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KLEM News AM Update May 10, 2011

Sharon Nieman, the county's Central Point of Coordination, meets with the board at 10 this morning. The board will be asked to approve and sign paperwork including a Plains Area Mental Health Center affiliation document.

Engineer Tom Rohe is on the board's agenda at 10:40 this morning.

Agenda: Tuesday, May 10, 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 AMSharon Nieman, Plymouth County CPC
1.Approve and sign Targeted Case Management amended contract (Action)
2.Approve and sign Plains Area Mental Health affiliation document (Action)
3.Review and approve Mental Health rebate reserve funds and transfer to MH fund (Action)

10:40 AMTom Rohe, Plymouth County Engineer
(Action Items)

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

(Informational Items)
Update on construction projects 

Health care impact includes employees' spending

(LE MARS)--The economic impact of a Plymouth County area employer is estimated at more than 15-million dollars.

Floyd Valley Hospital is celebrating the nation's largest health care event, "National Hospital Week."

Ann Cole-Nelson of Floyd Valley says the celebration began Monday with a "Pizza Day" for employees. Tuesday is "Support your Favorite Cause" Day.

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Floyd Valley Hospital and Family Medicine Clinics employ 310 people adding more than 13.8-million dollars to the area economy. According to Nelson, local businesses receive a benefit from the health care provider.

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The latest yearly report indicates 133 people a day come to the Le Mars hospital for outpatient care.

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A newly released report indicates hospital employees by themselves spent two-and-a-half million dollars on retail sales and contribute 155-thousand dollars in state sales tax revenue.

"Women Caring for the Land" workshop in Cherokee

(CHEROKEE)--Women associated with agriculture will get conservation information in Cherokee Thursday.

Women own or co-own nearly half of Iowa's farmland.

However, Kathy Koskovich of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources says women may be unaware of some of the programs that may assist them.

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"Women Caring for the Land," is designed in an informal way to allow women landowners to talk about their land stewardship goals.

The daylong program is facilitated by women conservation professionals such as Koskovich. Partners for the program include the Woman, Food and Agriculture Network.

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The program begins with Thursday morning registration at the Cherokee County Conservation Board Headquarters, 629 River Road in Cherokee. Small group sessions are planned after morning presentations. A field tour will be offered with the training wrapping up about 3:30 p-m. Pre-registration for an accurate meal count is needed by calling Tracy Rasmussen at 712.225.4151.

Police want to question man about missing woman

CARROLL, Iowa (AP) Authorities are looking for a 54-year-old Iowa man they want to question about the disappearance of a woman whose car was abandoned in a nightclub's parking lot.

Law enforcement officials said Monday they consider James Snovelle of Rolfe a witness in the disappearance of 50-year-old Dawn Allen of Carroll.

Law enforcement officials say Snovelle may be traveling in Iowa, Missouri or Kansas in a red Mercury Sable with a license plate number of 542MFO. They say anyone who has knowledge of his whereabouts should contact the Carroll Police Department.

Allen was last seen at her home last Wednesday. She did not show up for work the next day, when her vehicle was found in the Piranha Club's parking lot.

Snovelle didn't return a message left at his home.

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

Weather boosts corn planting in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The U.S. Department of Agriculture says warm and dry conditions have helped Iowa farmers get much of their corn in the ground.

The department says 69 percent of Iowa's corn acreage had been planted through Sunday. That meets the state's recent five-year average for early May and is up from just 8 percent a week ago.

The Des Moines Register reports that last week's favorable conditions and the willingness by Iowa farmers to work long days helped the state catch up on what had been a lagging planting season.

Cold and wet conditions continue to hamper planting efforts in states east of the Mississippi River.

Illinois, the nation's number two corn producing state behind Iowa, reported just 34 percent of its corn planted.

Abortion bill compromise predicted

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A key lawmaker is predicting the Legislature will find a compromise that would block a proposed clinic in Council Bluffs that would perform late-term abortions.

Iowa City Democratic Sen. Joe Bolkcom says a compromise could be reached later this week that would block the clinic but not impose a broad ban as has been approved by the House. Bolkcom acknowledged Monday that details of that compromise are still being bargained.

The proposed restrictions are in response to a plan by Nebraska Dr. LeRoy Carhart to open a clinic in Council Bluffs that specializes in late-term abortions.

Carhart told The Associated Press the proposal is silly.

Bolkcom says the House measure, which would ban nearly all abortions after 20 weeks, is probably unconstitutional. He says Senate Democrats want more limited restriction.

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 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.

APNewsBreak: Huckabee committee pays off old fines

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's political action committee is finally paying off two small fines for Iowa campaign finance violations that were long overdue.

Huck PAC's executive director Hogan Gidley said Monday the group sent checks totaling $100 to the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board to pay fines issued in November 2008 and February 2010 after The Associated Press asked why they were never paid.

The penalties were for Huck PAC's failure to file disclosure forms within 15 days after making a donation to an Iowa political candidate or group, as required under state law.

Huck PAC was fined a third time in 2009 for a fifth such instance and it unsuccessfully sought a waiver to try to get out of that $25 fine, which was paid last year.

Iowa restaurant owners held until sentencing

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) A federal magistrate in Cedar Rapids has ordered the owners of two Chinese restaurants in Vinton and Toledo be detained pending sentencing on charges that include harboring illegal workers.

Chan Gia Duong and his wife, Phung Ca Long, had been free on pretrial release following an immigration raid at their restaurants in 2008. Long was scheduled to be sentenced on Monday, but Magistrate Jon Scoles instead revoked the couple's bond and ordered them held in the Linn County jail.

The two have jailed since May 4, the day after raids at their restaurants and home turned up thousands of dollars and evidence of under-reporting income for tax purposes.

Scoles says there's probable cause they committed additional crimes and evidence they planned to flee.

Officials ID driver who died in Iowa River

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Authorities have identified a dump truck driver who died after his vehicle fell into the Iowa River in Iowa City.

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office says they recovered the body of 53-year-old Timothy Russell inside an overturned truck in the river Monday.

Johnson County Sheriff's Office Maj. Steve Dolezal says the crash happened on an unpaved access road that was mostly mud because of recent rainfall.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that Dolezal says the department is in the early stages of an investigation.

The State Medical Examiner's Office will conduct an autopsy Tuesday to determine the cause of the man's death.

The results of the autopsy won't be available for four to six weeks.

Officials ID Iowa woman hit by train

LANSING, Iowa (AP) Authorities have released the name of a young woman who was hospitalized after she was hit by a train while fishing from a railroad bridge in northeast Iowa.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier says Monday that the Allamakee County sheriff's office identified her as 18-year-old Realynn Hawkins, of Waukon. She was struck by the train south of Lansing on Saturday. Authorities say she was trying to retrieve her gear as the southbound train came through.

Hawkins was flown to a hospital in La Crosse, Wis. Officials with Gundersen Lutheran Health System say Hawkins was in fair condition on Monday.

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

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