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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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KLEM News AM Update Sept. 13, 2010

(LE MARS)--The second part of a Le Mars Community School project to enhance school facilities will be discussed at a meeting of the Board of Education tonight (Monday).

Superintendent Dr. Todd Wendt, Middle School Principal Steve Webner and Assistant High School Principal Mark Iverson will present information about the Phase II construction project. The board is not expected to take any action.

Assistant Superintendent Dr. Carl Turner will provide information about the plans for professional development for staff for this school year. The year will be focused on meeting the requirements and timelines for the Iowa Core Curriculum Implementation plan. Core curriculum was passed by the Iowa Legislature and includes model curriculum in Science, Language Arts/Reading and Math, Social Studies, and 21st Century Skills.

The board will consider approving a revised policy on the lease, sale or disposal of school property. For any real property with a value of five-thousand dollars or more, a public hearing would be held. Discussions about Kissinger School in Merrill and the Camp Quest property are factors in considering a revised policy that includes sections of state law.

The Board is expected to close a portion of the meeting to the public to discuss the purchase of real estate.

You are hereby notified that the Board of Education of the LeMars Community School District will meet on September 13, 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. Election of Officers

3. School Bus Purchase Hearing and Bid Opening

4. Approval of Minutes (August 23, 2010 – Regular Meeting)

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

6. Reports and Information (Unscheduled Audience; Professional Development Plan; Curriculum Development Plan; IASB Employee Relations Conference; IASB Orientation to Governance; IASB Annual Convention; Phase II Construction Project; Financial Comparisons)

7. Action Items (Resignations; Contracts; Board Policy 903.3; Board Expectations of Superintendent)

8. Other Business

9. Unfinished Business

10. Adjournment

11. Closed Session
The Board of Education will conduct a closed session in the Superintendent’s
Conference Room in accordance with Iowa Code 21.5(1)j to discuss the purchase of particular real estate only where premature disclosure could be reasonably expected to increase the price the school district would have to pay for that property.


LeMars Community School District

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

Wolf is 2010 Oktoberfest Queen

(REMSEN)--The new ambassadors for the Remsen Oktoberfest celebration are beginning their reign.

The 2010 Oktoberfest Queen and her court were chosen Sunday. Lori Sheehan of rural Remsen served as Mistress of Ceremonies.

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Queen Vanessa Wolf is the daughter of Eugene and Karen Wolf of rural Remsen who credits her Luxembourg heritage for her interest in promoting the Remsen celebration.

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 Wolf says the polka dancing is another fun part of Oktoberfest. She'll  prepare for the celebration with the tradition of polka lessons.

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Other court members are Alexa Pick who is the daughter of Lon and Connie Pick and Haley Harms whose parents are Rick and Sherri Harms.

Jessica Kass, the daughter of Don and Shelly Kass of rural Remsen, was the 2009 Oktoberfest queen.

The annual celebration is October 30th. 

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 Le Mars Police arrest four on drug charges

(LE MARS)--Four Le Mars residents are being held in the Plymouth County Jail after they were arrested on drug charges Friday.

Le Mars Police made the arrests and released written information stating the charges are part of an ongoing drug investigation.

Thirty-eight-year-old Rebecca Lopez is charged with felony delivery of marijuana; felony delivery of a simulated controlled substance; three child endangerment charges and two charges of prohibited acts.

Twenty-year-old Jordan Arehart is charged with four felonies including two charges of delivery of a controlled substance and two charges of failing to have a drug tax stamp.

Eighteen-year-old Nathan Adams is charged with two felonies of delivery of marijuana to a minor. The fourth person charged is 18-year-old Raven Osterloh who is charged with a felony of conspiracy to deliver marijuana to a minor.

Omaha man convicted in drowning death

 Neb. man gets 10 years in bathtub drowning in Iowa

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) A Nebraska man has been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison in the drowning death of his 13-month-old daughter in a bathtub in Iowa.

Court documents filed in Woodbury County District Court show 22-year-old Selvin Arevalo-Morga, of Omaha, agreed to a plea deal this past week.

Associated Press reports that Arevalo-Morga was sentenced on a neglect charge. A child endangerment charge was dropped.

