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KLEM News PM Update October 11, 2010

(LE MARS)--Volunteers helping Le Mars area residents show their support for troops serving their country say they're thrilled with the donations for care packages.

According to one of the volunteers, Pat Warner of Le Mars, the people of Le Mars have been wonderful and especially the school kids. She says the volunteers are so thankful for the response.

Last month, boxes to collect specific items were placed by volunteers at 15 businesses, churches and schools. Collection of the filled boxes began October 8th.

Donations are being still being accepted in an account at Primebank to cover the cost of postage. The amount needed to send the packages for the holiday season is 12-hundred dollars. The postage fund account has already received donations of $700. Warner says volunteers are so grateful to have gotten as much as they have for postage with everyone also buying items to send.

Plymouth County Extension features access ideas at Health Fair 

(LE MARS)--Ideas to make home living easier for anyone with short or long-term needs to improve access will be offered at the "Well Aware" Health Fair next week.

I-S-U Extension of Plymouth County is one of the more than 50 exhibitors for the "Well Aware" Health Fair hosted by Floyd Valley Hospital and Wells' Dairy. The free fair is October 20th from 2-6:30 p-m. Extension education coordinator Carol Schneider says the universal design trailer will be accessible at the entrance to the Le Mars Convention Center on the upper level during the Health Fair.

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As an example, the toilet tissue holder is designed for someone, who for example, might have the use of one arm. Rather than being spring-loaded, the roll holder swings out.

Schneider also points to 30 ideas for daily living displayed in the trailer, including an alternative to traditional potholders--a silicone pot holder.

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In addition to individuals, Schneider says contractors may be interested in what Iowa State University research found to be some of the most practical ways for families or individuals to receive help. The trailer has a ramp entrance.

Driver arrested after vehicle strikes house

(LE MARS)--A Le Mars man was charged after police investigated damage to a house Saturday morning.

According to a Le Mars Police report, 33-year-old Cory Schrick was reported to be traveling south on Sixth Avenue Southeast at a high rate of speed. The mini-van Schrick was driving left the roadway at Sixth Street and Sixth Avenue Southeast and continued southeast. The vehicle struck the front entry and deck areas of a home at 604 Sixth Street Southeast.

Damage to the property of Regan Feller was estimated at two-thousand dollars.

The report lists Schrick's injuries as possible. He was taken to Floyd Valley Hospital by Le Mars Ambulance.

Schrick was charged with operating while under the influence, reckless driving and driving while his license was suspended.

Newton man accused of killing girlfriend

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) A Newton man charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend remains in the Jasper County jail.

Forty-two-year-old Jay Mack is accused of killing 43-year-old Angelina Ancer at the couple's home Saturday night.

Police told The Des Moines Register that Mack allegedly retrieved a gun from the garage and shot Ancer several times.

The sheriff's office on Monday says Mack remains in jail on $850,000 bond. Officials did not know if he had an attorney.

Police looks for clues in shooting in Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Des Moines police are looking for leads in the shooting of a man found in a car.

Police spokesman Sgt. Jeff Edwards says 36-year-old Pius Koskei, of Adel, was shot early Saturday in the Drake Park neighborhood. The Des Moines Register says two witnesses told police they found him the driver's side of a car around 2:30 a.m.

Police say the car was still in drive and running when officers arrived at the scene. A bullet apparently pierced the driver's side of the car's windshield.

Edwards said Sunday that Koskei was shot in the forehead, and remained in critical condition at Mercy Medical Center.

Police say no arrests have been made.

Debate over Iowa City's bar age

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) A debate is scheduled on the pros and cons of Iowa City's 21-and-older bar law.

The law will be on the Nov. 2 ballot. Voters are being asked whether they want to repeal the ordinance, which prevents those younger than 21 from being in a bar after 10 p.m. The age limit had been 19.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen says Monday night's debate is hosted by the Hawkeye Area Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and the League of Women Voters of Johnson County.

The debate, at the Iowa City Public Library, features Jim Mondanaro and Matt Pfalzgraf, opponents of the measure, and proponents Tom Rocklin and Nick Westergaard.

New Waterloo boathouse nearly completed

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) Work on a new city boathouse in Waterloo to replace the one destroyed in the floods of 2008 is almost finished.

Architect Larry Kurtz of AHTS Architects says the building in Cedar River-Exchange Park will be a popular spot. There's not much flash, but large windows and a deck overlook the river with views stretching downstream.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier says the $900,000 project is almost done, but it may take another six weeks before it's ready for guests.

Kurtz says the building is designed to weather a flood.

The poured concrete wall is 28 inches thick at the base. Vents would allow floodwater to flow through the building, while sensors would trigger overhead doors to open when water enters the ground floor.

