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KLEM News AM Update May 25, 2010

(LE MARS)--A groundbreaking ceremony for a new addition and renovation of the Good Samaritan Society-Le Mars Brentwood Center is planned next month.

The project has been awarded to general contractor Wiltgen Brothers Construction of Le Mars. Work  began last week and is expected to be finished in 2011.

The goal of the addition and renovation is to offer a "neighborhood-like" look and feel of the current Brentwood Center.

The project will make it possible to offer 24 more private resident rooms. The "neighborhood concept" will transition the building layout to offer separate dining and living room space in each hallway or "neighborhood," along with different community spaces such as chapel, community room, library, and beauty-barber shop.

According to written information released by Good Samaritan, the idea for a more home-like living has been in the planning stages for many years to transform the Brentwood Center into what is called "a Christian Community of Care."

The first phase will include building on an addition of two new wings on the east and west sides of the building. The next phase is renovation of hallways to construct the neighborhood feel as well as update decor for a consistent look in the entire building. The final phase will include a new chapel and community-activities areas.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) The president of a northwest Iowa ready-mix concrete company has pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to fix prices and rig bids.

The U.S. Department of Justice says Kent Stewart entered the plea Monday in federal court in Sioux City. Justice Department information indicates Stewart was president of Great Lakes Concrete.

According to a one-count felony charge filed earlier this month, Stewart conspired to fix prices and rig bids for ready-mix concrete sold to various companies in Iowa from approximately January 2008 to August of last year.

Stewart reportedly discussed project bids for sales, submitted rigged bids at collusive and noncompetitive prices and accepted payment at collusive and noncompetitive prices.

Stewart was charged with violating the Sherman Antitrust Act, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $1 million per count.

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

(LE MARS)-- A development agreement between John Deere sales and service business ICON Ag and Plymouth County is one of many agenda items today for the regular meeting of the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors. The agenda item is listed for discussion and possible action.

Also on the agenda, contract approval with Plymouth County and Jackson Recovery; consideration of a possible escrow agreement for General Obligation (G.O.) Local Option Sales Tax refunding bonds; and discussion of the courthouse window replacement contracts with H & H Construction and Lamperts.

The board is also expected to declare surplus property items for public sale. The Board of Supervisors meets Tuesday morning at 9:30 in the lower level of the Courthouse. (News report by Dave Ruden)

Plymouth County Board of Supervisors meeting agenda Tuesday, May 25, 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. Review and approve contract with Plymouth County and Jackson Recovery Center
(Discussion and possible Action)
B. Discuss a development agreement between ICON and Plymouth County (Discussion
and possible Action)
C. Discuss the courthouse window replacement contracts and H & H Construction and
Lamperts (Discussion)

7. New Business
A. Board to consider approval of escrow agreement for General Obligation Local Option
Sales Tax refunding bonds (Action)
B. Board to approve resolution authorizing debt service levy (Action)
C. Board to approve resolution a loan agreement for debt service (Action)
D. Board to approve delinquent tax abatement (Action)
E. Board to declare items surplus property for sale (Action)
F. Open and review mail/correspondence (Discussion)
G. Open public forum (Informational)

10:15 AMAndrea Westergard, Plymouth County Economic Development Director and Sherry McGill, ISU
Extension Director - Economic Development Update (Discussion)

10:45 AMTom Rohe, Plymouth County Engineer
(Action Items)
1.Tile Permits-Lundell Construction.- Sec 5/8 Lincoln Twp on C-60, Sec 6 Preston Twp on County Line.

Questions/Discussion of the Secondary Road Department

(Informational Items)
Update on construction projects

12:00 PMPlains Area Mental Health Luncheon


(LE MARS)--Voters in Plymouth County will have a Saturday
option to register to vote or cast an absentee ballot.

According to auditor Stacey Feldman, the auditor's office at the courthouse in Le Mars will be open Saturday from 8 a-m until 5 p-m.

The additional day of service is being offered to register voters and for absentee ballots for the June 8th primary election.

Voters are asked to use the north lower level entrance at the courthouse.

Anyone with questions may contact the auditor's office.

(ORANGE CITY)--A horticulture educator is beginning her work in northwest Iowa.

Iowa State University Extension is offering the horticulture educator position through Melissa O'Rourke of rural Rock Valley .

