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KLEM News AM Update May 4, 2011

The latest report on building construction in Le Mars totals more than nine-point-seven-million dollars.

Jason Vacura of Le Mars Code Enforcement explains much of the value is in commercial construction.

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 New commercial construction for April was seven-point-six-million dollars while remodeling and additions totalled one-point-eight-million dollars.

There have been three new houses in the city in 2011.

(LE MARS) The future of buildings on the former Westmar University campus is NOT limited to being sold at the asking price or demolished.

Le Mars City Council member Rex Knapp raised the property issue during Council general discussion Tuesday afternoon.

Knapp said he'd been asked about the selling prices. Reuse of the three remaining buildings is the goal and Council members said they'd take less money than the amount set as the selling price.

The issue will be discussed further at the next Council meeting.

Bids will be taken May 16th on a building to store the Le Mars Airport snow removal equipment. IF federal funds aren't appropriated for 95 percent of the cost, a consultant to the city said accepting a bid would be delayed.

Vehicles such as snowmobiles, cars, and trucks aren't legally allowed on the city's nine-mile recreational trail. A bridge shows signs of snowmobile use. Council members want city staff to find out if that bridge portion of the trail could be closed off in winter months. The question Council members want answered is whether a year-round use of the trail is required due to the state funds awarded for the project.

(LE MARS)--Membership in the Northwest Iowa Developers group will be paid by Plymouth County for this budget year.

Supervisors agreed to that step Tuesday and said the dues would be from the Economic Development budget which is property tax funded and not Local Option Sales Tax.

Supervisor Jack Guenthner attended a recent meeting of the group and recommended the county be a member. But Guenthner also wants the county to contact cities and towns in the county to ask them to contribute to the developers' group membership future amount.

Supervisor Don Kass wanted to know if the towns would have any kind of say or voting rights by paying to be part of the group.


Guenther is researching that and other questions. Supervisors plan to revisit the issue in two weeks.

Engineer Tom Rohe plans to send a letter to landowners along an overlay project. Ten miles of County Road C-38 will be overlayed from the County Road K-64 east to the Cherokee County line. The letter will be sent once a meeting with a contractor is held next week to discuss construction timelines. Options to get vehicles, farm equipment and delivery traffic in and out of homes and businesses during construction will be explained in the letter.

 

(LE MARS) Le Mars Police have charged a Le Mars teen with felony sexual abuse.

Police issued written information that they'd received a report that a teen had sexually assaulted a 12-year-old female. Based on the investigation, 15-year-old Jacob Scott Peters of Le Mars on Monday was cited into juvenile court for three felony sexual abuse charges.

He has been released to his parents.

SIOUX CITY---AUTHORITIES CONTINUE TO SEARCH FOR

THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE KILLING OF A SIOUX CITY MAN.
SIOUX CITY POLICE LIEUTENANT MARK KIRKPATRICK SAYS OFFICERS RESPONDED TO A SHOOTING AT 1401 GEORGE STREET AROUND 11 O'CLOCK SUNDAY NIGHT.
UPON ARRIVAL, OFFICERS DISCOVERED 52 YEAR OLD TONY CANFIELD HAD SUFFERED A FATAL GUNSHOT WOUND TO THE HEAD.

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CANFIELD'S WIFE IDENTIFIED THREE THE SUSPECTS AS THREE BLACK MALES, APPROXIMATELY 5'10", 5'8" AND 5'6".
ALL ARE DESCRIBED AS BEING IN THEIR LATE-TEENS OR EARLY TWENTIES, HAVING SLENDER BUILDS AND WEARING DARK, BAGGY JEANS AND HOODIES AND WEARING A CLOTH OVER THEIR FACE.

KIRKPATRICK SAYS ANY INFORMATION IS HELPFUL.

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IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION REGARDING THIS HOMICIDE, PLEASE CALL 258-TIPS. (JOSIE COOPER,KSCJ/POWELL BROADCASTING)


SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) A Sioux City church that faced a sale of its assets at auction has filed for bankruptcy.

The Cornerstone World Outreach Center finished its $8 million church nearly three years ago and in January a judge ruled in favor of the contractor on the project, Cincinnati United Contractors, awarding the Ohio company $3.6 million for money not paid by the church after the project's completion.

The church's assets were set to be auctioned off Tuesday but because the church filed bankruptcy the sale has been canceled.

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

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The National Weather Service says a tornado that hit Pocahontas County in northwest Iowa on April 9 has been given an EF4 rating on the tornado-strength-scale, with top winds of 170 mph.

It was among at least 18 tornadoes that day in Iowa, including one that barreled through Mapleton, leveling more than half the town but causing no deaths. That storm was an EF3.

