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KLEM News AM Update May 17, 2011

There was some worry this year that the crazy spring weather would hamper the beautiful blooms, but after the warm spell early last week, the flowers are right on schedule.

Brett and Nora Mulder of Tulip Town Bulbs in downtown Orange City are in charge of all the bulbs for the festival. Brett says they work with the city to lay out a plan for almost 30 THOUSAND TULIPS!


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He estimates that about 25 different varieties are planted across town.



(Sioux County Courthouse tulip photo courtesy Orange City Tulip Festival)

In addition to supplying the city with all those bulbs, the business has about 50 varieties of tulips in bloom each May and June that people can see and choose to order.

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Last year they shipped bulbs to 24 different states. Located on 1st Street in Orange City, Tulip Town Bulbs will be ready in Dutch costume to help you pick out tulips, or you can order them online.

Brett said that one of their suppliers from Holland will be at their location to answer questions Friday at 11am.

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Keep listening to KLEM for Tulip Festival updates all week long and listen to the parade broadcast on Thursday. (News report by Angela Drake of KLEM News)

New Census figures change boundaries

(LE MARS)--Changes in boundaries are considered at the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors meeting today.

A bi-partisan committee developed the new maps for voting precincts and supervisor districts using 2010 Census figures. The plans need to be submitted to state officials for approval.

Supervisors will also be asked to set a time for comments from the public on additional expenses and income for the county budget year that ends in June. June 7th is proposed for the budget amendment public hearing.

The board is also slated to discuss the Westfield Drainage District meeting in Westfield yesterday (Monday).

At noon, the board will join the staff of Plains Area Mental Health Center for a Mental Health month tradition of meeting the staff for the community mental health center.

Agenda:

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)
A. Discuss the Westfield Drainage District meeting held on May 16th.
6. Old Business
A. Approve the 2011 Plymouth County Re-districting and Re-precincting
Commission's Board of Supervisors district boundary changes and the Le Mars
voting precinct boundary 000 debt service loan issuance public hearing date (Action) B. Review FY 2010-11 Budget Amendment and set June 7th as budget amendment
public hearing date (Action)
8. Open public forum


10:30 AMTom Rohe, Plymouth County Engineer
(Action Items)
1.Permit-Southern Sioux Rural Water-Sec 16 Grant Twp on 130thSt
2.Maintenance Doors
3.ROW Contracts-Project STP-S-CO75(129)

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

(Informational Items)
Update on construction projects


11:50 AMPlains Area Mental Health Luncheon

Council revisits building sale prices

(LE MARS)--A proposal for new asking prices for three unused buildings on the former Westmar University campus is before the Le Mars City Council at noon today (Tuesday).

The agenda for the meeting also lists terms and conditions of the sale such as asbestos abatement to be paid by the city.

The proposed new asking prices are 50-thousand dollars for the former Kime Science Center; 40-thousand dollars for the former Charles Mock LIbrary and 30-thousand dollars for the former Centennial Dormitory.

An new three-year agreement for airport manager with Earl Draayer of Lite Planes Incorporated is to be considered. The first year of the contract includes payment to Lite Planes of 62-thousand 208 dollars. Lite Planes is responsible for all maintenance and operational activity including mowing, snow removal, equipment maintenance, structure maintenance and other normal maintenance.

The airport snow removal building bids will be considered by the Council.

A recommendation for employee health insurance will be presented to the council during the public meeting. The Council will close the meeting to the public to discuss employment conditions.

NOTE: AGENDA ORDER SUBJECT TO CHANGE

LE MARS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING
TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2011, 12:00 P.M.
AGENDA

A. CALL TO ORDER - MAYOR
ROLL CALL - CITY CLERK
COUNCILMEMBERS: NELSON_____, KNAPP_____ REXWINKEL_____,
LEONARD______, IHRKE_______

B. HEARINGS
1. FY 2010-2011 Budget Amendment

C. GENERAL DISCUSSION
1.Citizens
2. "Thumbs Up" Award

D.CONSENT ITEMS
All items listed under "Consent" Agenda will be enacted by one motion. There will be no separate discussion on those items unless a request is made prior to the time the Council votes on the motion.
1.Approval of May 3, 2011 Regular Meeting Minutes
2.List of Bills for Period Ending 5/13/11
3.Monthly Financial Statement for April 2011
4.Surplus Vehicles
5.CN - User Agreement
6.Renewal of Liquor License (Fareway) Issuance of Liquor License (Central Avenue Sports Pub & Grill)
7.Airport Manager's Agreement

