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Hampton Public Library 50K in 50 Days Campaign Ends

12/22/2014 - Over 40-thousand dollars has been raised in the Hampton Public Library 50-Thousand Dollars in 50-Days Fundraising Campaign to make much needed repairs to a portion of the library building.

Library Director, Kim Manning tells KLMJ News she was thrilled with the response from the community in helping to meet the needs of repairing the southeast corner of the 1-hundred year old library building that has begun to bow. Another project that was planned by the Library's foundation, an outdoor courtyard had to be put on hold due to the issues with the wall.

Although the fundraising campaign is over, tax deductible donations are always accepted and can be mailed to the Hampton Public Library at 4 - Federal Street South in Hampton, 50441. The Hampton Public Library is under the control of the City of Hampton. No timeline has been set on when the repairs will get started.

KLMJ Makes Changes to News Programming

12/22/2014 - KLMJ listeners today (Mon. Dec 22) are noticing something new: Associated Press National and International news headlines at the beginning of each newscast.

After 30 plus years as an ABC Radio News affiliate, KLMJ has discontinued our affiliation with ABC Radio News. Listeners will also notice that Mike Huckabee's radio program is no longer being broadcast. Huckabee has decided to end his daily broadcasts at the end of the year.

According to Station Manager Craig Donnelly the change was made to allow both KLMJ and KQCR to offer listeners real time streaming of the stations audio signals over In the very near future listeners around the world will be able to tune in real time to the stations via the web.

Minnesota Man Sentenced to 35 Years for Attack in Clear Lake

12/22/2014 - A Minnesota man has been sentenced to the maximum of 35 years in prison for attacking a woman in Clear Lake this past April.

Today (Mon Dec 22), 62-year old Albert Mesenbrink was sentenced to serve 35 years in prison on a charge that he lured and then attacked a woman at a Clear Lake motel. Mesenbrink was originally charged with first degree kidnapping and attemped murder, but plead guilty and was sentenced to lesser charges of second degree kidnapping and willful injury causing serious injury. Mesenbrink will serve 25 years on the kidnapping charge - 10 on the willful injury. The sentences will run consecutively.  Mesenbrink is being held in the Cerro Gordo County Jail awaiting transport to a prison facility.



Britt Couple Injured in Single Vehicle Accident Sunday Night Near Woden

12/22/2014 - Late last (Sunday) night a Britt couple were ejected from their vehicle and sustained personal injuries during a single vehicle accident in Hancock County.

Just before 11:00 last (Sunday) night a vehicle operated by 26 year old Andrea Crystal Lee Monson of Britt lost control of her vehicle on County Road R-20 south of Woden and rolled it into a ditch. Monson and her 32 year old husband Timothy Lee Monson of Britt were both transported with unknown injuries to the Hancock Memorial Hospital in Britt. The accident remains under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol.

Christmas Ranked as Top Day For Cooking Fires

12/22/2014 - The American Red Cross has been helping several families across the state move toward recovery from recent home fires including in Clarksville, Greene and New Hartford.

Kara Kelly, Regional Communications Office with the Iowa Region of the Red Cross says her organization is encouraging everyone to take extra precautions with cooking over the holidays as Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are 2 of the top 3 days for cooking fires, the third being Thanksgiving. The Red Cross urges residents to test smoke alarms; check food regularly while cooking, remain in the home while cooking, use a timer as a reminder that the stove or oven is on and keep children at least 3-feet away from the stove.


Courthouse Holiday Hours

12/22/2014 - Those needing to do business with the courthouse before the end of the year is advised to call ahead due to holiday hours this week and next week.

Hours vary from county to county - some offices are closed or will close early on the day before Christmas and New Year's, others will remain open the day before and be closed the day after.

Visit and click on the news tab for holiday hours for Franklin, Butler, Cerro Gordo, Floyd, Grundy, Hardin, Hancock and Wright counties.


Butler County - Closed 3:30pm December 24th, Closed December 25th and January 1st, 2015.

Cerro Gordo County - Closed December 24th, December 25th and January 1st, 2015.

Floyd County - Closed December 25th, Closed January 1st, 2015.

Franklin County - Closed the afternoon of December 24th, Closed December 25th, Closed the afternoon of December 31st and Closed January 1st, 2015.

Grundy County - Closed December 25th, December 26th and January 1st, 2015.

Hancock County - Closed December December 25th, Closed December 26th, Closed January 1st, 2015.

Hardin County - Closed December 25th, Closed December 26th, Closed January 1st, 2015.

Wright County - Close at noon December 24th, Closed December 25th, December 26th and January 1st, 2015.

Vehicle Strikes Culvert In Hardin County

12/21/2014 - This (Sun.) morning the Hardin County Sheriff's Office received the report of an individual allegedly selling marijuana at Grumpy's Bar in the 600 block of Main Street in Ackley. When the officer arrived on the scene a male subject ran from the officer. The male subject was not located.

*****Last (Sat.) night the Hardin County Sheriff's Office investigated a single vehicle accident along highway 65 in the Hubbard area. No injuries reported. The driver of the car stated he put the car into a ditch and hit a culvert. The culvert had chunks of concrete broken off it and there was a crack in the culvert where the car struck it.

*****Yesterday (Sat.) afternoon the Hardin County Sheriff's Office received the report of a hit and run vehicle accident. The report came in from along State Street in Hubbard.

Marshalltown Man Hurt While Deer Hunting

12/21/2014 - This (Sun.) morning a 50-year-old Marshalltown man was injured when he fell from a tree stand while deer hunting. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says Bryan Brown was stepping onto the platform of his tree stand south of Marshalltown when it gave away. Brown fell about 15 feet sustaining a lower back injury. He was not wearing a safety harness at the time of the fall. Brown was taken to the Marshalltown Medical and Surgery Center for treatment.

Ackley Man Injured In Black Hawk County Accident

12/21/2014 - Yesterday (Sat.) morning an 18-year-old Ackley man was injured in a single vehicle accident in Black Hawk County. The Iowa State Patrol reports a trooper initiated a pursuit on Hudson Road just south of the district office in Cedar Falls following a vehicle driven by Tanner James Stewart. During the pursuit it was found that the vehicle had been taken without the owner's consent but due to safety reasons the state trooper terminated the pursuit. A short time later Stewart's vehicle rolled and overturned into a ditch just north of Hudson on Hudson Road. Stewart was taken by Hudson Fire and Rescue to Covenant Hospital in Waterloo for treatment.  

West Fork Superintendent Explains Why Districts Need Early Start Dates

12/21/2014 - This month (Dec.) the Iowa Department of Education said it would no longer automatically grant waivers to school districts wanting to start the school year before September 1st. Governor Terry Branstad says residents have been telling him that schools are starting too early, some as early as August 11th. The policy change is for the 2015-2016 school year. West Fork Superintendent Darrin Strike tells KLMJ News there are different reasons for a district to want to have an early start to the school year including to end the semester before a holiday break. Strike says the W-F district has a large number of students taking classes at the community college and the ability to establish common schedules with the college hinges on ending a semester prior to a holiday. He says in order to balance the days and end the semester a school would need to start around August 20th. Strike says another reason concerns athletics. When school is not in session the transportation system is not in place and practice for fall sports usually begins around the second week in August. 



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