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KLEM News AM Update August 24, 2010

(LE MARS)--A Le Mars man's footwork paid off during "Pride Night" Monday night at Jim Lorenzen Field.

The community celebration of Le Mars Community and Gehlen Catholic Schools included the KLEM "Kick for Cash."

Dave Ruden, KLEM director of operations, said Tom Rohde successfully kicked a field goal from the 20-yard line to win $500 in cash from KLEM.  Two other contestants missed their attempts, making Rohde the sole winner.

Grassley speaks to Kiwanis Club

(LE MARS)--Health care reform is one topic expected to be discussed with Senator Chuck Grassley in Le Mars this (Tuesday)morning.

Grassley will talk with Le Mars Kiwanis Club members at Floyd Valley Hospital's lower level conference center. The public forum begins at seven this (Tuesday) morning.

Hospital administrator Mike Donlin says although this is a breakfast meeting for Kiwanis members, coffee and pastries will be available for members of the public.

Office of Energy Independence wants to hear from Le Mars area residents today

(LE MARS)--Le Mars area residents may help shape Iowa's future energy plans at a meeting today (Tuesday).

Roya Stanley is the director of the Iowa Office of Energy Independence which is hosting the meeting. Stanley explains the meeting is the fifth in the state to provide an update on what's happened in the last few years.

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Stanley says Le Mars is a community that received funds for energy improvements such as the Le Mars Convention Center heating, ventilation and air conditioning project.

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Stanley encourages Le Mars area residents to suggest ideas to help shape the next Iowa Energy Independence Plan for 2011.

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The plan is submitted to the Governor and legislators.

The public meeting sponsored by the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce is at City Hall in the Council Chambers from 12:30-1:30 this afternoon.

ICON Ag Solutions development agreement before Plymouth County Supervisors

(LE MARS)--An agreement with an expanding industry is an agenda item for the Plymouth County Board of Superviors meeting today.

The proposal to be considered at 9:30 this morning puts into a legal document the commitment ICON Ag Solutions, the city of Le Mars and Plymouth County have.

The John Deere dealership is relocating to the west side of Le Mars and expanding. The location is just west of  Highway 75. The City Council has signed the agreement.

Supervisors will consider a radio lease extension agreement with the Clay Rural Water System. County Public Safety communication uses equipment based at a water system site.

 Agenda: Tuesday, August 24, 2010


9:30 AMJim Henrich - Plymouth County Board Chairman
1.Call meeting to order
2.Approve this agenda (Action)
3.Approval of prior Board meeting minutes (Action)
4.Approval of claims and payroll (Signatures)
5. Committee Reports (Discussion)
6. Old Business
A. Approve the ICON development agreement (Action)
7. New Business
A. Approve a radio lease extension agreement with Plymouth County and the Clay Rural
Water System (Action)
B. Open and review mail/correspondence (Discussion)
C. Open public forum (Informational)


10:00 AMTom Rohe, Plymouth County Engineer
(Action Items)
1. Permit-MidAmerican Energy-Sec 15/16 Stanton Twp
2. Permit-Frontier Communications-Sec 13 Elkhorn Twp/Sec 18 Garfield Twp
3. Permit-Sec 28/29 Hungerford Twp
4.Contract- Project LC-141340-73-75

(Discussion Items)

(Informational Items)
Update on construction projects


Iowa crops ahead of normal; harvest could be early


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Iowa's corn and soybean crops continue to develop ahead of normal.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that nearly all corn acres in Iowa have reached milk stage, 87 percent have reached dough stage, and 54 percent have started to dent. All of those stages are still ahead of last year and the five-year average.

Pods have set on 95 percent of soybean acres. That's three days ahead of last year and one day ahead of average.

About two-thirds of Iowa's corn is rated in good or excellent condition. About two-thirds of soybeans also are in good or excellent condition.

Most of Iowa got a break from heavy rains last week. There were 5.1 days suitable for fieldwork the highest reported since the week ending May 30.


Explosive device found near Ankeny bicycle trail


ANKENY, Iowa (AP) Authorities are investigating after police and sheriff's deputies responded to reports of a large explosive near a bicycle trail in Ankeny.

It happened Sunday morning. Ankeny Fire Marshal Craig Fraser says they found a 100-gallon metal cylinder filled with some type of flammable liquid, surrounded by some burning tires.

He says firefighters don't often see something that large, making it clear someone wanted ``to see it go boom really big.''

The tank hadn't exploded when authorities arrived, so the Des Moines bomb squad used a robot to make the cylinder safe. The fire was extinguished and the trail reopened.

Investigators are trying to identify the substance inside the cylinder.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Seven more Iowa counties have been added to a presidential disaster declaration for public assistance after severe storms, flooding and tornadoes this summer.

Gov. Chet Culver announced Monday that they are Calhoun, Clarke, Dallas, Hamilton, Ida, Keokuk and Washington counties. Fifty-seven counties are now covered by the declaration.

Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties may begin registering for assistance at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).

Iowa man wanted in tire iron beating death


COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) An arrest warrant has been issued for a Council Bluffs man in the tire-iron beating of two Nebraska men, one of whom died from his injuries.

Council Bluffs police say the warrant charges 20-year old Chad Fortner with first-degree murder and other serious charges.

