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KLEM News Update Augst 8, 2010

(SIOUX FALLS)--The National Weather Service is issuing an excessive heat advisory for several hours beginning this (Sunday) afternoon.

Hot and humid conditions are expected to create heat index readings of 100 to 115 degrees. Temperatures will reach about 95 degree this afternoon with dew points in the mid to upper 70s.

The heat advisory begins at one this afternoon and continues until seven tonight.

To prevent heat illnesses, staying out of the sun and drinking plenty of fluids are recommended.

The forecast doesn't offer much relief overnight and for the next several days.

LUW's adventures are winning United Way foursome's challenge

(LE MARS)--The Seventh Annual Le Mars United Way Golf Tournament will begin the 2010 United Way campaign September 2nd at noon.

The annual tournament at the City of Le Mars Willow Creek Golf Course will also continue a tradition for Luw.

Luw, which is short for Le Mars United Way, is a 30-pound traveling trophy given to the winning foursome from the United Way golf tournament.

For the past 12 months, Luw has traveled with Todd Lancaster, Matt Washburn, Reed Eimers and Cory Nordstrom--the 2009 winning foursome--for a second year in a row.

United Way volunteer and board chair Janelle Bixenman says it's tradition to have Luw's adventures from the last 12 months documented in a photo album for all to see during the golf tournament. Based on tradition, the foursome is charged with trying to better the photo album of LUW's travels and adventures from the previous year.

LUW will be awarded to the winning foursome at the dinner immediately following the Seventh Annual Le Mars United Way Golf Fundraiser. The tournament is a four-person scramble.

(SIOUX CENTER)--A Siouxland College is keeping its tradition of national achievement.

This year's Dordt College class of engineering graduates earned a perfect pass rate on the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam.

Since 2000, Dordt's engineering department has achieved a 98 percent average pass rate with the perfect 100 percent in 10 out of those 11 years.

Dordt provost Erik Hoekstra says this type of excellent program doesn't just come together without dedicated students and faculty who put a focused effort on quality. 

Garden Field Day set for Sutherland Research Farm

(ORANGE CITY)--A demonstration Garden Field Day is planned at the Iowa State University Northwest Research Farm near Sutherland Wednesday.

I-S-U Extension Horticulture Educator Melissa O'Rourke will present information on disease and insect problems she's seen this growing season. O'Rourke will also offer options for prevention, management and fall sanitation techniques.

Research farm officials will give the public a tour of the 2010 demonstration garden which is planted with a variety of annual flowers and vegetables. Marigolds and petunias were planted in a quilt block pattern.

The research garden is part of a trial compost project from the I-S-U composting facility. One-fourth of the garden had soils to which the compost was applied.

Information on fall-seeded vegetable gardens will be provided a guest speaker.  The Garden Field Day features root beer floats and roasted sweet corn.

The Research Farm is a mile and a half south of Calumet at the intersection of Highway 59 and O'Brien County road B-62. The address is 6320 500th Street, Sutherland.

Red Cross appeals for funds for disaster needs

(SIOUX CITY)--A new disaster relief fundraising drive is underway by the Siouxland Area Chapter of the American Red Cross.

The Hurricane season, the oil spill in the Gulf  and local floods and home fires are factors in the fund drive.

Executive Director Tammy Lee says Red Cross spends about 450-million dollar a year responding to nearly 70-thousand disaster across the country. Lee says Red Cross is asking people to click, text or call to support Red Cross disaster relief.

People who want to make a contribution to disaster response can visit www.siouxlandredcross.org or call 1-800-REDCROSS to support American Red Cross Disaster Response or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a donation.

Hospitals announce community benefit

(SIOUX CITY)--Sioux City hospitals provide nearly 25 million dollars in community benefit.

The new economic report is based on an assessment of the health care providers by the Iowa Hospital Association.

The report estimates the community benefit from Mercy Medical Center at 15.5-million dollars and from St. Luke's Health System at 9.5-million dollars.

Community benefits include services and programs such as health screenings, support groups, immunizations, nutritional services and transportation programs.

