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KLEM News PM Update July 13, 2010

(JOHNSTON)--A send-off ceremony for Troop C of the Iowa Army National Guard is planned in Le Mars next month.

About 28-hundred members of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team will report to mobilization at Camp Shelby, Mississippi for more training before a mission in Afghanistan.

The 2nd Brigade has been ordered to active duty under a partial mobilization call up . Guard officials say the mission is to provide full-spectrum operations in combat, support for the Afghan National Army and Police units and assistance to humanitarian relief efforts.

Troop C, First Squadron of the 113th Cavalry, with about 80 soldiers, will have a sendoff Thursday, August 5 at 9 am at Le Mars Community High School. The community is invited to attend.

A Community send-off is also planned in Sioux City for about 170 solders of Headquarters, and Headquarters Troop , 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry, and Company D, 334h Brigade Support Battalion at 10:30 a.m. at Sioux City East High School on August 5th.

The Storm Lake send-off is Friday, July 30 at the Storm Lake High School at 11 a.m. for Company G, 334th Brigade Support Battalion involving about 80 soldiers.

Fair Entertainment features favorites and new acts 

(Le Mars) Dueling Pianos, a Hypnotist, Monster Arm Wrestling and Motocross...Where can you find all these things? The 2010 Plymouth County Fair. The entertainment is as diverse as ever this year, with a lot of new things to watch and participate in. New in the Pioneer Village: a bluegrass band, accapella quartet and dueling pianos.

Also at the village, a hypnotist and the River Billy Band as well as the Browns, will be back.

Added to the grandstand line-up this year is Motocross, which is an off road motorcycle and ATV event. This will be held on Wednesday evening.

New on Friday is Monster Arm Wrestling, an event that's been at the Iowa State Fair for the last 32 years. No, you're not taking on Frankenstein or the Boogie Man. This type of tournament style arm wrestling uses The Monster Machine to help facilitate the bout. Owner of the machine and tournament M.C. Lee Ann Krough says this activity is fun for everybody.

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Weigh-ins for Monster Arm Wrestling start at 5pm Friday in the Open Class Building, wrestling begins at 6.

For complete schedules of Plymouth County Fair entertainment log on to www.plymouthcountyfair.com.

The fair begins July 28th. (News report by Angela Drake, KLEM News)

Five interested in Plymouth County Conservation Board appointment

(LE MARS)--Five Plymouth County residents are interesting in serving as a volunteer board member for conservation.

Supervisors today (Tuesday) opened letters of interest in the vacancy on the Plymouth County Conservation Board. Board member Clark Goodchild of Le Mars resigned.

Those who applied to be appointed are Penny Eickholt; Stuart Dekkenga; Cindy Lloyd; Bob Schlesser; and John Lucken.

Supervisors plan to review the letters and make an appointment next week.

Board members reviewed requests for changes or new Homestead Tax Credit based on applications filed with the Plymouth County Assessor. The process of reviewing the Homestead Tax Credit requests is part of preparations for property tax statements to be issued by the Plymouth County Auditor's office for tax payments. the money is collected by the Plymouth County Treasurer and distributed to taxing groups including schools, cities, townships, the county and the state.

Rembrandt man to serve prison sentence for son's death in head-on collision

STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) An Iowa man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for a head-on collision that killed his 10-year-old son last summer.

Matthew Wrather, of Rembrandt, was sentenced on Monday in Buena Vista County District Court after pleading guilty to vehicular homicide and serious injury by vehicle.

A judge sentenced Wrather to up to 10 years in prison on the vehicular homicide charge and up to five years on the other charge. The sentences will be served one after another (consecutively).

Authorities say Wrather was driving drunk when his car crossed the center line of U.S. Highway 71 and hit an oncoming van on July 26, 2009, near Rembrandt.

Wrather's 10-year-old son, Gavin, was killed.

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

Recession causes slide in Iowa casino revenue

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The recession has taken a hit on Iowa casino, where revenues have dropped for the first time since 1993.

