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KLEM News AM Update August 4, 2010

(LE MARS)--A ceremonial start to a construction project on the Plymouth County Courthouse block is set for next week.

The Board of Supervisors will break ground for the Courthouse Annex building in the southeast corner of the Courthouse block next Tuesday.

The low bid general contractor with a $637,000 bid is H-C-I Construction of South Sioux City. The project was designed by architect Dale McKinney of M+ Architects of Sioux City.

In addition to providing office space for county staffed services and staff of the Iowa Juvenile Court System, the building features a lower level storm shelter as well as equipment storage on the north end.

New grain facilities planned

(LE MARS)--A Le Mars business will add to its grain handling facilities.

Le Mars Agri-Center plans to build a grain bin, leg and dryer at its Le Mars site at 224 Second Avenue Northeast. Plans are to complete the project for harvest.

The project is a nearly one-half million dollar investment by the agri-business.

Council actions include Ice Cream Public Art

(LE MARS)--A project to place Ice Cream Cone Art at up to 20 locations in Le Mars is moving forward. The Le Mars City Council Tuesday approved the concept of the Le Mars Public Art Project and authorized city staff to select specific locations for the six-foot tall fiberglass cones. The project does not involve city funds for the artwork.

The Council approved the second consideration of changes in the organization of the Le Mars Fire-Rescue Department. The reorganization adds officers.


A development agreement with I-CON Ag Solutions for the new location in Key Avenue was approved. Mayor Dick Kirchoff updated the Council on the project marked by a John Deere tractor

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McClure Engineering was hired by the Council to complete an evaluation and rate study of the water system. The cost for the work to be completed yet this year is 44-thousand 600 dollars.

Sioux City semi driver dies near in Calhoun County accident

(POMEROY)--A Sioux City man died when the semi he was driving rolled into a ditch six miles southwest of Pomeroy Tuesday afternoon.

According to the Iowa State Patrol, 44-year-old Russell John Edwards of Sioux City was driving south on a Calhoun County road.

The Patrol reports Edwards approached the intersection with another county road too fast and failed to stop at a stop sign.

The accident report indicates Edwards attempted to make a right turn onto the county road,  lost control of the semi and it rolled onto its top into the south ditch.

Sheriff's office arrests neighbor for dog shooting

(LE MARS)--The Plymouth County Sheriff's office Tuesday arrested a man who is accused of shooting his neighbors' dogs.

The sheriff's office investigated a report from Marc and Linda Sommerfeld of rural Le Mars on July 27th that their two dogs had gotten out of their fenced in yard on July 20th at about 8:30 at night.

While looking for their dogs the sheriff's office reports the Sommerfelds  learned their four-year-old Irish setter had been shot. The dog died a day later.

The sheriff's office arrested 55-year-old Patrick Dale Sheehan of rural Le Mars on a charge of animal abuse. Sheehan is free on bond.

Sex offender convicted

(SIOUX CITY)--A federal jury has convicted a man who failed to register as a sex offender when he moved to Sioux City.


Fifty-one-year-old William Junior Rock had been living in South Dakota, but when he moved into the Gospel Mission in Sioux City in July of 2009, he failed to notify Iowa authorities of his address, a requirement for all paroled sex offenders.

He also failed to tell South Dakota authorities that he'd moved. Rock had been convicted in South Dakota of sexual contact without consent. He'd also been found guilty in Minnesota of fifth degree non-consensual sexual contact. Rock went on trial last Thursday and he was convicted by a jury the same day. A judge will sentence Rock later. He faces up to 10 years in a federal prison. (News report by Radio Iowa)

Appanoose, Johnson counties get disaster tag

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Gov. Chet Culver has issued a disaster proclamation for Appanoose and Johnson counties in order to activate the State Individual Assistance Program in response to recent severe weather.

Appanoose County already was under a disaster proclamation authorizing state resources to help pay for cleanup assistance.

