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KLEM News - August 3, 2011

Twenty-one-year-old Shane De Jong, formerly of Orange City died at an apartment Saturday. An autopsy showed no signs of foul play. A toxicology report will be complete in four to five weeks.

(Sioux City) -- A Sioux city man who distributed methamphetamine and in possession of a firearm in relation of his drug offense has pleaded guilty in federal court in Sioux City.  Robert Hamel, 23, of Sioux City was convicted of one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, having been previously convicted of a felony drug offense, and one count of possessing a firearm.  Court documents state Hamil twice distributed the methamphetamine from a Sioux City restaurant's parking lot.  He also used his .22 semi-automatic calibur pistol to intimidate drug customers, and to collect on drug debts. Sentencing is scheduled to take place once a presentence report is prepared.  Hamil could face up to 30 years in prision and a two million dollar fine.

(SIOUX CENTER) -- The School House Theater Company is presenting Tennessee Williams one act "Suddenly Last Summer" this weekend at Dordt College.

The production is a collaboration between many different theater organizations including East Cheap Theater, Northwestern College and Dordt College. Lindsay Bauer of the School House Company says the show has a heavy and meaningful plot.

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Bauer is in the cast of seven, and the story line revolves around her character.

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That intense scenario and the outcome is the premise of this hour long show. The performance is being held this Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 in the New World Theater at Dordt College. Seats are $10 for adults and $7.50 for students. There are deep mature themes involved in "Suddenly Last Summer." Audience discretion is encouraged.

(Washington) -- The debt ceiling compromise bill has passed both the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate, but the entire Iowa delegation voted thumbs down on the bill. Republican Senator Chuck Grassley says the bill doesn't actually do enough to cut spending because it delays meaningful spending reductions, fails to address entitlement spending in a way that will save the programs for future generations of retirees, and leaves open the possibility of tax increases.  Democrat Tom Harkin says "To say that this is the wrong policy at the wrong time is a gross understatement."  Harkin says he opposed the bill because it  does not advocate a balanced approach to deficit reduction, including both spending cuts and revenue increases.

AMES, Iowa - Take your next step toward a healthier lifestyle with Live Healthy Iowa's new 6-week program 'The Next Step.' The Next Step invites adult Iowans to join in a friendly competition where teams of two to 10 people track their step count with a pedometer. The program will run from Sept. 8 to Oct. 20, with registration opening today. 
The Next Step was created to give Iowans another opportunity to team-up and make healthy choices. The pedometer-based challenge encourages physical activity in a simple way and is perfect for all ages. Making the transition into the fall season is simple when you have a program you can track whether you're indoors or outdoors.


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The heat wave continues to take a toll on Iowa's crops and livestock.       In the weekly crop report on Monday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says 75 percent of the corn crop is in good to excellent shape, a decrease from 80 percent the week before.  Iowa State University Extension Crops Specialist, Paul Kassel says the ample supply of moisture in the ground before the heatwave helped the corn pollinate.  He says a rain now would be beneficial along with some cooler weather.

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Seventy-three percent of the soybean crop is in good to excellent condition, a slide from 79 percent.
The report says along with livestock losses, the hot and humid weather is slowing weight gain and lowering milk production.  Reports of over 14 inches of rain in the Dubuque area last Wednesday and Thursday caused flash flooding that damaged property and crops.  State climatologist Harry Hillaker says preliminary data shows that July was Iowa's warmest month since August 1983 and the
warmest July since 1955.

(Moville) -- While the PLymouth County Fair has concluded, our neighbors to the south are about to start their county fair.  The Woodbury County Fair begins on Wednesday and continues through Sunday.  Come for the fair...stay for the fun is the theme for the Woodbury County Fair and Fair Board Director Angie Schrunk says this year's fair offers something for everyone.

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Schrunk says the fair will pay special tribute to veterans and they have good news regarding the talent show scheduled for Thursday.

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DES MOINES (AP) - Governor Terry Branstad plans to visit Chicago on Thursday and Friday to highlight economic opportunities in Iowa and promote what he says is the state's eager and hard-working work force. He's trying to attract businesses to Iowa and plans to meet with several Illinois companies.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Budget cuts are forcing Iowa's top anti-smoking official to take early retirement. The Division of Tobacco Use Prevention and Control lost about two-thirds of its
budget. That left the agency too small to merit a full-time director.

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) - Police closed down a lemonade stand in Coralville, telling its 4-year-old operator and her dad that she didn't have a permit.  An officer told Abigail Krutsinger's dad on Friday that she couldn't run the stand as RAGBRAI bicyclers poured into Coralville. RAGBRAI is The Des Moines Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, which ended Saturday.  The city ordinance says food vendors have to apply for a permit and get a health inspection.  Abigail's dad, Dustin Krutsinger, says the ordinance and its enforcers are going too far if they force a 4-year-old to abandon
her lemonade stand.       The city said it was enforcing the ordinance for health reasons, because people have gotten sick from food and drink they got during RAGBRAI.

