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KLEM News AM Update July 28, 2010

(LE MARS)--New action and royalty are opening night attractions for the 2010 Plymouth County Fair.

Motocross begins at six tonight in the grandstand. Fair queen Caine Westergard and King Ben Schilmoeller will crown the new royalty at seven in the Pioneer Village.

Fair Board members and other volunteers have prepared the grounds this summer. Fair Board chairman Terry Reuter describes the work as mostly catching up on fix-up jobs.

New sidewalk was added on the east side of the Open Class Exhibit building.

Reuter says the improvements are funded with Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) Le Mars Hotel/Motel Sales Tax (HMST), the Community Foundation of Greater Plymouth County and Plymouth County Board of Supervisors county budget contribution.

According to Reuter, the fair focus is young people in 4-H or F-F-A.

The complete schedule for "The Best Five Days of Summer" is with this story on the KLEM web page and in the KLEM Fairs and Festivals guide or at the fair website

Wednesday, July 28
(Motor Inn, Le Mars, Inc. &
Bob’s Bike Shop Day)
7:00 a.m. Tickets On Sale at Gate
7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Horticulture, Food and Preservation
A Fair Trolley or golf carts will run from 7:00 a.m. -
9:00 a.m. only to provide transportation to all
open class exhibitors from South parking lot
to Open Class Building
7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Rabbit entries in place
8:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m. Open Class Entries - Art Show, Creative Hobbies,
and Antiques & Collectibles
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 4-H & FFA Livestock Entries in place
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Horticulture, Food and Preservation Entries -
no transportation assistance
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Livestock Weigh-ins complete
9:00 a.m. - Noon Swine Scanning
9:00 a.m. 4-H Exhibit Building Open
12:00 p.m. Blair House Open
12:00 p.m. 4-H Clothing Selection & Fashion Revue –
Century Hall
1:00 p.m. 4-H & FFA Rabbit Show – Tent by Rabbit Barn
1:00 p.m. 4-H & FFA Livestock Judging Contest Check-in –
Covered Arena
1:30 p.m. Sheep Scanning
2:00 p.m. Commercial Exhibits and Round Barn open
2:00 p.m. 4-H & FFA Livestock Judging Contest –
Covered Arena
4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Lego Booth – Building west of Pioneer
Village Stage
4:30 p.m. Grand Champion Photos – 4-H Building
5:00 p.m. Midway Rides Open
5:30 p.m. Bucket Calf Check-in
6:00 p.m. Bucket Calf Judging
6:00 p.m. Motocross - Grandstand
7:00 p.m. King & Queen Crowning – Pioneer Village
9:00 p.m. - Midnight Teen Dance – Century Hall
10:00 p.m. Open Class, 4-H Exhibit Building and Blair
House Close
10:00 p.m. Commercial Exhibit Buildings and Round
Barn Close

Pioneer Village
Wednesday, July 28, 2010

8:00 p.m.The Meyer Bluegrass Band - Sponsored by Motor Inn of Le Mars

9:00 p.m.The Meyer Bluegrass Band - Sponsored by Bob’s Bike Shop

Wingert joins Plymouth County Sheriff's staff

(LE MARS)--A Sioux City native is the newest Plymouth County Sheriff's Office employee.

The new deputy sheriff, Jacob "Jake" Wingert brings three years of experience and a criminal justice degree to his job as a deputy sheriff. Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo says Wingert is a Sioux City North High School graduate.

Wingert fills a slot that's vacant due to the September first retirement of Sergeant Lynn Steckelberg. Steckelberg is the department's civil deputy handling work that includes garnishments and sheriff's sales.

Van Otterloo says Wingert has started his work prior to Steckelberg's retirement because another deputy on the department, Scott Dorhout, was called to active duty in Afghanistan.

Orange City business is part of food companies' merger

(CINCINNATI)--A business with operations in Orange City is part of a merger by three food companies.

Senior management from Advance Brands, Advance Food Company and Pierre Foods Tuesday announced a merger agreement to create Advance Pierre Foods.

According to the Orange City Chamber of Commerce, Advance Brands employs about 400 workers at its production and research facility.

The combined business, Advance Pierre Foods, will supply value-added protein and convenience foods products to the foodservice, school, retail, club, vending and convenience store markets. Advance Pierre Foods will be based in Cincinnati and operate protein processing facility in three states, including Iowa.

The merger is expected to be completed in two months.

Le Mars man arrested on burglary and vehicle charges

(LE MARS)--A Le Mars man is being held in the Plymouth County jail after his arrest by Le Mars Police.

Twenty-seven-year-old Allen Bradley Clay of Le Mars is charged with felony burglary in the third degree and operating a vehicle without the owner's consent.

Police arrested Clay Sunday after receiving information that a vehicle was taken from 23 Orchard around five in the morning. He was arrested at the location the vehicle was taken from around  6:30 Sunday morning.

