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KLEM News PM Update August 19, 2010

 

(DES MOINES)--A 360-acre camp near Westfield is the focus of a meeting in Sioux City next week.

Camp Joy Hollow is one of three camps for the Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa. Located in the Loess Hills, Joy Hollow includes a lodge, swimming pool, picnic shelter, tent camping area and six "treehouse-style" sleeping cabins for campers.

A meeting to discuss Joy Hollow is planned Monday. Kristin Hunter of Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa says the purpose of the meeting is to keep volunteers and the community "in the know" on the Volunteer Committee's review of Joy Hollow.

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The meeting is Monday night from 6:30-8 at the Girl Scout Sioux City Leadership Center at 1515 Zenith Drive.
Sewer cleaning planned in September

(LE MARS)--A contractor for the city of Le Mars will begin annual sewer line cleaning next month.

Le Mars Wastewater Treatment Facility and Collection System Superintendent Ron Kayser says the cleaning reduces the likelihood of sewer lines plugging.

The area to be cleaned includes all the area west of Fourth Avenue Northwest and Southwest, from Sixth Street Northwest to 24th Street Southwest. The cleaning also includes all the area south and west of Central and 24th Street South.

When the work begins September first, Kayser says the cleaning could take up to six weeks to complete. Residents may experience some minor sewer problems and or traffic congestion in these areas.

If you live in the areas being cleaned, Kayser says small things that can be done to alleviate problems in your home include pouring water down your floor drains; having your sewer vent checked for blockages by bird nests, twigs/debris, and closing the toilet lid.

Shoulder repairs on I-29 northbound

(SIOUX CITY)--Road work is changing traffic patterns on Interstate 29 until early this afternoon (Thursday).

According to Dean Herbst of the Iowa Department of Transportation in Sioux City, the shoulder on northbound Interstate 29 will be repaired between Hamilton Boulevard and the South Dakota linewhich will close a lane.

The traffic restriction will direct drivers on northbound I-29 to the ramps at Exit 151 while the work is underway.

The shoulder repair is to be completed early this afternoon.

Hamilton faces 151 months for conspiracy conviction

(SIOUX CITY)--A Sioux City man has been ordered to serve more than ten years in prison.

According to the U-S Attorney's office, 33-year-old Gladwin Hamilton pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute crack cocaine, distributing the drug, and aiding and abetting another in the distribution of crack cocaine.

Prosecutors say Hamilton admitted his involvement in a conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine in the Sioux City area between 2002 and June of last year. He was arrested after authorities accused him of selling the drug to a confidential informant.

Hamilton was sentenced by a federal judge in Sioux City to more than 12 years in federal prison . He is being held for the U-S Marshal's Service until he can be taken to a federal prison. 


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Salmonella outbreak linked to Kenosha restaurant

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) One of the 21 diners at a Kenosha (ken-OH'-shah) restaurant sickened by a salmonella bacteria linked to contaminated eggs has filed a lawsuit.

Tanja Dzinovic of Pleasant Prairie is suing the egg producer, Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa, and others after getting sick from a Cobb salad at Baker Street Restaurant and Pub in June.

Hundreds of people have been sickened in a salmonella outbreak linked to eggs in four states and possibly more. Wright County Eggs has expanded its recall to 380 million eggs.

The Journal Sentinel says the state Department of Health Services has linked all 21 confirmed cases of salmonella-related illnesses in Wisconsin to the Kenosha restaurant.


Child neglect trial delayed for Iowa woman

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) The child-neglect trial of a Dubuque woman has been delayed as authorities wait for lab results on apparent human remains discovered in her backyard.

Tamelia Harris was arrested in June after police began searching for her 20-month-old daughter, Cecilia.

While trying to find the toddler, police found what they believe are the remains of a small child in Harris' yard. Authorities are awaiting lab results to identify the remains and provide clues about the cause of death.

Harris' trial on the neglect charge was set for Aug. 30 in Dubuque County District Court. The trial has been delayed, and no new date is set.

Iowan pledges $11 million for literacy center

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) A Des Moines businessman has pledged $11 million to create a literacy center at the University of Northern Iowa.

Richard O. Jacobson has pledged the gift, pending approval by the Board of Regents. It's the largest gift the Jacobson Foundation has made, and the largest gift ever to UNI.

The center will focus on educating, coaching and mentoring teachers and administrators.

Jacobson says learning to read is the ``most important aspect'' of education, and he's pleased to partner with UNI.

Jacobson, a native of Belmond, is the founder of Jacobson Companies, which started with a Des Moines warehouse. He expanded the company into a business with eight separate companies, employing more than 6,500 people in 27 states.

100 people expected to rappel Des Moines building

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) People are going Over the Edge next month in downtown Des Moines to raise money for Special Olympics.

The ``Over the Edge'' event features people rapelling 345 feet down The Financial Center.

Nearly 50 people had signed up by Wednesday morning. About 60 spots were still open.

CEO Mark Reed of Iowa Special Olympics says since the event is being held on a weekday, people who are at work or walking the skyways downtown will be able to watch people ``going over the edge.''

The event is set for Sept. 22. People who want to go Over the Edge have to raise $1,000 to participate.

Rodents knock out phones at Iowa school

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Officials say squirrels are the likely culprit in knocking out phones and the Internet at Iowa City's West High School, but it won't delay the start of school.

Principal Jerry Arganbright says the rodents chewed through a fiber optic line on campus sometime Tuesday morning. Crews made temporary repairs and restored both phone and Internet service. A permanent fix will be done over the weekend.

Arganbright says classes were to start as scheduled on Thursday.

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