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KLEM News AM Update September 29, 2010

(LE MARS)--Volunteers leading an effort to collect items to send in holiday care packages for troops on active duty from the Le Mars area will collect the boxes October 8.

Fifteen businesses, schools and churches have collection boxes for specific items to be donated for the care packages.

One of the volunteers, Pat Warner says two items have been collected at lower amounts and could use additional donations from those who'd like to express their support for the soldiers . The items are cereal and instant soups being collected at Hy-Vee and hand and foot warmers which are collected at Bomgaars.

An estimated 80 boxes will need to be shipped to members of Troop C of the Iowa Army National Guard in Le Mars who were activated in August. Warner is also collecting names of others who are serving their country and could receive a care package.

The cost to ship each of the boxes weighing up to 70 pounds will be $12.50. Donations are still needed to cover the cost of the postage. An account, "Le Mars Troops Care Package Fund" is set up at Primebank to accept donations for the postage. It's estimated the cost to ship the care packages will be roughly one-thousand dollars.

Footings to be set during early fall Courthouse Annex construction

(LE MARS)--A South Sioux City contractor will soon set footings for the Plymouth County Courthouse Annex building.

Some county officials, the project manager for the contractor, H-C-I of South Sioux City, and project architect Dale McKinney of M+ of SIoux City, met Tuesday to look at rubble unearthed during construction.

The material on the north side of the construction site near the Courthouse was first thought to be a cistern. However, auditor Stacey Feldman reports additional digging by the contractor indicated the material was a pile of brick, cement and rubble buried many years ago.

Feldman issued written information to update reporters that stated, "At this point, they are going to excavate most of that material and continue to move forward on setting footings and pouring concrete, with not a lot of extra concerns than if it was a cistern."

The annex building is an office, storm shelter and storage building being built by the contractor with the low bid of 637-thousand dollars. After construction began, an 85-thousand dollars grant for the storm shelter was awarded through the state I-JOBS program.

Fall harvest bounty for gardeners includes tomatoes

(Plymouth County) Fall is here...and while farmers are harvesting grain from the field, area gardeners are bringing in some of the last vegetables from their gardens. Melissa O'Rourke, ISU Extension Educator, says that people are still harvesting cucumbers, squash, peppers and tomatoes. She added that now is the time to bring in your green tomatoes.

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After the first frost, or when your vegetables are done growing, fall sanitation should begin. O'Rourke says this is especially important this year.

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To sanitize your garden you should get rid of any plant matter including vines, leaves and old fruit. Post frost is also a great time to test and fertilize your soil.

If you have questions regarding your garden or yard contact your county's ISU extension office. The number for Plymouth County is 712-546-7835. (News report by Angela Drake, KLEM News)

I-29 project has material slide near the Big Sioux

(SIOUX CITY) The expansion of Interstate 29 through Sioux City hit a bit of a speed bump this weekend with the sliding of material near the Big SIoux River.

Iowa Department of Transportation engineer Dean Herbst says they're excavating along the Big Sioux to place a retaining wall for the new southbound lane of I-29 near Riverside.

Herbst says the rainy conditions have caused the river to rise above the retaining wall footing and washed away material.

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According to Herbst, this "minor delay" included roughly 100 feet of sliding in the total 800-foot project.

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An estimate about how much time and money was lost in this wash-out is not known.

Study: Mo. River projects won't affect 'dead zone'

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) Scientists say a plan by the Army Corps of Engineers to dump sediment into the Missouri River would not significantly expand a so-called ``dead zone'' in the Gulf of Mexico.

The National Academy of Sciences released the study Tuesday. It was requested two years ago by the Corps, which manages the Missouri River.

State officials in Missouri had objected to proposals for improving wildlife habitat along the river by carving out side channels and dumping sediment into the main channel.

Missouri officials have cited fears that nutrients in the sediment would worsen pollution in the river, which feeds into the Mississippi River and eventually the Gulf of Mexico. Such nutrients are blamed for a so-called ``dead zone'' in the Gulf.

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

Judge certifies class-action discrimination suit

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A lawsuit filed by several black plaintiffs against the state of Iowa claiming hiring discrimination has received class-action status.

