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KLEM AM Update August 2, 2010

(LE MARS)--Nearly 90-thousand people attended the 2010 Plymouth County Fair.

The  estimate for the final day of the "Best Five Days of Summer" is 18-thousand which is the same as the 2009 fair and up 500 from two years ago.

Total fair attendance  is estimated at 89-thousand 600. That's down  29-hundred from the 2009 record attendance of 92-thousand 500.

The 4-H and FFA  Ribbon Auction begins at 9 this morning.

Monday, August 2

8:00 a.m. Livestock Released (those not in ribbon
auction)
8:00 - 10:00 a.m. Release Open Class Exhibits, except Creative
Hobbies which were checked out on
Sunday evening
8:00 - 11:00 a.m. Release 4-H Exhibit Building Exhibits
9:00 a.m. 4-H & FFA Rabbit, Poultry, Meat Goat, Sheep,
Swine & Beef Ribbon Auction – Covered
arena
4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Release 4-H Exhibit Building Exhibits

Wednesday, August 4
5:30 p.m. Fairground Clean-up Day

Barn quilt raises 10-thousand dollars

(LE MARS)--A popular patriotic image is the top wood carving auction item from the Plymouth County Fair Auction.

During the auction Sunday afternoon, Bruce Brock of Brock Auction Company asked chainsaw artist A-J Lutter how he did his carvings from wooden logs. Lutter used few words to describe his fair work of turning wood from trees donated by the Del Kellen family into 14 carvings of everything from eagles to bears.
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Dave and Mary Kay Hoffman of Le Mars paid the top bid--22 hundred dollars--for an eagle on a flag. Anthony Trucking of Le Mars bid the top price of $1,250 for a Big Bear with a welcome sign. Ray Hoffman Junior's bid of $950 was the purchase price for a dog howling at the moon.

Brock opened the auction of Geri Dreckman's Barn Quilts of Plymouth County with what seven minutes later was the winning bid--$10,000.
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Pam and Greg Wells of Le Mars bought the Fair Auction quilt.

Jerome Dreckman bought the four collectible belt buckles portraying the Brainerd, Minnesota chainsaw artist for a total of 24-hundred dollars.

Two benches made from the 4-H and FFA Dairy Barn wood were auctioned to Rich Benson of rural Remsen for $500 and $250 to Dennis Baldwin of rural Merrill. Jerry Gorrell of Le Mars created the benches with lumber from the building which was taken down after the 2009 Fair.

Dave and Pat Lehner and Paul Gengler, both of Le Mars, each bought a collectible toy Fair Truck for $225.

The 10-gallon milk cans were auctioned off to Don Schultz, Kevin Pratt, and First National Bank for a total of $190.

Theatre will present Steinbeck classic

(LE MARS) "Hello Dolly," presented by the Le Mars Community Theater, played to sold out crowds all weekend. Their last of eight performances was Sunday's matinee.

Show producer Audrey Scholten said working on this performance was a joy and she feels having an outlet to showcase the arts is important for the community.
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Scholten, who is also a member of the Le Mars Community Theater Board of Directors, said that their next production will be "Of Mice and Men." The play, based on John Steinbeck's famous novel, tells the tragic story of two displaced migrant ranch workers during the Great Depression in California. This will be a change of pace for the players, as they usually do more comedic shows. "Of Mice and Men" will be directed by Larry Brangwin and will take stage at the Postal Playhouse in late October. (News report by Angela Drake of KLEM News)

DNR reports flooding of livestock storage basin

SIOUX CENTER, Iowa (AP) Rising river water has flooded a manure storage basin near Sioux Center.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the basin was inundated by water from the west branch of the Floyd River.

The basin was used for an 800-head hog operation owned by Farmers Cooperative Society. The flood waters didn't reach the building where the hogs are housed.

About 50 dead fish were found surrounding the basin.

The DNR says the basin will be pumped once the flood waters recede. .

the paving project is 70 percent done, and up to 90 percent of the runway's surface has been poured.

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

Iowa's King raises profile with conservative views

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Iowa Rep. Steve King has never been shy about offering his opinion, but this year he has taken even stronger positions on topics ranging from immigration to President Barack Obama's views on issue of race.

King, a Republican who represents western Iowa's 5th District, acknowledged he's tried to raise his profile in an effort to push the GOP to the right and see like-minded candidates elected to Congress.

