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KLEM News PM Update July 28, 2010


(LE MARS)--A crown that led to travels to every corner of the state will leave an Ireton teen's head tonight.

Since mid-June, Caine Westergard, Plymouth County's Fair Queen and the Iowa State Fair Queen is filling her summer days with appearances at county fairs and by riding in parades.

She is the daughter of Carl and Colleen Westergard.

She recalls being in thousands of pictures every day at the State Fair after being crowned last July in Plymouth County and going on to win the state contest.

The Johnson Juniors 4-H Club member uses the word "incredible" to describe the differences in fairs across Iowa.

Westergard is honing her pitching arm. She's set a goal of exceeding the efforts of an Iowa Olympian who threw a less than record setter for the I-Cubs.

She will attend Iowa State University this fall majoring in apparel merchandising and design and International Business or International Studies.

Petersen joins Le Mars Y staff

(LE MARS)--A Le Mars native is the new program director at City of Le Mars YMCA.

Allie Petersen begins her work at the city of Le Mars YMCA on Monday. She is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa.

According to Todd Lancaster of the Le Mars YMCA, Petersen has worked for Y's and non profits , including YMCA groups in Waterloo, Sioux City and Le Mars and was previously with the Girl Scouts in Sioux City.

He says Petersen's background make her a good fit for the Y's job opening.

Mark Jacobsen left his work as program director to accept employment in eastern Iowa.

Bridge work closes Highway 39

(CHEROKEE)--A portion of a state highway in northwest Iowa will be closed during bridge maintenance work.

According to the Iowa Department of Transportation, Highway 39, east of Kiron, between Sac County Roads M-35 and D-59 will be closed beginning August 9th.

The bridge maintenance work, weather permitting, will be completed by October 15th.

Governor tours flood area

(LAKE DELHI, Iowa (AP) Iowa Gov. Chet Culver will visit the Lake Delhi area  to talk to residents about the state's plans for helping flood victims get back on their feet.

Culver will meet  with residents at the Lake Delhi Association building. It's near the site of the dam that gave way under the rapidly rising Maquoketa (muh-KO'-kuh-tuh) River on Saturday, draining the nine-mile-long lake and sending a torrent of water rushing downstream.

The governor will then visit three farms in the area, where he will talk to farmers about requesting federal money for thousands of acres of flooded farmland that could be a complete loss. Man dies after shooting in Des Moines park

One dead after shooting

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Des Moines police say one of two men who were shot near a city park has died.

Sgt. Lori Lavorato says Darly Kinchelow, of Des Moines, was shot in the chest early Wednesday near Evelyn Davis Park on the city's north side. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Lavorato says 18-year-old Jacolby Wright, also of Des Moines, was shot in the leg. He was taken to a hospital, where he was treated and released.

Lavorato says investigators are questioning witnesses. No arrests have been made.

Police have been called to the area dozens of times in the past year. Two people were shot and wounded in May. Police also have investigated fights, assaults and vandalism.

No charges against Iowa woman who stabbed husband

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) Muscatine County prosecutors say no charges will be filed against a woman who police believe stabbed her husband to death because she believed she was saving her sister's life.

Alishia Taylor was accused of stabbing her husband, Michael Monegro-Reyes, on June 15 as he was hitting her sister.

Assistant Muscatine County Attorney Alan Ostergren says while there is evidence that Monegro-Reyes had dropped a knife and was only punching the sister, Taylor had every reason to believe her husband still had the knife and was stabbing her sister.

Although prosecutors believe Taylor stabbed her husband, Ostergren says no charges will be filed because he believes no jury would find Taylor guilty.

There was no telephone listing for Taylor in the Muscatine area.

Trial delayed for Iowa man accused in wife's death

WASHINGTON, Iowa (AP) The trial of an eastern Iowa man accused of killing his wife has been delayed.

Seventy-year-old James Blum, of Washington, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 67-year-old Patricia Blum in January.

Online court records for Washington County show his trial, which had been scheduled for Aug. 24, is now set for Oct. 5.

Investigators say Blum allegedly smothered his wife on a couch in their home after she backed their car into a garage door.

Iowan to use insanity defense in embezzlement case

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A woman accused of embezzling nearly $6 million from West Des Moines insurer Aviva USA will use an insanity defense.

Phyllis Stevens' attorney, William Kutmus, gave notice in court documents filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Des Moines.

Stevens is charged in a 20-count indictment with fraud, money laundering and other charges. A judge ruled earlier this month that Stevens was competent to stand trial.

Her partner, Marla Stevens, is also charged in the case. Marla Stevens' attorney, Trever Hook, on Tuesday asked that she be tried separately.

