Sheldon City Council To Talk Crossroads Industrial Park; City Budget

Sheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon City Council will meet Wednesday, with a Public Hearing on the plat for Crossroads Industrial Park. The city is proposing to change the original plat to accommodate the area needed by Ziegler Cat. This will result in a change in the road and utility locations. The recommended procedure is to vacate the entire current plat and approve a new one.

In other business the Council will set the date and time for a public hearing on the amendment of the 2011-2012 City Budget. They will also consider an amendment to the contract with McClure Engineering for Crossroads Industrial Park and possibly hold a closed session to discuss the purchase of property.

The meeting begins at 4:30 Wednesday in the Sheldon Community Services Center.

Two NW Iowa Incidents Are Examples Of Why You Should Call Before Digging

Le Mars, Iowa — A spokesperson for Iowa One Call says two recent incidents in northwest Iowa could have been prevented if workers had only called his organization to get help locating underground utilities.

An underground natural gas pipeline was hit east of Hinton Wednesday –leading to an explosion and injuries to two workers on a trencher. Last month a fiber optic cable was cut near Orange City and that left thousands of customers in Le Mars without cable, internet and phone services.

Iowa Once Call spokesperson, Ben Booth, says their system is set up for “damage prevention, ” and the law requires you to notify Iowa One Call before any digging is done.


He says the state’s top lawyer can take action if you fail to call before digging.


The One Call spokesman says he doesn’t understand why people don’t use the service, especially since it only takes a little pre-planning.


He says no one is exempt from the law — from people digging in backyards to backfields — everyone must call before they dig. The Iowa Attorney General’s office says it is looking into the pipeline explosion for possible action.

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Grassley’s Spokesman Says Small Towns Need To “Speak The Post Office’s Language”

Sheldon, Iowa — While the US Senate has passed a bill that will hopefully stop more post office closures, several small town post offices in northwest Iowa are still not out of the woods, and are still being considered for closure. Even if the US House and Senate can come up with a compromise bill and the President would sign it before May 15th — the end date for the post office closure moratorium — it would still take a miracle to save some of the offices, according to officials.

Northwest Iowa Development has had a study prepared to show the United States Postal Service what the impact of closures of the northwest Iowa Post Offices would be on the communities.

While this is useful information, representatives of the northwest Iowa congressional delegation also said they thought it would be more helpful to the cause of the small towns if they talked about issues that matter to the post office.

Iowa senator Chuck Grassley’s regional director, Jacob Bossman:


He says that just because people complain about having to drive distances to a post office or having to wait for a postal carrier to come to them, that may not make any difference to the Postal Service.


Well have more on the potential closings of the small town northwest Iowa post offices on future newscasts on KIWA.

Slight Improvement In Drought Forecast; Expert Still Hopeful For Good Crop Year

Sheldon, Iowa — Last fall, we were concerned that this spring was going to be very dry, and it would be difficult for crops to get startup moisture. Then we were surprised by all the nice weather earlier this spring. It’s been an unusual year.

We talked to Iowa State University Extension Agronomist Joel De Jong about how planting is going and what conditions farmers are encountering.


De Jong says as far as subsoil moisture we could still use some rain, but we’re a lot better off than we could have been at this time.


However, according to the US Drought Monitor, most of northwest Iowa is still in what is called “severe drought.” The forecast from the Drought Monitor for now until the first of August is for continued drought, with some improvement.

Sanford Health Corporate Again Eyes Expansion

Bismarck, ND — The health system that runs the medical facilities in Sheldon, Rock Rapids, and several other area towns has announced that they’re looking to expand again — further into North Dakota.

Sanford Health had been Sioux Valley Health System for several years, changing it’s name to Sanford Health after a $400 million donation from businessman T. Denny Sanford in February, 2007. Sanford merged with Fargo-based MeritCare in November, 2009.

Now Bismarck and Mandan, North Dakota-based Medcenter One and Sanford Health have announced a memorandum of understanding and are moving forward with potential merger discussions.

The agreements are non-binding. The memorandum of understanding defines what the future organization would look like in the event of a merger. Both organizations are sharing financial, legal and business information as part of the due diligence process, and are evaluating how a combined organization could better serve patients and communities and advance their missions. Regulatory filings with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and North Dakota Office of Attorney General are moving forward as well.

Dr. Craig Lambrecht, Medcenter One President and CEO says that they are carefully evaluating this and see it as a positive opportunity for their patients and communities and for both the Medcenter One and Sanford organizations.

Medcenter One and Sanford Health have a similar integrated model, similar culture and a long-standing history of working together. The two health systems are exploring how they can work together on a new level to keep quality healthcare close to home for people all along the Interstate 94 corridor in North Dakota, as well as expand services to meet the growing needs in central and western North Dakota.

“We are excited about the opportunities of what we could do together. Two of Sanford Health’s guiding principles are that care should be delivered as close to home as possible, with access to healthcare provided regionally,” said Kelby Krabbenhoft, President and CEO, Sanford Health. “We believe strongly that patients shouldn’t have to travel more than 45 minutes for quality healthcare. We also trust local voices and local boards for idea generation and leadership. Sanford Health truly believes in the power of each local community it serves.”

Medcenter One’s longstanding goal has been to be the health system of choice in central and western North Dakota. Creating large healthcare networks can increase purchasing power, provide cost control and allow for further opportunity to provide specialized care locally. A merger would mean potential growth in organizational size, services, and job creation in central and western North Dakota. Sanford Health has added 1,300 new jobs in the Fargo area since it merged with MeritCare in November 2009.

Three Arrested Separately In Sheldon, But All For Driving Under Suspension

Sheldon, Iowa — Three people were arrested in Sheldon over the weekend, all for driving while their driver’s licenses were suspended.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that on Friday evening in the 9 PM hour, one of their officers arrested 30-year-old Nicholas Cain of Sheldon for driving under suspension.

They report that just after midnight Saturday morning, they arrested 21-year-old Patrick Hunt of Sheldon for driving under suspension.

Then, on Saturday afternoon, about 10 minutes to 3, they arrested 25-year-old Job Mendoza-Mendoza of Sheldon, also for driving under suspension.

All three were taken into custody and transported to the O’Brien County Jail.