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KLEM News Update March 13, 2011

Nominations are being accepted until March 25th for the "Teacher of the Year" to represent the many great teachers who exemplify the Le Mars Community School District and its educational goals. Application information for the Decades of Excellence Crystal Bell Award are available by contacting the superintendent's or principals' offices.

The April 12th Foundation Banquet at the Le Mars Convention Center will also honor school employees with 25 years of service; employees of the month; and senior academic achievement.

Ticket information for the banquet is available through the superintendent's office.

(LE MARS)--Emergency services are the focus of a scholarship program being offered to emergency responders.

The Floyd Valley Hospital Foundation, along with the Musson Family, will accept applications for the Steven H. Musson Memorial Emergency Services Scholarship.

The application deadline is May 31st. To be eligible, those applying must living and active engage in emergency care in Plymouth County. This can include a paramedic, first responder or emergency care technician. The $500 scholarship will be used for direct expenses related to pursing an emergency care training including books, tuition, classes, transportation, squad trainings and certifications.

Information about the scholarship is available from the hospital website at www.floydvalleyhospital.org under the charitable giving section.

The Steven H. Musson Emergency Services Endowment was established in 2003 by the Musson family to recognize and honor Steve for his passion for emergency care. He served as co-director of the Le Mars Ambulance

(SIOUX CITY)--Tablet technology is expected to revolutionize the way students learn and communicate at Briar Cliff University beginning in the fall. All freshmen students will be provided with Apple iPad tablets.

Briar Cliff Vice President for Student Development Steve Janowiak says the iPad program is student-focused and future-driven which adds a new dimension to the learning community.

Briar Cliff will conduct an iPad tablet pilot on campus this spring which will be used to integrate tablet technology into the curriculum. The addition to learning at the private Catholic school is designed to provide students with the newest and best technology available.

DURANT, Iowa (AP) A judge has ordered the Durant school district to reinstate a high school principal fired last March.

Monica Rouse filed a lawsuit for wrongful termination in Cedar County District Court in April. The Muscatine Journal reports a judge ruled Friday there was no evidence to support the firing.

School district attorney Cam Davidson says an appeal is in the works.

The school board has said Rouse allowed students to graduate short of required credits, gave credits to students who hadn't earned them and taught classes without a teaching license. Her firing was approved by the board last March although another judge had already determined there were no grounds for termination.

The district has hired a new principal for Durant High School, but Rouse's attorney says she wants her job back.

SHENANDOAH, Iowa (AP) A Shenandoah man has died after being pulled from the water at a Page County park.

Sheriff Lyle Palmer told KJAN-AM that 32-year-old Fon Takara Fominyen was found floating in the water at Rapp Park, separated from his kayak, about 4:40 p.m. Friday. Divers pulled him from the water and he was flown to an Omaha, Neb., hospital, where he died.

VINTON, Iowa (AP) The number of grocery stores in rural Iowa is declining as stores struggle to compete with larger superstores.

The Gazette in Cedar Rapids says Roy's Hometown Grocery in Vinton is the latest to announce it will close.

The number of grocery stores with employees not including those run by sole proprietors dropped from 1,400 stores in 1995 to 700 stores in 2005, according to a study by Iowa State University. The study says superstores grew by 175 percent during that same period.

The owner of Main Street Market in Manchester, Don McCurdy, says a local grocery store closing is the same as losing a school or a post office.

The owner of Roy's Hometown Grocery, Roy Fish, declined to comment but customers say they will miss the convenience and service the store offers.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) An Iowa lawmaker has apologized for a comment made about a gun bill that was construed as insensitive toward people with mental health issues.

The comment from Rep. Jeff Kaufmann, R-Wilton, was recorded Thursday night as he talked with his peers on the House floor. The House speaker pro tem referred to a measure that would allow Iowans to carry weapons in public without authorization by a sheriff or a background check as ``the give-a-handgun-to-a-schizophrenic bill.''

Kaufmann later told the Des Moines Register that the remark was a ``poorly worded joke'' and hopes that it will prompt discussions about mental health and public safety.

Brian Kaskie of the Iowa Coalition on Mental Health and Aging says the comments shows how uninformed state lawmakers are about mental health issues.

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

(DES MOINES)--The labor bill Republicans passed in the Iowa House on Friday is unlikely to even be considered by a subcommittee in the Iowa Senate. Senate Democratic Leader Mike Gronstal of Council Bluffs seemed to pronounce the bill dead on arrival almost 24 hours before the legislation had even by approved by the House.
 "I have not talked to one member of our Labor Committee that has any interest whatsoever in passing this bill, so there's not a single Democratic vote on the Labor Committee," Gronstal said Thursday. "It's incredibly unlikely that they will bring (the bill) out of committee." Senator Bill Dotzler, a Democrat from Waterloo, is a member of that committee.
"We think it's taking the rights away from workers and a slap in the face to hard-working public employees," Dotzler said Friday during an appearance on Iowa Public Television. When asked if there was a possibility for compromise between Democrats and Republicans on labor issues, Dotzler replied that there's always room for compromise, but added that Democrats, instead, wouldlike to talk about creating jobs in Iowa. Representative Lance Horbach , a Republican from Tama who is chairman of the House Labor Committee, says voters asked Republicans to reign in the cost government and the bill that passed Friday is one way to do that.
"We're providing our answers to the Senate. They can choose to enter into this conversation or they maybe have other issues that they would like to prioritize," Horbach says. "Either way, I think when we get to the end of the session and the negotiation process, this is going to be a valid topic of negotiation." A key provision in the bill would require a 100-dollar-a-month payment from government workers who belong to a union, to cover health care costs. Republicans estimate that would save the state 33-million dollars. Democrats say that breaks the contracts unions negotiated for workers at all levels of government, not just state workers. (News report by Radio Iowa)


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