Missing Iowa couple's truck found in Kansas City

(Information in the following story is from: The Des Moines Register,

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A truck belonging to a missing Iowa couple whose home was destroyed by fire has been found in Kansas City, Mo. A badly burned body was found inside couple's home in Warren County. More tests are needed for identification.  The Iowa Department of Public Safety says the truck was found on Sunday at an apartment complex. Officials don't know who took the truck to Kansas City, and are still trying to find people who may have seen it between noon on Saturday and noon on Sunday.  Authorities are searching for 79-year-old James "Bill" Wood and his 72-year-old wife, Kaidena. They were last seen at a local auction Saturday morning.  Fire destroyed their home late Saturday. The body was found in the debris.


No-wake zone lifted on Iowa Great Lakes

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An emergency no-wake zone within 600 feet of the shores of the Iowa Great Lakes has been lifted.  Dickinson County officials imposed the emergency zone on July 17 after heavy rain from two storms increased the water level by more than two feet above crest and was overtopping docks, damaging shorelines and causing erosion.  The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the emergency zone was lifted on Tuesday. The water level was down 13 inches, and continues to drop.  Officials say while the emergency no-wake zone has been lifted, boaters can help protect the lakes by controlling their wake beyond the normal no-wake buoys that are 300 feet from shore.


Helicopter crashes while crop dusting in Iowa

(Information in the following story is from: Globe Gazette,

CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) - Authorities are investigating the crash of a helicopter being used as a crop duster near Charles City in northern Iowa.  The Globe Gazette in Mason City says the Iowa State Patrol says 54-year-old Michael Mullenbach, of St. Ansgar, was forced to crash land his helicopter on Tuesday because of an unidentified mechanical issue.  Mullenbach was transported to a local hospital before being transferred to St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn. Hospital officials said he was still being evaluated late Tuesday afternoon.  This was the second crash of a crop dusting helicopter in north Iowa in two days. On Monday, a crop duster crashed near Joice (joyce). The pilot in that crash refused treatment for scratches.


Mechanical problems kept United jet in Des Moines

(Information in the following story is from: KCCI-TV,

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A United Airlines flight to Denver was delayed by mechanical problems for nearly a day in Des Moines.  Des Moines television station KCCI first reported that Flight 516 was scheduled to leave at 1:18 p.m. Sunday with 126 passengers.  United spokesman Charlie Hobart (HOH'-bahrt) said Tuesday that the hydraulic system wasn't working right during pre-flight checks.

Mechanics were unsuccessful in their efforts to fix the Airbus A320.  Hobart says United workers apologized to passengers as they were given hotel and food vouchers and asked to return the next day.  Hobart says the plane was finally fixed Monday and left Des Moines at 11:10 a.m. He says he doesn't know how many of the 126 booked passengers were aboard, nor why a replacement plane wasn't sent to Des Moines.


Ex-principal pleads guilty to taping students

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A once-popular Iowa elementary school principal has pleaded guilty to producing child pornography after acknowledging that he secretly videotaped boys in the bathroom. Former Sageville Elementary School Principal Robert Burke entered the plea Tuesday at the federal courthouse in Cedar Rapids.  The 43-year-old faces a minimum of 15 years in prison but will be sentenced at a later date.  Burke had been expected to plead guilty Monday but delayed the hearing after saying he needed another day to consult with his defense lawyer.  Investigators say Burke placed hidden cameras in the school's bathroom between January and June, when he was arrested after images of child pornography were traced to a computer at his home.  Under a plea agreement, prosecutors agreed to drop six other child pornography charges.


Former Fairfield golf coach sentenced for DUI

(Information in the following story is from: The Des Moines Register,

FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) - The former Fairfield High School golf coach who pleaded guilty to drunken driving while transporting the team to a tournament has been sentenced to 180 days in jail, but will receive credit for time already served. The Des Moines Register reported that 59-year-old Susie Lynn Steinbeck, of Fairfield, was sentenced Tuesday in Lee County District Court for operating while intoxicated and child endangerment.  She was stopped by a private citizen on May 10 in southeast Iowa. Court records show she had a preliminary blood-alcohol level of 0.212 percent, more than 2 1/2 times the legal limit.  Her attorney, Curtis Deal, of Keokuk, says Steinbeck is glad to put the matter behind her and move on with her life.  Steinbeck also was fined more than $1,800.


Des Moines police destroy suspicious device

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Des Moines police have destroyed a suspicious device found on a bridge on the city's south side.  Police say the device was found Tuesday morning. Authorities say the bomb squad but couldn't determine its content or origin and destroyed it.  The case remains under investigation.

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


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