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KLEM News - August 4, 2011

During the hearing, a Plymouth county resident shared her concern about whether the new districts would always allow for rural representation. The Supervisors will now hold as many as three ordinance reviews between now and October 15th allowing the public to review the proposed districts and precincts. In other action, the county supervisors approved a new parking configuration for the area between the courthouse and the new annex. They also gave approval for the Plymouth County Sheriff's office to continue participation of the Special Response Tactics with Sioux County and the LeMars Police Department.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Hawarden man has been sentenced to more than six years in federal prision for robbing a South Dakota bank. The U.S. attorney's office says Jeremy Bullock of Hawarden, walked into First Midwest Bank in Centerville and allegedly pointed a handgun at a bank teller and demanded that she put money in the bag. When officers apprehended Bullock, they were able to recover all of the stolen money. U.S District Judge Karen Schreier sentenced Bullock to 78 months in prison.

(Yankton) -- A motorcycle accident near Gavins Point Dam has claimed the life of a Marcus man.  Cedar County sheriff Larry Koranda says the man has been identified as 20-year old Hunter Heidesch.  Authorities say it appeared that Heidesch lost control of his motorcycle and hit a pickup truck when he was thrown. The two people in the truck were not injured.

(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.


(Sioux City) -- Northwest Area Education Agency has scheduled substitute teacher certification seminars for late August and September. The substitute authorization certification allows an individual to substitute in a middle school, junior high, or high school for no more than five consecutive days in one job assignment. Eligible participants are people who already hold a a baccalaureate degree or who have completed the paraeducator certification. Candidates must be at least 21 years of age and pass a background check. There are two sessions scheduled, consisting of four classes. Marcus will hold seminars from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will begin on August 31st. A second seminar is an all-day session and will be held at Sioux City. It will begin on September 13th and go from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Iowa man charged with OWI in deadly collision

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

GARNER, Iowa (AP) - A man is charged with drunken driving in a collision that killed a 60-year-old Minnesota man who was riding a bicycle in northern Iowa last week.  The Globe Gazette in Mason City says authorities say Travis Thomas, of Floyd, was driving an SUV that hit Randy Nomeland, of Minneapolis, last Friday night on U.S. Highway near Britt.  Thomas' SUV was later stopped about 10 miles away by police in Garner.  The newspaper ( says Garner police charged Thomas with OWI and a charge of insufficient number of headlights.  Online court records show his attorney, Russell Schroeder Jr., entered a not guilty plea to both charges during a court hearing on Tuesday.


Police investigate broken window at Iowa mosque

CLINTON, Iowa (AP) - Police have opened an investigation after Muslims in Clinton reported that rocks were thrown through the window of their mosque.  Anis Ansari, president of the Islamic Society of Clinton County, said Wednesday that members who arrived for evening prayers on July 22 discovered a broken window with about 17 rocks thrown through it. He says the mosque is repairing the window, which is attached to an exit door, at a cost of $1,200.  A police report shows officers from Clinton responded that night and documented the damage. The report says police are investigating the damage as criminal mischief.  Ansari says mosque members are troubled by the incident and wonder about the motivation.


New security measures planned for 2011 state fair

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - New security measures will be put in place at this year's Iowa State Fair to discourage a repeat of fights and assaults that occurred during last year's fair.  The new security measures were announced during a news conference Wednesday.  State Fair CEO Gary Slater says fair officials and local and state authorities met over the past year to improve security at the fair, which begins next week.


Neb., Iowa ACLU chapters seek cell-tracking info

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The Nebraska and Iowa chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union are requesting the largest law enforcement agencies in the states to disclose whether they track suspects using cell phone location data.  The Nebraska ACLU chapter has sent letters to the Nebraska State Patrol and the Omaha and Lincoln police departments seeking the information under Nebraska's public records law. The Iowa ACLU has sent a similar request to the police departments of that state's five largest cities.  Nebraska ACLU legal director Amy Miller says her organization believes police should not be allowed to track a person's cell phone without obtaining a warrant from a court.


Veteran Iowa radio personality Leo Greco dies

(Information in the following story is from: WMT-AM,

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Leo Greco (GREEK'-oh), who entertained generations of listeners on Cedar Rapids radio station WMT-AM, has died.  WMT says Greco died Tuesday night in Hiawatha after a long illness. He was 89.  According to WMT (, Greco grew up in Oelwein and started playing the accordion when he was 10 and joined his first band at 15. He moved to Cedar Rapids in 1939. He joined the Navy in 1942 during World War II.  After the war, he returned to the music business and led the Leo Greco Band in the 1950s and '60s. He hosted the "Variety Time" radio show on WMT beginning in 1973. WMT news anchor Dan Egger says Greco was still hosting the show until earlier this year when his health began failing.


Woman pleads guilty in baby stroller crash

(Information in the following story is from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier,

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - A Waterloo woman has pleaded guilty to charges she drove over a curb and struck a child in a baby stroller.  The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier is reporting ( ) that 22-year-old Tiffany Sykes pleaded guilty Monday to going armed with intent and leaving the scene of an accident.  The charges were the result of a May 31 incident in which police say Sykes had been in a fight with several people before getting in her car and driving at them. Police say she drove over the curb several times before striking the stroller. She fled the scene but later turned herself in to police. The child was taken to a hospital for observation.


Trial set for man charged in landlord slaying

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A man charged in the slaying of a landlord in Iowa City has pleaded not guilty to a first-degree murder charge.  Justin Marshall is the second man charged in the October 2009 killing of 64-year-old John Versypt, of Cordova. Ill. Police say Versypt was working at one of his apartment buildings in Iowa City when he was shot to death. Police believe the shooting happened during an attempted robbery.  Marshall was arrested in Lancaster, Texas, in July and brought back to Iowa. Online court records show he entered a written plea of not guilty on Wednesday in Johnson County District Court. His trial is set for Jan. 17.  Charles Thompson is also charged with first-degree murder in Versypt's death. His trial is set for Sept. 12.


Red dye in Iowa creek traced car wash maker

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - State environmental officials say a dye from a car wash manufacturer turned a creek red in the Des Moines area.  The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says a red color was reported Wednesday in Little Beaver Creek downstream of Grimes.  Officials say it was traced to a discharge from the city's wastewater treatment plant, and then to Ryko Manufacturing Company Inc., also in Grimes.  The agency says Ryco, which manufactures car washes, also makes and repackages soaps and waxes. The DNR says the dye washed down a sanitary sewer at the company after repackaging products on Tuesday.  Agency specialists who checked the stream found hundreds of "live and apparently healthy" fish and frogs.

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



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