Man May Have Drowned Near Linn Grove Dam On Little Sioux River

Linn Grove, Iowa — Buena Vista County authorities continue searching the Little Sioux River near the Linn Grove dam for a possible drowning victim.

According to Buena Vista County Sheriff Gary Launderville, Storm Lake Police received a report at about 5 p-m Wednesday from two men that a friend that they had been with had gone under water and they were unable to locate him. The initial investigation indicates that the missing person was wading in the river, went in up to his neck, then went under water and came back up yelling for help and then disappeared from sight. The three people that were with this subject attempted to find him, but were unable to, so they drove to Storm Lake to summon help.

The subject is a 30-year-old male from Storm Lake. The name is being withheld pending notification of relatives.

Sheriff Gary Launderville says the river is down, but the current is still strong. He says he believes alchohol may also have been a factor.

Lyon County Relay For Life About Both Standing Together Against Cancer, And Having Fun

Rock Rapids, Iowa — The Lyon County Relay For Life is this Friday at the Central Lyon Track in Rock Rapids. Jill Funke with the Lyon County chapter of the American Cancer Society says the event will start with the Cancer Survivor Lap and Opening Ceremony at 6:30, with the Survivor Celebration to follow at the concession stand.

Funke tells us how the Relay for Life works.

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She says the word “relay” might be a little misleading as unlike other fundraising events like Jump Rope For Heart — it’s not about pledging per minute or per mile.

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Funke says while it’s all about fighting cancer and standing shoulder-to-shoulder with others fighting the same battle — it’s also a fun time for the whole family.

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The George 4-H will be grilling burgers and hot dogs for your supper.

She says there are some fun and some meaningful things going on while the teams are on the track too.

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At midnight, they’ll have their closing ceremonies, with a candlelight vigil until dawn.

That’s all at the Lyon County Relay For Life, this Friday night at the Central Lyon Track.

Ferrara Candy To Close Farley’s And Sather’s Round Lake Facility

Round Lake, Minnesota — After laying off many workers in 2010, a long-time southwest Minnesota employer is now closing its doors completely.

Farley’s & Sathers and Ferrara Pan Candy Company recently completed a merger to create Ferrara Candy Company. Company officials say that bringing two companies together results in many opportunities, but also requires some necessary changes as part of integration planning.

The headquarters of the new Ferrara Candy Company will be in Chicago, which will result in the closing of Farley’s & Sathers’ Round Lake facility in a phased process that will begin this summer through the spring of 2013. Also closing will be a packaging and distribution center and Sather’s Trucking, both based in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Those operations will close this fall.

The company says they value the dedication and hard work of all of their employees and are committed to providing assistance to ease the transition for those affected, including providing severance, outplacement services and internal opportunities. They say they will also be working closely with local government officials and State agencies to identify new potential opportunities.

The Round Lake facility was started by John Sather, a local grocer in Round Lake. He established the Sather Company in 1936, purchasing trainloads of cookies to sell to stores throughout southwestern Minnesota.

Farley’s and Sathers had already cut 175 positions in Round Lake in January 2010, leaving essentially only the office personnel.

Pioneer Hi-Bred To Change Name To Reflect DuPont Ownership

Johnston, Iowa — A corporate name Iowa farmers have known for decades is changing.

Founded by Henry Wallace in 1926 to market hybrid seed corn, Pioneer Hi-Bred has been known by that name since 1936, with the only change of adding “International” back in 1970.

Chemical giant DuPont bought Pioneer in 1999 and is now adding its name to the title. The new name is DuPont Pioneer.

The green logo, depicting a three-leaf sprout emerging from two seed halves, will also change slightly. The company employs 3,400 people in Iowa, including 2,800 at its headquarters in Johnston.

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Sheldon Fire Company Fights Car Fire Wednesday Afternoon

Sheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon Fire Company was called to a car fire in the Community Services Center parking lot at about 4:15 Wednesday afternoon. The engine compartment of the vehicle was heavily involved in flames with a good deal of smoke to be seen in the downtown area late Wednesday afternoon.

According to Sheldon Fire Chief Jerry Meyer, a young man coming from Hospers noticed smoke coming from the engine compartment of his car so he pulled into the Community Services Center parking lot.

The Sheldon Fire Company was called and when they got there, they worked to open up the hood and extinguish the fire.

There was major damage in the engine compartment, says Meyer. No dollar estimate is available.

Meyer says the cause of the fire remains unknown.

Sioux County Officers Investigate Overnight Burglaries

Orange City, Iowa — Sioux County law enforcement officers are asking for the public’s help after three burglaries were reported on Wednesday morning.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that they investigated three burglaries and the Orange City/Alton Police Department investigated one burglary that all occurred during the overnight hours from June 26 into June 27. During the investigations it was found that the perpetrator(s) forcibly opened doors at VR Repair in Hull, Sioux Feed Company and Hog slat, Incorporated, one mile south of Sioux Center, and Performance Feeds in Alton.

In each burglary, cash was taken. If anyone has information on these crimes they are asked to contact the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office at (712) 737‐3307 or by using the Sioux County Sheriff Text‐a‐tip program.