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KLEM News AM Update October 11, 2010

(LE MARS)–The design of a second phase of construction and remodeling of Le Mars Community School Facilities and estimated costs will be presented to the Le Mars Community School Board of Education tonight (Monday).

Representatives of the architectural firm of Cannon, Moss Brygger and Associates meet with the board for the information presentation.

Superintendent Dr. Todd Wendt will present the student count for official enrollment for this school year. The count was taken October first for the Iowa Department of Public Education.

The board may approve the purchase of property for 83,000. The area adjacent to the high school is currently owned by Arlene Urban. The amount was incorrectly reported by KLEM News earlier Monday as $1,000.

The board’s meeting at the Education Service Center begins at 7:30 tonight (Monday).

You are hereby notified that the Board of Education of the LeMars Community School District will meet on October 11, 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 (September 27, 2010 – Regular Meeting)

3. Consent Grouping (Claims and Accounts; Budget Report, Superintendent’s Office Fund; Lunch Fund; Elementary, Middle School & High School Activity Accounts)

4. Reports and Information (Unscheduled Audience; Certified Enrollment; Phase II Construction Project; Building Principal Reports; Health Insurance Report; IASB Orientation to Governance; IASB Annual Convention)

5. Action Items (Resignations; Contracts; Classification Changes; Purchase of Property; DLIIT Team Membership; 400 Series Board Policy Review)

6. Other Business

7. Unfinished Business

8. Adjournment


BY: Lisa Boehm, Secretary, Board of Education

Sibley man dies after collision with semi

(SUTHERLAND)–A Sibley man died when his car struck a semi loaded with cattle about  two miles southwest of Sutherland Friday evening.

The Iowa State Patrol identified the driver as 20-year-old Samuel Kruger of Sibley.

The patrol’s investigation indicates Kruger was driving north on Highway 59 when the car crossed the center line of Highway 59 and collided with the semi.

The semi driver, 24-year-old Lucas Lodermeier of Ames, attempted to brake and steer left and the rig went  into the ditch and overturned. Lodermeier was treated at the accident scene and released.

After the accident, about half the cattle were in the trailer. Some were located in a field.

Larchwood woman injured in collision with gravel truck

(LARCHWOOD)–A Larchwood woman was injured in a collision between an S-U-V and a dump truck Friday afternoon.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports 48-year-old Nancy Van Veldhuizen was driving west on 140th Street and struck a gravel truck driven by 71-year-old Harvey Anderson of Canton, South Dakota.

Authorities reports Anderson stopped by the stop sign on Beech Avenue and continued north into the intersection where the truck struck the S-U-V. Anderson told authorities he didn’t see Van Veldhuizen’s vehicle due to a blind spot caused by the passenger side mirror.

She was taken to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.

 Highway 10 mintenance work changes travel patterns

(CHEROKEE)–Travel on Highway 10 will be reduced to one lane from near Sutherland to near Sioux Rapids beginning today.

According to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s written information from the Cherokee District office, road maintenance work will restrict traffic to one lane between Highway 59 and Highway 71.

Drivers will be assisted through the work zone with flaggers and a pilot car. Weather permitting, the road maintenance work will be completed by October 22nd.

Braley, Lange clash in Iowa 1st District debate

WAVERLY, Iowa (AP) The candidates in Iowa’s 1st Congressional District clashed most strongly over the federal health care plan and government spending during a debate at Wartburg College in Waverly.

Democratic incumbent Rep. Bruce Braley and Republican challenger Ben Lange met Sunday for the hour-long debate.

The Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier reports that Lange accused Braley of ignoring the will of voters by supporting a health care expansion backed by President Barack Obama. Braley responded that Republican have refused to do anything about the nation’s health care problems, and he asked Lange for solutions.

On spending, Lange charged that by voting for the economic stimulus, Braley was running up the federal debt. Braley countered that Lange supports tax cuts for billionaires that will worsen the deficit.