E. ACTION ITEMS
1.Airport Snow Removal Equipment Building
2.Employee Health Insurance (FY 12)
3.Le Mars Convention Center - Renovations
4.Amending Wards and Precincts
5.Former Westmar Buildings for Sale

F.DISCUSSION
1.Council/Mayor
2.City Administrator/Public Works Director
3.Assistant City Administrator

G. CLOSED SESSION
1.Purchase of Real Estate
2.City Utility

H.ADJOURNMENT
Employment Conditions (Per Iowa Code 21.9)
The City Council will enter into a session to discuss matters relating to employment conditions of employees of the governmental body who are not covered by a Collective Bargaining Agreement. This session is exempt from the open meetings law.
Next Resolution No. 11-17
Next Ordinance No. 893

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA


Hearing
REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:
May 17, 2011


Description:
FY 2010-2011 Budget Amendment - 12:00 P.M.
Item No.
B-1

Information

At its last meeting the Council established this as the date and time for a public hearing regarding an amendment to the City's 2010-2011 adopted budget. Notice has been published. A detailed explanation and a State required Resolution are attached.

Staff Recommendation

The Mayor opens the hearing and asks for written or oral objections or comments to the proposal. After hearing all comments, the Mayor announces the time for receiving objections is closed. Administration recommends Council approval.

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion adopting Resolution No.______ amending the 2010-2011 adopted budget.

(Roll Call)

Le Mars City Council Meeting
Tuesday, May 3, 2011, 12:00 P.M.
Minutes

Mayor Kirchoff presided. Present: Ihrke, Leonard, Knapp, Rexwinkel. Absent: Nelson.

NOTE: A hearing was held on plans, specifications, form of contract and estimate of costs for the Airport SRE Building and no oral or written comments were received.

Knapp moved, Rexwinkel seconded Resolution No. 11-15 to adopt plans, specifications, form of contract and estimate of costs for the Airport SRE Building Project be adopted. On Roll Call: Ayes: Ihrke, Leonard, Knapp, Rexwinkel. Nays: None.

Rexwinkel moved, Ihrke seconded that the following items be approved under the "Consent Agenda." On Roll Call: Ayes: Knapp, Leonard, Rexwinkel, Ihrke. Nays: None.
-Regular meeting minutes of April 19, 2011.
-List of bills for period ending 4/30/11.
-Renewal of a Class B Native Wine Permit to Originals by Design and renewal of a Class C Liquor License and Outdoor Service to Dinger's.
-Issuance of a new Class C Liquor License to The HiLite.
-Acknowledging the Consumer Confidence Report for the Le Mars Water Department.
-May 17, 2011 at 12:00 P.M. be established as the date and time to hear public comment regarding amendments to the FY 2010-11 Budget and instructing the City Clerk to publish notice thereof.
-Resolution No. 11-16 approving submittal of Application for State Aviation Program funding for apron joint sealing and hangar footing repair at the Municipal Airport be adopted.
-Chamber of Commerce request to close streets for various events during Ice Cream Days 2011.

Rexwinkel moved, Leonard seconded the Earthwork Contract with Northwest Iowa Community College at $1.65/CY for estimated cost of $33,000 be approved. On Roll Call: Ayes: All present. Nays: None.

Leonard moved, Ihrke seconded the partial release of the City's First Right to Purchase land from Wells' Enterprises, Inc. adjacent to Iowa 3 as presented for Iowa 3 right-of-way be approved. On Roll Call: Ayes: All present. Nays: None.

NOTE: The Council discussed vehicles on the Recreation Trail and directed Staff to contact other cities and the State of Iowa regarding CAT Grant compliance and investigate an alternate route during winter months.

NOTE: The Council discussed parking concerns due to various construction projects at St. Joe's Church, Le Mars Community School and the Ice Cream Parlor and directed staff to investigate further and meet with school officials.

Ihrke moved, Leonard seconded to enter Closed Session under Iowa Code Section 21.5j where the disclosure of the discussion to purchase real estate would be to the disadvantage of the City. On Roll Call: Ayes: Knapp, Rexwinkel, Ihrke, Leonard. Nays: None.

Ihrke moved, Leonard seconded to move out of Closed Session. On Roll Call: Ayes: All present. Nays: None.

Leonard moved, Ihrke seconded the meeting be adjourned at 1:45 P.M. On Roll Call: Ayes: All present. Nays: None.


