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KLEM News for Friday, September 23



Cherokee County is the 4th northwest Iowa county to re-enact a burn ban.

County Emergency Services say at the request of all fire chiefs, Cherokee County has been placed in a burn ban until further notice.

Burn permits will not be issued at this time, but permits may be reconsidered once crops are out of the fields.

Recreational fires will be allowed, however, any fire must be in a contained pit, with a lid to prevent the spreading of hot embers.

Plymouth, O’Brien and Sioux counties are also under a burn ban.



Crewmen from the USS Sioux City visited Le Mars Thursday, meeting visitors and scooping ice cream at the Wells Ice Cream Parlor and Visitors Center.

Senior Chief officer Matt Morford says they are now awaiting their next mission aboard the Sioux City.

Gunner’s Mate Kyle Wawrzenski is pleased with what he’s seen during his visit to Siouxland.

Chief Gunner’s Mate James D. Borchert II says the area reminds him of his hometown, Luling, Texas.

Chief Morford says part of his duty with the Sioux City is to learn about this area.

Chief Gunner’s Mate Borchert has been with the Sioux City since shortly after it was commissioned.

Chief Officer Morford says the USS Sioux City is designed to operate in shallow waters.

The sailors stopped in Le Mars before attending the annual Chamber of Commerce Dinner at the Sioux City Convention Center.

 From left to right: Chief Officer Morford, Gunner’s Mate Wawrzenski, and Chief Gunner’s Mate Borchert.



Northwest Iowa Democrats are hosting a dessert social Friday night in Orange City.  The event will feature the major party candidates running for office in the November elections.  These include US Senate Candidate Michael Franken; 4th Congressional candidate Ryan Melton; Candidate for Lt Governor Eric Van Lancker; Secretary of State candidate Joel Miller; Secretary of Agriculture candidate John Norwood; and incumbent State Auditor Rob Sand.  Admission is free, but advance registration is required.  Tickets can be obtained on line at nwiadessertsocial.eventbrite.com

The event will be held at 7 p.m. at the De Witt Theatre on the Northwestern College campus.  The Democrats of Sioux, Osceola, Lyon, and O’Brien Counties, and the Northwestern Campus Democrats are hosting the event.



Another colorful mural is being painted in Sioux City over the next week. This one will celebrate the community’s Hispanic cultures by portraying a local traditional Mexican dance troupe. Neighborhood services manager Jill Wanderscheid says the new mural on West Seventh Street is a way to build community pride in the neighborhood’s rich past.

The mural will depict the dancers from Ballet Folklorico Estrellas de Jalisco, a group of local Hispanic folk dancers. The artist, David Manzanares moved to the Midwest from Mexico and says he’s excited for the opportunity for immigrants like him to be celebrated in art.

It’s the third mural painted in the corridor in the past year. It’s also the third in a series of public art investments to celebrate the street’s history of being home to diverse communities.



A federal fugitive from Omaha was arrested Wednesday in Fort Dodge after leaping from a second-story window and trying to run. The Webster County Sheriff’s Office was notified that Cameron D. Carodine, a known Bloods criminal street gang member, was wanted on outstanding warrants related to a federal investigation based in Omaha. Caroline was taken to the Fort Dodge hospital after an unsuccessful attempt to get away. He will be transferred back to Omaha. The Webster County Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating the incident and criminal charges may be filed against the individuals who assisted Carodine in evading arrest in Fort Dodge.



A second woman involved in the vandalism of the Dakota Access pipeline was sentenced to six years in federal prison. Ruby Montoya admitted to cutting holes in the pipeline in several locations, and setting fire to equipment in Mahaska, Boone, and Wapello Counties, from November 2016 to May of 2017. Montoya, who is 32 and living in Arizona, was joined by Jessica Reznicek. Reznicek is serving eight years in prison. Montoya was also ordered to pay nearly three-point-two million dollars in restitution. The two were arrested after vandalizing a sign at the Iowa Utilities Board office after admitting they did the vandalism — saying they were trying to protect water supplies from the pipeline.