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KLEM News AM Update July 14, 2010

(LE MARS)--A week of review is planned for an appointment to the Plymouth County Conservation Board.

Supervisor Don Kass' suggestion got backing from the Board of Supervisors when letters of interest in a Conservation Board vacancy were opened Tuesday.

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Those interested in the volunteer work as a County Conservation Board member are Penny Eickholt of rural Hinton, Bob Schlesser and Stuart Dekkenga, both of Le Mars; Cindy Lloyd of rural Westfield; and John Lucken of rural Akron.

The board of supervisors agreed to put the appointment on their meeting agenda next Tuesday.

Register by mail for Le Mars Community School classes

(LE MARS)--There's a new way to register for classes at Le Mars Community Schools this fall.

According to Superintendent Dr. Todd Wendt, school will start August 26th with a full day of classes.

The change in the process of getting ready for classes is mail-in registration. Packets will be sent by U-S mail in two weeks, the week of July 26th.

On-site registration and payment of fees will be Thursday, August 5th from 11 a-m to 7 p-m and Friday, August 6th from 7 a-m to 3 p-m. All registration is in the Middle School during these two days.

Open House will be Wednesday, August 25th from 11 a.m. to 1 p-m for ALL buildings.

Middle School orientation is Tuesday, August 24th. Sixth grade students and parents will have orientation from 6:30-7:30 p-m. Seventh and eighth grade Middle School orientation for parents only is from 7:30-8:30 p-m. on August 24th.

Freshmen orientation for parents and students at Le Mars Community is Wednesday, August 25th from 6:30-7:30 p-m.

County has proof of liability for bike ride

(KINGSLEY)--Thousands of bicycle riders will pedal into Plymouth County this month.

RAGBRAI XXXVIII, the Des Moines Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa, begins in Sioux City July 25th.

About 10-thousand riders will leave Sioux City on Woodbury County Road D-12 to ride east into Kingsley and on C-66 through Plymouth County. The Cherokee County destination is Washta as part of a trek on the first day of the ride with an overnight stop in Storm Lake.

Supervisors' chair Jim Henrich Tuesday said the Board of Supervisors had received a proof of insurance from the ride organizer. The amount of insurance is two-million dollars.

Prison sentence for OWI Third Conviction

(ORANGE CITY)--A Rock Valley man will serve prison time for a third conviction for drunk driving.

Sioux County attorney Coleman McAllister released written information about the conviction and sentencing of 28-year-old Justin Anthony Messelhiser of Rock Valley.

Messelhiser was arrested in February when a Rock Valley officer stopped the vehicle Messelhiser was driving because he believed the Rock Valley man did not have a driver's license.

Messelhiser was charged with operating while under the influence as a third offense.

According to McAllister, Messelhiser pleaded guilty and a judge sentenced  him to serve up to five years in prison and ordered a fine of about 32-hundred dollars.

$300,000 awarded to Camp High Hopes

(SIOUX CITY)--A year-round recreational facility for adults and children with special needs will receive a federal grant for furnishings and technology.

Camp High Hopes executive director Ali Langseth Tuesday announced the 300-thousand dollar earmarked federal grant from the U-S Department of Education.

Construction on the first phase of the camp on 90 acres just off Correctionville Road in Sioux city will begin once fundraising goals are met.

The grant initiated through Senator Tom Harkin's office represents four percent of the total costs associated with Phase 1 for Camp High Hopes.

Langseth says items like dining room tables and chairs, hospital-style beds, and computers will be purchased with the funds.

Casino travelers will have better route

(AMES)--State funds will help Lyon County prepare for more traffic from casino travelers on Iowa Highway 9, near Larchwood.

Iowa Transportation Commissioners Tuesday approved about 370-thousand dollars to assist with the construction of about 32-hundred feet of left-and-right-turn lanes on Highway 9.

The improvement will support the Lyon County Resort and Casino and its 118-million dollars in associated capital investment.

According to Craig Markley of the Iowa Department of Transportation, the state funds for the grant are from the county share of the Revitalize Iowa's Sound Economy (RISE) fund.

Media reports about retirement are wrong

(GARDEN GROVE, CALIFORNIA)--Contrary to media reports, the website Crystal Cathedral-dot-org says an Alton  native known globally for his Hour of Power broadcasts, is NOT retiring. 

Schuller's daughter, Sheila Schuller Coleman, writes that on Sunday, an article was written and printed by a local Southern California newspaper. It was picked up by other newspapers and disseminated all over the wires that her father, "Robert H. Schuller was stepping down"; that he was retiring. Coleman says the article is completely false. What really happened, says Coleman, was that the Reformed Church in America, California Classis, commissioned her Sunday morning, officially as the Senior Pastor/Lead Pastor for the Crystal Cathedral Congregation--a role that Coleman says she has been filling unofficially for the last year. 