According to the Iowa Hospital Association report, St. Luke's reported 3.3-million dollars in charity care as well as more than 750-thousand dollars in subsidized health or community services.

Mercy's charity care  was 3.5-million dollars plus 2.3-million dollars in subsidized health or community services.

The two hospitals reported over seven-million dollars in Medicaid losses or unreimbursed costs associated with treating Medicaid patients.

Culver helps celebrate Oakville's flood recovery

OAKVILLE, Iowa (AP) Gov. Chet Culver has joined Oakville residents in celebrating their recovery from devastating 2008 flooding.

Oakville was submerged on June 14, 2008, when a levee along the Iowa River broke. The town of about 400 people was evacuated.

Residents focused on recovery and rebuilding efforts during Saturday's annual homecoming celebration.

Culver says Oakville is the best example of ``how Iowans can pull together in the face of very serious challenges.''

He says Oakville has gotten nearly $4.7 million in recovery assistance.

Iowa mayor offers reward for details about vandals

POLK CITY, Iowa (AP) The mayor of Polk City is offering a $3,500 reward for information about the vandals who damaged his home and a city park.

Mayor Gary Heuertz is offering the cash in exchange for information that leads to an arrest in the case.

Polk City police say vandals damaged the mayor's home on July 21. Police haven't offered any details about the extent of the damage.

Vandals also damaged or destroyed 29 trees at Kiwanis Park and the Sports Complex, causing about $5,000 in damage.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Polk County sheriff's office or Crime Stoppers.

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Animal neglect charges filed

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) A 24-year-old Iowa City man is charged with animal neglect after police found five injured pit bulls inside a trailer with no food or water.

Darrell Keith Cathey is being held at the Johnson County Jail on $6,000 bond. He faces 13 charges, including animal neglect.

It was not immediately clear who he's being represented by.

Johnson County sheriff's deputies visited the trailer last week after getting a tip about the dogs.

Officials say the animals had been left for several days with no food or water.

The dogs have multiple injuries, including bites, tears and puncture wounds.

Misha Goodman, director of Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Services, says at least two of the dogs have permanent injuries to their paws and ears.

Flu illness reported in Eastern Iowa

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are advising doctors to be on the lookout for season influenza after the illness was reported in parts of eastern Iowa.

The Atlanta-based agency cited two flu outbreaks in the state in its message to doctors.

Four members of an Iowa college sports team became ill last month. Nine children at a child care center also became ill with the flu, the CDC reported.

The cases were all in eastern Iowa but the exact locations were not identified.

Tricia Kitzmann, Deputy Director for Johnson County Public Health, says three college students in an apartment also were diagnosed with seasonal flu last month.

The CDC has identified season flu in 12 states, including Iowa.

Work on art over I-80 overpass in Iowa continues

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) Work on an art installation over an Interstate 80 overpass in Council Bluffs is expected to continue well into August.

On Friday, a crane began installing bases on the four corners of the 24th Street bridge over Interstate 80. The project is expected to continue into the week of Aug. 16. There's no set completion date.

The four multimetal sculptures of stainless steel, weathering steel and bronze plate are called ``Odyssey'' by the sculptor, Albert Paley. They weigh up to 70,000 pounds, or 35 tons.

The $3 million artwork serves as a sort of gateway to Nebraska to the west and the rest of Iowa to the east.

It was selected by the Iowa West Foundation's public art initiative.

Iowa State Fair offers tracking device for parents

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa State Fair is offering a new tool for parents looking to keep track of their children at the sprawling fairgrounds.

The Secur-a-pal is a tracking device that's small enough to fit in a child's pocket or on a belt loop.

If the child becomes lost, they can press a button and send a text message that gives their location.

Parents with smart phones can also have the device use GPS to give the child's exact location.

Fair spokeswoman Lori Chappell suggests that the tracking device can also be used for people bringing elderly guests.

The device will cost $10.

Organizers are estimating more than 1 million people will attend the fair later this month.