Lawyers for both women have sought a delay in the Aug. 16 trial to permit Marla Stevens to recover from cancer surgery and treatment.

Cedar Rapids OKs backyard chickens

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Backyard chickens are coming to Cedar Rapids.

The City Council on Tuesday gave the final OK for residents to raise up to six hens on their property.

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.

Councilman Chuck Swore says the council can repeal the ordinance if the things some fear may happen actually happen.

Resident Audrey Rahn noted that raccoons love chickens, and backyard chickens could mean more raccoons. She wondered if the city would need a bow hunt of raccoons.

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

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KLEM News AM Update July 28, 2010

(LE MARS)--New action and royalty are opening night attractions for the 2010 Plymouth County Fair.

Motocross begins at six tonight in the grandstand. Fair queen Caine Westergard and King Ben Schilmoeller will crown the new royalty at seven in the Pioneer Village.

Fair Board members and other volunteers have prepared the grounds this summer. Fair Board chairman Terry Reuter describes the work as mostly catching up on fix-up jobs.

New sidewalk was added on the east side of the Open Class Exhibit building.

Reuter says the improvements are funded with Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) Le Mars Hotel/Motel Sales Tax (HMST), the Community Foundation of Greater Plymouth County and Plymouth County Board of Supervisors county budget contribution.

According to Reuter, the fair focus is young people in 4-H or F-F-A.

The complete schedule for "The Best Five Days of Summer" is with this story on the KLEM web page and in the KLEM Fairs and Festivals guide or at the fair website

Wednesday, July 28
(Motor Inn, Le Mars, Inc. &
Bob’s Bike Shop Day)
7:00 a.m. Tickets On Sale at Gate
7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Horticulture, Food and Preservation
A Fair Trolley or golf carts will run from 7:00 a.m. -
9:00 a.m. only to provide transportation to all
open class exhibitors from South parking lot
to Open Class Building
7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Rabbit entries in place
8:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m. Open Class Entries - Art Show, Creative Hobbies,
and Antiques & Collectibles
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 4-H & FFA Livestock Entries in place
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Horticulture, Food and Preservation Entries -
no transportation assistance
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Livestock Weigh-ins complete
9:00 a.m. - Noon Swine Scanning
9:00 a.m. 4-H Exhibit Building Open
12:00 p.m. Blair House Open
12:00 p.m. 4-H Clothing Selection & Fashion Revue –
Century Hall
1:00 p.m. 4-H & FFA Rabbit Show – Tent by Rabbit Barn
1:00 p.m. 4-H & FFA Livestock Judging Contest Check-in –
Covered Arena
1:30 p.m. Sheep Scanning
2:00 p.m. Commercial Exhibits and Round Barn open
2:00 p.m. 4-H & FFA Livestock Judging Contest –
Covered Arena
4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Lego Booth – Building west of Pioneer
Village Stage
4:30 p.m. Grand Champion Photos – 4-H Building
5:00 p.m. Midway Rides Open
5:30 p.m. Bucket Calf Check-in
6:00 p.m. Bucket Calf Judging
6:00 p.m. Motocross - Grandstand
7:00 p.m. King & Queen Crowning – Pioneer Village
9:00 p.m. - Midnight Teen Dance – Century Hall
10:00 p.m. Open Class, 4-H Exhibit Building and Blair
House Close
10:00 p.m. Commercial Exhibit Buildings and Round
Barn Close

Pioneer Village
Wednesday, July 28, 2010

8:00 p.m.The Meyer Bluegrass Band - Sponsored by Motor Inn of Le Mars

9:00 p.m.The Meyer Bluegrass Band - Sponsored by Bob’s Bike Shop

Wingert joins Plymouth County Sheriff's staff

(LE MARS)--A Sioux City native is the newest Plymouth County Sheriff's Office employee.

The new deputy sheriff, Jacob "Jake" Wingert brings three years of experience and a criminal justice degree to his job as a deputy sheriff. Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo says Wingert is a Sioux City North High School graduate.

Wingert fills a slot that's vacant due to the September first retirement of Sergeant Lynn Steckelberg. Steckelberg is the department's civil deputy handling work that includes garnishments and sheriff's sales.

Van Otterloo says Wingert has started his work prior to Steckelberg's retirement because another deputy on the department, Scott Dorhout, was called to active duty in Afghanistan.

Orange City business is part of food companies' merger

(CINCINNATI)--A business with operations in Orange City is part of a merger by three food companies.

Senior management from Advance Brands, Advance Food Company and Pierre Foods Tuesday announced a merger agreement to create Advance Pierre Foods.

