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KLEM News AM Update August 23, 2010

(LE MARS)--Le Mars Community School Board of Education members review the way district property is leased, sold or disposed of tonight (Monday).

Two board members, Dan Smith and Scott Kommes, and Superintendent Dr. Todd Wendt are serving on a committee for the Kissinger Elementary Building.

The Board closed the Merrill school building at the end of the last school year to cut costs. Smith was approached about City of Merrill interest in the closed Kissinger School.

Dr. Wendt will review the board policy on leasing, selling or disposing of school district buildings and sites tonight.

Other agenda items for the 7:30 p-m meeting include a sharing agreement with Remsen-Union Community Schools for students to attend trades and industry and vocational agriculture classes at Le Mars Community. The board will review proposed goals and activities for the school year that begins Thursday.

The public meeting is at the Education Service Center.

You are hereby notified that the Board of Education of the LeMars Community School District will meet on August 23, 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 (August 9, 2010 – Regular Meeting)

3. Consent Grouping (Claims and Accounts)

4. Reports and Information (Unscheduled Audience; New Teacher Introduction; IASB Employee Relations Conference; Board Policy 903.3)

5. Action Items (Resignations; Contracts; Level I & II Abuse Investigator; 500 Series Board Policy Review; 2010-11 District Goals; Open Enrollments; Remsen-Union Sharing Agreement)

6. Other Business

7. Unfinished Business

8. Adjournment


LeMars Community School District

940 Lincoln St. SW
LeMars, Iowa 51031
(712) 546-4155
BY: Lisa Boehm, Secretary, Board of Education

 Back to school safety tips-Part 1

(LE MARS)--Traffic is increasing with classes beginning for a new school year.

Chris Rich of the Iowa State Patrol expects some of those behind the wheel to be inexperienced.

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Rich says those new drivers need plenty of time to get to their destination.

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Rich asks all drivers to remember the basic traffic laws

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According to the state patrol officer, the safest thing you can do for yourself once you are inside a vehicle is to wear a seat belt.

Southbound I-29 in Sioux City travel pattern changes

(SIOUX CITY)--Drivers who are on Interstate 29 in Sioux City will see lane closures on southbound I-29 starting today (Monday).

According to Dean Herbst of the Iowa Department of Transportation, grading and retaining wall construction on the west side of southbound I-29, between exit 144 and 147A, will require intermittent lane closures. The areas are between the I-29 and Highway 20 exit and the Floyd Boulevard and Fourth Street exit.

The intermittent lane closures are to be completed by December first, weather permitting.

Alorica adding 50 jobs at N. Sioux City location

NORTH SIOUX CITY, S.D. (AP) A customer-service management firm in North Sioux City is adding 50 positions.

Alorica Incorporated spokeswoman Danel Kuhlmann says more employees are needed to provide customer service for data devices. The firm already has about 1,000 workers, and officials said earlier this year that it would like to expand to 1,400.

Most of the jobs Alorica's North Sioux City location are customer-service positions, primarily for new phone technology.

The California-based company has U.S. operations in a dozen locations.

(Copyright 2010 by Associated Press. All rights reserved)

New casino in Lyon County seen as a boost to some, problem for others

While the state gambling treatment program has seen an increase this year in the number of people served, some in the state are looking at a new casino as a boost to their community. Jeff Gallagher’s family has operated a True Value hardware store in the northwest Iowa town of Larchwood for nearly six decades, and he says he pushed to get the Grand Falls Casino Resort approved by local voters and state regulators out of concern for the community’s future.

"And our hope is that this money is gonna make life better in small towns. We all like living in small towns but we all know we give up some things when we live in small towns," Gallagher explains, "And we're hoping that this money will help (alleviate) some of those things we have to give up so the standard of living will go up in all the cities of Lyon County." Gallagher, is president of the Lyon County Riverboat Foundation, and says the casino will create jobs and bring some two-point-five ($2.5) million dollars to the county each year for schools, parks and other projects. The casino site is about a 20-minute drive from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Gallagher says the location was chosen strategically.

"Sioux Falls in South a metro area of probably 250,000 people..that’s what makes this resort possible, is that it’s that close to that population base," Gallagher say, "and you see that a lot in Iowa. Most of the casinos are on the borders." Gallagher says the people the casino brings into the area will help in many other ways.

Gallagher says there are some simple things, such as getting more people to buy produce in the grocery store, which turns things over faster and it stays fresher. The site is also just a few miles from a border with Minnesota, and may also draw visitors from northeast Nebraska. That might make economic sense for Iowa, but it also raises some potential concerns for counselors who treat problem gamblers from surrounding states. Amy Bloch supervises the gambling treatment program at Jackson Recovery Centers in Sioux City, about 90 minutes south. Bloch says she’s seen patients from outside Iowa who can’t afford treatment, but aren’t eligible for state funds that can drastically reduce the cost. 

