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KLEM News AM Update August 30, 2010

 (LE MARS)--The sounds of old-time music on ten stages will fill the Plymouth County Fairgrounds for the next seven days.

Bob and Sheila Everhart and the Pioneer Ag Expo present the 35th annual National Old-Time Country and Bluegrass Festival and contest in Le Mars.

Everhart believes the doors are closed to new performers in the commercial music business unless they have a lot of money.

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Everhart says the festival tends to be kept in an acoustical setting.

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Bob Everhart explains known legends like Patti Page will be inducted into the Old-Time Country Music Hall of Fame.

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The celebration of America's musical heritage attracts audiences who make the festival their home by camping on the Plymouth County Fairgrounds.

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(ORANGE CITY) The Orange City Development Corporation has announced that the groundbreaking for the Hawkeye Center will be on Thursday, September 9. The Hawkeye Center is one element of Orange City's Phoenix Project. Committee Chair Marty Guthmiller explains.

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The new Hawkeye Center is designed to serve as a cornerstone for the city's revitalized downtown. It features nearly 7,000-square feet of retail space on the ground level and five private loft condominiums on the upper level, with authentic old-world Dutch architecture.

This is the first phase of the Phoenix Project, which contains 5 elements. The second phase is a community event center, which will break ground on Highway 10 East this fall. Guthmiller describes the final 3 elements.

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The public is invited to attend the Hawkeye Center groundbreaking scheduled for 11:30am on September 9th. At that time the city hopes to announce the retail businesses interested in the Hawkeye space. (News report by Angela Drake, KLEM News)

King hosts Town Hall meeting today


(SIOUX CITY)--Sioux City is the location for Congressman Steve King's Town Hall meeting today (Monday, August 30).

The Town Hall meeting, open to the public, is on the Western Iowa Tech Community College campus beginning at 9 a-m.

King says the Sioux City Town Hall meeting was scheduled earlier this month, but was cancelled when Congress was called into session.

During the one-hour session today, King says he will listen to the questions and concerns from residents of the Fifth Congressional District.

The location on the Western Iowa Tech campus is Room L417, Parking Lot 3, Entrance 11.

 Pavement project closes exits

(SIOUX CITY)--Pavement work will affect travel on Interstate 29 today (Monday) and tomorrow.

The Iowa Department of Transportation will close Exit 151 (Iowa 12 and Riverside Boulevard) for pavement patching from 7 a-m today until Tuesday at 7 a-m, weather permitting. The Sioux City Construction office for the Iowa Department of Transportation issued written information about the work.

Traffic on I-29 will be at a reduced speed and use exit 151 to detour around the work zone. Traffic on Southbound Riverside Boulevard/Iowa 12 will not be able to access 1-29 at Exit 151. Southbound I-29 will not have access to Riverside Boulevard/Iowa 12, but northbound I-29 traffic will.

Joint Commission gives Mercy three-year accreditation

(SIOUX CITY)--The top administrator at Mercy Medical Center, Bob Peebles, sees a three-year accreditation as underscoring the patient care delivered by the Mercy family.

Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City received accreditation from The Joint Commission. The accreditation covers Mercy Medical Center, Mercy Home Medical Equipment and the various Mercy clinics in Sioux City, South Sioux City and Dakota Dunes.

A team of health care professionals representing the Joint Commission made an on-site survey of Mercy Medical Center in May.

The Commission seeks to improve health care for the public by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value.

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Ames evaluates future flood protection

AMES, Iowa (AP) City officials in Ames are evaluating ways to protect businesses, homes and Iowa State University's campus from future flooding.

Bob Kindred is the assistant city manager. He says everything is on the table, since flooding is becoming increasingly common.

The options include dams, levees, flood barriers and stricter zoning laws.

Kindred says officials will discuss the options at a Sept. 14 City Council meeting.

Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency are expected to visit ISU this week to make damage estimates.

Earlier this month more than two dozen buildings on campus suffered storm and flood damage. Up to 14 feet of water filled Hilton Coliseum.

Police: Men cooking meth started apartment fire

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Des Moines police say they believe two men cooking methamphetamine caused an explosion that started a fire that destroyed 30 apartments.

They say the two men were taken to University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City with burns. Des Moines Fire Department spokesman Capt. Steve Brown says one had burns on 30 percent to 50 percent of his body.

Des Moines Police Sgt. Misti Allison says no charges had been filed Saturday but the investigation continued.

The fire at the three-story apartment building started about 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Firefighters had it contained by 2 p.m., but Brown says it was a complete loss. Two-thirds of the roof had collapsed by late afternoon.

