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KLEM News AM Update January 12, 2011

**Le Mars Community and Gehlen Catholic will start two hours late. The birthday breakfast at Clark Elementary scheduled for today is postponed until Thursday, January 20th. Semester tests begin Thursday.

**Hinton Community School two hours Late Start.  No AM Preschool - Daycare opens at 9AM

**Kingsley-Pierson two hours late start.

**Akron-Westfield Community School will start two hours late today.

**Remsen-Union Community and Remsen St. Mary's Schools two hours Late Start

**Marcus Meriden Cleghorn two hour late start

**South O'Brien Two hours late.

**Lawton Bronson two hours late

**Sgt Bluff-Luton two hours late

(LE MARS)--Income from federal prisoners is up in a budget proposal Plymouth County's Sheriff is submitting to the board of supervisors for the new county budget.

The estimated federal prisoner income is 400-thousand dollars. Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo described the figure as conservative.

The county jail has a contract with the U-S Marshal's Service to house adults who are in federal custody. The figure in the sheriff's budget is 400-thousand dollars. The total revenue for the sheriff's office is estimated at 669-thousand dollars which the sheriff said is up compared to the year ago estimate by 230-thousand dollars.

In other business Tuesday, the county agreed to borrow 200-thousand dollars from Primebank at a two-and-a-half percent interest rate for nine months. The financing is for a motorgrader for the road department.

Supervisors said the purchase of a Caterpillar motorgrader model already produced avoids the increased cost of environmental equipment estimated at 25-thousand dollars. The county will use funds in the current budget funds to pay for one of the two motorgrader purchases approved two weeks ago.

Engineer Tom Rohe contacted banks throughout the county. Supervisors approved the lowest interest rate offered for the motorgrader financing.

Micah Lang of Le Mars was appointed to the County Compensation Commission. He'll fill a vacancy created when Jack Guenthner of Le Mars took the oath of office as a county supervisor last week. A judge selects five people from the list of thirty names when a condemnation proceeding is needed. Supervisors make the appointments to the list. Auditor Stacey Feldman said she'd send the list of those appointed by the county to the Iowa Department of Transportation and Chief Judge Duane Hoffmeyer.

Blum appointed to county LOST board

(LE MARS)--A rural Westfield man is the newest member of the Plymouth County Local Option Sales Tax Advisory Board.

There weren't any applicants for the District 5 vacancy by the deadline to apply which was the end of last year. Supervisor Jim Henrich last week said he'd make some contacts.

Henrich Tuesday read a letter of application from Tim Blum who lives at rural Westfield and serves as a Sioux Township officer.

Supervisors voted to appoint Blum to a three-year term. The county's Local Option Sales Tax Advisory Board (LOST) reviews requests for grant funds and makes recommendations to the board of supervisors. Supervisors review the recommendations and make grant awards.

Applications for the next round of funding are available in the county auditor's office and on the county's website

Judge Scott is among 61 interested in Supreme Court openings 

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Sixty-one people have applied for the Iowa Supreme Court posts left vacant after voters ousted three justices for their role in a ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in Iowa.

The applicants include five from Siouxland. James Scott of Rock Valley has worked as a district court judge since 1994 . Others from northwest Iowa are attorneys in private practice James Daane and John Gray, both of Sioux City; Palo Alto County attorney Peter Hart of Emmetsburg; and Legal Services attorney Frank Tenuta.

The court released the list of applicants on Tuesday based on letters of intent filed with the secretary of the state's Judicial Nominating Commission. Applicants must also submit formal applications to the commission by Jan. 14.

The commission will begin interviewing applicants on Jan. 24. The commission will submit a list of nine nominees to the governor, who will have 30 days to appoint three justices.

The interviews will be open to the public and available online.

(The Associated Press contributed to this news report. All Rights Reserved.)

Agriculture security is focus of program in Cherokee

(CHEROKEE)--A free public program on security training for agriculture will be offered in March in Cherokee.

The program developed by the Department of Homeland Security is designed to focus on issues associated with an agricultural emergency.

Those who attend the Animal Disease Response course will learn the importance of preparing for a potential outbreak and receive training on biosecurity, quarantine, personal protective equipment and disinfection.

