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KLEM News PM Update August 13, 2010

(SIOUX CENTER)--A new America's Best Colleges ranking by Forbes.com places Dordt College seventh in the state.

Forbes.com ranked the top 15 percent of all undergraduate institutions. That puts the private Sioux Center college in the top 8.5 percent.

In a news release, Dordt President Dr. Carl Zylstra said it is always gratifying to realize that out of the thousands of colleges and universities in the United States, Dordt students rank the school well within the top 10 percent.

The Princeton Review recently named Dordt as one of the best colleges in the Midwest.

Le Mars business burglary investigated by Police

(LE MARS)--Le Mars Police are investigating a burglary at a Le Mars business.

A door was forced open at the Le Mars Agri-Center at 205 Seventh Avenue Southwest sometime after seven Tuesday night. Authorities say a lap top computer was taken and was located by an Alton resident on Wednesday. The loss, including damage to the door, is estimated at 11-hundred dollars.

Bruce Schmidt of Moville reported his personal laptop computer was stolen from the Agri-Center office during the same time as the break-in. The estimated value is $850.

The burglary occurred sometime between seven Tuesday night and seven Wednesday morning (August 10 and August 11).

Pleasantville couple injured Thursday near Sloan

(SIOUX CITY)--Two people were injured in a motorcycle accident near Sloan on Interstate 29 late Thursday morning.

The Iowa State Patrol reports 48-year-old Timothy Pinkerton of Pleasantville was driving south on I-29 when he lost control of the motorcycle.

Pinkerton and his passenger, 44-year-old Theresa Pinkerton, also of Pleasantville, were taken to Mercy Medical Center by Sloan Ambulance.

I-29 Construction Zone speed enforcement effort begins

(SIOUX CITY)--Sioux City Police will step up enforcement in a construction zone area where several traffic accidents have occurred.

Due to construction on Interstate 29, Sioux City Police says it is very important for drivers to observe the posted speed limit of 55 miles an hour. Traffic is head to head with no barrier between the northbound and southbound traffic lanes of Interstate 29 in the area of the Riverside exit.


Fines double in construction zones in Iowa. A citation for speeding five miles an hour over the limit will cost $107.

Iowa dad sentenced to 50 years in child's death


SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) A Woodbury County judge has sentenced a Sioux City man to 50 years in prison for the death of his infant daughter.

Twenty-year-old Paul Hill was convicted last month of child endangerment causing death in the 2009 death of his 4-month-old daughter, Tryniti. He was sentenced on Tuesday.

Police say Hill called 911, saying his daughter wasn't breathing. She later died a hospital. An autopsy showed the child died from a blow to her stomach.

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

Alta teens injured in rollover accident

(STORM LAKE)--Two Buena Vista County teens were airlifted to a Sioux City hospital after a single car rollover accident near Alta Thursday night.

According to the Sheriff's office, 17-year-old Ashley Sippel of Alta was trapped under a vehicle west of Alta. Authorities report 13-year-old Emily Sippel, also of Alta, was found about a mile from the accident. She had walked away from the accident to try to get help.

An investigation indicates Ashley Sippel was driving west on 580th Street. As she approached the intersection with 30th Avenue, the 17-year-old apparently lost control and the vehicle rolled one-and-a-half times and came to rest on its top. She was ejected and the vehicle rolled on top of her.

The sheriff's office reports seat belts were not being used by the driver or the passenger.

DOT: Flood damaged roadway updateIowa DOT issues update on road closures

AMES, Iowa - Aug. 13, 2010 –  – Flooding continues to affect numerous roads throughout the state, according to Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) officials. See the complete listing below.

The Iowa DOT is continuing to receive a number of calls about specific roadways that ARE OPEN. Those roads are: I-35 near Ames, U.S. 30 near Ames and the U.S. 65 southbound off-ramp at Vandalia Road (exit 77).

Status of I-80 near Colfax
Updated forecasting models show that the water will rise again during the next 24 hours at Interstate 80 in Jasper County where the South Skunk River and Indian Creek converge near Colfax (between mile markers 155 and 159). The water had started to recede.

