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KLEM News AM Update January 13, 2011

 The 100 Day Challenge is just that...a fitness and weight loss challenge that encourages teams to work together toward health-related goals over a 100 day period.

Mary Livermore participated with a team of 4 last year whose goal was to get active. Mary said the 100 Day Challenge helped her achieve her goal and lose some weight. Technology plays a part in tracking the participants success, as weight loss and minutes of activity are logged online. Mary said the system worked really well for her.

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Mary said she plans to participate again this year.

The program kicks off on January 20th, which is already one week from today. Kari Daale, Health and Wellness Education assistant at Floyd Valley Hospital, encourages people to sign up as soon as possible.

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Daale says the $20, per person, registration fee gets each person a Live Healthy Iowa T-shirt, free one-year subscription to a lifestyle magazine, a six inch sub from Subway in Le Mars and free classes at the Y.

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Participants will also be entered in a random drawing to win prizes from local businesses as well as additional prizes provided by the state-wide "Live Healthy" program including bikes and a Caribbean Cruise for two.

The team concept of the program in place for accountability reasons. Even though teams of 2-10 people are being encouraged to sign up, individuals are welcome to sign up and organizers will connect you with a team.

Registration is going on now at Floyd Valley Hospital, the Le Mars YMCA, and the Plymouth County Extension Office. (Angela Drake, KLEM News)

For more information click here www.extension.iastate.edu/plymouth/news/livehealthylemars.htm

First round of budget work trims recommended pay increase

(LE MARS)--Plymouth County's Supervisors Chair says the property tax rates have been kept the same in new county budget work.

Supervisors devoted an afternoon Tuesday to review requests, revenue projections and other figures for the 2011-2012 budget. The paperwork was prepared by Auditor Stacey Feldman. The budget is for a year that begins July 1st.

Department heads had guidelines as Supervisors' Chair Jim Henrich explained.

"We kinda asked most of the departments if they could hold at zero increase and they all came in pretty good shape so our budget should be a lot easier to work out this year than it has in in the past," Henrich said. "In fact, we think we probably almost have it ready to go."

The taxable value of property in the county increased 64-million dollars. Henrich said that helped with budget work. He explained the county should end up with between 600-thousand and 700-thousand dollars in carryover funds between budget years.

The County Compensation Board recommended four percent raises for elected officials who use the percentage in their deputy and clerk wages. The proposed raise for supervisors was zero. Henrich said the increase was reduced informally by supervisors by one percent. The new increase would be three percent in the preliminary budget.

"Right now, we looked at four percent, but the board kinda felt maybe three percent and nothing for the supervisors. They thought that would work. Now, we're not sure," Henrich said. "like it said this was the first session but it went pretty well."

KLEM News asked Henrich where the supervisors go from this point in budget work.

"Next week we'll just plug the numbers in, for sure, the three percent and I don't think there are going to be any major changes. I think we're pretty well going to be finished next week, " he said.

Henrich says the preliminary information is the Mental Health budget will be alright this year. But the following year will be the one where the county really has a problem.

He expects the board of supervisors to work on the budget proposal again next Tuesday afternoon (January 18) . Anyone with budget input may contact Supervisors Jim Henrich of Akron; Craig Anderson of rural Merrill; Jack Guenthner of Le Mars, Don Kass of rural Remsen and Mark Loutsch of rural Le Mars.

Gun ban rejected by Woodbury County Supervisors

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) Woodbury County supervisors have rejected a proposal to ban guns from county-owned buildings.

The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted against the proposal by County Attorney P.J. Jennings.

In order to protect employees, Jennings proposed a resolution that would not only ban guns from the courtrooms as they are now, but from all county property.

Dozens of people showed up at Tuesday's meeting to protest the plan.

Jenning's proposal came in the wake of Iowa's new gun law, which went into effect on Jan. 1. It limits the discretion local sheriffs previously had in denying permits without explanation. Now, sheriffs can only deny applications for specific reasons, such as a prior criminal record or drug and alcohol addiction, and must provide a written explanation.

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

 Mercy Air Care changes a partner

(SIOUX CITY)--A Siouxland health care provider is announcing a new air ambulance partner.

Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City and Med-Trans Corporation will provide transportation and care for the Mercy Air Care service.

Mercy's air ambulance service was first offered 24 years ago in May of 1987. There have been more than 83-hundred medical flights.

Med-Trans Corporation of Dallas, Texas is replacing Mercy's aviation partner. The flight program name and employees won't change. The Mercy Air Care team includes four pilots, two mechanics, 10 full-time medical staff and five paramedics.

