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KLEM News AM Update May 3, 2011

 The grant for the Big Sioux River/Akron Boat ramp project is slated for possible action when the board's meeting begins at 9:30 today.

The county has been a participant in the Northwest Iowa Developers group. The continuation of that participation is slated for action following discussion also slated for 9:30 this morning.

Engineer Tom Rohe provides a weekly update and presents contracts for approval for right of way and road work.

Agenda: Tuesday, May 3, 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. Discuss continued participation in NW IA Developers Group (Action)
7. New Business
A. Discuss the grant for Big Sioux River/Akron Boat ramp project (Discussion and
possible action)
8. Open public forum


10:10 AMTom Rohe, Plymouth County Engineer
(Action Items)
1.Contract-STP-S-CO75(126)
2.Contracts-Right of Way-Project STP-S-CO75(129)
3.Tile Crossing Permit-Sec 31 Garfield, Sec 36 Elkhorn
4.Tile Crossing Permit-Sec 18 Lincoln Twp

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

(Informational Items)
Update on construction projects

(LE MARS)--Comments on a building proposed for Le Mars Airport snow removal equipment may be made at today's Le Mars City Council meeting.

The city has been notified of a Federal Aviation Administration grant for the building with 95 percent federal funding.

The time for public comments is at noon today (Tuesday) in the Council Chambers.

Council members have raised concerns about vehicles using the city's Recreational Trail. According to the current city regulations, that use is illegal and violators can be fined. The issue has been placed on the agenda to review and discuss Council concerns about the vehicles on the nine-mile trail.

A contract with Northwest Iowa Community College (NCC) at Sheldon for earth work completed by students under instructors supervision will be considered. The cost estimate for the work to finish the ICON Ag Solutions and Airport snow removal equipment sites is estimated at 20-thousand dollars.  

COUNCIL AGENDA ORDER SUBJECT TO CHANGE

LE MARS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING

TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2011, 12:00 P.M.

AGENDA

A.

 

CALL TO ORDER MAYOR

ROLL CALL

COUNCILMEMBERS: NELSON_____, KNAPP_____ REXWINKEL_____,

LEONARD______, IHRKE_______

B.

 

HEARINGS

1. Airport SRE Building

C.

 

GENERAL DISCUSSION

1. Citizens

2

 

. “Thumbs Up” Award

D.

 

CONSENT ITEMS

1. Approval of April 19, 2011 Regular Meeting Minutes

2. List of Bills for Period Ending 4/30/11

3. Renewal of Liquor License/Outdoor Service/Wine Permit (Originals by Design,

Dinger’s) Issua

 

nce of Liquor License (HiLite, Central Avenue Sports Pub &Grill)

4. Consumer Confidence Report (CCR)

 

Le Mars Water Department

5. Budget Amendment Hearing

6. Airport Application for State Aviation Funding

7. Chamber of Commerce Request for Street Closure

E.

 

ACTION ITEMS

1. Northwest Iowa Community College

 

Heavy Equipment Project

2. Release First Right

 

IA 3 West Easement

3. Vehicles on Recreational Trail

4. Temporary Parking Restrictions

F.

 

DISCUSSION

1. Council/Mayor

2. City Administrator/Public Works Director

3. Assistant City Administrator

G.

 

CLOSED SESSION

1. Purchase of Real Estate

H.

 

ADJOURNMENT

Next Resolution No. 11-15

Next Ordinance No. 893

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA

Hearing

REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION

Date:

May 3, 2011

Description:

Airport SRE Building

12:00 P.M.

Item No.

B-1

Information:

At its April 19, 2011 meeting, the Council set this as the date and time to hear public

comment on the plans, specifications, form of contract and estimate of costs for the

Airport SRE Building as prepared by Bolton & Menk.

Bids will be received on the Project on May 16, 2011,

The Cost Estimate is currently being reviewed and revised by the architect through

Value Engineering, which has been effective so far; however, more needs to be done.

Staff Recommendation:

The Mayor opens the hearing and asks for written or oral objections or comments to the

project or to adopting plans, specifications, form of contract and estimate of costs. After

hearing all comments, the Mayor announces the time for receiving objections is closed.

Remaining Schedule:

May 3

 

rd

Public Hearing

May 16th Open Bids

May 17th Council to review / award bids to lowest approved bidder,

subject to FAA approval

Week of May 17

 

th

Complete FAA grant application

Begin Construction June 1, 2011

End Construction September 30, 2011

Financial Impact:

Notice has been received that City of Le Mars is a recipient of the FAA grant for this

Airport SRE Building at 95/5 grant. We are awaiting Congress to appropriate funds.

