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KLEM News - July 27, 2011

The Plymouth County Fair officially begins today and there's lots to look forward to, with a musical entertainment line-up that's full of variety.  The Red Head Express will kick off opening  night in Pioneer Village tonight with an 8 o'clock show. This group of young ladies from Alaska played at the Old Time Country Bluegrass Festival at the fairgrounds last fall.

Fair board president Terry Reuter said that Thursday night will feature the Divas of Rock and Roll and Dueling Pianos alternating throughout the night.

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Friday Night Coyote Wild takes the stage. This country/rock group features some of the same vocalists as the Divas of Rock with a full band backing them up.

Country band Mad Hoss will be featured Saturday night. Both Friday and Saturday evenings a hypnotist will be at the fair to entertain crowds as well.

And rounding out Plymouth County Fair entertainment for 2011 are The Browns and Buddy Holly tribute artist Richie Lee.  Reuter says Richie Lee & The Fabulous 50's will play at 8pm Sunday night.

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Some of tonights attractions at the Plymouth County Fair include Motocross beginning in the grandstands at 6pm, the crowning of the King and Queen at 7pm in Pioneer Village, and a teen dance from 9 to midnight.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Postal Service is considering closing 178 post offices in Iowa as the financially-strapped agency looks for ways to save money.  KLEM has learned that Oyens and Brunsville are among those on the list. Richard Watkins is the postal spokesman for the Des Moines based Hawkeye district.  He says many of the postal offices being considered to close, simply don't have many transactions.

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The postal official says people living in those small towns will still have their mail delivered to them.

The Postal Service says Tuesday it's reviewing 3,700 of its 32,000 offices nationwide. Most are in small towns and have low volumes of business.

Over the last four years, the Postal Service has cuts its staff by 130,000 and reduced costs by $12 billion in an effort to cope with the loss of first-class mail to the Internet and the drop in advertising mail cause by the recession.

Iowa OKs U-turn to shorten flood detour to Neb.

AMES, Iowa (AP) A flood detour across the Missouri River between Iowa and Nebraska is getting shorter.

The Iowa Department of Transportation says it's adding a legal crossover south of the Interstate 29 interchange with U.S. Highway 34 to allow drivers to make a U-turn from one interstate ramp to another. In addition, eastbound U.S. 34 travelers will drive south on the ramp and use the crossover to take the ramp north.

The department says beginning Wednesday, the crossover will shorten the distance by about 15 miles for drivers going east on U.S. 34 from Plattsmouth, Neb., and then north on I-29.

The agency says normally, median crossovers along the interstate are restricted to law enforcement.


Woman wants to retain ownership of land near dam

(Information in the following story is from: Charles City Press, http://www.charlescitypress.com)

CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) A woman who owns the east half of the Rockford Dam, which Floyd County has been wanting to buy, has decided to retain ownership of the riverbed near the dam.

The Charles City Press is reporting that Floyd County Attorney Norm Klemesrud told the supervisors of Margaret Zeran's decision on Monday.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has said the dam on the Shell Rock River is failing and needs to be removed. The county has discussed making improvements to the riverfront after the dam is removed.

Klemesrud says Zeran retaining ownership would limit the county's ability to develop the area.

The county has offered Zeran $1,500 for her side of the dam.

The west half of the dam is owned by Floyd County Conservation.


Up to 4,000 Iowa cattle die in heat wave

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

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa Cattlemen's Association says as many as 4,000 cattle have died in the recent heat wave.

The Des Moines Register reported Tuesday that up to 3,000 of the deaths occurred in eastern Iowa.

Iowa Cattlemen's Association spokeswoman Dal Grooms says totals from northwest Iowa push the number of cattle deaths to nearly 4,000.

Iowa had heat indexes of 110 degrees or higher last week.

Iowa, which has about 1.2 million cattle, is the fifth-largest cattle producing state in the nation.


Jury convicts Iowa man of murder

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

MARENGO, Iowa (AP) An Iowa County jury has convicted a rural Blairstown man of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a woman who was involved in a relationship with the man and his wife.

The Gazette in Cedar Rapids says the jury returned the verdict on Tuesday against Tonch Weldon after deliberating the case for nearly a week. Weldon was charged with killing Amy Gephart in June 2009. Weldon's wife, Amanda, testified he shot Gephart after she threatened to leave him for Gephart. Tonch Weldon then shot himself.

Prosecutors argued the shooting was deliberate and premeditated. The defense claimed the shooting was a ``crime of passion.''

Weldon faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole. Sentencing is set for Aug. 15.


Iowa soldier injured in Afghanistan

(Information in the following story is from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, http://www.wcfcourier.com)

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) The U.S. Army Reserve says a soldier from Iowa was seriously injured in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan.

The Reserve says Staff Sgt. Richard Billmeyer, of Epworth, was injured on Saturday in the blast that occurred during route clearance operations. Billmeyer is with the 469th Engineer Company based in Dodgeville, Wis.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported Tuesday that the Reserve says Billmeyer is in stable condition, and will be flown to the U.S. for additional care.


Des Moines woman dies after being injured in fall

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

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Authorities say a Des Moines woman who fell from a second story balcony at an apartment in the city has died.

The Des Moines Register says Shannon Potts fell early Saturday. The newspaper reports that the Polk County medical examiner's office says she died at the hospital later on Saturday.

A police report says Potts was trying to pull on a door to re-enter an apartment when the screen gave way. She fell backward about 25 feet onto the lawn.


Dorm director pleads guilty to child porn charge

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)
A Des Moines college dormitory director has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of producing child pornography.

The U.S. attorney's office says 27-year-old Kent Oman (OH'muhn) pleaded guilty Tuesday. During the hearing Oman admitted that he used a hidden camera to produce videos of a teenage boy using the bathroom on numerous occasions between January 2009 and November 2010 at Oman's dorm at AIB College of Business.

The U.S. attorney's office says Oman mentored the teen through Big Brothers Big Sisters.

He faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentencing has not been scheduled.

Oman remains in custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

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

 

 

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