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KLEM News July 18, 2010

(LE MARS)--A sweet deal for new members is the summer treat offered to new members of the Plymouth County Historical Museum.

Anyone who joins the Museum for the first time during the Plymouth County Fair will receive a bag of sweet corn from the Lynn Buss farm.

Buss' sweet corn has been a feature at the Country Store, operated by the Museum for many years.

According to museum administrator Judy Bowman, the store will open at noon July 28th and remain open daily until 10 p-m August first which is the final day of the fair.

All kinds of baked goods are needed for the store located in the Pioneer Village on the fair grounds. Garden produce and homespun donations are also being accepted.

Ron and Delores Burkard are museum volunteers who manage the store. Proceeds support the continuing operation of the museum in the "Old Central" High School.

 Listening post offered for food participants

(Sioux City)--The voices of area local and regional food participants will be heard at a listening post in Woodbury County Thursday.

I-S-U Extension is hosting the listening session for creation of the 2011 Iowa Food and Farm Plan.

The session in Sioux City at the I-S-U Extension-Woodbury County office in Sioux City is at 10 Thursday morning.

Participants will be asked to speak about the current challenges in supporting, promoting and growing local food systems and what strategies they have developed to overcome obstacles .

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Rose Garden is Sioux City treasure 

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) Hundreds of flowers are on display at the Rose Garden in Sioux City's Grandview Park.

Sioux City head gardener Kyle Smith says the park boasts 500 roses in about 50 different varieties, including Tea Roses, Floribundas and Grandifloras. He says gardeners try to include differenty types of roses every year to add different colors. He describes the garden as a ``nice quiet place.''

During the colder fall and winter months, straw is placed on top of the roses to insulate the plants. Smith says the last snowy winter insulated the roses well and many plants survived.

Smith says at least eight workers maintain the roses, mow the area and tend to a pond.

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Corridor adds senior vice president to grow business

(SPENCER)--The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development is offering help to new and established entrepreneurs to plan and grow businesses.

Brian Dalziel is the new senior vice president for Iowa Lakes Corridor Development. Dalziel plans to focus on clients with high growth opportunities.

He'll also support local governments and other nonprofit groups that help entrepreneurs.

He started the Northeast Iowa Business Accelerator in Dubuque and worked in that role for four years advising entrepreneurs in 87 companies, including 24 that were new businesses. More than eight-million dollars was raised and more than 100 jobs were created.

Corps to increase Gavins Point releases

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it will start releasing more water from Gavins Point Dam at Yankton in order to evacuate flood water being stored in the Missouri River reservoirs.

The corps has been limiting discharges because of flooding downstream on the Missouri River. It says downstream conditions have improved so it can begin releasing water that's accumulated in the reservoirs from heavy rain and mountain snowmelt.

Gavins Point releases will gradually increase from the current 34,000 cubic feet per second to 40,000 cubic feet per second.

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Iowa motorcyclist hurt after hitting deer

URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) A 26-year-old motorcyclist is in critical condition after authorities say he collided with a deer.

Police arrived at the scene in Urbandale Friday evening to find the motorcycle on its side, the rider lying in the street and the deer dead.

The man was transported to an area hospital. Police say he wasn't wearing a helmet. His name hasn't been released.

Police Sgt. Dan Stein says there have been numerous vehicle-deer accidents in the area.

Cedar Rapids officials plan removal of ash trees

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Because of the spread of invasive emerald ash borer beetles into Iowa, the Cedar Rapids Arborist and Public Works staff have completed a second review of ash trees populations in the city.

Findings show that there are approximately 520 trees in 440 locations throughout the city recommended for removal. Authorities say 170 of the 520 total are high priority removals due to hazardous or potentially hazardous conditions. Public Works staff will send letters of explanation to affected property owners next month and removal is scheduled to begin this winter.

Based on street surveys, there are from 9,000 to 12,000 ash trees on Cedar Rapids rights of way, plus more trees in city parks.

Demolition of Sinclair smokestack to begin

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Authorities in Cedar Rapids say special equipment will be set up Monday morning for the demolition of the historic smokestack at the former Sinclair meatpacking plant.

Demolition of the smokestack will be done a few feet at a time with small handheld pneumatic jackhammers. This procedure will likely take a few weeks, and a more specific schedule for the work will be known once the demolition begins.

The Cedar Rapids City Council voted 5-4 Tuesday to demolish the entire smokestack.

The vote came despite requests from historic preservationists to keep at least the structure's base from demolition. The 41-foot-tall base is said to be structurally sound. Crews have been working to take down buildings at the packing plant. The buildings are damaged by flood and fire.

