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KLEM News AM Update June 7, 2010

(SIOUX CITY)--Concrete patching work will restrict traffic to one lane on Highway 75 from just south of Le Mars to just north of Sioux City, starting today.

Dean Herbst of the Iowa Department of Transportation in Sioux City says the speed limit in the work area on Highway 75 will be reduced to 55 miles an hour.

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Herbst says the reduced lane will not be in effect overnight. 

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The work by Gus Construction will cost about 300-thousand dollars. Crack filling was completed in the first two weeks of April by the Casey firm. The project is expected to be completed by July 16th, weather permitting.

(DES MOINES)--Ice Cream Days--The Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored summer celebration--is an Iowa Road trip choice for the Sunday Des Moines Register.

The June 6th publication lists Ice Cream Days June 16-19th in the Iowa Life section of "Ways to See the State This Month."

A Le Mars restaurant business, Archie's Waeside,  is featured in part of the "While you're in the area--Good Eats section.

(LE MARS)--A Le Mars group focused on young people is honoring a law enforcement officer.

The Optimist Club of Le Mars presented Le Mars Police Senior Officer Jay King with the Optimist "Respect for Law" honor. The presentation was part of a family picnic at West Floyd Park for Optimist members and City of Le Mars Police.

Each year the Optimists select an officer to honor for distinguished and dedicated service advancing the respect for law.

King is the Le Mars Police Department D.A.R.E. officer at Gehlen Catholic and Le Mars Community Schools and will mark 22 years of service to the city of Le Mars on July 1st.

King has completed specialized training in Crimes Against Children, sex crimes and financial crime investigations. He was a Remsen Police Officer prior to joining the Le Mars Department.  

Optimist International is an association of more than 2,900 Optimist Clubs around the world dedicated to "Bringing Out the Best in Kids." Adult volunteers join Optimist Clubs to conduct positive service projects in their communities aimed at providing a helping hand to youth.  The Optimist Club of Le Mars has many community projects for youth. They include the "Just Say No" program of drug, tobacco and alcohol-free activities.

(LE MARS)--Jolynn Goodchild is a candidate for re-election to the Recorder's office for Plymouth County. Goodchild has worked in the recorder's office for 12 years. She says adapting to change is part of the challenges of the job.

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Goodchild says the recorder's office serves many public functions.

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Goodchild is unopposed in her re-election bid for Plymouth County Recorder in the Republican primary Tuesday. (News report by Dave Ruden)

 ELK POINT, S.D. (AP) Businesses in downtown Elk Point are trying to make the best of a complete overhaul of Main Street.

City Administrator Dawn Glover says many proprietors along the town's main stretch are probably feeling the pinch from the renovation. But she says it has been in the works for some time and is badly needed.

The construction is part of a three-phase renovation of downtown, with streets and sewers being replaced.

Elk Point is footing $1.9 million for the project.

Barb Wurtz, owner of Pioneer Drug and Edgar's Ice Cream Shop, says pharmacy customers are continuing to get their prescriptions but they're having to come in through the back door.

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

MAQUOKETA, Iowa (AP) The National Weather Service has confirmed a report of a tornado in eastern Iowa on late Saturday evening.

Officials say a tornado struck Maquoketa on Saturday evening around 7:40 p.m. It traveled just over 2 miles before dissipating.

Another tornado was reported near Goose Lake in Clinton County.

Authorities say buildings were damaged in both areas, including an elementary school and several mobile homes.

Tornadoes and storms tore through portions of the Midwest late Saturday. At least five people died in Ohio. Dozens of injuries and damaged buildings were also reported in Michigan and Illinois.


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) With seven Republicans seeking the 3rd Congressional District nomination in Tuesday's primary election, it could be a while before voters know which GOP candidate will face Democratic incumbent Leonard Boswell in the fall.

That's because unless a candidate receives at least 35 percent of the vote, a party must choose a nominee at a convention.

The Republican candidates are Jim Gibbons, Brad Zaun, Dave Funk, Scott Batcher, Pat Bertroche, Mark Rees and Jason Welch.

If no candidate reaches the 35 percent threshold, a nominee will be selected at a congressional district convention that will be called by Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Matt Strawn.

Iowa's 3rd district covers 12 counties in central, southern and eastern Iowa. It includes Des Moines.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Des Moines Register's Iowa Poll shows Terry Branstad with a commanding lead in the race for the Republican nomination for governor.

The poll, published Saturday night in a copyright story on the Register's website, shows that 57 percent of likely Republican voters say they expect to vote for Branstad. Sioux City business consultant Bob Vander Plaats has the support of 29 percent and Carroll Rep. Rod Roberts has 8 percent.

The three Republicans will compete in Tuesday's primary, with the winner facing Democratic Gov. Chet Culver.

The telephone poll was conducted Tuesday through Thursday by Selzer Co. of 501 likely primary voters. It has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Police in Iowa City say at least four people have been cited for violating the city's new ordinance that limits entry to bars to those ages 21 and over after 10 p.m.

