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KLEM News PM Update October 14, 2010

(LE MARS)--Property adjacent to the Le Mars Community High School will be owned by the school district.

The Board of Education has voted to buy property owned by Arlene Urban of Le Mars for $83,000 with one-thousand dollars authorized as what Superintendent Dr. Todd Wendt called 'earnest money.'

Wendt said Urban approached him when she was ready to sell her property and wanted to know if the district was interested.

School Board members Mark Hemmingson and Cris Collins met with Urban.

Hemmingson, at this week's board meeting, said the assessed valuation was about 93,000 dollars or about 10-thousand dollars more than the district's purchase price.

The board had closed a portion of its meetings to the public recently to discuss the purchase of real estate.

The purchase decision was made in open session as an agenda item for the meeting this week.

Bridge repairs complete by Thursday afternoon

(LE MARS)--A gravel road west of Le Mars will open again to travel at one this (Thursday) afternoon.

According to Plymouth County Engineer Tom Rohe, Iris Avenue, from County Road C-38 to 200th Street, was closed as of Tuesday morning for repairs to a bridge abutment.

Federal money flows to water project

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) The executive director of the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System says the three-state project is getting an additional $4.5 million in federal money.

Troy Larson says much of the money is through the federal stimulus program. The funds are designated for the main water treatment plant being built just north of Vermillion, S.D.

Larson says the additional federal funding will free up state and local money to be used elsewhere, likely for a pipeline connecting Rock Rapids, Iowa.

The $537 million system will bring treated Missouri River water to more than 300,000 people in South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa. Construction began in 2006. The system is expected to be operational in the summer of 2012.

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

L Radiator plans expansion

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) A Yankton manufacturing firm plans to double the size of its plant and add more than 50 jobs.

L Radiator makes cooling systems for industrial uses. The Associated Press reports the company plans a groundbreaking ceremony Monday for the 40,000-square-foot expansion to its 42,000-square-foot facility.

Plant manager Tony Carey says the company has seen an increase in orders. He says employment has grown over the past year from 17 workers to 50.

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

Vander Plaats responds to clergy group

(SIOUX CITY)--A group of clergy Wednesday called on Iowa for Freedom executive director Bob Vander Plaats to denounce a national group that has provided funding for the effort. Iowa for Freedom is leading the effort to vote out three Supreme Court justices involved in the gay marriage decision. The Interfaith Alliance says the Iowa group is merely a state arm of the American Family Association of Mississippi. Vander Plaats told Radio Iowa that is not so.

Vander Plaats says his group is not an Iowa subsidiary of A-F-A, and says A-F-A is merely a supporter of the Iowa group's effort. Vander Plaats says Interfaith Alliance's call for him to denounce the A-F-A "really shows the strength of our campaign." Vander Plaats says he is sticking with his message.

 "The only thing I'm going to denounce is activists judges on the supreme court that's used to make law, govern law and amend the constitution, and usurp the will of the people, and the will be the message today all the way until November two," Vander Plaats says. He says he believes the people of Iowa will have their voice be heard and will vote "No" on the three justices. The Interfaith Alliance says the A-F-A is an "extremist group, with a radical agenda, and a record of hate." Vander Plaats says the group is one of many supporters of Iowa for Freedom.

He says Newt Gingrich supports the effort, Iowa Congressman Steve King supports the group and Vander Plaats says he's not going to take credit or responsibility or accountability for any of their comments, nor should they take credit or responsibility or accountability for any of his comments. Vander Plaats says he just wants to bring people along that are "very supportive of our effort to hold a supreme court in check that is activist by nature, and that is inserting politics into the judicial arena and is usurping the will of the people." Vander Plaats says the Interfaith Alliance and the chief justice of the court can see the poll numbers and that's why they are trying to attack his group.

