Sheldon Students Join With Thousands To Walk A Kilometer And Help Iowa Become The Healthiest State

Sheldon, Iowa — Many Iowans took time out of their day on Wednesday to walk a kilometer (0.62 miles) with friends, family, neighbors or co-workers. They became part of the second annual Healthiest State Walk in Iowa, continuing to support the Healthiest State Initiative.

Thousands of Iowans gathered in hundreds of communities to continue what was started last year when people decided together that they want Iowa to become the healthiest state in the nation and make a better Iowa for this and for future generations.

In Sheldon, besides others who went for a walk, students at Sheldon Schools also took part in the inititive and walked a kilometer as well.

Healthiest State Walk organizers encouraged walkers and everyone else to do one more thing to improve your well-being. Play outside with your kids, sit down to dinner with your family or volunteer in your community – all these will help your well-being – and the well-being of the entire state, say event organizers.

You can like the Healthiest State Initiative on Facebook and follow them on Twitter to stay updated and participate in giveaways. They are encouraging everyone to post photos or video of the Healthiest State Walk on their Facebook page.

Red Flag Warning In Effect: Be Careful With Fire, Things That Get Hot, and Smoking Materials

Sioux Falls, SD — The National Weather Service says conditions are right for explosive fire growth today. A Red Flag Warning has been issued that includes our four-county listening area — O’Brien, Sioux, Osceola, and Lyon Counties. A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will occur in the near future. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures will create explosive fire growth potential.

The Weather Service says a strong cold front will move eastward to the near James River Valley by late afternoon. Ahead of the front, the winds will be from the south roughly from areas around Yankton and points eastward. The southerly winds will average 15 to 30 mph through the afternoon, with humidity values falling to around 18 percent.

The Red Flag Warning is in effect from 1 PM this afternoon to 7 PM this evening.

The Weather Service says any fires that ignite will spread rapidly. They advise to postpone outdoor burning.

An open burning ban continues in Lyon, Sioux, and O’Brien Counties in our four-county area, but today it’s extremely critical. It is suggested that people use extreme caution with anything that could get hot, like farm equipment, welding equipment, and smoking materials. Do not throw lit cigarettes from moving vehicles.

Firefighting is also more difficult in these conditions and the Weather Service says fighting fires at the flanks is recommended in red flag conditions.

O’Brien County Teaming Up With Other Counties To Provide Mental Health Services

Primghar, Iowa — O’Brien County is teaming up with a number of other counties in northwest Iowa to provide mental health services.

O’Brien County Auditor Barb Rohwer explains what’s going on.

(She says the legislature, in their last session decided to require the counties to come together in regions and possibly co-mingle their funds for mental health.)

Rohwer tells us her opinion on why the legislature did this.

(She says she thinks their intent was that no matter where you are in Iowa, everyone should have the same provided services.)

She says, it’s about the money.

(She says if they pool their money, hopefully, if one county is struggling, perhaps the others are not, and it will keep the cash flow going a little better. The legislature capped the amount counties are able to levy. It’s supposed to level the playing field.)

The resolution passed by the O’Brien County Board Of Supervisors states that it is the County’s intent to pursue joining with the counties of Buena Vista, Calhoun, Cherokee, Dickinson, Emmet, Ida, Lyon, Osceola, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Sac, Sioux, and Woodbury for a Mental Health and Disability Services Region for delivery of mental health and disability services.

She says if you have any questions about how mental health services are changing at the county level, you can contact her office or that of O’Brien County Mental Health Central Point Coordinator Janelle Schuknecht.

Sheldon City Council To Meet Wednesday

The Sheldon City Council will have a short, rather routine agenda when they meet Wednesday afternoon.  Among the agenda items will be the consideration of an appointment to the Trails Board, consideration of a partial payment estimate for the Sheldon Industrial Crossroads Drive Improvements, and a few other routine items of business.

Sheldon’s City Council meeting begins at 4:30 Wednesday afternoon, in the Council Chambers of the Sheldon Community Services Center.

“Cash Mob” Concept Being Tried In Northwest Iowa

Rock Rapids, Iowa — You’ve probably heard of a “flash mob” — when a group of people invade a public space and make a scene. But have you heard of a “cash mob”?

It’s a new idea that some chambers of commerce in northwest Iowa are trying. The idea is for a crowd of people show up in a local business and spend some money.

Rock Rapids Chamber Director Angie Jager says they will do their first Cash Mob on Wednesday (October 3).

(She says to meet at 11:45 at the Chamber, located next to Subway — where they’ll draw the name.)

She says people are asked to bring $20 and be ready to spend it at the chosen Rock Rapids business. According to Jager, the idea helps support local businesses and should help build the economy. Not only does the business get a financial shot in the arm from all those twenty dollar bills, but the public will have a chance to find out what kinds of products and services are available at that business even if it’s not one they normally patronize — and perhaps they’ll remember that when they are looking for those products and services again someday.

Marcus Man Airlifted After Accident Near Marcus

Marcus, Iowa — A Marcus man was injured in an accident on Sunday (9/30) near Marcus.

The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 1:35 PM, 22-year-old Zachary Hatterman of Paullina was northbound on E Avenue, four miles north, and a mile east of Marcus in a 2001 Sterling truck tractor, pulling a semi trailer. Twenty-three-year-old Jeffrey Brady of Marcus was eastbound on 430th Street in a 2000 Chevy.

Brady’s vehicle struck the side of the semi trailer.

Brady was transported to Mercy Medical in Sioux City by Lifenet Helicopter, Cherokee.

The accident is still under investigation, and the preliminary report did not list the amount of damage to the vehicles.

Hatterman was not injured.