Thursday, September 18, 2014
Text Size


Friday News, August 22

Branstad To Visit Le Mars Today

(Le Mars) -- Governor Terry Branstad is scheduled to make an appearance in Le Mars today.  He is on the campaign trail for himself and to assist with State Senator Bill Andersen.  The Iowa governor will be at the Four Brothers Restaurant during the lunch hour.


Rail Crossing Work Continues

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars city public works Superintendent Steve Hansen is reporting Second Avenue southwest will again be closed today between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. for rail crossing repairs.


Hedge Avenue To Close For Bridge Repair

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Secondary Roads Department has announced the closing of Hedge Avenue from 150th Street to 160th Street.  That stretch of road will be closed from today until October 3rd due to the construction of a new bridge.


Old Time Country Music Festival Returns To Le Mars

(Le Mars) -- This coming week, Le Mars will be host to the National Old Time Country, Bluegrass, and Folk Music Festival.  This marks the 39th year for the annual convention.  Jerry Hughes, a spokesperson for the festival, says people from around the world will come to Le Mars to listen to the music and attend the festival.  He offers a preview of what will happen at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds. 

Listen to

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Hughes says the festival attracts some well-known musicians that may be more familiar to people outside the circle of traditional old time country music.

Listen to

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Check back for other updates relating to the music festival.


Downtown Rennovation Project Ready For Review

(Le Mars) -- As we heard earlier in the week, progress is being made for the downtown facade rennovation project, as part of the Community Development Block Grant.  The archeitech for the program, Peter Franks, says he has visited with the 29 different property owners and is ready to submit the proposed plans to the State Historic Preservation Office for their review and approval.

Listen to

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Franks says the State Historic Preservation Office will take at least 30 days to review the proposed plans.  The rennovation archeitech doesn't believe there will be any problems with the proposed historic preservation rennovation plans relating to the Le Mars downtown buildings.  However, he does explain what could be the worst case scenerio.

Listen to

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Franks says contractors will be allowed to bid on the downtown rennovation project, and construction could get started yet this fall.

Listen to

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.


Iowa City School Ponders Over Student Sex Offender

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa City Community School Board is scheduled next week to discuss where to place a student who's required to register as a sex offender.
     Superintendent Stephen Murley says that Iowa law requires the district to offer education to all school-age children in the district, including sex offenders who must register. 
     The board will discuss the issue in a closed session before Tuesday's regular meeting. 
     Murley says federal privacy statutes bar district officials from releasing most information about the situation, including the student's name, offense and which school building the student will be placed.
     Karin Hamilton with the Iowa Sex Offender Registry says a sex offender who has committed an offense against a child is not allowed on school grounds unless enrolled in that school.


County Attorney Violates Open Public Record Laws

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa county attorney says he unknowingly violated the state's open records law because he was too busy to provide public documents to a former employee. 
     Washington County Attorney Larry Brock testified Thursday before a judge in Des Moines.
     Brock is the first public official charged by the year-old Iowa Public Information board with knowingly violating the state's public records law. He faces a fine up to $2,500 if convicted. 
     A former county park ranger on March 3 requested a months' worth of correspondence between Brock and other officials. Brock didn't fulfill the request until June 6.
     State law gives public officials 10 business days to respond in most cases.


Vilsack Returns To Iowa

 MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is returning to Iowa to announce federal grants designed to encourage development of new value-added farm products and to discuss other rural development funding programs.
     Vilsack, accompanied by U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, will travel to a dairy operation in Ely in eastern Iowa and a food cooperative in Marshalltown.
     They'll announce recipients of Value-Added Producer Grants for Iowa businesses. Money for the grants was increased in the 2014 Farm Bill.
     They also will discuss the Rural Economic Development Loans and Grants program which provides zero-interest loans and grants to utilities that lend funds to local businesses for projects to create and retain employment in rural areas.


Iowa State Fair Attendance Was Lower, But More People Took The Bus

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Attendance at the Iowa State Fair was down but more people rode buses to reach the fairgrounds.
     The Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority says ridership between park-and-rides and the fairground was 221,188 during the 11-day fair. That an 8 percent increase over last year.
     The increased ridership came even as overall fair attendance dipped a bit to nearly 1,016,000 people. That is the smallest attendance since 2010.
     Transit authority General Manager Elizabeth Presutti says the ridership figures show more people want to avoid the cost and hassle of parking near the fairgrounds. Fairgoers with prepaid fair tickets also were offered bus discounts.
     The increase also may reflect a more accurate ticketing system used at some park and ride locations.


Oelwein Mayor Charged With Sexual Assault

  OELWEIN, Iowa (AP) - A northeast Iowa mayor accused of sexually abusing two girls has been released from jail.
      36-year-old Jason Manus left the Fayette County Jail on Wednesday after a bail bonding company posted a reduced $65,000 bond.
     Manus, the mayor of Oelwein, is accused of sexually abusing two girls, ages 9 and 14, in 2010. He faces five counts of second-degree sexual abuse. Court records do not list an attorney.
     Authorities say they launched an investigation into Manus after receiving information about the allegations from the state Department of Human Services. He was arrested on August 11th.
     Manus was elected last year. He beat the incumbent mayor by 47 votes out of about 1,100 cast.