According to the Orange City Chamber of Commerce, Advance Brands employs about 400 workers at its production and research facility.

The combined business, Advance Pierre Foods, will supply value-added protein and convenience foods products to the foodservice, school, retail, club, vending and convenience store markets. Advance Pierre Foods will be based in Cincinnati and operate protein processing facility in three states, including Iowa.

The merger is expected to be completed in two months.

Le Mars man arrested on burglary and vehicle charges

(LE MARS)--A Le Mars man is being held in the Plymouth County jail after his arrest by Le Mars Police.

Twenty-seven-year-old Allen Bradley Clay of Le Mars is charged with felony burglary in the third degree and operating a vehicle without the owner's consent.

Police arrested Clay Sunday after receiving information that a vehicle was taken from 23 Orchard around five in the morning. He was arrested at the location the vehicle was taken from around  6:30 Sunday morning.

Two injured in Sioux City collision

(SIOUX CITY)--A Sioux City man was seriously injured in a two-vehicle accident in Sioux City Tuesday evening.

According to Sioux City Police,  a motorcycle and an S-U-V were involved in a collision in Morningside on Gordon Drive.

Officers report  the driver of the motorcycle, 48-year-old John Kentner of Sioux City was lying on the roadway unconscious and not breathing. Kentner was taken to Mercy Medical Center in SIoux City for serious injuries.

A 12-year-old who Police did not identify was also listed as being seriously injured and was taken to Mercy, too.

The name of the driver of the S-U-V also has not been released. The accident is still being investigated.

 SIMPCO awarded Economic Development Administration funds

(SIOUX CITY)--A planning council serving five northwest Iowa counties will receive 62-thousand dollars.

Senator Chuck Grassley announced the Economic Development Administration funds for the Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council (SIMPCO).

SIMPCO provides services to Plymouth, Cherokee, Woodbury, Monona and Ida Counties.

A total of 61-thousand dollars was awarded to the Northwest Iowa Planning and Development Commission which serves nine counties including Sioux, O'Brien, Lyon and Buena Vista Counties.

3,000 gallons of sewage pour into Des Moines River

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A power surge at a pumping station allowed sewage to pour into the Des Moines River on Tuesday.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says about 3,000 gallons of untreated wastewater flowed into the river after a power surge took the station's pumps and emergency alarm out of service.

The pumping station, located near the Birdland Marina, was repaired and put back into service.

Officials say there's no threat to Des Moines' drinking water because the discharge happened downstream from where the city draws its water.

2 IA counties called disaster area for May storms

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) President Barack Obama has declared a disaster area for two southeastern Iowa counties affected by severe storms and flooding in May.

Des Moines County and Lee County will receive federal funds to help them recover from storms and floods on May 12-13. The money will help them rebuild damaged infrastructure and cover the costs of emergency work.

Gov. Chet Culver asked the Obama administration on July 7 for a disaster declaration for 35 counties affected by flooding and storms since June 1. Culver's office says additional counties may be added to the disaster declaration following damage assessments that are due by Aug. 1.

Culver on Monday requested a preliminary damage assessment from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for counties affected by last weekend's flooding. On Tuesday, Iowa's five congressmen wrote to Obama asking him to speed the process.

Trial delayed for suspect in rest stop killing

MARENGO, Iowa (AP) The trial for a Nebraska man charged in the shooting death of a maintenance worker at a rest stop on Interstate 80 in Iowa has been rescheduled.

Thirty-two-year-old Peter I. Riggs, of Columbus, Neb., is now set to stand trial for first-degree murder in Iowa County District Court on Oct. 5. His trial had been due to start Aug. 30. His pretrial conference has also been rescheduled, and is now set for Sept. 20.

Riggs is charged in the shooting death of Jeffrey McAdam, of Victor, on May 29 in the men's restroom at the rest stop near Victor, about 70 miles east of Des Moines. McAdam died at the scene from a single gunshot wound.

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

Shortage causes runway light outage at CR airport

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Flights have resumed at the Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids after an electrical shortage blacked out all lights on the runway.

Airport Director Tim Bradshaw says two flights were diverted and a third was delayed Monday night when a shortage in a sign panel on the runway caused the lights to go out.

Bradshaw says Tuesday that the problem was discovered about 8:40 p.m. during a regular inspection of the runway. It was fixed around midnight.

Bradshaw says a United Airlines flight from Chicago to diverted to Des Moines while an American Airlines flight from Chicago was turned back. An Allegiant Airlines flight to Las Vegas was delayed from 9 p.m. to midnight.

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

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