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KLEM News AM Update April 26, 2010

(LE MARS)–Bids, contracts and computers labs are agenda items for the Le Mars Community School Board of Education tonight.

The Board will consider bids for remodeling the middle school auditorium and high school boys’ locker room as well as bus building roof replacement.

To provide art rooms at Clark and Franklin following the closing of Kissinger Elementary School, the concept of mobile computer labs has been suggested for the next school year. The concept is an action item for the board’s meeting tonight.

Contracts with Judd Kopperud for head girls’ basketball coach and Kristin Iverson for elementary music teacher will be considered for the next school year.

The public meeting begins at 7:30 tonight at the Education Service Center.

You are hereby notified that the Board of Education of the LeMars Community School District will meet on April 26, 2010, 7:30 p.m. in the Education Service Center, 940 Lincoln St. SW, LeMars, Iowa. Agenda is as follows:

1. Call to Order

2. Approval of Minutes (April 12, 2010 – Regular Meeting)

3. Consent Grouping (Claims and Accounts)

4. Reports and Information (Unscheduled Audience; Smart Music Report; IASB Safety Group Insurance Meeting; IASB School Law Conference; Skills Iowa; Inter-fund Loan Information)

5. Action Items (Resignations; Contracts; 2010-11 Teacher Contracts; MS Auditorium & HS Locker Room Renovation Notice of Hearing/Bid Letting; Bus Building Roof Replacement Notice of Hearing/Bid Letting; Concrete Drive Specifications and Bidding Procedures; HS Handbook Revision for 2010-11; Health Insurance Split Funding; Clark and Franklin Mobile Labs)

6. Other Business

7. Unfinished Business

8. Adjournment



(BRONSON)–A Bronson man died after a motorcycle accident southeast of Sioux City Saturday afternoon.

The Iowa State Patrol reports 49-year-old Michael McDermott failed to negotiate a curve on a road south of Bronson. The motorcycle McDermott was driving left the roadway, struck a sign post and become airborne before stopping in a ditch. The crash resulted in McDermott’s death. He was not wearing a helmet.

The Iowa State Patrol and Woodbury County sheriff’s office are investigating the crash,

(LE MARS)–Four people were taken to Floyd Valley Hospital after a one-vehicle accident near Brunsville Saturday night.

The Plymouth County Sheriff’s office reports 16-year-old Olivia Swindell of Le Mars lost control of a car north of Brunsville on 150th Street, near the intersection with Iris Avenue.

The car went into the south ditch and rolled once before landing on its wheels.

Those taken to Floyd Valley Hospital by private vehicle included Swindell, 15-year-old Vanessa Recker and 14-year-old Troy Recker, both of rural Le Mars; and 16-year-old Colt Johns of Le Mars.

DENISON, Iowa (AP) Authorities in Crawford County say one man has been killed and another injured in a rollover accident near Denison.

The Iowa State Patrol says a 24-year-old man from Denison was driving northwest of the town Saturday evening when his BMW rolled into a ditch and overturned.

Troopers say the driver and his 26-year-old passenger were wearing their seat belts, but both were seriously injured in the crash. The passenger was declared dead at the scene, and the driver was taken to Crawford County Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The victims’ names were being withheld pending notification of their families.

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

(LE MARS)–A Sioux City man is charged with felony domestic assault.

The Plymouth County sheriff’s office released written information about the arrest of 33-year-old Verlon Adams Blowe on Saturday.

The sheriff’s office reports an incident involving a person who lives in Plymouth County began in Sioux City and ended at the person’s residence in southern Plymouth County.

Blowe is charged with felony domestic abuse and false imprisonment. Blowe appeared before a judge and his bond was $10,000. He is no longer in the Plymouth County jail.

LITTLE SIOUX, Iowa (AP) An Iowa Boy Scout camp hit by a deadly tornado continues to make improvements to protect against a similar tragedy in the future.

The Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council held a ceremony Saturday to celebrate completion of a storm shelter, RV park and other features at the Little Sioux Scout Ranch.

The camp was destroyed June 11, 2008, when the storm hit. Four Boy Scouts died, including three from Omaha, Neb. Nearly 50 others were injured.

Volunteers have rebuilt the camp, which was rededicated last year. The new buildings are able to withstand winds up to 250 mph.

The camp’s new ranger, Greg “Doc” Schaefer, says he’s confident the new storm shelters will protect scouts, but he hopes they won’t tested by another tornado.

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

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) Several people suffered injuries when the balcony of a second-floor apartment collapsed in Vermillion.

The Vermillion police department says 10 people were on the balcony when it collapsed about 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

Police say six people were taken by ambulance to a hospital. Additional victims later sought treatment.

A message left Sunday for the police chief was not immediately returned.

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AMES, Iowa (AP) Police in Ames say a woman in her early 20s has been hit and killed by a train near the Iowa State University campus.

Officers say the woman’s body was discovered early Sunday morning in a grassy, wooded area near the Veenker Memorial Golf Course, but they are not sure exactly when she was hit.

Police say they are looking at Union Pacific Railroad schedules to see when trains move through the area.

They say the woman was out in the Campus Town area with friends late Saturday night and somehow became separated from the group. Friends and a police officer began a search, and the officer found her body.

Police did not immediately release the victim’s name or say why she may have been on the tracks.

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa (AP) Iowa State Police are investigating an accident that killed a Mount Pleasant woman.

Officers say 47-year-old Catherine White was riding Saturday night in a pickup that left the road and rolled over into a rain-filled ditch about six miles southeast of Mount Pleasant.

White and another passenger, 64-year-old Gary Albright, were extricated from the submerged pickup and taken to Henry County Health Center in Mount Pleasant, where White was pronounced dead. Word on Albright’s condition wasn’t available Sunday.

The name of the truck’s driver had not been released Sunday.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) President Barack Obama is coming to Iowa to lay out his plans for revitalizing the economy.

Obama plans to visit Fort Madison, Mount Pleasant and Ottumwa on Tuesday as part of his Main Street Tour.

Southeast Iowa has been hit hard by the recession with unemployment at or above the national rate of 9.7 percent.

Local and state officials say they hope Obama brings good news.

Roger Jones is the executive director of the Ottumwa Economic Development Corporation. He says money is needed for infrastructure. Kerry Koonce, a spokeswoman for Iowa Workforce Development, says more money is needed for job training.

But Iowa State University economist David Swenson says there are limits to what the federal government can do and that local communities need to build a mixed economy that isn’t dependent on manufacturing.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) Military officials offer their condolences for a 53-year-old soldier from Iowa who died last week in Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense says Command Sgt. Maj. John Laborde of Waterloo died Thursday.

Officials say Laborde died at Kandahar Air Field in Afghanistan after sustaining injuries from a “non-combat related incident.”

Laborde was assigned to the 649th Regional Support Group in Cedar Rapids.

First Lt. Michael Meyer of the 103rd Expeditionary Command said in a statement that Laborde had a 31-year career in the military. Meyer said “thoughts and prayers” go out to Laborde’s family in Iowa and his fellow soldiers serving in Afghanistan.

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