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KLEM News AM Update September 27, 2010

(LE MARS)–Galactic Goodies from the Ice Cream Capital of the World filmed at two Le Mars business are “Unwrapped” on the Food Network tonight at 7:30.

Wells’ Dairy and Dave and Lucy Petter of the Le Mars Dairy Queen hosted the filming of a program they’ll see for the first time tonight.

It’s a source of pride for the Petters to have turned their business into a film production area to show children enjoying Dairy Queen’s StarKiss bars produced in Le Mars by Wells’ Dairy.

The program will have a family flavor because the Petters were asked about young children for the Food Network segment. Their grandchildren Kaylee, Kennah and Karsen Traver and a friend of the family, Raegan Davis were filmed eating the star-shaped, red, white and blue frozen novelty at the Le Mars Dairy Queen.

The Petters Dairy Queen business is showcased on the show, with the exception of the exterior. Lucy explained that the filming occurred last winter when there was snow on the ground.

Living in a community known nationally isn’t new to the Petters. They moved to Le Mars 22 years ago to buy and operate the Dairy Queen in what’s known as the Ice Cream Capital of the World. They’d lived in Anoka which is a Minneapolis-area community is known as the Halloween capital.

KLEM News was unable to use an interview about the D-Q experience due to technical problems.

Summary of past school year spending and income on board agenda tonight 

(LE MARS) School finance and science courses are among the topics Le Mars Community School Board of Education members will consider during a public meeting tonight at 7:30.

Assistant Superintendent Dr. Carl Turner and science curriculum committee members present the proposed K-12 science curriculum. The board will be asked to adopt the science instruction plans.

The preliminary audit report from Williams and Company for the 2009-2010 budget year will be presented by Superintendent Dr. Todd Wendt.

Other agenda items include a report on preliminary enrollment numbers prior to the official October 1st count to be reported to the Iowa Department of Education.

Goals for the superintendent are to be set by the board.

The board is scheduled to close the meeting to the public at the end of the agenda to discuss the purchase of real estate.

The meeting tonight is at the Education Service Center at 940 Lincoln Street Southwest.



II. APPROVAL OF MINUTES Regular Meeting – September 13, 2010 (pages 4-6)

III. CONSENT GROUPING A. Claims and Accounts (see enclosed)


1. Unscheduled Audience A 10-minute module of time is available for audience participation.

2. Science Curriculum Report Dr. Turner and members of the science curriculum committee will present a report to the Board of Education regarding the proposed K-12 science curriculum for adoption later in the meeting. (report enclosed) 3. Preliminary Certified Enrollment Dr. Turner will present a report to the Board concerning the preliminary resident student count. The official count date is October 1, 2010.

4. Annual Progress Report Dr. Turner will review the 2009-10 Annual Progress Report with the Board of Education. (Report enclosed.)

5. Preliminary Audit Report Dr. Wendt will discuss with the Board the preliminary audit report from Williams and Company for the 2009-10 fiscal year. (See enclosed letter.) B. Information 1. IASB Employee Relations Conference The Iowa Association of School Boards hosted their annual Employee Relations Conference in Des Moines on September 24, 2010. Board members who attended will share what they learned.

2. IASB Orientation to Governance The Iowa Association of School Boards will be hosting this ABLE workshop in Sheldon on October 26, 2010 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Board members interested in attending should notify Dr. Wendt. 3. IASB Annual Convention The Iowa Association of School Boards will be hosting their annual convention in Des Moines November 17-18, 2010. Board members interested in attending should notify Dr. Wendt. 4. Superintendent Goals Discussion As prescribed in the Goal Setting portion of the Superintendent Evaluation process, the Board and superintendent will discuss progress on the goals developed. (Goal setting document enclosed.) V.


A. Personnel

1. Resignations a. Catherine Hovden has resigned her position as IMC Associate at Kluckhohn Elementary effective October 1, 2010.

2. Contracts

B. Other Items 1. K-12 Science Curriculum The Board will consider adopting the K-12 science curriculum recommended earlier in the meeting. 2. Board Expectations of Superintendent The Board of Education will consider approving the expectations of the Superintendent of Schools for the 2010-11 school year. (See proposed 2010-11 expectations.) 3. Open Enrollment



VIII. CLOSED SESSION The Board of Education will conduct a closed session in the Superintendent’s Conference Room in accordance with Iowa Code 21.5(1)j to discuss the purchase of particular real estate only where premature disclosure could be reasonably expected to increase the price the school district would have to pay for that property.



