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KLEM News AM Update July 22, 2010

 

(UNDATED)---Storm damage in Sioux County led to searches of damaged buildings overnight.

Le Mars Fire-Rescue Chief David Schipper reports the heavy rescue truck with a crew of six firefighters and the Le Mars Ambulance crew  responded to a request for help from Sioux County.

They searched farms around the Maurice area to assist with victim rescue and debris removal for about two hours--until around 3:15 this morning.

Schipper reports no trapped victims were found. However, he says several areas had structure, crop and tree damage. 

In Le Mars, rainfall through 7:30 a-m was 3.9 inches.

Buena Vista COunty Emergency Management is reporting power poles snapped off 10 feet above ground and in fields due to thunderstorm wind damage three miles south-southwest of Peterson. Trees are also reported down.

Flash flooding reported in Siouxland

(UNDATED)--A Flash Flood warning was in effect in Siouxland until 6:30 this (Thursday) morning.

National Weather Service radar indicated flash flooding was occurring from around Yankton to near Vermillion to Hawarden, Akron, Sioux Center and Le Mars.

Between two and four inches of rain fell in two to three hours beginning  at around 12:30 this morning.

The Flash Flood Warning was for Plymouth and Sioux Counties as well as the nearby South Dakota Counties of Clay, Union, Yankton, southeastern Turner, southern Lincoln, and in Nebraska , northern Dixon County.

 

Body found west of Larchwood

LARCHWOOD, Iowa (AP) Police from several jurisdictions are investigating the discovery of a body in a rural area of Lyon County.

Authorities say the body was found Wednesday morning by a West Lyon high school freshman while he was four-wheeling on his family's farm.

The farm is west of  Larchwood, near the Big Sioux River.

Local and county law enforcement  were called in, as well as the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

The Lyon County Sheriff's office could not comment on the case Wednesday afternoon because more than one jurisdiction is involved. A press conference is expected today (Thursday).


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Concrete worker is injured by electrical shock

(SIOUX CITY)--A construction worker is hospitalized after an accident at a building site in Sioux City just before noon Wednesday.

The Woodbury County Sheriff's office reports 30-year-old James Carroll was working with a cement pumping boom truck. The boom came into contact with overhead electrical wires.

Carroll, an employee of Siouxland Concrete Pumping of Sioux City, received a life threatening electrical shock and was unconscious. He was given C-P-R by bystanders and deputies from the sheriff's office used an automatic external defibrillator. Two off-duty Woodbury County Disaster and Emergency Services employees also provided assistance.

Carroll was taken to Mercy Medical Center by Siouxland Paramedics. He is hospitalized in critical condition.

Divers train with weather cleanup at the Lakes

(ORANGE CITY)--A weather event is a training opportunity that returned missing property to West Lake Okoboji homeowners and their guests.

The Sioux County Sheriff's Office Dive Team Tuesday combined their training session with recovery from strong thunderstorms on West Lake Okoboji July 17th.

Working in the Terrace Park area on the south side of West Lake Okoboji, divers brought up trolling motors, tackle boxes, sunglasses and many other personal items.

Divers reported finding a large amount of debris from docks and boat lifts on the bottom of the lake. They were tied off and brought to the surface during the three hours of training and recovery of items Tuesday.

Woodbury Central grad's remains returned to Iowa

(UNDATED)--The body of an Iowa Air Force Captain who died in the Middle East arrived back in Iowa Wednesday. Captain David Wisniewski  was piloting a helicopter that was shot down in southern Afghanistan on June 9. He died from his injuries on July 2nd. Four other U.S. airmen were killed in the crash. Wisniewski, 31, grew up in Moville near Sioux City. The Defense Department said during his eight-year career, David Wisniewski had logged more than 1,500 flight hours and saved numerous lives, including several during his most recent deployment to Afghanistan. A funeral service is scheduled for Saturday at St. Patrick's Church in Iowa City. Wisniewski will be buried at Arlington National Cemetary on August 23. Wisniewski is the son of Iowa City Regina Activities Director Chet Wisniewski. (News report by Radio Iowa)

