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KLEM News - August 17, 2011

Sheltered on three sides by permanently protected land, the parcel exhibits consistent characteristics of the Loess Hills with steep rolling hils, native mid and tall grass prairie, mature oak woodlands, dessected valleys and about 48 acres of agricultural land.  The land will be used for public use, including hunting.


 (LeMars) -- Akron city officials met with the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors  advising the county of the city's intentions to build a new 45-bed care center facility.  Akron City Councilman Chad Ericson says the city of Akron is seeking a $4.5 million loan from the U-S Department of Agriculture's Rural Development.  He says Akron should know within a few weeks as to whether the loan will be granted, but in the mean time, city officials believed a backup plan was needed.  The city of Akron has not requested a specific dollar amount from the county at this time.

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Ericson says Akron will provide a general obligation community bond for $1.25 million for the new project.  He says the private sector sees the need for a new 32,000 square foot facility and have responded in a generous manner.

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(LeMars) -- The city of LeMars wants the public to know that the intersection of Central Avenue and 5th Street NW will be closed for construction until further notice.

(LeMars) -- The LeMars Fire and Rescue Department will conduct a hazadous materials training seminar this evening at the Dean Foods milk processing facility.  The fire department, and other local first responders, including law enforcement officials will similate an ammonia leak emergency.

(LeMars) -- The LeMars City Council has approved September 12th-17th as the 2011 Fall Clean Up.  During that week, LeMars residents are granted an amnesty and will be allowed to dispose of large items and not be subject to disposal fees.  Residents can dispose up to 1000 pounds per household.  Items that will be allowed to be disposed include: furniture, such as couches, chairs, mattresses, carpet, padding, televisions, humidifiers, computers and monitors.  Also items normal to construction and demolition such as windows, doors, sinks, and toilets.  Metal objects such as bikes, mowers, metal posts, wire, swings, gutter, bed springs, and bed frames are also allowed to be disposed. 

Those who wish to dispose of White goods such as refrigerators, ovens, hot water heaters, freezers, air conditioners, microwaves, washers and dryers, dishwashers,trash compactors, furnaces, and fluorescent lights will be required to pay a $10 fee per item.

Normal household garbage, yard waste, tires or hazardous waste will not be allowed to be disposed during the fall clean up.  There will be no curbside pick up for these items.  Residents are being asked to dispose the items directly to the Plymouth County Landfill.  Only residential properties are allowed to participate.  Commercial and industrial properties are not eligible.

(LeMars) -- Put on that poodle skirt, and don on that leather jacket and grease back that hair. Downtown LeMars will feel like a step back in time to the 50's and 60's this evening as the annual "Scoop the Loop" festivities take place.  More than 200 Classic cars from various eras and three states will be featured at the Olson Cultural Events Center.  You can dance to the music from "The Jammers" starting at 6:30 p.m.


Obama visits prosperous corner of rural Iowa

PEOSTA, Iowa (AP) - President Barack Obama focused on rural
economic development in part of Iowa that is relatively prosperous.
The White House organized a rural economic forum Tuesday at
Northeast Iowa Community College in Peosta.
The college is home to a popular job training program, and it's
in Dubuque County, where the unemployment rate in July was 5.6
percent. That's far below that national rate of 9.1 percent.
The population has dropped in much of rural Iowa, but Dubuque
County has seen growth.
Wendy Herold, who runs a job training program at the college,
says growth in the county has been strong.
Local officials credit the college for some of that growth,
noting it offers an array of training programs and has been
successful at matching graduates with employers.

Iowa education board pushes reform efforts

(Information in the following story is from: The Des Moines

- The Iowa Board of Education has voted to
establish broad reform priorities but offered few details on how to
reach them.
The Des Moines Register reports the board voted Tuesday to focus
reform efforts on issues ranging from teacher preparation to
tougher student standards.
The goals were developed following last month's education summit
in Iowa. Board member Charlie Edwards says they were broadly
written to allow negotiating room on policy details and to get on
the "same page" with the governor's office, the Department of
Education, legislatures, districts and teachers.
The board says Iowa must "raise the bar" to recruit the best
students to teacher preparation program, while teachers must
receive professional development opportunities and provide extra
help to struggling students.

Ex-Iowa film director's corruption trial begins

(Information in the following story is from: The Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Prosecutors in the corruption trial of
the former director of the Iowa Film Office say he's an "inside
guy" who helped fleece Iowa's treasury out of millions of dollars.
Defense attorneys say he's the victim of legislators and
higher-ups, who didn't understand themselves the loopholes that
allowed others to take advantage of the system.
The Des Moines Register reports attorneys gave opening
statements on Tuesday in the trial of Tom Wheeler in Polk County
District Court. He's charged with several counts of fraud,
misconduct in office and conspiracy.
The trial is expected to last three weeks.
If convicted, Wheeler could face a decade or more in prison.

Polk County OKs help for Bridgestone expansion

(Information in the following story is from: KCCI-TV,

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Polk County supervisors have approved a
zero-interest loan and a grant to help with an expansion project at
the Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations plant just north of Des
KCCI-TV reports the board OK'd a $50,000 loan and a $50,000
grant to support the company's nearly $57 million project. The
incentives are part of an economic development package expected to
be approved by the state on Thursday.
The project will include purchasing and installing new equipment
in the existing facility, which makes agricultural tires. The
expansion is expected to create about 70 jobs.
Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations is a subsidiary of the
Bridgestone Corp. of Japan.

ACLU of Iowa launches open records project

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union of
Iowa is launching an open records project to help Iowans who want
more transparency out of government.
The group says the project will help citizens with information
about state and federal open records laws.
The ACLU of Iowa says the project includes a new website
featuring a diagram of the Freedom of Information Act request
process, instructions on how to file a request, information on
enforcing open government meetings and tips for speaking at public
ACLU of Iowa Director Randall Wilson says the website pulls
together information on open records laws onto one site.
There also are forums where people can ask questions of the
agency's legal staff.
Wilson says the project also aims to work with government
agencies on open government issues.

Iowa-born Navy SEAL "died living his dream"

(Information in the following story is from: The Des Moines

- The family of an Iowa-born Navy SEAL who
was among the Americans who died aboard of downed helicopter in
Afghanistan says he "died living his dream" as a member of the
elite group.
The Des Moines Register reports that the family of Petty Officer
Jon Tumilson, of Rockford, says he "was proud to die this way -
for his country and for the people he loved so much."
Tumilson is survived by his parents, George and Kathleen
Tumilson, of Rockford, and two sisters. The Navy Public Affairs
Office released a statement on behalf of the family.
Thirty Americans and eight Afghans were killed Aug. 6 when a
rocket-propelled grenade downed their Chinook helicopter en route
to a combat mission.
Tumilson's funeral is on Friday in Rockford.

Fire damages Council Bluffs football stadium

(Information in the following story is from: The Daily

- Authorities are investigating a fire
that destroyed an office trailer and storage building at the
Council Bluffs school district's stadium.
The Daily Nonpareil is reporting that the fire was early Sunday
morning. It started in an office trailer and damaged equipment and
supplies in a nearby storage shed, including two mowers, a
front-end loader, a Gator utility vehicle, a number of blowers and
weed eaters and painting equipment.
The school district estimated damage at more than $100,000.
Council Bluffs Fire Marshal Dan Busch said the fire appears
School officials say that despite the fire, the
Lincoln-Jefferson high school football game will go on as scheduled
on Friday.

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


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