A Red Cross spokeswoman says the charity has made 32 offers of help with food, clothing and shelter.


Some question if UI violating product policy

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) A leader of an effort opposing Iowa City's ordinance that limits when minors can enter bars is accusing the University of Iowa of a double standard when it comes to licensing products with the trademarked Hawkeye logo.

Student Matt Pfaltzgraf is a leader of YESS, which stands for Yes to Entertaining Students Safely. Pfaltzgraf says the university has a policy against selling things that promote alcohol use, yet allows the school's logo to be featured on shot glasses and pitchers.

He says the university is making money off those products while trying to combat binge drinking.

University officials say those items are not marketed as items meant for consuming alcohol and are regarded as collectibles. And they say the school can't control how anyone uses a UI-licensed product regardless of its intended purpose.


Penford loses lawsuit over flood insurance

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) An Iowa corn milling company has lost its lawsuit accusing two insurance companies of acting in bad faith for refusing to pay millions of dollars in claims from the 2008 flood.

Penford Products Corp. had to temporarily close its Cedar Rapids plant after it was inundated by floodwaters. The company expected damages to exceed $56 million.

National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh and Ace American Insurance Co. paid $20 million on Penford's policies, but denied many of the company's claims.

The insurance companies asked to have Penford's lawsuit dismissed. Chief Judge Linda Reade dismissed the suit last week before it went to jury.

The judge also ruled that Penford must pay the insurers' legal costs. Penford says it plans to appeal.

Farm House Museum at ISU turns 150 years old

AMES, Iowa (AP) A building on Iowa State University's campus in Ames is celebrating a milestone.

The Farm House Museum is 150 years old.

Students and staff commemorated the anniversary with an open house on campus last week. Among them was Megan Bendixen. She's a senior studying history.

She says the Farm House is such a familiar sight to students, but not many know why the building that sits at the center of campus is significant. Built in 1860, it was the campus' first building.

It's also called the ``Curtiss House'' because Charles Franklin Curtiss and his family lived there until the late 1940s. Several of the family's belongings are still in the house.

The building opened to the public as a museum in 1976.


Iowa teacher charged with beating teen

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) A 36-year-old Davenport substitute teacher has been charged in the beating of a teenager.

Kelley Jo Gerdts has posted $5,000 bond. She turned herself in to police and was charged with felony child endangerment.

Authorities say the victim wasn't one of her students. They haven't said how she knows the teen.

Davenport police Capt. Dave Struckman says investigators have ``very strong evidence'' against Gerdts, including an audio recording of one of the alleged beatings taken by another minor.

Police say they've also recovered a broken broom handle and blood.

Gerdts has worked as a substitute teacher in the Davenport Community School District.

No published telephone listing for Gerdts could be found. It wasn't immediately clear whether she has an attorney.

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KLEM News Update August 29, 2010


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A cloned animal has won a championship ribbon at the Iowa State Fair for the first time.

This year's 4-H grand champion steer was named Doc. He is a clone of the 2008 winner, named Wade.

Both steers were shown by 17-year-old Tyler Faber of Sioux City. Faber's father, David Faber, is president of Trans Ova Genetics of Sioux Center, which does cloning.

David Faber says Doc was cloned and shown at the fair to demonstrate what cloning can accomplish.

The director of 4-H livestock judging at the fair says judges didn't know Doc was a clone when they gave him the blue ribbon on Aug. 18. But Mike Anderson also says entering a clone in the competition is not against the rules.

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NWC ranked by Washington Monthly

(ORANGE CITY)--Northwestern College ranks second in Washington Monthly's 2010 ranking of the top baccalaureate colleges in the nation.

The magazine says its ranking are based on how well the schools are fulfilling their obligations in the areas of social mobility, service and research.

Northwestern's information about the ranking indicates the feature was begun in 2005 taking a different approach described as "What are colleges doing for the country?"

Northwestern President Greg Christy says it is great to be affirmed externally for what he witnesses every day at the Orange City college.

Yanney named to Hall of Fame

(SIOUX CITY)--A Sioux City businesswoman is one of the four new members of the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame.

Charese Yanney received the the honor Saturday in Des Moines Yanney is a partner with her father, Jim, in the family business, Guarantee Roofing, Siding and Insulation Company.

The Sioux City native left the classroom after four years as a junior high teacher to work for the family business and became a partner a year later.

Her leadership working on behalf of women and girls was noted with two events for United Way of Siouxland: Women’s Power Lunch and Women United, which have raised more than $516,000 for women and girls in Siouxland. To date, the Power Lunch has raised $231,000 that have been awarded to 68 single mothers. Women United, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for Siouxland youth 0 to 18, has awarded $285,000 awarded to 13 innovative programs.

