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KLEM News PM Update June 11, 2010

 (LE MARS)--Service to Plymouth County residents is the focus of questions county officials are asking about a state cost cutting move.

The Iowa Department of Human Services director has ordered 23 more county D-H-S offices to be reduced to part-time to deal with the state budget crunch.

Tom Bouska of the Iowa Department of Human Services says in western Iowa the staff numbers are 350 and are being reduced to 273. Plymouth County is among the counties where the staff and hours are being reduced

At this week's meeting, supervisor Craig Anderson asked Bouska about serving the public.

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Bouska told supervisors chair Jim Henrich telephone, internet and mail service can be used by D-H-S clients. Answering Henrich's question, he said a face to face meeting could take place between staff and their clients within five working days.

Henrich told Bouska, "We're not real happy about what's happened here in Plymouth County."

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Bouska and Jim Thompson who is a D-H-S supervisor are asking the county to lend office furniture purchased with county and federal funds to a Sioux County D-H-S location. Some staff members are being relocated to Sioux County.

Supervisor Mark Loutsch was among the board members objecting saying the office item would be needed for other tenants. Supervisor Gordon Greene asked to have the D-H-S proposal in writing.

Plymouth County rents the building to the state agency.

The county's coordinator of mental health and general relief, Sharon Nieman, was told a process will be set up to handle DHS mail after July first when the change is made.

(LE MARS)--A child from Honduras who received care in the United States through connections made during Mission Honduras trips has died.

Supporters of Gehlen Catholic Mission Honduras, Mission Honduras Le Mars and ..then Feed Just One helped to bring the child, Illich Rivera, for evaluation and care in Le Mars and at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

After care in the United States, students and adults saw the child while on mission trips to Honduras.

He was hospitalized at a private clinic earlier in the week and Mission co-director Richard Seivert was notified Thursday morning that the child had died.

Seivert says a foundation, the "Illich Foundation" was started in Honduras a year ago to help little children and is in its final approval stage from the government.

(ORANGE CITY)--Technology will bring crime tips to the Sioux County Sheriff's office.

Sioux County Sheriff Dan Altena says the popularity of text messaging creates a significant opportunity for the public to help law enforcement fight crime.

The sheriff's office is using Anderson Software to allow citizens to send anonymous tips through a text message from a mobile phone or an online message from their computer.

The Text-a-Tip program allows the sheriff's office to respond to the tip without knowing who the tipster is.

The user's information is given an alias and a unique I-D before it's sent.

The Sioux County sheriff adds one caution, do NOT text and drive.

Information about Text-a-Tip is available on the sheriff's office web site,

(ORANGE CITY)--A celebration of Orange City's health care heritage is tomorrow, rain or shine.

The Orange City Area Health System is partnering with the city of Orange City, the Chamber of Commerce, Staples Promotional Products and Sanford Health for "Play on the Pond."

The musical performances are a celebration of the Orange City Area Health System's 50th anniversary.

The Prairie Grass Music Festival features free music on the pond area near Highway 10 East from noon to 8:30 in the evening tomorrow.

In case of rain, the three bands will play in The Barn at Blue Mountain at 814 Lincoln Circle Southeast. The groups include "Little Fox" at 12:15; "Avian Sunrise" at 1:30 and at 3:15, "3Past Curfew."

The Des Moines rockers, "the Nadas" will perform at 5:30 p.m. either outdoors or in the M-O-C Floyd Valley High School gym

(WASHINGTON, D-C)--Senator Chuck Grassley is announcing funds for Siouxland airports.

Grassley says the funding is to increase the safety and efficiency of the airports as well as to help provide economic development opportunities in the communities with the airports.

The Sac City Municipal Airport will receive 155-thousand dollars for runway lighting rehabilitation and beacon replacement.

Emmetsburg Municipal Airport will receive about 276-thousand dollars for taxiway rehabilitation.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) The family of an Iowa airman says he's in critical condition after his helicopter crashed in Afghanistan.

Chet Wisniewski, of Iowa City, told the Iowa City Press-Citizen that his son, 30-year-old David Wisniewski, was piloting an Air Force Black Hawk helicopter when it went down on Wednesday.

David Wisniewski is hospitalized in Germany.

His father says his son is engaged and lives in Las Vegas. He's stationed at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.

Chet Wisniewski says his son graduated from Woodbury Central Community School District in Moville before going to the United States Air Force Academy and flight school.

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(SIOUX CITY)--A Sioux City man will spend up to 25 years in federal prison for a child pornography conviction.

According to written information from the U-S attorney's office, 48-year-old Sengkeo Phanaphay was sentenced after he pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a child.

Prosecutors say Phanaphay admitted in federal court that between April and June of last year he created child pornography by taking sexually explicit photos of an eight-year-old child.

He was prosecuted after an investigation by Sioux City Police.

He is being held for the U-S Marshal's service until he can be taken to a federal prison.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Authorities say three people are dead in a farmhouse in rural Calhoun County in western Iowa.

