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KLEM News PM, July 18, 2011

(LeMars) -- The LeMars Area Chamber of Commerce along with the LeMars Convention and Visitors Bureau will hold an informational meeting Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the lower level of Primebank regarding a permanent outdoor LED lighting system for downtown.  Mainstreet manager, Mary Reynolds says Clarion, Iowa and other Iowa communities have installed similar the lighting systems.  She says the proposed project has already received community support and they believe it would help call attention to downtown.

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  The LED lighting would outline the tops of buildings in a five block area in the first phase of the project.  Reynolds says LeMars is looking at the color combination of red, green, and amber. 

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Representatives from Channel Brite Lighting of Dakota Dunes, South Dakota will be on hand for the meeting to answer questions from the public.  The cost of the project is expected to be 50-thousand dollars.  Fundraiser projects are already being planned including a dinner theater production scheduled for September 22nd.

LE MARS, Iowa LeMars Fire Authorities say it was so hot inside at least two homes this weekend that their smoke detectors went off.

Authorities say the house walls were hot, but there wasn't any smoke or fire inside.

Le Mars Fire Chief David Schipper says it wasn't just the heat collected in the homes, but the humidity as well that set off the alarms.

Schipper says he anticipates more such alarms this week. To avoid such false alarms, residents should keep the air moving inside their homes and regulate the inside temperature.

Schipper says any smoke detector is susceptible to such false alarms, no matter how old or new it is. He also says alarms should be kept free of cobwebs and dust.

(Sioux City) -- Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City has again initiated "Operation Heat Relief" an effort that seeks to safeguard Siouxland residents who need to escape the extreme hot temperatures.

Those who need to cool down are invited to come to the Mercy cafeteria or south lobby. Mercy will provide cool drinks to those who come to the hospital to escape the heat and humidity.  The free service will be available today, tomorrow, and Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.



(LeMars) -- The LeMars City Council will hold its regular meeting on Tuesday beginning at noon.  It is expected the Council will again discuss and take action on the proposal involving abandoning the separate wards of the city and instead have each council member elected as an at-large member, there by having council members from any part of the city.  People wishing to see the current system remain need to submit a petition requiring at least 15 signatures which would place the question on the November ballot.

(LeMars) -- Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will meet on Tuesday for their regular meeting.  It is expected the Board will appoint Alan Luken to a 3-year term of the Joint Urban Renewal Board.

(LeMars) --  The Plymouth County Historical Museum has scheduled today  as "Cherry Cliff Day." Although the museum is normally closed on Mondays, People are urged to visit the museum between three and five p.m. and enjoy cherry tea, cherry floats, and other cherry refreshments.  Its all part of a way to honor the late Cherry Cliff who passed away this last May.  Cherry Cliff was a devoted volunteer to the Plymouth county Historical Museum.

(Washington) -- As the August 2nd deadline for settling the debt ceiling gets closer, more and more people are concerned over what may happen if an agreement is not reached.  Iowa Fifth District Congressman Steve King told KLEM news he believes some type of settlement may occur, but he admits he is also a bit concerned.

President Obama and Congressional leaders did not meet over the weekend to negotiate an agreement on the debt ceiling level, and last week King introduced the "Promises" bill which would give priority to our military as being first in line for paychecks without any interruption. 

(Orange City) -- Preventing and responding to animal diseases such as hoof and mouth disease will be discussed at a seminar scheduled for Thursday.  The seminar is sponsored by Western Iowa Tech Community College and Iowa State University extension.  Beth Doran, ISU livestock specialist says the seminar will be primarily for first responders and others dealing with bio-security.

The seminar will begin at 10 a.m. at the Plymouth Dairy located at 23505 on county highway K-49, south of LeMars.





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