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KLEM News Update August 1, 2010


(LE MARS)–Attendance for the fourth day of the 2010 Plymouth County Fair tied the 2009 record attendance.

The estimated crowd Saturday was  23-thousand 500.

The Plymouth County Fair Church Service is in Century Hall today (Sunday, August 1) at 11 a-m.

The service will be led by Marcia Young, Associate in Ministry (AiM) at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Le Mars. Charlene Lubben of Le Mars will provide music for the church service with vocal music by Ray Seaton of Le Mars.

A freewill offering will be taken during the service for the Transient Ministry of the Le Mars Ministerial Association.

Everyone is invited to be part of the church service in the air conditioned Century Hall.

Rev. Matt Hewitt, pastor of St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars, will have Mass at 11:30 a.m. in Pioneer Village.

The 4-H and F-F-A Feeder Calf and Cow Calf and Pet Shows are today. The action event in the Grandstand is the T and C Rodeo followed by fireworks.

Sunday, August 1  (Premium Feed & Grain and
Pioneer Hybrid Day)

8:00 – 10:00 a.m. 4-H & FFA Feeder Calf weigh–in (Scale in
Swine Building)
8:00 – 10:00 a.m. Open Feeder Calf weigh–in (Scale in
Swine Building)
10:00 a.m. Open Fun Day Horse Show – Horse Arena
11:00 a.m. Church Service – Century Hall
12:00 p.m. Commercial Exhibit Buildings Open
12:00 – 8:00 p.m. Lego Booth – Building West of Pioneer
Village Stage
12:00 p.m. Open Class, 4-H Exhibit Building and Blair
House Open
12:00 p.m. 4-H & FFA Cow Calf Show – Covered arena
12:30 p.m. 4-H & FFA Feeder Calf Show – Covered arena
Followed by Open Feeder Calf Show –
Covered arena, Followed by Plymouth County
Club Calf Classic
1:00 p.m. 4-H & FFA Pet Show – Open Class building
(South End)
1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Reduced Midway Rides
1:00 p.m. Chain Saw Artist – A.J. Lutter – West
Commercial Area
1:30 p.m. Old Fiddlers’ Jamboree – Century Hall
2:00 p.m. Life Skills Cow Chip Bingo – East of Clock
2:00 p.m. Open Pet Show – Open Class building
(South End)
3:30 p.m. 4-H Pride of Iowa – 4-H Building
3:30 p.m. Old Fiddlers’ Jamboree – Century Hall
4:30 p.m. Fair Auction including Wood Carvings –
Pioneer Village
5:30 p.m. Bill Riley Show – Century Hall
6:00 p.m. Mutton-Bustin’ Contest – Grand Stand
7:00 p.m. Commercial Exhibit Buildings Close
8:00 p.m. T & C Rodeo – Grand Stand, immediately
followed by fireworks
8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Open Class Exhibits Released (not 4-H
10:00 p.m. Round Barn, 4-H Exhibit Building and Blair
House Close

Pioneer Village

Sunday, August 1, 2010

3:00 p.m. Marissa Harvey, Country Vocalist – Sponsored by Great Lakes Hybrid& Dean Foods

4:30 p.m.Auction of Chainsaw Creations and Belt Buckles

6:00 p.m.The Browns – Sponsored by Premium Feed & Grain, Brunsville

7:00 p.m.Marissa Harvey, Country Vocalist – Sponsored by Peoples Bank of Akron& Farmers Coop Society of Ireton

8:00 p.m.The Browns – Sponsored by Kingsley State Bank & Taco John’s

Kid’s Stage:

Sponsored by Icon Ag Solutions

4:00 p.m.
Steve Russell, Comedy with a Catch6:00 p.m.Steve Russell, Comedy with a Catch8:00 p.m.Steve Russell, Comedy with a Catch

Grand Stand Entertainment

6:00 p.m. Mutton Bustin

8:00 p.m. T & C Rodeo immediately followed by Fireworks

Pioneer Village is stage for Fair Auction

(LE MARS)–The final day of the 2010 Plymouth County Fair features the Fair Auction in Pioneer Village this afternoon.

The king-size quilt created by Geri Dreckman of Le Mars for the auction is a fabric rendering of wooden Barn Quilts of Plymouth County.

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Completed in 450 hours, the fair auction quilt is Dreckman’s way of giving back–either for a ninth or 10 time. She hasn’t formally kept track.

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The quilt idea was suggested to her two years ago by Becky Scheitler of Le Mars.  Dreckman began the project gathering photos of the barn or welcome quilts a year ago. It’s a project she describes as the most fun and frustrating.

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The 2010 collectible toy Fair Truck began at the 2009 fair as Albert Schultz of the Le Mars Toy Store explains. 

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The 1/64th scale die-cast aluminium toy truck is blue with red and white striping. Schultz has many “regulars” collecting one of the 150 toys made each year.

