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KLEM News - July 31, 2011

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Their first store opened in downtown Sioux City last summer, and now, they have few weeks of business under their belts at the new Le Mars location: 406 4th St. SW, next to Belissimo's.  The sisters decided on the location because they felt that the customers Belissimo's attracts were people that would also shop at the store. Soon there will be a door adjoining the two business.

The store has an array of jewelry, clothing and purses.  Jewelry starts at $6, and clothing starts at $14.50.  There are more expensive options, with jeans going up to $150.   Sarah says she shops out of L.A., Las Vegas and New York, and plans to keep their designer selections available in limited quantities.

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Sarah says the name of the store is the sisters middle names.

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Both Sarah and Wendy worked for retail clothing stores prior to opening Fay + Jean Boutique, and Sarah went to school for clothing merchandising and design.  She says that being sisters with different skill sets has made for smooth operations.  Sarah is more of a people person who does all the marketing and buying for the store, Wendy takes care of the books and more of the behind the scenes work.  Someone once told them their business relationship was like a famous 80's hairstyle.

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Fay + Jean Boutique is open Tuesday-Saturday 10a-5pm, they stay open till 8 on Wednesdays. If you stop in be sure to say hello to Sarah, Wendy and little Acadia.

 (LeMars) -- The start of the weekend brought Plymouth County Fair fans out in force.  Reported attendance for day 4 of the fair was 23,750.  Popular events on Saturday include kid's day,the demolation derby,and  quilt auction.

(LeMars) -- Gehlen Catholic School is receiving a generous donation that will help upgrade the science and technology education materials. Jeffrey and Theresa McDougall are donating $100,000 in honor of Jeffrey's grandmother, Rose Mary Deegan of the St. Joseph Parish of Struble.  A public celebration is being planned for August 5th in the Kolker Library and Media Center in honor of the families' generosity.  The gift will be used to finish the remainder of the rooms that were not funded by Fund-A-Cause during the 2011 Friends fo Gehlen Catholic Ball.  A portion of the gift will be used to purchase i-pads for all grade levels, wireless computer components, and both laptop and desktop computers.

(LeMars) -- Each year, for the past nine years, Geri Dreckman has designed and created a quilt that is then auctioned at the conclusion of the fair.  This year is no different, as Dreckman created a quilt that honors the tractor pulling contest held each Friday at the Plymouth County Fair.  

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Dreckman says she devoted 275 hours to design and create this year's quilt.  She says she begins with sketches and then goes from there. 

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Dreckman says her favorite quilt that she has created was the barn quilt featuring the quilt patterns found on various Plymouth County barns, corncribs, and other buildings.  That quilt is again on display at this year's fair, along with the quilt she created two years ago showing the Round Barn.  Dreckman says during the fair she gets many suggestions for what design and theme to create for next year.

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The quilts are on display in the Century Hall.

(LeMars) -- No visit to the Plymouth County Fair can be complete unless you also take a look inside the famous round barn.  After walking up the ramp, you may notice what appears to be a nice collection of John Deere toys.  A closer look will show they are NOT toys, rather they are the creative works of Jim DeBoer of Orange City.  The display of farm equipment is actually made from wood. DeBoer explains his tools of the trade.

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DeBoer says he starts by taking photos of full-sized farm equipment, then calculates what the replica should be based on scale.  Each piece is complete in every intricate detail, including moving parts.

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DeBoer, now in his 80's, says he devotes hundreds of hours creating each replica, making only three items per year.  He got started with his hobby back in the 1970's, but his passion started as a child.  He admits he found more enjoyment in making toys rather than playing with toys, and much like a farmer, when you have one piece of equipment you then need another piece. 

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DeBoer's total collection includes over 100 pieces of farm equipment from different eras of agricultural history.  More than 60 are on display at the Plymouth County Fair.

    

(Orange City) -- The Sioux County Sheriff's office has released the information regarding a traffic accident that occured Wednesday near Rock Valley .  Sonia Ranschau, 36 of Rock Valley and Marlys Hamann, age 60, also of Rock Valley collided at an intersection.  Ranschau's vehicle caught fire, but Ranschau was able to escape her vehicle.  Hamann's car rolled over on its top.  Both drivers were transported to the Rock Valley hospital.  Hamann was later air-lifted to Sioux Falls with non-life threatening injuries.

 

Corps reduces release from Gavins Point dam in SD

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has started to reduce releases from Gavins Point dam into the Missouri River as it flows between Nebraska and Iowa.  The corps says releases at the dam near Yankton, South Dakota were lowered Saturday by 5,000 cubic feet per second.  The corps has been releasing massive amounts of water from the dams along the river to deal with heavy spring rains and above-average mountain snowpack. The releases have caused record flooding in Nebraska and Iowa.