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion adopting Resolution No._____ to adopt

plans, specifications, form of contract and

estimate of costs for the Airport SRE Building

Project.

(Roll Call)

Le Mars City Council Meeting

Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 12:00 P.M.

Minutes

Mayor Kirchoff presided. Present: Ihrke, Leonard, Nelson. Absent: Knapp, Rexwinkel.

Nelson moved, Ihrke seconded that the following items be approved under the “Consent

Agenda.” On Roll Call: Ayes: Leonard, Nelson, Ihrke. N

 

 

ays: None.

- Regular meeting minutes of April 5, 2011.

- List of bills for period ending 4/15/11.

- March 2011 Financial Statement.

- Resolution No. 11-12 approving the Application to Iowa Department of Economic

Development for the IML Container North America Project be adopted.

- Resolution No. 11-13 making certain interfund transfers for the 2010-2011 fiscal year be

adopted.

- Iowa Department of Transportation

 

Agreement for Maintenance and Repair of Primary for five (5) years (July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2016).

Roads in Municipalities

- Renewal of Class C Liquor License for Red Hanke Saloon.

- 2010 Snow Removal Equipment as fully completed by Holcomb Freightliner, Inc.

Nelson moved, Ihrke seconded Resolution No. 11-14 awarding the contract for the Lincoln/Lake

Widening Improvements STP Project to TR Harris Construction, Inc. of Homer, NE in the

amount of $309,876.86 be adopted, subject to IDOT concurrence. On Roll Call: Ayes:

Leonard, Nelson, Ihrke. Nays: None.

Nelson moved, Ihrke seconded May 3, 2011 at 12:00 P.M. be established for a public hearing

on plans, specifications, form of contract and estimate of cost for the Airport SRE Building and

May 16, 2011 be established as the bid opening date with said bids to be considered on May

17, 2011. On Roll Call: Ayes: All present. Nays: None.

Ihrke moved, Leonard seconded the meeting be adjourned at 12:30 P.M. On Roll Call: Ayes:

All present. Nays: None.

__________________________ ______________________

Beverly Langel, City Clerk Dick Kirchoff, Mayor

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA

Consent

REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION

Date:

May 3, 2011

Description:

List of Bills for Period Ending 4/30/11

Item No.

D-2

Attached is the list of bills for the period ending 4/30/11.

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Approval of bills for the period

ending 4/30/11.

(No Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA

Consent

REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION

Date:

May 3, 2011

Description:

Renewal of Liquor License/Outdoor

Service/Wine Permit (Originals by Design,

Dinger’s)

Issuance of Liquor License (HiLite, Central

Avenue Sports Pub &Grill)

Item No.

D-3

Applications have been received from Originals by Design for renewal of a Class B

Native Wine Permit and

 

from Dinger’s for renewal of a Class C Liquor License and

Outdoor Service. Papers are in order. Approved by Police Chief and Fire Chief.

Applications have been received from The HiLite and Central Avenue Sports Pub & Grill

for issuance of a new Class C Liquor License. The Fire Chief will be present to update

the Council.

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion (approving) (denying) renewal of a

Class B Native Wine Permit to Originals by

Design and renewal of a Class C Liquor

License and Ou

 

tdoor Service to Dinger’s.

(No Roll Call)

Motion (approving) (denying) issuance of a

new Class C Liquor License to The HiLite and

Central Avenue Sports Pub & Grill, subject to

final inspection and paper work.

(No Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA

Consent

REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION

Date:

May 3, 2011

Description:

Renewal Wine Permit /Liquor License/Outdoor

Service (Originals by Design, Dinger’s)

Item No.

D-4

Applications have been received from Originals by Design for renewal of a Class B

Native Wine Permit and from Dinger’s for renewal of a Class C Liquor License and

Outdoor Service. Papers are in order. Approved by Police Chief and Fire Chief.

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion (approving) (denying) renewal of a

Class B Native Wine Permit to Originals by

Design and renewal of a Class C Liquor

License and Outdoor Service to Dinger’s.

(No Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA

Consent

REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION

Date:

May 3, 2011

Description:

Consumer Confidence Report (CCR)

Le Mars Water

Department

Item No.

D-4

Information

Information regarding the CCR Certification Form for water systems with mailing

waivers is provided separately.

