Drug Training Today In Sheldon Dealing With Prescription Drugs And New Substances Like K2

Sheldon, Iowa — A special training session — dealing with the effects of prescription drugs and the new substances that are being abused like K2 and bath salts — is going on today (7/19) at Sheldon High School.

The training is basically for people who need to understand how an individual appears and is impacted by the use of the current drugs of choice. This training will specifically
target K2, Spice, bath salts, and the like in the morning followed by prescription drugs in the afternoon.

Sheldon School District officials say it is a true community effort between the Sheldon Police Department, Sanford Sheldon Medical Center, NCC and the Sheldon High School.

The class is being taught by Linda Kalin, director of the Iowa Statewide Poison Control Center in Sioux City. She says the real danger with many of the new substances is that manufacturers have the ability to put any chemical in the product they want, and the users are usually clueless as to the risks of abusing the substance.

We’ll have more on how the training went in future newscasts here on KIWA.


New Law Affects Real Estate Transactions By Auctioneers

This being July, a number of new laws have taken effect in the past few days. We here at KIWA had a chance to talk to Iowa state Representative Dwayne Alons about the new laws. Over the next several days, we’ll highlight several of them during our newscasts.

The first one has to do with auctioneers and real estate transactions.

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Stay tuned to KIWA and kiwaradio.com, we’ll hear about more new laws that have just taken effect, in future newscasts.


Machine Shed, Tractor, Implement, 20-25 Acres Of Grass Destroyed In Klondike Fire

Klondike, Iowa — We now have more information on that fire that occurred on Tuesday afternoon near the Big Sioux River village of Klondike in Lyon County.

It was in Larchwood’s fire district. Larchwood Fire Chief Damon Langenhorst says the call went out about 12:40 Tuesday afternoon, to a place owned by Milo Olson.

Lagenhorst says when they got there, they found grass, a machine shed, round bales, and fence posts all on fire. They immediately called for help, and the Inwood Fire Department and Canton, South Dakota Fire Departments soon responded. He estimates that 20-25 acres burned. Not only that, but a machine shed, a tractor, and some type of farm implement were destroyed as well.

He says they attacked the fire with every truck they had, as the ground was dry enough that they knew they wouldn’t get stuck. He says they fought it with pumpers, grass rigs, and even a 6×6 provided by the Canton Fire Department.

The cause, he says appears to have been a tree and branch pile fire that got out of control. He says it only takes a minute in dry conditions like this.

There were no injuries to people, pets, or livestock.

He says crews were on scene until about 3:20 PM.

Langenhorst emphasizes that a burning ban is in effect 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.

Langenhorst says since the ban was new and hadn’t received a lot of press or attention on the county web site, he doubted charges would be filed in this particular fire.


Alex Jaymes’ Manager Talks About Snooki’s Endorsement

Los Angeles, California — Recently on KIWA, we told you about a big announcement in Sheldon native Alex Jinkinson’s career.

Carter Kleinwolterink manages Jinkinson, who now goes by the stage name “Alex Jaymes”. We had a chance to talk to Kleinwolterink about the announcement.

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Kleinwolterink also says they have many other big things in the works. He wouldn’t elaborate, however, saying that they’re not finalized yet, but he did promise to keep KIWA listeners informed about what’s going on with Alex Jaymes.


Sheldon City Council Votes Additional Wording on Proposed Agreement With School District

Sheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon City Council has approved adding an amendment to the proposed 28-E agreement with the school district that they hope is workable for both parties.

The school board, on a split decision had voted against a proposal by the city that the former O’Brien County Implement property should not be deeded to the school district until a construction contract for the new athletic fields is approved.  The school had hoped to begin some work on that area this summer.

At Wednesday’s meeting city council member Ron Rensink proposed that the land should be transferred as provided in the original agreement.  However, if the athletic field project does not become a reality the city would negotiate to determine a fair price for the property. And the city would reimburse the school district for any improvements which have been made on the property.

The motion passed, and will now go back to the school board for their approval. In other business, the council approved renewal of the Dinner Date contract with Northwest Aging Association.  City Manager Scott Wynja told the council that the fifty dollar monthly stipend from the association is placed in a fund which will be used for future improvements in the Dinner Date Dining area.  That fund currently has a balance of $2,100.

The council also heard a report from Public Works Director Todd Uhl about Sheldon’s water situation.  Uhl said that Sheldon is ‘okay’ right now, mainly because they started to use supplemental water from the deep well early in the summer.  Even though the city is using about two hundred thousand gallons more per day than last June and July, he does not feel that there is a need for water use restrictions at this time.  However, he called for common sense with regard to water use.  For example, he said, “3 p.m. is not the best time to water your yard”.  And, ‘Please do not waste water by trying to water your driveway, streets and sidewalks’.

Uhl also reported that he expects the railroad to begin work on some of the city’s rough railroad crossings early in August and some detours will be necessary while that work is being done.