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KLEM News PM Update August 26, 2010

(LE MARS)--The Republican candidate for Governor brings his ideas for economic development to Le Mars next Tuesday afternoon.

Terry Branstad's campaign staff promotes the free, public event as a "Ready to Create Jobs" event. He'll discuss economic development, small business and jobs.

Branstad will be at the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor Tuesday afternoon at 12:30

College courses available through Good Samaritan

(LE MARS)--Older adults may be in class at Good Samaritan Society-Le Mars this fall.

Senior College is an option for Good Samaritan-Le Mars residents and active older adults to learn, with socialization being an important part of the program.

Two "Senior College" offerings beginning October 4th are "Living Green" and "Act Happy." The courses taught by college-level instructors are free and test and grade free.

The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, in conjunction with Southwest Minnesota State University and Minnesota West Community Technical College in Marshall, Minnesota, is offering "Senior College."

Information about Fall Term classes is available by contacting Good Samaritan Society-Le Mars at 546-4101.

Vandalism investigated by Le Mars Police

(LE MARS)--Two Le Mars teens were cited into juvenile court after Le Mars Police investigated reports of property being marked with gang signs.

On August 17th, officers took several reports of vandalism starting on the Recreation Trail in southwest Le Mars and continuing north to Clark Elementary School. Property vandalized included the Recreation Trail, West Floyd Park restrooms, Little League Ballfield buildings, the Highway 75 bridge, a construction truck, storage shed and Clark Elementary School.

According to information released by Le Mars Police, those charged with criminal mischief in the second, third and four degrees are 16-year-old Scott Mitchell Junior and 15-year-old Cowen Hames, both of Le Mars. Hames is also charged with making a false report.

Infant injured by neighborhood dog

(SIOUX CITY)--Sioux City Police are investigating injuries to an infant from a neighborhood dog last (Wednesday) night.

Police and First Responders went to a home on the city's north side at 2315 Douglas Street after a 19-month-old was reported to have been bitten multiple times in the chest and lower part of the infant boy's body.

Witnesses told police the infant had wandered into the yard from next door and was bitten by a dog chained to a tree. Neighbors were able to free the infant from the dog's grip before they called 911.

Animal Adoption and Rescue Center officers took the dog which is being held while the incident is investigated.

The 19-month-old was taken to St. Luke's Regional Medical Center in Sioux City to be treated for the dog bite injuries.

Manilla man dies in Crawford crash

(Undated)--One person was killed during a two-vehicle crash Wednesday night in Crawford County. The Iowa State Patrol says 57-year old Thomas Eldon Foreman of Manilla died when the 1989 Buick he was driving collided with a pickup truck near Vail. Officials say the accident happened when Foreman’s car met a pickup driven by 31-year old James Patrick Lally of Vail on the crest of a hill. The vehicles collided head-on, just before 10 p.m. on 350th Street, a little over a mile north of Highway 141. Foreman was taken to St. Luke's Hospital in Sioux City, where he died. Lally was injured during the crash and taken to the Crawford County Hospital. The Patrol says Lally was suspected of being under the influence of alcohol. The accident remains under investigation. (News report from Radio Iowa)

Restaurants scramble after massive egg recall

CHICAGO (AP) Eggs sunny-side-up are still on the menu. But restaurants nationwide are keeping a closer eye on egg suppliers and reminding diners of the dangers of undercooked food after a massive recall tied to a salmonella outbreak.

Many restaurateurs are relying on long-standing menu warnings about the dangers of eating undercooked food. And waitstaffs are fielding questions from concerned guests worried that what they're being served may not be safe.

At Atlanta's West Egg Cafe, business was brisk last weekend when customers chowed through nearly 2,900 eggs. Still, Chef Patric Bell says some diners asked whether the eggs were safe.

The restaurant's eggs weren't affected by the recall and he says so far no one was changing breakfast orders.

Iowa county looks at burial law

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) Des Moines County is studying a state law that requires bodies of poor people to be offered to medical schools before being buried at taxpayers' expense.

Assistant County Attorney Amy Beavers turned up the law while reviewing state law to update a county manual.

According to the law, once a college or medical school has finished with the body, it will be properly buried or cremated. There are exceptions for veterans and for those who left a written declaration of what should happen to the body.

Beavers told county supervisors about the law during a workshop last week.

Supervisors want to talk with funeral directors about the law before implementing it. Funeral homes must inform the county when an indigent funeral is required.

