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KLEM News PM Update May 14, 2010

(LE MARS)--Planning is underway for one city of Le Mars facility and another building is to be reviewed for better space use.

According to city administrator Scott Langel, McClure Engineering's design concept for the public works facility at Fourth Avenue and First Street Northeast and the land purchased nearby are to be presented to the Public Works committee in the next week or two.


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Langel explains the relocation of the Fire Department last year  left space for police use.


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Langel says he wants the public to know there are no plans to add onto the building at First Street and Second Avenue Northeast.

(LE MARS)--A Le Mars man is the choice of Floyd Valley Hospital Trustees for an 18-month vacancy .Trustee Jim Ryan of Le Mars resigned effective today because he and his wife are moving to Yankton. Hospital Board chair Bill Rosacker announced the decision to appoint Ralph Klemme of Le Mars to serve the time left on Ryan's term. There were seven applicants for the opening.

Klemme is a former state representative, school board member and Iowa Environmental Protection Commissioner who also serves on the Plymouth County Zoning Commission.

The announcement begins a 10-day period when any Le Mars resident may contest the appointment and request a special election be held to seat someone else on the board.

Specific information about requesting an election is available from Le Mars City Clerk Bev Langel.

The appointment will be considered by the Le Mars City Council during a regular meeting at noon Tuesday. With ratification from the council and no request for an election, the appointment of Klemme would be effective May 24th. The term ends in December of next year.

(SALIX)--A dedication and open house is planned near Salix by the Woodbury County Conservation Board next weekend.

The newly paved entrance road to Snyder Bend Park will officially be opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony at one Saturday afternoon May 22nd. The road and park have been closed since April 12th.

Following the road grand opening, the Woodbury County Conservation Board will host an open house for the public to view one of its four new luxury rental cabins at the south end of Snyder Bend park.

Rental operations for the four units will begin May 28th featuring two bedrooms with queen beds, full kitchen and bath, living area, completely furnished with appliances and cooking/eating utensils, heating and air conditioning and large deck. Two units are fully accessible. Cabins rental will be available each year from May first through October 31st.

(HULL)--A Rock Rapids man is charged following a Sioux County Sheriff's Department investigation of a fatal traffic accident two miles northwest of Hull last month.

According to the sheriff's office. 42-year-old Patrick Camburn is charged with failure to yield half the roadway and operating without a seatbelt.

Authorities report Camburn was driving a pickup truck that crossed Highway 75 and struck a mini-van driven by 51-year-old Judy Dieken of George. She died. Camburn was airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital

(ROCK RAPIDS)--The Lyon County Sheriff's office reports a medical condition led to a traffic accident that injured a Little Rock man early Tuesday afternoon.

Authorities reported a semi and cattle trailer driven by 57-year-old Arlan Arends rolled backwards and struck a tree after fishtailing and jackknifing.

Today, the sheriff's department reports Arends had a heart attack. He is no longer hospitalized in Sioux Falls.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A state panel has rejected an effort to ban alcohol at beaches at some state parks in the Okoboji area in northern Iowa over the Fourth of July holiday.

Iowa Department of Natural Resources Director Richard Leopold pushed for the ban, saying the party ``has escalated.''

The state Natural Resources Commission on Thursday voted 4-3 against the ban, but commissioners left the door open to a ban in the future.

The lakes are one of Iowa's top vacation spots, especially for college students.

Park rangers say they'll bring in an Iowa State Patrol tactical unit to help keep order this July Fourth weekend at Gull Point State Park beach, where fights, public intoxication and nudity have been a growing problem.

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

(ROCK RAPIDS)--Could the casino license awarded to Lyon County be the last every handed out by state regulators? That's a question raised after the Racing and Gaming Commission announced its decision Thursday, awarding one license and turning away three other requests. Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission Administrator, Jack Ketterer, says the commissioners were unanimous in saying Thursday that it will be awhile before the issue of new licenses surfaces again.

Ketterer says the commission indicated they weren't closing the door forever because they can't bind future commissions, but he says it is clear they believe it should be at least five years before the state even thinks about adding any new casinos. Ketterer says the economy played a role in the commission's decision. He says the impact of the economy increases the concern about a new casino taking business from an existing casino.