O'Rourke will serve Lyon, Sioux and O'Brien Counties. One of her roles will be to facilitate Master Gardener classes in the three counties. She'll also provide leadership for volunteer and continuing education opportunities for those who have completed Master Gardener training.

Regional extension education director Cheryl Heronemus says O'Rourke has been an avid Master Gardener in Sioux County. She'll answer consumer questions about gardens and landscapes as well as work with service and garden clubs for program requests.

(Pocahontas)--The University of Iowa's Institute of Public Affairs is leading a pilot project to help a handful of small communities in the state boost their local economies by working more closely with nonprofit organizations. Institute director Jeff Schott says the cities chosen for the project include Pocahontas.

"The ultimate goal is working with them to develop long-range economic development or economic recovery strategies specifically for their communities," Schott said. The training and technical assistance will be provided at no cost to the local governments and nonprofits. Only cities with populations under five-thousand (5,000) were allowed to apply. Schott says small town governments in Iowa are facing dwindling resources, so working more closely with nonprofits makes sense.
 "They may have some experience working together, but there may be new ways they can collaborate to try and achieve common goals," Schott said. Preliminary work in each of the communities will begin this summer, but more intense training sessions are planned in September. Schott is hoping results from the pilot projects will eventually help other nonprofit organizations and local governments in Iowa.
"We want to try and put together some best practices so there would be information and materials we can provide both local governments and nonprofits as to how to improve collaboration and work together to meet the goals of the community," Schott said. The program is funded by a 250-thousand dollar ($250,000) federal grant. (News report by Radio Iowa)

(LE MARS)--Plymouth County jurors do not need to report for jury duty Tuesday, May 25th. This concludes the May jurors service. The clerk of court thanks the jurors for their service

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) South Dakota officials say they're on alert for the tree-killing emerald ash borer.

Earlier this month, the destructive insect was found in an ash tree in northeastern Iowa.

Game Fish and Parks spokesman Shane Bertsch says it's only a matter of time before the insect reaches South Dakota.

Extension forester John Ball says it's too early to begin control measures. He says the pesticides used for controlling the insect are expensive and can hurt trees and increase the populations of other insects.


(ORANGE CITY)--Two people are accused of identity theft in separate investigations by the Sioux County sheriff's office.

19-year-old Enrique Chilel-Sebastian of Hull was arrested Thursday on charges of forgery, identity theft, failing to have a driver's license and insurance.

According to written information released by the sheriff's office, the arrest of Chilel-Sebastian was the result of a traffic stop two miles west of Boyden.

Also Thursday, 43-year-old Jose Sebastian-Bartolon of Worthington, Minnesota was charged with felony forgery and identity theft.

Sebatian-Bartolon was involved in a traffic accident near Sioux Center on May 12th.

The sheriff's office information states Sebastian-Bartolon was using a name and social security number that were not his to get a job at Center Fresh Egg in SIoux Center.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) A jury has found 19-year-old Jerel Wright of Dubuque guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the fatal stabbing of 24-year-old Jemaris West.

In its verdict Monday, the jury also found Wright guilty of attempted murder in an attack on 24-year-old Derrick Tyle.

Both victims in the street brawl attack last Labor Day were from Dubuque.

Wright's older brother, 20-year-old Joseph Wright of Chicago, was sentenced to seven years in prison in December. Joseph Wright had pleaded guilty to assault while participating in a felony and assault while displaying a dangerous weapon.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) A former plant supervisor at the Agriprocessors kosher slaughterhouse in Postville has testified that when child labor inspectors toured the facility, he hid two workers he suspected of being underage.

Testifying Monday in the trial of former plant manager Sholom Rubashkin, supervisor Brian Griffith said he was ordered to hide the workers by his superior. Griffith was the last prosecution witness of the day, and prosecutors said they expected to call their last witnesses Tuesday.

Earlier Monday, former plant worker Gerardo Solovi Perez said he injured his hand on a conveyor belt when he was only 17.

Rubashkin faces 83 state counts of child labor violations.

Meanwhile Monday, a federal judge in Cedar Rapids delayed Rubashkin's sentencing on federal charges until June 22. Rubashkin was convicted of fraud involving loans Agriprocessors received.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) Nine people charged with illegally accessing President Barack Obama's student loan records while employed for a Department of Education contractor in Iowa have pleaded not guilty in federal court.

