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KLEM News PM Update June 9, 2010

(LE MARS)--A business expansion tops building activity in Le Mars in the latest report on construction.

Code Enforcement Officer Jason Vacura issued 11 permits for two-point-one-million dollars in May.

According to Vacura's report, Good Samaritan Society-Le Mars received a permit for a commercial addition estimated at one-point-nine-million dollars. Good Samaritan announced plans for the more home-like living expansion and remodeling project last month.

The city issued one permit for a house and three deck permits along with two accessory buildings.

Since January there have been 39 permits for four-point-one-million dollars in construction. The total includes six new houses with an estimated cost of one-point-seven million dollars and three commercial additions with construction estimated at two-point-two-million dollars.

(PRIMGHAR)--A burglary at the Primghar City Swimming Pool is being investigated by the O'Brien County Sheriff's office.

Authorities report a cash box and undisclosed amount of cash were taken from the bath house at the Primghar City Pool.

The burglary occurred during the evening hours Sunday and or into the early morning hours Monday.

The O'Brien County Sheriff's office is also investigating a burglary at a hog confinement four-and-a-half miles south of Paullina.

Authorities report the office area of the confinement was entered sometime during the evening hours Sunday and or into the early morning hours Monday.

Several items were removed including a large diesel-powered pressure washer, a DeWalt cordless drill and circular saw, a Motorola two-day radio and an electric fence test kit.

(DES MOINES)--Sioux City is one stop on a three-day tour announced today by the Iowa G-O-P.

The statewide "Road to Victory" tour features former Governor Terry Branstad and many of the party's newly-elected nominees.

The victory tour stop is in Sioux City Monday afternoon at 3:30 in downtown Sioux City at 514 Nebraska Street.

Along with Branstad and party chair Matt Strawn, the G-O-P tour will include Attorney General nominee Brenna Findley; Secretary of Agriculture BiIl Northey; Secretary of State nominee Matt Schultz; and State Treasurer nominee Dave Jamison.

Congressional candidates Brad Zaun, Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks and Ben Lange will join stops in their districts.

All events are free and open to the public.

STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) A Storm Lake man faces several charges for allegedly attacking his family.

Police say Carldale Hunter forced his way into a relative's home Monday afternoon. He allegedly assaulted several people, including his girlfriend who was holding their infant son.

Police say family members tried to intervene, and one stabbed Hunter in the back with a kitchen knife.

Hunter fled the scene. He was taken into custody about four hours later.

Police say two women and an infant boy were taken to a hospital, where they were treated and released.

Hunter faces ten charges, including burglary, assault and child endangerment.

He was in the Buena Vista County jail on Wednesday on $50,000 bond.

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

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A pair of Iowa governors are hitting the campaign trail Wednesday.

Former Republican Gov. Terry Branstad won his party's primary Tuesday. That means facing current Democratic Gov. Chet Culver in the Nov. 2 general election.

Culver tells The Associated Press he ``can't wait'' to get his campaign started. He's headed to a Des Moines elementary school Wednesday to tout his preschool programs.

Branstad wants to return to the office he held from 1983 to 1999 and says Iowa's ready for a comeback. He's scheduled to speak to a business group in Ames on Wednesday.

Branstad's primary win could indicate the direction of the Republican party in Iowa. He campaigned largely as a pragmatist, focusing on economic matters rather than emotional social issues like abortion and gay marriage.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Nearly $5 million in state grant money is headed to the city of Johnston to help the municipality build about 8,000 feet of roadway.

Gov. Chet Culver announced the funding on Tuesday. The money comes from the Iowa Transportation Commission, which approved the city's Revitalize Iowa's Sound Economy grant application. The road to be constructed is in the center of Johnston and will provide access to a new and expanded facility for a company that works with plant genetics.

Culver says the roadway will support nearly 500 new jobs at the facility and help ``to continue Iowa's economic recovery.''


ANKENY, Iowa (AP) Authorities say a worker with the Iowa Department of Transportation was injured after being hit by a car on a ramp off Interstate 35 in Ankeny.

The accident happened about 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

Police say a driver hit the worker as the worker was crossing the road while working on the street lights.

The worker was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The worker's name was not immediately released.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) A July Fourth fireworks show can return to May's Island in downtown Cedar Rapids.

An engineering firm says it's safe for the Freedom Festival to shoot off fireworks from a parking ramp on the island in the middle of the Cedar River.

The river submerged the island and 10 square miles of the city during the flood of 2008.

The parking ramp provides parking for City Hall in the Veterans Memorial Building, which is being restored.

The city asked engineering firm Shoemaker and Haaland to conduct a structural assessment of the parking ramp to make sure it could handle the fireworks. The company says it's confident the roof can support the event.

A final assessment of the ramp will completed soon.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Repairs are expected to start soon on a levee protecting a Des Moines neighborhood inundated by the Des Moines River in the past 17 years.

The levee in the Birdland neighborhood is a source of concern because of failures in 1993 and 2008.

Trailers arrived this week, and construction equipment is expected to be on site by June 15.

A Minnesota company, Ceres Environmental Services of Minneapolis, has been awarded a $7.2 million contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the project, which is to be completed by September 2011.

