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KLEM News Update - June 12, 2010

SIOUXLAND---NEARLY 2-THOUSAND SIOUXLANDERS WERE STILL WITHOUT POWER FRIDAY AFTERNOON AFTER FRIDAY MORNING'S INTENSE STORM.
MID-AMERICAN ENERGY COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER MARK REINDERS (RYE-N-DERS) SAYS DAMAGE WAS WIDESPREAD IN SIOUX CITY'S NORTH AND WEST SIDES AND IN NORTH SIOUX CITY.

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HE SAYS AT THE PEAK OF THE STORM, 58-HUNDRED RESIDENTS WERE WITHOUT POWER.
REINDERS HOPES TO HAVE ELECTRICITY BACK TO ALL SIOUXLANDERS BY NOON TODAY (SATURDAY) , ALTHOUGH INDUSTRIAL COMPANIES IN NORTH SIOUX MAY BE DARK UNTIL SUNDAY.

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REINDERS SAYS WINDS WERE OVER 80 MILES-PER-HOUR DURING THE STORM. (Josie Cooper - KSCJ Radio)

(LE MARS)--Independence Day will be celebrated with  fireworks at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in Le Mars.

City administrator Scott Langel says the city-funded fireworks display by a Yarmouth, Iowa firm is on the Fourth of July.

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Langel says the city is spending about the same amount of money as last year.

(ORANGE CITY)--Sioux County Sheriff's Deputies and Iowa State Patrol officer stopped many speeding vehicles during their first traffic safety program.

Fifteen state and county officers and two Iowa State patrol airplane units saturated their patrol efforts on a portion of Highway 75 May 28th.

They issued 41 speeding tickets and 58 warnings for speed. There were 22 tickets for seat belt violations. Ten drivers were given citations for equipment violations and eight did not have insurance. Fifteen warnings were given for no insurance. There were 28 repair memos.

Officers had six felony forgery charges, an operating under the influence arrest and a felony delivery of cocaine charge.

Three more saturated patrol efforts are planned in Sioux City which has the 16th highest fatality rate in the state.

(SIOUX CITY)-A Sioux City business is featured in Inc. magazine's Winning Workplaces competition for the best small and mid-sized places to work in the country.

Van Meter Industrial is this year's longest-running honoree and was founded in 1928. The company is a wholesale distributor of electrical, automation, lighting, data communications and power transmission products.

Van Meter Industrial has 13 Iowa locations, including a new location in Sioux City.

This is the eighth year in a row that Winning Workplaces has recognized those firms that attribute much of their business success to their commitment to exemplary people practices and outstanding workplace cultures.

 

(LE MARS)--A new health care option is expected to be offered in Le Mars next month.

According to hospital administrator Mike Donlin, equipment for digital mammography will be delivered to Floyd Valley right after the Fourth of July.

Testing of the new system in the radiology department is slated for completion in time to begin offering the digital mammography service in mid-July.

The hospital's medical staff president, Dr. Shahid Naqvi, told trustees 60 percent of hospitals offer digital mammography service.

Donlin this week also updated trustees on efforts to offer dialysis services. He is a non-voting member of the Le Mars Area Dialysis Services Board.

Renovation of the former Wells' Dairy Tech Center in downtown Le Mars for dialysis is expected to begin after a second round of bids.

The first bids exceeded budget projections. The new bid date is June 15th.

Great Southern Bank associates presented a gift to Le Mars Area Dialysis Service Center (LADS). The donation of about 300 dollars was from the companywide Caring and Sharing program.

The program encourages Great Southern Bank associates to become more involved in their communities. Great Southern West holds Caring and Sharing Casual Days where associates "pay" to dress casually about twice a month. The money raised goes to associate-nominated charitable organizations like Le Mars Area Dialysis Services (LADS).

 

(SIOUX CITY)--The federal court system in Sioux City is offering a new way for court bills to be paid.

The clerk of the U-S District Court is accepting Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express credit card payments in Sioux City.

According to the U-S attorney's office, this will make it easier for payments of restitution to crime victims, fines and special assessments.

 

Submit your news release, confidential news tip or news idea by email klemnews@lemarscomm.net, by calling 712.546.4121 or 712.546.9672 fax.

 

 

 

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