The former employees of Vangent Inc. are accused of gaining access to a computer at the contractor's office in Coralville, and accessing Obama's records while he was either a candidate for president, president-elect or president.

They pleaded not guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Davenport to charges of exceeding authorized computer access. Trial was scheduled for July 6.

All were released after entering their pleas.

The charge is punishable by up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $100,000. CONCRETE PLEA

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Police in Cedar Rapids say they have arrested a kidnapping suspect as he was discharged from the hospital where he had been under treatment for a week.

Officers say 54-year-old Keith Van Elson was arrested Monday as he was being released from St. Luke's Hospital. Van Elson has been charged with kidnapping in the knifepoint abduction of 19-year-old Kwik Shop clerk Amanda Daniel early on the morning of May 17.

About seven hours after the abduction, officers went to Elson's apartment about six blocks away and found blood on the door. Inside, they found Elson with a stab wound to the chest and Daniel in the bathroom.

Police said Daniel suffered cuts and bruises.

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Police in West Des Moines say they are hunting for thieves who reportedly took more than $60,000 worth of watches from a jewelry store at the West Valley Mall.

Police say at least three people went on a theft spree at Joseph's Jewelers, taking some of the most expensive watches the shop had to offer.

West Des Moines Police Lt. Jeff Miller says one person distracted a clerk while two others cut the caulking on a jewelry case and grabbed three Rolex watches.

Police say one of the watches was worth $35,000, another was worth $16,000 and the third was priced at $10,000.

URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) Police say metal band Slipknot bassist Paul Gray has been found dead in an Iowa hotel room.

Police say a hotel employee found the 38-year-old Gray dead Monday in a room at the Town Plaza Hotel in Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines. Foul play isn't suspected. An autopsy is planned for Tuesday.

A person who answered the phone at the band's record company, Roadrunner Records, declined comment. Most of the band's members grew up in the Des Moines area.

Slipknot's self-titled debut in 1999 sold more than a million copies.

Known for its grotesque masks, the band won a Grammy in 2006 for best metal performance for the song ``Before I Forget.'' Concert industry trade publication Pollstar ranked Slipknot 18th in its Top 20 Concert Tours list in 2009.

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

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KLEM News AM Update May 24, 2010

(LE MARS)--A priest in the Sioux City Diocese recommended the Gehlen Catholic class of 2010 to be thankful for anything they have ever received from anyone. Giving the commencement address at Gehlen Catholic, Reverend Richard Ries talked of times he was thankful in his life and urged students to send a note of thanks.


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During commencement Sunday Le Mars Community senior Rebecca Ahlers challenged her classmates to make their individual impact something that will stand out for generations to come.


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In her student address senior Kaitlin Lassen spoke of the satisfaction she had received from her faith and expressed her desire that her classmates have the same satisfaction.


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Both commencement ceremonies were broadcast on KLEM 1410 Radio. See the pictures by Dave Ruden on the Home Page.

(LE MARS)--Fees for the next school year will be considered by the Le Mars Community School Board of Education tonight.

The agenda for the board's meeting includes the fees, substitute teacher pay, and a contract for maintenance and custodial work.

The board is scheduled to close a portion of the meeting to the public for a hearing to suspend or expel a student. The board is expected to take action on the superintendent's recommendation for the student in open session.

The public meeting is at the Education Service Center beginning at 7:30 tonight.

You are hereby notified that the Board of Education of the LeMars Community School District will meet on May 24, 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.  HS Driveway Reconstruction Hearing and Bid Opening

3.  Approval of Minutes (May 10 - Regular Meeting & May 10 – Special Meeting)

4.  Consent Grouping (Claims and Accounts)

5.  Reports and Information (Unscheduled Audience; Adult Education Report; IASB School Law Conference; Athletic Booster Club Golf Tournament; IASB Human Resources Conference; IASB District Meeting)

6.  Action Items (Resignations; Contracts; Classification Changes for 2010-11; Audit Proposal; 2010-11 School Fees; 2010-11 Substitute Teacher Pay; Open Enrollment)

7.  Other Business

8.  Unfinished Business

9.  Closed Session
     The Board of Education will enter into a closed session to discuss whether to conduct a
     hearing to suspend or expel a student according to Iowa Code 21.5(e).  The Board will
     return to open session to act on the Superintendent’s recommendation.

