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KLEM News - August 5, 2011

On Wednesday, apparently a female, age 11, and a male, age 9, saw a van with two males in it. The children report that one of the males in the van tried luring the children to the van by saying he was a friend of their mother. The children were suspucious of the two gentlemen and instead ran away. They say they were chased by the men but ran to their grandmother's home. The first of the suspects is described as being an obese white male wearing a goatee with tattoos on his arms and neck, and stretched ear lopes with large black plugs in the holes. The second man was wearing a mask, but is said to have spoken with a foreign accent. The van is described as a blue and silver make with weathered and chipped paint. The Sioux City police is asking the public for their assistance with the case.

HAWARDEN, Iowa (AP) - A northwest Iowa feedlot has been ordered to pay a $15,000 penalty for discharging cattle manure into a Sioux County tributary.  A news release from the Iowa Attorney General's Office says Haverhals Farms Inc. allowed 950,000 gallons of manure to flow into a tributary of Six Mile Creek. The news release says that in a consent decree filed Wednesday, Haverhals Farms and owner Peter Haverhals admitted discharging and land-applying manure that caused surface or groundwater pollution.  The Iowa Department of Natural Resources responded to reports of the discharge on March 26 of last year.

(LeMars) -- Residents of LeMars will have the opportunity to vote on whether or not to keep the ward system of local government, or to adopt the plan to go to an all at-large representation system. The LeMars city council accepted a petition and passed a resolution to place the issue before the people. Now the question will be placed on the ballots during the November election. City administrator, Scott Langel tells us what will appear on the local ballot.

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In other action, the city council has abolished the use of any All Terrain Vehicles, with the exception of official emergency ATV's, from being on the recreational trails. The trails are only to be used for pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Langel says the council adopted the rule for safety purposes.


(Remsen) -- You may have noticed a recent name change with what used to be the Farmers Savings Bank of Remsen. Now, it is known as the Iowa State Bank of Remsen. The official transaction started last year but August 1st is when the changes were completed. Tom Bacon, Vice President and Location Manager says the acquistion makes the bank stronger and able to better serve their customers by offering new services.

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Bacon says everything, including routing numbers and account numbers, will remain the same for the customer. But he admits, the change has brought about several questions.


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Next Wednesday, the Iowa State Bank of Remsen will host a customer appreciation event to be held at the Sunrise Park near the swimming pool. The festivities will include a meal and games, and it will begin at 5:00 p.m.


(Sioux Center) -- Dordt College of Sioux Center has been selected by the Princeton Review as one of the "Best Colleges in the Midwest". Colleges were selected based on data collected and on student comments. The survey rated academic excellence, financial aid, admissions selectivity, and quality of campus life. Comments shared about the college's student body include "Dordt is a friendly, close-knit, and cohesive group."


VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) - Authorities say a fire that devastated a downtown Vermillion restaurant was a case of arson.  Police are offering a $500 reward for information leading to a conviction in the early morning fire July 16 at Recuerdo's Mexican restaurant. The blaze also caused smoke damage to a neighboring business.


IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Board of Regents has given 4 percent salary increases to the presidents of Iowa's three public universities. The regents approved the raises for outgoing Iowa State University President Greg Geoffroy, University of Iowa President Sally Mason and University of Northern Iowa President Ben Allen. Mason and Allen were also awarded deferred compensation packages, the details of which were not immediately known. The Iowa Board of Regents has approved steps to rebuild the Iowa Braille and Sightsaving School in Vinton after a powerful windstorm damaged its buildings.  The regents voted to give the school the power to waive several building and purchasing processes to speed its recovery from the July 11 storm.


WASHINGTON, Iowa (AP) - A pilot walked away from the wreckage after his crop-dusting plane crash-landed in the front yard of home in southeast Iowa.  Washington County authorities say the pilot suffered only scrapes and bruises and that no one on the ground was hurt when the plane came down around 5:45 p.m. Wednesday.  The plane slid into a side of the home in rural Washington, breaking two basement windows.  The pilot was identified as Michael Hayman of Leland, Mo. He refused medical help at the scene.  The cause of the crash is being investigated.


SD judge signs extradition order for Iowa man

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

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A South Dakota judge has signed the extradition order for an Iowa man accused of killing his wife and kidnapping his son.

