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KLEM News - July 29, 2011

There's the food projects from the 4-Her's and the classic corn dog on the midway.  But did you know there's a demonstration that shows you how to cook food that's fit for fine dining?  That's what's going on at 7pm tonight at the Cooking School in the air conditioned comfort of Century Hall.

This is Sandy Schnepf's third year helping to organize the event. She said that the featured chef this year works for Eldon's Restaurant in Sioux City.

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Door prizes include sacks of groceries, restaurant certificates and more. Sandy says Chef Keith Whittrock will be making pork with a few unique accompaniments.

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The gastrique is similar to an apple crisp.  Apple crisp with bacon, it's out of the ordinary but somehow it sounds like it might work.   Cooking School is at 7pm this evening.  Other events tonight include the 6pm Antique Tractor Parade with the Tractor Pull starting at 6:30 in the grandstand.  Monster Arm Wrestling is also back for the second year.  Weigh-in's are at 5pm in the open class building, wrestling starts at 6.

(AKRON) -- The new KLEM Cookbook is out and it pays tribute to family recipes, specifically those of the late Peggy Searls who passed away in December.  Peggy was a long time host of KLEM's "Bit's 'n Wits" radio program that featured her sense of humor and wonderful recipes.  Peggy's granddaughter Macrina said that food is a big part of the memories she has of her grandmother.

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Macrina says cooking and taking care of her husband and son were always on Peggy's mind.  She adds that cooking and baking for friends and family was one of the ways Peggy showed she cared.

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A favorite of Macrina's, especially during Christmas time, was grandma's cream cheese cookies.

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She says even with the same recipe, the cream cheese cookies will probably never taste as good as grandma's.  If you'd like to try, Macrina's sister Emilee submitted the recipe for Cream Cheese Cookies and Cheese Balls in the 2011 KLEM Cookbook called "Tune In To Tasty Traditions."  Other of Peggy Searls recipes included in the book are: Meatballs, Caramel Apple Salad, Cabbage Casserole, Turnovers, Rhubarb Dessert and Lemonade Pie.  The cookbook is available at the KLEM booth at the Plymouth County Fair as well as our participating sponsor locations. 

(LeMars) -- The LeMars Police have arrested a LeMars man for sexually abusing a 13-year old girl.  Following an investigation of a complaint, Kevin Willeford, age 20, was arrested on five accounts of 3rd degree sexual abuse charges.  A sexual abuse in the third degree occurs when the person performs a sex act on an individual that is twelve or thirteen years of age.

(Sioux City) -- Authorities say two men have been rescued from the Floyd River channel in Sioux City.  Railroad workers saw a truck near the river at 2:30 Thursday morning.  The say the truck disappeared as it went over the edge into the river.  Two men inside escaped from the truck and were found clinging to the river's embankment.  Neither man was injured.  The driver is suspected of being intoxicated.

(Sioux City) -- Two dogs found dead inside a residence has prompted the Woodbury County Sheriff's office to arrest a Hornick man on animal neglect charges.  In addition to the the animal neglect charges, 53 year-old Randy Meyer of Hornick was also charged with two counts of failure to properly dispose of an animal carcass.  Woodbury County sheriff's officials started the investigation based on a complaint  received.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) A South Dakota environmental board says it will make a decision in September regarding Hyperion Oil Company's request to extend the construction start deadline for a $10 billion oil refinery. Hyperion is wanting to build an oil refinery near Elk Point.

The Board of Minerals and Environment finished hearing testimony from supporters and opponents on Thursday.

Hyperion's proposed refinery would process 400,000 barrels of Canadian tar sands crude oil each day into low-sulfur gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and liquid petroleum gas. It would be the first new U.S. oil refinery built since 1976.

The company wants 18 months to start construction from the date a final permit is issued.

SD sends Iowa man home to face murder charges

(Information in the following story is from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com)

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) An Iowa man accused of killing his wife will soon be on his way back to his home state.

South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed extradition papers this week that will send 38-year-old Thomas Petersen back to Iowa to face first-degree murder charges. He's accused in the June 4 stabbing death of his wife, 36-year-old Judy Renee Petersen, at Greene, Iowa.

Petersen was charged with two counts of attempted murder and alternate counts of aggravated assault after running sheriff's deputies from Haakon and Jackson counties off the road during a high-speed chase the day after his wife's body was discovered.