The current forecast is for the water to reach a level similar to what was reached earlier this week. That level is a few inches lower than what it would take to overtop the highway. It also means that water will once again encroach on the paved shoulders in some locations and onto the ramp at exit 159, but not necessitate a road closure.

This remains a dynamic situation that is being closely monitored by the Iowa DOT. The most significant variable remains the amount of rainfall Iowa receives today and overnight and the river basins affected.

A flood warning remains in effect, as well as a flash flood watch. This means that motorists should exercise additional caution when traveling in this area overnight, as well as other flood-prone areas.

Roadways reopened since last update

·         Iowa 92 in Mahaska County - The road was closed between Iowa 23 (Oskaloosa) and Mahaska County Road V-13 (Rose Hill).

Roadways currently closed or restricted
Due to the dynamic nature of flash flooding, motorists should remain alert throughout the day in all areas under watches or warnings. For weather and other emergency information, stay tuned to NOAA weather radio or your local radio and TV stations. If you encounter a flooded area, turn around – don’t drown.

·         U.S. 61 and U.S. 136 in Lee County - The road is closed near Keokuk. Traffic normally going across the Des Moines River Bridge near Keokuk is being directed to the Des Moines River Bridge at St. Francisville.

·         U.S. 65 in Polk County - The north- and southbound lanes are closed at the Skunk River crossing, which is approximately 5 miles north of Bondurant and between U.S. 6 and Polk County Road S-27. The southbound detour is: Iowa 117 south to Interstate 80, then west to U.S. 65. The northbound detour is the reverse: go east from the U.S. 65/I-80 interchange to Iowa 117 (exit 155), go north on Iowa 117 to U.S. 65.

·         U.S. 169 in Dallas County - The road is closed between North Seventh Street and Mantucket Road in Adel. The detour is: Dallas County Road F-51 west to P-58; north to Iowa 44; then east to U.S. 169.

·         Iowa 2 in Fremont County - The right, eastbound lane is closed between Interstate 29 and the Nebraska state line.

·         Iowa 16 in Wapello County - The roadway is reduced to one lane of traffic between Ninth and Eighth streets in Eldon.

·         UPDATED - Iowa 92 in Mahaska County - The roadway is closed between mile markers 183 and 184 near Keomah Village.  

·         Iowa 98 in Van Buren County - The road is closed at the Des Moines River crossing between Douds and Leando.

·         Iowa 117 in Jasper County - The roadway between Jasper County Road F-48 and Interstate 80 near Colfax is closed.

·         Iowa 210 in Story County - The road is closed south of Cambridge at the South Skunk River crossing and at the Indian Creek crossing in Maxwell.

Deactivation of temporary customer service phone line
The Iowa DOT’s temporary customer service line will be deactivated at 2 p.m. today due to a decreasing number of calls and reopening of major routes. In the event that it is necessary to close an interstate route, the call center may be reactivated. The number to call until 2 p.m. today is 866-452-8510.

Road closure information will remain available 24 hours a day/7 days a week, by calling 511 (in Iowa) or 800-288-1047 (outside the state). The information is also available at www.511ia.org.

Photo galleries - http://www.iowadot.gov/floods/2010floodgallery.html

Ames must conserve to restore water after flooding

AMES, Iowa (AP) Ames officials say residents must conserve water if the city is to restore the system after historic flooding caused pipes to break that left the college town of 55,000 without drinking water.

Officials say efforts to conserve are falling short and residents must be committed to a ``temporary lifestyle change'' so water can be used to refill water towers, flush the system and restore drinking water to homes.

Ames, home to Iowa State University, shut down its water system on Wednesday because of eight water main breaks. City spokesman John Dunn said Thursday evening that the pipes were repaired or isolated, and a water tower was slowing filling but it was quickly depleted by usage.

City officials have set up five distribution sites for bottled water.

Iowa prison on lockdown after inmate fight

ANAMOSA, Iowa (AP) Officials say the state prison at Anamosa was placed on lockdown after a fight among inmates that led to two guards being injured.