________________________________________________
Beverly Langel, City ClerkDick Kirchoff, Mayor

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA


ConsentREQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:
May 17, 2011


Description:
List of Bills for Period Ending 5/13/11
Item No.
D-2

Attached is the list of bills for the period ending 5/13/11.


COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Approval of bills for the period
ending 5/13/11.

(No Roll Call)



CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA


Consent
REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:
May 17, 2011


Description:
Monthly Financial Statement for April 2011
Item No.
D-3

Attached is the monthly Financial Statement for April 2011.

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion acknowledging receipt of monthly
Financial Statement for April 2011.

(No Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA


ConsentREQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:
May 17, 2011


Description:
Surplus Vehicles
Item No.
D-4

Information:

The following vehicles are no longer being used:

1 - Police Car
1 - Public Works Department Pick-up
1 - Water Department Jeep

Staff Recommendation:

Staff recommends the items be declared surplus and disposed of.

Financial Impact:

The financial impact will be minimal as items have little residual value.



COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Declare the listed property as surplus and authorize staff to dispose of.

(No Roll Call)
CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA


ConsentREQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:
May 17, 2011


Description:
CN - User Agreement
Item No.
D-5

Information:

See attached "CN User Agreement." The City Attorney has reviewed it and recommends the City sign it.

Staff Recommendation:

Staff recommends Council approval.

Financial Impact:

None.

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion approving the CN User Agreement with Chicago Central and Pacific Railroad Company and Endeavor Co. and authorizing the Mayor to execute the same.

(No Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA


Consent
REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:
May 17, 2011


Description:
Renewal of Liquor License (Fareway)
Issuance of Liquor License (Central Avenue Sports Pub & Grill)
Item No.


D-6

Application has also been received from Fareway Stores, Inc. for renewal of their Class E Liquor License.

Application has been received from Central Avenue Sports Pub & Grill for issuance of a new Class C Liquor License. The Fire Chief will be present to update the Council.


COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion (approving) (denying) renewal a Class E Liquor License to Fareway.

(No Roll Call)

Motion (approving) (denying) issuance of a new Class C Liquor License to Central Avenue Sports Pub & Grill, subject to final inspection and paper work.

(No Roll Call)


CITY OF LE MARS

Consent
REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:
May 17, 2011


Description:
Airport Manager's Agreement
Item No.
D-7

Information:

Attached is a new three year Agreement between the City and the Airport Manager, Earl Draayer, commencing on July 1, 2011.

Staff Recommendation:

Staff recommends Council approval.

Financial Impact:

An increase will be paid from Airport Operating Budget which is a General Fund activity.

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED
Motion approving the Airport Manager's Agreement effective July 1, 2011.

(No Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA


Action
REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:
May 17, 2011


Description:
Airport Snow Removal Equipment Building
Item No.
E-1

Information:

Bolton & Menk has prepared technical specifications for the airport snow removal equipment building and bids were received and opened on May 16, 2011 and will be available at the meeting.

The remaining schedule is as follows:

May 16Open Bids
May 17Council to review / award bids to lowest approved bidder or table consideration, if FAA funding not confirmed
Week of May17thComplete FAA grant application

Staff Recommendation:

Staff recommendation will be available at the meeting following the bid opening.

Financial Impact:

Le Mars is a recipient of the FAA grant for this building at 95/5 grant; however, Congress has not yet appropriated funds.




COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion approving Resolution No. _________ awarding the contract for the 2010 Snow Removal Equipment Building - Le Mars Municipal Airport to _______________ in the amount of $_______________, subject to FAA concurrence.

(Roll Call)

Or

Motion to table bids for consideration after FAA funding is confirmed.

(No Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA


Action
REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:
May 17, 2011


Description:
Employee Health Insurance (FY 12)
Item No.
E-2

Information:

The City Health Insurance Committee has been reviewing the proposals for the FY 12 City of Le Mars Employee Health Insurance coverage. The Committee started immediately after the budget approval process in March. The Committee, with Council input, decided the only way to approach the health insurance issue was through a TPA (Third Party Administrator). Two TPA's were contacted and given direction to start working on quotes for the City of Le Mars FY 12 Employee Health Insurance options. In addition to the TPA's that were getting quotes on self insured plans like our existing plan, the Committee also contacted Wellmark Blue Cross / Blue Shield directly to get quotes for fully insured options.

