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KLEM News Update - July 10, 2010

(REMSEN)--Stacie's Stars teamed up to raise money to fight cancer during the Relay for Life in Remsen Friday night.

Gina Fiedler Stukenholtz walked the City of Remsen track  to honor the memory of her sister Stacie after talking of her "Team in Training" experiences.

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Her sister died 13 years ago.  As the speaker during opening ceremonies at Relay for Life, she said she runs for many reasons  that include running for life.

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She also said she was at Relay to celebrate cancer. She describes the disease as  "teaching us things about life and love that we may never have known if cancer hadn't entered our lives.

News director Joanne Glamm prepared highlights of the Opening Ceremony

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Tan Tax

(Sioux City)--A new national 10-percent tax on indoor tanning is now in place -- and one Siouxland owner of tanning salon says it doesn't look like it's going to have a big overall impact on his business. Pat Chedester owns "Tan World" of Sioux City and Sergeant Bluff, and says he's never happy to see taxes increase for his customers.

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Chedester says tanning operators didn't have enough pull to fight the tax.

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Chedester says the additional cost hasn't seemed to keep people from getting their fake bake.

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(Josie Cooper, KSCJ, Powell Broadcasting, Sioux City)

 Highway 75 Lane Restriction

(HINTON)--One lane of traffic will be restricted south of Hinton on Highway 75, beginning July 19th.

Dean Herbst of the Sioux City office of the Iowa Department of Transportation says the bridge deck will be overlayed on southbound Highway 75.

The highway will be restricted to one lane. The open lane on southbound Highway 75 will have a 12-foot-six inch width lane restriction for the work zone.

Culver proclaims 3 counties disaster areas

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Gov. Chet Culver has issued a disaster proclamation for Black Hawk, Jasper and Lyon counties in response to recent flash flooding.

The disaster proclamation issued Friday authorizes the implementation of the State Individual Assistance Grant Program to assist eligible residents of those counties. The state's Individual Assistance Program provides up to $5,000 in reimbursements for damages incurred for individuals and families whose income is less than 200 percent above the poverty level.

Application information for residents in counties where the State Individual Assistance Grant Program has been made available is posted on the Department of Human Services website (www.dhs.state.ia.us).

Convicted murderer assaults Iowa prosecutor

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) A man convicted of murder assaulted a Dubuque County prosecutor as he was being led out of the courtroom after the verdict was read.

Michael Mayton was being escorted by authorities after being found guilty Friday of second-degree murder when he assaulted County Attorney Ralph Potter in the hall outside the courtroom.

Mayton hit Potter with his cuffed hands, knocking Potter to the floor.

Potter was taken to a local hospital where he was expected to be released later in the day.

Authorities say Mayton faces additional charges in the attack.

Mayton was found guilty in the fatal stabbing of David Tate during a street fight in Dubuque in August 2009. Another person was critically injured.

Mayton faces up to 50 years in prison on the murder charge.

Iowa City has high per capita number of doctors

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) It turns out that Iowa City should be one of the best places in the country to live if you suddenly get sick or suffer an injury.

With 1,915 physicians or 1,305 per 100,000 people the Iowa City area has the second-most physicians per capita in the nation. That's according to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2010 edition of the State and Metropolitan Area Data Book, which was released this week.

The only urban area with more physicians per capita is Rochester, Minn., which is, of course, home to the Mayor Clinic. Rochester has 3,374 physicians, or 1,871 per 100,000 people.

As a point of reference, the Des Moines-West Des Moines metropolitan statistical area has 1,169 physicians or 214 per 100,000.

Judge rules alleged embezzler competent for trial

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)
A federal judge in Des Moines has ruled that alleged Aviva embezzler Phyllis Stevens is competent to stand trial despite a claim that she could display a child's personality at any time during her upcoming trial.

U.S. Senior Judge Ronald Longstaff said Friday that the 58-year-old Stevens demonstrated during two psychiatric evaluations that she is able to understand the nature and consequences of the pending criminal proceedings against her and can assist in her own defense.

Longstaff rejected a request by Stevens' defense lawyer, that she be required to undergo treatment for Dissociative Identity Disorder before going to trial.

Stevens is accused in a 20-count indictment of embezzling nearly $6 million from West Des Moines insurer Aviva USA. Her partner, Marla Stevens, is also charged.

Man sentenced to 25 years in rape case

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) A Johnson County judge has sentenced a Williamsburg man to 25 years in prison for raping a 21-year-old former University of Iowa student in 2008.