Iowa’s US House races drawing attention

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Leonard Boswell’s fight for a seventh term in central Iowa’s 3rd District has gotten the most attention, but races in all five of the state’s congressional districts have had their moments leading up to the Nov. 2 election.

Boswell, a Democrat, is being challenged by Republican state Sen. Brad Zaun, a former Urbandale mayor. Republicans have tried to tie Boswell to a Democratic agenda that the GOP argues has hurt the economy. Democrats have raised questions about Zaun’s past business and personal problems.

In eastern Iowa’s 2nd District, Republican challenger Marianette Miller-Meeks has campaigned hard against Rep. Dave Loebsack. In the 1st District, Independence lawyer Ben Lange has waged a high-profile campaign against Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley, and challenger Matt Campbell has tried to do the same against Republican Rep. Steve King in western Iowa’s 5th District.

Retired educator Bill Maske is challenging Republican Rep. Tom Latham in the 4th District.

Ohio, Iowa gov candidates want firms to lure jobs

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Republicans seeking governorships in Ohio and Iowa propose putting corporate executives rather than government in charge of luring business to their states.

Former U.S. Rep. John Kasich of Ohio and former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad are banking on voters having more faith in business to turn around their states’ economic woes than in government.

But such arrangements in other states have been plagued with accountability questions.

The idea is to create a private, nonprofit corporation led by business leaders who report to the governor. Employees usually receive cash bonuses based on how many new jobs they bring to their states.

The candidates say they would have rules in place to prevent problems likes those that arose in other states.


GOP activists from Iowa aim at AG race in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) An Iowa-based organization has been sponsoring television ads critical of Democratic Kansas Attorney General Steve Six as he seeks to stay in office.

The 30-second spots on health reform are backed by American Future Fund, a conservative advocacy organization based in Des Moines.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the nonprofit group led by Republicans invested more than $7 million on behalf of GOP candidates in this midterm election cycle.

Six is running against Derek Schmidt, the GOP attorney general candidate.

The commercial says Six is a collaborator with President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats responsible for passing legislation expanding health coverage. The ad praises Schmidt for placing interests of Kansans ahead of “partisan politics” on health care.

85 degrees breaks longstanding record

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) Unseasonably warm weather is breaking temperature records.

One eastern Iowa community broke a record that had stood for 131 years when its temperature rose to 85 degrees on Saturday.

A meteorologist at the Quad Cities office of the National Weather Service, Terry Simmons, tells Dubuque’s Telegraph Herald that the old record for the day was 84 degrees. That happened in 1879.

Simmons says a cold front to the west and lots of dry air created the conditions for the warm weather.

He adds that the above-normal temperatures could last for a while.

Endangered mussel found in Iowa River

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Surveyors have found an endangered mussel in the Iowa River.

The Gazette in Cedar Rapids reports that the discovery of the pistol grip mussel near the proposed relocation site of a bridge in Iowa City could delay flood mitigation projects. A survey of mussels living near the existing bridge was necessary to obtain permits from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. On Thursday afternoon a mussel was found.

Surveyors with Helms and Associates of Bellevue estimate the female mussel is about 20 years old and more could be living nearby. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports city officials say the survey will cost about $16,000 and it could cost another $30,000 to move the mussels to another location.

There have been state efforts over the last decade to repopulate inland rivers with mussels.

2 Upper Midwest locks and dams to close for work

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will soon close two of its locks and dams on the Upper Mississippi River for winter renovation and maintenance.

Lock and Dam 3, north of Red Wing, Minn., is slated to be closed Nov. 22 through March 28, weather and river conditions permitting.

During the winter, the upper guide wall will be extended, and improvements will be made to the channel and embankment. The work is part of an ongoing $70 million renovation of Lock and Dam 3, being funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Lock and Dam 10, in Guttenberg, Iowa, will be closed Dec. 6 through March 15. The lock will be drained during the winter for major maintenance work that’s performed every 20 years on each St. Paul District lock and dam. Lock and Dam 10 was last drained in 1990.

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