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KLEM News AM Update July 13, 2010


(HINTON)--Plans are complete for a new environmental education center to be built near Hinton.

The ECO Center is a project for the Plymouth County Conservation Board. Conservation Board Director Dennis Sohl says the architect tells the board the plans are complete and have been sent to the State Fire Marshall's office. Sohl explains the review is required because it is a public building and Plymouth County does not have a building inspector.

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Unless changes are needed after the state review, Sohl expects bids to be the next step. That is expected to be a two-to-three week process. There have been some favorable changes for bidding.

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The new outdoor environmental education center is to be funded with county local option sales tax, a state Vision Iowa CAT grant and fund raising by the Conservation Board Foundation.

Planning for potential funds is agenda item for Plymouth County Supervisors

(LE MARS)--Paperwork to bring state funds to the Plymouth County Courthouse Annex building project is before the Board of Supervisors today.

Supervisors will review the resolution to accept I-JOBS funds for the Annex Storm Shelter at 9:30 this morning.

The board is slated to appoint a member to the Plymouth County Conservation Board to fill a vacancy. Letters of application were accepted by the board.

The quarterly report will be presented by Recorder Jolynn Goodchild. Truck Chassis and box quotes will be considered by the board during Engineer Tom Rohe's weekly agenda time.

Agenda Tuesday, July 13, 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. Open and review applications and appoint a member to serve on the Plymouth County
Conservation Board (Action)
7. New Business
A. Review and approve Resolution for township trustee appointment (Action)
B. Board to sign and approve 2009 Homestead credit application (Action)
C. Review and approve a resolution to accept IJOBS funds for Annex Storm Shelter
(Discussion and Action)
D. Approve extension to Maddens Minor Subdivision (Action)
E. Open and review mail/correspondence (Discussion)
F. Open public forum (Informational)

10:10 AMJolynn Goodchild, Plymouth County Recorder - Present Recorder's Office quarterly report for
approval (Action)

10:20 AMTom Rohe, Plymouth County Engineer
(Action Items)
1.Permit-Premier Communications - Sec 28 Preston Twp on C-16
2.Lundell Construction - Sec 19/20 Grant Twp-Impala Ave North; Sec 19/20 Grant Twp-Impala Ave South
3.Truck Chassis Quotes / Box Quote

(Discussion Items)
Questions/Discussion of the Secondary Road Department

(Informational Items)
Update on construction projects

Funds to prepare request for downtown designation turned down

(LE MARS)--A request for state funds for a project to place a portion of downtown Le Mars on the National Register of Historic Places was turned down.

The Le Mars Historic Preservation Commission asked for the 20-thousand dollar state grant.

The project cost is estimated at $40,000.

Iris Hemmingson of the Le Mars Historic Preservation Commission says the state declined the Le Mars request, but all comments about the project were good.

Applying for a different grant is the next step in the Downtown Le Mars Historic District project.

The Le Mars City Council, in March, supported the Preservation Commission's request. The Council pledged the cash portion of the grant up to 10-thousand dollars over two years. The city's funding source was Hotel/Motel Sales Tax.

Hemmingson says a request for funds for the next state grant fund request will be made to the Council.

Relay for Life tops 2009 fundraiser

(LE MARS)--A fund raiser to fight cancer passed its 24-thousand dollars goal.

Nineteen teams walked the city of Remsen track Friday night and early Saturday morning for the Plymouth County "Relay for Life."

Co-chair Shelly Clay says the total amount raised so far through Relay for Life is over 30-thousand dollars. Of that total, 17-thousand 800 dollars was raised by the "Relay for Life" teams.

Clay says there was a really large crowd Friday night. This was the first time the event was held in Remsen.

Donations will be accepted until August first. Anyone who would like to donate may call Clay at 548-7666 or Co-Chair Stacey Kliever at 540-8135.

'A Million Spokes' premieres in Sioux City

(SIOUX CITY)--A film about the largest and oldest bicycle touring event in the world will be screened in Sioux City.

"A Million Spokes," is a feature-length documentary filmed during RAGBRAI 2009--the Des Moines Register's Great Bike Ride Across iowa.

The 2010 ride begins in Sioux City July 25th. The RAGBRAI Expo and "Smashmouth" are July 24th.

"A Million Spokes" is directed by Varda Hardy.

The first public viewing of "A Million Spokes" is at the Riviera 4 Theater in Sioux City July 23rd at 5 p.m. Tickets are limited for the special screening which includes time to meet the film's director, producers and many characters.

There are additional screenings on July 23 and 24th at the Riviera 4 Theater.

Harkin announces HUD grants of $2.5 million

WASHINGTON (AP) U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin says two housing groups in Iowa will receive a total of more than $2.5 million to help the elderly and people with disabilities live independently.

The Iowa Democrat said Monday the funding comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Manning Community Services, Inc. in Carroll County will receive $964,400 for a program which allows elderly people to live as independently as possible in the community by increasing the supply of rental housing where supportive services are available.

