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KLEM News PM Update June 8, 2010

(KINGSLEY )–Kingsley-Pierson students are the second in the nation to form a high school Pheasants Forever chapter.

The group is led by chapter co-presidents Dustin Slota who just graduated from Kingsley-Pierson and Matt Steffen who will be a senior in the fall.

Steffen and Slota with leadership from chapter advisor and faculty member Matt Benson have signed up 20 middle and high school students for membership in the Kingsley-Pierson L-L Hawkeyes High School Pheasants Forever Chapter.

Additional chapter leaders include Alex Plendl and Danny Young who are co-vice presidents; Jadin Collins, habitat chair; secretary Brandon Sitzmann; and youth chair Austin Neumann.

John Linquist is the regional representative of Pheasants Forever who says the students have planned projects and won’t take the summer off.

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As regional representative, Linquist and a regional biologist will join the Plymouth County Chapter of Pheasants Forever in mentoring the Kingsley-Pierson student chapter.

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Linquist points to lifelong benefits of a youth chapter.

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Kingsley-Pierson L-L Hawkeyes High School Pheasants Forever Chapter joined Oskaloosa Pioneering Ringnecks as the only high school-oriented Pheasants Forever chapters in the nation.

(ORANGE CITY)–A Sioux Center man will serve time in the Sioux County Jail.

Information about the conviction of 23-year-old Sergio Navarro-Vega was released in a press release from Sioux County attorney Coleman McAllister.

McAllister’s information indicates Navarro-Vega was charged with felony forgery and forgery as a less serious charge when Sioux Center Police investigated a domestic disturbance in August of last year.

Police charged him with having a fraudulent and falsified Social Security card belonging to a Los Angeles, California man and having a forged and fraudulent permanent resident alien card. The paperwork was used to get a job at Sioux Preme Egg in Sioux Center. He is a native of Mexico who McAllister says is not legally authorized to be employed in the United States.

A judge sentenced Navarro-Vega to serve five years for the felony forgery conviction, but suspended the sentence. He was ordered to serve 60 days in jail for the misdemeanor forgery conviction. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has placed a hold on Navarro-Vegas’s custody for deportation proceedings.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The polls open today in Iowa for hotly contested primaries that will frame November general election campaigns.

Republicans were putting the finishing touches Monday on a three-way fight for the right to oppose Gov. Chet Culver, while three Democrats were vying to challenge Sen. Charles Grassley.

Polling showed former Gov. Terry Branstad leading over businessman Bob Vander Plaats and state Rep. Rod Roberts in the Republican primary for governor, but low-turnout primaries can confound predictions.

In the Democratic Senate primary, Roxanne Conlin is favored over Tom Fiegen and Bob Krause.

Republican primaries in the 2nd and 3rd Congressional Districts also were drawing attention.

Polls will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) Jurors have found former kosher slaughterhouse manager Sholom Rubashkin not guilty of all 67 child labor violations he faced.

Jurors reached the verdict Monday in the second day of deliberations after a nearly monthlong trial in Waterloo.

Rubashkin had been charged with 67 counts of child labor violations involving 26 teenagers from Guatemala and Mexico who worked at the Agriprocessors plant in Postville in 2007 and 2008.

Rubashkin will be sentenced June 22 in federal court for separate fraud convictions in connection with bank loans his company received.

Agriprocessors was the site of a May 2008 immigration raid in which 389 workers were arrested.

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa (AP) Attorneys in the murder trial of 15-year-old Edgar Concepcion Jr. have called their final witnesses and are planning their final arguments.

Both the prosecution and the defense rested on Monday afternoon.

Concepcion faces charges of first-degree murder and first-degree sexual abuse in with the death of his 3-year-old cousin, Krystel Banes.

The final testimony came from Krystel’s 9-year-old brother, Banjo Banes, who appeared as a rebuttal witness for the state. He testified about the day Krystel died while Concepcion was baby-sitting for them in Charles City.

The last defense witness, forensic psychologist Antionette Kavanaugh, testified that adolescents are more likely to make false confessions than adults because they are more susceptible to leading questions and pressure. Kavanaugh also testified that lack of sleep can lead to false confessions.

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) Newly disclosed records show that a cosmetic surgeon who previously practiced in three other states was fired last year from Marshalltown Medical and Surgical Center after being accused of poor patient care.

The records pertaining to Dr. Andrew Ribner’s conduct were made public at a state hearing dealing with Ribner’s request for unemployment benefits after he was fired from the Marshalltown hospital last July.

Internal hospital records indicate that nurses and hospital executives had concerns about Ribner’s conduct. He was accused of neglecting his patients and their families, ignoring safety policies and discriminating against patients who relied on Medicaid or other public assistance.

The 63-year-old Ribner, who now practices in New Mexico, did not return calls from The Des Moines Register, and his wife declined comment.

Ribner’s physician’s license is in good standing with the Iowa Board of Medicine.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) Administrators at the University of Dubuque say they have decided against acquiring Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka, Alaska.

University of Dubuque president Jeffrey Bullock sent an e-mail Monday saying it was time to step away from the table.

Officials at both institutions had discussed the possibility of Dubuque buying at least part of the now-shuttered Sheldon Jackson, parcels of which are being sold off to avoid bankruptcy.

When it closed in 2007, Sheldon Jackson was the oldest continuously operating educational institution in Alaska. It was founded by a Presbyterian missionary in 1878 as a training school for Alaska Natives and evolved, over time, into one of Alaska’s few private colleges.

The offer by Dubuque, a fellow Presbyterian school, reportedly centered on Sheldon Jackson’s hatchery, a small corner of the 230-acre campus.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The director of the Iowa Department on Aging has resigned after questions were raised about his role in overseeing the long-term care ombudsman.

Gov. Chet Culver announced Monday that John McCalley resigned and that former legislator Ro Foege would take over the job immediately as the interim director.

McCalley’s resignation came after ombudsman Jeannie Yordi complained that he had limited her ability to freely advocate on state and national issues. The U.S. Administration on Aging has ordered the state agency to ensure the ombudsman can take stands on policies she believes are in the best interest of Iowa seniors.

Yordi says McCalley’s policies prompted her to take early retirement later this month.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller has appointed Geoff Greenwood as communications director and public information officer for his office.

Greenwood has been a reporter for KCCI-TV in Des Moines for 22 years.

In announcing the appointment Monday, Miller said Greenwood is an excellent communicator, treats people fairly, and has a reputation for complete integrity.

Greenwood will replace Bob Brammer, who is retiring later this month after 31 years with the Attorney General’s Office.

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