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KLEM News PM Update June 30, 2011

Noel Ahmann is the Plymouth County Environmental Health Officer who takes routine water samples when rural residents make a request.

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Ahmann is at his office in the Courthouse Annex on Wednesdays and may be called at 546-1259. He'll sample water to send to Siouxland District Health to be tested primarily for nitrates and bacteria.

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Reports are sent to Ahmann and the homeowner.

Cherokee will be air ambulance base

(CHEROKEE)--Critical care in the air from Cherokee will be added in August.

Air Methods will provide air ambulance service through LifeNet at Cherokee Regional Medical Center.

John Comstock is Cherokee Regional Medical Center C-E-O.

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The three-person crew for the air ambulance includes an E-M-S trained pilot; a flight paramedic; and a flight nurse.

Location is the reason Matt Kasten of Air Methods says Cherokee Regional Medical Center is the base for the air ambulance.

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Comstock credits Air Methods for choosing the rural location.

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The staffing for Air Methods from Cherokee will be four nurses, four paramedics, four pilots and a fulltime mechanic.

Tractor rolls near Sheldon

(SHELDON)--A Sheldon man was injured in a tractor accident two miles south of Sheldon late Tuesday afternoon.

According to the Sioux County Sheriff's Office, 65-year-old Rod Dykstra of Sheldon was driving a farm tractor cutting grass on the shoulder of 350th Street.

The tractor Dykstra was operating entered the north ditch and rolled onto the right side coming to rest in the ditch. Dykstra's injuries were listed by the Sheriff's Office as minor.

Car, train equipment collide near Lester

(LESTER)--Two people are being treated at a Sioux Falls hospital after a car was struck by railroad equipment northwest of Lester Wednesday night.

The Lyon County Sheriff's Office reports 19-year-old Jessica Knobloch of Doon was turning onto a county road and was struck by a Burlington Northern Santa Fe ballast regulator operated by 55-year-old Jeff Dolge of Sioux Falls.

Knobloch and a passenger, 27-year-old Clifford Logan of Rock Rapids were taken by ambulance to a hospital in Rock Rapids. The sheriff's office lists the injuries to Knobloch and Logan as minor.

A third passenger, 19-year-old Jessie Bathke of George, was treated at a hospital in Luverne for minor injuries and transferred to Sanford in Sioux City.


Knobloch's fourth passenger, 25-year-old Candra Knobloch of Rock Rapids, was air lifted to Avera McKennan in Sioux Falls. Information about her injuries was not released.

The accident is still being investigated.

Missouri River levee fails in southwest Iowa

PERCIVAL, Iowa (AP) Authorities are reporting that a Missouri River levee has failed near Percival in southwest Iowa.

The National Weather Service says the breach occurred Thursday morning a mile northwest of Percival in Fremont County.

Local emergency officials told the weather service that the breach is expected to flood only previously evacuated areas between Interstate 29 and the river. Percival sits just east of the interstate.

National Weather Service forecaster Josh Boustead says the breach was discovered after the river level downstream at Nebraska City dropped about 6 inches this morning to 27.6 feet. The breach occurred shortly before 4 a.m.

Boustead says the breach was roughly 100-to-150-feet-wide Thursday morning.

Percival is about 16 miles northwest of Hamburg, which had to build a secondary levee earlier this month after earlier breaches.

New Iowa laws include 1 for `Purple Heart Day'

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) New Iowa laws include tougher restrictions on boater drivers who drink and motor vehicle drivers who text.

The Des Moines Register is reporting that more than 90 new laws take effect Friday, the first day of the state's budget year.

There will be fines instead of only warnings for vehicle drivers caught texting.

People driving boats now face the same blood-alcohol limit as motor vehicle drivers in Iowa: 0.08 percent. The boater limit had been 0.10 percent.

The new law allowing hunters to shoot at mourning doves takes effect Friday, too, but the proposed 70-day season, if approved by regulators, won't begin until Sept. 1.

Under another new Iowa law, each Aug. 7 will be ``Purple Heart Day,'' honoring the men and women who have been killed in military service.

Limits imposed at Lake Macbride beach near Solon

SOLON, Iowa (AP) Authorities intend to limit the number of people who can cool off at the Lake Macbride beach near Solon in eastern Iowa.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the limits on vehicles and visitors will be enforced on days when the temperature is expected to reach 80 degrees or above.

The department says the new policy takes immediate effect and will be enforced over the holiday weekend. Once the 250-space beach parking lot is full, people will be turned away.

Officials say the limits are being imposed for safety. The policy will help keep access lanes open for emergency vehicles.

The restrictions won't affect the southside campground, fishing ramp or other parking lots.

Cedar Rapids property owners face buyout deadline

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Some property owners whose homes were damaged in the 2008 flood in Cedar Rapids are rushing to beat the deadline to register for the city's buyout program.

Thursday is the final day anyone can sign up to have their properties purchased and demolished under the program. The program pays 107 percent of the homeowner's preflood assessed value, minus the amount they received in flood insurance or other government benefits for rent or home repair.

The city plans to purchase roughly 1,300 properties, and has closed on more than 1,000 of them.

The city's senior real estate officer says many property owners are coming in to ask questions and register. She says many of them waited because they thought the city would sweeten the offer, but that didn't happen.

Des Moines man reports theft of $1,000 in pennies

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A 70-year-old Des Moines man has told police that burglars lugged off about $1,000 in pennies he'd collected in a 5-gallon jug.

Robert Schooley  reported that the jug was stolen from his garage on Tuesday afternoon. The estimated weight of the pennies was about 550 pounds.

Schooley also says about $22 worth of gasoline was stolen from a container, which was left behind.

$16.5M Hot Lotto prize still unclaimed in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Iowa Lottery officials are still waiting for someone to claim a $16.5 million Hot Lotto jackpot won in December.

The lucky ticket for the Dec. 29 drawing was bought at a QuikTrip convenience store in Des Moines. Whoever holds the ticket has a year to claim the prize.

Lottery CEO Terry Rich says in a news release that several people have come forward, but none had the actual ticket.

The winning numbers were: 3, 12, 16, 26, 33 and Hot Ball 11. The money will be forfeited if the prize isn't claimed.

Firm unveils plans to build Iowa's largest brewery

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) A northeast Iowa brewery says it will open another operation in Coralville next year.

Backpocket Brewing announced Wednesday it will open a 25,000-barrel-per-year operation just off of Interstate 80 in Coralville's Iowa River Landing district. It will be the state's largest brewing operation.

Backpocket's operation is currently based at Old Man River Restaurant Brewery in McGregor.

The Gazette reports the $5.3 million brewery is expected to open next summer. It will feature a large tap room and beer garden for the public.

Backpocket focuses on German-inspired beers. Brewmaster Jacob Simmons says the Coralville location will serve three purely German beers and two ``hybrids.'' He says their style features a longer brewing process.

Simmons says the proximity to major highways and the area's demographics made the site a good fit.

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

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