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KLEM News Update November 9, 2010

(LE MARS)--On a five-to-one vote, the Le Mars Community Board of Education is moving ahead on a nine-point-four million dollar school construction project.

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KLEM News PM Update November 8, 2010

(Granville)--A retired military chaplain is the guest speaker at the Veterans Recognition Program in Granville Wednesday afternoon.

Spalding Catholic High School and Middle School host the annual Veterans Recognition program to honor area military veterans.

The featured speaker is Monsignor Kenneth Seifried (sigh-fry-d), a former Granville St. Joseph pastor. He is a retired Colonel who served as a chaplain.

The program, open to the public, is at the Spalding Catholic High School gym in Granville. Registration for veterans is from 1:30-1:45 with the program beginning Wednesday afternoon at 1:45 p.m.

Gehlen Catholic hosts Veteran's Day Prayer Service

(LE MARS)--A Veteran's Day Prayer Service at Gehlen Catholic School will feature Patty Considine who is the wife of the late Commander of the 185th Fighter Wing, now the Air Refueling Wing in Sioux City.

Patty Considine is a Kingsley-Pierson graduate who joined the Air Force and met her husband through the 185th.

She established the Family Support Program of the local Air Guard. The program she started was support for her when her husband, Col. Tom Considine, was diagnosed with cancer. He died in August of 2001.

In addition to the presentation by the wife of the late commander of the 185th, the newest additions to the Gehlen Catholic "Wall of Honor." will be inducted. They are friends and family members who have served their country.

The Gehlen Catholic Veteran's Day Prayer Service is Wednesday morning at 8:45 in the gym and is open to the public.

City residents can aid in snow removal

(LE MARS)--Le Mars residents who are finishing fall yard work can help snow removal crews.

The shaft on the city snowblower was damaged by landscaping boulders last winter.

City administrator Scott Langel asks property owners to look at what's between the curb and the sidewalk.

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Langel asks for what he describes as simple courtesy by people parking on streets.

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The city has a new road maintainer. A snowplow for the airport is a piece of equipment on order. Ninety-five percent of the cost is covered by a grant. The city hopes to have the equipment by the middle to the later part of the winter. 

Plymouth County jurors do not need to report Tuesday

(LE MARS)--Plymouth County Jurors DO NOT NEED to report for jury duty Tuesday, November 9th. Jurors are asked to call the Clerk of Court's  office Monday, November 15th after 3:00 pm to find out whether to report on Tuesday, November 16th.

King heading committee governing immigration policy

(Washington)--Congressman Steve King will become the chairman of the U.S. House subcommittee on immigration when Republicans take over control of the House in January. King was a harsh critic of the immigration reform plan backed by former President George W. Bush. President Obama last week said he hopes to work with the Republican-led congress to resolve the issue.
 

"I'm all for bipartisanship when I agree with the policy and I think that's how the president has been, too, so let's see what we can get accomplished here," King says. "I'm for moving on some immigration proposals and first thing we need to do is hold some hearings and build a broad knowledge base and take a look at the big picture and where the resources and assets are being placed and get them arranged in such a way that there can be a balance and they can be effective." King says he'll resist any effort to offer "amnesty" to those who've entered the country illegally. King also plans to use his authority to block the bipartisan "Dream Act" which would grant citizenship to illegal immigrants who've graduated from high school and promise to finish college and then serve two years in the U.S. military. Before the new members of the U.S. House and Senate are sworn in, though, there's going to be a "lame duck" session of congress yet this year to act on a variety of proposals. King says if Democrats agree to extend all the Bush-era tax cuts -- even those for top income-earners -- that may be a sign of things to come in 2011 when Republicans take over the House.

"If it turns into a battle and we end up having a fight instead of accomplishing something for the American people when everybody that understands free enterprise knows we have to extend the Bush tax cuts, if that can be accomplished in a lame duck session it sets a really good tone for the 112th congress coming up," King says. "If it can't, it would be an indicator, I think, that it's going to be a battle all the way." King campaigned with many of the new members of the House and he's meeting with them in Washington this month to chart an action plan for January and beyond.

"The cavalry is over the hill. The last two or three weeks they've been charging down the hill and they've arrived now. And we really need them," King says. "America needs fiscal responsibility and constitutional government." King, who is from Kiron in western Iowa, was reelected last week to a fifth term in Congress.(News report by Radio Iowa) 

Eggs recalled after salmonella found at Ohio farm

WASHINGTON (AP) Evidence of salmonella has been found at an Ohio egg farm that is linked to two Iowa egg farms responsible for a massive recall earlier this year.