Iowa Department of Corrections spokesman Fred Scaletta says the prison was locked down for a period of time on Thursday.

Scaletta says two prison employees sustained minor injuries while breaking up the scuffle. He says no employees or inmates were sent to the hospital for injuries.

Scaletta says an investigation is under way.

Ex-Iowa cop pleads in drug, burglary charges

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A former Pleasant Hill police officer accused of stealing methamphetamine from an evidence room has pleaded guilty to drug and burglary charges.

Former Sgt. Daniel Herbert Edwards pleaded guilty Thursday to possession of a controlled substance, operating while intoxicated, and third-degree burglary.

The 42-year-old Edwards was charged after he crashed his cruiser on April 1. He was fired after toxicology tests showed methamphetamine in his system.

Sentencing is set for Sept. 29 in Polk County District Court.

Strange growth shows up on oak trees in Iowa

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) Experts say a strange growth on burr oak trees in Mason City is nothing more than a home to an insect and won't do any harm.

Richard Jauron is a horticulturist at Iowa State University Extension. He says the furry white and coral-colored balls are called galls.

They grow in response to either feeding by an insect or as a result of egg laying on or within the plant tissue.

Galls surround the insect, providing protection and food.

The insect develops and grows inside the gall during the summer and emerges as an adult either in the summer or the following spring.

Jauron says galls are fairly common on oaks and hackberry trees, and there's no cause for alarm.

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

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KLEM News AM Update August 13, 2010

(LE MARS)-Hundreds of boxes bear fruit for the ministries of a Siouxland group.

Roxanne Rahn is the City Life director for the Siouxland Youth For Christ teen center in Le Mars. From September through April, Rahn says services include a tutoring program. A mentoring program is an example of a year round effort.

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Youth in sixth through 12th grade, ages 11-19 are invited to "The Asylum" for open hours, too.

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Jim Rahn  is the area coordinator for Siouxland Youth for Christ in Plymouth County. Rahn hopes 1,000 lugs of Colorado freestone, clingfree peaches will be sold this month to support the ministry.

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Hours for those who ordered peaches or just want to stop by to pick some up are until eight today (Friday). "The Asylum is on the east side of City of Le Mars offices. The phone number is 546-8883. Another shipment for those who've ordered and those who'd still like peaches, but later in the month, is expected about August 24th.

Fall Clean Up Days are next month

(LE MARS)--Le Mars residents will have five days next month for the city's Fall Clean Up which features a landfill amnesty.

The Clean Up days are September 9th and 10th and September 16-18th. A household may take up to one-thousand pounds of throwaway materials to the rural Le Mars Plymouth County Solid Waste Agency. The landfill fee will be paid by the city.

Items included are furniture, construction and demolition materials such as wooden fence posts and scrap lumber, and metal such as bed frames, bikes and mowers. White goods such as applicances may be taken, but the customer must pay a $10 per item demanufacturing charge.

Weekday landfill hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Saturday hours from 8 a.m. to noon.

September 9, 10, 16, 17 & 18
2010 FALL CLEAN UP

The City is declaring an amnesty from the Landfill Disposal Cost, therefore, up to 1,000 pounds per household of "throw away" material delivered to the Landfill will be paid by the City of Le Mars and not billed to the household. The City will not be picking up the items at curb side; therefore, do not place items in front of your house at the curb side. Only residential properties can participate, not commercial or industrial. Each Residential Household must make their own arrangements for hauling waste to the Plymouth County Landfill during this Amnesty period. They can do the hauling themselves or use friends, neighbors or any hauling firm of their choosing.