 In Coleman's comments following the commissioning ceremony Sunday morning, she says she made it very clear that nothing was changing as a result of the commissioning service. She says it was merely an affirmation of the denomination. Coleman says she also made it clear that it was her call to stand beside my father, to pray for him so he can quote, "continue to preach his unique and positive message from this pulpit for the rest of his life." (News report from Radio Iowa)

'Barefoot Bandit' back in United States

MIAMI (AP) The American teenager who police call the ``Barefoot Bandit'' is back in the United States after being deported from the Bahamas.

Officials say law enforcement escorted Colton Harris-Moore on a commercial flight to Miami on Tuesday. That was just hours after he pleaded guilty in the Bahamas to illegally entering the country.

Harris-Moore was arrested Sunday in the Bahamas, where police ended the 19-year-old convict's alleged two-year crime spree by capturing him following a high-speed boat chase.

Harris-Moore is suspected in about 70 property crimes across eight states and British Columbia. He is accused of stealing a plane from an Indiana airport to fly to the Bahamas.

He is accused of crimes in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Yankton, South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa.

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Shelby bridges show flooding impact

PANAMA, Iowa (AP) The heavy rain and flooding this year have caused the condition of some bridges in Shelby County to deteriorate.

Specifically, the bridges over a creek between Panama and Portsmouth suffered damage from the high water.

On the bridge just outside Panama, sagging and buckling deck planks have prompted county engineer Dan Ahart to close it.

Ahart says he's had to close six bridges in the county due to flood damage, with the bridge near Panama needing major repair. He says he has had to change the tonnage allowed on some bridges that remain open.

According to Ahart, in addition to the floods, last winter's heavy snow also caused bridge damage.

Shelby County is among 35 Iowa counties seeking federal disaster relief funds. Ahart estimates the county needs more than $300,000 for repairs.

Cedar Rapids man charged in fatal fight

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Police in Cedar Rapids have not commented publicly on what started a fistfight that killed a recent arrival from Georgia last week, but they have charged 28-year-old Henry Rogers with involuntary manslaughter in the death.

Court records indicate that Rogers has an extensive criminal history, including at least 48 arrests in Cedar Rapids since 1999. Most of them are for assault, and some of them involve weapons.

Police say Rogers punched 35-year-old Dustin ``Dusty'' Davis once in the face on the night of July 6, causing him to fall and strike his head. They say Rogers, who had moved to Cedar Rapids from Commerce, Ga., about a month earlier, died a day later at an Iowa City hospital.

Authorities did not indicate whether Rogers had an attorney.


Construction worker killed by dump truck

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Authorities have identified a construction worker who was struck and killed by a dump truck in a construction area on Interstate 80 in Iowa City.

Authorities say 31-year-old Gamaliel Rodriguez of West Liberty died Monday when he was struck by a dump truck driven by Ralph Billick of Tipton. Rodriguez was working in the construction area when he was struck.

Rodriguez was employed by Streb Construction, and Billick was employed by the same company as a subcontractor.

Iowa City Police, Iowa State Patrol, Johnson County Ambulance and the Iowa DOT responded to the accident late Monday morning, but Rodriguez was dead when they arrived at the scene.

Investigators say texting led to fatal crash

DURANT, Iowa (AP) According to the investigation of a fatal accident in Cedar County, 17-year-old Jennifer Flockhart of Mechanicsville crashed and rolled her car because she was distracted while sending a text message.

The crash occurred July 5 in the town of Durant. Investigators say they found Flockhart's cell phone lying next to her at the scene. Upon opening it, investigators said the phone showed one unfinished message, and the time of the message corresponded with the time of the crash.

The State Patrol said Flockhart was ejected when her car rolled, and she died from those injuries. The report says she was not wearing her seat belt.

Flockhart was buried Saturday.


Cedar Falls man accused of child pornography

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) A Cedar Falls man charged in Black Hawk County with sexual abuse of an 8-year-old has been indicted in U.S. District Court on child pornography charges.

Edward Swingen pleaded not guilty Tuesday to one count of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. The 43-year-old Swingen will remain in custody until his trial.

Swingen is accused in the state case of sexually abusing an 8-year-old child between 2006 and 2009. He is scheduled for trial on the charge later this month.