UI and Iowa City team up on homeownership program

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) The University of Iowa and Iowa City have teamed up for a program to increase homeownership to a wider base of buyers.

The program, UniverCity Neighborhood Partnership, is renovating houses near downtown.

The Gazette says the program buys former rental houses, puts about $50,000 of renovations into each, and then sells them at the purchase price to lower income buyers. For example, with $100,000, you can buy a house that's worth $150,000.

For University of Iowa employees, the university pays $5,000 toward the down payment.

Iowa City receives special financing from local lenders to buy houses in designated areas and pays for renovations with a $1.2 million state grant.

If the buyer stays in the house for five years, the renovation costs are not passed on.

First 'Mother Road Marathon' considered a success

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) More than 1,600 people got their kicks on Route 66 during the weekend.

Organizers of the first-ever Mother Road Marathon say 1,645 contestants ran in one of three races on Sunday.

The full marathon ran from Commerce, Okla., to Joplin. Others took part in a one-mile race in Joplin and a half-marathon between Baxter Springs, Kan., and Joplin.

All three races ran along Route 66, the historic highway that stretches from Chicago to Santa Monica, Calif.

Ryan Kramer of Des Moines, Iowa, won the marathon with a time of 2:51:57. The top female finisher was Katie Kramer, of Oklahoma City, Okla.

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KLEM News AM Update October 11, 2010

(LE MARS)--The design of a second phase of construction and remodeling of Le Mars Community School Facilities and estimated costs will be presented to the Le Mars Community School Board of Education tonight (Monday).

Representatives of the architectural firm of Cannon, Moss Brygger and Associates meet with the board for the information presentation.

Superintendent Dr. Todd Wendt will present the student count for official enrollment for this school year. The count was taken October first for the Iowa Department of Public Education.

The board may approve the purchase of property for 83,000. The area adjacent to the high school is currently owned by Arlene Urban. The amount was incorrectly reported by KLEM News earlier Monday as $1,000.

The board's meeting at the Education Service Center begins at 7:30 tonight (Monday).

You are hereby notified that the Board of Education of the LeMars Community School District will meet on October 11, 2010, 7:30 p.m. in the Education Service Center, 940 Lincoln St. SW, LeMars, Iowa. Agenda is as follows:

1. Call to Order

2. Approval of Minutes (September 27, 2010 – Regular Meeting)

3. Consent Grouping (Claims and Accounts; Budget Report, Superintendent’s Office Fund; Lunch Fund; Elementary, Middle School & High School Activity Accounts)

4. Reports and Information (Unscheduled Audience; Certified Enrollment; Phase II Construction Project; Building Principal Reports; Health Insurance Report; IASB Orientation to Governance; IASB Annual Convention)

5. Action Items (Resignations; Contracts; Classification Changes; Purchase of Property; DLIIT Team Membership; 400 Series Board Policy Review)

6. Other Business

7. Unfinished Business

8. Adjournment


BY: Lisa Boehm, Secretary, Board of Education

Sibley man dies after collision with semi

(SUTHERLAND)--A Sibley man died when his car struck a semi loaded with cattle about  two miles southwest of Sutherland Friday evening.

The Iowa State Patrol identified the driver as 20-year-old Samuel Kruger of Sibley.

The patrol's investigation indicates Kruger was driving north on Highway 59 when the car crossed the center line of Highway 59 and collided with the semi.

The semi driver, 24-year-old Lucas Lodermeier of Ames, attempted to brake and steer left and the rig went  into the ditch and overturned. Lodermeier was treated at the accident scene and released.

After the accident, about half the cattle were in the trailer. Some were located in a field.

Larchwood woman injured in collision with gravel truck

(LARCHWOOD)--A Larchwood woman was injured in a collision between an S-U-V and a dump truck Friday afternoon.

The Lyon County Sheriff's Office reports 48-year-old Nancy Van Veldhuizen was driving west on 140th Street and struck a gravel truck driven by 71-year-old Harvey Anderson of Canton, South Dakota.

Authorities reports Anderson stopped by the stop sign on Beech Avenue and continued north into the intersection where the truck struck the S-U-V. Anderson told authorities he didn't see Van Veldhuizen's vehicle due to a blind spot caused by the passenger side mirror.

She was taken to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.

 Highway 10 mintenance work changes travel patterns

(CHEROKEE)--Travel on Highway 10 will be reduced to one lane from near Sutherland to near Sioux Rapids beginning today.

According to the Iowa Department of Transportation's written information from the Cherokee District office, road maintenance work will restrict traffic to one lane between Highway 59 and Highway 71.

Drivers will be assisted through the work zone with flaggers and a pilot car. Weather permitting, the road maintenance work will be completed by October 22nd.

