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KLEM News PM Update April 8, 2011

The Hull Fire Department battled the blaze at K and O Manufacturing. Investigators believe the fire started in the paint room. Several explosions occurred in the building. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

The Hull Fire Department was assisted by Hull Ambulance and fire departments from Boyden and Sioux Center as well as Sioux Center Rescue, the Sioux County Sheriff's Office and the Iowa State Patrol.

(DES MOINES)-- Lawmakers who've been drafting and debating bills for 13 weeks will host forums in Plymouth and Sioux Counties tomorrow.

State Representative Chuck Soderberg of Le Mars and Senator Randy Feenstra of Hull begin the forums for the public at the Orange City Town Hall at 8:30 tomorrow (Saturday) morning. Feenstra and Soderberg travel to Maurice for a public forum at the Maurice Community Center-Fire Station at 10.

They'll be in Le Mars at the Le Mars Public Library at 11:30 tomorrow morning; the Akron Public Library at one tomorrow afternoon and the Hawarden City Hall at 2:30 tomorrow afternoon.

(SIOUX CENTER)  School boards across Iowa are having to work through their budgets, while waiting for state legislators to make a decision on education funding. Patrick O'Donnell, superintendent of the Sioux Center Community School District, says they finally adopted a budget this week after months of discussions.

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(As said)  "We've had a lot of early retirements which cuts down our costs and I've hired back younger teachers which are less expensive," O'Donnell says. "That has given us some wiggle room that will help us survive this next budget year." O'Donnell says the district's budget of about 11-million dollars is essentially the same as last year. He's betting there will be no increase in state aid to K-12 public schools.

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(As said)"If we get 2%, I'll be absolutely surprised," he says. "Everything I've heard is that they're going to stay with zero-percent allowable growth and that's what we're planning on at this time. We would like the 2%, but I really doubt the Republicans are going to budge." Despite limiting the growth of salaries and benefits, O'Donnell says other costs continue to creep up.

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(As said) "With food prices going up at a high rate, it looks like we're going to have to raise lunch prices," he says. "Those are the kinds of things that eventually, if you don't get additional funding from the state, are going to catch up with you." O'Donnell says the district has seen a slight increase in enrollment, now at just over one-thousand students. (News report by Radio Iowa)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) A Texas-based company is considering several sites including some in Siouxland as it decides where to locate a meatpacking plant that would produce kosher and halal (huh-LAHL') beef.

First American Farms Chief Financial Officer Thomas Lindholm said it's early in the process and several locations are being considered. He says the company needs 200 to 300 acres of land for the project.

The plant would process meat that meet Jewish and Muslim dietary rules. One of the sites being considered is along Interstate 29 south of Beresford, in Union County. The county also is the potential site of an oil refinery.

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

(ROCK RAPIDS) An Ocheyedan man is being treated at a Sioux Falls hospital after a one-vehicle rollover accident Thursday afternoon.

The Lyon County Sheriff's Office reports 31-year-old Benjamin Perry was driving about a mile and a half north of Rock Rapids on Harding Avenue when he lost control of his S-U-V.

The S-U-V rolled several times and came to rest on its roof. Perry was ejected. Lyon County Ambulance took Perry to Sanford Rock Rapids and he was later airlifted to Sanford Sioux Falls. Perry is listed in serious condition.

The accident was reported about 5:30 yesterday afternoon.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) An Illinois business owner has agreed that his organization will stop marketing deeds and other government records to Iowa residents.

A news release from the office of Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller says the agreement was reached with Barry Isaacson, principal owner of National Record Service, Inc., and National Deed Service, Inc., of Northbrook, Ill. Isaacson didn't immediately return a call on Friday.

Miller's office says mail solicitations were being sent to Iowans. They looked like they were designed to suggest a connection to the government, and they offered to provide certified copies of deeds for $59.50.

Miller's office says certified copies of deeds are available from county recorders for $5.

Last month Miller's office said a California-based company has agreed to stop its marketing deed retrieval services to Iowans.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A national report says Iowa gets a bigger percentage of its electricity from the wind than another other state.

The American Wind Energy Association says in its annual report that 15 percent of Iowa's electricity comes from wind about 3,700 megawatts.

According to The Des Moines Register, that total is far less than Texas' total of nearly 10,100 megawatts. But that wind total equals just 7.8 percent of the electricity used by Texas power customers.

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

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) Cedar Falls police are awaiting results from an autopsy on the body of a 2-year-old boy.

The police department on Friday also released the name of the little boy: Kaleb Ryan Reddout.

Officers who were dispatched to the Midway Studios motel on Monday night had found the boy unresponsive, with his father.

The boy was pronounced dead at Sartori Memorial Hospital.

Police Chief Jeff Olson has said his investigators called it an unexplained death, not a suspicious death.

A police statement issued Friday said no other information was being released.

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) A product used to remove tile adhesive in preparation for construction at a Cedar Falls schools has left a foul odor.

Crews intend to eliminate the odor before students and school workers are allowed to use the affected classrooms at Orchard Hill Elementary.

Cedar Falls Superintendent David Stoakes told Waterloo television station KWWL that the product used to remove the tile adhesive had seeped into some neighboring surfaces, spreading the smell.

Air tests showed the fumes aren't bad enough to cause major health problems but could cause nausea or headaches, which a few students and staffers have experienced.

Stoakes says the stench permeated wood, stuffed animals and tack boards in the classrooms. He says those items have been removed.

It's unclear when the anti-stink work will be finished.

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

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