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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. 

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


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 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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KLEM News July 18, 2010

(LE MARS)--A sweet deal for new members is the summer treat offered to new members of the Plymouth County Historical Museum.

Anyone who joins the Museum for the first time during the Plymouth County Fair will receive a bag of sweet corn from the Lynn Buss farm.

Buss' sweet corn has been a feature at the Country Store, operated by the Museum for many years.

According to museum administrator Judy Bowman, the store will open at noon July 28th and remain open daily until 10 p-m August first which is the final day of the fair.

All kinds of baked goods are needed for the store located in the Pioneer Village on the fair grounds. Garden produce and homespun donations are also being accepted.

Ron and Delores Burkard are museum volunteers who manage the store. Proceeds support the continuing operation of the museum in the "Old Central" High School.

 Listening post offered for food participants

(Sioux City)--The voices of area local and regional food participants will be heard at a listening post in Woodbury County Thursday.

I-S-U Extension is hosting the listening session for creation of the 2011 Iowa Food and Farm Plan.

The session in Sioux City at the I-S-U Extension-Woodbury County office in Sioux City is at 10 Thursday morning.

Participants will be asked to speak about the current challenges in supporting, promoting and growing local food systems and what strategies they have developed to overcome obstacles .

Registration is requested by contacting the Extension office or the I-S-U Extension Regional Food Coordinator, Laura Kuennen This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Rose Garden is Sioux City treasure 

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) Hundreds of flowers are on display at the Rose Garden in Sioux City's Grandview Park.

Sioux City head gardener Kyle Smith says the park boasts 500 roses in about 50 different varieties, including Tea Roses, Floribundas and Grandifloras. He says gardeners try to include differenty types of roses every year to add different colors. He describes the garden as a ``nice quiet place.''

During the colder fall and winter months, straw is placed on top of the roses to insulate the plants. Smith says the last snowy winter insulated the roses well and many plants survived.

Smith says at least eight workers maintain the roses, mow the area and tend to a pond.

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

Corridor adds senior vice president to grow business

(SPENCER)--The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development is offering help to new and established entrepreneurs to plan and grow businesses.

Brian Dalziel is the new senior vice president for Iowa Lakes Corridor Development. Dalziel plans to focus on clients with high growth opportunities.

He'll also support local governments and other nonprofit groups that help entrepreneurs.

He started the Northeast Iowa Business Accelerator in Dubuque and worked in that role for four years advising entrepreneurs in 87 companies, including 24 that were new businesses. More than eight-million dollars was raised and more than 100 jobs were created.

Corps to increase Gavins Point releases

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it will start releasing more water from Gavins Point Dam at Yankton in order to evacuate flood water being stored in the Missouri River reservoirs.

The corps has been limiting discharges because of flooding downstream on the Missouri River. It says downstream conditions have improved so it can begin releasing water that's accumulated in the reservoirs from heavy rain and mountain snowmelt.

Gavins Point releases will gradually increase from the current 34,000 cubic feet per second to 40,000 cubic feet per second.

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

Iowa motorcyclist hurt after hitting deer

URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) A 26-year-old motorcyclist is in critical condition after authorities say he collided with a deer.

Police arrived at the scene in Urbandale Friday evening to find the motorcycle on its side, the rider lying in the street and the deer dead.

The man was transported to an area hospital. Police say he wasn't wearing a helmet. His name hasn't been released.

Police Sgt. Dan Stein says there have been numerous vehicle-deer accidents in the area.

Cedar Rapids officials plan removal of ash trees

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Because of the spread of invasive emerald ash borer beetles into Iowa, the Cedar Rapids Arborist and Public Works staff have completed a second review of ash trees populations in the city.

Findings show that there are approximately 520 trees in 440 locations throughout the city recommended for removal. Authorities say 170 of the 520 total are high priority removals due to hazardous or potentially hazardous conditions. Public Works staff will send letters of explanation to affected property owners next month and removal is scheduled to begin this winter.

Based on street surveys, there are from 9,000 to 12,000 ash trees on Cedar Rapids rights of way, plus more trees in city parks.

Demolition of Sinclair smokestack to begin

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Authorities in Cedar Rapids say special equipment will be set up Monday morning for the demolition of the historic smokestack at the former Sinclair meatpacking plant.

Demolition of the smokestack will be done a few feet at a time with small handheld pneumatic jackhammers. This procedure will likely take a few weeks, and a more specific schedule for the work will be known once the demolition begins.

The Cedar Rapids City Council voted 5-4 Tuesday to demolish the entire smokestack.

The vote came despite requests from historic preservationists to keep at least the structure's base from demolition. The 41-foot-tall base is said to be structurally sound. Crews have been working to take down buildings at the packing plant. The buildings are damaged by flood and fire.

Demolition work is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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Cedar Rapids art museum is free through Sept. 19

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art is offering free admission this summer.

Admission will be free through Sept. 19.

Sponsorships from the Cedar Rapids Bank Trust and United Fire Group have made the free days possible.

The museum has nine exhibitions on display, including works by American Gothic painter Grant Wood.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with extended hours from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday.

The museum is also open from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. It's closed on Mondays and major holidays.

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

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