Staff Recommendation

Administration recommends Council acknowledgment of public notification of the CCR.

No mailing is required this year. The report will be published in the Le Mars Daily

Sentinel and can be viewed on the Le Mars Website.

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion acknowledging the Consumer

Confidence Report for the Le Mars

Water Department.

(No Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA

Consent

REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION

Date:

May 3, 2011

Description:

Budget Amendment Hearing

Item No.

D-5

A budget amendment is needed for Fiscal Year 2010-11 and it is requested the Council

establish a public hearing as required.

Expenditures exceeding budget include:

Grant Expenditures

Misc. Dept. Operating Expenditures, Repairs and Equipment

Bond Payments

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion establishing May 17, 2011 at 12:00

P.M. as the date and time to hear public

comment regarding amendments to the FY

2010-11 Budget and instructing the City Clerk

to publish notice thereof.

(No Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA

Consent

REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION

Date:

May 5, 2009

Description:

Airport Application for State Aviation Funding

Item No.

D-6

Information:

Bolton & Menk has prepared the attached documents for State Aviation Funding to

request funds for crack sealing and hangar door footing replacement at the Municipal

Airport. A resolution is attached committing the City to fund 44% of the total project

cost, not to exceed $7,870.

Staff Recommendation:

Staff recommends Council approval.

Financial Impact:

Total Cost $17,870

State Funds $10,000 (70% or $10,000 maximum)

City Funds $ 7,870 (30%)

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion adopting Resolution No. ______

approving submittal Application for State

Aviation Program funding for apron joint

sealing and hangar footing repair at the

Municipal Airport.

(Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA

Consent

REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION

Date:

May 3, 2011

Description:

Chamber of Commerce Request for Street Closure

Item No.

D-7

Information:

Attached is a Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce request letter regarding Ice Cream

Days 2011 and the need to close various streets, as follows:

3 on 3 Basketball 1

 

st Ave. W. from 1st St. S. to 1st

St. N.

Friday, June 17

Wells’ Ice Cream Parlor

 

Central Ave. from 1st St. N. to 2nd

St. N.

Friday, June 17

Foster Park Horse Patrol Central Ave. from 6

 

th St. S. to 7th

St. S.

Staff Recommendation:

Staff recommends Council approval.

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion approving the Chamber of Commerce

request to close various streets for various

events during Ice Cream Days 2011.

(No Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA

Action

REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION

Date:

May 3, 2011

Description:

Northwest Iowa Community College

Heavy

Equipment Project

Item No.

E-1

Information:

Similar to previous years, City has contracted with NICC for earth work. City’s need this

year is to finish the ICON site and the Airport site.

Attached is a standard NICC Project Form.

Cost Estimate is $33,000 based on 20,000 cubic yards; however, will be paid based on

actual quantities.

Staff Recommendation:

Staff recommends Council approval.

Financial Impact:

Cost will be funded as follows:

Le Mars Industrial Park 50%

Airport Improvements 50%

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion approving the contract with NICC in the

amount of $33,000.

(No Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA

Action

REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION

Date:

May 3, 2011

Description:

Release First Right

IA 3 West Easement

Item No.

E-2

Information:

The Iowa 3 Widening Project requires the acquisition of a small parcel of additional

right-of-

 

way on the north side from land owned by Wells’ Enterprises, Inc. The City has

a First Right to Purchase said land, as

 

a result of protecting the City’s ability to expand

its Wastewater Treatment Facility. Therefore, if the right-of-way is acquired by the State

of Iowa for Iowa 3 the City needs to release its rights.

Staff Recommendation:

Staff recommends Council approval.

Financial Impact:

None.

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion

 

approving the release of the City’s First

Right to Purchase land from Wells’ Enterprises,

Inc. adjacent to Iowa 3 as presented for Iowa 3

right-of-way.

(No Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA

Action

REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION

Date:

May 3, 2011

Description:

Vehicles on Recreational Trail

Item No.

E-3

Information:

“IT IS ILLEGAL” for vehic

 

les to use the Recreational Trail!

This item has been placed on the agenda to review and discuss Council concerns

regarding vehicles using the City’s Recreational Trail.

Current ordinances (which are attached) prohibit such use and violators can be fined.

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

As desired following discussion.

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA

REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION

Date:

May 3, 2011

Action

Description:

Temporary Parking Restrictions

Item No.

