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KLEM News AM Update June 30, 2011


Plymouth County Environmental Health Officer Noel Ahmann says if your well is in a flooded area or has been exposed to flooding conditions you definitely should test the well water.

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Safety is the reason Ahmann points you to professionals for well testing after flooding.

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Ahmann adds this is not a do-it-yourself project due to the risk with electricity or the need to treat the well.

To find a certified well contractor or state certified pump installer Ahmann refers county residents to the Iowa Department of Natural Resource by calling 515-725-0282 or going to the website www.iowadnr.gov

He recommends rural residents routinely test their wells once a year. You'll find out how on upcoming news on KLEM.

Orange City Shakespeare production features dinner

(ORANGE CITY) -- Dinner and a show? Yes and yes... The School House Company Theater of Sioux County will be presenting The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) at Northwestern College's DeWitt Theater July 15th and 16th.

Production manager Lindsay Bauer says that the show is not your typical Shakespeare.

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The addition of the dinner theater element is a new adventure for the School House Company.

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The food is being prepared by Timmy's Catering in Le Mars, and will have a British theme to go with the Shakespearean show. Bauer said even though Brits aren't famous for the best food, the selections will be delicious.  And in addition to the meal before the show, intermission will feature dessert and tea.  There will be coffee, too...we are still on the other side of the pond, after all. 

The Schoolhouse Company was started in 2008 by three Northwestern graduates who thought Sioux County could use a creative outlet like community theater.  Bauer said the founders also thought there would be an audience for it.

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For tickets to The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) Dinner Theater Event in Orange City visit www.theshc.org.  Tickets are $35 for dinner and the performance.  The box office closes Friday, July 8th at 7pm for this show. (News report by Angela Drake of KLEM News)

FSA County Committee nominations are being accepted now

(LE MARS)--Nominations are being accepted for the Plymouth County Farm Service Agency County Committee.

Jeff Davis of the F-S-A office in Le Mars says the person nominated needs to live in one of seven townships. The townships are Liberty, Perry, Stanton, Hungerford, Lincoln, Plymouth or Sioux Townships. If a self-nomination is made, the person must also live in one of the seven townships.

Nomination forms are available at the F-S-A office in the U-S-D-A Service Center on 12th Street Southwest. The nomination deadline for the one committee member opening is August first.

To be eligible to serve on an F-S-A county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in a program administered by F-S-A; be eligible to vote in a county committee election; and live in the area where there is an opening.

Ballots will be mailed out November fourth and need to be returned by December 5th.

Additional information is available eat www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.

(LE MARS)--A test of new life for old lines in Le Mars could save money in two ways.

Wastewater superintendent Ron Kayser used the video from city sewer lines inspections to select routes that need repair. Kayser describes the need as rehabilitation.
 

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The fix starts with fiberglass.

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Three trucks are part of the sewer pipe process.

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About 800 linear feet of line in an area east of the Olson Cultural Event Center was chosen for what Kayser described as tested technology. The work was done by Municipal Pipe of Hudson.

The cured-in-place pipe eliminates a process that could take up to a week and presents more safety risks

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The cost for the two blocks is about 20-thousand dollars which Kayser said is about 68 percent less than the traditional way estimated to cost $81,000. The rehab could extend the life of the lines 25 to 30 years.

The second cost savings is eliminating rain water that gets into the pipe which leads to treatment that isn't needed

The revenue from sewer users paid for the work.

 Barber indicted on child porn charges

(SIOUX CITY)--A Bronson man faces child pornography charges after an indictment Wednesday in federal court in Sioux City.

According to the U-S Attorney's office, 30-year-old Benjamin Barber is charged with transporting, receiving and possessing child pornography. The indictment accuses Barber of transporting child pornography in interstate commerce between May of 2003 and July of 2007.

Barber is free on bond. His trial is set for September sixth.

Successful rescue at Danbury

DANBURY, Iowa (AP) A 47-year-old man has been rescued after being stuck in corn up to his chest inside a grain bin in Woodbury County.

Danbury fire crews were sent to Danbury Ag Services around 3 p.m. Tuesday.

The man, 47-year-old John Readman of Charter Oak,  had been working on the bin when corn swept over him.

Emergency workers cut holes in the bin to drain the corn, freeing the man around 7 p.m. He was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.

Readman has been listed in "fair" condition at the Sioux City hospital.

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

 Visitors, debris jam dam

(Yankton)--Record water flows of about one-point-one million gallons per second are still jetting from Gavins Point Dam into the swollen Missouri River, with no sign of a break ahead for many weeks. Dave Becker, operations manager for the U-S Army Corps of Engineers at Gavins Point, says they are monitoring the structure closely and see no problems. 

 "We are getting a few less logs and a little less debris which is really a good thing because the first couple of weeks, our crews were pulling in a tremendous amount of wood from the dam," Becker says. "With our spillway gates open 10 and a half feet, if a tree comes to the spillway, it just goes right through." Those logs are a concern as they become projectiles in the swift current that threaten weakened levees downriver. He says heavy equipment is being used in key areas to prevent erosion from the massive water flow.

"Our crews have put a lot of rock on the shorelines below the dam to try and protect our roads and our access points," Becker says. "I think we might be at a point where we can reduce the amount of work we have to put in to the rip-rap below the dam." The gigantic water fall from the spillway has attracted overflow crowds to viewing areas just below the dam and Becker says they are going to close off part of that area.