Mosaic in Harrison County will receive $1,606,900 for a similar program for persons with disabilities.

Gingrich says he's considering presidential run

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich says he's considering running for president and expects to make a decision by early next year.

In an interview Monday with The Associated Press, Gingrich predicted a Republican would defeat Democratic President Barack Obama in 2012. He called Obama a ``disaster'' who would go down as the worst president in modern times.

Gingrich says he'll focus on the midterm elections this fall, then decide whether to seek the Republican nomination by next February or March.

Gingrich was in Des Moines for a fundraiser and workshop for local Republican candidates.

Gingrich says he briefly considered seeking the 2008 Republican nomination but would take a more serious look at a presidential campaign this time. 

Culver lists federal investments of $9.8 million

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Gov. Chet Culver has announced American Reinvestment and Recovery Act investments totaling more than $9.8 million in two Iowa communities.

The grants announced Monday are part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's ``Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food'' initiative. They seek to create new economic opportunities, to promote local and regional food systems that benefit rural communities.

The larger guaranteed loan, of $8 million, goes to World Food Processing LLC. Another guaranteed loan of more than $1.8 million goes to North American Co-Pack, LLC.

Homes sales improve in Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) An association of Des Moines-area real estate agents is reporting home sales in June increased by 9 percent over May.

Des Moines Area Association of Realtors president Joanne Mangold says the expectation is for a decent summer for home sales, as long as interest rates stay low.

According to a report released Monday by the association, written contracts were up from 468 in May to 586 in June. The number of new contracts in June remained will below the 924 contracts written in the same month last year.

Contracts closed rose from 932 in May to 1,015 in June. The average sale price rose 9 percent, from $158,828 in May to $172,510 in June.

The Realtors report shows there were 5,795 active listings in June, up from 5,713 in May.

Construction worker killed by dump truck

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Authorities say a construction worker has been struck and killed by a dump truck in a construction area on Interstate 80 in Iowa City.

Iowa City Police, Iowa State Patrol, Johnson County Ambulance and the Iowa DOT responded to the accident late Monday morning, but the victim was dead when they arrived at the scene.

The victim's name was not being released Monday evening, and the incident remains under investigation.

Man accused of lascivious acts with child

AMES, Iowa (AP) An Ames man has been charged with inappropriately touching a 4-year-old girl.

According to the Story County sheriff's department, deputies arrested 18-year-old Michael Trachta and charged him with lascivious acts with a child.

According to county investigators, Trachta admitted touching the child at different times over several months. Trachta is an acquaintance of the young girl's family.

Trachta was being held Monday in the Story County Jail in lieu of $30,000 bond.

It was not immediately known if Trachta has obtained legal representation.

Researchers use 3-D scanner on covered bridges

WINTERSET, Iowa (AP) Researchers are using a 3-D laser scanner on four historic covered bridges in Madison County this week.

The research team will be at Roseman Bridge, Imes Bridge, Hogback Bridge and Cutler-Donahoe Bridge.

They say they plan to use the laser scanner to capture tiny details on each bridge for historical record. The laser will record all visible data and detail of the construction of the bridges that will be used to create detailed computer-generated drawings and models.

The scanner takes a 360-degree picture.

Researchers say the scans will serve as a guide for rebuilding or repair should the bridges be damaged or destroyed. The Cedar Creek Bridge was destroyed by arson in 2002.

Kitten found in trash to be adopted

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) Officials with the Animal Rescue League say a kitten found alive in a bag of garbage earlier this summer in Ankeny is now ready to be adopted.

The kitten has been named ``Alley.'' Refuse workers at Waste Management found her in a bag of kittens that someone had put out with their trash.

Alley's four littermates were dead, but Alley has been nursed back to health and is ready for adoption.

People interested in adopting her should show up at the Animal Rescue League office at 11 a.m. Wednesday to fill out applications. A drawing will be held at 11:15 to see who gets to take the kitten home.

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

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KLEM News PM Update July 12, 2010

(Garden Grove, California)--The Sioux County native who's one of the world's best-known televangelists is is stepping down from his pulpit. The retirement marks the end of a ministry in California that began at a drive-in movie theater. The Reverend Robert Schuller announced his retirement on Sunday.

Schuller will turn 84 this fall and grew up on a farm in Alton. He's spent 55 years preaching, most of them at the Crystal Cathedral which he founded in Garden Grove, California. The church has more than 10-thousand members and millions hear Schuller's broadcasts.

The Hour of Power is considered the world's most widely-watched hour-long church service as it's carried in 156 countries. Schuller's daughter is also a minister and he's named her, Sheila Schuller Coleman, as his successor. (News report by Radio Iowa)

Medal of Honor recipient is parade marshall

(SIOUX CITY)--A Sioux City native who has the nation's highest military citation, the Medal of Honor, is the Rivercade Parade Marshall.

Colonel Bud Day will lead the Rivercade Parade July 21st at 6 p-m.

Colonel Day spent more than five years as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War. He was forced to eject from his aircraft over North Vietnam when the plane was hit by ground fire.

