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KLEM News AM Update June 11, 2010

(LE MARS)--Very heavy rainfall and high winds moved through parts of Siouxland this morning.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning until 6:30 this morning for Plymouth, Cherokee, Woodbury County southeastern Sioux County, southeastern Union County, and western O'Brien County. The KLEM rain gauge recorded 1.10 inches of rain as of 6 a-m.

Wind gusts of up to 35 miles an hour were reported at the Le Mars Airport at 3:15 during a severe thunderstorm. A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for parts of northwest Iowa, southeast South Dakota and northeast Nebraska due to the possibility of wind gusts of up to 70 miles an hour.

Shawn Olson of Plymouth County Emergency Management says heavy rain, but no hail was reported during the severe thunderstorm activity. A semi rolled over in South Dakota just across the border from Akron about three this morning. No one was injured.

The Akron Fire Department responded to a report of a tree on fire due to downed power lines on 277th Street, also about three this morning. There were also reports of trees downing power lines along county road C-16, east of Akron and north of Brunsville.

MidAmerican Energy had about four-thousand customers without power during the storm. About half of the outages were in Sioux City. 

  (LE MARS)--More than 40 years of service by a city of Le Mars department head will be recognized by the city of Le Mars.

The city is hosting a Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce "After 5 Retirement Reception" for Fire Chief Wayne Schipper on Thursday, June 24th.

Schipper is retiring June 30th after serving on the Le Mars Fire Department for 43 years.

The 5 p-m retirement reception is at the city of Le Mars golf course banquet hall, 935 Park Lane.

The reception is open to the public.

(DES MOINES)--Two northwest Iowa communities are making a splash with new pool plans.

The 50-year-old pool will be replaced in George with a one-million dollar project hat includes a drop slide, zero depth entry and diving board. The pool will be 52-hundred square feet. Project funds include 100-thousand dollars from the Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) fund.

Sanborn will build a new aquatic center with five swimming lanes, a zero-depth entry, a bathhouse, water slides , and diving tower. The two-point-one-million dollar project has been awarded 100-thousand dollars in Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) funds.

The Vision Iowa Board approved the CAT grant funds during a meeting Wednesday in Grinnell. Both George and Sanborn need to complete fund raising to receive the state money.



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WASHINGTON (AP) Two Democratic congressmen from the Midwest want President Obama and Admiral Thad Allen to order a full evaluation of the impact of the BP oil spill on Mississippi River shipping lanes.

U.S. Reps. Bruce Braley of Iowa and Phil Hare of Illinois sent a letter to Obama and Allen on Thursday urging such an evaluation.

Braley and Hare say the oil is drifting closer to the Southwest Passage, which is a critical shipping lane for farmers who rely on barge traffic to ship their crops overseas. They say they are concerned about the effect a slowdown in Mississippi River traffic could have on prices.

The two congressmen noted that a sharp decline in the prices of agricultural commodities came after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 because of a traffic slowdown on the Mississippi.

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa (AP) A Hamilton County jury has found 15-year-old Edgar Concepcion Jr. guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his 3-year-old cousin, Krystel Banes.

In its verdict late Thursday afternoon, the jury also found the Charles City youth guilty of one count of sexual abuse in the first degree, one count of sexual abuse in the second degree and one count of child endangerment resulting in bodily injury.

The jury received the case Wednesday afternoon, but deliberated only a few minutes before adjourning until Thursday.

Concepcion's sentencing is set for July 19 in Floyd County District Court in Charles City. He will be held at the Central Iowa Detention Center in Eldora until sentencing.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) A federal judge in Davenport has sentenced a former Van Buren County man to more than 16 years in prison on drug and explosives charges.

At the sentencing hearing Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge John Jarvey ordered 31-year-old Jerry Lee Schlarbaum to serve 150 months in prison for the possession of a pipe bomb and 50 months on methamphetamine conspiracy and manufacturing charges. Jarvey said the former Stockton resident must serve the sentences consecutively.

After his prison term, Schlarbaum will have to serve eight years on supervised release.

Police stopped Schlarbaum in Henry County in March of 2008 for allegedly driving without a valid license. They say a search of his vehicle turned up materials used in methamphetamine manufacture, as well as methamphetamine itself, plus the pipe bomb.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) A 21-year-old Cedar Rapids man has pleaded guilty to a student loan scheme involving the recruitment of fake students to enroll at Kirkwood Community College.

Authorities say Cory Bailey pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to one count of mail fraud.

According to information in the plea agreement, Bailey recruited potential fake students to sign up for classes at Kirkwood Community College in 2007, so he and two others involved in the scheme could access their information to apply for financial aid.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Bob Tieg says the other two men listed only by their initials in the criminal information haven't been indicted or charged.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa Attorney General's office says new criminal charges have been filed in the Iowa Film Office case.

