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KLEM News - August 1, 2011

Total attendance for the five-day event was 89,950.  A year ago, the attendance numbered 89,600.  Saturday saw the best attendance with 23,750 people and Sunday's attendance numbered 15,300.  Fairboard president, Terry Reuter says despite the heat, it was a good fair and things ran smooth all week long.

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The fairboard president says next year the public will notice additional changes, especially with the beef barns.

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Many people took home treasured memories of this year's "5 best days of Summer", including Jill McKay of Chicago, Illinois.  McKay is a native of LeMars and a past 4-H member.  She and her family make the trip back to Iowa each summer to enjoy the Plymouth County Fair.

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(LeMars) -- A popular Sunday event at the fair is the annual auction with the chant of World Champion Auctioneer, Bruce Brock of LeMars.

Quilts, belt buckles, milk cans, collector toys, and chainsaw wood carvings were sold during the auction.  The collected total for the auction was $14,875.  Two items of interest were the fairboard quilt designed and created by Geri Dreckman featuring the tractor pull and the large waving bear sculpted by A.J. Lueter.

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Greg and Pam Wells purchased both items.  The quilt sold for $1,900 and the six-foot waving bear sold for $1,300.


DENISON, Iowa (AP) - Railroads crews are cleaning up after 22 cars of a coal train derailed in western Iowa.  Mark Davis, spokesman for Omaha, Neb.-based Union Pacific, says the 136-car train was headed from Wyoming to Illinois when a section derailed about 6:40 a.m. Sunday. No injuries were reported.  Davis says crews will work into Monday to clear debris and repair about 800 feet of damaged track that stretches over two rail lines. One of the lines is expected to reopen early Monday.  The cause of the derailment is under investigation.

 

 

Minn. biker dies after being hit by SUV in Iowa

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

BRITT, Iowa (AP) - A Minnesota man has died after his bicycle was struck by an SUV on an Iowa highway.  The Iowa State Patrol told the Mason City Globe Gazette that the man was biking east on U.S. Highway 18 west of Britt when he was hit Friday night by the vehicle heading the same direction. The victim's name has not been released.  The patrol says the driver of the SUV didn't stop but was found later.  The crash remains under investigation, and no charges have been announced.

 

Autistic girl found clinging to tree in Iowa river

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

SPENCER, Iowa (AP) - An autistic girl has been rescued after she was found clinging to a tree in the Little Sioux River.  Eleven-year-old McKenzie Stevens was reported missing from her home in Spencer about 7 Saturday morning.  KITV-TV reports search crews tracked her to the river, about six blocks from her home. The girl's clothes were found on a trail and her footprints led to the water.  The girl was found clinging to a tree six miles downstream about five hours after she went missing. Authorities believe she was in the water for three hours. Spencer Police Chief Mark Lawson says Stevens doesn't usually talk much but she did thank her rescuers for saving her.  Stevens was taken to a hospital and was later released.

 

2 rescued on Mississippi River

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (AP) - Authorities say two people have been rescued from a small Mississippi River island after their boat sank.  The Quad-City Times in Davenport reports that fire officials from Davenport, Iowa, and Rock Island in Illinois responded to the incident on the Mississippi River on Saturday around 8:15 p.m.  Davenport Fire Department District Chief Neil Gainey says the two people were found on a small island near Andalusia in Illinois.  Their boat was halfway submerged in the water.It was unclear what caused the boat to sink.

 

Iowa couple goes missing after fire at their home

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

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A body has been pulled from a Warren County home destroyed in what authorities characterize as a suspicious fire.  Special Agent Michael Motsinger of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation told the Des Moines Register that the body discovered Sunday was taken to the state medical examiner's office. The person's name has not been released.  State and local fire officials are investigating the fire, which broke out late Saturday at a house just south of Des Moines.  They've said the owners of the house are missing. Officials declined to release their names. Investigators were searching the property Sunday.

 

22 rail cars full of coal derail in western Iowa

DENISON, Iowa (AP) - Railroads crews are cleaning up after 22 cars of a coal train derailed in western Iowa.  Mark Davis, spokesman for Omaha, Neb.-based Union Pacific, says the 136-car train was headed from Wyoming to Illinois when a section derailed about 6:40 a.m. Sunday. No injuries were reported.  Davis says crews will work into Monday to clear debris and repair about 800 feet of damaged track that stretches over two rail lines. One of the lines is expected to reopen early Monday.  The cause of the derailment is under investigation.

 

2 Iowa cities discharging sewage into rivers

CLINTON, Iowa (AP) - The city of Clinton has discharged about 100,000 gallons of untreated wastewater into the Mississippi River.  The state Department of Natural Resources told KCRG-TV that the city discharged the sewage while repairs were made Friday to a 65-foot section of pipe.  The sewage was expected to dissipate in the river within a day.  Meanwhile, the city of Cedar Falls planned to send sewage into the Cedar River starting Sunday and continuing through Wednesday.  KWWL-TV reports the city says the wastewater will go through 60 percent of the treatment process before being released. The discharge is needed to repair a leaky pipe discovered about two weeks ago.  The impact on the river is expected to be minimal.

 

Iowans must pay up before registering vehicles

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

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - If you owe money to Iowa, you must pay up before getting car tags.  It's the law. But in the past, it applied to clerk of court fees in the resident's home county. The Globe Gazette in Mason City says that as of July 1, the law applies to any past due payment in any Iowa county - and it doesn't matter if it's 3 cents or $250,000.  Cerro Gordo County Treasurer Patricia Wright estimates one out of every three patrons have a "stop" on their registration renewals due to non-payment of fees or fines. She says in one instance, someone owed court filing fees on three different divorces in three counties and couldn't get tags until the payments were made.

 

Iowa hog, ethanol baron sees his influence rise

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Iowa entrepreneur Bruce Rastetter is becoming a major force in state and national politics.  The 55-year-old millionaire who grew up on a farm in northern Iowa helped persuade Terry Branstad to run for governor last year.  He then became Branstad's largest donor by giving $160,000 to his campaign, and Branstad appointed him to the Iowa Board of Regents. He was elected the board's president pro tem in July. He's expected to play an outsized role governing Iowa's public universities for years to come.  Rastetter was among the group of Iowa Republican businessmen who traveled in May to New Jersey to try to persuade Gov. Chris Christie to jump in the race. And he helped start a conservative advocacy group that has emerged as one of the nation's most powerful.

 

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

 

 

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