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KLEM News AM Update February 7, 2011


Housing development lot owners met with the City Council recently to ask for a change in state law that requires full assessments after three years.

City Administrator Scott Langel has worked with State Representative Chuck Soderberg of Le Mars on proposed changes.

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Soderberg has told Langel some cities may oppose the legislation because they want to capture as many taxes as possible.

Langel describes the current law as "anti-economic development."

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Langel is also working with the Iowa League of Cities on the legislation.

Ginter is February "Employee of the Month"

(LE MARS)--An employee described as an angel is the newest Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce "Employee of the Month."

Kathy McCrary of the Chamber announced the honor for Ann Ginter of Gehlen Catholic School who cleans at Gehlen Catholic School afternoons and evenings. She's described in a nomination McCrary read as someone who works in a very humble and inconspicuous manner. McCrary also said Ginter is known for her baking.

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Ginter is the February Chamber "Employee of the Month."

Northwest Electric request considered today

(LE MARS)--A group that gives approval for a specific use of property meets this afternoon to consider a request from an industry.

The Plymouth County Board of Adjustment reviews the request from Northwest Electric at two this afternoon.  The request is to use the land and building to sell, repair and service electric motors and motor controls.

The business with operations in Merrill plans to locate southwest of Le Mars, near the intersection of Plymouth County Road C-38 and Lake Avenue. The property was formerly Clark Engineering.

The Board of Adjustment public meeting is at the Courthouse.

City may have new contract with workers

(LE MARS)--A three-year contract with city of Le Mars employees will be considered at noon today.

The Le Mars City Council is the second group to consider approving a contract with the Le Mars City Employees Bargaining Group.

Employees approved the tentative contract last Thursday (February 3). The changes would begin July 1 and will be reflected in a tentative budget being developed for the city.

The Council meeting is at City Hall.

New bridal business open in Orange City


(ORANGE CITY)--Kris Mars of Orange City has wanted to be in the bridal business for the last 20 years, and starting this year her dream has come true.

Kris and her daughters Allison and Erin opened Chrysalis Bridal Shop in Downtown Orange City January 1st. Kris said they were welcomed into the community with a ribbon cutting last Thursday, and business is in full swing.

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They also have all the accessories including handbags, veils and head pieces. The addition of Chrysalis to Orange City rounds out the wedding planning experience; with a tux shop, jeweler, photographer and bakeries already in town.

Kris says that the bridal industry and helping ladies get gussied up has been something she's loved for years.

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The Mars Family is from Orange City. Daughter Allison just graduated from college with a business degree and works full time at the store. Erin just started college and works part-time with her mom and sister.

Chrysalis Bridal is located downtown Orange City in the old L & K building, between Holland House Interiors, and the soon-to-be-complete Hawkeye Center. Hours are 10 to 5 Monday-Saturday with extended hours on Thursdays until 8:00pm. (Angela Drake, KLEM News)


Iowa doctor gunned down; brother arrested

ALBIA, Iowa (AP) Bond has been set at $2 million for an Albia man accused of fatally shooting his younger brother.

The Monroe County sheriff's office says 73-year-old Richard Davis is being held on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of 60-year-old Gary Davis, a local doctor. He was arraigned Sunday.

The sheriff's office said Gary Davis was shot several times in his Albia driveway just after noon Saturday and died at a hospital. Richard Davis was arrested about an hour after the shooting.

No number was listed for Richard Davis. Online court records available Sunday didn't reflect the murder charge against him or list his attorney.

Mayor of Iowa city passes away at age 79

GUTTENBERG, Iowa (AP) Guttenberg's mayor has passed away at age 79.

The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports that Gerald ``Red'' Block died Saturday at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque. Block's death was confirmed by Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home Cremation Service, which is handling the funeral arrangements.

Block's term as mayor was to expire at the end of 2013. Minutes of the city council's agenda show Block missed two meetings in January, and the city's website says Councilman Ralph Livingston was named mayor pro tem.