Two injured in Sioux City collision

(SIOUX CITY)--A Sioux City man was seriously injured in a two-vehicle accident in Sioux City Tuesday evening.

According to Sioux City Police,  a motorcycle and an S-U-V were involved in a collision in Morningside on Gordon Drive.

Officers report  the driver of the motorcycle, 48-year-old John Kentner of Sioux City was lying on the roadway unconscious and not breathing. Kentner was taken to Mercy Medical Center in SIoux City for serious injuries.

A 12-year-old who Police did not identify was also listed as being seriously injured and was taken to Mercy, too.

The name of the driver of the S-U-V also has not been released. The accident is still being investigated.

 SIMPCO awarded Economic Development Administration funds

(SIOUX CITY)--A planning council serving five northwest Iowa counties will receive 62-thousand dollars.

Senator Chuck Grassley announced the Economic Development Administration funds for the Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council (SIMPCO).

SIMPCO provides services to Plymouth, Cherokee, Woodbury, Monona and Ida Counties.

A total of 61-thousand dollars was awarded to the Northwest Iowa Planning and Development Commission which serves nine counties including Sioux, O'Brien, Lyon and Buena Vista Counties.

3,000 gallons of sewage pour into Des Moines River

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A power surge at a pumping station allowed sewage to pour into the Des Moines River on Tuesday.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says about 3,000 gallons of untreated wastewater flowed into the river after a power surge took the station's pumps and emergency alarm out of service.

The pumping station, located near the Birdland Marina, was repaired and put back into service.

Officials say there's no threat to Des Moines' drinking water because the discharge happened downstream from where the city draws its water.

2 IA counties called disaster area for May storms

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) President Barack Obama has declared a disaster area for two southeastern Iowa counties affected by severe storms and flooding in May.

Des Moines County and Lee County will receive federal funds to help them recover from storms and floods on May 12-13. The money will help them rebuild damaged infrastructure and cover the costs of emergency work.

Gov. Chet Culver asked the Obama administration on July 7 for a disaster declaration for 35 counties affected by flooding and storms since June 1. Culver's office says additional counties may be added to the disaster declaration following damage assessments that are due by Aug. 1.

Culver on Monday requested a preliminary damage assessment from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for counties affected by last weekend's flooding. On Tuesday, Iowa's five congressmen wrote to Obama asking him to speed the process.

Trial delayed for suspect in rest stop killing

MARENGO, Iowa (AP) The trial for a Nebraska man charged in the shooting death of a maintenance worker at a rest stop on Interstate 80 in Iowa has been rescheduled.

Thirty-two-year-old Peter I. Riggs, of Columbus, Neb., is now set to stand trial for first-degree murder in Iowa County District Court on Oct. 5. His trial had been due to start Aug. 30. His pretrial conference has also been rescheduled, and is now set for Sept. 20.

Riggs is charged in the shooting death of Jeffrey McAdam, of Victor, on May 29 in the men's restroom at the rest stop near Victor, about 70 miles east of Des Moines. McAdam died at the scene from a single gunshot wound.

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

Shortage causes runway light outage at CR airport

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Flights have resumed at the Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids after an electrical shortage blacked out all lights on the runway.

Airport Director Tim Bradshaw says two flights were diverted and a third was delayed Monday night when a shortage in a sign panel on the runway caused the lights to go out.

Bradshaw says Tuesday that the problem was discovered about 8:40 p.m. during a regular inspection of the runway. It was fixed around midnight.

Bradshaw says a United Airlines flight from Chicago to diverted to Des Moines while an American Airlines flight from Chicago was turned back. An Allegiant Airlines flight to Las Vegas was delayed from 9 p.m. to midnight.

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

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KLEM News PM Update July 27, 2010

(LE MARS)-Funds from two housing programs in Le Mars in the 1990s are getting new life.

A total of about 125-thousand dollars was leftover from what were known as a HOME program and a Community Development Block Grant CDBG. The programs were used to spur housing in an area known as Countryside Estates.

City Administrator Scott Langel says the HOME funds are no longer restricted to a specific geographic area in the community.

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Langel explains the Le Mars Housing Review Board is hearing options for the Community Development Block grant funds.

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The block grant amount that remains is about 50-thousand dollars.

 New tenants renting Plymouth County-owned building

(LE MARS)--New tenants will fill offices left vacant when a state agency reduced fulltime offices in Plymouth County,.

Plymouth County supervisors today (Tuesday) approved contracts with Parent Partners and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

They'll be located in the county-owned Iowa Department of Human Services building near downtown Le Mars. The Iowa Department of Human Services Director reduced the office to part-time and many employees were relocated to other counties, prior to the start of the new state budget year July first.

Jacob Wingert, a Sioux City North and Morningside College graduate, was introduced to supervisors today by Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo. Wingert previously worked in law enforcement in Denison and he'll fill a vacancy due to a retirement in the sheriff's department.

Board members updated the Court Administrator, Leesa McNeil, on plans to find the source of water leaks in the state clerk of court's office that follow rainfall. Testing to pinpoint the problem is planned tomorrow (Wednesday).

