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KLEM News AM Update June 10, 2010

(LE MARS)--A patriotic parade is planned in Le Mars for the Fourth of July holiday on Monday, July 5.

A group of volunteers is arranging a parade and patriotic ceremony on July 5th. This will be the fifth celebration which features a short parade and a ceremony at Plymouth County Veterans Memorial Park.

One of the organizers, Don Law, says a new memorial will be dedicated honoring those Plymouth County Veterans who have died while in the service to their country since September 11th, 2001.

Wayne Thieman, who is working with Law and Mike Donlin, says the parade might be short in distance but it's long on patriotic spirit.

The parade will begin at 10 a-m on July fifth at the Le Mars Community School's north lot. Parade participants should be at the lot by 9 a-m to line up. The route is 10 blocks.

Donlin says anyone can be in the parade but patriotic red, white and blue themed entries that aren't commercial or political are encouraged.

The brief program at the Plymouth County Veterans Memorial Park will begin after the parade. The program begins with the National Anthem, includes prayer, remarks by guest speakers and ends with the 21-gun salute and Taps. A lunch with a free will donation will follow.

(LE MARS)--A source of income for the city of Le Mars is less than expected.

City administrator Scott Langel explains the income streams for local option sales and hotel motel taxes are lower.

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As an example, the city anticipated up to 75 thousand dollars a month for local option sales tax (LOST) income. But Langel says recent Iowa Department of Revenue estimates for the three months through June, are just over 55-thousand dollars a month which is about 20-thousand dollars a month less.

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Council member Delana Ihrke last week voted against funding 10-thousand dollars each year for three years for an Interest Buy-Down program to be used by the Le Mars Business Initiative (LBIC). The program request was for local option sales tax to fund the Interest Buy-Down. Ihrke cited the new information on the revenue after her no vote. Council member Rex Knapp also voted no.

(KANSAS CITY)-Two northwest Iowa feedlot operations are accused of failing to comply with the Clean Water Act.

Chris Whitley of the Kansas City office of the Environmental Protection Agency issued written information about the enforcement actions.

Groeneweg Farm of Rock Valley has been ordered to apply for a Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. The medium size feedlot has also been ordered to meet requirements that end what it stated were unauthorized discharges of pollutants into an unnamed tributary of the Rock River in Sioux County.

Gradert/Cia-Don /Winterfeld Feedlot of Ireton has been ordered to apply for an NPDES permit and complete wastewater controls on its facility by the end of October of next year. The rural Ireton feedlot operator has also been ordered to end what the E-P-A's information describes as unauthorized discharges of pollutants into Six Mile Creek in Sioux County.

The press release described the actions involving the feedlots as part of a continuing enforcement emphasis aimed at ending discharges from concentrated animal feeding operations.

 (KINGSLEY)--A smooth ride is being readied for thousands of bicyclists who will pedal out of Kingsley 45 days from now.

Bike riders in the Des Moines Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) July 25th will trek through Kingsley which is along the first day route from Sioux City to Storm Lake.

Plymouth County engineer Tom Rohe will work with a concrete repair crew from Harry Vander Pol's Orange City business for repairs east of Kingsley on county road C-66.

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Rohe provided the update to the board of supervisors this week. The RAGBRAI riders travel on C-66 to Washta.

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AMES, Iowa (AP) Hours after the primary election ballots were counted, the general election race for Iowa governor began with Democratic Gov. Chet Culver heading to a school and Republican challenger Terry Branstad meeting with business s leaders.

The events Wednesday at a Des Moines elementary school and a business convention in Ames seemed to show the candidatewere trying to appeal to important groups of supporters. For Culver, that's women, who Democrats believe are strong supporters of early childhood education, and for Branstad it's the business community.

Both candidates agreed the November general election would offer voters a sharp contrast.

Branstad on Tuesday won a three-way race for the Republican nomination. Culver ran unopposed.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Michael Kiernan is resigning as chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party, citing health reasons.

Kiernan announced Wednesday he would resign effective Thursday, and in a memo to the party's Central Committee he explained that in January he had discovered a lump below his right ear. Testing showed Kiernan has a tumor in the deep lobe of his saliva gland.

The 35-year-old Kiernan says he's working with his doctor on a plan of treatment.

The Central Committee will begin meeting to pick a successor. In the interim, Vice Chairwoman Sue Dvorsky will act as head of the party.

Kiernan became chairman last year. He previously was a partner in a home renovation business and served on the Des Moines City Council. His wife, Erin, is a news anchor for WHO-TV.


WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) A Black Hawk County judge has sentenced a decorated Navy veteran to 15 years in prison for driving his car at a Waterloo police officer.

