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KLEM Afternoon Update - August 5, 2011


Authorities say the men were in a truck that flew off a jump and landed on its nose. It took 20 minutes to free the two men after the accident Thursday night.  The Woodbury County Sheriff's Office says both men were conscious and breathing. One of the men was flown to a hospital.  The other man was taken in an ambulance.  The men's names and conditions aren't available yet.

(LeMars) -- McClintock Insurance Company located in downtown LeMars is the latest recipient of a grant provided by LeMars Area Chamber of Commerce Main Street and the city of LeMars.  The McClintock Insurance Company has begun façade work on the building located on Central Ave SW next to Jobas.   They hope to move into the building by fall.

(Sioux City) -- Sioux city Police are looking for suspects of an attempted abduction of two small children.  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.  

Next week is the start of the Marcus community Fair and this year attendees will have the chance to listen to some special music.  KLEM's Angela Drake tells us more in this report.

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Governor Branstad  says he'll appeal a rejection by federal authorities for flood aid to five Iowa counties bordered by the Missouri River.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency notified the state Thursday that activation of the Federal Individual Assistance Program for Fremont, Harrison, Monona, Pottawattamie and Woodbury counties has been denied.  Branstad says he intends to appeal to FEMA because the flood is still occurring and, as the water recedes, new damage will be revealed.  The program helps homeowners, renters and businesses, providing
grants and loans to help them recover.  Massive amounts of water have been released from upriver dams to deal with heavy spring rains and above-average mountain snowmelt.  The releases caused record flooding in Nebraska and Iowa.

-- Look for some low flying military aircraft over northwest Iowa in the coming months.  It's all part of an Iowa National Guard excercise called "Operation Badger Denial."  The military excercise begins on August 9th and will continue through December.  The excercises will occur in an area from Carroll to Charter Oak, north to Sanborn and east to Whittemore, and back to the southwest to Carroll. 

(Randall) -- The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is investigating two separate incidents of fish kill along some tributaries of the Skunk River.  D-N-R specialists have tested the water for levels of dissolved oxygen, acidity and ammonia.  All test results showed normal levels, indicating the fish kill did not result from excessive fertilizer or manure in the stream.  Landowners in the area have reported aerial spraying, possibly of a corn fungicide, in fields next to the tributary stream. The small area affected by the fish kill - about one mile of stream - is typical of chemical drift from aerial spraying.

Specialists will continue the investigation to identify the responsible party. They will test water samples to confirm chemical contamination. Test results should be available within two weeks.  The DNR fisheries section is on site to inventory the number and types of fish killed.

- State drug officials say a special task force has been formed to focus on the increasing abuse of prescription drugs in Iowa.
Iowa's drug policy coordinator Mark Schouten announced the creation of the task force Thursday, saying the group's goal is to define the nature and scope of the problem in Iowa and to make recommendations in an Iowa Prescription Abuse Reduction plan later this year.  The task force is made up of 32 Iowa physicians, pharmacists and other health care professionals, substance abuse and treatment providers, law enforcement and others.
Schouten says prescription drug abuse is putting the health and safety of Iowans at risk.  The task force is expected to look at areas including education, the securing and disposal of medicines, and prescription monitoring and enforcement.

- Another wind farm is being planned for Franklin County in north-central Iowa.  Alliant Energy announced Thursday that a subsidiary will own and operate 60 wind turbines that will produce 100 megawatts of electricity. Alliant Energy spokesman Ryan Stensland says that's
enough to power 25,000 homes.  Construction on the $235 million project is expected to begin in 2012. The facility is expected to be operating by the end of the year.  It will be Alliant Energy's second wind farm in Franklin County.  Another Alliant subsidiary owns the Whispering Willows Wind Farm, a 121-turbine farm south of Hampton.

- Iowa's annual sales tax holiday gives Iowans a chance do some back-to-school shopping without paying state sales tax.
The special days this year are Friday and Saturday.  Qualifying items that cost less than $100 will be exempt from the tax. Those items include clothing and footwear for everyday use, including shirts, pants, socks and shoes.  Items that aren't tax exempt are computers, backpacks, school
supplies, jewelry, and special clothing or footwear designed for sports.  More information on taxable and nontaxable items is available at the Iowa Department of Revenue's website,

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