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KLEM News Update October 4, 2010

(LE MARS)–Le Mars and Oyens residents may get rid of hazardous household products Wednesday.


A mobile unit from the Plymouth County Solid Waste Agency will be at the city of Le Mars Street Department from 10-noon and 1-5 in the afternoon.

Mark Kunkel manages the Solid Waste Agency and explains home improvement items such as paint will be accepted.

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Containers of household hazardous material should NOT be larger than five gallons.

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Kunkel says acceptable household cleaners include drainer openers. This is also a way to get rid of used motor oil.

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Leftover rodent and insect control items are also accepted.

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Batteries that power everything from cell phones to hearing aids and vehicles will be collected. The collection is free but appointments are required by calling 548-4958.

Judge campaigns for re-election in Le Mars

(LE MARS)–Iowa’s Lt. Governor asks voters to consider the future of the state when they make their decisions for the November 2nd General Election.

Speaking at Lally’s Eastside in Le Mars Saturday night, Democrat Patty Judge said, “When they tell you we’re broke–we’re not.” Judge also said the state has about 750-million dollars in the bank as the state goes into the next year.

The Lt. Governor told the group who came to hear her campaign for re-election of  Governor Chet Culver and Lt. Governor Patty Judge, “Don’t quit; go vote now.”

In an interview with KLEM, Judge said the biggest difference between Culver and Republican Terry Branstad is their vision for the state.

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If the Culver-Judge administration is re-elected, Judge was asked what they’d would do about the state’s poultry industry after reports of  salmonella outbreaks related to eggs.

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Judge was asked about Department of Human Services cuts, including the closing of the Plymouth County office of the Iowa Department of Human Services.


Jay celebrate Homecoming October 4-10

(LE MARS)–Gehlen Catholic celebrates Homecoming this week with the theme “The Jays are Dynamite.”

Events begin with a celebration of the class of 1960 during Homecoming Liturgy at St. Joseph Catholic Church at 8:45 this (Monday) morning.

Coronation is Friday at noon in the gym with the parade at 1:30 Friday afternoon.

The Jays play Woodbury Central at seven Friday night.

Highway 59 shoulder work begins Monday

(CHEROKEE)–A state highway near Cherokee will be restricted to one lane beginning today (Monday).

The Iowa Department of Transportation issued written information about Highway 59, three-and-a-half miles north of Cherokee. The shouldering on Highway 59 is between Highway Three and Cherokee County road C-16.

Motorists will be assisted through he work zone with flaggers and a pilot car. The maintenance work will be completed by October 25th, weather permitting.

Crime stats show more sex assaults reported at USD

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) New crime statistics show reports of sexual assault at the University of South Dakota were at least three times higher than at other public universities in the state over the same period.

Television station KELO reports that the Vermillion school had 12 reports from 2007 to 2009, while Black Hills State had four, South Dakota State three and South Dakota School of Mines one. Dakota State and Northern State didn’t report any sexual assaults.

USD officials say the high number of reports could be the result of its students feeling secure reporting sexual assaults, which can often go unreported.


Experts say gov has limited power to create jobs

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) As the race for Iowa governor heads into the home stretch, Republican Terry Branstad and Democratic Gov. Chet Culver are spending plenty of time talking about their plans for boosting the economy in a state that has lost more than 53,000 jobs since 2008.

The problem, though, is experts say governors have limited power to create jobs.

Iowa State University economics professor David Swenson says governors frequently overstate their power when it comes to job creation.

Peter Fischer, research director at the Iowa City-based organization Iowa Policy Project, says governments should focus on education and infrastructure to create jobs. He says it’s difficult to measure job growth through tax programs.

Spokesmen for both Branstad and Culver say governors can influence policies that can create conditions for economic growth and job creation.

Woman found shot to death inside eastern Iowa home

MONONA, Iowa (AP) Authorities are investigating the shooting of a woman found dead inside an eastern Iowa home.

A 33-year-old man who was also inside the home has been taken into custody after a brief standoff with police. He has not been formally charged.

The Allamakee County Sheriff’s office tells the Dubuque Telegraph Herald that deputies were called to the Linton Township home just after 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

Deputies found the woman dead of a gunshot wound. Authorities have not released her name.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations is assisting in the investigation.

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

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