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KLEM AM News Update, July 12, 2011

According to LeMars Fire Chief David Schipper, the fire involved a shop building located at 212 4th Ave. N.E and owned by Patrick Nilles of LeMars.  The cause of the fire was determined to be accidential.  Propable cause for the fire was a spark from a torch or cigarette that ignited combustible material on the floor.  It is believed the fire actually may have started on Saturday, and smoldered until finally spreading in the wall on Sunday when the authorities were called to the scene.  Damage to the building is estimated at $2,000.  No injuries were reported, but the LeMars ambulance was called to assist firefighters as they were checked and monitored due to the extreme conditions.


New Legislation Encourages Growth

(LE MARS) -- New legislation was passed by the state of Iowa that was driven by requests made by local government in Le Mars.  According to City Administrator Scott Langel, the provisions have to do with taxation of lots that are in platted subdivision.

Land is valued on a rural ag basis and then when something is platted as a subdivision the value changes and increases the taxes on the land. Before the new legislation, county jurisdictions of 20,000 or more had 3 years to make that change, smaller jurisdictions had 5 years.  Langel explains the revised rules.

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Langel explains affects of this new legislation and how it helps promote growth.

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The conversations regarding the change in plat taxation started last fall. The original request was made by the City of Le Mars to Representative Chuck Soderburg in December.  


Okaboji Water Contaminated

(MILFORD) -- A break in a wastewater main has sent untreated sewage spilling into West Lake Okoboji.The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the break was discovered on the southeast corner of the lake on Monday, but a DNR environmental specialist says it appears it had been flowing into the lake for a few days.The DNR says children and pets should be kept away from the shoreline and out of the water for the next 48 hours in the Wheelers Woods area and bacterial levels at other swimming spots could be elevated.


Accomplished Trumpeter to Play Thursday

ORANGE CITY – Tom Forkenbrock is returning to Orange City to perform with the Onstage Orange City series this Thursday.  Forkenbrock, who played trumpet with the U.S. Army Band for nine years, will solo at the 7 p.m. concert with the Orange City Area Community Band.

The Orange City native graduated from M-OC High School in '82.  His high school band instructor at M-OC, Mr. Steve Connell is still teaching at the district.  Forkenbrock says he played a big role in his career as a trumpet player.

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Following high school enlisted in the U.S. Army. He has performed for two sitting presidents, Ronald Reagan and George Bush Sr., plus Prince Charles and other dignitaries from around the world. He also played for the Pan American Games and the '88 Olympics in South Korea.

Since leaving the Army, Forkenbrock has performed with big bands, wind ensembles and other performing groups in the Chicago area.  His bands have opened for Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich, Ramsey Lewis and Count Basie’s Big Band.

For you parents out there wondering how to get your child interested in instrumental music, Forkenbrock says that staying up late was part of the reason his interest was piqued.

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The free concert at Windmill Park is sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council and City of Orange City.  Forkenbrock will be featured in Chuck Mangione's "Land of Make Believe" and other selections.  Start time is 7pm, th rain location is the Orange City town hall.

Corn Behind in Iowa

(DES MOINES) - - Iowa's corn crop is lagging behind normal growing conditions, according to the Iowa Department of Agriculture.  The weekly condition report issued Monday shows only four percent of the state's corn crop has begun tasseling.  The five-year average at this time would show at least 25 percent of the state's corn crop tasseled, and 13 percent beginning the silking stage.  The corn crop is listed as being 14 percent in fair condition, 54 percent is good, and 28 percent as excellent.  Later today, the U-S-D-A will isssue its first of the year crop production estimates.



(LeMars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will discuss and review the possibility of re-districting during their regular meeting scheduled for Tuesday (today). In addition... the supervisors will talk about whether there is a need to add or subtract, or even change the local precinct boundaries.
Listed on the agenda for supervisor discussion is a possible public hearing for refunding of the 2005 general obligation bonds. The supervisors will also hear and review quarterly reports from the sheriff's office and the county recorder.


Audit: Clerk took money from clients' accounts

GLENWOOD, Iowa (AP) A state audit shows that a former accounting clerk at the Glenwood Resource Center took money from clients' activity accounts to cover her gambling losses and to help a daughter who was going through a divorce.

The audit, released Monday, shows Carol Tibben made 17 unauthorized withdrawals from clients' accounts totaling nearly $3,400. The audit indicates Tibben repaid $2,500 before she resigned in June 2010. A telephone call placed to a listing for a Carol Tibben in Glenwood went unanswered.

