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KLEM News PM Update August 4, 2010

(LE MARS)--Housing starts slowed in Le Mars in July. There weren't any permits for new houses.

Code enforcement officer Jason Vacura issued eight permits for just more one-point-one million dollars of estimated construction costs.

The largest construction project is the Plymouth County Courthouse Annex office and storage building. The permit is for 637-thousand dollars for the building at 225 Fourth Avenue Southeast. Groundbreaking is set for Tuesday.

Le Mars Agri-Center received a permit for new grain storage and drying at 224 Second Avenue Northeast. The project cost is about 490-thousand dollars.

There were two permits for home remodeling projects totalling just over seven-thousand dollars.

The city's building permit report for last month also listed one permit for a sign and two accessory buildings.

Since January there have been 62 permits for construction of just over six-million dollars.

Railroad work will close area on Otter Avenue

(LE MARS)--A portion of a Plymouth County road will be closed for a railroad crossing repair west of Oyens tomorrow (Thursday).

According to engineer Tom Rohe, the C-N-N Railroad has replaced a bridge just east of Otter Avenue and needs to resurface and realign the tracks through Otter Avenue.

The work will be on Otter Avenue, from Highway Three to 160th Street, beginning at 7:30 Thursday morning and ending at noon.

Today there's crossing work at James on county road C-70, between Highway 75 and Imperial Road. Due to a change in a project completion, Plymouth County Road C-70 at James, between Highway 75 and Imperial Road,  will not  reopen today and will be closed Thursday.

King hosts Town Hall meeting Tuesday

(SIOUX CITY)--Congressman Steve King will be in Sioux City Tuesday to host a Town Hall meeting.

King announced the meeting to hear from his constituents at the Siouxland . The meeting is Tuesday afternoon from 1:30-2:30 at the Siouxland center for Active Generations .

Sweet corn vendors won't lose their spots near Moville

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) Farmers can keep selling sweet corn and other produce at a busy interchange near Sioux City after the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors rejected a proposal to abolish parking along a highway.

County Engineer Mark Nahra had proposed prohibiting parking near an intersection with U.S. Highway 20 on the edge of Moville. That would have stopped farmers from selling produce there as they've done for more than a decade.

Nahra argued the vendors obstructed motorists' visibility.

But supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday against the plan, noting no one had been injured at the intersection.

Two produce sellers had presented a petition signed by 558 people who didn't want the makeshift market closed.

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

Person of interest sought by federal and local authorities

(SOUTH SIOUX CITY)--South Sioux City Police say they want to find a man who is a person of interest in their investigation of a bank robbery.

The Dakota County Bank in South Sioux City was robbed Monday afternoon.

Information was released today (Wednesday) by South Sioux City Police listing 57-year-old Edward Harold Corey as a person of interest. Authorities say he was operating a white van which was also listed as the type of vehicle the suspect in the South Sioux City bank drove away in. The van was recovered in Sioux City Tuesday.

Anyone with information about Corey, a six-foot-one-inch tall man who weighs 180 pounds and has a mole on his left cheek, is asked to contact their local law enforcement, the South Sioux City Police Department or the U-S Marshall's office.

The Marshall's office is trying to locate Corey to arrest him for a charge of escape.

Reward offered for Dickinson County shooting

(SPIRIT LAKE)-The Dickinson County Sheriff's office is looking for information about a shooting near Milford.

Authorities received a report Monday that a horse and cat had been shot in the 24-hundred block of 202nd Street.

Authorities report the horse was treated by a veterinarian, but the cat was found dead. The shooting may have occurred between 11:15 and 11:45 Monday morning.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Dickinson County Sheriff's department or the county's Crimestoppers program which is offering a $200 reward for information that leads to an arrest. A reward of one-thousand dollars has been posted by the Tom Ritzer family for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons involved.

 Judgment is next step in prosecution of teen for church fire

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) The trial has concluded for a teenage boy accused of setting a Yankton church on fire last year.

The judge is expected to issue a judgment after a two-week period for lawyers to file briefs.

