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KLEM News Update July 10, 2011

All kinds of baked goods -- fruit pies, cakes, bars, cookies, candy and bread -- are needed for the store. If possible, the name of the baker and the recipe should be attached.  This year's Country Store will be dedicated to the memory of Ron Burkard, who with his wife, Delores, operated the store for many years. Delores will continue to manage the store, with the help of other Museum volunteers.

Also special this year, the store is putting out a special call for cherry-related products such as pies, cobblers, breads and anything else cherry-related, all in memory of Cherry Cliff.  Cherry Cliff was a Plymouth County historian who died in May of this year. All cherry items need to have a recipe attached and homespun items such as quilts and crafts featuring a cherry theme also are needed.

Also for fair week, the Museum needs garden produce and other homemade items for the Country Store.

The store is located next to the country school in Pioneer Village and will  be open at noon, Wednesday, July 27, and remain open each day until about 10 p.m. through Sunday, July 31. Candy and ice cream will be available in the store on Tuesday for 4-H entry day.

All proceeds from the Country Store will go to preserve Plymouth County history.  Those wishing to make donations of produce, baked goods or homespun items may take them to the store anytime, including the morning.  Anyone wishing to help should call the Museum: 546-7002.

Friends, family gather to remember Iowan killed in Iraq

JEFFERSON, Iowa (AP) Friends and family members of an Iowa soldier killed in Iraq will pay their respects this weekend.

A visitation for Army Capt. Matthew Nielson was held Saturday afternoon at Hastings Funeral Home in Jefferson. An event celebrating his life will be held today at the Greene County Community Center at noon and a burial ceremony will follow at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Adel.

The 27-year-old Nielson died during an attack by insurgents in Badrah, Iraq on June 29.

Iowa-Nebraska bridge will remain closed longer

ONAWA, Iowa (AP) A key bridge over the Missouri River linking northwest Iowa with northeast Nebraska will remain closed longer than expected because of damage to the eastern base of the bridge.

The Iowa Transportation Department says about 250 feet of the eastern embankment near the Highway 175 bridge has become unstable because of the force of the river and the bridge abutment has been exposed.

Officials said Friday the original flood mitigation plan had to be scrapped, so the bridge between Onawa, Iowa, and Decatur, Nebraska, will remain closed for a longer period.

For people who live on one side of the bridge but work on the other, the bridge closure has significantly lengthened their commute. What had been a ten-minute trip might take an hour or more now.

Water in Missouri River reservoirs declines a bit

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) The amount of water held in reservoirs along the Missouri River has started to decline slightly, but flooding is still expected to continue along the river through the summer.

Army Corps of Engineers reservoir manager Jody Farhat says Friday was the sixth day in a row when more water was released from the six reservoirs along the river than came into the system.

Farhat says that's good news for everyone dealing with flooding. But the corps doesn't plan to significantly decrease the amount of water being released from dams because there is still a massive amount of water in the reservoirs from melting snow and heavy spring rains.

Farhat says any major rainfall in Montana or the Dakotas could force the corps to increase the amount of water being released.

Terry invites colleague to visit flooded areas

OMAHA, Neb. (AP)
U.S. Rep. Lee Terry of Nebraska has sent a letter inviting fellow Republican Congressman John Mica of Florida to visit flooded areas along the Missouri River.

Mica is chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. That committee holds jurisdiction over aviation, waterborne transportation, roads, bridges and railroads.

The committee also oversees clean water and waste water management, flood damage reduction, disaster preparedness and response and activities of the Army Corps of Engineers.

Former officer gets 5 years on drug, theft charges

(Information in the following story is from: Muscatine Journal,

A former Muscatine police officer has been sentenced to five years in prison for drug possession and theft charges.

Muscatine District Court Judge Paul Macek sentenced 48-year-old Scott Burk on Friday. He has previously pleaded guilty to cocaine possession and second-degree theft.

Burk was arrested last August after investigators discovered cocaine in his car and home and learned that some money was missing from the evidence room of the Muscatine County Drug Task Force.

He was fired by the police department two days after his arrest.

Iowa officials warn about algae at Big Creek park

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is warning people not to swim at Big Creek State Park this weekend because of concerns about toxic algae.

Officials say a significant blue-green algae bloom was found at the park on Friday.

Some types of blue-green algae can produce dangerous toxins.

People should not have full-body contact with the water. But they can camp, fish or boat on the lakes. People should also keep pets out of the water.

Tests will be performed at Big Creek to monitor the level of toxins in the water.

IA concrete company pleads guilty to price-fixing

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) An Iowa-based concrete company has pleaded guilty to participating in a price-fixing scheme involving the sale of ready-mix concrete.

The U.S. justice department says VS Holding Co. pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court in Sioux City. The Orange City-based company used to operate as Alliance Concrete Inc., which produces ready-made concrete.

Prosecutors say the company participated with another company to fix prices for ready-made concrete sold in Iowa. Court documents show a former VS Holding Co. president reached agreements for ready-mix concrete prices and then accepted payment at noncompetitive prices.

VS Holding was charged with violating the Sherman Act, which carries a $100 million fine.

As a result of the investigation, three individuals have been convicted and sentenced and three companies have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.

Color of Iowa license plate print changes to black

AMES, Iowa (AP) The color of the print on newly issued Iowa license plates will change from blue to black starting next week.

The Iowa Department of Transportation says the change will only affect standard and specialty plates that have a blue and white background. It will not affect specialty plates that use a special color for the numbers and letters, such as collegiate and firefighter plates.

The DOT says changing the print to black will make the characters easier to read. It also will make production of the plates more consistent and cost-effective.

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

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