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KLEM News PM Update July 16, 2010


(MOVILLE)–A Siouxland business will receive state funds for growth.

Industrial Design Fabrication and Installation of Moville plans to lease a larger building in Sioux City. An award of 125-thousand dollars was made by the Iowa Economic Development Board and the state Economic Development Department for the expanding business.

Industrial Design Fabrication and Installation is a job shop that designs, fabricates and installs various products, mainly for the food processing industry.

According to the Iowa Department of Economic Economic, the state award will support the creation of nine new and 16 retained jobs. The more than three-million dollar project is expected to create and retain a total of 71 jobs with this expansion. Also locating with the business in Sioux City will be sister company 3T Services, a piping company specializing in plumbing, pipe fitting and pipe welding for the food processing industry.

Museum awarded 72-hundred dollars for displays

(Sioux City)–Sioux City’s new museum will receive state funds from the Historical Resource Development Program.

More than 600-thousand dollars was awarded to Iowa organizations and individuals for 35 projects.

The Sioux City Public Museum-Siouxland Heritage Foundation was awarded about 72-hundred dollars for display cases.

The grant will be used to buy new display cases for temporary exhibit that showcase the artifacts and collections owned by the Sioux City Public Museum. The museum is relocating to the former J-C Penney building in downtown Sioux City.

Buena Vista Database Breach Probed

(STORM LAKE)–A data breach on the Buena Vista University campus has allowed unauthorized access to a database of thousands of records.

University officials say a nationally-recognized computer forensics team was hired to conduct an investigation and discovered the breach, which may include names, Social Security numbers, and some driver’s license numbers for B-V-U students, parents, faculty and staff, alumni, and some donor records. The records date back to 1987. Campus officials say there’s no indication any of the personal information has been or is being misused or disclosed to other people. The unauthorized access was confirmed in June, and they began identifying and notifying the 93-thousand people involved. The incident has been referred to the U-S Attorney for the District of Minnesota. University president Fred Moore says the security of all personal information provided to the university is of utmost importance and they deeply regret this incident has occurred. He says they’re taking steps to mitigate any risk of potential harm. The university is in the process of providing formal notification to state attorneys general and to authorities in Puerto Rico. It also mailed letters to all 93-thousand people whose data may have been accessed, informing them of the incident and about steps they can take to protect their personal information and credit. The school has also contracted with a leading national credit protection agency to provide credit monitoring and protection services at no charge. (News report by Radio Iowa)

(HOSPERS)–Two people were injured in a traffic accident on Highway 60, near Sheldon, Thursday afternoon.

The Iowa State Patrol reports a truck driven by Ashley Gesink of Hospers slowed to turn into a field drive. A freight truck driven by Ricki Updike of Sheldon was unable to stop in time and chose to take the ditch due to another vehicle in the other lane. Gesink did not see the truck and continued her turn striking Updike’s vehicle.

Updike and Gesink were listed as injured in the Patrol’s report.

Hill convicted in daughter’s death

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) A judge has convicted a Sioux City man of a child endangerment charge in the death of his 4-month-old daughter.

Woodbury County Judge James Scott on Thursday found Paul Hill guilty of child endangerment causing death in the 2009 death of his daughter, Tryniti.

Hill was found not guilty on a second count of multiple acts of child endangerment.

Hill faces up to 50 years in prison when he’s sentenced on Aug. 10.

Police say Hill called 911, saying his baby wasn’t breathing. She later died at a hospital. An autopsy showed the child died from a blow to her stomach.

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

Iowa’s US Senate candidates report large donations

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Iowa’s U.S. Senate race continues to draw big money, with Democrat Roxanne Conlin and Republican Charles Grassley reporting large donations to their campaigns.

In her latest financial disclosure, Conlin reported raising about $640,000 in the second quarter of the year. She has about $850,000 cash on hand.

Grassley, who is seeking his sixth term, reported donations of about $630,000 with reserves of $5.7 million.

In other high-profile races, 2nd Congressional District Republican nominee Mariannette Miller-Meeks reported having roughly $100,000 in reserves. In the 3rd District, Republican nominee Brad Zaun also had about $100,000 in reserves.