The defendant, 34-year-old Jonathan Schiefer, was convicted in a non-jury trial in March of first-degree burglary and third-degree sexual abuse. Schiefer was accused of breaking into the woman's apartment and raping her in April of 2008. He wasn't arrested until three months later when he was found in the area of the victim's home allegedly peeping into another woman's apartment.

In passing sentence Friday, Sixth Judicial District Judge Ian Thornhill merged the two charges for sentencing because third-degree sexual abuse is a lesser charge of first-degree burglary. The burglary charge is a mandatory 25 year sentence.

Omaha man pleads guilty in bank robberies

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) An Omaha man accused in five bank robberies since 2007 in Omaha and Council Bluffs, Iowa, has pleaded guilty to bank robbery.

The U.S. Attorney's office says 31-year-old Jason McCain pleaded guilty Thursday to robbing an Omaha Tier One Bank branch on March 1, 2007, and Telco Credit Union in Council Bluffs on Jan. 17, 2009.

As part of his plea, McCain admitted responsibility for robbing three other banks in Omaha. Investigators had said they found nearly $25,000 from one of the banks in McCain's car when he was arrested when they arrested McCain following a chase in December.

McCain is set to be sentenced on Sept. 30. A bank robbery conviction carries a sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison.

Tiny animal at Blank Park Zoo turns 20

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Keepers at Des Moines' Blank Park Zoo say their Madagascar pigmy hedgehog tenrec is now one of the oldest of his tiny species.

The spiny little creature, affectionately known as ``Tenrec 1498,'' had his 20th birthday on Friday.

To put it in human terms, it's like he has turned 100 years old. Of the approximately 300 Madagascar pigmy hedgehog tenrecs at accredited zoos worldwide there are only two older than Blank Park's. The oldest one known is only is about three months older. Typically, tenrecs live about 13 years.

Zoo education manager says that although ``hedgehog'' is in his name, he is not a true hedgehog and despite his small size, he is genetically related to an elephant. The Zoo's tenrec weighs only about 145 grams.


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

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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KLEM News PM Update July 9, 2010

(LE MARS)--Farmland leasing is the focus of a workshop at the Plymouth County Extension office July 21st.

County Extension coordinator Carol Schneider says the two-hour evening program will include a review of crop production costs, grain prices, lease termination procedures and flexible lease considerations.

Schneider says Extension Farm Management field specialist Ron Hook will present the Farmland Leasing program as one of his final assignments as an extension field specialist before he retires at the end of the month.

Schneider says, "We feel fortunate to have Hook's expertise available to our clientele as he concludes his service to northwest Iowa farm families.

The meeting is designed to assist land owners, tenants, and agri-business professionals with farm financial issues related to farmland ownership , management, leasing agreements and related issues.

Registration is completed through the extension office. Leasing meetings are also planned July 21st at 1:30 p.m. at Sergeant Bluff and July 15th at the Dickinson County Extension office.

Portz performs at Relay, Plymouth County Fair

(REMSEN)--Walkers will be motivated with music and entertainment at the Relay for Life in Remsen starting at six tonight. The final walk begins at seven tomorrow morning.

One of the performers, Danika Portz of Remsen, recorded a CD she describes as a random mix of jazz and country.

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While on winter break from Drake University, the Remsen St. Mary's graduate had just a few hours to record the CD at a Cherokee studio.

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The CD is available through her website www.danikaportz.com

Portz is a fulltime nanny in Des Moines this summer while welcoming visitors nights and weekends for the Great Des Moines Convention Center and Visitors Bureau. The senior accounting and marketing major is in a production at Stage West Theatre at the Des Moines Civic Center this fall.

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Portz performs at in Pioneer Village at the Plymouth County Fair July 29th at 6 and 8 p.m.

Rockin Jake band left them smilin'

(Orange City) --Toes were tapping, hands clapping and kids were dancing at Windmill Park last night in Orange City.

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Harmonica player Rockin' Jake took the stage with his 3 piece band just before sundown and played late into the evening. The band played all types of music including blues, rock, country and zydeco.

With a strong on-stage dynamic and sense of humor with the crowd, people were entertained by more than the music. Rockin' Jake talked about what a beautiful area this part of Iowa is and commented that there was a smell in the air he hoped alluded to what he was having for dinner...pork.

For the band, this 3 month long tour is part of an ongoing fund raiser for the New Orleans Musician's Clinic.

Portions of the proceeds from shirt and CD sales are going to the cause.

In the end, The Rockin' Jake Band definitely left Everybody Smiling ...