 Ketterer says the adjusted gross revenue at the existing casinos is currently down about four-percent, so that is a factor in deciding new licenses. Ketterer says the current economy also makes it tough to find the financing for a new casino. Iowa will have 18 state-licensed casinos once the Lyon County facility is up and running and it will be several years before its determined if that number grows.(News report by Radio Iowa)

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) Former Dakota, Minnesota Eastern Railroad head Kevin Schieffer is donating a rare violin to the National Music Museum in Vermillion.

Schieffer, a member of the museum's Board of Trustees, will donate the Amati violin on Friday. He bought the violin from Wisconsin's Copernicus Cultural Foundation for the museum's permanent collection on May 4.

It was built and embellished in 1595 to honor King Henry IV of France.

Museum officials say it's the only known violin to be decorated with the armorials and motto of King Henry IV. Henry ruled from 1584 until his death in 1610, and Friday marks the 400th anniversary of his assassination.

According to legend, Mozart played this violin during visit to France during the reign of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

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

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City says farm income should improve in some Midwest and Western states during the second quarter because livestock businesses will benefit from lower feed costs.

But the Fed's survey of banks in the 10th District says total farm income fell slightly in the first quarter as crop prices declined, so that will reduce income that farmers can expect this year.

The 10th Federal Reserve District, based in Kansas City, Mo., covers Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Colorado, northern New Mexico and western Missouri.

The Fed says farmland values increased about 2 percent across the district during the first three months of 2010 because demand remained strong. Most of the land buyers were farmers, but some buyers were investors.

BOONE, Iowa (AP) The Iowa State Patrol says a deadly crash between a semitrailer and an ambulance in Boone County happened when the trucker tried to yield to the approaching ambulance.

A patient and a nurse in the ambulance were killed Thursday when the ambulance hit the back of the truck on U.S. Highway 30.

The patrol says the truck, driven by Dennis Good, of Ogden, was headed east in the left lane when Good attempted to turn north off the highway. When Good saw the ambulance approaching, he attempted to switch to the right lane to avoid a collision, but the ambulance also switched to the right lane and hit the back of the trailer.

The ambulance was taking the patient from St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll to a Des Moines hospital.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A state panel has rejected an effort to ban alcohol at beaches at some state parks in the Okoboji area in northern Iowa over the Fourth of July holiday.

Iowa Department of Natural Resources Director Richard Leopold pushed for the ban, saying the party ``has escalated.''

The state Natural Resources Commission on Thursday voted 4-3 against the ban, but commissioners left the door open to a ban in the future.

The lakes are one of Iowa's top vacation spots, especially for college students.

Park rangers say they'll bring in an Iowa State Patrol tactical unit to help keep order this July Fourth weekend at Gull Point State Park beach, where fights, public intoxication and nudity have been a growing problem.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) A Waterloo woman who allegedly left a hospital with a heart monitor still attached is charged with theft.

Police say Wendi Mae Mingus was a patient at Allen Hospital on May 8 when she walked outside to have a cigarette. She was attached to a wireless heart monitor valued at $1,000.

According to court records, staff told her she couldn't go outside to smoke unless she was discharged. Mingus left.

Police found Mingus the next day after she allegedly tried to break through a wall in an apartment building. She was arrested for second-degree theft and fifth-degree criminal mischief.

Mingus was in the Black Hawk County jail on Friday on $5,000 bond. Jail officials did not know if she had an attorney.

RED OAK, Iowa (AP) Authorities have busted a marijuana growing operation with a street value of $1.5 million in southwest Iowa.

The Montgomery County sheriff's office says deputies seized nearly 1,400 pot plants in Red Oak during a two-day period.

Four men were arrested on several drugs charges.

Investigators say they found growing equipment valued at $10,000 and processed marijuana and methamphetamine.

Authorities say more arrests are pending

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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KLEM News AM Update May 14, 2010

(WASHINGTON)--A Le Mars transportation business is receiving federal funds Senator Chuck Grassley says will help prevent future emergencies and protect Iowans.

Grassley announced the awards of more than three-million dollars in Homeland Security funds.

Royal Charters of Le Mars has been awarded about 21-thousand dollars. The intercity Bus Security Grant program funds are to provide protection for travelers and to offer protection from acts of terrorism.

