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KLEM News PM Update August 23, 2010

(LE MARS)–Community support for Le Mars Community and Gehlen Catholic extracurricular activities is celebrated with “Pride Night,” tonight (Monday).

The tailgate by the Gehlen Catholic and Le Mars Community Booster Clubs begins at 5:30 this afternoon at Jim Lorenzen Stadium. The pep rally is at seven tonight.

Fall sports season previews are planned with interviews of the coaches by KLEM Radio Sports Director Denny Callahan.

Highlights of “Pride Night” include the introduction of all activity sponsors and coaches and all students involved in activities/sports.

Three people will have the opportunity to kick a field goal and win up to $500 during the annual “Kick for Cash” sponsored by KLEM.

Orange City group masters one rim

(ORANGE CITY)–An Orange City group pedals its way through parades and celebrations.

Unicycle enthusiast A-J Korver says riding the one-wheeled cycle is unlike anything else.

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David is A-J Korver’s cousin who bought a unicycle after seeing them in Europe and was one of three Korvers forming the Orange City club in 2008.

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According to A-J, club members practice together on Mondays mastering tricks they’ve read about on the Internet.

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The group has had up to 30 riders.

If you’re interested in trying to pedal on one rim,  A-J estimates a used unicycle costs  $50, while a new one is $100.

The unicyclists take their talents on the road with appearances in the Ice Cream Days parade in Le Mars and at Orange City care centers. They’ll be part of the parade in Sutherland at 11 a-m on September 6th. Learn more about the Eenwieler (Dutch for unicycle) Club at


Sioux City  inmate died of liver failure

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A prison official says a Sioux City man sentenced to 25 years in prison for killing his wife died earlier this year of liver failure.

Fifty-one-year-old Tim Sohler, at inmate at the state prison in Anamosa, died in June at University Hospitals in Iowa City.

Department of Corrections spokesman Fred Scaletta says an autopsy showed Sohler died of liver failure, but additional tests could not determine the cause.

Sohler was charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of his wife in their home in December 2008.

He pleaded guilty last October in Woodbury County District Court to attempted murder and willful injury.

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

Highway 20 repairs in Sioux City underway

(SIOUX CITY)–Highway 20 repairs will lead to lane restrictions in the Sioux City area beginning today (Monday).

According to the Iowa Department of Transportation, asphalt resurfacing and patching work between Morningside Avenue, Exit 3, near Sioux City and Highway 140, will require a lane closure until about October first.

Drug charges filed after rural Milford search

(SPIRIT LAKE)–Two rural Milford residents face drug charges are a search of a residence last week.

According to the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were joined by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Milford Police and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement in executing a search. The joint investigation search was made just before midnight last Monday.

Authorities report Glenn Ripka and Jeannette Ripka were both arrested and the Ripkas were each charged with felonies of possession of a controlled substance, marijuana, with intent to deliver the drug; failure to have a drug tax stamp; and a third charge of possession of drug paraphernalia

FDA commissioner says agency needs more authority

WASHINGTON (AP) The head of the Food and Drug Administration says her agency is taking the massive egg recall “very, very seriously,” but needs more enforcement powers.

Appearing on morning news shows, Margaret Hamburg urged passage of legislation giving federal regulators significantly more authority to intervene when food safety problems arise.

Hamburg called for more investigative tools in the wake of some 1,300 salmonella poisonings and the recall of around a half-billion eggs distributed by two Iowa farms. She advised consumers to cook eggs well and avoid the over-easy style, saying there should be “no more runny egg yolks for mopping up with toast.”

Hamburg appeared Monday on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” NBC’s “Today” show and CBS’s “The Early Show.”

5 wounded in shooting at Iowa bar

KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) Authorities are investigating a weekend shooting that left five people wounded after a hip-hop concert at a bar in Keokuk.

The shooting happened shortly before 2 a.m. Saturday at the L-Treyns Sports Bar and Nightclub.

Mayor Tom Marion says the unidentified victims were treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Their names were not immediately available.

Marion says the bar was getting ready to close after the concert when some kind of altercation occurred inside that might have spilled outside

Police Chief Tom Crew was expected to release details about the shooting on Monday.

1 dead in horse-drawn buggy crash in Iowa

LAMONI, Iowa (AP) Authorities say the driver of a horse-drawn buggy pulling some farm equipment was killed when the buggy was hit by a car in southern Iowa.

The accident happened shortly before 9 a.m. Saturday on a Decatur County road near Lamoni.

The Iowa State Patrol identifies the buggy driver as Enos Yoder, of Lamoni.

Troopers say the driver of the car was apparently distracted by his MP3 player and didn’t see the buggy. Both vehicles were traveling south, and the car hit the buggy from behind.

The patrol says one of the two horses pulling the farm equipment was killed.

The accident remains under investigation.
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