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KLEM News AM Update February 22, 2011

The county has a land and gravel swap agreement with an Akron business, Higman Sand and Gravel.

According to the agenda for today's meeting, the board will have a discussion regarding Higman Sand and Gravel construction of a new county pond and status and schedule for road gravel supply. The agenda lists the 11:15 appointment as discussion and possible action.

Townships officers for Remsen and Preston townships are to be appointed by the board. Engineer Tom Rohe is slated to give a weekly update.

AGENDA for Tuesday, February 22, 2011

9:30 AMJim Henrich, Plymouth County Board Chairman
1.Call meeting to order
2.Approve this agenda (Action)
3.Approval of prior Board meeting minutes (Action)
4.Approval of claims and payroll (Signatures)
5.Committee Reports (Discussion)
6. Old Business
7. New Business
A. Appoint Kory Kroeger as Remsen township clerk & and Luke Homan as trustee (Action)
B. Appoint Mark Borchers as Preston township clerk and Fred Zenk as trustee (Action)
C. Open and review mail/correspondence (Discussion)
D. Open public forum (Informational)

10:00 AMShane Sitzmann - Review and approve Trometer's K-30 Addition, a minor subdivision in Section 1 of Liberty
Township (Action)

10:15 AMTom Rohe, Plymouth County Engineer
(Action Items)
Utility Relocation Agreement-Mid American Energy

(Discussion Items)
Questions/Discussion of the Secondary Road Department

(Informational Items)
Update on construction projects

11:15 AMBoard of Supervisors - Discussion regarding Higman Sand and Gravel construction of new county pond and
status & schedule for road gravel supply (Discussion and possible Action)

 Sump pump information given to contractors

(LE MARS)--Builders and contractors are receiving information about Le Mars sump pump regulations.

The goal is to reduce the amount of storm water treated at the Le Mars Waterwater Treatment facility.

City officials have said many sump pumps are dumping storm water into the sanitary sewer system. The City Council last year passed a moratorium on enforcement until January first.

According to city administrator Scott Langel, for now, the city is working with folks who make the sewer connections.

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There are plans to verify that property meets city requirements.

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Langel says an informational brochure is complete, but hasn't been distributed.

Pie sales are sweet sales success for SmartBoard technology at Le Mars Community

(LE MARS)--A fundraiser to add technology to some Le Mars Community elementary schools' classrooms is no pie in the sky.

Parent Teacher Organizations (PTOs) at Clark, Franklin and Kluckhohn donated more than 30-thousand dollars from pie sales for SmartBoard technology. SmartBoards are similar in size to a chalk board, but are partnered with computer technology in the classroom.

The Parent Teacher Organizations organized the pie sale last October. In a two-week time frame more than six-thousand pies were sold by 632 elementary students.

 Organizers credit Brownmiller Trucklines for pie transportation to the schools and Nor-Am Cold Storage for refrigeration of the Sara Lee brand pies. Both are Le Mars businesses. Sara Lee is also rebating money for the pie sales and donated a prize to encourage students to be successful.

The district received the money from the  P-T-O pie sale proceeds as a reimbursement for 12 SmartBoards needed to equip the remaining regular education classrooms with the technology.  Drivers lose control near Hawarden, Sioux Center

(ORANGE CITY)--Sioux County authorities investigated traffic accidents near Hawarden and Sioux Center Sunday.

The sheriff's office reports 18-year-old Michael Kots of Ireton was driving a pickup truck on a gravel road six miles northeast of Hawarden.

Kots lost control of the pickup about six o'clock last night and the vehicle went into the south ditch and rolled. Kots was taken to the Hawarden Hospital by Ireton Ambulance.

Just before noon Sunday, a sport utility vehicle driven by 18-year-old Nicole VanDyke of Sioux Center rolled in a ditch three miles northwest of Sioux Center.

According to the sheriff's office, VanDyke was driving west on a gravel road when she lost control of the S-U-V. VanDyke was taken to the Sioux Center hospital by Sioux Center Ambulance.

"Build Green" is Home Show theme

(SIOUX CITY)--"Build Green," is the theme for the 54th annual Siouxland Home Show starting Thursday.

The Home Builders Association of Greater Siouxland coordinates the Siouxland Home Show Thursday through Sunday at the Sioux City Convention Center.

This year's Home Show features 247 booths with 26 new exhibitors. Hours Thursday and Friday are from 1-9 p-m and from 11 a.m. to nine p.m. Saturday. On Sunday the show is open from noon to five in the afternoon.

Ideas for remodeling or building a new home will be featured. They included energy efficient and healthy grilling; energy audits; simple steps to home buying; decorative concrete; color planning; and raised patios.

