Sheldon, Iowa — Sheldon emergency crews responded to the report of a pickup versus bicycle accident about 6 PM Friday evening.
The injury accident was on Nettle Avenue or L36, just over three miles south of Highway 18. Nettle Avenue is the county road a half mile east of the Highway 60 expressway. The bicyclist was transported to Sanford Sheldon by SCAT.
SCAT, The Sheldon Fire Company, Sheldon Emergency Management and O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office responded to the accident.
We’ll have the details when they are available from the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office.
Ankeny, Iowa — More changes in the convenience store scene are on the way in Sheldon.
Years ago, Kum and Go bought a former SuperAmerica on the east side of Old Highway 60. Last year, Casey’s bought both that Kum and Go and the Kum and Go across the street, at the corner of Highway 18 and Old 60. Casey’s has had a store further east on Highway 18 for several years, so that brought to three the number of Casey’s stores in Sheldon. The store on the Old 60 and 18 corner has now been torn down and people are wondering what’s going on.
We talked to Bill Walljasper, Senior Vice President and CFO of Casey’s corporate in Ankeny. He says there will be a Casey’s on that corner — and not only that, it will be bigger and better.
Walljasper says the store footprint will be about 3600 square feet.
He says when it comes time to sell the former Kum and Go property on the east side of Old 60 — the one that was the SuperAmerica — they’re not wild about the idea of another convenience store in that location.
Walljasper says that they plan to continue to offer the same products as before at the east Casey’s, including pizza delivery. He says there’s no firm timeline on when the new Casey’s will open, but they hope to open it before the end of this year.
Primghar, Iowa — The Fire Marshal has issued a burning ban for O’Brien County.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office received a request from O’Brien County Emergency Management Coordinator Anne Koontz, representing the fire departments of O’Brien County, that the State Fire Marshal prohibit open burning in O’Brien County. The Fire Marshal’s office investigated and found conditions in O’Brien County are such that open burning constitutes a danger to life or property.
The Fire Marshal’s office has ordered that no one is to engage in open burning in O’Brien County, except as specifiacally permitted in Iowa Code, until Koontz, representing the O’Brien County Fire Departments, notifies the Fire Marshal’s Office that the risk no longer exists.
For more information, you can contact your fire chief, emergency management, or law enforcement.
Sibley, Iowa — A bicyclist was taken to the hospital after an accident near Sibley on Tuesday (7/24).
The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that 45-year-old Kim Watson of LeMars was driving a 2010 Chevrolet Impala, northbound on Highway 60, near mile marker 49, south of Sibley. Twenty-four-year-old Robert Barr of Omaha, Nebraska was riding a bicycle also northbound on Highway 60 when he was sideswiped by Watson’s vehicle.
Barr was thrown from his bike, landing on the shoulder of the highway. Barr was taken to the Osceola Community Hospital.
Barr’s bicycle sustained about $150 damage. Watson’s vehicle sustained about $750 damage.
Watson was ticketed for Failure to Yield to Over Taking Vehicle.
Sibley Ambulance assisted the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office at the scene.
Rock Rapids, Iowa — The young girl who was found at the bottom of the Rock Rapids swimming pool on Wednesday night (7/25) has passed away at a Sioux Falls Hospital.
The Lyon County Ambulance was called to an emergency call at the pool. Lyon County Sheriff Blythe Bloemendaal says the call came in about 7:30 PM.
He says 11-year-old Kaitlyn M. Heyden of rural Inwood was noticed at the bottom of the pool. Authorities don’t know how she got there. He says they don’t want to speculate on the cause of the incident yet, but they are following up on possible “pre-existing medical conditions”.
After local ambulance crews took Heyden to Sanford, Rock Rapids Hospital; she was soon airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital, where she has since passed away.
Sheriff Bloemendaal reports the incident is still under investigation.