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KLEM News - August 2, 2011

A public hearing has been set for 10:00 a.m. to hear testimony regarding the proposed new voting districts and precincts. The supervisors are also expected to act on a new courthouse parking lot configuration, and review for approval a memo of understanding regarding the Special Response Team or SRT with Sioux County and the LeMars Police Department.

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.  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.

(LeMars) -- While visiting the fair, did it seem like there were 4-H members everywhere you looked? There's good reason for that observation as Plymouth County holds the distinction of having Iowa's third highest number of 4-H members. Only Polk and Scott counties have more 4-H members than Plymouth with its 504 members. Ann Shanerock is the county 4-H and Youth Director. She says Plymouth is fortunate to have a large number of students interested in 4-H, especially since Plymouth is considered a rural based county. She believes the reason for the high enrollment is due to the tradition of 4-H in Plymouth County.

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Shanerock says Plymouth has been able to maintain a steady growth of members over the last decade. She says the emphasis has been to inform students they don't need to live on a farm, or exhibit large animals, in order to enjoy 4-H.

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(LeMars) -- The winner of the KLEM drawing for the Buck Grill donated by Siouxland Propane,is Mary Rieken of Merrill. Thousands of people visited the KLEM booth and registered for the grill as well as selected the new KLEM recipe cookbook. We at KLEM want to thank each and every person that stopped by to meet our staff and to say hello.

(LeMars) -- I-11.. was the winning block for the Cow Bingo held Sunday afternoon at the Plymouth County Fair. 900 people had purchased tickets for the Lifeskills Training Center fundraiser. Becky Scheitler explains the purpose of the organization.

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After 22 minutes the dairy cow that was provided by Plymouth Dairy conducted her busines, so to speak...and the winner is...

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(LeMars) -- Minnesota Congresswoman, Michelle Bachmann took top honors with 87 votes or 22 percent of the votes cast at The Plymouth County Republican Party booth. The local republicans conducted an informal poll among visitors of the fair. Attendees were asked who is there first choice for the 2012 GOP Presidential nomination?


Branstad travels to Chicago to promote Iowa jobs

DES MOINES (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad plans to travel to Chicago this week on an economic development trip where he will talk to businesses about relocating or expanding into Iowa.  Branstad plans to visit Chicago on Thursday and Friday to highlight economic opportunities in Iowa and promote what he says is Iowa's eager and hard-working work force and other positive attributes to attract businesses to the state.  In a news release issued Monday, Branstad's office says he plans to meet with Illinois-based business that currently have operations in Iowa and with other businesses that may have an interest in moving or relocating to Iowa.


Layoff notices at Iowa's job offices

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Dozens of employees who work at unemployment field offices across Iowa will soon be out of a job.  Iowa Public Radio reported Monday that layoff notices are going to up to 95 workers at 36 Iowa Workforce Development offices that are closing. Gov. Terry Branstad last week vetoed language in a bill that would have prohibited the offices from closing.  Agency spokeswoman Kerry Kounce (koontz) says the layoffs will happen in two phases. The first will involve about 45 workers in 31 offices and should be completed in 60 to 90 days. She says all offices will be closed by Dec. 31.  Democratic legislative leaders on Friday issued a formal letter to their colleagues calling for a special session to override Branstad's veto.


Iowa restaurant owners sent to prison

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - The owners of two Chinese restaurants in Vinton and Toledo have been sentenced to prison on federal charges that include health care fraud, tax evasion and harboring illegal workers.  Chan Duong was sentenced Monday in federal court in Cedar Rapids to more than 6 years in prison. He pleaded guilty to harboring illegal immigrants and filing a false income tax return.  Prosecutors say he admitted filing false tax returns resulting in a tax loss of $400,000 over a four-year period.  His wife, Phung Ca Long, was sentenced to over 2 years in prison for harboring illegal immigrants and health care fraud. Prosecutors say she admitted making false statements to obtain $28,000 of Medicaid benefits.  They were charged after an immigration raid at their restaurants in 2008.


Police await toxicology tests in ISU death

AMES, Iowa (AP) - Ames police are waiting for toxicology results in an effort to determine a possible cause of death of an Iowa State University student.  Officials say 21-year-old Shane De Jong died at an apartment on Saturday. Authorities say an unidentified person called Ames police around 11 a.m. and reported that De Jong was unresponsive and not breathing.  Police say an autopsy on Monday showed no signs of foul play. A toxicology report will be complete in four to five weeks.


Man escapes injury in helicopter crash

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JOICE, Iowa (AP) - A Minnesota man escaped serious injury when his helicopter clipped a power line and crashed.  Twenty-five-year-old Joseph Sailer of Shakopee was dusting crops Monday morning when his helicopter went down west of Joice in northern Iowa.  Sailer's helicopter landed in a corn field, but he refused medical attention.  The Mason City Globe-Gazette says Sailer walked away from the wreck with only minor scratches.  The crash caused a brief power outage in the area.


Former principal asks for more time to consult about plea in video case

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A former principal at a Dubuque elementary school faces at least 15 years in prison for videotaping boys in a school bathroom with a hidden camera.  Robert Burke, who was principal at Sageville Elementary, had signaled he was ready to plead guilty Monday to one count of producing child pornography. But then he said he needed another day to talk with his attorney.  U.S. Magistrate Jon Scoles reset the hearing for Tuesday.  The case is in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

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



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