(ORANGE CITY)--An Orange City business is adding equipment to its expanding business.

Quatro Composites broke ground for a new addition in December. The designer and fabricator of advanced composite structures is expanding to have the ability to store 75 pallets of raw carbon. The change is designed to provide quick access to material and improve production lead times.

Quatro Composites makes and engineers products for aerospace, military/defense and medical markets.

The firm is now adding an autoclave and on-site freezer to support its composite manufacturing business.

(SIOUX CITY)--The U-S Marshal for the northern district of Iowa recently conducted a check of every registered sex offender in the 52 counties in the district. Marshal Tim Junker says it was a "first in the nation" 100-percent compliance check.
Junker says there were a variety of reasons the offenders were living in the wrong place.

Junker says sometimes they might want to live with a woman who has children they have offended against, and they can't legally do that and don't want law officers to know where they are.

Junker says deputy marshals worked with state, county and local law officers to conduct the compliance checks.
(Josie Cooper, KSCJ, Powell Broadcasting, Sioux City)

(DES MOINES)--The Natural Resources Commission has rejected a proposal to ban alcohol on Iowa Great Lakes Beaches over the upcoming July 4th holiday. Law enforcement officials pitched the plan saying there have been problems with public intoxication, nudity and fighting. Commissioner Janelle Rettig says the state needs to do a better job enforcing the laws it already has in place.

 "We have laws against littering, we have laws against underage drinking, we have laws against public nudity, we have laws against assault and battery and yet we write virtually no tickets there on the Fourth of July," Rettig said. "So if we were very much concerned about it, you'd think we'd be enforcing the laws we already have in place." Iowa Department of Natural Resources director Rich Leopold argues partying on the holiday has gotten out of hand - threatening public safety and leaving the beaches full of litter. Rettig says people who are breaking the law should be held accountable.

"If we're incapable of enforcing the laws we have, then I don't see how it's beneficial to add even more laws," Rettig said. "And as a law abiding citizen would like to have an alcoholic beverage on the beach in the summertime, I don't see why making that illegal helps our state." Rettig also objected to the D-N-R's decision to request the ban so close to the Fourth of July, leaving little time for public comment. The commission did vote to allow the D-N-R to begin rule making on an alcohol ban for next year - which would give citizens more time to weigh in on the issue. (News report by Radio Iowa)

(SIOUX CITY)--A detour for bridge work will begin in Monona County May 24th.

The Iowa Department of Transportation issued written information about the closing of Highway 37 traffic.

The road closing will detour traffic using Iowa Highway 183 and Monona County Road E-54. The project is expected to be completed by the end of August, weather permitting.

SPENCER, Iowa (AP) Authorities say a Mexican national whose murder conviction in Clay County was overturned has been extradited to face murder charges in Minnesota for the 1997 death of the same teenager.

Juan Humberto Castillo-Alvarez's petition for a writ of habeas corpus has been denied, and Judge David Lester has ordered his immediate transfer to Jackson County, Minnesota.

Castillo-Alvarez challenged the extradition to Minnesota at a hearing last month.

He was returned to Iowa from Mexico in 2004 to stand trial for the killing of 15-year-old Gregory Sky Erickson. Castillo-Alvarez was convicted of second degree murder that case, but that conviction was overturned last fall when the Iowa Court of Appeals said he was denied his right to a speedy trial.

Authorities say Erickson was kidnapped from his Estherville home over a drug debt and killed in southwestern Minnesota.

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


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The chairman of the Iowa Republican Party says a national GOP panel supports rules that maintain Iowa's leadoff position in the presidential nominating process.

Chairman Matt Strawn announced Thursday that a delegate selection panel formed by the Republican National Committee has issued draft rules that would allow only Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada to hold caucuses or primaries before March 1, 2012. Iowa would still lead the process, but it would have to wait until after Feb. 1, 2012.

Strawn says the national committee will give the rules final approval at an August meeting in Kansas City.

Republicans and Democrats are coordinating their efforts to approve identical campaign schedules.

BOONE, Iowa (AP) Authorities in Boone County say a patient in the back of an ambulance and the nurse who was treating him died when the ambulance collided with a semi-trailer truck.

