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KLEM News for Thursday, September 22



Gehlen Catholic Schools will hold their third annual Jaywalkathon Friday. It is the school’s second largest fundraiser. The students are encouraged to raise $75 dollars each toward an overall goal of 40-thousand dollars. These monies will be used for art and teaching supplies, technology, fields trips, and more.
The students will also gather special prayer intentions from family, friends and neighbors. During the walk, everyone can gather in prayer. Students will line the track their own prayer intention bags. The event will be at the Gehlen Catholic practice track on Friday. Each grade level will walk for a half hour. Family members and friends will be invited to join students during their walk. To find out more about the walk, and to donate, visit donate.onecause/jaywalkathon.



There will be a Woodbury County District Court hearing on September 30th concerning a couple’s request that a carbon pipeline developer be at least temporarily barred from conducting surveys on their land. Navigator has sued William and Vicki Hulse of Moville. They accuse the couple of violating a state law that allows its agents to access to land along its proposed pipeline route. The Hulses have filed a counter claim. They argue the law is an unconstitutional taking of private land. Brian Rickert, an attorney for the pipeline developer, is urging the judge to expedite the case.

Brian Jorde, the couple’s attorney, told the judge there’s no legal deadline for completing the land surveys along the pipeline route.

Rickert accused pipeline critics of using the court to try to slow down the project.

Jorde told the judge he’ll be citing a recent Supreme Court opinion on property rights.

Jorde has filed similar claims for landowners in Clay and Butler Counties. Navigator is suing a Sioux Rapids man and two Butler County property owners who have refused to allow the pipeline’s surveyors on their property.



The price of regular unleaded gasoline in Iowa, as of Wednesday, rose by an average 14 cents per gallon, to 3.60.
Triple A Iowa says that’s 61 cents higher than a year ago.
In Plymouth County, the website Gas Buddy shows gasoline prices 10 cents above the statewide average along the Iowa 60/US 75 corridor, and in eastern Plymouth County, at 3.70 a gallon.



The Capitol Police officer who diverted a mob of rioters away from the U-S Senate on January 6th, 2021 has testified at an Iowa man’s trial in Washington, D-C Wednesday. Doug Jensen of Des Moines is charged with a number of felonies. Video widely broadcast and shared on social media last year showed Jensen leading a line of rioters confronting Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman. Goodman testified that as Jensen and the mob advanced up flights of stairs, ignoring his orders to halt it felt like they were going to rush him any time. Prosecutors say Jensen was among the first ten rioters to breach the Capitol. He was escorted out of the building once, but went back in through a broken window and had to be escorted out a second time.



Members of the USS Sioux City will be in Le Mars today.  Crew members will be working behind the counter this afternoon, serving ice cream to visitors at the Wells Visitor Center and Ice Cream Parlor.  The crew will be wearing their dress uniforms while serving patrons.  This is a meet and greet event for the public, to interact with USS Sioux City crew members about their ship and their service.



The Federal Reserve Wednesday increased the prime interest rate by ¾ of a percent, in order to slow inflation.  The rate is now 3.25 percent.  This is the fifth interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve since March. Fourth District US Representative Randy Feenstra of Hull says the move “threatens to fuel the ongoing recession” and will increase interest payments on the nation’s debt.





A car-bicycle accident near Sheldon injured the cyclist.  The Sioux County Sheriffs Department says the accident occurred late Tuesday afternoon on 280th Street, four miles north of Sheldon.  A car driven by 55 year old Douglas Roth of George, attempted to pass a bicycle ridden by 59 year old Michael Ahlers of Sheldon, and struck the cycle.  Ahlers was transported by ambulance to Sanford Sheldon Medical Center for treatment of injuries.



A potentially deadly trend is sweeping social media that entices people to cook chicken in cough syrup or cold and flu medicine. Iowa Poison Control Center Registered nurse Tammy Noble says this practice can be exceptionally hazardous, depending on what’s used, and she calls it a recipe for disaster. The U-S Food and Drug Administration has issued an advisory, warning consumers that cooking chicken in these medications is dangerous and Noble confirms, it could be lethal. Noble says as yet, she’s taken no calls at the hotline about this latest chicken recipe, at least not yet. Reach the Iowa Poison Control Center in Sioux City any day, any time at 800-222-1222.




Home prices remain high as there’s only been a slight increase in the number of them available on the Iowa market. The median sales price for an existing home sold in Iowa last month was just under 230-thousand dollars. That’s not quite as high as the record set in July, but overall, the home prices in Iowa were up more than 13 percent in August compared to last August. The Iowa Association of Realtors’ latest report shows about 38-hundred Iowa homes were sold last month. That’s a decline of more than 23 percent compared to August of 2021.



Iowa Senator Jonie Ernst, a Republican from Red Oak, is joining with Representative Mike Waltz of Florida in what she says is an effort to enforce U-S sanctions against Iraq. Ernst says the Biden administration continues to pursue an agreement with Iran even though the country has continued targeting of American military members in the Middle East, and they are verified assassination plots against American citizens in the U-S. Ernst says the previous administration proved that a tough stance is needed with Iran. Ernst says her bill is designed to kept Iran in check by enforcing U-S sanctions on Iran until the Secretary of State certifies to Congress that Iran has not supported any attempt or activity to kill a U-S citizen, former or current U-S official or an Iranian living within the United States.



Two former Lake City police officers and the Lake City City Administrator were arrested Wednesday in after an Iowa Attorney General’s Office investigation. The charges against 57-year-old Eric Clifford Wood, 46-year-old Aaron Lee Alspach, and 45-year-old Anthony Robert Snyder are accused of providing fraudulent information to obtain Iowa Law Enforcement Academy certification. The Lake City City Council fired Alspach in October 2021 after he repeatedly failed to attend the ILEA academy. Snyder left the Lake City Police Department earlier this year after accepting a patrol officer position with the Atlantic Police Department. All three men were charged with misconduct in office and perjury. Wood faces an additional charge of obstruction of prosecution.