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KLEM News Update - July 11, 2010

(LE MARS)--A show car tour travels into Le Mars for a stop on Central Avenue today.

Pizza Ranch is participating in a NASCAR Racing Show Car Tour with the Pizza Ranch hauler pulling into town between 12:30 and 6:30 today. The promotion is with the Joe Gibbs Racing Team.

The Pizza Ranch sponsored local racer from Le Mars of Jeff Brunssen's racing team car will also be downtown.

Bike Safety

(SIOUX CITY)--Bicycle safety is the focus of courses for young people in rural Woodbury County. The Sheriff's office is offering courses on the safe operation of a bicycle and bicycle maintenannce.

All courses are held rain or shine. Safety coordinators through Mercy Child Advocacy Center's "Safe Kids:" program will check children's safety helmets for proper fit. Siouxland District Health will provide I-D kits.

The courses begin Monday at the Sloan City Library at 1 p.m. The Pierson City LiIbrary is the site July 14th at 10 a.m. Classes are also offered July 15th at 8:30 a.m. at the Salix City Hall.

Organic Cooking Oil

(SIOUX CITY)--An organic cooking oil is available in Siouxland.

A Briar Cliff University student, Richard Miller is bottling, marketing and distributing Pureside Organics' cooking oil.

The business will operate out of Woodbury County. The product will be available at the Sioux City Farmer's Market and a Hy-Vee store.

Miller is in two programs promoting Entrepreneurship . They are at Briar Cliff and through Woodbury County government.

Miller is a sophomore at Briar Cliff. The Woodbury County Board of Supervisors granted two-thousand dollars to Pureside Organics. The Briar Cliff program provided $3,000.


University of Iowa museum to ask for FEMA funds

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) The University of Iowa plans to ask federal officials again for funding replacement efforts at the Museum of Art, which was heavily damaged by floods.

The building is located on the banks of the Iowa River and officials estimate damage of the building at $5.5 million.

Most of the art was removed before the flood, but university officials are considering relocating the museum.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency had ruled that the building didn't suffer damage over 50 percent of the building's worth. That means the agency will help pay to restore the existing building, but won't replace it.

Doug True is a vice president at the college. He says the university has a good case.

August trial for Iowan accused in toddler's death

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) A judge expects the upcoming murder trial for an eastern Iowa man accused of killing his girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter to last three or four weeks.

The trial for Lee Muldoon is set for Aug. 9. The Coggon man is charged with first-degree murder and child endangerment. He's charged in the beating death of Skylar Inman in July 2008.

About 100 prospective jurors are likely to be called.

Another hearing in the case is set for Friday.

Skylar's mother, Brianna Volesky, pleaded guilty in January to involuntary manslaughter. She will be sentenced after Muldoon's trial.


1 dead when bike and vehicle collide in Dallas Co.

ADEL, Iowa (AP) Authorities say a 55-year-old West Des Moines man is dead after his bicycle collided with an SUV in rural Dallas County.

The man was identified as Kim Lou Clayton. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

Iowa State Police say Clayton failed to stop at an intersection and hit the passenger side of a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe.

The crash happened around 5 p.m. Friday about three miles west of Adel.


ISU student struck by train was intoxicated

AMES, Iowa (AP) Police say a 19-year-old Iowa State University student who was struck by a train in April had been intoxicated.

Ames Police Department Cmdr. Mike Brennan says toxicology tests show Raven Gileau's blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.

Her body was found around 5:30 a.m. on April 25 near railroad tracks in Ames.

Her death certificate states she died of multiple blunt force injuries after being struck by a train. She was an architecture student from Woodbridge, Va.

Brennan says evidence suggests her death was accidental, but the case will be sent to the Story County Attorney's Office for consideration of possible criminal charges.


Japanese Beetle spreads across Iowa

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) The Japanese beetle is appearing in Iowa early this year, targeting trees and plants.

An Iowa State University bug expert, Ken Holscher, says the beetle has worked its way into southwest Iowa and is now documented in 37 counties in the state since 1994.

He says this year appears to be the worst in Iowa for Japanese beetles.

The beetle began emerging along the East Coast but has gradually drifted west across the country.

Adult Japanese beetles feed on more than 300 kinds of trees and plants, targeting foilage, fruits and flowers.

Holscher says there isn't one method of preventing the spread of the beetle that's effective but he says he keeps a bucket of soapy water nearby and knocks as many of them as he can into the bucket, where they die a quick death.

Holscher says the best defense against the Japanese beetle is to learn what it likes and doesn't like and plant accordingly.


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