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KLEM News AM Update July 7, 2010

(LE MARS)--A consultant for Wells' Dairy will evaluate a building after an outside wall collapsed and caved-in in downtown Le Mars injured three people at noon Tuesday.

Workers from Larry Timmins Construction of Le Mars are remodeling the historic George Pew building on Central Avenue for Wells' Dairy. The business plans to relocate its Ice Cream Parlor and Museum from Business Highway 75 next year.

Wells' Dairy Spokesman Dave Smetter explains workers were in the second level when the top portion of the north wall collapsed.

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Le Mars Fire Rescue Chief David Schipper says firefighters were told there were up to four people trapped on the second floor of the building when they were called.

Three people were injured including one man who was freed from under debris and removed by stretcher with the use of the Le Mars Aerial ladder fire truck through a second floor window on the front east side. Schipper reports the other two were assisted down by the aerial ladder, but were considered "walking wounded and able to use their own power to get out with assistance." They were taken to Floyd Valley Hospital by Le Mars Ambulance.

The fire chief reports the wall that collapsed was on the second floor between the building being renovated for the Ice Cream Parlor and Timmy's Catering Service. Part of the outside wall did fall onto the Timmy's building, collapsing part of the roof in the back of Timmy's building as well. No employees or management of the catering business were injured at the time of the collapse.

Both gas and electric services were shut off to both buildings until damages can be assessed and safely repaired.

Smetter says Wells' is thankful the injuries were not more serious. According to Smetter, the building's structural soundness had been evaluated prior to renovation.

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1917 is the date on the building facade, but researchers for the Le Mars Historic Preservation Commission believe it was initially constructed between 1907 and 1913.

Le Mars Police, Ambulance and Street Departments as well as the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office and Communication Center and MidAmerican Energy assisted firefighters.

Plymouth County 4-H numbers pass the 500 mark

(Plymouth County-LeMars) Area 4-H club members are not just busy getting ready for the Plymouth County Fair coming up at the end of July. They're also celebrating the 500 member mark. County Extension Education Director, Carol Schneider, said that it was 2 years ago that the challenge of growing to 500 was put out to the Plymouth County clubs. Accomplishing the goal took some outreach.

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Schneider also said that adding members was really about having more opportunities to enrich young people's lives through 4-H.

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Area 4-H-ers and support staff will celebrate exceeding the 500 member mark with a party Wednesday night at the LeMars Convention Center. Ann Schoenrock is the county youth coordinator. (News report by Angela Drake)

Burglars target tools in Plymouth, Cherokee and O'Brien Counties

(LE MARS)--A reward is being offered for information about rural burglaries in three Northwest Iowa counties.

Plymouth, Cherokee and O'Brien County sheriff's offices are investigating burglaries where a number of items, mainly tools, have been stolen.

Up to $2,200 is available to any individual or group for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved.

Authorities ask that any suspicious vehicles, especially larger vehicles like pickup trucks or vans, be reported. The sheriff's offices would like a detailed description of the vehicle, including license plate, color, make, model and a description of anyone in the suspicious vehicle.

Anyone who believes a burglary is taking place is asked to call 911 immediately.

On track for Relay for Life in Remsen July 9-10

(REMSEN)--Dozens of teams, including elected officials and staff in county and state offices at the Plymouth County Courthouse--TEAM Plymouth, are on track for the American Cancer Society's 2010 Relay for Life in Plymouth County.

The event is July 9-10 at the Remsen City Track to honor and remember those who have battled cancer and raise money for research and education. Event co-chairs are Stacey Kliever and Shelly Clay.

Opening ceremonies are at 6 p.m. Friday, July 9th with the Luminaria Ceremony at 10 p.m.

Live music and entertainment, a Kiss the Pig contest, and wacky-themed walks around the track are part of the activities. Friday evening fun for kids includes rides on the Remsen Fire Department truck and games provided by the Remsen-Union Student Council.

Remsen E-M-T's provide a pancake breakfast at the Remsen Pool Shelterhouse Saturday morning.  

Crime Stoppers offers reward for ag equipment, tire vandalism

(LE MARS)--The newest Plymouth County Crime Stoppers reward is being offered for damage to ag equipment in Le Mars between July 4 and July 6.

Authorities report a sharp object was used to puncture two tires on a John Deere sprayer at 224 Second Avenue Northeast. The owner, Le Mars Agri-Center, reported damage to the sprayer was $2,000.

Kindwall Tire at 15 Lincoln Street Southeast had six tires damaged with an estimated value of $600. The damage to the two businesses' property totalled $2,600

Information may be reported to Le Mars Police at 546-4113 or Crime Stoppers at 548-4968.

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction for any felony crime. Crime Stoppers calls are confidential. The program is sponsored by the Plymouth County Peace Officers Association.

