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KLEM News AM Update May 12, 2010

(ORANGE CITY)--An Orange City business is premiering new three-dimensional images.

Bill Barstow is president of Main Street Theatres which now offers 3-D at Holland Plaza Theatre in Orange City.


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"There's a pipeline of 3-D film that is filling up seemingly every single week and there's some great big titles that we wanted to be able to play in that format," Barstow explains. "The original concept and design of Orange City was to be a regional theater; it was going to serve a very big region of northwest Iowa. By being first in the market, being able to put this projector in there, just solidifies the Holland Plaza's mission to be a destination showplace--that it was to be a place where people from a broad area could come and enjoy the latest and greatest and it doesn't get much latest and greatest then the Dolby Digital projector right now."

Barstow describes the cost of the addition of a screen equipped with Dolby's 3-D technology as significant for Main Street Theatres which he describes as an extended "Mom and Pop" business.


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"It's a very significant investment, but one that we felt is worthwhile and one that we felt made the right sense," Barstow says. "It's got to make business sense, but it made the right sense inside that market and it made the right sense for our company at this time. So, yes, it was a big investment for a small company like ours. I think we're kind of an extended Mom and Pop operation, it's a small company, Main Street Theatres. For us to do something like this takes a lot of commitment. But it's not only commitment from us; it's commitment from the people we do business with in the market from the people that own our building to our bankers that we work with. It's a big deal and I think the nice thing about this was that the people we work with in Orange City recognize the importance of it and it's going to work out well."

Main Street also has businesses in downtown Sioux City, Sheldon, Shenandoah, Nebraska City and Fremont.

(LE MARS)--The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors has authorized road closings for the 2010 construction season. The actual date of closures will be determined by Plymouth County Engineer Tom Rohe. Rohe updated the board on the first road closing, which begins May 17 for a bridge replacement over the Floyd River, just east of Highway 60 on county road C-16.


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"On this road closure that's with the bridge on C-16, over the Floyd River, just east of Highway 60, the contractor is Christensen Brothers out of Cherokee. We had their pre-construction meeting Thursday. We're going to meeting with some utilities Wednesday, but we should have everything lined up and ready to go by Monday. We have 100 working days on the contract which is five months. I am hoping it doesn't take five months--that would be October 17th. Whether we get it done in four months or four and a half months, I don't know for sure. It will kind of depend on the summer and how the construction goes. That would include the bridge, the paving, 100 percent complete."

The detour is from the intersection of Highway 60 / C-16 north on Highway 60 to K-64, south on K-64 to C-16.

A complete listing of road closures is on the KLEM web page; look for the construction sign. (News report by Dave Ruden)

(CARROLL)--A Republican candidate for governor is making campaign appearances in northwest Iowa.

Rod Roberts, a state representative from Carroll, is one of three Republicans seeking the party's nomination for governor in the June 8th primary.

Roberts will speak at the Business Leaders Club meeting in Sioux City this morning. He'll host a "Meet Rod Roberts" event at the Sibley City Park tonight at six. Roberts hosts another event at the Family Table in Sheldon at noon on tomorrow. He's scheduled to be at the Tulip Festival and Parade in Orange City Thursday evening.

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(AP) Vice President Joe Biden will campaign in Cedar Rapids for Democratic Gov. Chet Culver next week.

Biden will join Culver on Tuesday at a noon rally at Greene Square Park in downtown Cedar Rapids.

The event will come a day after Culver formally kicks off his campaign for a second term on Monday at a Des Moines high school.

Culver plans five days of campaign events throughout the state, ending Friday in Ankeny.

Three Republicans are seeking the nomination to run against Culver in the November general election.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Republican state Auditor David Vaudt is backing Terry Branstad in the GOP gubernatorial primary.

Vaudt made his endorsement Tuesday, citing the former governor's record of dealing with budget troubles during his four terms in office from 1983 to 1999.

Vaudt says he met with all three Republican candidates before making his decision.

As auditor, Vaudt keeps watch over state spending and is consistently critical of Democrats who hold majorities in the Iowa Legislature and Democratic Gov. Chet Culver.

Vaudt says this is the first time he's taken sides in a Republican primary, and he promised to campaign for Branstad.

Branstad argued that Vaudt's endorsement is especially important because the state is facing severe budget problems.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) A former supervisor says he told former Agriprocessors manager Sholom Rubashkin about underage workers at an Iowa slaughterhouse but that Rubashkin ignored him.

Rubashkin faces 83 counts of child labor violations, stemming from a May 2008 raid at the Postville plant in which 389 illegal immigrants, including children, were detained.

Former supervisor Matt Derrick testified Tuesday in Rubashkin's trial that he told his former boss that children worked up to 100 hours a week at the plant.

