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KLEM News PM Update February 16, 2011

Iowa National Guard Adjutant General Tim Orr gave many examples, including this one of Cherokee soldier Sergeant Adam Craig who was diagnosed with cancer while deployed in Afghanistan.

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Orr express his appreciation to those who've helped families of deployed soldiers and described the response as "simply incredible."

Wells' will expand North Ice Cream Plant

(LE MARS)--Wells' Dairy will be able to make changes for offices and storage at the North Ice Cream Plant.

The Le Mars City Council Tuesday agreed to vacate and provide city right-of-way for the Le Mars Industry.

Mayor Pro Tem Rex Knapp asked for and didn't receive any comments from the public after describing the city's plans in the 100 block of both First Street Southeast and First Avenue Southeast.

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Dave Smetter of Wells' Dairy explained the plans for the property being vacated.

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City Administrator Scott Langel said MidAmerican Energy will pay to relocate a natural gas line at a cost estimated at 47-hundred dollars.

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Council members said Wells' owns the property around the North Ice Cream plant.

As part of the legal work to be completed, Wells' Dairy plans to donate 10 acres of land near the South Ice Cream Plant for use as the new Public Works Department headquarters.

(LE MARS)--Reuse versus sell. Plymouth County Supervisors are making that analysis. The metal garage on the east side of the Courthouse block will be replaced with the Courthouse Annex building construction.

Supervisor Craig Anderson said he was comparing the moving cost for another county department's use, such as Conservation Board at rural Hinton, with the sale of the garage.

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Supervisors Chair Jim Henrich suggested the board should find out what the moving expense for the Courthouse garage could be.

County attorney Darin Raymond told the board Tuesday the building is not a framed structure; it is constructed with interlocking panels. The information about moving the building will be gathered before a decision on the garage is made.

Orange City man charged after traffic stop near Sioux Center

(ORANGE CITY)--An Orange City man is charged with felony forgery and identity theft.

According to the Sioux County Sheriff's Office, 21-year-old Ernesto Munoz-Morgado was arrested Thursday afternoon, four miles south of Sioux Center.

Authorities say they stopped Morgado for a traffic violation. After an investigation, the sheriff's department charged Morgado with using someone else's identity to work at Sioux Preme Pack of Sioux Center. He was also charged with driving without a valid driver's license.

Hyperion construction start permit extended

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) A Texas company looking to build a $10 billion oil refinery in southeastern South Dakota has preliminary state approval to extend the construction start date to next year.

An earlier air quality permit required Hyperion Resources to begin construction of the Hyperion Energy Center by Feb. 20. In June, the firm submitted a request to extend the construction deadline to Aug. 20, 2012.

The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources this week issued a new draft permit, and the public has 30 days to submit comments.

Hyperion's refinery north of Elk Point would process 400,000 barrels of Canadian tar sands crude oil each day into low-sulfur gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and liquid petroleum gas. The project would include a power plant that would produce electricity for the refinery.

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

Iowa lays off 10 nursing home inspectors

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Iowa has cut the jobs of more than a fourth of the inspectors who keep watch on nursing homes.

The Des Moines Register says the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals has trimmed 10 jobs. That takes the statewide total to 28 inspectors to handle 442 nursing homes where about 30,000 people live.

Five months ago, Iowa cited a shortage of state inspectors in warning federal officials that the state was close to falling short of federal standards for oversight of the homes.

The 10 workers were paid about $500,000 total. Only $125,000 came from state sources. The rest is federal support.

The head of the state inspections department is Rod Roberts. He says the cuts are evidence that Iowa must trim many services.

Ethics panel considering lawmaker's marijuana case

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A state trooper-turned-Iowa-lawmaker who faked symptoms to obtain a medical marijuana prescription in California is set to go before the House Ethics Committee.

The panel on Wednesday will consider the matter after receiving a complaint by a medical marijuana supporter, who objected when Rep. Clel Baudler acknowledged feigning a medical problem to obtain a marijuana prescription.

The Republican from Greenfield says he never filled the prescription and only wanted to show how ridiculous it would be to legalize medical marijuana in Iowa.