Shuttle service is offered Friday through Sunday from the east side of the Long Lines Center and from Great Southern Bank's parking lot on Saturday and Sunday

Transportation Commissioners seek ideas June 14th in Sioux City

(AMES)--Iowa Transportation Commissioners are making a Siouxland stop to hear ideas and concerns this summer.

The Commission is hosting four public input meetings for Chambers of Commerce, regional and metro planning groups, cities, counties, transportation providers and economic development groups.

Items to be discussed include the state's transportation improvement plan, policies, and issues for highway, aviation, rail, river, trail and transit systems.

The Sioux City meeting is June 14th. The location will be announced at a future date.

Branstad launches jobs tour

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Gov. Terry Branstad is launching a three-week tour of the state to pump up support for his package of tax cuts and eased business regulation he says will create jobs.

As the governor began that tour Monday, a House committee got its first look at a proposal by Branstad to overhaul the Department of Economic Development. Agency director Debi Durham says the state needs to be more proactive in shaping business assistance.

Some portions of Branstad's plan are already in trouble in the Legislature.

Key lawmakers in both parties say they will reject Branstad's plan to increase taxes on casinos by $190 million. Branstad says casinos can afford the additional taxes because their business is booming.

Branstad to press for labor overhaul

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Gov. Terry Branstad says he will press the Legislature to overhaul state labor laws that he says have become too friendly for unions.

Branstad says he will ask lawmakers to remove health insurance from the list of topics over which the two sides must bargain, and would give the governor and Legislature the authority to overturn a decision reached by an arbitrator. Branstad says the state's collective bargaining law was approved in 1974, and many things, such as the cost of health insurance, have changed since then.

Branstad says he doesn't think the state will find itself in the same situation as Wisconsin, where the governor has proposed eliminating collective bargaining rights. That proposal has sparked huge demonstrations.

Barbour sees no baggage on race issues

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says he carries no political baggage because of his positions on racial issues.

The issue flared as recently as last week when Barbour declined to denounce an effort by a group pushing for a license plate in honor of confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, a leader of the Ku Klux Klan. Barbour says the proposal was never going anywhere.

Barbour says he denounces the Klan, but doesn't denounce specific people and that's what he was asked to do.

Barbour says he was a child during much of the Civil Rights movement and that people should focus on the progress that's been made throughout the South.

Barbour's in Iowa to meet with GOP activists as he tests the waters for seeking the Republican presidential nomination.

Ice jams cause Iowa flooding near Fort Dodge

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) Ice jams forced water out of the banks of the Des Moines River and into some homes near Fort Dodge in northern Iowa.

Some residents left their homes Saturday and Sunday. Others stayed, sometimes moving possessions to higher floors.

Lt. Kevin Kruse of the Webster County sheriff's office says floodwater seeped into 15 homes in one neighborhood on Sunday.

Kruse says swelling of the Des Moines River is an annual event and has not been remarkable so far this year. But he says he fears flash flooding downstream in Fort Dodge if a big jam were to let go all at once.

Flood warnings have been posted in north-central, northeast and southeast Iowa as well north of Sioux City in the northwest corner of the state.

Heavy snows expected to push Mississippi flooding

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) A National Weather Service meteorologist says at least minor flooding is guaranteed to occur on the Mississippi River this year as it courses down Iowa's eastern edge.

Meteorologist Brian Pierce told television station KWWL that water-saturated soil and heavy snowpack in Wisconsin and Minnesota make the overflows certain.

Pierce says the season's heavy snow followed heavy fall rains that saturated the ground. He says that means the snowmelt will be going right into Mississippi tributaries.

Pierce says a gradual warming and gradual melting would be the best scenario to avoid heavy flooding.

2 men flee as fire destroys truck in western Iowa

MARNE, Iowa (AP) Two truckers escaped a fire that destroyed a semitrailer and its cargo of wine near Marne in western Iowa.

Cass County authorities told Atlantic radio station KJAN that the men were sleeping in the cab of the truck around 3:30 a.m. Sunday when they were alerted to flames from the refrigeration unit atop the trailer. They had parked the rig on the eastbound Marne on-ramp to Interstate 80.

The men tried unsuccessfully to separate the tractor and trailer. No injuries were reported.

The men's names were not released.

Lickliter hopes to return to sidelines

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Former Iowa coach Todd Lickliter says he's hoping to return to coaching.

Lickliter was fired by the Hawkeyes last year after three losing seasons and replaced by Fran McCaffery. He tells the Des Moines Register that he misses coaching and that he's anxious for his next opportunity.

The 55-year-old Lickliter now lives in Indianapolis, where he coached during a successful stint at Butler. He declined to discuss the circumstance that led to his dismissal, saying both he and the Hawkeyes have moved on.

Lickliter says he still pulls for the Hawkeyes, adding that he believes they're on the right track to becoming a contender again.

Iowa is 10-17 and 3-11 in the Big Ten in McCaffery's first season.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved

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