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KLEM News Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010

(LE MARS)-- Iowa State University Extension specialists are working with specialists from Cooperative Extension across the United State to create a site of research-based, unbiased information,

Organizers expect eXtension to be a site that promises to be a gateway to answering questions from parenting to investing and from entrepreneurship to livestock.

Plymouth County Extension Coordinator Carol Schneider says while eXtension has been in existence for a couple of years,the website is known to be under utilized by many Iowans. Schneider says eXtension is the most current, research-based information.

SBA help offered for disasters

(SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA)--Small, non-farm businesses in northwest Iowa are eligible to apply for low-interest disaster loans.

The disaster assistance for small businesses was announced for businesses with revenue losses from excessive rain, flooding, flash flooding, hail, high winds and tornadoes. The loss was from April 25th to July 18th.

Woodbury County is one of the primary counties where small businesses are eligible to apply for assistance.

Neighboring counties listed as eligible by the Small Business Administration include Plymouth, Cherokee, Ida, Union County, South Dakota and Dakota and Thurston in Nebraska.

Information is available from the Small Business Administration Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955.

Village honors staff for two decades of service

(SHELDON)--Six Village Northwest Unlimited employees are being honored for 20 years of service.

Village Unlimited serves those with intellectual and developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries.

Village Northwest Unlimited honored Community Skills manager Lisa Huff; Community Skills trainer Marlys Engelhardt; Residential Skills trainer Linda Adams; Production Supervisor Carolyn Meyer; Vocational Trainer Karma Funk and Custodial Assistant Craig Lindahl.

To date 97 Village staff members have reached the 20-year mark, with 78 still working at Village Northwest Unlimited.

 Mercy Alliance accepts proposals

(SIOUX CITY)--Proposals for grant funds are being accepted by the Mercy Alliance for Women's Health.

To qualify for a grant, a program must focus on women's health and well being.

Interested applicants should complete and return a grant application to the Mercy Alliance no later than October 11, 2010.

The Alliance's goals include increasing awareness of women's health issues and improving the well being of women in every phase of health: mental, physical, social, environmental ,and spiritual.

Researcher is Dordt Distinguished Alumnus

(SIOUX CENTER)--A graduate of Dordt College will present research on depression and the brain when he returns to campus this month.

Dr. Craig Stockmeier is a professor of psychiatry at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. The 1977 graduate of Dordt College serves on the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Medical Research Council.

Stockmeier has researched brain disorders and depression and will speak on neuroplasticity which refers to how the human brain changes in physical structure and functional organization as a result of experiences.

He'll speak September 16th at 7:30 p.m. in the Science and Technology Center lecture hall. The presentation in Sioux Center is open to the public.

Dr. Stockmeier is one of four Distinguished Alumni being honored on alumni weekend, September 17-18. Also being recognized are Reverend David De Ridder and Stan and Alice Weber.

Theologian to speak at NWC

(ORANGE CITY)--An award-winning theologian will speak at Northwestern College this month.

Dr. J. Todd Billings is associate professor of Reformed Theology at Western Theological Seminary. He'll speak as part of the Ronald R. Nelson Scholars and Artists in Residence Program.

Billings won the Templeton award for his first book, "Calvin, Participation and the Gift: The Activity of Believers in Union with Christ."

Billings will speak on "Salvation as Adoption," Thursday, Sept. 16th at 3 p-m. in Van Peursem Hall and at chapel on September 17th at 10:05 a-m. Both are open to the public.

No injuries Marion bank robbery

MARION, Iowa (AP) Police are investigating a morning bank robbery in Marion.

Authorities say around 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, a white male about 30 to 40 years old entered a Wells Fargo bank and told the teller to give him money.

A news release from the Marion Police Department says no injuries were reported.

Authorities say the man was wearing a tan jacket, dark shirt, tan hat and blue jeans.

No weapon was displayed.

Police are asking anyone with information to call the Marion Police Department.

The FBI is also investigating.

Police: Bicyclist dead following Waterloo accident

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) Authorities in Waterloo are investigating a vehicle accident that left a bicyclist dead.

Police say the accident happened around 10:45 p.m. on Friday in Waterloo. A vehicle struck a person riding a bike.

The bicyclist was pronounced dead on the scene.

The vehicle's driver wasn't injured.

Police did not give further details, including the victim's name.

Dubuque police say fake $100 bills circulating

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) Authorities in Dubuque say be on the lookout for counterfeit bills.

