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KLEM News Update April 12, 2011

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Smart Investing is being offered for free through a grant, and includes access to other books and materials. Kroesche says the class is geared toward people of any age looking to learn how to grow investments, whether just starting off or getting close to retirement age. To register you can stop by or call the library at 546-5004. 25 spots are available. www.lemars.lib.ia.us

(News report by Angela Drake of KLEM)

(LE MARS)--Projects that would divide 100-thousand dollars will be presented to Plymouth County Supervisors today (Tuesday).

Mary Lucken of Akron chairs the Plymouth County Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) Advisory Board. Lucken will present recommendations for the use of money Supervisors have designated for grants.

The Advisory Board has reviewed 32 requests for a portion of the money Supervisors budget for grants. The local option sales tax funds are to be awarded in the new county budget beginning July 1st.

The agenda item at 10 this morning is informational which means Supervisors would not approve or disapprove the recommendations today.

Building repairs at the county-owned Residential Care Facility on Highway Three are a 10:45 agenda item. Mike Porter of the Pride Group which leases the county building meets with the board.

Engineer Tom Rohe is slated to have final approval of the road budget and construction program at 11:15 this morning.

AGENDA  Tuesday, April 12, 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
1. Discuss Courthouse Annex change order for steps (Discussion and possible Action)
8. Open public forum


10:00 AMMary Lucken, Plymouth County Local Option Sales Tax Advisory Board Chairman - Present recommendations
for 2011-12 L.O.S.T. fund allocations (Informational)


10:20 AMJohn Majeres, Resident - Approval of Majeres Addition, a minor subdivision in Section 15 of Fredonia Avenue (Action)


10:30 AMJolynn Goodchild, Plymouth County Recorder - Present January - March 2011 quarterly report (Discussion)


10:45 AMMike Porter, Plymouth Life - RCF Building repairs (Discussion)


11:15 AMTom Rohe, Plymouth County Engineer
(Action Items)
1.Permit-Knology-Replace Fiber optic cable-Sec 12/13 Hungerford Twp,
Sec 7/18 Lincoln Twp.
2.Rail Road Crossing Agreement-U.P.Railroad-Sec 4 America Twp on 160th St.
3.Final Approval-Secondary Road Budget and Construction Program.

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

(Informational Items)
Update on construction projects

www.co.plymouth.ia.us

SIOUX CITY) "Pay for Play" is a way for KLEM/Powell Broadcasting listeners to help victims of severe weather in Mapleton and other areas.

"A minimum of $10 donated to the American Red Cross Siouxland Area Chapter will get your song request on KLEM 1410 AM/96.9 FM," operations manager Dave Ruden said.

To be part "Pay for Play" today, Ruden explained listeners call their request to 546-8008 and request the song. "All day, if we can find it, we will play it," he said.

Donations to the American Red Cross Siouxland Area Chapter may be dropped off at KLEM, 37 Second Avenue NW, Le Mars.

(LE MARS) Great Southern Bank is announcing a new Banking Center manager in Le Mars.

Kathy McCarty of Le Mars will be responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with new and existing Great Southern Bank customers.

According to Great Southern, McCarty serves as a Board member of Le Mars United Way; is a committee co-chair for the Le Mars chapter of the Alzheimer's Foundation; and is a committee co-chair for the Floyd Valley Hospital Foundation.

Great Southern Bank will host a Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce "After Five" on May fifth to welcome McCarty.

 (LE MARS)--Applications for two openings on an advisory board are being accepted.

According to Le Mars Convention Visitors Bureau manager Jessica Lingren, the two at-large positions will be filled after a May 13th application deadline.

Those interested in serving should submit a letter of intent to serve with a description of their community involvement. Lingren also asks applicants to include the reasons they'd like to serve and their vision for the future of tourism in Le Mars.

Application information should be submitted in a sealed envelope to the attention of the Le Mars Convention and Visitors Bureau Advisory Board at Le Mars City Hall. The deadline is five in the afternoon on May 13th.

(LE MARS)--Volunteers will help feed those in need with a packaging event in Le Mars early next month.

Then Feed Just One, formerly Kids Against Hunger, is a multi-generational, non-denominational food packaging event in northwest Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska.

The next local event is Friday, May sixth from 8:30 in the morning until 5:30 in the afternoon in the Gehlen Catholic Gymnasium.

Last year, the Le Mars effort prepared more than one-point-nine million meals that were shipped to Honduras and Haiti.

