Sheldon Council Approves Land Transfer to School District

At their regular meeting Wednesday, the Sheldon City Council gave their approval to a formal request from the SCDC to transfer property to the Sheldon Community Schools.

This is land that will be included in the development of new recreation facilities under the 28 E agreement between the City and School District. The Council also gave their okay to a request from Bethel Church to close the street in front of the church on Wednesdays from 5:15 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. as a safety measure.

In other business, they approved a contract for the work on drainage projects on North 21st Avenue and North 18th Avenue.  No viable bids for the projects had been submitted recently, but through the McClure Engineering firm Reutzel Excavating of Burt, Iowa agreed to do the work for $89,600.

The council also approved a contract with Northwest Iowa Planning and Development to update the City’s Zoning Map.  City Manager Scott Wynja told the council that the last time the map was updated was in 2007.  Since that time there have been many changes  in property zoning including Highway 60 and the new Industrial Park.

The Council also heard reports from O’Brien County Development and Sheldon’s outgoing Parks and Recreation Director Andy Lueth.  In addition, they heard serious concerns about the Tree Dump and Leaf Dump from Public Works Director Todd Uhl.  We’ll have more information on these.

Expert Says Drought Has Run Its Course

Omaha, Nebraska — One weather expert says the long-running drought has likely run most of its course and it should be concluding soon. Bryce Anderson, the senior agriculture meteorologist at D-T-N, says a typical drought lasts 15 to 18 months, so we’re close to ending that cycle now as the drought has its roots in the spring of 2011.


Anderson says if we’re lucky, timely rains will fall in the coming weeks.


Anderson says weather models show the dry conditions will likely continue through fall with temperatures above-normal. He says the winter ahead is shaping up to be much like last winter, with above-normal temperatures and less snow.

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Extension/Farm Bureau Young Farmer “Kick Off” Postponed Due To Early Harvest

Sioux Center, Iowa — This Thursday, there was supposed to be a “Kick Off” for the new “Young Farmer” program developed by Iowa State University Extension and the Iowa Farm Bureau. But you can chalk that one up as one more thing the drought has affected.

Due to early harvest, the Northwest Iowa Young Farmers “Kick Off” tour scheduled for this Thursday in Sioux Center has been postponed to the week after Thanksgiving. It was to feature a picnic and a tour of the former Sioux Preme Packing Plant south of Sioux Center — now called the Natural Foods Packing Plant.

Extension staff members encourage people to visit the Iowa State University Extension website again to register for the re-scheduled tour. There is no cost, but you will need to register. We’ll talk to Dave Stender, Iowa State University Swine Specialist about the re-scheduled event, as it approaches.

For more information, you can contact your extension office by phone or on the web.

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Romney To Hold Rally At Northwestern College In Orange City

Orange City, Iowa — It’s not every day that a presidential nominee comes to northwest Iowa. That will be the case however on Friday when Mitt Romney comes to Orange City.

The Republican presidential candidate will hold a rally in Orange City on Friday (9/7) beginning at noon in Northwestern College’s Bultman Center gym.

Tickets are required, but they are available free at the Northwestern College Rowenhorst Student Center front desk.

Doors open for the Friday event at 10 AM. If you’re going you’ll need to enter through the Bultman Center’s main doors and allow enough time to pass through security before entering the arena. The first 1,000 attendees will receive a limited edition Mitt Romney foam mitt or baseball.

While Romney has been in our area before, it’s the first visit he’ll make as the Republican Presidential Nominee.

Two Doon Boys Injured in ATV Accident Near Hull

Hull, Iowa — Two Doon boys were injured in an ATV accident near Hull on Sunday.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened shortly before 7 PM, three miles northwest of Hull.

They report that 12-year-old Kyle Dolieslager of Doon was driving a 2007 Polaris Sportsman ATV northbound on Harrison
Avenue when he lost control. Dolieslager and a passenger, 14-year-old Ryan Dolislager of Doon both jumped
from the ATV before the ATV went into the ditch and rolled.

Kyle and Ryan were transported to Hegg‐Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley by the Hull Ambulance. Kyle Dolieslager was later transported to Avera‐McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls by helicopter.

The Polaris sustained approximately $1,000 in damages.

Kyle Dolieslager was cited for failure to maintain control.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Hull Fire, Rescue and Hull Ambulance.

Lyon County Attorney Appointed As District Judge

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A northwest Iowa County Attorney is going to be a district judge.

Governor Terry Branstad has appointed Carl J. Petersen as a judge to the 3A Judicial District.

Petersen, of Lester, received his law degree from Hamline University and is currently serving as Lyon County Attorney. Petersen was appointed to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Duffy.

The counties in the Third District are Buena Vista, Cherokee, Clay, Crawford, Dickinson, Emmet, Ida, Lyon, Kossuth, Monona, O’Brien, Osceola, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Sioux, and Woodbury.