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KLEM News PM Update Sept. 10, 2010

(REMSEN)--The Board of Directors of a nearly century-old Remsen business has signed a letter of intent for a sale of the bank business.

Farmers Saving Bank President Charles Neuroth says the anticipated closing date for the sale to Vogel Bancshares Incorporated of Orange City is within 60-90 days.

Vogel Bancshares has banks in Orange City, Craig, Ireton, Hull, Paullina, Sheldon, Sanborn.

The Remsen bank, which has served the area for 97 years, will remain open. There are no anticipated changes in staff at this time.

The sale is subject to shareholder and regulatory approvals.

Growth to replace fire-ravaged downtown area

(ORANGE CITY)-- Groundbreaking for the new Hawkeye Center took place in Orange City Thursday morning. The center is designed to serve as a cornerstone for the city's revitalized downtown. It features nearly 7,000-square feet of retail space on the ground level and five private loft condominiums on the upper level.

The Orange City Development Corporation purchased the property after it burned down in 2008. Lyle Korver, president of the Orange City Development Corporation, said the group usually works to attract industry, but recently decided that they needed to take hold of this project.

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Mayor Les Douma said that 3 of the condos in the Center have been purchased. He added that the city's retail task force is searching for the right business to fill the retail space.

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Although not official, Dan Kraai, Chair of the Orange City Development Retail Task Force, announced that details are being worked out that would bring a bridal shop into the Hawkeye Center.

The Hawkeye Center is the first phase of Orange City's Phoenix Project, which contains 5 elements. The second phase is a community event center, which will be located on Highway 10 East. (Angela Drake, KLEM News)

July 4 alcohol ban not planned for park

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A state panel has rejected a booze ban at a popular state-park beaches in Dickinson County in northwest Iowa during the July 4 holiday.

Park rangers say things have gotten out of control with rowdy behavior, especially at Gull Point State Park along West Okoboji Lake.

The Des Moines Register reports the Iowa Natural Resources Commission voted 4-3 against the alcohol ban on Thursday at a meeting in Mount Pleasant.

Patricia Boddy, the interim director of the Department of Natural Resources, says a majority of commissioners appeared to believe the ban proposed ban unfairly targeted young adults and intruded on civil liberties.


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

Experts say big egg farms can mean big problems

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) From the first days of the massive egg recall from two Iowa farms, one point been clear: When something goes wrong on a big farm, it's going to be a big problem.

Petaluma, Calif., farmer Arnold Riebli acknowledges that because his operation includes more than a million hens, problems can quickly become serious. But he adds that the size of his farm lets him devote staff and time to food safety that small farms typically can't manage.

Groups such as the Humane Society of the United States argue that giant farms that cage hens are inherently more risky for food safety. They cite European studies that say salmonella is more commonly found on big egg-laying farms.

Others say such studies aren't necessarily applicable to U.S. operations.


DM to offer buyouts of flood-prone trailer parks

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Des Moines is close to offering buyouts to people living in two flood-prone mobile home parks along Four Mile Creek.

The Des Moines Register says the Iowa Department of Economic Development has approved up to $6 million for buyout and relocation costs of the mobile homes along the creek on the city's east side.

The area flooded in 2008 and again in August.

Since 2008, the city has spent about $1.5 million to acquire, move or demolish 17 properties near Four Mile Creek.

After the August flood, 64 homes were declared unsafe.

The City Council is expected to take up the new agreement on Monday. City officials will try to persuade the mobile home owners to participate so the two parks are empty for future flood seasons.

Drake pulls ``D+'' logo from Web site

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Drake University has pulled the ``D+'' logo in its new marketing campaign from its Web site after some gave it a failing grade.

Some faculty, students and alumni said it was offensive and embarrassing. But others argued it was bold and edgy.

The Des Moines Register on Friday reports the school is now using ``Drake'' followed by a plus sign on its admissions Web site.

Drake officials say ``The Drake Advantage'' campaign was meant to grab people's attention, specifically college-bound high school students.

University spokeswoman Lisa Lacher say Drake will keep the ``D+'' logo on printed materials for prospective students, who have generally favored the campaign.

Grand Teton death report can't pinpoint failure


Stray cats apparently tortured to death in Iowa

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) Authorities are investigating the apparent torture and killing of two stray cats in Worthington in northeast Iowa.

The Dubuque County sheriff's office says the cats were discovered last month at Veteran Square Park. One was hanging in a restroom, the other was outside.

Sheriff Ken Runde (RUN'-dee) told the Telegraph Herald that they have no leads or suspects.

He says if his department receives an animal abuse case, it usually involves neglected and underfed cattle, not tortured animals.

Runde says a conviction on an aggravated misdemeanor for animal torture carries up to two years in prison.

Iowa man pleads guilty in duck killing

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) A man accused of stoning 50 ducks to death at a petting zoo in Cedar Rapids has pleaded guilty to lesser charges.

The Gazette reports that Zachary Kanellis, of Cedar Rapids, pleaded guilty last week to two misdemeanor charges of third-degree criminal mischief and injury to livestock. He had been charged with a felony count of second-degree criminal mischief.