"We're still a government of the people, by the people and for the people, not of the courts, but the courts and for the courts," Vander Plaats says, "and I think the people of Iowa are very disturbed at this supreme court that's become activist in nature. They redefined the fundamental institution of marriage without the voice of the people and I think they are going to hold them in check on November two. And I think that's why supreme court justice Marsha Ternus at least has decided to come out and enter the campaign fray." Ternus gave a speech in Ames Tuesday in which she was critical of the effort to vote out the judges, saying they made their decision based on the constitution. (News report by Radio Iowa)

2-year-old dies in buggy accident in Iowa

CRESCO, Iowa (AP) Authorities say a 2-year-old Mennonite girl died in a buggy accident when the horse bolted at her family's home near Alta Vista in northeast Iowa.

Howard County Sheriff Mike Miner says Thursday that Kaylene Nolt died after she was thrown from the buggy.

The accident happened Tuesday afternoon.

Miner says the girl and her father, Joseph Nolt, had returned from a produce auction and he was unhitching the buggy when the horse was spooked. The horse took off and the buggy slid into a tractor with steel wheels.

The child was thrown and pinned between the buggy and a steel wheel.

Miner says the father suffered a leg injury, but didn't require medical attention.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier first reported the child's death.


Forest City-based Winnebago posts profit

FOREST CITY, Iowa (AP) Forest City-based motor home maker Winnebago Industries Inc. is posting a profit in the fiscal fourth quarter.

The results announced Thursday mark the company's second consecutive quarterly profit.

Winnebago says the results were driven by both increased motor home deliveries and improved labor efficiencies.

The company earned $4.9 million, or 17 cents per share in the quarter that ended in August, compared with a year-ago loss of $50.2 million, or $1.73 per share.

Revenue more than doubled to $123.1 million from $59.5 million a year earlier.

Police fire at Des Moines TV photojournalist

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Des Moines police say an officer responding to reports of a man with a gun at the KCCI-TV studios mistakenly fired at a photojournalist.

KCCI says the shot missed and no one was hurt.

The incident happened Wednesday night after the 10 p.m. news.

Police say KCCI employees heard loud bangs and breaking glass and called police. A photojournalist, whom KCCI identifies as Spencer Vaughn, was outside the station on a cell phone to dispatchers.

Police say an officer mistook the phone for a gun and fired at Vaughn.

KCCI says other officers subdued the real suspect, who was allegedly throwing rocks at cars in the parking lot. The man's name was not immediately released.

Developer wants to save flooded neighborhood in CR

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) A developer is trying a last-ditch effort to save the flood-damaged Czech Village neighborhood in Cedar Rapids.

A survey determined there were 21 of the 150 or so homes damaged in 2008 that could be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places but not the neighborhood as a whole.

The Gazette says developer Charles Jones has proposed re-evaluating the neighborhood to see if it could be eligible. The means dozens of homes would have to be stripped of vinyl siding and porch additions or other changes that altered their architectural significance.

The architectural historian who conducted the survey says it's possible the changes could make a difference.

About 60 homes are to torn down beginning in about two weeks. Jones wants the City Council to delay demolition.


Foes target Iowa's greyhound racing industry

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Animal groups, dog lovers and anti-gambling activists are planning a campaign to shut down Iowa's dwindling greyhound racing industry.

The issue surfaced during the last session of the Legislature, and activists say they will target the industry again in 2011.

The Des Moines Register says Rep. Mary Mascher, an Iowa City Democrat, will introduce a bill in January to halt greyhound racing. The bill would affect tracks in Council Bluffs and Dubuque.

Bob Hardison of Onawa, president of the Iowa Greyhound Association, says his group will fight the effort.

Hardison says the industry supports more than 1,300 jobs and generates millions of dollars. He also says the industry is heavily regulated and the dogs are taken care of.


Trial for former Clinton school employee delayed

CLINTON, Iowa (AP) Trial for a former Clinton school district office manager accused of embezzling $1.2 million from the district has been delayed until next year.

Trial for Denise Babcock, 36, of Camanche, was set for Nov. 1, but her attorney, Leon Spies, requested more time to prepare. Trial is now set for Feb. 7, 2011.

Babcock was indicted on a federal theft charge last month after a state audit uncovered $1.2 million in undeposited collections and improper disbursements.

Babcock was released on $250,000 bond.

