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KLEM News - July 22, 2011

Fifty-year old Sidney Vogel of Sioux City was riding his motorcyle and heading south on Highway 75 when a car driven by Jaclyn Dehner, age 18, of Hinton pulled out from an intersection in front of the motorcycle.  No contact was made between the motorcycle and car, but in an effort to avoid hitting the car, Vogel put his motorcycle down and slid 146 feet on the pavement.  The Hinton Fire and Rescue units along with the Plymouth County Sheriff's department responded to the accident.  Vogel was not wearing a helmet and sustained numerous abrasions along with a broken leg and was transported to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.  He was released the following day.  Dehner was cited for failing to yield.   

(Rock Rapids) -- A farm accident claimed the life of a 17-year old Lester boy on Wednesday.  JORDAN  MONEN, WAS WORKING ON A CATTLE SHED DOOR FROM INSIDE A PAYLOADER BUCKET, WHEN THE PAYLOADER ACCIDENTALLY MOVED FORWARD CRUSHING MONEN BETWEEN THE BUCKET AND THE HEADER OF THE DOORWAY. MONEN WAS TAKEN TO THE CANTON INWOOD HOSPITAL WHERE HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD.  

(Sioux City)

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ROUGHLY 75 SIOUXLAND SOLDIERS OBEYED THAT ORDER AND RAN TO THEIR LOVED ONES THURSDAY AFTERNOON AT NORTH HIGH SCHOOL.
THE SOLDIERS FROM THE COMPANY D, 334TH BRIGADE SUPPORT BATTALION HAVE SEEN SERVING IN AFGHANISTAN SINCE THEY DEPLOYED ON AUGUST 5TH.
FORMER BATTALION COMMANDER COLONEL JOHN MANSFIELD...

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THESE SOLDIERS ARE PART OF THE LARGEST DEPLOYMENT OF IOWA SOLDIERS SINCE WORLD WAR II.
SOLDIER ALAN JENSEN REUNITED WITH HIS WIFE KARRIE AND HIS NEW BABY THAT WAS BORN WHILE HE WAS DEPLOYED.

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WHILE OVERSEAS, JENSEN WAS ABLE TO SEE HIS SON AND HIS WIFE THROUGH SKYPE.

(Washington D.C.)- Congressman Steve King has sent a letter to William Fugate, the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urging him to support Iowa's request for major disaster declaration to be amended to include Individual Assistance programs in Fremont, Harrison, Monona, Pottawattamie and Woodbury counties.  Should FEMA grant the request, a variety of additional relief programs could become available to residents of flooded counties. King's letter to Fugate notes that nearly 200,000 citizens live in the counties that are covered by this request, and it urges FEMA to act "as soon as possible" on granting Iowa's request.  King had the entire Iowa House delegation sign the letter.

DECORAH, Iowa (AP) There have been several reports across Iowa of cattle dying as a result of the recent heat wave.  Iowa State University livestock specialists says at least 60 head of market cattle are known to have died in northwest Iowa,  an estimated 100 cattle died from in far northern Iowa's Winneshiek (WIHN'-eh-shihk) County.

A cattle feedlot operation that sits only a few feet from the state line with Minnesota called two Minnesota fire departments for aid and helped save most of the operation's livestock.
Those cattle that were most susceptible to the extreme heat were at or near market weight.

Veterinarians say livestock need to be kept out of the sun and have plenty of water in order to survive the deadly combination of extreme heat and humidity. Spraying water on them can help, too.
Another farmer near Cascade reported that more than 20 cows died there Tuesday.

Heat-related livestock deaths have been reported in several states.

Livestock producers who incur eligible livestock death losses due to the recent extreme temperatures and other adverse weather events may be eligible for the USDA Farm Service Agency's (FSA) Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP).

FSA staff can provide producers with a list of acceptable loss documentation.
Adequate documentation must prove the death of eligible livestock occurred as a direct result of an eligible adverse weather event in the calendar year for which benefits are being requested.  If adequate proof of death documentation is not available, certifications of livestock deaths by third parties, who are not affiliated with the farming operation, may be accepted.

LIP indemnity payments will be based on 75 percent of the fair market value of the livestock as determined by FSA.


FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) A Fort Dodge teenager accused of shooting at a car that carried a woman and her child has been given 20 years in prison.

Seventeen-year-old Deangelo Foy had pleaded not guilty in June to attempted murder. The Messenger of Fort Dodge says that after Foy made a deal with prosecutors, he pleaded guilty to two counts of intimidation with a dangerous weapon. He was sentenced on Wednesday to two consecutive terms of 10 years.

Police say Foy used a gun to threaten people in a car on May 25 and, a few hours later, fired at the woman's car. The bullet struck the car's windshield.


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Gov. Terry Branstad says he will propose linking teacher pay raises to classroom performance as part of an education reform package he will send to the next Legislature.

Top legislators of both parties say they're willing to consider that plan, and both sides agree the issue will take center stage when lawmakers convene in January.

Their comments came as state education officials released a report Thursday showing 13 states posted higher reading skills for fourth graders than did Iowa, which once led the nation in that area.