The Cedar Rapids Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force conducted a forensic examination on Swingen's laptop computer after he was charged. Authorities say investigators allegedly found more than 100 sexually explicit images and videos of children.

It was not immediately known if Swingen has obtained legal representation for the federal charges.


Budget cuts made to keep Mitchell County jail open

OSAGE, Iowa (AP) Mitchell County's sheriff is suggesting an estimated $140,000 in cost-savings in an effort to keep the county's jail open.

Sheriff Curt Younker's proposed cost-saving measures include the closing of part of the jail to reduce utility costs, and reducing jail staff by two full-time employees.

Younker also suggests having jailers doing the cleaning; eliminating health insurance for jailers on a voluntary basis; having officers and jailers wash patrol cars; and preparing meals in-house.

Budget concerns have pushed the Mitchell County Board of Supervisors to consider closing the 12-bed jail and sending prisoners to other county jails.


Marshalltown gets HUD funds

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is giving Marshalltown, Iowa, $1 million to expand affordable housing in the rural community's historic central business district.

Marshalltown is among six communities with populations less than 50,000 that will receive HUD funding to encourage affordable housing production in their city centers.

HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan says the funding will provide Marshalltown the tools it needs to create affordable housing for lower income families so they can share in the revitalization of the downtown area.

Marshalltown will use the funds to construct 28 affordable rental units in a currently vacant building. Both covered and uncovered parking will also be built for residents of the development.

Iowa state worker numbers hit 16-year low

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The number of workers in Iowa state government has dropped to the fewest number in 16 years.

According the state's administrative services department, Iowa had 18,444 employees as of June 30, down 2,071 jobs from a year ago. The number is the lowest since 1994, when Republican Terry Branstad was governor.

However, the number of state workers will grow by about 1,000 soon. The Department of Management has authorized filling about half of the 2,067 jobs vacated by employees who accepted early retirement this spring.

Political ads by Branstad, who is seeking a return to the governor's office, have hammered Democratic Gov. Chet Culver for growing state government in his first term.

Ali Glisson, a spokeswoman for Culver's campaign, says the new employee count ``totally undercuts'' Branstad's arguments.

Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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KLEM News PM Update July 13, 2010

(JOHNSTON)--A send-off ceremony for Troop C of the Iowa Army National Guard is planned in Le Mars next month.

About 28-hundred members of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team will report to mobilization at Camp Shelby, Mississippi for more training before a mission in Afghanistan.

The 2nd Brigade has been ordered to active duty under a partial mobilization call up . Guard officials say the mission is to provide full-spectrum operations in combat, support for the Afghan National Army and Police units and assistance to humanitarian relief efforts.

Troop C, First Squadron of the 113th Cavalry, with about 80 soldiers, will have a sendoff Thursday, August 5 at 9 am at Le Mars Community High School. The community is invited to attend.

A Community send-off is also planned in Sioux City for about 170 solders of Headquarters, and Headquarters Troop , 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry, and Company D, 334h Brigade Support Battalion at 10:30 a.m. at Sioux City East High School on August 5th.

The Storm Lake send-off is Friday, July 30 at the Storm Lake High School at 11 a.m. for Company G, 334th Brigade Support Battalion involving about 80 soldiers.

Fair Entertainment features favorites and new acts 

(Le Mars) Dueling Pianos, a Hypnotist, Monster Arm Wrestling and Motocross...Where can you find all these things? The 2010 Plymouth County Fair. The entertainment is as diverse as ever this year, with a lot of new things to watch and participate in. New in the Pioneer Village: a bluegrass band, accapella quartet and dueling pianos.

Also at the village, a hypnotist and the River Billy Band as well as the Browns, will be back.

Added to the grandstand line-up this year is Motocross, which is an off road motorcycle and ATV event. This will be held on Wednesday evening.

New on Friday is Monster Arm Wrestling, an event that's been at the Iowa State Fair for the last 32 years. No, you're not taking on Frankenstein or the Boogie Man. This type of tournament style arm wrestling uses The Monster Machine to help facilitate the bout. Owner of the machine and tournament M.C. Lee Ann Krough says this activity is fun for everybody.

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Weigh-ins for Monster Arm Wrestling start at 5pm Friday in the Open Class Building, wrestling begins at 6.

For complete schedules of Plymouth County Fair entertainment log on to www.plymouthcountyfair.com.

The fair begins July 28th. (News report by Angela Drake, KLEM News)

Five interested in Plymouth County Conservation Board appointment

(LE MARS)--Five Plymouth County residents are interesting in serving as a volunteer board member for conservation.

Supervisors today (Tuesday) opened letters of interest in the vacancy on the Plymouth County Conservation Board. Board member Clark Goodchild of Le Mars resigned.

