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KLEM News AM Update August 13, 2010

(LE MARS)-Hundreds of boxes bear fruit for the ministries of a Siouxland group.

Roxanne Rahn is the City Life director for the Siouxland Youth For Christ teen center in Le Mars. From September through April, Rahn says services include a tutoring program. A mentoring program is an example of a year round effort.

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Youth in sixth through 12th grade, ages 11-19 are invited to "The Asylum" for open hours, too.

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Jim Rahn  is the area coordinator for Siouxland Youth for Christ in Plymouth County. Rahn hopes 1,000 lugs of Colorado freestone, clingfree peaches will be sold this month to support the ministry.

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Hours for those who ordered peaches or just want to stop by to pick some up are until eight today (Friday). "The Asylum is on the east side of City of Le Mars offices. The phone number is 546-8883. Another shipment for those who've ordered and those who'd still like peaches, but later in the month, is expected about August 24th.

Fall Clean Up Days are next month

(LE MARS)--Le Mars residents will have five days next month for the city's Fall Clean Up which features a landfill amnesty.

The Clean Up days are September 9th and 10th and September 16-18th. A household may take up to one-thousand pounds of throwaway materials to the rural Le Mars Plymouth County Solid Waste Agency. The landfill fee will be paid by the city.

Items included are furniture, construction and demolition materials such as wooden fence posts and scrap lumber, and metal such as bed frames, bikes and mowers. White goods such as applicances may be taken, but the customer must pay a $10 per item demanufacturing charge.

Weekday landfill hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Saturday hours from 8 a.m. to noon.

September 9, 10, 16, 17 & 18

The City is declaring an amnesty from the Landfill Disposal Cost, therefore, up to 1,000 pounds per household of "throw away" material delivered to the Landfill will be paid by the City of Le Mars and not billed to the household. The City will not be picking up the items at curb side; therefore, do not place items in front of your house at the curb side. Only residential properties can participate, not commercial or industrial. Each Residential Household must make their own arrangements for hauling waste to the Plymouth County Landfill during this Amnesty period. They can do the hauling themselves or use friends, neighbors or any hauling firm of their choosing.

This includes couches, chairs, mattresses, carpet, padding, garden hose, televisions, humidifiers, computers and monitors.
This includes wooden items such as fence post, scrap lumber etc. Also items normal to construction or demolition such as windows, doors, sinks, toilets, storms and screens. (No concrete)
This includes bikes, mowers, metal post, wire, swings, gutter, bed springs, bed frames etc.
(This does not include white goods)
This includes air conditioners, microwaves, washers, dryers, refrigerators, freezers, fluorescent lights, hot water heaters, furnaces, dishwashers, dehumidifiers, ranges, ovens, trash compactors and other cooling units.


This includes cardboard, paper, books magazines and other recyclable products.
You are reminded that these items can be put in blue bags and picked up by Van's Sanitation on their normal routes during recycling week. Yard waste, trees and branches may be hauled to the City disposal site at Riverview Park, Hwy. 3 West on Saturdays from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.
These must be individually hauled to the Landfill site at the residential household's expense.
This includes but is not limited to paints and thinners, pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, batteries, fertilizer, fuels and oils. Please call the Plymouth County Landfill (546-6071) to make an appointment (dates to be announced).

Items not included in this Amnesty can be delivered to the Landfill any time during the year during their regular business hours and will be billed to the residential household.

Plymouth County Landfill Hours:
Monday - Friday 8:00 - 4:00 PM 1st and 3rd Saturday 8:00 - 12:00 Noon

City has one (1) contracted residential hauler, which is Van's Sanitation 712-548-4644.

City has four (4) licensed commercial haulers which are:
Orange City Sanitation712-737-2645
Waste Management712-252-1929
Gill Hauling, Inc.402-632-9273
Van's Sanitation712-548-4644

Hull Schools will test Sheriff's Office School Resource Officer

(HULL)--When students at two Sioux County schools start classes this fall, they'll see a new face.

The Sioux County Sheriff's Office is testing a School Resource Officer (SRO). Sheriff Dan Altena says the idea followed a training seminar on "Rural Domestic Preparedness, with a focus on school safety. Altena and chief deputy Jason Bergsma attended the FEMA training.

The sheriff met with local schools, sheriff's office and government officials to brainstorm a possible Sioux County project. The group like the idea, but the downside was funding for a new officer.

A scaled-back School Resource officer will be tested at Boyden-Hull and Western Christian in Hull this coming school year.