On Monday, Branstad will host an education summit that will include state and national leaders.

State Education Department director Jason Glass says the new report shows other states are moving more aggressively than Iowa to improve schools.

 

Large sinkhole opens in Council Bluffs

COUNCIL BLUFF, Iowa (AP) Officials say a large sinkhole in Council Bluffs started as a dip in the road and just kept growing.

KETV-TV in Omaha, Nebraska says Thursday the sinkhole now measures 20 feet wide and 10 feet deep. It spans the entire width of a street and has started destroying a driveway. Repairs could run close to $220,000.

City spokesman Don Gross says the collapse of a sewer is to blame, which was cause by the high water table because of flooding along the Missouri River.

The sinkhole is not the first for Council Bluffs, and Gross expects there will be more. He says when the water table is high, water surrounds underground pipes and seeks out cracks. The process eventually creates an underground cavity, leading to a collapse.


Iowa OL Dan Heiar charged with drunk driving

(Eds: Updates with statement from Iowa coach; APNewsNow)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Iowa lineman Dan Heiar has been charged with drunk driving in connection with a single-car accident in April.

Online court records say the 20-year-old Heiar was charged last month with operating while intoxicated.

Heiar was hospitalized after rolling his truck into a ditch on April 10. Records say Heiar has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to be arraigned on July 29.

Heiar joined the Hawkeyes in the spring after transferring from Iowa Western Community College. The 6-foot-5, 285-pound Heiar wasn't listed on the initial spring depth chart.

Coach Kirk Ferentz says in a statement that he's disappointed after learning the details of Heiar's crash and that the matter will be addressed in an ``appropriate manner.''

Heiar's attorney, Douglas Simkin, had no comment when reached by The Associated Press.


Missouri River breaches levee in Harrison County

LOGAN, Iowa (AP) The Missouri River has breached a levee near the Soldier River in Harrison County.

Kim Crispin in the Harrison County emergency manager's office says only three homes were affected by the breach, which was reported about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. She says residents were advised of the breach but no evacuations were ordered.

Flooding remains a concern all along the river because of the massive water release by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from upstream reservoirs. Flood experts say this year's flood is unusual because the water could remain high until early September.


Gov. Heineman wants meeting on flood management

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP)
Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman has invited the governors of other Missouri River states and the Army Corps of Engineers to a meeting on flood control issues.

Heineman issued the invitation on Thursday to Iowa, Kansas, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming and Missouri and the corps. The meeting is set for Aug. 19 in Omaha.

Heineman spokeswoman Jen Rae Hein (hine) says specific issues to be discussed are still being worked out.

The corps has been criticized for its management of the Missouri River reservoirs in the Upper Midwest that have been swollen by heavy spring snowmelt and rains. Some dam releases have been at record levels.


Marshalltown woman sentenced for witness tampering

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A Marshalltown woman has been sentenced to 2 years in prison for witness tampering.

The U.S. attorney's office says 63-year-old Gloria Sanchez was sentenced on Thursday in federal court in Des Moines. She was arrested in September 2010 for confronting the spouse of a government witness, who prosecutors say had information about a drug case allegedly involving some of Sanchez's family.

Sanchez was not charged in the drug case, but was accused of threatened to harm the witness' family. Sanchez was convicted in March.


Manure flows from Iowa dairy operation into creek

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)
State environmental officials say it could take days to clean up a manure spill at a dairy operation near Blairstown in eastern Iowa.

The Department of Natural Resources responded Thursday to the spill at Cedar Valley Farms. The agency says the amount of manure is unknown, but officials estimate over 100,000 gallons was released into a steam that flows to Coon Creek, a tributary of the Iowa River.

Officials say the release was discovered about 7 a.m. Cedar Valley Farms shut off the pumps and built sand dams above and below the spill, which is contained to Coon Creek. The manure is being pumped to a field.

Officials say a fish kill has occurred, and farmers are being advised to keep livestock out of the Coon Creek.

Company receives loan for Cedar Rapids project

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

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) An Everett, Washington-based company has received a $1.5 million forgivable loan from the Iowa Economic Development Board for a $56.7 million project in Cedar Rapids.

Intermec Technologies wants to build a 78,000-square-foot facility in downtown Cedar Rapids. Local leaders say the project would be the first private investment in the city's core following the 2008 floods.

Intermec develops and makes products to manage supply chains. It says it would invest $42 million in research and development in Cedar Rapids, with building construction estimated at just over $10 million.

The Des Moines Register reports that Intermec has an expiring lease on its current space, which was flooded three years ago.


Midwest, Plains bankers optimistic on economy

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Rural bankers in 10 Midwest and Plains states continue to hold a positive outlook about the economy, although their optimism has dipped slightly from previous months.

A monthly survey of bankers released Thursday says the Rural Mainstreet index dipped from 56.0 in June to 55.7 Anytime the index, which ranges from 0 to 100, is over 50, it suggests the economy will expand over the next six months.

Creighton University Ernie Goss, who oversees the survey, says that while the index remains above 50, several other indicators included in the survey have been slipping.

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


 

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