District Court Judge George Stigler imposed the sentence Wednesday on 38-year-old Deon Lemar Mosley of Waterloo on a charge of assault on a peace officer. Mosley was ordered to serve the sentence concurrent with a fifteen-year sentence on second-degree theft and a five-year sentence for eluding police.

Mosley's mother, Theresa Mosley, asked Stigler to consider her son's military service during Operation Desert Storm and his struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Mosley entered a guilty plea to the assault charge Feb. 25 for driving his car at officer Kevin Boyland in June of last year.

Prosecutors say Boyland was attempting to arrest Mosley for a parole violation when the incident occurred.


WEBSTER CITY, Iowa (AP) A Hamilton County District Court jury has begun deliberations in the murder trial of 15-year-old Edgar Concepcion Jr..

The jury received the case about 4 p.m. Wednesday but went home for the evening a few minutes later. Deliberations will continue Thursday.

Earlier today, the prosecution and defense offered closing arguments in the case that accuses Concepcion of sexually abusing and killing his 3-year-old cousin, Krystel Banes, at his family's Charles City home on July 10, 2009.

The trial is being held in Hamilton County District Court on a change of venue.


CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Police have confirmed that the young woman kidnapped from a Cedar Rapids gas station last month stabbed her abductor before officers arrived.

Cedar Rapids Police Chief Greg Graham said Wednesday that the 19-year-old victim fought back inside Keith Elson Jr.'s apartment on the morning of May 17.

Officers kicked in Elson's door about seven hours after the victim was abducted at knife point, and found both the 54-year-old Elson and the victim inside.

Medics brought both out on a stretchers. Police said Elson had a stab wound to his chest, but would not originally say who inflicted it.


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A Marshalltown man who won $1 million in the Powerball lottery last year has been charged with supplying alcohol to a minor and prescription drug possession.

Marshalltown Police Assistant Chief Brian Batterson says Ricky Rushton was arrested early Tuesday after officers responded to a complaint about underage drinking at his business, Memories Banquet Hall.

Batterson said Wednesday that officers found an underage employee at the business who was intoxicated.

Rushton was arrested for supplying alcohol to a minor. He was also charged with possession of a prescription drug and violating a city liquor license ordinance.

Rushton on Wednesday called his arrest ``a big misunderstanding.'' He says he's in the process of hiring an attorney ``to get this cleared up.''


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) A Jacksonville, Florida, man is facing federal charges in the case of a missing Iowa girl.

The FBI charged 35-year-old Justin David Carter on Tuesday with traveling across state lines to have sex with a minor. He was initially arrested on minor drugs charges Sunday, after the missing 12-year-old girl was found in a tent a few blocks away from Carter's home.

Police in Muscatine, Iowa, were contacted by the seventh-grader's parents Friday. The parents said they couldn't reach her since receiving a text message that afternoon.

The girl's friends had told the parents that she was going to Texas or Florida with an older boyfriend. The girl's cell phone records led authorities to Carter, who remains in custody.


IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) University leaders admit they have few answers to a surge in alcohol arrests on their campuses.

University of Iowa President Sally Mason says her school is attempting to analyze what is going on, but has come up with no single or simple answer.

Mason said there could be an increase in charges because UI has significantly increased the number of public safety officers and is assisting Iowa City police with patrolling downtown.

The University of Iowa reported a 53 percent increase in alcohol-related offenses between Jan. 1 and March 31 when compared with the same period in 2009. There also has been a spike in driving-under-the-influence offenses.

Iowa State University saw a 46 percent increase in alcohol-related offenses. The University of Northern Iowa reported marginal increases in disorderly-conduct and drunken driving offenses.


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

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KLEM News PM Update June 9, 2010

(LE MARS)--A business expansion tops building activity in Le Mars in the latest report on construction.

Code Enforcement Officer Jason Vacura issued 11 permits for two-point-one-million dollars in May.

According to Vacura's report, Good Samaritan Society-Le Mars received a permit for a commercial addition estimated at one-point-nine-million dollars. Good Samaritan announced plans for the more home-like living expansion and remodeling project last month.

The city issued one permit for a house and three deck permits along with two accessory buildings.

Since January there have been 39 permits for four-point-one-million dollars in construction. The total includes six new houses with an estimated cost of one-point-seven million dollars and three commercial additions with construction estimated at two-point-two-million dollars.

(PRIMGHAR)--A burglary at the Primghar City Swimming Pool is being investigated by the O'Brien County Sheriff's office.

Authorities report a cash box and undisclosed amount of cash were taken from the bath house at the Primghar City Pool.

The burglary occurred during the evening hours Sunday and or into the early morning hours Monday.

The O'Brien County Sheriff's office is also investigating a burglary at a hog confinement four-and-a-half miles south of Paullina.

Authorities report the office area of the confinement was entered sometime during the evening hours Sunday and or into the early morning hours Monday.

