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KLEM News PM Update April 8, 2010

City staff and the city's solid waste committee worked to add the option of leaving paper and cardboard and other recycleables in a container on the parking lot near the downtown Le Mars Fire-Rescue station at the intersection of First Street and First Avenue Southwest. 

Materials from both businesses and residences may be placed in the recycling collection dumpster-like container. Items can be loose or in blue bags and the materials are NOT limited to paper and cardboard. Items may be placed in any of the four doors. The container will be marked to accept ALL recycleable materials in the near future.

Blue bag and blue tote recycling collection continue to be offered on the second and fourth weeks of the month on the same day as garbage tote collection for Le Mars residents.

County residents have had access to a collection container at the courthouse parking lot prior to the additional city container for recycling being added this week.

At the Council meeting this week, discussion indicated a closed circuit camera could be placed near the city recycling container, if the site is used as a dumping area for items that are garbage.

(SIOUX CITY)--Grant funds are being offered through the Siouxland Community Foundation for emergency response and public safety projects.

The funds are from the United Airlines Trust Fund grant program set up through the Foundation to commemorate Siouxland's response to the United Airlines Flight 232 crash in Sioux City.

Grants in amounts that do not exceed 25-hundred dollars are available to nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies. Information is available by calling the Siouxland Community Foundation or through the group's web site.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) The Iowa National Guard is preparing to send more than 3,000 troops to Afghanistan in its largest single troop deployment since World War II.

The Guard says the soldiers will leave between July 29 and Aug. 8 for training at Camp Shelby, Miss. From Camp Shelby, they will be sent to Fort Irwin, Calif. They're expected to begin shipping out for Afghanistan in mid-October.

Guard officials outlined details of the deployment during a Tuesday town hall meeting in Sioux City. Guard members include Troop C in Le Mars.

A community convenant will be signed by representatives of veterans, education, and government groups tonight at 7 at the National Guard Armory in Le Mars.

Col. Tom Staton of Iowa's 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, says about 2,700 Iowa National Guard troops will be joined by about 500 soldiers from the Nebraska National Guard.

In Afghanistan, the soldiers will partner with Afghan forces to provide security.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Gov. Chet Culver says six affordable housing initiatives throughout Iowa will receive a total of more than $2.2 million to preserve and construct affordable housing.

The awards announced Wednesday are made through the Affordable Housing Program

The largest single grant, of $1,15 million, goes to the Affordable Housing Network of Cedar Rapids, for the acquisition and rehabilitation of 25 flood-impacted homes.

Davenport is getting more than $349,000 to assist in the acquisition and rehabilitation of 10 vacant homes.

A grant of $250,000 goes to Iowa City, and the Habitat for Humanity of Marion County is gettting $200,000.

Smaller grants of $150,000 apiece go to Kalona Valley Apartments, Inc., in Kalona and the Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation for homes in Garnavillo, Oelwein and Tripoli.


MARENGO, Iowa (AP) The trial of an eastern Iowa woman accused of killing her boss will stay in Iowa County.

A judge ruled Wednesday that there is no substantial evidence to move the first-degree murder trial of Jessica Dayton, of Belle Plaine. Her trial is set for April 19.

Dayton is accused of killing Curtis Bailey, of Marengo, last July. Bailey owned a Belle Plaine cafe, where Dayton worked.

Dayton's attorney, Doug Eichholz, asked that the trial be moved, citing pretrial publicity.

The judge decided not to move the trial after reviewing juror questionnaires.

Dayton is one of three people charged in the case. Also charged with first-degree murder are Bailey's common-law wife, Denise Frei, of Marengo, and her son, Jacob Hilgendorf, of Belle Plaine. Their trial is set for May 17.

CHARITON, Iowa (AP) A court hearing is set for June to decide whether a 13-year-old Chariton boy accused of killing his stepfather will be tried as a youthful offender.

He's charged in juvenile court with first-degree murder in the Feb. 10 shooting death of Todd Peak. He also faces charges for allegedly trying to kill his mother and a 5-year-old girl.

A hearing on Monday was delayed. Judge Monty Franklin wrote in a court order filed Tuesday that there was insufficient time to review the report.

Another hearing is for June 22-23. If Franklin decides the boy can be tried as a youthful offender, he would be eligible for rehabilitation or punishment when he becomes an adult.

Children younger than 14 can't be tried as adults in Iowa.

The Associated Press doesn't name juveniles charged in a crime.


WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) A Waterloo man is heading to prison for robbing a convenience store with a military-style rifle last August.

A Black Hawk County judge handed down the sentence Tuesday to 21-year-old Teijae Scott.

Scott was convicted of first-degree robbery during a February trial. Under state law, he will have to serve at least 70 percent of the sentence 17.5 years before he can be considered for parole.

Authorities said Scott plotted to hold up the store with 20-year-old T.J. Marquand and 19-year-old Cody Thomas.

In a separate trial, Thomas said Marquand coerced him to help with the robbery. He also was convicted of robbery and sentenced to 25 years. Marquand pleaded to a reduced charge of first-degree theft and testified for the prosecution during trials of Scott and Thomas.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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