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KLEM News PM Update July 30, 2010


(LE MARS)--A downpour deluged the Akron area overnight.
National Weather Service records list 4.8 inches of rain for Plymouth County's western border city.

Akron tops the list for amounts of new rainfall. KLEM recorded 2.3 inches, but an eastern Le Mars resident reported 3.5 inches.

In northwest iowa, amounts varied from nearly three inches at Sioux City to 1.6 inches at Sheldon and about 2.25 inches in Cherokee and less than an inch in Sibley.

Very heavy rain was reported in Boyden--between seven and nine inches.

Bomgaars employee is honored by Chamber

(LE MARS)--An employee of a business who has seen growth and change for more than two decades is the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce "Employee of the Month."

Bomgaars employee Mary Rieken of Merrill received the Chamber honor today (Friday).

Rieken worked as a cashier when she joined Bomgaars and then moved to the clothing department where she's worked as manager.

During her years at the Le Mars Bomgaars, Rieken saw the business change from a primarily farming store to one with a wide variety of products.

She's credited with knowing, without having to look, if a product is or is not available

Suspects in northwest Iowa gun business burglary indicted

(Sioux City)--Two Worthington, Minnesota men are accused of taking more than 40 firearms from a Crawford County business.

Nineteen-year-old Jose Osorio-Mendez and 22-year-old Felix Mendez are each charged with theft of firearms from a federally licensed business in Vail.

According to the indictment in federal court in Sioux City, Mendez and Osoria-Mendez are accused of taking 42 firearms, including handguns, shotguns and rifles from the Crawford County business in late May.

They're being held for the U-S marshal's Service, pending resolution of federal charges in Minnesota.

Claims settled by state

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Iowa officials say state government paid nearly $6.6 million to settle claims and resolve disputes caused by employee mistakes, workplace misconduct or other damages in the past fiscal year.

More than half of the fiscal 2010 total involved a $3.3 million malpractice case at the University of Iowa Hospitals Clinics over a child born with cerebral palsy.

The judgments also included $450,000 paid to resolve two lawsuits stemming from the Legislature's decision to end the Iowa Lottery's TouchPlay video lottery enterprise in 2006.

State Auditor David Vaudt, a member of the three-person State Appeal Board, wants to see the state be more proactive and try to prevent problems before they come before the board.

Regents Schools request funds

AMES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa Board of Regents will consider a $32 million request from Iowa State University next week.

Iowa State wants the money to complete a chemistry building, renovate a small-animal hospital and buy a virtual-reality system.

ISU is requesting $28 million in academic revenue bonds for the chemistry building and small-animal hospital. It's also seeking $3 million for the virtual-reality system, which simulates ground combat. The Air Force and Army will reimburse the regents for the system.

The University of Iowa will request $4.5 million to buy the Iowa City school district's former central administration building. The property would be used to help relocate businesses scheduled to be displaced by a new music school.

Details damages cars

ALBIA, Iowa (AP) Authorities say the railroad tracks may have been a factor in the derailment of 20 cars on a Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train in Albia in southern Iowa.

The derailment happened about 4:30 a.m. Thursday, causing three city streets to be closed.

No injuries were reported and no hazardous materials were involved.

Railroad crews separated the section of cars that had not derailed and moved them out of the intersections. Most of the cars were open-top hauling cars with nothing in them.

Albia Police Chief Jay Andrews says the derailment could have been caused by the railroad tracks slightly separating.

Demolition costs rise

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Piles of old seed corn are adding to the cost of demolishing the former Sinclair meatpacking plant in Cedar Rapids.

Officials say five or six truckloads of stored, wet and fire-scorched corn will add about $175,000 to the tab.

City spokesman Greg Eyerly says the corn is mingled with about 25,000 tons of asbestos-containing material. He says the debris is being hauled to a nearby landfill, but it isn't lined and isn't suitable for a mix that includes wet corn.

Eyerly says the material be shipped to a private landfill in Milan, Ill., which will add $7 a ton to the cost, or about $175,000.