One TPA, Avera, who is our current TPA provided 9 different quotes representing 3 different re-insurance carriers. First Administrators, the other TPA, provided 29 quotes representing 5 different re-insurance carriers. Wellmark provided 81 different options as to fully insured plans. The City has 54 employees that have coverage. Total members covered is 171. Currently, the City is self-insured for the first $40,000 in claims for each member at which point the re-insurance carrier takes over.

Insurance Committee Recommendation:

The Insurance Committee will have a recommendation along with possible options at the Council meeting on Tuesday. The Flex Benefit program will go to the TPA that is chosen for the employee health insurance coverage.

The Insurance Committee is recommending that Health Insurance rates be set for FY 12 in a manner that will cover all fixed costs, variable costs and maintain the integrity of the Health Insurance Fund.

Financial Impact:

Funded through Health Insurance Fund which is made up of budgeted expenditures and employee payroll contributions.

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion to award the City of Le Mars Health and Flex Benefit plan administration to __________________ for FY 12 and award the re-insurance plan to __________________ for FY 12 at the proposed amounts.

(No Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA


ActionREQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:
May 17, 2011


Description:
Le Mars Convention Center - Renovations
Item No.
E-3

Information:

The estimated cost of the upper level renovation of the Le Mars Convention Center is:

Ceiling Remodel -$ 28,000
Lighting Upgrade $ 9 ,000
Bar Remodel $ 45,000
Staging$ 10,000
Acoustic Wall Panels$ 8,000
TOTAL$100,000

In Kind Contribution:$ 5,000
Total Grant Dollars:$ 5,000
Private Donations: $ 10,000
Tax Dollars:$ 30,000
TOTAL$ 50,000

We are in the final stages of Phase I which was installing a new HVAC system and repairing the roof. Phase II of the project is to remodel the upper level bar area which includes: adding new plumbing and sewage lines, removal and replacement of existing bar, adding new coolers and sinks, removing the existing ceiling and installing a new grid system, lighting and fiberglass tiles. Phase II also includes renovating the banquet room of the upper level which incorporates: the removal of the current ceiling, installing a new grid system, new lighting and acoustic fiberglass tiles, adding sound proofing fabric panels to the exterior walls and purchasing new staging.

This venue plays host to a variety of events throughout the year. It can accommodate meetings, parties, receptions, reunions, fundraisers, job/health fairs and tradeshows. The
Le Mars Convention Center houses the Plymouth County Extension offices, is the site for city/county/school elections and also for WIC/MCH clinics held in Plymouth County. The completion of the proposed Phase II improvements will help in making the Le Mars Convention Center a first class facility and provide a memorable experience for all of our guests/visitors which in turn helps generate additional dollars spent within the community. The number of rentals continues to increase from year to year. In 2010, there were 241 rooms booked for events held at this location. To date for 2011, 192 room reservations have already been made. With the planned improvements we anticipate the rental rate to continue to rise.

The Le Mars Convention Center is open to the public and used by individuals, companies, service clubs/organizations, hospitals and schools. In 2010, the City implemented a new fee structure to not only increase utilization but also to provide a top notch facility for entities seeking an affordable venue to host their events. We offer significant rental discounts to non-profit organizations, schools, tax sup-ported entities and City affiliated groups. The Le Mars Convention Center is centrally located within Plymouth County and is the only venue capable of accommodating functions that are as small as 10 attendees to much larger events that have 1,000 guests in attendance.



Staff Recommendation:

Staff recommends Council approve Westmar UR/TIF funding for the balance needed to renovate the Convention Center under Phase II in the amount of $50,000.

Financial Impact:

Westmar UR/TIF expenditures of $50,000.


COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion (approving) (denying) the allocation of $50,000 Westmar UR/TIF for the Le Mars Convention Center Phase II Renovation.

(No Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA


Action
REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:
May 17, 2011


Description:
Amending Wards and Precincts
Item No.
E-4

Information:

After a Federal Census, each City Council must review its precinct and ward boundaries to comply with current law. The City's ward boundaries must follow the County precinct boundaries. The County Re-districting and Precincting Commission approved the Le Mars boundaries at their meeting two weeks ago. Once the boundaries are approved by the City Council they must be approved by the Secretary of State.

Staff Recommendation:

Staff recommends setting the public hearing date to hear public comment regarding amending Chapter 3, Boundaries.


COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion establishing June 7, 2011 at 12:00 P.M. for a public hearing on amending Chapter 3, Boundaries of the Le Mars Code of Ordinance.

