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Tuesday News, September 8

School Board Elections Scheduled For Today

(Le Mars) -- Today is school board election day.  Polls in Le Mars will open at 12:00 noon and will remain open until 8:00 p.m.  Remsen and Kingsley will also be voting for their school board directors between 12:00 noon and 8:00 p.m.  Akron, Westfield, and Hinton voters have already starting voting.  Their polls opened at 7:00 a.m. and will remain open until 8:00 p.m.  Le Mars voters will decide among three candidates seeking two positions for the At-large district.  Candidates include: Angela Catton, Mark Hemmingson, and Patrick Murphy.  Fred Zenk is running unopposed for the District 5 seat, and in District 3, no one filed for nomination papers.  The position is open for write-in candidates.





Election Polling Locations

(Le Mars) -- Voters in precinct #1 will cast their votes at the Akron Public Library conference room.  Precinct 3, which includes the town of Struble, along with the townships of Elgin, America, Marion, and Fredonia which are part of the Le Mars Community School District will vote at the Plymouth County Courthouse Annex building.  Precinct #4 which includes all of the towns of Brunsville and Craig, along with the townships of Grant, Preston, Washington, and Johnson as part of the Le Mars Community School District will cast their votes at the Brunsville Legion Club in Brunsville.  Precinct #5 includes the Remsen-Union school district will vote at the Remsen Public Library located at 211 Fulton Street in Remsen.  Precinct #7 includes the city of Merrill, all of Liberty, Plymouth, Stanton, and Lincoln township that includes the Le Mars Community School District will vote at the Kissinger Community Center in Merrill. Precinct #9 includes all of the Hinton School District will vote at the Hinton Community Center in Hinton.  Precinct #10 includes the Kingsley-Pierson school district will vote at the Kingsley Community Center in Kingsley.  Finally, Precinct #11 which includes the corporate city limits of Le Mars, and includes the Le Mars Community School District will vote at the Le Mars Convention Center, Lower Level, located at 301 12th Street, in Le Mars.




Akron-Westfield Voters To Decide On Bond Issue

(Akron) -- Akron-Westfield voters will be deciding whether the school will approve a $6.15 million bond issue to upgrade many of the facilities.  The proposed bond would raise the district levy by $2.50 per $1,000 of assessed property valuation.  School officials say a home owner with a $100,000 valuation could expect to pay an additional $10 per month if the measure is approved.  The 20-year bond would fund five years of projects that include renovations and additions to the middle and high school science rooms, industrial arts, and vocational agriculture facilities, an activity center addition that would house a new weight room, dance studio, and wrestling room, elementary classroom renovations and updates to the athletic field.




No County Board Of Supervisor Meeting Today

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will be taking the week off.  There is no meeting scheduled for today.




County Road Crews To Close Two Roads For Repairs

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Secondary Roads Department has announced they will be closing 160th Street from Pioneer Avenue to Polk Avenue beginning today.  The road will remain closed until late-October.  Crews are replacing a bridge with a box culvert. Road crews will also be closing Jet Road from county road K-42 to Juniper Avenue.  The road is closed due to resurfacing of pavement on the south side of Brunsville.




Regents Request $4.5 Million For University of Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Board of Regents President Bruce Rastetter says he plans to ask the Iowa Legislature for an additional $4.5 million in funding for the University of Iowa for next year.
Rastetter says in a statement released Monday he'll bring up the issue at Wednesday's board meeting.
He says after meeting with faculty, staff, students and incoming President Bruce Harreld, whose controversial appointment was approved Thursday, it is clear "additional funding to support the long-term reinvestment in the core mission of teaching and research is needed."
He says additional money is critical for the university "to continue to provide the highest quality education to our students."
Earlier this month documents indicated the regents planned to seek additional funding for the University of Northern Iowa and Iowa State University but not Iowa.





Parents Suing American Airlines For Incident Involving Daughter

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The parents of a girl who reported being inappropriately touched by a man while flying alone from New York to Iowa have sued the man and American Airlines, saying the airline failed to protect the girl.
Muhammad Asif Chaudhry was arrested after the July flight on charges including engaging in sexual contact with a victim between the ages of 12 and 16. The Pakistani citizen has denied the accusations. He's been released on bond.
The lawsuit alleges he moved to an open seat beside the girl, who reported being woken up by the inappropriate touching. She alerted a flight attendant when Chaudhry left to use the restroom. The FBI met Chaudhry when the flight landed.
American Airlines says it's cooperating with law enforcement and cares deeply about its young passengers.