A former underage worker, Alvaro David Ajin Garcia, testified Tuesday that he started working at the plant when he was 16. He says he used fake documents and lied about his age to get the job.

Garcia, who is from Guatemala, says he complained about chemicals he used burning his lungs but that his supervisors did nothing.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) A federal judge in Cedar Rapids has sentenced a Dunkerton woman to nearly six years in prison for multiple felony convictions committed when she pawned 18 stolen firearms in June and July of last year.

U.S. District Court Judge Linda Reade handed down the 70-month sentence Tuesday against 27-year-old Leslie Pecenka, who pleaded guilty in January to two counts of being a felon in possession of firearms.

Pecenka admitted pawning 11 guns in Evansdale and seven others in Waterloo. Pecenka said she stole the firearms, which were worth more than $1,000, from her father and grandmother.

Federal prosecutors say Pecenka had prior felony convictions in Black Hawk and Grundy counties.

CHICAGO (AP) An Iowa doctor who police say stabbed himself while jogging along the Chicago River was put on leave the day before the incident and was under investigation by the University of Iowa.

Chicago police say 63-year-old Gary Hunninghake of Coralville, Iowa, reported being attacked last month while jogging but now admits he stabbed himself. Hunninghake is charged with felony disorderly conduct and filing a false police report.

Hunninghake was hospitalized on April 24 and was initially reported in critical condition.

Spokesman Tom Moore said Tuesday that search warrants have been executed as part of the University of Iowa's investigation, which he wouldn't give a reason for.

Telephone calls Tuesday to Hunninghake's office at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City weren't immediately returned.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A Des Moines couple, Lynn and Paul Montgomery, say someone stole an American flag from their front yard and apparently compounded the offense by cutting the flag into pieces.

Lynn Montgomery says she probably wouldn't have called police if the 3-by-5-foot flag hadn't been cut up.

She says she found only one small scrap of the flag in the yard after last week's theft.

A police report filed on Monday lists no suspects. Thieves also took the pole.

Lynn Montgomery says she and her husband will replace the flag and pole once they can find some on sale.

CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) The former Floyd County attorney has decided to appeal a Board of Supervisors' decision earlier this year to remove him from office.

Judge John Mackey has ruled the appeal should be heard outside Iowa Judicial District 2A because Jesse Marzen regularly interacted with judges in that jurisdiction.

Floyd County supervisors on April 5 declared the county attorney's office vacant after Marzen's law license was suspended by the Iowa Supreme Court. The court ruled he broke the rules when he engaged in a sexual relationship with a client before his election in 2006.

Marzen denied the charges.

Without a valid license, Marzen was not eligible to serve as county attorney under Iowa law.

The supervisors named Normand Klemesrud, who was serving as assistant county attorney, as Marzen's replacement.

AMES, Iowa (AP) Because of cuts in state appropriations, the College of Engineering at Iowa State University has informed 22 administrative staff that their jobs have been eliminated or are scheduled for elimination.

The college also announced Tuesday that it has reorganized several administrative units.

The moves are expected to reduce the college's annual budget by more than $1 million, and they follow three previously announced program eliminations. The eliminated programs are the Engineering Policy and Leadership Institute; the Faculty and Staff Portfolio System; and PERUSE, which stands for ``Providing Experiences in Research for Undergraduate Students in Engineering.''

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) There are three new faces along eastbound Interstate 80 in Iowa City, and they're big.

Salinas, Calif.-based artist John Cerney installed the three larger-than-life paint and plywood faces over the weekend. Cerney says they depict an angry man, a confused man and a disappointed woman, and they aren't meant to convey any specific message. Cerney says they're just meant to encourage people to ask questions.

The 53-year-old describes himself as a ``highway artist'' and says he gets commissioned to do work along side roadways, such as a large mural of lettuce farmers he did in California.

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

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KLEM News PM Update May 11, 2010

(WASHINGTON)--Senator Chuck Grassley is asking the U-S Labor Secretary to immediately consider the Iowa National Emergency Grant request.

Grassley wrote to the federal labor secretary about the grant for workers dislocated from the John Morrell pork slaughter and processing facility in Sioux City.

The closing at John Morrell was a job loss of 15-hundred.

Grassley's letter indicated the size and scope of the layoff during a slow economic period will have a major impact on the economy of Sioux City and surrounding areas.

Grassley says it's encouraging that a number of Morrell workers have expressed a desire to utilize the services of a national emergency grant to help them find employment and improve their skills.  

(LE MARS)--Life Skills Training Center of Le Mars is honoring a client for the skills she shows in her work and interactions.

Life Skills Training Center's annual meeting Monday night included the 2009 Client Achievement Award.