Police say local merchants and residents have recently reported fake $100 in circulation in Dubuque.

Authorities say take extra precautions.

For one, if you accept cash, check for verification features like the presidential hologram, to protect yourself.

The U.S. Secret Service says if you receive a counterfeit, don't return it. Instead, they say take down details of the person who gave it and call the authorities.

Who's often dreading college sendoff more? Parents

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) It's always hard for parents when their children leave for college.

But some experts and parents say letting go has become more difficult than it was in decades past.

Marshall Duke is a psychology professor at Emory University in Atlanta. She's been talking to parents about cutting the cord for years and says she's noticed more parents struggling.

For one, she says parents are more connected than ever, whether its through social networking or texting.

But in the end, the message from universities and colleges is the same: Parents, please go home.

The parents of Ariana Kramer, who is starting at the University of Iowa, say they get the message.

Her mother Robin Kramer says she'll always worry about her daughter, even though her daughter will cope.

Construction group likely to seek higher gas tax

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Highway construction advocates say they likely will press the Iowa Legislature to raise the state's gasoline tax after more than two decades without an increase.

Scott Newhard, executive vice president of the Associated General Contractors of Iowa, says his group probably will seek an increase in the gas tax, last raised in 1989. The group won't make a final decision until after the November elections.

Iowa's gasoline tax now averages 20 cents per gallon, with tax breaks factored in for ethanol-blended fuels.

Lawmakers last year considered a gas tax increase, but Gov. Chet Culver ended the discussion by promising to veto such a move.

The construction group also plans to join an effort to lobby Congress to approve more money for transportation spending.

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

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KLEM News Update Sept. 4, 2010

(LE MARS)--Le Mars area residents know how to give the gift of life.

Mary Kovarna of Siouxland Community Blood Bank says double the expected number of donors went to the the mobile drive at Floyd Valley Hospital this week.

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The blood bank is making an urgent appeal for donors due to the Labor Day holiday.

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Kovarna offers these options for those who weren't able to donate Thursday.

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The Siouxland Community Blood Bank is now a subsidiary of LifeServe Blood Center. 

 Energy efficiency is city priority

(LE MARS)--Improving the energy efficiency of a city of Le Mars operation is one idea a city official is asking state officials to consider.

A 24-hour a day operation for the city is treating wastewater. For many decades excess methane produced in the treatment process been reused at the plant. The methane powers a boiler that heats the contents of the anaerobic digester because the higher temperature improves the treatment's function.

City administrator Scott Langel says not all the methane is needed, so the city burns the rest off.

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There are several technologies to do that, but Langel says the city would need funding to evaluate and implement them.

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The methane concept is one submitted by the city of Le Mars at a public meeting to gather ideas for the state's next energy plan.

Hog theft arrests made in Lyon County

(ROCK RAPIDS)--Lyon County authorities report the help of concerned citizens led to the arrest of two people for livestock theft.

The sheriff's office received a report about two o'clock Wednesday morning of a hog theft in progress northwest of Little Rock.

Authorities stopped a vehicle and arrested the driver, 23-year-old Eric Freihage of Logan, on charges of possession of burglary tools; felony burglary in the third degree; driving while his license was revoked; and possession of marijuana. He also was issued four traffic citations.

A passenger, 20-year-old Jonathan Charles Wensel of Pisgah, was charged with felony burglary in the third degree and possession of burglary tools.

Wensel is free on bond, but Freihage is in the Lyon County Jail.

The Lyon County Sheriff's office issued written information that the investigation is still ongoing and involves numerous agencies with more charges expected.

 Paper recycling in Le Mars, Remsen today

(LE MARS)--Today (Saturday) is a day to recycle paper for school projects in Le Mars and Remsen.

For Le Mars Community Elementary Schools paper recycling project, paper may be dropped off at O'Toole Park in Le Mars from 8-10 a-m. Other pickup sites are at the Struble, Craig , and the Brunsville Bank corners.

The Remsen-Union Family Connection and St. Mary's School Board collect paper from 8-11 a.m. at the Marion Street permanent location.

The Gehlen Catholic Catholic can drive is also today.

Plymouth County jurors must report Tuesday

(LE MARS)--Plymouth County jurors will need to report for jury duty on Tuesday.

Jurors are asked to go to the third floor of the Plymouth County Courthouse and check in no later than 8:30 at the Clerk of Court's office.

