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KLEM Update September 14, 2010


(SHELDON)--Northwest Iowa Community College Trustees today are asking voters to approve a 13-point-four-million dollar bond issue over 15 years.

The bond issued is on the ballot for voters in Sioux, O'Brien, Lyon, and Osceola counties as well as the Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn School District geographic area.

If approved by the majority of voters, the funds would be used for career and technical education facilities, advanced technology and energy conservation and efficiencies.

A homeowner with an assessed valuation of 100-thousand dollars would pay additional taxes of $16.65 per year. The ag land tax is estimated at 31 cents an acre for ag land assessed at an average of 13-hundred dollars per acre.

The general obligation bond vote follows a facilities assessment by  Northwest Iowa Community College  administration.

Phase 2 building project is board topic

(LE MARS)--A decision about an estimated nine-point-four-million dollar building project may be made by the Le Mars Community School Board of Education in November.

School administrators updated the board last night on the construction and remodeling project known as Phase 2.

The improvements would provide a gym with a capacity of 2,000; wrestling; art and band and practice rooms; parking lots; and tennis courts.

Superintendent Dr. Todd Wendt said property taxes would not be increased for the remodeling and building which is to be paid for largely with school infrastructure local option sales tax (SILO) extended by voters to 2022.

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The other part of the financing is the Physical Plant and Equipment property tax known as PPEL. Wendt suggested the board allow the current voter approved PPEL levy to end in 2012 and replace it with a board approved PPEL levy. That would lower the tax rate 67 cents.

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Annual operating costs for the expanded facility are projected at $50,000 which would be taken from the district's general operating fund.

Board President Patrick Murphy looked to November vote, if the project moves through upcoming meetings. Murphy encouraged the board to review the details presented by administrators at the meeting.

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If a timeline is followed and the board moves forward with the remodeling and building project, ground breaking could be in the spring with completion in 15 months. However, no action was taken on the project Monday night.

The next step is to have the district's architect meet with the board. That's expected October11th.

High School Addition and remodeling

Gym (2,000 capacity)/Lobby/Wrestling room $4,378,420

Band and Art Room addition $1,078,000

Locker Rooms/Public Toilets $1,713,600

Toilet remodeling $167,750

Remodeling (next to Kitchen) $81,900

Building sub-total $7,419,670

Replace existing parking lot $380,000

North Parking Lot $100,000

Tennis Courts (2) $40,000

Utilities Lump Sum $150,000

Sub-total (site development) $620,000

Sub-total Building site and development


Contingency $160,793

Total Construction $8,200,463

Soft costs such as Architect/engineering fees, furniture, equipment, testing during construction $1,230,070

Total Project Costs $9,430,533

(Source: Cannon Moss Brygger and Assoc., Sioux City, Sept. 8, 2010)

(Le Mars)--A Le Mars attorney is the President of the Le Mars Community School Board of Education.

Patrick Murphy was re-elected to serve as board president  during a meeting Monday night.

Superintendent Dr. Todd Wendt noted the officers are usually elected after school board elections. However, Wendt told the board the Iowa Legislature has changed election of board of education members to odd number years. An election was not held this fall. 

Murphy was unanimously re-elected as board president. He said this would be his last year as an officer of the board of education.

A board member since 1995,  Murphy is an at-large member of the board of education whose term expires in 2011.

Brenda Phelan of rural Le Mars was re-elected as board vice president. Phelan represents District Four and has been a member since 2006. Her term expires in 2013.

Board work is focused on Road Department Tuesday

(LE MARS)--Plymouth County supervisors will focus on weekly work with the County Engineer today (Tuesday).

Tom Rohe brings road business to the board at 10 this (Tuesday) morning. The agenda lists a contract for a culvert project, contracts for right of way and a truck box quote.

The County Engineer is also slated to provide an update on construction projects.

The board's weekly meeting in the lower level of the Courthouse begins at 9:30 this morning.

