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KLEM News for Saturday, September 2


Siouxland Habitat for Humanity is tying into the Le Mars Fall Clean-up to benefit their ReStore facility.

Kim Fickett, Marketing and Development Manager for Habitat, told KLEM the ReStore truck will be parked in Le Mars across from Red’s Printing at the former Bomgaars location, accepting donations.

Hours will be from 9 a.m. till 1 p.m. Tuesday, September 5 through Friday, September 8, and on Saturday, September 9 from 8 a.m. till noon.

Although the Restore facility is located in Sioux City at 1150 Tri View Avenue, Fickett says Siouxland Habitat for Humanity services multiple counties.

The collection will not accept Automotive items, paint, shag carpet, or mattresses.   All Appliances and Lawn and Garden Equipment must be clean and in 100% working order.  Sales made at ReStore help fund future Habitat home builds.



April showers may bring May flowers but September is only bringing the heat. Forecasters say most of Iowa will have unseasonably steamy weather this weekend. Meteorologist Brad Small, at the National Weather Service, says this hot spell will run through at least Tuesday.

There is a silver lining to this cloud, Small says, even though there are no rain clouds likely to be spotted for a while.

The prolonged heat wave last week saw upper 90s and low 100s for five straight days, including a host of new high temperature records, with Sioux City reporting a record heat index of 122.



The  Department of Natural Resources has advised against swimming in 11 lakes across the state again this week. This includes three spots in the Iowa Great Lakes: Crandall’s Beach on Big Spirit Lake; Emerson Bay and Gull Point State Park on West Lake Okoboji.  The D-N-R’s Jason Palmer in the Water Quality division says the return of wildlife and agricultural runoff toward the end of the season has created an elevated risk for all types of harmful bacteria. They look first for E-coli as an indicator of conditions where we they might also see other pathogens or virulent bacteria that are of human health concern.  The D-N-R held over last week’s advisories as they says the heatwave made it unsafe for workers to take new samples.



The Orange City Tulip Festival Steering Committee has announced their night show production for next year.  Auditions for “Footloose”, will take place January 8, 9, and 11 in Orange City.  The stage producted will be directed by Drew and Amanda Lemke.  Susan Henrich will be the producer.  Ticket sales begin Monday, January 13.  With a minimum contribution of 100 dollars to the Friends of the Festival Foundation, you can receive early access to purchase tickets to the Night Show starting December 1.”Footloose” will be held May 13 – 18 at the Orange City Town Hall.



A local photographer is this year’s featured artist at Sioux City’s annual ArtSplash festival, which is underway this holiday weekend in that northwest Iowa city. Britton Hacke (BRIT-un HACK-ee) says one of his goals is to modify mindsets about his hometown. Growing up in Sioux City, Hacke says he’s heard a lot of negative things about the community and he wants to change people’s views and show his hometown in better light. Hacke’s photography highlights the landmarks of Sioux City, from historic buildings to the War Eagle Monument, and the community’s people, including a shot of a homeless guy holding a sign reading, “We’re gonna’ make it” while flashing a peace sign. ArtSplash features around 70 artists from across Iowa and almost a dozen other states. It runs Saturday and Sunday in downtown Sioux City.



A Granville woman was injured Friday in a motor vehicle accident a mile east of Alton.  The Sioux County Sheriffs Office says Michelle Van’t Hof, 43, was driving east on Highway 10 when she drove onto the shoulder, lost control of the vehicle, and entered the south ditch.  The vehicle struck a power pole.  Vant Hof suffered severe injury, and was airlifted to Mercy Hospital in Sioux City.

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A motor vehicle accident west of Granville along Iowa Highway 10 Thursday caused a power outage in that area.  The Sioux County Sheriffs Office said 61 year old Dennis Schmit of Alton was driving a pickup pulling a post auger.  The post auger was extended into the air, and it struck several power lines at several intersections spanning nearly six miles.  The accident cut power to the city of Granville and the rural areas along Highway 10.  There were no injuries reported.  Damage to the power lines was estimated at 5-thousand dollars.