Friday, November 21, 2014
Text Size


KLEM News PM Update June 21, 2010

(LE MARS)--The latest crime prevention event in Le Mars is August 3rd.

Le Mars Police invite neighborhoods throughout Le Mars to join thousands of communities nationwide for the 27th annual National Night Out.

The crime and drug prevention event is from 7-10 p.m. on August third. Residents are invited to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police.

Many neighborhoods throughout Le Mars will host a variety of special events such as block parties, cookouts and visits from police.

The Le Mars Police Department invites residents to host a block party in their neighborhood. Authorities say they're a way for residents to meet and get to know each other. A registration form for those hosting a block party is available at the police department. Registrations will be taken through July 30.

(LE MARS)--The top griller in the Ice Cream Days "Grill 'n' Chill Rib Rally Saturday knows how to win.

The judges' choice for first place is Chris Gries of Merrill who won for the second year in a row. Gries' recipe for success is his own.

"My own rub and my own barbeque sauce that I put on it," Gries answers when asked what made his ribs winners.

Gries started his contest entry about 9:30 Saturday morning. "I started the ribs up at about noon, Gries recalls. "Throughout the afternoon I cooked a lot of chicken and I smoked up the ribs."

What makes Gries a rib cooking contest competitor?

"I just love it. I really enjoy cooking. I always have," Gries explains.


Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Gries likes the Ice Cream Days "Grill 'n' Chill" Rib Rally because it is local. He also competes at rib contests in Sergeant Bluff, Yankton and Omaha.

Gries is a painter at Quatro Composites in Orange City.

(DOON)--Two teens were injured in a one-vehicle accident five miles east of Doon Saturday night.

According to the Lyon County sheriff's office, 16-year-old Carissa Vink of Doon was driving on a Lyon County Road when the car dropped off the shoulder of the road. Vink tried to correct the path of travel and the car skidded out of control , hitting a cement culvert. The car came to rest in a creek bed. Vink and her passenger, 17-year-old Bryce Veldman of Hull, were taken to local hospitals for their injuries.

The sheriff's office and Iowa State Patrol investigated the accident.

DAKOTA CITY, Neb. (AP) Opening arguments are today in the trial of a Mexican man accused of killing a 3-year-old Nebraska girl.

Jury selection in the murder case against 30-year-old Melecio Camacho-De Jesus began last Monday and concluded Friday, with 180 potential jurors narrowed to 12.

Camacho-De Jesus is accused of killing Evelyn Verdugo Paniagua on May 23, 2009, in her South Sioux City home as her family slept. Prosecutors say he sexually assaulted the girl before suffocating her.

Camacho-De Jesus, a Mexican national, had been living in Sioux City, Iowa, when he was arrested. He pleaded not guilty in August to first-degree murder and burglary. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.

His trial has been scheduled to run through the end of June.


SPENCER, Iowa (AP) Funeral services are set for a 29-year-old northwest Iowa soldier who died in Iraq.

A funeral Mass is planned for Thursday at Notre Dame Catholic Church in Cresco for Specialist Christopher Opat of Lime Springs. Burial is planned for Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery in Elma.

Opat died Tuesday in Baquah, Iraq, from injuries in a noncombat incident. Military officials have launched an investigation.

Opat's family says he went to Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg before enlisting in Spencer. Opat's father, 58-year-old Les Opat, says his son wanted to make a career in the Army.

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

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) Waterloo is searching for new locations for recycling sites for people to drop off paper, cardboard, plastics and cans.

Only half of the 12 sites once offered are still in operation because businesses are ordering them out of their parking lots.

Waterloo has relied on stores to allow the bins at no cost to the city. But some customers are abusing the idea by dropping off garbage, dead animals, tires and furniture. Many businesses now consider the bins a nuisance.

Mayor Buck Clark says his office has receive ``a ton'' of calls, e-mails and letters from residents upset about the dwindling number of recycling sites. Clark has encouraged those callers to sign up for the city's curbside recycling and yard waste program.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) Squirrels get the blame for damage to the Mason City's newly repaired band shell.

