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KLEM News AM Update June 14, 2011

There are two at-large openings as well as two openings that are from specific geographic areas.

Mark Hemmingson of Le Mars is the District 3 board member. District 5 board member Dan Smith of Merrill has announced he will NOT seek re-election. The two at-large directors are Patrick Murphy and Mark Stelzer.

The first day to file nomination papers is July 11th and the last day is August 4th.

The election is September 13th. 

Supervisors consider refinancing bonds

LE MARS)--Plymouth County's Drainage Board will meet at 11:30 this morning to set a special assessment for the Westfield Drainage District.

Plymouth County Supervisors serve as the county's drainage district and are making the assessment for parcels of property in the Westfield area to pay for maintenance work.

Supervisors begin their weekly meeting with a discussion about the Courthouse space design. The discussion follows the relocation of some county and state offices and services to the Annex on the Courthouse block.

The Board will review refunding general obligation bonds issued in 2005 with a bond consultant at 10:30 this morning. The money was borrowed when the Wells Corporate Center was built.

Brandon Bradshaw of Pipe Dream meets with the board to discuss graveling the dirt road to the tubing, camping and recreation business south of Merrill

Supervisors' agenda:

Tuesday, June 14, 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
A. Sign liability waiver for the use of Lots 8-10 in Blk 2 of Brunsville, for the City of Brunsville
Centennial (Action)
7. New Business
A. Board to review Courthouse space design (Discussion)
8. Open public forum

10:15 AMNeal Adler, LBIC - Board of Supervisors to review and approve a partial release of mortgage in Le Mars
Industrial Park 2nd Addition for lot sale (Action)

10:30 AMChip Schultz, Ruan Securities - Review refunding 2005 G.O. bonds (Discussion and possible action)

11:00 AMBrandon Bradshaw, Pipe Dream - Discuss graveling road to Pipe Dream (Discussion)

11:10 AMTom Rohe, Plymouth County Engineer
(Action Items)
No Action Items

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

(Informational Items)
Update on construction projects


11:30 AM Plymouth County Drainage Board - Set Westfield Drainage District 2011-12 special assessment tax (Action)

Ice Cream Days offers visual treats

(Le Mars) -- Imagine ice cream as art...perhaps it's the beauty of a completed banana split, or the way it looks when melted on the side walk. Either way there's no denying that art and ice cream do go together when Ice Cream Days come around.

The Sittin' Pretty Painted Chairs exhibit and fundraiser is going on for the third year at the Le Mars Arts Council. From 1 to 5pm everyday you can go check out these unique pieces and bid on them. The 30 chairs are being auctioned off to benefit the Arts Council.

Another art focused event that coincides with Ice Cream Days is Saturday's "Art in the Park." Kay Luckett has been helping with the event for the last 10 years. She says the event started in the 70's with about 8 vendors in attendance, now there are typically over 60 vendors each year. Kay says craft booths are joined by many other types of art.

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Entertainment at Art in the Park includes the Su Fu Du Drumline, White Horse Mounted Patrol, and artists performing dances from Jalisco, Mexico. Of course, there's ice cream and food available at the event.

Art in the Park is this Saturday from 10am to 4pm in Foster Park.

Keep listening to KLEM all week long for special Ice Cream Days reports. (News report by Angela Drake of KLEM News)

Relay passes $33K

(REMSEN)--Plymouth County's Relay for Life passed the 21-thousand dollar mark.

The annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society featured about two-dozen teams Friday night in Remsen.

Relay for Life Co-Chair Shelly Clay explains the event total is more than 33-thousand dollars.

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One group at the Relay made the event more meaningful.

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It's not too late to donate. Mail contributions to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 1017 Sioux City, Iowa 51102. Clay suggests you put the team's name on the donation and you could also designate it as a contribution for the Plymouth County Relay for Life.

Plans for 2012 will begin with a 2011 Relay Wrap up meeting July 12th. The Relay website is

Police sergeant is Chamber's "Employee of the Month"

(LE MARS)--A city of Le Mars employee for 27 years is being recognized with by Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce.

Police Sergeant Jim Hinds Monday received the Chamber's "Employee of the Month" award.

Sergeant Hinds began his career with the Le Mars Police Department in 1983. He was promoted to sergeant in 1995.

Throughout his police career in Le Mars he has been an active member of the Drug Task Force. According to Police Chief Stuart Dekkenga, hinds has worked to improve safety for drivers through the Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau.

Hind's work has included accident investigation and specialized training in accident reconstruction.

Check back for a report on Hind's career coming up on KLEM News.

Cyclist hospitalized after crash

(SAC CITY)--A northwest Iowa man is hospitalized in Sioux City after a motorcycle accident Saturday afternoon two-and-a-half miles south of Odebolt.

The Sac County Sheriff's Office reports 38-year-old Jeffery Scott Roth of Wall Lake was operating a motorcycle on Highway 39 when he lost control.

The motorcycle went into the ditch and flipped twice before coming to rest. Roth was taken to the hospital in Ida Grove and then airlifted to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.