"I think that is the most difficult part about having casinos that are right on state lines, because people are gonna cross over. It’s something we run into a lot with being right on the border," Bloch says. Bloch says insurance rarely covers counseling for problem gambling, so she tries to refer patients to resources across the border. But she says some wind up driving long distances to get help. That’s something Joe Massa, the casino’s C-E-O, says the company is concerned about.

 “We’re looking at that and we’re studying it and looking at some possible things that we could do to alleviate that problem. I don’t know exactly what those things are yet, but we are taking a hard look at that,” Massa says. Massa says options could include encouraging counselors in the region to work together to treat patients from outside their own states. He also points out that many surrounding states, including South Dakota, offer their own forms of gambling and funding for addiction treatment. The Grand Falls Casino Resort is scheduled to open near Larchwood sometime next summer. (News report from Radio Iowa)

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Police investigate fatal accident in Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, Iowa (AP) Police say one man is dead following a single-vehicle accident in Knoxville.

Authorities say officers who arrived at the scene after 9 a.m. on Sunday found a vehicle that had struck a pole.

The driver was unresponsive.

A nurse on the scene who witnessed the accident and Knoxville officers began CPR.

The man was pronounced dead a short time later at Knoxville Hospital. He was identified only as a 50-year-old Chariton man. Authorities say his name was being withheld pending the notification of family.

Police say their investigation is ongoing.

Police: Body of man found in Council Bluffs yard

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) Authorities are investigating the death of a 28-year-old man whose body was found in the yard of a home in Council Bluffs.

Council Bluffs police say the man's body was discovered after 11:30 p.m. on Saturday. According to a news release on Sunday, police say it appears the man had been beaten with some type of blunt object.

The man's name has not been released. CHILD DRIVING ARREST

Iowa woman arrested for letting 12-year-old drive

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Authorities say a woman has been charged for allegedly letting a 12-year-old child drive her and her family from Nichols to Iowa City.

Twenty-one-year-old Melissa Garcia was charged with three counts of child endangerment and operating a vehicle with no consent.

She was in custody Sunday at the Johnson County Jail on a $10,000 cash only bond.

Garcia was arrested Saturday night in Iowa City

Police say investigating officers found that Garcia had allegedly let the 12-year-old drive the car with three other children in the vehicle, which had been weaving all over the road.

It was immediately unclear if Garcia had an attorney. A phone listing for Garcia could not be located on Sunday.

Authorities investigate 3 fires at high school

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Authorities are investigating three small fires on the campus of Dowling Catholic High School.

Investigators have called the third fire suspicious. A person driving by the school in West Des Moines called 911 and reported a shed on fire around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday.

No injuries were reported.

The other two fires were started on campus late Saturday.

Authorities say they're investigating if there are connections between the fires.

There's no word on what caused them.

Group wants to restore North Skunk River bridge

GRINNELL, Iowa (AP) A preservation group is working to restore an 1883 bridge on the North Skunk River that's been mostly washed out by floodwaters.

Julie Bowers has childhood memories of the McDowell Bridge. The 53-year-old celebrated milestones, including birthdays and weddings, at the wrought-iron structure that curved 120 feet across the river.

Bowers' nonprofit group is called the North Skunk River Greenbelt Association. Its goal is to ensure that what's left of the bridge will not be sold for scrap metal.

The group is working on a deal to buy the bridge and land around it.

In the past year, the group has received about $34,000 from 100 people. So far this year, a descendant of the McDowell family donated $20,000.

Dozen districts determine legislative control

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Candidates will compete in 125 legislative races this November, but control of the Statehouse will likely boil down to about a dozen contests.

Legislative leaders say the winners of those races should determine which party wins control. Democrats now hold a 56-44 seat majority in the House and 32-18 seat edge in the Senate.

Most attention is on the House, where Republicans seem to have the best shot of gaining control. It would take a Republican tidal wave for the Democrats to lose their majority in the Senate.

In the House, where all 100 seats are on the ballot, the focus is on 16 seats where an incumbent isn't running. Some of those are in districts dominated by one of the parties, leaving about a dozen in play to both Democrats and Republicans.

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

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KLEM News Update - August 22, 2010

(SIOUX CENTER)--Auditions are planned next month for membership in the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra.

With more than 80 members, the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra presents three concerts as well as the annual Concert for children.

The group of adults of all ages as well as gifted students ranging in age from middle school through college is entering its 25th season. The concert performances are titled, "A Season of Celebration."

The Winter Pops Concert January 22nd of next year will include the high school show choirs from Le Mars Community; M-O-C Floyd Valley; and Sheldon High School.

Auditions are Friday, September 10th and Saturday, September 11th in the Music Building on the Dordt College Campus. Information is available from the Symphony's administrative assistant by calling 722-6230.

(SIOUX CITY)--Nominations are being accepted for the Western Iowa Tech Community College's annual alumni award.

Nominations are reviewed by representatives of the Western Iowa Tech Community College faculty and employees as well as members of the Foundation Board and Alumni Board.

The nomination form can be found on the Western Iowa Tech Community College website. The deadline for the public to submit nominations is September 10th.

