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KLEM News AM Update June 14, 2010

(LE MARS)--A dispute over a lease for a city of Le Mars facility may be heard by a Plymouth County district court judge this month.

Mark and Tobi Ellis operated Willow Creek Watering Hole and Plymouth Ice Cream Company as tenant of the city's golf clubhouse bar facility in 2009.

In legal action, the Ellis' state they complied with the lease and paid rent through January of this year. The city sent the operators notice in December that the lease would not be automatically renewed. The locks on the clubhouse were changed at the end of last year.

The city council received a recommendation for a new operator after the city advertised for proposals. A contract with Mike Fiddelke of Orange City was signed earlier this year.

According to Plymouth County district court records, the Ellis' claim breach of contract and have asked for a temporary and permanent injunction preventing the city from leasing to someone else.

The city's attorney, Joe Flannery, answered the Ellis' legal action stating they did not fulfill the lease agreement with the city. The city claims examples of this included lease requirements for special events, timely accounting of business profits, and working arrangements with the golf pro, his staff and Visitor Bureau Manager.

(LE MARS)--Tenants that rent space at the Le Mars Community School District's Education Service Center are renewing their leases.

The Le Mars Community School Board of Education considers the leases with Buena Vista University and Northwest Area Education Agency tonight.

The board will consider contracts with Dave Winslow for middle school science, Ron Hayden as a bus driver and Todd Wendt for superintendent for the coming school.

Elementary and Middle School Principals are slated to present their annual reports.

The board is expected to close a portion of its meeting to the public to consider a recommendation to suspend or expel a student. According to the agenda, the board will return to a session open to the public to act on the recommendation.

You are hereby notified that the Board of Education of the LeMars Community School District will meet on June 14, 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 (May 24 - Regular Meeting)

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

4. Reports and Information (Unscheduled Audience; Physics Textbook Adoption Report; Principals’ Annual Report; IASB District Meeting; IASB Fiscal Management Conference; IASB Legislative Priorities for 2011)

5. Action Items (Resignations; Contracts; Textbook Adoption; ISFIS Membership for 2010-11; Open Enrollment; July Meeting of Board of Education; Northwest AEA Lease Agreement; Buena Vista University Lease Agreement)

6. Other Business

7. Unfinished Business

8. 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
9. Adjournment


LeMars Community School District

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

(ADAVILLE)--Merrill and Hinton Fire Departments responded to a report of a fire at Adaville Saturday morning.

The fire was in the parsonage of the Adaville United Methodist Church, rural Merrill. The parsonage is unoccupied.

KLEM incorrectly reported Sunday that the fire was in the church.

(SHELDON)--A Le Mars man is a big winner in a record setting fund raiser for Village Northwest Unlimited in Sheldon.

The fifth annual benefit run, walk and roll had a record turnout and a record 31-thousand dollars raised from registrations, sponsorships and donations .

There were 80 runners with David Bohlken of Le Mars winning the men's 10-K for the second consecutive year with a time of 36:09. Bolken competed in the 20-29 year old category. First place in women's 5-K went to Nichole Duncan of Hartley.

A portion of the record proceeds will be use to buy a wheelchair accessible shuttle golf cart.

(ORANGE CITY)--A Sioux Center man is in jail after his arrest for felony identity theft and forgery charges.

The Sioux County Sheriff's office charged 22-year-old Waldemar Lopez-Gonzalez Friday afternoon.

According to written information from the sheriff's office, Lopez-Gonzalez was arrested after a traffic stop. Authorities claim Lopez-Gonzalez was using another person's identity to work at Golden Crisp in Sioux Center.

He is charged with identity theft, forgery, failing to have a driver's license and failing to have motor vehicle insurance.

MILBANK, S.D. (AP) South Dakota authorities say a 58-year-old man from Jackson, Neb., was fatally injured when a piece of equipment fell off a forklift and struck his head.

Grant County Sheriff Mike McKernan says a loader frame was being moved off a semitrailer when it toppled off the forklift and struck the man. The accident occurred at Schuneman Equipment in Milbank on Friday morning.

The man was the driver of the semitrailer and had delivered the loader frame.

The sheriff said Friday that the man was pronounced dead at Milbank Area Hospital Avera.

A spokesman for the sheriff said Saturday that the man's name has not been publicly released yet.

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

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Calhoun County Sheriff's Office has identified the three people who were found dead in a farmhouse in rural western Iowa.

The sheriff's office released a statement Sunday morning identifying the people as 19-year-old Paige Gallo of Council Bluffs, 20-year-old Heather Campbell of Urbandale and 20-year-old Luke Schleisman of Lake City.

The sheriff's office says autopsies were done on the three Saturday and more details of the investigation will be released later in the week.

