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KLEM News PM Update July 21, 2010

(REMSEN)--Fans and supporters of Remsen St. Mary's Hawks will meet at the st. Mary's High Schol East parking lot at 2:45 p.m. Thursday afternoon (july 22)  for a sendoff to the state tournament game.  KLEM Sports Director Denny Callahan wiill broadcast the game Thursday night.

(LE MARS)--The process of preparing the dirt for a new grandstand event at the Plymouth County Fair is underway today.

Plymouth County Fair Board Chairman Terry Reuter expects the latest action event, Motocross on the opening night of the fair to be popular.

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Motocross is at 6 pm July 28th and is followed by the coronation of the 2010 Plymouth County Fair royalty. Reuter spoke at the the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce coffee hosted by the Fair Board today.

MacieFest 2010 in Le Mars is August 14th

(LE MARS)--A Le Mars fund raiser is a way for one family to help a group that touched their lives.

MacieFest 2010, a 5K Walk/Run, takes to the streets of Le Mars next month to raise funds for families like John and Katie Majeres whose daughter, Macie, had E-B. Majeres says a group called DebRA of America helped the Majeres get through the trials and tribulations of having a baby with E-B.

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Majeres explains children with E-B are known as butterfly babies because their skin is fragile like the wings of a butterfly. Macie died at the age of six months in August of 2007. Her family says she taught them many valuable lessons and one of those is to help others in need.

The MacieFest fund raiser is August 14th with registration at 8 am and the walk/run at 9 am. The route is from the Kluckhohn Elementary parking lot, north on Central Avenue to Plymouth Street and then east onto Fourth Avenue to 15th Street and then back to Kluckhohn Elementary. Majeres is accepting registration forms for the fundraiser.

Arts Council awards funds for Artist in Orange City School

(ORANGE CITY)--Puppetry will fill Orange City Christian School classes with fun.

The Iowa Arts Council has awarded more than 10-thousand dollars in mini-grants to 11 organizations and individuals including Artist in the School in Orange City.

Lisa Laird will bring her puppets, "Pockets Full of Fun" to a five-day puppetry residency for K-8 students at Orange City Christian School.

The Iowa Arts Council award for the Orange City puppet program in the school is one-thousand dollars.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Terry Branstad has criticized Gov. Chet Culver about a Democratic-led campaign before the Republican gubernatorial primary, but new disclosures show the GOP nominee also has received big money from his national party.

Reports filed with the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board show that the Republican Governors Association contributed roughly $1 million to Branstad, about half of the money he raised in the last six weeks.

Democrats say it's hypocritical for Branstad to criticize Culver for accepting national donations, then to take such money himself. But Branstad spokesman Tim Albrecht says the GOP funding is different because much of the Democratic money financed a $780,000 ad campaign that accused Branstad of being too liberal in an effort to hurt his primary election chances. MIDWEST-STORMS

Storms bring heavy rain, flash flooding

ST. LOUIS (AP) Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has extended an emergency declaration for the state as strong thunderstorms brought heavy rain and flash flooding to parts of northern Missouri, along with Illinois and Iowa.

The storms early Tuesday dumped up to 10 inches of rain, causing many streams and creeks to flow out of their banks. Dozens of roads were closed, including sections of U.S. 36 near Hannibal, Mo., U.S. 61 at the Iowa-Missouri border and U.S. 63 near Kirksville, Mo.

The worst of the damage appeared to be in Hannibal, Mark Twain's hometown. Emergency director John Hark said swollen creeks and overburdened drainage systems caused flooding at several homes and businesses, including a day care center, where 15 children were safely evacuated.


Dubuque officials considering curfew

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) Members of Dubuque's Safe Community Task Force say not enough parents are keeping track of their children, making it time for the city to impose a curfew.

A string of stabbings, shootings and robberies led Dubuque officials to create the task force. Now some members say the best way to cut down on crime is to give the police department all the resources it needs.

Task force members say one of the ways that can be done is to impose a curfew for children under the age of 18. Not all members agree.

Janice Craddith says people need to take care of themselves and their kids and watch out for each other.

The task force also wants stronger rental property maintenance rules and a stricter government housing program.


Waterloo students, teachers to have dress code

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) The implementation of a new dress code by Waterloo Community Schools means the clothing of students, teachers and administrators will be scrutinized.