Sioux City welcomes RAGBRAI XXXVIII

(SIOUX CITY---WITH OVER 20-THOUSAND OVERNIGHT VISITORS EXPECTED IN SIOUX CITY THIS WEEKEND FOR RAGBRAI, FINAL PREPARATIONS ARE BEING MADE IN THE CITY.
THE SIOUX CITY RAGBRAI HOST COMMITTEE WILL BE SPRAYING FOR MOSQUITOES THURSDAY AT LARSEN PARK, COOK PARK AND NEAR THE HOME DEPOT.
PARKS AND RECREATION MANAGER TERRY HOFFMAN SAYS THIS IS JUST ANOTHER WAY TO ENSURE VISITORS ENJOY THEIR STAY IN SIOUX CITY.
RAGBRAI WILL BEGIN IN SIOUX CITY SATURDAY, WITH A KICK-OFF PARTY ON FOURTH STREET, WHICH MEANS MANY AREA ROADS WILL BE CLOSED TO THROUGH TRAFFIC.
ERIKA NEWTON SAYS ADMISSION INTO THE FESTIVAL AREA WILL REQUIRE A WRISTBAND OR A SMASH MOUTH CONCERT TICKET.
FIREWORKS WILL LIGHT UP THE SKY AFTER THE CONCERT AND RIDERS WILL LEAVE SIOUX CITY SUNDAY MORNING AND MAKE THEIR WAY ACROSS THE ENTIRE STATE OF IOWA.
FOR MORE RAGBRAI INFORMATION LOG ONTO SIOUX CITY RAGBRAI 2010.COM (Josie Cooper, KSCJ/Powell Broadcasting, Sioux City)

Workers find possible bomb in Waterloo


WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) Waterloo police have asked the military for advice in disposing of a suspected bomb found in a former munitions plant.

Workers with Active Thermal Concepts, which is involved in the demolition of the former Chamberlain Manufacturing compound, found the suspected bomb Wednesday afternoon.

The device was found out in the open on what appeared to be a water heater in the northern section of the plant. Authorities say the workers moved it an area by a door so they could see it better.

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

Iowa airports receiving $3.1 million

WASHINGTON (AP) U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin says the Federal Aviation Administration has awarded more than $3.1 million to improve airports across Iowa.

The Iowa Democrat announced the federal funding Wednesday.

The largest single grant for $950,000 goes to Dubuque Regional Airport for runway safety area improvements. Schenck Field in Clarinda will receive more than $460,000 for hangar construction, and Oelwin Municipal Airport is getting more than $371,000 for the construction of a a snow removal equipment building.

Smaller grants, ranging from $262,000 to $24,000, will go to airports in Creston, Clarion, Waverly, Fort Dodge, Fairfield, Osceola, Estherville, Pella, and Mason City.

Flooding could allow Asian carp into Lake Rathbun

RATHBUN, Iowa (AP) The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the current flooding could allow invasive Asian carp to get into Lake Rathbun.

The department said Wednesday the big head and silver carp are in the Chariton River, and have been found below the spillway of the dam that forms the lake. Since carp seek out flowing water and swim into the current, if the water rises high enough, the fish could get into the lake through some of the smaller feeder streams or even the spillway itself.

Repeated heavy rains in and around Lake Rathbun have doubled its size to 22,000 acres.

DNR fisheries chief Joe Larscheid says carp are definitely not wanted in Lake Rathbun, which is already suffering from a zebra mussel infestation.

18 arrested in bank fraud case


WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) Waterloo police say they have arrested 18 people in connection with a check-writing scheme that allegedly defrauded banks of about $125,000.

According to authorities, the suspects face various charges, including unlawful activity, theft and money laundering.

Authorities say members of the group opened accounts at various banks to get starter checks and debit cards. They allegedly swapped checks and used the ``float'' delay in bank transactions to make fake deposits that artificially inflated the value of the accounts.

