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KLEM News Update May 24, 2011

The board will be asked to approve the salaries for county officers' deputies beginning July 1st. The county's new budget year begins July 1st.

Neal Adler of the Le Mars Business Initiative Corporation will provide an update as information for supervisors.

Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo is slated to ask supervisors to approve a contract for medical services for those being held in the jail. The sheriff will also provide a law enforcement center update.

The board's weekly meeting begins at 9:30 this (Tuesday) morning in the Courthouse Board room.

Agenda: Tuesday, May 24, 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
A. Approve liquor license for Mike's Saloon (Action)
B. Approve County deputy salary % for FY 2011-12 (Action)
C. Approve FY 2010-11 amended transfer resolution (Action)
D. Approve FY 2011-12 transfer resolution (Action)
E. Approve FY 2011-12 budget appropriation (Action)
8. Open public forum

10:15 AMBoard of Supervisors - Public Hearing to approve the proposed issuance and resolution for indebtness by Plymouth County (Action)

10:30 AMNeal Adler, LBIC representative - LBIC update (Informational)

10:45 AMMike VanOtterloo, Plymouth County Sheriff
1.Review and amend Advanced Care Contract (Action)
2.Law Enforcement Center update (Discussion)

11:15 AMTom Rohe, Plymouth County Engineer
(Action Items)
1.Permit-Frontier Communications-Sec 19/30 Marion Twp

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

(Informational Items)
Update on construction projects

Board of Education hires Webner, approves Camp Quest sale

(LE MARS)--The sale of about 19 acres of land owned by the Le Mars Community School District is expected to close next month.

The Board of Education Monday night accepted the Camp Quest bid of 215-thousand dollars from Frank Tritz Junior. Tritz is a neighbor to the school's property. The bid was made at a public auction earlier this month. The funds will be placed in the district's infrastructure account.

The board agreed to hire Middle School Principal Steve Webner as the assistant superintendent beginning July 1. The six-year Le Mars Community employee was one of 16 people who applied for the opening created by the resignation of Dr. Carl Turner. Dr. Turner has accepted a position as Storm Lake School Superintendent.

Superintendent Dr. Todd Wendt said the five finalists met with teacher leaders; administrators; central office staff; Dr. Turner; and Wendt.

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Webner will be paid 98-thousand 500 dollars which is the amount Dr. Turner would have received. He expects to complete his superintendent's endorsement through the University Northern Iowa this summer.  Like Turner, Webner's area of work will be instructional support.

Advertising of a potential opening for the middle school principal began last weekend. A recommendation on hiring is expected at the June 13th Board of Education meeting.

In other business:

**the board approved salary and insurance increases for non-teaching employees. The total increase is 3.78 percent, according to the recommendation Dr. Wendt explained on behalf of a committee that included the Superintendent, and board members Mark Stelzer and Mark Hemmingson.

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**accepted the resignations of bus driver Bill Renken; lunch server Mary Campbell; lunch server Rhonda Lancaster; and lunch van driver Connie Klohs.

**added the search and seizure wording from the High School Student Handbook to the Elementary Handbook.

**approved a budget amendment for the current school budget with changes primarily due to the Phase 2 construction project.

Community Foundation grant applications being accepted

(LE MARS)--Applications for the next grants from the Community Foundation of Greater Plymouth County will be accepted until October first.

The 2011 grant making policies and timetables are for a portion of about 123-thousand dollars.

According to Karla Bohle of the foundation, 75 percent of the funds are granted to charitable groups for educational, civic and public purposes in Plymouth County.

Applications may be mailed to or dropped off at Williams and Company in Le Mars. Forms are available through the web site

The grant money is from funds awarded to non-gambling counties with a countywide community foundation. The funds are part of the state's gross gambling tax revenue.

Town ravaged by tornado celebrates graduation

MAPLETON, Iowa (AP) Seniors in an Iowa town ravaged by an April tornado are celebrating their graduation.

Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto held commencement ceremonies on Sunday for 55 students. Many of them are residents of Mapleton, which in early April was hit by a tornado that left a path of destruction three and a half miles long.

MVAO superintendent Steve Oberg says students will always remember what they went through during the two months following the tornado.

Principal Dan Dougherty says the students learned they can pick up the pieces after bad things happen in their lives.

Senior Chase Collins says the storm brought the class closer than ever before.

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

May jurors have completed service

(LE MARS)--Plymouth County jurors will not need to report for jury duty today, Tuesday, May 24th.

This concludes the service for jurors who were asked to report for jury duty in May.

Yankton School District residents vote on tax measure today

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) Residents of the Yankton School District vote Tuesday on whether to accept a school board decision to opt out of the property tax freeze by $4.1 million a year.

