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KLEM News PM Update May 26, 2010

(LE MARS)--A program to help Le Mars households safely dispose of prescription drugs doesn't have an end date.

Police chief Stuart Dekkenga says the opportunity to bring unused prescription drugs to the police department to be destroyed will be ongoing.

The Le Mars D.A.R.E. program and Le Mars Police sponsor "Project Safe Meds." The collection effort began this month.

Le Mars Police D.A.R.E. officer Jay King said there has been an increase in the number of young people abusing prescription drugs they get from friends and family.

The goal of the Le Mars effort is to protect young people and properly dispose of prescription drugs to protect the environment.

Dekkenga says there has been a huge variety in the medication that's been brought in for "Project Safe Meds." Much of the medication being turned in involves pain relievers.

Any medication brought to the police department should be in the original container or package. There is no charge for the service police are offering.

(LE MARS)--Le Mars Community School District residents who want to improve their technology skills fill Adult Education classes.

The Le Mars Community School District and Western Iowa Tech Community College partner on the Adult Education program coordinated by Lorene Rexwinkel who is a Le Mars Community teacher.

Rexwinkel told the Board of Education this week the enrollment was down slightly this school year with 213 students compared to 268 a year ago. Rexwinkel says senior citizens who took classes with tuition paid by the school district totalled 75 students- up 25.

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Rexwinkel reported popular classes in adult education were wine selection with 50 students, exercise classes with 30 students and eight computer classes with 56 students. Cooking classes had 35 students.

Rexwinkel said the Rosetta Stone program is available by contacting Western Iowa Tech. The Rosetta Stone program uses technology to teach English using sound and sight instruction.

(MARCUS)--The founder of a display of flags in Marcus will be honored on Memorial Day.

Retired Brigadier General John "Jack" Nicholson, a Struble native, will deliver an address highlighting a Marcus Memorial Day program.

The observance Monday afternoon at two at the Marcus Community Center will pay tribute to Korean war veteran Leonard "Smokey" Schnoes.

Schnoes, who died in 1995, started the display of veterans' burial flags at the Marcus cemetery in 1975. The display has grown to nearly 200 flags which will be flown this Memorial Day.

A flag flown over the nation's capital will be presented to Schnoes' family by a representative of Congressman Steve King, Wayne Brincks.

The program will conclude with Echo Taps by Buglers Across America buglers Gerald Pallesen and June Pallesen.

(LE MARS)--Friday is the deadline for flags to be provided to Wasmer Post 241 of the American Legion in Le Mars for dedication during the "Avenue of Flags" on Memorial Day.

More than 11-hundred flags honoring the dedication of veterans who have died will be placed on the Courthouse lawn and nearby grassy areas by the Legion Post and volunteers.

Legion members ask for patriotic volunteers to help place the bases and half-staffs Saturday starting at 8 a-m. Volunteers are asked to bring a large screwdriver or a metal detector to find the flag bases.

On Memorial Day, volunteers may help Legion members place the flags starting at 6 a-m. Flags are retired at 4 p-m on Memorial Day.

The Memorial Day program in Le Mars is at 10 a.m. at the Courthouse.

(CUSHING)--A Sioux City woman was airlifted to a Sioux City hospital Monday afternoon following a four-vehicle accident in Ida County on Highway 20.

The Iowa State Patrol reports the accident happened in a road construction zone.

According to the Patrol, a semi driven by 55-year-old Jerry Tjeerdsma of Springfield, South Dakota failed to stop. The semi collided with the rear of a car which set off a chain reaction-type accident.

The driver of the car, 29-year-old Kerry Salmi of Sioux City, had to be extricated and was flown to Mercy Medical Center by Mercy Air Care for non-incapacitating injuries. Her passenger, Naveah Salmi, an infant, had possible injuries.

The driver of another car, 77-year-old Beverley Blide of Norfolk was taken to Mercy Medical Center by Correctionville Ambulance to be treated for non-incapacitating injuries as was her passenger, 83-year-old William Blide.

The driver of a fourth vehicle, a pickup truck, 30-year-old Jaime Castaneda of Sioux City was not injured.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) A reward is being offered in the case of a cat with a 3-inch nail driven into its head.

The female calico named ``Grace'' was found last week in Sioux City and had surgery to remove the nail.

The Humane Society of the United States, the Siouxland Humane Society and a local individual are offering a combined reward of up to $3,500.

Officials believe the nail was driven into the cat's head with a nail gun.

Animal Control director Cindy Rarrat says Grace is improving. She's eating, walking and playing with toys.

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

ELK POINT, S.D. (AP) A Sioux City man convicted of raping a woman at a mutual friend's 21st birthday party near Sioux City has been sentenced to serve 14 years in prison.

