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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.

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