Day, an attorney who has a law office in Florida, is the most decorated Air Force officer in history and the most decorated living officer in America today.

SD residents happy about 'Barefoot Bandit' arrest

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) Residents of Yankton are happy about the arrest in the Bahamas of the fugitive known as the ``Barefoot Bandit.''

Colton Harris-Moore was arrested over the weekend, after two years of staying ahead of the law by stealing cars, powerboats and even airplanes.

Police in Yankton say they confirmed through fingerprints and DNA that it was Harris-Moore who broke into hangars at the city airport in June. He's also believed to be the person who broke into a Yankton home and was scared off when the family returned home. Police believe he also stole a car in the city.

Jake Hoffner, who owns Hoffner Flying in Yankton, says justice has been served, and hopefully officials can learn from the incident. (NEWS REPORT BY ASSOCIATED PRESS)

No jury duty this week

(LE MARS)--July Jurors DO NOT NEED to report for jury duty Tuesday, July 13th. Jurors are asked to  call the Clerk of Court office Monday, July 19th after 3:00 pm to find out whether to report Tuesday, July 20th.

Iowa teen faces Aug. sentencing for murder

CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) An Aug. 23 sentencing is set for a Charles City teenager convicted of killing his 3-year-old cousin.

Fifteen-year-old Edgar Concepcion Jr. was found guilty in June of first-degree murder, first-degree sexual abuse, second degree-sexual abuse and child endangerment resulting in bodily injury.

He was accused of sexually abusing and killing Krystel Banes at his family's home in Charles City on July 10, 2009.

His trial was moved from Floyd County to Hamilton County on a change of venue.

Concepcion will be sentenced in Floyd County District Court in Charles City. In Iowa, a first-degree murder conviction carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.

Palin PAC donates to GOP candidate for Governor

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) Sarah Palin has put her money where her mouth is, contributing at least $87,500 to candidates she's endorsed in the last few months.

But the financial disclosure filed by her political action committee also shows Palin spending more than $210,000 on consulting.

Candidates receiving money from Palin, for the period covering April 1 to June 30, include Terry Branstad, who's running for governor of Iowa, and Joe Miller, who's challenging Alaska U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Each received $5,000.

Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, has been mentioned as a possible contender for the 2012 presidential nomination. She hasn't ruled out a bid.

Iowa prison guard recovering after inmate attack

FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) Authorities say a prison guard at the Iowa State Penitentiary is recovering after being attacked by an inmate.

Officials say the incident happened last Thursday as guards were taking inmates from the dining area back to the living quarters at the prison in Fort Madison.

Corrections department spokesman Fred Scaletta said Sunday that the female guard suffered facial abrasions. Her name was not released, but Scaletta says she is a good health.

Scaletta says the inmate, Dennis Manchester, allegedly turned and attacked the correctional officer. The guard was taken to a hospital and later released.

Manchester began serving a 10-year sentence in 2004 for second-degree robbery in Pottawattamie County.

Police ID woman killed by train in Ames

AMES, Iowa (AP) Ames police have released the name of a woman who died after she was hit by a freight train while trying to walk across the tracks.

Police say 50-year-old Fannie Williams, of Ames, was struck by a Union Pacific train around 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

Police released her name on Sunday.

Cmdr. Mike Brennan says witnesses told police that the woman was trying to hurry across the tracks and possibly beat the oncoming train.

Brennan says signals and alarms at the crossing were working properly.

1 man drowns in Iowa farm pond

ELDORA, Iowa (AP) Authorities say a 55-year-old man drowned in a farm pond near Eldora.

The Hardin County Sheriff's Office identified the man as William Dale Eldridge.

Police say he was fishing in a pond around 11:30 a.m. on Saturday when the boat tipped over.

A Story County dive team recovered Eldridge's body.

The Hardin County Law Enforcement Center says an autopsy will be conducted in Mason City.

Sendoff for 2 Iowa Guard units

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Sendoffs are scheduled for about 110 soldiers in two Iowa National Guard units called up for duty in Afghanistan.

Ceremonies take place on Sunday at 10 a.m. at Camp Dodge in Johnston for the 185th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion and at 3:30 p.m. in Fort Dodge for the Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 194th Field Artillery.

The soldiers will be assigned to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the Iowa Guard's 34th Infantry Division.

The soldiers will leave for Camp Shelby, Miss., in late July or early August for additional training before heading to Afghanistan.

Propane grill suspected in Urbandale condo fire

URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) Authorities suspect a propane grill started a fire that damaged a condominium complex in the Des Moines suburb of Urbandale over the weekend.

No serious injures were reported in Saturday night's fire at the Plumwood Terrace Condominiums. The fire destroyed the entire third floor and portions of the second and first floor of the three-story, 36-unit building.

Urbandale Fire Marshal Jon Rech said Sunday that investigators determined the blaze was accidental and most likely caused by a propane grill on the balcony of a third-floor unit.

American Red Cross workers helped five families with shelter Saturday night, and 15 families with other necessities.

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

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