Baudler's a former state trooper who is chairman of the House Public Safety Committee.

The Iowa Board of Pharmacy voted unanimously last year to recommend that lawmakers reclassify marijuana for medical purposes.

Police refuse to release 911 call in student death

DECORAH, Iowa (AP) A police department is refusing to release a 911 call made by a college student seeking help before he died of hypothermia.

Decorah Police Chief Bill Nixon said Wednesday the investigation of the death of Luther College student ``aBaffour-Awuah remains open, and he will not release audio or a transcript of the call.

Nixon's department announced Tuesday Baffour-Awuah's death had been ruled accidental. The department said he called 911 ``in distress'' at about 1:45 a.m. Jan. 1 after being locked out of his dorm in the cold following a night of drinking.

Responders looked for the student from Ghana for 2 .5 hours, and Nixon says he has no idea why they failed to find him. A passerby found his body on the campus baseball field hours later.

Iowa teacher accused in sex case quits job

CARLISLE, Iowa (AP) A 34-year-old Carlisle High School band teacher accused of having sex with a student has resigned from the district.

Court documents say Alexander Dyer, of Indianola, has been charged with sexual exploitation by a school employee and lascivious sexual contact with a minor.

Dyer is free on bond. He was arrested Feb. 9 and had been on administrative leave.

The Des Moines Register says that, according to court documents, Dyer told police that he'd had sexual relations with a 17-year-old female student at the school.

Dyer has taught the past three years at Carlisle.

Court records don't list the name of his attorney.


Man pleads guilty in Iowa asbestos case

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Federal prosecutors say the supervisor of a renovation project at the Equitable Building in Des Moines has pleaded guilty to two asbestos-removal charges.

The U.S. attorney's office say Russell Coco pleaded guilty on Tuesday to conspiracy to violate the Clean Air Act and failing to remove all regulated asbestos containing materials from the building before the project began.

He faces up to 12 months in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentencing is May 20.

Coco and his boss, developer Bob Knapp, were accused of illegally removing asbestos from 2005 to 2008. The indictment says asbestos was put in open bins and dumped in a landfill.

Knapp's trial on conspiracy and multiple violations of the Clean Air Act is set for Feb. 28.

Subcommittee OKs bill backing sale of painting

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A House panel has voted to sell a Jackson Pollock painting valued at $140 million, though a lawyer for the University Iowa warned that would hurt the school's ability to seek future gifts.

Two members of an appropriations subcommittee Wednesday signed a recommendation that the painting be sold, and the full committee will debate the measure Monday.

General counsel Carroll Reasoner had told the three subcommittee members that calls to sell the painting, titled ``Mural,'' to fund student scholarships could cause potential donors to lose trust in the University of Iowa and make their donations elsewhere. That could hurt the university's fundraising efforts.

The 8-by-20-foot painting is the centerpiece of the university's art collection. Art dealer Peggy Guggenheim gave the painting to the university in 1951. She died in 1979.

Iowa DOT to begin aerial seeding along highways

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa Department of Transportation says aviation contractors hired to do aerial seeding along the state's highways will begin as soon as the weather permits.

State transportation officials say in a news release that aerial seeding and fertilizer is an economical method to control roadside erosion and cover vast areas. They say the seed is best applied during the late winter months to it can germinate in the spring.

The areas where the aerial seeding will be done in March include U.S. Highway 20 in Calhoun County to U.S. Highway 69 in Webster County; Interstate 29 from Harrison County to the Woodbury County line; and along U.S. Highway 30 in Marshall and Story counties from U.S. Highway 65 east to Iowa Highway 330.

ISU signs DT Quinton Pompey

AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State has added to their recent recruiting class by signing Florida defensive lineman Quinton Pompey.

Pompey, a 6-foot-3, 300-pound tackle from Bradenton, Fla., played at Manatee High with fellow Cyclones recruit Quenton Bundrage.

Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads says Pompey has the skills to be a difference maker who should make a major impact for the Cyclones defensive line.

Pompey had 62 tackles and 11 sacks last season.

Pompey chose Iowa State over offers from Penn State, Missouri and Louisville.

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

 

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