Polk County District Court Judge Robert Blink approved the class-action status Tuesday. The case, initially filed in 2007, includes 32 plaintiffs who allege they were discriminated against because they are black. They all applied for jobs with the state or sought promotions in state jobs they already had.

The attorney who filed the lawsuit, Thomas Newkirk, says the case seeks to deal with the varying degrees of discrimination seen in state government.

Deputy Iowa Attorney General Jeff Thompson says his office encouraged the certification of the case. He says it allows the case to move forward without delay.

Trial is set for September 2011.

Farmer killed in Iowa grain bin accident

OAKLAND, Iowa (AP) Authorities say a 69-year-old southwest Iowa farmer has died in a grain bin accident.

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Department says the man became trapped inside the bin Tuesday night. The accident happened just outside of Oakland.

Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Sgt. Chris Weber says emergency workers had to cut holes into the side of the silo to find the man.

Boy rescue from grain wagon in Iowa

DYERSVILLE, Iowa (AP) Dubuque County authorities have released the name of a child who was trapped in a grain wagon at his family's farm near Dyersville.

The sheriff's office on Tuesday identified the boy as 10-year-old John Kramer.

Officials say the sheriff's office received an emergency call shortly before 7 p.m. Monday. When emergency crews arrived, family members had already pulled the boy out of the wagon.

Kramer was taken to an area hospital, then flown to University Hospitals in Iowa City. The hospital says no information was available on the child.

Charges filed in deadly Iowa vehicle crash

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Des Moines police say a 22-year-old Iowa woman has been charged with providing alcohol to a minor in connection with a deadly vehicle accident.

Police said Tuesday that Silvia Fouch of Johnston is charged with supplying alcohol to a minor resulting in death. Police say Fouch was arrested on the felony charge and taken to the Polk County jail on $50,000 bond. Police say Fouch provided alcohol to 20-year-old Jennifer Nichole Poli of Newton.

Poli died in a vehicle crash on July 16. Police say at the time of the crash Poli's blood alcohol level was 0.19 percent, above the legal limit. A person who answered a phone listing for Fouch said it was the wrong number. A public defender assigned to Fouch did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Iowa bank robber sentenced to 20 years

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Federal authorities say they've sentenced a 51-year-old man to 20 years in prison for robbing two Des Moines banks and passing notes to bank workers that said ``I am armed.''

The U.S. attorney's office in Des Moines said Tuesday that Ray Edward Lee was sentenced on counts of bank robbery and violating supervised release. He was ordered to serve three years supervised release upon completion of his sentence. He must pay $200 to a crime victims fund and $3,335 in restitution.

Prosecutors say the sentence came after Lee pleaded guilty in June. He was accused of taking money from two U.S. Bank branches in Des Moines on Oct. 27 and 28 of last year.

Jewish man sues Postville for discrimination

POSTVILLE, Iowa (AP) A Postville man has filed state and federal lawsuits against the city claiming he has suffered discrimination because he is Jewish.

Gabay Menahem is a residential landlord in Postville. The Gazette newspaper in Cedar Rapids reports that he has filed the lawsuits against the city of Postville, the city clerk and two city council members. In the lawsuits, Menahem alleges the city denied him due process because he is Jewish and city officials made disparaging comments.

Postville Mayor Leigh Rekow says the city has no comment on the lawsuit.

Menahem is seeking compensatory and punitive damages and equitable relief. The lawsuits allege city actions related to water, snow and street services led to the failure of his company.

Iowa health efforts get $720,000 in federal money

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) HIV surveillance, tobacco prevention and infectious disease responses are among the Iowa projects that will receive about $720,000 in funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Iowa Department of Public Health announced the funding Tuesday, saying it comes through the Affordable Care Act. Department director Tom Newton says the money will allow for the ``development and expansion'' of programming. The money will be divided among the three efforts.

The largest share of about $475,000 will go toward preventing infectious diseases. About $180,000 will be used to prevent and track HIV in Iowa. About $65,000 will be for programs aimed at curbing smoking in Iowa.

Webster City firm ready to make electric cars

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa (AP) A Webster City company is close to beginning production of electric vehicles.

AMS Inc. owner Joe Fleming says the firm is about two weeks away from producing the autos and is putting final preparations in place. The Webster City Freeman Journal reports Tuesday that the company will start out assembling about 38 cars a week and increase that to about 100 cars a week in December.

