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KLEM News AM Update July 16, 2010

(LE MARS)--Detours will take traffic away from a railroad crossing near downtown Le Mars next week.

City administrator Scott Langel says there's been a change in the detour route for the Union Pacific crossing replacement.

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During the detour, some streets will be marked to allow parking only on one side of the street.

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Material to replace the uneven railroad crossing is stacked along the tracks near Le Mars City Hall.

 

4-Hers Set Two-ton Recycling Goal

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That's Rebecca Ahlers. Rebecca, along with her 2 sisters Jill and Kristen, is leading the charge within the Stanton Lucky Clovers 4-H Club to make sure that it's easy to recycle at the 2010 Plymouth County Fair.

Recycling was a new addition to the fair in 2009. The effort was spearheaded by Brian Kehm and his sister Sarah as a 4-H leadership project.
 

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There will be 10 more tubs for recycling placed around the fair grounds this year, bringing the total to 30. Jill said the Lucky Clovers are creating new posters to be placed on the tubs explaining what items can be recycled.

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Sister Kristen, who is in the running to be this year's Plymouth County Fair Queen, said that the work it takes to organize something like this is well worth.

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The goal for recyclable garbage collection at this years fair is 2 thousand pounds.(News report by Angela Drake, KLEM News)

Siouxland Schools Host Iowa Private College Week

(SIOUX CITY)--Twenty-eight Iowa schools will host potential students and their families next month.

Sue Pyburn of Morningside College chairs Iowa Private College Week August 2nd through August 6.

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Pyburn says information presented by the colleges and universities includes financial aid.

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Information about the 12th annual Iowa Private College Week is available from Morningside, Northwestern,  Dordt or, Buena Vista or St. Luke's Colleges. www.ThinkIndependently.com

Rants raising money for immigration law


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Former Iowa House Speaker Christopher Rants says he'll use a nonprofit foundation to raise money for the legal defense of an Arizona immigration law being challenged by the federal government.

Rants says defending the law could be expensive if the case reaches the U.S. Supreme Court, and he wants to help pay those costs. Rants says he began his group, the Legacy Foundation, in 2008 and has been looking for a cause to work toward.

He says the immigration law fits the bill.

Under the Arizona law, police must demand proof of citizenship from anyone they think might be in the country illegally.

Rants says the legal assistance will go to two Arizona county sheriffs who are the target of lawsuits seeking to block enforcement of the new law.

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

Kit plane crashes near Iowa Falls

(IOWA FALLS) An Alden man is dead after a plane crash in Iowa Falls on Thursday afternoon. Iowa Falls police have identified the victim as 74-year-old Henry Klemme. Klemme was attempting to land what’s commonly known as a "kit" airplane at the Iowa Falls Municipal Airport runway early Thursday afternoon, but it crashed into a soybean field a few dozen yards short of the strip. Witnesses tell authorities that it sounded like the plane’s engine had died, and then they saw the plane dive nose-first into the field. Emergency crews found the plane engulfed in flames when they arrived at the crash scene. The Iowa Falls police chief says the pilot was pronounced dead at the scene and likely died immediately upon impact.  (Bob Fisher, KRIB, Mason City/Radio Iowa)

3 rafters looking to raise funds for gulf


BELLEVUE, Iowa (AP) Three men are floating down the Mississippi River on a rubber raft in an effort to raise money for victims of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Launching from Bellevue, Iowa on Wednesday, 24-year-old Justin Dworak; 26-year-old Matt Bergmann, both of Galena, Ill., and 25-year-old David Kolck of Dubuque said they expect to arrive in New Orleans next month. Along the way they expect to collect donations for Louisiana-based Lower Mississippi RIVERKEEPER.

According to Kolck, many people told them their idea was a little crazy. He says the idea grew out of two dilemmas; what to with a raft left over from a garage sale, and what to do to help those affected by the oil spill.

They plan to sell stickers designed for the trip and ask for donations as they float down the river.

Information from: Telegraph Herald, http://www.thonline.com


US flag reappearing on golf course island

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) Old Glory will fly again on the pond island at the ninth hole of the Irv Warren Memorial golf course in Waterloo.

The flag was raised in the 1990s. That was when former Waterloo Leisure Services Commission chairman Bob Molinaro made landscaping improvements to the pond while also donating $200,000 to install a new course watering system.

The flag came down in 2004 after golfers complained it could deflect golf shots. Others said the flag wasn't properly illuminated when flying at night.

Two former mayors, several former commission members and a number of golfers packed the commission meeting room Tuesday in support of Molinaro's request to replace the flag.

Commission members voted 5-0 in favor of raising the flag again, provided volunteers maintained it. Molinaro says he will have the flag flying by this weekend.


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

Fire knocks out power in downtown Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Des Moines authorities say power has been restored in part of the city's business district after it was knocked out by an underground fire.

Des Moines firefighters using chemicals put out the fire that erupted Thursday morning in an underground electrical vault.

MidAmerican spokesman Mark Reinders says the outage was caused by equipment failure. He says utility workers were repairing equipment responsible for the outage.

Authorities say the Hotel Fort Des Moines, the Hubbell building, some Wells Fargo offices, Allied offices and the Financial Center building lost power because of the fire. Some of the buildings were switched to backup generators.

Traffic signals were also affected by the outage.

Power was restored between 1:15 and 1:30 p.m.

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

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KLEM News PM Update July 15, 2010

(LE MARS)--A family fundraiser is an annual event to benefit the Le Mars Area Dialysis services.

