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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
(Action)
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
(Action)
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)
NONE

(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.

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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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KLEM PM News Update July 26, 2010

(ORANGE CITY)--A preliminary assessment of damage in Sioux County will be made by Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) staff.

That's one response to severe storm damage from high winds in Maurice July 22nd and flooding from the Big Sioux and Floyd Rivers in Sioux County.

Sioux County Emergency Management Coordinator Nate Huizenga  was part of a conference call with disaster officials today.

The county is already part of a state disaster declaration for individual assistance. Whether a Presidential Disaster request would be made is the reason for the assessment.

Huizenga expects to hear later this week when the assessments for preliminary damage will be made.

City of Maurice officials are still gathering their estimates of damage to city facilities.

Three die near Rembrandt

(STORM LAKE)--A fiery two-vehicle collision claimed three lives Sunday in Buena Vista County.

According to Sheriff Gary Launderville, the accident near Rembrandt, at the intersection of Highway Three and county road M-44, was reported about 3:30 Sunday afternoon.

One vehicle was fully engulfed in flames when emergency crews arrived. The fire was put out by the Rembrandt Fire Department. Two people in the vehicle died. One person in the other vehicle also died.

The bodies of the three people were taken to the State Medical Examiner's office in Ankeny. The names of those involved have not been released. Other information is being withheld while the accident is investigated.

Storm damage hampers regional water system

TEA, S.D. (AP) Storm damage has created a setback for construction on the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System.

Two 7-million-gallon reservoirs being built near Tea were heavily damaged in a storm late Friday.

Executive director Troy Larson says the project was supposed to be completed by November. He says cleanup and reconstruction will take at least a couple of months. He says the contractor has insurance.

The $550 million water system will provide treated Missouri River water to about 300,000 people in South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa.

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

Lake Delhi could be restored

DELHI, Iowa (AP) Gov. Chet Culver vows to restore Lake Delhi after it disappeared when its dam failed, sending floodwaters downstream on the Maquoketa River.

The dam failed Saturday, draining the nine-mile-long lake in less than a day. Areas below the dam, including Hopkinton and Monticello, were evacuated.

Residents fear millions of dollars in property values also washed away, because about 900 vacation homes and cottages lost their lakefront status.

The dam is owned by the local homeowners association.

Culver, who toured the area on Sunday, says it's in Iowa's best interest to save the lake, calling it a ``real landmark.''

Culver, who returns to northeast Iowa on Monday, says restoration could include hydroelectric turbines, which could generate power for Delaware County.

Waterloo murder trial delayed

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) A Waterloo man accused in a deadly stabbing during a fight in a city park will stand trial later this year.

Wyatt Johnson is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 18-year-old Kevin Garcia on April 28, 2009.

Johnson's trial, which had been set for Aug. 4 in Black Hawk County District Court, has been postponed until Sept. 21.

Police alleged Johnson stabbed Garcia to death during a gang fight

Two 16-year-olds also were stabbed, and Johnson faces attempted murder charges in connection with their injuries.

Johnson was stopped in Wyoming shortly after the fight and was brought back to Iowa. He pleaded not guilty and waived his right to a speedy trial. He remains in the Black Hawk County jail.


Officials ID 4 victims of crash near Iowa City

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Authorities say two people from Iowa and two others from Wisconsin were killed in a one-car accident near Iowa City.

Iowa State Trooper Mike Hicks says a landowner in the area discovered the victims in a ditch around 8 a.m. Sunday.

Hicks says the driver of the car veered off a curve and rolled in the ditch.

The patrol identifies the victims as Heather Althiser, of Onalaska, Wis.; Joseph Vinopal, of La Crosse, Wis.; and Rebecca Frea and Jason Onsgard, both of Iowa City.

Investigators haven't determined who was driving.

Hicks says three victims weren't wearing seat belts and were thrown from the vehicle. A fourth was wearing a seat belt and died in the car. All four died at the scene.

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

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