$1.3M in grants OK'ed for Iowa projects statewide

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) More than $1.3 million in state grant money has been allocated to help pay for projects like libraries, parks and community centers across Iowa.

Gov. Chet Culver announced the I-JOBS Vision Iowa grant money on Wednesday. So far the effort has funded projects in 94 Iowa counties, including its first in Taylor County where about $131,000 will go to the Lenox Community Center.

The largest award announced Wednesday is $800,000 for park improvements in Hampton, including a new aquatic center, a 6-mile trail, new tennis court surfaces, a skateboard park and sun shelters. The grants also include $300,00 for the second phase of the Guttenberg riverfront development and marina project.

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

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KLEM News AM Update October 14, 2010

(LE MARS)--Construction to fulfill a vision is underway in southeast Le Mars.

The Le Mars Bible Church is nearly doubling its present building size with a 12-thousand square foot addition on the southeast side of the facility in use since 1997. Reverend Fred Gums explained the addition includes fellowship and youth areas.

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Plans to grow the physical facilities on Seventh Avenue Southeast reflect a growth in church attendance.

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The Le Mars Bible Church addition will serve the youth ministry and provide a setting to bring others to fellowship in a faith setting.

Reverend Gums emphasizes the facility will be used to the glory of God.

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Timmins Construction of Le Mars is the contractor for the one-and-a-half million dollar project which could be completed next July.

School House Theater presents holiday classic as a radio play

(ORANGE CITY) "It's a Wonderful Life" is a holiday-movie must in many households. This year The School House Theater Company of Sioux County will take the show off screen and do a unique stage performance of Frank Capra's very popular story. Auditions are being held next week for "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play." Director Cody Bauer says all the nostalgia of the familiar story will be in the production, it's just presented in a different way.

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The SchoolHouse Company was formed in 2008. Bauer, who was a founding member, says that the company was formed out of necessity.

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Their first performance took place in a one room school house near Sioux Center, and thus, the SchoolHouse Theater Company was born.

Auditions for their next production "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" are being held Monday, October 18th and Thursday, October 21st in the Orange City Town Hall Auditorium from 7:30 to 9pm. There is a cast of 5, made up of 3 men and 2 women, and Bauer says many other people are needed to make the production happen.

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Performance dates for the live radio play of "It's a Wonderful Life" are December 9th through 11th and 16th through 18th. For more information on this show and details about The SchoolHouse Theater Company, log onto www.theshc.org or call 712-722-3211. (News report by Angela Drake, KLEM News)

Presiding judge trains through judicial college

(RENO, Nevada)--A Merrill judge completed financial statement training through the National Judicial College.

The Financial Statements in the Courtroom course is presented by the National Judicial College and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Judge Jeffrey Neary participated in the course covering techniques and best practices needed to make informed legal decisions related to complex financial statements. The presiding judge of Plymouth County and other participants had case studies and problem-solving exercises to explore current issues related to complex financial statements.

The two-day program was presented through grant funding.

Assault charges filed after abuse investigation

(LE MARS)--Le Mars Police charged a man with assault after an investigation.

Police began the investigation because staff of the residential care facility Plymouth Life contacted authorities about possible sexual abuse of adult residents of Plymouth Life.

Twenty-year-old Michael Ross Ogden is being held in the Plymouth County Jail. Ogden was arrested on three charges of assault with intent to commit sexual abuse.

Police report Ogden, a registered sex offender, had been living at Plymouth Life since July.


Religious group opposes ouster of Iowa judges

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A group trying to oust three Iowa Supreme Court justices who ruled to legalize gay marriage has spent nearly $100,000 on the campaign and dismissing criticism of the effort.

Bob Vander Plaats, spokesman for Iowa for Freedom, says supporters are running an effective campaign to the letter of the law.

Connie Ryan Terrell, executive director of the religious group Interfaith Alliance of Iowa, says the campaign isn't moral.

Iowa for Freedom is financed by Mississippi-based American Family Association and its political arm, AFA Action Inc. Terrell says it amounts to an out-of-state extremist group meddling in Iowa politics.

