FFA Day at the State Capital Wednesday
01/28/2015 - Senator Dennis Guth, Republican from Klemme visits with FFA members and their instructor, Debbie Barkela, from Belmond-Klemme during FFA Day at the Capitol. Guth is serving in his 1st term in the Iowa Senate. He serves on the Economic Growth, Local Government, Rules and Administration Committee.
Guth serves Senate District 4 which includes Emmet, Kossuth, Winnebago, Hancock and Wright Counties.
Photo: Dennis Guth with Belmond-Klemme FFA, courtesy of Senator Guth's office.
Highway 69 South of Belmond to Reopen Wednesday Afternoon
01/28/2015 - Highway 69 south of Belmond has reopened to through traffic. Pete Hjelmstad, Field Services Coordinator for the D-O-T tells KLMJ News the highway reopened this (Wed) afternoon after being closed since mid-April for a bridge replacement. Cost of the new bridge just over 2 point 7 million dollars.
According to Belmond City Manager LeeAnn Waltzing, signage in the city that was put up along the detour route including stop signs at 5th Street Southeast and Luick's Lane South as well as no parking along 5th Street Southeast will remain in place and be enforced until the city council makes a decision on whether to remove them or keep them in place.
City of Latimer Looking for New City Clerk as Muhlenbruck Announces Retirement
01/28/2015 - The City of Latimer is looking for a new city clerk. After 35 plus years, Judy Muhlenbruck is retiring. Judy tells KLMJ News that she has always told people she would know when the time was right to retire and says she has now decided it's time to do something else.
The City of Latimer is currently accepting applications for the city clerk position. Judy says the city would like to have applications in by the next council meeting, February 11th. Applications can be mailed to the City of Latimer, PO Box 744 zip code 50452 or dropped off at city hall between 8 am and 3 pm Monday through Friday.
Judy Muhlenbruck's last day as Latimer City Clerk will be March 31st.
Hardin County I-T Director Resigns for Job in Marshall County
01/28/2015 - At today's (Wed) Hardin County Board of Supervisors meeting, the board approved the resignation of Information Technology Director, James Nehring who has accepted a full time Chief Information Officer position in the Marshall County Information Services Office. Nehring's last day with Hardin County will be Friday (Jan 30). Nehring has been with Hardin County since 2008.
In other business, the Hardin County Board of Supervisors approved a 28-E agreement with the City of Marshalltown to participate in the lead hazard control program and set March 4th, 4:45 pm as date and time for a public hearing concerning the fiscal year 2016 county budget.
Applications Now Being Accepted for Honor Flights out of Waterloo
01/28/2015 - The Sullivan-Hartogh-Davis Post 730 of Waterloo is looking for World War Two and Korean War Veteran's interested in being part of an honor flight this year. Post 730 serves five counties, including locally Black Hawk, Bremer and Grundy.
Jim Zacharias of Geneva, American Legion Commander of Iowa's 3rd District tells KLMJ/KQCR News Veterans from surrounding areas are welcome to join the honor flights that will depart from Waterloo.
Honor flights are day long flights to Washington D.C. with veteran's visiting various historical sites and war memorials. Applications are available by contacting Craig White with the Sullivan-Hartogh-Davis Post in Waterloo at 319-215-7104. Applications are processed in the order that they are received. Dates for 2015 flights have not yet been released.
Additional information can be found at www.shdpost730waterloohonorflight.org.
Iowa Court of Appeals Remands Elphic Franklin County Conviction for Further Review
01/28/2015 - A Hampton man sentenced last year for allegedly posting harassing photos on facebook has had his conviction returned to Franklin County District Court at which time it will be up for further review following an Iowa Court of Appeals ruling released today (Wed).
30-year old Jonathan Elphic was charged by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office in November 2013 following an incident that involved online threats through facebook. Elphic was charged with first degree harassment and terrorism. In a plea agreement, Elphic plead guilty to the harassment charge. The charge of terrorism was dismissed.