To do that, he's begun appearing frequently on conservative national television and radio shows, plus traveling around the country to campaign for candidates.

Although his statements have been criticized by Democrats and others, King doesn't appear to be hurting himself in his conservative district. He won a fourth term two years ago with 60 percent of the vote.

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

Pawlenty's Iowa swing may foreshadow 2012 bid

WAVERLY, Iowa (AP) Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is pushing across eastern Iowa with stops at a country club and country farm during a three-day trip that could be a preview of a 2012 presidential run.

Pawlenty says he's in Iowa to help Republicans on the fall ballot. At stops in Dubuque, Waverly and Cedar Rapids, he has promoted local candidates and left most with a check from his political fund.

But he's also been building connections with opinion leaders who will prove critical if he enters the presidential race. Iowa hosts the leadoff caucuses that start the nominating process.

The political die-hards giving up summer days to scope Pawlenty out say he's made a good initial impression, but it will take more than one visit to seal their support.

Iowans asked to call utilities if can't pay bills

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa Utilities Board is asking residents who are having troubles paying their utility bills to contact their utility and directly work out a solution.

The board says in a news release that utilities can help customers come up with a plan to pay for their utility debts. The IUB says this will help customers avoid losing service. The board says options are often available if residents aren't in default on a previous utility payment agreement.

Such agreements would take into account a resident's income, expenses and any financial circumstances.

Residents can contact the IUB for assistance if they still have questions after they have contacted their utility.

Floods prompt Cedar Rapids to replace escalators

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) The 2008 flooding and changing building use have combined to leave Cedar Rapids nearly bereft of escalators.

Apart from a restored escalator in the U.S. Bank downtown office, escalators have been replaced with staircases.

All downtown escalators were damaged by flooding, but historian Mark Hunter says their removal also reflects the loss of department stores in downtown Cedar Rapids.

Architect Steve Emerson notes that as the buildings were used for different purposes, there was no reason to spend thousands of dollars on repairs and replacement.


Thousands of Iowa soldiers prepare to deploy

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) Iowa is preparing for its largest deployment of troops since World War II as thousands of soldiers are set to leave for overseas duty through early August.

U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley's office says the congressmen attended an Iowa National Guard send-off ceremony Sunday in Davenport for a group of soldiers. Braley's office says the deployment will affect about 2,800 soldiers from more than 30 Iowa communities.

Braley says the ``thoughts and prayers of Iowans'' go with the soldiers on their deployments. He says Iowans are grateful for their ``sacrifice and bravery.''

Volunteers needed for Iowa State Fair Sew-In

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa State Fair is looking for volunteers to sew and quilt.

For a second year, the state fair is sponsoring a Sew-In each day of the fair from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Sew-In involves volunteers sewers and quilters providing warm blankets for local needy children. State fair officials say sewing experience isn't necessary and there will be sewing assistants available to help.

Last year volunteers made 173 quilts that were donated to the University of Iowa Children's Hospitals and the Angel Tree Camps. This year's goal is to complete 200 quilts over 11 days.

The fair will be from August 12-22 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.


(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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KLEM News Update August 1, 2010

 

(LE MARS)--Attendance for the fourth day of the 2010 Plymouth County Fair tied the 2009 record attendance.

The estimated crowd Saturday was  23-thousand 500.

The Plymouth County Fair Church Service is in Century Hall today (Sunday, August 1) at 11 a-m.

The service will be led by Marcia Young, Associate in Ministry (AiM) at St. John's Lutheran Church in Le Mars. Charlene Lubben of Le Mars will provide music for the church service with vocal music by Ray Seaton of Le Mars.

A freewill offering will be taken during the service for the Transient Ministry of the Le Mars Ministerial Association.

Everyone is invited to be part of the church service in the air conditioned Century Hall.

Rev. Matt Hewitt, pastor of St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars, will have Mass at 11:30 a.m. in Pioneer Village.

The 4-H and F-F-A Feeder Calf and Cow Calf and Pet Shows are today. The action event in the Grandstand is the T and C Rodeo followed by fireworks.

