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KLEM News Update March 22, 2011

The board is also being asked to review and approve a cabling quote for the office and storage building.

Engineer Tom Rohe meets with supervisors at 10:15 and will present a final plan for a road project and cemetery agreements.

The Board is slated to discuss the E-C Lippke wetlands issues at 11 this morning. The property is in the western part of the county.

Agenda: Tuesday, March 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
A. Review and approve Courthouse Annex change order (Action)
B. Review and approve Courthouse Annex cabling quote (Action)
7. New Business
8. Open public forum

10: 15 AMTom Rohe, Plymouth County Engineer
(Action Items)
1.Final Plan Approval-Project STP-S-CO75(129)-5E-75
Cemetery Agreements

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

(Informational Items)
Update on construction projects

11:00 AMBoard of Supervisors - Discuss the E.C. Lippke wetlands issues (Discussion and possible Action)

(LE MARS)--A Le Mars girl is hospitalized in Sioux Falls after an all-terrain vehicle accident south of Le Mars Saturday night.

Plymouth County Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo on Monday said the operator of the A-T-V was 11-year-old Hannah Kliever, the daughter of Ronald and Jolene Kliever.

Kliever was operating the A-T-V in a corn stubble field two miles south of Le Mars on Lake Avenue. The sheriff's office report stated Kliever lost control which caused the A-T-V to flip. The vehicle came to rest on top of Kliever and a passenger, Sophie Fedders, the daughter of Matt and Julie Fedders of Le Mars.

At the time the initial information was released, the sheriff's office listed Kliever's injuries as serious. The Sioux Falls hospital does not release information about young patients. Fedders was not injured.

The sheriff's office went to the accident scene at 7:35 p.m. Saturday.

(LE MARS)--A Le Mars man was injured while crossing Plymouth Street in downtown Le Mars around 11:30 Friday morning.

According to information released by Le Mars Police Monday afternoon, 80-year-old James Bogenrief of rural Merrill was properly signaling to turn left as he approached the intersection of Plymouth Street and Central Avenue.

Authorities say Bogenrief entered the intersection during the green light for his travel on Central Avenue. 54-year-old Douglas Blackmore of Le Mars was walking north, crossing Plymouth Street and was in the intersection when he was struck by the mini-van Bogenrief was driving.

Blackmore was taken to Floyd Valley Hospital for injuries the police report stated were NOT incapacitating. Bogenrief was not injured.

(SIOUX CITY)--The new leader for the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce and Siouxland Initiative is homegrown.
A nationwide search ended with Monday's announcement that Chris McGowan is the new president of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce and Siouxland Initiative.
McGowan was described by Search Committee member Greg Grupp as homegrown, passionate about Siouxland and as demonstrating the leadership skills necessary to serve the regional business community as well as quality of life initiatives.
McGowan fills a vacancy created when Debi Durham resigned to accept a position at Iowa Department of Economic Development Director.
McGowan lives in southern Plymouth County.

(WASHINGTON, D-C)--Eighteen northwest Iowa counties are on Senator Chuck Grassley's list of town meetings.

Grassley will host a town meeting for Plymouth County at the Kingsley Community Center tomorrow (Wednesday) from 8-9 in the morning.

The Cherokee County town meeting is at the Aurelia Community Center from 9:15-10:15 today.

Grassley hears concerns from O'Brien County residents at the Courthouse in Primghar from 11:15-12:15 this afternoon. He'll be at the Inwood Community Center for a Lyon County town meeting from 4-5 in the afternoon.

Grassley is not hosting a Sioux County town meeting this month but he speaks at the Hawarden Hospital Foundation Banquet at the Community Center tonight.

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) A man is dead after a single-vehicle rollover crash at a city intersection in Vermillion.

Police say 32-year-old Douglas Richardson of Vermillion was dead at the scene shortly after 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Twenty-three-year-old passenger Gary Ansell of Vermillion was taken to a hospital with what authorities said were non-life threatening injuries.