Thirty-eight-year-old Christopher Jones was convicted of two charges of third-degree rape in late March. Union County State's Attorney Jerry Miller says the Sioux City man was sentenced this week to 15 years in prison, with eight years suspended on each of the convictions, with the two sentences to be served consecutively.

Miller says Jones raped a 23-year-old woman twice on Oct. 19, 2008, at a Dakota Dunes residence. The woman told authorities she was drunk and passed out, but twice awoke to find Jones assaulting her.

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

SIOUX CITY---OVER 30-MILLION AMERICANS ARE PLANNING TO TRAVEL AWAY FROM HOME THIS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND.
TRIPLE-A FIELD MANAGER MARY NOVOTNE SAYS 32.1-MILLION WILL VACATION THIS WEEKEND, WHICH IS UP 5.4-PERCENT FROM LAST YEAR.

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NOVOTNE SAYS GAS PRICES ARE UP 16-CENTS A GALLON COMPARED TO A YEAR AGO, AVERAGING 2.53 IN SIOUX CITY.

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SHE EXPECTS GAS PRICES TO DROP A BIT AFTER THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND.
NOVOTNE SAYS THE INCREASE IN TRAVEL IS DUE TO THE RECOVERING ECONOMY.

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SHE ENCOURAGES MOTORISTS TO BUCKLE UP AND HAVE A DESIGNATED DRIVER. (News report by Josie Cooper of KSCJ/Powell Broadcasting, Sioux City)

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich plans stops around Iowa, raising money for local Republicans and fueling speculation about whether he intends to seek his party's presidential nomination.

Gingrich has events planned Wednesday in Cedar Rapids, Davenport and Des Moines. He'll speak at several events and headline a big fundraising dinner.

While his visit will help local Republicans raise money and generate interest in the party, stops in Iowa by nationally known figures such as Gingrich also raise speculation about whether they intend to run for president. As the state that leads the presidential nominating process, most people thinking of running for the White House find reasons to visit Iowa and lay the groundwork for campaigns by raising money for local politicians.


BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) Burlington police have identified a woman who died after she was hit by a pickup truck while crossing a street last week.

Police said Tuesday that relatives identified the woman as 51-year-old Margo Maloney, of Burlington. She was struck around 10 p.m on Friday. Maloney was not carrying any identification. She died at a Burlington hospital.

The driver told police he was turning onto the street and didn't see Maloney.

The accident remains under investigation.


OGDEN, Iowa (AP) Authorities say one man is dead after a 5-hour standoff that ended in gunfire in Boone County.

Sheriff Ronald Fehr (fair) says officers were called to a home in Ogden around 9 p.m. Tuesday on a harassment call. When they arrived, a man armed with a gun came to the door.

Fehr says authorities tried to negotiate with the man, but he didn't respond.

Fehr says about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, authorities fired a concussion grenade inside the house, and deputies went inside.

Fehr says when deputies went to the second floor, they were shot at, and deputies returned fire, hitting the man.

The man, who was not identified, died at the scene.

The sheriff's office said Wednesday morning that no additional information had been released.


IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) University of Iowa officials say a failure of spliced electrical cables below a street on campus caused utility hole covers to blow out of the ground and several buildings to lose power.

Facilities engineer Rick Hellwig says the 13,800-volt cables failed Tuesday afternoon, causing a power outage on the east side of campus. Power was rerouted and restored about 30 minutes later. Two people were trapped in an elevator in a chemistry building until the power was back on.

There was a fire in a utility tunnel, and firefighters used carbon dioxide to put it out.


WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) The National Wrestling Hall of Fame is planning to buy the Dan Gable Wrestling Museum and keep it in downtown Waterloo.

Gable museum director Kyle Klingmann says the merging of the two halls is crucial to the long-term viability of the Gable museum.

Klingmann says the acquisition of the Gable museum by the Oklahoma-based national hall will give the Waterloo facility more clout and prominence.

The Gable museum was moved from Newton to Waterloo in January 2007. It was damaged by flooding in 2008 and didn't reopen until January 2009.


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine has named Des Moines among its top 10 cities, saying there's more to it than agriculture.

The magazine, which focused on ``out-of-the-box thinking,'' lists Des Moines as number seven.

In its July edition, Kiplinger says a likely worker shortage sparked by retiring baby boomers has ``lit a fire'' under city leaders. It says the city is working to bring back young workers, attracting global talent by developing its downtown and promoting jobs in the industries that are flourishing biotechnology, insurance, finance and publishing.

Austin, Texas, tops the list, followed by Seattle; Washington, D.C.; Boulder, Colo., and Salt Lake City.

