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KLEM News - August 11, 2011

Apparently, Asael Joaquin, age 20 of Sioux City struck a truck owned by Greenway Lawn Care.  The driver of the truck was identified as Brad Dreckman of LeMars. The vehicles collided at the intersection of Lincoln Ave and 24th St S.W.

No injuries were reported as a result of the accident, but the truck rolled on to its  side causing about 150 gallons of liquid Round-up herbicide to spill on to the street and adjoining shoulder.  Fire officials were on the scene for nearly an hour cleaning the mess.


(LeMars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital has recently added a social worker to its professional  staff.  Hospital Administrator, Mike Donlon says Jay Lennert began his duties in early  August.  Donlon says the hospital never before had a social worker, but he believes a  social worker in the health arena is needed.

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Donlon explains the role for the Floyd Valley Hospital social worker will be to help  connect patients to the appropriate agencies and services, for additional assistance  beyond a hospital visit or stay.

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad says he's launching an effort to make Iowa the nation's healthiest state by 2016, but he acknowledges it's an ambitious one.

The "Healthiest State Initiative." includes $25 million in private funding by  Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield.       Iowa ranks 19th in the nation in overall well-being, according to a Gallup-Healthways survey for 2010. But the state dropped 12 spots from 2009.       The state also ranks in the bottom third nationally in healthy behavior and work environment.

Todd Lancaster serves as the Executive Director for the LeMars Y-M-C-A. He says he  is excited to hear about the Governor's initiative.  Lancaster says the local Y already  participates in some joint efforts to promote healthy lifestyles for community  residents.

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Lancaster believes if children are introduced to healthy lifestyles at an early age,  then perhaps they will make healthy living a part of their daily routine and continue  healthy lifestyles well into their adult years.

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As a first step on the road to becoming the Healthiest State, all Iowans are encouraged  to take part in a Start Somewhere Walk on Friday, October 7. At noon that day,  communities, neighborhoods, schools, businesses, churches and other groups across the  state will gather to walk one kilometer (0.62 miles, or about 7-8 blocks) as a way to  demonstrate their support for the Healthiest State goal.


(Orange City) -- Sioux County Sheriff's department has arrested a Rock Valley couple for  possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Craig  Huizenga, age 29 and his wife Tara Huizenga, age 24 were both arrested when a deputy  went to their residence to serve a court notice.  The deputy suspected both subjects  were in possession of marijuana.  Upon further investigation marijuana and drug  paraphernalia was seized from the residence.


Branstad seeks presidential disaster declaration

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad has asked President Barack Obama for a major disaster declaration for Dubuque and Jackson counties after storms dumped more than a foot of rain late last month.

Branstad on Wednesday requested a declaration for public assistance to help the counties recover from the storms on July 27-29. The governor also is asking the U.S. Small Business Administration to grant a disaster declaration for Dubuque County, which would make low-interest loans available to those affected by flash flooding.

Branstad has added Clay and Dickinson counties to an earlier presidential disaster request for damage from storms that hit Iowa July 9-14. That request was initially for Benton, Marshall, Story and Tama counties.


Sarah Palin to resume bus tour Friday at Iowa fair

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin plans to visit the Iowa State Fair on Friday on the eve of the leadoff caucus state's GOP presidential straw poll and in the wake of a Republican debate at Iowa State University.

Palin says in an email to supporters she is resuming her summer bus travels to iconic U.S. destinations with a stop at the fair.  The visit to the early voting state comes as most declared Republican presidential candidates will be in Iowa, and as Texas Gov. Rick Perry is expected to enter the race and visit.



GOP's Mitt Romney assails Obama, faces own tests

PELLA, Iowa (AP) - Republican Mitt Romney is criticizing President Barack Obama for his plans to embark on a Midwestern bus tour while the economy is struggling.  Romney is in central Iowa talking about jobs and the nation's business climate. He's attending a GOP fundraiser in Des Moines ahead of Thursday night's Republican presidential debate in Ames.

Romney says he would tell Obama, "I sure as heck wouldn't be on a bus tour if I were president."  The former Massachusetts governor is making his second run at the Republican presidential nomination. He faces a series of challenges in the next few days: The debate, where he's sure to be criticized; the weekend Iowa straw poll, which he is bypassing, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry's expected entrance into the race.


UWM PG Williams arrested on drunk driving charge

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Wisconsin-Milwaukee point guard Kaylon Williams has been arrested in his hometown of Cedar Rapids on suspicion of drunken driving.

The Cedar Rapids Gazette reported that Williams was arrested early Wednesday after police say he drove away from a traffic stop and then ran away from officers.  Sgt. Cristy Hamblin said Williams was eventually tackled by a police dog but was not injured.

A criminal complaint says the 22-year-old Williams had a blood-alcohol content of 0.228, which is nearly three times the legal limit in Iowa.  Williams, a former prep star at Kennedy High, averaged 8.3 points a game and led the Horizon League in assists last season.  Williams was taken to the Linn County Jail.


Iowa man enters plea in deadly crash

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

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - An 18-year-old Cedar Rapids man charged with vehicular homicide has entered an Alford plea to involuntary manslaughter.  The Gazette says Ramius Hardiman entered the plea on Wednesday in Linn County District Court in the November 2010 crash that killed 17-year-old Jose Mendoza, also of Cedar Rapids.

Under an Alford plea, Hardiman didn't admit guilt but agreed that evidence likely existed for a conviction.  Involuntary manslaughter carries a penalty of up to five years in prison. Prosecutors say the state will recommend probation at sentencing, which wasn't immediately set.


Installation of median cable barriers underway

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Workers have started installing cable barriers in medians on Interstate 380 in Johnson and Linn counties in hopes of reducing serious accidents.

Work began last month on a project to install cable barriers, which use multiple strands of steel cable to prevent vehicles that veer into a median from crossing into oncoming traffic.  Iowa Department of Transportation planner Cathy Cutler says cable barrier is being installed on several of the busiest stretches of interstate highway throughout Iowa.

The Cedar Rapids Gazette says that barriers are also being installed in most of Cedar County and part of Iowa County.


Iowa officer pleads not guilty to trespassing

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

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A Cedar Rapids police officer accused of taking two dogs has pleaded not guilty to criminal trespass.  Thirty-six-year-old Robyn Obadal is suspected of illegally entering a house and taking the dogs on July 23. The Gazette says she pleaded not guilty on Wednesday in Linn County District Court.

According to the criminal complaint, Obadal was on duty when she allegedly entered the back porch of the house and took the dogs from a locked kennel.  Obadal, who's been on the force for 14 years, remains on unpaid administrative leave. Her trial is set for Sept. 26. If convicted, she faces up to 30 days in jail.


Des Moines opens first dog park but permit needed

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

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Des Moines has opened its first dog park, but owners must buy permits before they can let their pets frolic in the new area.

The Des Moines Register reports that the 8.5 acre dog park is within Ewing Park, on the city's southeast side.  Those who want to bring their dog to the park must first buy a permit, costing $10 per dog for the remainder of this year and $20 for next year. They also must complete an application and provide dog license information and proof of a rabies vaccination.

Permits are available at City Hall, and city staff will be at the park Saturday and on Aug. 27.

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



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