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

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KLEM News Update August 7, 2010

(DES MOINES)--Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats of rural Sioux City has decided against running for governor in the fall as an independent. Instead, Vander Plaats is launching a new effort in the battle over gay marriage in Iowa, a campaign aimed at the Iowa Supreme Court.

In this past June's Republican Primary, Vander Plaats got 42 percent of the vote, finishing second. Vander Plaats had promised that if he were elected governor, he'd issue an executive order that would stop gay marriage in Iowa until voters could decide on a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage here. In April of 2009 the seven-member state Supreme Court issued a ruling which paved the way for gay marriage in Iowa. Vander Plaats Friday announced he will lead an effort to defeat the three state supreme court justices who are on this November's ballot in a retention election.

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(as said) "More than ever we need to hold this court in check," Vander Plaats said. "And that is what our plan is to do." Vander Plaats said he'll release more details about the effort next, including information about fundraising. Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Marsha Ternus is one of the three justices who are up for retention in November. The justice who wrote the gay marriage ruling is not. Vander Plaats said he made up his mind to launch the campaign against the three justices when the California judge ruled California's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.


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(as said) "I will be going into intense strategy sessions with the best and the brightest from around this state and around the country," Vander Plaats said. "And we will be unleashing a full effort and campaign in the next coming days." Vander Plaats also announced that he will not run as an independent candidate for governor. Vander Plaats has said he would only run if he determined he could win.


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(as said) "I had no interest in being a spoiler in that campaign," Vander Plaats said. Vander Plaats was asked by a reporter if or when he might endorse Terry Branstad, the Republican candidate for governor. Vander Plaats said he had no "timeframe" for making an endorsement. (News report by Radio Iowa)

Family services offered in four communities

(ORANGE CITY)--Counseling and skill-building services are provided by a northwest Iowa organization with a satellite office in Le Mars.

Denise Driesen of Family Solutions Services explains services are offered to children and families.

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Driesen says there are Family Solutions Services for needs identified by the Iowa Department of Human Services.

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She describes the staff of 24 at Family Solutions Services as experienced and dedicated to helping people.

Family Solutions Services' are coordinated through phone calls to the main offices in Orange City and Sioux City. Satellite offices are in Le Mars and Akron.   

(LE MARS)--The back door for many Le Mars residents in the original part of the city is being spruced up.

City administrator Scott Langel said a change was made in alley maintenance to reduce dust.

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Langel extended a thanks to residents who responded to a city request.

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City crews continue to complete the summer alley maintenance work.

Fire in Buena Vista County

(ALBERT CITY-BUENA VISTA CO.)-- Early last Monday morning a home was destroyed by fire in Buena Vista County.  According to Sheriff Gary Launderville, a deputy on routine partrol discovered the house fire on 210th avenue in the Albert City area.  The Albert City Fire Department and the Marathon Fire Department fought the two-story blaze for 4 hours.   

After investigation it has been concluded that the August 2nd fire was caused by an electrical malfunction.  The house and contents are considered a total loss with damages estimated in excess of $130,000.

Information regarding the owner of the home and whether or not it was occupied at the time of the fire is unavailable from the Buena Vista Sheriff's Office.

(Angela Drake of KLEM News)

 

Congressman to meet with Fifth District residents in Primghar

(WASHINGTON)--Congressman Steve King will hear from Fifth District residents during a Town Hall meeting in O'Brien County next week.

King says Town Hall meetings allow him to communicate directly with his constituents about the issues under consideration in Washington. He explains the exchange allows him to better represent the Fifth District.

The Town Hall meeting in Primghar is Friday, August 13th from 3:30-4:30 p-m in the Assembly Room at the O'Brien County Courthouse .

Paper collection today helps schools

(LE MARS)--Today is a day to recycle paper for school projects in Le Mars and Remsen.

The Le Mars Community Elementary Schools paper recycling project is this (Saturday) morning after a July holiday off. Paper may be dropped off at O'Toole Park in Le Mars from 8-10 a-m. Other pickup sites are at the Struble and Craig Banks, the Brunsville Bank corners and at Kissinger School in Merrill from 8-9 a.m.