Rochester, Minn., is sixth; then Des Moines; Burlington, Vt.; West Hartford, Conn.; and Topeka, Kan.

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

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KLEM News AM Update May 26, 2010

(LE MARS)-- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors Tuesday delayed action on the development agreement between ICON Ag and Plymouth County.

ICON Ag is a John Deere equipment and service business that plans to relocate from Le Mars' north side to Key Avenue which is on the west side of Le Mars. The Le Mars City Council last week approved a development agreement with the firm which has five John Deere dealerships in northwest Iowa.

County Attorney Darin Raymond explained the county's concern with the agreement.

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Supervisors Don Kass and Mark Loutsch agreed to meet with city officials to clarify the county's concerns

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The Board of Supervisors will finalize the development agreement after the details of the tax rebate between the city and the county have been settled. (News report by Dave Ruden)

(LE MARS)--Visitors from out of state will be encouraged to visit the Ice Cream Capital of the World.

The Le Mars Convention and Visitors Bureau received funds from the Regional Tourism Marketing grant program.

The grants are designed to assist communities in placing advertising in out-of-state markets.

Tourism manager Nancy Landness says people are taking shorter, more frequent trips and the ads will help keep Iowa destinations top of mind as people make travel plans.

The Le Mars Convention and Visitors Bureau award of 77-hundred dollars is to be used for television advertising in Nebraska and South Dakota.

Sioux City's Convention and Visitors Bureau was awarded five-thousand dollars for billboards in Nebraska and South Dakota .

Storm Lake United will advertise in newspapers in South Dakota and Minnesota; Midwest Living magazine; and online Google ads with a marketing grant award of 64-hundred dollars.

The Clay County Fair Association of Spencer received five-thousand dollars for billboards, radio and tv ads in Minnesota, South Dakota and Nebraska . A total of 72-hundred dollars will fund skywalk signs in Minnesota to promote Okoboji tourism.

(ROCK VALLEY)--A Sioux Center man died when his car struck a semi on a Sioux County road south of Rock Valley Monday afternoon.

The Iowa State Patrol reports 26-year-old Oscar Rodriguez of Sioux Center was traveling north when his sport utility vehicle crossed the center line.

According to the patrol report, the S-U-V Rodriguez was driving struck a southbound semi driven by 30-year-old Milton Timmer of Sioux Center. Rodriguez died.

The accident was reported about 3:45 Monday afternoon on county road K-30, one-half mile north of B-30. The Sioux County Sheriff's office, Rock Valley Police, EMS-Fire and the Iowa Department of Motor Vehicle Enforcement assisted the State Patrol.

(ORANGE CITY)--A Minnesota woman faces charges of using someone else's identity to get a job in Sioux Center.

The Sioux County sheriff's office arrested 40-year-old Nicolasa Lopez-Ramos of Worthington Monday morning

According to written information released by the sheriff's office, authorities received information that Lopez was working illegally at Center Fresh Egg because she used a false identity to get the job.

She is charged with felony identity theft and forgery

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) A 19-year-old Yankton man is accused of reckless driving and racing on a highway in connection with a crash that killed another man from the city.

Authorities believe the man who was arrested over the weekend was driving a car that was racing with a motorcycle driven by 19-year-old Vince Varilek on May 17. Varilek died after his bike collided with a sport utility vehicle at a city intersection. The 82-year-old driver of the SUV was not injured.

The Yankton County clerk of court's office Tuesday afternoon said the man who was arrested had not yet been formally charged.

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

ELK POINT, S.D. (AP) A Sioux City man facing charges in South Dakota and Iowa has pleaded guilty to a rape charge in South Dakota.

Prosecutors have agreed to drop a kidnapping charge against 18-year-old Thomas Varvais of Sioux City, but he still faces up to 50 years in prison on the rape conviction when he is sentenced July 12.

Varvais is scheduled to make his first court appearance in Woodbury County on Thursday on a charge of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious injury. Authorities say his truck hit two children riding a bicycle in Sioux City on May 15, while he was out on bond on the rape and kidnapping charges.

Varvais is now being held without bond.

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

WASHINGTON (AP) U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley says the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration has awarded ten grants totaling more than $1.1 million to ten Iowa airports.

The Iowa Republican said Tuesday the funding will increase the safety and efficiency of the airports, as well as helping provide important economic development opportunities to the communities they serve.

The largest grant, for nearly $202,000, goes to Albia Municipal Airport for taxiway construction

Greenfield Municipal Airport will receive more than $157,000 for runway rehabilitation, while $142,500 will go to Belle Plaine Municipal Airport for snow removal equipment.