Those who applied to be appointed are Penny Eickholt; Stuart Dekkenga; Cindy Lloyd; Bob Schlesser; and John Lucken.

Supervisors plan to review the letters and make an appointment next week.

Board members reviewed requests for changes or new Homestead Tax Credit based on applications filed with the Plymouth County Assessor. The process of reviewing the Homestead Tax Credit requests is part of preparations for property tax statements to be issued by the Plymouth County Auditor's office for tax payments. the money is collected by the Plymouth County Treasurer and distributed to taxing groups including schools, cities, townships, the county and the state.

Rembrandt man to serve prison sentence for son's death in head-on collision

STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) An Iowa man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for a head-on collision that killed his 10-year-old son last summer.

Matthew Wrather, of Rembrandt, was sentenced on Monday in Buena Vista County District Court after pleading guilty to vehicular homicide and serious injury by vehicle.

A judge sentenced Wrather to up to 10 years in prison on the vehicular homicide charge and up to five years on the other charge. The sentences will be served one after another (consecutively).

Authorities say Wrather was driving drunk when his car crossed the center line of U.S. Highway 71 and hit an oncoming van on July 26, 2009, near Rembrandt.

Wrather's 10-year-old son, Gavin, was killed.

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Recession causes slide in Iowa casino revenue

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The recession has taken a hit on Iowa casino, where revenues have dropped for the first time since 1993.

State regulators say revenue fell by 3.5 percent for the fiscal year ending June 30. According to the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, Iowa's 17 state-regulated casinos reported gross gambling revenue of $1.3 billion in the last fiscal year, down from $1.4 billion in the previous year.

Commission Chairman Greg Seyfer says it's a sign the economy is taking a toll and that the state may be close to hitting the saturation point.

In 1993, Iowa law restricted gamblers to no more than $5 per wager and overall losses of $200. Lawmakers lifted the betting limits in 1994.
 
Culver adds Fayette County to disaster list

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Gov. Chet Culver has added Fayette County to a disaster declaration because of recent storms and flash flooding.

The proclamation, issued Monday, allows eligible residents to seek up to $5,000 in reimbursements for damage incurred for individuals and families whose income is less than 200 percent above the poverty level.

The declaration now covers a total of 35 counties.

Families seeking assistance through the state must apply within 45 days a declaration has been made. The earliest declaration was issued on June 1.

More information is available on the state's Department of Human Services' website.

Iowa City sets vote on 21-only bar law

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Iowa City's 21-and-older bar law will go before the voters.

The City Council on Monday voted to put the issue on the Nov. 2 ballot.

The law, approved this spring, prevents those younger than 21 from being in a bar after 10 p.m. The age limit had been 19.

A petition drive led by University of Iowa students and downtown bar owners collected enough signatures to force the council to either repeal the law or send it to voters.

On Monday, the Council voted against repealing the law, then voted to put the measure on the ballot.

This will be the second time in three years that voters will decide how old someone must be to enter a bar at night. In 2007, a proposal to raise the minimum age to 21 was defeated.

Former Iowa accountant gets probation for theft

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa (AP) A former Webster City accountant who pleaded guilty to stealing $260,000 from a client has been given probation and ordered to repay the money.

Douglas Messerly pleaded guilty in May to theft by misappropriation. He was sentenced on Monday in Hamilton County District Court to two to five years probation. He must repay the money he took from a longtime client.

Messerly admitted that between February 2007 and August 2008 he took $260,000 from the client by cashing the investments and depositing the money into his personal account.

The 65-year-old Messerly now lives in Des Moines.

Kitten found in trash to be adopted

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) Officials with the Animal Rescue League say a kitten found alive in a bag of garbage earlier this summer in Ankeny is now ready to be adopted.

The kitten has been named ``Alley.'' Refuse workers at Waste Management found her in bag of kittens that someone had put out with their trash.

Alley's four littermates were dead, but Alley has been nursed back to health and is ready for adoption.

People interested in adopting her should show up at the Animal Rescue League office at 11 a.m. Wednesday to fill out applications. A drawing will be held at 11:15 to see who gets to take the kitten home.

Construction worker killed by dump truck

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Authorities say a construction worker has been struck and killed by a dump truck Monday in a construction area on Interstate 80 in Iowa City.

Iowa City Police, Iowa State Patrol, Johnson County Ambulance and the Iowa DOT responded to the accident late Monday morning, but the victim was already dead when they arrived at the scene.

The victim's name was not being released Monday evening, and the incident remains under investigation.

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