Work will be done in segments, beginning upstream. Officials say clay and other materials will be ready to create barriers and protections if the river comes up quickly during the construction.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Hundreds of children across Iowa sent in possible names for the Blank Park Zoo's new baby camel and the zoo says it has a winner: Ozzie.

Eight-year-old David Downs from Radcliffe sent in the winning name, which the Des Moines zoo released Tuesday. Ozzie is a male dromedary camel. He was born April 11, weighing about 90 pounds and was 4 feet tall. Dromedary camels have one hump on their backs and the world's only population of the species with wild behaviors is in Australia.

Ozzie's parents, Conan and Molly, were both born in Australia.

The zoo says there were other popular names submitted for the baby camel, including Humphrey, Humpty, Humpy and Lumpy.

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

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KLEM News Am Update June 9, 2010

(Le Mars)--Plymouth County voters did not decide any county races in the Primary election Tuesday.

All the candidates for re-election to county office, Supervisor Craig Anderson of rural Merrill, Supervisor Don Kass of rural Remsen as well as Treasurer Linda Dobson, Recorder Jolynn Goodchild and Attorney Darin Raymond, all of Le Mars were unopposed.

Supervisor Gordon Greene of Le Mars did not run for re-election to his District 1 seat which is the supervisor district without rural residents. Le Mars businessman Jack Guenthner is the Republican candidate for the District 1 supervisor seat.

According to unofficial results from the Plymouth County Auditor's office, Guenthner received 1,735 votes of the 1,738 votes cast for the office. The Democratic party did not have a candidate for the open seat.

State Representative Chuck Soderberg of Le Mars, a Republican who was unopposed in his District 3 re-election bid,  had 1,425 votes.  District 53 Republican incumbent Dan Huseman represents only the eastern parts of the county and had 515 votes.

Those who cast Republican votes chose Terry Branstad for Governor with 1,105 votes. A rural Sioux City reisdent,  Bob Vander Plaats finished in second place in his third bid for governor. His Plymouth County vote total was 1,042. Rod Roberts, a Representative from Carroll had 167 votes.

Plymouth County Democratic voters chose Roxanne Conlin to face off with longtime Republican Senator Chuck Grassley in the November general election.

Republican Steve King's Democratic opponent who had the strongest support in Plymouth County was Matthew Campbell with 117 of the 160 votes for the office on the Democratic ballot..

Democrat Mike Mauro will go against one of three Republicans in November. Plymouth County voters chose Matt Schultz.

Treasurer Mike Fitzgerald, a Democrat, would be on a ballot with David Jamison if Plymouth County voters decided the race.

Voter turnout was light with 188 Democrats of the 3,582 registered Democrats casting ballots. Of the 7,216 registered Republicans, there were 2,340 Republican votes. A total of 2,580 of the 16,879 voters went to the polls or cast absentee ballots for the Primary.

Results are unofficial until they're reviewed by the board of supervisors on Tuesday morning.

The first results were phoned in to the auditor's office at 9:08 p.m. by the Craig precinct with the final all from the Remsen precinct about 9:45 p.m.

Unofficial totals were tallied by 11 p.m.

 FOR COMPLETE ELECTION RESULTS www.co.plymouth.ia.us

For Sioux County results   www.siouxcounty.org

Cherokee County Auditor's office results  www.cherokeecountyiowa.com

To follow the races in Woodbury County www.woodburyiowa.com

For a county breakdown please visit www.IowaAuditors.org and the appropriate county.

www.iowaelectionresults.gov

(LE MARS)--Nearly 14-thousand pounds of electronic waste is being recycled through a city of Le Mars Spring Cleanup Days collection of electronics.

Assistant city administrator Bill Cole reports 13-thousand 925 pounds of E-waste was brought to Recycletronics of Sioux City. The firm staffed collection trucks in the parking area behind City Hall in Le Mars for three days last week.

About half of the electronic waste weight was from computer monitors (CRT's). That total was 65-hundred pounds. Recycletronics also collected more than 35-hundred pounds of Central Processing Units (CPU's) The third largest amount, 26-hundred pounds, was miscellaneous which included microwaves, stereos and similar items.

Those who cleaned out computer equipment also got rid of more than 12-hundred pounds of computer printers for recycling.

(LE MARS)--The Plymouth County Sheriff's office provides service 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.

With a move to a new web site, Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo today made information about who is in jail, where sex offenders live and investigations are just a click away.

The sheriff's office web site is www.plymouthcountysheriff.com

According to the sheriff, one of the main goals of the new website is to provide information to the public about sex offenders living in the county. The interactive map feature on the website allows the public to view where sex offenders live, see their photos and profile information about the crimes.

He says the sex offender website map feature allows the sheriff's office to better protect county residents by keeping them informed.

In addition to the sex offender map, the website includes press releases; the current jail roster, active warrants, sheriff's sales, news updates, the most wanted listing, Crime Stoppers, weapons permit application, email alert notifications, and information on each division in the sheriff's office.

Efficiency is another expected benefit of the website because the sheriff says it will reduce the need for some of the phone calls handled by the office.