Opera House may be on National Register

(AKRON) The Akron Opera House kicked off their new season this weekend and is looking forward to pleasing crowds throughout the rest of the year with 5 more shows. The Akron Opera House has a lot of history. It was built in 1905 and held it’s first performance in 1906. The stage became bare during the depression, and didn’t boast live entertainment until 1970 when high school drama teacher, Mr. Richard Jacobs organized volunteer energy to reopen the opera house. The Opera House is currently owned by the Akron Community Theater Group. Doug Olson serves as the board president and says that the community’s involvement with the theater is a way to keep Akron history alive.

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The Board has been trying diligently to get the theater on the National Register of Historic Places. Olsen says the process has been a lot of work.

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Olsen hopes that getting on the register will open doors for more money to come in for the continual improvements that need to be made to the theater.

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In the last year the theater has had a bit of a face lift. There’s a new front door, new carpet, new background flats and lighting. The next big project they’re hoping to execute is restoration of the brick on the outside of the building.

The next show at the Akron Opera House is “We’ve Got Talent,” November 5th and 6th. This special performance showcases talent from Akron, Westfield and the surrounding area. The rest of the season includes: “The Browns Christmas Show,” the comedy “Unnecessary Farce” and the University of South Dakota Jazz Ensemble. Olson said that the biggest show of the season will be this year’s musical, “Anything Goes.”

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For more details on the Akron Opera House visit akronoperahouse.org
Secretary of state candidates differ on voter IDs

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Republican candidate for Iowa secretary of state says if he’s elected he will ask the Legislature to mandate that all voters show photo identification before they cast ballots.

Republican Matt Schultz says identification should always be shown when voting, not just when an election official is suspicious or if someone is an inactive voter.

The Council Bluffs attorney is challenging Democratic incumbent Michael Mauro, who is seeking a second term. Libertarian Jake Porter of Des Moines also is on the ballot.

The Des Moines Register reports that Mauro says Republicans want to require that voters show identification because “they believe if fewer people participate, they have a better chance of winning.”

Mauro says if the state provided free IDs he would support an identification requirement.

Poll: Branstad ahead 19 points in governor’s race

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A new poll done for the Des Moines Register shows Republican Terry Branstad leading Democratic Gov. Chet Culver by 19 percentage points in the Iowa governor’s race.

Branstad is a former Iowa governor. Fifty-two percent of those surveyed say they support him, while 33 percent prefer Culver.

The poll was done Sept. 19 to 22, after Culver began airing an advertisement acknowledging he has made mistakes as governor but still touting his accomplishments. It doesn’t seem to have helped much.

Only 35 percent of the people surveyed approved of Culver’s performance in office.

The poll conducted by Selzer and Co. of Des Moines surveyed a random sample of 803 adults. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

Nebraska, Iowa to kill fish in shared lake

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Carter Lake will be closing to the public, so Nebraska and Iowa can kill its fish and replace them with new species.

A fish-killing substance called rotenone will be used, and boat ramps in Omaha and Carter Lake will be closed from Monday through Friday.

The oxbow lake is shared by Nebraska and Iowa. It was formed when the Missouri River channel changed during flooding and left a portion of Iowa on the west side of the Missouri, in Nebraska.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission say the carp, bullhead and other nongame fish have been hurting the lake water quality.

The lake will be restocked with largemouth bass, channel catfish and bluegill.

Body found next to motorcycle in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Cedar Rapids police are investigating the death of a man found unresponsive next to a motorcycle.

Police were called to the scene early Saturday about a single-vehicle accident. Officers found the man lying next to the motorcycle and began CPR.

He was transported to St. Luke’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

His name was not immediately released.

Renovations planned for Johnson County courthouse

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) The more-than-century-old courthouse in Johnson County is undergoing renovations.

David Kempf is the facilities manager at the courthouse in Iowa City. Kempf says residents should notice a difference when a tuckpointing project is done later this year.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that the process will include replacing and refurbishing the deteriorated grout between the building’s bricks. Work also will be done on the courthouse’s limestone front steps. The project should cost nearly $500,000.

Alongside the courthouse project, the Johnson County sheriff’s office also is to get a makeover. That project should cost about $300,000.

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