Kanellis received a deferred sentence of unsupervised probation for two years and was fined a civil penalty of $625 on each count.

A second man also is charged. The case against Shayne Smalling, of Twentynine Palms, Calif., is pending.

The dead ducks were discovered on June 25, 2008, at Bever Park Children's Zoo. Police say the ducks were stoned to death.

No. 9 Iowa understandably wary of Iowa St


IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) The rivalry between Iowa and Iowa State has become predictable.

The Hawkeyes are usally expected to pound the underdog Cyclones and it usually doesn't happen.

Iowa State has made life miserable for the rival Hawkeyes, winning six of the last 11 meetings against Iowa.

No. 9 Iowa (1-0) is once again favored to beat Iowa State (1-0) on Saturday. But the Hawkeyes don't expect much to come easy against the visiting Cyclones.

A year ago, Iowa beat Iowa State 35-3 in Ames. Cyclones quarterback Austen Arnaud threw four interceptions before being pulled. Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads says he's worried Arnaud will try to do too much to make up for last season.

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


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KLEM News AM Update Sept. 10, 2010

(LE MARS)--Volunteers are organizing a collection effort for soldiers from the Le Mars area. Boxes to collect donated items from food to foot warmers are at 15 businesses, schools and churches. Pat Warner says the volunteers want the troops who left in August and other area soliders to have a holiday package.

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Warner explains yellow ribbon-themed signs provided by the Daily Sentinel mark collection boxes for a specific item at each location.

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Donations may also be made through an account at Primebank, "Le Mars Troops Care Package Fund" to cover  postage to ship the care packages. Each box can weigh up to 70 pounds and will cost $12.50. Warner estimates the amount needed for postage will be about $1,000.

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Letters from school children and a card from the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce expressing appreciation for their service will go in the boxes.

The boxes at the 15 locations, such as Clark School where toothbrushes are collected, will be picked up the first week of October for shipment. Anyone who knows of a soldier who should receive a care package may leave the information by calling Warner at 546-5778.

Collection boxes:

Hy-Vee--Cereal or instant soups

Fareway--snack bars or granola bars (no chocolate)

Bomgaars--hand and foot warmers

Floyd Valley Hospital --beef or turkey jerky

Kluckhohn School--hard candy

Franklin School--gum

Clark School--toothbrushes

Le Mars Beauty College--lip balm

Le Mars Community Middle School--fruit snacks or fruit roll-ups

Le Mars Community High School--individual sized snacks (no chocolate)

Gehlen Catholic School --nuts or trail mix

United Methodist Church of Le Mars--toothpaste

Rejoice! Church--lotion

St. Joseph's Catholic Church--Crystal Lite drink mix or powdered drink mix

Presbyterian United Church of Christ--sunblock or men's deodorant

 

(ALTON)-- The city of Alton is adding a new housing development on the west side of town. At Thursday's groundbreaking ceremony of Fair View Meadows second addition, Alton Mayor Ron Minten said that the city has been working hard to make Alton a better place for its citizens. In addition to street projects, a new library and museum, Minten said that developing land for housing is good for the tax base.

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Tom Kiernan, vice president of the Alton Development Corporation, explains the addition at Fair Meadows.

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Kiernan added that one lot has already been sold in Alton's new housing development. No specific date has been outlined for the completion of the final phase. (Angela Drake, KLEM News)
 

Five-bean pod search success on rural Le Mars farm

(LE MARS)--An 80-acre soybean field north of Le Mars yielded what searchers hoped to find Wednesday afternoon.

Rural Le Mars farmer Jim Peters hosted soybean industry representatives in what was described as a search for soybean pods with five beans.

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In his 35 years of farming Peters recalled corn yields doubled. But an increase in the soybean bushels had not. As Peters explained, more beans per pod result in a higher yield opportunity which is important to him as a producer.

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Peters said he doesn't know the reason his field was chosen for the search.

This is the first year he's grown this 2830 variety of the Asgrow Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans


Elk auction set for September 25

(HINTON)--A fundraiser for the Plymouth County Conservation Board's elk herd is planned this month.

The annual auction of yearling elk will include one yearling heifer calf and one yearling bull calf. The elk are sold for slaughter only.

The auction raises money for the feed and veterinarian bills for the elk herd at Hillview Recreation Area, one mile west of Hinton.

Stabe  Realty and Auction of Hinton will donate their services for the auction. The auction will begin at two in the afternoon on Saturday, September 25th.

Schriber dies in construction area

(STORM LAKE)--The Buena Vista County Sheriff's office is providing new information about a traffic accident Wednesday afternoon.

The sheriff's office identified the driver of a car who struck a Spirit Lake Construction firm's pickup truck and trailer as 85-year-old Romaine Schriber.

Authorities report Schriber's car struck the rear of the Beck Excavation truck and trailer. The trailer was resting on the top of the car after the accident. Schriber died.

The equipment was parked on the closed county road because concrete culverts were being loaded onto the trailer. Two employees of the business were outside of the pickup and were not injured.