Police say excessive speed and alcohol were factors in the crash.

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

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Des Moines police say a 4-year-old girl has died after falling from a third-story window of a three-story house.

KCCI-TV in Des Moines says police say Hannah Geneser was at her aunt and uncle's house when she fell Sunday night. Sgt. Chris Scott says officers were called on a report of an injured child. Police say she died early Monday at a Des Moines hospital.

Polk County Medical Examiner Dr. Gregory Schmunk says the child died from severe head trauma. Police say they aren't sure how the child fell, but they don't suspect foul play.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) Officials say a fire that damaged a three-story brick duplex in Dubuque apparently started on the first floor.

The fire broke out about 6:45 p.m. on Sunday. Some neighbors reported an explosion before the fire.

City Fire Marshal Mark Ludescher says Monday that it appears the fire started near a kitchen and stairway entrance at the rear of the building.

Ludescher says only one resident was home when the fire began and that the man was treated for minor injuries. He says there's heavy smoke, heat and water damage to the entire building.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) A man convicted of killing a Fort Dodge woman wants prosecutors to turn over evidence as he seeks to have his conviction overturned.

Sessions Harper was convicted of sexually assaulting Holly Michael at her home in 2006, binding her and then setting her house of fire. She died several weeks later. Harper was sentenced to three life sentences and one sentence of 25 years.

The Messenger in Fort Dodge says Harper has asked a judge to consider his request, which includes evidence that may not have been presented during his 2007 trial and questions about the effectiveness of his trial attorney. A hearing was held last Friday in Webster County District Court. The judge did not issue an immediate ruling.

The Iowa Supreme Court upheld Harper's conviction in 2009.

MANCHESTER, Iowa (AP) A competency hearing is delayed in the case against an Iowa man accused of cutting his father's pacemaker from his chest with a pocketknife.

Jesse Fierstine (FIRE'-stine), of Manchester, is charged with attempted murder and willful injury.

The Telegraph Herald in Dubuque says the hearing, which had been set for Monday, has been postponed until March 28 because the judge assigned to the case couldn't be at the hearing.

Online court records show Fierstine was found competent to stand trial in February 2010. Another competency evaluation was ordered late last year.

Fierstine is accused of attacking his 63-year-old father, Charles, in April 2009. Charles Fierstine, who recovered from the attack, died last year after a lengthy illness.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Linn County supervisors have approved a policy that allows people with county-issued permits to carry concealed firearms on most county-owned property.

The Gazette says the Board of Supervisors on Monday approved the policy on a 4-1 vote. It bans guns carried openly, and all guns will be prohibited at the county courthouse, jail and the juvenile justice center.

As drafted, the policy would have banned all firearms from county property, but the supervisors' vote means permit holders can carry concealed weapons in most county offices.

Supervisor Linda Langston voted against it, saying there are other places in the county where it's ``not appropriate to carry weapons.''

Linn County's rule follows a new state law that gives sheriffs less discretion in denying permits to carry guns.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved an extra $16 million for the state's indigent defense fund this year.

The fund dried up in late February and left the state owing about $1.5 million to lawyers representing poor defendants on the state's behalf.

The committee approved the measure Monday. The bill also includes $2.5 million more for the state public defender's office.

Sen. Bill Dix, a Shell Rock Republican, was the lone ``no'' vote.

The Senate had earlier approved the $18.5 million, but it was included in a larger bill the House and Senate have been unable to agree on.

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) A new president has been named for Concordia College.

The college's Board of Regents voted unanimously Monday to appoint William Craft as the 11th president in Concordia's 120-year history.

Craft has been vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, since 2000. The Forum newspaper reports Craft will begin his new duties July 11 at the Moorhead school.

Concordia's former president, Pamela Jolicoeur (JOL'-ah-kur), died last June after suffering a stroke in her home. A former Concordia president, Paul Dovre (DOVE'-ree), has been serving as interim president while the school looked for a permanent replacement.

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

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