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KLEM News PM Update June 10, 2010

(HINTON)--A fire at a cellular tower site just west of Hinton was caused by a propane leak.

Hinton Fire Chief Chad Beck says the fire call about 8:30 Wednesday night included assistance from Merrill Firefighters.

According to Beck, the explosion and fire at the Verizon Cellular tower site on county road C-60, just west of Hinton, were caused by a propane leak from the backup generator.

The equipment building at the base of the tower was destroyed. Damage is roughly estimated at 750-thousand dollars.

(LE MARS)--Ice Cream Days events are being supported with funds from the Le Mars Hotel-Motel Sales Tax.

The city council awarded $8,775 recommended by the advisory board for Le Mars Hotel-Motel Sales Tax.

Funds will be used for entertainment, the outdoor movie and the parade.

Ice Cream Days, four days of fun, June 16-19th bring out-of-town visitors and former residents toLe Mars. Many families plan activities at the time of the community celebration.

Activities showcase parks, the Olson Cultural Event Center, businesses and the museum.


(SIOUX CITY)--Bike riders will help displaced homemakers and limited income families this weekend.

The Fifth Annual "Wheeling for Woman Aware" bicycle ride is at the Adams Nature Preserve at North Sioux City. The event Saturday begins with check-in and departure between 7:30 and 9 a-m.

The three routes are ride-at-your-own pace. Riders may choose from a 20-mile loop to Jefferson, South Dakota; a 35-mile loop to Elk Point or a 50-mile loop to Burbank. The fund raiser also features a family friendly ride of seven-and-a-half mile within the Adams Nature preserve .

(SPENCER)--Four people are charged in Clay County after a search of a Spencer apartment.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office, the Iowa Great Lakes Drug Task Force, Spencer Police and Third Judicial District Probation officer searched the apartment of Jaykie Harrington.

Authorities charged the 20-year-old Harrington with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and promoting a gathering where illegal drugs are consumed.

Twenty-year-old Paul Davis was charged with felony delivery of marijuana. Twenty-four-year-old Anthony Knapp is charged with possession of marijuana and 21-year-old Scott Riley is charged with possesion of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

Harrington, Davis, Knapp and Riley were taken to the Clay County Jail.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) The University of Iowa is bracing for a housing crunch with a record number of freshmen this fall.

To meet the housing needs, the university is considering leasing private apartments.

University officials told the Iowa Board of Regents at Wednesday's meeting in Vinton that it expects a freshman class of nearly 4,500 students, mostly due to an increase in out-of state and international students.

The university presented plans for a new residence hall, but that won't be ready until 2013. In the meantime, officials are negotiating to lease private apartments that would be used by upperclassmen.

University spokesman Tom Rocklin says the apartments would be run like a residence hall, with programming and dining plans.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa Board of Regents has approved a more than $4 billion dollar budget for next year, but several members are voicing concerns over variations in retirement contributions at the state's three public universities.

Earlier this year, the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa cut retirement contributions from 10 to 8 percent as part of budget cuts.

Iowa kept its retirement funding at 8 percent for the fiscal year that begins in July. Iowa State boosted contributions to 10 percent, while UNI increased funding to 9 percent.

At Wednesday's meeting in Vinton, regent Michael Gartner called it a ``bad policy.''

Regents President David Miles says it's a consequence of each university president adjusting to difficult financial circumstances.

MILES, Iowa (AP) Authorities say an Illinois teenager was killed when his all-terrain vehicle collided with a car in eastern Iowa.

The Iowa State Patrol says 18-year-old Timothy Fosdick, of Savanna, Ill., died in the accident Tuesday evening near Miles in Jackson County The driver of the car was not hurt.

The patrol says Fosdick was riding the ATV south on a road and collided head-on with northbound car.

Both vehicles went into a ditch, where the ATV caught on fire.

The investigation continues into what caused the two vehicles to collide.

GRANGER, Iowa (AP) Some residents of Granger are having a temperature tantrum over the city's plans to repaint its ``hot'' and ``cold'' water towers.

The towers have been labeled for about 30 years. They may have been painted a joke, but now residents say they represent the town.

Last month, the City Council decided to repaint the towers with a new city logo. About 160 residents signed a petition to overturn the council's decision.

About 40 residents showed up at Wednesday night's City Council meeting to ask the council to save the words.

The council agreed to consider a design incorporating the new logo and ``hot'' and ``cold.'' The council will meet again on Monday.

Granger, which has about 1,000 residents, is about 25 miles northwest of Des Moines.

DUNKERTON, Iowa (AP) The National Transportation Board says the cause of 2009 crop duster accident near Dunkerton is undetermined.

The Air Tractor lost power and was forced to land in a cornfield about 10 minutes after take off on Aug. 4. The pilot was not injured.

The NTSB says the accident happened because the engine lost power for undetermined reasons.

After the crash, investigators inspected the plane and found nothing unusual with its fuel system. The engine was sent for inspection by its Czech manufacturer, who found no failures.

The NTSB says in a probable cause report that an examination showed ``no anomalies'' and the reason for the loss of power was not determined.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) A statue in Omaha will be dedicated to four Boy Scouts two years after their deaths in a tornado at their western Iowa camp.

The Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council will hold a ceremony Friday at the Durham Scout Center to honor the boys and others who were at Little Sioux Scout Ranch on June 11, 2008. The camp is near Little Sioux, Iowa, about 40 miles north of Omaha.

Killed in the storm were 14-year-old Aaron Eilerts of Eagle Grove, Iowa; and three boys from Omaha, 13-year-olds Josh Fennen and Sam Thomsen and 14-year-old Ben Petrzilka. Forty-eight others were hurt.

A permanent memorial for the boys is planned at the camp. US

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) President Barack Obama has nominated Dubuque County Sheriff Kenneth Runde to be U.S. marshal for the Northern District of Iowa.

Obama made the nomination to the Iowa position and six other districts Wednesday.

Runde served in the Marine Corps from 1972 to 1976, when he joined the sheriff's office. He rose through the ranks to reach his current position.

He holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Platteville and the University of Dubuque.

The Northern District of Iowa is based in Cedar Rapids.

The nomination must before the U.S. Senate for confirmation.

CLARINDA, Iowa (AP) The children of big band leader Glenn Miller are expected to attend the grand opening of the Glenn Miller Birthplace Museum in Clarinda.

Steve and Jonnie Miller plan to join in events Thursday afternoon to mark the $1 million museum. It includes a theater, research library and display area that tells the story of Miller, who was born in Clarinda in 1904.

His orchestra became the nation's most popular swing band in the 1940s. Miller was aboard a plan that disappeared over the English Channel in 1944.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Members of two Iowa fire departments are teaming up to help put together kits of supplies for families affected by fires.

The Cedar Rapids Fire Department and Marion Fire Department say they're partnering with members of the Juvenile Fire Setter Coalition to make the ``after-fire'' kits. The kits include essentials like toiletries, telephone calling cards, gift certificates, toys and diapers.

The kits are to be donated to the Salvation Army so the charity can distribute them to victims of fires. The kits also will include information for families about starting the recovery process.

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

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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.


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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