Altena says the project was NOT developed because of current problems in either schools. Deputy Waylon Pollema has been appointed the School Resource Officer (SRO).

Recycling container relocated due to Courthouse Annex construction

(Le Mars)--A South Sioux City contractor begins construction on a Plymouth County Courthouse Annex building Monday.

Due to the building project, the recycling collection container for rural Plymouth County residents has been relocated.  Items that can be recycled may now be left at the container which was moved to the Plymouth County Emergency Management office area at 127 Third Street Northeast. The container is on the north side of the county property which  was previously a Secondary Road Department location.

The container was relocated after a discussion by the Plymouth County supervisors and county department heads and staff this week. 

EPA gives norwest Iowa feedlots notices to get permits

(Kansas City)--The federal Environmental Protection Agency has taken action against eight beef feedlot operations in northwest Iowa for violations of the Clean Water Act. E-P-A Regional Administrator, Karl Brooks, says the action is a notice to change their ways.

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(as he says) Brooks says they are making sure that the feedlots that discharge water that contains pollutants know they need a permit, and need to follow that permit. He says the water in northwest Iowa needs protection, because a lot of it is "very good quality." Brooks says the have until the end of October of 2011 to get the permit and end unauthorized discharges.

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(as he says) he says the permit is negotiated with the E-P-A or D-N-R that sets out ways the operator can manage the runoff so it does not pollute the waterways. "In a sense it's like an operators manual," Brooks says. Brook was asked what would happen if the feedlots don't comply.

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(as he says) "I don't even anticipate that happening, these are all responsible producers, they're good stewards, in most of these cases they learned that they are required to have permits as a result of our inspection. Brooks says all but two of the producers discharged runoff into water ways that have been identified by the state as being impaired by pollutants from animal feedlots.
The producers are: Todd Bartman, doing business as Bartman Farms, of Rock Valley; Randy Kats, doing business as Randy Kats Feedlot, of Rock Valley; Tracy Onken, doing business as Tracy Onken Feedlot, of Carroll; SFI, Inc., of Nemaha, Iowa; Vernon Van Beek and Jason Dorhaut, doing business as Lone Tree Feedlot, of Inwood; Terry Van Wyhe, doing business as Van Wyhe Feedlot, of Ireton; Nathan Vohs, doing business as Nathan Vohs Feedlot, of Washta; Keith Zylstra, doing business as Zylstra Feedlot, of Ashton. (News report by Radio Iowa)

No one hurt when train clips truck near Leshara

LESHARA, Neb. (AP) No one was injured when a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train clipped a flatbed truck at a railroad crossing in eastern Nebraska.

BNSF spokesman Andy Williams says the locomotive struck the back end of the eastbound truck on state Highway 64 at 11:05 Thursday morning near Leshara, in Saunders County.

Williams says the locomotive was pulling 94 empty grain cars from Lincoln to Sioux City, Iowa. No cars derailed.

Williams says there are railroad crossbucks but no cross arms at site of the collision.

DOT: Flood update

AMES, Iowa - Aug. 13, 2010 – 6:30 a.m. update – Flooding continues to affect numerous roads throughout the state, according to Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) officials. See the complete listing below.

 Status of I-80 near Colfax

The flooding situation in this area is dynamic, and requires ongoing engineering evaluation, onsite monitoring and issuance of updated predictions. While a possibility still exists that flood waters could overtop Interstate 80 in Jasper County where the South Skunk River and Indian Creek converge near Colfax (between mile markers 155 and 159), an updated National Weather Service forecast lessens that chance. Overnight, the flood waters have receded farther away from the highway’s paved shoulders.


The Iowa DOT will be continuing to closely monitor the situation over the next few days. Any additional heavy rain upstream could be a factor. A National Weather Service flood warning remains in effect until Tuesday morning for this area.


Iowa DOT facilities in Ames

The Iowa DOT’s facilities in Ames, which were previously closed due to city water main breaks, are open today. All employees assigned to these facilities should report to work as scheduled, unless on leave. The Ames driver’s license station is open today during its normal business hours.


Roadways reopened since last update

Ÿ None


Roadways currently closed or restricted

Due to the dynamic nature of flash flooding, motorists should remain alert throughout the day in all areas under watches or warnings. For weather and other emergency information, stay tuned to NOAA weather radio or your local radio and TV stations. If you encounter a flooded area, turn around – don’t drown.


Ÿ U.S. 61 and U.S. 136 in Lee County - The road is closed near Keokuk. Traffic normally going across the Des Moines River Bridge near Keokuk is being directed to the Des Moines River Bridge at St. Francisville.

