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KLEM PM News Update June 25, 2010

(SIOUX CITY)--Teens and young adults in northwest Iowa are the focus of a summer jobs program at Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City.

The program will partner with area employers in Plymouth, Woodbury, Monona, Ida, and Cherokee Counties. The goal is opportunities for young people to earn money, learn new job skills, explore career pathways and meet new people.

Jobs will pay $7.50 an hour up to a maximum of 40 hours per week. Each job will last about six to eight weeks.

The program is available to youth and young adults between the age of 14 and 21 whose families meet income guidelines and who have experienced some barrier that stands in the way of their success.

Applications are available through Job Training Partners at Western Iowa Tech Community College and Workforce Development Centers.

(ROCK VALLEY)--An expansion of the Fairview Wildlife Area in Sioux County will be dedicated July 7th.

The addition brings the 95-acre recreation area to more than 500 acres. The addition is primarily oak savanna and is about 13 miles west of Rock Valley.

Sioux County County Conservation Board Director Rob Klocke says a wildlife and recreation area complex is being created because the addition is close to the Fairview Wildlife area as well as the Big Sioux River Greenbelt and Inspiration Hills.

Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation Land Projects Director Heather Jobst says these additions are the first projects in Sioux County.

Public funding for the project came from the Wildlife Habitat Stamp grant through the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, a Resource Enhancement and Protection grant and Sioux County.

The Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation contributed proceeds of a bequest from the estate of a Lyon County couple, Mildred and Elmer Hawkins.

The dedication is July 7th from 5:30-6:30 and includes a brief program and walking tour.

(SIOUX CITY)--Construction will limit Highway 77 traffic in Woodbury County .

The Iowa Department of Transportation's Sioux City Construction office issued written information about the bridge maintenance work.

The work will require a lane closure on U-S Highway 77 over the Missouri River from the interchange of U-S 77 and Interstate 29 to the Nebraska shoreline from 9 a-m to 3 p-m. Mondays through Fridays until July 9th, weather permitting.

Work will not take place on July 2nd or July 5th.

There is a change in travel for one location in Plymouth County, too.

Engineer Tom Rohe reports Fawn Avenue at the the intersection of 180th Street is closed for repair to the south abutment on the bridge. The work is expected to be completed by July 7th, weather permitting.

(SIOUX CITY)--A Sioux City man who prosecutors say illegally entered the United States from Mexico will be sentenced after pleading gulity to illegal re-entry.

Forty-year-old Robert Benavides -Sanchez was convicted in federal court in Sioux City.

According to the U-S Attorney's office written information, Sanchez admitted he was an illegal alien from Mexico present in the United States without permission. He was charged after he was arrested in Dickinson County in May on a charge of domestic abuse.

He is being held for the U-S Marshal's Service until he is sentenced.

WAYNE, Neb. (AP) A retired Wayne State College dean has been named interim president of the school in northeast Nebraska.

Curt Frye retired last June as vice president and dean of students at Wayne State.

He's taking over for President Rick Collings, who's taken a job as president at Southwestern Community College in Sylva, N.C.

Chancellor Stan Carpenter of the Nebraska State College System is recommending Frye to the system board of trustees for its approval in September.

Carpenter says Frye was interim president at Wayne State in 2003, which makes him the top choice to serve as interim president again.

Frye began working at Wayne State in 1985.


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

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DUMONT, Iowa (AP) Dozens of residents of Dumont have returned home after the west fork of the Cedar River poured over its banks and forced an evacuation.

Residents in the southern three blocks of town scurried for higher ground on Wednesday when the river came up quickly after torrential rain earlier in the week.

No one was injured.

The water was receding by midday on Thursday. Butler County emergency management coordinator Mitch Nordmeyer says everyone was allowed to return home by 5 p.m. Thursday.

Some homes will need extensive cleaning.

Nordmeyer isn't sure of the damage, but says all the residents were hit by the floods of 2008 as well.


CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Cedar Rapids police say a woman found dead in the middle of a busy street was hit by a car.

The woman was found shortly after 4 a.m. Friday. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sgt. Joe Clark told KCRG-TV that a man driving to work hit the woman. Clark says the driver was stunned and didn't immediately stop, but returned to speak with investigators.

Clark says authorities don't know why the woman was in the road.

The woman's name hasn't been released. An autopsy is planned.


CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Cedar Rapids is creating a new disaster recovery program to help residents replace personal items lost in the flood of 2008.

The City Council approved the program on Tuesday. It will provide up to $10,000 in assistance to households.

The program, which will be funded with $10.5 million from local-option sales taxes, is expected to help about 1,400 residents.

The Cedar River submerged about 10 square miles of Cedar Rapids in June 2008.