Braley, Lange clash in Iowa 1st District debate

WAVERLY, Iowa (AP) The candidates in Iowa's 1st Congressional District clashed most strongly over the federal health care plan and government spending during a debate at Wartburg College in Waverly.

Democratic incumbent Rep. Bruce Braley and Republican challenger Ben Lange met Sunday for the hour-long debate.

The Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier reports that Lange accused Braley of ignoring the will of voters by supporting a health care expansion backed by President Barack Obama. Braley responded that Republican have refused to do anything about the nation's health care problems, and he asked Lange for solutions.

On spending, Lange charged that by voting for the economic stimulus, Braley was running up the federal debt. Braley countered that Lange supports tax cuts for billionaires that will worsen the deficit.

Iowa's US House races drawing attention

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Leonard Boswell's fight for a seventh term in central Iowa's 3rd District has gotten the most attention, but races in all five of the state's congressional districts have had their moments leading up to the Nov. 2 election.

Boswell, a Democrat, is being challenged by Republican state Sen. Brad Zaun, a former Urbandale mayor. Republicans have tried to tie Boswell to a Democratic agenda that the GOP argues has hurt the economy. Democrats have raised questions about Zaun's past business and personal problems.

In eastern Iowa's 2nd District, Republican challenger Marianette Miller-Meeks has campaigned hard against Rep. Dave Loebsack. In the 1st District, Independence lawyer Ben Lange has waged a high-profile campaign against Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley, and challenger Matt Campbell has tried to do the same against Republican Rep. Steve King in western Iowa's 5th District.

Retired educator Bill Maske is challenging Republican Rep. Tom Latham in the 4th District.

Ohio, Iowa gov candidates want firms to lure jobs

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Republicans seeking governorships in Ohio and Iowa propose putting corporate executives rather than government in charge of luring business to their states.

Former U.S. Rep. John Kasich of Ohio and former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad are banking on voters having more faith in business to turn around their states' economic woes than in government.

But such arrangements in other states have been plagued with accountability questions.

The idea is to create a private, nonprofit corporation led by business leaders who report to the governor. Employees usually receive cash bonuses based on how many new jobs they bring to their states.

The candidates say they would have rules in place to prevent problems likes those that arose in other states.


GOP activists from Iowa aim at AG race in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) An Iowa-based organization has been sponsoring television ads critical of Democratic Kansas Attorney General Steve Six as he seeks to stay in office.

The 30-second spots on health reform are backed by American Future Fund, a conservative advocacy organization based in Des Moines.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the nonprofit group led by Republicans invested more than $7 million on behalf of GOP candidates in this midterm election cycle.

Six is running against Derek Schmidt, the GOP attorney general candidate.

The commercial says Six is a collaborator with President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats responsible for passing legislation expanding health coverage. The ad praises Schmidt for placing interests of Kansans ahead of ``partisan politics'' on health care.

85 degrees breaks longstanding record

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) Unseasonably warm weather is breaking temperature records.

One eastern Iowa community broke a record that had stood for 131 years when its temperature rose to 85 degrees on Saturday.

A meteorologist at the Quad Cities office of the National Weather Service, Terry Simmons, tells Dubuque's Telegraph Herald that the old record for the day was 84 degrees. That happened in 1879.

Simmons says a cold front to the west and lots of dry air created the conditions for the warm weather.

He adds that the above-normal temperatures could last for a while.

Endangered mussel found in Iowa River

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Surveyors have found an endangered mussel in the Iowa River.

The Gazette in Cedar Rapids reports that the discovery of the pistol grip mussel near the proposed relocation site of a bridge in Iowa City could delay flood mitigation projects. A survey of mussels living near the existing bridge was necessary to obtain permits from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. On Thursday afternoon a mussel was found.

Surveyors with Helms and Associates of Bellevue estimate the female mussel is about 20 years old and more could be living nearby. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports city officials say the survey will cost about $16,000 and it could cost another $30,000 to move the mussels to another location.

There have been state efforts over the last decade to repopulate inland rivers with mussels.

2 Upper Midwest locks and dams to close for work

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will soon close two of its locks and dams on the Upper Mississippi River for winter renovation and maintenance.

Lock and Dam 3, north of Red Wing, Minn., is slated to be closed Nov. 22 through March 28, weather and river conditions permitting.

During the winter, the upper guide wall will be extended, and improvements will be made to the channel and embankment. The work is part of an ongoing $70 million renovation of Lock and Dam 3, being funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Lock and Dam 10, in Guttenberg, Iowa, will be closed Dec. 6 through March 15. The lock will be drained during the winter for major maintenance work that's performed every 20 years on each St. Paul District lock and dam. Lock and Dam 10 was last drained in 1990.

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