Ÿ UPDATED - U.S. 65 in Polk County - The north- and southbound lanes are closed at the Skunk River crossing, which is approximately 5 miles north of Bondurant and between U.S. 6 and Polk County Road S-27. The southbound detour is: Iowa 117 south to Interstate 80, then west to U.S. 65. The northbound detour is the reverse: go east from the U.S. 65/I-80 interchange to Iowa 117 (exit 155), go north on Iowa 117 to U.S. 65.

Ÿ NEW - U.S. 169 in Dallas County - The road is closed between North Seventh Street and Mantucket Road in Adel. The detour is: Dallas County Road F-51 west to P-58; north to Iowa 44; then east to U.S. 169.

Ÿ Iowa 2 in Fremont County - The right, eastbound lane is closed between Interstate 29 and the Nebraska state line.

Ÿ Iowa 16 in Wapello County - The roadway is reduced to one lane of traffic between Ninth and Eighth streets in Eldon.

Ÿ Iowa 92 in Mahaska County - The roadway is now closed between Iowa 23 and Mahaska County Road V-13 (near Keomah Village). The location had previously been reduced to one lane. 

Ÿ Iowa 92 in Mahaska County - The road is closed between Iowa 23 (Oskaloosa) and Mahaska County Road V-13 (Rose Hill). The detour follows U.S. 63 north from Oskaloosa to Mahaska County Road G-29, east on G-29 to V-13, then south on V-13 to Iowa 92. 

Ÿ Iowa 98 in Van Buren County - The road is closed at the Des Moines River crossing between Douds and Leando.

Ÿ Iowa 117 in Jasper County - The roadway between Jasper County Road F-48 and Interstate 80 near Colfax is closed.

Ÿ Iowa 210 in Story County - The road is closed south of Cambridge at the South Skunk River crossing and at the Indian Creek crossing in Maxwell.


Temporary customer service phone line

Due to the high volume of public inquires about state road closings and detours, the Iowa DOT has established a temporary customer service phone line. Call 866-452-8510 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. daily, and a customer service operator will be available to take your call.


This is a temporary service and will remain available while flood-related conditions warrant. For road condition information outside these hours or after this event, call 511 (in Iowa) or 800-288-1047 (outside the state). This line should NOT be used to report an emergency situation – call 911.


A special flood closure map is available at:


For the latest images of the flooding, including I-80 near Colfax, visit:

 Cedar Rapids company re-using roofing shingles

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) A new Cedar Rapids company is giving roofing shingles a new life by recycling them into road material.

Clayton Ostrum, site manager for Roof 2 Road of Cedar Rapids, says shingles used to just go into the landfill. He calls it a waste.

Roof 2 Road is a national company that now has a site in Cedar Rapids. Ostrum says it charges a $25 fee to dump a ton of shingles and related material.

That's cheaper than the $38 the Cedar Rapids Linn County Solid Waste Agency charges for taking a ton of shingles. The agency's Stacie Johnson says she supports Roof 2 Road and encourages people to skip the landfill.

She says the less trash that goes into the landfill, the longer it will last. She says there's no longer any reason to throw shingles into landfills.

Authorities seek answers in Iowa teen flood death

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Sheriff's officials in central Iowa are trying to learn more about how three vehicles carrying young people were swept away by floodwaters.

Ten survivors were pulled from swollen Mud Creek, but a 16-year-old girl died.

Polk County Sheriff's Division Chief Doug Phillips says drinking apparently was involved, but it's not known just who was drinking and how much.

Phillips says the group was at a party at one house and was going someplace else when their cars were washed off the road.

Officials say the 11 young men and women were between 16 and 21. Some of the girls mentioned going swimming when they stopped at a convenience store shortly before the accident.

One survivor's mother says they were on familiar roads and ``thought they were safe.''

Future of Catfish Bend Casino goes to voters

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) Des Moines County voters will decide Nov. 2 whether Catfish Bend Casino will continue operating or throw in its cards.

Dave Walker, representing the Southeast Iowa Regional Riverboat Commission, has asked Des Moines County supervisors to place a gambling referendum on this fall's election ballot.

State law requires counties that have riverboats or land-locked casinos to put continued gambling to a vote every eight years.

Walker says voters should be reminded of the economic benefits of the casino in Burlington. He says it adds $13 million to the tax base and employs more than 500 people.

Supervisors Jeff Heland and Dan Cahill say they support the casino's continued operation.