Demolition work is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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Cedar Rapids art museum is free through Sept. 19

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art is offering free admission this summer.

Admission will be free through Sept. 19.

Sponsorships from the Cedar Rapids Bank Trust and United Fire Group have made the free days possible.

The museum has nine exhibitions on display, including works by American Gothic painter Grant Wood.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with extended hours from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday.

The museum is also open from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. It's closed on Mondays and major holidays.

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KLEM News July 17, 2010

(LE MARS)--Food donations are being accepted at the Plymouth  County Farm Service Agency office in Le Mars.

Jeff Davis of the Plymouth County Farm Service Agency says the food drive is part of the "Feds, Farmers and Friends Feed Families" program.

The food drive began as a response to the United We Serve Act encouraging the public to dedicate their summer to community service. The summer months are times when school nutrition programs come to an end until fall. U-S-D-A employees are stepping in to help meet the demand for non-perishable food.

Davis says the goal is to collect 1.2 million pounds of food nationwide. He describes the food drive as a great opportunity to give back to the communities.

Food donations may be dropped off at the F-S-A office at 1100 12th Street Southwest form 8-4:30 Monday through Friday through August 31st.

Boy Scout project for military families

(LE MARS)--A Le Mars Boy Scout is planning a free, overnight weekend campout for area military families next month.

Troop 188 Boy Scout Spenser Harms chose "Camp Noble Cause"'  to honor military families as a project for his  Eagle Scout award. 

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Harms hosts the camp for military families  at Little Sioux Scout Ranch, about 40 miles from Sioux City, August 7-8.

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He began the project planning in February to get approval from the Scout organization. He received a donation from Wells' Dairy that includes promoting the project.

Harms cites leadership as one skill he's honed with the Eagle Scout Project.

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The son of Michael Harms and Dawn Harms will  be a sophomore at Le Mars Community this fall.

November Gala for Floyd Valley Hospital

(LE MARS)--The first Floyd Valley Hospital Foundation Gala is this fall.

The hospital foundation and Gala Committee Friday announced plans for the November 6th fundraiser at the Le Mars Convention Center.The community event is a benefit for hospital services.

The theme for the fall Gala is "Shall We Dance." Music will be provided by Hundred Proof Band of Sac City. The band plays 50'-90's rock, with a little new rock, country and blues. The community event is a benefit for hospital services.

Hospital and Foundation Board member and Gala co-chair Larry Petersen says "building and promoting the hospital foundation strengthens not only the local hospital, but the entire community." Co-chair Bill Bomgaars says, "Past efforts have helped the hospital purchase equipment and offer additional services for the community." Looking ahead, the foundation wants to be sure the hospital can continue to serve the community with all their health care needs.

Tickets for $50 each are available from Ruth Farley or Elvira Nielsen.

Contractor smoothing out the bumps on Business Highway 75

(LE MARS)--Fresh asphalt paving is part of summer road work in Le Mars.

City administrator Scott Langel says Barkley Asphalt will repair a curb and gutter section near the Le Mars Convention Center on Third Avenue East/South as well as hardsurfacing a road in Resthaven Cemetery. The contractor is repairing Business Highway 75, too.

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Langel asks drivers to be courteous to asphalt workers on Business 75 describing it as a moving train of work from the south end to the north and then turning around to do the southbound lanes.

Knife River is the contractor for the intersection of Highways 3 and 75 and city officials asked that the contractor begin after the Plymouth County Fair.

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Langel expects that work to start in mid-August.

Bishop's Dinner to be chaired by Storm Lake couple

(SIOUX CITY)--A Storm Lake couple will lead a fund raiser for Catholic education in SIouxland.

Each year, Bishop Walker Nickless of the Diocese of Sioux City chooses a couple to chair the dinner based on involvement with one or more of the eight Catholic high schools and 17 grade schools in the Diocese.

Dr. Troy and Grace Ivey of Storm Lake will chair the 14th annual Bishop's Dinner October 10th.

The Iveys have four children and the family is active at St. Mary's Catholic School and parish. They say they believe Catholic schools are a vital part of a child's education. Dr. Ivey, a general surgeon in Storm Lake, says the Iveys feel Catholic education develops a real, strong respect in their children as well as the core values that they need to go on in life.

The Rev. Joe Krupp will deliver the keynote address at the Bishop's Dinner. The annual fundraiser supports more than six-thousand students who attend Catholic schools throughout the Diocese of Sioux City. Ticket sales begin August 23rd.