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The first two sequentially numbered trucks of the 150 produced are donated for the auction this afternoon.

Chainsaw artist A-J Lutter’s fair carvings are the centerpiece of the Fair Auction which will feature collectible belt buckles–this year cast with Lutter’s image. The auction is in Pioneer Village.

Life Skills Quilt Auction passes 2009 record

(LE MARS)–Bidders at the Life Skills Foundation Quilt Auction  bought quilts, wall hangings and afghans to raise nearly 18-thousand dollars Saturday in Le Mars.

The auction total was 17-thousand 875 dollars with bids from individuals, families and businesses. The 14th Annual Life Skills Charity Quilt auction topped last year’s record breaking total of 14-thousand 695 dollars by more than three-thousand dollars.

The top bid was 19-hundred dollars. The  Dennis Kessenich family bought the Snake River Log Cabin patterned quilt pieced from more than 44-hundred patches by Virginia Freyermuth. Kessenich’s family and Freyermuth donated the queen-size quilt for the auction. The gift for the auction was in his honor. He receives services at Life Skills.

Auctioneers from Brock Auction Company and Stabe Auction took bids for 79 quilts and afghans donated by groups, individuals and churches.

The auction opened with a “Thank You” to those who donated items for the auction and for those who’d make the purchases.  Performers were 4-Her’s as well as individuals who receive Life Skills Services.

All proceeds from the auction benefit the programs and services of Life Skills Training Center. The center assists individuals with disabilities to achieve their highest level of independence and inclusion in their communities.

Corps warns of Missouri River flooding near Omaha

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is warning residents in the Omaha area of possible Missouri River flooding.

The corps’ Robert Ruch says the river is expected to rise to 28.5 feet this weekend, which could cause lowland flooding in parks and campgrounds. Flood stage is 29 feet.

The river is expected to swell as floodwaters from heavy rain earlier this week in southwest South Dakota and northwest Iowa flow downstream. The corps says upstream dams are nearly full, so water is being released from Gavins Point Dam near Yankton, S.D., to make way for further rainfall.

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


Man dies after fight at Mount Pleasant Moose Lodge

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa (AP) Police say a 68-year-old man is dead and two others are in custody after a fight at the Mount Pleasant Moose Lodge.

Larry Allen of New London died Friday night at the Henry County Health Center.

Police were called to the lodge after several reports of the fight.

Dennis Wiley Sr. has been charged with one count of serious assault and one count of simple assault.

Dennis Wiley Jr. is charged with two counts of serious assault.

It was not immediately clear whether the men have attorneys.

Police say additional charges are pending. DES MOINES RIVER SEARCH

Crews search for man in Des Moines River

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Police and rescue crews have been searching the Des Moines River for a 24-year-old man.

Friends and family say Michel Castillo went into the water near the Birdland Marina early Saturday.

They say they could hear splashing and calls for help after he fell or jumped into the water.

Searchers have had to combat fog and darkness. The search continued Saturday morning.

Ames re-examining ‘restaurant’ exemption for bars

AMES, Iowa (AP) Ames is considering another look at its ordinance that allows patrons of any age to get into bars if at least half the revenue comes from food.

The move follows the death of a 19-year-old Iowa State University student, who was hit by a train following a night of drinking in April.

Cmdr. Mike Brennan says police don’t want to hurt a place’s food businesses. But he says some Ames-area establishments operate as restaurants much of the time, then effectively turn into bars past certain hours at night. He says that’s legal, but it makes enforcement harder.

Brennan says police are consulting with the city attorney’s office about possibly revising the city code. But he wishes Ames businesses could begin policing themselves voluntarily.

Puppy given as gift from deploying dad is stolen

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) A puppy that a 10-year-old Davenport boy got from his father just before he deployed to Afghanistan has been stolen from his front yard.

The Blue Nose Pit Bull puppy named Caleb was taken the same day that Cameron Valle’s father left for his yearlong deployment.

That’s according to Cameron’s mother, Gina, who says her son doesn’t want to sleep or eat after the puppy’s theft.

Gina Valle says two men approached the puppy as if to pet it Wednesday afternoon but instead snatched it and took off in a car.

She’s asking for the puppy’s safe return and says she’ll buy the culprits a new one if that’s what it takes.

2nd runway reopens at Eastern Iowa Airport

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Eastern Iowa Airport Director Tim Bradshaw says officials are breathing a sigh of relief now that the airport’s second runway has reopened.

The Cedar Rapids airfield was down to one runway for about 25 days as part of a larger construction project.

The second runway reopened Friday.

Bradshaw says the extra runway is an important backup in case of emergencies and for air traffic control. The runway also allows aircraft to land into the wind.

Crews have been working on the airport’s main runway.

Bradshaw says the paving project is 70 percent done, and up to 90 percent of the runway’s surface has been poured.

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

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