 Tuesday, September 14, 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
7. New Business
A. Open and review mail/correspondence (Discussion)
B. Open public forum (Informational)

10:00 AM Tom Rohe, Plymouth County Engineer
(Action Items)
1.Contract-Project LC-142650
2.Right of Way Contracts - Projects LC-141340, LC-142650, LB-352190
3.Tile Crossing Permit-Sec 5/8 Henry Twp
4.Tile Crossing Permit-Sec 10/15 Grant Twp
5.Permit- Southern Sioux Rural Water-Sec 2 Perry Twp
6.Truck Box Quote

(Discussion Items)

(Informational Items)
Update on construction projects

Isebrand honored for work with students

(LE MARS)---A librarian for the Le Mars Community School District is the first "School Employee of the Month" for this school year.

Nancy Isebrand who works in the Middle School and High School Media Center received the honor Monday.

Isebrand is a 14-year school employee who was nominated for the "Employee of the Month" award by two students who wrote they'd be shocked if she was not selected. The nomination was made by Trevor Westhoff and Logan Schneider

They wrote about her efforts with everything from homework to computers and books. The nomination read, in part, "She always knows where to go when a kid needs help with research or with writing and with the computers. She helps kids with homework every time they need help."

LCHS Royalty named

(LE MARS)--The Le Mars Community High School Homecoming Queen and King will be crowned Friday afternoon.

The 2010 Homecoming Royalty include king candidates Palani  Permeswaran, Judd Herzberg, Jeremy Bohlke, Hunter Rohde, Curt Durr and Cody Ortmann. Queen candidates are Erica Westhoff, Kristen Ahlers, Lauren Morehead, Lindsay Martin, Leah Clement and Kasie Collins

The Pep Rally at Carey Gym is Friday at 1 pm following by coronation at 1:30. The parade begins at 2:15 p.m. Listen for live coverage on 1410-AM, 96-point-9-FM, KLEM.

The Bulldogs take on the Spencer Tigers Friday night at seven.

NCC reports record breaking enrollment

(SHELDON)--Record breaking fall enrollment is being reported at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon.

This year's fall numbers are 1,654 students which represents a two-and-a-half percent increase over last year.

Northwest Iowa Community College President Bill Giddings says the record growth this fall includes a three percent increase in credit hours over last fall's record numbers.

He says increased enrollments in long standing programs such as Powerline, electrical, transportation and nursing have contributed to this increase in enrollment. There are also new programs such as photography which has enrollments beyond expectations.

Jurors need to report Tuesday

(LE MARS)--Plymouth County jurors are asked to report today (Tuesday). According to a notice from the Clerk of Court, the jurors are to report to the Clerk of Court's office on the third floor of the courthouse by 9 this (Tuesday) morning.

Trial set for conspiracy suspect

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Trial for a Minnesota man indicted on charges linked to a break-in at an animal research laboratory at the University of Iowa is scheduled to begin today (Tuesday) in Iowa.

Scott DeMuth, of Minneapolis, is charged in U.S. District Court in Davenport with one count of conspiracy. If convicted he could face up to 3 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Telephone and e-mail messages left for his attorney were not immediately returned but DeMuth has previously denied any involvement in the break-in.

The 23-year-old DeMuth is accused of conspiring to cause physical disruption to Spence Laboratories at the University of Iowa and Lakeside Ferret Inc., in Minnesota.

He is accused of damaging and causing the loss of animals, computers and documents and causing economic damage in excess of $10,000.

Former sandpit reborn as park

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Cedar Rapids' newest park is about to open and visitors are invited to bring along their fishing poles, walking shoes and bicycles.

The Prairie Park Fishery is an old industrial sandpit. It's been transformed into a park that features two lakes, boat ramp and 1.7-mile trail around the water. It opens on Saturday.

According to the Gazette, Martin Marietta Materials gave the sandpit to Cedar Rapids, which accepted it in 2005. The flood of 2008 hit just as construction got under, and it loused up initial grading work and left debris 20 feet up in the trees.

None of the damage was covered by Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster funds.

The construction price is now estimated at $1.5 million.

Crop report: winds dry fall crop

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Recent cooler, drier weather is helping Iowa farmers get into their fields and harvest early planted corn and soybeans.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Monday that Iowa had several breezy days last week that helped dry crops, and rainfall amounts were not enough to keep farmers out of their fields.

Crop conditions also remain good. The USDA says corn is rapidly maturing, with a majority of acres now safe from frost.

Soybeans also are maturing quickly, thanks to the weather, and ``sudden death syndrome'' is becoming less of a concern for farmers as many of the soybean acres reach maturity.

