Burning Ban To Go Into Effect Friday For Sioux County

Orange City, Iowa — The Fire Marshal has issued a burning ban for Sioux County, which will take effect on Friday.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office received a request from Sioux County Emergency Management Coordinator Nate Huizenga, representing the fire departments of Sioux County, that the State Fire Marshal prohibit open burning in Sioux County. The Fire Marshal’s office investigated and found conditions in Sioux County are such that open burning constitutes a danger to life or property.

The Fire Marshal’s office has ordered that no one is to engage in open burning in Sioux County, except as specifically permitted in Iowa Code, until Huizenga, representing the Sioux County Fire Departments, notifies the Fire Marshal’s Office that the risk no longer exists.

Open burning bans are now in effect for three of the four northwest Iowa counties. Lyon, Sioux, and O’Brien Counties have bans in effect or will soon. Osceola County does not, as of this moment, have an open burning ban.

For more information, you can contact your fire chief, emergency management, or law enforcement.

Osceola County Relay For Life Is This Friday Night Into Saturday Early Morning

Sibley, Iowa — It’s time for the 12th annual American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Osceola County. “Go For The Gold” is the theme — and as usual they are raising money for cancer research, but as Bobbie Snow with the Osceola County American Cancer Society reminds us, it’s more about standing together as a community to support cancer survivors and fight back against cancer.


But she says, they have a lot of fun doing it.


The Osceola County American Cancer Society Relay For Life is this coming Friday (8/3) from 5 PM to 1 AM at the Sibley-Ocheyedan High School Track in Sibley.  The concession stand will open at 5, with the opening ceremony at 7. The luminara ceremony starts at 9. There are 17 teams participating, but you don’t have to be on a team to come.

She says that the American Cancer Society’s movement for more birthdays is about everyday people coming together to make a meaningful difference, from keeping your family healthy, to staying well, to finding the best resources to help a friend or loved one deal with a diagnosis on their journey to get well, or becoming active in your community to fight back and find cures for this disease. She says they want to help make sure cancer never steals another year of anyone’s life.

She says if you are a cancer survivor, you are welcome to walk the survivor lap.


She also encourages people to purchase a luminara in honor or in memory of a loved one with cancer.


From Bobbie Snow:

It would be impossible to acknowledge all of the businesses and individuals that have joined together to make this year’s Relay a success—whether yours was a dollar contribution or an in-kind donation, every bit helps in the fight to find a cure and support those who are currently on their cancer journey. You would not believe all the “behind the scenes” support given to this event. To all—a big THANK YOU from the steering committee—Jackie Kannegieter, Lori White, Marilyn Damman, Amy Smith, Pauline Van Engen, Glenda Reinke, Cindy Iedema, Allison Ackerman, Liz Marquez, Corky Koerselman and Bobbie Snow.

The corporate sponsors who help kick off the event in the early spring are: Bosma Poultry Inc., Cooperative Elevator Association, Cooperative Energy Co., DeKoter Thole & Dawson PLC, Exopack, Gaarder Insurance, Huisenga-Pearson, Keith M. Merrick Co. Inc., Lewis Drug, Osceola Community Hospital, POET Biorefining, Remedies, Sibley State Bank, US Bank, and United Community Bank.

Sibley Super Foods has shared their Burger Barn proceeds with many, many teams and for the past six years Sibley Sheet Metal has graciously sponsored Mr. Twister at the Relay. This year’s Survivor Dinner was held on Monday, July 30 and was underwritten by many donations of food and dollars. There will be Cancer Fact Signs around the track the night of the Relay that have been sponsored by various entities in the area. The City of Sibley provides tables, dumpsters, and electricity for the Relay and Jill Roush and Kelcey Schroder will be taking pictures during the evening. And where would we be without the publicity and newsprint offered by the Gazette-Tribune of Sibley and the Press-News of Ocheyedan, plus KIWA of Sheldon. Please be sure to thank all of these people who give so generously of their time, talents, and treasures.

The teams participating in this year’s Relay For Life are: Bumble Bees (Eli Jansma), Ma Carol’s Team, First Presbyterian Church, Trinity Lutheran Church Team Trinity, Country View Manor, US Bank, Perry’s Team, Exopack, Beacon of Hope, Sibley State Bank, Ashton St. Mary’s, Cooperative Energy Co., Sibley Nursing and Rehab, Sons of Armageddon, Sibley Pool Lifeguards, and Osceola Community Hospital. Two other groups that have not officially registered, but are raising money for Relay are the S-O Education group and a group of youngsters that we call the “1st Street NE Kids.” Thanks to everyone.


Schedule of Events:

  • Concession stand run by the S-O Athletic Boosters opens at 5 p.m.
  • Mr. Twister 6-7 p.m. and 8-9 p.m. sponsored by Sibley Sheet Metal
  • Harold Vander Sloot 6-7 p.m.
  • Opening Ceremony 7 p.m.— raising of the flag, National Anthem lead by Kate Pomrenke, MC will be Alyssa Hibbing, invocation and welcome, announcements/awards, speaker, and survivors leading the first official lap;
  • Entertainment will continue until 9:30 p.m. Allison Ackerman, Entertainment chair has a great lineup of local talent (including Jesse Dagel, Dalton Petersen, Rochelle Feldkamp, and Annie Zylstra) to entertain us throughout the evening and Lennis Harberts will be the featured DJ.
  • Luminaria Ceremony at 9:30 featuring music by Brenda Krahling and the reading of the names on the luminarias;
  • Games, laps, and music will continue until 1 a.m. when all will be asked to strike their campsite and help with the cleanup;
  • Closing Ceremony will be held at 1:00 a.m.—closing remarks and luminarias will be extinguished.

