Wednesday Afternoon News, May 22
Le Mars Serves As Model City For Recycling Program
(Le Mars) -- As noted by Le Mars Mayor Dick Kirchoff, Le Mars' recycling efforts have proven to be very successful over the past eight years of existence. City Assistant Administrator Bill Cole tells of how much the community has recycled over the years.
Cole says other communities are turning to Le Mars and trying to duplicate our efforts.
The city official says recycling has helped the city get cash back, but he believes the community has embraced the recycling effort because it is the right thing to do.
Cole says there are three more occasions approaching when city residents can dispose of additional waste. May 31st will be the Recycltronics Day. A day when the city will collect old electronic devices such as televisions, computers, and discarded cell phones. June 4th the city will collect old appliances and old tires from the city's residents. Cole says that may include abandoned refrigerators, microwaves, stoves and washers and dryers. Spring clean up is scheduled for the week of June 10th to the 15th when the city will waive the fee for disposal at the landfill, up to 1000 pounds of waste.
Norovirus Is The Cause For Student Illnesses
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Nearly a dozen more children at a Sioux City elementary school have called in sick due to symptoms from norovirus.
Officials at Bryant Elementary School say 11 children said they would be out Wednesday.
The Siouxland District Health Department announced Tuesday that lab results confirmed an outbreak of norovirus was to blame for an illness that's sickened dozens of students over several days.
Norovirus is a common food-borne pathogen with symptoms including vomiting and diarrhea.
The last day of school is Thursday.
Tractor Roll Over Accident Claims Albert City Man's Life
(Storm Lake) -- Buena Vista authorities are investigating a tractor roll-over accident that claimed the life of a 78 year old Richard Fondroy of Albert City. The accident happened on Tuesday at about 7:44 p.m. about five miles west of Albert City. Deputies say Fondroy was pinned beneath the tractor. Machinery was brought in to lift the tractor from the victim.
Sioux City Police To Offer Child Identification Kit
(Sioux City) -- This coming Saturday, the Sioux City Police Department will be conducting a Child Identification Kit with the assistance of the Floyd Blvd. Walmart. Police officers will be at Walmart from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Parents will be given a packet that contains information that is vital in the event your child is lost or abducted. The packet has information that can be relayed to first responders and law enforcement to assist our efforts in the event of an incident. Thumb prints and DNA samples will be taken and provided to the parents in the kit, no information will be retained by the law enforcement.
Search For Missing 15 Year Old Continues
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The search for a missing 15-year-old Iowa girl abducted Monday after getting off her school bus was continuing Wednesday morning near Dayton in northern Iowa.
A news release from the Iowa Department of Public Safety says the search is focusing on four areas, all within 20 miles of Dayton.
Searchers will focus on the area around the bus stop where Kathlynn Shepard and a 12-year-old girl were abducted, the area in rural Pilot Mound, Iowa, where the 12-year-old girl escaped and an
area near Dayton where the body of 42-year-old suspect Michael Klunder was found Monday night. Searchers will also search the area near Klunder's Stratford, Iowa, home.
More than 300 people searched for Shepard on Tuesday. Authorities say more volunteers are not needed Wednesday, but could be later. Investigators have recovered the backpacks of the two Iowa girls who were kidnapped Monday while they continue to search for 15-year-old Kathlynn Shepard.
The Iowa Department of Public Safety said a search team of police and dogs found the backpacks belonging to Kathlynn and a 12-year-old girl, who were abducted by 42-year-old Michael Klunder
while walking home from school in Dayton. The backpacks were found
Tuesday afternoon in a rural area, several miles south of a hog confinement where the girls were taken.
Police say the 12-year-old escaped and Klunder was found dead of self-inflicted injuries hours later. Police continue to search for Kathlynn around Dayton, about 60 miles north of Des Moines.
Investigators also released an image of Kathlynn exiting a school bus, shortly before she was abducted.
Lawmakers Reach Tentative Agreement On Education Policy Bill
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A state lawmaker says legislators have a tentative education policy deal that would provide additional school funding.
Republican Rep. Ron Jorgenson, of Sioux City, says Wednesday the plan would provide more basic school funding for the next academic year, as well as offer dollars to districts that adopt a program to
raise minimum teacher pay and offer leadership incentives.
Under the preliminary agreement, Jorgenson says a task force would review teacher evaluations and some restrictions on homeschooling would be lifted.
Jorgenson says the deal must still be reviewed by legislators in the House and Senate. But he says he is optimistic they could resolve the issue Wednesday. Both legislative chambers are in
session Wednesday, with hopes of soon concluding the 2013 session.