The school board's decision in March to raise additional tax revenue was referred to a public vote through a petition drive.

Secretary of State Jason Gant says the Yankton election will be the first local election to use the state's reporting system. That means voters will be able to use the Internet see a sample ballot, to find voting locations and to see vote totals as ballots are counted.

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

 Planned Parenthood in Nebraska and Iowa to expand

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, which covers Nebraska and most of Iowa, plans to expand into all of Iowa.

The Lincoln Journal Star reported Monday that Planned Parenthood of the Heartland has signed a letter of intent of merge with Planned Parenthood of Southeast Iowa.

Jill June, president and CEO of the Heartland organization, says after the merger it will operate 25 health centers in Iowa, four in Nebraska and three Education Resource Centers in Des Moines, Lincoln and Omaha.

Cherry Klein, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southeast Iowa, which operates five health centers, says the merger will allow her group to provide additional services to more women and families in the area.

June will remain president after the merger, and the administrative offices will be in Des Moines.

Iowa lawmaker backs Paul's bid for GOP nomination

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) Texas congressman Ron Paul has collected his first endorsement from a sitting member of the Iowa Legislature.

At a news conference Monday at his campaign headquarters, Paul got the backing of Des Moines Republican legislator Glen Massie. Massie says he decided to endorse Paul because of the Texan's devotion to the Constitution.

Paul says the endorsement shows his bid for the Republican presidential nomination has more momentum than his earlier efforts.

At the news conference in the Des Moines suburb of Ankeny, campaign staffers also announced they had recruited more than 100 county-level volunteers and have two co-chairs in each of the state's four congressional districts.

Paul adviser Drew Ivers noted the campaign has managed to assemble the volunteers within 10 days of Paul announcing his campaign.

Sharpton opens action network Iowa chapter

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) The Rev. Al Sharpton is opening an Iowa Chapter of his National Action Network in Waterloo.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported Monday that Sharpton was in Waterloo Monday where he held a press conference at Mount Carmel Baptist Church to announce the launching of the Iowa chapter of organization.

Sharpton says he hopes to use the local chapter to push local and federal politicians on a variety of issues from access to education and organized labor to civil rights.

Sharpton, who ran for president in 2004, founded the National Action Network in New York in 1991. He plans a similar stop in Des Moines on Tuesday.

No serious injuries in Davenport bus accident

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) Davenport police say there were no serious injuries after a school bus plowed into at least six parked cars.

KWCQ-TV in Davenport says the accident happened about 7 a.m. on Monday as the bus was taking 13 students to Jefferson Elementary school. Police say the bus driver lost control, couldn't stop and started hitting the cars along the street. The vehicles were pushed down the block and into yards. One car rolled around a corner and hit another parked car.

Police say none of the students were seriously hurt. They were checked out and taken by another bus to school.

The accident remains under investigation. Police say the bus driver was cited for failure to maintain control.

1 dead in shooting in Hardin County in Iowa

GIFFORD, Iowa (AP) Authorities are investigating a shooting that left a man dead in the Hardin County town of Gifford in north central Iowa.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier says the shooting happened Monday morning. The newspaper says the dead man's name and other details weren't immediately released.

The sheriff's office says deputies were called to a house shortly before 10 a.m. on a report of a shooting. When deputies arrived, they found a man with gunshot wounds. He was taken to a hospital in Iowa Falls, where he was pronounced dead.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is assisting in the case.

2 Iowa police officers treated after bitten by dog

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Authorities say two Marion police officers were bitten by a dog while serving a search warrant at a house in Cedar Rapids.

Police told KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids that the officers weren't seriously hurt Monday morning. Police say the officers were bitten while serving a warrant concerning stolen property. Marion police Lt. Scott Elam says one officer was bitten on the leg and the other was bitten on the hand. Both were treated on the scene. Animal control officers took the dog away.

Elam says at least six people were detained for questioning.

Elam says the dog, which appears to be a pit bull, bit one of the officers while the officer was trying to subdue a man outside the house.

98 percent of Iowa corn planted

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) State officials say Iowa farmers have met or surpassed last year's quick pace of planting corn and soybeans, but now the state needs some warm and dry weather.

The weekly crop report released on Monday shows 98 percent of the corn crop has been planted, which matches last year's progress and is ahead of the five-average of 94 percent. Soybean planting is 78 percent complete, ahead of 72 percent in 2010 and the average of 68 percent.

There were just four days of fieldwork statewide last week.

State Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey says Iowa needs some warm and dry weather to help the crops emerge. He says most of last week's rain wasn't heavy, but some areas reported hail. Tornadoes were reported in six counties on Sunday.

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

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