Engineer Tom Rohe reported weather is delaying progress on a bridge north of Seney on County Road C-16. The completion is pushed back at least a couple of weeks. Rains have also played havoc with paving progress on County Road K-22 north of Sioux City. The contractor is Cedar Valley Paving of Waterloo.

Info released on fiery crash that killed 3

REMBRANDT, Iowa (AP) Buena Vista County authorities have released more information on a fiery crash that killed three people near Rembrandt.

The sheriff's department said Tuesday a car driven by 55-year-old Pedro Pablo Gordillo Nino, of Storm Lake, collided with a vehicle driven by 66-year-old James Victor Clausen, of Sioux City on Sunday afternoon. The accident happened at the intersection of Highway 3 and County Road M-44.

The Gordillo car burst into flames. Bystanders and a Rembrandt paramedic were able to pull Gordillo from the wreckage, but could not free his passenger, who died in the fire. She's identified as 51-year-old Ma De Lourdes Melo De Gordillo. All three victims died at the scene.

Authorities are still investigating.

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

Suspect arrested in Spirit Lake assault

(SPIRIT LAKE) --A Spirit Lake man is facing attempted murder charges after an early morning assault on a woman.

Spirit Lake police say they were sent to a home this (Tuesday) morning. Dispatchers had gotten a 9-1-1 call during which no one would speak. Officers found a woman at the home who had been violently assaulted with a knife.

She was taken to Lakes Regional Healthcare then life flighted to a Sioux Falls hospital. Dickinson County sheriff's officers, Okoboji and Arnolds Park police and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation helped process evidence. Detectives say 39-year-old James Michael Naujock is charged with first-degree kidnapping, attempted murder, willful injury, going armed with intent and domestic abuse assault.

He also faces counts of interfering with official acts and obstruction of emergency communications. Naujock is being held in the Dickinson County Jail. More charges are possible and investigators are still working the case. (News report by Mark Bruggom, KICD Spencer/Radio Iowa)

Culver adds 4 counties to disaster list

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Gov. Chet Culver has added four more counties to a disaster declaration because of flash flooding.

The proclamation, issued Monday, is for Buchanan, Clayton, Dickinson and Jackson counties.

Culver issued proclamations on Friday and Saturday for Dubuque, Delaware and Jones counties.

Eligible residents can seek up to $5,000 in reimbursements for damage incurred for individuals and families whose income is less than 200 percent above the poverty level. For individuals, it's about $22,000 or less. For a family of four, it's about $44,000 or less.

More information is available on the state's Department of Human Services' website.

UI looks at new power plant

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) The University of Iowa wants to build a $70 million power plant to help provide electricity and steam for buildings on the west side of campus.

Spokesman Ferman Milster says the plant would be a backup generator for University Hospitals and Clinics and research buildings.

Those buildings are powered by the university's main power plant, which is on the Iowa River. That plant was knocked offline for four months during the floods of 2008. The hospital was forced to cancel nonessential surgeries and procedures.

Milster says a new plant would be powered by natural gas and would be away from the Iowa River. It would continue to provide power during a major flood.

The Iowa Board of Regents has given the initial approval to begin planning.

Jury convicts man in 1995 Iowa gang shooting

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A Polk County jury has convicted a man of voluntary manslaughter in a gang killing in Des Moines in 1995.

Jarmaine Allen was accused of killing reputed gang leader Jody Stokes outside a bar.

Allen was charged with first-degree murder. The jury on Monday convicted him of a lesser charge. Allen faces up to 10 years in prison. A sentencing date was not immediately set.

It was Allen's fifth trial for Stokes' death.

Stokes' killing prompted a wave of violence that included the 1996 death of a Des Moines woman who was caught in the crossfire between rival gang members. Allen was convicted of second-degree murder in that shootout and was sentenced to 50 years in prison.

Iowa police seek suspect in cleaning woman attack

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) Burlington police are seeking a suspect who assaulted a cleaning woman with a pry bar when she interrupted him during a break-in at her employer's business.

Police say the woman, who was not identified, suffered facial injuries when she fought off the man early Sunday.

Police say the woman was attacked when she went to the Crazy Coyote tavern around 5 a.m. Police say she noticed a security light above the back door was out. As she got closer, she saw a man near the back door.

Police say the woman yelled at the man, who hit her with the pry bar, which he was using to break into the bar.

The woman went to a nearby convenience store and called for help. The suspect fled the area.

Low oxygen level caused fish kill in Iowa lake

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) State environmental officials say low oxygen levels related to the weather, not chemicals, probably caused a fish kill in a Burlington lake earlier this month.

The fish kill at West Lake was discovered on July 21. The Department of Natural Resources says a combination of warm lake water and cold rain likely caused oxygen levels to drop.

Spokesman Brian Lee said Monday that chemicals were not an issue. He says fewer than 1,000 fish died, most of them small bluegill.

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