KLEM PM News Update 8-15-11
Chris Pippet has asked the council to approve such a measure, however, several provisions of the city code prohibit such activity. The City Council will discuss the issue at its regularly scheduled Tuesday meeting.
Another topic for discussion will be whether to allow Quality Truck Wash an industrial tax rebate on a proposed addition to the facility located at 1465 Industrial Road.
(Des Moines) -- The O'Brien County fair queen is now the Iowa State Fair Queen. 17 year old Paris Schnepf, the daughter of Richard and Sharon Schnepf was crowned as the 2011 Iowa State Fair Queen at ceremonies held Saturday evening. Paris is a senior at Granville Spalding Catholic School. She is the granddaughter of Loretta Schnepf and Don and Ruth Olhrichs, all of LeMars. Schnepf says the queen candidates had a week-long series of interviews, and when her name was called as the new fair queen, she was quite surprised.
Schnepf will now serve as an ambassador for the state fair, handing out ribbons and certificates to fair contestants, and making special appearances on behalf of the fair.
The crowning ceremony took place on the Anne and Bill Riley stage, and Schnepf has another opportunity to appear on that stage as she competes in the Bill Riley talent contest. Schnepf wants to pursue a career involving music, and that is her talent.
Cassie Galm, 17, of Clay County was named first runner-up. She is the daughter of Paul and Brenda Galm of Spencer. Second runner-up was Chelsea Nelson of Audubon County, the daughter of Dave and Trudy Nelson of Exira. Kelsey Orr of Woodbury County was named third runner-up. She is the daughter of Andrew and Leann Orr of Sioux City.
(LeMars) -- The first of three possible public comment periods for the proposed new voting precincts and districts will be featured on the agenda for the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors during their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday.
(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. "The Way We Live" Award recognizes Iowa families who demonstrate a daily dedication to animal agriculture and portray farm values and the love of farming. 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.
The Schroeders have five children and the four oldest help out on the farm by gathering eggs, helping in the swine nursery, mowing the grass, and even painting. Greg says daily chores help teach respondsibility. The Schroeder family have not been able to visit the state fair, and Erin says they are looking forward to the opportunity
Greg believes agriculture is sometimes taken for granted, and he says people need to understand the importance of agriculture, and those involved in agriculture need to constantly speak out for the industry.
A video presentation about the Schroeders farm life will be showing throughout the fair at the Knapp Animal Learning Center.
(LeMars) -- If you are a fan of classic cars from the '50s and '60s, as well as the music from that era, than you'll want to attend the LeMars Area Chamber of Commerce's "Scoop the Loop" scheduled for Wednesday, August 17th at the Olson Cultural Event Center. The car cruise begins at 6:30 p.m. at the LeMars Convention Center parking lot. Live music from "The Jammers" will be heard from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mary Reynolds of the LeMars Chamber offers a glimse of what may appear.
The chamber is expecting more than 200 different classic vehicles from Nebraska, South Dakota and Iowa to be on display. Reynolds says it an evening of fun for anyone.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad says he wants to
hear ideas from students about improving Iowa's schools.
The Republican governor has held high-profile events with
education professionals focused on reforming the school system, and
he announced Monday that he now plans to meet Friday at the Iowa
State Fair with a group of students to get their thoughts.
The discussion is being organized with help from students in the
Van Meter school district.
Like the earlier events, Branstad says ideas from the discussion
with students will help him develop measures he will propose to the
Legislature next year.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An animal rights group is taking
responsibility for hanging a sign on the Iowa State Fair butter
cow, saying it represents "humankind's tyranny over defenseless
The small sign reading "Go vegan" was attached to the butter cow with
tape Sunday morning. Fair spokeswoman Lori Chappel says the butter
cow wasn't damaged.
An e-mail from an animal rights group sent to The Des Moines Register sayis one or more activists from another group got past a guard in
the Agriculture Building, climbed a wall and got into the
refrigerated case where the butter sculptures are located. The
e-mail said the group wanted to bring attention to animals used for
The group says the sign was up for about two hours.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Two people have been rescued after being
stuck on the bungee jump at the Iowa State Fair.
The young adults were stuck about 60 feet in the air for about 20
minutes before they were rescued Monday afternoon.
Fair spokeswoman Lori Chappell says it's not clear what caused
A crane had to be brought in to reach the dangling riders.
Chappell says she's not aware of any past problems with the
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