Block had been a Clayton County sheriff and Guttenberg police chief. He's survived by his wife, Jerri, and three stepchildren.

Block's funeral will be Wednesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Guttenberg. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet.

Iowa teen awaiting trial in crash back in jail

WAVERLY, Iowa (AP) A Clarksville teen awaiting trial for vehicular homicide is back in jail after being convicted of being in possession of alcohol.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports 18-year-old Alexander Pothast accepted a plea agreement after his New Year's Eve arrest at a party in Fayette County. Court records show he was ordered to pay $330.

Pothast had been out on bond in the crash case and was ordered not to consume alcohol. So, Judge Bryan McKinley ordered his arrest for violating the terms of his release. A hearing is scheduled for Feb. 14.

Pothast awaits trial as an adult in a crash last March that killed his passenger, 18-year-old Joshua Young of Waverly. Prosecutors say Pothast had been drinking. He's pleaded not guilty.

Iowa man on snowmobile dies after hitting cable

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) A Davenport man has died after hitting a cable while snowmobiling.

WQAD-TV reports 46-year-old John Herington was snowmobiling with a friend Friday night and hit the cable marking off private property. He died at a hospital.

At least two other snowmobilers have died in recent weeks in Iowa. On Jan. 28, a man died after crashing his snowmobile into a tree near Spirit Lake. Another man went missing Jan. 22 after crashing through the ice while snowmobiling on Maquoketa River near Preston.

Iowa soldier killed in Afghanistan laid to rest

COON RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) A soldier from Coon Rapids who was killed last month in Afghanistan has been laid to rest.

Funeral services were held Sunday for 26-year-old Army Spc. Shawn Muhr (MOOR) at Coon Rapids-Bayard High School. He was buried at Union Cemetery.

Muhr died Jan. 29 in Afghanistan. The Department of Defense has said he was in a heavy equipment transport vehicle when it was struck by a roadside bomb.

Muhr was assigned to the 546th Transportation Company, 264th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 82nd Sustainment Brigade, which is based at Fort Bragg, N.C.

He graduated from Coon Rapids-Bayard High School in 2003. He joined the Army in 2005.

He is survived by his wife and stepson.

Ex-UI dean asks judge to force sharing of records

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) University of Iowa's former dean of students is asking a judge to order school officials to turn over hundreds of records related to the sexual assault case that got him fired.

Phil Jones is suing several university officials and an outside law firm that investigated his handling of allegations that two football players sexually assaulted a female athlete in 2007 in a dorm room.

UI President Sally Mason fired Jones and General Counsel Marc Mills after the 2008 investigation found some missteps. Jones and Mills have filed lawsuits alleging they were wrongfully terminated.

Jones asked a judge last week to order defendants to turn over hundreds of documents related to the case that have been withheld because of attorney-client privilege. He says he needs the records to build his case.

Boudia wins at USA Diving winter nationals

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) David Boudia scored six 10s and finished first in the men's platform final Sunday, totaling 578.05 points at the USA Diving winter national championships.

Boudia executed a near-perfect three-and a half reverse summersault dive for the win.

Christina Loukas and Cassidy Krug ended in a rare tie for the top spot on the women's three-meter springboard. Mary Beth Dunnichay, the youngest member of the 2008 Olympic team, and Katherine Bell won the women's platform synchronized contest.

The winter nationals, which began Jan. 30, are the first opportunity for divers to qualify for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

Killing of bald eagle in Iowa under investigation

LETTS, Iowa (AP) The killing of a bald eagle found shot last month in eastern Iowa is still under investigation.

The Des Moines Register says the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service continue to look into the death.

The DNR received a call on Jan. 8 about the eagle, which was found in a field north of Letts. A conservation officer said the eagle died from a gunshot wound.

Bald eagles are federally protected and anyone convicted of killing one could face up to one year in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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