Sunday, August 1  (Premium Feed & Grain and
Pioneer Hybrid Day)

8:00 - 10:00 a.m. 4-H & FFA Feeder Calf weigh–in (Scale in
Swine Building)
8:00 - 10:00 a.m. Open Feeder Calf weigh–in (Scale in
Swine Building)
10:00 a.m. Open Fun Day Horse Show – Horse Arena
11:00 a.m. Church Service – Century Hall
12:00 p.m. Commercial Exhibit Buildings Open
12:00 - 8:00 p.m. Lego Booth – Building West of Pioneer
Village Stage
12:00 p.m. Open Class, 4-H Exhibit Building and Blair
House Open
12:00 p.m. 4-H & FFA Cow Calf Show – Covered arena
12:30 p.m. 4-H & FFA Feeder Calf Show – Covered arena
Followed by Open Feeder Calf Show –
Covered arena, Followed by Plymouth County
Club Calf Classic
1:00 p.m. 4-H & FFA Pet Show – Open Class building
(South End)
1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Reduced Midway Rides
1:00 p.m. Chain Saw Artist - A.J. Lutter – West
Commercial Area
1:30 p.m. Old Fiddlers’ Jamboree – Century Hall
2:00 p.m. Life Skills Cow Chip Bingo – East of Clock
Tower
2:00 p.m. Open Pet Show – Open Class building
(South End)
3:30 p.m. 4-H Pride of Iowa – 4-H Building
3:30 p.m. Old Fiddlers’ Jamboree – Century Hall
4:30 p.m. Fair Auction including Wood Carvings –
Pioneer Village
5:30 p.m. Bill Riley Show – Century Hall
6:00 p.m. Mutton-Bustin’ Contest – Grand Stand
7:00 p.m. Commercial Exhibit Buildings Close
8:00 p.m. T & C Rodeo – Grand Stand, immediately
followed by fireworks
8:00 - 9:00 p.m. Open Class Exhibits Released (not 4-H
exhibits)
10:00 p.m. Round Barn, 4-H Exhibit Building and Blair
House Close

Pioneer Village

Sunday, August 1, 2010

3:00 p.m. Marissa Harvey, Country Vocalist - Sponsored by Great Lakes Hybrid& Dean Foods

4:30 p.m.Auction of Chainsaw Creations and Belt Buckles

6:00 p.m.The Browns - Sponsored by Premium Feed & Grain, Brunsville

7:00 p.m.Marissa Harvey, Country Vocalist - Sponsored by Peoples Bank of Akron& Farmers Coop Society of Ireton

8:00 p.m.The Browns - Sponsored by Kingsley State Bank & Taco John’s

Kid's Stage:

Sponsored by Icon Ag Solutions

4:00 p.m.
Steve Russell, Comedy with a Catch6:00 p.m.Steve Russell, Comedy with a Catch8:00 p.m.Steve Russell, Comedy with a Catch


Grand Stand Entertainment

6:00 p.m. Mutton Bustin

8:00 p.m. T & C Rodeo immediately followed by Fireworks

Pioneer Village is stage for Fair Auction

(LE MARS)--The final day of the 2010 Plymouth County Fair features the Fair Auction in Pioneer Village this afternoon.

The king-size quilt created by Geri Dreckman of Le Mars for the auction is a fabric rendering of wooden Barn Quilts of Plymouth County.

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Completed in 450 hours, the fair auction quilt is Dreckman's way of giving back--either for a ninth or 10 time. She hasn't formally kept track.

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The quilt idea was suggested to her two years ago by Becky Scheitler of Le Mars.  Dreckman began the project gathering photos of the barn or welcome quilts a year ago. It's a project she describes as the most fun and frustrating.

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The 2010 collectible toy Fair Truck began at the 2009 fair as Albert Schultz of the Le Mars Toy Store explains. 

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The 1/64th scale die-cast aluminium toy truck is blue with red and white striping. Schultz has many "regulars" collecting one of the 150 toys made each year.

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The first two sequentially numbered trucks of the 150 produced are donated for the auction this afternoon.

Chainsaw artist A-J Lutter's fair carvings are the centerpiece of the Fair Auction which will feature collectible belt buckles--this year cast with Lutter's image. The auction is in Pioneer Village.

Life Skills Quilt Auction passes 2009 record

(LE MARS)--Bidders at the Life Skills Foundation Quilt Auction  bought quilts, wall hangings and afghans to raise nearly 18-thousand dollars Saturday in Le Mars.

