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KLEM News AM Update June 21, 2010

(LE MARS)--From the public, to attorneys and police, paperless is the way business is being done in the Plymouth County court system.

Plymouth County is the first in the state to try or "pilot" the new Electronic Document Management System known as E-D-M-S.

Charlene Peterson is the state clerk of court in Plymouth County.


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In the first five months of the pilot project, more than 13-hundred cases had been e-filed and about 300 attorneys and other users, including government agencies, had registered to use the system.

Equipment is available for the public to electronically file cases such as small claims or to look at records.


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Peterson says the process has included law enforcement agencies that had filed many tickets by mailing them to the clerk of court.

The clerk of court in the county selected as the first pilot project is pleased with the electronic system.


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The process of finetuning computer programs and adding users to the system will eventually lead to a paperless system for judges who won't need to open a paper file when they sit in a courtroom and who can issue an order from their computer while still in court. After all the testing is completed, the project will be piloted in Story County.

(Rock Valley)--The 13th annual American Cancer Society Sioux Relay for life raised nearly 150-thousand dollars. Organizers say the Relay in Rock Valley Friday and Saturday topped previous Relays in Sioux County in several areas.

Co-chair Nancy Dickman says the relay attendance and energy were incredible. According to co-chair Alma Post, they were able to support cancer fighters across the county.

More than 100 cancer survivors were honored with a dinner and victory lap to kick off the Relay. This was the largest number of survivors in recent years. The 727 luminarias placed around the track honoring and remembering loved ones involved in the fight against cancer was a record.

Twenty-seven teams for Relay for Life raised an average of more than 47-hundred dollars per team for a total of 128-thousand dollars. This also set a record for the event.

The fund raising total was 147-thousand dollars compared to 138-thousand 790 from the Sioux Relay for Life in Hawarden a year ago.

The top team this year was the first at the Sioux Relay to earn diamond status based on its fund raising total. Team Tyler of Rock Valley raised more than 22-thousand dollars. Their fund raising included an original cantata. The team honors a young man who would have graduated from high school this year, but died from complications of cancer. Team Tyler also had the best campsite with a tribute design .

An estimated 160 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Sioux County in the next year. The fund raiser proceeds will support research and education.

Those who were unable to participate in the Relay may contribute by contacting co-chairs, committee or team members.

(SAC COUNTY)--A groundbreaking ceremony for a long awaited road project is this afternoon at 1:30 in Sac County.

The ceremony to break ground for more work to four-lane Highway 20 is on the right-of-way for re-located four-lane Highway 20 one mile north of Lytton, off Sac County Road N-28.

Guests expected to attend the groundbreaking are Iowa Transportation Commissioners Debi Durham of Sioux City and Barry Cleaveland of Council Bluffs; State Representative Gary Worthan; northwest Iowa Congressman Steve King of Kiron, and John Moyna of Moyna and Sons of Elkader which is the contractor for the project.

The ceremony has been delayed by weather conditions.

RUTHVEN, Iowa (AP) Two trumpeter swans are to be released in northern Iowa as part of the state's efforts to restore a wild population of the birds.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources plans the release for Thursday just north of Ruthven at Long Island Marsh. The release is to include a short presentation on swans and wetlands and there will be a chance to view the swans.

Iowa natural resources experts say the white trumpeter swans were once common in the state but by in the early 1930s just 69 trumpeter swans remained in the continental United States.

Experts say the swans are the largest waterfowl in North America and can weigh up to 32 pounds with a wingspan of 8 feet.

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

DELHI, Iowa (AP) Authorities in eastern Iowa say a man known for an interest in extreme sports has died after jumping into the Maquoketa River from the Lake Delhi dam.

The Delaware County Sheriff's Office says the man jumped Saturday at least 50 feet into the water. Sheriff's officials say a witness said the man was active in ``extreme risk'' sporting events.

The Lake Delhi Recreational Association owns the dam. Association board president James Willey says the death wasn't an accident or suicide. Instead the man jumped intentionally, thinking he would survive.

The man's identity wasn't immediately released pending notification of family. Authorities have recovered his body from the water.

Delaware County authorities say the death is under investigation.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Four months after the state pharmacy board recommended Iowa legalize medical marijuana, its future is unclear because a legislative leader and a board official say the other needs to act.

As part of its unanimous recommendation in February, the board asked the Legislature to create a committee to consider how a medical marijuana program could be implemented.

But House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy says the board can authorize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes without the Legislature getting involved.

Pharmacy board executive director Lloyd Jessen disagrees, saying lawmakers need to decide on matters such as medical conditions that qualify and penalties for violating the law.

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Police in West Des Moines have identified an Illinois motorcyclist who they say died in a vehicle accident.

West Des Moines police said Sunday that 55-year-old John Longman of El Paso, Ill., died in the Saturday crash on Interstate-80 in West Des Moines. Police say Longman was pulling a motorcycle trailer westbound on the interstate when his motorcycle crossed into the eastbound lanes.

Police say Longman fell from the motorcycle and was struck by a vehicle traveling eastbound, described as a white SUV. Longman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities say the accident remains under investigation.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Students looking to find an off-campus apartment at the University of Iowa can now turn to an improved school-run website to help in their search.

University officials say they hope the new website helps students, parents, faculty and staff as well as local property owners and managers. The school says it updated the website after it received requests for more specific information. Now the website has floor plans, maps and photographs of properties.

