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KLEM News Update February 14, 2011

The hearing is for the Phase II Construction project which includes classroom, athletic and music facilities. The cost has been estimated at nine-point-four-million dollars. The building costs are to be repaid with school local option sales tax.

The public hearing and an opening of bids for the project are at 7:30 tonight at the Education Service Center.

Presidents of the parent teacher organizations will report on recent fund raising to add SmartBoard computer technology at Clark, Kluckhohn and Franklin schools. Principals from all grade levels will report on mid-year progress.

The board will be asked to ratify Superintendent Todd Wendt's termination of a bus driver Angie Sowards. A bidding date may be set for the district's audit.

The board is also to consider paperwork for financing the Phase II construction project .

A portion of the meeting will be closed to the public to discuss the purchase of real estate.

You are hereby notified that the Board of Education of the LeMars Community School District will meet on February 14, 2011, 7:30 p.m. in the Education Service Center, 940 Lincoln St. SW, LeMars, Iowa. Agenda is as follows:

1. Call to Order

2. Phase II Construction Project Hearing and Bid Opening

3. Approval of Minutes (January 10, 2011 - Regular Meeting
January 17, 2011 – Special Meeting
January 24, 2011 – Annual Board/Administrator Retreat)

4. Consent Grouping (Claims and Accounts; Budget Report; Superintendent’s Office Fund; Lunch Fund; Elementary, Middle School & High School Activity Accounts)

5. Reports and Information (Elementary PTO Recognition; Unscheduled Audience; Plymouth County Schools Legislative Forum; Mid-year Progress Reports; Board of Education/Administrative Retreat)

6. Action Items (Resignations; Contracts; Contract Termination; Audit Bid Specifications; 403(b) Plan Agreement; Phase II Financing Resolution; Phase II Financial Advisor Agreements; April 11, 2011 Board Meeting; Open Enrollment)

7. Other Business

8. Unfinished Business

9. Closed Session
The Board of Education will enter into a closed session as allowed by Iowa Code Chapter 21.5(1)j to discuss the purchase of particular real estate only where premature disclosure could be reasonably expected to increase the price the governmental body would have to pay for that property.

10. Adjournment


LeMars Community School District

940 Lincoln St. SW
LeMars, Iowa 51031
(712) 546-4155
BY: Lisa Boehm, Secretary, Board of Education

Jurors don't need to report Tuesday

(LE MARS)--Plymouth County Jurors do NOT need to report for jury duty on Tuesday (February 15th). Jurors are asked to call the clerk of court's office on Monday, February 21st after 3 p-m to find out whether to report on Tuesday, February 22nd.

Suspect arrested after standoff in Sioux City

(SIOUX CITY)--Sioux City Police aren't releasing the name of a man who was taken out of a home with a SWAT team's help Sunday.

Police report searching for a man who was thought to be involved in a kidnapping and burglary that resulted in an assault about 5:30 Sunday morning.

The man's vehicle was located at a Morningside residence and he was tracked to a residence with help from a Woodbury County Sheriff's K-9 unit, but negotiations weren't successful in getting the man to come out of a home.

A SWAT team broke out windows to locate the man using a camera and he was arrested without resisting at four Sunday afternoon.

Officers noticed he appeared to be suffering from an unknown medical condition and he was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.

Police say the investigation is ongoing and they're unable to provide his name. Officers from the Iowa State Patrol and Woodbury County Sheriff''s office assisted Sioux City Police.

Man who was accused of threatening others is shot in shoulder

(SAC CITY) A Sac City man is hospitalized after he was shot by law enforcement investigating a report of a man at a residence threatening people with a gun Sunday.

The Sac County Sheriff's office and Sac City Police responded to a rural Schaller residence where 36-year-old Nick Sippel lives.

Authorities, in a written release, report Sippel pointed a handgun at a law enforcement officer and approached officers with a gun in a threatening way. According to the information from Sheriff Ken McClure, Sippel was shot one time in shoulder after refusing to stop and drop the gun.

After being treated at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center, Sippel was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City with non-life threatening injuries.

A sheriff's deputy and  a Sac City police officer have been placed on administrative leave until an investigation by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is completed.

More Iowans going to Minn. for medical care

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) An increasing number of Iowans traveling to Minnesota for medical care at the Mayo Clinic is upping costs for the state's largest health insurer.

Laura Jackson of Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield tells the Des Moines Register it costs twice as much for care there than at in-state facilities. That's because Wellmark has more leverage for cost breaks with Iowa providers who depend on in-state customers.

Wellmark provides coverage to 2.1 million people in Iowa and South Dakota. It says it spends more than $125 million a year for care at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., for about 12,000 customers.