The proclamation issued Tuesday also authorizes implementation of the State Individual Assistance Grant Program, which provides up to $5,000 in reimbursements for damages incurred to individuals and families with incomes of less than 200 percent above poverty level. That means individuals making $21,660 or less or families of four making $44,100 or less.

Culver previously issued state disaster proclamations for 44 counties for state Individual Assistance from storms in June and July.

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

3 injured in Dubuque-area home explosion

PEOSTA, Iowa (AP) Three men are in serious condition after a house where they were working in rural Peosta exploded in flames.

A woman and her three children who live at the home escaped without injury from the explosion just before noon Tuesday. The woman's mother-in-law says the woman saw a giant ball of fire emerge from the steps leading downstairs, followed by the three workers running up from the basement.

The owner of the business that employed the workers says they were being flown to Iowa City for treatment. They were putting a new floor in the basement to repair water damage from recent storms.

Sgt. Dale Snyder of the Dubuque County Sheriff's Department says authorities are investigating what caused the explosion.


Appanoose, Johnson counties get disaster tag

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Gov. Chet Culver has issued a disaster proclamation for Appanoose and Johnson counties in order to activate the State Individual Assistance Program in response to recent severe weather.

Appanoose County already was under a disaster proclamation authorizing state resources to help pay for cleanup assistance.

The proclamation issued Tuesday also authorizes implementation of the State Individual Assistance Grant Program, which provides up to $5,000 in reimbursements for damages incurred to individuals and families with incomes of less than 200 percent above poverty level. That means individuals making $21,660 or less or families of four making $44,100 or less.

Culver previously issued state disaster proclamations for 44 counties for state Individual Assistance from storms in June and July.

Burlington officer charged for halfway house sex

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) A former Department of Correctional Services residential officer is charged with four counts of sexual misconduct for allegedly having sex with a Burlington halfway house resident.

Des Moines County prosecutors say 31-year-old Megan Elizabeth Cecil of Donnellson had sex four times in March with a 23-year-old male resident of the Burlington Men's Residential Facility, where she worked.

Cecil had been a full-time residential officer at the facility since May 2008 but resigned last April. The Department of Corrections began investigating her soon after.

Cecil is free on bail. She does not have a listed phone number and could not be reached for comment.

Cedar Rapids bicyclist dies after struck last week

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Police in Cedar Rapids say a bicyclist struck by a pickup truck last week has died.

The victim is identified as 51-year-old Susan Desotel of Cedar Rapids. Police say she was riding her bicycle about 6 p.m. last Thursday on a city street when she was struck by a pickup driven by 55-year-old Robert Fleming of Alburnett. He was making a left turn when he collided with the bicycle.

Desotel was being treated at University of Iowa Hospitals but died Tuesday. The collision is now being investigated as a fatality motor vehicle accident.

Culver seeks plan for failed E. Iowa dam

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) State officials say it will be a while before they decide whether to rebuild an eastern Iowa dam that failed after floodwater ate through the structure.

But they hope to at least agree to a plan by the end of the week about how to find out what disaster aid is available and whether rebuilding the Lake Delhi dam is feasible.

The dam failed July 24 after the flood-swollen Maquoketa (muh-KO'-kuh-tuh) River opened a hole in the earthen approaches to a concrete section, quickly draining the nine-mile-long lake. That left hundreds of formerly lakeside homes bordering a muddy stretch, far from the river.

Polly Carver-Kimm, a spokeswoman for Gov. Chet Culver, says agency heads would have a plan for moving forward to the governor this week.

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

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KLEM News PM Update August 3, 2010

(LE MARS)--Mowing and painting are priorities for city of Le Mars Public Works Staff this summer.

City administrator Scott Langel says seeding of projectS that disturbed soil is ahead.

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In between rains, Langel says city crews try to keep up with street sweeping and filling holes in pavements.

