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KLEM News PM Update, December 30, 2010

(LE MARS)–A Le Mars man who is retiring from a career filled with figures isn’t totalling them when he reflects on his work. Instead, Charles Neuroth of Farmers Savings Bank of Remsen is adding up appreciation for the many people who helped him and a business that’s made a difference in people’s lives.

The Farmers Savings Bank President said it was the people he enjoyed in his Remsen banking career.

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Neuroth also recalled what some of the bank people he’s met over the years have taught him.

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He’s been at Farmers Savings Bank for 33 years. KLEM news asked Neuroth what he was most proud of.

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Farmers Savings bank has a history of financing public projects. Why was that important?

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Neuroth thanks everyone for their business and support and for attending a recent Remsen Chamber of Commerce coffee where he was honored. Vogel Bancshares Incorporated of Orange City has purchased Farmers Savings Bank.

Artist study includes informational gathering

(SIOUX CITY)–The idea of developing living and work space in Sioux City for artists has reached the stage of gathering more information.

Downtown Partners, the city of Sioux City and the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce have hired Artspace Projects from Minneapolis to conduct an Artist Market Study.

The project will determine the viability of developing affordable live/work space for artists of all disciplines in Sioux City.

Artists are invited to see the former warehouse at the United Center January 11th from 5-7 p-m. The transformation is an example being considered by the Artspace Projects consultant.

An Artspace project survey can be found online at www.ArtspaceSiouxCity.org through January 21st.

Fishing to begin at DeSoto

MISSOURI VALLEY, Iowa (AP) The DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge will soon open for ice fishing but new rules will be in effect.

Ice fishing will be allowed starting Sunday and continuing through February, although fishing will be suspended Jan. 8-9 for a deer hunt on the 8,358-acre refuge that straddles the Missouri River in Iowa and Nebraska. Anglers are urged to test the ice before heading out on the water. At least four inches of clear blue ice is recommended.

A release from the refuge says there is a new daily bag limit of 15 for crappie and bluegill on DeSoto Lake for 2011, and anglers are limited to two lines.

Driver injured after semi is rear-ended

(SPENCER)–A two-vehicle accident north of Everly closed Highway 18 for about eight hours Tuesday morning.

The Clay County Sheriff’s office reports a truck driven by 32-year-old David Betz of Rolfe was stopped on Highway 18. Betz was preparing to turn north onto 130th Avenue.

According to the sheriff’s office, an eastbound truck driven by 47-year-old Mark Limkemann of Harper’s Ferry struck the rear of the truck Betz was driving. The impact caused the semi Betz was driving to be pushed about 265 feet, spin and come to rest in the ditch.

Limkemann was taken to the Spencer Municipal Hospital.

Fog hampers air traffic at Eastern Iowa Airport

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Heavy fog is still forcing flight cancellations and other problems at Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids.

Spokeswoman Pam Inman said Thursday morning that American Eagle had canceled its flights up to 1:30 p.m. Inman said United had canceled its morning flight to Denver and that American had canceled four or five departures.

Inman says visibility is variable but was down to a quarter mile a little before 10 a.m.

The airport is not closed. Inman says the airlines have different rules for takeoffs and landings that guide their decisions on flight delays or cancellations.

Several flights were affected by fog on Wednesday, including a flight from Arizona carrying the University of Iowa football team. The plane was diverted to Madison, Wis., by the thick blanket.

$16.5M Hot Lotto ticket sold in Des Moines, Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A $16.5 million Hot Lotto ticket is out there somewhere, waiting to make someone or several people a lot richer.

Iowa Lottery officials said Thursday that a lottery ticket sold at a Des Moines Quik Trip convenience store won Wednesday’s jackpot.

It’s the third-largest prize ever offered in the game. The jackpot has been won six times before.

The six numbers: 3, 12, 16, 26, 33 and Hot Ball 11.

Iowa Lottery chief executive officer Terry Rich is encouraging the winner or winners to get professional advice before claiming the prize.

Hot Lotto is played in the District of Columbia, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Vermont and West Virginia.

The jackpots start at $1 million and rise until won.

Iowa to owe nothing in election spending audit

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Iowa won’t have to repay any money in connection with $2.5 million misspent voting funds.

State officials announced Wednesday that a resolution has been reached with the U.S. Election Assistance Commission over a federal audit that showed state election officials misspent money on entertainers, a gala, get-out-the-vote radio ads and travel while Gov. Chet Culver was secretary of state.

The Des Moines Register says state elections staff worked to fix problems to reduce the repayment amount to $221,000. The problems stemmed from the 2002 Help America Vote Act program, from which Iowa received $30 million.

Secretary of State Michael Mauro says the state won’t have to repay the money after he asked federal officials for a credit for expenses that were eligible for voting funds but were paid with state money.

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission agreed to the deal.

Bar owner dropping US lawsuit against Iowa City

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) The owner of an Iowa City bar has decided to drop his federal lawsuit against the city.

Mike Porter filed the lawsuit a year ago, targeting a city policy on liquor licenses for bars that allowed underage customers. Among other provisions, the policy denied liquor licenses to bars with underage patrons ticketed for possessing alcohol at a rate higher than one citation per visit by an officer.

Porter’s bar The Summit was one that the city recommended for denial of a liquor license. An administrative law judge and the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division later said the policy didn’t follow state law.

The council subsequently adopted an ordinance forbidding underage people in bars.

Porter’s attorney, Steven Havercamp, says Porter was making a business decision to drop the lawsuit.

Lawsuit: Des Moines city bosses harassed staffer

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A woman says in her lawsuit that human resources managers for the city of Des Moines had sexually harassed her when she worked in their department.

The lawsuit names city human resources director Tom Turner and human resources manager Michael Carter.

They and other city officials would not comment on the lawsuit filed in Polk County District Court by Stephanie Trujillo.

According to The Des Moines Register, Trujillo’s lawsuit says rubber bands were fired at her backside, comments were made about her breast implants and jokes were made about symptoms caused by her brain lesion from Lyme disease.

Trujillo’s attorney says Trujillo has transferred to another city department.

The lawsuit requests damages and policy changes for city workers.

Man’s body found in Council Bluffs parking lot

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) An autopsy is planned on the body of a man found face down in a Council Bluffs parking lot a few blocks from City Hall.

Police say the body was found around 3 p.m. Wednesday and that there was no indication the man was a crime victim. Police say the investigation is continuing, however.

The autopsy is scheduled to be done Thursday in Des Moines.

Police identified the man as 51-year-old Timothy Brannan, of Council Bluffs.

Plucky pooch survives wound from arrow

SUNBURY, Iowa (AP) A lucky, plucky little dog has a new home, now that he’s recovered from an arrow wound.

Authorities say a Sunbury family found the 5-pound pooch in November. An arrow had pierced its body but missed vital organs.

The dog is believed to be a Chihuahua. It underwent surgery, then recovered over six weeks at a shelter in Tipton, Friends of the Animals.

The shelter vice president, Dee Shotwell, told The Gazette of Cedar Rapids that the dog was adopted on Tuesday.

She says he’s been named Victor, because “he was victorious. He came through an ordeal.”

Cedar Rapids station KGAN says officials with the Cedar County Sheriff’s Office think a child fired the arrow from a crossbow.

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