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KLEM News AM Update August 16, 2010

(LE MARS)--Choices for designs for a park area in southwest Le Mars may be narrowed to a smaller number by the Le Mars Park Committee today.

The Park Committee is prioritizing designs from I-S-U Landscape Architecture students who studied the city land as a class project. They visited the community, the area south of West Floyd Park,  and hosted a public meeting to gather ideas earlier this year.

City Administrator Scott Langel expects the the Park Committee to provide direction for some specific I-S-U landscape architecture class proposals for the public's thoughts.

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After those Park Committee choices, Langel says  the I-S-U College of Design will formalize those three or four in a large poster to be placed in public places such as City Hall, the Council Chambers and Library. 

(LE MARS)--Weather will determine when the Plymouth County Courthouse Annex building construction is complete.

The general contractor for the 637-thousand dollar office, storm shelter and storage building is H-C-I of South Sioux City. H-C-I construction manager Tom Koob has broken the project down to about 160 days, but he says it could spread out to 250 days, depending on winter weather.

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Koob explained the wall construction plans.

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To facilitate construction, the Recycling Dumpster was relocated to the north side of the Emergency Management location at 127 Third Street Northeast.

Courthouse parking will be most available on the north and west side of the building now because a contractor is replacing windows in the Courthouse. The southeast door to the lower level has been opened as an entrance so those entering from the south and east won't need to walk through the window work underway on the east side of the historic building.

Santorum makes northwest Iowa stops

(SIOUX CITY)--Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum visits Iowa this week. He'll start his fifth round of appearances in the state with stops in northwest Iowa.

The Republican is chairman of America’s Foundation. The foundation's website describes the foundation as the political action committee of the former Senator who is committed to helping candidates and causes who share his commitment to conservative principles.

Santorum will join Congressman Steve King for an event for King's Political Action Committee, Conservative Principles. King and Santorum will be at the Stoney Creek Inn from 5:30-7 tonight (Monday).

Tomorrow (Tuesday) morning Santorum attends a breakfast on behalf of Republican candidate for Attorney General, Brenna Findley. The campaign event is at the Ridge Golf Course in Sioux Center from 8-9 Tuesday morning.

He'll be in Milford, Ames and Des Moines later this week. The visit ends after stops at both the Iowa Pork Producers tent and the Republican Party of Iowa's booth at the State Fair Wednesday afternoon.

UNMC, Northeast Community team up for nursing


NORFOLK, Neb. (AP) The University of Nebraska Medical Center has partnered with Northeast Community College for a new nursing program in Norfolk.

Courses at the new J. Paul and Eleanor McIntosh College of Nursing on Northeast's campus will be offered starting this fall.

The college will offer bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in nursing from UNMC, as well as house Northeast's two-year nursing program.

UNMC says the 43,747-square-foot nursing facility was paid for through a $11.9 million capital campaign.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Names of victims in fatal Iowa crash released


COLFAX, Iowa (AP) The Iowa State Patrol has released the names of four of the six people killed in a multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 80 in Jasper County.

Spokeswoman Courtney Greene says it appears that 19-year-old Do Taw of Utica, N.Y., fell asleep at the wheel of a westbound minivan Saturday morning, hit a semi and crossed the median.

The van was then struck head-on by an eastbound car.

The driver of that car, 41-year-old Kenneth Payetta of Whitby, Ontario, was killed, as was a 16-year-old passenger whose name wasn't released.

Three others killed were: 18-year-old Hai Seu Moo of Albany, N.Y.; 20-year-old Ba Du La of Utica, N.Y.; and 19-year-old Toh Toh of Pittsburgh.

A 6-year-old was also killed, and a 14-year-old is in critical condition.

Taw was also injured.

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Public preschool is pricey for some Iowa parents

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) For some Iowa parents, the state's push for public preschool will come at a high cost.

Districts statewide will be charging tuition for 4-year-old students this fall, and some schools are charging more than $100 a month.

The charges come despite nearly $65 million in taxpayer funding for public preschool.

Critics say parents shouldn't be footing the bill for something the state has promised to pay for.

Gov. Chet Culver, a former teacher, signed a multimillion-dollar package of legislation in 2007 that was intended to make preschool available to most 4-year-olds in Iowa.

Under the legislation, participation is voluntary, and parents aren't required to send children to preschool.

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The tap water in Ames is safe to drink again.

