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KLEM News for Thursday, November 30


The Le Mars Water Department is urging residents to fill out a questionaire concerning the kind of water lines and water treatment that are in your home.

Water Superintendant Rich Sudtel says it’s important that a large number of Le Mars residents respond to the online survey.


Sudtel explains how to find and fill out the survey.


The deadline for completion of the survey is October of next year. That leaves time for the water department to carry out any home visits that could occur because of insufficient survey results.



Iowa’s Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Health Inspection Service have confirmed two positive cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Woodbury County.

The affected sites are both backyard mixed species flocks.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the recent detections in birds do not present a public health concern, and that it remains safe to eat poultry products.

Commercial and backyard flock owners should try to prevent contact between their birds and wild birds.

Sick birds or unusual deaths among birds should be immediately reported to state or federal officials.



The wife of G-O-P presidential candidate Ron DeSantis is stepping up her solo appearances in Iowa as the Caucuses draw closer. A few weeks ago it was Casey DeSantis who introduced Governor Kim Reynolds at the rally where Reynolds delivered her public endorsement of the Florida governor. During an interview with Radio Iowa, Casey DeSantis laughed when asked if she had a role in securing that endorsement for her husband.


Governor DeSantis says he and his wife shrug off criticism from the left. And Casey DeSantis says the associate of former President Trump who recently made a crude comment about her is part of the campaign noise that should be ignored.


Casey DeSantis is an Ohio native who graduated from the College of Charleston with a degree in economics. She’s a former T-V anchor and reporter and currently the mother of three children under the age of seven.


The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a motor vehicle accident Tuesday evening that occurred on 360th Street; five miles southwest of Rock Valley, IA.

19 year old Jim Lucano-Carias, of Beresford, SD was driving his car eastbound on 360th Street when he lost control of the vehicle, entered the south ditch and rolled.

Lucano-Carias reportedly received minor injuries, but declined further medical treatment.

Lucano-Carias was cited for failing to maintain control of a motor vehicle and operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Rock Valley Ambulance and Iowa State Patrol.



Plymouth County authorities responded to a pair of injury accidents reported over the Thanksgiving holiday.  A rollover accident last Friday evening near Brunsville injured two occupants of the vehicle.  The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa State Patrol, Le Mars Fire and Rescue, Avera Care Flight and Sanford Air Med responded to the scene.  The two injured occupants inside the Jeep Wrangler were transported to the hospital.

One person was injured in a single vehicle accident involving a cement mixer. That accident occurred last Wednesday afternoon in southwest Plymouth County. The cement mixer was travelling west on 282nd St. near South Ridge Road, and failed to negotiate a turn.  The cement truck turned on its side, trapping the driver inside.  51 year old Cesar Gutierrez-Ayon of Sioux City was extricated and flown to a Sioux City Hospital.

The Plymouth County Sheriffs Office, Hinton Fire and Rescue, Stockton Towing and Wings Air Rescue all responded to the scene to extricate the driver. The Iowa State Patrol, Hinton Police,  Hinton Fire Rescue, Plymouth County Conservation, Wings Air Rescue and Stockton Towing assisted at the scene.



J.D. Scholten of Sioux City has announced he is running for a second term in the Iowa Legislature.

Scholten is a Democrat who serves House District 1, representing the northside of the Sioux City area.

He is one of two Democrats from the western half of the state serving in the Iowa Legislature.

Scholten says by running for re-election, he is committed to bring back balance to our state and to restore common sense at the capitol.

Scholten says he will always put people over politics.
He was previously the 2018 and 2020 Democratic nominee for Iowa’s 4th District Congressional seat.

Currently, Scholten is an analyst/investigator for a private company.



Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy says the government should not grant carbon pipeline developers authority to seize land from Iowans who do not want the pipeline on their property.


On Friday in Des Moines, Ramaswamy will appear at an event with a group of carbon pipeline opponents called the Free Soil Coalition.


Ramaswamy says his competitors for the G-O-P presidential nomination should clearly state their views on the issue. He’s also challenging Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, who has endorsed rival Ron DeSantis, to say whether she’s on the side of eminent domain or not.