Band shell supporter Janice Easley says squirrels chewed some major holes in the new siding, hunting nuts they hid in the building before the work was done.

Workers cleared out a barrel full of walnuts and acorns from the rafters and put up mothballs, a smell that squirrels hate.

Easley says the goal is to keep the squirrels out until the repairs can be finished. It's apparently working because the squirrels haven't returned.

Cedar Rapids (AP) Linn County Attorney Harold Denton, who says he was the first Iowa prosecutor to try a case with cameras in the courtroom, is retiring after decades in the office.

The 62-year-old Denton became an assistant Linn County attorney in 1975. He was named interim county attorney in September 2002, and won the 2002 election two months later.

Denton, who's leaving at the end of the month, says he has no immediate plans. He grew up in Maryville, Tenn., and came to Iowa in 1970 to attend the University of Iowa Law School.

Denton say he was the first prosecutor to try a case in 1979 with cameras in the courtroom. He says he had ``misgivings'' in the beginning, but says it has worked out well.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Tighter air pollution rules could force millions of dollars worth of improvements at Iowa plants.

Jim McGraw of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources says a review by the Environmental Protection Agency shows pollution limits for some chemicals are too lenient to protect people from lung problems and other illnesses.

The EPA on June 3 announced a rule tightening limits on sulfur-dioxide emissions. It listed Muscatine County as the only place in Iowa likely to violate the new rule. That eventually could lead the state to order changes at major emitters such as Grain Processing Corp. and Muscatine Power and Water.

The EPA is revisiting limits on ozone and other small-particle pollution, which could affect other parts of the state.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) The Rebuild Iowa Office says residents can learn more about the flooding of 2008 and how to plan and prepare for flooding at a planned community seminar.

The seminar is set for Monday afternoon in Marion, outside Cedar Rapids. Local and state officials as well as academic experts are to attend the seminar titled ``Anatomy of Iowa Floods: Preparing for the Future.''

Topics are to include trends in precipitation and run-off in Iowa, floodplain management strategies and water quality.

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

Submit your news release, confidential news tip or news idea by email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , by calling 712.546.4121 or 712.546.9672 fax.


KLEM News AM Update June 21, 2010

(LE MARS)--From the public, to attorneys and police, paperless is the way business is being done in the Plymouth County court system.

Plymouth County is the first in the state to try or "pilot" the new Electronic Document Management System known as E-D-M-S.

Charlene Peterson is the state clerk of court in Plymouth County.


Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

In the first five months of the pilot project, more than 13-hundred cases had been e-filed and about 300 attorneys and other users, including government agencies, had registered to use the system.

Equipment is available for the public to electronically file cases such as small claims or to look at records.


Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Peterson says the process has included law enforcement agencies that had filed many tickets by mailing them to the clerk of court.

The clerk of court in the county selected as the first pilot project is pleased with the electronic system.


Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

The process of finetuning computer programs and adding users to the system will eventually lead to a paperless system for judges who won't need to open a paper file when they sit in a courtroom and who can issue an order from their computer while still in court. After all the testing is completed, the project will be piloted in Story County.

(Rock Valley)--The 13th annual American Cancer Society Sioux Relay for life raised nearly 150-thousand dollars. Organizers say the Relay in Rock Valley Friday and Saturday topped previous Relays in Sioux County in several areas.

Co-chair Nancy Dickman says the relay attendance and energy were incredible. According to co-chair Alma Post, they were able to support cancer fighters across the county.

More than 100 cancer survivors were honored with a dinner and victory lap to kick off the Relay. This was the largest number of survivors in recent years. The 727 luminarias placed around the track honoring and remembering loved ones involved in the fight against cancer was a record.

Twenty-seven teams for Relay for Life raised an average of more than 47-hundred dollars per team for a total of 128-thousand dollars. This also set a record for the event.

The fund raising total was 147-thousand dollars compared to 138-thousand 790 from the Sioux Relay for Life in Hawarden a year ago.

The top team this year was the first at the Sioux Relay to earn diamond status based on its fund raising total. Team Tyler of Rock Valley raised more than 22-thousand dollars. Their fund raising included an original cantata. The team honors a young man who would have graduated from high school this year, but died from complications of cancer. Team Tyler also had the best campsite with a tribute design .