State regulators say revenue fell by 3.5 percent for the fiscal year ending June 30. According to the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, Iowa's 17 state-regulated casinos reported gross gambling revenue of $1.3 billion in the last fiscal year, down from $1.4 billion in the previous year.

Commission Chairman Greg Seyfer says it's a sign the economy is taking a toll and that the state may be close to hitting the saturation point.

In 1993, Iowa law restricted gamblers to no more than $5 per wager and overall losses of $200. Lawmakers lifted the betting limits in 1994.
 
Culver adds Fayette County to disaster list

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Gov. Chet Culver has added Fayette County to a disaster declaration because of recent storms and flash flooding.

The proclamation, issued Monday, allows eligible residents to seek up to $5,000 in reimbursements for damage incurred for individuals and families whose income is less than 200 percent above the poverty level.

The declaration now covers a total of 35 counties.

Families seeking assistance through the state must apply within 45 days a declaration has been made. The earliest declaration was issued on June 1.

More information is available on the state's Department of Human Services' website.

Iowa City sets vote on 21-only bar law

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Iowa City's 21-and-older bar law will go before the voters.

The City Council on Monday voted to put the issue on the Nov. 2 ballot.

The law, approved this spring, prevents those younger than 21 from being in a bar after 10 p.m. The age limit had been 19.

A petition drive led by University of Iowa students and downtown bar owners collected enough signatures to force the council to either repeal the law or send it to voters.

On Monday, the Council voted against repealing the law, then voted to put the measure on the ballot.

This will be the second time in three years that voters will decide how old someone must be to enter a bar at night. In 2007, a proposal to raise the minimum age to 21 was defeated.

Former Iowa accountant gets probation for theft

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa (AP) A former Webster City accountant who pleaded guilty to stealing $260,000 from a client has been given probation and ordered to repay the money.

Douglas Messerly pleaded guilty in May to theft by misappropriation. He was sentenced on Monday in Hamilton County District Court to two to five years probation. He must repay the money he took from a longtime client.

Messerly admitted that between February 2007 and August 2008 he took $260,000 from the client by cashing the investments and depositing the money into his personal account.

The 65-year-old Messerly now lives in Des Moines.

Kitten found in trash to be adopted

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) Officials with the Animal Rescue League say a kitten found alive in a bag of garbage earlier this summer in Ankeny is now ready to be adopted.

The kitten has been named ``Alley.'' Refuse workers at Waste Management found her in bag of kittens that someone had put out with their trash.

Alley's four littermates were dead, but Alley has been nursed back to health and is ready for adoption.

People interested in adopting her should show up at the Animal Rescue League office at 11 a.m. Wednesday to fill out applications. A drawing will be held at 11:15 to see who gets to take the kitten home.

Construction worker killed by dump truck

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Authorities say a construction worker has been struck and killed by a dump truck Monday in a construction area on Interstate 80 in Iowa City.

Iowa City Police, Iowa State Patrol, Johnson County Ambulance and the Iowa DOT responded to the accident late Monday morning, but the victim was already dead when they arrived at the scene.

The victim's name was not being released Monday evening, and the incident remains under investigation.

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

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KLEM News AM Update July 13, 2010

 

(HINTON)--Plans are complete for a new environmental education center to be built near Hinton.

The ECO Center is a project for the Plymouth County Conservation Board. Conservation Board Director Dennis Sohl says the architect tells the board the plans are complete and have been sent to the State Fire Marshall's office. Sohl explains the review is required because it is a public building and Plymouth County does not have a building inspector.

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Unless changes are needed after the state review, Sohl expects bids to be the next step. That is expected to be a two-to-three week process. There have been some favorable changes for bidding.

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The new outdoor environmental education center is to be funded with county local option sales tax, a state Vision Iowa CAT grant and fund raising by the Conservation Board Foundation.

Planning for potential funds is agenda item for Plymouth County Supervisors

(LE MARS)--Paperwork to bring state funds to the Plymouth County Courthouse Annex building project is before the Board of Supervisors today.

Supervisors will review the resolution to accept I-JOBS funds for the Annex Storm Shelter at 9:30 this morning.

