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KLEM News Update June 27, 2011

Roads reported closed this morning include Plymouth County Road L-22, from 180th to 200th Street.

The Plymouth County Sheriff's Office Dive Team responded to that area when two vehicles were in a creek about 10:30 Sunday night. Those in the vehicles were reported to be on the roofs of the vehicles. Marcus Ambulance was also called. The Remsen Fire log shows the calls were completed just after midnight.

Other roads closed are on Almond Avenue from Highway Three south one mile and on Shamrock Avenue, just north of C-16.

Le Mars Police reported numerous vehicles that became stranded in high water from heavy rainfall between 7:15 and 9:30 Sunday night. A total of 3.82 inches was recorded at KLEM.

Residents of one house lost power when a tree limb took out the electrical wires to the house. A few manhole covers were also off in the city

The flood warning is for northeastern Plymouth County; southeastern Sioux County and southern O'Brien County.

The National Weather Service in Sioux Falls reports heavy rainfall early last night caused flooding around Marcus and Remsen and Larabee.

ISL Proposal on agenda for Le Mars Board of Education meeting

(LE MARS)--A process that may lead to a vote on a new finance option for the Le Mars Community School District may begin tonight.

The Le Mars Community School Board of Education considers paperwork to start the Instructional Support Levy (ISL) for the 2012-2013 school year.

The Board tonight considers a five-year Instructional Support Levy (ISL) for up to five percent of the district's total regular program cost. The amount, if approved by voters, would be determined each year by the Board of Education but could not exceed five percent.

The proposal indicates the funds, estimated at 475-thousand dollars, would be used for general fund expenses which are the day-to-day costs of education.

The board tonight will be asked to approve paperwork which would set a 7:30 p-m hearing on July 25th time for public comment on the Instructional Support Program (ISL).

The board has discussed having the election during Board of Education elections September 13th.

The proposal is different than a measure defeated by voters four times.

An agreement for stadium rental by Gehlen Catholic School, membership in the Iowa Association of School Boards and high school and middle school principals' annual reports are to be presented.

Leases for the Education Service Center use by Buena Vista University and Northwest Iowa Area Education Agency are also part of the agenda for the public meeting at 7:30 tonight.

The complete agenda was not available from the School District web site

No action after closed sessions

(LE MARS)-Performance reviews for management team members of the City of Le Mars did not lead to City Council action Friday.

The Council's agenda for a meeting Friday listed potential action after the performance reviews for City Administrator Scott Langel and Assistant City Administrator Bill Cole. The Council agenda also listed a session closed to the public requested by City Attorney Joe Flannery, but no potential action.

According to City Clerk Bev Langel, the Council met from noon until one Friday afternoon, but took no action.

Branstad tours Siouxland flooding today

(SIOUX CITY)--The state's top elected official and Siouxland's Congressman will provide an update on Siouxland flooding today.

Governor Terry Branstad will be in Sioux City beginning at 11:30 this morning to tour the Riverside residential area. At 12:15, Branstad will look at critical infrastructure at the Hamilton Boulevard and Interstate 29 Interchange.

Congressman Steve King, Branstad and Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director General Derek Hill will update reports at a news conference at one this afternoon.

Branstad makes an aerial surveillance of flooding along the Missouri River from Sioux City to Council Bluffs beginning at 1:30 this afternoon.

KING: President should extend visit to western Iowa

(WASHINGTON)--Congressman Steve King is asking the President to include flooded areas of western Iowa in a visit to the state tomorrow.

King says President Barack Obama should extend his trip so that he can visit communities along the Missouri River that are being ravaged by flooding.

King describes a visit as a way to gain "firsthand understanding" of the flood's severity.

The President will be in Bettendorf  to visit the Alcoa Davenport Works Factory as part of a discussion on challenges facing the economy and the role manufacturing can play in the 21st century global economy.

Bachmann: 2012 bid not `personal' against Obama

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) Republican Michele Bachmann says her bid to unseat President Barack Obama shouldn't be viewed as ``anything personal'' against the Democrat but says he's ``just wrong'' on his policies for America.

In an interview with The Associated Press on Sunday, the Minnesota congresswoman also said she doesn't foresee problems moving from frequent naysayer to the country's proposer-in-chief. She says voters can expect her to propose an economic agenda that includes cuts to corporate taxes and phase-outs of taxes on inheritances and investment earnings.