The collision occurred Thursday afternoon on Highway 30 near the town of Beaver. The highway was closed to traffic as emergency crews responded to the accident.

The dead have been identified as 75-year-old Norbert Hoffman of Carroll and 53-year-old nurse Sheryl Stoolman, also of Carroll.

Forty-five-year-old paramedic Wendy Baker of Carroll and 46-year-old ambulance driver Robert Genzen of Manning were injured in the crash. The driver of the semi, 49-year-old Dennis Good of Ogden, did not have serious injuries.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) A Guatemalan who began working at Postville slaughterhouse at age 14 has described his difficult journey to the United State and how he was hired as an underage worker during the trial of former manager Sholom Rubashkin.

Henry Lopez Calel testified Thursday as part of the state's case against Rubashkin, who faces 83 counts of child labor violations stemming from his work at the Agriprocessors slaughterhouse. Rubashkin is separately awaiting sentencing on federal financial fraud charges.

All the charges followed a May 2008 immigration raid at the plant.

Lopez says he paid $5,000 to a guide, who helped him enter the U.S. He was hired at Agriprocessors after paying $150 for forged papers.

He hauled barrels of meat but was fired after becoming sick and missing work.

VAN METER, Iowa (AP) City officials in the central Iowa town of Van Meter say embattled Police Chief Michael Merritt has been fired for misconduct.

According to a news release, Merritt was terminated Wednesday night during a special meeting of the Van Meter City Council.

Merritt was charged with one count of felonious misconduct of office and one count of insurance fraud last month in an investigation into a salvage theft inspection program.

Investigators from the Iowa Department of Public Safety say Merritt wasn't conducting necessary stolen parts database checks and was charging an extra $10 fee for examinations. Authorities say Merritt admitted keeping the money along with other cash collected from inspections.

Merritt was Van Meter's only police officer and had served as chief for about 20 years.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Police in Cedar Rapids say they are investigating a road rage incident in which a motorist allegedly tried to pull a 90-year-old man out of his car.

The incident allegedly occurred Tuesday afternoon as 90-year-old Richard Mackey was pulling out of a Hy-Vee parking lot and collided with a passing car.

Witnesses say the male driver of the other car got out and began to pull Mackey out of his vehicle. When the witnesses approached, the man at first appeared to be ready to fight with them, but then drove off once he heard that police had been called.

Mackey was not injured.

The other driver is described as a white male with a thin build, about 5-foot-11, with a small beard and a mustache.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Two lesbians who were married in Des Moines last year are suing two Iowa Department of Public Health officials because the department refused to name both women on their daughter's birth certificate.

Thirty-eight-year-old Heather Lynn Martin Gartner and 39-year-old Melissa McCoy Gartner filed the Polk County lawsuit on behalf of their second child, Mackenzie, who was born in September.

The birth certificate lists only Heather, who is the biological mother, and the women say it incorrectly lists Mackenzie as having been born out of wedlock.

The lawsuit says the department rejected the couple's request because Melissa had not legally adopted Mackenzie and was not biologically related.

The legal challenge was filed little more than a year after the Iowa Supreme Court overturned a state law that defined marriage as the union between man and woman.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) President Dennis Higgins of the North Iowa Fair Board says he has placed fair manager Wanda Kruse on paid administrative leave because of concerns about some of her actions and financial transactions.

Higgins told the Fair Board Wednesday night he acted on his own in placing Kruse on leave after learning of a police investigation involving fair finances.

In a memo obtained by the Mason City Globe Gazette, Higgins said local police had begun an investigation into the financial status of the Fair Association.

The newspaper said efforts to reach Kruse for comment were unsuccessful.

No charges have been filed.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Economic analysts say that if the Chicago-based Boeing Co. is awarded an Air Force contract for the NextGen Tanker, Iowa could benefit from approximately 800 jobs

Those jobs might include 200 at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids.

Earlier this week, Boeing selected Rockwell Collins to provide the same advanced flight deck technology to its new NewGen Tanker that it supplies for Boeing's 787 Dreamliner.

In addition to the flight deck, Rockwell Collins would supply communication, navigation, surveillance, air traffic management aircraft networks and situational awareness capability for the Boeing tanker.

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

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