ITEMS INCLUDED IN THIS AMNESTY
1.FURNITURE
This includes couches, chairs, mattresses, carpet, padding, garden hose, televisions, humidifiers, computers and monitors.
2.C AND D
This includes wooden items such as fence post, scrap lumber etc. Also items normal to construction or demolition such as windows, doors, sinks, toilets, storms and screens. (No concrete)
3.METAL
This includes bikes, mowers, metal post, wire, swings, gutter, bed springs, bed frames etc.
(This does not include white goods)
4. WHITE GOODS: (CUSTOMER MUST PAY A $10.00 PER ITEM DEMANUFACTURING CHARGE AT TIME OF DROP OFF)
This includes air conditioners, microwaves, washers, dryers, refrigerators, freezers, fluorescent lights, hot water heaters, furnaces, dishwashers, dehumidifiers, ranges, ovens, trash compactors and other cooling units.


ITEMS NOT INCLUDED IN THIS AMNESTY

1. NORMAL HOUSEHOLD GARBAGE AND YARD WASTE:
This includes cardboard, paper, books magazines and other recyclable products.
You are reminded that these items can be put in blue bags and picked up by Van's Sanitation on their normal routes during recycling week. Yard waste, trees and branches may be hauled to the City disposal site at Riverview Park, Hwy. 3 West on Saturdays from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.
2. TIRES:
These must be individually hauled to the Landfill site at the residential household's expense.
3. HAZARDOUS WASTE:
This includes but is not limited to paints and thinners, pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, batteries, fertilizer, fuels and oils. Please call the Plymouth County Landfill (546-6071) to make an appointment (dates to be announced).

Items not included in this Amnesty can be delivered to the Landfill any time during the year during their regular business hours and will be billed to the residential household.

Plymouth County Landfill Hours:
Monday - Friday 8:00 - 4:00 PM 1st and 3rd Saturday 8:00 - 12:00 Noon

City has one (1) contracted residential hauler, which is Van's Sanitation 712-548-4644.

City has four (4) licensed commercial haulers which are:
Orange City Sanitation712-737-2645
Waste Management712-252-1929
Gill Hauling, Inc.402-632-9273
Van's Sanitation712-548-4644

Hull Schools will test Sheriff's Office School Resource Officer

(HULL)--When students at two Sioux County schools start classes this fall, they'll see a new face.

The Sioux County Sheriff's Office is testing a School Resource Officer (SRO). Sheriff Dan Altena says the idea followed a training seminar on "Rural Domestic Preparedness, with a focus on school safety. Altena and chief deputy Jason Bergsma attended the FEMA training.

The sheriff met with local schools, sheriff's office and government officials to brainstorm a possible Sioux County project. The group like the idea, but the downside was funding for a new officer.

A scaled-back School Resource officer will be tested at Boyden-Hull and Western Christian in Hull this coming school year.

Altena says the project was NOT developed because of current problems in either schools. Deputy Waylon Pollema has been appointed the School Resource Officer (SRO).

Recycling container relocated due to Courthouse Annex construction

(Le Mars)--A South Sioux City contractor begins construction on a Plymouth County Courthouse Annex building Monday.

Due to the building project, the recycling collection container for rural Plymouth County residents has been relocated.  Items that can be recycled may now be left at the container which was moved to the Plymouth County Emergency Management office area at 127 Third Street Northeast. The container is on the north side of the county property which  was previously a Secondary Road Department location.

The container was relocated after a discussion by the Plymouth County supervisors and county department heads and staff this week. 

EPA gives norwest Iowa feedlots notices to get permits

(Kansas City)--The federal Environmental Protection Agency has taken action against eight beef feedlot operations in northwest Iowa for violations of the Clean Water Act. E-P-A Regional Administrator, Karl Brooks, says the action is a notice to change their ways.

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(as he says) Brooks says they are making sure that the feedlots that discharge water that contains pollutants know they need a permit, and need to follow that permit. He says the water in northwest Iowa needs protection, because a lot of it is "very good quality." Brooks says the have until the end of October of 2011 to get the permit and end unauthorized discharges.

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(as he says) he says the permit is negotiated with the E-P-A or D-N-R that sets out ways the operator can manage the runoff so it does not pollute the waterways. "In a sense it's like an operators manual," Brooks says. Brook was asked what would happen if the feedlots don't comply.