Child recovers from dog bite

(SIOUX CITY)--A dog that bit a 19-month-old child in Sioux City  has been declared vicious.

According to information released Friday by the Sioux City Police Department, the investigation by police did not identify any criminal activity and the investigation is closed.

The child, Samuel Vandonslear of Sioux City, wandered into a neighbor's yard and was bitten by a dog chained to a tree.

The child was hospitalized after the dog bites August 25th and has been released from St. Luke's Regional Medical Center in Sioux City.

Siouxland senator can't serve in two offices

WAYNE, Neb. (AP) A Siouxland state senator will have to step down if he wants to become Dakota County treasurer.

Robert Giese, of South Sioux City, is running unopposed for the county position in the November election, so it's likely he'll be elected. But Associated Press reports Giese's legislative term continues through January 2013, and state law prohibits him from holding both elected offices.

If Giese steps down as state senator, the governor would then appoint a replacement.

(Copyright 2010 by Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Officials ID Ohio pilot killed in Iowa plane crash

BOONE, Iowa (AP) Authorities have released the name of a pilot from Ohio who was killed in the crash of a small plane towing an advertising banner near the Farm Progress Show in central Iowa.

Boone County Sheriff Ron Fehr  said Friday that 24-year-old Adam Danhauer of Whitehouse, Ohio, died when the plane crashed into a corn field near Boone.

Danhauer was the only one on the plane. No one on the ground was hurt.

The crash happened Thursday morning minutes after the plane took off from the nearby Boone airport.

After the crash, Fehr says witnesses told him the plane was having problems gaining altitude and the banner was ``flipping while he was flying.'' The banner ended up several hundred feet north of the crash site.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

State board sets conditions for Perry chiropractor

PERRY, Iowa (AP) A state board says a Perry chiropractor accused of assaulting one of his patients may continue to practice but must have a female chaperone when he treats women.

Daniel Duffy was charged with misdemeanor assault last month after a female patient told police she heard him acting inappropriately, including unzipping his pants.

Duffy, who is free on bond, continues to see patients.

The Des Moines Register says the Iowa Board of Chiropractic ruled Thursday that Duffy's continued practice ``poses a serious and immediate danger'' to his female patients. The board says it will impose interim safeguards until it can reach a final decision on the case against him.

The newspaper says Duffy has declined to comment on the advice of his attorney.

Iowa announces program to recoup court fines, fees

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Iowa is trying to collect old court fines and fees with a deal for thousands of Iowans who owe the state a total of about $300 million.

According to WHO-AM, there are 217,000 people who owe court fines and fees that are past due by at least four years.

Under a new amnesty program, if they pay 50 percent of their overdue debt in one lump sum, the other half will be forgiven.

Roger Stirler of the state revenue department says letters are going out this month in an effort to recoup some of the money.

He says there are some fines and fees that aren't eligible, including victim restitution, child support, alimony, jail fees and fines payable to cities and counties.

The program runs through the end of November.

ISU carillon lets Lady Gaga hit chime over campus

AMES, Iowa (AP) An Iowa State University music professor says the Lady Gaga club anthem ``Bad Romance'' translates better than you might think into the 110-foot-tall, organ-like instrument known as a carillon.

Video of the pop hit chiming across Iowa State's Ames campus has racked up hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube. The Des Moines Register reported Friday that professor Tin-Shi Tam (TIN'-she TAM) played it a week earlier after students started requesting it over the summer.

Tam gives daily lunchtime performances on the carillon during the school year, mostly folk songs and traditional arrangements. She sets aside Fridays for requests, and said some other recent favorites have been Led Zeppelin's ``Stairway to Heaven'' and Queen's ``Bohemian Rhapsody.''

The carillon has towered over the Iowa State campus since 1898.

Drake's new ``D+'' campaign earns failing grade

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Drake University's new marketing campaign that features a ``D+'' logo is getting a failing grade from some faculty, students and alumni.

They say it's offensive and embarrassing and tarnishes the university's reputation.

Leaders at the Des Moines school say regardless of how people react, they are reacting and that's what they wanted to accomplish.

The Des Moines Register reported Friday that Drake hired a Cedar Rapids-based company to help develop the new ``Drake Advantage'' recruitment campaign. The university recently unveiled it to prospective students through brochures and its website.

Drake spokesman Tom Delahunt says while the ``D+'' comes across as a grade at first glance, it's meant to represent all the opportunities Drake offers students.

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


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