Individuals make a $30 donation to cover the cost of the food in exchange for a two-hour shift of their choice. Individuals may also adopt a student for $30 to work a two-hour shift .

To volunteer or adopt a student, contact Dick Seivert or Lisa Niebuhr at Gehlen Catholic.

(LE MARS)--Water main work in Le Mars will change water service in a Le Mars neighborhood.

Water superintendent Gayle Sitzmann says the water department will shut off the water main from Highway Three and Sixth Avenue to First Street and Sixth Avenue Northeast.

The city water department will change the eight-inch main south of O'Brien and Yoerger Drive.

The water will be shut off after school today (Tuesday) between 3:30 and 4 in the afternoon.

(This water shutoff news report is being repeated from Monday to inform affected Le Mars residents)

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa Senate has approved a bill that requires state and local public employees charged with a crime to repay any salary they received while on paid leave if they later are convicted of the offense.

The measure, approved 48-0 on Monday, expands upon a House measure, which applied only to teachers at public schools, universities and community colleges.

Lawmakers say the bill was spurred by the case of former University of Iowa assistant professor Toshiki Itoh. He received more than $200,000 over two years while facing several charges.

Itoh resigned Feb. 23 following an earlier guilty verdict on two counts of assault. He later made an Alford plea to assault with intent to commit sexual assault. That plea admits the prosecution could likely prove the charge.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The attorney general's office says law officers were justified in killing a man who fatally shot a Keokuk County deputy during a gun battle at the man's home near Sigourney.

Deputy Eric Stein, of What Cheer, was killed April 4 by Jeffrey Krier, who had a history of mental illness. Krier was later killed by officers during a standoff.

During a Monday news conference in Sigourney, Deputy Attorney General Tom Miller said a review found the use of deadly force against Krier was justified.

Officials also detailed events leading up to and during the shooting. Division of Criminal Investigation Director John Quinn says Krier contacted the sheriff's office the day before, saying his wife had been kidnapped. Quinn says officials couldn't determine if the woman existed.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A special commission has recommended that the Legislature approve a proposed new map of legislative and congressional districts.

The Temporary Redistricting Advisory Commission voted 5-0 on Monday to recommend that lawmakers approve the new maps. The panel held public hearings across the state last week.

The recommendation sets the stage for a vote in the Legislature on Thursday. Both Republican and Democratic leaders have predicted the plan will win approval.

Gov. Terry Branstad says he's still studying the proposed new maps. The maps reduce the number of congressional districts from the current five to four because population growth in Iowa has been slower than elsewhere in the country.

A total of 41 state legislators would find themselves in new districts with another incumbent under the plan.


PELLA, Iowa (AP) U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann says she supports the principles of a GOP budget plan that cuts federal spending by $5.8 trillion over 10 years. But the potential Republican presidential contender is stopping short of endorsement.

In an interview Monday with The Associated Press, Bachmann says she supports ``the aspirational goal of making Medicare and Medicaid sound and secure.'' But she hasn't read the entire proposal by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and declined to address his plan's details.

The Minnesota congresswoman, a tea party favorite, discussed the plan after a speech in Iowa.

Ryan's plan for the budget year that begins Oct. 1 would convert Medicare into a subsidy or voucher system for people under 55. It would also make Medicaid a state-run program financed by federal block grants.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Gov. Terry Branstad says he is reluctantly accepting the resignation of David Worley as head of the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown.

The resignation is effective April 28. Worley served under former Gov. Chet Culver and was reappointed by Branstad as commandant.

The Senate confirmed his appointment last week.

In a statement released Monday, Branstad says Worley cited personal health concerns that prevented him from being completely focused on the job.

Branstad says he will launch a search to replace Worley and make an appointment when he finds the best candidate. He put no time frame on the search for a new commandant.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Iowa Realty is urging its real estate agents to review their safety efforts following the shooting death of a co-worker during an open house in West Des Moines.

Twenty-seven-year-old Ashley Okland was killed last Friday. Police are continuing their investigation. No suspect has been identified.

Iowa Realty has posted a safety website for agents to help them examine ways to better protect themselves as agents consider ramping up open houses again.

The Des Moines Register says Iowa Realty and Prudential First Chief Executive Mike Knapp wrote in a company-wide email on Monday that the company will support an agent's decision.

Les Sulgrove of the Des Moines Area Association of Realtors says the group is making similar recommendations to its members. Each agency will determine how it handles open houses.

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

Submit your news release, photo, confidential news tip or news idea by email klemnews@lemarscomm or by calling 712.546.4121 or 712.546.9672 fax.




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