The company is hiring workers and Fleming says they're ``anxious to get started.'' In late July the company and Webster City announced that AMS had signed an agreement with EnVision Motor Company of Ames to produce the Electric Motor Cars brand. AMS workers will install the drive train and motor into car chassis made in Europe.

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

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KLEM News PM Update September 28, 2010

(KINGSLEY)--Two people were injured in an accident involving an A-T-V and a dirt bike about four miles northwest of Kingsley Monday night.

The Plymouth County sheriff's office reports the dirt bike operated by 23-year-old Brandon Schoen of Sioux City and the A-T-V operated by 21-year-old Andrew Arnold of Sioux City had been running dirt trails.

The sheriff's report states Schoen and Arnold were going to a residence to put the vehicles away about 9:30 last night and were being operated without lights.

The vehicles met head on a gravel road, Noble Avenue, and both drivers were ejected.

Schoen was taken to Mercy Medical Center by Kingsley Ambulance for incapacitating injuries. Arnold was taken to the Sioux City Hospital by Mercy Air Care for incapacitating injuries. He was transferred to care at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha. Schoen is hospitalized at Mercy in fair condition.

Grain auger accident investigated by sheriff's office

(LE MARS)--A Le Mars man was injured in a farm accident Friday afternoon (September 24th).

The Plymouth County Sheriff's Office reports 59-year-old Wayne Kolbeck was caught in a grain auger inside a grain bin in the 3400 block of 200th Street.

Le Mars Fire-Rescue and Le Mars Ambulance responded to the farm accident.

Kolbeck was taken to Floyd Valley Hospital by ambulance and later transferred to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City by Mercy Air care.

New clinic opens in Sioux City Friday

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) Two new clinics that will provide health care to low-income Iowa adults are to open in Sioux City and Waterloo.

The state Department of Human Services announced the new clinics on Tuesday. Officials say IowaCare patients can receive services at the new clinics instead of traveling to University Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. The Siouxland Community Health Center in Sioux City and Peoples Community Health Clinic in Waterloo will open Friday.

Iowa Medicaid enterprise director Jennifer Vermeer says the IowaCare program has grown three times faster than officials predicted. The program serves about 38,000 eligible adults. The Sioux City clinic will provide care to patients in 12 northwestern Iowa counties and the Waterloo clinic will serve patients in 14 counties.

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

Street project planning begins in Orange City

(ORANGE CITY) Construction on a street to serve an expanding industrial area in Orange City is expected to begin in the spring.

A Sioux City firm has been hired to design more than 2000 feet of street in the Orange City Industrie Centrum in southeast Orange City.

The street work will provide access to nine additional lots totalling about 54 acres fur future industrial projects.

One business locating in the area was announced last month. Pioneer Hi-Bred's new Northwest Iowa Research Center will be in the industrial park.

Orange City Development Corporation Vice President Marty Guthmiller said with the announcement by Pioneer Hi-Bred, and other pending projects, the need to complete the transportation plan and have more "shovel-ready" building lots is critical to meeting development project short deadlines.

More than 400-thousand dollars in state transportation funds has been awarded for the street improvements. According to information released by the city of Orange City, the street project is to be completed by next July/August.

Texas woman dies from Clay County accident injuries

(SPENCER)--A woman injured in a traffic accident in July in Clay County has died in Texas.

The Clay County Sheriff's office was notified by a medical examiner in Austin, Texas that the death of 63-year-old Janet Price of Garland, Texas was a result of the accident in Iowa on July third.

Price was the driver of a car that was was struck by a sport utility vehicle as Price attempted to cross Highway 71 from Highway 18. The sheriff's office reported Price failed to yield from the stop sign.

Price was taken by air ambulance to a Sioux Falls hospital after the accident. Her injuries were listed as life-threatening.

Poll: Iowans give Obama poor marks

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A Des Moines Register poll shows a slight majority of likely Iowa voters disapprove of President Barack Obama's performance.

The first-term Democrat is on a four-state tour of backyard visits, which includes Des Moines on Wednesday.

