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KLEM News - July 28, 2011

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 With those announcements, the 2011 Plymouth County Fair has new royalty. Crowned as the king was Chance Klemme, a 17-year old 4-H member and the son of Cindy Klemme and the llate Jeff Klemme of rural Akron.  Chance is a member of the Perry Pals 4-H club.  The honors for queen were awarded to Brittany Flack.  She is the daughter of Lenny and Kelli Flack of LeMars.  She is a member of the Grant Clever Clovers.  This year 10 candidates sought the position of Plymouth County Fair King, while 14 women competed for the title of queen.  After the crowning ceremony, Klemme told KLEM news that he has exhibited nearly everything at one time or another, but for this year, he has settled on only sheep.  He says he has wanted to be king since he was a young 4-H member.

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  For Flack, she says meeting people has been a highlight of her 4-H career.

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  Marie Taylor of LeMars and Mellissa Kroksh of Akron were selected as the fair princesses.  Taylor was also awarded Miss Congeniality.  Greg Probst and Mick Sitzmann both of LeMars were selected as a Fair Prince, while Bryan Schroeder (Schrader) of Remsen took home the "Mr. Personality".

 
 The Plymouth County Fair Board has released the attendance figures for the first day of the 2011 fair.  Wednesday's attendance was listed at 15,300.  Last year, the Wednesday attendance was at 15,500.

(Le Mars) -- It's day two of the Plymouth County Fair.  Tuff Trucks take center stage at the grandstands tonight and vocal and piano music will resound from Pioneer Village.  Something that you should also listen for is this...

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It's the first ever Dairy Expo at the fair beginning tonight at 6pm.  Carol Schneider of ISU Extension explains how the Expo came about.

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As as result of those meetings, Plymouth County is having tonights Dairy Expo.  Schneider explains what people will have a chance to see.

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She says there will also be a breed show that features the dairy breeds not just from Plymouth County, but all of Iowa.

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The Dairy Expo begins at 6pm in the covered show arena tonight at the Fairgrounds.

 
(LeMars) -- The Plymouth County Fairboard have awarded Alice Ruhland as their 2011 Hall of Fame Recipient.  Ruhland has served as a long time member of the fair queen committee and was a former Plymouth County Fair queen.  
  

 (LeMars) -- A lot of attention has been focused on the heat and humidity and the effects upon animals.  The Iowa Cattlemen Association reported that more than 4,000 head of cattle died as a result of last week's heat wave.  So, you may be wondering what are the 4-H and FFA exhibitors doing to keep their animals cool and comfortable while at the Plymouth County Fair. Alexis Becker of the Lincoln Toppers 4-H club talked about what she is doing to keep her 1140 pound breeding heifer comfortable.

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 The 4-H exhibitor also placed a tarp in front of her heifer to block the direct sunlight.

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Becker admitted that while her 4-H breeding heifer was at home it resided in a barn equipped with air conditioning.  Friday is the day of judging for the beef cattle and Becker says nearly two hours of preparation is needed before entering the show ring.

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 In additon to exhibiting her beef heifer, Becker has some photography projects and a night stand which are on display at the Plymouth County Fair.

 

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) Sioux City officials say they won't pay the U.S. Postal Service nearly $831,000 to see how and why the postal service decided to close Sioux City's mail processing center and move the work to Sioux Falls, S.D.  The postal service has said the decision is based on a study done on consolidating the operations in order to cut losses.  The government provides a maximum of two hours of free labor and 100 pages of information to meet document requests made under the Freedom of Information Act, as Sioux City had done. But after the free help, federal agencies start charging.  A postal service spokesman says the city could save money by narrowing its request.  The city is sharing its dismay with the Iowa congressional delegation.


 (Sloan) -- After being closed for several months due to the flooding of the Missouri River, the Winn-a-Vegas casino resort is scheduled to re-open this morning.  The casino is still surrounded by flood waters, but the casino has recently purchased two amphibious "ducks" that will carry up to 25 patrons each to and from the casino resort.  During the time of the flooding, Winn-a-vegas will be open from 10 am to 2:00 a.m.  Winn-a-vegas casino and resort employs nearly 350 people.


 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The federal government is making $2 million in emergency funds available to Iowa to reimburse the state for work on roads that receive federal aid during the flooding on the Missouri River.  U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the quick release emergency funds on Wednesday. The money will be used to reimburse the Iowa Department of Transportation for the cost of controlling traffic flow, shoring up roads and bridges and other measures, including sandbagging, to prevent more damage.The flooding on the Missouri River will continue for several weeks, and sections of several major highways remain closed. State officials say the longer it takes for the water to recede, the greater the repair costs.