(No Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA



REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:
May 17, 2011


Description:
Former Westmar Buildings for Sale
Item No.
E-5

Information:

Recent discussions has prompted the placement of this item on the agenda in order to adjust the asking prices of the three (3) remaining buildings on the Westmar
Campus and clarifying other terms and conditions of potential sales.


NEW ASKING PRICE
BUILDING NAME
LEGAL
REALTOR'S COMMISSION

$50,000
Former Kime Science CenterLots 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Normal Park Addition and vacated alley
$15,000

$40,000
Former Charles Mock LibraryLot 29, Westmar Second Addition
$12,000


$30,000
Former Centennial DormitoryLot 25, Westmar Second Addition and Lot 26 Optional
$9,000

Terms/Conditions of Sale:
1)The City will pay the Realtor's Commission as listed above upon successful closing on the property
2)New asking prices are negotiable
3)Phase I Environmental Studies will be paid for by City
4)Asbestos Abatement will be paid for by City
5)Utility relocations will be coordinated by City with respective utility companies
6)Utility service connections will be by purchaser
7)Personal property remaining are negotiable
8)Off-street parking requirements will be requested through the City's Board of Zoning Adjustment with the support of City
9)City will give due consideration for additional on-street parking, if needed
10)Platting of the properties has already been completed
11)Zoning of the properties are B-2, General Business with certain restrictive covenants listing permissive uses and non-permissive uses
12)The former Kime building has the ability to use the church parking lot immediately east thereof

Staff Recommendation:

Staff recommends Council review and approval of the new asking prices, the realtor's commission and the terms/conditions of sale.




Financial Impact:

Hopefully the sale of the three (3) remaining buildings can be accomplished. The net of the asking price and realtor's commission will assist in environmental studies, asbestos abatement and/or utility relocates but will most likely not cover all costs. However,  re-use of the buildings will save demolition costs and "may" place the property back on the tax rolls.


COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion approving the new Asking Prices, Realtor's Commission and Terms/Conditions of Sale for the three (3) remaining buildings on the former Westmar Campus as presented (or as amended).
(No Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA




REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:
May 17, 2011


Description:
Closed Session - Purchase of Real Estate
Item No.
G-1

It is recommended that the Council enter Closed Session to discuss the purchase of real estate.


COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion to enter Closed Session
under Iowa Code Section 21.5j
where the disclosure of the
discussion to purchase real estate
would be to the disadvantage
of the City.

(Roll Call)

Motion to move out of Closed Session.

(No Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA




REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:
May 17, 2011


Description:
Closed Session - City Utility
Item No.
G-2

It is recommended that the Council enter Closed Session to discuss proprietary information regarding a City Utility.


COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion to enter Closed Session under Iowa Code Section 388.9 "Competitive Information" where public disclosure would harm the City's competitive position.

(Roll Call)

 Dean Foods public art cow: Tulip

LE MARS)--A public art cow outside a Le Mars industry will be honored with a floral name.

Dean Foods asked kindergarten through fifth grade Le Mars Community and Gehlen Catholic students to name the fiberglass cow.

The public art bovine painted by Le Mars artist and Kluckhohn Elementary art teacher Kim Strohbeen will have a traditional look.

Luann Jager and Pam Arndt of Dean Foods went to teacher Dawn Richard's classroom Monday where Strohbeen was teaching art to announce the name Tulip was randomly selected for the cow's name.

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The Kluckhohn Elementary fifth grade student is the daughter of Leona Martin and Jim Martin.  She's pictured with, from left, Pam Arndt and Luann Jager of Dean Foods and Strohbeen.

Martin had a family connection in mind when she submitted the name Tulip.

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Dean Foods chose a cow for their public art. The other public art will be ice cream cone fiberglass creations.

Iowa Senate passes late-term abortion limits

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa Senate has approved a measure intended to block a Nebraska doctor's plans to offer late-term abortions at a Council Bluffs clinic.

The vote Monday sends the measure to the House, where it faces an uncertain future.

Republicans who control the House have been pushing a more restrictive abortion bill. Critics say the measure approved by the Democratic-controlled Senate does little.

But its supporters describe the Senate bill as a carefully crafted compromise that would block Dr. LeRoy Carhart's plans for the clinic without infringing significantly on women's right to seek an abortion.

The Senate approved the measure in a 26-23 party-line vote after rejecting efforts to add stricter restrictions.

Minnesota teen wants 2nd murder trial in Iowa moved

ALGONA, Iowa (AP) A Minnesota teenager charged with killing two convenience store clerks in Iowa wants his trial in Kossuth County moved to another location.