E-4

Information:

Due to various construction projects, on-street parking has become a concern at the

following locations:

Le Mars Community School Parking along 2

 

nd Avenue SW from 8th St. S. to 10th

St. S.

St. Joe’s Church Parking along O’Brien/Yoerger Drive

and within Senior Center Lot

Ice Cream Parlor Parking along Central Avenue 100 Block

This item has been placed on the agenda to review and discuss concerns voiced

recently to Staff regarding each of the three (3) locations.

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

As desired following discussion.

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA

REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION

Date:

May 3, 2011

Description:

Closed Session - Purchase of Real Estate

Item No.

G-1

It is recommended that the Council enter Closed Session to discuss the purchase of

real estate.

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion to enter Closed Session

under Iowa Code Section 21.5j

where the disclosure of the

discussion to purchase real estate

would be to the disadvantage

of the City.

(Roll Call)

Motion to move out of Closed Session.

(No Roll Call)

(LE MARS) -- Fundraising for education exceeded all expectations through the Friends of Gehlen Ball.

Kathy Nilles is a co-chair who thanks the entire community for supporting Gehlen Catholic School.

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Bruce Brock of Brock Auction Company in Le Mars helped make teaching with technology an enhancement to classrooms. Nilles explains the auction to Fund-a-Cause garnered gifts from 10-thousand dollars to one-dollar for Smart Boards. Smart Boards bring computers into teaching in an interactive chalk-board size display.

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More than 50-thousand dollars was raised for Smart Boards--nearly double the goal.

The Spirit of Peter Gehlen award for the use of time talent and treasures was presented to Band Director Paul Niebuhr and Development Director Lisa Niebuhr.

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Gehlen Catholic student Sana Naqvi spoke at the Ball about the impact the school has had on her.

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Nilles and her husband, Bob and Lenny and Kelli Flack co-chaired the Ball.

 (REMSEN) An education-centered event in Remsen marking its 20th anniversary was chaired by twin sisters.

Friends of St. Mary's Ball co-chairs Marlys Ohlendorf and Marilyn Treinen, 1970 graduates, influenced the theme, "An Inspiration from Italy" which was traced to their recent trip to Italy.

According to Remsen St. Mary's Development Director Norine Harvey, the 20th annual Remsen St. Mary's Ball Saturday raised more than 50-thousand dollars for education.

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Remsen St. Mary's graduate Henry Ortmann of Centerville was the guest speaker for the Ball. Ortmann's been mike-side with KLEM Sports Director Denny Callahan during Remsen St. Mary's State Baseball Championship broadcasts.

(SIOUX CITY)--"Amazing" is one of the words a spokesperson for the American Red Cross uses to describe Powell Broadcasting's April "Pay for Play" fund raiser .

Powell Broadcasting staff, working with staff from the Siouxland Chapter, took phone pledges for song requests for most of the day on April 11th. All six Powell radio stations' listeners responded with donations.

Powell Broadcasting Operations Manager Scott McKenzie suggested "Pay for Play" to provide financial support for relief efforts following severe storms in Mapleton and other areas.

Tammy Pech of the Red Cross explains Powell Broadcasting has received a "Heroes" award recognizing financial support of Red Cross.

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McKenzie says the success of "Pay for Play" would not have been possible without the phenomenal response of the listeners to radio stations KLEM, KKMA, KSUX, KQNU, KKYY and KSCJ. He described it as truly neighbors helping neighbors.

Pech says help is still being accepted for the Red Cross efforts to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.

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The Siouxland Chapter's latest local work involved a house fire in Sioux City.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) Sioux City police are investigating the shooting death of a man as a homicide.

Police were called to a house late Sunday where they found the man dead from a gunshot wound. His name has not been released. No other details were available.

No arrests have been reported.

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

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant says the Yankton School District election on property taxes will be the first local election to use the state's reporting system.

Voters in the Yankton School District will decide on May 24th whether to accept the school board's recent decision to opt out of the state's limits on property taxes.

Gant says essentially the same balloting and vote-counting systems are used in statewide and local elections, so it makes sense to use the state election reporting system for local elections. He says that means voters will be able to use the Internet see a sample ballot and find voting locations.

People also will be able to see up-to-date vote totals as votes are counted election night.

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

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Republican and Democratic legislators are renewing bargaining over the state budget, but it doesn't appear they're moving closer to a deal.