 

Iowa man dies in electrocution by power line

DYERSVILLE, Iowa (AP) - A Dyersville man has died after being electrocuted while trying to reconnect his home's power supply.  The Delaware County sheriff's office says 38-year-old Jamie Pottebaum was using an aluminum pole Friday morning to reconnect his electric service, which had been shut off in April. The pole hit a 7,200-volt power line, electrocuting him.  Pottebaum died at the scene.

 

Iowa complex under construction destroyed by fire

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A complex of apartments and commercial space that was under construction in Cedar Rapids has been destroyed by fire.  The Cedar Rapids fire department says the blaze at the two-story building was reported early Saturday morning. Flames and smoke were visible for several miles as firefighters worked to contain the fire. Most flames were extinguished in about an hour.  No injuries were reported. About 40 residents of a nearby apartment building were evacuated as a precaution.  The fire department says the fire also damaged three vehicles, and heat from the blaze melted siding on a nearby house and blew out five windows at an adjacent apartment building.

 

Neb. woman extradited to Iowa in shooting death

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

SAC CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Nebraska woman has been extradited to Iowa in a 2001 shooting death.  KITV-TV reports 45-year-old Tracey Richter-Roberts, of Omaha, Neb., is being held without bail in the Sac County jail. She's due in court next week.  Richter-Roberts was arrested Tuesday in Omaha. She's charged with first-degree murder in the 2001 shooting death of 20-year-old Dustin Wehde.  Richter-Roberts shot Wehde - a family friend - multiple times in her home on Dec. 13, 2001. She had told authorities at the time that she and her three children were in the home when Wehde and another man broke in and attacked her.  No charges were brought against Richter-Roberts at the time but the investigation was reopened in 2009.  A message left Saturday for her attorney wasn't immediately returned.

 

No prosecution for Iowa doc over offender status

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

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - A 31-year-old doctor in Mercy Medical Center's family practice residency program in Mason City won't be prosecuted for failing to register as a sex offender.  Cerro Gordon County Attorney Carlyle Dalen told KIMT-TV that Kasey Clowe (cloh) had been told by his attorney he didn't have to register because his Minnesota conviction was expunged.  Under Iowa law, Clowe still must register as a sex offender. He did so Wednesday. Minnesota court records show Clowe was convicted of fifth-degree nonconsensual sex contact in 2002, when he was living in Apple Valley, Minn. His attorney Paul Rogosheske says Clowe was convicted for having sexual contact with an underage girl but the conviction was later expunged.

 

Charges dropped in baseball bat attack  

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

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - Charges against a Waterloo teenager who was accused of striking another teen with a baseball bat have been dropped after witnesses said someone else was responsible for the attack.  Sukrija Bajrekarevic (soo-KREE'-zyah bazh-ray-KAR'-uh-vik) was arrested and charged with willful injury causing serious injury after the March 2010 attack on 19-year-old Dillon Simon. Police say Simon was walking his dogs when a pit bull terrier attacked his dogs. He kicked at the pit bull but the dog's owner approached him and asked why he kicked his dog.  As they talked, someone clubbed Simon from behind with a baseball bat, causing a concussion and nearly severing his ear. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported Friday that charges against the 19-year-old Bajrekarevic were dismissed earlier this month.

 Iowan gets 5 years over alcohol that killed teen

 HARLAN, Iowa (AP) - A 27-year-old man has been sentenced to up to five years in prison for taking alcohol to a Harlan party where a teenager drank it and later died.  Dustin Thomas, of Crescent, pleaded guilty earlier this month to supplying alcohol to someone under legal age, resulting in death. The Omaha World-Herald reports he was sentenced Friday in Shelby County District Court.  Seventeen-year-old Julio Caceres (HOO'-lee-oh kuh-SEHR'-ehs) was found unconscious at a party in Harlan last October and died two days later at a hospital. An autopsy showed he choked on vomit.  Court records say Thomas told investigators he took a bottle of whiskey to the party. The complaint says several witnesses reported that Caceres drank a large amount from the bottle.

 

Blind man tours Iowa to promote public transit

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

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa musician and disability advocate is touring Iowa to promote local bus service. Frank Strong Jr., a legally blind man from Des Moines, boarded a transit bus Wednesday in Waterloo as part of his plan to ride all 18 fixed-route public transit systems in the state. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that Strong says he visited Davenport and Clinton last week and has 15 Iowa cities to go.  Strong works as an associate director of the Central Iowa Center for Independent Living in Des Moines. He received a grant from the Iowa Department of Transportation to conduct surveys of the state's public transit systems - but he's also using the journey to encourage their use.

 

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

 

AP-NY-07-31-11 0431EDT

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