Sibley Couple Taken To Hospital After Allendorf Area Crash

Allendorf, Iowa — A Sibley Couple was taken to the hospital after a crash near Allendorf.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Saturday, May 5, about 3 PM, 91-year-old Folbert Lewis Krull of Sibley, was driving a 1993 Buick Park Avenue westbound on Highway 9, about a mile east of the Highway 59 turnoff. Twenty-eight-year-old Phillip Brian Lindsay of Spirit Lake was driving a 1996 Chevrolet Blazer, westbound on Highway 9 and attempted to make a left turn onto a residential driveway, when his vehicle was struck by Krull’s vehicle.

Krull and a passenger in Krull’s vehicle, 87-year-old Ruth Ione Krull of Sibley were transported to the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley.

Krull’s vehicle was a total loss, sustaining about $4,500 damage.

Lindsay’s vehicle sustained about $4,000 damage and Lindsay was ticketed for Failure to Yield upon Left Turn.

Ocheyedan Ambulance, Sibley Ambulance, and Sibley Fire and Rescue assisted the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office at the scene.


Sioux Center Woman Transported To Hospital After Maurice Accident

Maurice, Iowa — A Sioux Center woman was transported to the hospital after an accident on Thursday near Maurice.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 5:35 PM, 21-year-old Marcus Van Voorst of Lynden, Washington, was driving a 1992 Ford Taurus southbound on Highway 75, two miles north of Maurice. Twenty-seven-year-old Sandra Lucero of Sioux Center, was driving a 2000 Ford Taurus northbound on Highway 75.

As Van Voorst attempted to turn east on 450th Street, the two collided in the intersection. Lucero was transported to the Sioux Center Hospital by the Sioux Center Ambulance.

Lucero’s vehicle sustained about $6,000 in damages. Van Voorst’s vehicle sustained about $4,000 in damages.

Van Voorst was cited for failing to yield right of way upon making a left turn. Lucero was cited for driving with a suspended license.

The Maurice First Responders, Maurice Fire Department, Sioux Center Police Department, Sioux Center Fire Department, and the Sioux Center Ambulance assisted the Sheriff’s Office.


Seventy-Four-Year-Old George Klein Getting His GED Through NCC

Ashton, Iowa — Commencement exercises at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon are being held this Friday. There are a record-breaking number of graduates.

But among those receiving degrees this spring is one person who doesn’t exactly fit the mold. Not only is he 74 years old, he’s also graduating not from college, but basically from high school. Seventy-four-year-old George Klein of Ashton is getting his GED.

Klein tells us how this whole thing got started.

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He says after a few years, he realized his mistake and tried to take classes through the Catholic school that was there in Ashton at the time. But that too didn’t work out as planned when the principal who was helping him had to focus on other priorities. Then, says Klein, time started to intervene. Deaths in the family and his marriage slowed things down, although he was able to take a few correspondence courses.

Then, he started farming and thought he probably would give up trying to graduate.

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He says two years ago he told his wife Cleo that he wanted to try it again. And now, he’s done. He says that’s thanks to a bunch of help from the learning center at NCC.

Cleo Klein says she and their kids are very proud of George.

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But, she says, he got through it — again with help from the Learning Center.

In fact, George says he also learned that there were a lot of young people that were trying to graduate from high school or get their GED through NCC. And a lot of them were struggling to find the money for it, or even the gas money to get to NCC.

So, George and Cleo Klein decided to help them.

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Klein says his foundation isn’t taking donations right now, but if you want to donate to The Learning Center or NCC, he and Cleo would certainly encourage you to do so.


Sanford Sheldon To Celebrate 60 Years At Celebration Monday Night

Sheldon, Iowa — The Sanford Sheldon Health Fair is an annual event in Sheldon — but this year it’s a little bit special. Sanford Sheldon CEO Rick Nordahl says this year it’s not just to showcase the staff and facility at Sanford Sheldon and help educate the public about health-related issues — it’s also to celebrate 60 years of the hospital in Sheldon.

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Nordahl says they’re moving the festivities out to the Sheldon Regional Airport for two reasons, one of which is — if their presence isn’t required elsewhere — they hope to have the Sanford aircraft at the celebration.

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Nordahl talks about how it feels for the Sanford Sheldon staff to serve a facility with a 60-year history.

