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KLEM News AM Update August 28, 2010

(ORANGE CITY)-- DuPont business Pioneer Hi-Bred announced it will open a new corn research center in Orange City. The center will be located in the industrial park behind Pizza Ranch headquarters, construction will start this fall.

Research Scientist Eric Riedeman,  who recently moved to Alton from Wisconsin, will oversee a comprehensive corn breeding program at the research center. He will lead efforts to test experimental hybrids, evaluate and position new commercial hybrids. Riedeman said the new venture will benefit area farmers.

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According to Riedeman the new station will employ a number of people.

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Pioneer Hi-Bred expects to begin operations officially in the spring of 2011, after construction is complete. Pioneer already began research expansion in the surrounding area this summer with increased acres for experimental hybrid testing in eastern Nebraska, southeastern South Dakota and western Iowa. (News report by Angela Drake of KLEM News)

Fuel spills after cars derail

(Le Mars)--Le Mars firefighters contained a diesel spill from a rail car that left the tracks in southwest Le Mars early Friday afternoon.

Le Mars Fire-Rescue Chief David Schipper says three cars derailed. The refrigeration system on one of the cars is powered by diesel fuel. The leak began after the empty car tipped one fourth of the way to the east near Cloverleaf Cold Storage

Firefighters used materials to absorb the liquid and diked and dammed the area to contain the fuel that had spilled in a gravel and earthen area. Schipper says that prevented the fuel from going into a water way or the sewer system.

The Union Pacific railcar was part of a train being pulled north by a Canadian Northern engine on the city rail, north of 18th Street Southwest.

Chrome debris in the rail crossing on 18th Street Southwest that caused a wheel on the car to bounce is believed to have caused the derailment.

No one was injured. Le Mars Police and Plymouth County Emergency Management assisted the fire fighters.

 Findley campaigns in northwest Iowa

(LE MARS)--The Republican candidate for Iowa's Attorney General says stopping fraud and scams would be an area of consumer protection she'd address.

During a KLEM News interview Friday, Brenna Findley pointed to Internet crimes.

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On the campaign trail for the office held by Democrat Tom Miller, Findley also had a jobs message. She said she'd work to bring jobs to the state by focusing on two different issues.

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The Dexter attorney is the former Chief of Staff for Congressman Steve King.

Suspect convicted of northwest Iowa business burglaries

(PRIMGHAR)--An investigation linking northwest Iowa and eastern Iowa crimes led to the arrest and conviction of a Wisconsin man.

The O'Brien County Sheriff's Department released written information about the investigation and arrests for eight restaurant burglaries in Woodbury, O'Brien and Sioux Counties.

The burglaries were first reported on May 30th in Woodbury County at Anthon, Smithland and Oto bars and restaurants. On May 31st, burglaries were reported in Sutherland, Calumet, Primghar and Archer. The Sioux County Sheriff's office investigated a burglary in Hospers on May 31st.

Detectives found similarities and with the assistance of a regional law enforcement system, found similarities in eastern Iowa in Clinton County. Further investigation also indicated there were burglaries in Wisconsin and Illinois that had similarities.

The Clinton County Attorney's office headed up the prosecution of cases against 22-year-old Jeremy Gary Kahl and 23-year-old Crystal Marie Evanson, both of Mount Horeb. Kahl was convicted on burglary charges on August 5th and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Evanson faces several burglary and theft charges. He is also facing burglary charges in Illinois and Wisconsin.

The Sheriff's Offices were also assisted by the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation.

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