Romney To Hold Rally At Northwestern College In Orange City

Orange City, Iowa — It’s not every day that a presidential nominee comes to northwest Iowa. That will be the case however on Friday when Mitt Romney comes to Orange City.

The Republican presidential candidate will hold a rally in Orange City on Friday (9/7) beginning at noon in Northwestern College’s Bultman Center gym.

Tickets are required, but they are available free at the Northwestern College Rowenhorst Student Center front desk.

Doors open for the Friday event at 10 AM. If you’re going you’ll need to enter through the Bultman Center’s main doors and allow enough time to pass through security before entering the arena. The first 1,000 attendees will receive a limited edition Mitt Romney foam mitt or baseball.

While Romney has been in our area before, it’s the first visit he’ll make as the Republican Presidential Nominee.

Two Doon Boys Injured in ATV Accident Near Hull

Hull, Iowa — Two Doon boys were injured in an ATV accident near Hull on Sunday.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened shortly before 7 PM, three miles northwest of Hull.

They report that 12-year-old Kyle Dolieslager of Doon was driving a 2007 Polaris Sportsman ATV northbound on Harrison
Avenue when he lost control. Dolieslager and a passenger, 14-year-old Ryan Dolislager of Doon both jumped
from the ATV before the ATV went into the ditch and rolled.

Kyle and Ryan were transported to Hegg‐Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley by the Hull Ambulance. Kyle Dolieslager was later transported to Avera‐McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls by helicopter.

The Polaris sustained approximately $1,000 in damages.

Kyle Dolieslager was cited for failure to maintain control.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Hull Fire, Rescue and Hull Ambulance.

Lyon County Attorney Appointed As District Judge

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A northwest Iowa County Attorney is going to be a district judge.

Governor Terry Branstad has appointed Carl J. Petersen as a judge to the 3A Judicial District.

Petersen, of Lester, received his law degree from Hamline University and is currently serving as Lyon County Attorney. Petersen was appointed to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Duffy.

The counties in the Third District are Buena Vista, Cherokee, Clay, Crawford, Dickinson, Emmet, Ida, Lyon, Kossuth, Monona, O’Brien, Osceola, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Sioux, and Woodbury.

Sheldon City Council To Meet Wednesday

Sheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon City Council will meet Wednesday, September 5th with a variety of items on the agenda.

The Council will hear a presentation from O’Brien County Economic Development, get an update on recreation programs, and consider a contract with McClure Engineering for a Drainage Project. This is the project that will develop drainage detention on north 21st Avenue and a North 18th Avenue Waterway.

They will also address a change order, pay estimate and pump station contract for the Industrial Park Utility Improvements, and consider a pay estimate for the Crossroads Drive Improvements.

The Council will also consider a request from the SCDC for development ground regarding the 28 E agreement with the Sheldon Community Schools. This is simply asking the City Council for formal approval of transferring the property to the Sheldon School District.

In other action they will be asked to approve a contract with the Northwest Iowa Planning and Development Commission to update the City’s Zoning Map.

The Council meeting will begin at 4:30 Wednesday in Council Chambers of the Sheldon Community Services Center.

Rock Valley Announces Water Restrictions, Sheldon Advises Of Water Main Repairs

Rock Valley, Iowa and Sheldon, Iowa — Add Rock Valley to the list of communities with mandatory water restrictions.

Rock Valley City officials report that the City has enacted mandatory water restrictions for all customers. The restrictions apply to all properties that have wells or sand points located within the city limits of Rock Valley.

There are exceptions for commercial wells that are permitted by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The City will also allow exceptions for people who have recently seeded their yards; those people will need to apply for an exemption at the City Office.

City officials say the restrictions are necessary because of high water demands and the persistent drought conditions. The City assures its residents and visitors that they do have an ample supply of water for public health and emergency purposes.

The City of Rock Valley will allow residents east of Main Street to water their lawns on Wednesdays and residents west of Main Street on Saturdays. The mandatory restrictions are to be in place until further notice from the City of Rock Valley.

The City tells us they will also strictly enforce violations of the water restrictions and fines will be assessed.

For more information, people are advised to contact the City at or call (712) 476-5707.

Speaking of water,

The Sheldon Water Department is repairing a broken water main. Water will need to be shut off to complete this repair. Areas without water will be between 5th Street and the North side of Highway 18 and Normal College Avenue and eighth Avenue. The water department advises they will turn the water back on as soon as possible and they apologize for the inconvenience.

Plus, the City of Sheldon will be doing some routine water main repairs on Wednesday. In order to make these necessary repairs, they are advising that they may need to shut off some water mains. The areas affected would be 7th Avenue to Eleventh Avenue and from Ninth Street to Eleventh Street. The hours of possible interruption are 8:00 AM to noon. Water department officials advise that this could cause some discoloration of the water, so they ask you to use caution if washing whites or delicates. The water discoloration should only be temporary.

If you have any questions please contact the City Offices at 712-324-4651.

August Pulls A Few Temperature Tricks On Iowans

Des Moines, Iowa — The month of August played a little joke on Iowans with a cool run in the middle that made it look like the end of the air conditioning. But State Climatologist Harry Hillaker says the cool down didn’t last long enough.


With four months left, 2012 could still finish at the top of the temperature list.


August was an improvement when it comes to precipitation.


The yearly rainfall still lags behind normal despite better rainfall in August.


Hillaker says the good news is the rainfall will generally pick up in September.