Jessica Lown of the Iowa Department of Public Safety says agents with the state Division of Criminal Investigation have been sent to the scene, which is between Auburn and Lake City.

Lown says she was notified that three people were found dead around 7:30 a.m. on Friday. She had no other information. She says DCI investigators are assisting the Calhoun County sheriff's office, which has not released any details.

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OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) Authorities say a teenager was hospitalized after drinking too much with friends at a park in southeast Iowa.

Wapello County Deputy Sheriff Chris Shadduck says authorities found seven teenagers when they responded to a call about a car accident at Camp Arrowhead Park on Tuesday.

Deputies found two girls unconscious, and one was taken to the hospital.

Shadduck says it appears seven Ottumwa High School students skipped school, stole a bottle of a gin and drank it at the park.

He says when the teens realized that two of the girls had drank too much, another teen tried to get help but crashed the car. They then went to a house and called police.

The sheriff's office did not release the teenagers' names because they are juveniles.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Iowa is scrambling for options as a nationwide shortage of road paint for marking highway stripes hits home.

The Iowa Department of Transportation says roads where pavement markings are in the worst shape will be painted.

At issue is a global shortage of raw materials used to produce acrylic waterborne pavement marking paints. Prices of materials have soared and could go higher.

In a typical year, crews repaint the center lines on all 9,400 miles of Iowa's highway system. The edge lines are painted if they were not painted the year before.

Transportation officials say they're developing contingency plans to prioritize use of limited paint supplies. They're also identifying alternative materials.

KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) Roquette America Inc. plans a $27 million remodeling project at a feed house at its corn wet milling plant in Keokuk.

The Iowa Department of Economic Development awarded the company tax benefits of about $2.5 million on Thursday to support the project.

The feed house is the same building responsible for a $1 million fine the company paid in February. The feed house, where animal feed is made from byproducts of corn processing, was cited for exceeding air pollution emission limits.

Roquette agreed to modernize the feed house.

Roquette manufactures a variety of corn starches, starch derivatives and corn syrup at its Keokuk plant, which has about 500 employees.

Roquette America is a subsidiary of the privately held Roquette Freres, headquartered in Lestrem, France.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Search and rescue crews are looking for a pair of men overdue from a planned hike to Bagby Hot Springs in the Mount Hood National Forest.

Sheriff's deputies from Marion and Clackamas counties were joined Thursday by Portland Mountain Rescue volunteers. Search teams made camp Thursday night where they were when darkness fell and planned to resume the search Friday.

The Oregon National Guard plans to join the search with helicopters if weather permits.

Marion County sheriff's spokesman Don Thomson says the hikers are a 35-year-old Hillsboro man and a man in his 20s visiting from Iowa. One of their wives called when the men didn't return Wednesday.

Thomson says the men took sleeping bags, maps, compasses, cell phones, warm clothing and food. They are traveling with two Labrador retrievers and a pit bull.

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

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KLEM News AM Update June 11, 2010

(LE MARS)--Very heavy rainfall and high winds moved through parts of Siouxland this morning.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning until 6:30 this morning for Plymouth, Cherokee, Woodbury County southeastern Sioux County, southeastern Union County, and western O'Brien County. The KLEM rain gauge recorded 1.10 inches of rain as of 6 a-m.

Wind gusts of up to 35 miles an hour were reported at the Le Mars Airport at 3:15 during a severe thunderstorm. A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for parts of northwest Iowa, southeast South Dakota and northeast Nebraska due to the possibility of wind gusts of up to 70 miles an hour.

Shawn Olson of Plymouth County Emergency Management says heavy rain, but no hail was reported during the severe thunderstorm activity. A semi rolled over in South Dakota just across the border from Akron about three this morning. No one was injured.

The Akron Fire Department responded to a report of a tree on fire due to downed power lines on 277th Street, also about three this morning. There were also reports of trees downing power lines along county road C-16, east of Akron and north of Brunsville.

MidAmerican Energy had about four-thousand customers without power during the storm. About half of the outages were in Sioux City. 

  (LE MARS)--More than 40 years of service by a city of Le Mars department head will be recognized by the city of Le Mars.

The city is hosting a Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce "After 5 Retirement Reception" for Fire Chief Wayne Schipper on Thursday, June 24th.

Schipper is retiring June 30th after serving on the Le Mars Fire Department for 43 years.

The 5 p-m retirement reception is at the city of Le Mars golf course banquet hall, 935 Park Lane.

The reception is open to the public.

(DES MOINES)--Two northwest Iowa communities are making a splash with new pool plans.

The 50-year-old pool will be replaced in George with a one-million dollar project hat includes a drop slide, zero depth entry and diving board. The pool will be 52-hundred square feet. Project funds include 100-thousand dollars from the Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) fund.

Sanborn will build a new aquatic center with five swimming lanes, a zero-depth entry, a bathhouse, water slides , and diving tower. The two-point-one-million dollar project has been awarded 100-thousand dollars in Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) funds.

