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KLEM News PM Update July 27, 2010

(LE MARS)-Funds from two housing programs in Le Mars in the 1990s are getting new life.

A total of about 125-thousand dollars was leftover from what were known as a HOME program and a Community Development Block Grant CDBG. The programs were used to spur housing in an area known as Countryside Estates.

City Administrator Scott Langel says the HOME funds are no longer restricted to a specific geographic area in the community.

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Langel explains the Le Mars Housing Review Board is hearing options for the Community Development Block grant funds.

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The block grant amount that remains is about 50-thousand dollars.

 New tenants renting Plymouth County-owned building

(LE MARS)--New tenants will fill offices left vacant when a state agency reduced fulltime offices in Plymouth County,.

Plymouth County supervisors today (Tuesday) approved contracts with Parent Partners and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

They'll be located in the county-owned Iowa Department of Human Services building near downtown Le Mars. The Iowa Department of Human Services Director reduced the office to part-time and many employees were relocated to other counties, prior to the start of the new state budget year July first.

Jacob Wingert, a Sioux City North and Morningside College graduate, was introduced to supervisors today by Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo. Wingert previously worked in law enforcement in Denison and he'll fill a vacancy due to a retirement in the sheriff's department.

Board members updated the Court Administrator, Leesa McNeil, on plans to find the source of water leaks in the state clerk of court's office that follow rainfall. Testing to pinpoint the problem is planned tomorrow (Wednesday).

Engineer Tom Rohe reported weather is delaying progress on a bridge north of Seney on County Road C-16. The completion is pushed back at least a couple of weeks. Rains have also played havoc with paving progress on County Road K-22 north of Sioux City. The contractor is Cedar Valley Paving of Waterloo.

Info released on fiery crash that killed 3

REMBRANDT, Iowa (AP) Buena Vista County authorities have released more information on a fiery crash that killed three people near Rembrandt.

The sheriff's department said Tuesday a car driven by 55-year-old Pedro Pablo Gordillo Nino, of Storm Lake, collided with a vehicle driven by 66-year-old James Victor Clausen, of Sioux City on Sunday afternoon. The accident happened at the intersection of Highway 3 and County Road M-44.

The Gordillo car burst into flames. Bystanders and a Rembrandt paramedic were able to pull Gordillo from the wreckage, but could not free his passenger, who died in the fire. She's identified as 51-year-old Ma De Lourdes Melo De Gordillo. All three victims died at the scene.

Authorities are still investigating.

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

Suspect arrested in Spirit Lake assault

(SPIRIT LAKE) --A Spirit Lake man is facing attempted murder charges after an early morning assault on a woman.

Spirit Lake police say they were sent to a home this (Tuesday) morning. Dispatchers had gotten a 9-1-1 call during which no one would speak. Officers found a woman at the home who had been violently assaulted with a knife.

She was taken to Lakes Regional Healthcare then life flighted to a Sioux Falls hospital. Dickinson County sheriff's officers, Okoboji and Arnolds Park police and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation helped process evidence. Detectives say 39-year-old James Michael Naujock is charged with first-degree kidnapping, attempted murder, willful injury, going armed with intent and domestic abuse assault.

He also faces counts of interfering with official acts and obstruction of emergency communications. Naujock is being held in the Dickinson County Jail. More charges are possible and investigators are still working the case. (News report by Mark Bruggom, KICD Spencer/Radio Iowa)

Culver adds 4 counties to disaster list

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Gov. Chet Culver has added four more counties to a disaster declaration because of flash flooding.

The proclamation, issued Monday, is for Buchanan, Clayton, Dickinson and Jackson counties.

Culver issued proclamations on Friday and Saturday for Dubuque, Delaware and Jones counties.

Eligible residents can 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. For individuals, it's about $22,000 or less. For a family of four, it's about $44,000 or less.

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

UI looks at new power plant

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) The University of Iowa wants to build a $70 million power plant to help provide electricity and steam for buildings on the west side of campus.

Spokesman Ferman Milster says the plant would be a backup generator for University Hospitals and Clinics and research buildings.

Those buildings are powered by the university's main power plant, which is on the Iowa River. That plant was knocked offline for four months during the floods of 2008. The hospital was forced to cancel nonessential surgeries and procedures.

Milster says a new plant would be powered by natural gas and would be away from the Iowa River. It would continue to provide power during a major flood.