Officers found the bodies early Friday after responding to a report of a possible disturbance.

Sheriff Bill Davis has declined to say whether the case is being treated as a homicide.

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) Authorities say four fire departments responded to the Alliant power plant in Burlington after a report that coal began spontaneously smoldering.

Officials say workers at Alliant on Saturday found the smoking coal, which was being brought into the power plant on an underground belt. The coal smoked and steamed but didn't catch fire. Officials say no injuries were reported.

Alliant spokesman Ryan Stensland says fire departments are always called when coal starts to heat up to make sure that it can be cooled. Fire crews from Burlington, West Burlington, Danville and Wever responded.

Alliant workers moved the coal around with heavy machinery to eliminate hot spots.

Stensland says Alliant plans an internal investigation of the incident.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Starting this fall, the University of Iowa will begin offering a Certificate in Leadership Studies to all of its undergraduate students.

Kelley Ashby is director of the Career Leadership Academy at the school's career center, which will administer the certificate program. Ashby says the certificate can make Iowa graduates stand out when they're looking for jobs.

The certificate requires 21 hours of coursework and students will have to complete a hands-on project. Ashby says students studying in any discipline at the university can earn the certificate.

The aim is to teach students skills like management, coordination, communication and acting with integrity.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) Residents in Mason City are complaining about ruckus-causing raccoons.

Mason City councilmember Janet Solberg says she's receiving calls about raccoons. Mason City Animal Control has been picking up raccoons caught in cage traps. They're usually released at Lime Creek Nature Center.

Experts say the best way to keep a raccoon from coming near homes is to eliminate any food sources.

Ron Andrews is an animal specialist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Andrews says for many years Iowa has seen a ``bumper crop'' of raccoons. He says they're very adaptable to living in different areas.

NEW HARTFORD, Iowa (AP) New Hartford is getting a convenience store about two years after a tornado and flooding prompted the last one to close.

Joe Simon of Parkersburg says he plans to begin work this month on a $1 million store with gas and diesel service on the southwest side of New Hartford. He hopes to complete the project this fall.

The last convenience store and gas station closed after a huge tornado in May 2008 swept through the community, killing two people in New Hartford and six in Parkersburg. That was followed by severe flooding.

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Great Britain's Tim Don overtook the field with a strong closing run to win the Hy-Vee ITU Elite Cup Triathlon in West Des Moines.

Australia's Emma Snowsill took home top honors in the women's event, winning in 1:59.35. Don and Snowsill each pocketed $200,000, the world's largest winner's check for a triathlon.

Don won in 1:50.20, four seconds ahead of New Zealand's Kris Gemmell.

Snowsill, the Olympic gold medalist in Beijing two years ago, crushed the field during the final two laps of the run and won by 16 seconds. It was the second win in Iowa for Snowsill, who also took home the sport's richest prize two years ago.

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

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KLEM News Update - June 13, 2010

(Adaville) Merrill and Hinton fire departments were called to the unoccupied Adaville church parsonage around 8:30 Saturday morning.  The Plymouth County Sheriff's office received a report of smoke coming from vents in the church parsonage.  The Merrill Fire Department was dispatched to the scene, and called for tanker support from the Hinton fire department.  Hinton tankers were on the scene for about an hour, with Merrill firefighters returning to base after approximately two hours at the church.  No further details are available.  Adaville church parsonage is located about six-and-a-half miles west of Merrill on County road C-38. (It was previously incorrectly reported that the fire was in the church building.)

(LE MARS)--The 35th annual National Old-Time Country and Bluegrass Festival and Contest returns to Le Mars August 30th through September 5th.

Bob and Sheila Everhart and the Pioneer Ag Expo present the seven-day, 10 stage event at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in Le Mars.

Music featured includes old-time country bluegrass, folk and ragtime, mountain music, traditional and American.

The celebration of America's musical heritage features jam sessions, workshops, guest bands, a Tipi Village and six evening dances.


(CUSHING)--A pasture walk for area beef producers will feature a grazing specialist from Iowa State University.

The pasture walk June 23rd is at the Ludvigson Stock Farm pasture near Cushing and begins at six p-m with a light meal.

Topics will include rotational grazing of an alfalfa-grass mix on the contour, conservation techniques to prevent stream bank erosion, winter feed, managing paddocks and how to change grazing and movement by animals.

Registration through the Sioux County I-S-U Extension office is five dollars.


(LE MARS)--Young anglers can fish at the Le Mars Municipal Park Ponds during Ice Cream Days.

The Le Mars Sportsmans Club annual fishing derby is Saturday June 19 with registration at 5 p-m. Fishing is from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

The Sportsman Club event is open to kids 12 years old and younger.