Cal-Maine Foods Inc., the nation's biggest egg seller and distributor, said it is recalling 288,000 eggs the company had purchased from supplier Ohio Fresh Eggs after a test showed salmonella at the Ohio farm.

No illnesses have been reported. According to Cal-Maine Foods, the Ohio Fresh eggs were distributed in Arkansas, California, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.

Austin ``Jack'' DeCoster, owner of one of the two Iowa egg farms that was linked to 1,600 salmonella illnesses earlier this year, has been a financial backer of Ohio Fresh Egg. The company did not immediately return a call for comment. 

Lawyers say winning egg-related lawsuits difficult

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) At least 10 lawsuits have been filed in connection to a salmonella outbreak traced to two Iowa egg farms, but attorneys say they know of hundreds more potential cases.

They also say it would be difficult for most people who got sick to win a lawsuit.

Seattle attorney Bill Marler has handled many cases involving food-borne illnesses and filed six lawsuits in Iowa. But he says it's hard to show eggs made someone sick without a positive culture.

Marler says his office has more than 100 other cases that ``are most likely related'' to last summer's outbreak, but he's not certain yet whether lawsuits will be filed.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention linked at least 1,600 illnesses to the eggs.

3 stabbed in Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Des Moines police say three people are hospitalized after being stabbed.

KCCI-TV says officers were called to an apartment at 7:40 a.m. on Monday on a report of a domestic dispute involving a husband and wife.

Police say neighbors heard the commotion and tried to help. Police say the wife and two neighbors were injured.

All three have been hospitalized, but there was no immediate word on their conditions.

Police have arrested the man.

Authorities say a child was in the apartment during the incident, but is safe and with family.

No names have been released.

Cedar Falls may join lawsuit against EPA

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) Cedar Falls may join other Iowa cities in a federal lawsuit against the Environment Protection Agency over rules regarding wastewater treatment.

The Iowa League of Cities filed the lawsuit in July. It claims the EPA has reinterpreted certain federal rules regarding cities with wet weather collection issues. According to the league, the interpretation requires cities to completely treat water flows associated floods.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier says the city council will vote Monday on whether to be part of the lawsuit.

If approved, Cedar Falls would join 13 Iowa cities and a municipal sewer treatment organization in claiming the EPA misinterprets rules, adding millions of dollars in expenses for cities to comply.

Iowa House Democrats outspent Republicans

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Democrats outspent Republicans for the Iowa House, but they lost the vast majority of competitive races in last week's election.

An analysis of fundraising data by The Des Moines Register shows of the 27 most competitive races, Democrats raised almost $1.2 million in the most recent two campaign reporting periods. Republicans raised about $654,000.

University of Northern Iowa political science professor Christopher Larimer says generally, the candidates who raise the most money are more successful. He says in the 2010 election, the harsh political atmosphere toward Democrats overrode that rule.

The outcome of a few races are still pending recounts, but it appears that Democrats lost 16 seats, shifting their majority of 56 seats in the 100-member House to a minority of 40.

Bomb threat closes Ankeny High School

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) Authorities says security is being increased at Ankeny High School after a bomb threat.

The district says it received a written bomb threat against the high school for Monday, which prompted officials to close the school on Monday.

The Des Moines Register says the district released a statement about the threat late Sunday on its website.

District spokesman Jarrett Peterson declined Monday to comment on the threat, including what it said or how it was received.

Police are investigating.

The threat is specific to Ankeny High School, which has about 1,600 students. Other schools will follow regular schedules on Monday.

Ankeny High is to resume classes on Tuesday. The district says students may not bring backpacks into the school until the investigation is over. Purses will be allowed if they are searched.

Judge dismisses case against Clinton principal

CLINTON, Iowa (AP) A judge has dismissed a case against the principal of an eastern Iowa high school that accused her of unethical practices.

The Clinton Herald reports Monday that Administrative Law Judge Margaret LaMarche ruled last week in Des Moines that allegations against Karinne Tharaldson Jones were unfounded. The written ruling came after a two-day hearing in early October. The ruling dismissed the case against the principal by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners.

The judge ruled the board didn't prove Tharaldson Jones was unethical.

The board had alleged Tharaldson Jones forced at least four teachers to resign through a pattern of increased evaluations and verbal disparagement. At the time of the allegations a spokeswoman for the school said administrators supported the principal.

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

   

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