Everyone is invited to participate in this inspirational event; you do not have to be a team member. Join many Osceola County residents for food, fellowship, celebrating, and remembering anytime during the evening.

The fight against cancer goes on 365 days a year and nearly 4 million people across the world participate in the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. Together we will make a difference. See you at the Sibley-Ocheyedan High School track on Friday, August 3, 2012.

Hawarden Man Injured, Arrested After Rolling Pickup

Hawarden, Iowa — A Hawarden man was charged with OWI after he rolled his pickup on Sunday (7/29) near Hawarden.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 5:20 AM, 39-year-old Michael Wilkison of Hawarden was driving a 2002 Ford Ranger pickup southbound on Buchanan Avenue, about five miles south of Hawarden.

Wilkison reported that he fell asleep, and lost control of the pickup. The pickup rolled.

Upon further investigation, a deputy found Wilkison to be intoxicated. After treatment by Hawarden Hospital medical personnel, Wilkison was arrested for driving while intoxicated and failure to maintain control.

The Ford sustained about $8,000 in damages.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Hawarden Police Department.

Worthington Teen Injured In Little Rock Area Accident

Little Rock, Iowa — A Worthington teen was injured in an accident on Friday north of Little Rock.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 12:45 PM, 17-year-old Courtney L Faragher of Worthington, MN was southbound on Marsh Avenue, about a mile and a half north of Little Rock, when she lost control.

The vehicle went into the east ditch and rolled numerous times, coming to rest on its top.

Faragher was taken to the Sibley Hospital and then transported to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.

The 2002 Ford was owned by Lynnette Faragher. It sustained approximately $8000 in damage.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the Little Rock Fire Department and the Little Rock Ambulance.

Dave Popkes Named Northwest Iowa Community College’s 2012 Alumnus of the Year

Sheldon, Iowa — A Sheldon man has been named NCC’s Alumnus of the year.

Each year, one outstanding graduate of Northwest Iowa Community College is recognized for his or her success in their chosen profession and support of NCC.

The recipient of the 2012 Alumnus of the Year Award is Dave Popkes of Sheldon.

Popkes is a 1971 graduate of the Clerical Accounting Program, and has utilized that knowledge to own and run a successful Sheldon business, Dave’s Appliance, for 27 years. He also met his wife Ruth (Van Voorst) at NCC as a student in the same program.

During his time at NCC Popkes had an internship with the Little Rock, Iowa, K-12 School District in which he gained valuable accounting skills. Upon graduation from NCC, Popkes took a job with Slegle Lumber Company, Alton, Iowa, and Lincoln Construction Company, Alton, Iowa, working as their accountant. Dave joined the Iowa National Guard and served as a sergeant in the Sheldon Guard Unit from 1971 until 1985. This was one of Dave’s first commitments to community service as a NCC graduate. Later, he worked for Kats Appliance, Sheldon, Iowa, for fourteen years. In 1985, he and his wife opened Dave’s Appliance in downtown Sheldon (actually beginning the business in his garage).

Dave has served his community well. He has been a scout master as well as a scout trainer for club leaders. He has served two terms as a Deacon of Bethel Reformed Church. He was elected to his first term on the Sheldon City Council in 1998. He has served on the Sheldon Park and Recreational Committee and was instrumental in developing their Master Plan. He has served on the Sheldon Museum Board, the Airport Commission and the HTC Cable Commission.

Dave and his wife Ruth have been lifelong advocates of Northwest Iowa Community College. Since graduation Dave has taken many Continuing Education classes through NCC. Dave has even taught Continuing Education classes for NCC. Ruth worked as administrative assistant at the College from 1971 until 1977 when their first child was born. Their daughter Sonya started her college education at NCC and his son-in-law Dustin Egdorf is a graduate of NCC’s Powerline program. He is now a Powerline Crew Supervisor in Kodiak, Alaska.

Popkes says he was overwhelmed by the honor. He says he wants to acknowledge all the support the College has given him and the community over the years. He says it’s a big honor and he appreciates what the College has done for him.

Popkes continued, “There is no doubt that my education at NCC prepared me for my career. The program gave me everything I needed to get started. My internship gave me the practical experience I needed and the classroom time gave me the theory behind everything I needed to know. The program gave me the exact skills I needed at the time to start my career.”

Popkes has been an active supporter of the College over the years. “I am ecstatic about seeing the College grow over the years.” Popkes stated. “NCC is a real plus for Sheldon and the surrounding communities. NCC offers a closeness and connectivity to the community. NCC has done a great job blending itself with the community. I like the fact that everyone can attend NCC. NCC also helps support the other colleges in the area as well. Students can attend NCC for two years and transfer to one of the four year schools. It’s a great feeder school for the four year schools.”

Popkes summed it all up at the end by saying, “NCC – I love that school!”

Sheldon City Council to Discuss Drainage Improvement and Airport Bids Wednesday

The Sheldon City Council meets Wednesday, August 1st with three main items on the agenda.  The first will be to consider a resolution approving the Department of Transportation Street Finance Report for fiscal year 2012.The second item will be the consideration of bids for a new PAPI system at the Sheldon Regional Airport.  The existing VASI system on the runways have heaved and are no longer level, causing the units to indicate the incorrect glide path. This is a major safety concern for the Airport as aircraft are utilizing the incorrect glide path.  In addition the Runway 15 VASI  system is on the right side of the runway.  The current standard is to have runways with a visual aid approach system on the left side.

The council will also consider bids and award the contract for the Drainage Improvement project.  This includes repairs of the North 18th Avenue Waterway and construction of the North 21st Avenue storm water detention and grassed waterway.

The Wednesday meeting will be held at 12:15 in the upper level of the Sheldon Community Services Center.