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Tuesday Afternoon News, May 28

Le Mars Residents With Sump Pumps Asked To Direct Discharge Away From Sewer

(Le Mars) -- The city of Le Mars is urging residents with sump pumps to discharge water outside and not directly into the sewer.  The Le Mars Waste Water treatment plant is experiencing high water flow.


Fiber Optic Cable Washed Away

(Le Mars) -- Frontier Communications is currently experiencing phone and internet outages in the Craig, Struble, Seney and the Orange City areas.  The recent flooding has washed out a fiber optic cable which provides services to the affected communities.  Repair crews are en route, but no estimated time for restoral has been determined.  Customers are advised to use cell phones to contact emergency personnel if needed in these communities until further notice.


Le Mars School Board To Meet

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Community School Board is scheduled to meet this evening at the Education Service Center.  The school board will hold a hearing on the amended budget.  Middle School Math teachers will present a report to the Board of Education on the textbook selection process completed and will make a recommendation for adoption to be considered by the school board.  The school board will also be considering a beverage agreement between Chesterman Bottling of Sioux City, makers of Coca-Cola, and Pepsi-Cola of Siouxland, makers of Pepsi products.  The board will also negotiate lease agreements with Western Iowa Technical Community College, Buena Vista University and with Northwest Area Education Agency.

Woodbury County Communities To Decide Upon Police Protection From Sheriff's Office

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Policing agreements with five towns face votes by the Woodbury County Board.
The Sioux City Journal says ( that once the contracts are signed, deputies can begin to enforce the town ordinances.
The contracts going to the board on Tuesday cover agreements with the towns of Bronson, Danbury, Hornick, Lawton and Pierson. Each town's mayor has already signed an accord.
The towns will pay $35 an hour for the expanded coverage. Deputies will continue their routine patrols through the small towns to provide a police presence and respond to emergencies.
Sheriff Dave Drew said last month that he didn't expect he'd have to hire more deputies to handle the additional assignments. Drew says he'll monitor the situation, however, to see whether his
expectation holds up.

Police Chief Discusses Strategy To Find Missing 15 Year Old Girl

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa police chief says investigators searching for a 15-year-old girl are focusing on the movements of the man suspected of kidnapping her and a friend in the hours after
they were taken last week.
Dayton Police Chief Nick Dunbar said investigators from several agencies met Tuesday to compare notes on the search for 15-year-old Kathlynn Shepard and to discuss how to proceed. He says searchers are planning to recheck some areas that have already been searched,
and are also going out to new areas in the region.
Dunbar says analysts are trying to "come up with a definitive path" traveled by Michael Klunder, who authorities say committed suicide hours after kidnapping Shepard and a 12-year-old friend.
The 12-year-old escaped at a hog confinement where the girls were taken.



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