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KLEM AM News Update, July 6, 2011

Time was set aside at yesterdays council meeting to hear comments on the issue as well, and no comments were made. The proposal is to eliminate the ward system that requires three of the council members to be elected from specific areas of the city. The change would mean council members would all be elected at-large.
The city attorney Joe Flannery clarified that if the council wishes to decide this on their own, they would have to do it by passing an ordinance. Council member Delana Ihrke said that she would like to leave the decision to the citizens whether or not the issue should be voted on and stated that the public may not realize that only 15 signatures are needed on the petition.

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The council decided to table the hearing regarding Abolishing Wards in the City of Le Mars to the next council meeting. 

(LE MARS) -- Baseball put many small Iowa towns on the map after the Civil War including Remsen, Struble and LeMars.  Baseball historian and retired history professor John Liepa will be at the Le Mars Public Library this evening to share his collection of memorabilia and Iowa baseball facts.  Liepa says the Le Mars major league presence was a short lived one.

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Much of Liepa's baseball collection is Iowa specific. He says his presentation includes information about Iowa players, and players of national interest.

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Where did he get all this great stuff?  Liepa says his collection of memorabilia started over 50 years ago.

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The presentation on "How Baseball Came to Iowa" will start at 5:30pm and the collection will be availible for viewing from 7 to 8pm tonight at the Le Mars public library. 

(Buena Vista County) "Weird" would be one way to describe a series of incidents that have baffeled the Buena Vista County Sheriff's office for almost 3 years. Dating as far back as 2008, someone has entered properties and buildings where horses were kept, cutting hair from tails and manes from the horses. As many as 25 separate incidents were reported over the last 3 years. On Tuesday, around 1 pm, a search warrant was executed by the Sheriff's Deputies and the Storm Lake Police Department in which several items were seized as evidence tied directly to many of these incidents. Paul Eugene Condit, 55 of Storm Lake was arrested and charged with 2 counts of burglary in the 3rd Degree. The investigation is continuing.

(AMES) -- The Iowa Department of Transportation is reporting that installation of the flood barrier wall along portions of the north side of U.S. 30 will begin tomorrow (Wednesday).   From theMissouri River crossing at Blair, Nebraska to Interstate 29 near Missouri Valley, the road will close at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow and work will be performed around-the-clock.  This highway 30 project is expected to take 48 hours.

The Iowa portion of the detour, established for persons traveling from Missouri Valley, Iowa, to Blair, Neb., is: I-29 south to I-680E, take I-680E to I-80W, and then take I-80W to the Iowa/Nebraska state line at Council Bluffs/Omaha.

As a reminder, flood mitigation work being performed at this site is intended to address breaches that occur south or downstream of U.S. 30.

Iowa Speedway sold to Clement family

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Featherlite Inc. founder Conrad Clement and his family has purchased the Iowa Speedway.

Officials announced Tuesday that the Clement family has purchased the holding company that owns the five-year-old track, U.S. Motorsports Corporation, from the Manatt family.

The Manatts own a Brooklyn, Iowa-based construction company. They've been the track's primary investors since the track was built in 2006 but had intended to transfer controlling interest in five years.

The .875-mile track has been a hit with fans in Iowa since it opened.

This year Iowa has four major events on the schedule, including last month's IndyCar race, two NASCAR Nationwide events and a NASCAR trucks series event on July 16.

Track officials say Rusty Wallace will remain a minority owner and that no staff changes are planned.

Pawlenty names Huckabee daughter as top Iowa aide

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty is naming the daughter of 2008 Iowa caucus winner Mike Huckabee to help lift his own effort ahead of a key test of strength in Iowa.

Pawlenty's campaign says Sarah Huckabee Sanders begins today as the former Minnesota governor's senior adviser for the state's Republican straw poll.

The August 13 event at Iowa State University is seen as a test of strength for Republican presidential candidates ahead of the leadoff caucuses, set for February.

Pawlenty has spent a year and a half meeting Iowa Republicans and building a circle of top Iowa consultants, but registered only 6 percent in a recent Iowa poll.

Sanders was Huckabee's 2008 national political director. Huckabee finished second in the August straw poll and surged to win the caucuses.

37 Iowa Workforce Development offices to close

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

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Iowa Workforce Development will close 37 of its offices and has terminated 13 employees.

Agency officials confirmed the move Tuesday and spokeswoman Kerry Koonce tells KCCI-TV in Des Moines that the 13 employees were terminated Friday.

She says all the employees were federally funded. They had been hired in recent months and were in their probationary period.

Koonce also says the offices that were supposed to close July 1 have not because Gov. Terry Branstad has not yet approved the new state budget.

She says Iowa Workforce Development has a $5 million budget shortfall but that the terminations will not affect services.

Judge sentences Iowa man to 15 years in porn case

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) A federal judge has sentenced an Iowa man to serve 15 years in prison for production of child pornography.

U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson on Tuesday sentenced 30-year-old Gabriel Simmons of Onawa, Iowa. Simmons pleaded guilty in April in exchange for prosecutors dropping three other related charges against him.

Simmons posed as an employee of a modeling agency and persuaded a Wyoming teenager to send him sexually explicit images of herself over the Internet.

Prosecutors say Simmons had threatened to send photos to the girl's family and school if she didn't continue to send him more. The then 14-year-old girl contacted law enforcement last July.

Simmons apologized in court, saying he was sorry for the pain, confusion and embarrassment he caused the girl.

Man pleads to false claims of US citizenship

A man has pleaded guilty to falsely claiming U.S. citizenship on employment records for two Sioux City businesses.

The U.S. attorney's office says 37-year-old Marcelo Lopez-Garcia of Mexico pleaded guilty to two counts of false claims as to U.S. citizenship last Friday in U.S. District Court in Sioux City.

During the plea hearing Lopez-Garcia admitted that in February 2010 and November 2010 he claimed U.S. citizenship on employment forms used by the Sioux City businesses.

He remains free on pre-trial supervision. Lopez-Garcia faces up to three years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each count.

Newton man dies when motorcycle crashes into creek

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

SULLY, Iowa (AP) Authorities say a Newton man has died after he crashed his motorcycle into a creek and became trapped underneath.

KCCI-TV in Des Moines is reporting that the crashed happened about 8:30 p.m. Saturday near Sully, about 30 miles east of Des Moines.

The television station says that witnesses reported the motorcycle entered the ditch and slid into the creek, trapping the driver underneath.

Officials say 31-year-old Kyle Arthur died in the crash.

The investigation is continuing.

3 rescued after boat overturns on Des Moines River

(Information in the following story is from: The Ottumwa Courier,

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) Three people are safe after their boat overturned in the Des Moines River in Ottumwa.

The Ottumwa Courier reported Tuesday that emergency crews rescued the three boaters about 9:30 p.m. Monday.

The boat overturned and then floated upside down through the Des Moines Hydro Dam as viewers waited for the Fourth of July Fireworks to begin.

No one was hurt and the names of the people who were rescued had not been released.

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

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