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Thursday News, July 29th


Highway 75 Early Monday Morning Accident Victim Becomes A Traffic Fatality

(Le Mars) — Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office has announced the victim of that early Monday morning traffic accident has now died from her injuries sustained from the accident. 56-year old Kristine McElroy of Sioux City was driving a 2015 Audi going northbound on Highway 75 when her vehicle left the
roadway at mile marker 119 and struck a guard rail and the overhead highway sign. McElroy died at a Sioux City hospital on Tuesday, July 27th. The accident happened at about 3:00 a.m.




Schram And Henrich Become Plymouth County Fair King And Queen

(Le Mars) — The crowning of the Plymouth County Fair King and Queen was held Wednesday evening. This year had an overwhelming number of candidates with 12 contestants seeking the position of king, and 26 women vying for the queen title. KLEM’s Dave Grossenheider again served as the ceremonies emcee. First, was the selection of the fair’s king and two prince positions.

The selection of “Mr. Personality” was awarded to Cale Moffit, and Samuel Bowen and Jacob Spencer were chosen as the Plymouth County Fair Princes.
Next up was the selection of the Plymouth County Fair Queen and her royal court. The title of “Miss Congeniality” would be announced first.

The moment had finally arrived as to the announcement of the 2021 Plymouth County Fair Queen. 24 women were dressed in formal gowns, each having their fingers crossed, hoping they would hear their name be announced as the next fair queen. The envelop was opened and Emcee Dave Grossenheider echoed the
name after the last queen Kara Albrecht made the anticipated announcement.

McKenna Henrich would soon find herself holding on to several trophies, floral bouquets, and crowns, after winning both the title of “Miss Congenialty” and the title of the Plymouth County Fair Queen.




Newly Crowned Fair King And Queen Comments About Their Positions

(Le Mars) — Following the crowning of the new royalty candidates, KLEM news was able to visit with both the new fair king, Caden Schram, and Queen McKenna Henrich.




Reynolds May Send Iowa State Troopers Back to Southern Border

(Des Moines, IA) — Governor Kim Reynolds says undocumented immigrants and illegal drugs are “infiltrating” Iowa and says she may send state troopers to Texas to provide border security in the future. The state will spend about
300-thousand dollars on the two-week mission 28 state troopers just completed earlier this month. Reynolds said, “It is an investment that I believe was well spent in helping really secure the southern border, the humanitarian efforts that were put in place.” The Republican governor plans to re-evaluate in late August and may send state troopers back to the southern
border. Reynolds said Iowa and other states like Nebraska and Florida are “stepping up” because the Biden Administration’s policies have made the border “a magnet” for illegal migrants, drug smugglers and human traffickers.

(photo courtesy of the Des Moines Register.)




Students At Iowa Public Universities Will Pay Higher Tuition This Fall

(Iowa City, IA) — The Iowa Board of Regents has approved tuition increases starting this fall. Tuition was frozen last year during the coronavirus pandemic, but a loss of state funding brought on the change. The approval was given Wednesday afternoon. Students at the University of Iowa and Iowa
State will see their tuition charges increase by almost 300 dollars. At the University of Northern Iowa tuition will go up by 115 dollars.




Regents Approve Naming of Kinnick Stadium Field After Duke Slater

(Iowa City, IA) — The Iowa Board of Regents approved a proposal today (Wednesday) to name the football field at Kinnick Stadium in honor of Hawkeye football great Duke Slater. U-I vice president Rod Lehnertz told the facilities committee, “Duke is recognized as one of the greatest players in Iowa football history — and was a pioneer — breaking through racial barriers both in football and throughout his professional life.” Slater grew up in
Clinton, and played tackle for the Hawkeyes from 1918 to 1921. Lehnertz said, “He was the first Black student-athlete in school history to earn All-American honors. He was a three-time first-team All-Big Ten selections, and competed for the Iowa Hawkeyes in football as w ell as track and field.” A residence hall on campus was named for Slater in 1972, and a statue of him
stands on the north side of Kinnick Stadium. Slater died on August 14th of 1966 at the age of 67.




Two More Iowa Counties Become 2nd Amendment Sanctuaries

(Winterset, IA) — Two more Iowa counties have become Second Amendment sanctuaries. Tuesday votes by the Board of Supervisors at both Cedar and Madison counties mean there are now four Iowa counties where sheriff’s offices won’t be enforcing state or federal gun laws that conflict with the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. Adams County is also
considering a similar resolution at its August 2nd meeting, but all that is pending is a discussion, so far.




Suspect Charged in December 2020 Death of Lake Park Woman

(Spirit Lake, IA) — A woman is jailed on one-million dollars bond in connection with a body found last December in Lake Park. Dickinson County prosecutors say 26-year-old Allison Decker is charged with the first-degree murder of 25-year-old Angel Bastman. Decker was arrested in Woodbury County
and transferred to Spirit Lake. The criminal complaint says Decker had property that belonged to Bastman and witnesses said she was in Lake Park at the time of Bastman’s death. The medical examiner determined Bastman died of a homicide.




Long-Time Manchester Mayor Not Running For Re-Election

(Manchester, IA) — The northeast Iowa town of Manchester will have a new mayor next year for the first time since 1974. Mayor Milt Kramer, thought to be Iowa’s longest-serving mayor, announced he will not run for re-election this fall. Kramer said, “I will be turning 85 in February and I’m realistic to realize that hey, this thing can’t go on forever and forever.” Mayor Milt
has served the city for 52 years. He was a teacher and high school basketball coach when he was first elected to the city council in 1970 – and after serving nearly five years on the council, he was elected mayor, a position he’s held for the past 47 years. He says he’ll spend these final five months in office continuing to work with the council on the city’s goals. Kramer says he’s been hearing a lot of positive feedback since making
his announcement Monday.




Waucoma Pork Dealer Sanctioned By Federal Regulators For 2nd Time

(Iowa City, IA) — A Waucoma-based pork dealer that does business nationwide has been sanctioned by federal regulators for a second time.
Lynch Livestock is accused of illegal buying practices that cheated hog sellers out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. The Iowa dealer has been ordered to stop recording false weights for the hogs at its buying stations.
Lynch will pay a civil penalty of 445 thousand dollars. The U-S-D-A had ordered the company to stop the same improper practices four years ago.




Des Moines Police: Man Running From Officers Shoots Himself To Death

(Des Moines, IA) — Des Moines police are reporting a man who was running from officers Tuesday stopped and shot himself to death. Officers were responded to a call from a woman who said she was being threatened by a group of men. As they pulled up, the 18-year-old man began to run. When he finally stopped, officers say he took a handgun out of his pocket and pointed
it at his head. All efforts to de-escalate the situation failed and he shot himself. First aid was provided, but he died before he could be rushed to a hospital. The man’s name hasn’t been released.