She's been involved in the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Siouxland, St. Luke's Regional Medical Center Board and the Sioux City Symphony.

She's serve on several state commissions and boards, including the Iowa Association of Business and Industry

Glow-in-the-dark games are "Welcome Week" event at Briar Cliff

(SIOUX CITY)--Briar Cliff University students are being welcomed to campus and classes with activities both on and off campus.

"Welcome Week" traditions include dinner with President Beverly Wharton and Jim Wharton at their home. The Freshmen Food Drive will benefit the Food Bank of Siouxland.

Students will also attend a presentation by Patty Spady, "Death by Alcohol: The Sam Spady Story."

Patty Spady's daughter, Sam, died from acute alcohol poisoning at age 19. The presentation Thursday night at eight is at the Saint Francis Center in the Stark Student Center.

Student activities for this week include picnics, athletic events, ping-pong and an outdoor evening of glow-in the-dark games.

DNR lifts Schaller boil advisory

(SCHALLER)--Residents in a Sac County community do not need to boil drinking water.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources lifted a boil advisory for Schaller Saturday afternoon.

According to written information from the D-N-R, the town's emergency well failed during work on the water tower which caused the entire system to lose pressure. Once pressure has been lost within a water system, the potential existed for bacterial contamination which prompted the boil order.

Water samples returned Saturday morning indicated the system was free of bacteria and safe to drink without boiling.

 

2 injured in fire at Des Moines apartment complex

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Des Moines police say it appears that an explosion caused a massive fire at an apartment complex that left two men injured.

Police Sgt. Misti Allison said Saturday afternoon that the injured are being stabilized and will be transferred to Iowa City Hospital.

Fire Capt. Steve Brown says one person has burns to 30 to 50 percent of the body.

The victims' names haven't been released.

Firefighters were called to the Willow Park Apartments about 12:30 p.m. They arrived to find flames coming from a second-story window.

Witnesses say they heard a loud bang and a scream come from a second-floor apartment just before a screen door flew off.

Authorities evacuated the three-story building. The cause of the explosion is under investigation.

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Iowa teacher charged with beating teen

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) A 36-year-old Davenport teacher has been charged in the beating of a teenager.

Kelley Jo Gerdts has posted $5,000 bond. She turned herself in to police and was charged with felony child endangerment.

Authorities say the victim wasn't one of her students. They haven't said how she knows the teen.

Davenport police Capt. Dave Struckman says investigators have ``very strong evidence'' against Gerdts, including an audio recording of one of the alleged beatings taken by another minor.

Police say they've also recovered a broken broom handle and blood.

Gerdts has worked as a substitute teacher in the Davenport Community School District.

 Iowa police find crack cocaine, guns at restaurant

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Cedar Rapids police say they've recovered crack cocaine and several weapons after shots were fired at a city restaurant.

Police say they were called to Kumbala restaurant early Saturday because weapons had been discharged inside.

As officers arrived, they say a 16-year-old boy was running out, and he was found to have crack cocaine and a handgun.

A 51-year-old man and a 32-year-old man were also arrested for carrying weapons and interfering with official acts.

Police say the 51-year-old man had a large knife.

Police recovered two handguns, as well as the cocaine, from the search of the restaurant and its patrons.

No one was injured in the incident.

Older activists, younger crowd team to fight nukes

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Anti-nuke protesters of years past are joining forces with a younger generation as the battle over nuclear power appears to be starting again.

President Barack Obama has backed billions in federal loan guarantees to build two nuclear reactors in Georgia. Political support for nuclear power has grown, and people are more open to nuclear energy.

Anti-nuclear activists who protested years ago say to be effective now, they have to update their tactics. No more protests, sit-ins and horror stories. But there's Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

For one group in Georgia, it's the newer crop that really has brought those skills to the table. Emma Ogley-Oliver, a member of Nuclear Watch South, says the Internet is helping the movement grow.

Wet summer is washout for some farmers, gardeners

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) Rainfall in Iowa this summer is one for the record books.

State climatologist Harry Hillaker of the Iowa Department of Agriculture says on average across the state, 2010 will be the second-wettest summer on record.

Hillaker says records have been kept on statewide weather for more than 130 years. He says 1993 was the No. 1 year for rain, but for a while, 2010 was ahead of that.

Farmers and gardeners aren't very happy about the wet summer.

At a farmers' market in Ottumwa, master gardener Ule Glenn says vendors have great-looking products just not as much. She says the weather is to blame.

But farmers have some good news. A warmer-than-normal fall is expected, with perhaps a little drier weather during harvest.

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