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(as he says) "I don't even anticipate that happening, these are all responsible producers, they're good stewards, in most of these cases they learned that they are required to have permits as a result of our inspection. Brooks says all but two of the producers discharged runoff into water ways that have been identified by the state as being impaired by pollutants from animal feedlots.
The producers are: Todd Bartman, doing business as Bartman Farms, of Rock Valley; Randy Kats, doing business as Randy Kats Feedlot, of Rock Valley; Tracy Onken, doing business as Tracy Onken Feedlot, of Carroll; SFI, Inc., of Nemaha, Iowa; Vernon Van Beek and Jason Dorhaut, doing business as Lone Tree Feedlot, of Inwood; Terry Van Wyhe, doing business as Van Wyhe Feedlot, of Ireton; Nathan Vohs, doing business as Nathan Vohs Feedlot, of Washta; Keith Zylstra, doing business as Zylstra Feedlot, of Ashton. (News report by Radio Iowa)

No one hurt when train clips truck near Leshara


LESHARA, Neb. (AP) No one was injured when a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train clipped a flatbed truck at a railroad crossing in eastern Nebraska.

BNSF spokesman Andy Williams says the locomotive struck the back end of the eastbound truck on state Highway 64 at 11:05 Thursday morning near Leshara, in Saunders County.

Williams says the locomotive was pulling 94 empty grain cars from Lincoln to Sioux City, Iowa. No cars derailed.

Williams says there are railroad crossbucks but no cross arms at site of the collision.

DOT: Flood update

AMES, Iowa - Aug. 13, 2010 – 6:30 a.m. update – Flooding continues to affect numerous roads throughout the state, according to Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) officials. See the complete listing below.

 Status of I-80 near Colfax

The flooding situation in this area is dynamic, and requires ongoing engineering evaluation, onsite monitoring and issuance of updated predictions. While a possibility still exists that flood waters could overtop Interstate 80 in Jasper County where the South Skunk River and Indian Creek converge near Colfax (between mile markers 155 and 159), an updated National Weather Service forecast lessens that chance. Overnight, the flood waters have receded farther away from the highway’s paved shoulders.

 

The Iowa DOT will be continuing to closely monitor the situation over the next few days. Any additional heavy rain upstream could be a factor. A National Weather Service flood warning remains in effect until Tuesday morning for this area.

 

Iowa DOT facilities in Ames

The Iowa DOT’s facilities in Ames, which were previously closed due to city water main breaks, are open today. All employees assigned to these facilities should report to work as scheduled, unless on leave. The Ames driver’s license station is open today during its normal business hours.

 

Roadways reopened since last update

Ÿ None

 

Roadways currently closed or restricted

Due to the dynamic nature of flash flooding, motorists should remain alert throughout the day in all areas under watches or warnings. For weather and other emergency information, stay tuned to NOAA weather radio or your local radio and TV stations. If you encounter a flooded area, turn around – don’t drown.

 

Ÿ U.S. 61 and U.S. 136 in Lee County - The road is closed near Keokuk. Traffic normally going across the Des Moines River Bridge near Keokuk is being directed to the Des Moines River Bridge at St. Francisville.

Ÿ UPDATED - U.S. 65 in Polk County - The north- and southbound lanes are closed at the Skunk River crossing, which is approximately 5 miles north of Bondurant and between U.S. 6 and Polk County Road S-27. The southbound detour is: Iowa 117 south to Interstate 80, then west to U.S. 65. The northbound detour is the reverse: go east from the U.S. 65/I-80 interchange to Iowa 117 (exit 155), go north on Iowa 117 to U.S. 65.

Ÿ NEW - U.S. 169 in Dallas County - The road is closed between North Seventh Street and Mantucket Road in Adel. The detour is: Dallas County Road F-51 west to P-58; north to Iowa 44; then east to U.S. 169.

Ÿ Iowa 2 in Fremont County - The right, eastbound lane is closed between Interstate 29 and the Nebraska state line.

Ÿ Iowa 16 in Wapello County - The roadway is reduced to one lane of traffic between Ninth and Eighth streets in Eldon.

