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KLEM PM News Update July 5th

From tigers to flowers, Le Mars scenes to peacocks, each unique funiture piece has been decorated by a local artist.

Le Mars resident Anne Lubben owns her own jewelry business, Above the Ankle Designs, and has been creating her own pieces professionally for quite some time. She decorated her second chair for this years fundraiser. Instead of painting this year, she says her artistic inspiration came from magazines.

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Lubben added that combining two unwanted things to make something new and fresh was a lot of fun.

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The final product has a very colorful funky look...and it's still inviting enough to sit on!

The Sittin’ Pretty exhibit runs through Saturday, July 16. Gallery hours to see and bid on the furniture are Thursday through Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

There is also a Meet the Artists reception on Thursday, July 14. Final bidding will take place on Saturday, July 16 during gallery hours, with chairs being awarded at 4:00 p.m.

Contributing artist Anne Lubben says events like these are what keep the arts in the forefront of our community interactions.

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Walmart in LeMars will Remodel

(LE MARS) -- Walmart in Le Mars will begin a store remodel in early August.  Manager Alex Szech says that the start date for the project is August 8th.  Plans are not in place yet for what the project will entail, Szech says more details will be available in two weeks following a construction meeting. Some short-term employment opportunities may become available when the project begins.


Flood Assesment Begins Tomorrow

(DES MOINES) -- Beginning tomorrow (Wednesday) teams of state, local and federal officials will begin assessing damage to homes and businesses impacted by Missouri River flooding.  Governor Branstad's office says that teams of representatives from the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Small Business Administration (SBA) and county officials, will conduct assessments in six counties: Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona, Pottawattamie and Woodbury.
Information collected during the assessments will be used to determine if damages that have occurred thus far are sufficient to warrant a request for federal Individual Assistance Program funding. The Individual Assistance program provides funding to eligible homeowners, renters and businesses to help pay for temporary housing, home repairs and other disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance or other aid programs.

Sioux City casino rescue crew pulls man from Missouri

(Information in the following story is from: KCAU-TV,

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) A man who rode his bicycle into the Missouri River at South Sioux City, Neb., has been rescued from the fast-moving water.

Sioux City television station KCAU reports that the man was riding his bicycle toward the river around 2:30 p.m. Monday on the Nebraska side of the river. Witnesses say he apparently lost control and fell into the river.

Security at the Argosy Casino on the Iowa side of the river launched a rescue boat and picked the man up in just minutes.

The man was taken away in an ambulance, but he appeared to be in good condition.

1 person escapes Omaha fire, taken to hospital

(Information in the following story is from: WOWT-TV,

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Omaha firefighters battle two house fires overnight, with one person taken to a local hospital.

Omaha television station WOWT reports that the first fire occurred around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday in northeast Omaha. The house was believed to be vacant, and no injuries from it were reported.

The second fire was reported around 2:30 a.m. only blocks away. One person was taken from that fire by ambulance.

Authorities have not released that person's identity, but say the person was taken to a hospital in fair condition.

The cause of both fires is still under investigation.

Lincoln man gets 4th drunken driving charge

(Information in the following story is from: KLKN-TV,

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Authorities say a Lincoln man celebrated the July Fourth holiday by committing his fourth drunken driving offense.

Lincoln television station KLKN reports that 57-year-old Mark Swanson was cited for a fourth-offense DUI after a crash Monday evening near Lincoln.

The Lancaster County Sheriff's office says Swanson ran a stop sign at a Highway 34 intersection, hit another car and was ejected from his vehicle.

Swanson was taken to taken to a Lincoln hospital, where he was in stable condition. Deputies say preliminary blood tests put Swanson's blood alcohol level at .25 more than three times the legal driving limit.

A message left Tuesday at a home phone listing for a Mark Swanson in Lincoln was not immediately returned.

Omaha police search for suspect in machete attack

(Information in the following story is from: KETV-TV,

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) An Omaha man is recovering after being attacked by another man wielding a machete.

Omaha television station KETV reports that the attack happened early Monday morning, around 1:45 a.m.

Officers were called The Nebraska Medical Center emergency room after treating 28-year-old Angel Jara for a cut to his arm.

Jara told officers he was picking up his cousin at a south Omaha restaurant when he saw a man coming at his cousin with a machete. Jara told police he pushed his cousin out of the way and was struck in the arm.

Police are searching for a suspect in the attack.

1 dead, another injured in Neb. boating accident

(Information in the following story is from: Kearney Hub,

LOUP CITY, Neb. (AP) One person is dead following a boating accident at Sherman County Reservoir near Loup City.

Nebraska Game and Parks conservation officer Dale Johnson told the Kearney Hub that the accident happened Sunday evening.

Johnson says one man died in the accident and another man was injured. Johnson declined to give other details of the accident, including the names of the men involved.

The reservoir is about 40 miles northwest of Grand Island in central Nebraska.

Insurance company gives money to Omaha hospitals

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska is providing money for two Omaha hospitals to improve patient outcomes after surgery.

The insurance company has paid $35,000 each to Creighton University Medical Center and Methodist Hospital. The money will cover the facilities' licensing fee to participate in an improvement program through the American College of Surgeons. The program helps hospitals identify pre-operative risk factors and reduce mortality rates, among other things.

The insurance company's medical director William Minier says it strives to support local hospitals in improving patient care.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska's contribution covers this year's program fees for the hospitals and part of the fee for the next two years.

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

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