An estimated 160 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Sioux County in the next year. The fund raiser proceeds will support research and education.

Those who were unable to participate in the Relay may contribute by contacting co-chairs, committee or team members.

(SAC COUNTY)--A groundbreaking ceremony for a long awaited road project is this afternoon at 1:30 in Sac County.

The ceremony to break ground for more work to four-lane Highway 20 is on the right-of-way for re-located four-lane Highway 20 one mile north of Lytton, off Sac County Road N-28.

Guests expected to attend the groundbreaking are Iowa Transportation Commissioners Debi Durham of Sioux City and Barry Cleaveland of Council Bluffs; State Representative Gary Worthan; northwest Iowa Congressman Steve King of Kiron, and John Moyna of Moyna and Sons of Elkader which is the contractor for the project.

The ceremony has been delayed by weather conditions.

RUTHVEN, Iowa (AP) Two trumpeter swans are to be released in northern Iowa as part of the state's efforts to restore a wild population of the birds.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources plans the release for Thursday just north of Ruthven at Long Island Marsh. The release is to include a short presentation on swans and wetlands and there will be a chance to view the swans.

Iowa natural resources experts say the white trumpeter swans were once common in the state but by in the early 1930s just 69 trumpeter swans remained in the continental United States.

Experts say the swans are the largest waterfowl in North America and can weigh up to 32 pounds with a wingspan of 8 feet.

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

DELHI, Iowa (AP) Authorities in eastern Iowa say a man known for an interest in extreme sports has died after jumping into the Maquoketa River from the Lake Delhi dam.

The Delaware County Sheriff's Office says the man jumped Saturday at least 50 feet into the water. Sheriff's officials say a witness said the man was active in ``extreme risk'' sporting events.

The Lake Delhi Recreational Association owns the dam. Association board president James Willey says the death wasn't an accident or suicide. Instead the man jumped intentionally, thinking he would survive.

The man's identity wasn't immediately released pending notification of family. Authorities have recovered his body from the water.

Delaware County authorities say the death is under investigation.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Four months after the state pharmacy board recommended Iowa legalize medical marijuana, its future is unclear because a legislative leader and a board official say the other needs to act.

As part of its unanimous recommendation in February, the board asked the Legislature to create a committee to consider how a medical marijuana program could be implemented.

But House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy says the board can authorize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes without the Legislature getting involved.

Pharmacy board executive director Lloyd Jessen disagrees, saying lawmakers need to decide on matters such as medical conditions that qualify and penalties for violating the law.

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Police in West Des Moines have identified an Illinois motorcyclist who they say died in a vehicle accident.

West Des Moines police said Sunday that 55-year-old John Longman of El Paso, Ill., died in the Saturday crash on Interstate-80 in West Des Moines. Police say Longman was pulling a motorcycle trailer westbound on the interstate when his motorcycle crossed into the eastbound lanes.

Police say Longman fell from the motorcycle and was struck by a vehicle traveling eastbound, described as a white SUV. Longman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities say the accident remains under investigation.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Students looking to find an off-campus apartment at the University of Iowa can now turn to an improved school-run website to help in their search.

University officials say they hope the new website helps students, parents, faculty and staff as well as local property owners and managers. The school says it updated the website after it received requests for more specific information. Now the website has floor plans, maps and photographs of properties.

The new website has a searchable database of housing units in the Iowa City area. The service is free for searchers but those listing a property will have to pay a fee.

Message boards to find roommates and buy and sell furniture also are available.

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

Submit your news release, confidential news tip or news idea by email, by calling 712.546.4121 or 712.546.9672 fax.


Page 1138 of 1201

Search KLEM



Stock Market

1 DOW 17,843.68
+124.68 (0.70%)    
2 S&P 2,064.45
+11.70 (0.57%)    
3 NASDAQ 4,722.22
+20.35 (0.43%)    

Copyright 2010, Powell Broadcasting, Website developed by iCast Interactive