Both sides agreed Monday they are about $140 million apart. That includes the Democrats' call to increase state aid to schools by $65 million. Republicans oppose any increase.

Aides to Gov. Terry Branstad say he plans to hold private meetings with legislative leaders on Tuesday in an effort to reach an agreement.

The Legislature was scheduled to adjourn last week but will continue work. However, lawmakers no longer will receive daily expense payments.

House Republican Leader Linda Upmeyer says it's possible lawmakers could finish their work this week but that it may be another week before they manage to adjourn.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Gov. Terry Branstad is calling for a 6 percent salary increase over two years for non-union state workers.

Spokesman Tim Albrecht confirmed Monday that Branstad would seek a 2 percent increase on July 1, another 1 percent on Jan. 1, 2012, an additional 2 percent on July 1, 2012, and 1 percent on Jan. 1, 2013.

Albrecht says the cumulative increase is just over 6 percent. He says that's precisely the same increase unionized state workers received through bargaining.

Branstad aides had criticized the union agreement that was approved by Democratic Gov. Chet Culver, but Albrecht says the governor has traditionally sought the same increase for non-union workers as is approved for unionized state employees.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa Lottery says the conversion to a new computerized system has started and should be finished in July.

The lottery is currently upgrading the machines that print and cash tickets.

The new, smaller terminals feature touch-screen technology and self-checkers players can use to see if they've got a winning ticket.

Officials say each generation of equipment used to sell and cash lottery tickets in Iowa has been in use for about a decade.

Iowa's current lottery equipment has been in place since 2001.

The new system is being installed by Georgia-based Scientific Games International and is expected to be in use in Iowa for seven to 10 years.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey says that while the weather has finally allowed farmers to start planting corn in earnest, this spring remains one of the slowest planting seasons in Iowa in a decade.

A report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture released Monday says just eight percent of Iowa's corn acreage has been planted.

That's far below the five-year average of 48 percent. By this time last year, 82 percent of Iowa's corn had been planted.

Northey says many fields are still wet despite the recent uptick in conditions.

Northey says he's hopeful the weather will cooperate so farmers can catch up on planting.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) May is getting off to a chilly start in Iowa with frost possible.

The National Weather Service has issued a frost advisory for much of the state for early Tuesday with temperatures sinking into the 20s. Forecasters say clear skies and light winds will likely produce areas of frost by daylight. Overnight lows will range from mid-20s to the mid-30s. The coldest hours should be between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m.

Frost could damage tender plants and vegetation, especially in low-lying areas.

The frost advisory covers most of Iowa, except for the northwest and northern counties.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) A Missouri man accused of hauling cocaine from Colorado to Iowa has been sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison.

The U.S. attorney's office says 40-year-old Lucio Andazola-Fimbres, of Milan, Mo., pleaded guilty in 2010 to distributing cocaine and conspiring to distribute cocaine. He was sentenced last week in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids.

Prosecutors say Andazola-Fimbres admitted he made at least seven or eight trips to Iowa over the course of a year, bringing anywhere from 2 to 4 kilograms of cocaine each trip. The drug was hidden in compartments in his vehicle.

The cocaine was delivered to two men, Mark Hopper and Robert Dale, who would process it into crack cocaine and sell in in the Waterloo area. Those men were previously sentenced.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Officials say an autopsy shows a Cedar Rapids woman who was found dead in an alley next to her taxi died of stab wounds to the head and neck.

The Gazette in Cedar Rapids on Monday says the Linn County medical examiner released the autopsy results on Monday. The death of 54-year-old Cathy Stickley has been ruled a homicide.

Officers were sent to the alley a little after 10 p.m. Friday. Officers and medical personnel tried to revive Stickley, but she died at the scene.

Stickley's family told the newspaper that she worked for Century Cab. No arrests have been made.

RIVERSIDE, Iowa (AP) A judge has set bond at $2 million for a 70-year-old Iowa man charged with shooting and killing his female roommate while she was riding a lawn mower in their backyard.

Thomas L. Hansen of Riverside made his initial court appearance Monday on a charge of first-degree murder in Sunday's death of 54-year-old Sharon K. Gerot.

District Judge Lucey Gamon ordered Hansen jailed on a $2 million cash-only bond and appointed public defender John Robertson of Iowa City to represent him. Hansen did not enter a plea, and Robertson did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

A criminal complaint says that Hansen and Gerot had been arguing at their home near Riverside. The complaint says Hansen fired one shot that struck and killed her while she was on the mower.

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

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