The auction total was 17-thousand 875 dollars with bids from individuals, families and businesses. The 14th Annual Life Skills Charity Quilt auction topped last year's record breaking total of 14-thousand 695 dollars by more than three-thousand dollars.

The top bid was 19-hundred dollars. The  Dennis Kessenich family bought the Snake River Log Cabin patterned quilt pieced from more than 44-hundred patches by Virginia Freyermuth. Kessenich's family and Freyermuth donated the queen-size quilt for the auction. The gift for the auction was in his honor. He receives services at Life Skills.

Auctioneers from Brock Auction Company and Stabe Auction took bids for 79 quilts and afghans donated by groups, individuals and churches.

The auction opened with a "Thank You" to those who donated items for the auction and for those who'd make the purchases.  Performers were 4-Her's as well as individuals who receive Life Skills Services.

All proceeds from the auction benefit the programs and services of Life Skills Training Center. The center assists individuals with disabilities to achieve their highest level of independence and inclusion in their communities.

Corps warns of Missouri River flooding near Omaha

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is warning residents in the Omaha area of possible Missouri River flooding.

The corps' Robert Ruch says the river is expected to rise to 28.5 feet this weekend, which could cause lowland flooding in parks and campgrounds. Flood stage is 29 feet.

The river is expected to swell as floodwaters from heavy rain earlier this week in southwest South Dakota and northwest Iowa flow downstream. The corps says upstream dams are nearly full, so water is being released from Gavins Point Dam near Yankton, S.D., to make way for further rainfall.

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

 

Man dies after fight at Mount Pleasant Moose Lodge

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa (AP) Police say a 68-year-old man is dead and two others are in custody after a fight at the Mount Pleasant Moose Lodge.

Larry Allen of New London died Friday night at the Henry County Health Center.

Police were called to the lodge after several reports of the fight.

Dennis Wiley Sr. has been charged with one count of serious assault and one count of simple assault.

Dennis Wiley Jr. is charged with two counts of serious assault.

It was not immediately clear whether the men have attorneys.

Police say additional charges are pending. DES MOINES RIVER SEARCH

Crews search for man in Des Moines River

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Police and rescue crews have been searching the Des Moines River for a 24-year-old man.

Friends and family say Michel Castillo went into the water near the Birdland Marina early Saturday.

They say they could hear splashing and calls for help after he fell or jumped into the water.

Searchers have had to combat fog and darkness. The search continued Saturday morning.

Ames re-examining 'restaurant' exemption for bars

AMES, Iowa (AP) Ames is considering another look at its ordinance that allows patrons of any age to get into bars if at least half the revenue comes from food.

The move follows the death of a 19-year-old Iowa State University student, who was hit by a train following a night of drinking in April.

Cmdr. Mike Brennan says police don't want to hurt a place's food businesses. But he says some Ames-area establishments operate as restaurants much of the time, then effectively turn into bars past certain hours at night. He says that's legal, but it makes enforcement harder.

Brennan says police are consulting with the city attorney's office about possibly revising the city code. But he wishes Ames businesses could begin policing themselves voluntarily.


Puppy given as gift from deploying dad is stolen

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) A puppy that a 10-year-old Davenport boy got from his father just before he deployed to Afghanistan has been stolen from his front yard.

The Blue Nose Pit Bull puppy named Caleb was taken the same day that Cameron Valle's father left for his yearlong deployment.

That's according to Cameron's mother, Gina, who says her son doesn't want to sleep or eat after the puppy's theft.

Gina Valle says two men approached the puppy as if to pet it Wednesday afternoon but instead snatched it and took off in a car.

She's asking for the puppy's safe return and says she'll buy the culprits a new one if that's what it takes.


2nd runway reopens at Eastern Iowa Airport

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Eastern Iowa Airport Director Tim Bradshaw says officials are breathing a sigh of relief now that the airport's second runway has reopened.

The Cedar Rapids airfield was down to one runway for about 25 days as part of a larger construction project.

The second runway reopened Friday.

Bradshaw says the extra runway is an important backup in case of emergencies and for air traffic control. The runway also allows aircraft to land into the wind.

Crews have been working on the airport's main runway.

Bradshaw says the paving project is 70 percent done, and up to 90 percent of the runway's surface has been poured.

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

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