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KLEM News - July 25, 2011

The two chartered buses, carrying the unit, were escorted into town by the roar of hundreds of motorcycles provided by the legion riders, police sirens provided by the Iowa Highway Patrol, Plymouth County Sheriff's department, and the LeMars Police, and honking horns from area citizens. When the guard unit arrived at the LeMars Community football field, thousands were on hand applauding and welcoming home the troops.

Former 1st Sargent of C Troop, Doug Rogers served as the emcee to the ceremonies and officially greeted the returning soldiers.

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LeMars mayor, Dick Kirchoff, thanked the troops for their work and reminded the troops and their families of the sadness they shared nearly a year ago when the community had to say farewell to Troop C.

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During the ceremony, time was given to remember Staff Sargent, James "the Juice" Justice who died while being deployed in Afghanistan.   113 red, white and blue ballons filled with helium were tied to the railing, each with a personal message written on them honoring Justice.  His family was on hand and released the balloons.

Once the official ceremonies had concluded, there were kisses, hugs, and plenty of handshakes to go around as the troops re-united with their families and friends.

Specialist Josh Fischer of LeMars explains what life was like living in Afghanistan.

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Fischer says his first meal back home would include a steak with twice-baked potatoes and corn on the cob.  Fischer was greeted by his mother, brothers, and aunts and uncles.

(LE MARS) It's move in day at the Plymouth County Fair and 4-Her's from all around the county are putting final touches on their projects and bringing them to the grounds to show off their hard work.

The Kellen kids are probably doing something fair related right now. I had a chance to catch up with the Kellen girls last week who are members of the Fredonia Country Club. Eighth grader, and fourth year 4-H participant, Megan said she's doing a photography project and clothing project.

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Fifth grader Meredith Kellen is participating in 4-H for the first year ever and she has quite a bit on her plate. She sewed a pillowcase, and made jewelry .

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Both Kellen girls are working together on a corn salsa recipe for Pride of Iowa and helped with the Clover Kids program over the last year.

Laurie Kellen is the mom of these two young ladies, and she says that she's grateful for the Plymouth County 4-H program.

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The Kellen's son James is also taking multiple project to the fair this year. Both the girls added that they love the fair and say it makes all the hard work involved with 4-H worth it.

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Keep listening to KLEM all week for live updates from the fair and special news reports regarding fair events.

Lightning strike sets fire to Iowa house

WASHINGTON, Iowa (AP)
A lightning strike is to blame for a house fire in Washington.

Washington County emergency officials say lightning hit the home just before 7 a.m. Sunday, setting fire to part of the upper floor.

The residents were able to get out of the home. No injuries were reported.


Iowa woman hospitalized after apartment fire

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP)
A Mason City woman has been hospitalized after a fire at her home.

Mason City authorities say 38-year-old Lynn Kofoot was taken to an Iowa City hospital after being rescued Sunday morning. The hospital declined to release information about her condition.

Police say a fire was reported at Kofoot's apartment just after 7 a.m.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Fire officials are expected to release more information Monday.


Boy falls from window at Iowa apartment building

(Information in the following story is from: KCCI-TV, http://www.kcci.com)

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A 2-year-old boy has been hospitalized after falling from a third-story window at a West Des Moines apartment complex.

Officers at the scene of Saturday night's incident told KCCI-TV that the boy's injuries didn't appear to be life threatening.

The boy's name has not been released. His condition wasn't available.

The child's mother says she heard screaming soon after putting her twin sons to bed. She looked outside and saw one of the boys on the ground.


Severed fingertip leads to Iowa robbery suspect

(Information in the following story is from: The Hawk Eye, http://www.thehawkeye.com)

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) A severed fingertip has led authorities to a suspect in series of home burglaries in southeast Iowa.

The Burlington Hawk Eye reports a 25-year-old Fort Madison man was arrested Wednesday for possession of firearms by a felon. He was being held Sunday in the Lee County jail.

Police say the person who broke into a Burlington home in January left behind a fingertip in the kitchen sink. The home was among at least three on the same street that were victimized, and the burglaries are believed to be related to others in Des Moines and Lee counties

Police say many stolen items were found during a search of the suspect's home, and officers are still sorting through them.

Authorities say more charges are expected.


Authorities ID boater who drowned in Iowa lake

STANTON, Iowa (AP) Authorities have released the name of a boater whose body was pulled from Viking Lake near Stanton.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources identified him as 63-year-old John Carmichael, of Red Oak.

Carmichael's body was found Sunday afternoon in shallow water. Dive teams began searching for him after an empty fishing boat was found on the lake Saturday evening.


Arrests up 21 percent at University of Iowa

(Information in the following story is from: Iowa City Press-Citizen, http://www.press-citizen.com/)

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) The number of University of Iowa students who were cited and arrested by police jumped 21 percent this past school year.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports the spike is largely the result of an increase in several drug- and alcohol-related offenses.

In the 2010-11 academic year, police charged 1,330 students for offenses other than minor traffic infractions, up from 1,098 the previous academic year.

Police and university officials cite the expanded downtown presence by the university's Department of Public Safety and the Iowa City police department's increased focus on patrolling the near-downtown neighborhoods.

Officials also point to the change in the city's minimum bar-entry age and increased enforcement around Kinnick Stadium on days the Hawkeyes are playing.

Union, Roquette agree to contract at Iowa plant

(Information in the following story is from: Daily Gate City, http://www.dailygate.com)

KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) A workers union has agreed to a contract with Roquette America Inc. amid a lengthy lockout at the Keokuk plant.

The Daily Gate City newspaper in Keokuk reports maintenance and production workers covered by Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union, Local 48G voted Saturday on the deal. It expires in September 2015.

The agreement ends a 10-month lockout at the Keokuk plant. A Roquette official says workers will return at the beginning of August.

The corn-milling plant locked out 240 union workers and brought in temporary workers to its plant in Keokuk last September. The lockout started after the union rejected several contract proposals from the company.

New Jersey's Christie casts shadow over Iowa, 2012

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)
National Republican strategists and Iowa GOP activists say New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is casting a shadow over the presidential campaign even though he's ruled out a 2012 run.

The first-term governor is leaving an imprint as a potential kingmaker and distraction.

He's coming to Des Moines on Monday for an education conference and he'll headline a fundraiser for a congressman in the leadoff caucus state.

His visit comes as former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota are set to campaign in the state Monday.

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

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