Marriage rally in Sioux City

(SIOUX CITY)--Sioux City is the destination for a 23-city, 19-state tour to show support for traditional marriage today (Tuesday).

The National Organization for Marriage's, "Summer for Marriage, One Man - One Woman Tour hosts a free, public event.

The Morningside Assembly of God Church is the rally location. The President of the National Organization for Marriage, Brian Brown will speak during the noon event today.

Traffic can't cross crossing Wednesday

(JAMES)--There's a change planned tomorrow (Wednesday) for traffic in the Hinton area.

Drivers will not be able to cross the Burlington Northern Railroad tracks on County Road C-70, between Highway 75 and Imperial Road.

According to Engineer Tom Rohe, the crossing repair at James will begin about eight tomorrow (Wednesday morning) and be completed by 5 Wednesday afternoon.

Two sentenced for identity crimes in Sioux County 

(ORANGE CITY)--Immigration and Customs Enforcement has placed holds on two people prosecuted in Sioux County for identity crimes.

According to County Attorney Coleman McAllister, a native of Mexico, 21-year-old Eric Bautista-Zurita was arrested in May by Sioux Center Police. Bautista-Zurita was accused of having a false and fraudulent Social Security card and forged permanent Resident card. He pleaded guilty to two forgery charges.


McAllister reports a judge suspended Bautista-Zurita's two-year prison term for one forgery conviction but ordered him to serve a 55-day jail term for the other conviction.

Twenty-two-year-old Waldemar Lopez-Gonzalez, of native of Guatemala, was charged with using another man's identity to get a job at Golden Crisp in Sioux Center. Lopez-Gonzalez pleaded guilty to identity theft and forgery.McAllister reports a judge suspended the two-year prison term for identity theft but ordered him to serve 51-days in jail for the forgery conviction.
 

Dean Foods issues 2nd quarter report

DALLAS, TEXAS)--Consumer spending is a factor in lower earnings for a company with operations in Le Mars.

Dean Foods Company today (Tuesday) announced second quarter diluted earnings of 25 cents a share. That's down 13 cents a share from one year ago.

In a news release, Dean Foods Chairman Gregg Engles said, "Our results in the quarter remain well below year ago levels, but represent a step forward from the difficult start to 2010. While the challenges in the fluid milk category continue to negatively impact results, we remain focused on significantly lowering our cost structure to position us to win over the longer term."


Dean Foods outlook for the business is unchanged from the first quarter. The C-E-O described working class consumers as remaining underemployed and over leveraged with an economic anxiety. Engles says "Their economic anxiety is reflected in a highly promotional retail environment for private label milk that is driving negative private label versus branded mix for our Fresh Dairy Direct-Morningstar business."

The company is seeing the more value-added business at WhiteWave-Alpro producing strong volume and revenue.

All-State hopefuls prepare at Briar Cliff University

(SIOUX CITY)--A three-day camp at Briar Cliff University is about auditions and not athletics.

More than 250 students are on the campus of the private Sioux City university preparing for vocal excellence at Iowa All-State Chorus auditions.

Briar Cliff University assistant professor of music and director of choral activities Dr. Sean Burton serves as musical director for the Pre-All-State Choral Music campus.

High Schools represented include Le Mars Community, Gehlen Catholic, Remsen St. Mary's, West Sioux and Sioux Center Community along with Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn.

Tomorrow night (Aug. 4), the Briar Cliff Pre-All-State Choral Music Camp concludes with a concert at 7 p-m at the Grandview Park Bandshell.  The concert is open to the public.

 

State offering loans to small businesses

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A new state loan program designed help entrepreneurs and small businesses is now accepting applications.

Iowa businesses with less than 35 employees can get a loan up to $50,000 from the Iowa Small Business Loan program.

The program is limited to businesses owned and actively managed by Iowans.

State officials say the loans will be for upgrading or modernizing equipment, transportation, energy efficiency and other purposes.