Like what you hear? The bands next stop in the area is in Okoboji next Wednesday night at the Pearson Lake Arts Center. The Rockin' Jake Band, part of the the On Stage Orange City Summer Concert Series presented by the Orange City Arts Council. (News report by Angela Drake of KLEM News)

Four charged in vandalism spree

(ALBERT CITY)--Three Buena Vista County teens and an adult are charged after a vandalism spree July 1st.

Authorities received 18 separate reports of vandalism and criminal mischief. The estimate of damage is several hundred dollars

Thirty-eight-year-old Dawn Eberle of Albert City is charged with allowing a minor to violate the set curfew time.

Authorities say two 15-year-old boys and one eleven-year-old, from Albert City, were all camping in a backyard the night the vandalism occurred.

The three boys face 15 charges of vandalism and criminal mischief.

The investigation is still going on.

Des Moines flood-fight costs $1 million

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Des Moines officials say the cost of fighting this year's floods is $1 million.

That includes over $500,000 to shore up levees, build temporary levees and fix sewers. Labor costs is another $500,000.

The city was on alert for over a week when the rain-swollen Des Moines River threatened a levee protecting the Birdland neighborhood near downtown earlier this month.

That threat was preceded by a similar event in March.

Deputy City Manager Merrill Stanley says department leaders will work to trim costs in other areas to stay on budget.

River levels continued to drop on Thursday, allowing officials to end round-the-clock levee inspections.

Former Iowa lawmaker James Wells dies

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) James Wells, a former state lawmaker from Cedar Rapids who kicked off a campaign to snuff out smoking in Iowa more than 30 years ago, has died.

Wells died in Des Moines on Tuesday in Des Moines. He was 81.

Wells served 12 years in the Iowa House and eight years in Senate. In 1975, he proposed a $10 fine for lighting up in public.

In 2008, the Legislature approved a limited ban on smoking in the workplace.

Wells, then 79, told The Gazette that he was ``proud'' to get the ball rolling. He said he never gave up, not even after one of his colleagues registered his opposition by blowing smoke in Wells' face.

A memorial service is Saturday at Mercy Park Activity Center in Des Moines. CHRYSLER-FORD-RECALLS

Chrysler, Ford recalling SUVs, vans

WASHINGTON (AP) The government says Chrysler is recalling about 22,000 sport utility vehicles and trucks to fix brake tubes that could lead to the loss of brake fluid.

Ford Motor Co., meanwhile, is recalling more than 30,000 2010 Transit Connect vans to replace pushpins holding the liners above the driver's head. The company says government testing found it failed to meet federal standards protecting the head.

Chrysler says its recall affects certain 2010 Dodge Nitro, Dodge Ram, Jeep Liberty and Jeep Wranglers that could have defective brake tubes. The problem could lead to the loss of brake fluid, making it difficult to brake and posing the threat of a crash.

Ford's recall is expected to begin in July. Chrysler says owners should be notified in August.

Dubuque police: Baby considered missing person

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) Dubuque police say the disappearance of a 20-month-old girl is still considered a missing person case while they await identification of what authorities believe are human remains.

The infant's mother, Tamelia Harris, was arrested last week on a charge of felony neglect or abandonment after police began searching for her daughter, Cecilia.

While trying to find the girl, police found what they believe are human remains of a small child in Harris' backyard.

Police haven't said how they discovered the remains

Capt. Scott Engleman says the case remains a missing person's investigation. He says authorities are waiting for lab results on the cause of death and where the child was killed.

Iowa mother pleads guilty in baby's death

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A Des Moines woman has pleaded guilty to a child endangerment charge in the death of her 5-month-old daughter.

Tresa Rains was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Zara Yamen in April 2007 in Ankeny.

Rains pleaded guilty on Thursday. Sentencing is set for Aug. 20 in Polk County District Court.

Police called to a home on a report of a non-responsive child found the baby in her crib. No indications of foul play were found and the infant's death was deemed a ``sudden unexplained death.''

Rains was arrested last September after police received a tip from an acquaintance of Rains that there was more to the child's death. Authorities say she admitted to using a pillow to suffocate the baby.

Drake's Wiseler out with Achilles tendon injury

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Drake basketball player Frank Wiseler has been sidelined with an Achilles tendon injury.

Coach Mark Phelps says Wiseler was injured last month when he stepped off a retaining wall outside the university's Knapp Center and dislodged a brick that fell onto his tendon.

Wiseler had surgery, and is now recovering in his native Luxembourg. Recovery time could be four to six months.

Wiseler, a 6-foot-2 junior, averaged 4.4 points and 2.5 assists in his first season for Drake last season. He started 15 games.

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