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KLEM News PM Update February 10, 2011


Ninety-five percent of the entirely chrome yellow dump truck, lights, box and plow costs were funded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

City administrator Scott Langel says the vehicle will be parked outside with an engine heater this season. But there are plans to put the equipment inside.

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Langel plans to begin the building project grant process with paperwork for a consultant to prepare the grant request. That's expected to be considered by the Le Mars City Council Tuesday. If the grant is approved, an award could be as made early as May.

Hungry Canyons Alliance funds culvert project

(LE MARS)--A group that works to stabilize streams will provide funds for a project in Plymouth County.

Engineer Tom Rohe says the estimated cost to replace a bridge with a culvert southeast of Hinton is 44-thousand 600 dollars. the Hungry Canyons Alliance will fund 77-hundred dollars of the cost which is about 17 percent. The project is between Hungerford Township sections 23 and 26.

An agreement between the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors and the Hungry Canyons Alliance for the project was approved Tuesday by supervisors.

"Heart Month" speaker to deliver an update

(LE MARS) Floyd Valley Hospital celebrates "Heart Month" with an update on cardiovascular diseases.

Dr. Deborah Majerus of Cardiovascular Associates in Sioux City will provide the update Wednesday, February 23rd. The evening program in the hospital's lower level Conference Center is open to the public. The presentation follows a catered meal that is free.

Dr. Majerus will also answer questions after providing the update for the public. Reservations for the meal and program may be made until February 21st by calling the hospital at 546-3401.

"Trees Please!" funds awarded in Siouxland

(DES MOINES)--Six Siouxland communities or groups will plant trees with funds from MidAmerican Energy's "Trees Please!" program.

MidAmerican offers the "Trees Please!" program to encourage community beautification, help the environment and promote energy conservation.

Le Mars Trees Forever has been awarded two-thousand dollars. Hinton, Kingsley, Sheldon and Hull will each receive one-thousand dollars. The Woodbury County Fair was awarded one-thousand dollars, too.

The grants are based on the merits of the project, benefit to the community and the ability to obtain matching funds.

Heritage Center project awarded Vision Iowa funds

(DES MOINES) A downtown store in Spencer will be transformed with state funds to preserve history.

The Vision Iowa Board Tuesday awarded 200-thousand dollars to the Clay County Heritage Center in Spencer. The history museum in Spencer is estimated to cost one-point-one million dollars.

The project includes the reuse, remodeling and expansion of an existing storefront in downtown Spencer. The nine-thousand square foot facility will be expanded into the nearly 11-thousand 400 square foot Clay County Heritage Center.

The expansion will provide additional space for displays, archives and research of the historical artifacts in Clay County.

Neb. man pleads guilty in fatal Iowa crash


LOGAN, Iowa (AP) A Nebraska man has pleaded guilty to four counts of vehicular homicide for an August crash in western Iowa.


22-year-old Andrew Schlichtemeier, of Murray, Neb., apologized during Thursday morning's hearing in Harrison County District Court for the deaths of four motorcyclists.

Iowa authorities say he was drunk when he swerved into oncoming traffic near Little Sioux, killing four men who were returning from the annual motorcycle rally in Sturgis, S.D.

Each of the vehicular homicide charges carries a 25-year sentence. If a judge accepts the prosecutors' recommendation, Schlichtemeier will be sentenced to 50 years in prison.

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

Lawmaker faces ethics review over pot prescription

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) An Iowa lawmaker who says he faked symptoms to obtain a medical marijuana prescription in California will answer to the House Ethics Committee, although he says he never filled the prescription and simply wanted to show how ridiculous it would be to legalize medical marijuana in Iowa.

The six-member committee will discuss whether Rep. Clel Baudler, a Greenfield Republican and former state trooper, will face any repercussions for his actions.

The Iowa Board of Pharmacy voted unanimously last year to recommend that lawmakers reclassify marijuana so it could be used for medical purposes, but lawmakers say an effort to set up a medical marijuana program in Iowa is unlikely to move forward anytime soon.

Charges against Clarinda inmate dismissed

CLARINDA, Iowa (AP) Charges against an inmate accused in the death of another inmate at the Clarinda Correctional Facility have been dismissed.

Richard Martin Jr. was one of four inmates charged in the June 2010 death of Alfred Myre in the prison's yard.

Page County Attorney Jeremy Peterson tells KMA radio that two other inmates who have pleaded guilty in the case indicated that Martin was not the yard at the time of the attack. Peterson says Martin, who was charged with second-degree murder, was playing kickball in another location at the time.

Inmates Martin Dahlke and Roland Jacobsen pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and assault resulting in serious injury. They are scheduled to be sentenced Monday.

Trial for a third inmate, Jeremy McIntosh, is pending.


Iowa band teacher accused in sex case with minor

CARLISLE, Iowa (AP) A 34-year-old Carlisle High School band teacher was arrested on suspicion of having sexual contact with a minor.

Alexander Dyer, of Indianola, faces allegations of sexual exploitation by a school employee and lascivious sexual contact with a minor.

The Des Moines Register says Dyer has been teaching at Carlisle High School the past three years. His name has been removed from the district website, although an e-mail contact remains active. He did not immediately return an e-mailed message on Thursday.

Court records say Dyer left custody on bond after his arrest on Wednesday.

The records don't list the name of his attorney, nor do they provide any details about the allegations against him.

Dyer is due back in court on Monday.

Bill would make U of Iowa to sell Pollock painting

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A bill proposed in the Iowa House of Representatives would force the University of Iowa to sell its famed and valuable Jackson Pollock painting, ``Mural.''

The Iowa City Press-Citizen says the painting was valued at $140 million in 2008.

The bill was introduced by Rep. Scott Raecker, R-Urbandale.

Proceeds from the sale would go into a trust fund that would provide scholarships to University of Iowa undergraduate art majors from Iowa. The buyer would have to lend the painting to the university for a period of three months or more every four years.

Faculty Senate President Ed Dove called the proposal short-sighted, in part because ``getting rid of it would defeat the purpose of having a school of art and art history and having a museum of art.''

Cedar Rapids, governor squabble over labor order

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) The governor and the city of Cedar Rapids are struggling over a project labor agreement for the city's $75.6 million convention complex project.

Gov. Terry Branstad has $15 million in state I-JOBS funding in his arsenal. He says he intends to enforce his order barring state funds from going to construction projects that have project labor agreements. The agreements give preference to contractors who spell out workers' pay and benefits.

The Cedar Rapids project has such an agreement, and despite the governor's order the City Council is pushing ahead on bids.

According to The Gazette of Cedar Rapids, Mayor Ron Corbett says the convention complex project was far enough along in January when the governor issued his executive order that the order doesn't apply to it.

U of Iowa won't bar porn film showings this year

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) University of Iowa administrators won't bar the student-run campus movie theater from showing a pornographic movie this year.

``Disco Dolls in Hot Skin'' is scheduled to run Friday and Saturday at the Bijou Theater in the Iowa Memorial Union. Typically, no one under age 18 is admitted.

Last year, a student services administrator barred the showing, saying the move wasn't appropriate for a public facility at a public institution

This year, though, the university says it is recognizing the right of the student group to show the film as well as the right of people to watch it.

University spokesman Tom Moore said Wednesday that a university analysis determined that forbidding the showing of a legal film would violate the First Amendment. He wouldn't comment directly on last year's decision.

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

 

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