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KLEM News - August 6, 2011

At about 7:30 p.m. the Hinton and Merrill Fire Departments were called to fight a barn fire located at the intersection of KittyHawk Ave and 300th St.  The barn, owned by Dan Robinson was fully engulfed when fire fighters arrived at the scene.  Hinton Fire chief, Chad Beck says the barn and its contents, including hay bales and a few lambs and chickens were lost in the blaze.  Beck says the cause of the fire is uncertain.  No estimate as to the amount of damage.

(LeMars)
-- Later in the evening, both the LeMars Fire Department and the Merrill Fire Department along with the Merrill ambulance, Plymouth County Sheriff's department and the Iowa Highway Patrol responded to an accident involving a pickup truck that had lost control while driving on Highway 75.  The pickup truck was driven by Scott Knight, age 53 of Sheldon.  Apparently, as the pickup was going around a curve, the driver hit the median, lost controll, and resulting in the pickup truck rolling  The fire departments had to extricate Knight from the vehicle.  Knight was transported to the Mercy Medical Center by the Merrill ambulance.  His condition is not known.


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Fire caused heavy damage to a building at the John Morrell meatpacking plant complex in Sioux Falls and prompted the evacuation of dozens of workers.  No one was hurt in the Friday blaze that authorities say took 12 fire trucks and 54 firefighters from four departments to bring under control. The plant was shut down for more than five hours.  The fire started in the buidling's box shop, which houses
pallets of cardboard boxes and other supplies. The flames were contained to the third floor of the building, but the rest of the building and adjoining buildings suffered smoke damage.  The cause of the fire wasn't immediately determined. A damage estimate also was not immediately available.


Onawa, Iowa
- Lewis and Clark State Park campground was reopened to campers on Thursday, nearly two months after it was closed as a precaution ahead of the predicted Missouri River flooding.  Kevin Szcodronski, chief of State Parks for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources says electrical breakers, and other expensive utilities were removed to try to minimize the impact of the flood waters, but the flood did not come so we did not have the extensive clean up in order to reopen the park," said "The campground, lodge and modern restrooms are open with two caveats: for the rest of the recreation season, campsites will be available on a first come basis and several campsites immediately along Blue Lake will remain closed to allow them to further dry out,"   Lewis and Clark State Park, near Onawa, has a popular campground, drawing on average about 25,000 camper nights per year.

(LeMars) -- LeMars Gehlen High School is better prepared for the upcoming school year, thanks to the efforts of a generous contribution amounting to $100,000.  Jeff and Theresa McDoogle of the Kansas City area were on hand yesterday for a celebration of their gift.  Gehlen classrooms are now equipped with "smart boards" a computerized white board that allows teachers to use the internet and other computer software programs while standing in front instructing the class.  Included in the gift were the purchase of several i-pads and laptop and desktop computers.  The gift was made in honor of Rose Mary Deegan of LeMars.  Deegan raised 12 children and always wanted to make certain her children had a faith-based education. Several family members of Deegan, along with Gehlen faculty and staff were on hand for the celebration.  After a video presentation was made, Gehlen teachers demonstrated the use of the "smart boards" to the Deegan family.

 

 

(Johnston) -- 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." Colonel Greg Hapwood explains the purpose of the training.

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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. Hapwood says the excerises will feature the Air National Guard Units of Iowa.

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The Iowa National Guard spokesperson says for those people living within the designated primary exercise area they will no doubt witness "quite a show"

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2008 was the last time the Iowa Air National Guard performed similar military drills and Hapwood says people enjoyed visiting the local airports to see the aircraft upclose.

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Medical transport van passenger dies after crash

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

PLEASANT HILL, Iowa (AP) - Police say a passenger in a medical transport van involved in a crash in Pleasant Hill died in the accident.  Police say the crash happened near the U.S. Highway 65 bypass onThursday when a pickup truck collided with a medical transport van that was turning onto University Avenue.  KCCI-TV is reporting that rescue crews performed CPR on the passenger in the van but couldn't revive the woman.  The woman, identified as Nusreta Hidanovich, died at the scene.  The drivers of the van and the pickup were injured and a medical helicopter was called to the scene.