(AMES)--Conservation information is part of the field day at the Iowa Lakes Community College student farm, west of Emmetsburg, Thursday.

Families are invited to attend and see the Iowa Learning Farms' new Conservation Station mobile learning center.

Iowa Learning Farms and Practical Farmers of Iowa will co-sponsor the  field day focusing on cover crops from 5-30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday.

The student ag farm is one-half mile west of the intersection of Highways 4 and 18, three miles west of Emmetsburg.

(SIOUX CITY)--"Mortar Matters" is the theme for a preservation workshop in Sioux City next month.

The Center on Sustainable Communities is hosting two nationally recognized experts on stabilization and preservation of historic masonry buildings for the one-day workshops in Sioux City and Des Moines.

Topics include historic masonry, stucco, terra cotta, and chinking; problems of moisture damage and evaluating contractors.

Project partners for the September 24th masonry workshop include the Sioux City Preservation Commission.

The workshop is at the Masonic Temple in Sioux City from 9 a-m to 4 p-m.

Youth get more than $134,000 at Iowa State Fair

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) An Iowa agriculture foundation has given away more than $134,000 in scholarships and awards at the state fair.

The Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement presented 97 scholarships worth more than $117,000. The group also distributed 90 performance awards valued at more than $17,000.

The cash went to youth who participated in 4-H and FFA beef, swine, sheep and poultry projects on Saturday.

The Iowa State Fair runs through Sunday in Des Moines.

Flood effects on Maquoketa River could last years

DELHI, Iowa (AP) An Iowa Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist says last month's flood along the Maquoketa (muh-KOH'-kuh-tuh) River could threaten the long-term health and beauty of one of Iowa's premier streams.

Heavy rains pushed the Maquoketa to record levels and washed away an earthen portion of the Lake Delhi dam in eastern Iowa.

While flood debris can be removed, the DNR's Dan Kirby says sedimentation will be a chronic problem.

Nearly a month after the dam failed, the river still runs a muddy brown color. That's preventing biologists from documenting the amount of rocky river bottom that has been covered with silt.

Mike Jacobs of Monticello regularly fishes the waters below the dam. Jacobs doubts that the river will bounce back to its former condition in his lifetime.

Information from: The Gazette,

Iowa woman hospitalized after pit bull attack

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) A 63-year-old Newton woman is recovering from severe arm injuries after being attacked by a pit bull.

Cora Vande Heiden says she was walking home from an errand Friday when three dogs surrounded her, and one attacked.

The dog latched on to her arm, leaving severe cuts and puncture wounds. She was in fair condition after surgery.

The dogs' owner, Beth Audus, says she threw herself between her dog and Vande Heiden and was also attacked.

Police arrived and euthanized all three pit bulls and another dog owned by Audus.

Audus says the dogs who weren't involved in the attack shouldn't have been put down. She says they ``weren't that aggressive, just excited.''

The dog owners were cited with failure to vaccinate and license the animals and allowing them to run free.

Sheriff worries about new UI tailgating rules

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) The local sheriff is worried that new, stricter tailgating rules at the University of Iowa might mean more inmates in the jail on gamedays.

University officials have announced a ``Think Before You Drink'' campaign aimed at curbing excessive drinking at Hawkeye football games this fall. Police working around the stadium also plan to step up enforcement of open container and public urination laws.

But Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek (puhl-KRAH'-bek) says he's ``not real thrilled'' with the new rules.

Pulkrabek is concerned that more gameday arrests could tax jail capacity.

The sheriff's office is developing a comprehensive plan for the jail to follow on gamedays.

Information from: Iowa City Press-Citizen,

Iowa gets its first African-American female judge

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) An assistant Polk County attorney has been chosen as Iowa's first African-American female judge.

Romonda Belcher-Ford was selected by Polk County's district judges from a pool of 20 applicants.

The 42-year-old has worked in the Polk County attorney's office for 15 years. She currently represents the county auditor and recorder and Polk County General Services.

The North Carolina native moved to Iowa to attend Drake Law School after getting her undergraduate degree from Howard University in Washington.

Belcher-Ford says she's ``truly elated'' about her new job and that it's something she's always wanted to do.

She has to take the bench within 30 days of her appointment.

The state's first black judge was William W. Parker, who was elected in Waterloo in 1963.

Information from: The Des Moines Register,

Medical foster home for vets opens in Cambridge

CAMBRIDGE, Iowa (AP) A Cambridge couple are renovating their home to care for veterans who would otherwise be in nursing homes.

Scott and Marilyn Olson are opening a medical foster home in partnership with the Veterans Administration. They are the first in Story County to do so, although other medical foster homes are already operating in Iowa.

Veterans pay medical foster homes for room, board and other services. Jan O'Briant of the Des Moines VA says the average cost is about $1,900 a month, compared to $3,000 to $6,000 in a nursing home.

A VA medical foster home coordinator and VA staff make regular visits to provide services and make sure veterans receive proper care.

Briant says the VA aims to place 4,000 veterans in medical foster homes in the next decade.

Information from: The Tribune,

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


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