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KLEM News - August 15, 2011

Paris is a senior at Granville Spalding Catholic School.  She is the granddaughter of Loretta Schnepf and Don and Ruth Olhrichs, all of LeMars. 

(Akron) -- Akron Fire and Rescue Department and Akron Ambulance responded to a one-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon.  76-year old Marlyss Bottjen of Kingsley was driving on C-38 when she reportedly, lost control of her vehicle.  The car left the road and became air-born for a while crashing into the embankment of a creek.  The car's front end was buried in the mud.  Bottjen needed to be exticated from the vehicle and was transported to Mercy Medical Center via Mercy Air Care.  No report on her condition.

(LeMars) -- A LeMars family is being honored at the Iowa State Fair for winning "The Way We Live" Award.  Greg and Erin Schroeder will receive the award on Wednesday.  Erin says when she first saw the contest,listed on the early morning syndicated television show "Ag Day" she thought it described her family.  So, the Schroeders decided to compose an essay detailing their life on the farm, and entered the contest.



Postal Service to close 2 Sioux City locations


SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - The U.S. Postal Service says it will
close two offices in Sioux City, leaving just one full-service
location in the community.
The service announced Friday that the Northside and Morningside
locations will close Sept. 16.
The Sioux City postmaster says three full-time and two part-time
workers will be affected but those jobs won't be lost, just
The service has been reviewing 3,700 of its 32,000 offices
nationwide, including 178 in Iowa, in an effort to reduce costs.
Most are in small towns and have low volumes of business.
The service announced earlier this year that Sioux City's
mail-processing center would close and those operations would be
transferred to Sioux Falls, South Dakota.



Bachmann touts experience running small business

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Michele
Bachmann says her experience running a small business gives her the
qualifications to tackle the nation's economic troubles.
Speaking at a GOP fundraiser in Waterloo, Iowa, Sunday evening,
Bachmann says she knows about "starting a business from scratch
and building it up so that we can actually offer jobs to people."
The Minnesota congresswoman is also stressing her appeal among
evangelical voters, who helped her win Iowa's Republican straw poll
Both Bachmann and Texas Governor Rick Perry spoke to the Black
Hawk County Republican dinner last night in Waterloo's Electric
Park Ballroom.

Once a fringe candidate, Paul shaping 2012 race

- Ron Paul is in position to shape the
2012 Republican presidential primary.
Once seen as a fringe candidate, the Texas congressman is giving
voice to the party's libertarian wing and reflecting a frustration
with the United States' overseas entanglements from Afghanistan to
Paul placed second in a key early test vote Saturday, coming
within 152 votes of winning the Iowa straw poll in Ames. He is
boasting an organizational strength he lacked four years ago during
his first shot at the GOP nomination.
The Texas obstetrician repeated his strong opposition to
abortion on Saturday in an appeal to evangelical voters in Iowa.
He's also sticking with his message of a gold and silver-backed
dollar replacing the U.S. Federal Reserve, which he claims is a
major culprit behind the U.S. and global economic crisis.

2 dead in small plane crash near Des Moines River

MADRID, Iowa (AP) - Two people have died in a small plane crash
near the Des Moines River near Madrid.
The Des Moines Register reports the Federal Aviation
Administration is investigating the Saturday afternoon crash of a
vintage World War Two plane.
The Dallas County sheriff's office says the plane went down in a
remote area and was only accessible by boat or helicopter. The
plane took down some high-power transmission lines when it crashed.
Authorities have not yet released the name of the pilot or
passenger who died in the crash.
WHO-TV reports that the plane was a rebuilt war plane from the
Iowa Aviation Museum. It was flying along the river from Boone to
Ankeny when it crashed.

Sugarland cancels Iowa concert at stage collapse

- People who bought tickets to the
Sugarland concert at the Iowa State Fair will get refunds.
The country duo had been scheduled to perform Sunday in Des
Moines but a deadly state collapse in Indiana forced the group the
A statement on the Iowa State Fair's website says Sugarland is
dealing with the tragedy and is unable to retrieve their stage
equipment during the investigation, so it won't be able to
reschedule its Iowa show.
Strong winds estimated at between 60 and 70 mph blew over the
stage at the Indiana State Fair as fans were waiting for Sugarland
to perform Saturday night. Indiana officials say five people have
died and more than four dozen were injured.

2 men arrested fake robbery at Iowa truck stop

- Two men have been arrested in a fake robbery
at a Peosta truck stop.
The Dubuque County sheriff's office says an attendant at the
truck stop and his roommate face charges in Saturday night's
incident. They're being held in the county jail on suspicion of
second-degree theft.
The sheriff's office says the attendant claimed to have been
robbed at gunpoint but an investigation showed the two Dubuque men
orchestrated the robbery. More than $4,000 taken from the store has
been recovered.

Gasoline pipe under Missouri River develops leak

ONAWA, Iowa (AP) - A gasoline pipeline that runs under the
Missouri River has developed a leak.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says Houston,
Texas-based Enterprise Products reported a drop in pipeline
pressure early Saturday. The affected section runs from Decatur,
Nebraska, to just west of Onawa, Iowa.
The company shut down the pipeline on both sides of the river,
and an estimated 140,000 gallons of gasoline is being pumped out.
Crews on the ground, by boat and by plane are searching for the
leak. As of Sunday afternoon, the source had not been found but is
suspected to be on the Iowa side. Divers may be deployed in the
next few days to plug the leak.

'Field of Dreams' remains on market for $5.4M

(Information in the following story is from: Telegraph Herald,

- The eastern Iowa site made famous by the
movie "Field of Dreams" is still on the market over a year after
its owners put it up for sale at $5.4 million.
Ken Sanders, a Milwaukee real estate consultant assisting with
the sale, told the Dubuque Telegraph Herald that the negotiable asking price for the two-bedroom house,
baseball diamond, six outbuildings and 193 acres made famous in the
1989 movie has not changed since the location went on the market in
May 2010.
The property remains up for grabs despite a continuous flow of

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

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