The boy was 14 at the time of the fire at St. John's Lutheran Church and has not been identified. If he is found to be a delinquent child, he could be imprisoned until he is 21, be fined or lose his driver's license.

The closed trial started last week but was delayed after a subpoenaed witness failed to show. The person appeared in court Tuesday.

St. John's Lutheran Church sustained $2 million in damage in the April 2009 blaze. Rebuilding took a year.

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

Dam could be power producer when re-built

LAKE DELHI, Iowa (AP) The president of a group that owns the failed Lake Delhi dam says the structure will be rebuilt and might again produce hydroelectric power.

Lake Delhi Recreation Association President Jim Willey says an engineering company is working on plans to rebuild the dam, originally constructed in 1927. The eastern Iowa dam failed July 24 after floodwaters broke through earthen sections, draining a nine-mile lake.

The dam generated power until the 1970s, and Willey says a rebuilt dam could do so again. That could help finance reconstruction.

Aides plan to offer Gov. Chet Culver options for state aid by Friday.


Truck carrying chemical overturns in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) A tanker-truck carrying sodium hydroxide has overturned on an interstate on-ramp in Cedar Rapids, releasing a small amount of the chemical and forcing closure of an overpass.

Cedar Rapids Fire Department spokesman Greg Buelow says the tanker overturned on the Interstate 380 northbound on-ramp about 6 a.m. Wednesday, prompting firefighters to establish a 150 feet ``safe zone'' around the truck. The Wright Brothers Boulevard overpass between the freeway exits was included in the closure area.

Sodium hydroxide is an irritant to the eyes, skin and mucous membranes.

The driver of the truck, 39-year-old Joe Short of Colona, Ill., was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He was driving the chemical from Muscatine to Red Star Yeast in Cedar Rapids.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Crews apparently have succeeded in ridding a Des Moines municipal building of bedbugs by turning up the heat to 140 degrees.

A company hired by the city used special equipment to pump hot air into the Armory Building in downtown Des Moines. The move, which cost about $4,750, was used after previous extermination efforts failed.

City officials think someone intentionally infested the building with bedbugs, which live in the crevices and folds of mattresses, sofas and sheets. They emerge to feed on human blood.

Police say they continue to investigate the matter.

The Armory Building houses Des Moines' Community Development department, which issues building permits, handles property inspections and oversees various development and strategic planning efforts.

Scott County pork producer seeks expansion

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) A Scott County pork producer wants to nearly double its operation, but some residents are arguing that the planned expansion is too large.

Grandview Farms in Eldridge wants to increase its number of hogs from 3,000 to more than 5,000. Operator Tom Dittmer told Scott County commissioners on Tuesday that the increased manure could be handled properly and not harm the environment.

But some residents oppose the plans.

Molly Regan argues the expansion would produce too much manure to spread over farmland, threatening the air, soil and water.

A public hearing will be held on the matter Thursday night in Davenport.

Cedar Rapids succeeding in parking ticket effort

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) An effort to collect unpaid parking tickets in Cedar Rapids is paying off with a contractor reporting about $230,000 in receipts.

When Republic Parking won a contract to oversee the city's downtown parking, one of its goals was to collect the unpaid tickets, which stood at about $600,000.

General Manager Jon Rouse says a new effort has helped in collection efforts. If a car has five or more unpaid tickets, workers can tow it after the next ticket.

Rouse estimates there still are about 20,000 unpaid parking tickets.

To make parking easier, Rouse says credit card machines will be installed in parking ramps in the next few months. They could be installed along streets by next spring.

Wet weather leaves Waukee road a muddy mess

WAUKEE, Iowa (AP) Soggy weather is complicating efforts to build a road to a new Waukee elementary school.

Superintendent Duane Van Gorp says the new Shuler Elementary School will be ready on time but that repeated rain has stopped workers from completing a road widening project, leaving a muddy mess.

Van Gorp says whenever crews would prepare to pave the road leading to the school, heavy rain would fall and stop their plans for days.