Full program rules and guidelines will be available on July 1 on a city website, www.Cedar-Rapids.org


CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) A group hopes to save at least a part of the historic smokestack at the former Sinclair meatpacking plant.

Earlier this week, the City Council voted to tear down the 180-foot smokestack. The cost to stabilize it and restore it, plus the delay of the current demolition of the plant, is $2.7 million.

The Cedar Rapids Historic Preservation Commission says if the entire smokestack can't be save, maybe the base can be saved. The 41-foot-tall base is said to be structurally sound.

The commission on Thursday came up with three recommendations. First, preserve the base in its current location. If that's not possible, move it to a new site. If the base can't be saved, preserve the bricks to use in a walkway or other memorial.


MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) Fire officials say paint scraping may have caused a house fire in Mason City.

Authorities say a worker was using heat to scrape paint from the exterior of the house when the fire broke out Thursday afternoon. Smoke was coming out of the eaves of the house when firefighters arrived.

No one was home at the time and no injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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

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KLEM News AM Update June 25, 2010

(LE MARS)--Plymouth County residents can help guide the work of the Iowa State University Extension Service.

Regional Extension Education Director Sherry McGill says there are five Plymouth County Extension Council openings to be filled by voters November 2nd.

McGill explains Extension Council members are volunteers who help set programming and policy.

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According to McGill, four committee members: Dr. Les Hemmingson, Joe Kessenich,  and Kay Michaelson, all of Le Mars, and Val Sitzmann of Hinton are serving on a committee to nominate candidates before August 2nd.

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Candidates nominated need support from 25 voters by August 25th  to be on the ballot.

(LE MARS)--Thoughts of thanks, respect, and a change of the chief's coat and helmet were exchanged at a reception for retiring Le Mars Fire Chief Wayne Schipper Thursday afternoon.

Schipper is retiring after 27 years as chief, being the city's first fulltime chief and 43 years as a fire fighter.

Le Mars Mayor Dick Kirchoff said it was evident that Schipper has had a deep love and passion for the fire service industry and the community's citizens and businesses as well as fire departments of the area.

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There was also applause for Schipper's wife, Marlene, as city administrator Scott Langel noted the demands of being a working fire chief.

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Police Chief Stuart Dekkenga presented a plaque of appreciation from the city's law enforcement.

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Le Mars E-M-S Director Bill Rosacker thanked Schipper for his dedication and the dedication Schipper has instilled in fire fighters who area also emergency responders.

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Schipper thanked the community, including citizens and businesses, city staff, city council, law enforcement and his family.


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The city hosted the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce "After 5" to honor Schipper. David Schipper of Spencer is the city's new fire chief. He is the son of the retiring chief.

 (LE MARS)--The surface on a new street serving a growing industrial area in southwest Le Mars is nearly open to traffic.

City administrator Scott Langel explains the main line paving of Blue Diamond Drive is complete.

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Langel expects Blue Diamond Drive to be open in one week, weather permitting. The same is true of the Third Avenue Southeast white-topping project south of the Plymouth County Courthouse. Langel says the mainline as well as driveways and sidewalk approaches are in for the Third Avenue Southeast project.

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Langel says Barkley Asphalt will do the asphalt work along the parking, adjacent to the Courthouse, and also the asphalt tapers needed on Third Street South. Barkley could be on the job June 25th

(SIOUX CITY)--A Cherokee man will spend five years in prison for a child pornography conviction in federal court in Sioux City.

According to information from the U-S Attorney's office, 57-year-old Lucian Siepka pleaded guilty to transportation of child pornography.

During the plea-taking, Siepka told a judge he posted images of child pornography on an Internet website, downloaded, and saved images of child pornography on his computer.

He was sentenced to 60 months in prison, fined $100 and was ordered to be on five years of supervised release after the prison term.

(HINTON)--A Rolfe man was injured in a one-vehicle accident east of Hinton Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Iowa State Patrol, 27-year-old Travis Shimon of Rolfe was driving a semi east on Plymouth County Road C-60, just east of Kestrel Avenue. Shimon told authorities he became distracted looking at the crops and the right tires dropped off the road and the semi went into the ditch.

Shimon was taken to Mercy Medical Center by Hinton Fire-Rescue to be treated for non-incapacitating injuries.

The Patrol was assisted by Hinton Police and the Plymouth County Sheriff's Departments.

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Gov. Chet Culver says the Microsoft Corporation plans to move forward with the construction of a modular data center in West Des Moines.

Culver said Thursday that the $100 million facility is expected to be up and running by next spring.

The Iowa Economic Development Board approved an award to Microsoft that will prove tax benefits from the High Quality Jobs program for the creation of 25 jobs. Microsoft says those jobs will pay an average wage plus benefits of $31.04 per hour.

