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KLEM News - July 21, 2011

Plymouth County engineer Tom Rohe (Roy) says the excessive heat has expanded the pavement to the point of buckeling  at two locations within the county.

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Rohe says each repair project could cost a few thousand dollars.  He says if the heat wave continues, other buckeling may occur prompting more repairs.  Rohe says, to his knowledge there hasn't been any vehicular damage as a result of the broken pavement.  The county road department have also had to replace some bridges and Rohe says those projects are nearing completion.


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(LeMars) -- Homecoming ceremonies are being planned for members of the Iowa National Guard unit, 113th Calvary, Troop C based at LeMars.  The celebration is scheduled to take place on Sunday, July 24th beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the LeMars Community football field.  The guard unit left LeMars last August 5th for nearly a year deployment at Afghanistan.

 

(ORANGE CITY) - On with the shows! The Le Mars Community Theater's staging of the musical "Two by Two" starts this weekend and Shakespeare will be featured in Orange City's Windmill Park tomorrow.

The SchoolHouse Company will be presenting a shortened version of last weekend's dinner theather presentation "The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)." The hour-long show includes "speed" interpretations of "Romeo and Juliet," "Othello," and "Hamlet," with some great audience participation opportunities. The free July 21 show will be held at 7 p.m. in Orange City's Windmill Park. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Rain location is the Orange City town hall.

And on Friday night it's the opening of "Two by Two" at the Le Mars Community Theater's Postal Playhouse. Showdates are Friday-Sunday this weekend and then next Wednesday-Sunday. Evening performances are at 7:30pm, with Sunday matinees at 2pm.


(LeMars) -- The LeMars City Council received a petition, submitted by one of their own members, calling for a public vote on the issue whether to abolish the present-day ward system, in favor of an all council at-large system. The council had discussed the proposal during the past few meetings. City councilwoman, Delana Ihrke submitted the 15 signatures, plus four extra names required for the proposal to be placed on the November ballot.  Ihrke represents the 2nd ward. She says several of her constituents showed concern over the proposal and prompted her to submit the petition.  Ihrke says she believes such an issue should be decided by the people, not by council members.


(LeMars) --  ICON Ag and Turf, a local farm equipment dealer, held a ribbon cutting ceremony  to officially open a new facility located west of LeMars. 

Adam Timmerman, principle owner of ICON says the new located was needed to better accomodate the customer.

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The local John Deere dealer employs 19 people at its LeMars location and a total of 95 people are a part of ICON. Timmerman says additional employees have been added and he believes more hiring will be needed.

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The general economy may be down, but the farm economy, with high commodity prices and increased land values, has been doing well.  Timmerman says it is gratifying to see farmers have an interest in purchasing equipment, and that has helped his business.

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PISGAH, Iowa (AP) A derailment of coal cars blocked vehicular traffic along nearby rural roads near the county line shared by Harrison and Monona counties in western Iowa.  Union Pacific says the derailment occurred late Tuesday afternoon. No injuries were reported.  Rail traffic was being routed around the problem, which will take about a day to clean up.  Union Pacific says a brake problem forced the train to stop, which resulted in the derailment.

 


(Ames) Iowa  Iowa's corn and soybean crops are in good shape, despite last week's heavy rain in northern Iowa and strong winds that flattened corn fields in central and eastern Iowa.  The weekly crop report shows 80 percent of the corn is in good to excellent condition with fifty-six percent in the tasseling stage.  Although crop officials say there is sufficient moisture in the ground to produce a crop this year, they no doubt believe the extreme hot and humid conditions could adversly affect the yield.  Roger Elmore, corn specialist with Iowa State University says the state's corn crop can survive the heat for a few days, but an extended period of heat could deplete the moisture levels before reproduction is completed .

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As for the soybean crop, Eighty-two percent of the soybean crop is in good to excellent condition. Sixty-one percent is blooming. The average is 62 percent.  While parts of northern Iowa saw heavy rain, parts of southern Iowa need some rain. Officials say some areas in southeast Iowa haven't had measureable rain this month.  Last week was also marked by excessive heat and humidity. Cattle are suffering from the heat as well as from fly infestations and pink eye.

(Sheldon) O'Brien County has a new fair queen.  Paris Schnepf, 17, year old daughter of Richard and Sharon Schnept, was crowned as 2011 O'Brien County Fair Queen during ceremonies Monday evening.  Paris is the granddaughter of Loretta Schnepf and Don and Ruth Olhrichs, all of Le Mars.  Paris received her crown from the reigning 2010 queen, her sister Sterling.

 

National guard members welcomed home Friday

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP)
Homecoming ceremonies have been set in Council Bluffs and Carroll for Iowa Army National Guard units returning from Afghanistan.