Iowa jail inmate found dead

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

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Authorities say an inmate at the Linn County jail in Cedar Rapids died while he was on a court-ordered leave.

The Gazette says 40-year-old James Threatt died on Tuesday after someone reported that he wasn't feeling well at an apartment. Threatt was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police says there's no evidence to suggest foul play, but the investigation is ongoing.

The Gazette says Threatt was in jail after being convicted of assault causing bodily injury.


Iowa pulls liquor license in motorcyclists' deaths

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)
Iowa has suspended the liquor license of a convenience store where authorities say a Nebraska man bought beer before a drunken crash that killed four motorcyclists in western Iowa last summer.

In a settlement with the Iowa Alcohol Beverages Division, Taylor Oil Company Inc. admits no wrongdoing or guilt. But it doesn't contest the complaint the company sold beer to a person who was intoxicated.

WOWT-TV in Omaha, Neb., reported the 21-day suspension on Wednesday for the Taylor Quik-Pik store in Missouri Valley. The suspension begins Thursday.

Andrew Schlichtemeier (SHLICK'-teh-my-er), of Murray, Neb., was sentenced to 50 years in prison for vehicular homicide. The men killed in the crash were returning from the annual motorcycle rally in Sturgis, S.D.


9 pct drop in Neb. abortions so far in 2011

OMAHA, Neb. (AP)
The number of abortions performed in Nebraska dropped 9 percent in the first half of the year over the same period in 2010.

Nebraska Right to Life attributed the decline to enactment of an abortion ban tied to the disputed notion that a fetus can feel pain at 20 weeks. The law that went into effect in October targeted Dr. LeRoy Carhart and his Bellevue clinic.

The group's executive director, Julie Schmit-Albin, says the law forced Carhart's practice into other states, which has caused the drop in abortions.

A message left for Carhart through the Center for Reproductive Rights wasn't immediately returned.

The state says there were 1,153 abortions performed in Nebraska in the first six months of 2011. The figure was 1,288 for the same period last year.


Palin heading to Iowa, stoking speculation of bid

WASHINGTON (AP)
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is heading to Iowa, stoking speculation she might join the presidential race.

Tea Party of America founder Ken Crow said Wednesday the 2008 vice presidential nominee will speak at his group's Sept. 3 rally near Des Moines. Iowa holds the lead-off nominating caucuses, and her Labor Day-weekend trip there comes as Palin weighs whether to mount a White House campaign.

She has said she will decide on a presidential bid in late August or early September.

Earlier this year, Palin made headlines for a campaign-style bus tour from Washington to New England during Memorial Day weekend.

News of Palin's trip to Iowa was first reported by Real Clear Politics.


Perry calls fears of default overblown

HOUSTON (AP) Gov. Rick Perry says predictions of gloom and doom if the federal debt ceiling is not extended are overblown.

Speaking at a bill signing Wednesday in Houston, the potential Republican presidential contender said tax revenues will still be collected. He said it was a ``bit of stretch'' to think that, in his words, ``somehow or another the world's going to come to an end.''

Political gridlock has so far halted legislation to stave off the government default threatened for next week. Stocks plunged Wednesday on fears that congressional leaders would allow the U.S. to default.

Perry called the gridlock political theater.


NH activists plan to visit Perry in Texas

EXETER, N.H. (AP) A group of New Hampshire Republicans plans to travel to Austin, Texas next week to encourage Texas Gov. Rick Perry to run for president.

Former Republican National Committeeman Sean Mahoney and former state GOP executive director Paul Young are leading the delegation.

They plan to talk to the governor about the importance of New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation presidential primary.

Mahoney confirmed the trip Wednesday but said details are tentative. He says the delegation would include a handful of Republican activists who think Perry is someone the country needs right now.

The Texas governor is expected to announce soon whether he will run for president. He recently called key activists in New Hampshire and Iowa to gauge their interest.


Iowa superintendent definition of work day

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

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) The superintendent of the Iowa City School District has asked the school board for a clarification on what constitutes a work day.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen says Wednesday that the issue surfaced this month when board President Patti Field asked Superintendent Steve Murley how much vacation he used during the school year and how much would carry over.

At issue are 19 days Murley was away from the office between October and June.

Murley says he responded with a schedule of dates he worked outside of typical work hours, including weekends. He says there's no definition of work days in his contract, only language indicating he's expected to put in 260 ``duty days.''

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

 

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