Cedar Rapids police officer faces burglary charge

A Cedar Rapids police officer has been charged with third-degree burglary for allegedly taking two dogs from a house.

Police say 36-year-old Robyn Obadal was arrested at police headquarters on Thursday. She's accused of illegally entering the house and taking the dogs on Saturday. Obadal, who's been with the department since 1997, was taken to the Linn County jail. She was released Thursday afternoon.

Police say Obadal has been placed on unpaid administrative leave, pending an internal investigation. Police declined further comment.

Keokuk County sheriff arrested for OWI

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

SIGOURNEY, Iowa (AP) Keokuk County Sheriff Jeff Shipley has been arrested for drunken driving

The Iowa State Patrol says Shipley was arrested around 8 p.m. Wednesday in Sigourney (SIG'-ohr-nee). Patrol Capt. Mike Winter told KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids that a trooper pulled over a vehicle on a minor violation. Winter says the trooper found Shipley behind the wheel, and he appeared to be driving under the influence of alcohol.

Shipley was arrested for OWI and taken to the Keokuk County jail, where he was later released on his own recognizance.

Winter says Washington County will be prosecuting the case to avoid any potential conflict of interest.

Shipley on Thursday released a statement saying he's ``fully confident'' that he'll be vindicated.

Iowa doctor accused of not registering as offender

A 31-year-old doctor in Mercy Medical Center's family practice residency program in Mason City has been charged with failing to register in Iowa as a sex offender.

Dr. Kasey Clowe (cloh) remains free on bond.

Minnesota online records say Clowe was convicted of fifth-degree nonconsensual sex contact in 2002, when he was living in Apple Valley, Minn. The records don't detail the nature of the offense.

Mercy officials say in a statement that they know about Clowe's arrest and ``have taken appropriate action.'' Mercy spokeswoman Jodi Ball wouldn't comment on Clowe's status with the hospital, citing confidential personnel information.

Clowe's attorney Paul Rogosheske, says he was convicted for having sexual contact with an underage girl but the conviction was later expunged and he wasn't required to register.

Iowa DOT prepares plan to reopen flooded roads

Iowa transportation officials are preparing to repair flood-damaged roads in anticipation of the Missouri River receding.

Bob Younie (YOU-knee) with the Iowa Department of Roads says the state expects to find major damage on roads that have been inundated by floodwaters. He says contractors are already being lined up for repair work.

The river has risen to record levels because the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers increased the amount of water released from upstream reservoirs. The corps says the river could return to its banks in late September.

Younie says Interstate 29 in southern Iowa is expected to be the first road dry enough for repairs. It's not known when it could reopen. Younie said travel won't be allowed until the stretch is deemed safe.

Neb. National Guard withdrawing from levee patrols

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) The Nebraska National Guard is pulling out of levee patrols along the swollen Missouri River, handing those duties over to local authorities.

Al Berndt, assistant director of the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency, says the Guard has been offering assistance for six weeks so local authorities had some relief at the height of the flood fight. That will end on Sunday.

Berndt says the state considered local authorities' ability to handle the flood situation, the status of river flooding and the financial cost when deciding to withdraw those services. He says the state needs to be in a position to respond to other disasters as they arise.

The state will continue to conduct daily aerial flyovers of the river, maintain stockpiles of sandbags and provide support during emergencies.

Huntsman: `Conservation is conservative'

WASHINGTON (AP) Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman says his party should work to leave behind an environment for the next generation that's on par with the one today's leaders inherited.

Huntsman on Thursday embraced his record as Utah governor and criticized those in his party who doubt the science behind climate change. He says that ``conservation is conservative'' in a speech unlikely to endear him to the climate change doubters who loathe government's role in regulating greenhouse gasses.

Huntsman is a veteran of three Republican administrations who until this spring was President Barack Obama's ambassador to China. He's now working to introduce himself to voters.

Iowa wind energy storage scrapped

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Plans to build a $400 million stored-energy park near Dallas Center have been scrapped after a report raised questions about its viability.

Iowa Stored Energy Park Agency director Bob Schulte says a 270-megawatt, compressed air project would have taken wind energy at off-peak periods, compressed the air into an aquifer 3,000 feet below ground and brought it back to the surface during peak periods.

Schulte says geology tests found the storage reservoir wasn't suitable for the scale of project officials envisioned.

The energy park's board of trustees met Thursday and canceled the project.

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

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