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KLEM News Update August 29, 2010

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A cloned animal has won a championship ribbon at the Iowa State Fair for the first time.

This year’s 4-H grand champion steer was named Doc. He is a clone of the 2008 winner, named Wade.

Both steers were shown by 17-year-old Tyler Faber of Sioux City. Faber’s father, David Faber, is president of Trans Ova Genetics of Sioux Center, which does cloning.

David Faber says Doc was cloned and shown at the fair to demonstrate what cloning can accomplish.

The director of 4-H livestock judging at the fair says judges didn’t know Doc was a clone when they gave him the blue ribbon on Aug. 18. But Mike Anderson also says entering a clone in the competition is not against the rules.


NWC ranked by Washington Monthly

(ORANGE CITY)–Northwestern College ranks second in Washington Monthly’s 2010 ranking of the top baccalaureate colleges in the nation.

The magazine says its ranking are based on how well the schools are fulfilling their obligations in the areas of social mobility, service and research.

Northwestern’s information about the ranking indicates the feature was begun in 2005 taking a different approach described as “What are colleges doing for the country?”

Northwestern President Greg Christy says it is great to be affirmed externally for what he witnesses every day at the Orange City college.

Yanney named to Hall of Fame

(SIOUX CITY)–A Sioux City businesswoman is one of the four new members of the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame.

Charese Yanney received the the honor Saturday in Des Moines Yanney is a partner with her father, Jim, in the family business, Guarantee Roofing, Siding and Insulation Company.

The Sioux City native left the classroom after four years as a junior high teacher to work for the family business and became a partner a year later.

Her leadership working on behalf of women and girls was noted with two events for United Way of Siouxland: Women’s Power Lunch and Women United, which have raised more than $516,000 for women and girls in Siouxland. To date, the Power Lunch has raised $231,000 that have been awarded to 68 single mothers. Women United, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for Siouxland youth 0 to 18, has awarded $285,000 awarded to 13 innovative programs.

She’s been involved in the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Siouxland, St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center Board and the Sioux City Symphony.

She’s serve on several state commissions and boards, including the Iowa Association of Business and Industry

Glow-in-the-dark games are “Welcome Week” event at Briar Cliff

(SIOUX CITY)–Briar Cliff University students are being welcomed to campus and classes with activities both on and off campus.

“Welcome Week” traditions include dinner with President Beverly Wharton and Jim Wharton at their home. The Freshmen Food Drive will benefit the Food Bank of Siouxland.

Students will also attend a presentation by Patty Spady, “Death by Alcohol: The Sam Spady Story.”

Patty Spady’s daughter, Sam, died from acute alcohol poisoning at age 19. The presentation Thursday night at eight is at the Saint Francis Center in the Stark Student Center.

Student activities for this week include picnics, athletic events, ping-pong and an outdoor evening of glow-in the-dark games.

DNR lifts Schaller boil advisory

(SCHALLER)–Residents in a Sac County community do not need to boil drinking water.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources lifted a boil advisory for Schaller Saturday afternoon.

According to written information from the D-N-R, the town’s emergency well failed during work on the water tower which caused the entire system to lose pressure. Once pressure has been lost within a water system, the potential existed for bacterial contamination which prompted the boil order.

Water samples returned Saturday morning indicated the system was free of bacteria and safe to drink without boiling.


2 injured in fire at Des Moines apartment complex

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Des Moines police say it appears that an explosion caused a massive fire at an apartment complex that left two men injured.

Police Sgt. Misti Allison said Saturday afternoon that the injured are being stabilized and will be transferred to Iowa City Hospital.

Fire Capt. Steve Brown says one person has burns to 30 to 50 percent of the body.

The victims’ names haven’t been released.

Firefighters were called to the Willow Park Apartments about 12:30 p.m. They arrived to find flames coming from a second-story window.

Witnesses say they heard a loud bang and a scream come from a second-floor apartment just before a screen door flew off.

Authorities evacuated the three-story building. The cause of the explosion is under investigation.

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Iowa teacher charged with beating teen

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) A 36-year-old Davenport teacher has been charged in the beating of a teenager.

Kelley Jo Gerdts has posted $5,000 bond. She turned herself in to police and was charged with felony child endangerment.

Authorities say the victim wasn’t one of her students. They haven’t said how she knows the teen.

Davenport police Capt. Dave Struckman says investigators have “very strong evidence” against Gerdts, including an audio recording of one of the alleged beatings taken by another minor.

Police say they’ve also recovered a broken broom handle and blood.

Gerdts has worked as a substitute teacher in the Davenport Community School District.

 Iowa police find crack cocaine, guns at restaurant

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Cedar Rapids police say they’ve recovered crack cocaine and several weapons after shots were fired at a city restaurant.

Police say they were called to Kumbala restaurant early Saturday because weapons had been discharged inside.

As officers arrived, they say a 16-year-old boy was running out, and he was found to have crack cocaine and a handgun.

A 51-year-old man and a 32-year-old man were also arrested for carrying weapons and interfering with official acts.

Police say the 51-year-old man had a large knife.

Police recovered two handguns, as well as the cocaine, from the search of the restaurant and its patrons.

No one was injured in the incident.

Older activists, younger crowd team to fight nukes

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Anti-nuke protesters of years past are joining forces with a younger generation as the battle over nuclear power appears to be starting again.

President Barack Obama has backed billions in federal loan guarantees to build two nuclear reactors in Georgia. Political support for nuclear power has grown, and people are more open to nuclear energy.

Anti-nuclear activists who protested years ago say to be effective now, they have to update their tactics. No more protests, sit-ins and horror stories. But there’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

For one group in Georgia, it’s the newer crop that really has brought those skills to the table. Emma Ogley-Oliver, a member of Nuclear Watch South, says the Internet is helping the movement grow.

Wet summer is washout for some farmers, gardeners

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) Rainfall in Iowa this summer is one for the record books.

State climatologist Harry Hillaker of the Iowa Department of Agriculture says on average across the state, 2010 will be the second-wettest summer on record.

Hillaker says records have been kept on statewide weather for more than 130 years. He says 1993 was the No. 1 year for rain, but for a while, 2010 was ahead of that.

Farmers and gardeners aren’t very happy about the wet summer.

At a farmers’ market in Ottumwa, master gardener Ule Glenn says vendors have great-looking products just not as much. She says the weather is to blame.

But farmers have some good news. A warmer-than-normal fall is expected, with perhaps a little drier weather during harvest.

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