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KLEM News PM Update May 11, 2011

Floyd Hospital administrator Mike Donlin has served as a spokesman and ex officio board member for Le Mars Area Dialysis Services. Donlin explains plans for an open house.

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Dr. Oei is the medical consultant to Le Mars Area Dialysis Services.

The first patient has not received care because approval is needed from the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals.

Even before it opens, Donlin says there's interest in the facility from an area hospital.

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The Le Mars Area Dialysis Service is in downtown Le Mars near the Royal T3 Theatre. Hours for the open house next Tuesday are from 3-5 pm with a Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting also planned.

New interest in empty buildings on city-owned campus property

(LE MARS)--There are new prospects for three buildings on the former Westmar University campus.

City administrator Scott Langel updated Floyd Valley Hospital Trustees Tuesday night.

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The three buildings are Kime Science, Charles Mock Library and Centennial Residence Hall.

Second Avenue Services sign will be up soon

(LE MARS) A change in services is changing the name of a building in downtown Le Mars.

State budget cuts closed regular services in Plymouth County from the Iowa Department of Human Services staff at 19 Second Avenue Northwest. A note on the door lists a toll-free number for human services staff in Sioux County.

The county's Central Point of Coordination, Sharon Nieman, has recruited other service-related businesses to rent space in the county building which was built as a medical clinic. Nieman says the building is being used and the costs of maintenance are being covered.

There are fewer people seeking Iowa Department of Human Services help at the building, but Nieman says that's not true of newcomers.

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The new name for the building is Second Avenue Services Building. Signs will be placed soon removing the green highway-type signs indicating Human Services.

New census figures change boundaries 

(LE MARS)--A plan to change the voting areas and boundaries for Plymouth County Supervisor Districts will soon be considered by Supervisors.

The changes are required by law due to the new 2010 Census figures.

Supervisor Jack Guenthner of Le Mars led the re-precincting and re-districting effort. Guenthner gives credit to Auditor Stacey Feldman, Information Technology Director Shawn Olson, Republican Ralph Klemme and Democrat Dennis Wolf for the ease of the proposed changes.


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Feldman says the re-precincting or changes in voting boundaries keep Le Mars precinct and ward boundaries the same which is the case now.

With the new census, each of the voting precincts needed a population under 35-hundred.

One of the existing supervisor districts, District 1 represented by Guenthner, is an all Le Mars population district. Feldman says District 1 is all Le Mars population in the new proposal, too.

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Each of the supervisor districts needs a population of about five-thousand.

Carroll woman still missing

CARROLL, Iowa (AP) Authorities have been searching a rural area in east-central Kansas for a missing Iowa woman.

Dawn Allen, of Carroll, has been missing since last week. Authorities say an Iowa man sought by police as a witness, James Snovelle (SNOW'-vuhl), of Rolfe, killed himself on Monday as officers closed in. The 54-year-old had been followed to a rural property in Coffey County, Kan.

Carroll Police Chief Jeff Cayler (KAY'-luhr) says the wooded area near where Snovelle killed himself was being searched because that's where Snovelle was found. Snovelle had ties to the area.

Cayler says the disappearance of the 50-year-old Allen is still being treated as a missing person's case.

According to The Des Moines Register, investigators say Snovelle and Allen met several months ago and have been dating.

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

Blaze destroys Oakland Fire Department shed, gear

OAKLAND, Iowa (AP) Embers from a suspected arson fire are suspected as the cause of a second fire that destroyed a machine shed used by the Oakland Fire Department.

The Daily Nonpareil is reporting that the shed, an air compressor, two generators and other equipment were destroyed in Monday afternoon's blaze. No injuries were reported.

Damage was estimated at about $100,000.

Assistant Fire Chief Brant Miller says firefighters fought a fire at the nearby Oakland yard waste disposal area on Sunday. He suspects embers from that fire were blown by high winds to the fire department shed about 50 yards away, starting Monday's fire.

The Sunday blaze is being investigated as arson. Miller says the yard waste pile was suspiciously set ablaze another time in the past two months.

Cedar Rapids considers allowing guns in cabs

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) A Cedar Rapids City Council member is seeking analysis from the city's lawyers before the council votes on a proposal to allow firearms in city-licensed taxi cabs.

The Gazette reports that at Tuesday night's meeting, council member Justin Shields called for more debate on the proposal. It will be the subject of a public hearing on May 24.

Under the change, taxi drivers could carry guns if they are licensed to carry a firearm. Current law doesn't allow drivers to be armed.

The proposal comes shortly after the April 29 stabbing death of a female taxi driver during a robbery attempt.

Firing of losing coach goes to Iowa high court

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) The state Supreme Court may end up deciding whether a losing record is enough reason to fire a high school football coach in Iowa.

The Iowa Appeals Court had ruled against the Jesup School Board last week, effectively reinstating Jesup High School head coach Bruce Wall. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier is reporting that the school board decided on Monday night to appeal to the Supreme Court.

Wall was hired as head coach in 2000. Over the years, his team won about 40 percent of its games. But in 2008, it finished with a 1-8 record. Administrators fired Wall in April 2009, stating he wasn't effectively leading the program.

An adjudicator ruled in 2010 that the school board's allegations weren't founded, a decision upheld by the Iowa Appeals Court.

Des Moines woman charged with extortion

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A 48-year-old Des Moines woman has been charged with extortion, accused of faking the kidnapping of another person.

The Des Moines Register is reporting that Dee Dee Negrete (neh-GREHT'-ee) was arrested Monday. Polk County jail records say she has since left custody.

Police say the scheme was carried out on Feb. 12, when Negrete and a man told 55-year-old Kevin Bishop that his live-in girlfriend had been kidnapped and that the kidnapper wanted $500 ransom. Police have not released the man's name.

Police say Bishop gave Negrete and the man some money, and they left. The girlfriend returned later that day. Bishop, who is from Des Moines, soon learned that she hadn't been kidnapped.

A phone listing for Negrete could not be found. Her public defender did not immediately return a call Wednesday.

Crowd opposes plan to remove failing dam in Iowa

ROCKFORD, Iowa (AP) A majority of people at a public meeting are against plans to remove a failing dam on the Shell Rock River in north central Iowa.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the Rockford Dam is in poor condition, and it deteriorated even more last summer when it was undercut by the river.

The small dam was built in 1872 to power a grain mill.

The Globe Gazette in Mason City says almost no one at Monday night's meeting agreed with the department's recommendation that the dam be removed.

The estimated cost for removal is $40,000 to $80,000. The cost to rebuild it $1.2 million.

Several people say the dam can be repaired at a far lesser cost. Others suggest filing in the hole in the dam.

Wounded opossum returned to wild in rural Jesup

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) An opossum has recovered from five pellet gun wounds and has been freed in eastern Iowa.

The opossum was found April 24 in a trap in Waterloo with four wounds in the face and one in the shoulder.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier says that after surgery, the animal recovered in a garage cage at the home of the director of the Black Hawk Wildlife Rehabilitation Project.

The opossum and the six babies in her pouch were released into a pile of brush in rural Jesup on Sunday.

The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust have offered a reward of up to $500 for information leading authorities to the person who shot the opossum.

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

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