The board is slated to appoint a member to the Plymouth County Conservation Board to fill a vacancy. Letters of application were accepted by the board.

The quarterly report will be presented by Recorder Jolynn Goodchild. Truck Chassis and box quotes will be considered by the board during Engineer Tom Rohe's weekly agenda time.

Agenda Tuesday, July 13, 2010

9:30 AMJim Henrich - Plymouth County Board Chairman
1.Call meeting to order
2.Approve this agenda (Action)
3.Approval of prior Board meeting minutes (Action)
4.Approval of claims and payroll (Signatures)
5. Committee Reports (Discussion)
6. Old Business
A. Open and review applications and appoint a member to serve on the Plymouth County
Conservation Board (Action)
7. New Business
A. Review and approve Resolution for township trustee appointment (Action)
B. Board to sign and approve 2009 Homestead credit application (Action)
C. Review and approve a resolution to accept IJOBS funds for Annex Storm Shelter
(Discussion and Action)
D. Approve extension to Maddens Minor Subdivision (Action)
E. Open and review mail/correspondence (Discussion)
F. Open public forum (Informational)


10:10 AMJolynn Goodchild, Plymouth County Recorder - Present Recorder's Office quarterly report for
approval (Action)


10:20 AMTom Rohe, Plymouth County Engineer
(Action Items)
1.Permit-Premier Communications - Sec 28 Preston Twp on C-16
2.Lundell Construction - Sec 19/20 Grant Twp-Impala Ave North; Sec 19/20 Grant Twp-Impala Ave South
3.Truck Chassis Quotes / Box Quote

(Discussion Items)
Questions/Discussion of the Secondary Road Department

(Informational Items)
Update on construction projects

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Funds to prepare request for downtown designation turned down

(LE MARS)--A request for state funds for a project to place a portion of downtown Le Mars on the National Register of Historic Places was turned down.

The Le Mars Historic Preservation Commission asked for the 20-thousand dollar state grant.

The project cost is estimated at $40,000.

Iris Hemmingson of the Le Mars Historic Preservation Commission says the state declined the Le Mars request, but all comments about the project were good.

Applying for a different grant is the next step in the Downtown Le Mars Historic District project.

The Le Mars City Council, in March, supported the Preservation Commission's request. The Council pledged the cash portion of the grant up to 10-thousand dollars over two years. The city's funding source was Hotel/Motel Sales Tax.

Hemmingson says a request for funds for the next state grant fund request will be made to the Council.

Relay for Life tops 2009 fundraiser

(LE MARS)--A fund raiser to fight cancer passed its 24-thousand dollars goal.

Nineteen teams walked the city of Remsen track Friday night and early Saturday morning for the Plymouth County "Relay for Life."

Co-chair Shelly Clay says the total amount raised so far through Relay for Life is over 30-thousand dollars. Of that total, 17-thousand 800 dollars was raised by the "Relay for Life" teams.

Clay says there was a really large crowd Friday night. This was the first time the event was held in Remsen.

Donations will be accepted until August first. Anyone who would like to donate may call Clay at 548-7666 or Co-Chair Stacey Kliever at 540-8135.

'A Million Spokes' premieres in Sioux City

(SIOUX CITY)--A film about the largest and oldest bicycle touring event in the world will be screened in Sioux City.

"A Million Spokes," is a feature-length documentary filmed during RAGBRAI 2009--the Des Moines Register's Great Bike Ride Across iowa.

The 2010 ride begins in Sioux City July 25th. The RAGBRAI Expo and "Smashmouth" are July 24th.

"A Million Spokes" is directed by Varda Hardy.

The first public viewing of "A Million Spokes" is at the Riviera 4 Theater in Sioux City July 23rd at 5 p.m. Tickets are limited for the special screening which includes time to meet the film's director, producers and many characters.

There are additional screenings on July 23 and 24th at the Riviera 4 Theater.

Harkin announces HUD grants of $2.5 million

WASHINGTON (AP) U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin says two housing groups in Iowa will receive a total of more than $2.5 million to help the elderly and people with disabilities live independently.

