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KLEM News Update Sunday, August 15, 2010

(LE MARS)--Ice Cream is a fund raiser for a group of Le Mars volunteers this afternoon.

Good Samaritan Society-Le Mars Auxiliary hosts their Ice Cream Social Summer fund raiser from 2:30-4 this afternoon in the dining room. All proceeds from the Ice Cream Social at Good Samaritan will be used for resident services and programs.

Other fund raisers include the Soup, Sandwich and Pie Supper in the fall and the Sunday Brunch in the Spring.

Volunteers give many hours assisting in resident programs and other projects. Anyone interested in being an auxiliary member and volunteering may contact Good Samaritan. The Le Mars location is on Highway Three East.

Akron-Westfield students present at Encounter Center August 28

(SIOUX CITY)-Students from a Plymouth County school will make a presentation in Sioux City on the 90th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U-S Constitution.

The League of Woman Voters of Sioux City and the Betty Strong Encounter Center are marking the anniversary of women's right to vote legislation. The program Sunday, August 28th at 2 p.m is at the Encounter Center on Sioux City's riverfront.

Presenters include the eighth grade students from Akron-Westfield. The group created a 2009 History Day Research Project and D-V-D on the life of Iowan Carrie Chapman Catt. Catt led the final march to passage of the amendment in 1920 as President of the National American Woman's Suffrage Association. The Iowa State University graduate founded the League of Woman Voters that same year.

The mother of U-S Senator Charles Grassley was the fifth woman to vote in Iowa in Grundy County when the first Iowa women legally cast votes in the election in August of 1920.

NCC names Morgan Alumnus of the Year

(SHELDON)--A Sheldon and Spirit Lake business owner is the 2010 Alumnus of the Year for Northwest Iowa Community College.

Rich Morgan of Sheldon received his Auto Body degree from what Northwest Iowa Community College was first called, Northwest Iowa Vocational School.

He took the skills from that degree in 1975 to a job at Brands Body Shop and purchased the business four years later. It was relocated in 1992 and he changed the name to Morgan Collision Center and Tire. He expanded the business to include mechanical repair and tires. Service is offered for cars to heavy duty trucks.

In 2006, Morgan opened Collision Masters in Spirit Lake which offers body work.

His involvement at Northwest Iowa Community College has included substitute teacher, Career day presenter, advisory committee member, teacher of E-M-S courses and internships.

Seven of his nine employees have graduated from N-C-C.

Mercy Gala honors Oncologist

(SIOUX CITY)--The Mercy Medical Center Foundation's Fall Gala will feature a southwestern theme.

The gala will honor a pioneer in cancer treatment in Siouxland, Dr. John "Jack Michalak." He was the first medical oncologist to begin a practice in Sioux City. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Dr. Michalak's practice with Siouxland Hematology-Oncology Associates in Sioux City.

He'll be honored with the Dr. George S. Spellman Annual Service Award.

Mercy Foundation Board President Dave Smetter says the oncologist's selection as the Spellmann honoree is consistent with the qualities previous honorees have exhibited. Smetter says all of us know someone with a family member or a friend who has been impacted by cancer. According to Smetter, in many instances, those families have heart-warming stories that tell about the care their loved one received from Dr. Michalak.

The fund raiser November 6th at the Marina Inn and Conference Center in South Sioux City is being chaired by chairpersons Dr. Larry and Jacki Volz.

Special enforcement begins August 24

(ORANGE CITY)--The Sioux County Sheriff's Office is joining other Iowa law enforcement and officers in the U-S to crack down on drunk or drugged driving.

The "Drunk Driving: Over the Limit, Under Arrest," effort is August 24th through September 6th.

Iowa reported 372 traffic deaths in 2009 and 92 of those were alcohol-related. 

Iowa counties eligible for federal disaster aid

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Fifty Iowa counties are now eligible for federal disaster aid in the wake of recent severe weather and flooding.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Saturday that 18 more counties are eligible for aid. They include Sioux, Dickinson and Emmet Counties.

FEMA had made 32 counties eligible earlier.

State and local governments and certain private nonprofits can seek help from FEMA's Public Assistance program.

The assistance program helps rebuild public infrastructure damage from the storms. The federal grants generally cover 75 percent of the approved eligible cost.

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I-80 crash in Jasper County leaves 6 dead, 3 hurt

COLFAX, Iowa (AP) The Iowa State Patrol says a sixth person has died after a multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 80 in Jasper County.

Spokeswoman Courtney Greene says the first call about the crash came in about 11:15 a.m. Saturday.