Hillary Rodham Clinton Says She Doesn't Need To Apologize For Emails On Private Server

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton says she does not need to apologize for using a private email account and server while at the State Department because, "what I did was allowed."
Clinton spoke to The Associated Press during a Labor Day campaign swing through Iowa.
The front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination says the lingering questions about her use of email while serving as President Barack Obama's first secretary of state have not damaged her campaign for president.
She says, "It's a distraction, certainly. But it hasn't in any way affected the plan for our campaign, the efforts we're making to organize here in Iowa and elsewhere in the country.




Monday News, September 7

Fire Department Responds To Smoke In Downtown Apartment


(Le Mars) -- On Saturday evening, September 5th at about 7:50pm the Le Mars Fire-Rescue Department was called to 36 ½ Central Ave. N.E. for a report of smoke on the second floor of the downtown building.   The building is owned by John Koley of Le Mars.   Upon arrival firefighters encountered smoke in the upstairs second floor hallway.  Firefighters made entry and removed a person from Apartment #4 and two people from Apartment #1.   All three people were checked by the Le Mars Ambulance and released.   Firefighters found food on fire in an oven in apartment #4.  Apartment #4 was occupied by Doug Blackmore.   Firefighters extinguished the fire and ventilated the building and allowed the residents back into the structure.  Firefighters were on scene for approximately 30 minutes.  The incident attracted a crowd of spectators watching the event.
Firefighters were assisted at the scene by the Le Mars Police Department, Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office, Orange City Fire Department.





Northey To Speak At Farm Bureau Annual Meeting


(Des Moines) -- Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey will be visiting Ida, O'Brien, and Plymouth Counties on Tuesday, September 8th.  Northey will make an appearance in Le Mars Tuesday evening as he will address the Plymouth County Farm Bureau annual meeting.  Northey will speak at 7:00 p.m.  The Plymouth County Farm Bureau annual meeting will be held in Century Hall at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds.





Munoz-Perez Found Dead In Vehicle

(Sioux City) -- Sioux City Police has issued a news release indicating Raquel Munoz-Perez was found dead inside her vehicle, in Sioux City.  You may recall, Munoz-Perez was listed as missing on August 18th.  She had left her residence on 13th Street in Sioux City at 6:30 a.m. on her way to work at the Cloverleaf Cold Storage, but did not arrive.  She was driving a White 2000 four door Chevy Cavalier.  Munoz-Perez had just purchased the vehicle and did not have state issued license plates, but instead the car had temporary tags from the place of purchase, River Auto dealership.  The news release does not indicate if foul play is suspected, or how Munoz-Perez may have died.  It also fails to mention where the vehicle was found.




Sioux City Officials Trying To Deal With Homelessness


SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Some Sioux City leaders are working to address a growing number of homeless people living and panhandling on the northwestern Iowa city's streets.
Sioux City Police Chief Doug Young says the rise of homelessness, panhandling and public intoxication has caused growing concern among businesses, police and city government.
Police Capt. Lisa Claeys is working with organizations such as Downtown Partners Sioux City in hopes of creating a panel of business owners to work on the issue of homelessness in town.
Claeys says she hopes business owners, community resources and agencies such as the Warming Shelter, Siouxland Soup Kitchen and Gospel Mission can organize to help the homeless.





Sutherland Holds Groundbreaking For New City Hall And Community Building

SUTHERLAND, Iowa (AP) - Ground has been broken on a new community center, American Legion post and City Hall in Sutherland.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held Friday, on what would have been the 102nd birthday of Ray Johanssen. Johanssen left the bulk of the $1.8 million garnered from the sale of his land to the city upon his death in 2013, stipulating that the money go toward the community center.
The 9,000 square-foot facility will house a community center, American Legion Post Number 152, Sutherland City Hall, a kitchen, a bar and more. It will be located on a corner lot on the west side of downtown.
Excavation of the site is set to begin September 21st.





School Board Elections Scheduled For Tuesday

(Le Mars) -- Tuesday is the date for school board elections.  Here at Le Mars, three people are vying for two positions at the At-large district positions.  They include Angela Catton, Mark Hemmingson, and Patrick Murphy.  You can visit the KLEM website at www.klem1410.com to listen to the comments from all three candidates.  Fred Zenk is running unopposed in district 5.  District 3 is also up for election, however, there were no candidates that stepped up indicating an interest in running from district 3.  It is open to have a write-in candidate.







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