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KLEM News PM Update May 9, 2011

Earlier this year, an announcement was made by the Plymouth County Conservation Board about more than 150 acres known as the Lloyd property. The area adjacent to the Five Ridge Prairie in the Loess Hills, is being secured with grants and donations.

The U-S Fish and Wildlife Service has just announced up to 97-thousand dollars for the Five Ridge Prairie addition at the Broken Kettle Grasslands Bird Conservation area.

Dennis Sohl is the Director of the Plymouth County Conservation Board who explains the significance of the federal funds.

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Roughly 400-thousand dollars was needed for the land purchase.

Songbirds and raptors are among the birds unique to the area considered neotropical migratory birds. Those birds breed in Canada and the United States during the summer and spend the winter in Mexico, Central America, South America or the Caribbean Islands.

Attempted traffic stop turns into eluding arrest

(AKRON)--An Orange City man is free on bond after being arrested by the Plymouth County Sheriff's office on six drug and traffic charges.

Written information states a sheriff's deputy tried to make a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by 30-year-old Timothy Randall Droog south of Akron about 11:15 Friday night. The deputy reported Droog failed to stop despite the lights and sirens on a patrol car being on and tried to elude the deputy while traveling at speeds of more than 80 miles an hour.

After about five miles, Droog drove into a farm residence and a grove of trees. After a brief search, the deputy found the vehicle and two people inside. The passenger was not charged.

Droog was taken to the Plymouth County Jail on charges of felony eluding law enforcement; driving while barred, tampering with an ignition interlock device; felony possession of a controlled substance as a third offense; possession of drug paraphernalia and speeding.

He is free on bond.

Camp Quest bid tops $200,000

(LE MARS)--Alumni of an outdoor science program at Le Mars Community School had the opening bid for the school land Saturday.

The top bid for the Camp Quest property of about 19 acres sold by Brock Auction Company of Le Mars was 215-thousand dollars.

Alumni informally started taking pledges to buy Camp Quest Thursday evening to create a park in honor of former camp director and teacher Tom Bohan of Le Mars. The group placed the first bid--10-thousand dollars.

The 215-thousand dollar top bid to buy the property puts it in the hands of a neighbor, Hank Tritz. The bid is subject to approval by the Le Mars Community Board of Education.

Superintendent Dr. Todd Wendt says the sale will be an agenda item for the May 23rd Board meeting.

Boater rescued on Storm Lake

(STORM LAKE)--Two boaters helped Buena Vista County Sheriff's Deputies rescue a boat and children on Storm Lake.

The sheriff's office reports Henry Unger of Albert City called 9-1-1 about 3:30 Sunday afternoon reporting his boat engine quit on the lake and the boat was taking on water.

Deputies used another boat to find Unger and towed the boat, Unger and his passengers to safety. The passengers were wearing life vests.

Due to the rough water and high winds, the sheriff's office reports it was extremely difficult ot locate Unger. Two men from Denison, a boater, Kevin Georgius, and Erik Kelly, assisted the sheriff's office.

Gov. Branstad: Action needed to avoid tax increase

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Gov. Terry Branstad is stepping up pressure on the Legislature to approve deep cuts in commercial property taxes.

Speaking Monday at his weekly news conference, Branstad argued that if lawmakers do nothing, existing law will force property taxes to grow by $1.3 billion over the next five years.

Legislative Democrats quickly pushed back, saying Branstad is refusing to negotiate on tax issues and could force a government shutdown.

The Legislature remains in session, but no debate is planned and there are no negotiations scheduled to find an end to the budget stalemate.

Branstad has called for a 40 percent cut in commercial property taxes, but that plan has not advanced at the Legislature.

Record temps could hit Iowa on Tuesday

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The National Weather Service says possible record-breaking temperatures and high humidity are on the way for much of Iowa.

Rob DeRoy of the National Weather Service in Johnston says Tuesday's forecast for Des Moines is 89 degrees. That would tie a record for May 10 set in 1911.