The law went into effect on June 1. Previously, people 19 and older were allowed in Iowa City bars at night.

Authorities say they're foregoing any grace period to warn offenders.

Four people have been cited and fined $735 for violating the ordinance since it went into effect. Most of the violators were 20 years old.

Some city and University of Iowa officials say setting the minimum bar entry age at 21 would help combat what they called a culture of binge drinking, particularly by college students.

But a group of university students has been collecting signatures in hopes of repealing the law.


(Copyright 2010 by Associated Press. All rights reserved)

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KLEM News Update June 6, 2010

(HINTON)--Hinton School is expanding preschool options beginning this fall.

The four-year-old preschool plans were announced by principal Jane Krehbiel (kre-bel). Krehbiel says as a result of qualifying for the Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program, the Hinton District will continue to offer quality preschool and daycare are for three and four-year-olds at the Little Hawks Center. An additional session of preschool only for four-years-olds will be offered in the afternoon.

Cost of the afternoon only program is 30 dollars per week.

Beginning in September, the sixteen four-year-old children enrolled in Little Hawks will attend a morning session of preschool taught by a certified early childhood teacher.

Parents who wish to have their child attend preschool only may register for the 1-3:15 afternoon session by contacting the school.

(REMSEN)--Water conservation is requested in Remsen this week.

Remsen Municipal Utilities will continue with the water tower cleaning project tomorrow, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Remsen water customers will experience low water pressure throughout the three days.

Customers are asked to conserve water, refrain from lawn watering and any excessive water use

(DES MOINES)--A Sioux City building known for its Prairie School of Design architecture is being recognized by the State Historical Society of Iowa.

The Adaptive Reuse awards include the Williges Building in Sioux City.

The three-story downtown Sioux City building was designed by William Steele. When the business closed, its origins as a fur shop designed by Steele in 1930 had evolved to a women's apparel store. There were plans by Security National Bank to demolish the structure.

The building was purchased by Bart Connelly, renovated and a portion is now leased to a law firm.

(SPENCER)--Road construction is limiting lanes on Highway 18 in Spencer.

According to Roger Vigdal of the Iowa Department of Transportation, Highway 18 will be reduced to one lane in both directions between 8th Street and 17th Street. In addition, a 12-foot lane width limit is in place

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Des Moines Register's Iowa Poll shows Terry Branstad with a commanding lead in the race for the Republican nomination for governor.

The poll, published Saturday night in a copyright story on the Register's website, shows that 57 percent of likely Republican voters say they expect to vote for Branstad. Sioux City business consultant Bob Vander Plaats has the support of 29 percent and Carroll Rep. Rod Roberts has 8 percent.

The three Republicans will compete in Tuesday's primary, with the winner facing Democratic Gov. Chet Culver.

The telephone poll was conducted Tuesday through Thursday by Selzer Co. of 501 likely primary voters. It has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) A 52-year-old homeless man is charged with attempted murder after allegedly stabbing a man on an Iowa City street.

Raymond Lee Spears was charged Friday in connection with Tuesday's stabbing.

Iowa City police say he has no known address. It wasn't immediately clear whether he has an attorney.

Police say the victim called for help late Tuesday, saying he'd been stabbed but didn't know where he was.

Dispatchers used his cell phone signal to track the man. He was transported to the University of Iowa Hospital, where he's being treated for multiple stab wounds.

Police say the victim has positively identified Spears as his attacker.


DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) An eastern Iowa woman has pleaded guilty to homicide by motor vehicle in the death of an Illinois woman last October.

Lisa Ann Smith of LeClaire pleaded guilty Friday, just before a trial was set to begin Monday. She also pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

The 44-year-old Smith was arrested after the Jeep she was driving crossed the center line on U.S. Highway 67 and hit a car driven by 39-year-old Samantha Martin of East Moline. Martin died in the crash.

Smith's bond was revoked and she was taken to jail.

She will sentenced July 22.


IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Two Iowa football players have been arrested after a fight at an Iowa City bar.

Sophomore running back Jewel Hampton and junior cornerback Jordan Bernstine are both charged with public intoxication.

Hampton, who's 20, was also cited for presence in a licensed liquor establishment after hours. Bernstine is 21.

It wasn't immediately clear whether the pair have attorneys.

Police Lt. Bill Campbell says it appears that Hampton was involved in several fights at Vito's Bar early Saturday. He says Bernstine interfered with officers as they tried to arrest Hampton.

Football coach Kirk Ferentz says he's aware of the incident. He says he won't have any further comment until he has all the facts. And he says the incident will be handled internally.


MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) A Mason City woman is accusing a U.S. Census worker of trying to push his way into her home last month.

Dana Peterson says the man pushed her and swore at her during the May 20 incident.

She's filed a complaint with the Cerro Gordo Sheriff's Department. No charges have been filed.

The worker says he denies ``all charges.'' And he says he hasn't been disciplined by the Census Bureau.

He is not being named because he hasn't been charged.


(Copyright 2010 by Associated Press. All rights reserved)

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