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KLEM News Update - May 22, 2010

(Vermillion S.D.)  Preliminary autopsy results have confirmed the identity of the woman found in the Missouri River early Thursday morning to be Barbara Zenk of Vermillion, South Dakota.  In a written report from the Clay County Sheriff's Office, Barbara Zenk was last seen on March 5, 2010 and her vehicle was discovered parked along Highway 19 at the Missouri River on March 6.  Clay County authorities had disseminated information nationwide requesting assistance in locating Barbara Zenk and searches were conducted frequently along the river and surrounding areas with no success, until a fisherman near Dakota Dunes in Union County, South Dakota discovered the body on Thursday, May 20, 2010.  The Union County Sheriff's office recovered the body and notified the Clay County Sheriff based on the likelihood the body may be Barbara Zenk.  There were no indications of foul play at the area where the vehicle was discovered, and the autopsy also found no indications of foul play.  The cause of death is believed to be drowning, although autopsy reports are not available at this time.

SIOUX CITY—AMAZING GRACE SEEMS TO BE RECOVERING WELL AFTER SHE ENDURED SURGERY TO REMOVE A NAIL THAT WAS DRIVEN INTO HER HEAD.  GRACE IS A YOUNG CALICO CAT WHO WAS FOUND THIS WEEK IN THE BACKYARD OF A SIOUX CITY RESIDENCE. A CITIZEN AT THAT ADDRESS CALLED ANIMAL CONTROL THURSDAY AND STATED THAT THE STRAY CAT HAD BEEN LIVING UNDER ONE OF THEIR CARS FOR THREE DAYS. SIOUX CITY ANIMAL CONTROL OWNER & OPERATOR CINDY RARRAT SAYS ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICERS IMPOUNDED THE CAT AND REALIZED GRACE HAD A NAIL IN HER FOREHEAD.

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RARRAT SAYS THE FRIDAY MORNING SURGERY WAS A SUCCESS AT THIS POINT AND VETERINARIANS ARE HOPEFULLY OPTOMISTIC.

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GRACE WILL STAY AT THE VET HOSPITAL UNTIL VETERINARIANS CLEAR HER AND IN THE MEANTIME, THREE INDIVIDUALS ARE HOPING TO ADD HER TO THEIR FAMILY. RARRAT HAS FILED A REPORT WITH THE SIOUX CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT REGARDING GRACE.

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TO MAKE A DONATION TO SIOUX CITY ANIMAL CONTROL OR TO THE VET HOSPITAL CALL 279-6170. (From Josie Cooper, KSCJ)

 (ORANGE CITY)--Accident victims in five of the seven fatal crashes in Sioux County were NOT wearing seat belts. Seat belts will be one area of enforcement the Iowa State Patrol and Sioux County sheriff's office will emphasize in coming weeks. They're partnering to reduce traffic deaths. Lt. Darin Fratzke (frat-z-key) of the Iowa State Patrol says the traffic fine for seat belt violations is one of those being increased in July.

 

Failing to obey a stop sign is now a $112 fine and will increase to $200.

(LE MARS)--A golf tournament in Le Mars will benefit children's services.  Floyd Valley Hospital's Foundation and Wells' Dairy are sponsors of the 13th annual "Helping Children" benefit golf tournament.  The event June 15th will help Floyd Valley Hospital purchase additional pediatric patient equipment.  The 2009 golf tournament raised nearly 11-thousand dollars towards the purchase of an infant warmer. This year's event is being organized by co-chairs Craig and Cristi Bauerly and the hospital's golf committee. The Bauerlys have chaired the event for seven years. They're the 4th generation of their families  to use the hospital's healthcare.  Tee times are being scheduled at the Willow Creek Golf Course.

 (LE MARS)---More projects to improve energy efficiency of city of Le Mars facilities are being considered.  Applications for a new round of federally-funded energy efficiency projects will be accepted by the Iowa Office of Energy Efficiency.  City Administrator Scott Langel says the city is working with its consultants and MidAmerican Energy before submitting any projects.

The city has a longer timeframe to submit projects for the newest federal stimulus funded energy efficiency programs. Langel says that deadline is in July.

(SIOUX CITY)--A Siouxland university will offer theology graduates a way to teach religion classes in Catholic schools.  Briar Cliff University is adding the program. Briar Cliff assistant professor of Theology Linda Harrington says many theology majors plan to teach religion in a Catholic School or parish setting. The new program focuses on preparing students for teaching while giving them a solid foundation in theology.

