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KLEM News Update May 14, 2011

Jeff Kramer is a member of the Le Mars Ambulance Service. Kramer says the Open House is on 12th Street at Fire Station Number Two.

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More than a dozen people including two high school students who just completed training are member of the ambulance department.

Kramer says ambulance calls range from emergencies to transportation to medical facilities.

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The service offers care 24 hours a day with two rigs. That means five of the 15-20 Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) are always on call.

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You may help save someone's life.

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The public may attend the Open House for the Ambulance service Wednesday beginning at five in the afternoon and continuing until seven.

Six new houses under construction in rural Plymouth County

(LE MARS)--More than two-million dollars in rural construction is underway in Plymouth County this spring.

Zoning administrator Alan Lucken issued 22 permits in April. Most of the permits were for building activity on farms.

The 17 farm permits included two new hog confinements and a cattle hoop building with construction costs of about  565-thousand dollars. Farm construction also included four new houses with construction estimated at 684-thousand dollars.

The farm permit total for 17 permits was one-point-six-million dollars. Non-farm permits included two storage buildings , a garage relocation and two houses. The house permits had value of about 435-thousand dollars.

The five non-farm permit construction total was 468-thousand dollars.

 NW Developers funding options

(LE MARS) Plymouth County Supervisors may turn to cities in the county to help fund an economic development effort.

The Board has paid dues to Northwest Iowa Development which are about 12-thousand dollars. Plymouth, Sioux, Lyon, Cherokee, Osceola and O'Brien County are marketed through the group.

The idea to ask cities in the county to contribute was discussed by supervisors recently.

That would not be Le Mars City Administrator Scott Langel's first choice.

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If cities contributed, Supervisor Jack Guenthner is researching what role cities would have.

Mail food drive to help Christian Needs Center food pantry

(LE MARS) Mail customers may help fill the shelves of the Christian Needs Center in Le Mars with a donation today (Saturday).

Belinda Eppling, a Le Mars letter carrier, is the Food Drive Coordinator for the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 1040.

Anyone who'd like to donate food may leave it by their mailbox. Both the Le Mars Letter Carriers and Rural Route Carriers are participating.

The Christian Needs Center pantry uses food items such as peanut butter, canned vegetables, tuna, soup, boxed dinners, such as macaroni and cheese and hamburger boxed dinners as well as cereal, cake and pancake mixes.

One charged after motorist strikes another vehicle

(SIOUX CITY)  A Sioux City man is charged with striking another vehicle on the city's north side early Friday afternoon.

Police were called to a disturbance between two motorists on Outer Drive. A person was located who had been struck by another vehicle. The person was taken to a Sioux City hospital and was released. The name and other details were not available from police.

Police report they located the driver of a vehicle who struck the injured person  a short time later. Thirty-nine-year-old Jason Comer is charged with felony willful injury.

Plymouth County jurors will not need to report on May 17th

 (LE MARS) Plymouth County Jurors called to serve in May do not need to report for jury duty on Tuesday, May 17. Jurors are asked to call the Clerk of Court's office after 3 p.m. on Monday, May 23 to find out whether to report on Tuesday, May 24th, 2011.

 Carjacking suspect wounded in shooting

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Des Moines police say they've arrested a suspect in a credit union robbery and carjacking and charged him with attempted murder and robbery.

Twenty-eight-year-old Robin Brooks, Junior is in stable condition at a local hospital after being shot by officers Friday.

Authorities say Brooks passed a note indicating a robbery and that he had a gun at the Tradesmen Community Credit and took an undisclosed amount of money.

Police then chased Brooks, who got out of his car and carjacked a van.

Police spokesman Sgt. Chris Scott says Brooks accelerated the van into a police car before being struck down by officers.

Officer pleads guilty to drug, theft charges

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) A former police officer in Muscatine has pleaded guilty to cocaine possession and second-degree theft.