Several items were removed including a large diesel-powered pressure washer, a DeWalt cordless drill and circular saw, a Motorola two-day radio and an electric fence test kit.

(DES MOINES)--Sioux City is one stop on a three-day tour announced today by the Iowa G-O-P.

The statewide "Road to Victory" tour features former Governor Terry Branstad and many of the party's newly-elected nominees.

The victory tour stop is in Sioux City Monday afternoon at 3:30 in downtown Sioux City at 514 Nebraska Street.

Along with Branstad and party chair Matt Strawn, the G-O-P tour will include Attorney General nominee Brenna Findley; Secretary of Agriculture BiIl Northey; Secretary of State nominee Matt Schultz; and State Treasurer nominee Dave Jamison.

Congressional candidates Brad Zaun, Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks and Ben Lange will join stops in their districts.

All events are free and open to the public.

STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) A Storm Lake man faces several charges for allegedly attacking his family.

Police say Carldale Hunter forced his way into a relative's home Monday afternoon. He allegedly assaulted several people, including his girlfriend who was holding their infant son.

Police say family members tried to intervene, and one stabbed Hunter in the back with a kitchen knife.

Hunter fled the scene. He was taken into custody about four hours later.

Police say two women and an infant boy were taken to a hospital, where they were treated and released.

Hunter faces ten charges, including burglary, assault and child endangerment.

He was in the Buena Vista County jail on Wednesday on $50,000 bond.

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

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A pair of Iowa governors are hitting the campaign trail Wednesday.

Former Republican Gov. Terry Branstad won his party's primary Tuesday. That means facing current Democratic Gov. Chet Culver in the Nov. 2 general election.

Culver tells The Associated Press he ``can't wait'' to get his campaign started. He's headed to a Des Moines elementary school Wednesday to tout his preschool programs.

Branstad wants to return to the office he held from 1983 to 1999 and says Iowa's ready for a comeback. He's scheduled to speak to a business group in Ames on Wednesday.

Branstad's primary win could indicate the direction of the Republican party in Iowa. He campaigned largely as a pragmatist, focusing on economic matters rather than emotional social issues like abortion and gay marriage.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Nearly $5 million in state grant money is headed to the city of Johnston to help the municipality build about 8,000 feet of roadway.

Gov. Chet Culver announced the funding on Tuesday. The money comes from the Iowa Transportation Commission, which approved the city's Revitalize Iowa's Sound Economy grant application. The road to be constructed is in the center of Johnston and will provide access to a new and expanded facility for a company that works with plant genetics.

Culver says the roadway will support nearly 500 new jobs at the facility and help ``to continue Iowa's economic recovery.''


ANKENY, Iowa (AP) Authorities say a worker with the Iowa Department of Transportation was injured after being hit by a car on a ramp off Interstate 35 in Ankeny.

The accident happened about 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

Police say a driver hit the worker as the worker was crossing the road while working on the street lights.

The worker was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The worker's name was not immediately released.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) A July Fourth fireworks show can return to May's Island in downtown Cedar Rapids.

An engineering firm says it's safe for the Freedom Festival to shoot off fireworks from a parking ramp on the island in the middle of the Cedar River.

The river submerged the island and 10 square miles of the city during the flood of 2008.

The parking ramp provides parking for City Hall in the Veterans Memorial Building, which is being restored.

The city asked engineering firm Shoemaker and Haaland to conduct a structural assessment of the parking ramp to make sure it could handle the fireworks. The company says it's confident the roof can support the event.

A final assessment of the ramp will completed soon.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Repairs are expected to start soon on a levee protecting a Des Moines neighborhood inundated by the Des Moines River in the past 17 years.

The levee in the Birdland neighborhood is a source of concern because of failures in 1993 and 2008.

Trailers arrived this week, and construction equipment is expected to be on site by June 15.

A Minnesota company, Ceres Environmental Services of Minneapolis, has been awarded a $7.2 million contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the project, which is to be completed by September 2011.

Work will be done in segments, beginning upstream. Officials say clay and other materials will be ready to create barriers and protections if the river comes up quickly during the construction.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Hundreds of children across Iowa sent in possible names for the Blank Park Zoo's new baby camel and the zoo says it has a winner: Ozzie.

Eight-year-old David Downs from Radcliffe sent in the winning name, which the Des Moines zoo released Tuesday. Ozzie is a male dromedary camel. He was born April 11, weighing about 90 pounds and was 4 feet tall. Dromedary camels have one hump on their backs and the world's only population of the species with wild behaviors is in Australia.

Ozzie's parents, Conan and Molly, were both born in Australia.

The zoo says there were other popular names submitted for the baby camel, including Humphrey, Humpty, Humpy and Lumpy.

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