Gov. Chet Culver's staff says the Iowa Department of Economic Development has contracted with the Iowa Foundation for Microenterprise and Community Vitality to help with the credit review process and provide recommendations regarding loan decisions.

Police seek material witness in park shooting

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Des Moines police say they're searching for a man wanted as a material witness after a shooting death in a park.

Thirty-year-old Daryl Kinchelow, of Des Moines, was shot in the chest last week at Evelyn Davis Park and pronounced dead at a hospital. Eighteen-year-old Jacolby Wright, also of Des Moines, was shot in the leg. He was treated and released.

Authorities say they're looking for 35-year-old Michael Wells. They're asking anyone with information about him to call 911.

Police say 20-year-old Derrick Smith was arrested last week as a material witness and has been questioned by detectives.

No charges have been filed in the shootings.


Police accuse woman of trying to run down man

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) Police have arrested a Davenport woman accused of trying to run down a man with her van with two children in the back.

Police say 19-year-old Shidona Jetter drove at a person she's had a relationship with in a Von Maur parking lot on Saturday. An arrest affidavit says the man jumped on the hood of a parked vehicle to avoid getting hit.

The affidavit say Jetter had two children under 3 years old with her, and neither were secured in a child safety seat or safety belt.

Jetter faces several misdemeanor charges. They include domestic assault with intent, simple assault, reckless driving and two counts of child endangerment.

ISU, Ames officials hope to expand new transit hub

AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State and Ames transit officials are asking the Federal Transportation Administration for more than $10.4 million to build the next phase of a new transit hub.

Officials hope the project will bolster redevelopment of the Campustown area in Ames.

The second phase of the project will expand on a facility scheduled to open in June 2012. It's expected to cost about $13 million and include two hybrid buses, a parking garage and improved streets and traffic signs.

Engineering consultant Bill Troe says the project could create 300 construction jobs and 200 spin-off jobs while it's being built. He says a revitalized Campustown could create up to 500 long-term positions.

Possible future projects in Campustown could include a hotel, convenience store, grocery store and movie theater.

Delta to offer more seats from Des Moines Airport

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Des Moines Airport officials say Delta Airlines is adding over 600 seats a week on flights to Washington, D.C. and Atlanta.

Officials says Delta will offer additional seats from Des Moines to Washington-Reagan International Airport starting Sept. 7.

Delta will offer a new daily flight from Des Moines to Atlanta in November.

Airport spokesman Roy Criss says Des Moines has generated enough demand to justify the added seats. Criss also says more seats offer customers the chance for lower fares.


Local investors plan to buy Glen Oaks

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A group of Des Moines-area investors has signed a letter of intent to purchase the Glen Oaks Country Club.

The golf course is home to the Iowa's lone PGA tournament, the Principal Charity Classic. But Glen Oaks was $8.4 million in debt, and West Bank foreclosed on the club in June 2009.

West Bank hired a management firm owned by golfer D.A. Weibring to run Glen Oaks in February and formally bought the club at a sheriff's sale in April.

The investment group says it hopes to complete the purchase by Sept. 15 and says it will invest the resources to make Glen Oaks a first-class club and championship course.

The course opened it 1994. More than 70,000 fans attended the Principal Charity Classic, a Champions Tour event, in early June. IOWA-VIDEO GAME HALL OF FAME

Video game hall to hold first induction

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) The International Video Game Hall of Fame in Ottumwa is set to hold its first induction ceremony.

The gaming museum is holding a four-day celebration known as the ``Big Bang'' starting on Thursday. Organizers hope to draw up to 5,000 people for the event.

The hall will induct 29 video-game creators, developers, high-score champions and the iconic game Pac-Man.

The hall has formed a nonprofit corporation and assembled a board of directors that includes the chamber of commerce and city and state officials. The committee is hoping to collect over 4,000 coin-operated arcade game titles to be the centerpiece of an interactive museum.

Ottumwa Mayor Dale Uehling says the city wants to become the Cooperstown of video games.


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

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