The new rules mean jeans, T-shirts, open-toed shoes, short skirts and anything showing cleavage are out. Collars, sleeves, dress pants and skirts reaching to at least the knees are in.

In an e-mail, associate superintendent Bev Smith says a professional standard of dress is one way administrators and teachers can model the kind of behavior expected of students.

While some schools have implemented the student dress code for this year, all schools must have rules in place by fall 2011. The student code specifies solid-colored tops and bottoms with no patterns, colored trim or decoration allowed.

The employee code requires men to wear shirts with collars while women can wear blouses, knit shirts, turtlenecks and sweaters.

18-year-old drowns in Iowa River

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) Authorities in Marshalltown have released the name of a man who drowned while swimming with friends.

Rescue crews were called to Highway 330 south of the town of Albion late Monday afternoon when a group of people who were swimming in the Iowa River reported a man going under the water.

Crews brought a boat and search equipment to the scene and found the body of 18-year-old Joseph Gutierrez Monday night.

Authorities said Gutierrez, his brother and a friend were jumping off a railroad trestle bridge and swimming in the river. Gutierrez was overtaken by the deep and strong current.



40 headstones smashed in cemetery

MOUNT AYR, Iowa (AP) Authorities in Ringgold County say vandals have caused more than $20,000 in damage to a southern Iowa cemetery.

The Ringgold County sheriff's office reported Tuesday about 40 headstones at the Tedrow Cemetery in Athens Township were knocked over and broken between July 11 and July 17.

The cemetery is being described as a pioneer cemetery. That means less than 12 burials have occurred at the cemetery during a 50-year period. Most of the headstones in the cemetery were repaired and restored five years ago.

The Ringgold County Sheriff's office is asking for the public's help in finding the vandals, and asks those with information to contact the officials.


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

 

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KLEM News AM Update July 21, 2010

(LE MARS)--A Le Mars City Council member is urging caution along a Highway Three detour route in Le Mars.

Union Pacific Railroad is replacing the crossing on Highway Three/Plymouth Street, east of downtown Le Mars.

Council member Rex Knapp says the route being used by the Iowa Department of Transportation was not the one approved by the City Council.

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Knapp is in business on Second Avenue Northwest which is part of the detour route. According to the Iowa Department of Transportation, the railroad project is to be completed by next Monday.

Future of Merrill School is August 9th agenda item

(MERRILL)--The future of a Le Mars Community School District Elementary building will be discussed at a meeting next month.

As part of cost savings measures following state funding cuts and declining enrollment, the Board of Education voted to close Kissinger Elementary in Merrill. The attendance center was closed when classes ended in May. Students will attend classes at one of three elementary buildings in Le Mars.

During the Board of Education Monday night, board member Dan Smith of Merrill brought up the disposition of the building

Smith has been asked about the building's future. Smith indicated the city of Merrill was interested in the school building, if it was very affordable.

Superintendent Dr. Todd Wendt plans to place the building's disposition on the board's August 9th agenda

New Plymouth County Conservation Board Member appointed

(LE MARS)-The newest member of the Plymouth County Conservation Board is from rural Le Mars.

Cindy Lloyd of rural Westfield; Penny Eickholt of rural Hinton; Stuart Dekkenga and Bob Schlesser, both of rural Le Mars; and John Lucken of rural Akron sent letters of interest in filling the vacancy.

There were two votes by supervisors due to a tie between Schlesser and Lucken on the first paper ballot vote during the supervisors' meeting Tuesday. Supervisors' chair Jim Henrich announced results of a second paper ballot.

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The term for the volunteer position Schlesser was appointed to is through December of next year. Supervisors Craig Anderson and Don Kass were among board members expressing thanks for the interest in the Conservation Board opening. Anderson asked Auditor Stacey Feldman to send out results of the board action.

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The vacancy occurred when Clark Goodchild of Le Mars resigned.

Seven sentenced in Sioux County

ORANGE CITY, Iowa (AP) Sioux County Attorney Coleman McAllister says authorities have sentenced seven people five from Guatemala, one from Mexico, and one from Nicaragua for identity theft and/or possessing fraudulent documents.

All of the seven drew suspended sentences on some charges, and most received short jail terms on other counts.

The Guatemalans sentenced Monday were 36-year-old Raul Niz-Lopez, 43-year-old Jose Sebastian-Bartolon, 39-year-old Nicolasa Lopez-Ramos, 20-year-old Enrique Fermin Chilel-Sebastian, and 18-year-old Javier Lopez-Ramos.