He says school will begin on time, but school officials will have to figure out how to get people to the building until the road can be finished.

Flood ravaged bridge being replaced

CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) Crews in Charles City will soon begin piecing together prefabricated parts of a pedestrian bridge, replacing a 102-year-old suspension bridge that was destroyed by flooding in 2008.

City Administrator Tom Brownlow says all six prefabricated pieces of the bridge have arrived and that workers should have them connected across the Cedar River within a couple weeks.

Federal money is largely paying for the $3 million project.

Brownlow says after the bridge is built, crews still need to finish approaches and other site work.

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

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KLEM News AM Update August 4, 2010

(LE MARS)--A ceremonial start to a construction project on the Plymouth County Courthouse block is set for next week.

The Board of Supervisors will break ground for the Courthouse Annex building in the southeast corner of the Courthouse block next Tuesday.

The low bid general contractor with a $637,000 bid is H-C-I Construction of South Sioux City. The project was designed by architect Dale McKinney of M+ Architects of Sioux City.

In addition to providing office space for county staffed services and staff of the Iowa Juvenile Court System, the building features a lower level storm shelter as well as equipment storage on the north end.

New grain facilities planned

(LE MARS)--A Le Mars business will add to its grain handling facilities.

Le Mars Agri-Center plans to build a grain bin, leg and dryer at its Le Mars site at 224 Second Avenue Northeast. Plans are to complete the project for harvest.

The project is a nearly one-half million dollar investment by the agri-business.

Council actions include Ice Cream Public Art

(LE MARS)--A project to place Ice Cream Cone Art at up to 20 locations in Le Mars is moving forward. The Le Mars City Council Tuesday approved the concept of the Le Mars Public Art Project and authorized city staff to select specific locations for the six-foot tall fiberglass cones. The project does not involve city funds for the artwork.

The Council approved the second consideration of changes in the organization of the Le Mars Fire-Rescue Department. The reorganization adds officers.


A development agreement with I-CON Ag Solutions for the new location in Key Avenue was approved. Mayor Dick Kirchoff updated the Council on the project marked by a John Deere tractor

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McClure Engineering was hired by the Council to complete an evaluation and rate study of the water system. The cost for the work to be completed yet this year is 44-thousand 600 dollars.

Sioux City semi driver dies near in Calhoun County accident

(POMEROY)--A Sioux City man died when the semi he was driving rolled into a ditch six miles southwest of Pomeroy Tuesday afternoon.

According to the Iowa State Patrol, 44-year-old Russell John Edwards of Sioux City was driving south on a Calhoun County road.

The Patrol reports Edwards approached the intersection with another county road too fast and failed to stop at a stop sign.

The accident report indicates Edwards attempted to make a right turn onto the county road,  lost control of the semi and it rolled onto its top into the south ditch.

Sheriff's office arrests neighbor for dog shooting

(LE MARS)--The Plymouth County Sheriff's office Tuesday arrested a man who is accused of shooting his neighbors' dogs.

The sheriff's office investigated a report from Marc and Linda Sommerfeld of rural Le Mars on July 27th that their two dogs had gotten out of their fenced in yard on July 20th at about 8:30 at night.

While looking for their dogs the sheriff's office reports the Sommerfelds  learned their four-year-old Irish setter had been shot. The dog died a day later.

The sheriff's office arrested 55-year-old Patrick Dale Sheehan of rural Le Mars on a charge of animal abuse. Sheehan is free on bond.

Sex offender convicted

(SIOUX CITY)--A federal jury has convicted a man who failed to register as a sex offender when he moved to Sioux City.


Fifty-one-year-old William Junior Rock had been living in South Dakota, but when he moved into the Gospel Mission in Sioux City in July of 2009, he failed to notify Iowa authorities of his address, a requirement for all paroled sex offenders.