Ottumwa is expected to hit 90 degrees, which would top the record set in 1934.

Mason City could approach its May 10 mark of 89 degrees set 23 years ago.

DeRoy says he expects many folks to be surprised by Tuesday's heat and humidity because it's rare for early May.

Temperatures are expected to start dropping by Wednesday, and DeRoy says the weekend will see conditions more like April than May.

Cedar Rapids man get 135 months for child porn

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) A 26-year-old Cedar Rapids man who had child pornography on his computer has been given a more than 11-year federal prison sentence.

John Thomas Dolehide (DOHL'-heyed) had pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of child pornography. The Gazette of Cedar Rapids says that, in a plea agreement, Dolehide admitted having the porn on his home computer.

The images included 10 videos some that included bondage and sadistic sexual contact.

Dolehide must serve eight years of supervised release after he leaves prison.

Nearly $9.1M unclaimed by lottery winner in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Around $26.6 million hasn't been claimed yet by three big lottery winners in Iowa.

Someone who bought a Hot Lotto Jackpot ticket at a store in Webster has won a prize of nearly $9.1 million on Saturday.

Lottery officials say the ticket was bought at Doc's Stop convenience store. The winning numbers were 9, 12, 16, 25 29 and Hot Ball number 9.

The winner has not come forward yet.

It's the third winning lottery ticket sold in Iowa over the past six months for which winners have yet to claim their prizes.

In April a $1 million ticket was purchased in Boone. In December a ticket bought at a Des Moines store won a Hot Lotto jackpot of $16.5 million.

Firing of Iowa sheriff's dispatcher upheld

TIPTON, Iowa (AP) An administrative law judge has upheld denial of unemployment benefits to a Cedar County Sheriff's Department dispatcher who talked dirty on the job.

The judge ruled that 29-year-old Amy Willey, of Lowden, was indeed guilty of misconduct and should be denied benefits.

The sheriff fired Willey last year. Records cite examples of what the sheriff called inappropriate behavior by Willey, including making sexual comments about herself, sending a text message of naked people painted like frogs and using an office phone to talk flirtatiously to a married Durant police officer while on duty.

Willey told The Des Moines Register that she didn't do anything worse than other workers have done, but those workers weren't fired.

Menlo ethanol plant nixes water contact rate hike

BOUTON, Iowa (AP) An ethanol plant in Menlo won't agree to raise the contracted rate it pays for water from a financially troubled rural district.

According to The Des Moines Register, Xenia Rural Water District officials say Flint Hills Resources refuses to amend its 20-year contract to allow a 60 percent rate increase.

Xenia's other, mostly residential customers likely face another rate hike. The average residential bill is about $90 a month, up from $55 last year. Another rate increase could raise that to more than $100 a month.

Xenia's aggressive expansion plans never materialized, leaving it with crushing debt. It serves portions of 12 west-central Iowa counties.

Iowa Court of Appeals interviews scheduled

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Interviews have been scheduled with the 25 applicants to fill a vacancy on the Iowa Court of Appeals.

The interviews with the Judicial Nominating Commission are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Monday. Resumes, questionnaires and writing samples from the applicants have been posted online.

The applicant pool includes four sitting judges.

The 15-member commission is expected to deliberate after interviews end on Tuesday. The commission will select three finalists. Their names will be forwarded to Gov. Terry Branstad, who will have 30 days to fill the vacancy.

The vacancy was created when Edward Mansfield was appointed to the Iowa Supreme Court.

Hurried Iowa theft suspect arrested for theft

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) A woman who was stopped on suspicion of shoplifting makeup items at a grocery store in Council Bluffs was in a hurry, so she asked the officer for a citation.

The Daily Nonpareil says the officer asked the woman last week: What's the rush?

The woman said she didn't want to be late to court.

Court? For what?

Her reply: Theft.

The officer then arrested the woman on another theft charge.

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

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