10. Adjournment

Negotiation Session
The Board of Education will conduct a contract negotiation session with Superintendent, Dr. Todd Wendt immediately following the regular meeting.  The contract negotiation session is exempt from the Iowa Open Meetings Law.


LeMars Community School District           

                                                                        940 Lincoln St. SW

                                                                        LeMars, Iowa   51031
                                                                        (712) 546-4155
                                                                        BY:  Lisa Boehm, Secretary, Board of Education

 Source: Le Mars Community School District web site

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) The city of Norfolk has received a $505,000 federal grant to help one of its newest businesses, Milk Specialties Company.

The Illinois-based company will use most of the money to purchase the former Protient Products facility, which it has been leasing. The company has hired 22 employees, many of whom previously worked for Protient.

The company expects to create 15 additional full-time positions.

The total cost of the project is more than $10 million.

The food-solutions unit of Milk Specialties that the Norfolk facility is a part of produces customized protein ingredients used in sports nutrition, and food and drinks for weight loss.

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UNDATED (AP) Iowa farmers enjoyed one of their best years in 2008, thanks to soaring corn and soybean prices.

Now, many growers are getting a second shot of cash for that year's crops in the form of federal disaster payments even if they had minimal revenue losses.

Some farmers are getting as much as $100,000 each.

The total statewide, $163 million, is more than twice that of any other state so far.

Federal officials say the state's total could top $300 million, which would be twice as much farm disaster aid as Iowa has received in the past 15 years combined.

Experts say that because of quirks in how the payments are calculated, some of the income losses that the disaster aid is supposed to cover existed largely on paper.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) A 24-year-old Bettendorf woman has died after a car crash in Davenport that authorities say was likely fog-related.

Abby Lynn Vermeire was a passenger in a car driven by her fiance early Saturday when they were struck by a semitrailer on Interstate 80. Her fiance was hospitalized in fair condition.

The truck's driver has been charged with making an unsafe turn. He wasn't injured.

The accident was the first of two fatal crashes in Davenport over the weekend.

Davenport police say 37-year-old Donna Mitchell and her two daughters, 13-year-old Kourtni and 11-year-old Susan, died Saturday.

They were involved in a two-vehicle crash that left five other people injured.

The causes of the crashes are under investigation.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) About six years after work began, crews in Des Moines are nearing completion of a roughly $70 million transformation of the banks of the Des Moines River.

Work on the Principal Riverwalk began in 2004. The city has opened an outdoor ice skating rink, turned a dilapidated railroad bridge into a pedestrian span, built a garden next to the City Hall, created a new small park and linked riverfront paved trails to a regional trail system.

A couple of the most high-profile additions will be completed soon as the Center Street Bridge opens for pedestrians and bicyclists this summer. Work is under way on a plaza and building on Court Avenue with restrooms on the ground level and a cafe above, overlooking the river.

EAGLE GROVE, Iowa (AP) Funeral services have been set for a 19-year-old Iowa man who was killed during a fishing trip.

Visitation for Devin Resh of Webster City will be held Monday at the Foust Funeral Home in Goldfield.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at Evangelical Lutheran Church in Eagle Grove.

Police say Resh and three men were fishing at a pond when one of them hit him several times in the head with a hatchet. Farmers found his body Thursday morning.

The three men have been charged in connection with his death. Police haven't released a possible motive.

Twenty-year-old Lucas Faulkner is charged with murder. Two Webster City residents, 17-year-old Tanner Douglas Jewsbury and 19-year Anthony Austen Simpson, are charged with being accessories after the fact.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Cedar Rapids officials are upset that more than 100 flood-damaged homes and businesses remain untouched as the two-year anniversary of the record flood approaches.

Flood waters submerged about 10 square miles of the city in June 2008. More than 18,000 people were affected.

The mucky, moldy homes remain in disrepair even as neighbors have rebuilt next to them.

Mayor Ron Corbett and council member Don Karr say something needs to be done to deal with the flood-damaged buildings.

The city's flood-recovery director, Greg Eyerly, says the city will use a new state law that makes it easier to identify and abate flood-related nuisances.

He says the city is in the process of buying out 100 commercial properties and about 1,300 homes.

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

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