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KLEM News PM Update July 19, 2010

(LE MARS)--An passport fee hike brought requests for passports in Plymouth County before the increase.

Recorder Jolynn Goodchild notified the public through the media that the Department of State was raising fees July 13th. There were 13 requests for passports just prior to the rate change.

The Recorder's office collected more than 147-thousand dollars in the quarter that ended June 30th. The county kept 51-thousand or about one-third of the income with the rest forwarded to the state.
Goodchild says the office recorded 1,545 documents between April and June.

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More than 500 copies of birth, death and marriage records provided for certified record requests. There were 60 marriage licenses.

Boat registrations brought paperwork for 1, 115 boats through the Recorder's office.

Highway closing in Le Mars continues to July 26th

(LE MARS)--A closing of Highway Three in Le Mars is expected to be in place for one week.

The Iowa Department of Transportation today reported the completion date for a detour related to work by the Union Pacific Railroad. The crossing is being replaced on Plymouth Street/Highway Three.

Traffic is detoured onto First Street and the closure is set to be in place until Monday night, July 26th.
Jurors do not report July 20

(LE MARS)--Plymouth County Jurors do not need to report Tuesday, July 20, 2010. Jurors are asked to call the Clerk of Court's office on Monday, July 26th after 3 p-m to find out whether to report on Tuesday, July 27

Meth making charge filed in Sac County

(SAC CITY)--A rural Early woman faces drug charges after a search by the Sac County Sheriff's Office in late February.

Officers were investigating claims of meth making. During the search of a rural Early residence, materials Sac County Sheriff Ken McClure describes as being consistent with a clandestine lab were seized.

McClure says a report recently received from the Division of Criminal Investigation Lab shows the substances were in the third stage of the manufacturing process.

Fifty-one-year-old Shirley Eileen Schmitt of Early was charged with manufacturing meth and possession of marijuana. McClure's information released today states more arrests are expected in the near future.

Collision Friday injures one driver

ORANGE CITY)--An Alvord woman was injured in a two-vehicle accident five miles south of Rock Valley Friday afternoon.

The Sioux County Sheriff's office reports 49-year-old Brian McGee of Dell Rapids was driving east on County road B-30. He was stopped at the stop sign for K-30.

According to the sheriff's office investigation, McGee failed to see a car being driven north on K-30 by Elsie Thievoldt of Alvord and struck her car as he drove into the intersection.

Thievoldt was taken to a hospital in Rock Valley by Rock Valley Ambulance to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

One dies in crash near Norfolk

NORFOLK, Neb. (AP) Authorities say a 27-year-old Tilden man died after he was ejected from a vehicle during a rollover accident on a county road south of Norfolk.

The Nebraska State Patrol says Jesse Breikreutz was pronounced dead at the scene on Sunday evening.

The vehicle driver, 32-year-old Jonathan Carr, of Omaha, and another passenger, 27-year-old Holly Mann, of Scribner, were taken to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa, for treatment.

The patrol says Carr lost control of his sport utility vehicle around 6:15 p.m. Sunday. It ran into a roadside ditch and rolled. Only Mann was wearing a seat restraint.

The patrol suspects alcohol use contributed to the accident.

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

Storms topple shelter at Iowa State

AMES, Iowa (AP) A powerful band of storms blew over a shelter at Iowa State University, fatally injuring one horse and leaving several others hurt.

Faculty members say the shelter was damaged during Sunday's storm, which also toppled a 45-foot tree nearby.

School officials say a mare injured by the shelter had to be put down.

But Iowa State faculty members pulled a trapped yearling out of the fallen shelter. The yearling was able to stand and walk away after the rescue.

Officials say several other horses also required attention, mostly for minor cuts and scrapes.

Yellowstone identifies angler who died in park

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) Yellowstone National Park officials have identified the man who died while fishing in the park this week as 65-year-old Frank Jaszcz of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Jaszcz was a professor at Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids and retired this year.

Park officials say he lost his footing in the Yellowstone River on Thursday, and the current carried him six miles downstream. A rescue team recovered his body from a riverbank.

The National Park Service has said the victim had underlying health issues. Park officials did not release a cause of death. His death was under investigation. IOWA-FAIR FOOD

5 foods on a stick to debut at Iowa State Fair

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa State Fair's first official treat and five new foods on a stick will make their debut this year.

Proceeds from the new ``Fair Squares'' will benefit charity. The squares are four ounces of crispy rice cereal and marshmallow in plain or peanut butter flavor.