Western Iowa Tech Community College is providing the program at its Cherokee campus March 2nd from 8 in the morning to 4:30 in the afternoon. The program is sponsored by The Security Institute at Western Iowa Tech Community College.

Registration by the February 3rd deadline is through the Security Institute at Western Iowa Tech in Sioux City. The course enrollment is limited to 45.

Thanks for your patience Tuesday during maintenance work on the KLEM web site which showed news from October 2010 during the maintenance time.

South Dakota couple injured near Inwood

(INWOOD)--A South Dakota couple was injured when their sport utility vehicle broke through guard rail on a bridge three miles west of Inwood.

The accident was reported about 1:15 Sunday afternoon.

According to the Lyon County Sheriff's office, 58-year-old Gary Johnson was driving southwest on Birch Avenue, just off of Highway 18. When Johnson attempted to turn at the "Y" intersection, the snow-covered road was slick and the vehicle slid into the bridge. The S-U-V came to rest in a creek area.

His passenger, his wife, Janice, was able to leave the S-U-V but her husband was trapped. He was later extricated.

The Johnsons were taken to the Canton Inwood Hospital. Gary Johnson was transferred to Sanford in Sioux Falls.

Bodies recovered Tuesday

WESTCLIFFE, Colo. (AP) A search team has recovered the bodies of two Iowa residents killed when a small plane crashed in the southern Colorado mountains.

Authorities say 66-year-old Dr. Michael O. Welton and 70-year-old Roswitha Marold died when the plane went down in the Sangre de Cristo range on Sunday.

The bodies were recovered Tuesday.

Custer County Search and Rescue says the couple were friends and Welton was the pilot. Aviation records show Welton lived in Waterloo, Iowa. The six-seat, single-engine Piper Malibu was registered to him.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that Marold was a retired business owner from Waterloo.

They were flying from the Phoenix area to Pueblo, Colo. The wreckage was found Monday at about 9,700 feet elevation.

Husband charged in wife's death in Knoxville

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Authorities say a man has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of his wife in Knoxville last week.

The Marion County sheriff's office says Michael Miller was arrested on Wednesday. His wife, Teresa Miller, was found dead in her home Friday.

The sheriff's office says Michael Miller is being held on $1 million bond. Officials had no information on whether he had an attorney.

Officials say a Des Moines man was arrested on Monday in Wisconsin on a material witness warrant in the case. He's being held in Milwaukee awaiting extradition to Iowa.

I-35 reopens after crash involving semis

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Interstate 35 north of Des Moines has reopened after being closed earlier because of an accident involving multiple vehicles, including four semitrailers.

Southbound lanes of I-35 were closed Tuesday morning because of the accident. It reopened shortly after noon. Only one minor injury was reported.

Northbound lanes of the interstate in the same area were also closed because of a semi that had jackknifed and was blocking traffic but the northbound lanes were only closed for a short time.

The Iowa DOT is reporting that many roads across the state remain partially covered with snow and ice.

Cedar Rapids considers options to City Hall

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) The former federal courthouse in downtown Cedar Rapids, not the flood-damaged City Hall, may be the new home for city offices.

The Gazette says City Administrator Jeff Pomeranz is recommending that the offices of city manager, city attorney, mayor and City Council join other offices already set to occupy the courthouse, which the city owns.

Veterans Memorial Building was inundated by flooding on the Cedar River in June 2008.

Pomeranz said Monday that city boards and commissions could continue to meet in the building once it's renovated, but he says it doesn't make sense to have crucial pieces of city government in two different locations.

The City Council will discuss Pomeranz's idea during its meeting Tuesday evening.

Waterloo to have 1 boss for police, fire forces

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) Waterloo hopes to save $112,000 next year and more than $650,000 over the next five, now that the City Council has voted to have one boss for the police and fire departments.

The council voted 5-2 Monday to create a new position: director of safety services.

Mayor Buck Clark told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier that his proposal won't cut any firefighters or police officers from line duty.

Police Chief Dan Trelka is expected to get the new job. The fire chief's position is vacant, following the Dec. 3 demotion of Doug Carter to captain.

Carter is scheduled for a hearing with the council on Jan. 27.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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