man died after a collision west of Cherokee Tuesday morning.

The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office reports a truck driven by 24-year-old Andrew Millikan of Meriden collided with a pickup truck.

The driver of the pickup, 69-year-old Merle Loftis of Le Mars died.  Millikan was taken to the hospital in Cherokee by ambulance.

The accident was reported at ten Tuesday morning at the intersection of Cherokee County Roads C-38 and L-51.

Driver injured when truck tire blows

(ROCK RAPIDS)--A driver was injured when a tire blew out of a truck west of Doon early Tuesday afternoon.

Fifty-nine-year-old Leon Reekers of Rock Valley was driving north on a county road when the Lyon County Sheriff's office reports a front tire on the Valley Sand and Gravel Truck blew out.

The truck went into the ditch, broke through a fence and gate and struck a wagon.

Reekers was taken to the hospital in Rock Valley by Rock Valley Ambulance.

Sanborn dairy hosts open house today

(SANBORN)--A family friendly June Dairy Month open house is hosted by a rural Sanborn dairy today.

The Western Iowa Dairy Alliance is coordinating the June Dairy month event at VanEss Dairy. The family-owned business began production with a 35-hundred cow dairy farm three years ago.

Activities planned beginning at 4:30 this afternoon include a dairy farm tour, kids' activities and free food. The farm is two miles east of Sanborn on Highway 18. The open house ends at 6:30 this evening.

The guided tours of the VanEss Dairy include opportunities to see where cows are milked, where they are housed and fed and to learn about the role of milk and dairy products in a healthy diet. 

Iowa to get $4.1 million in federal disaster funds

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin says the federal government will give Iowa $4.13 million to cover costs related to the damage caused by ice storms in January 2010.

Harkin announced the funding Tuesday. The money will come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a result of President Barack Obama's federal disaster declaration in March 2010.

The funds will be distributed to 15 Iowa counties affected by the storms, including Cherokee, Pocahontas and Story counties.

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

President promotes manufacturing in Iowa trip

BETTENDORF, Iowa (AP) President Barack Obama is calling for a ``robust and growing'' manufacturing sector that will increase the number of products made in the United States.

Obama visited an Alcoa plant in Bettendorf that he says stands as a model of innovation and persistence in the face of a battered economy. Iowa also is politically significant for Obama his victory in the 2008 caucuses there boosted his presidential campaign. The state is now overrun with Republicans seeking their party's presidential nomination by criticizing Obama's policies.

The president conceded that the economy is recovering slowly and that too many Americans remain unemployed. Recovery, he said, ``is going to take some time.''

Day 2 of Bachmann's 2012 tour goes to the dogs

RAYMOND, N.H. (AP) In her new White House bid, Republican Michele Bachmann has gone to the dogs. And cats. And birds.

The Minnesota congresswoman argued in New Hampshire Tuesday that Washington is full of wasteful spending ideas.

She cited obscure bills, including one pushed by a Democrat a few years back to establish a $5 million a year conservation fund. It would have gone to help other countries protect rare foxes, wild dogs, lions, leopards and other endangered species.

The measure cleared the House but stalled in the Senate.

Bachmann, a tea party favorite, is campaigning on a theme of slimmer government while also calling for an array of tax cuts.

From New Hampshire, Bachmann headed to South Carolina. Bachmann, who was born in Waterloo, returns this weekend to Iowa, where she formally launched her campaign Monday.

Palin says she hasn't made up mind about a bid

PELLA, Iowa (AP) Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says she's still thinking about whether to run for president, and she dismissed comments from her daughter that she'd already made up her mind.

Palin arrived Tuesday afternoon in downtown Pella to attend the first public screening of ``The Undefeated,'' a film about her rise in politics. A throng of supporters chanted her name and urged her to run for president outside the Pella Opera House, where roughly 350 people packed the theater.

Palin told reporters that a remark Tuesday morning in a television interview by her daughter, Bristol, that she'd made up her mind was inaccurate. She says deciding to run for president is a ``tough decision'' and she's not ready to announce her intentions.

State audit finds missing money in Tama County

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A report from Iowa state auditor David Vaudt says over $35,000 collected by the Tama County sheriff's office between 2007 and 2010 was never put into the county's bank account and more than $11,000 in jail board fees were never collected.

The Cedar Rapids Gazette says sheriff Dennis Kucera requested the audit after jail administrator Gwen Wathan was fired last December.

The report, which was released Tuesday, recommends the sheriff's office adopt stricter controls over financial transactions.

The report has been forwarded to the state attorney general's office, the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation and Tama County Attorney Brent Heeren.

Heeren declined comment Tuesday.

Attorney for Neiderbach asks for new trial

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The attorney for a Des Moines man convicted on multiple charges of child endangerment has filed a motion for a new trial.

Twenty-two-year-old Jonas Neiderbach (NIGH-der-bach) was convicted by a Polk County jury in May on six felony charges stemming from life-threatening brain injuries suffered by his then-six week old son, Ethan, in 2009.

WHO-TV reports that Gary Dickey, Jr., Neiderbach's attorney, claims the court erred in its evidentiary rulings and in submitting jury instructions. The motion also says the prosecution made inflammatory and prejudicial remarks about Neiderbach during closing arguments.

Sentencing for Jonas Neiderbach had originally been scheduled for Thursday.

The child's mother, Jherica Richardson, was sentenced in 2010 to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to child endangerment and child neglect charges.

Teen gets suspended sentence following crash

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) An Urbandale teenager who pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide in April has been given a suspended sentence of 10 years.

Authorities say 18 year-old Nicholas Donahoe was driving nearly 100 MPH last November when his vehicle rolled several times. The crash killed his 17-year-old friend, Steven Lollman.

WHO-TV reports that Donahoe was given a 10-year suspended sentence and five years of probation Tuesday.

Donahoe will avoid serving time in prison if he isn't charged with any crime for five years.

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

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