The charges stem from an attack Saturday night that resulted in the death of 28-year old Alejandro Sanchez, and severe injuries to Iyair Solis-Marin, both of Omaha, Neb.

Officials say Sanchez and Solis-Marin went to a home in Council Bluffs Saturday night to see an unidentified woman.

The woman says when Sanchez allegedly assaulted her, two men and a woman drove up. One of the men later identified as Fortner allegedly struck Sanchez in several times in the head with a tire iron before turning on Solis-Marin.

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

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KLEM News PM Update August 23, 2010

(LE MARS)--Community support for Le Mars Community and Gehlen Catholic extracurricular activities is celebrated with "Pride Night," tonight (Monday).

The tailgate by the Gehlen Catholic and Le Mars Community Booster Clubs begins at 5:30 this afternoon at Jim Lorenzen Stadium. The pep rally is at seven tonight.

Fall sports season previews are planned with interviews of the coaches by KLEM Radio Sports Director Denny Callahan.

Highlights of "Pride Night" include the introduction of all activity sponsors and coaches and all students involved in activities/sports.

Three people will have the opportunity to kick a field goal and win up to $500 during the annual "Kick for Cash" sponsored by KLEM.

Orange City group masters one rim

(ORANGE CITY)--An Orange City group pedals its way through parades and celebrations.

Unicycle enthusiast A-J Korver says riding the one-wheeled cycle is unlike anything else.

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David is A-J Korver's cousin who bought a unicycle after seeing them in Europe and was one of three Korvers forming the Orange City club in 2008.

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According to A-J, club members practice together on Mondays mastering tricks they've read about on the Internet.

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The group has had up to 30 riders.

If you're interested in trying to pedal on one rim,  A-J estimates a used unicycle costs  $50, while a new one is $100.

The unicyclists take their talents on the road with appearances in the Ice Cream Days parade in Le Mars and at Orange City care centers. They'll be part of the parade in Sutherland at 11 a-m on September 6th. Learn more about the Eenwieler (Dutch for unicycle) Club at

www.eenwieler.org

Sioux City  inmate died of liver failure

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A prison official says a Sioux City man sentenced to 25 years in prison for killing his wife died earlier this year of liver failure.

Fifty-one-year-old Tim Sohler, at inmate at the state prison in Anamosa, died in June at University Hospitals in Iowa City.

Department of Corrections spokesman Fred Scaletta says an autopsy showed Sohler died of liver failure, but additional tests could not determine the cause.

Sohler was charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of his wife in their home in December 2008.

He pleaded guilty last October in Woodbury County District Court to attempted murder and willful injury.


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

Highway 20 repairs in Sioux City underway

(SIOUX CITY)--Highway 20 repairs will lead to lane restrictions in the Sioux City area beginning today (Monday).

According to the Iowa Department of Transportation, asphalt resurfacing and patching work between Morningside Avenue, Exit 3, near Sioux City and Highway 140, will require a lane closure until about October first.

Drug charges filed after rural Milford search

(SPIRIT LAKE)--Two rural Milford residents face drug charges are a search of a residence last week.

According to the Dickinson County Sheriff's Office, deputies were joined by the Clay County Sheriff's Office, Milford Police and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement in executing a search. The joint investigation search was made just before midnight last Monday.

Authorities report Glenn Ripka and Jeannette Ripka were both arrested and the Ripkas were each charged with felonies of possession of a controlled substance, marijuana, with intent to deliver the drug; failure to have a drug tax stamp; and a third charge of possession of drug paraphernalia

FDA commissioner says agency needs more authority

WASHINGTON (AP) The head of the Food and Drug Administration says her agency is taking the massive egg recall ``very, very seriously,'' but needs more enforcement powers.

Appearing on morning news shows, Margaret Hamburg urged passage of legislation giving federal regulators significantly more authority to intervene when food safety problems arise.

Hamburg called for more investigative tools in the wake of some 1,300 salmonella poisonings and the recall of around a half-billion eggs distributed by two Iowa farms. She advised consumers to cook eggs well and avoid the over-easy style, saying there should be ``no more runny egg yolks for mopping up with toast.''

Hamburg appeared Monday on ABC's ``Good Morning America,'' NBC's ``Today'' show and CBS's ``The Early Show.''

5 wounded in shooting at Iowa bar

KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) Authorities are investigating a weekend shooting that left five people wounded after a hip-hop concert at a bar in Keokuk.

The shooting happened shortly before 2 a.m. Saturday at the L-Treyns Sports Bar and Nightclub.

Mayor Tom Marion says the unidentified victims were treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Their names were not immediately available.

Marion says the bar was getting ready to close after the concert when some kind of altercation occurred inside that might have spilled outside

Police Chief Tom Crew was expected to release details about the shooting on Monday.

1 dead in horse-drawn buggy crash in Iowa

LAMONI, Iowa (AP) Authorities say the driver of a horse-drawn buggy pulling some farm equipment was killed when the buggy was hit by a car in southern Iowa.

The accident happened shortly before 9 a.m. Saturday on a Decatur County road near Lamoni.

The Iowa State Patrol identifies the buggy driver as Enos Yoder, of Lamoni.

Troopers say the driver of the car was apparently distracted by his MP3 player and didn't see the buggy. Both vehicles were traveling south, and the car hit the buggy from behind.

The patrol says one of the two horses pulling the farm equipment was killed.

The accident remains under investigation.
(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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