Other grants will go to airports in Algona, Atlantic, Audubon County, Charles City, Denison, Forest City and Muscatine.


WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) Prosecutors have rested their case against a former manager of an Iowa kosher slaughterhouse.

Sholom Rubashkin is being tried in Black Hawk County District Court on 83 counts of child labor violations. The charges followed a May 2008 raid at the former Agriprocessors plant in Postville where 389 illegal immigrants, including children, were detained.

The final prosecution witness was Elmer Lopez Marroquinn, who testified he told labor investigators he was under age 18 before the immigration raid. The Guatemalan resident, who was employed by Agriprocessors at 16, said a plant human resources employee told him not to reveal his true age before he met with the inspectors.

The jury was sent home until Wednesday morning when the defense will begin with its witnesses.

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa (AP) The mother of a teen accused in the July 10 death of his 3-year-old cousin has testified on his behalf during his trial in Hamilton County District Court.

Aurora Concepcion testified Tuesday that Edgar Concepcion Jr. was responsible for caring for several of his younger brothers and sisters. She added she never saw her son hurt Krystel Banes or the girl's brother while they were in his care.

An autopsy showed Krystel died of asphyxiation and had bruises and bite marks on her body.

The prosecution rested its case Monday after calling Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation agent Jon Turbett to the stand to testify about conversations he had with Edgar Concepcion, who is being tried as an adult.

Concepcion faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole if convicted of murder.


CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) A sexual abuse charge has been filed against a Cedar Rapids man previously charged with kidnapping a 19-year-old convenience store clerk.

Keith V. Elson Jr. appeared Tuesday in court by video from the Linn County Jail to face charges of first-degree kidnapping and first-degree sexual abuse.

The 54-year-old Elson is accused of kidnapping a girl at knifepoint from a convenience store May 17. Police found Elson and the teen at his apartment, about seven hours after the abduction. The Associated Press does not identify victims of sex crimes.

The victim was treated and released from Mercy Medical Center, but Elson was hospitalized for a stab wound.

Elson remains in custody under the $100,000 cash bond for kidnapping. Associate District Judge Jane Spande on Tuesday set a bond $50,000 bond for the abuse charge.


MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) A city magistrate in Mason City has fined a local man $65 for allowing his pet snake to be on the loose at the Mason City Holiday Inn earlier this month.

Police say 25-year-old Michael Salo permitted his 5-year-old bull python to be at large in a hallway without control or supervision on May 1. He was charged under the city animal control ordinance.

Hotel manager Brandy Smith Branstad says employees noticed the snake early in the morning and notified authorities. She said the incident caused no disruption for patrons.

Branstad says Salo was a guest at the hotel, but his snake was not.

She says Salo was apologetic about the incident.

DES MOINES (AP) A federal agency is suing the city of Boone, alleging it violated the law when it hired a younger person over an older and more qualified applicant.

In the lawsuit filed Monday, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission contends that in 2005 the city hired as municipal infractions officer a 25-year-old with little experience over a 62-year-old Larry Cook, who had extensive management, construction, electronic and communications experience.

The EEOC contends the city violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act when it did not hire Cook and is seeking back pay and other damages for Cook an order barring Boone from future discrimination.

Boone's city administrator, Luke Nelson, declined to talk about the case but did say that the city's hiring practices meet EEOC standards. SLIPKNOT BASSIST DEAD

Slipknot members mourn bassist's death

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The eight remaining members of the Des Moines metal band Slipknot describe deceased bassist Paul Gray as a man with a big heart who represented everything that was wonderful about the group.

Speaking Tuesday evening at an emotional news conference in Des Moines, lead singer Corey Taylor said the band had lost their brother. He added, ``the only way I can sum up Paul Gray is, love.''

Paul Gray was found dead Monday in a suburban Des Moines hotel room.

His wife, Brenna Gray, also spoke. She is pregnant and said their unborn baby daughter will grow up knowing her father was an amazing person.

An autopsy was completed Tuesday, but the cause of death won't be known until toxicology tests are completed in four to six weeks.


DEWITT, Iowa (AP) Authorities say a Bettendorf teen who was found unconscious in a farm pond this week may fallen into the water while having a seizure.

Jonah Cullett was found Sunday by family members, who pulled the teen from the water and performed CPR before emergency crews arrived. He was later pronounced dead at Genesis Medical Center in DeWitt.

Sheriff Rick Lincoln said the 16-year-old, who was visiting relatives at the farm, may have drowned as a result of his epilepsy. Cullett had told family members he was going fishing.

The Iowa State Medical Examiners Office has tentatively identified the cause of Cullett's death as accidental drowning.

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

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