(LE MARS)--Does it pay to seal asphalt joints on rural Plymouth County roads?

That's a question Plymouth County engineer Tom Rohe wants to answer with a project on three miles of road just south of Le Mars. Rohe hasn't seen success with the joint sealing on asphalt roads.

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The Board of Supervisors Tuesday didn't object to trying the process on county road C-38 which was paved in 2005. The cost for the three-mile surface sealing by Bargen Asphalt of Mountain Lake, Minnesota is $4,200.

(AMES)--State transportation funds are targeted to an expanding northwest Iowa business and future industry.

The Iowa Transportation Commission today awarded about 531-thousand dollars for the city of Rock Valley.

The funds will assist the city in building about 11-hundred feet of Rock Ridge Road north of Highway 18 and turn-lane modifications on Highway 18 on the east side of Rock Valley.

The road improvements will provide access for the proposed expansion of the Kooima Company's metal fabrication facility and acces to nearly 14 acres for future industrial development.

Kooima Company is headquartered in Rock Valley and specializes in metal fabrication.

The project is expected to support the creation of seven new jobs and retention of 80 jobs at the Rock Valley facility and nearly six-million dollars in associated capital investment.

For Sioux County results   www.siouxcounty.org

Cherokee County Auditor's office results  www.cherokeecountyiowa.com

To follow the races in Woodbury County www.woodburyiowa.com

For a county breakdown please visit www.IowaAuditors.org and the appropriate county.

www.iowaelectionresults.gov

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A pair of Iowa governors are hitting the campaign trail Wednesday.

Former Republican Gov. Terry Branstad won his party's primary Tuesday. That means facing current Democratic Gov. Chet Culver in the Nov. 2 general election.

Culver tells The Associated Press he ``can't wait'' to get his campaign started. He's headed to a Des Moines elementary school Wednesday to tout his preschool programs.

Branstad wants to return to the office he held from 1983 to 1999 and says Iowa's ready for a comeback. He's scheduled to speak to a business group in Ames on Wednesday.

Branstad's primary win could indicate the direction of the Republican party in Iowa. He campaigned largely as a pragmatist, focusing on economic matters rather than emotional social issues like abortion and gay marriage.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Des Moines lawyer Roxanne Conlin has won the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, setting up a race with five-term Republican Sen. Charles Grassley.

Conlin won with an overwhelming percentage of the vote Tuesday, easily outdistancing Tom Fiegen and Bob Krause.

Conlin has long been considered the front-runner because of her name familiarity and fundraising ability.

Fiegen, of Clarence, works as a bankruptcy lawyer. Krause, of Fairfield, retired after working as a manager for the federal and state transportation departments. Both are former legislators.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Republicans in eastern Iowa's 1st Congressional District have nominated Benjamin Lange to run against Democratic incumbent Rep. Bruce Braley.

Lange, a lawyer from Independence, beat Will Johnson, a clerical worker from Dubuque who describes himself as the tea party candidate.

Braley, of Waterloo, is running for his third term.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Republicans in Iowa's 2nd Congressional District have nominated Mariannette Miller-Meeks to face Democratic incumbent Dave Loebsack.

Miller-Meeks won a four-way race, finishing far ahead of businessmen Steve Rathje, Rob Gettemy and Christopher Reed.

It was the second time ophthalmologist Miller-Meeks had sought the 2nd District seat. She lost to Loebsack in 2008.

Reed and Rathje both sought the nomination for U.S. Senate that year. Reed won that race but lost to Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin.

This was Gettemy's first run for office.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Republicans in Iowa's 3rd Congressional District have nominated Brad Zaun to face seven-term Democratic incumbent Rep. Leonard Boswell.

Zaun won the crowded race over six other candidates. The former mayor of Urbandale easily topped former All-American wrestler and Iowa State University coach Jim Gibbons and security consultant Dave Funk. Zaun, Gibbons and Funk were the best-known candidates in the race.

The four others were far back.

Iowa's 3rd District covers 12 counties in central, southern and eastern Iowa. It includes Des Moines.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Matthew Campbell has won the Democratic primary in Iowa's 5th Congressional District to run against four-term Republican Rep. Steve King.

Campbell, a tax lawyer from Manning, had a large lead Tuesday night over Mike Denklau of Council Bluffs, who returned to Iowa after working on Wall Street as a banker.

King had no primary opposition.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) David Jamison has won a two-way primary for the Republican nomination for state treasurer and will try to unseat veteran Democrat Michael Fitzgerald in the November general election.

Fitzgerald has held the office since 1982.

Jamison, of Ames, beat James Heavens of Dyersville on Tuesday. Both are businessmen.

The treasurer is in charge of investing for the state and is also a member of the Executive Council, a five-member panel of statewide elected officials that conducts administrative business.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Matt Schultz has won the Republican primary for Iowa's Secretary of State and will run against incumbent Democrat Michael Mauro in the November general election.

Schultz of Council Bluffs beat George Eichhorn of Stratford and Chris Sanger of Stuart.

The secretary of state race has drawn considerable interest, in part because people who hold that office have a strong history of running for governor. Democrat Chet Culver had the job for eight years before becoming governor.

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

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