The Remsen-Union Family Connection and St. Mary's School Board collect paper from 8-11 a.m. at the Marion Street permanent location.

Murder charges filed after body found near Larchwood

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) Two Sioux Falls men arrested for the robbery and kidnapping of a man whose body was found in northwest Iowa are charged with murder.

The indictment against 29-year-old Benjamin Carter and 23-year-old Payton Strum was filed in court in Sioux Falls this week. Strum also is charged with first-degree arson. Strum is accused of starting a fire in the home where the kidnapping took place.

The body of 27-year-old Joseph Cynkar was discovered lying outside his pickup truck near Larchwood late last month.

Strum and Carter are accused of beating Cynkar and robbing him at gunpoint before binding his hands with a cable, taping a hood over his head and driving him in his own truck to a wooded area in Lyon County. Autopsy results show Cynkar died of suffocation and a blow to the head.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved

LP tanks target of shooter

(SAC CITY)--A reward of up to 11-thousand dollars is being offered for information about Sac County vandalism.

The Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers and the Sac County Sheriff's Office announced the reward. They're asking for information about vandalism on four Sac County hog farms.

Authorities say liquid propane (LP) tanks were shot using a high-powered rifle. The tanks were near or adjacent to indoor hog barns. Other LP tanks, including those near grain storage facilities and homes, were NOT targeted .

The vandalism occurred almost one year to the day that 12 similar events were reported in Sac and Calhoun Counties. One of the four sites was also targeted a year ago.

Sac County Sheriff Ken McClure says the greatest concern is the explosion danger to people working in or around livestock farms and LP tanks.

The Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers is providing 75-hundred dollars toward the 11-thousand dollar reward. Others backing the reward effort include local farm groups and businesses that want to help law enforcement solve the crime.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sac County Sheriff's Office. Callers may remain anonymous.

Activists: More flood protection needed


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Environmental activists are urging the state to expand wetlands and flood plain protections, arguing the changing climate is increasing the danger of flooding.

Mark Tercek, president of the Nature Conservancy, says changes in land use also are increasing the chance of flooding.

Tercek and state and city officials held a news conference near where the Des Moines and Raccoon rivers converge in downtown Des Moines Friday to push for more projects to prevent and protect against flooding.

It comes as Iowa recovers from a wet summer that has caused flooding across the state.

State Sen. Rob Hogg, a Democrat from Cedar Rapids, says expanding wetlands, installing pavement that allows water to seep into the ground and placing barrels to collect rainfall at homes can all be part of the solution.

I-80 overpass in Iowa turned into artistic gateway

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) A Council Bluffs highway overpass has been transformed into an artistic gateway by installation of metal sculptures.

The four multimetal sculptures of stainless steel, weathering steel and bronze plate are called ``Odyssey'' by the sculptor, Albert Paley. They weigh up to 70,000 pounds, or 35 tons.

On Friday, a crane was installing bases on the four corners of the 24th Street bridge over Interstate 80. That work was expected to continue into Saturday, followed by installation of the art pieces. The project was expected to be complete on Tuesday.

The $3 million artwork serves as a sort of gateway to Nebraska to the west and the rest of Iowa to the east.

It was selected by the Iowa West Foundation's public art initiative.

Iowa City couple to wed in jr. high where they met

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Almost 50 years after they met there as seventh graders, an Iowa City couple will get married in the halls of South East Junior High.

Karen Wilcox and Mike Wilson were brought together in 1962 by an alphabetized seating arrangement in homeroom class. They dated in eighth grade, but had broken up by high school. They stayed in touch on and off as each went on to two unsuccessful marriages.

The two started dating again in January, after Wilson moved back to Iowa City from Florida, where he'd lived after retiring as a surgeon. This Monday, they'll get married in the same room where they shared their first dance together.

Principal Deb Wretman loved the idea. She says most people once they leave junior high never want to look back.

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

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