Drivers escape injuries in Oyens accident

(OYENS)--Two people escaped injury in a two-vehicle accident near Oyens Saturday afternoon.

The accident at the intersection of Highway Three and County Road K-64/Oyens Avenue was reported to the Plymouth County Sheriff's office at about 5 p-m

The accident investigation report lists the drivers of the vehicles as 52-year-old Joyce Steinkamp of Wall Lake and 89-year-old Robert John Konz of rural Le Mars.

According to the report, Steinkamp was driving a sport utility vehicle east on Highway Three and Konz was driving a car south on K-64. Both Steinkamp and Konz were listed as uninjured.

$150k claim approved in TouchPlay case

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The State Appeal Board has approved a $150,000 claim against the state and the Iowa Lottery Authority over the state's ban on TouchPlay lottery games in 2006.

The appeal board approved the settlement of a lawsuit filed in Floyd County in 2008 that claimed the state's decision to ban the video lottery game caused financial harm to businesses and individuals that operated the games.

It was one of several cases seeking about $900 million in damages over the state's decision to pull the plug on TouchPlay.

The state banned the game after public outrage over its widespread availability. The game, which resembled a slot machine, appeared in about 3,200 bars, restaurants and convenience stores statewide,

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller says the settlement saves the state substantial money over its potential liability over TouchPlay.

New foods for Iowa State Fair unveiled


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Organizers of the Iowa State Fair say this year's fair edition will feature a number of new food items including something called a ``Twinkie log.''

As demonstrated at a preview Tuesday, the ``Twinkie log'' consists of a frozen Twinkie dipped in white chocolate and rolled in crushed cashews.

There also will be ``Fair Squares'' made of crisped rice cereal and marshmallow. They'll be available for $2 in either peanut butter or plain flavors.

Other new fair foods will include turtle mousse bars, strawberry cream bars and chocolate covered tiramisu.

The 2010 fair runs from Aug. 12 to Aug. 22.


Lawsuit seeks arbitration in Microsoft case


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Attorneys representing 23 states involved in a class-action lawsuit against Microsoft Corp. are suing the Iowa attorney who spearheaded a $179.5 million settlement with the software company over attorney fees.

Roxanne Conlin of Des Moines negotiated the 2007 settlement which included $75 million in attorney fees that she split with attorney Richard Hagstrom and the Zelle Hoffmann law firm of Minneapolis.

The lawsuit filed last month in Polk County says Conlin signed an agreement with the Microsoft Litigation Consortium that called for the group to receive 20 percent of attorney fees awarded in the case. The agreement also says disputes were to be resolved through arbitration.

The lawsuit says Conlin has refused to enter into arbitration.

Conlin says in a statement that the lawsuit is without merit.

Police still investigating missing Dubuque toddler


DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) According to court documents filed this week, Dubuque resident Tamelia Harris reportedly told a social worker there was a bad accident involving her young daughter, and said she didn't have a funeral for the child.

Harris reportedly made the statement to the social worker after police found blood-spattered window blinds, bed sheets and children's scissors in her home.

Harris is currently being held on a charge of felony neglect or abandonment of a dependent person. Last week, police began a search for Harris' 20-month-old daughter, Cecelia, after an anonymous tip that the girl was sent to live with someone else. Officers say that while searching for the girl, they discovered what they believe to be the remains of a small child in Harris' yard. The remains have not been identified.

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

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KLEM News PM Update July 6, 2010

(LE MARS)--Three people were injured when  a portion of an outside wall collapsed  in a downtown Le Mars building today, (Tuesday, July 6, 2010). 

A contractor for Wells' Dairy, Larry Timmons Construction of Le Mars, is remodeling the building for the new location of the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor. Wells' Spokesman Dave Smetter explains what happened around noon.

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Le Mars Fire-Rescue Chief David Schipper reports firefighters found three people injured. One man was freed from under debris and remvoed by stretcher with the use of the Le Mars Aerial ladder fire truck. The other two were assisted down by the aerial ladder, but were considered "walking wounded" and able to use their own power to get out with assistance.

Smetter says Wells' is thankful that no one was injured more seriously than they were.

One lane of the street in front of the building on Central Avenue is blocked off from traffic and the area is marked with yellow police tape. 

Le Mars Ambulance, Street and Police Departments  the Plymouth County Sheriff's office, Plymouth County Communication Center and MidAmerican Energy assisted Fire-Rescue.

Drake joins KLEM staff

(LE MARS)-- There's a new kid in town... Angela Drake has joined the staff at KLEM as a part-time news reporter. Angela is a new to Iowa and recently moved to Alton from Madison, Wisconsin. Her husband's job brought her to the area.

