Sioux Center Biotech Company Gets $300,000 From The State In Support of Job Creation and Expansion

A Sioux Center biomedical research company has been awarded $300,000 from the Iowa Economic Development Authority.

Exemplar Genetics is one of five existing Iowa companies chosen to receive funds in support of job creation and expansion projects.

Exemplar develops new models that allow researchers to study human diseases the aim of which is to enable discovery of better understanding, treatments, therapies and cures.

This is done through a patented process that implements pigs as models. Company officials say that animal welfare is always a top priority for all members at the company.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

Could We Be Driving a Golf Cart to Work?

The Sheldon City Council on Wednesday heard reports from department representatives of Sheldon Fire Company, SCAT and EMA.

These reports were followed by updates from Heidi Brown of the Sheldon Marketing Committee and Mark Gaul of the SCDC.

Next on the agenda was a discussion to consider a permanent easement and improvements of the former Puccis site. Much of the discussion centered on who owns the brick ledge attached to the wall of the Katz building. The brick ledge was also part of the east wall of the former Puccis Building.

Al Katz is seeking the city’s help in making improvements at the site. The council agreed, after a lengthy discussion, that they will have the land surveyed. If it is determined that part of the ledge belongs to the city, the city will give $10,000 toward improvements and also deed the brick ledge over to Al Katz. It should be noted that the city manager will seek grants to cover the $10,000 if necessary.

Also on Wednesday’s Sheldon City Council agenda the council voted to asked the city attorney to draft an ordinance allowing the use of golf carts on city streets. ATV’s are currently allowed on city streets with a special license from the city.

Following the golf cart discussion the council went into closed session for the city manager’s evaluation.

We will have more city council news on later newscasts.

Sheldon Emergency Crews Handle Second OfTwo Wednesday Accidents — Puppy Lost

Sheldon emergency crews responded to the second of two accident calls Wednesday, just before 6 PM.

The second one happened a mile west of the Ritter Elevator on B14, about 5:50 PM. A pickup had apparently t-boned a car. The driver of the car was extricated by Sheldon Fire and Rescue.

Two people were transported to Sanford Sheldon.

SCAT, Sheldon EMA, and Sheldon Fire assisted law enforcement on the scene.

Also, the victim of this accident visited our KIWA studios to tell us that his 6-month-old male Rottweiler puppy is missing following the accident. He is black in color and answers to the name Bo. For clarification purposes, the accident happened at the corner of 280th & Monroe which is 1 1/2 miles west of Ritter. If you have seen this puppy, please call 712-470-6752.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

Gas Prices Could Climb To Over $4 Per Gallon By Mid-Summer

Talk continues about high gas prices

While pump prices fell a few cents in recent days, there are persistent rumors Iowans will be paying more than four-dollars a gallon for gasoline by summertime. Gregg Laskoski, the senior petroleum analyst at GasBuddy-dot-com, believes those rumors will prove true. Laskoski expects gas prices to hit four-ten or four-15 a gallon by June or July.

Laskoski says anytime gas prices go up at the start of a new year, it’s a signal that trend will contin ue. In the past, when prices have skyrocketed, drivers did what they could to conserve fuel and buy more efficient vehicles. He says individual fuel consumption has nothing to do the rise in price. He says the consumption factor fell out of the equation a long ago.

When oil is traded overseas, it is exempt from U-S regulations. Laskoski says there is no “common sense regulation” in the commodities market. He agrees with reports that consumption is down but not because drivers are cutting back. He says more people are unemployed and have no jobs to drive to.

Laskoski says TransCanada’s Keystone X-L oil pipeline could shake things up. The proposed six-Billion-dollar pipeline would stretch from Canada to Texas, going through several states, including nearby South Dakota and Nebraska.

Progress on the proposed pipeline has ground to a halt as concerns rise about its potential impact on environmentally-sensitive areas.

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Sheldon City Council Will Talk About Pucci’s Property Improvements, ATV Ordinance

The Sheldon City Council will meet in regular session Wednesday beginning at 4:30. After hearing reports from the Fire Department, SCAT, EMA, the Marketing Committee and SCDC, the council will consider a request for a permanent easement and improvements of the former Puccis site.

Also to be discussed is the ATV ordinance and Golf cart operations.

This will be followed by a possible closed session for the city managers evaluation in the council chambers.

By Walt Pruiksma
General Manager
News Reporter

Worthington Man Sentenced In Sioux County For Possession With Intent To Deliver Marijuana

A Worthington, Minnesota teen has been sentenced to probation and other penalties after pleading guilty to felony drug possession with intent to deliver.

Sioux County Attorney Coleman McAllister says that 18-year-old Keophothone Rounoubon, of Worthington was sentenced for the crime of Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana, a Class D Felony.

On October 19, 2011, an Iowa State trooper stopped Rounoubon for speeding near Exit 16 — the Alton exit — on Highway 60. At the time of the traffic stop, the trooper was assisted by a Sioux County Deputy Sheriff, a K-9 dog handler, who, with the aid of his drug detection dog, located about two ounces of marijuana in Rounoubon’s vehicle in five individually packaged baggies. After the drugs were found, Rounoubon admitted to intending to deliver the marijuana to a person in Worthington.

After pleading guilty, Rounoubon received a deferred judgment and he was placed on probation for two years. As specific conditions of probation, Rounoubon must pay a civil penalty of $750, be enrolled as a full-time student or be gainfully employed at least 40 hours per week, and undergo a substance abuse evaluation and follow any recommendations.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director