Forty-eight-year old Scott Burk was arrested last August following an investigation by the Muscatine police and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

Authorities discovered cocaine in Burk's vehicle and residence and missing funds from the evidence room of the Muscatine County Drug Task Force.

Burk also pleaded guilty Friday to a drug tax stamp violation. He faces up to five years each for that and the theft charge and up to a year for drug possession.

Burk will be sentenced in July. Muscatine County Attorney Alan Ostergren says his office will recommend prison time.

Police: 5 dead in Idaho after murders, suicide

AMMON, Idaho (AP) Police have identified an Iowa man who is believed to have shot two sisters and his two young children before setting fire to a home in eastern Idaho where the shootings occurred.

The Bonneville County sheriff's office says a neighbor reported a small fire at the house in Ammon at about 3 a.m., and that led to the discovery of four bodies and a 26-year-old man with a gunshot wound.

The man, Gaylin Leirmoe, later died at Eastern Idaho Medical Center.

Authorities have confirmed the two women who died were sisters, 19-year-old Melinda Kern and 22-year-old Michelle Kern. The sheriff's office says Michelle Kern and Leirmoe had been separated for several months and were the parents of the two children, ages 1 and 3, who were also found dead.

Clinton mayor to veto handicapped parking fee hike

CLINTON, Iowa (AP) The mayor in Clinton says he'll veto an ordinance approved by the city council that would hike handicapped parking permit fees from $25 to $270.

The Clinton Herald reports that the council on Tuesday night unanimously adopted the ordinance, which is for those who have a handicap sticker and want a handicap parking space in front of their residences.

Mayor Rodger Holms says he'll veto it because the increased cost ``takes advantage of the disadvantaged.'' But city councilman Mike Kearney says the $270 fee is needed to cover the cost of the program.

The council will have 30 days to take action on the measure following the mayor's veto.

Residents oppose DNR plan to remove dam

LITTLETON, Iowa (AP) Residents in a northeast Iowa town have voiced opposition to an Iowa Department of Natural Resources plan to remove an 80-year-old dam.

State officials have proposed removing the dam in Littleton and either letting the Wapsipinicon River return to its natural state or replacing the structure with a rock ramp.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that several residents argued during a meeting Thursday night that ripping out the dam would cause their wells to run dry in the summer and ruin fishing in the area.

Department official Nate Hoogeveen says that although no major signs of deterioration are apparent on the eight-foot dam, the structure still poses a hazard.

Protests help Iowa music teacher get job back

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) School board members have reversed a decision to lay off a music teacher in central Iowa after 50 people turned out in protest.

Forty-nine-year-old Lisa Coder recently received a pink slip as part of budget cuts in the Southeast Webster Grand school district.

The district followed a union-negotiated contract that ties job cuts to seniority, and Coder was a recent hire.

But supporters showed up at a school board meeting in ``Team Coder'' t-shirts Thursday night. They say Coder turned around the choir program at the junior high and high school, and the number of students in vocal music doubled under her watch.

The Des Moines Register says Coder has been offered her job back with a contract that pays 75 percent of her current salary and benefits.

Ottumwa girl lone member of graduating class

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) Seventeen-year-old Rachel Cobler will be the only person in her graduating class at Ottumwa Christian School this year and she's not even a senior.

The small private school had just six graduates last year. It wouldn't have had a graduating class at all in 2011, but Cobler, an 11th-grader, doubled up on her classes and got her diploma a year early.

Cobler's one-girl graduation ceremony will be held on May 21.

Historic home in Cedar Rapids faces move

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Officials in Cedar Rapids are planning to move a 105-year-old house several blocks to make way for a planned medical mall.

The 1906 home, which is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, is being relocated Saturday to make way for the Physicians' Clinic of Iowa Medical Pavilion.

Charles Jones, president of Green Development of Iowa City, says he's excited to see the building saved.

The stucco home, which has been turned into an office, weighs about 150 tons.

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

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