Madison, SD Man Airlifted To Sioux Falls Hospital After Orange City ATV Accident

Sanford helicopter new in 2012Orange City, Iowa — A Madison, SD man was airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital after an ATV accident on Saturday near Orange City.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 4:40 PM, 20-year-old Matthew Lemair of Madison, SD was driving a 2012 Arctic Cat 550 ATV on the farm property at 3554 490th Street when the ATV struck a cement barrier. Before it hit the barrier, Lemair jumped from the ATV.

LeMair was taken to the Orange City Health System Hospital by private vehicle. He was later airlifted to Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD.

The Arctic Cat ATV sustained about $100 in damages.


Extension Expert Gives Advice On Farmland Tiling And Drainage

Kris KohlIowa State University Extension and Outreach helps carry Iowa State’s land-grant mission beyond campus, to be the university that best serves the citizens of Iowa. With Iowa State University, Extension embraces the land-grant philosophy of:

  • access to high-quality education
  • research applied to the needs of Iowa, the nation, and world
  • extending knowledge to strengthen Iowa’s economy and citizens’ quality of life

Iowa State University Extension does that by offering practical, how-to education based on powerful university research. It’s available to any resident of Iowa and is tailored to meet the needs of Iowans, needs we know firsthand. Extension educators, specialists, and volunteers live and work in all 99 Iowa counties.

We recently spoke with ISU Extension Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Specialist Kris Kohl about farmland drainage issues.

Click the play button (triangle) below to hear the report.


Spencer Native Who Was On “The Voice” To Headline Village Northwest Unlimited July 3rd Celebration

caseySheldon, Iowa — Village Northwest’s Independence Celebration is this Wednesday, the 3rd. Headlining the evening’s entertainment will be Casey Muessigmann from Season 3 of “The Voice.”

We caught up with Muessigmann (which although it sound like “Music Man” is actually spelled M-u-e-s-s-i-g-m-a-n-n). We asked him how this all got started.

Muessigmann is originally from Spencer. Following a wrestling career-ending knee injury, Muessigmann made the decision to focus on his music.
He impressed the judges on the hit TV show “The Voice” last fall by singing “Sweet Home Alabama” and joining Blake Shelton’s team . He recently released his latest single entitled “Maybe.”

We asked him to describe his musical style.

Muessigmann will take the stage at about 6:45 Wednesday evening, following the Bill Riley Talent Search, which begins at 5. He says he can’t wait to perform in Sheldon.

Of course there are several other reasons to go to the celebration including lots of kids activities, lots of food and an incredible fireworks show. That’s all this Wednesday evening, July 3rd at Village Northwest Unlimited in Sheldon.


New Laws Are Now In Effect

iowa state capitol svaNorthwest Iowa — It’s the start of a new fiscal year for many organizations and government subdivisions. A bunch of new laws are also now in effect.

If you boat on any of Iowa’s waterways, you’re going to have to follow some new restrictions. The Department of Natural Resources says it’s now illegal to transport any aquatic plants on water-related equipment. That means you’ll have to drain all water from boats and equipment before leaving a body of water and drain plugs will need to be removed or opened while transporting the equipment.

In an attempt to keep more sales tax revenue in the state, it is now law that 6 percent sales tax is to be imposed on transactions across the Internet into the state. That means, technically that if you buy something from an online retailer in California, they are supposed to charge you tax and send it to the State of Iowa. The issue of collecting taxes across state lines is still being debated at the Federal level. About a dozen states are attempting to collect sales tax on Internet purchases made by their residents.

Iowa’s historic education reform legislation is also now in force. The centerpiece of the new law creates a teacher leadership structure to raise student achievement. The bill also raises minimum salaries for teachers, expands online learning options for students, and creates pilot projects designed to explore competency-based education. It implements teacher leadership structure, pays teachers more, and gives school boards the option of measuring school years in hours rather than days, among other changes. Plus, school districts can expect their funding to increase over the next several years.

Also the Governor of Iowa now has to approve the spending of any Medicaid funds for abortions. Iowa’s Medicaid program covers these costs for a handful of cases each year due to rape, incest, fetal deformity or to protect a mother’s life.

And just across the border in South Dakota, drivers with an instructional permit or a restricted permit are not allowed to use cell phones or other electronic devices while driving. Usually these would be those between 14 and 18 years of age. Also, the law will be enforced on a secondary basis, meaning that officers will only write tickets for it if they pull the driver over for something else first. Iowa’s law is that adults are banned from text messaging while driving. It is enforced on a secondary basis. Teenage drivers in Iowa are prohibited from using handheld electronic devices. That law is enforced in Iowa on a primary basis.


Sheldon City Council Meets Tuesday at Noon

community services center 300pxSheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon City Council will hold their first regular meeting of the month on Tuesday, July 2nd.   The agenda includes a public hearing on the Sheldon Crossing improvements.   They will be asked to review the bids which have been received for the project.  The sewer system, water main  and storm sewer connections to Country Club Road and Highway 18 are expected to be completed no later than October 30th of this year with the rest of the work to be done by July 1, 2014.

The Council is also expected to act on an application for tax increment financing and consider the third and final reading of the amended water and sewer ordinance. They will also consider the engineer’s proposal for engineering services for the repainting of the interior of the city’s water tower.

The Tuesday Council meeting will begin at noon in the upper level of the Sheldon Community Services Center.


Now Safe To Swim At Orleans Beach On Big Spirit After Sewage Release

Spirit Lake Orleans BeachOrleans, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says it’s once again safe to swim at Orleans Beach on Big Spirit Lake. The DNR had been recommending earlier that people stay out of the water in that area after about 21,000 gallons of sewage got into the southeast part of the lake on Wednesday after a line broke.

Bryon Whiting of the DNR’s regional office in Spencer says results from samples taken Thursday from Orleans Beach, which is near the area of where the spill took place, came back with levels of E.coli of 10 colonies per 100 milliliters of water, which is well below the level of concern at 235 colonies where the DNR would issue a swimming advisory.

Whiting says the DNR has now concluded its sampling and monitoring efforts that had been ongoing with that incident.