Dubuque Candy Store Sells Cocaine

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - A Dubuque man faces federal charges for allegedly selling crack cocaine out of his candy store earlier this year.
     The Telegraph Herald reports 35-year-old Dwayne M. Howard is charged with four counts of distributing crack cocaine near a school or playground. Court records do not list an attorney.
     Howard is accused of selling the drug to an undercover police officer on four different occasions in January and February. An indictment says three of the sales took place inside Wayne's Candy, a business operated by Howard. It has since closed.
     The indictment says three of the sales took place within 1,000 feet of playgrounds at two parks. A fourth alleged sale took place within 1,000 feet of an elementary school.
     A hearing is scheduled on September 24th.









Thursday Afternoon, August 21

Warm Weather Has Schools Dismissing Early

  SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Warm, humid weather is prompting some school officials in Iowa to dismiss classes early.
     The Sioux City Journal reports nine schools that don't have air conditioning will dismiss students at 1:30 p.m. Thursday amid high temperatures near 90 and high humidity.
     Schools also were closing early in Iowa Falls, North Tama, Independence, Centerville and other districts.
     Hot weather is expected to continue through the weekend.


City Council Hears About Skilled Iowa Initiative

(Le Mars) -- During Tuesday's Le Mars City Council meeting, the council heard a report from Jon Murad of Iowa Works.  Murad informed the council about Governor Branstad's Skilled Iowa Initiative to assist employers and workers, and stimulate business growth.  Murad told the council the Skilled Iowa Initiative is a critical step in improving the quality of the workforce in Iowa.  The program is supported by Iowa businesses, economic development, workforce development and education to enhance the quality of Iowa's workforce and connect Iowa's employers to the right labor pool.  Murad shared with the council that job seekers would complete a test of skills and abilities and would be given a certificate offering proof of your job skills.  Murad indicated having high job skills means having access to higher-paying jobs.  The council approved a measure offering support of the Skilled Iowa Initiative. 


Grain Elevator Scam 

   DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A northeast Iowa man sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison for fabricating grain elevator scale tickets and bankruptcy fraud has lost his sentence appeal.
     The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says 48-year-old Michael Recker was properly sentenced last year to 46 months in prison.
     Recker, of Arlington, admitted at sentencing that in 2008 and 2009 he bribed an elevator worker to create false grain tickets then lied to Internal Revenue Service investigators about it. He also admitted he didn't disclose to the bankruptcy court ownership and subsequent sale of a combine for $50,000.
     The appeals court judges conclude in a ruling posted Thursday the sentencing judge properly considered Recker's initial denial of his actions and 15 previous convictions for which he was treated leniently by Iowa courts.


Netherlands King To Visit Iowa Ethanol Plant

  EMMETSBURG, Iowa (AP) - The king of the Netherlands plans to visit Iowa next month to attend the grand opening of a northern Iowa ethanol plant co-owned by a Netherlands-based company.
     Willem-Alexander says he will take part in the Sept. 3 grand opening ceremony at the Project Liberty cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg and tour the facility. The $250 million project is a joint venture of Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based ethanol-maker POET and Royal DSM, a biotechnology company based in the Netherlands. The plant will produce 25 million gallons a year when fully operational. 
     It is among the first facilities of its size in the United States to begin making ethanol from plant material. 
     Cellulosic ethanol is made from the woody and fibrous parts of plants, including corn cobs, stalks, leaves and other residue.


University Of Iowa Marching Band to March In New Facility

 IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The University of Iowa marching band is trying out a new, $15-million indoor facility for the first time after stormy weather blew through Iowa City this week. 
     The Hawkeye Marching Band used to rehearse on a field along Park Road. Bad weather usually puts the nearly 250-member band behind schedule during its annual preseason camp, but students were able to rehearse inside on Wednesday.
     The new building also will be used for sports, including baseball, softball and soccer. It has athletic turf with yard markers, and acoustic panels line the ceiling to enhance sound for the band.


Branstad To Host Midwest-Japan Conference

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Governors from throughout the Midwest will join next month with officials from Japan at a three-day conference in Des Moines.
     Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad announced Wednesday that the 2014 Midwest-U.S.-Japan Association Conference would feature governors from Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska and Wisconsin. Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds also will attend.
     A number of officials from Japan, including the nation's ambassador to the United States, will speak at the conference.
     The events will be held September 7th through 9 at a downtown Des Moines hotel.


Aerial Spraying Blamed For Fish Kill

 GEORGE, Iowa (AP) - The state Department of Natural Resources says it's investigating a fish kill in northwest Iowa.
     Officials say a conservation officer reported seeing dead fish and crawdads in an unnamed stream Tuesday in Lyon County. Further investigation Wednesday revealed dead fish of different sizes and species in the stream. It is unclear how many fish have been affected.
     The stream flows into Rat Creek, a tributary of Otter Creek between Ashton and George.
     Officials say aerial spraying is the most probable cause of the spill, but lab results are still pending. Three aerial applicators were flying in the area Tuesday.
     This is the second recent fish kill in Lyon County. Officials believe it was caused by aerial spraying.





Page 20 of 1155

Search KLEM



Stock Market

1 DOW 17,156.85
+24.88 (0.15%)    
2 S&P 2,001.57
+2.59 (0.13%)    
3 NASDAQ 4,562.19
+9.43 (0.21%)    

Copyright 2010, Powell Broadcasting, Website developed by iCast Interactive