The sheriff's office listed his injures as serious. Odebolt Ambulance and Fire/Rescue and the Iowa State Patrol assisted the sheriff's office. 

Branstad issues proclamation to help businesses

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has issued a proclamation to help car and travel trailer dealers and vehicle recycling companies affected by flooding along the Missouri River.

Branstad issued the proclamation Monday.

Iowa code provisions and fees associated with the operation of the sale of new and used vehicles and travel trailers, and for performing vehicle recycling have been suspended for 30 days.

The move allows businesses to move vehicles and establish lots away from their principle business locations. The proclamation will affect businesses in Woodbury, Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona, and Pottawattamie counties.

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

Missouri River levee hole grows to 300 feet

HAMBURG, Iowa (AP) Federal officials say the swollen Missouri River has punched a nearly 300-foot hole into a levee near the southwest Iowa town of Hamburg, and powerful floodwaters are continuing to widen the breach.

It's one of two levees that ruptured along the river Monday morning, sending torrents of water over rural farmland toward Hamburg and the Missouri resort town of Big Lake.

Officials originally estimated that the levee just south of Hamburg had a 50-foot hole, but it had grown to nearly 300 feet by Monday evening.

Floodwaters are expected by Wednesday to reach the top of a secondary levee protecting Hamburg, home to about 1,100 people.

The Army Corps of Engineers says crews are working to add another 3 feet to that levee. If it breaks, parts of Hamburg could be under 10 feet of standing water.

Iowa DOT to close I-29/680 north of Council Bluffs

HAMBURG, Iowa (AP) State transportation officials say they plan to close the Interstate 29/680 interchange north of Council Bluffs because of flooding along the Missouri River.

The Iowa Department of Transportation announced the interchange about 16 miles north of Council Bluffs would close at 6 p.m. Monday.

Officials plan to close about 20 miles of Interstate 29 in southwest Iowa and northwest Missouri within the next two days because of a levee breach Monday morning near Hamburg.

Officials say I-29 will close from the interchange with Iowa Highway 2 to an exit 23 miles south near Rock Port, Mo., and all of state Highway 333 will close in Iowa and Missouri

Officials say there is no immediate threat to the roads but the closures are expected before Thursday.

Iowa crops in good shape despite weather

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey says the farming season is headed in the right direction despite a recent stretch of poor weather.

Northey says the majority of corn crops are in good shape in Iowa, adding that the emergence of soybeans slightly ahead of schedule is a positive sign.

A crop report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Monday says that 98 percent of Iowa's soybeans have been planted. That's slightly higher than the five-year average.

The report says crops around the state received minimal damage last week despite reports of scattered hail, though heavy rainfall in central Iowa has caused ponding in some areas.

Michele Bachmann enters presidential race

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota has formally entered the presidential race.

The tea party favorite, who was born in Waterloo, Iowa, announced Monday that she has filed papers to kick off her bid for the GOP nomination to challenge President Barack Obama next year. Her comments came in the opening minutes of a televised debate involving her and six other Republican hopefuls.

Bachmann has drawn large crowds in Iowa and elsewhere by championing the tea party goals of social conservatism and deep cuts in government spending and regulation.

Liberty statue returns to Cedar Rapids after flood

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) A replica of the Statue of Liberty is back in downtown Cedar Rapids.

The 8-foot-tall statue was returned home on Monday, three years to the day that the Cedar River crested at just over 31-feet. The river flooded much of downtown Cedar Rapids, affecting more than 18,000 people and causing $3 billion in damage.

The Boy Scouts donated the statue to Cedar Rapids in the 1950s. In was moved to May's Island in the middle of the river in 2003. In 2008, high water ripped the sheet metal from the statue's base and washed it down the river.

It took volunteers about 300 hours to repair the statue.

Volunteers and members of the Boy Scouts were on hand Monday for a rededication.

Reward offered in cemetery vandalism in Iowa

RIVERSIDE, Iowa (AP) Officials say a $1,000 reward is being offered in a cemetery vandalism case in Riverside in eastern Iowa.

The Washington County sheriff's office on Monday said the city is offering a $500 reward, which will be matched by an anonymous donor, for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

About 30 headstones at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery were toppled on May 15. Deputies say they headstones were knocked over and damaged.

Iowa inmate in custody after failing to return

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Iowa authorities say a prison inmate who failed to return from work release is in custody.

The Iowa Department of Corrections says 24-year-old Johnie Hill Jr. was apprehended around 9:15 a.m. Monday. He was taken to the Polk County jail.

Hill was reported as an escapee when he failed to return to the Des Moines work-release facility on June 10. He was transferred there in January from another prison facility.

Hill is serving a 10-year sentence for two counts of robbery in Polk County. His sentence began in April 2004.

Urbandale police warn of vehicle burglary ring

URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) Urbandale police are warning residents of a multi-state vehicle burglary ring that is targeting gyms and employers.

Police say in a news release issued Monday that the Des Moines metro area has been hit at least twice in the past six weeks by the burglary ring. Police say residents should take all their valuables with them or leave them at home.

They say anyone who sees something suspicious should call police immediately, and if possible, get a license plate number or a description of the individuals.

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

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