The corn belongs to BFC Gas and Electric Companies, which operates a gasification plant in Cedar Rapids that burns outdated seed corn and other items.

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

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KLEM News AM Update July 30, 2010

(LE MARS)--Power is out in a small area of northwest Le Mars.

MidAmerican Energy crews are working on the outage. As of 6 a-m,  about 700 customers in Le Mars, 66 customers in Oyens and about 300 in rural Plymouth County were without power.  The number was reduced to about 150 by 7:30 a.m. As of 8 am, less than 50 customers were without power.

Heavy rain fell during a thunderstorm about four this morning. KLEM recorded 2.3 inches of rain by 6 a.m.

The National Weather Service had issued a Flash Flood Warning until 7:30 this morning for Woodbury, Dakota, Ida and Buena Vista Counties. The warning for northern Plymouth and southern Sioux Counties ended at 6 p.m.  Some roads may still be impassible due to the heavy rains overnight.   

Floyd Valley offers Digital Mammography

(LE MARS)--Floyd Valley Hospital is enhancing it services for the early detection of breast cancer. .

Floyd Valley Hospital radiology manager Denee Hardyk explains digital mammography has replaced x-ray film images.

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Patients make appointments for the new digital mammography by calling the same number they used before for the radiology department at Floyd Valley-- 546-3394.  

Digital mammography represents a significant financial investment in patient services. More on that on upcoming news.

(LE MARS)---The City of Le Mars will receive federal funds to
take off snow at the Le Mars Airport.

Senator Tom Harkin announced more than 110-thousand dollars for the city of Le Mars airport. The funds are from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to improve airports.

Harkin's office reports the Le Mars airport funds are for snow removal equipment.

Fair Cooking School is egg-themed

(LE MARS)--The cooking school at the Plymouth County Fair will be egg-citing this evening.

That's the plan Jennifer Loudermilk has for the Iowa Egg Council cooking school in air-conditioned Century Hall.

Loudermilk prepares everything from omelets to a cream puff swan.

The Royal resident will create some of her favorite recipes with egg ingredients.

The Fair cooking school begins at seven this evening.

Rainfall on Day 2 of 2010 Fair

(LE MARS)--Attendance for the second day of the 2010 Plymouth County Fair was estimated at 13,600. 

A popular grandstand attraction tonight is the Tractor Pull. Following the cooking school, the Country Western Dance begins at 9 in Century Hall.   

4-H judging today includes the Dog Show, Breeding Beef and Market Beef Show, 4-H Working Exhibits and the Dairy Goat Show.  

Friday, July 30
(Farm Bureau Day)
8:00 a.m. 4-H & FFA Dog Show – Open Class Building
(South End)
8:30 a.m. 4-H & FFA Breeding Beef & Market Beef Show –
Covered Arena
9:00 a.m. 4-H Exhibit Building Open
10:00 a.m. Open Class Exhibits Open
12:00 p.m. Blair House Open
1:00 p.m. Midway Rides Open
1:00 p.m. Chain Saw Artist - A.J. Lutter – West
Commercial Area
2:00 p.m. Commercial Exhibit Buildings and Round
Barn Open
2:30 p.m. 4-H Working Exhibits – Pioneer Village or
4-H Building
4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Lego Booth – Building West of Pioneer
Village Stage
5:00 p.m. 4-H & FFA Dairy Goat Show - Covered Arena
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Monster Arm Wrestling - Weigh Ins
6:00 p.m. Monster Arm Wrestling Contest- South End
Open Class Building
6:00 p.m. Antique Tractor Parade – Grandstand
6:30 p.m. Tractor and Mini-Rod Pull – Grandstand
7:00 p.m. Cooking School – Century Hall
9:00 p.m. - Midnight Country Western Dance w/lessons
throughout the evening – Century Hall
10:00 p.m. Open Class, 4-H Exhibit Building and Blair
House Close
10:00 p.m. Commercial Exhibit Buildings and Round
Barn Close

Pioneer Village Enertainment:

Friday, July 30, 2010
5:00 p.m.Rob Leckband, Hypnotist - Sponsored by Plymouth County Farm Bureau
6:30 p.m.Roll Over Beethoven, Dueling Pianos - Sponsored by NW REC
8:00 p.m.Rob Leckband, Hypnotist - Sponsored by Pioneer Hybrid
9:30 p.m.Roll Over Beethoven, Dueling Pianos - Sponsored by Farmers Coop of Craig & First National Bank of Le Mars

B-17 Bomber Lands in Siouxland

FLIGHTS ARE AVAILABLE FOR $425 PER PERSON. FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO SCHEDULE A RIDE, CALL 602-448-9415. (News report by Josie Cooper, KSCJ News/Powell Broadcasting, Sioux City)

Iowa adopts Common Core State Standards

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa Board of Education has voted 6-0 to adopt the Common Core State Standards, a nationwide initiative to keep students nationally and internationally competitive.

The initiative is a voluntary effort led by states to develop common expectations among them for what students should learn from kindergarten through high school. The standards cover language arts and math. They seek to set clear and realistic goals for success.

The board on Thursday approved the Common Core standards as part of the Iowa Core, which was enacted in 2008 and specifies skills and concepts that Iowa K-12 students must learn.

All Iowa school districts and accredited nonpublic schools are required to implement the Iowa Core by 2014-2015.

Minn.'s Pawlenty gazes south at Iowa as 2012 looms

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Republican Tim Pawlenty shares something important with the Iowans he's working to impress: A border.

The two-term Minnesota governor makes his latest step across state lines this weekend to campaign for Iowa Republicans. It's viewed as part of Pawlenty's exploration of a 2012 presidential run.

Geographic proximity is no guarantee of success. But it can be an asset for a candidate who shares a cultural sensibility with the neighboring state and can get there easily to be seen.

This will be Pawlenty's third Iowa trip and he has two more planned, one in August and another in October.

Iowa voters have delivered caucus wins to past neighbors Barack Obama and Walter Mondale, but also dealt crippling losses to border-state politicians.

Technology fails speeder crackdown in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Technology failed as police attempted to maintain their stepped up enforcement of speed laws on the major highways through Cedar Rapids on Thursday morning.

The batteries died on a laser speed gun an officer was operating from the Glass Road overpass, stalling the crackdown.

Capt. Steve O'Konek says officers have been using laser speed guns in recent weeks to catch speeders on Interstate 380 and Highways 30 and 100. He says the newer laser guns are better equipped to pick speeding cars out of groups of vehicles.

Regular patrols, unmarked cars and laser and radar guns are being used, along with newly installed speed cameras.

Capt. Tom Jonker says enforcement ebbs and flows depending on the resources available and the number of complaints about speeders.

Iowa AG seeks to stop 3 charities

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Attorney General Tom Miller says he's working to stop three fundraising operations from soliciting donations in Iowa and wants the Legislature to change the law to make it easier to learn how charities spend their money.

Miller say one fundraiser, Bloomington, Ind.-based Campaign Center, has agreed to stop soliciting in Iowa. It wasn't registered with the state as required.

Miller says he's asked a judge to stop Milwaukee-based Community Support, Inc., from telephone solicitations in the state. And he says a third company, Public Safety Communications of Des Moines, is under court order to stop operating.

He urged lawmakers on Thursday to approve a measure requiring charitable groups to disclose their income and state how much of donations go for administration and fundraising.

Texas man convicted in Iowa of alien smuggling

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A Texas man has been convicted of transporting illegal aliens to Iowa, resulting in the death of one of them.

U.S. Attorney Nicholas Klinefeldt said Thursday that 35-year-old Javier Garcia Alvarez, of Dallas, was convicted by a jury in federal court in Des Moines on Wednesday.

Prosecutors say Garcia, himself an illegal alien, was transporting 10 illegal aliens in a van from Arizona to Iowa. The van was struck broadside when it ran a stop sign in rural Marshall County of central Iowa the night of Feb. 26. The crash killed Noemi Celestino De Jesus, whose husband testified in the trial.

U.S. District Judge John Jarvey will set a sentencing date later. Prosecutors say Garcia faces up to life in prison.

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

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