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KLEM News Update - August 22, 2010

(SIOUX CENTER)--Auditions are planned next month for membership in the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra.

With more than 80 members, the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra presents three concerts as well as the annual Concert for children.

The group of adults of all ages as well as gifted students ranging in age from middle school through college is entering its 25th season. The concert performances are titled, "A Season of Celebration."

The Winter Pops Concert January 22nd of next year will include the high school show choirs from Le Mars Community; M-O-C Floyd Valley; and Sheldon High School.

Auditions are Friday, September 10th and Saturday, September 11th in the Music Building on the Dordt College Campus. Information is available from the Symphony's administrative assistant by calling 722-6230.

(SIOUX CITY)--Nominations are being accepted for the Western Iowa Tech Community College's annual alumni award.

Nominations are reviewed by representatives of the Western Iowa Tech Community College faculty and employees as well as members of the Foundation Board and Alumni Board.

The nomination form can be found on the Western Iowa Tech Community College website. The deadline for the public to submit nominations is September 10th.

(AMES)--Conservation information is part of the field day at the Iowa Lakes Community College student farm, west of Emmetsburg, Thursday.

Families are invited to attend and see the Iowa Learning Farms' new Conservation Station mobile learning center.

Iowa Learning Farms and Practical Farmers of Iowa will co-sponsor the  field day focusing on cover crops from 5-30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday.

The student ag farm is one-half mile west of the intersection of Highways 4 and 18, three miles west of Emmetsburg.

(SIOUX CITY)--"Mortar Matters" is the theme for a preservation workshop in Sioux City next month.

The Center on Sustainable Communities is hosting two nationally recognized experts on stabilization and preservation of historic masonry buildings for the one-day workshops in Sioux City and Des Moines.

Topics include historic masonry, stucco, terra cotta, and chinking; problems of moisture damage and evaluating contractors.

Project partners for the September 24th masonry workshop include the Sioux City Preservation Commission.

The workshop is at the Masonic Temple in Sioux City from 9 a-m to 4 p-m.

Youth get more than $134,000 at Iowa State Fair

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) An Iowa agriculture foundation has given away more than $134,000 in scholarships and awards at the state fair.

The Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement presented 97 scholarships worth more than $117,000. The group also distributed 90 performance awards valued at more than $17,000.

The cash went to youth who participated in 4-H and FFA beef, swine, sheep and poultry projects on Saturday.

The Iowa State Fair runs through Sunday in Des Moines.

Flood effects on Maquoketa River could last years

DELHI, Iowa (AP) An Iowa Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist says last month's flood along the Maquoketa (muh-KOH'-kuh-tuh) River could threaten the long-term health and beauty of one of Iowa's premier streams.

Heavy rains pushed the Maquoketa to record levels and washed away an earthen portion of the Lake Delhi dam in eastern Iowa.

While flood debris can be removed, the DNR's Dan Kirby says sedimentation will be a chronic problem.

Nearly a month after the dam failed, the river still runs a muddy brown color. That's preventing biologists from documenting the amount of rocky river bottom that has been covered with silt.

Mike Jacobs of Monticello regularly fishes the waters below the dam. Jacobs doubts that the river will bounce back to its former condition in his lifetime.

Information from: The Gazette,

Iowa woman hospitalized after pit bull attack

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) A 63-year-old Newton woman is recovering from severe arm injuries after being attacked by a pit bull.

Cora Vande Heiden says she was walking home from an errand Friday when three dogs surrounded her, and one attacked.

The dog latched on to her arm, leaving severe cuts and puncture wounds. She was in fair condition after surgery.

The dogs' owner, Beth Audus, says she threw herself between her dog and Vande Heiden and was also attacked.

Police arrived and euthanized all three pit bulls and another dog owned by Audus.

Audus says the dogs who weren't involved in the attack shouldn't have been put down. She says they ``weren't that aggressive, just excited.''

The dog owners were cited with failure to vaccinate and license the animals and allowing them to run free.

Sheriff worries about new UI tailgating rules

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) The local sheriff is worried that new, stricter tailgating rules at the University of Iowa might mean more inmates in the jail on gamedays.

University officials have announced a ``Think Before You Drink'' campaign aimed at curbing excessive drinking at Hawkeye football games this fall. Police working around the stadium also plan to step up enforcement of open container and public urination laws.

But Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek (puhl-KRAH'-bek) says he's ``not real thrilled'' with the new rules.

Pulkrabek is concerned that more gameday arrests could tax jail capacity.

The sheriff's office is developing a comprehensive plan for the jail to follow on gamedays.

Information from: Iowa City Press-Citizen,

Iowa gets its first African-American female judge

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) An assistant Polk County attorney has been chosen as Iowa's first African-American female judge.

