O’Brien County Farm Bureau Spearheads Campaign To Purchase Grain Rescue Tubes

The O’Brien County Farm Bureau has spearheaded an effort to get “grain rescue tubes” to every fire department in O’Brien County

Jay Hoftland says the Farm Bureau board identified the need.

Hoftland emphasizes that this is not just a Farm Bureau project.

Hoftland tells us how the grain tube system works.

He says it’s a quick and efficient way to keep the grain from flowing around someone. He says if you don’t have a way like this of keeping the grain from encircling a victim, it’s nearly impossible to pull that victim out of flowing grain.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

Sheldon Pamida To Become Sheldon Shopko

The Sheldon Pamida store will soon have a new name.

Shopko Stores and Pamida have just announced they will merge to create one of the largest US retailers focused on serving smaller and rural communities. The combined entity will have nearly 350 locations in 22 states, and plans for new store growth the second half of 2012 and beyond. Financial details of the merger, which is expected to close in in mid-February were not disclosed.

Company officials say that Pamida and Shopko are highly complimentary in terms of locations and communities served, as well as a shared focus on brand-name selection, personalized service, value, pharmacy services, and strong community involvement. They claim that customers will benefit from their combined resources, buying power, and merchandising expertise, which will also set a solid foundation for future growth.

There will be no change to Shopko stores, and approximately 80 million dollars will be invested over the next 12 months in the the conversion of most Pamida locations to the Shopko Hometown store concept and brand that Shopko has been using in smaller communities. While they are just now merging, Shopko actually acquired Pamida Holding Company in 1999.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

Hull Woman, Wisconsin Man Injured In Hull Accident

A Hull woman and a man from Sheldon, Wisconsin were injured in an accident on Wednesday.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that 83-year-old Margaret Hoekstra of Hull was driving a 2002 Buick Century eastbound on Highway 18, just east of Main Street in Hull. She was merging in the westbound lane to make a left turn. Fifty-year-old Scott O’Brien of Sheldon, Wisconsin was driving a 1997 Peterbilt semi westbound on 18. The vehicles collided head-on.

O’Brien and Hoekstra were both transported to the Sioux Center Hospital by the Hull Ambulance. Hoekstra was later transported to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City by the Hull Ambulance.

O’Brien’s semi sustained $15,000 damage. Hoekstra’s car sustained $10,000 in damage.

The investigation continues.

The Hull Fire Department and Iowa State Patrol also assisted at the scene.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

Sheldon Council to Discuss Street Scape Project

The Sheldon City council will hold a discussion on the proposed Street Scape Project at their meeting Wednesday.

The project which would produce a new look for the downtown area and needed improvements in the infrastructure was discussed sometime ago, but further consideration was delayed until more information could be gathered.

The council will also consider a proposed resolution of necessity for the 2012 Sidewalk Improvement project and set the date and time for a public hearing.

Wednesday’s meeting begins at 4:30 in the Sheldon Community Services center.

KSFY Removal From HTC Cable Lineup Hopefully Temporary

Sioux Falls ABC affiliate KSFY has been missing from the HTC Cable lineup.

Dave Raak, CEO of HTC Communications says that the situation is that KSFY (and other broadcast stations)used to pay the cable companies to carry their channel(s). Then it was an even-over trade. Now KSFY and other broadcast stations want money from the cable companies for the privilege of carrying their station.

Raak says they’re willing to give them some, but not as much as KSFY wants. He doesn’t want to raise rates, so they’re at an impasse right now.

Negotiations continue. Raak says he hopes to get KSFY back on as soon as possible. In the meantime, he says you can watch most of the same programming except for locally-produced shows on KCAU, out of Sioux City.

We’ll have more on the story on our 5 PM report this afternoon.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

Big Win For Santorum in NW Iowa; State Total – Romney Beats Santorum by EIGHT Votes

Here are the results of the northwest Iowa Republican Caucuses.

Lyon County (final, complete):

Rick Santorum 329
Ron Paul 57
Rick Perry 52
Newt Gingrich 42
Mitt Romney 36
Michelle Bachmann 23
Jon Huntsman 1

O’Brien County: (final, complete)

Rick Santorum 265
Ron Paul 105
Rick Perry 73
Newt Gingrich 57
Mitt Romney 56
Michelle Bachmann 29
Jon Huntsman 3

Osceola County: (final, complete)

Rick Santorum 81
Ron Paul 78
Mitt Romney 48
Newt Gingrich 29
Michelle Bachmann 20
Rick Perry 17
Jon Huntsman 2

Sioux County: (final, complete)

Rick Santorum 943
Mitt Romney 299
Rick Perry 297
Ron Paul 279
Newt Gingrich 160
Michelle Bachmann 82
Jon Huntsman 9

These results are unofficial and these methods of accessing the results have no service guarantees.