Elphic appealed to the higher court claiming his attorney was ineffective in letting him enter a guilty plea without factutal basis for the harassment charge and also challenged aspects of his sentence.
The Iowa Court of Appeals ruling states that because the images Elphic acknowledged posted did not support a factutal basis for harassment, his conviction has been remanded for further proceedings. Elphic was originally sentenced to serve two years in prison. He was released from custody after filing the appeal in April.
Fire Destroys A Garage In Northeastern Franklin County
01/28/2015 - Last (Tue.) night the Hansell Fire Department was called out on the report of a garage on fire in the 24-hundred block of 190th Street northeast of town. No injuries reported. Hansell Fire Chief Mike Norman tells KLMJ/KQCR News when his department arrived the two stall detached garage was totally engulfed. Norman says there was not very much in the garage but it's considered to be a total loss. Norman says the cause appears to have been from an overloaded electrical socket that had two heat lamps and a freezer plugged in to it. Firefighters were on the scene 90 minutes. Assisting agencies were the Bristow and Dumont Fire Departments, Dumont Ambulance and the Franklin and Butler County Sheriff's Offices.
Several Computers Stolen From The Iowa Falls Walmart
01/28/2015 - Yesterday (Tue.) morning the Iowa Falls Police Department received the report of four computers stolen from the Walmart store. The alleged theft took place Sunday night. Iowa Falls Police Chief Ron Kuhfus tells KLMJ/KQCR News someone placed the four computers in a shopping cart and walked out of the store. There were no security tags on the boxes that would have tripped the store's alarm system. The computers overall have a value of $4,041.
*****Iowa Falls Police continue to investigate recent burglaries at car washes. Kuhfus tells KLMJ/KQCR News that a similar burglary incident took place at a car wash in Marshalltown so his department is comparing notes with the Marshalltown P-D.
Steven Mulford New Grand JiVante Director of Nursing
01/27/2015 - Grand JiVante in Ackley has a new Director of Nursing - Steven Mulford. Grand JiVante C-E-O Julie Hinders says that Mulford comes to Grand JiVante with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the nursing field and as a nursing administrator. Most recently Mulford served as Resident Care Coordinator at the Rehabilitation Center of Hampton and prior to that was Director of the Medical Surgical Unit at Ellsworth Municipal Hospital.
Grand JiVante, formerly the Presbyterian Village is a senior living center that offers independent and assisted living apartments as well as a skilled nursing facility, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation and memory care unit.
Grand JiVante is currently in the process of developing a new site in Iowa Falls that will include individual villas, apartments, wellness center with swimming pool and a main street area with pub, theatre, business center and meeting spaces. Construction will begin this spring, with the Grand Opening slated for early 2016.
KLMJ Cribbage Tournament Saturday at Godfather's in Hampton
01/26/2015 - There's still time to get signed up for Saturday's (Jan 31) KLMJ Relay for Life "Peg for a Cure" cribbage tournament, the first fundraiser of the year for the KLMJ Radio Freq's Relay for Life team. There will be several chances to win prizes that include so far a hand crafted cribbage board, Gift Cards, Gift Certificates to various Hampton and Sheffield businesses, Wellness Center passes, UNI and Adventureland tickets and a framed print of ISU Men's basketball coach, Fred Hoiberg.
Last year, 43 cribbage players raised 9-hundred dollars with all proceeds to benefit the 2015 Franklin County Relay for Life. C.W. Zimmerman of Hampton won the 2014 "Peg for the Cure" cribbage tournament taking 7 out of 8 games.
For more information or to get signed up stop by KLMJ located on Highway 65 North, Hampton or call 456-5656. There is a 20-dollar entry fee that includes a pizza buffet, pop and cribbage at Godfather's Pizza in Hampton. Meal runs noon til 1 pm, cribbage tournament begins at 1 o'clock.
Below: Unique cribbage board hand crafted and donated by John Johansen of Latimer. One of over a dozen prizes up for grabs at Saturday's Cribbage Tournament.