Ÿ Iowa 92 in Mahaska County - The roadway is now closed between Iowa 23 and Mahaska County Road V-13 (near Keomah Village). The location had previously been reduced to one lane. 

Ÿ Iowa 92 in Mahaska County - The road is closed between Iowa 23 (Oskaloosa) and Mahaska County Road V-13 (Rose Hill). The detour follows U.S. 63 north from Oskaloosa to Mahaska County Road G-29, east on G-29 to V-13, then south on V-13 to Iowa 92. 

Ÿ Iowa 98 in Van Buren County - The road is closed at the Des Moines River crossing between Douds and Leando.

Ÿ Iowa 117 in Jasper County - The roadway between Jasper County Road F-48 and Interstate 80 near Colfax is closed.

Ÿ Iowa 210 in Story County - The road is closed south of Cambridge at the South Skunk River crossing and at the Indian Creek crossing in Maxwell.

 

Temporary customer service phone line

Due to the high volume of public inquires about state road closings and detours, the Iowa DOT has established a temporary customer service phone line. Call 866-452-8510 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. daily, and a customer service operator will be available to take your call.

 

This is a temporary service and will remain available while flood-related conditions warrant. For road condition information outside these hours or after this event, call 511 (in Iowa) or 800-288-1047 (outside the state). This line should NOT be used to report an emergency situation – call 911.

 

A special flood closure map is available at: www.iowadot.gov.

 

For the latest images of the flooding, including I-80 near Colfax, visit: http://www.iowadot.gov/floods/2010floodgallery01.html

 Cedar Rapids company re-using roofing shingles


CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) A new Cedar Rapids company is giving roofing shingles a new life by recycling them into road material.

Clayton Ostrum, site manager for Roof 2 Road of Cedar Rapids, says shingles used to just go into the landfill. He calls it a waste.

Roof 2 Road is a national company that now has a site in Cedar Rapids. Ostrum says it charges a $25 fee to dump a ton of shingles and related material.

That's cheaper than the $38 the Cedar Rapids Linn County Solid Waste Agency charges for taking a ton of shingles. The agency's Stacie Johnson says she supports Roof 2 Road and encourages people to skip the landfill.

She says the less trash that goes into the landfill, the longer it will last. She says there's no longer any reason to throw shingles into landfills.


Authorities seek answers in Iowa teen flood death
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Sheriff's officials in central Iowa are trying to learn more about how three vehicles carrying young people were swept away by floodwaters.

Ten survivors were pulled from swollen Mud Creek, but a 16-year-old girl died.

Polk County Sheriff's Division Chief Doug Phillips says drinking apparently was involved, but it's not known just who was drinking and how much.

Phillips says the group was at a party at one house and was going someplace else when their cars were washed off the road.

Officials say the 11 young men and women were between 16 and 21. Some of the girls mentioned going swimming when they stopped at a convenience store shortly before the accident.

One survivor's mother says they were on familiar roads and ``thought they were safe.''

Future of Catfish Bend Casino goes to voters
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BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) Des Moines County voters will decide Nov. 2 whether Catfish Bend Casino will continue operating or throw in its cards.

Dave Walker, representing the Southeast Iowa Regional Riverboat Commission, has asked Des Moines County supervisors to place a gambling referendum on this fall's election ballot.

State law requires counties that have riverboats or land-locked casinos to put continued gambling to a vote every eight years.

Walker says voters should be reminded of the economic benefits of the casino in Burlington. He says it adds $13 million to the tax base and employs more than 500 people.

Supervisors Jeff Heland and Dan Cahill say they support the casino's continued operation.

Ex-Iowa cop pleads in drug, burglary charges

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A former Pleasant Hill police officer accused of stealing methamphetamine from an evidence room has pleaded guilty to drug and burglary charges.

Former Sgt. Daniel Herbert Edwards pleaded guilty Thursday to possession of a controlled substance, operating while intoxicated, and third-degree burglary.

The 42-year-old Edwards was charged after he crashed his cruiser on April 1. He was fired after toxicology tests showed methamphetamine in his system.

Sentencing is set for Sept. 29 in Polk County District Court.

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

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