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KLEM News - August 7, 2011

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.

Father Kevin Richter, president of Gehlen Catholic schools, says the gift has now made it possible for Gehlen High School to keep up with technology in education.

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Richter says the teachers were excited about acquiring the new technology, as well as the fact that each teacher has the capability to utilize the resources, without having to share the equipment.

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The Gehlen official believes students are perhaps more familiar with the use of i-pads and "smart boards" that it may be possible that the students will be teaching the instructors about how to best utilize the new technology.


Iowa father says son killed in Afghanistan shoot-down

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

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The father of a northern Iowa man says his son is among the 30 Americans killed when a U.S. military helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan.  The Des Moines Register reports  that George Tumilson of Rockford confirmed the death of his son, Jon Tumilson, on Saturday night. The newspaper says George Tumilson and other family members declined further comment.  The family also declined comment to The Associated Press.  U.S. officials said Saturday that insurgents shot down the military helicopter during a special operation in eastern Afghanistan.  The Register says Jon Tumilson was a U.S. Navy SEAL from Rockford and is the 19th Iowan to die in the war in Afghanistan.  The newspaper says he was a 1995 graduate of Rockford High School.


Univ. of Iowa tests flood wall for art building

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

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - University of Iowa officials say they're pleased with how a temporary flood wall held up during a test.  The flood wall was erected Friday outside of Art Building West on the Iowa City campus. The building was heavily damaged in a 2008 flood and underwent $11 million in renovations. It's expected to reopen in January.


Corn crop didn't whither under blistering heat

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Despite a wet spring that delayed planting in some parts of the Midwest and blistering heat in July, corn growers say their crop is looking good and they're optimistic about yields this fall.  July will go down as one of the hottest months on record, but the sweltering temperatures haven't hurt the corn crop in much of Iowa and Nebraska.  Iowa corn grower Bruce Rohwer says his corn fields near Paullina aren't showing any signs of heat stress and look fantastic.  Nebraska Corn Growers Association director Scott Merritt says most of the state's corn is looking good but in parts of Nebraska where land isn't irrigated, some producers could lose 20 bushels per acre.


Volunteers search Iowa roads for missing couple

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

NORWALK, Iowa (AP) - Volunteers are searching a stretch of Interstate 35 in Iowa for signs of a missing Iowa couple.  Authorities have been looking for 79-year-old James "Bill" Wood and his 72-year-old wife, Kaidena, since their Warren County home was destroyed by fire last weekend. A badly burned body was found inside home but more tests are needed for identification. The blaze was deemed suspicious.  KCCI-TV reports volunteers gathered Saturday morning to search a stretch of I-35 between Bevington and Osceola for signs of the couple.


Iowa inmate reported missing from work release

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa inmate serving a 15-year sentence for assault and theft has been reported missing from a state prison facility.  The Iowa Department of Corrections says 49-year-old Stevie Wade Simmons was put on escape status Saturday morning after failing to return to the Fort Des Moines work-release center from his job.  Simmons was sentenced in April 2008 for assault while participating in a felony and first-degree theft out of Polk County. He was transferred to the work-release facility in June.


Former Iowa police officer charged in assault

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) - A former Fort Dodge police officer has been charged with sexual abuse and extortion in an assault on a woman while he was on the force.  The Iowa Department of Public Safety says 46-year-old Galen Hindt, of Fort Dodge, turned himself in Saturday morning and was released on his own recognizance.  A complaint filed in Webster County District Court says a woman reported that she encountered Hindt April 6 at a Fort Dodge bar.  She says he threatened to arrest her for drunken driving if she didn't allow him to give her a ride home, so she went with him. The complaint says the two went to Hindt's apartment, where she was assaulted.  Hindt resigned April 8.  No number was listed for Hindt. Court records don't list his attorney.


Iowa couple sent to prison for starving girl

(Information in the following story is from: The Hawk Eye,

FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) - A Fort Madison couple has been sentenced to prison for starving a 5-year-old girl in their care.  The Hawk Eye reports 58-year-old Karen Sue Huston was sentenced Friday in Lee County District Court to 15 years in prison, the maximum for child endangerment causing serious injury. Her husband, 65-year-old Frederick Wayne Huston, was given two years for aggravated child endangerment.  The pair was convicted at a June trial.  The Department of Human Services began investigating the Hustons last fall. Court documents say the girl was removed from their home because she was malnourished and weighed just 34 pounds. She was treated at hospital for a week.  The girl's father and stepmother have been placed on probation in the case. The stepmother is the Hustons' daughter.


Edwards pushes teammate Stenhouse Jr. to Iowa win

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) - Carl Edwards pushed Roush Fenway Racing teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to victory in Saturday night's NASCAR Nationwide race in a wild finish at Iowa Speedway.  Stenhouse appeared set to cruise to his second win at Iowa this year when his No. 6 car blew an engine coming out of the final turn. With billowing smoke obscuring Edwards' view, he slammed into the back end of Stenhouse and shoved him across the finish line.  Stenhouse crossed the line sideways, becoming the first Nationwide series regular to win two races this year.  Edwards wound up second, his No. 60 car torn up in the grass.


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



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