The Vision Iowa Board approved the CAT grant funds during a meeting Wednesday in Grinnell. Both George and Sanborn need to complete fund raising to receive the state money.



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WASHINGTON (AP) Two Democratic congressmen from the Midwest want President Obama and Admiral Thad Allen to order a full evaluation of the impact of the BP oil spill on Mississippi River shipping lanes.

U.S. Reps. Bruce Braley of Iowa and Phil Hare of Illinois sent a letter to Obama and Allen on Thursday urging such an evaluation.

Braley and Hare say the oil is drifting closer to the Southwest Passage, which is a critical shipping lane for farmers who rely on barge traffic to ship their crops overseas. They say they are concerned about the effect a slowdown in Mississippi River traffic could have on prices.

The two congressmen noted that a sharp decline in the prices of agricultural commodities came after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 because of a traffic slowdown on the Mississippi.

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa (AP) A Hamilton County jury has found 15-year-old Edgar Concepcion Jr. guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his 3-year-old cousin, Krystel Banes.

In its verdict late Thursday afternoon, the jury also found the Charles City youth guilty of one count of sexual abuse in the first degree, one count of sexual abuse in the second degree and one count of child endangerment resulting in bodily injury.

The jury received the case Wednesday afternoon, but deliberated only a few minutes before adjourning until Thursday.

Concepcion's sentencing is set for July 19 in Floyd County District Court in Charles City. He will be held at the Central Iowa Detention Center in Eldora until sentencing.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) A federal judge in Davenport has sentenced a former Van Buren County man to more than 16 years in prison on drug and explosives charges.

At the sentencing hearing Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge John Jarvey ordered 31-year-old Jerry Lee Schlarbaum to serve 150 months in prison for the possession of a pipe bomb and 50 months on methamphetamine conspiracy and manufacturing charges. Jarvey said the former Stockton resident must serve the sentences consecutively.

After his prison term, Schlarbaum will have to serve eight years on supervised release.

Police stopped Schlarbaum in Henry County in March of 2008 for allegedly driving without a valid license. They say a search of his vehicle turned up materials used in methamphetamine manufacture, as well as methamphetamine itself, plus the pipe bomb.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) A 21-year-old Cedar Rapids man has pleaded guilty to a student loan scheme involving the recruitment of fake students to enroll at Kirkwood Community College.

Authorities say Cory Bailey pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to one count of mail fraud.

According to information in the plea agreement, Bailey recruited potential fake students to sign up for classes at Kirkwood Community College in 2007, so he and two others involved in the scheme could access their information to apply for financial aid.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Bob Tieg says the other two men listed only by their initials in the criminal information haven't been indicted or charged.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa Attorney General's office says new criminal charges have been filed in the Iowa Film Office case.

The attorney general's office said Thursday the new complaint was filed last week in Polk County District Court. It contains additional charges against defendants named in February, including Wendy Weiner Runge and Matthias Alexander Saunders. The new complaint also contains charges naming Zachary LeBeau, a Minnesota resident and filmmaker.

The complaint contains one count of ongoing criminal conduct against LeBeau, and 11 counts of fraudulent practice in the first degree against Runge, Saunders, and LeBeau.

LeBeau surrendered Thursday at the Polk County Jail and was released on $10,000 bond. There was no change in arrest status for Weiner Runge and Saunders, who have pleaded not guilty and are free on bail bond.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) State officials have announced more than $1 million in federal grant money to three colleges in Iowa.

The University of Iowa will get more than $700,000 in grant money from the Department of Health and Human Services for research on oral diseases and disorders.

The Department of Education has awarded two grants.

Loras College will receive $200,000 and for educational science equipment and Iowa Valley Community College will get $165,000 for equipment designed to improve health occupation programs.

Sen. Chuck Grassley announced the awards on Thursday.

Federal officials say thousands of Iowa organizations, colleges and state agencies apply for federal grants each year.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) It's been known for more than two decades as ``The Other White Meat.'' But the pork industry thinks it's time the meat got a new slogan.

The National Pork Board plans to replace its iconic slogan after 23 years. Officials hope a new tagline can help improve sales that have been flat for decades.

Ceci Snyder is the Des Moines, Iowa-based board's vice president of marketing. She says the current slogan is well-known but its meaning seems to be lost on most people. The slogan was developed in 1987 to tout pork's nutritional value and versatility.

Snyder said the board won't completely drop ``The Other White Meat'' as a marketing tool but will come up with a new slogan as part of a branding campaign being launched next spring.

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co. says it plans to replace seven approach spans on its Mississippi River bridge at Burlington.

The railroad announced Thursday in Fort Worth, Texas, that the work will begin later this month.

The construction of the new approaches will supplement a separate construction project that began last year to replace the bridge's old swing span with a new lift span over the river's navigation channel.

The new approaches will use new reinforced concrete foundations with 250-foot steel bridge spans.

The bridge is on the railroad's main Chicago-to-Denver corridor and links Burlington with Gulfport, Ill.

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