Most of the alfalfa acres already have been harvested in Iowa. Mild weather also has been good for newborn calves.

Police restrain man who jumped from bridge

BETTENDORF, Iowa (AP) Police used a Taser stun gun to subdue a man after he jumped off a bridge connecting Iowa and Illinois.

The man jumped Monday morning about 100 feet off the Interstate 74 Bridge into the Mississippi River and survived.

KWQC-TV in Davenport reports a call came in around 10 a.m. that a man had crashed his vehicle on the bridge. He was seen walking around, then jumped into the river and managed to swim to a nearby small island.

Capt. Greg Trudell with the Bettendorf Police Department says the man ``appeared to be quite disturbed.''

Officers say when they reached the man, he wouldn't talk or listen to officers, forcing them to use a Taser.

The man was taken to a hospital. It's not clear why he jumped.

Real estate sales lag a year ago

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A real estate group reports August home sales in the Des Moines area rebounded from July but were still down from a year ago.

The Des Moines Area Association of Realtors said Monday that Des Moines metro home sales fell nearly 30 percent in August compared with a year earlier, while pending sales fell 35 percent.

But the group says closed sales in August rose 6 percent from July while pending sales increased nearly 8 percent in August over July.

The Des Moines Register reports the average sale price rose $12,000 to $176,900 in August over a year earlier an increase of 7 percent.

Another bright spot was the average sale price in August was $9,700 over July's $167,000, an increase of nearly 6 percent. Homes were on the market an average of 86 days, eight days fewer than July and seven days fewer than August 2009.

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

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KLEM News PM Update Sept. 13, 2010

(LE MARS)--The spirit of the second Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce Chalk Art Festival could be drawn outside businesses.

Mary Reynolds of the Chamber's Main Street program says Le Mars businesses are encouraged to do chalk drawings by their buildings.

In 2009, the inaugural year of the festival, 25 businesses drew with chalk outside their locations.

The Chalk Art Festival in the areas around the Olson Cultural Event Center will be this weekend. Information on the event or how businesses can be drawing with chalk is available from Reynolds.

Morningside reports records in fall student numbers

(SIOUX CITY)--New student numbers are the largest at Morningside College in nearly 40 years.

Morningside reports 428 new full-time students for the fall semester. The fall enrollment total is 1,208 full-time students.

College President John Reynders says the large number of new students was NOT a surprise.

Reynders said there were more than 25-hundred freshman enrollment applications which is the largest number Morningside has ever received. About 47 percent of the freshmen graduated in the top 25 percent of their high school classes.

About one-fifth of the students at Morningside are Sioux City students and eight-five percent are full-time students from Iowa and Nebraska. The rest of the students are from 23 other states, including California, Maine and Texas. There are 23 international students from 12 countries.

Hammond sentenced for meth convictions

(SIOUX CITY)--A Cherokee man will serve up to 10 years in prison for a meth conspiracy.

Federal prosecutors report 51-year-old Richard Allen Hammond was sentenced to conspiracy to make and distribute meth within one-thousand feet of a Cherokee elementary school. He also pleaded guilty in May to possession of an ingredient to make meth.

The U-S attorney's office released written information indicating the conspiracy was between September of 2008 and September of last year at his home in Cherokee. Law enforcement officers videotaped Hammond stealing anhydrous ammonia from a tank in a field.

He is being held for the U-S Marshal's service until he can be taken to a federal prison.

 'Cardinal City' honored in Lincoln

(LINCOLN, NE)--The "Cardinal City" in Siouxland is one of two communities being honored by the Nebraska Diplomats.

The Nebraska group of business and government leaders helps recruit companies through the Department of Economic Development.

Governor Dave Heineman Friday honored South Sioux City with one of two "Community of the Year" awards. The other Nebraska Diplomats' recognition was for Lincoln.

The presentation was made at the 43rd Passport Weekend in Lincoln. The Diplomats hosted 26 state and international government, industry and economic development leaders

Tyson worker threats others in Perry

PERRY, Iowa (AP) Authorities say a man accused of threatening co-workers with a gun at a Tyson Foods Inc. plant in Perry remains in jail.

The Dallas County sheriff's office says Ayin Dend Ater was arrested Friday afternoon when he allegedly went to the plant and pulled a handgun.