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Angela is excited to get to know the people in LeMars and the surrounding area, and also looks forward to being involved in the community. She grew up on a dairy farm and is excited to be living in a more close knit community again. (News report by Angela Drake)

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Angela Drake has over 10 years of radio experience under her belt including on-air work, news, and advertising sales.

Speakers focus on patriotism and freedom

(LE MARS)--The meaning of independence was the focus of speakers at the Plymouth County Veterans Memorial Park in Le Mars Monday

This was the 234th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Le Mars Mayor Dick Kirchoff reflected on freedom.

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A Struble native, retired Brigadier General Jack Nicholson traced many events in the nation's history on the Fourth of July.


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Plymouth County Supervisors' Chair Jim Henrich said patriotism is alive and well in the area.

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A name plate to honor a veteran in a display at the park can be purchased for $250. The funds are set aside for perpetual care of the Veterans Memorial Park. Information is available by contacting Don Law.

Host families needed for International students

(LE MARS)--Area families may provide an international experience for high school students.

Sharon Dorr of Le Mars is looking for host families.

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Examples of countries students may be from include Brazil, Germany, China, Korea, Columbia, France, Indonesia, Serbia, Mexico, Latvia and Venezuela

Dorr has been involved in the host program for international students for 30 years and says she's never been an empty nester.

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Saying goodbye at the end of the school year is the worst experience Dorr expects a host family to have.
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She has openings for two students at Le Mars Community, and is open for host families in Akron, Marcus, Kingsley, Remsen, Sioux City and Moville.

Students have their own health insurance, lunch money and spending money. Anyone who'd like to host a student or learn more may contact Dorr at 546-4911. She hopes to have homes for the students no later than July 23rd so visas can be issued for their travel in time for school.

Meitz joins Yankton group

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) The Missouri National Recreational River headquartered in Yankton has a new superintendent.

Steven Mietz (METZ) will begin his new duties on Aug. 15.

He had been the deputy chief of science and resource management at Grand Canyon National Park.

Mietz succeeds Mike Madell, who transferred to Vicksburg National Military Park in Mississippi last winter.

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

Military says Iowa Air Force pilot saved lives

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Department of Defense says a U.S. Air Force helicopter pilot from Iowa who died after a battle in Afghanistan is credited with saving many lives

Capt. David Wisniewski, formerly of Moville, died last Friday at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Bethesda, Md. He was flying an Air Force Black Hawk helicopter on June 9 when it crashed.

The Defense Department on Saturday said during his eight-year career, Wisniewski had logged more than 1,500 flight hours, flown 289 combat hours and saved numerous lives, including several during his most recent deployment to Afghanistan.

Wisniewski was stationed at Nellis Air Force base in Nevada.

The department says a memorial service will be held at Nellis Air Force Base, with burial at Arlington National Cemetery.

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

Flood worries move downriver from Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Iowa's flood concerns are moving downriver from Des Moines, where officials have been watching the levees along the Des Moines River for a week.

Tom Heinold with the Army Corps of Engineers says the critical moment for a levee protecting the Birdland neighborhood passed on Monday. The river is expected to fall below flood stage on Wednesday.

The river is sweeping flood headaches downriver into southern Iowa.

In Ottumwa, a mobile home park was evacuated on Monday when the river spilled out of its banks. In Eddyville, some residents awoke to untreated sewage in basements when overnight storms overtaxed underground city pipes.

The National Weather Service says more storms are expected Tuesday night into Wednesday. Southeast Iowa could get up to 2 inches of rain.


Horses dragged driver as he tried to stop rampage

BELLEVUE, Iowa (AP) The family of a buggy driver whose horses trampled spectators during Bellevue's Fourth of July parade say he tried desperately to stop the rampage.

Mardell Steines was in the buggy with his wife, his daughter-in-law and two grandchildren when the horses bolted, injuring 24 people and killing his wife, Janet.

Ken Walsh, whose daughter was in the buggy, says Steines was trying to get the horses under control. The buggy hit a combine in the parade and a road sign. Janet Steines was thrown out and struck a concrete driveway.

Walsh says the hitch came undone and the carriage separated from the horses, running over Steines as he held onto the reins.

Police say most victims were released from the hospital on Monday.

Former Iowa judge sent back to prison

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) A former Muscatine County judge convicted of drunken driving three times is back in prison for violating his parole again.

James Weaver was ordered back to prison last week.

The Iowa Board of Parole will determine how long he will remain in custody.

Weaver was arrested June 16 at his home in Davenport. Officers were sent to his home for a safety check, and they found him intoxicated.

Weaver had been paroled on June 9, and his parole conditions prohibit drinking alcohol.

It was the second time Weaver has violated his parole since he pleaded guilty in August 2009 to a third offense of drunken driving.

Weaver's other convictions were in 2002 and 2004. He was an associate judge from 1982 to 2004.

(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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