Arevalo-Morga had been scheduled to stand trial on both charges. He could have faced 60 years in prison if convicted.

Court documents says Arevalo-Morga left his 13-month-old in the bathtub with a 3-year-old in May 2009, then left the bathroom to cook dinner.


Agriculture Secretary debate focuses on egg recall

SPENCER, Iowa (AP) The national egg recall took center stage at a debate between Iowa's top agriculture official and the man hoping to take his job.

Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey joined Democratic challenger Francis Thicke in Spencer for Saturday's debate.

Associated Press reports that Thicke said the recall has damaged Iowa's reputation. Eggs from two Iowa farms have been linked to as many as 1,500 salmonella poisoning cases and more than half a billion eggs have been recalled.

If he's elected, Thicke said he'd implement a regulatory system that includes vaccinating laying hens and monthly inspections of egg-laying facilities.

Northey noted that the source of the salmonella has not yet been confirmed, and cautioned against drawing conclusions too quickly.

(Copyright 2010 by Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Dem. strategists downplay GOP edge in recent polls

INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) Two top Democratic strategists are downplaying polls that suggest Republicans have an edge heading into November's midterm election.

White House adviser David Axelrod and David Plouffe, President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign manager, headlined Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin's 33rd annual steak fry Sunday.

It's one of the most prominent Democratic events each year and drew hundreds of party activists to a county fairgrounds.

Some polls have predicted the GOP will take control of one or both chambers of Congress after November's election. That result could cause severe headaches for Obama as he begins preparing for his own re-election effort in 2012.

But Axelrod and Plouffe say they expect Democratic enthusiasm to ramp up as the midterm election nears.

Man found shot to death in front of Waterloo home

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) Waterloo police are investigating the shooting death of a 23-year-old man whose body was found in front of a home.

Police say they responded to a report of shots fired at 2 a.m. Sunday in the 900 block of Broadway Street.

Officers found a man lying in the grass with what appeared to be gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim has been identified as Rodricus Keith Jones.

Police haven't released any other information.

Second Drake student dies in less than a week

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A second Drake University student has died in less than a week.

Police say graduate student Cliffton Murove of Zimbabwe died early Saturday after falling from the balcony of a Des Moines apartment building.

Drake President David Maxwell said in an e-mail to the campus that it appears the fall was accidental.

Murove was getting his master's degree in economics after finishing his bachelor's in 2009 at Drake. He hosted a podcast on politics in Zimbabwe and had planned to return home after graduation.

In a separate incident, Drake senior Ryan Henderson was found dead in his car off campus on Sept. 5.

Authorities are awaiting toxicology reports before deciding on a cause of death for Henderson. No foul play is suspected.

Plastic bag ban spurs debate in Dubuque

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) Groups are weighing in on Dubuque's debate over paper or plastic.

The City Council is considering banning plastic shopping bags by 2014. The recommendation was made by the Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee.

Committee member Chad Aberdoerster told the Telegraph Herald that they're happy to work with the council on solutions, but the group doesn't necessarily need government to do a ``big doctoral ban.''

Jerry Fleagle of the Iowa Grocery Industry Association says the group studied the issue for two years before launching a program with grocery stores that encourages consumers to return their plastic bags. The stores bale them and ship them to a recycling plant.

Hy-Vee spokeswoman Ruth Comer says the chain's policy is to promote reusable cloth bags.

Iowa's methodical offense on a roll

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) The Iowa football team's offense is designed to control the tempo, not light up a scoreboard.

But when the Hawkeyes are clicking on all cylinders, their methodical approach can be just as effective as a pass-happy spread attack and just as demoralizing to opposing defenses.

Iowa's offense was rolling in a 35-7 win over rival Iowa State on Saturday, which wasn't nearly as close as the final score indicated.

The Hawkeyes (2-0) scored touchdowns on five of their first seven possessions, controlled the clock for more than 20 minutes in the first half and ran the ball on 50 of 70 plays.

Iowa rushed for 275 yards against the Cyclones, converted 7 of 14 third downs and now has scored 56 points in the first half through just two games.

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

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