Sixth Annual “Heroes Behind the Badges” Blood Drive Pits Police/SCAT vs. Fire/EMA

Sheldon, Iowa — The annual Heroes Behind the Badges Blood Drive will be on Monday in Sheldon. (2/18) It’s not only a great opportunity to help bolster the area blood supply, but an opportunity to give two city emergency services bragging rights.

Ken Ver Steeg, spokesman for the Community Blood Bank says that it’s a friendly competition between two teams of Sheldon emergency responders.

heroes behind badgesHe says they could use some more donors as well. That’s because people who want to donate sometimes are prevented from doing so because they have a cold or flu at the time the bloodmobile is in town.

He says they would like to encourage you to give, even if it’s your first time — not only because they really need the blood right now but also so that you can show your support for our local heroes, as well as those receiving treatment in the hospital.

Ver Steeg also says they encourage donors to support their blood type. Especially if you have a rare blood type, your donation is always welcome. But they need all blood types to keep the supply where it should be in case of an emergency.

This fun competition between the departments will be held on Monday, February 18 from 10:00am to 2:00pm and 3:00pm to 6:00pm at the Community Services Building in Sheldon.

It couldn’t have been closer last year — in the end it was the Fire Department / EMA winning with 59 donation votes vs. the Police Department / SCAT with 58 donation votes. The turnout was also the highest ever last year for this event.

Community Blood Bank is the sole provider of blood and blood products to Sanford Sheldon and 29 other local hospitals.

The public is encouraged to designate their blood donation in honor of the department of their choice. The department with the most donations will receive the traveling trophy and bragging rights for the year.


Spencer Man Wins $50,000 Playing Iowa Lottery Scratch Ticket He Bought In Peterson

Lottery Matt SoatPeterson, Iowa — A Spencer man is $50,000 richer after he won a top prize on an Iowa Lottery Scratch Ticket he picked up in Peterson.

The Lottery reports that 21-year-old Matt Soat was installing garage doors for his employer, Advanced Door Systems, when he and his coworkers decided to break for lunch at Cargo Express in Peterson. When he scratched his ticket, he initially thought he had only won $100.

Soat says he is planning to use some of his winnings to look into buying a house for his growing family.


Rock Rapids Man Wins Position On Iowa Republican Central Committee

Dr Cody HoefertRock Rapids, Iowa — A Rock Rapids man has been elected a member of the Republican Party of Iowa Central Committee.

Dr. Cody Hoefert, a doctor of chiropractic from Rock Rapids says this all came about when Tim Moran, a member of the committee submitted his resignation.

Dr. Hoefert, the current Lyon County GOP Chairperson, says he thinks that the work that the county party has done in Lyon County has a lot to do with why he was asked to run for the committee position.

The other candidate for the party position was Hampton Mayor Shawn Dietz.  Dietz joked before the vote that he was happy to be there for QUOTE “Cody’s coronation”.

Hoefert received 49 votes, and Dietz received 7.


NCC Health Information Technology Students Take Part in “Valentines for Veterans” Program

Pictured: Front row (l to r): Sara Reuter and Katlyn Moeler. Second Row (l to r): Krystal Nelson, Jill Hatting, Stephanie Lonning, Dawn Joffer. One additional HIT student assisting with the Valentine project, but not included in the picture is Jackie Vande Griend.
Pictured:
Front row (l to r): Sara Reuter and Katlyn Moeler.
Second Row (l to r): Krystal Nelson, Jill Hatting, Stephanie Lonning, Dawn Joffer.
One additional HIT student assisting with the Valentine project, but not included in the picture is
Jackie Vande Griend.
Sheldon, Iowa — A hundred Veterans at the VA Hospital in Sioux Falls and a hundred active-duty soldiers will be feeling the love from Northwest Iowa this Valentines Day.

MariBeth Lane, the advisor for the Health Information Technology Club at Northwest Iowa Community
College says the club has a tradition of participating in the “Valentines for Veterans” program.

She tells us a little about the club.

Lane tells us about the program.

She says they’ve also taken it a step further.

The current active-duty Army soldier who is the brother of one of the HIT students was asked to share those 100 Valentines with his “brothers in arms” in recognition of the students’ gratitude for their past, present, and future service to our country.

HIT club president Sara Reuter of George says she’s proud to share the love with veterans this Valentine’s Day.

On a related note, Reuter tells us that the fundraisers that they have done recently have helped their club to be able to take a trip to Des Moines for the Iowa Health Information Management Association meeting.

She says the meeting is an annual conference where members get together to share and learn.


Fieldcrest Executive Director Talks About Expansion Plans

fieldcrest assisted living 02Sheldon, Iowa — Fieldcrest Assisted Living on Sheldon’s east side is expanding.

We had a chance to visit with Fieldcrest Executive Director Cal Diekmann recently. He gave us a little background about the assisted living facility.

Diekmann tells us about Fieldcrest’s expansion plan.

He says the expansion plans will not disrupt any of their current residents.

Diekmann tells us how the idea to expand got started.

Diekmann says that it will take six to nine months to finish the work, and they expect it to be done before the end of the year.

The Sheldon Planning and Zoning Commission has approved both the preliminary plat and final plat of Trilogy Village, which will be near Fieldcrest. The city will install the infrastructure to Fieldcrest and to the area owned by the city, where the City of Sheldon will develop approximately sixteen lots.


Hartley Man Arrested, Charged With Failure To Report Accident In Royal

ClaySheriff DinkyRoyal, Iowa — A Hartley man was arrested and jailed after an incident in Royal.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office reports that they received a report of a hit-and-run accident with damage to a building on Tuesday, February 5th. They say that Becky Smoot of Royal reported her shed in the backyard by the alley had been struck by a vehicle and had a hole in it.

After an investigation, Clay County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 20-year-old Kyle Frederick of Hartley in connection with the incident. He was arrested on Tuesday morning (2/12). Deputies charged him with Failure to Report an Accident.

Deputies found out that on or around February 5th, Frederick backed his truck into the wall of Smoot’s shed and left the scene.

Frederick was placed under arrest and was transported to the Clay County Jail. He was also charged with No Proof of Insurance (Accident Related).

Frederick was held in jail to appear before the magistrate.