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KLEM News Update February 19, 2011


The new Census report lists Le Mars population at 9,826 which is up more than six percent or more than 500 people.

City administrator Scott Langel says the largest financial impact of the change.

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Revenue from Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) may also go up.

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Revenue based services, water, sewer and recreation also show increases.

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Surface Transportation funds from the federal government could also increase as city population is ratioed to the regional population .


New Central Avenue Pub will open soon

(LE MARS)--Remodeling in downtown Le Mars will create a new casual place to relax, have something to eat, or follow sports.

Tom and Kim Taves of Le Mars are opening the Central Pub and Grill at 32 Central Avenue Northeast.

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As the remodeling progresses they're finding some signs of the former Tots and Teens location that they'll make a part of their new business.

Homemade soup is part of the menu that Kim describes as a little of everything including chicken wings and quesadillas.

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Tom Taves explains there will be a variety of refreshments.

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The Taves hope to open the businessm employing about four full and part-time people, late next month or early in April.

OrangeRind Film Festival entries are being accepted

(ORANGE CITY) The OrangeRind Film Festival is returning to Orange City during Tulip Festival this May. Vaughn Donahue, who studied the medium in college and has made some of his own films, is the producer of the show. He says the festival is a great outlet for individuals showcase their talent.



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Filmmakers of all ages and experience are encouraged to contribute their original short films. Films can be sent in DVD format to the Orange City Arts Council. Please include the name and contact information of the director as well as cast and crew members and a synopsis of the film. Donahue explains criteria for entries.


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The OrangeRind Film Festival started last year, but Donahue says it was pretty informal, with around six entries. He hopes to grow the event this year.



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Deadline for entry is May 13, but Donahue encourages that entries be submitted sooner than that, if possible. The OrangeRind Film Festival itself takes place May 20th. For more information contact the Orange City Arts Council at 712-707-4885 or OCarts@orangecityiowa.com. (Angela Drake, KLEM News)

No Jury duty Tuesday; service is completed

(LE MARS)--Plymouth County jurors do not need to report for jury duty on Tuesday, February 22nd. This concludes the February jurors service. The clerk of court thanks jurors for their availability.

(SHELDON)--Planning for a change in farm or business ownership is a process not an event. That's the view of John Baker, staff attorney for the Iowa Concern hotline. He and Begining Farmer Center Director David Baker are leading workshops on farm and business ownership changes. John Baker sees examples of a crisis driving a change rather than planning.

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Baker says research indicates failing to plan or failing to carryout a transition are two issues the Bakers address in two-day workshops.

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Skills and plans are emphasized at the workshops, including one planned for March 2nd and March 3rd in Sheldon.

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Information is available from the O'Brien County Extension Office. A similar program was offered through ISU extension in Plymouth County.

Lawmakers see little support for casino tax hike

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) Key Republican and Democratic lawmakers say Gov. Terry Branstad's proposal for a $190 million tax increase on Iowa's state-licensed casinos has little chance of winning approval this year.

Senate Ways and Means Committee Chairman Joe Bolkcom and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Thomas Sands say there is little support for Branstad's plan to raise casino taxes. Bolkcom says lawmakers will negotiate with Branstad to figure out ways to replace the money the increased tax would have generated.

The legislators also say there is little chance the Legislature will approve a proposed increase in Iowa's gasoline tax.

The two spoke Friday during a taping of Iowa Public Television's ``Iowa Press'' program.

Story County says jail inmate committed suicide

NEVADA, Iowa (AP) The Story County Sheriff's Office says a 63-year-old county jail inmate has committed suicide.

The release says Mark Dubendorf was found a little before 8:20 Friday morning. It says Dubendorf had fastened a sheet around his neck and tied it to the closure hardware of his cell.

Neither jail staffers nor paramedics were able to revive Dubendorf. He was pronounced dead at Story County Medical Center a little before 9:30 a.m.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation will be helping the sheriff's office in its investigation.

Dubendorf was awaiting sentencing in March on a sex-abuse conviction.

Capt. Barry Thomas says Dubendorf had not been on a suicide watch.

Sherrill woman's murder-for-hire trial set

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) A Sherrill woman accused of trying to hire someone to kill her ex-husband has been found competent to stand trial.

Elizabeth Behnke (BANK'-ee) has been scheduled for trial on March 14, charged with attempted murder and solicitation of murder.

According to the Dubuque Telegraph Herald, Behnke had been wrangling with her ex-husband over a child-custody issue. She is accused of trying to hire someone to break into his home and pour homemade poison into a jug of his milk.

The ``hit man'' was an undercover officer.

In court Wednesday, attorneys agreed that two evaluations of Behnke showed she was competent. But her attorney, Steve Hodge, said he might still argue diminished capacity a mental state in which a person is unable to produce the intent to commit a crime.

Iowa State wins grant for corn and climate study

AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State University has won a $20 million grant to conduct and oversee research on how climate affects corn crops.

Iowa State says it will coordinate the work of 42 scientists from 10 universities and two U.S. Department of Agriculture research institutions in nine north-central states.

The five-year project will collect and analyze data from fields that produce nearly 65 percent of the nation's corn.

The researchers will combine field and climate data to formulate models and evaluate crop management practices.

Girl wrestler eliminated after 2 tourny losses

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) An Iowa high school wrestler who became the first girl to win a state tournament match when her opponent refused to compete against her has been eliminated from the tournament.

Cedar Falls freshman Cassy Herkelman lost her quarterfinals match 5-1 Friday morning and was pinned in a consolation match later in the day.

Herkelman and Ottumwa High School sophomore became the first girls to qualify for the tournament in its 85-year history.

Herkelman's favored first-round opponent defaulted rather than face her because he says wrestling a girl would conflict with his religious beliefs.

T25-MISSOURI ROAD

Tigers still seeking first Big 12 road victory

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Unbeaten at home and often very beatable on the road, No. 20 Missouri is running out of chances to prove itself an all-around threat.

The Tigers have an NCAA tournament resume with 20 wins, an RPI of 27 and a challenging schedule with five games to go before the Big 12 tournament. The soft spot in the profile: an 0-5 record in conference road games. They have three more chances to get it right, starting Saturday at Iowa State.

Minutes after Missouri (20-6, 6-5 Big 12) made it 16 straight at the Mizzou Arena with a tougher than expected 92-84 victory over Texas Tech, the home-road disparity quizzing began anew. Before Tuesday, the last 10 home opponents trailed by at least 15 points in the second half and the winning margin averaged 23.7 points.

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

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