The kid-friendly ``Octodog'' will also be served for the first time this year. The Octodog is a cooked hot dog that splits apart and is served on a straw.

Twinkie logs, which are frozen Twinkies dipped in white chocolate and rolled in cashews, will make their debut as well.

Other new frozen concoctions include tiramisu, turtle mouse and strawberry-cream flavored bars.

The fair will be held from August 12-22 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.

Supporters stage walk for military couples

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A group of central Iowans staged a walk in Des Moines to raise awareness of the challenges faced by military couples.

The Walk for Military Marriage was held Saturday at Gray's Lake. Supporters raised money to help couples who will see one spouse deployed while the other stays home.

Money raised by the event will benefit the nonprofit ``America's Family Coaches,'' which provides free marriage counseling and other resources to military couples.

Man dies near Balltown after trailer hits car

BALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) Authorities say a 55-year-old Ames man has died in eastern Iowa after a trailer apparently detached from a truck and hit his car.

The Dubuque County Sheriff's Department says Mark Kerper was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, were he died of his injuries.

The crash happened Saturday afternoon, about a mile south of Balltown.

A trailer driven by a 73-year-old Sherrill man separated from his northbound truck and hit Kerper's southbound car.

A passenger in Kerper's car and the truck driver were not injured.

The accident remains under investigation.

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

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KLEM News AM Update July 19, 2010

(LE MARS)--A detour begins in downtown Le Mars today (July 19).

Union Pacific Railroad will replace the crossing on Plymouth Street/Highway 3, just east of downtown Le Mars.

Traffic is being detoured onto First Street. City officials last week said parking is limited to one side of the street in some parts of the detour route to allow adequate turning for larger vehicles.

The crossing replacement is expected to be completed Friday (July 23).

'Ridiculous' values are summer tradition in Le Mars

(Le Mars) According to Merriam-Webster, the word "ridiculous" is Latin for laughable. For business owners in Le Mars, Ridiculous Days is a fun promotion, but it's no laughing matter. John MacGregor, owner of The Education Station, says it's a time when he gets to connect with patrons not only from Le Mars but from surrounding towns as well.,

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Terry Claussen, from Claussen's on the Corner, says the promotion is good for business.

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Marie Friederichs of Happy Hang-ups, now part of Joba's downtown, said that back in the 70's she remembers the streets being packed and full of energy during Ridiculous Days. People would be up early shopping before it got hot out and stayed late into the day.

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Today, Ridiculous Days doesn't have quite the same feel. MacGregor says changes to the promotion have are inevitable because of the way people shop and the fact that there's less retail in the downtown business environment.

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No matter the changes, Ridiculous Days has a lot to offer. The event kicks off Wednesday (July 21st) with stores opening at varying times. There will be discounts and special pricing everywhere you look. Also beginning at 5:30pm on Wednesday there will be food for sale, a fFamers Mrket and live music by "C-2-C" and "Gratefully Saved" at the Olsen Cultural Event Center. Ridiculous Days continues through Saturday the 24th, with an Area Rummage Sale at the Olsen Center from 8am till noon.(News report by Angela Drake of KLEM News)

School Board gets update on facilities

(LE MARS)--Business officers will be appointed for the Le Mars Community Board of Education at 7:30 tonight (Monday, July 19, 2010).

During the annual meeting, the board is slated to appoint a secretary, treasurer, and legal counsel and name banks that will hold district funds.

Superintendent Dr. Todd Wendt will present an update on the 10-year facility management plan and make recommendations for the future.

Legislative priorities are to be discussed. A report will also be given on student achievement based on testing in the school year that ended in May.

The public meeting is at the Education Service Center. 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING
You are hereby notified that the Board of Education of the LeMars Community School District will meet on July 19, 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. Annual Meeting (Appoint Secretary; Appoint Treasurer; Appoint Legal
Counsel; Resolution Naming Bank Depositories)

3. Approval of Minutes (June 28, 2010 – Regular Meeting)

4. Consent Grouping (Claims and Accounts; Superintendent’s Office Fund; Lunch Fund; Elementary, Middle School & High School Activity Accounts)

5. Reports and Information (Unscheduled Audience; IASB Fiscal Management Conference; 2009-10 Student Achievement Data; Facility Management Plan)

6. Action Items (Resignations; Contracts; IASB Legislative Priorities; Legislative Action Network Member; 500 Series Board Policy Review; Open Enrollment)

7. Other Business

8. Unfinished Business

9. Adjournment

NEXT REGULAR MEETING AUGUST 9, 2010, 7:30 PM

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

Damaging winds strike Lakes region Saturday night

(SIOUX FALLS)--Cleanup continues in the Iowa Great Lakes after winds up to 100 miles an hour were reported Saturday night.

