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KLEM News PM Update September 28, 2010

(KINGSLEY)–Two people were injured in an accident involving an A-T-V and a dirt bike about four miles northwest of Kingsley Monday night.

The Plymouth County sheriff’s office reports the dirt bike operated by 23-year-old Brandon Schoen of Sioux City and the A-T-V operated by 21-year-old Andrew Arnold of Sioux City had been running dirt trails.

The sheriff’s report states Schoen and Arnold were going to a residence to put the vehicles away about 9:30 last night and were being operated without lights.

The vehicles met head on a gravel road, Noble Avenue, and both drivers were ejected.

Schoen was taken to Mercy Medical Center by Kingsley Ambulance for incapacitating injuries. Arnold was taken to the Sioux City Hospital by Mercy Air Care for incapacitating injuries. He was transferred to care at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha. Schoen is hospitalized at Mercy in fair condition.

Grain auger accident investigated by sheriff’s office

(LE MARS)–A Le Mars man was injured in a farm accident Friday afternoon (September 24th).

The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office reports 59-year-old Wayne Kolbeck was caught in a grain auger inside a grain bin in the 3400 block of 200th Street.

Le Mars Fire-Rescue and Le Mars Ambulance responded to the farm accident.

Kolbeck was taken to Floyd Valley Hospital by ambulance and later transferred to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City by Mercy Air care.

New clinic opens in Sioux City Friday

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) Two new clinics that will provide health care to low-income Iowa adults are to open in Sioux City and Waterloo.

The state Department of Human Services announced the new clinics on Tuesday. Officials say IowaCare patients can receive services at the new clinics instead of traveling to University Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. The Siouxland Community Health Center in Sioux City and Peoples Community Health Clinic in Waterloo will open Friday.

Iowa Medicaid enterprise director Jennifer Vermeer says the IowaCare program has grown three times faster than officials predicted. The program serves about 38,000 eligible adults. The Sioux City clinic will provide care to patients in 12 northwestern Iowa counties and the Waterloo clinic will serve patients in 14 counties.

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

Street project planning begins in Orange City

(ORANGE CITY) Construction on a street to serve an expanding industrial area in Orange City is expected to begin in the spring.

A Sioux City firm has been hired to design more than 2000 feet of street in the Orange City Industrie Centrum in southeast Orange City.

The street work will provide access to nine additional lots totalling about 54 acres fur future industrial projects.

One business locating in the area was announced last month. Pioneer Hi-Bred’s new Northwest Iowa Research Center will be in the industrial park.

Orange City Development Corporation Vice President Marty Guthmiller said with the announcement by Pioneer Hi-Bred, and other pending projects, the need to complete the transportation plan and have more “shovel-ready” building lots is critical to meeting development project short deadlines.

More than 400-thousand dollars in state transportation funds has been awarded for the street improvements. According to information released by the city of Orange City, the street project is to be completed by next July/August.

Texas woman dies from Clay County accident injuries

(SPENCER)–A woman injured in a traffic accident in July in Clay County has died in Texas.

The Clay County Sheriff’s office was notified by a medical examiner in Austin, Texas that the death of 63-year-old Janet Price of Garland, Texas was a result of the accident in Iowa on July third.

Price was the driver of a car that was was struck by a sport utility vehicle as Price attempted to cross Highway 71 from Highway 18. The sheriff’s office reported Price failed to yield from the stop sign.

Price was taken by air ambulance to a Sioux Falls hospital after the accident. Her injuries were listed as life-threatening.

Poll: Iowans give Obama poor marks

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A Des Moines Register poll shows a slight majority of likely Iowa voters disapprove of President Barack Obama’s performance.

The first-term Democrat is on a four-state tour of backyard visits, which includes Des Moines on Wednesday.

The Iowa Poll in Tuesday’s newspaper shows 55 percent of likely voters in Iowa say they are dissatisfied with Obama. The rate is up from 50 percent since the poll measured approval for Obama in February.

Among all Iowa adults, Obama’s disapproval was at 50 percent, up from 47 percent in February.