Med-Trans will offer a factory new aircraft, Night Vision Goggle technology for the crew and state-of-the-art aviation safety aids.

Conservation Stewardship signup extended

(LE MARS) There's a new deadline for a conservation program.

The Le Mars Natural Resource Conservation Service field office will accept applications for the Conservation Stewardship Program until January 21st.

The deadline was extended.

Conservation Stewardship Program known as C-S-P is a voluntary program to encourage agricultural and forestry producers to maintain conservation activities and adopt more of them.

Producers receive annual payments in each of the five years of the Conservation Stewardship Program contract. Eligible lands include cropland, improved pastureland, non-industrial private forestland and other lands.

Additional information, including a self-screening checklist is available through the N-R-C-S office at 1100 12th Street Southwest.

Whooping cough continues to spread in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) With the spread of whooping cough, health officials in Iowa are urging grown-ups to get booster vaccinations, especially those who care for infants.

The Des Moines Register says state medical director Dr. Patricia Quinlisk reports that whooping cough, or pertussis, jumped 66 percent in Iowa last year, with 651 confirmed or probable cases. She says 22 cases were reported in the past four weeks. The infection can be deadly to infants.

Quinlisk estimates 90 percent of adults have no immunity to whooping cough. She says grown-ups often don't realize they have it because the symptoms aren't severe, and they continue to go work or other activities, spreading the germs.

Officials also recommend booster shots for adolescents because protection from childhood shots wanes.

Ex-Iowa player says accuser was 'the aggressor'

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) A former Iowa football player says a woman who claims she was raped ``was the aggressor'' and it was her idea to have sex.

Abe Satterfield testified yesterday at the second-degree sexual abuse trial of his former teammate, Cedric Everson.

Prosecutors say Satterfield had sex with the woman against her will and then Everson assaulted her while she was passed out. The woman testified Tuesday she told Satterfield to stop but he did not.

Satterfield said the woman came on to him. He said Everson later tapped him on the shoulder and he got out of bed. He said he fell asleep on the floor and doesn't know what happened between Everson and the woman.

Satterfield pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge and testified under a deal with prosecutors.

Cedar Rapids considers courthouse for new home

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) A proposal to house city offices for Cedar Rapids in the former federal courthouse instead of the damaged City Hall is gaining momentum.

The Gazette says the City Council on Tuesday took no formal vote, but officials said the idea was intriguing and should be considered.

The city's recent plan called for the offices of city manager, city attorney, mayor and City Council to return to Veterans Memorial Building and other offices to occupy the former courthouse, which the city owns.

City Manager Jeff Pomeranz wants to keep city government together. He says the courthouse should be ready for council meetings by summer. Veterans Memorial Building, on the other hand, is still working through flood-recovery issues.

Iowa city won't be buying defunct water park soon

PLEASANT HILL, Iowa (AP) The Pleasant Hill City Council has indefinitely delayed a proposal to buy or lease a local water park.

The park, called White Water University, was seen as an amenity that could lure developers and new residents to the suburb east of Des Moines.

The property was priced at $3.5 million. The water park closed down in 2005

Des Moines television station KCCI says the council voted unanimously to table the idea Tuesday night.

Some residents said the council didn't thoroughly investigate the proposal and the property's potential to help attract people and new development to Pleasant Hill.

Cady: Court expected uproar over marriage ruling

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady says justices realized they would unleash a fury when they struck down a law in 2009 banning same-sex marriage, but he argues the decision was appropriate and that opponents of the ruling are wrong to seek changes in how Iowa appoints justices.

Cady spoke about the decision yesterday before a joint session of the Legislature. It's the first time he's addressed the fallout from the ruling, including the removal of three justices who joined in the decision.

Although strong feelings about the ruling are appropriate, Cady says the state would be wrong to change its process for appointing Supreme Court justices. Under Iowa's system, a panel sorts through applicants for each position, then forwards three names to the governor for a final decision.

McNutt to return to Iowa in 2011

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Iowa receiver Marvin McNutt says he's coming back for his senior season.

McNutt, a second-team All-Big Ten pick by the league's coaches last year, announced yesterday that he'll return in 2011.

McNutt, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound wideout from St. Louis, led the Hawkeyes with 53 receptions for 861 yards and also caught eight TD passes last season.

Though McNutt has an NFL-ready frame, he's only played receiver for two years after moving from quarterback.

McNutt will anchor a receiving corps that will lose Derrell Johnson-Koulianos and tight end Allen Reisner. He'll also be a featured target for Iowa's new quarterback, which is expected to be junior James Vandenberg.

McNutt joins All-Big Ten cornerback Shaun Prater as key Iowa players returning for their senior seasons.

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

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