The accused allegedly used the debit cards and checks to get cash, which was laundered through U.S. Postal money orders, and make purchases.

Authorities say they learned of the scheme when officials at Regions Bank became suspicious. According to court records, other banks affected by the scheme include Wells Fargo, Veridian Credit Union and Iowa Community Credit Union.

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

Nash Finch cited for Econofoods closing

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) The Nash Finch Co. has been cited by the Iowa Board of Pharmacy for failing to give timely notice of last year's closing of a Econofoods pharmacy.

About 70 people lost their jobs when Nash Finch closed its Econofoods store in Dubuque on Dec. 31.

The Board of Pharmacy says when the store was closed, Nash Finch failed to give notice to the state board or its patients.

In a decision issued Wednesday, the board ordered Minneapolis-based Nash Finch to pay a $25,000 fine within 30 days. Board of Pharmacy executive director Lloyd Jessen said the fine was the maximum the board could impose.

Telephone calls to Nash Finch for comment on the board's decision were not immediately returned.

Convention bureau sued by former director

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) The executive director of the Cedar Rapids Area Convention Visitors Bureau has filed a lawsuit against her former employer.

Marilee Fowler has sued the Evansville (Ind.) Convention and Visitors Bureau for alleged fraud, breach of contract and rights violations.

The lawsuit, filed July 9 in Vanderburgh County Superior Court and transferred Tuesday to federal court, alleges Fowler was placed on administrative leave in February after she disclosed the location of a proposed sports complex.

Fowler claims she was later told if she resigned by March 29, she would receive severance as spelled out in an agreement that was to be approved by the visitors bureau board. She says the board later refused to approve a severance agreement.

Visitors bureau president Joe Vezzozo says he has no comment while the case is in the courts.


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

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KLEM News PM Update July 21, 2010

(REMSEN)--Fans and supporters of Remsen St. Mary's Hawks will meet at the st. Mary's High Schol East parking lot at 2:45 p.m. Thursday afternoon (july 22)  for a sendoff to the state tournament game.  KLEM Sports Director Denny Callahan wiill broadcast the game Thursday night.

(LE MARS)--The process of preparing the dirt for a new grandstand event at the Plymouth County Fair is underway today.

Plymouth County Fair Board Chairman Terry Reuter expects the latest action event, Motocross on the opening night of the fair to be popular.

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Motocross is at 6 pm July 28th and is followed by the coronation of the 2010 Plymouth County Fair royalty. Reuter spoke at the the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce coffee hosted by the Fair Board today.

MacieFest 2010 in Le Mars is August 14th

(LE MARS)--A Le Mars fund raiser is a way for one family to help a group that touched their lives.

MacieFest 2010, a 5K Walk/Run, takes to the streets of Le Mars next month to raise funds for families like John and Katie Majeres whose daughter, Macie, had E-B. Majeres says a group called DebRA of America helped the Majeres get through the trials and tribulations of having a baby with E-B.

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Majeres explains children with E-B are known as butterfly babies because their skin is fragile like the wings of a butterfly. Macie died at the age of six months in August of 2007. Her family says she taught them many valuable lessons and one of those is to help others in need.

The MacieFest fund raiser is August 14th with registration at 8 am and the walk/run at 9 am. The route is from the Kluckhohn Elementary parking lot, north on Central Avenue to Plymouth Street and then east onto Fourth Avenue to 15th Street and then back to Kluckhohn Elementary. Majeres is accepting registration forms for the fundraiser.

Arts Council awards funds for Artist in Orange City School

(ORANGE CITY)--Puppetry will fill Orange City Christian School classes with fun.

The Iowa Arts Council has awarded more than 10-thousand dollars in mini-grants to 11 organizations and individuals including Artist in the School in Orange City.

Lisa Laird will bring her puppets, "Pockets Full of Fun" to a five-day puppetry residency for K-8 students at Orange City Christian School.