Bachmann's nothing-personal message departs from her 2008 comments questioning whether Obama had ``anti-American'' views. She has said she wishes she framed her criticism differently.

Bachmann plans to kick off her 2012 campaign today in Waterloo, Iowa, her birthplace.

Top nuclear regulator tours Neb. nuke plant Sunday

BROWNVILLE, Neb. (AP) The chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says utilities running both of Nebraska's nuclear plants appear to be doing a good job battling Missouri River floodwaters.

Gregory Jaczko (YACHT-sko) toured Nebraska Public Power District's Cooper nuclear power plant near Brownville on Sunday. He plans to tour Omaha Public Power District's Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant near Blair on Monday.

Jaczko says Fort Calhoun remains safe despite losing one of its flood barriers Sunday. He says that inflatable barrier that had been surrounding an auxiliary building wasn't needed to keep the plant safe.

He said NPPD is taking a lot of effort to protect Cooper from floodwaters.

Passenger dies after 2-car crash in Iowa

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) A man has died in a two-vehicle crash in Newton.

The Iowa state patrol says 65-year-old Michael Hawkins, of Newton, was a passenger in a car that went through a stop sign and collided with another car just before midnight Saturday. He died at a hospital.

Howell was in a car driven by 64-year-old Ellen Howell of Newton. The other driver was identified as 36-year-old Ingrid Sawyer of LeGrand.

1 teen killed, 2 hurt in ATV rollover in Iowa

VICTOR, Iowa (AP) One teen has died and two others have been hospitalized after an ATV crash west of Victor.

The Poweshiek County sheriff's office says the teenage boy died at the scene of the rollover crash, which happened Saturday afternoon on a gravel road. The funeral home handling the boy's arrangements told the Cedar Rapids Gazette he's 16-year-old Colton Blomme of rural Brooklyn.

The sheriff's office says two 13-year-old girls also on the ATV were taken to a hospital for treatment. Their names and details of their injuries weren't released.

Iowa man dies of injuries from crash last weekend

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) An Evansdale man has died of injuries suffered in a crash last weekend in Waterloo.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports 22-year-old Jeremy Richardson died Saturday at an Iowa City hospital. The Dahl-Van Hove-Schoof Funeral Home in Cedar Falls is handling arrangements.

Richardson was fatally hurt when his pickup slammed into a retaining wall June 19. Two passengers in his vehicle suffered injuries.

Iowa man dies after shooting at his apartment

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) A Cedar Rapids man has died after being found shot in his apartment.

Cedar Rapids police say a shooting was reported just before 3 a.m. Sunday at Dexter Meeks' apartment, and officers found the 22-year-old Meeks with a gunshot wound. He died at a hospital.

Police declined to release further details about the shooting, citing the ongoing investigation. No arrests have been announced.

Iowa archbishop mentioned in sex-abuse lawsuit

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) The Dubuque archbishop is mentioned is a lawsuit filed over sexual abuse by a former monk at a Benedictine monastery in Missouri.

Jerome Hanus was an abbot at Conception Abbey in Nodaway County, Mo., when the alleged abuse occurred.

The lawsuit filed Thursday by ``John Doe 181'' says the man was molested by Bede Parry in 1987 while he attended a summer camp at Conception Abbey. Parry has said he had inappropriate sexual contact with members of the abbey's boys' choir in the 1980s.

Hanus is not a defendant in the lawsuit but the filing accuses him of telling the man's parents that Parry had a ``mental breakdown'' and of failing to disclose other sexual misconduct by Parry.

Iowa company designs tree mover for 9/11 memorial

FOREST CITY, Iowa (AP) An Iowa company is helping to move trees for planting at the national 9/11 memorial in New York City.

Holland Moving Rigging Supplies of Forest City has designed a piece of equipment for transporting the swamp white oak trees so they can be planted on the elevated site in time for the 10th anniversary of the nation's worst terror attacks.

The Mason City Globe Gazette says HMR built the Straddle Mover, which can carry a tree in the center of all the axles, travel sideways and negotiate openings on the surface of the plaza. The trees weigh up to 10 tons each.

The Straddle Mover was delivered to the 9/11 memorial site in the spring. Company employee Natalie Hammer says they are excited to be involved in the memorial.

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

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