The telephone poll was conducted Sept. 19-22 by Selzer Co. Inc. of Des Moines of 803 Iowa adults. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. Questions asked of 550 likely voters have a margin of error of plus or minus 4.2 percentage points.

Owner claims mystery photos found in Iowa flood

COLFAX, Iowa (AP) A treasure trove of photographs and keepsakes found in a rubber tub floating in flooded Colfax has been claimed.

WHO-TV reports that Jodie Borts, of Colfax, says the tub belongs to her brother-in-law, David Witke, who recently moved to Florida. Borts says he ran of room in the moving truck and stored some of his belongings in a relative’s garage in Colfax.

The bin was found by Delores Parvi’s son, who spotted it after the Skunk River flooded Colfax last month. A military photograph had the name “Witke” on the man’s uniform.

David Witke says the airman is his older brother, who died in a car accident in 1989.

Iowa woman pleads not guilty to school theft

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) A former office manager accused of taking $1.2 million from the Clinton Community School District has pleaded not guilty to a federal theft charge.

The Clinton Herald says Denisa Babcock, of Camanche (kuh-MANCH’), entered a not guilty plea on Monday in U.S. District Court in Davenport.

Babcock was indicted last Tuesday on a federal theft charge for allegedly stealing $5,000 or more from the district. State Auditor David Vaudt on Friday released a report that found the district was missing $1.2 million in undeposited collections, interest and improper disbursements.

Babcock was released on $250,000 bond. Her trial is set for Nov. 1 in Davenport.

A call to Babcock’s attorney, Leon Spies (speez) of Iowa City, on Tuesday was not immediately returned.

Judge sentences Cedar Rapids landlord to 20 years

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) A federal judge has sentenced a Cedar Rapids landlord to 20 years in prison after he was convicted of mail fraud, tax fraud and perjury.

U.S. District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett on Monday sentenced 56-year-old Robert Miell, who had pleaded guilty last year to 18 counts of mail fraud and two counts of perjury. A jury also had convicted him of two counts of filing false federal tax returns.

Miell owned hundreds of rental properties in Cedar Rapids. He was convicted of perjury in connection with a civil lawsuit brought by insurance companies that claimed he falsely sought payments for roof repairs that were never completed.

The other convictions stem from a scheme to defraud renters by retaining damage deposits and by failing to report insurance payments on his tax returns.

Miell also was fined $250,000.

Boy rescue from grain wagon in Iowa

DYERSVILLE, Iowa (AP) Authorities say a child was rescued from a grain wagon in rural Dyersville in northeast Iowa.

The Dubuque County sheriff’s office says an emergency call about the incident came in shortly before 7 p.m. Monday.

Officials say when emergency crews arrived, family members had pulled the boy out of the wagon. The child was taken to an area hospital, then flown to University Hospitals in Iowa City.

The sheriff’s office on Tuesday says no additional information, including the boy’s name and condition, had been released.

Thief steals ashes of Iowa woman’s father

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) A Waterloo woman is asking the thief who broke into her home to return the oak box containing her father’s ashes.

Suzanne Young’s father, Edwin Ireland, died eight years ago.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier says two weeks ago, her home was burglarized and the thief took off with the urn containing her father’s remains.

The burglar struck early Sept. 16 while Young was spending the night with a friend.

The bandit took jewelry boxes from the top of a dresser, as well as the wooden box containing the ashes.

Young suspects it was mistaken for a jewelry box.

No arrests have been made.

Man dials wrong number in alleged Iowa threat

CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) Authorities say no charges will be filed against a man who allegedly called in a threat to the Floyd County Courthouse in Charles City by mistake.

Floyd County Sheriff Rick Lynch told the Globe Gazette that the man called Monday afternoon, but he dialed the wrong number. The man was actually in Cresco and was trying to call the Howard County Courthouse.

Lynch says precautions were taken at the Floyd County Courthouse until officials determined the man was outside the Howard County Courthouse.

Lynch said officials in both counties have dealt with the man in the past and he has some “anger issues.”

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

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