Ex-Iowa cop pleads in drug, burglary charges

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A former Pleasant Hill police officer accused of stealing methamphetamine from an evidence room has pleaded guilty to drug and burglary charges.

Former Sgt. Daniel Herbert Edwards pleaded guilty Thursday to possession of a controlled substance, operating while intoxicated, and third-degree burglary.

The 42-year-old Edwards was charged after he crashed his cruiser on April 1. He was fired after toxicology tests showed methamphetamine in his system.

Sentencing is set for Sept. 29 in Polk County District Court.

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

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KLEM News PM Update August 12, 2010

(LE MARS)--"The camera decides," so you won't be getting a retake when you lobby for a different Driver's License photo.

Plymouth County Treasurer Linda Dobson gave the explanation of the photo choice when she updated county supervisors with the Driver's License Department annual report.

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Dobson discussed the April switch to what's known as Central Issuance.

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The new facial recognition computer programming quickly detected fraud.

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Driver's License service is offered each Wednesday and Thursday at the Plymouth County Courthouse.

Rain delays highway progress

(LE MARS)--Rainfall is slowing progress on Business Highway 75 in Le Mars.

City administrator Scott Langel expects one contractor to move to the southbound side of the highway work next week.

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Langel says Barkley Asphalt has made some progress on partial-depth patching on Business Highway 75 South.

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The rainfall for the first 11 days of August recorded at KLEM totals 1.13 inches. 

Semi driver who died was Humboldt man 

(REMBRANDT)--A Humboldt man died in a chain reaction crash near Rembrandt early yesterday afternoon.

Buena Vista County Sheriff's Deputy Major Doug Simons released the name of the victim of the four-vehicle accident. The semi driver who died was 35 year-old Gerald Boge of Humboldt.

Boge was driving south on Highway 71 when the semi was struck head on by a semi driven by 60-year-old Douglas Oldenkamp of Sheldon.

The sheriff's office reports a car driven by 15-year-old Cole Moens of Albert City pulled into Oldenkamp's path from a stop sign and struck the semi. Moens struck another car and the semis also collided.

Five people received serious injuries.

Nebraska man expects charges for Iowa collision

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) An attorney for a Nebraska driver suspected in an Iowa collision that killed four motorcyclists says the man is in ``his own private hell.''

Steve Lefler apologized Wednesday to the motorcyclists' families on behalf of his client, 21-year-old Andrew Schlichtemeier, of Murray.

Lefler says he expects Schlichtemeier to face alcohol-related charges for Monday's crash on Interstate 29 near Little Sioux, Iowa.

The Iowa State Patrol says witnesses reported Schlichtemeier's erratic driving before he crossed the center line in a construction zone and collided with the motorcycles.

Killed were 62-year-old Dennis Chaney and 49-year-old Dale Aspedon, both of Glenwood, Iowa; 62-year-old Steven Benscoter, of Pacific Junction, Iowa; and 48-year-old Jay Bock, of Omaha.

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

USDA predicts smaller corn harvest in Iowa

A government report issued today (Thursday) projects Iowa's corn harvest will likely be smaller than in 2009.

The first fall forecast from the U.S. Department of Agriculture indicates excessive rain has damaged crops in Iowa. The USDA estimates Iowa's average corn yield at 179 bushels per acre, down three bushels from last year. Despite the possible smaller harvest in the top corn producing state, farmers across the country are expected to harvest a record 13-point-four (13.4) billion bushels of corn this year. That would be a two-percent (2%) increase over 2009. Nationally, the average corn yield is expected to be 165 bushels per acre. Iowa is still expected to produce the most corn at two-point-three (2.3) billion bushels, just ahead of Illinois with a projected two-point-two (2.2) billion bushels. 

The USDA is also raising its estimate of the average price farmers will be paid for their corn because of increased demand. Farmers are projected to be paid $3.80 a bushel. That's up from the roughly $3.50 to $3.60 producers were paid in 2009. U.S. farmers are also expected to produce a record soybean harvest in 2010. Iowa's soybean harvest is project at 517.7 million bushels, up from 486 million in 2009.(News report by Radio Iowa.

Highway 59 work begins Monday

(CHEROKEE)--Traffic will be restricted on Highway 59 in northwest Iowa beginning Monday.

According to the Iowa Department of Transportation, road maintenance work will affect Highway 59, between Cherokee County Roads D-15, near Holstein, and C-44, three miles south of Cherokee .

Traffic will be restricted to one lane, in alternating directions through the work zone. There will be a 12-foot width lane restriction. Motorists will be assisted through the work zone with flaggers and a pilot car during daylight hours week days and possibly some Saturdays. Weather permitting, work is to be completed October sixth.