Reports weren’t available Thursday for Democratic incumbent Reps. Dave Loebsack and Leonard Boswell.

Pilot in fatal crash identified

IOWA FALLS, Iowa (AP) Police in Iowa Falls have identified 74-year-old Henry Klemme as the pilot in a fatal plane crash.

Authorities say Klemme was attempting to land his aircraft, commonly known as a “kit” airplane, at the Iowa Falls Municipal Airport runway Thursday afternoon, but it crashed a few dozen yards short of the strip.

Witnesses said it sounded as if the engine had died. They watched the plane nose-dive into a neighboring soybean field. When emergency workers arrived, the plane was engulfed in flames.

Firefighters worked with witnesses to pull Klemme from his aircraft. Iowa Falls Police Chief Ron Kuhfus says the pilot was pronounced dead at the scene and likely died immediately upon impact.

Fire knocks out power in downtown Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Des Moines authorities say power has been restored in part of the city’s business district after it was knocked out by an underground fire.

Des Moines firefighters using chemicals put out the fire that erupted Thursday morning in an underground electrical vault.

MidAmerican spokesman Mark Reinders says the outage was caused by equipment failure. He says utility workers were repairing equipment responsible for the outage.

Authorities say the Hotel Fort Des Moines, the Hubbell building, some Wells Fargo offices, Allied offices and the Financial Center building lost power because of the fire. Some of the buildings were switched to backup generators.

Traffic signals were also affected by the outage.

Power was restored between 1:15 and 1:30 p.m.

2 boys die after being found in Pella pool

PELLA, Iowa (AP) Organizers of a sports camp say two boys found at the bottom of a pool in Pella have died.

The boys were found in the pool at the Pella Aquatic Center shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday.

The boys were attending a sports camp at Central College organized by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

The organization says in a statement Thursday that the teens, ages 14 and 15, were from the Kansas City area. They were taken to a Pella hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

The boys’ names were not immediately released. Autopsies are pending.

The organization says the boys were spending the evening at the pool with others attending the camp, and that there were at least 10 lifeguards and 20 group leaders on site.

Pella police are investigating.

Survey of bankers shows slowing economic recovery

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) A survey of rural bankers in 10 Midwest and Plains states shows a setback in the recovering economy.

The overall index for the Rural Mainstreet economic report released Thursday dropped to 49.3 in July, from 52.6 the month before.

The index ranges between 0 and 100. A score below 50 suggests the economy will contract in the next few months; above 50 indicates the economy will expand.

The index had been above 50 since April, breaking a 26-month streak below that mark.

Bankers from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming are surveyed.

3 rafters looking to raise funds for gulf

BELLEVUE, Iowa (AP) Three men are floating down the Mississippi River on a rubber raft in an effort to raise money for victims of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Launching from Bellevue, Iowa, on Wednesday, were 24-year-old Justin Dworak and 26-year-old Matt Bergmann, both of Galena, Ill., and 25-year-old David Kolck of Dubuque. They said they expect to arrive in New Orleans next month. Along the way they expect to collect donations for Louisiana-based Lower Mississippi RIVERKEEPER.

According to Kolck, many people told them their idea was a little crazy. He says the idea grew out of two dilemmas: what to do with a raft left over from a garage sale, and what to do to help those affected by the oil spill.

They plan to sell stickers designed for the trip and ask for donations as they float down the river.

US flag reappearing on golf course island

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) Old Glory will fly again on the pond island at the ninth hole of the Irv Warren Memorial golf course in Waterloo.

The flag was raised in the 1990s. That was when former Waterloo Leisure Services Commission chairman Bob Molinaro made landscaping improvements to the pond while also donating $200,000 to install a new course watering system.

The flag came down in 2004 after golfers complained it could deflect golf shots. Others said the flag wasn’t properly illuminated when flying at night.

Two former mayors, several former commission members and a number of golfers packed the commission meeting room Tuesday in support of Molinaro’s request to replace the flag.

Commission members voted 5-0 in favor of raising the flag again, provided volunteers maintained it. Molinaro says he will have the flag flying by this weekend.

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

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