She says it appears that the driver of a westbound minivan fell asleep at the wheel, hit a semi and crossed the median.

The van was then struck head-on by an eastbound car.

Greene says all four people in the minivan have died. A man and a boy in the eastbound vehicle are also dead.

She says two people have minor injuries, and a third is in serious condition.

The accident shut down I-80 for about four hours.

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Pedestrian killed by car in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Cedar Rapids police say a pedestrian has been struck and killed on Interstate 380.

Police say officers responded to a call about the accident just after 1 a.m. Saturday.

Officers arrived at the scene just north of Glass Road to find that the pedestrian was dead.

Police aren't releasing the names of anyone involved.

The northbound lanes of I-380 were closed for about two hours after the accident.

The crash remains under investigation.

1 dead after several separate fires across Iowa

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) Several separate fires across eastern Iowa have left one person dead.

Assistant Dubuque Fire Chief Rick Steines says one person died in an apartment fire Friday evening. Authorities haven't released the person's name.

The fire's cause is under investigation.

Authorities say lightning sparked a house fire in Washington late Friday. No one was injured, and the fire was contained to the roof and attic.

An air conditioning unit may be to blame for a blaze that damaged a vacant manufactured home in Cedar Rapids. Fire officials say no one was injured.

The owner was in the process of selling the home and had already removed all but a few possessions.

And firefighters are blaming discarded smoking material for a Saturday fire in North Liberty.

Ames officials to lift restrictions on water use

AMES, Iowa (AP) Ames officials are lifting restrictions on water use but say tap water still isn't safe to drink.

The city was forced to shut down its water system Wednesday after broken water mains were discovered as a creek and river flooded large swaths of the city.

By Thursday, residents were allowed to use small amounts of water for showering or flushing toilets. Crews have repaired or isolated the broken mains.

City officials said residents should still use bottled water for drinking, brushing teeth, washing dishes and making ice.

U of Iowa aims to cut binge drinking numbers

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) University of Iowa officials want to move the school's high percentage of binge drinking among students down to the national average.

But school officials acknowledge it may take years to reach that goal.

Binge drinking among University of Iowa students stands at 70 percent. That's more than twice the national average of 33 percent, according to the American College Health Association.

School officials say the prevalence of binge drinking is linked to other alcohol-related problems among students.

For a role model, University of Iowa officials are looking to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where officials worked to reduce that school's high rate of binge drinking among undergraduates.

Traffic cameras become Cedar Rapids crash witness

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Police in Cedar Rapids say a recent crash shows how the city's newly installed traffic cameras can do more than catch red-light runners.

The intersection has a traffic camera monitoring it at all times. That camera was rolling when two drivers collided.

A 16-year-old girl says her car stalled at the intersection and when she finally got it going again, the light had turned red and she was in the middle of oncoming traffic.

The teen got a ticket, but can use the video to back up her story in court.

Police say the cameras act as an unbiased witness and help authorities get an accurate picture of what really happened.

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KLEM News Update August 14, 2010

(LE MARS)--Is contracting for fuel a way to trim Plymouth County's budget?

Kenny Hoefling  represents Gasrite which was started in 2006 in Omaha and is now new in the Sioux City area.

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Hoefling offered information about Gasrite when he met with Plymouth County Supervisors this week. Contracts range from three months to a year and are a minimum of 50 gallons a month.

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Hoefling explained the fuel use requirements.

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Supervisors asked County Attorney Darin Raymond about potential risks from a contracted fuel. Supervisors also plan to review information Hoefling provided to Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo. The sheriff's department uses 17-thousand to 18-thousand gallons of fuel a year.

(LE MARS)--The court administrator expects the Plymouth County Courthouse Annex Building to enhance the ability to do additional programming for youth and families. Juvenile Court staff will be housed in the Annex to be built on the southeast corner of the Courthouse block.

The 637-thousand dollar building will have offices and meeting room space.

Juvenile Court staff work from the main floor of the Courthouse in an area Court Administrator Leesa McNeil said is really designed for one person.

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According to McNeil, Juvenile Court staff and the Court system staff are looking forward to having the new facility next to the Courthouse.

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Courthouse Annex building construction is slated to begin Monday.

Airport snow removal equipment is grant-funded

(LE MARS)--The city of Le Mars is gearing up for a season that's the opposite of this week's sweltering heat and humidity. Bids will be opened Monday for snow removal equipment for the Le Mars Airport. The City Council considers the bids Tuesday.