The Iowa Democrat said Monday the funding comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Manning Community Services, Inc. in Carroll County will receive $964,400 for a program which allows elderly people to live as independently as possible in the community by increasing the supply of rental housing where supportive services are available.

Mosaic in Harrison County will receive $1,606,900 for a similar program for persons with disabilities.

Gingrich says he's considering presidential run

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich says he's considering running for president and expects to make a decision by early next year.

In an interview Monday with The Associated Press, Gingrich predicted a Republican would defeat Democratic President Barack Obama in 2012. He called Obama a ``disaster'' who would go down as the worst president in modern times.

Gingrich says he'll focus on the midterm elections this fall, then decide whether to seek the Republican nomination by next February or March.

Gingrich was in Des Moines for a fundraiser and workshop for local Republican candidates.

Gingrich says he briefly considered seeking the 2008 Republican nomination but would take a more serious look at a presidential campaign this time. 

Culver lists federal investments of $9.8 million

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Gov. Chet Culver has announced American Reinvestment and Recovery Act investments totaling more than $9.8 million in two Iowa communities.

The grants announced Monday are part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's ``Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food'' initiative. They seek to create new economic opportunities, to promote local and regional food systems that benefit rural communities.

The larger guaranteed loan, of $8 million, goes to World Food Processing LLC. Another guaranteed loan of more than $1.8 million goes to North American Co-Pack, LLC.

Homes sales improve in Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) An association of Des Moines-area real estate agents is reporting home sales in June increased by 9 percent over May.

Des Moines Area Association of Realtors president Joanne Mangold says the expectation is for a decent summer for home sales, as long as interest rates stay low.

According to a report released Monday by the association, written contracts were up from 468 in May to 586 in June. The number of new contracts in June remained will below the 924 contracts written in the same month last year.

Contracts closed rose from 932 in May to 1,015 in June. The average sale price rose 9 percent, from $158,828 in May to $172,510 in June.

The Realtors report shows there were 5,795 active listings in June, up from 5,713 in May.


Construction worker killed by dump truck

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Authorities say a construction worker has been struck and killed by a dump truck in a construction area on Interstate 80 in Iowa City.

Iowa City Police, Iowa State Patrol, Johnson County Ambulance and the Iowa DOT responded to the accident late Monday morning, but the victim was dead when they arrived at the scene.

The victim's name was not being released Monday evening, and the incident remains under investigation.


Man accused of lascivious acts with child

AMES, Iowa (AP) An Ames man has been charged with inappropriately touching a 4-year-old girl.

According to the Story County sheriff's department, deputies arrested 18-year-old Michael Trachta and charged him with lascivious acts with a child.

According to county investigators, Trachta admitted touching the child at different times over several months. Trachta is an acquaintance of the young girl's family.

Trachta was being held Monday in the Story County Jail in lieu of $30,000 bond.

It was not immediately known if Trachta has obtained legal representation.

Researchers use 3-D scanner on covered bridges

WINTERSET, Iowa (AP) Researchers are using a 3-D laser scanner on four historic covered bridges in Madison County this week.

The research team will be at Roseman Bridge, Imes Bridge, Hogback Bridge and Cutler-Donahoe Bridge.

They say they plan to use the laser scanner to capture tiny details on each bridge for historical record. The laser will record all visible data and detail of the construction of the bridges that will be used to create detailed computer-generated drawings and models.

The scanner takes a 360-degree picture.

Researchers say the scans will serve as a guide for rebuilding or repair should the bridges be damaged or destroyed. The Cedar Creek Bridge was destroyed by arson in 2002.

Kitten found in trash to be adopted

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) Officials with the Animal Rescue League say a kitten found alive in a bag of garbage earlier this summer in Ankeny is now ready to be adopted.

The kitten has been named ``Alley.'' Refuse workers at Waste Management found her in a bag of kittens that someone had put out with their trash.

Alley's four littermates were dead, but Alley has been nursed back to health and is ready for adoption.

People interested in adopting her should show up at the Animal Rescue League office at 11 a.m. Wednesday to fill out applications. A drawing will be held at 11:15 to see who gets to take the kitten home.

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

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