The attorney general's office said Thursday the new complaint was filed last week in Polk County District Court. It contains additional charges against defendants named in February, including Wendy Weiner Runge and Matthias Alexander Saunders. The new complaint also contains charges naming Zachary LeBeau, a Minnesota resident and filmmaker.

The complaint contains one count of ongoing criminal conduct against LeBeau, and 11 counts of fraudulent practice in the first degree against Runge, Saunders, and LeBeau.

LeBeau surrendered Thursday at the Polk County Jail and was released on $10,000 bond. There was no change in arrest status for Weiner Runge and Saunders, who have pleaded not guilty and are free on bail bond.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) State officials have announced more than $1 million in federal grant money to three colleges in Iowa.

The University of Iowa will get more than $700,000 in grant money from the Department of Health and Human Services for research on oral diseases and disorders.

The Department of Education has awarded two grants.

Loras College will receive $200,000 and for educational science equipment and Iowa Valley Community College will get $165,000 for equipment designed to improve health occupation programs.

Sen. Chuck Grassley announced the awards on Thursday.

Federal officials say thousands of Iowa organizations, colleges and state agencies apply for federal grants each year.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) It's been known for more than two decades as ``The Other White Meat.'' But the pork industry thinks it's time the meat got a new slogan.

The National Pork Board plans to replace its iconic slogan after 23 years. Officials hope a new tagline can help improve sales that have been flat for decades.

Ceci Snyder is the Des Moines, Iowa-based board's vice president of marketing. She says the current slogan is well-known but its meaning seems to be lost on most people. The slogan was developed in 1987 to tout pork's nutritional value and versatility.

Snyder said the board won't completely drop ``The Other White Meat'' as a marketing tool but will come up with a new slogan as part of a branding campaign being launched next spring.

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co. says it plans to replace seven approach spans on its Mississippi River bridge at Burlington.

The railroad announced Thursday in Fort Worth, Texas, that the work will begin later this month.

The construction of the new approaches will supplement a separate construction project that began last year to replace the bridge's old swing span with a new lift span over the river's navigation channel.

The new approaches will use new reinforced concrete foundations with 250-foot steel bridge spans.

The bridge is on the railroad's main Chicago-to-Denver corridor and links Burlington with Gulfport, Ill.

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KLEM News PM Update June 10, 2010

(HINTON)--A fire at a cellular tower site just west of Hinton was caused by a propane leak.

Hinton Fire Chief Chad Beck says the fire call about 8:30 Wednesday night included assistance from Merrill Firefighters.

According to Beck, the explosion and fire at the Verizon Cellular tower site on county road C-60, just west of Hinton, were caused by a propane leak from the backup generator.

The equipment building at the base of the tower was destroyed. Damage is roughly estimated at 750-thousand dollars.

(LE MARS)--Ice Cream Days events are being supported with funds from the Le Mars Hotel-Motel Sales Tax.

The city council awarded $8,775 recommended by the advisory board for Le Mars Hotel-Motel Sales Tax.

Funds will be used for entertainment, the outdoor movie and the parade.

Ice Cream Days, four days of fun, June 16-19th bring out-of-town visitors and former residents toLe Mars. Many families plan activities at the time of the community celebration.

Activities showcase parks, the Olson Cultural Event Center, businesses and the museum.

(SIOUX CITY)--Bike riders will help displaced homemakers and limited income families this weekend.

The Fifth Annual "Wheeling for Woman Aware" bicycle ride is at the Adams Nature Preserve at North Sioux City. The event Saturday begins with check-in and departure between 7:30 and 9 a-m.

The three routes are ride-at-your-own pace. Riders may choose from a 20-mile loop to Jefferson, South Dakota; a 35-mile loop to Elk Point or a 50-mile loop to Burbank. The fund raiser also features a family friendly ride of seven-and-a-half mile within the Adams Nature preserve .

(SPENCER)--Four people are charged in Clay County after a search of a Spencer apartment.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office, the Iowa Great Lakes Drug Task Force, Spencer Police and Third Judicial District Probation officer searched the apartment of Jaykie Harrington.

Authorities charged the 20-year-old Harrington with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and promoting a gathering where illegal drugs are consumed.

Twenty-year-old Paul Davis was charged with felony delivery of marijuana. Twenty-four-year-old Anthony Knapp is charged with possession of marijuana and 21-year-old Scott Riley is charged with possesion of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

Harrington, Davis, Knapp and Riley were taken to the Clay County Jail.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) The University of Iowa is bracing for a housing crunch with a record number of freshmen this fall.

To meet the housing needs, the university is considering leasing private apartments.