(AMES, Iowa)--Ames officials lifted the boil order at a news conference Sunday.

The city was forced to shut down its water system Wednesday after broken water mains were discovered as a creek and river flooded large swaths of the city.

By Thursday, residents were allowed to use small amounts of water for showering or flushing toilets. Crews have repaired or isolated the broken mains.

John Dunn, the city's water and pollution control director, says there are no remaining restrictions on water.

Officials say residents should clear their plumbing systems by running faucets until the water turns cold.

Dishwashers should be run once with no dishes, and the first two batches of ice from icemakers should be discarded.

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2 Iowa men charged after rescue from flooded car


BRIGHTON, Iowa (AP) Two eastern Iowa men face trespassing charges after authorities rescued them from a submerged vehicle in Brighton.

Authorities say emergency crews in boats rescued 19-year-old Jake Franckowiak, who was driving, and his 20-year-old passenger, Michael Dice late Saturday. Both are from Washington.

The men had driven into water over a Brighton roadway that authorities had closed.

A third person who called 911 for the men said they heard yelling coming from the car.

Both men were charged with trespassing. Franckowiak was also charged with failure to obey a traffic control device.

It was not immediately clear whether the men have attorneys.

A day earlier, a 17-year-old Brighton driver was rescued from the same location. He was not charged.

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KLEM News Update Sunday, August 15, 2010

(LE MARS)--Ice Cream is a fund raiser for a group of Le Mars volunteers this afternoon.

Good Samaritan Society-Le Mars Auxiliary hosts their Ice Cream Social Summer fund raiser from 2:30-4 this afternoon in the dining room. All proceeds from the Ice Cream Social at Good Samaritan will be used for resident services and programs.

Other fund raisers include the Soup, Sandwich and Pie Supper in the fall and the Sunday Brunch in the Spring.

Volunteers give many hours assisting in resident programs and other projects. Anyone interested in being an auxiliary member and volunteering may contact Good Samaritan. The Le Mars location is on Highway Three East.

Akron-Westfield students present at Encounter Center August 28

(SIOUX CITY)-Students from a Plymouth County school will make a presentation in Sioux City on the 90th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U-S Constitution.

The League of Woman Voters of Sioux City and the Betty Strong Encounter Center are marking the anniversary of women's right to vote legislation. The program Sunday, August 28th at 2 p.m is at the Encounter Center on Sioux City's riverfront.

Presenters include the eighth grade students from Akron-Westfield. The group created a 2009 History Day Research Project and D-V-D on the life of Iowan Carrie Chapman Catt. Catt led the final march to passage of the amendment in 1920 as President of the National American Woman's Suffrage Association. The Iowa State University graduate founded the League of Woman Voters that same year.

The mother of U-S Senator Charles Grassley was the fifth woman to vote in Iowa in Grundy County when the first Iowa women legally cast votes in the election in August of 1920.

NCC names Morgan Alumnus of the Year

(SHELDON)--A Sheldon and Spirit Lake business owner is the 2010 Alumnus of the Year for Northwest Iowa Community College.

Rich Morgan of Sheldon received his Auto Body degree from what Northwest Iowa Community College was first called, Northwest Iowa Vocational School.

He took the skills from that degree in 1975 to a job at Brands Body Shop and purchased the business four years later. It was relocated in 1992 and he changed the name to Morgan Collision Center and Tire. He expanded the business to include mechanical repair and tires. Service is offered for cars to heavy duty trucks.

In 2006, Morgan opened Collision Masters in Spirit Lake which offers body work.

His involvement at Northwest Iowa Community College has included substitute teacher, Career day presenter, advisory committee member, teacher of E-M-S courses and internships.

Seven of his nine employees have graduated from N-C-C.

Mercy Gala honors Oncologist

(SIOUX CITY)--The Mercy Medical Center Foundation's Fall Gala will feature a southwestern theme.

The gala will honor a pioneer in cancer treatment in Siouxland, Dr. John "Jack Michalak." He was the first medical oncologist to begin a practice in Sioux City. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Dr. Michalak's practice with Siouxland Hematology-Oncology Associates in Sioux City.

He'll be honored with the Dr. George S. Spellman Annual Service Award.

Mercy Foundation Board President Dave Smetter says the oncologist's selection as the Spellmann honoree is consistent with the qualities previous honorees have exhibited. Smetter says all of us know someone with a family member or a friend who has been impacted by cancer. According to Smetter, in many instances, those families have heart-warming stories that tell about the care their loved one received from Dr. Michalak.