The city was awarded a Federal Aviation Administration( FAA) grant of about $111,000 for the equipment .

City officials say the single axle dump truck with a plow, blade, and attachments for salt and sand, if needed, will look just like the newer vehicles public works staff uses to plow the streets.

The only differences will be the color due to federal requirements and limitations on where the equipment can be used.

City officials say the equipment is limited to any route serving the airport such as Highway 75, the street from the highway into the airport as well as the runway, taxi ways, and aprons.

The grant is to provide 95 percent of the cost of the equipment with the city picking up five percent.

Vehicles damaged at Le Mars businesses

(LE MARS)--A Le Mars teen is charged with burglary and criminal mischief after damage to vehicles at two Le Mars businesses.

Police report vehicles at Motor Inn and Cars Inc. on Business Highway 75  were damaged when someone tried to break into them and steal them. The damage was reported last Saturday.

Seventeen-year-old Anthony Peterson faces two charges of criminal mischief in the second degree and three charges of burglary in the third degree and possession of stolen property.

He was taken to the juvenile detention at the Youth Emergency Services (YES) facility in Cherokee.   
Hare sentenced for drug conviction

(SIOUX CITY)--A judge has ordered a Cherokee County man to serve more than 10 years in prison for a drug conviction.

The U-S attorney's office issued written information about the sentence in Federal Court in Sioux City for 29-year-old Scott Alan Hare of Cleghorn.

Hare pled guilty to making and distributing meth within one-thousand feet of the Marcus-Meridan-Cleghorn Elementary and High School. The crime occurred from October of 2005 through February of last year and involved others.

Hare was ordered to serve more than 11 years in federal prison. He is being held for the U-S Marshal's Service until he is taken to a federal prison .

Jurors are not reporting Tuesday

LE MARS)--Plymouth County jurors do not need to report for jury duty on Tuesday, August 17th. Jurors are asked to call the Clerk of Court's office after 3 p.m. on Monday, August 23 to find out whether to report on Tuesday, August 24.

The newest Excellence in the Media winners will be honored at USD next month

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) Media executives Cathie Black and Frank Vega are this year's winners of the Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media.

Black is chairwoman of Hearst Magazines, and Vega is chairman and publisher of the San Francisco Chronicle.

The annual lifetime achievement award is named for USA Today founder Al Neuharth, a South Dakota native and 1950 University of South Dakota graduate.

The presentation is scheduled Sept. 30 at USD's Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts.

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Warning system hit by lightning

NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa (AP) A civil defense siren in the eastern Iowa town of North Liberty is out of commission after being hit by lightning.

Lightning struck the outdoor siren about 2:30 p.m. Friday. Johnson County Emergency Management says the lightning caused a malfunction in the siren and set it off.

The siren will be offline until repairs are made next week. The siren is one of six in North Liberty and 51 in Johnson County.

No sirens were intentionally sounded during the storm.

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Funeral set for Iowa teen who drowned in flood

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A funeral will be held this weekend for an Iowa teenager who drowned when she was swept away by sudden floodwaters.

Sixteen-year-old Jessica Webb of Altoona was among eleven people caught in the rising waters of Mud Creek early Wednesday. She and her friends were driving from Altoona to Mitchellville when their vehicles were washed away. The other ten clung to logs and branches and were rescued.

Jessica's funeral is set for 10 a.m. Saturday at Grace Church in Des Moines.

She was a student at Southeast Polk High School.

Two  shocked at Des Moines tire plant

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Two workers have survived an electrical jolt at a Des Moines tire plant.

Fire Department Capt. Steve Brown says one of the injured reportedly lost consciousness and stopped breathing for about 30 seconds before coming back.

It happened between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. Friday at Titan Tire on Des Moines' east side. The two workers were on a catwalk about 20 feet above the floor when they were shocked by 480 volts of electricity.

Names of the injured were not available. Their injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

AP Interview: Gingrich eager to oust Iowa justices

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says he wants to help remove three Iowa Supreme Court justices who joined a unanimous ruling that legalized gay marriage in the state.

In a telephone interview Friday with The Associated Press, Gingrich accused the justices of ``substituting their values for the values of Iowa voters,'' when they overturned a law banning same-sex marriage.

Gingrich says last year's decision was one in a series of cases in which judges exercised ``dictatorial'' power. He also noted a judge's ruling last week's that threw out California's ban on gay marriage.

Gingrich says he'd like to help a group formed to remove the Iowa justices when they come up for retention votes in the November general election.

Gingrich was in Des Moines to attend the Iowa State Fair.

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