The Iowa Arts Council award for the Orange City puppet program in the school is one-thousand dollars.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Terry Branstad has criticized Gov. Chet Culver about a Democratic-led campaign before the Republican gubernatorial primary, but new disclosures show the GOP nominee also has received big money from his national party.

Reports filed with the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board show that the Republican Governors Association contributed roughly $1 million to Branstad, about half of the money he raised in the last six weeks.

Democrats say it's hypocritical for Branstad to criticize Culver for accepting national donations, then to take such money himself. But Branstad spokesman Tim Albrecht says the GOP funding is different because much of the Democratic money financed a $780,000 ad campaign that accused Branstad of being too liberal in an effort to hurt his primary election chances. MIDWEST-STORMS

Storms bring heavy rain, flash flooding

ST. LOUIS (AP) Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has extended an emergency declaration for the state as strong thunderstorms brought heavy rain and flash flooding to parts of northern Missouri, along with Illinois and Iowa.

The storms early Tuesday dumped up to 10 inches of rain, causing many streams and creeks to flow out of their banks. Dozens of roads were closed, including sections of U.S. 36 near Hannibal, Mo., U.S. 61 at the Iowa-Missouri border and U.S. 63 near Kirksville, Mo.

The worst of the damage appeared to be in Hannibal, Mark Twain's hometown. Emergency director John Hark said swollen creeks and overburdened drainage systems caused flooding at several homes and businesses, including a day care center, where 15 children were safely evacuated.


Dubuque officials considering curfew

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) Members of Dubuque's Safe Community Task Force say not enough parents are keeping track of their children, making it time for the city to impose a curfew.

A string of stabbings, shootings and robberies led Dubuque officials to create the task force. Now some members say the best way to cut down on crime is to give the police department all the resources it needs.

Task force members say one of the ways that can be done is to impose a curfew for children under the age of 18. Not all members agree.

Janice Craddith says people need to take care of themselves and their kids and watch out for each other.

The task force also wants stronger rental property maintenance rules and a stricter government housing program.


Waterloo students, teachers to have dress code

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) The implementation of a new dress code by Waterloo Community Schools means the clothing of students, teachers and administrators will be scrutinized.

The new rules mean jeans, T-shirts, open-toed shoes, short skirts and anything showing cleavage are out. Collars, sleeves, dress pants and skirts reaching to at least the knees are in.

In an e-mail, associate superintendent Bev Smith says a professional standard of dress is one way administrators and teachers can model the kind of behavior expected of students.

While some schools have implemented the student dress code for this year, all schools must have rules in place by fall 2011. The student code specifies solid-colored tops and bottoms with no patterns, colored trim or decoration allowed.

The employee code requires men to wear shirts with collars while women can wear blouses, knit shirts, turtlenecks and sweaters.

18-year-old drowns in Iowa River

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) Authorities in Marshalltown have released the name of a man who drowned while swimming with friends.

Rescue crews were called to Highway 330 south of the town of Albion late Monday afternoon when a group of people who were swimming in the Iowa River reported a man going under the water.

Crews brought a boat and search equipment to the scene and found the body of 18-year-old Joseph Gutierrez Monday night.

Authorities said Gutierrez, his brother and a friend were jumping off a railroad trestle bridge and swimming in the river. Gutierrez was overtaken by the deep and strong current.



40 headstones smashed in cemetery

MOUNT AYR, Iowa (AP) Authorities in Ringgold County say vandals have caused more than $20,000 in damage to a southern Iowa cemetery.

The Ringgold County sheriff's office reported Tuesday about 40 headstones at the Tedrow Cemetery in Athens Township were knocked over and broken between July 11 and July 17.

The cemetery is being described as a pioneer cemetery. That means less than 12 burials have occurred at the cemetery during a 50-year period. Most of the headstones in the cemetery were repaired and restored five years ago.

The Ringgold County Sheriff's office is asking for the public's help in finding the vandals, and asks those with information to contact the officials.


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