The new website has a searchable database of housing units in the Iowa City area. The service is free for searchers but those listing a property will have to pay a fee.

Message boards to find roommates and buy and sell furniture also are available.

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

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KLEM News Update June 20, 2010

(REMSEN)--Remsen's annual Kids Day Kickoff and 5K Run/Walk is this (Sunday) afternoon.

The Remsen Chamber of Commerce Fun Day 5K Run/Walk starts at Sunrise Park at one this afternoon. Registration is at 12:30.

The first 150 participants will receive a free Run/Walk T-Shirt.

After the kickoff, there is a watermelon feed at Sunrise Park.

The Chamber-sponsored annual Kids Day is Monday and Tuesday. Food stands open both days at 11 a.m. and the carnival rides are in late afternoon.

(LE MARS)--Books were carried from class to class, kept in lockers and taken home to prepare assignments by students in the Gehlen Catholic High School Class of 1960.

Fifty years later, books are back in the hands of the Gehlen Catholic alumni. But these books aren't textbooks. They're the written history of their classmates gathered and edited by class president Joe Timmins of Melrose, Minnesota.

Timmins describes the reaction to the 59-page book as the highlight of the 50-year reunion for him.


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Did Timmins, a retired teacher, notice a common thread among the graduates?


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Timmins and the other alumni celebrated their 50th reunion with activities that included being an entry in the Ice Cream Days parade Saturday.

(ORANGE CITY)--Wellmark is recognizing the Orange City Area Health System Clinics for quality.

The Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Primary Care program is designed to support primary care clinicians in their efforts to improve the quality and efficiency of health care for patients.

Information gathered through Wellmark health care claims is used to measure care. Clinics in Orange City, Hospers and Paullina met or exceeded measures for care for diabetes, hypertension, asthma, and childhood immunizations for Wellmark members. The rate of generic medication prescribed and the use of electronic medical records or e-prescribing tools was also measured.

C-E-O of the Orange City Health System, Marty Guthmiller, in a news release, says it is gratifying that organizations like Wellmark acknowledge the high level of quality by the clinics in the Orange City Health System.

(CALUMET)--Farmers with strip tillage experience will speak during the field day at Iowa State University's Northwest Iowa Research Farm June 30th near Calumet.

The field day begins at 9:30 with registration. The update on research projects at the farm will follow. Those attending will tour the farm and discuss topics including potassium and phosphorus replacement research, aphid management in corn and soybeans, agricultural land drainage and more.

The Iowa Learning Farm provides a lunch at noon. The afternoon focus is on strip tillage with a panel of farmers at 1 p-m. Strip tillage equipment from several manufacturers will be displayed and company representatives will answer questions.

The Iowa Learning Farm Conservation Station will be at the farm all day. Visitors will learn about soil, water, crop residue, prairies and wetlands. There is also a rainfall simulator.

(LOGAN)--The Iowa State Patrol is investigating a traffic accident that claimed a life near Logan Saturday afternoon. Several people who were injured were taken to Omaha area hospitals. The name of the person who died has not yet been released by the Patrol.

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Police in West Des Moines are investigating a vehicle accident that left one motorcyclist dead.

Police were called around 1:30 p.m. Saturday to a crash on Interstate-80 in West Des Moines.

Authorities say a preliminary investigation shows four motorcyclists were headed westbound when one lost control, crossed a median and struck an eastbound vehicle.

The motorcyclist, an adult male, was pronounced dead on the scene. His name was not released.

Police say the eastbound vehicle, described as white SUV, did not stop and may have little or no damage.

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DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium will opening a new $40 million expansion on June 26, but with an altered Gulf of Mexico exhibit featuring an empty fish tank.

Officials at the Dubuque facility say the spill is one of the worst environmental disasters of its kind and they hope the empty exhibit will cause people to think, especially about the effects on wildlife.

In a statement, museum officials say they grappled with the appropriate course of action that would recognize the crisis.

They say the goal is to draw a connection between the Mississippi River and the ocean.

In addition to the empty fish tank, the exhibit will include information on how to get involved.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Fifty-six-year-old Clyde Davis of Cedar Rapids walks with the aid of a cane, and he says his current legal problems occurred because he walked into a federal courthouse with the wrong one.

A security guard found an 18-inch blade inside the bamboo cane Davis was carrying June 11; resulting in a misdemeanor weapons charge that could mean two years in prison.

Davis said Friday his actions were inadvertent. He doesn't know how he will plead.

Davis owns about a dozen canes. He said he was taking his nephew to an appointment at the federal courthouse and was running late, so he just grabbed a cane at random.

He said he and his nephew returned their cell phones to his car because were not allowed in the building, but he forgot that his cane had a blade in it.

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) Danica Patrick spent last weekend checking off one of the most important things on any maid of honor's to-do list.

The bachelorette party.

One of Patrick's best friends is getting married in September, so Patrick used the Indy Racing League's off week between Texas and Iowa to throw a bash.

Patrick had no choice but to throw the party last weekend, because it's her last one off for a while.

Patrick's ambitious IRL/NASCAR Nationwide summer schedule kicks off Sunday with the IRL's Iowa 250. Then it's off to the Nationwide race in New Hampshire next weekend, the open-wheel road course event at Watkins Glen on July 4 and the Nationwide race in Chicago on July 9.

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