Thursday, August 30, 2012






Franklin County Red Flag

The National Weather Service in Des Moines has issued a red flag warning for northern Iowa which includes several counties in the KLMJ listening area for tomorrow (Thu.Aug30). A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures will create explosive fire potential. The Red Flag Warning will be in effect from noon until 8pm tomorrow (Thu) for the counties of Franklin, Wright, Hancock, Hamilton, Cerro Gordo and Floyd in the KLMJ broadcast area. Franklin and Cerro Gordo County currently remain under county-wide burn bans. 

Aplington Area Corn Yields

One of the earliest harvests on record in Iowa is getting underway in some areas. The Sinclair Elevator in Parkersburg tells KLMJ/KQCR News that one producer in the Aplington area has begun combining corn with yields ranging between zero and 200 bushels an acre. Moisture on the harvested corn is running 18 to 19 percent out of the field. 

Sheffield Police

This (Wed.) morning the Sheffield Police Department arrested 28-year-old William Kreitlow of Meservey on a charge of serious domestic assault, a class "D" felony. Kreitlow made a court appearance today (Wed.) and later posted bond and was released from custody. If convicted Kreitlow could be sentenced for up to 5-years in prison.

Floyd County Community Foundation

The Floyd County Community Foundation says that applications for the 2013 grant cycle are now available. The deadline to apply is September 30th. Potential applicants should note that the application process has changed to allow only on-line submission of grant requests. Grants may be awarded in the following areas:

-Arts and culture

-Community betterment


-Environmental protection and education


-Historic preservation

-Human services

Eligible applicants must be a 501-C-3 non-profit organization, a governmental body or charitable project with a qualified fiscal sponsor. For more information or to apply go to

Floyd County Bus Ride Along

The Floyd County Sheriff's Office along with the Iowa State Patrol will be holding a school bus ride along next week. Mark Domino, Senior Trooper with the Iowa State Patrol says the ride along is being conducted to bring awareness to safety for students that are riding the bus. Domino says drivers need to be aware that school buses may be on streets and highways at different times than normal as some school districts let out earlier in the day due to the high heat. Members of the Floyd County Sheriff's Office and Iowa State Patrol will be riding along with Floyd County School buses next Tuesday through Friday.

King and Vilsack to Debate in Hampton

U.S. Representative Steve King and Christie Vilsack will square off in a debate next month in Hampton. The event is being sponsored by the Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce. Executive Director, Brook Boehmler tells KLMJ News that Ryan Harvey will moderate the event and ask questions of each candidate with each then offered time for rebuttal. Incumbent Republican Steve King is being challenged by Democrat Christie Vilsack in the November General Election for the new 4th Congressional District seat. Anyone that would like to submit questions for King and Vilsack can do so by emailing The Steve King/Christie Vilsack debate will take place at 7:30 pm on Monday, September 17th at the Windsor Theatre in Hampton. A re-enactment of the signing of the U.S. Constitution will precede the debate at 7 o'clock in honor of the 225th anniversary of the signing of the constitution. Boehmler says that tickets will be limited with more information to be released in the next week.