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KLEM News PM Update April 21, 2010

(LE MARS)–A long-time farmer whose wife was once a teacher planned for the future education of young people in Plymouth County.

The announcement of a bequest from Clifford Perry of Le Mars was made last night by Le Mars Community School District Foundation Board member Ruth Peters.

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“The Le Mars Community School District Foundation is the
recipient of a generous bequest from the Clifford E. Perry Revocable Trust,” Peters announced.

“The LCSD Foundation is one of seven Plymouth County school foundations selected by Clifford Perry to receive a monetary gift with which to establish a self-sustaining scholarship fund for graduating seniors.

Mr. Perry, a life-long resident of Plymouth County and long-time farmer who was my neighbor for 50 years, ,desired to provide financial assistance to graduating high school seniors
who plan to attend a technical or trade school and who “because of factors caused by them or outside influences simply need a financial boost to allow them to obtain the necessary education which will benefit them and their families for the rest of their lives.”

The Le Mars Community School District Foundation anticipates awarding the first of the Clifford E. Perry Memorial Scholarships in the spring of next year.

(LE MARS)–Le Mars residents have another option to dispose of electronics.

Assistant city administrator Bill Cole says electronics will be included at a separate collection site during the 2010 Spring CleanUp Days June 3,4, and 5th and June 19th.

The city declares an amnesty from the landfill disposal cost for up to 1,000 pounds of household “throw away” material.

Items included in the amnesty are furniture, construction and demolition materials, metal and white goods. There is a per item de-manufacturing charge for white goods which are generally appliances.

A semi trailer will be in the parking lot behind City Hall on Thursday and Friday, June 3rd and 4th from 9 a-m to 4 p-m. to collect electronics for recycling. The semi trailer will also be staffed on Saturday, June 5th from 9 a-m to noon.

Sioux City Recycletronics is a non-profit recycle center and will provide the service in Le Mars. Electronics include cell phones, telephones, computers, C-P-U’s, stereos, toasters, laptops, copiers, printers, V-C-R’s, alarm clocks, remote controls, M-P-3 players, disk drives, can openers, camcorders, floppy drives, speakers, cameras, modems, computer mice, C-D players, fax machines, and game-style systems. There will be a small charge for some items.

When the recycling of electronics was announced at the council meeting Tuesday, council solid waste committee member Ken Nelson said those items may also be taken to the landfill. Information about what is accepted by the landfill and any fees is available by calling 546-6071.

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) School officials in Yankton came to the rescue of three children who were inside a sport utility vehicle when a fire broke out. The children were not hurt.

Deputy Fire Chief Larry Nickles says the three children between the ages of 1 and 6 were in the SUV by themselves outside an elementary school Monday when the 6-year-old ignited a blanket with a lighter.

Lincoln Principal Paul Struck heard one of the children crying and was able to get them safely out of the vehicle. Bus driver Dennis Sundleaf used a fire extinguisher to stop the flames from spreading.

Nickles commended the school officials for their quick actions, saying the vehicle seats could have burst into flame. He says the SUV’s windows were down, so the children did not breathe any smoke.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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ALLERTON, Iowa (AP) Authorities say an Ankeny woman has been found dead in a state park in southern Iowa.

The Wayne County sheriff’s office says officials found the body of 49-year-old Rebecca Herring in Bobwhite State Park near Allerton on Tuesday. The body was in water about 4-feet deep about 30 feet from shore.

A 911 caller alerted authorities.

An autopsy is pending, but authorities say no foul play is suspected.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Iowa’s annual nature study is offering a mixed bag in an environmental checkup.

The study is the second one by the Department of Natural Resources. It found increasingly bad air, hunters struggling to find pheasants and rivers still in poor condition.

Marian Gelb of the nonprofit Iowa Environmental Council says a decline of protected habitat, such as grasslands and woodlands, directly affects the lack of game birds and water quality issues.

The study also found that people are flocking to the state’s parks in the highest numbers in a decade. Fishing license sales are also up.

The state’s deer population is nearing the Legislature’s target of 180,000, but the debate continues over whether Iowa still has too many deer.

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COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) A former employee of an orthopedic firm has been given a suspended prison sentence after admitting she stole thousands of dollars from the business.

Kassie McKnight pleaded guilty in February to ongoing criminal conduct. As part of her plea a charge of first-degree theft was dismissed.

Miller Orthopaedic president Dr. Daniel Larose alleges McKnight stole upward of $75,000 from the company.

McKnight attorney Bill McGinn asked that his client be given a deferred judgment. He said McKnight would be better able to pay restitution if she were not trying to find a job with a felony conviction on her record.

Judge Greg Steensland on Monday sentenced McKnight on Monday to five years supervised probation and ordered her to pay restitution to the company.

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