Romonda Belcher-Ford was selected by Polk County's district judges from a pool of 20 applicants.

The 42-year-old has worked in the Polk County attorney's office for 15 years. She currently represents the county auditor and recorder and Polk County General Services.

The North Carolina native moved to Iowa to attend Drake Law School after getting her undergraduate degree from Howard University in Washington.

Belcher-Ford says she's ``truly elated'' about her new job and that it's something she's always wanted to do.

She has to take the bench within 30 days of her appointment.

The state's first black judge was William W. Parker, who was elected in Waterloo in 1963.

Information from: The Des Moines Register,

Medical foster home for vets opens in Cambridge

CAMBRIDGE, Iowa (AP) A Cambridge couple are renovating their home to care for veterans who would otherwise be in nursing homes.

Scott and Marilyn Olson are opening a medical foster home in partnership with the Veterans Administration. They are the first in Story County to do so, although other medical foster homes are already operating in Iowa.

Veterans pay medical foster homes for room, board and other services. Jan O'Briant of the Des Moines VA says the average cost is about $1,900 a month, compared to $3,000 to $6,000 in a nursing home.

A VA medical foster home coordinator and VA staff make regular visits to provide services and make sure veterans receive proper care.

Briant says the VA aims to place 4,000 veterans in medical foster homes in the next decade.

Information from: The Tribune,

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


KLEM News Update - August 21, 2010

(LE MARS)--A Le Mars woman was injured when her vehicle struck an embankment under a bridge west of Le Mars Friday afternoon.

The Plymouth County sheriff's Office investigated the accident involving a sport utility vehicle being driven west on 200th Street, near Juniper Avenue.

Authorities report 61-year-old Joyce Brownmiller was traveling west on the gravel road when she had some type of medical condition. Brownmiller's vehicle began swerving on the road, went into a driveway, through a farm yard and a cornfield before going under the bridge.

Members of the Le Mars Fire Rescue department helped get Brownmiller out of the vehicle. She was taken to Floyd Valley Hospital by Le Mars Ambulance.

The sheriff's office listed her injuries as incapacitating.

(LE MARS)--Tailgates, cheers and coaches are part of the 2010 "Pride Night" at Jim Lorenzen Field in Le Mars Monday night.

"Pride Night" is an annual celebration to show community support for Gehlen Catholic and Le Mars Community Schools' extra-curricular activities .

Highlights of the event include the introduction of all activity sponsors and coaches and all students involved in activities/sports.

Fall sports season preview are planned with interviews of the coaches by KLEM Radio Sports Director Denny Callahan.

Cheerleaders, dance teams and band from both schools will perform to spread school spirit through the stadium.

Three people will have the opportunity to kick a field goal and win up to $500 during the annual "Kick for Cash" contest sponsored by KLEM 1410 AM-96.9 FM/Powell Broadcasting, Le Mars.

Gates open at 5:15 Monday afternoon with a joint Tailgate party by the Gehlen Catholic and Le Mars Community Booster Clubs beginning at 5:30 Monday afternoon. The Pep Rally begins at seven.

(Le Mars) The water color paintings of three Le Mars artists will be featured at the 33rd Annual Iowa Watercolor Society Exhibition this fall in Ames.  Jane Schultz, Glenda Drennen and Jean Weiner (WINE-ER) will all have pieces on display at the Octagon Center for the Arts August 26th through October 24th.

Weiner, who recently moved to Le Mars from Albany Georgia, has been painting professionally for the last 6 years.  The passion to paint was given to her through extraordinary circumstances. Jean was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer that required removal of tissue and reconstructive surgery.  Seven years ago on August 24th, she awoke from a successful surgery and her painting journey began.

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And paint she did.  Her husband bought her supplies and she self taught herself through books and study pieces.  She has also attended multiple workshops and is continuously learning more about her craft.  A lot of Weiner's work focuses on simplicity.

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Jean also teaches free-form watercolor classes at the Le Mars Arts Center on Wednesdays.  For more information about the classes visit (News report by Angela Drake, KLEM News)

(LE MARS)--A project to reduce  storm water near industry in southwest Le Mars is complete.

City administrator Scott Langel says Clark Construction of Merrill completed a detention basin for storm water control near 24th Street Southwest.

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The city previously added a detention basin on 21st Street Southwest. Langel says that eliminated a similar problem last year.

(ELK POINT)--A living history event is celebrated in Siouxland this weekend.

The annual Elk Point Lewis and Clark  Heritage Days Festival re-enacts the first election west of the Mississippi River. The August 22, 1804 event was part of the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery.
Following the death of Sergeant Charles Floyd, the explorers elected a new sergeant by having the men vote.