Rehabilitation Manager Rhonda Mahan presented Penny Hamilton with the award. Hamilton has been a client since December of 2008. Hamilton has participated in in-house training and several supported, integrated training crews within the community.

According to Mahan's presentation, Hamilton has shown growth in areas including flexibility and independence as well as seeking additional training task and interacting well with others.

Prior to the presentation to Hamilton, Mahan noted two individuals had done well in several areas in 2009. They are Diane Roggow who works with volunteer Phyllis Hawkins each week doing photocopying and Jean Treinen who is reliable and greets everyone each training day at Life Skills.

(LE MARS)--A Gehlen Catholic sixth grade student placed in the top 25 at State Math Bee.

Northwest Iowa Area Education Agency coordinates the area program with competition at the state level in Fort Dodge last week.

Gehlen Catholic finished in fifth place in the sixth grade Math Bee.

Top 25 honors included David Puhl of Gehlen Catholic who finished in 11th place in the state and Lucas Den Herder of Sioux Center Christian who was in 21st place

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) A Mexican man who was previously imprisoned on forgery charges has been sentenced to prison for illegal entry to the U.S.

Cesar Paramo-Razo, who was living in Sioux City, was sentenced May 6 to 10 months in a federal prison after pleading guilty in February to one count of illegally re-entering the United States.

The 35-year-old Paramo-Razo was deported in November 2003 after a conviction that year for forgery in Woodbury County.

In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge Donald O'Brien also imposed a special assessment of $100. Paramo-Razo also must serve a two-year term of supervised release following his prison term.

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

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MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) Cold weather across Iowa could mean some farmers may have to replant corn and soybeans in one of the earliest planting seasons in memory.

Iowa State University agronomist Roger Elmore says the concern is not so much last weekend's below-freezing temperatures, but the chilly, wet weather on Monday and during the rest of the week.

As of Monday, 93 percent of state's corn crop and 48 percent of soybean acres were planted, which is well above the average.

John Holmes of Iowa State University Extension says farmers will need to watch for seedling disease. He says damaged corn would appear ``burned'' and dead above the surface, but that doesn't mean the plant is dead.

Farmers will have to wait until warmer weather to see if they'll need to replant.

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) Authorities say it could take weeks to determine the cause of death of a woman found inside her Burlington home over the weekend.

Emergency crews found the body of 20-year-old Kayli Rae Ringold on Saturday after responding to a 911 call. An autopsy was conducted on Sunday, but police say there were no obvious signs of trauma.

Authorities say toxicology tests were done, but the results won't be available for several weeks.

Police say a friend of Ringold, who was staying with Ringold, called 911 after finding her unresponsive in bed.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) A judge has denied a motion to suppress statements made to police by a Marion man accused of beating another man to death at a neighbor's house.

Kim Polley is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Daniel Meade, of Hiawatha, on Dec. 14.

Polley asked the court to suppress his statements because he asked for a lawyer after he was arrested on Dec. 15.

Judge Marsha Beckelman on Monday ruled the detectives didn't ask Polley any questions about the murder investigation after he said he wanted an attorney.

Polley's trial is set for June 7 in Linn County District Court.

CHICAGO (AP) Police in Chicago say a doctor from Iowa who reported being attacked last month while jogging along the Chicago River now admits he actually stabbed himself.

Police say 63-year-old Gary Hunninghake of Coralville, Iowa, is charged with felony disorderly conduct and filing a false police report.

Hunninghake originally told police he was stabbed in the early morning of April 24 as he was jogging near the city's Michigan Avenue Bridge. He was taken to the hospital and was initially in critical condition.

A message left Tuesday at the office of Gary Hunninghake at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City hasn't been returned.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Iowa City is a step closer to moving panhandlers away from downtown businesses.

The City Council on Monday voted 4-1 in favor of the ordinance, despite claims of free speech infringement and worries that the law would hurt fundraising efforts by nonprofit groups.

Under the proposal, panhandlers would be relegated to the middle of a pedestrian mall, keeping them away from business fronts, ATMs and mobile vendors.

The vote was the second of three needed for the ordinance to become law. The final vote is June 1.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Statues honoring two notable Iowans will stay the same in the hall of statues in the U.S. Capitol.

Each state gets to feature two statues. Efforts to swap out either the statue of James Harlan or Samuel Kirkwood failed earlier this year in the Iowa Legislature.

Several Iowa historians say it's time for an update, and some were pushing for Norman Borlaug. The Cresco native won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for his role in combating world hunger. Borlaug died last fall at the age of 95.

Kirkwood is best known as Iowa's governor during the Civil War. Harlan was a father of Iowa's public school system and a close confidante of President Abraham Lincoln.

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