Voluntary Rock Valley Watering Restrictions Now In Effect

Rock Valley, Iowa — You can add Rock Valley to the list of communities with watering restrictions.

The city of Rock Valley has enacted voluntary water restrictions for all customers, effective immediately. The City is shutting off all their irrigation systems and are requesting that their customers only water their yard a maximum of twice a week.

Voluntary water restrictions will remain in effect until further notice.

Rock Valley city officials say that water demands are currently well above normal, due to persistent drought conditions and above normal temperatures. The City has an ample supply of water for public health and emergency purposes, however the City is asking customers to be responsible stewards of our natural resources and participate in voluntary restrictions in an effort to control excessive water use and to eliminate the need for mandatory restrictions — which are in effect in a number of communities.

Customers are also reminded of these steps to make efficient use of watering any time, but especially during voluntary restrictions:

  • Water at efficient times of the day to prevent evaporation due to heat and wind — that’s usually thought of as being between the hours of 8 PM and 8 AM — in other words when it’s dark, or just about. Check your sprinkler system timer and make adjustments as needed.
  • Check sprinkler heads and adjust them as needed to keep water on your lawn, trees and shrubs, and keep it off the street, driveway, and sidewalk.
  • Don’t leave manual sprinklers or running hoses unattended. If watering manually, use a kitchen timer to remind you to turn off the water.

They also suggest that you take shorter showers, not let the water run while brushing your teeth, washing your face, or washing dishes by hand, and only run FULL loads of laundry and dishes.

They also advise Rock Valley residents that by conserving water, perhaps they can preserve the water supply and possibly avoid the need for mandatory restrictions.

For more information you can go to cityofrockvalley.com or call 476-5707.

Other water systems with watering restrictions in effect — that we know of — are Sioux Center, Hull, Rock Rapids, and the Lyon and Sioux Rural Water System.


Osceola County Fair Informs, Entertains

Sibley, Iowa — The Osceola County Fair gets underway this Wednesday. We talked to Fair Board member Steve Voss about what you can expect at this year’s fair.

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Voss says the midway this year will feature inflatables.

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He says there won’t be a lack of things to do and see.

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We had a chance to catch up with Mike Earll, the Sibley-Ocheyedan FFA advisor. He says the kids will be busy with their projects as well.

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Other fairs in the area are also going on, or coming up. The Sioux County Fair runs through Thursday in Sioux Center. The O’Brien County Fair is coming up Saturday-Thursday, July 21-26, and the Lyon County Fair is Monday through Thursday of next week — July 22-26.


Sheldon Native’s Single To Be Promoted By “Snooki”

Sheldon, Iowa — Sheldon native Alex Jinkinson, now going by the stage name of Alex Jaymes, is making big waves in the entertainment industry and even gaining the attention of some celebrities following the release of his single “I’ll Write You A Song.” The song landed Jaymes on the front page of iTunes and was a featured single on MTV.

Now, one of the star’s of MTV’s Jersey Shore program has signed on to help spread the word. In a statement released today by Jaymes’ manager, it is revealed that Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi has teamed up Jaymes to help promote the single.

We will have more information on this new partnership on future newscasts.


Three Fire Departments Fight Grass Fire Near Klondike; Burning Ban Continues

Klondike, Iowa — Three fire departments were called to a fire in western Lyon County on Tuesday afternoon.

The fire was a grass fire reported near the Big Sioux River village of Klondike. Fire Departments from Inwood, Larchwood, and Canton, South Dakota fought the blaze on A26 or 180th Street, four miles southwest of Larchwood.

Firefighters were paged about 12:40 Tuesday afternoon and were on scene a little over two hours — until nearly 3 PM.

We’ll have the details as they become available.

Meanwhile, a burning ban went into effect yesterday for Lyon County, for the dry conditions and very high temperatures with low humidity. No open burning is allowed in the county until Rock Rapids Fire Chief Ed Reck notifies the State Fire Marshal’s office on behalf of the county fire chiefs, that dangerous conditions no longer exist.


Wisconsin Man Now Implicated In Up to 25 Burglaries In NW Iowa, SW Minnesota

Orange City, Iowa — The Wisconsin man who authorities claim broke into ten northwest Iowa businesses has now been implicated in several more.

A Hawarden police officer caught 49-year-old Daniel Joseph Detaege in the act of burglarizing the Ireton Elevator early Sunday morning (7/15).

We previously reported that Lyon County officials believe he burglarized the grain elevators in Edna, Rock Rapids, Doon, Alvord, Lester and Larchwood along with two additional businesses in Inwood one business in Larchwood.

Now, authorities believe Detaege is responsible not only for those burglaries, but also for burglaries in Alton, Granville, Sioux Center and Hull, as well as others in O’Brien, Osceola and Cherokee counties in northwest Iowa, and possibly more in southwest Minnesota.


Agreement With School Board Is Back to The City Council For Wednesday’s Meeting

The 28-E agreement between the City of Sheldon and Sheldon School District to build new athletic fields along Highway 18 just north of the middle school and high school will again be addressed by the city council when they meet Wednesday.

The original proposed agreement stated that the former O’Brien County Implement land, would be transferred from the city to the School district once the agreement was signed by both parties and filed with the Iowa Secretary of State. This wording was approved by the School Board, but when it came to the City Council they changed the wording to delay transfer of ownership until such time as the development of the project is completed, a construction bid is let, and the construction contract is approved.

At their last meeting the school board, in a split decision rejected this wording. They felt it would prevent them from getting some of the work on the land done this summer because they did not want to spend money on the improvement of property they did not own. At that meeting it was indicated that School Superintendent Robin Spears would attend the City Council meeting Wednesday, July 18th to explain the School Board’s position.

That meeting will begin at 4:30 in council chambers of the Sheldon Community Services center. The proposed agreement with the school district and the Dinner Date contract are the only new business items on the council agenda.