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KLEM News PM Update May 10, 2010

(LE MARS)--An expulsion hearing begins the Le Mars Community School District's Board of Education meeting tonight.

The board meets in the superintendent's conference room at 6:30 in a meeting closed to the public to conduct an expulsion hearing. The board is slated to make a decision in a meeting open to the public.

The regular meeting follows at 7:30 this evening with time for comments from the public on the middle school auditorium, high school locker room and bus building roof replacement projects and bid openings.
A report on meetings with employees who are not part of a bargaining group will be given to the board to set pay and benefits for the next school year. The board has previously set pay and benefits for the Education Association which has formal contract talks with the Board's representatives.

Handbook changes for the next school year will be considered and the board will be recognized in celebration of School Board Recognition Week.

The public meeting at 7:30 is in the board's meeting room at the Education Service Center.

Here is the agenda for the earlier meeting:

Le Mars Community School District
Board of Education Special Meeting
May 10, 2010 @ 6:30 PM
Superintendent’s Conference Room

I. Call to Order

II. Closed Session to Conduct Expulsion Hearing(s)

III. Open Session for Decision Regarding Expulsion

IV. Adjourn

(LE MARS)--A documentary will debut at the annual meeting of the Plymouth County Historical Museum this month.

"A Plymouth Primer"  is a documentary developed by Tom Vance of Le Mars for the museum. The video traces the beginning of Plymouth County and the way in which the history is woven into the museum story.


Grant monies from the Le Mars Hotel/Motel tax and Plymouth County Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) have made the documentary possible.

The showing of the documentary will wrap up the 46th annual meeting evening in the "Old Central" gym. Other activities include recognition of museum volunteers, election of new board members, and the featured speaker on preserving the Loess Hills prairie, Bill Zales.

The evening begins with a catered meal at 6 p-m May 20th.

(IDA GROVE)--Two Holstein teens face felony charges for damage to the Galva-Holstein High School two months ago.

Ida County Sheriff Wade Harriman says the charges against 15-year-olds Alex Miller and Haydan Johnson were the result of a lengthy investigation into an incident at the Galva-Holstein High School March 27th that caused more than 28-thousand dollars in damage.

Miller and Johnson are each charged with criminal mischief in the first degree and burglary in the third degree. The charges were filed in juvenile court.

According to Harriman, the investigation and charges also cleared up incidents at the high school on February 22nd and March 16th.

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WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) The child labor trial of a former Iowa kosher slaughterhouse manager accused of exposing children to dangerous chemicals and working them for too many hours is to start Monday.

A jury was selected last week to hear the case against former Agriprocessors manager Sholom Rubashkin in Black Hawk County District Court in Waterloo.

Rubashkin faces 83 charges. The charges were condensed from thousands of counts and charges were dropped against two co-defendants, including Rubashkin's father.

In a separate case, Rubashkin was convicted of 86 federal financial fraud charges in November. Sentencing in that case is May 27.

Agriprocessors was the site of a 2008 raid in which 389 workers were arrested on immigration charges.


CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) The trial for a Charles City teenager accused of sexually assaulting and choking to death his 3-year-old cousin is set to begin May 18.

The trial for 15-year-old Edgar Concepcion Jr. is to begin with jury selection in Hamilton County District Court. The trial was moved there because of pre-trial publicity. Concepcion is charged as an adult with first-degree murder, first-degree sexual abuse, second degree sexual abuse and child endangerment.

Concepcion is accused in the death of Krystel Banes. He has pleaded not guilty.

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) Burlington police are investigating the death of a woman found inside a house over the weekend.

Police say emergency crews found the woman's body Saturday afternoon after responding to a 911 call about an unresponsive person.

The woman's name was not immediately released. The cause of death remains under investigation. An autopsy is pending. 

MELBOURNE Iowa (AP) Authorities say a man died after suffering burns in a car fire near Melbourne in central Iowa.

Marshall County officials say emergency crews found the man when they responded to a report of a car fire around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday just off Iowa Highway 330. The man, who was not immediately identified, was taken to a Marshalltown hospital where he died

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.


OELWEIN, Iowa (AP) A special unit based out the Cedar Rapids fire department has been sent to Oelwein to help stabilize two downtown buildings damaged in a fire.

The fire started Friday night above an antiques store and spread to another building. At least two businesses and several apartments were destroyed.

No injuries were reported, but it took fire crews from six departments until Saturday morning to get the flames under control.

On Sunday, the Iowa fire marshal's office sent an Urban Search and Rescue unit to Oelwein to help shore up the buildings so agents can get inside and continue their investigation.

Cedar Rapids fire department spokesman Greg Buelow says the team brought along heavy rescue equipment to cut through steel and concrete.


CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) A group of women is standing up for mother's rights by supporting a new mom with a ``nurse-in'' at a Cedar Rapids mall.

Several dozen women held the nurse-in on Mother's Day at Lindale Mall.

It was prompted by an incident last week involving 24-year-old Bonnie McCall. The Cedar Rapids woman was breast-feeding her 5-week-old son, Nolan, at a play area when a security guard suggested she go to a private family restroom.

McCall refused, citing state law that allows women to breast-fed in public places. McCall says management apologized to her in an e-mail, saying the mall has taken action to address the issue.

McCall says she and other moms organized the nurse-in to make a point.

AMES, Iowa (AP) Those interested in aviation in Iowa can now turn to a new section on the state Department of Transportation's website.

The Iowa Department of Transportation announced Monday that its Office of Aviation has created a new page that contains information, tools and resources. They say its meant to be a business tool. The website provides information about becoming a licensed pilot, aircraft registration requirements as well as an Iowa airport directory.

The department says the website has several videos and photo galleries. The new site's aim is to act as a resource for pilots, airport representatives, aviation industry workers and the public.

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