KGAN-TV in Cedar Rapids is reporting that 39-year-old Thomas Petersen, of Greene, Iowa, is expected to be charged with first-degree murder in the June 4 stabbing death of his wife, Judy Petersen.  Bennett County South Dakota Circuit Court Judge Lori Wilbursigned the extradition order late Thursday. A clerk of court says arrangements have been made to transport Petersen back to Iowa.  Once he's returned, he has 24 hours to appear in a Butler County courtroom.  He is accused of stabbing his wife in their home and then fleeing with the couple's 2-year-old son. He was stopped by police near Kadoka, South Dakota several hours later.


Lawsuit claims Electrolux owes OT to workers

(Information in the following story is from: The Messenger, http://www.messengernews.net)

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa (AP) - A federal lawsuit is claiming that appliance-maker Electrolux owes millions of dollars in overtime to former workers of it's now shuttered plant in Webster City.

The Messenger in Fort Dodge is reporting that attorney Bart Goplerud of West Des Moines filed the lawsuit Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Sioux City contending that more than 2,000 former employees may be owed unpaid overtime.  He says Electrolux required employees to arrive at the plant 15 minutes before their shift started and didn't pay them for that time.  The lawsuit seeks unpaid wages and liquidated damaged.  Electrolux officials did not respond for requests for comment.  The plant where washers and dryers were made closed in March because production was moved to Mexico. More than 500 people lost their jobs.


U. of Iowa to receive less flood aid than expected

(Information in the following story is from: Iowa City Press-Citizen, http://www.press-citizen.com/)

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A major infusion of federal cash will help the University of Iowa replace three buildings destroyed by the 2008 flood, but it will still be $70 million less than anticipated in April.  UI Vice President for Finance Doug True told the Board of Regents on Thursday the Federal Emergency Management Agency has agreed to pay a $266 million grant to replace Hancher Auditorium, the School of Music and the art building.  The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports the grant will cover about 68 percent of the estimated $386 million cost of replacing the buildings.


Des Moines shooting death called homicide

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Des Moines police say a man injured in an overnight shooting has died.   Police say the received a call about 12 a.m. Thursday of several gunshots outside a house and a man inside the home bleeding.  The man, who was identified at 28-year-old Charles Freeborn, was taken to a local hospital where he later died.


Megabus expands to Omaha, adds routes to Chicago

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

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The low-fare, high-tech intercity bus service Megabus will add two daily trips to Omaha, Neb. and increase its service to Iowa City and Chicago to four round trips daily.  The Des Moines Register reported that Megabus announced its plans Thursday to add the routes beginning Aug. 17.  The service features a limited number of seats on each bus for as little as $1. It began in the Northeast in 2006 and in Des Moines 16 months ago.  Besides its low fares, Megabus' main attraction is accommodations that include train-style seats with individual power outlets and Wi-Fi service.


Council Bluffs man arrested on bestiality charge

(Information in the following story is from: The Daily Nonpareil, http://www.nonpareilonline.com)

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - A Council Bluffs man has been charged with bestiality and animal cruelty after allegedly performing a sex act on a cat and then throwing the cat out of a seventh floor window.  The Daily Nonpareil reported that 29-year-old Gerardo Martinez was arrested Wednesday after witnesses reporting seeing him naked in an apartment window throwing the cat to the ground below.  Police say Martinez told officers he had recently used methamphetamine and admitted to performing a sex act on the cat.  He also was charged with indecent exposure.  Martinez is being held in the Pottawattamie County jail under $10,000 bond.


Dog rescued from Keokuk tar pit

(Information in the following story is from: Daily Gate City, http://www.dailygate.com)

KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) - A small dog rescued from an abandoned tar pit in Keokuk is recovering and officials are seeking donations for his care.  The Keokuk Daily Gate City is reporting that the 15-pound beagle-dachshund mix was saved by police officers and the city's animal control officer on July 25 after someone heard the dog's cries.  Jean Meyer, of Keokuk's Animal Services, says only one side of the dog's face was above the tar, which had liquefied in the summer heat.  Animal control officer Eric Lindley says rescuers used boards positioned underneath the dog to pry him from the tar.  The dog was taken to a local vet where he was cleaned and treated.


Iowa-ISU unaffected by 9-game Big Ten schedule

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Iowa athletic director Gary Barta says the Big Ten's move to a nine-game league schedule starting in 2017 shouldn't affect the Hawkeyes' annual matchup with Iowa State.  The Big Ten announced the move to nine conference games on Thursday. That will leave Big Ten teams with three open slots in a typical 12-game regular season.  Barta says the Big Ten worked with Iowa regarding its series with Iowa State. Barta says that at this point the rivalry "will go forward without interruption."  Iowa and Iowa State have met every year since 1977.  The Hawkeyes and Cyclones will face off in Ames on Sept. 10.


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







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