The road is closed due to the construction, with the exception of local traffic. The sheriff's department indicates all road closed signs were in place at the time of the accident.

 Yankton suspects arrested for Vermillion burglaries

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) The Vermillion Police Department on Thursday said it had arrested three Yankton residents in their late teens after a second night of residential burglaries, vehicle burglaries and stolen vehicles.

A fourth suspect was being sought Thursday afternoon.

Authorities say thieves entered at least seven occupied homes and stole valuables. Many vehicles were entered and two vehicles were stolen.

The incidents followed 11 vehicle burglaries the previous night. An 18-year-old was arrested in those break-ins, and police do not think there is a connection.

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

Culver backs expansion of stem cell research

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Gov. Chet Culver says if he wins a second term, he'll push to expand stem cell research and ensure new health insurance programs for low-income children and others are maintained.

Speaking Thursday at a Statehouse news conference with Victoria Kennedy, the widow of former Sen. Edward Kennedy, Culver argued his views on stem cell research and health care for low-income Iowans were markedly different from Republican challenger Terry Branstad's views.

Stem cells are important to researchers because they can turn into any tissue of the body. Some object to the research because human embryos are destroyed when stem cells are extracted.

Branstad spokesman Tim Albrecht says Branstad supports stem-cell research but believes ``an ethical boundary should be drawn.''

Gingrich: Burning Quran 'profoundly wrong'

PELLA, Iowa (AP) Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says a Florida pastor's plan to burn copies of the Quran is ``profoundly wrong'' and violates the beliefs of the country's founding fathers.

In an interview Thursday with The Associated Press, Gingrich speculated that the founding fathers ``would have universally condemned burning a religious book.''

If the Rev. Terry Jones burns the Quran on Saturday at the Dove Outreach Center in Gainesville, Gingrich argues that nearly everyone will condemn the action.

Jones backed off the plan and then threatened to reconsider it yesterday.

Gingrich, a potential Republican presidential candidate in Iowa to meet with business leaders, says he agrees with President Barack Obama that the church should call off its plans.

He adds, though, that the threatened burning doesn't reflect poorly on the U.S. because most Americans oppose it.

Gingrich says it only shows the U.S. ``has some people who are outrageous, as every country does, and they don't represent the country.''

Fraud charges against Iowa attorney dismissed

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Federal fraud and conspiracy charges against a Cedar Rapids attorney have been dismissed after prosecutors filed a motion saying new circumstances that came to light warranted the charges being dropped.

Richard Pundt, a former FBI agent, was indicted in 2008 in the U.S. District Court in California on three counts of mail fraud, six counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy. At the time prosecutors alleged he and others promoted a fraudulent high-yield investment program scheme.

Prosecutors did not elaborate in their motion what the new circumstances were that caused them to seek dismissal of the charges against Pundt. A telephone message left late Thursday for federal prosecutors wasn't immediately returned.

In a written statement, Pundt says he is relieved to have the charges dismissed. Pundt says the charges were without merit and in direct conflict with the evidence.

The motion to dismiss the charges was granted by the court on Aug. 23.

UI, former student settle harassment lawsuit

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) The University of Iowa has settled a federal sexual harassment lawsuit by a former student related to her claims against a now-deceased professor.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reported Thursday the school reached a $130,000 settlement in January with former doctoral student Melissa Rose Walding Milligan. The newspaper obtained the information through an open records law request.

The music professor, Mark Weiger, committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning about a week after the lawsuit was filed in November 2008.

Prior to filing her lawsuit, Milligan had filed a complaint about Weiger's behavior and claimed the school did nothing to remedy the situation. School officials said they investigated the claims but Weiger remained on the faculty in good standing.


Casey's General says it's in talks with 7-Eleven

LOS ANGELES (AP) Casey's General Stores says it is in talks with 7-Eleven after receiving an unsolicited buyout offer from the convenience store operator.

Casey's said Thursday that 7-Eleven made the offer last week to buy the company that operates a chain of convenience stores in the Midwest for $40 a share in cash.

Casey's says its board of directors believes the company is worth substantially more than what Dallas-based 7-Eleven Inc. is offering, but opted to continue talks.

Casey's recently rejected a buyout offer worth $2.03 billion from Canadian convenience store operator Alimentation Couche-Tard as too low but agreed to further talks with the company.

Casey's is based in Ankeny, Iowa.

Iowa AG takes action against Urbandale mag company

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Attorney General Tom Miller says an Urbandale-based magazine subscription telemarketing company has agreed to refrain from telemarkerting to or from Iowa, and to refund money to customers who complain.

Miller said Thursday that his office got numerous consumer complaints over Heartland's magazine marketing practices, including that Heartland employees were deceptive in their sales presentations and engaged in abusive collection practices.

Under the agreement with the attorney general's office, Heartland's principals agreed to refrain from telemarketing directed to Iowa residents or from an Iowa location. It will also make full refunds to consumers who complain about the company's solicitation or billing practices.

A message seeking comment at Heartland's business office was not immediately returned Thursday.

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

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