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KLEM News for Saturday, April 1


House leaders are now seeking to reach a compromise on a new state budget with the Senate and the Governor.

State Representative Tom Jeneary of Le Mars says the House budget target, set last week, is above that of the governor and the Senate.

The House target is 8.58 billion dollars, some 90 million higher than that of the Senate and the Governor.

Rep. Jeneary says the new government reorganization approved by the legislature may cause some minor reshaping of the budget over time.

Rep. Jeneary says budget considerations couldn’t be made until the reorganization bill was passed.



On Saturday, March 25, the Plymouth County Democrats held their odd year caucus and biennial organizational meeting in the conference room of the Le Mars Public Library. In addition to other organizational activities, those present elected officers to serve a two-year term.

Julie Ford, of Akron, was elected to serve as Chair; Debra Kehrberg, of Hinton, was elected to serve as Vice Chair; Mary Milder, of Le Mars, was elected to serve as Secretary; and John Hines, of Le Mars, was reelected to serve as Treasurer.

Outgoing Chair Mark Sturgeon said he was happy to see new volunteers stepping forward to serve in these positions and believes this is the first time the positions of Chair and Vice Chair were both held by women.

The group acknowledged the many years of service of outgoing Secretary Dianne “Kay” Luckett.



The emerald ash borer was one of the many seminar topics at this year’s Siouxland Garden Show at the Marriott Center in South Sioux City.  The infestation has been spotted in all but three Iowa Counties, including Plymouth County.

Mike Kintner of the Department of Agriculture says there are ways you can identify emerald ash borers in your trees.

Kintner says you will want to treat your ash tree soon, before any damaged is noticed.

He says there are a variety of treatments available to stop the pest

The Siouxland Garden Show continues today until 6 p.m. at the Marriott Center in South Sioux City.



An Oregon man was arrested Thursday evening for breaking into a locomotive.  The Sioux County Sheriffs Office says they received a report around 8 pm Thursday of a trespasser at a Union Pacific Locomotive parked north of Alton.  30 year old Jacob Hulka of Salem, Oregon, was located inside the locomotive.  He was charged with trespassing and jailed at the Public Safety Center at Orange City.  Orange City Police and the Iowa State Patrol assisted the sheriffs office.