Nubs Gotto and family, friends and the Le Mars Eagles Club are sponsoring the third annual fund raiser. The event is Friday, August 20th at the Le Mars Eagles Club beginning at 5 p-m

They'll serve grilled hamburgers, chips and more.

Freewill donations will be accepted with all proceeds to Le Mars Area Dialysis Services.

Sheldon send-off set for soldiers

(JOHNSTON)--Another community send-off ceremony is set for Iowa Army National Guard soldiers being activated in Afghanistan.

About 28-hundred members of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, Iowa Army National Guard, have been called up as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Selected members of the 2168th Transportation Company will have a send-off Saturday, July 24th at 1 p.m. at the Sheldon High School Football field. The Sheldon send-off is for about 70 soldiers.

The 2nd Brigade Combat team will train in Mississippi prior to leaving for Afghanistan.

More charges for burglaries from vehicles

(LE MARS)--Two more people have been charged following an investigation of numerous reports of items being taken from vehicles.

Le Mars Police say the items were taken in the last couple of months from vehicles that were not locked.

18-year-old Whitney Arnold of Le Mars is charged with possession of stolen property and is listed on the jail roster online.

Seventeen-year-old Austin Majeres of Le Mars faces five charges of burglary in the third degree. The charges were filed in juvenile court. He has been released to a parent.

Authorities say these charges are separate from those filed against four 15-year-olds reported earlier today on KLEM.

The investigation into car burglaries continues and more arrests are expected.

Identity theft arrest in Sioux County

(ORANGE CITY)--A Minnesota man is charged with felony identity theft in Sioux County.

The sheriff's office released written information about the arrest of 28-year-old Salomon Carreto-Calderon of Worthington. Carretto-Calderon was stopped by a sheriff's deputy for a traffic violation. Based on an investigation, authorities say he was using someone else's identity to get a job at Golden Crisp in Sioux Center.

Carrreto-Calderon is charged with felony identity theft, driving without a license and failing to have insurance.

He is being held in the Sioux County Jail.

Fire destroys Beresford business

BERESFORD, S.D. (AP) Fire has destroyed a business in the southeast South Dakota town of Beresford.

Authorities say the blaze at Wall 2 Wall Beresford Carpet broke out about 6 p.m. Wednesday. The store with three employees was closed at the time.

There was no immediate word on the cause of the blaze.


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

Death of Norfolk bridge jumper ruled an accident


NORFOLK, Neb. (AP) Authorities say the death of a 42-year-old Norfolk man who jumped off a Norfolk bridge was accidental.

Madison County Attorney Joe Smith had said Tuesday that investigators didn't suspect a crime in the death of Larry Dickey. Smith said Dickey likely died as a result of an accident and that an autopsy was being performed.

On Wednesday, he confirmed his earlier opinion: Dickey's death was accidental.

Dickey's body was found in the Elkhorn River on Monday. It was less than 100 yards from the First Street bridge.

A man was seen jumping from the bridge on Saturday evening. A search was conducted that night and Sunday.


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

Fire knocks out power in downtown Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Des Moines authorities say an underground fire has knocked out electrical power in part of the city's business district.

Firefighters were working to put out the fire Thursday, which officials say was sparked by the failure of electrical equipment.

Officials of MidAmerican Energy say as soon as the fire is out they will move in a team to assess the damage and start repairs.

Authorities say the Hotel Fort Des Moines, the Hubbell building, some Wells Fargo offices, Allied offices and the Financial Center building have lost power. Some of the buildings have switched to backup generators.

Traffic signals are also being affected by the outage.

MidAmerican said it's not likely that power can be restored before noon.

No injuries reported in home explosion

AMANA, Iowa (AP) A warning from a passer-by gave an Amana resident time to leave his home before the structure was destroyed by an explosion and fire.

Linda McDowell says she was driving with her grandchild through the neighborhood early Thursday when she noticed flames in the garage of the home.

David Ramsey says he was in the living room when McDowell pounded on this door. Ramsey says he ran outside and opened the garage door. An explosion blew him backward, and the fire spread to the rest of the house.

Ramsey says the fire may have started in the area of the garage where he stored gasoline and some lawn mowers.

Ramsey says he was singed in the fire, but is otherwise uninjured.

2 boys die after being found in Pella pool

PELLA, Iowa (AP) Organizers of a sports camp say two boys found at the bottom of a pool in Pella have died.

The boys were found in the pool at the Pella Aquatic Center shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday.

The boys were attending a sports camp at Central College organized by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

The organization says in a statement Thursday that the teens, ages 14 and 15, were from the Kansas City area. They were taken to a Pella hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

The boys' names were not immediately released. Autopsies are pending.

The organization says the boys were spending the evening at the pool with others attending the camp, and that there were at least 10 lifeguards and 20 group leaders on site.

Pella police are investigating.

Culver, Branstad dustup over stem cells

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) Iowa Gov. Chet Culver is bashing Republican gubernatorial candidate Terry Branstad on the issue of stem cell research.

During a visit to the Quad-Cities area Wednesday, Culver called stem cell research a key tool into some of the most debilitating diseases. He later said Branstad ``does not believe in that kind of research.''

Culver told about three dozen people at a voter education forum sponsored by Genesis Health System that he wants to move forward, not backward.

Iowa lifted the ban on embryonic stem cell research in 2007. Culver accused Branstad of wanting to put the ban back in place.

That assertion is being disputed by Branstad's spokesman Tim Albrecht, who accuses the Democrat of fear mongering. Albrecht said Branstad supports adult stem cell research, where he says the ``real promise'' lies.

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