The Iowa Poll in Tuesday's newspaper shows 55 percent of likely voters in Iowa say they are dissatisfied with Obama. The rate is up from 50 percent since the poll measured approval for Obama in February.

Among all Iowa adults, Obama's disapproval was at 50 percent, up from 47 percent in February.

The telephone poll was conducted Sept. 19-22 by Selzer Co. Inc. of Des Moines of 803 Iowa adults. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. Questions asked of 550 likely voters have a margin of error of plus or minus 4.2 percentage points.

Owner claims mystery photos found in Iowa flood

COLFAX, Iowa (AP) A treasure trove of photographs and keepsakes found in a rubber tub floating in flooded Colfax has been claimed.

WHO-TV reports that Jodie Borts, of Colfax, says the tub belongs to her brother-in-law, David Witke, who recently moved to Florida. Borts says he ran of room in the moving truck and stored some of his belongings in a relative's garage in Colfax.

The bin was found by Delores Parvi's son, who spotted it after the Skunk River flooded Colfax last month. A military photograph had the name ``Witke'' on the man's uniform.

David Witke says the airman is his older brother, who died in a car accident in 1989.

Iowa woman pleads not guilty to school theft

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) A former office manager accused of taking $1.2 million from the Clinton Community School District has pleaded not guilty to a federal theft charge.

The Clinton Herald says Denisa Babcock, of Camanche (kuh-MANCH'), entered a not guilty plea on Monday in U.S. District Court in Davenport.

Babcock was indicted last Tuesday on a federal theft charge for allegedly stealing $5,000 or more from the district. State Auditor David Vaudt on Friday released a report that found the district was missing $1.2 million in undeposited collections, interest and improper disbursements.

Babcock was released on $250,000 bond. Her trial is set for Nov. 1 in Davenport.

A call to Babcock's attorney, Leon Spies (speez) of Iowa City, on Tuesday was not immediately returned.

Judge sentences Cedar Rapids landlord to 20 years

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) A federal judge has sentenced a Cedar Rapids landlord to 20 years in prison after he was convicted of mail fraud, tax fraud and perjury.

U.S. District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett on Monday sentenced 56-year-old Robert Miell, who had pleaded guilty last year to 18 counts of mail fraud and two counts of perjury. A jury also had convicted him of two counts of filing false federal tax returns.

Miell owned hundreds of rental properties in Cedar Rapids. He was convicted of perjury in connection with a civil lawsuit brought by insurance companies that claimed he falsely sought payments for roof repairs that were never completed.

The other convictions stem from a scheme to defraud renters by retaining damage deposits and by failing to report insurance payments on his tax returns.

Miell also was fined $250,000.

Boy rescue from grain wagon in Iowa

DYERSVILLE, Iowa (AP) Authorities say a child was rescued from a grain wagon in rural Dyersville in northeast Iowa.

The Dubuque County sheriff's office says an emergency call about the incident came in shortly before 7 p.m. Monday.

Officials say when emergency crews arrived, family members had pulled the boy out of the wagon. The child was taken to an area hospital, then flown to University Hospitals in Iowa City.

The sheriff's office on Tuesday says no additional information, including the boy's name and condition, had been released.

Thief steals ashes of Iowa woman's father

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) A Waterloo woman is asking the thief who broke into her home to return the oak box containing her father's ashes.

Suzanne Young's father, Edwin Ireland, died eight years ago.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier says two weeks ago, her home was burglarized and the thief took off with the urn containing her father's remains.

The burglar struck early Sept. 16 while Young was spending the night with a friend.

The bandit took jewelry boxes from the top of a dresser, as well as the wooden box containing the ashes.

Young suspects it was mistaken for a jewelry box.

No arrests have been made.

Man dials wrong number in alleged Iowa threat

CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) Authorities say no charges will be filed against a man who allegedly called in a threat to the Floyd County Courthouse in Charles City by mistake.

Floyd County Sheriff Rick Lynch told the Globe Gazette that the man called Monday afternoon, but he dialed the wrong number. The man was actually in Cresco and was trying to call the Howard County Courthouse.

Lynch says precautions were taken at the Floyd County Courthouse until officials determined the man was outside the Howard County Courthouse.

Lynch said officials in both counties have dealt with the man in the past and he has some ``anger issues.''

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