 SIOUX CITY)--The new Port Admiral of the Sioux City River-Cade is a Siouxland native.  2009 Port Admiral Tom Padgett handed over the reign of Port Admiral to Donald "Skip" Meisner. A South Sioux City native, Meisner (my-sz-ner) is a management consultant who was executive director of the Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council (SIMPCO) until his retirement.  He has a lifelong record of service on local, regional and national boards.  Jeff Wooldridge will serve as the 2010 Commodore.  Rivercade summer festival events are July 16-24th. The seventh Riverssance Festival is October 2-3.  

 

 

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KLEM News PM Update May 21, 2010

(LE MARS)--The Le Mars City Council has voted 4-to-one to hire a firm for engineering services for the federally funded energy grant. The city will replace a Le Mars Convention Center boiler system dating to Westmar College days. The new heating system can be controlled to serve only areas of the building in use. The federal money will also make energy improvements in other buildings.

Councilmember Delana Ihrke had this response to hiring an engineering firm for ALL the projects in the grant.

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City administrator Scott Langel said the city wanted one source for engineering and repeated some earlier advice for the council.

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Langel also told the council 99.9 percent of Karl Seggerman's Synergy contract with the city was for the boiler project.

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Ihrke voted no on the council action saying it was a no vote on principle.

According to the council agenda, the $3,750 cost of the engineering by Synergy Energy Engineering of Kingsley is eligible for reimbursement under the energy grant.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) Animal control officials in Sioux City are looking for any information about a cat found with a nail driven into its head.

The female calico was found on Wednesday by after animal control received a tip.

Animal control's Cindy Rarrat says it appears the nail was driven into the cat's head with a nail gun. But oddly enough, the cat seems to be doing fine.

Rarrat says the cat was awake, purring and eating.

The cat, dubbed ``Grace,'' is at a veterinarian clinic and is scheduled to have surgery on Friday.

Rarrat says authorities are looking for the cat's owner and those responsible for the nail.

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

(Sioux City)--The Iowa Economic Development Board Thursday agreed to provide loans and tax breaks to a couple of large projects that could create hundreds of jobs in Sioux City and Burlington. In Sioux City, wind blade manufacturer T-P-I Composites is planning a nearly 40-million dollar ($40 million) factory that would employ 500 workers. T-P-I already has a plant in Newton and announced this week it was cutting the workforce there to 233 workers. Iowa Department of Economic Development spokesperson Kay Snyder says board members are confident workers being laid off will be brought back later this year.
 "The company has indicated that they plan to rebound with their employment starting here in the next few months and be up to 500 jobs, they're estimating, by February," Snyder said. The board is giving Sioux City a two-point-five million dollar ($2.5 million) forgivable loan to develop the infrastructure around the proposed plant. T-P-I will also receive tax credits. The John Morrell plant in Sioux City closed last month, leaving 15-hundred (1,500) without a job.
 "In a time when the economy is down, looking to bring 500 jobs to a community which has experienced plant closings and downsizing, this project can be a bright spot for that area," Snyder said.

The Economic Development Board also approved tax incentives for a Case New Holland expansion project in Burlington.

 

 OSCEOLA, Wis. (AP) Polaris Industries Inc. says it will shut down its parts plant in the western Wisconsin city of Osceola (ahss-see-OH'-luh).

The Medina, Minn.-based maker of snowmobiles, ATVs and Victory motorcycles says it's moving many of the operations to a new facility in the Monterrey-Saltillo area of Mexico.

Polaris will continue to make snowmobiles in Roseau (ROH'-zoh), Minn., and motorcycles in Spirit Lake, Iowa. Some operations will be moved to Roseau and Spirit Lake.

Polaris also says it's negotiating to sell some of its parts manufacturing processes and equipment in Osceola to suppliers who'd continue making components there.

Spokeswoman Marlys Knutson says the plant currently employs 515 people, who will be allowed to apply for jobs at the other Polaris facilities or with companies that continue producing parts in Osceola.

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ELK POINT, S.D. (AP) A Sioux City man out on bond on a South Dakota rape charge is accused in a hit-and-run in Sioux City, Iowa.

Eighteen-year-old Thomas Varvais of Sioux City was charged with raping a woman and kidnapping her baby last December. He posted $50,000 bond and was released, but now is back in custody in South Dakota's Union County.

Varvais is expected to plead guilty to the rape charge on Monday under a plea agreement with prosecutors in which the kidnapping charge will be dropped. He could face up to 50 years in prison.

He is scheduled to make his first court appearance in Iowa three days later on an aggravated misdemeanor charge of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious injury. Authorities say his truck hit two children riding a bicycle last Saturday.

(An afternoon update of the Iowa News is not available from Associated Press)

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