Bait will be supplied by the Sportsmans. Largest fish prizes will be awarded for bass, bluegill, crappie, bullheads, catfish, perch and walleye.

Many prizes will be provided by the Sportsmans Club and sponsoring businesses.


(SIOUX CITY)--A Siouxland group will receive state funds to create jobs for artists and learning opportunities for children.

Lt. Governor Patty Judge announced nearly 300-thousand dollars in arts grants form the Iowa Arts Council.

The major grant funding includes the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra. The musical group will receive 95-hundred dollars to the Concert for Young Audiences Sixth Grade concert.

The October 21st performance is an educational outreach concert to provide students with exposure to symphonic music. The Symphony's brass, woodwind and string ensembles will perform in all Sioux City elementary schools.


(SIOUX CITY)--Maintenance work on Interstate 29 is changing traffic patterns in the Little Sioux area.

According to the Iowa Department of Transportation's Sioux City District office, the northbound ramps at exit 95, near Little Sioux, are closed to complete paving of the ramps and shoulders.

The project is expected to be completed by July first, weather permitting.


JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) The National Weather Service says storms have created some flooding in Iowa.

Meteorologist Brad Fillbach says the Raccoon River in Des Moines has flooded at state Highway 28 and at Fleur Drive. He says there's flooding just south of Des Moines too, on the North River in Norwalk.

There's also flooding in southeast Iowa. Fillbach says the Cedar Creek in Bussey and the Des Moines River in Eddyville and Ottumwa also have flooded.

The storms forced the Des Moines Downtown Farmers Market to shut down on Saturday morning. Youth races at the Hy-Vee Triathlon in Des Moines also were canceled Saturday.

Fillbach says a storm that started about 5 a.m. Saturday dropped 1 to 3 inches of rain and caused the rivers to rise rapidly. Flood warnings remained in effect for parts of Iowa until Sunday.

WEST BRANCH, Iowa (AP) A pile of rubble has been left behind after part of a 103-year-old building collapsed in the downtown district of the city of West Branch in eastern Iowa.

The building collapse happened Friday evening. The building was constructed in 1907. It had once been the city's post office and for decades was a gas station. The current owners are husband and wife John McNutt and Irene Lande. They were renovating the building to make a wine tasting room and event center.

McNutt says no one was in the building when the collapse happened. He says he doesn't know what caused the collapse. No details were available from the Cedar County Sheriff's office.

McNutt and Lande hoped to have the winery open in October. Now they say they'll have to do an assessment on the building.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Iowa Gov. Chet Culver has appointed an associate judge in the state's second judicial district to be a new district judge in Iowa's 2B judicial district.

Culver's office announced the appointment of Steven Oeth on Saturday. Oeth is a graduate of Drake University. He has served as Boone County attorney and worked in private practice. He was named to his current post as district associate judge in Iowa's second judicial district in 1997.

Oeth replaces Iowa District Court Judge David Danilson, who was appointed to the Iowa Court of Appeals.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) The artist best known for painting ``American Gothic'' is to be honored with a cultural district in downtown Cedar Rapids.

The Cedar Rapids Downtown District has announced the Iowa's state historical society has certified the ``Grant Wood Cultural District'' and a dedication ceremony is set for July 12. Officials say the district is a walkable, mixed-use area that includes many cultural and historical facilities.

It includes the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, as well as a theater and library.

Wood died in 1942 at age 50. He was born in Anamosa and spent his childhood there before moving to Cedar Rapids.

Wood founded the Stone City Art Colony to help artists through the Great Depression, and in 1934 became a professor of art at the University of Iowa.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Gov. Chet Culver tops the slate of big-name Democrats looking to energize state party activists at their convention.

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota offered a feisty, populist keynote address Saturday in Des Moines. Sen. Tom Harkin isn't running for re-election this fall, but he also spoke to his home state crowd.

Culver is running for re-election against a predecessor, Republican Terry Branstad. He says he's not going to let Branstad pull the plug on progress in Iowa.

Des Moines attorney Roxanne Conlin is running against five-term U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley in November. She tells Iowa Democrats that she's assembled a grassroots army for the fall campaign.

Iowa Republicans will hold their convention June 26.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) Iowans looking for a piece of Waterloo history can now buy it for 65 cents.

The city says red roadway bricks that were salvaged during the reconstruction of Rainbow Drive are up for sale. The sale was Saturday and will be again on June 19.

The Iowa City company Gavin Historical Bricks is selling the pieces in Waterloo for 65 cents apiece. The Waterloo City Council sold the company the bricks for a lump sum after city engineering staff said landscapers and others were asking if they bricks were for sale.

The bricks were salvaged over the last three years. They now sit in piles, mixed with dirt and other road materials.

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

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