Board recommends suspension for Waterloo attorney

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Grievance Commission of the Iowa Supreme Court wants the high court to suspend the license of a Waterloo attorney who allegedly had sex with a client.

The commission has recommended a three-year suspension for Clovis Bowles.

The Iowa Supreme Court's Attorney Disciplinary Board alleges Bowles had sexual relations with one of his female clients on several occasions in 2007 and 2008.

According to the board, the woman had a history of emotional problems, and Bowles was aware of her problems.

There is no telephone listing for Bowles in the Waterloo area.

Iowa casino votes to build hotel

ALTOONA, Iowa (AP) Prairie Meadows has voted to proceed with building a hotel at its racetrack and casino in Altoona.

The board voted Wednesday to proceed with landscaping and demolition work to allow construction on the hotel to continue through the winter. The work is contingent upon approval by the Polk County Board off Supervisors.

Voters in November must approve a referendum that allows Prairie Meadows to offer gambling for another eight years.

The project will cost around $29 million and take about 14 months.

Should the referendum pass, as it did in 1994 and in 2002, Prairie Meadows will finalize financing for the rest of the project and continue with the construction.

Backyard chickens on way to Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Cedar Rapids has given the OK for backyard chickens.

In a final procedural vote on Wednesday, the City Council cleared the way for residents to raise up to six hens.

The ordinance says chickens must be in a fenced area at least 10 feet from property lines and 25 feet from any adjacent home, church, school or business.

Odors can't be ``perceptible'' beyond the boundaries of the yard.

Iowa release McCaffery's contract details

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The University of Iowa will pay Siena $240,000 to cover a buyout clause for basketball coach Fran McCaffery.

McCaffery was lured from Siena to replace Todd Lickliter in March, and McCaffery's contract details with Iowa were released Wednesday.

McCaffery's six-year deal starts at $1.1 million a year and escalates to $1.35 million in the final year. The contract also includes a provision for McCaffery and Iowa to discuss an extension after the 2011-12 season.

McCaffery will receive a $25,000 bonus for getting the Hawkeyes to the NCAA tournament and $10,000 for reaching the NIT in any of his first three seasons.

Iowa fired Lickliter after three lackluster seasons, and the school still owes its former coach $2.4 million.

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

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KLEM News AM Update August 26, 2010

(LE MARS)--Talks about the future of a closed Le Mars Community School building will include three Merrill representatives.

This is the first school year Kissinger Elementary School in Merrill will not be used as an attendance center. The Board of Education voted to close the building as a cost cutting measure.

At this week's meeting, Le Mars Community Board of Education member Dan Smith of Merrill said three Merrill representatives will be available to meet with Smith, Board member Scott Kommes and Superintendent Dr. Todd Wendt.

The group is to meet and report back to the school board about Merrill's interest in the building.

Smith agreed to contact the mayor of Merrill and find a time for the committee of school and Merrill representatives to meet.

The board of education also asked Wendt to send a letter to Jordan Helms about her request to keep attending Le Mars Community and play soccer at M-O-C Floyd Valley next spring.

The M-O-C Floyd Valley District is not interested in a sharing arrangement. Wendt was told that was based on the fact that the district didn't want to bump up into a different, bigger class for soccer. The district would face the class change because they'd need to count all of the Le Mars enrolment, if they shared the spring sport.

The Board approved a sharing arrangement with Remsen-Union for students to attend Le Mars Community vocational-agriculture and Trades and Industries classes.

Wendt was also told participation in girls soccer numbers at M-O-C Floyd Valley now is satisfactory

Family, Eagles support new medical service

(LE MARS)--A Le Mars group and a Le Mars family have raised more than 20-thousand dollars for dialysis services in the Le Mars area. The three-year fund raising efforts by the Le Mars Eagles Club and the Gotto Family are described as a terrific team by Dialysis Board chair Randy Reardon.

The Nubs Gotto Family, in partnership with the Le Mars Eagles Club, helped raised the funds for the new medical service to be offered in downtown Le Mars.

The latest fund raiser last Friday night was described by Dialysis organizers as a cause to celebrate. On August 17, the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors approved a 250-thousand dollar loan to Le Mars Area Dialysis Services.

Dialysis Board member Mike Donlin said that was the last financial hurdle that the dialysis board faced before finalizing contracts for remodeling the former Wells' Dairy Tech Center on Central Avenue.

Donlin also said fund raising will always be on the agenda for the nonprofit group because that's just the nature of non profits . Individuals or businesses interested in donating may contact the dialysis center by calling 546-3492.

