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KLEM News PM Update June 24, 2011

Assistant City Administrator Bill Cole reports the four-day landfill amnesty earlier this month was used by 369 citizens. That's an increase of 55 citizens from the 304 in the fall of last year. This is the most participation the city has had in the eight collections Cole has tracked since June of 2008.

The Spring Clean Up Days also had the largest amount of throw away material with more than 97 tons which is up 14 tons from the spring of last year.

Smith leave assessor's work of valuing property

(LE MARS)--A Le Mars woman values the more than 32 years of work to set property values she's been involved with at the Plymouth County Assessor's office.

Linda Smith started as a part-time employee and is retiring as Chief Deputy Assessor.

In the earlier years of her career, Smith left the Courthouse to measure and list properties on property cards about the size of a half sheet of paper. A computer system shifted Smith's work to more technical and administrative duties beginning in 1985.

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She particularly enjoyed the work of entering data on the records and getting reports used to assess property for value.

Smith recalled computerized appraisal and a GIS mapping system replaced older, tattered plat books not drawn to scale.

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Smith thanked Plymouth County for the opportunity to serve

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In retirement she'll spend more time with her family, including three granddaughters. Traveling with her husband, Dennis, and volunteer work are also planned.

There's a public retirement open house for Smith at the Courthouse this afternoon (Friday) from two until four.

CF Industries to reopen Iowa nitrogen plant

DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) Fertilizer maker CF Industries Holdings, Inc. said Friday it will restart its Port Neal nitrogen manufacturing plant in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, that was closed due to flooding along the adjacent Missouri River.

The company said it closed the plant as a precaution on June 6 because of rising water near the plant.

But CF said in a statement that it has determined that it can safely restart the plant, near Sioux City, and it has begun the process to bring it back on line.

``We will continue to monitor the situation in light of the high water, which is expected to continue for several weeks,'' Tony Will, the company's vice president for manufacturing, said in the statement.

Shares of CF rose 40 cents, or 0.3 percent, to $143.37, in early trading Friday.

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

Flood volunteers thanked with concert Saturday night 

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) A free outdoor concert has been planned to thank the thousands of people who have been volunteering to help fight Missouri River flooding in the Sioux City area.

The concert is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Sioux City Center parking lot.

Bush Hawg and Toby McBrooks will perform.

The Army Corps of Engineers is releasing massive amounts of water into the river from dams upstream. Those releases will keep the river above flood stage along Nebraska and Iowa at least into August.

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

Everson to serve jail time

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Former Iowa football player Cedric Everson will serve one week in jail for a 2007 assault on a female athlete that caused a scandal that reached the highest levels of the university.

District Judge Paul Miller ordered Everson on Friday to serve a sentence of 7 days in jail on a misdemeanor assault conviction. A prosecutor had asked for the maximum sentence of 30 days.

Jurors convicted Everson of assault in January after finding him innocent of sexual abuse charges that could have brought lengthy prison terms.

Prosecutors contended Everson sexually assaulted a freshmen athlete who had been drinking heavily after his then-teammate Abe Satterfield did so first. Satterfield received a suspended sentence on an assault charge after testifying at Everson's trial.

Two  from Minnesota die in Iowa crash

NASHUA, Iowa (AP) Two people from Minnesota are dead after the car they were in rolled over on U.S. Highway 218 in northern Iowa.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier says the crash happened Thursday afternoon near Nashua after the car drove onto the shoulder. The Iowa State Patrol says the driver, 68-year-old Mary Quinn, of Woodbury, Minn., overcorrected, causing the car to roll in the ditch. Quinn and a passenger, 70-year-old Bernard Quinn, also of Woodbury, Minn., died in the crash.

The Iowa State Patrol says the accident remains under investigation.

Ex-Iowa birthday spanker seeks school board seat

MOUNT VERNON, Iowa (AP) The former elementary school principal who administered mild birthday spankings to his students in Mount Vernon has taken steps toward running for a seat on the school board.

Washington Elementary principal Terry Eisenbarth submitted his resignation last Friday night as the Mount Vernon Community Schools board was considering his fate.

Parents complained after learning Eisenbarth would call students to his office on their birthday for spankings. Eisenbarth acknowledged the spankings in a May letter to parents and provided a photo of the padded stick he used.

More than 20 Washington staff members gave a letter of ``no confidence'' to board members that said Eisenbarth's actions since August had created an unstable and hostile environment.

The district says Eisenbarth has picked up candidate filing documents.

Dubuque County judge's disability retirement OK'd

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) A replacement will be sought soon for a Dubuque County judge.

The Dubuque Telegraph Herald is reporting that the Iowa Supreme Court has approved disability retirement for Associate District Court Judge Rick Gleason.

Gleason has spent almost 20 years on the bench in the Dubuque County Courthouse.

Dubuque District Court Judge Monica Ackley leads the county's magistrate nominating commission. She says she's been told to fill the position ``as soon as practicable.''

The commission will conduct interviews over the next few weeks.

Ackley says district associate judges usually handle criminal cases such as drunken driving, misdemeanors and domestic assaults.

West Des Moines woman reports chickens stolen

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A West Des Moines woman says someone stole some of her chickens.

Deb Fink told police that eight to 10 of the chickens likely were taken overnight June 16-17.

She told The Des Moines Register that she runs a wildlife rescue from her home and has between 30 and 40 chickens. Some produce eggs; others become dinner.

Fink says the stolen birds are the more ornamental ones.

She says ``it's just like having a pet taken. I love my animals.''

Fink says she also has nine baby raccoons, five baby skunks and a hawk on her 35 acres. None of them was taken.

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

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