 "We are going to rope off part of that fishing wall area," he says. "It's just getting to be a splash zone to keep people a safer distance away from that. That's something we're going to do this week." Becker says they've had to devote as many as six Corps of Engineers staff people for directing traffic during busy times on the weekends. (News report by Radio Iowa)

Sioux City superintendent, Denison teacher are on education panels

(DES MOINES)--Siouxland educators will be part of a roundtable hosted by Iowa's Governor and Lt. Governor next month.

Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds announced the participants in the education roundtable discussions July 13th. The goal is to find out what changes are needed to create world-class schools across the state.

Sioux City School Superintendent Paul Gausman is one of six panel members who will discuss how to better prepare more students for college and post-secondary training.

The July 13th education focus begins with business leaders who will talk about the qualities, skills and knowledge they need in a globally competitive workforce.

The final panel focuses on teachers talking about what they need to be more effective in the classroom. Denison High School English teacher Nick Bradley is part of that seven-member group.

Tyson workers recovering 

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) One worker exposed to chlorine gas at a Tyson Foods Inc. chicken processing plant in Arkansas remains in intensive care and 13 others are still hospitalized.

Tyson spokesman Gary Mickelson said in an email to The Associated Press Wednesday that the number of hospitalized workers is down from about 50 on Tuesday.

The workers were injured and the plant in Springdale evacuated Monday when two chemicals were accidentally mixed, creating the gas as a byproduct of a chemical reaction. Company officials say human error played a role in the accident.

Mickelson says a temporary medical clinic has been established at the plant and is staffed by a physician. He says additional human resource staff and chaplains have also been called in to help employees and their families.

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

Down to the wire, GOP hopefuls collect last bucks

WASHINGTON (AP) Republican presidential candidates are busy pitching themselves to donors ahead of a Thursday fundraising deadline.

In person and through e-mails, the GOP field was looking to collect dollars that will be used to judge the campaigns' strengths or challenges. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney seemed the contender to beat and spent Wednesday in Washington wooing donors.

Two of his advisers say Romney will report between $16 million and $20 million raised. The advisers spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the numbers ahead of the end of the quarter.

Other candidates were expected to trail; some could be in the red.

The campaigns have until July 15 to disclose their numbers but many were expected to release highlights ahead of that date.


Bachmann defends Medicaid funds to spouse's clinic

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann is deflecting questions about federally subsidized health dollars that have flowed to her husband's mental health clinic.

As the tea party hero tours the nation attacking the size of federal government, the Minnesota congresswoman has come under heightened scrutiny over public dollars flowing to family business interests. That includes $137,000 that Bachmann and Associates has received for treating patients in Medicaid-backed programs.

Bachmann press secretary Alice Stewart issued a statement Wednesday contending that it ``would be discriminatory'' for the clinic to turn away Medicaid patients. She says Marcus Bachmann's business has the responsibility to provide the care ``regardless of a patient's financial situation.''

Same-sex marriages down 10 percent in Iowa

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) The Iowa Department of Public Health has released data showing that same-sex marriages in Iowa dropped roughly 10 percent last year.

The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports that 1,594 same-sex couples were married in Iowa in 2010.

Same-sex marriage was legalized in April of 2009, and 1,783 same-sex couples wed in the final nine months of that year.

Omaha contractor told to comply with Iowa subpoena

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A Polk County District Court judge has ordered an Omaha contracting company and its owner to comply with a subpoena from Iowa attorney general Tom Miller's office following customer complaints.

Judge Richard G. Blane II has also prohibited NationWide Construction from doing business in Iowa until owner Mark Schneidewind fully complies with the subpoena, which seeking information about the company's business practices.

A statement from Miller's office says the company was served an investigative subpoena in May of 2010.

Miller says consumer complaints included failure to provide services following payment, substandard services and misrepresentations.

Police arrest teen in connection with ISU assault

AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State University police say they've arrested a teenager wanted for questioning in connection with an assault on a female student.

Authorities say a student reported she was assaulted by someone matching the description of 17-year-old boy on Wednesday afternoon.

The woman says a male entered her apartment and tried to strangle her. She was able to fight off the attack and flee the area.

Police say the boy walked away from a group working at Iowa State for a moving company run by Woodward Academy, an Iowa-based residential treatment facility.

The boy is charged with first-degree burglary, a felony, and was transported to the Story County Justice Center.

Police say other charges may be pending.


West Bank pays back $36 million in bailout funds

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Iowa-based West Bank says it has paid back the $36 million in bailout money it received from the federal government.

The West Des Moines bank's holding company said Wednesday it has paid back the funds it received through the Troubled Asset Relief Program.

West Bank was one of nine Iowa banks who participated in the U.S. Treasury's Capital Repurchase Program.

West Bank is Iowa's sixth-largest bank when ranked by assets. The bank earned $4.7 million in the first quarter of 2011.

Dubuque man sentenced in shooting of girlfriend

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) A Dubuque man has been sentenced to up to 50 years in prison for killing his live-in girlfriend.

Teodoro Borrego pled guilty Wednesday to second-degree murder for shooting 40-year-old Shani Smith on Feb. 24.

Borrego said in court that he went to the home he and Smith shared on Feb. 24 to ask for money. Borrego says Smith grinned and showed him a picture of a man on her phone.

Borrego says he then walked to the garage, grabbed a shotgun and shot Smith out of rage.

The Dubuque Telegraph-Herald says that Borrego will likely serve at least 70 percent of his sentence according to statute.

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