Deputy to retire after patrolling, teaching

(LE MARS)--A Plymouth County Sheriff's Deputy isn't going back into the classroom this fall.

Sergeant Lynn Steckelberg retires next month from a law enforcement career which included more than a dozen years as the Plymouth County sheriff's office first DARE officer.

Wearing his deputy's uniform, Steckelberg taught classes at Akron-Westfield; Hinton; Remsen-Union; Remsen St. Mary's; and Kingsley-Pierson.

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Jolynn Lewis is a Remsen St. Mary's teacher who credits Steckelberg for getting her fifth graders involved and interested in DARE classes.

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While he's been teaching, Steckelberg has also learned, for example, by listening to young people talk about the illegal drugs being used.

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The Plymouth County Sheriff's office  hostedthe Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce Coffee from 9:30 to 10:30 Wednesday morning in recognition of Steckelberg's retirement.

Le Mars Community Adult Ed offers new way to exercise

(LE MARS) A year ago Suzie Harms brought Zumba classes to Le Mars. This fall Harms, the owner of "In the Rhythmz Health and Fitness," is introducing another new way to exercise. It's called PiYo. Harms said it combines a few familiar work out concepts into one practice.

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Harms adds that no matter your fitness level, you can do PiYo.

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Finding an enjoyable way to exercise can be challenging, but Harms hopes that things like PiYo and Zumba can be a fit for everyone.

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PiYo is being offered through the Adult Education classes sponsored by Le Mars Community Schools and Western Iowa Tech Community College this fall. The start date is September 27th. To find out more about classes being offered or to register call 546-7338. (News report by Angela Drake, KLEM News)

Rock Rapids man accused of beating girlfriend

(ROCK RAPIDS)--A Rock Rapids man is behind bars, facing felony charges for allegedly beating his girlfriend because she didn't give him money.

The Lyon County Sheriff's Office reports that about 5:30 PM on Sunday they investigated a domestic abuse case which occurred in Rock Rapids earlier that day -- about 6:00 AM. Upon investigation, 29-year-old Matthew Jeremy Craig of Rock Rapids was arrested and charged with domestic abuse assault, a serious misdemeanor; willful injury, a class D felony; and robbery, a class D felony. Court documents say that Craig assaulted his girlfriend after he asked her for money and she said she didn't have any. He allegedly choked her, leaving bruises on her neck.
Craig is currently being held in the Lyon County Jail on $10,000 bond. (News report by Radio Iowa)

Extension Council candidates file

(LE MARS)--Wednesday was the final day for candidate filings for County Extension Council, District Commissioner for Soil and Water Conservation and Township officers.

Four candidates have already filed for Extension Council in Plymouth County.

Deputy Auditor Cheri Nitschke reports the latest filings are from Jill Utesch of Remsen, Glen Hayworth of Kingsley and Julie Madden of rural Akron. Chad Banks of rural Westfield had previously filed for one of the five Extension Council seats to be filled by voters in November.

Pat Winter of Le Mars is seeking re-election to one of the two Soil and Water Conservation District Commissioner openings.

Tom Pick and Mike Detloff, both of rural Le Mars, turned in completed nomination papers for Fredonia Township officers.

Information about the final filings will be reported later this week.

 Engelkes charged with firearm violation

(Spencer)--A Spencer man is accused of illegally possessing a firearm.

According to the U-S Attorney's office, 44-year-old Billy Joe Engelkes  was indicted in federal court in Sioux City for being a felon in possession of a shotgun and ammunition.

Court records indicate Engelkes  has a felony drug conviction in O'Brien County.

He is free on bond after appearing in court last Friday. Engelkes  pleaded not guilty and his trial is set for October 4th.

Father, son injured near Newell

(STORM LAKE)--Two people were injured when a semi and pickup truck collided north of Newell Monday afternoon.

The Buena Vista County Sheriff's office reports thirty-eight-year-old Henry Straight of Arthur was driving a semi north on 230th Avenue. The semi Straight was driving struck a westbound pickup truck.driven by 39-year-old Jason Schultz of Storm Lake.

The sheriff's office information indicated Schultz and his eight-year-old son were taken by ambulance to Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake. Their injuries were described as serious. Straight was not injured.

Eggs from Iowa could come to table near you after being pasteurized to destroy salmonella

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) The Iowa farms whose eggs have been recalled in a Salmonella outbreak aren't saying yet what will become of their hens, but it's possible they'll wind up becoming meat for soup or other products.