David Lane, a spokesman for AFA Action Inc., says the group has every right to get involved in a campaign in Iowa.

About $320,000 has been spent on the campaign to oust the judges. The National Organization for Marriage has spent $235,000 on TV ads.

Miller: Foreclosure inquiry may help homeowners

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The bank mortgage foreclosure paperwork debacle could mean some homeowners get a new opportunity to modify their loan and stay in their home. For others, it may allow them to stay a little longer.

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller is taking a lead in a 50-state investigation into the improper documentation of foreclosures by banks.

On Wednesday, he noted the investigation could result in millions of dollars in fines, payments to homeowner who have been financially harmed, and an effort to force banks to modify more mortgages so people can pay the loans.

Miller says the attorneys general can force banks to turn over documents if they don't willingly. State consumer fraud laws give them authority to pursue penalties, fines and other solutions including loan modifications for banks that have acted illegally.

FEMA extends Iowa disaster registration deadline

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Federal emergency officials have extended the disaster assistance registration deadline until next month for eligible Iowans.

Gov. Chet Culver says he has been notified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency that the registration period scheduled to end Wednesday would be extended until Nov. 12. Iowans in 35 counties can use the extended deadline to register for grant money to be used for housing and home repairs and low-cost loans.

The federal money is available after severe storms, flooding and tornados hit the state over the summer.

Iowa emergency official Pat Hall says the continued volume of registrations indicated that Iowans needed the extra time because they were still assessing damages.

Iowa AG files 6 lawsuits against illegal digging

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa attorney general has filed six lawsuits in Iowa counties accusing parties of improperly digging near natural gas pipelines without providing the required notice.

Attorney General Tom Miller said Wednesday that the lawsuits were filed to enforce the state's One Call statute. Iowa law requires anyone who wants to excavate in the state to contact the Davenport-based Iowa One Call notification system at least two days before digging.

The attorney general's says the notification line handles more than 50,000 calls a month in high seasons. Notices are then sent to utility operators who have two days to mark underground lines.

The lawsuits were filed in Clayton, Delaware, Fayette, Sioux, Winnebago and Wright counties.

Cedar Rapids man pleads not guilty to murder

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) A Cedar Rapids man charged with murder in the strangulation death of a 68-year-old woman has pleaded not guilty.

KWWL-TV in Waterloo reports Wednesday that 48-year-old Jerome Power entered a written plea of not guilty Monday in Linn County District Court. Power is charged with first-degree murder. His trial date hasn't been set.

Police in September amended the attempted murder charge against Power to murder after Doris Bevins died from injuries she suffered in an assault. Police say they found an assaulted Bevins in an apartment along with Power. Police say they investigated and found that Power strangled Bevins.

Iowa welding shop fire started with boy, torch

FAIRBANK, Iowa (AP) Fire investigators say a boy playing with a torch was the source of a fire that collapsed a welding shop in eastern Iowa.

Fairbank Fire Chief Dave Ryan tells the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier that a 4-year-old boy was in a wood storage area with a small torch before last week's blaze. Ryan says investigators turned up no other causes of the fire at Gingerich Welding. Several volunteer fire department responded to the blaze.

Ryan estimated damages at the shop to be at least $250,000 and the building was nearly destroyed. Community members moved tools, machines and other products from the burning building. The chief says the community has been cleaning and sorting through the salved equipment.

Hamilton County Fair marks $35,000 shortfall

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa (AP) The Hamilton County Fair has a $35,000 shortfall and members of the fair board have gone to Hamilton County supervisors looking for assistance.

The fair board blames the poor economy and rainy weather for the budget shortfall. The Webster City Daily Freeman-Journal reports Wednesday that the fairgrounds racetrack flooded several times over the summer and had to be drained for events. Fair secretary Holly Myers says that affected the fair's income.

Myers says the $35,000 shortfall covers expenses from the last year and doesn't include operating and maintenance expenses through next summer. Myers says the three biggest events of the 2010 fair were rained out.

Authorities say the fair earned $82,000 in 2009 and $57,000 in 2010.

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

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