Meteorologist Jeff Johnson says the Pocahontas County tornado was rated an EF4 based on the destruction of a house. The twister also threw a combine about 100 yards. There were no injuries.

Johnson says the April 9 outbreak is seventh highest for tornadoes in a single day in the last 30 years. The most active day was 28 tornadoes on April 11, 2001.

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

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Legislative Republicans and Gov. Terry Branstad have agreed to the size of the state budget for fiscal year 2012.

The Republicans agreed Tuesday to set the overall state budget at less than $6 billion.

The last time the budget was less than $6 billion was in fiscal year 2008.

Republicans say in a news release that the state's reserve funds are full and $300 million remain in the ending balance.

House Speaker Kraig Paulsen says Republicans are committed to funding the priorities of Iowa residents while reducing the size and cost of government. He says the budget spends less than the state takes in and will give taxpayers ``a seat at the table''

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Former Lt. Gov. Patty Judge has been named the finance director for House Democrats.

The Des Moines Register is reporting that Judge is expected to start her new job on Wednesday.

Democrats hold 40 of the 100 seats in the House and Judge says good candidates who are well finance provide an opportunity for Democrats to regain control in the House.

Judge was Iowa's agriculture secretary before she was elected lieutenant governor in 2006. She and Gov. Chet Culver lost their bid for re-election last fall.

Judge is also a former state senator from Albia.

House Democratic Leader Kevin McCarthy of Des Moines cites Judge's statewide experience as part of the reason she was hired.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) A proposal to extend Linn County's 1 percent sales tax for 20 years appeared to be narrowly failing.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday night, the sales tax extension trailed by 216 votes with nearly 32,000 ballots cast in the metro area. It also trailed in unincorporated areas.

Cedar Rapids hoped to use half the proceeds to build a flood production system on both sides of the Cedar River. Forty percent would be used for street improvements and 10 percent for property tax relief.

Opponents say the measure gives the city too much flexibility for spending the money.

The city currently receives about $20 million a year from the tax.

If approved, the city planned to sell bonds and pay off the debt with sales tax revenue.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The House has rejected efforts to include casinos in Iowa's ban on indoor smoking.

Des Moines Democrat Janet Petersen sought to include the expansion of the smoking ban into a larger gambling bill. But the House rejected her effort Tuesday with little debate.

Petersen argued that casino workers deserve protection from second-hand smoke.

Others responded that lawmakers had agreed to changes in the state's gambling laws and that adding the smoking issue would complicate that effort.

After rejecting Petersen's proposal, the House gave the larger measure final legislative approval on a 72-21 vote.

The measure lets casinos hold county referendums on gaming just twice, if approved initially and again eight years later. Current law requires a referendum every eight years. It also calls for a study on legalizing Internet poker.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Authorities have identified a man who was killed when his vehicle, which officials say was going the wrong way on a highway, collided with a semitrailer near Hartford in central Iowa.

KCCI-TV in Des Moines says the Warren County sheriff's office on Tuesday identified the driver as 25-year-old John Crivaro, of Des Moines.

Crivaro died early Friday. Sheriff James Lee says Crivaro's vehicle was traveling north in the southbound lane of Iowa Highway 5 and collided with the truck shortly before 5 a.m.

A motorcycle also collided with Crivaro's vehicle. The motorcyclist was injured and taken to a Des Moines hospital. The truck driver was not seriously hurt.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A search warrant indicates a Des Moines found dead in her apartment last month had died from blows to her head and strangulation.

KCCI-TV reports Tuesday that the warrant also shows that police questioned the man who called police and asked them the check on 52-year-old Kathryn Mitchell.

Her body was found April 15.

The man, who wasn't named, told police Mitchell had moved to the apartment four days before she died. He tried to check on her but found the door locked. He called police after climbing through a window and finding she was dead.

Police haven't made an arrest in the case.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) One man is dead after falling from the federal courthouse construction project in Cedar Rapids.

The Gazette is reporting that the incident happened Tuesday afternoon. The name of the man has not been released.

The courthouse is being built to replace the federal courthouse that was damaged during the 2008 flood.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Officials say the tires on a truck delivering hydrogen to Iowa's only nuclear power plant exploded, prompting an alert.

The incident happened Tuesday afternoon outside the protected area of the Duane Arnold Energy Center near Cedar Rapids.

Spokeswoman Renee Nelson says the safety of the plant and the public were never affected, and the plant continues to operate.

She says the truck driver, who's not a plant employee, received minor injuries and was transferred to a hospital.

Nelson says there was a fire involving the truck, but all hydrogen tanks remained intact.

Nelson says the ``alert'' classification means an issue at the plant is minor in nature, but an emergency response may be necessary. She says the incident has been reported to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has been notified.

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

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