Dems paid for ads calling Branstad liberal

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Advertisements that labeled Republican gubernatorial candidate Terry Branstad a liberal before June's primary were paid for by Democrats.

A group called Iowans for Responsible Government paid for the ads, which argued that Branstad should stand with leading Democratic figures Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Bill Clinton.

Leaders of the group wouldn't identify financial backers, but a federal disclosure report filed Thursday says nearly $800,000 in funding came from the Democratic Governors Association.

Branstad won June's Republican primary with 50 percent of the vote, beating Bob Vander Plaats and Rod Roberts.

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Propane grill blamed for Urbandale fire

URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) Investigators have determined a gas leak in a propane grill caused a fire that displaced dozens of residents of a Urbandale condominium.

Investigators say the fire started on the balcony of a third floor unit of a building in the Plumwood Terrace Condominiums.

The fire was ignited when a resident tried to light the grill. The fire spread from a valve area to the building.

Urbandale Fire Chief Jerry Holt said Friday the blaze, which required more than 77 firefighters and EMS personnel from 12 departments to bring under control, caused about $2.5 million in damage.

The third floor of the building sustained heavy fire damage, while the lower two floors had heavy smoke and water damage.

The underground garage also sustained heavy water damage.

Thefts from boats reported on Clear Lake

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) Authorities in Cerro Gordo County say a string of thefts from boats on Clear Lake continues.

Sheriff Kevin Pals says two more thefts were reported Friday, bringing to 13 thefts from boats reported since June 5.

According to Pals, the thieves have taken radios, stereos and in one case, a boat seat.

Pals says a witness on Thursday reported he saw an unfamiliar adult male walking away from a dock, but his identity could not be determined.

Authorities say putting a stop to the thefts is made difficult by the inability to lock the boats.

Pals is urging boat owners to be aware of the thefts, but to not become involved if they believe a theft is in progress.

Group: 2 KC boys found in Iowa pool couldn't swim

PELLA, Iowa (AP) A spokesman for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes says two boys who apparently drowned at a pool in Pella could not swim.

Police identified the boys as 14-year-old Gael Paulette, also known as Gael Chrispin, and 15-year-old Nehmson Sanon, both from Kansas City, Mo.

Organization spokesman Tom Rogeberg (ROW'-guh-berg) on Friday says both boys told officials as well as team leaders at the pool that they could swim. But permission forms signed by the boys' parents said they were ``non-swimmers.''

Rogeberg says the waivers were not brought to the pool for Wednesday night's swim at the Pella Aquatic Center.

The boys were attending a sports camp at Central College organized by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Warnings of military care package scam

ATLANTIC, Iowa (AP) Authorities are warning western Iowa residents about a possible scam involving care packages for military members serving overseas.

Sgt. Dwayne Ritchie of the Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Department says two people, one brandishing military ID, were spotted this week going door-to-door asking for care packages for those serving in Iraq. In some cases, the men asked for money in lieu of a care package.

Ritchie says while the military does conduct such fundraisers to support the troops, it doesn't do it the way the men in question were doing. He says the men went to the Underwood City Hall to inquire about a permit to solicit door to door, but didn't receive one.

Ritchie says anyone suspecting servicemen or those claiming to be servicemen conducting unauthorized solicitations should contact police.

Landlord fined for discrimination

WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says an administrative law judge has ordered an Iowa landlord to pay $52,000 in damages and penalties to resolve a discrimination case.

In November 2008, a mother of three alleged Cedar Rapids landlord Robert Miell refused to rent her a three-bedroom apartment and unjustly charged her a higher security deposit because of her sex.

Although HUD found no evidence of sex discrimination, it claimed Miell and a management company unlawfully retaliated against the tenant by terminating her lease and attempting to evict her because she filed a housing discrimination complaint.

An administrative law judge awarded the tenant and her family $20,150 in damages and assessed a civil penalty of $32,000 against Miell and his management corporation.

Telephone calls to Miell for comment went unanswered Friday.

Before Special Olympics in Neb., an aerial ballet

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) A massive airlift requiring intricate and graceful moves that officials liken to a ballet will bring athletes from around the country to Lincoln on Saturday to participate in the Special Olympics.

During a news conference Friday, Jack Pelton, CEO of airplane maker Cessna, described the airlift as an ``amazing, complex set of logistics.''

A plane will land at the Lincoln Airport about every two minutes carrying some of the 3,000 athletes competing in the Special Olympics. There will be about 160 landings at the airport, all done by pilots volunteering their time and money to help put on the event.

Among those pilots will be actor Harrison Ford.

The opening ceremony for the Special Olympics is Sunday. Competitions also begin then.

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