The election will be re-enacted tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon at two in the Elk Point City Park. The park is the festival headquarters.  A pre-1840's style Buckskinners Rendezvous is planned today and tomorrow (Saturday and Sunday).  

A Tug of War has been added to this year's Heritage Days with competition for men, women and children who are under the age of 12. The contest begins this (Saturday) morning at 10. Contestants need to bring a pair of gloves. Other events include kids' games such as sack races and the tomahawk/knife/fry pan throw. The East River Cow-Chip Throwing championship is this (Saturday) afternoon at 2:30.

Iowa jobless rate edges up in July

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Iowa's unemployment rate was up slightly in July but remained well below the national rate.

Iowa Workforce Development said Friday that Iowa's unemployment rate inched up to 6.8 percent in July, from a revised June rate of 6.7 percent.

A year ago the state's jobless rate was 6.1 percent.

Iowa gained 1,700 jobs in July over June and 3,700 jobs over July 2009.

Leisure and hospitality, construction, and trade and transportation all saw jobs gains last month.

Director Elisabeth Buck of Iowa Workforce Development says Iowa's private sector hired at a strong enough pace in July to overcome job losses on the government side.

The U.S. unemployment rate was 9.5 percent in July.

Information from: The Des Moines Register,

Recall expands to more than half a billion eggs

WASHINGTON (AP) Half a billion eggs have been recalled in the nationwide investigation of a salmonella outbreak that has already sickened more than 1,000 people.

Iowa's Hillandale Farms said Friday it was recalling more than 170 million eggs after laboratory tests confirmed salmonella. The company did not say if it is connected to Wright County Egg, another Iowa farm that recalled 380 million eggs earlier this week.

An FDA spokeswoman said the two recalls are related. The strain of salmonella poisoning is the same in both cases.

The eggs recalled Friday were distributed under the brand names Hillandale Farms, Sunny Farms, Sunny Meadow, Wholesome Farms and West Creek. The new recall applies to eggs sold between April and August.

Iowa deputy hurt in broadside crash

A Polk County sheriff's deputy was hurt when the sport utility vehicle he was driving was broadsided by another motorist.

Police say Deputy Andrew Hunt was injured in the crash late Thursday night. He was treated at a hospital and released early Friday.

Hunt has been with the sheriff's office at least 13 years and leads a K-9 unit. The police dog in the SUV was not hurt.

The Iowa State Patrol is handling the investigation.

Information from: The Des Moines Register,

Abortion foes seek ban on remote program

Abortion opponents are pressing state medical regulators to block a program that lets doctors prescribe an abortion-inducing drug after meeting with patients only via the Internet.

Opponents told members of the Iowa Board of Medicine on Friday that the system offered by Planned Parenthood of the Heartland was dangerous to patients.

Planned Parenthood officials didn't attend the meeting but say their program is safe and meets the needs of women in rural areas who otherwise couldn't get the drug, called RU-486. Doctors and women talk over an Internet video connection at 15 clinics, and the physician then remotely opens a container with the pills.

The board has created a group to study the matter but didn't discuss the matter Friday.

Dems approve 2012 changes

ST. LOUIS (AP) The Democratic National Committee has approved a 2012 presidential primary nominating calendar that pushes back the start of the voting by one month.

Democrats will hold the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 6, 2012, and the New Hampshire primary on Feb. 14. Nevada caucuses will be Feb. 18 and the South Carolina primary on Feb. 28. Other states will go on March 6 or later.

States holding their contests later will get anywhere from 5 percent to 20 percent more delegates to the convention.

The party also is reducing the number of independent superdelegates from 20 percent of the total number of delegates to 15 percent.

Obama is the likely nominee but Democrats wanted to change the process anyway after the 2008 protracted primary fight.

Iowa mother gets 50 years in baby's death

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A judge has sentenced a Des Moines woman to 50 years in prison in the death of her infant daughter.

Tresa Rains pleaded guilty last month to child endangerment. She originally was charged with first-degree murder in the death of her 5-month-old daughter Zara Yamen.

Rains said Friday that she's sorry about her daughter's death, but would not say exactly how the baby died.

Authorities say Rains admitted to using a pillow to suffocate the baby in 2007.

Rains says she will use her time in prison to become a better mother. After Zara's death, Rains remarried and had another child.

Information from: KCCI-TV,

Body of missing swimmer found in Keokuk

KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) The body of a missing swimmer has been recovered from the Mississippi River in Keokuk.

Police Chief Tom Crew says two fishermen were returning to a boat dock Thursday morning when they found the body and brought it in.

The body is identified as that of 35-year-old Efren Cruz, a Mexican national who had been living and working in Keokuk.

Cruz disappeared while swimming near the Keokuk wastewater treatment plant early Wednesday.

An investigator with the state coroner's office ruled the death accidental.

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


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