Wellmark says that's among the reasons for its higher premiums. The insurer raised rates 18 percent last year and will raise them again by 8.5 percent in April.

Iowa education agency to lay off 50 workers

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Fifty employees of Grant Woods Area Education Agency have been told they'll be laid off in June.

GranT Woods spokesman George Held tells the Cedar Rapids Gazette that the layoffs are mostly a result of anticipated cuts in state funding. Iowa has yet to approve a state budget, but the governor has proposed a $20 million cut for area education agencies.

The layoffs won't be official until the state passes its budget, but Cedar Rapids-based Grant Woods were required by job contracts to announce the losses.

The workers will stay on the job until the end of the fiscal year in June.

Iowa pharmacist pleads guilty in prescription case

CLINTON, Iowa (AP) An eastern Iowa pharmacist accused of illegally dispensing prescription painkillers has accepted a plea agreement.

The Clinton Herald reports that 73-year-old Robert Richeson, of Camanche, pleaded guilty last week to four counts of prohibited acts with controlled drugs in Clinton County District Court. Three other counts were dismissed.

Richeson faces up to 40 years in prison when he's sentenced March 24.

Richeson owns Camanche Pharmacy in Camanche. Authorities say Richeson illegally filled prescriptions for customer Robert Doty, including seven refills for the painkiller hydrocodone.

Doty has pleaded not guilty to 16 counts of prohibited acts with controlled drugs. He's due back in court Feb. 24.

Residents want Iowa to halt elk eradication

WAUKON, Iowa (AP) A small herd of elk roaming southern Allamakee County is causing an uproar.

Jim Jansen with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources tells the Cedar Rapids Gazette that the state has shot some of the elk and there are plans to take down the rest.

But several residents think the state should consider allowing the elk to roam free and re-establishing Iowa's wild elk population. Tim Mason of rural McGregor says the animals should be nurtured, not shot.

The herd has been seen along the Yellow River. Estimates of its size vary from five to 12.

Jansen says the elk likely escaped from a captive facility. He says they threaten the health of the local whitetail deer population.

Iowa high school senior killed in Minnesota crash

SPRING VALLEY, Minn. (AP) An 18-year-old from the Iowa town of Riceville has died in a crash involving a Minnesota Department of Transportation snowplow.

The Minnesota State Patrol says the crash happened shortly before 10 p.m. Friday on an icy part of Highway 63, two miles south of Spring Valley in southeastern Minnesota.

Brooke Elliott was a passenger in a Buick headed south when a vehicle ahead of them turned left. The Buick then clipped a third vehicle that was also headed south. The Buick crossed into the northbound lane, into the path of a snowplow.

Elliott died at the scene. Riceville High School Principal Greg Adams tells the Mason City Globe-Gazette that Elliott had been the school's homecoming queen.

The patrol says everyone was wearing seat belts and no alcohol was involved.

1 dead after head-on collision on I-80 in Iowa

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Authorities have identified the victim of a two-vehicle collision on Interstate 80 in West Des Moines as a Van Meter woman.

West Des Moines police say 26-year-old La Tasha Wineland's car crossed the median and hit an oncoming pickup about 4:30 p.m. Saturday. She died at the scene.

Police say the driver of the pickup suffered minor injuries.

Pedestrian finds body on I-80/35 overpass in Iowa

URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) Authorities are investigating the death of person found on a highway overpass in Urbandale.

Police say a person walking along the Interstate 80/35 overpass found the body just after 9 a.m. Sunday.

An autopsy has been ordered, but police say foul play is not suspected.

The victim's name was not immediately released.

Iowa man dies after being hit by car; driver flees

TIFFIN, Iowa (AP) Authorities are looking for the driver who hit and killed a pedestrian walking along Interstate 80 east of Tiffin.

An Iowa State Patrol report cited by the Cedar Rapids Gazette says 18-year-old Maxwell Wallace, of South Amana, died at the scene of hit-and-run crash. It happened just after midnight Sunday morning.

The patrol says Wallace was walking in the westbound lane when he was hit.

Food term disputed in federal court action

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) An Iowa convenience-store chain wants a federal jury to rule that the term ``footlong'' belongs in the general English vocabulary and should not be the special property of Subway and its 12-inch-long sub sandwiches.

Ankeny-based Casey's General stores has filed a petition in U.S. District Court, seeking a judgment that the term ``footlong'' is generic and violates nobody's trademark or patent, pending or otherwise.

The Des Moines Register says Subway had written Casey's about three weeks ago, threatening legal action because Casey's is using the term ``footlong'' on signs and menus in one of its sandwich promotions.

Subway for years has used the phrase ``$5 footlong'' or ``five-dollar footlong'' for advertising at its 34,000 stores.

Subway's lawyers haven't filed a response yet.

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



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