Ames opens drinking water sites for residents

AMES, Iowa (AP) Officials in Ames have set up five drinking water distribution sites as the city struggles to restore its water system after line breaks blamed on flooding.

The city asked residents Thursday to conserve water until six water main breaks can be fixed, then the system flushed out. Drinking water probably won't be restored to Ames' roughly 55,000 residents until next week.

Ames shut down its water distribution system Wednesday afternoon when its water towers were drained to dangerously low levels.

Flooding in Ames came after three nights of heavy rain caused creeks and rivers in central Iowa to swell. Hundreds of residents have had to leave their homes in the area, and a teen was killed when three cars were swept off a road near Des Moines.

Stranded boats hauled out of Lake Delhi

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) The owner of a marina near Lake Delhi is organizing a boat auction.

Rusty Peck owns Lake Delhi Marina and RV. He spent Wednesday hauling stranded boats out the 9-mile lake. It was emptied on July 24 when the flood-swollen Maquoketa River ate holes in earthen sections around the dam.

Peck is organizing the auction for Sept. 12 after being contacted by lake residents.

He says anyone who has a boat or anything else they want to sell will be allowed to put it in the auction, as long as they were affected by the flood.

The Lake Delhi Recreation Association alone has over 900 members, and many have more than one boat.

Iowa women to be tried together for embezzlement

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A federal judge says two women facing charges stemming from the alleged embezzlement of nearly $6 million from West Des Moines insurer Aviva USA will be tried at the same time.

Phyllis Stevens and her partner, Marla Stevens, are to go on trial on Sept. 20 in Des Moines.

Judge Ronald Longstaff on Wednesday rejected a request by Marla Stevens' attorney, Trevor Hook, that she be tried separately. Hook argued she could not get a fair trial because Phyllis Stevens intends to use an insanity defense.

Longstaff says no specific reason was presented to justify separate trials.

Phyllis Stevens is charged in a 20-count indictment with fraud, money laundering and other charges. Marla Stevens is charged with conspiring and spending stolen money.

Deadline near for third-party Iowa candidates

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The filing deadline is nearing for third-party candidates running for state or federal office in Iowa this fall.

Secretary of State Michael Mauro says the filing deadline is 5 p.m. Friday.

Candidates must file their nomination papers with the secretary of state's office before the deadline.

Candidates who won their contests in the June primary are automatically placed on the general election ballot and don't have to file again.

Nomination papers, a list of offices that will appear on the ballot and candidate guides are available on the secretary of state's website.

Iowan sentenced for deadly wreck

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) A Muscatine man who prosecutors say was distracted by a video game while driving has been sentenced to five years in prison for a wreck that killed a Dubuque couple in 2009.

Brandon Reddick pleaded guilty in May to two counts of involuntary manslaughter. A judge on Tuesday sentenced him to two five-year sentences, to be served consecutively.

Reddick was charged in a head-on collision in February 2009 that killed Donald and Mary Ann Weber south of Dubuque.

Prosecutors say Reddick was distracted while playing with a video game. His car drifted across the center line and collided with the other car.

6 kittens found in trash in Iowa doing OK

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) Six kittens thrown out in the trash in Council Bluffs are ready for a new home.

Officials say a city sanitation worker found the 5-month-old kittens on a street corner on Aug. 2. They were in a plastic container amid the garbage cans.

City animal control officer Galen Barrett says the container was like an oven. He says the kittens were overheated but didn't appear to have been starved or abused.

The kittens were taken to the Council Bluffs Animal Shelter and are doing well. Shelter volunteer Sandy Riddle says she thinks they were someone's pets, and hopes they will be adopted soon.

ISU hoping to follow Austen Arnaud's lead

AMES, Iowa (AP) The Insight Bowl victory over Minnesota last season felt like a major victory to Iowa State.

Senior quarterback Austen Arnaud didn't spend much time celebrating.

Arnaud struggled at times with Iowa State's new spread offense in 2009. So shortly after returning from Arizona, Arnaud took it upon himself to study his play from all 13 games in 2009.

It was a dramatic shift in focus for Arnaud, who threw 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 2009. The touchdowns will have to go up and the picks will have to go down if the Cyclones are to surprise anyone again in 2010.

Iowa State's been picked to finish last in the Big 12 North. Iowa State has the potential to score like few Cyclones teams in recent memory, but it's inexperienced on defense and faces a brutal schedule.

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

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