Food safety experts like Bruce Chassy of the University of Illinois say there's no reason for the eggs or the meat not to be eaten as long as they're thoroughly cooked to kill any Salmonella bacteria.

The farms say they're already sending the eggs to be pasteurized and sold as a liquid product. Pasteurization should kill most, if not all, of the Salmonella.

Wright County Egg Farms and Hillandale Farms are the two Iowa egg producers that have recalled more than a half-billion eggs.

Both companies say they're waiting to hear from the Food and Drug Administration before deciding what to do with their hens.

Egg prices up since recall

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Wholesale egg prices are climbing in the wake of a massive egg recall. That could lead to higher prices for consumers.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said prices have increased markedly since Aug. 13, when the recall was first announced.

The USDA did not have a national average price available. But wholesale prices for a dozen eggs jumped around 40 percent in the New York market, to $1.27 to $1.31 this week, up from 89 to 93 cents before the recall. In the Midwest, prices rose from 72 to 81 cents per dozen to $1.01 to $1.10.

Prices are rising in other parts of the country during what is normally the time of year when egg prices are lowest.

Those increases will likely be passed on to consumers in coming weeks.

Police: Fights at Iowa fair not racially motivated

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Des Moines police say fights that broke out near the Iowa State Fair apparently were not racially motivated or connected.

Police said Wednesday that investigators looked into three major incidents over 10 days during the fair but concluded they were not connected.

In all, 11 people have been charged in the cases.

Police spokesman Lt. Joe Gonzalez says none of the people interviewed by police talked about any racially motivated incidents.

Two police officers were punched from behind while trying to break up a fight outside the fairgrounds Sunday night on the final night of the fair.

Security around the fairgrounds was stepped up after a series of attacks and fights.

Iowa woman convicted in Obama records viewing case

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) A federal jury has convicted an Iowa woman of illegally accessing President Barack Obama's student loan records.

Jurors Wednesday found 54-year-old Sandra Teague (teeg) of Iowa City guilty of exceeding authorized computer access.

Teague was one of nine people indicted on charges of accessing Obama's student loan records while they were employed at Vangent Inc. in Coralville.

Teague and the other former employees were accused of gaining access to a computer at the company's office between July 2007 and March 2009 and viewing Obama's records while he was either a candidate for president, president-elect or president.

Teague claimed someone stole her identification and password to access Obama's information.

Seven of the nine defendants have pleaded guilty or are scheduled to do so. One other case remains set for trial.

Ahrens Cos. shuts down in Iowa City

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) An Iowa City construction and concrete company that's been in business for 50 years has abruptly shut down.

Ahrens Companies closed effective Aug. 18 and laid off 110 employees.

Ahrens says it tried unsuccessfully with its bank to avoid the shutdown. Ahrens says by court order, it can no longer possess or control its cash, equipment or other assets, so ``there is no money available to pay employees'' and the companies are ``unable to continue to operate.''

Court records show First American Bank of Fort Dodge filed a lawsuit last month against the 11 Ahrens companies, claiming Ahrens defaulted on loans. The bank sought to take control of Ahrens assets.

Company attorney Michael Pugh says Ahrens officials have encouraged a court-appointed receiver to pay existing liabilities.

Ames mosquito numbers rise after flooding

AMES, Iowa (AP) Recent flooding and hot weather are sending the mosquito population soaring in the Ames area.

City Sanitarian Kevin Anderson is asking Ames residents to look around their properties and empty any containers with standing water that can attract mosquitoes.

Anderson says all the water around Ames, combined with the hot weather, is making for ``the perfect breeding environment for mosquitoes.''

City parks in Ames have been fogged since June 21 to try to keep the mosquito population down. Parks will continue to be sprayed until Labor Day weekend.

FEMA says Lake Delhi not eligible for disaster aid

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Federal Emergency Management Agency says Lake Delhi is not eligible for public assistance to rebuild a dam that failed in July.

The agency says federal money also shouldn't have been spent on repairs after the 2008 floods.

FEMA spokesman Bob Josephson says the agency has determined the Lake Delhi Recreation Association, which owns the dam, doesn't provide any essential governmental service to the public, and the lake is strictly recreational.

FEMA says a group formed to levy taxes to maintain the dam doesn't meet the definition of a government and wasn't formed for a public purpose.

Gov. Chet Culver on Wednesday criticized the decision, saying FEMA changed the rules and regulations in the ``middle of a great hardship.''

Jim Willey of the Lake Delhi association says his group will appeal.

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