The Iowa Board of Regents has given the initial approval to begin planning.

Jury convicts man in 1995 Iowa gang shooting

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A Polk County jury has convicted a man of voluntary manslaughter in a gang killing in Des Moines in 1995.

Jarmaine Allen was accused of killing reputed gang leader Jody Stokes outside a bar.

Allen was charged with first-degree murder. The jury on Monday convicted him of a lesser charge. Allen faces up to 10 years in prison. A sentencing date was not immediately set.

It was Allen's fifth trial for Stokes' death.

Stokes' killing prompted a wave of violence that included the 1996 death of a Des Moines woman who was caught in the crossfire between rival gang members. Allen was convicted of second-degree murder in that shootout and was sentenced to 50 years in prison.

Iowa police seek suspect in cleaning woman attack

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) Burlington police are seeking a suspect who assaulted a cleaning woman with a pry bar when she interrupted him during a break-in at her employer's business.

Police say the woman, who was not identified, suffered facial injuries when she fought off the man early Sunday.

Police say the woman was attacked when she went to the Crazy Coyote tavern around 5 a.m. Police say she noticed a security light above the back door was out. As she got closer, she saw a man near the back door.

Police say the woman yelled at the man, who hit her with the pry bar, which he was using to break into the bar.

The woman went to a nearby convenience store and called for help. The suspect fled the area.

Low oxygen level caused fish kill in Iowa lake

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) State environmental officials say low oxygen levels related to the weather, not chemicals, probably caused a fish kill in a Burlington lake earlier this month.

The fish kill at West Lake was discovered on July 21. The Department of Natural Resources says a combination of warm lake water and cold rain likely caused oxygen levels to drop.

Spokesman Brian Lee said Monday that chemicals were not an issue. He says fewer than 1,000 fish died, most of them small bluegill.

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

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KLEM News AM Update July 27, 2010

(LE MARS)--Grant paperwork and an I-S-U Extension update are part of the agenda for today's meeting of the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors.

A new sheriff's deputy, Jacob Wingert, will be introduced to the board. Wingert will fill a vacancy due to the upcoming retirement of Sergeant Lynn Steckelberg.

Economic Development Director Andrea Westergard and I-S-U Regional Extension Education Director Sherry McGill provide an Extension update for supervisors.

Paperwork for the I-JOBS II grant request for the Courthouse Annex building storm shelter will be considered.

Other agenda items include leasing of office space at the county-owned Iowa Department of Human services building and the weekly update from Engineer Tom Rohe.

Tuesday, July 27, 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. Approve Schoon Construction proposal for direct bore for Courthouse Annex building
7. New Business
A. Introduce new Plymouth County Sheriff Deputy, Jacob Wingert (Informational)
B. Approve IJOBS application requirements:
1. Approval that Courthouse annex building is funded with Local Option Sales Tax
Funds (Action)
2. Approve a Resolution authorizing the IJOBS application (Action)
C. Approve the Parent Partners and Division of Vocational Rehabilitation contracts for
leasing DHS building office space (Action)
D. Approve fireworks display application for August 7, 2010 for Linda and Jerry Moser
E. Open and review mail/correspondence (Discussion)
F. Open public forum (Informational)

10:10 AMAndrea Westergard, Plymouth County Economic Development Director and Sherry McGill, ISU
Extension Director - ISU Extension Update (Informational)

10:30 AMDick Sievers, Mid Sioux Opportunities Director - Discuss a change in county voting representation
on the Mid Sioux Board (Action)

10:45 AMTom Rohe, Plymouth County Engineer
(Action Items)

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

(Informational Items)
Update on construction projects

(LE MARS)--Volunteers plan to refurbish a popular playground in Le Mars.

The Le Mars Young Professionals (HYPER) and the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce Main Street program will work together to freshen up Cleveland Castle.

The 12-thousand-square foot wooden ice cream themed-play area was built in 1998 and is located at .2nd Street and 6th Avenue Southeast.

A community work night to paint and refresh the exterior of Cleveland Castle is being organized by the two groups. The work begins at 6 p-m on Thursday, August 12th.

Volunteers may contact Micah Lang at 546-2345 or Mary Reynolds at the Chamber office.

(SIOUX CITY)--A Siouxland health care provider is listed in a new publication ranking centers for their treatment of strokes.