 

Hundreds line up to honor Nebraska paratrooper

NORFOLK, Neb. (AP) - Hundreds of people lined Norfolk streets to honor a paratrooper whose body has been returned to Nebraska for burial.  A funeral is scheduled Saturday for 22-year-old Joshua Mann. The U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division says the sergeant died last Saturday at an Army hospital of a heat-related injury he suffered during physical training on Friday at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  Mann was a native of Winside, Nebraska who joined the Army in 2008.

 

Sheriff says texting may be factor in deadly crash

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

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Texting while driving is being listed as a possible factor in a deadly crash in Pottawattamie County that killed two teenagers.  The Daily Nonpareil reported Friday (http://bit.ly/qnDu5c) that Pottawattamie County sheriff's records show 19-year-old Elizabeth Chadwick, of Crescent, sent a text message just before she lost control of her car and collided with an airport shuttle van on July 17.  Chadwick and a passenger, 18-year-old Jessica Weinfurtner, of Council Bluffs, died at the scene. Six passengers in the van were injured.  The sheriff's report shows Chadwick placed a call at 11:10 p.m. followed by a text message at 11:11. The crash happened at 11:14 p.m.  Sheriff Jeff Danker says investigators can't prove texting caused the crash.

 

Obama to headline rural economic forum in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - White House officials say President Barack Obama will host a rural economic forum on August 16 at a community college in northeast Iowa.  The Democratic president and members of his cabinet plan to visit Northeast Iowa Area Community College in Peosta, as part of a three-day Midwestern bus tour. The White House announced the Iowa visit on Friday.  The forum will include local business owners and rural development leaders to discuss ideas to spur the economy in small towns.  Obama was last in Iowa in June, visiting an aluminum manufacturing plant that had added jobs.  The latest visit will come on the heels of the Aug. 13 Republican presidential straw poll. That event is an early test of campaign strength in the leadoff caucus state for Obama's would-be GOP challengers.

 

 

Bachmann announces support from religious leaders

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) -Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann says more than 100 pastors and faith leaders in Iowa have endorsed her campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.  Bachmann's campaign on Friday released a list of endorsements from evangelical leaders ahead of the Aug. 13 Iowa Straw Poll, where she's hoping for a strong finish. Voters who describe themselves as evangelicals make up a sizeable chunk of the Republican Party electorate in Iowa and other candidates are trying to appeal to them, too.  The Waterloo, Iowa native says she's grateful for her support from religious leaders and she's promising "to take the values of Iowans to the White House."

 

Suspect in Iowa cab slaying wants trial moved

(Information in the following story is from: The Gazette, http://www.gazetteonline.com/)

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A man charged with killing a Cedar Rapids taxi driver wants his trial moved because he says he can't get a fair trial in Linn County because of publicity, gossip and rumors.  The Gazette is reporting that Johnathan Mitchell's attorney filed a motion to move his trial and to continue the case.  The 33-year-old Mitchell is charged with first-degree murder inthe April slaying of Century Cab driver Cathy Stickley.  Mitchell's attorney, Tyler Johnston, said media coverage of Mitchell's criminal record and how he was out on bond on a previous assault charge when Stickley was killed makes it impossible to seat an impartial jury.  A hearing on the motion is set for Aug. 11.  Mitchell is being held on $1 million bond.

 

Illinois man sentenced for bank robberies

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - An Illinois man who robbed three banks in Iowa and Kentucky has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison.  The U.S. attorney's office in Iowa says 27-year-old Morris Thompson III, of Gays, Ill., was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Davenport.  Prosecutors say Thompson and a co-defendant, Nicholas Zasereti, of Charleston, Ill., robbed a bank in Ottumwa on April 9, 2010. A few hours later they robbed Mount Pleasant bank.  The U.S. attorney's office says Thompson acted alone when he robbed a bank in Louisville, Ky., on Aug. 17. He joined with Zasereti again and robbed the same bank in Mount Pleasant on Sept. 16.  The two men were later arrested in central Illinois.  The 22-year-old Zasereti was sentenced in June to 57 months in prison.

 

Stenhouse looking for a win at Iowa Speedway

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) - Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is feeling a little frustrated these days, which might seem odd given the year he's having ins the NASCAR Nationwide Series.  Stenhouse leads the point standings, he's No. 2 on the money list and when the series returns to Iowa Speedway on Saturday night, he'll be racing on the track where earlier this year he earned his first Nationwide victory.  Yet Stenhouse can't help thinking about what might have been.  The 23-year-old from Mississippi held the lead late in three races since that May victory but didn't win any of them.

 

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

 

 

 

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