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KLEM News AM Update April 26, 2011

The board will have the discussion and possible action as the county's Drainage Board. The Drainage Districts to be discussed for assessments for costs such as maintenance include Westfield, Akron and Hinton. The Drainage Districts are a 10:30 agenda item for the Drainage Board.

The board is also slated to receive a weekly update from Engineer Tom Rohe.

Plymouth County Supervisors agenda: Tuesday, April 26, 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
8. Open public forum

10:00 AMTom Rohe, Plymouth County Engineer
(Action Items)
1.Permit-MidAmerican Energy-Sec 6/7 Elgin Twp

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

(Informational Items)
Update on construction projects


10:30 AMDrainage Board - Plymouth County Board of Supervisors, Discuss Westfield, Akron and Hinton Drainage
District assessments (Discussion and possible Action)

(LE MARS)-- A Le Mars group is giving the Le Mars Community School District more than three-thousand dollars.

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Gayle Vonk of the Le Mars Educational Enhancement Project or LEEP presented a ceremonial check for $3,597.10 to the Board of Education Monday night.

Vonk explained the donation is from the "Taverns for Textbooks" November fund raiser.  This was the second textbook fund raiser .

Board President Patrick Murphy thanked Vonk for the Le Mars Educational Enhancement Project fund raising.

Vonk said more than 200 Le Mars Community sixth through eighth graders attended the second Middle School dance in February

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Vonk said the group is working with the district's Administrative Cabinet on the use of the Middle School Dance funds.  LEEP, along with Booster groups for Trades and Industries, Athletic Boosters and the Parent Teacher Organization are trying to organize as a federally recognized non-profit separate from the district's Foundation. 



(SIOUX CITY) A meeting to discuss possible changes for the U-S Postal Service in Sioux City is tonight (Tuesday).

American Postal Workers Union Local 186 of Sioux City is opposing changes that include the possible consolidating of the mail sorting operation with one in Sioux Falls and elimination of two post offices in Sioux City.

The public meeting is at the Sioux City Convention Center in downtown Sioux City beginning at seven tonight.


(ORANGE CITY) A judge has ordered an Akron man to serve time in prison for drunk driving and eluding convictions.

Twenty-seven-year-old David Lee Albertson IV was charged after a traffic stop south of Hawarden. Albertson was arrested by Plymouth County Sheriff's Deputies on December 18th after he stopped and then drove away from a Sioux County Sheriff's Deputy.

According to Sioux County Attorney Coleman McAllister, Albertson was sentenced Monday to two years in prison for eluding law enforcement and one year in jail for the operating while under the influence conviction. The sentences are to be served one after another for a total of up to three years in prison.

(Primghar) A Hartley man is free on bond after his arrest on drug charges.

The O'Brien County Sheriff's Office released written information about the charges against 61-year-old Jerry Lynn Goetsch.

A search was made at his residence last Thursday afternoon. Sheriff's deputies and Hartley Police seized several plants suspected to be marijuana and marijuana growing equipment. Authorities also seized some dried marijuana as well as drug paraphernalia.

Goetsch is charged with felony manufacture of marijuana; possession of marijuana, eight felony charges of failing to have a drug tax stamp and possession of drug paraphernalia

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Gov. Terry Branstad has announced an individual disaster assistance program for people dealing with property damage from recent Iowa storms.

The assistance is available to people with property damaged in Buena Vista, Monona, Pocahontas and Sac counties.

The program, which was announced Monday, provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with an income of up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level. That would allow a maximum household income of $37,000 for a family of three.

Branstad noted that original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for expenses linked to storm recovery efforts.

Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food and for costs of temporary housing.

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

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The mystery town involved in a racial profiling settlement this month has been revealed. The mayor of a Siouxland town said his town had struck a deal with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission.

Sergeant Bluff Mayor Dale Peterson confirmed the agreement with the commission.

The commission announced it reached a settlement with a town of about 4,000 residents and a high Latino population that shielded its identity in exchange for policies meant to end racial profiling by police.

The commission's executive director, Beth Townsend, said the commission was more interested in stopping profiling than identifying the city.

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YANKTON, S.D. (AP) A contractor will temporarily lift one end of a steel bridge over the Missouri River at Yankton during its conversion into a hiking and biking bridge.

Bearings which allow the bridge to expand and contract in response to temperature changes need to be replaced.

The contractor will use heavy-duty crane jacks to lift the truss of the bridge 1 inch. The process needs to be done in several locations, so it could take six weeks to complete.

The 87-year-old double-deck Meridian Bridge has been replaced and is closed to vehicular traffic. It will be reopened to pedestrians later this year.

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MARTINSBURG, Neb. (AP) Four people have been treated for exposure to ammonia in Siouxland.

Diane Krier, spokeswoman for Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, says a mother and two children were flown there from Martinsburg after an ammonia leak Monday morning. The father drove to the hospital. Krier says all four were treated and released by afternoon.

About 100 people were evacuated from the community Monday morning. The Dixon County sheriff's office says they were allowed to return home a few hours later.