University officials told the Iowa Board of Regents at Wednesday's meeting in Vinton that it expects a freshman class of nearly 4,500 students, mostly due to an increase in out-of state and international students.

The university presented plans for a new residence hall, but that won't be ready until 2013. In the meantime, officials are negotiating to lease private apartments that would be used by upperclassmen.

University spokesman Tom Rocklin says the apartments would be run like a residence hall, with programming and dining plans.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa Board of Regents has approved a more than $4 billion dollar budget for next year, but several members are voicing concerns over variations in retirement contributions at the state's three public universities.

Earlier this year, the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa cut retirement contributions from 10 to 8 percent as part of budget cuts.

Iowa kept its retirement funding at 8 percent for the fiscal year that begins in July. Iowa State boosted contributions to 10 percent, while UNI increased funding to 9 percent.

At Wednesday's meeting in Vinton, regent Michael Gartner called it a ``bad policy.''

Regents President David Miles says it's a consequence of each university president adjusting to difficult financial circumstances.

MILES, Iowa (AP) Authorities say an Illinois teenager was killed when his all-terrain vehicle collided with a car in eastern Iowa.

The Iowa State Patrol says 18-year-old Timothy Fosdick, of Savanna, Ill., died in the accident Tuesday evening near Miles in Jackson County The driver of the car was not hurt.

The patrol says Fosdick was riding the ATV south on a road and collided head-on with northbound car.

Both vehicles went into a ditch, where the ATV caught on fire.

The investigation continues into what caused the two vehicles to collide.

GRANGER, Iowa (AP) Some residents of Granger are having a temperature tantrum over the city's plans to repaint its ``hot'' and ``cold'' water towers.

The towers have been labeled for about 30 years. They may have been painted a joke, but now residents say they represent the town.

Last month, the City Council decided to repaint the towers with a new city logo. About 160 residents signed a petition to overturn the council's decision.

About 40 residents showed up at Wednesday night's City Council meeting to ask the council to save the words.

The council agreed to consider a design incorporating the new logo and ``hot'' and ``cold.'' The council will meet again on Monday.

Granger, which has about 1,000 residents, is about 25 miles northwest of Des Moines.

DUNKERTON, Iowa (AP) The National Transportation Board says the cause of 2009 crop duster accident near Dunkerton is undetermined.

The Air Tractor lost power and was forced to land in a cornfield about 10 minutes after take off on Aug. 4. The pilot was not injured.

The NTSB says the accident happened because the engine lost power for undetermined reasons.

After the crash, investigators inspected the plane and found nothing unusual with its fuel system. The engine was sent for inspection by its Czech manufacturer, who found no failures.

The NTSB says in a probable cause report that an examination showed ``no anomalies'' and the reason for the loss of power was not determined.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) A statue in Omaha will be dedicated to four Boy Scouts two years after their deaths in a tornado at their western Iowa camp.

The Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council will hold a ceremony Friday at the Durham Scout Center to honor the boys and others who were at Little Sioux Scout Ranch on June 11, 2008. The camp is near Little Sioux, Iowa, about 40 miles north of Omaha.

Killed in the storm were 14-year-old Aaron Eilerts of Eagle Grove, Iowa; and three boys from Omaha, 13-year-olds Josh Fennen and Sam Thomsen and 14-year-old Ben Petrzilka. Forty-eight others were hurt.

A permanent memorial for the boys is planned at the camp. US

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) President Barack Obama has nominated Dubuque County Sheriff Kenneth Runde to be U.S. marshal for the Northern District of Iowa.

Obama made the nomination to the Iowa position and six other districts Wednesday.

Runde served in the Marine Corps from 1972 to 1976, when he joined the sheriff's office. He rose through the ranks to reach his current position.

He holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Platteville and the University of Dubuque.

The Northern District of Iowa is based in Cedar Rapids.

The nomination must before the U.S. Senate for confirmation.

CLARINDA, Iowa (AP) The children of big band leader Glenn Miller are expected to attend the grand opening of the Glenn Miller Birthplace Museum in Clarinda.

Steve and Jonnie Miller plan to join in events Thursday afternoon to mark the $1 million museum. It includes a theater, research library and display area that tells the story of Miller, who was born in Clarinda in 1904.

His orchestra became the nation's most popular swing band in the 1940s. Miller was aboard a plan that disappeared over the English Channel in 1944.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Members of two Iowa fire departments are teaming up to help put together kits of supplies for families affected by fires.

The Cedar Rapids Fire Department and Marion Fire Department say they're partnering with members of the Juvenile Fire Setter Coalition to make the ``after-fire'' kits. The kits include essentials like toiletries, telephone calling cards, gift certificates, toys and diapers.

The kits are to be donated to the Salvation Army so the charity can distribute them to victims of fires. The kits also will include information for families about starting the recovery process.

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