He also failed to tell South Dakota authorities that he'd moved. Rock had been convicted in South Dakota of sexual contact without consent. He'd also been found guilty in Minnesota of fifth degree non-consensual sexual contact. Rock went on trial last Thursday and he was convicted by a jury the same day. A judge will sentence Rock later. He faces up to 10 years in a federal prison. (News report by Radio Iowa)

Appanoose, Johnson counties get disaster tag

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Gov. Chet Culver has issued a disaster proclamation for Appanoose and Johnson counties in order to activate the State Individual Assistance Program in response to recent severe weather.

Appanoose County already was under a disaster proclamation authorizing state resources to help pay for cleanup assistance.

The proclamation issued Tuesday also authorizes implementation of the State Individual Assistance Grant Program, which provides up to $5,000 in reimbursements for damages incurred to individuals and families with incomes of less than 200 percent above poverty level. That means individuals making $21,660 or less or families of four making $44,100 or less.

Culver previously issued state disaster proclamations for 44 counties for state Individual Assistance from storms in June and July.

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

3 injured in Dubuque-area home explosion

PEOSTA, Iowa (AP) Three men are in serious condition after a house where they were working in rural Peosta exploded in flames.

A woman and her three children who live at the home escaped without injury from the explosion just before noon Tuesday. The woman's mother-in-law says the woman saw a giant ball of fire emerge from the steps leading downstairs, followed by the three workers running up from the basement.

The owner of the business that employed the workers says they were being flown to Iowa City for treatment. They were putting a new floor in the basement to repair water damage from recent storms.

Sgt. Dale Snyder of the Dubuque County Sheriff's Department says authorities are investigating what caused the explosion.


Appanoose, Johnson counties get disaster tag

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Gov. Chet Culver has issued a disaster proclamation for Appanoose and Johnson counties in order to activate the State Individual Assistance Program in response to recent severe weather.

Appanoose County already was under a disaster proclamation authorizing state resources to help pay for cleanup assistance.

The proclamation issued Tuesday also authorizes implementation of the State Individual Assistance Grant Program, which provides up to $5,000 in reimbursements for damages incurred to individuals and families with incomes of less than 200 percent above poverty level. That means individuals making $21,660 or less or families of four making $44,100 or less.

Culver previously issued state disaster proclamations for 44 counties for state Individual Assistance from storms in June and July.

Burlington officer charged for halfway house sex

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) A former Department of Correctional Services residential officer is charged with four counts of sexual misconduct for allegedly having sex with a Burlington halfway house resident.

Des Moines County prosecutors say 31-year-old Megan Elizabeth Cecil of Donnellson had sex four times in March with a 23-year-old male resident of the Burlington Men's Residential Facility, where she worked.

Cecil had been a full-time residential officer at the facility since May 2008 but resigned last April. The Department of Corrections began investigating her soon after.

Cecil is free on bail. She does not have a listed phone number and could not be reached for comment.

Cedar Rapids bicyclist dies after struck last week

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Police in Cedar Rapids say a bicyclist struck by a pickup truck last week has died.

The victim is identified as 51-year-old Susan Desotel of Cedar Rapids. Police say she was riding her bicycle about 6 p.m. last Thursday on a city street when she was struck by a pickup driven by 55-year-old Robert Fleming of Alburnett. He was making a left turn when he collided with the bicycle.

Desotel was being treated at University of Iowa Hospitals but died Tuesday. The collision is now being investigated as a fatality motor vehicle accident.

Culver seeks plan for failed E. Iowa dam

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) State officials say it will be a while before they decide whether to rebuild an eastern Iowa dam that failed after floodwater ate through the structure.

But they hope to at least agree to a plan by the end of the week about how to find out what disaster aid is available and whether rebuilding the Lake Delhi dam is feasible.

The dam failed July 24 after the flood-swollen Maquoketa (muh-KO'-kuh-tuh) River opened a hole in the earthen approaches to a concrete section, quickly draining the nine-mile-long lake. That left hundreds of formerly lakeside homes bordering a muddy stretch, far from the river.

Polly Carver-Kimm, a spokeswoman for Gov. Chet Culver, says agency heads would have a plan for moving forward to the governor this week.

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

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