The Mexican native sentenced was 35-year-old Maximiliano Perez, while the Nicaraguan was 42-year-old Henry Araica.

The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has placed a hold on each of the seven. When their jail terms expire, ICE will begin deportation proceedings against them.

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

Northwest Iowa family deals with rabies after trying to raise a skunk as a pet 

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) State health officials say a northwest Iowa family has learned the hard way that some cute little animals should be left alone.

Someone in the family found a baby skunk and brought it home to raise as a pet, but after several weeks the skunk became ill. A veterinarian found it had rabies.

All five family members are receiving  rabies vaccine. In addition, more than 20 other family members and friends who came in contact with the skunk are being tested for rabies, and at least six others are receiving rabies shots.

Officials say the family dog did not have a rabies vaccination and will either have to be put into quarantine for six months or euthanized.

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

Man who drowned identified

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) Authorities in Marshalltown have released the name of a man who drowned while swimming with friends.

Rescue crews were called to Highway 330 south of the town of Albion late Monday afternoon when a group of people who were swimming in the Iowa River reported a man going under the water.

Crews brought a boat and search equipment to the scene and found the body of 18-year-old Joseph Gutierrez Monday night.

Authorities said Gutierrez, his brother and a friend were jumping off a railroad trestle bridge and swimming in the river. Gutierrez was overtaken by the deep and strong current.

Waterloo schools give clothing a close look

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) The implementation of a new dress code by Waterloo Community Schools means the clothing of students, teachers and administrators will be scrutinized.

The new rules mean jeans, T-shirts, open-toed shoes, short skirts and anything showing cleavage are out. Collars, sleeves, dress pants and skirts reaching to at least the knees are in.

In an e-mail, associate superintendent Bev Smith says a professional standard of dress is one way administrators and teachers can model the kind of behavior expected of students.

While some schools have implemented the student dress code for this year, all schools must have rules in place by fall 2011. The student code specifies solid-colored tops and bottoms with no patterns, colored trim or decoration allowed.

The employee code requires men to wear shirts with collars while women can wear blouses, knit shirts, turtlenecks and sweaters.

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

Report: National GOP gave $1 million to Branstad


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Terry Branstad has criticized Gov. Chet Culver about a Democratic-led campaign before the Republican gubernatorial primary, but new disclosure show the GOP nominee also has received big money from his national party.

Reports filed with the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board show that the Republican Governors Association contributed roughly $1 million to Branstad, about half of the money he raised in the last six weeks.

Democrats say its hypocritical for Branstad to criticize Culver for accepting national donations, then to take such money himself. But Branstad spokesman Tim Albrecht says the GOP funding is different because much of the Democratic money financed a $780,000 ad campaign that accused Branstad of being too liberal in an effort to hurt his primary election chances.

Bedbug outbreak may be sabotage

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Des Moines city officials say they believe a saboteur unleashed bedbugs inside the city's Armory Building.

City Manager Rick Clark said Tuesday the pests were discovered three weeks ago. He says chemicals have been applied several times to eradicate the bugs, but haven't totally wiped them out.

The Armory Building houses Des Moines' Community Development department, which issues building permits, handles property inspections and oversees various development and strategic planning efforts.

Clark says whoever infested the building with the bedbugs took a misguided action, noting the it houses city employees who are ``out there trying to protect people and property.''

Bedbugs live in the crevices and folds of mattresses, sofas and sheets. They emerge to feed on human blood.

Authorities say they are trying to determine how the bugs were released. They haven't named any suspects.

Curfew request goes to Dubuque Council

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) Members of Dubuque's Safe Community Task Force say not enough parents are keeping track of their children, making it time for the city to impose a curfew.

It was a string of stabbings, shootings and robberies that led Dubuque officials to create the task force. Now some members say the best way to cut down on crime is to give the police department all the resources they need.

One of the ways that can be done task force members say is to impose a curfew for children under the age of 18. Not all members agree.

Janice Craddith says people need to take care of themselves, their kids and watch out for each other.

The task force also wants stronger rental property maintenance rules and a stricter government housing program.

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

Submit your news release, confidential news tip or news idea by email klemnews@lemarscomm.net, by calling 712.546.4121 or 712.546.9672 fax.




   

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