Mercy Medical Center received the mention in the August 2010 issue of U-S News and World Report as one of the American Stroke Association's leading centers for stroke treatment.

In the publication of best hospitals, Mercy in Sioux City is included in the group of leading hospitals to earn the American Stroke Association's 2010 Gold Plus Achievement Award.

Hole opens up in dike near E. Iowa town of Olin

OLIN, Iowa (AP) Firefighters say a 40-foot hole has opened up in a dike near the eastern Iowa town of Olin, and farm fields and the backyards of nearby homes are taking on water.

The dike, just north of Olin, broke around 2 p.m. on Monday.

The damage is mostly on the west side of the Jones County community, but yards are also filling up and roads are covered with water on the eastern side of town.

The flooding is coming from a combination of the Wapsipinicon River and Walnut Creek.

Some of the flooded properties were already empty from the flood of 2008, but the dike didn't break during the 2008 flood.

Jones County Emergency Management Coordinator Brenda Leonard says crews are assessing the leak.

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

YATES CITY, Ill. (AP) A Nebraska man walked away nearly uninjured from a crash that all but destroyed the crop dusting plane he was piloting.

The Knox County sheriff's department says the crash happened Sunday afternoon in rural Yates City in western Illinois.

Authorities say Gary Denevan of Tekamah, Neb., told them he'd been spraying insecticide in the area after taking off from Monmouth Airport. He says he was out of insecticide and preparing to fly back when his engine suddenly stopped running.

Denevan told authorities he tried to guide the plane to a forced off-runway landing when the crash happened. Deputies say the plane sustained heavy damage, as did the farm field Denevan landed in.

Denevan was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Deputies say the FAA was notified of the crash and will investigate.


Dubuque man sentenced to 35 years in 2 stabbings

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) A Dubuque man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for stabbing two men during a Labor day melee in Dubuque.

Nineteen-year-old Jerel Wright received the maximum term of 25 years Monday for attempted murder and 10 years for voluntary manslaughter.

Dubuque County District Judge Michael Shubatt ordered that Wright serve his sentences consecutively. Wright will be eligible for parole after 17.5 years.

Wright was found guilty in May of attempted murder in the stabbing of 24-year-old Derrick Tye during a large street fight. He also was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the death of 24-year-old Jermaris West.

In court Monday, Wright expressed no remorse. He said he would have died if West hadn't.

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

6,000 acres of crop land flooded by Iowa dam break

MANCHESTER, Iowa (AP) Thousands of acres of cropland inundated when the Lake Delhi dam burst may be difficult to harvest even if some of the crops survive.

Delaware County District Conservationist Keith Krause says the best estimate as of Monday is that 2,000 acres of crop land and 2,000 acres of pasture were flooded along the Maquoketa River.

Rough preliminary estimates are that about 4,000 acres of crop land may have flooded in Jones County.

While some of the crops may recover, Krause says, much of the pasture will be lost for the season because it will be too covered with silt and mud.

Krause says harvesting surviving crops may be hard because of all the trees, tin, wood from docks and other debris that made its way into the fields.

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

Man drowns in dam accident in north-central Iowa

FERTILE, Iowa (AP) Authorities say a 43-year-old man from Fertile drowned as he tried to help clean up debris from a dam on the Winnebago River in his north-central Iowa community.

Sheriff Jay Langenbau says emergency personnel performed CPR on the man at the scene Monday but could not revive him. His name has not been released.

The sheriff says the man was one of two people working on the dam when he fell in, and he's calling the death a drowning. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.

A witness at the scene said the man was helping clean up logs and sticks from the top of the dam when a three-pronged hook on a line got caught on a log and pulled the man in.

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

Airman from Iowa dies while swimming in Japan

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) An airman from Iowa has died while swimming in Japan.

The Air Force said Monday that 24-year-old Airman Robert A. Hasley, of Des Moines, was reported missing Saturday while swimming with five other service members.

Japanese responders arrived on the scene shortly after Hasley disappeared. They rescued the other five airmen swimming with Hasley, all of whom were stranded by the rising waves and waters in Tanahashi Cove in northern Japan.

The Air Force says Japanese responders found Hasley's body Sunday.

Hasley is survived by his father, Anthony W. Vestal, and his grandmother, Barbara D. Vestal.

A memorial service is planned for Friday at the Misawa Air Base, where he was stationed.

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

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