Ceremonies will be held Friday for nearly 275 soldiers mobilized last August.

The Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry from Council Bluffs will be honored at the Mid-American Center at 3:30 p.m.

About 165 soldiers with Company A, 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry from Carroll will be welcomed home at Carroll High at 2:30 p.m.

The units are part of the largest overseas deployment of Iowa Guardsmen since World War Two.


Chicago boy drowns in river in Iowa

(Eds: Updates with names of victims; APNewsNow.)

CLARINDA, Iowa (AP) Police have identified an 11-year-old Chicago boy who drowned in the Nodaway River in southwest Iowa.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says Deontae Haynes died Tuesday night after being pulled into an undertow while swimming with several others.

Authorities say Haynes was recovered from the river in 27 feet of water. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital in Clarinda.

Sixteen-year-old Tamra Haley of Clarinda tried to save Haynes before ingesting water. She was taken to a local hospital before being transferred to a facility in Omaha.


Newton man convicted of 2nd-degree murder

(Information in the following story is from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A Newton man has been convicted of second-degree murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend last year.

Police say 43-year-old Jay Mack shot Angelina Ancer at their Newton home in October.

Mack reportedly got a gun from the garage and shot her several times.

Court records say Mack had been charged with first-degree murder. The Des Moines Register reports a jury returned the second-degree murder verdict Tuesday.


3 arrested for fighting after youth softball game

(Information in the following story is from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Three people were arrested after a fight broke out following a youth softball game at the Iowa Games in Ames.

KCCI-TV reports the incident happened in a parking lot Sunday night following the championship softball game for 12-year-old girls.

Police say 32-year-old Angela Sales of Centerville punched coach Todd Sebolt after an argument over playing time. The coach is also accused of punching Sales, whose sister, 19-year-old Stephany Summers, was arrested for allegedly punching Sebolt's wife.

Iowa Games Chief Operating Officer Kevin Bourke says the organization will wait until the charges are handled through the judicial system before making any decision about sanctions against the coach or parent.

The Iowa Games began in 1987, and Bourke says he doesn't recall a fight breaking out before Sunday.


Rathje seeks GOP nomination in 1st District

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)
Cedar Rapids businessman Steve Rathje has announced he'll seek the Republican nomination in northeastern Iowa's 1st District.

He formed an exploratory committee in May and now says he will run for the seat held by Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley.

The 1st District includes Waterloo, Dubuque and Cedar Rapids. Braley, of Waterloo, is seeking his fourth term in office.

Rathje lost in a bid for the Republican nomination to face Democratic Rep. Dave Loebsack in 2010. He also lost out in his campaign for the GOP nomination to run against Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin in 2008.


Doctor's letter downplays Bachmann migraines

NORWALK, Iowa (AP)
A letter from a congressional doctor whose office has examined Republican Michele Bachmann describes the presidential candidate's migraines as occurring ``infrequently'' and controlled by prescription medication.

Bachmann's campaign distributed the letter dated Wednesday from Dr. Brian Monahan, the attending physician in Congress. Bachmann has been evaluated by that office during her three terms in Washington.

The letter written at Bachmann's request is the latest step in her effort to combat reports that her severe headaches have hindered her work in Congress and could pose problems if she were president.

Monahan says Bachmann has undergone detailed lab work and brain scans that are normal. Her as-needed drug regimen includes two commonly prescribed migraine medicines.

Iowa prison agency grants same-sex leave benefits

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP)
The Iowa Department of Corrections has granted leave to a prison guard to care for her same-sex spouse in what gay rights advocates are calling a positive policy change.

Oakdale correctional officer Teresa Heck said Wednesday her request for Family Medical Leave Act benefits has been granted. She first applied in April after her spouse was diagnosed with cancer but was rejected because the department relied on state regulations that defined one's spouse as being of the opposite sex.

The change came the same day Heck's story was highlighted in congressional testimony as an example of how the Defense of Marriage Act is discriminatory.

An aide to Attorney General Tom Miller says a review determined same-sex couples qualify for leave benefits following a 2009 Iowa Supreme Court decision.

Iowa man chooses not to move forward on plea deal

(Information in the following story is from: The Gazette, http://www.gazetteonline.com/)

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) An Iowa City man accused of attempted murder has chosen not to move forward with plea agreement with the state.

Police reports say 22-year-old Kevin Perry threatened to kill two individuals that he was arguing with in May. Reports say Perry pointed a gun at them and fired one shot. No one was injured in the incident.

Perry is charged with attempted murder, intimidation with a dangerous weapon and control of a firearm by a felon.

The Cedar Rapids Gazette says his attorney, Patrick Ingram, said last week that Perry was anticipating entering a guilty plea.

Johnson County Attorney Janet Lyness says Perry's case is now expected to come before the court in October.

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

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