The fund raiser November 6th at the Marina Inn and Conference Center in South Sioux City is being chaired by chairpersons Dr. Larry and Jacki Volz.

Special enforcement begins August 24

(ORANGE CITY)--The Sioux County Sheriff's Office is joining other Iowa law enforcement and officers in the U-S to crack down on drunk or drugged driving.

The "Drunk Driving: Over the Limit, Under Arrest," effort is August 24th through September 6th.

Iowa reported 372 traffic deaths in 2009 and 92 of those were alcohol-related. 

Iowa counties eligible for federal disaster aid

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Fifty Iowa counties are now eligible for federal disaster aid in the wake of recent severe weather and flooding.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Saturday that 18 more counties are eligible for aid. They include Sioux, Dickinson and Emmet Counties.

FEMA had made 32 counties eligible earlier.

State and local governments and certain private nonprofits can seek help from FEMA's Public Assistance program.

The assistance program helps rebuild public infrastructure damage from the storms. The federal grants generally cover 75 percent of the approved eligible cost.

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I-80 crash in Jasper County leaves 6 dead, 3 hurt

COLFAX, Iowa (AP) The Iowa State Patrol says a sixth person has died after a multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 80 in Jasper County.

Spokeswoman Courtney Greene says the first call about the crash came in about 11:15 a.m. Saturday.

She says it appears that the driver of a westbound minivan fell asleep at the wheel, hit a semi and crossed the median.

The van was then struck head-on by an eastbound car.

Greene says all four people in the minivan have died. A man and a boy in the eastbound vehicle are also dead.

She says two people have minor injuries, and a third is in serious condition.

The accident shut down I-80 for about four hours.

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Pedestrian killed by car in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Cedar Rapids police say a pedestrian has been struck and killed on Interstate 380.

Police say officers responded to a call about the accident just after 1 a.m. Saturday.

Officers arrived at the scene just north of Glass Road to find that the pedestrian was dead.

Police aren't releasing the names of anyone involved.

The northbound lanes of I-380 were closed for about two hours after the accident.

The crash remains under investigation.

1 dead after several separate fires across Iowa

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) Several separate fires across eastern Iowa have left one person dead.

Assistant Dubuque Fire Chief Rick Steines says one person died in an apartment fire Friday evening. Authorities haven't released the person's name.

The fire's cause is under investigation.

Authorities say lightning sparked a house fire in Washington late Friday. No one was injured, and the fire was contained to the roof and attic.

An air conditioning unit may be to blame for a blaze that damaged a vacant manufactured home in Cedar Rapids. Fire officials say no one was injured.

The owner was in the process of selling the home and had already removed all but a few possessions.

And firefighters are blaming discarded smoking material for a Saturday fire in North Liberty.

Ames officials to lift restrictions on water use

AMES, Iowa (AP) Ames officials are lifting restrictions on water use but say tap water still isn't safe to drink.

The city was forced to shut down its water system Wednesday after broken water mains were discovered as a creek and river flooded large swaths of the city.

By Thursday, residents were allowed to use small amounts of water for showering or flushing toilets. Crews have repaired or isolated the broken mains.

City officials said residents should still use bottled water for drinking, brushing teeth, washing dishes and making ice.

U of Iowa aims to cut binge drinking numbers

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) University of Iowa officials want to move the school's high percentage of binge drinking among students down to the national average.

But school officials acknowledge it may take years to reach that goal.

Binge drinking among University of Iowa students stands at 70 percent. That's more than twice the national average of 33 percent, according to the American College Health Association.

School officials say the prevalence of binge drinking is linked to other alcohol-related problems among students.

For a role model, University of Iowa officials are looking to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where officials worked to reduce that school's high rate of binge drinking among undergraduates.



Traffic cameras become Cedar Rapids crash witness

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Police in Cedar Rapids say a recent crash shows how the city's newly installed traffic cameras can do more than catch red-light runners.

The intersection has a traffic camera monitoring it at all times. That camera was rolling when two drivers collided.

A 16-year-old girl says her car stalled at the intersection and when she finally got it going again, the light had turned red and she was in the middle of oncoming traffic.

The teen got a ticket, but can use the video to back up her story in court.

Police say the cameras act as an unbiased witness and help authorities get an accurate picture of what really happened.

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