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He gives us a glimpse into those early days, 60 years ago.

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Nordahl extends the community a personal invitation to join him and the Sanford Sheldon staff.

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Again, the health fair and anniversary celebration is from 4 to 8, with the SCAT chicken supper from 5 to 7. Tickets for the SCAT Supper are available from any SCAT member and at Vogel Paint and Glass in Sheldon. Adult tickets are $7.00 and tickets for children 10 and under are $5.00. Tickets will be an additional dollar at the event.


NW Iowa Post Offices Will Not Close: New Plan — Reduced Hours

Washington, DC — Nearly 180 post offices in Iowa — nearly 20 of them in our area — that were on a list for possible closure will now remain open, but with limited hours. The decision announced Wednesday by the U.S. Postal Service follows months of backlash from rural residents at public meetings. USPS spokesman Rich Watkins says Iowa’s smallest post offices, if they’re still open, will remain open under the revised plan.

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The revised plan is expected to save the USPS $500 million a year.

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Around 13-thousand (13,000) post offices around the country are included under the new plan – including 178 of the more than 900 post offices in Iowa. Watkins said the reduced hours are needed to address an ever decreasing mail volume.

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According to a list of post offices and their affected hours on the USPS web site,

Hours at the Alton post office will be cut from 8 hours per day to 6.

Hours at the Alvord post office will be cut from 8 hours per day to 4.
Hours at the Archer post office will be cut from 8 hours per day to 4.
Hours at the Ashton post office will be cut from 8 hours per day to 4.

Hours at the Boyden post office will be cut from 8 hours per day to 6.

Hours at the Calumet post office will be cut from 6 hours per day to 4.

Hours at the Cleghorn post office will be cut from 8 hours per day to 4.
Hours at the Doon post office will be cut from 8 hours per day to 4.
Hours at the Granville post office will be cut from 8 hours per day to 4.
Hours at the Harris post office will be cut from 8 hours per day to 4.

Hours at the Hospers post office will be cut from 8 hours per day to 6.
Hours at the Ireton post office will be cut from 8 hours per day to 6.
Hours at the Larchwood post office will be cut from 8 hours per day to 6.

Hours at the Lester post office will be cut from 8 hours per day to 4.
Hours at the Little Rock post office will be cut from 8 hours per day to 4.
Hours at the Maurice post office will be cut from 8 hours per day to 4.
Hours at the Melvin post office will be cut from 8 hours per day to 4.

Hours at the Ocheyedan post office will be cut from 8 hours per day to 6.
Hours at the Sutherland post office will be cut from 8 hours per day to 6.

The postal service says this is a preliminary list that requires additional review, analysis, and verification, and is subject to change.

Click here for a complete list of the affected post offices and the proposed hours of operation.


Sheldon Community Ambulance Team To Host Annual Chicken Supper

Sheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon Community Ambulance Team, known by the acronym “SCAT” in Sheldon is hosting their annual chicken supper fundraiser on Monday (5/14). And they’ve moved again. The past few years, the SCAT Supper has been at the Community Services Center and the Sanford Sheldon Hospital campus. This year, in connection with the 60th Anniversary of Sanford Sheldon, the Sanford Health Fair has been moved out to the Sheldon Airport — and the SCAT Chicken Supper will be there too.

We talked with Dianne Wolthuizen on the SCAT team, and she told us about the supper.

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She says the funds will go toward a lifesaving device that automatically performs CPR.

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The device makes the trip to the hospital safer both for the patient and the responders and frees up the responder to help the patient in other ways, says Wolthuizen.

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Eventually, says Wolthuizen, they’d like to have an Auto-Pulse for both ambulance units.

Again, the SCAT Supper, in conjunction with the 60th Anniversary celebration and Health Fair for Sanford Sheldon will be at the Sheldon Regional Airport on Monday night, May 14, serving from 5 to 7 PM. The Anniversary and Health Fair will run from 4 to 8 PM.

Tickets for the SCAT Supper are available from any SCAT member and at Vogel Paint and Glass in Sheldon… Adults are $7.00 and Children 10 and under are $5.00. Tickets will be an additional dollar at the door.

We’ll talk with Rick Nordahl, Sanford Sheldon CEO about the anniversary and health fair part of the evening in future newscasts on KIWA.