Culver says the technologically advanced facility will significantly reduce water, power and carbon wastes associated with traditional datacenter facilities. He says it will also enable a more efficient and higher utilization of computing capacity and productivity.

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) Former Republican Gov. Terry Branstad, who's seeking a return to office, has named state Sen. Kim Reynolds as his running mate.

The 50-year-old Reynolds is a first-term lawmaker from Osceola and a former four-term Clarke County treasurer.

Branstad announced Reynolds as his choice for lieutenant governor on Thursday. They planned a series of news conferences in six cities, beginning in Ankeny.

The Iowa Republican State Convention, which is on Saturday, must ratify Reynolds, but little opposition is expected.

Reynolds meets one of Branstad's key priorities in a running mate by not bringing a long history of issue positions to the race.


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Gov. Chet Culver has added Franklin County to a disaster emergency proclamation because of severe weather.

He added the county on Thursday after powerful storms hit northern Iowa with heavy rain that caused flash flooding and produced several tornadoes. Hancock and Wright were added on Wednesday.

The proclamation will allow the counties to use state resources to deal with the aftermath of the storms.

Six counties are now on the list, which also includes Ringgold, Union and Taylor in southern Iowa.

Grants are available assist eligible county residents. More information is available on the state's Department of Human Services' website.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) Waterloo police are asking for the public's help in solving an early morning shooting that resulted in the death of one man and the wounding of another.

Authorities say 58-year-old John Marvin Parham Jr. died Thursday in Allen Hospital after someone on foot opened fire at him and 27-year-old Terence Terril Dixon while they were in front of Parham's home.

Captain Tim Pillack says Parham was hit a number of times in the torso. Dixon fled the scene after the shooting and was found about two blocks away with gunshot wounds to his left arm and abdomen. The gunman fled the area before police arrived.

Dixon was being treated at Covenant Medical Center

Pillack says investigators believe the attacker used a handgun, and officers found a number of spent shell casings in the area.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) Police in Waterloo say they have arrested a 14-year-old and her mother for allegedly stabbing a woman and driving at her with a car last month.

Officers say the 14-year-old stabbed 18-year-old Tiara Mayes after a quarrel on May 27. They say the girl then got in her mother's car, and her mother allegedly drove onto the sidewalk toward Mayes.

Court records indicate that Mayes was next to her 4-month-old son, who was in a stroller.

The car missed Mayes but struck another person.

The 14-year-old was arrested Wednesday for willful injury and going armed with intent.

Her mother, 34-year-old Angela Latonya Harris, was arrested for aggravated assault.

Authorities did not know Thursday whether either of them had an attorney.

ALTOONA, Iowa (AP) Police in Altoona say they have arrested a man in connection with the shooting of an English Bulldog last weekend.

Officers say 49-year-old Bernard Lear of Altoona was arrested late Wednesday night and was being held on $6,300 bond for charges of felon in possession of a weapon, animal abuse and a warrant for failure to pay child support.

Police found the dog severely injured in a wooded area on Saturday evening and said it had to be euthanized because of its injuries.

Polk County Sheriff's Deputy Jana Rooker said the dog had been staying with a family member of Lear's in Des Moines.

WASHINGTON (AP) U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley says the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration has awarded a $1.5 million grant to Ottumwa.

The Iowa Republican said Thursday that the city will use the funds to construct additional infrastructure at the Ottumwa Industrial Airport. Grassley said this will help retain existing jobs, expand businesses, prepare for construction of a new job training facility at the airport, and encourage private investment and job creation.

The Economic Development Administration serves as a venture capital resource to meet the economic development needs of distressed communities throughout the United States.


WASHINGTON (AP) U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley says the city of Dubuque is receiving a $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for stimulating the local housing market.

The Iowa Democrat says the grant invests in Dubuque's economic future at a time when Iowa is continuing to recover from the economic downturn.

The Community Development Block grant program is sponsored by HUD and aims to develop housing and expand economic opportunities specifically for low to moderate-income workers.


WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) Members of the Waterloo City Council are taking heat for voting to hire an out-of-state architect for the city's new public works complex.

The council voted 5-2 Monday to hire Kueny Architects of Pleasant Prairie, Wis., to begin the design phase for the complex, financed by a $5 million I-JOBS grant.

Councilmen Quentin Hart voted in favor of Iowa-based architects. Hart says the I-JOBS program was designed to boost Iowa employment.

Central Garage Superintendent Mark Rice says Kueny Architects was chosen by a selection committee that reviewed seven proposals two from Iowa firms. He says Kueny met the requirements the committee was looking for.

Rice said the grant should still generate jobs, pointing out that when construction begins, the work would be performed by people from the local work force.

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

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