The center provides services to people with disabilities. The audit says once a client's request for cash was received and approved, Tibben would write a check for cash from the account and a courier would retrieve the money from the bank and return it to Tibben.

Medical examiner rules West Des Moines drowning accident

(Information in the following story is from: The Des Moines Register, )

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa State medical examiner has ruled that a 5-year-old boy who was pulled from a pool at a West Des Moines swimming complex died of accidental drowning.

The West Des Moines police released the medical examiner's findings Monday.

Earlier, police said a preliminary review of the incident showed no wrong-doing in the death of Kaden Daniels. He was found floating face down in the water on July 5. He died the following day at a hospital.

The Des Moines Register reported that authorities confirmed there were five lifeguards on duty at the time. The state requires at least one lifeguard for the first 30 swimmers in a pool. Between 25 and 30 swimmers in the pool at the time.

The investigation is continuing.

US Highway 69 closed for storm repairs

AMES, Iowa (AP) U.S. Highway 69 in Story and Polk counties is closed because utility companies are busy trying to repair and replace power poles damaged by powerful thunderstorms.

The Iowa Department of Transportation says the highway is closed from near Alleman to just south of Huxley. It was closed after storms toppled utility poles early Monday morning.

It will remain closed until Tuesday.

Traffic is being detoured on local roads.

Gingrich says tea party key to 2012 GOP majority

PELLA, Iowa (AP)
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich says Republicans will have failed if the GOP nominee defeats President Barack Obama next year without winning big majorities in Congress with tea party support.

The former House speaker resumed his struggling campaign Monday in Pella, where he told an audience that tea party supporters could be the catalyst that helps Republicans forge a long-term winning coalition.

Gingrich made the comments during a lecture sponsored by The Family Leader, a faith-based policy group in Iowa.

Gingrich's campaign was severely hurt last month when most of his campaign staff quit in protest over differences in campaign strategy. He has promised to stay in the race.

After his stop in Pella, Gingrich headed to a similar event in Iowa City.

Bachmann says she's not worried about default

Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann says she's not worried about the nation defaulting if the debt ceiling isn't increased.

The Minnesota congresswoman says there are a number of options to keep the government running if the debt ceiling isn't raised by August. She says members of Congress have offered stop-gap spending measures to keep the government running and she supports those measures.

She answered questions from reporters about the debt ceiling after speaking Monday to about 50 workers at a company that builds cement-handling machinery in Indianola, just south of Des Moines.

Bachmann says raising the debt ceiling amounted to raising the limit on the nation's credit card. She says that eventually would cost taxpayers.

She claimed President Barack Obama has recklessly supported increased spending and that it had to stop.

First lady to appear Better Homes Gardens cover

(Information in the following story is from: The Des Moines Register, )

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) First lady Michelle Obama will be featured on the cover of next month's issue of Better Homes and Gardens.

The Des Moines Register is reporting that Obama will be the focus of an article on healthy eating for children. The issue will hit the newsstands July 19.

Editors from the Des Moines-based magazine, say the article will feature photos taken at a picnic the first lady hosted in for Washington D.C. fifth graders.

Obama will be the first public figure to host the magazine's cover in 48 years. The last celebrity was actor Cliff Robertson in 1963.

Grundy Center man cited for fatal bike collision

(Information in the following story is from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, )

DIKE, Iowa (AP) A Grundy Center man has been cited in connection with a crash that killed a Waterloo bicyclist last month.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier says 30-year-old Dustin Hughson was cited on Friday for steering unreasonably close to a bicyclist. He is scheduled to appear in court on July 18.

Grundy County sheriff's deputies say Hughson was driving home from work on June 7 when he struck a bike driven by 49-year-old Vera Lucia Riberio-Sulentic. She died at the scene.

No telephone listing for Hughson could be found.

Latham raises more than $580,000 for 2012 campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) Iowa Congressman Tom Latham raised more than $580,000 for his 2012 reelection campaign in the second quarter of 2011, the first reporting period since Iowa's redistricting plan was implemented.

According to Latham's campaign, the nine-term Republican congressman has $1.5 million cash on hand as he moves from his current, north-central Iowa district to a southwest Iowa district where he will challenge incumbent Democratic Rep. Leonard Boswell.

The deputy treasurer for Latham's campaign, Elizabeth Severson, says Latham's haul is the most his committee has raised in a single quarter. Boswell hasn't released his second quarter fundraising numbers. Candidates are required to do so by July 15.

Latham is attempting to win a district that is virtually all new terrain, comprised of 16 counties in the southwest and including Des Moines.

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



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