The National Weather Service storm survey of damage indicates the greatest amount of damage occurred along a line from Montgomery to Triboji and finally to West Okoboji.

Sustained winds of 50 to 60 miles an hour from 10:15 to 11:30 Saturday night included some gusts to 80 to 100 miles an hour. Residents told weather service staff the strong winds lasted up to 20 minutes.  

The Weather Service reports most of the damage involved trees and boats, but a few farm out buildings and storage sheds were severely damaged or destroyed.

Numerous residents reported hearing the severe weather warnings for the Dickinson County area and said they went to shelter before the storm struck. Law Enforcement has not received any reports of anyone being injured or killed by the storm.

Draft of Trail Plan to be presented August 5 in Sioux City 

(SIOUX CITY)--A draft of a plan for the Lewis and Clark Multiuse Trail will be presented in Sioux City next month.

The Iowa Department of Transportation and a consultant are hosting meetings in three communities the week of August third to present the report based on 20 public workshops last year.

The Lewis and Clark Multiuse Trail is one of five trails of statewide significance identified by the Iowa Department of Transportation.

The trail is to extend from the Missouri border north to the South Dakota border at Sioux City.

The public meeting to present the draft plan is at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Sioux City August 5th from 5:30-7:30.

Business forum resources presented August 11 in Sioux City

(DES MOINES)--A regional business resource forum is planned in northwest Iowa next month.

Federal and state agencies partnering to help businesses in Iowa create jobs will provide information.

The forum is at Western Iowa Tech Community College August 11th from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Forum topics for the Sioux City meeting include business resources, access to capital and the opportunity for agriculture and local food networks in the state.

Among those encouraged to attend are lenders, community and economic development leaders. Registration may be completed through the Small Business Administration Iowa website www.sba.gov/ia/desmo and select the Spotlight section.

In anti-incumbent year, Grassley looks strong

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) If there's an anti-incumbent mood in the nation, someone forgot to tell Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley.

First elected to public office 52 years ago and sent to Washington in 1976, the Republican remains a favorite for winning his sixth Senate term despite strong competition from Democrat Roxanne Conlin.

Republican incumbents elsewhere have struggled, but Grassley didn't face opposition in the GOP primary and polls indicate he's maintaining a lead over Conlin, a Des Moines lawyer.

Drake University political science professor Dennis Goldford says people who expected Grassley to be weakened by an anti-incumbent mood were forgetting that because Democrats are in charge in Washington, they're the ones who will be the focus of voter anger.


Storms knock out power to thousands in Iowa, Ill.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) More than 14,000 MidAmerican Energy customers in Iowa and western Illinois are without power after a powerful band of storms swept across the area.

Winds gusting at up to 72 mph early Sunday downed power trees and power lines.

The city of Des Moines was hardest hit with more than 9,000 outages Sunday afternoon. West Des Moines and Urbandale had more than 1,000 customers affected.

Several hundred customers were also in the dark in the Quad Cities area of Illinois.

A MidAmerican Energy spokesman says all power could be restored by Monday.


Fire guts Hiawatha apartment building, no injuries

HIAWATHA, Iowa (AP) Fire has gutted a four-unit apartment building in Hiawatha, but all seven people inside escaped injury.

Crews were called to the two-floor building just after 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

Hiawatha Fire Chief Mike Nesslage says the fire was ``pretty extensive'' when crews arrived and that flames were shooting out of both the ground floor apartment and the roof.

The blaze burned through the building's exterior and exposed the apartments' contents.

Nesslage says the Red Cross will assist the people affected by the fire.

The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.


Man dies near Balltown after trailer hits car

BALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) Authorities say a man has died in eastern Iowa after a trailer apparently detached from a truck and hit his car.

The Dubuque County Sheriff's Department says the crash happened Saturday afternoon, about a mile south of Balltown. A trailer separated from a northbound truck and hit the southbound car.

The car's driver was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, where he died. A passenger in the car and the truck driver were not injured.

The sheriff's department didn't release names of those involved until their relatives could be notified.


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


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