Eighteen-year-old Michael Swanson, of St. Louis Park, Minn., is charged with first-degree murder and robbery in Kossuth and Humboldt counties. He was 17 when he allegedly killed a clerk in Algona and another in Humboldt on Nov. 15.

Swanson's first trial in Humboldt County has been moved to Carroll County. It's to begin June 20.

WHO-TV in Des Moines reported Monday that Swanson's attorney, Charles Kenville, has now asked a Kossuth County judge to move that trial, set for July 27. A hearing is pending.

Earlier this month, the Iowa Supreme Court denied Kenville's request to review a lower court's decision against combining the trials.

Hearing set for former slaughterhouse manager

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A hearing seeking a new trial for a former Iowa kosher slaughterhouse executive convicted of financial fraud is scheduled before the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Documents filed Monday show a hearing before the St. Louis court is set for June 15.

Former Agriprocessors Inc. manager Sholom Rubashkin was convicted of financial fraud in 2009 and sentenced to 27 years in prison. His arrest followed an immigration raid at the company's Postville plant in 2008.

His attorneys sought a new trial after evidence showed Chief U.S. District Court Judge Linda Reade, who presided over Rubashkin's trial, was involved in the planning of the raid. Rubashkin's attorneys argued Reade could not be impartial and should have recused herself.

Reade rejected the request and Rubashkin's attorneys appealed to the federal court.

Former Warren County attorney faces drug charges

CARLISLE, Iowa (AP) A former Warren County attorney faces drug charges.

KCCI-TV in Des Moines says Bryan Tingle, of Carlisle, was charged Monday with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. His case has been referred to the Iowa attorney general's office for prosecution.

Tingle, who was elected in 2007, lost his re-election bid last November.

The Warren County sheriff's office says Tingle turned himself in on Monday and was released on his promise to appear at future court proceedings. Officials didn't know if Tingle had an attorney, and his case is not listed on the online court system.

There is no phone listing for Tingle in the Carlisle area. A telephone call to a business listing by The Associated Press on Monday was not returned.


Ottumwa man faces attempted-murder charge

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) Ottumwa police say a man who was assaulted after a woman was deliberately hit by a car has died at a Des Moines hospital.

Police say James McElroy died Monday, a day after he was assaulted in front of his home, about a block from where the woman was struck.

Police have accused Bobby Snow of hitting Robyn Assell-Collett with his car in an alley early Sunday. Police say he then assaulted McElroy. Snow is charged with attempted murder. He's in the Wapello  County jail on $100,000 bond.

Police say charges are expected to be filed against Snow as a result of McElroy's death, pending an autopsy.

The sheriff's office didn't know if Snow has an attorney, and there's no online court listing for his case.

Waterloo man charged in death of 18-month-old son

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) A Waterloo man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his 18-month-old son.

The Cedar Falls Police Department says 23-year-old Daniel Reddout was arrested Monday. He is being held in the Black Hawk County jail. He is scheduled to make his initial court appearance Tuesday morning.

Jail officials say they don't know if he has an attorney and no records were found Monday for Reddout in online court records.

Police say they were called to a Cedar Falls apartment on a report of a child not breathing on April 4. Reddout's son, Kaleb, was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy showed he died of asphyxiation.

Republicans say Trump reconsidering Iowa speech

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A spokesman for the Republican Party of Iowa says Donald Trump is taking another look at his commitment to speak at the party's Lincoln Day Dinner in June.

In a statement issued Monday, spokesman Casey Mills says the state party has learned that Trump is reassessing his agreement to speak at the June 10 dinner. Mills says party leaders anticipate a final decision will be made Tuesday, and they will have no comment until then.

Trump announced Monday he won't seek the Republican presidential nomination.

Mills says the invitation to Trump never was linked to whether he would seek the GOP nomination. He says ticket sales to the fundraiser have been strong.

92 percent of Iowa corn planted

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Ninety-two percent of Iowa's corn crop has been planted as farmers took advantage of record temperatures and windy conditions early last week.

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey says a lot of progress has been made in the past two weeks and the state is now ahead of the five-year average for planting corn and soybeans.

Just two weeks ago, only 8 percent of the corn was planted and Northey was calling it among the slowest planting seasons in a decade. Now, corn is ahead of the five-year average of 84 percent, but still behind last year's 96 percent.

Forty-seven percent of the state's soybeans are planted. That's behind last year's 52 percent but ahead of the average 38 percent.

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

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