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KLEM News PM Update April 20, 2010

(HINTON)--A Le Mars business is the contractor for a new Hinton Elementary School project.

The board awarded the building project to Wiltgen Construction Monday night.

According to acting superintendent Larry Williams, the base bid was seven-million 281-thousand 102 dollars. The board also added two alternates for road work of 170-thousand dollars. The Wiltgen bid was about one-point-one million dollars less than the 8.5-million dollar project estimate for construction and site work which did not include alternates.

Williams described bids from contractors as "very favorable" for the district with good bids from a number of reliable contractors.

Construction is slated to be completed by August of next year in time for the opening of classes. The start of construction will be determined after a pre-construction meeting.

 

(LE MARS)--Investigations into burglaries at hog confinements led to the arrest of four Le Mars area residents.

Plymouth County sheriff's office chief deputy Craig Bartolozzi released details of an investigation which began last Wednesday (April 14th) when authorities received information about several burglaries.

Tools and pigs were taken from three hog confinements and the owners were unaware of the burglaries.

They included C and B Farms at 35062 240th Street, Le Mars; J-B-D Pork at 26543 130th Street, Le Mars; and  Diamond Pork at 27857 C-38, Merrill. Pigs were taken from C and B Farms and J-B-D Pork and tools were taken from Diamond Pork.

Those charged are 30-year-old Jason Ryan Peters of Brunsville; 21-year-old Ryan Gilbert Utesch of rural Le Mars; 30-year-old Robert Eugene Trobaugh of Le Mars; and 23-year-old Cassandra Belinda Hansen of Le Mars.

The four are each charged with felony theft in the second degree; theft in the third degree, theft in the fourth degree and three felony burglaries of burglary in the third degree. 

Bartolozzi's information indicates 13 pigs were killed using a hammer and the remains were buried near a creek. Utesch and Peters were also charged with livestock abuse.

All four are being held in the Plymouth County jail. 

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