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KLEM News AM Update April 29, 2010

The Ice Cream Dessert and Flavor Creation contest is June 16th at 6 p-m at the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor and Museum. Pre-registered desserts and ice cream flavor creations will be judged. There are contests for both kids and adults. Details and registration information are available through the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce.

Local amateur grill masters will prepare their best ribs for the new Grill 'n' Chill Rib Rally Saturday, June 19th at the Olson Cultural Event Center.

Events for Ice Cream Days begin with "Artistic Flavors of a Textile Kind" featuring area textile students and professionals' exhibits at the Le Mars Art Center on Wednesday, June 16th from 1-5 p-m. Ice Cream Days logo entries for 2010 will also be displayed. The exhibits continue through Saturday, June 19th.

Bob's Drive Inn is the destination for the Tri-State Drive-In Cruisers at 5 p-m on June 16th. Root beer floats are hand-created at the Miller's Lunch display at the Plymouth County Historical Museum during Ice Cream Days.

On Thursday, June 17, Primebank hosts the annual Ice Cream Social and an outdoor family movie is shown at the Olson Cultural Event Center.

The Le Mars Area Y-M-C-A 15th annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament is June 18th.

Cleveland Park is headquarters for the Cleveland Castle Family Fun Fest Friday night.

"Tour de Plymouth," is the Ice Cream Days bike ride that begins at 7 a-m Saturday, June 19th with two route choices.

The Ice Cream Days Parade is at 9 a-m Saturday with Art in the Park at Foster Park beginning at 10 a-m. The Kiwanis/Aktion Club Ice Cream Social is Saturday evening at Foster Park along with the Le Mars Municipal Band Concert.

The complete listing of activities is at www.lemarsiowa.com with information also available by calling the Chamber office.

(CHARLES CITY)--A Le Mars native who writes children's books says it's difficult to find a publisher who will consider a new author.

Joyce Holton Crawford began her efforts to get her first book published in 1993. Although she didn't work at it all the time, the retired Charles City school teacher was not successful until 2009.

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Holton Crawford is in Le Mars speaking to Le Mars Community Elementary School students. She says small-town Iowa was a huge influence on her.

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She plans to publish two other children's books, including "Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down."

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She will be at the Le Mars Public Library at 5:30 this afternoon.

(ORANGE CITY)--Northwestern College students will study in China, Ethiopia, Ecuador, Great Britain and Tanzania this summer.

Northwestern College kinesiology department professor Dr. Dean Clasbeek leads a three-week course in China to examine medicine, physical fitness and sport. There will be weekend excursions to the Great Wall and to a Buddhist monastery.

Spanish professor Rick Clark was raised in Ecuador by missionary parents. The South American trip Clark will lead includes a trip to the Amazon rainforest.

Arnold Carlson who is a Northwestern College art professor and son of African missionaries leads the three-week course in Ethiopia. Contemporary culture will be studied.

British culture through art and theatre is the focus of a trip lead by Northwestern College theatre professors Jeff and Karen Barker.At least a dozen theatre productions and eight museum visits are part of the trip to England.

Dr. Ruth Baumer and Deb Bomgaars who are members of the Northwestern nursing faculty will lead a three-week trip to Tanzania. Students will learn about rural clinics an orphanage and health services through observing health teaching in villages.

(LE MARS)--
Hillview Recreation Area near Hinton is the location for a national day of service sponsored by Modern Woodmen of America.

According to local coordinator Cory Harman, the local chapter of Modern Woodmen of America is sponsoring "Join Hands Day" Saturday at the Plymouth County Conservation Board's Hillview Recreation area.

Volunteers will do a trail clean-up and plant trees at Hillview. Funds for the new trees were donated by Modern Woodmen of America.

Volunteers are asked to bring large garbage bags and latex gloves. They'll meet at the Hillview shelter house on the top of the hill Saturday morning at 9:30. The project led by Conservation Board Naturalist Victoria De Vos will end at 11:30 Saturday morning.

(WASHINGTON)--A northwest Iowa fire department will receive Federal Emergency Management Agency funds.

Senator Chuck Grassley announced the competitive grant award for the Sanborn Fire and Rescue Department totalling 26-thousand 410 dollars.

The funds supplement training, equipment, personal protective equipment, wellness and fitness and health safety changes for fire stations and facilities.

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa
(AP) A study has found Iowa seniors who wish to stay in their homes with assistance will pay more compared to what seniors pay in the rest of the U.S.

A Genworth Financial survey found 78 percent of seniors prefer to receive long term care at home; 18 percent chose assisted living; and 2 percent selected a nursing home.

The survey showed the median annual rate for home care costs in Iowa is $46,858, about 8 percent greater than the median annual rate of $43,472 nationally.

The costs were calculated using home health aid services' annual rates, which is $19 per hour nationally, and $20 hourly in Iowa.

Linn County Aging and Disability director Elizabeth Reichers says a homemaker aide service is available on a sliding fee, and Iowa's waiver program can help low-income seniors stay in their homes.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Governor Chet Culver has named Des Moines attorney Mary Tabor to the Iowa Court of Appeals his fifth appointment to that court.

Culver named Tabor on Wednesday to replace Iowa Appeals Court Judge Robert E. Mahan, who is retiring after 31 years of service.

Tabor is a longtime employee of the Iowa Attorney General's Office, where she currently serves as the Criminal Appeals Division director.

Tabor received her undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa in 1985, and her law degree with high distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1991. As an undergraduate, she was editor-in-chief of The Daily Iowan. While in law school she was managing editor of the Iowa Law Review and worked as a prosecuting intern for the Johnson County Attorney's Office.

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

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