Dixon County emergency manager Shea Scollard says a farmer was using anhydrous ammonia fertilizer on his field when a trailer carrying a 1,000 gallon tank unhooked and snapped a line. He says a shutoff valve on the tank failed, so it began to leak.

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

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Texas Rep. Ron Paul plans to announce the formation of a 2012 presidential exploratory committee at an Iowa event.

Drew Ivers, Paul's 2008 Iowa caucus campaign manager, says the Republican congressman will announce his plans Tuesday at a Des Moines hotel. An exploratory committee would allow Paul to raise and spend money toward a 2012 candidacy.

Paul finished fifth in the 2008 caucuses and has visited Iowa seven times since. He headlined an event in Sioux Center two weeks ago for a social conservative group, and he spoke at a rally for Christian home-school advocates at the Iowa Capitol last month.

The Congressman from exurban Houston is a longtime critic of the Federal Reserve who accuses the U.S. central bank of devaluing the dollar and fueling inflation.

Paul is a favorite among libertarians and enjoys strong backing by many tea party supporters. His son Rand was elected to the U.S. Senate from Kentucky last year.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A man charged in a fatal hit-and-run in Altoona will undergo a psychiatric evaluation to determine if he is competent to stand trial.

Dajour Sawyers, of Waterloo, is charged with vehicular homicide and other charges in the April 7 crash that killed Chad Wells of Altoona.

Police say the 19-year-old Sawyers was driving a stolen Jeep Grand Cherokee when he slammed into Wells' car.

The Des Moines Register is reporting that a Polk County judge granted a request by Sawyers' attorney and ordered the evaluation to determine if Sawyers understands the charges against him. Records show Sawyer smelled like marijuana and was found barefoot in a garage of an Altoona home when he was arrested.

Sawyers remains held in the Polk County jail under more than $50,000 bond.

ANAMOSA, Iowa (AP) A Jones County jury has convicted a former Olin High School teacher accused of sexually harassing a 15-year-old student of six charges.

Thirty-four-year-old Jeremy Chamberlin was charged in March 2010 with felony sexual exploitation by a school employee, two misdemeanor counts of lascivious conduct of a minor and three misdemeanor counts of disseminating or exhibiting of obscene materials to a minor.

The Gazette in Cedar Rapids says the jury convicted Chamberlin Friday evening. Jones County Attorney Phil Parsons told the newspaper Monday that the verdict was returned after about three hours of deliberations.

Chamberlin was accused of fondling the female student and sending her obscene picture text messages.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) An Iowa man has been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison on a sexual abuse charge.

The Globe Gazette in Mason City says the man was sentenced on Monday in Cerro Gordo County District Court on one count of third-degree sexual assault. He was originally charged with two counts of third-degree sexual abuse and two counts of incest for allegedly abusing a minor in Mason City.

The Associated Press is not identifying the man to avoid identification of the minor.

The man pleaded guilty in February in exchange for prosecutors dismissing the other three charges.

NEVADA, Iowa (AP) Authorities say an arrest warrant has been issued for a Story County jailer charging him with engaging in sexual misconduct with an inmate.

Sheriff Paul Fitzgerald says a warrant for Michael Warnick was issued Monday in the town of Nevada. The sheriff says Warnick is accused of having inappropriate contact with a woman who was inmate at the jail in late March.

Warnick is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Fitzgerald says his office has been in contact with Warnick's attorney, and Warnick is expected to turn himself in soon. The sheriff would not disclose the name of Warnick's attorney.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) State officials are investigating a fish kill that happened when some stop logs on a manure storage structure at a dairy farm failed near Calmar in northeast Iowa.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says Monday the manure flowed into a small stream that runs into the Turkey River.

The manure spill happened Sunday. The agency says the owner, Gary Elsberend, of Calmar, couldn't stop the manure from reaching the creek because of several factors, including last week's heavy snowfall, runoff from snowmelt and the proximity of the storage area to the stream.

The department says early reports indicate the fish kill extended about three miles to where the stream enters the river. Officials say minnow and chubs have died, but no dead game fish have been found.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Iowa women's basketball player Hannah Draxten has ended her playing career with the Hawkeyes because of back injuries.

Draxten played in just four games in 2009-10 because of a herniated disc in her back. Draxten had surgery in the offseason, but her back problems persisted through last season.

Draxten played in just 58 games in three seasons at Iowa and scored 157 points.

Draxten says she'll remain with the Hawkeyes as a student-assistant coach next season.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Four-time Drake Relays champion and hometown favorite Lolo Jones has committed to running in this year's meet.

Drake Relays director Brian Brown says Jones will compete in Saturday's 100-meter hurdles.

Jones, a native of Des Moines, is currently ranked third in the world in the 100 hurdles. She won four straight titles at Drake from 2005-08.

But Jones hurt her leg and failed to finish the race in 2009. Last year she finished second to Damu Cherry.

Jones recovered by winning the 100 hurdles at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines last June.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

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