Sheriff Chad Leonard told a Des Moines television station news reporter that other workers convinced Ater to put the gun down. No injuries were reported.

Ater is charged with three counts of assault while displaying a dangerous weapon, and one count each of carrying a concealed weapon and going armed with intent.

He remained in the county jail on Monday on $10,000 cash-only bond. Chief Deputy Dave Herrick did not know if Ater had an attorney.

Telephone calls to the sheriff and to Tyson Foods were not immediately returned.

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

Habitat for Humanity builds 10 homes in Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Construction has started on a project by the Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity to build 10 homes in 20 days.

The building blitz began Monday with the walls going up on the homes that are being built on a neglected softball field on the city's southeast side.

Habitat for Humanity spokeswoman Jenna Nathan told The Des Moines Register that about 3,000 volunteers will have a hand in the project, including the future occupants.

Nathan says the organization requires 400 hours of ``sweat equity'' for homeownership. The homeowners will also have a mortgage.

Nathan says the new houses are about $1.3 million of new development in the area.

She says the goal is to improve the entire community. On Sept. 23, volunteers will fan out into the neighborhood to help other homeowners with maintenance.

Children's health tracked in Polk County

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Polk County is taking part in a national study on the causes of children's health problems.

It aims to track 100,000 children for 21 years, beginning before birth.

The Des Moines Register says that organizers want to recruit 1,000 families in the next four years for the National Children's study.

The goal is to determine how genetics and environmental factors play into the development of health problems, including obesity, autism, asthma and premature birth.

Polk County was chosen as the Iowa site. The study, which is being financed by the federal government which will track kids in 105 locations. It's expected to cost more than $3 billion in 25 years.

Homicide investigation under way in Waterloo

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) Waterloo police are looking for suspects in the shooting death of a man whose body was found in front of a home.

Police found Rodricus Jones, of Waterloo, early Sunday after officers were called to investigate a disturbance in a parking lot of a liquor store about a block away.

Neighbor Liz Hess told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier that she was awakened by gunfire and heard people yelling. She called police.

Police Lt. Michael McNamee says officers arriving on the scene about 2 a.m. found Jones on a grassy strip between the street and the sidewalk. He died at the scene.

An autopsy was scheduled for Monday.

McNamee says it appeared Jones was shot where he was found, and it wasn't clear if the disturbance and the shooting are related.

Car passenger dies after vehicle hits Montana bus

DENTON, Mont. (AP) The Montana Highway Patrol says a weekend collision between a car and a bus carrying a high school football team has killed an 88-year-old Iowa woman.

No one on the bus was injured in the collision, which occurred at about 11 a.m. Saturday in central Montana.

Fergus County Coroner Dick Brown identified the woman as Eva Taylor of Mason City, Iowa. The Globe Gazette reports 86-year-old Gordon Taylor was listed in intensive care in a Billings hospital Sunday night.

The patrol says Gordon Taylor lost control of the car on a section of Montana Highway 80 between Denton and Stanford where it changes from pavement to gravel.

The car slid sideways into the oncoming lane and hit the front of the bus carrying the Highwood football team. Highwood lost its game to Denton 44-6.

Police ticket partiers during UI-ISU football game

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) The University of Iowa says police charged more than 120 people with various crimes during the Iowa-Iowa State football game on Saturday.

That's nearly three times the number in 2008 when the Hawkeyes last hosted the game. The university released the numbers in the wake of tighter tailgating rules near Kinnick Stadium this year.

According to the Iowa City Press-Citizen, 82 people were cited for having an open container of alcohol in a public place. Another 23 were cited for public intoxication and 16 for possessing alcohol under the legal age, among other violations.

Two people were charged with drunken driving. A man was charged with several crimes, including assault on a peace officer, when police say he refused to leave the stadium after causing problems with fans.

Big Ten Network making money because of fan wishes

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) The Big Ten Network started in 2007 and was profitable by the next year, generating tens of millions of dollars for the conference.

The network works well enough that it could be a model for other conferences and even individual schools. Texas senior associate athletic director Christine Polonsky says the Big Ten got a lot right with its network. Texas is looking to form its own.

Conferences like the Pac-10 and Big 12 are trying, too.

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

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