Village Northwest Unlimited Independence Day Celebration Gets “Facelift”

Sheldon, Iowa — Those familiar with Village Northwest Unlimited in Sheldon know that their annual Independence Day Celebration is never actually ON Independence Day, and is normally the day before.

That’s the way it is this year. But Village Northwest Director of Advancement Stacie Jorgensen says while that’s back to normal, they’ve given the Independence Day Celebration a facelift this year.

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Jorgensen says the entertainment will start at 6.

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She says they’ll cap off the night with the largest fireworks display in this area.

Plus, Jorgensen says they’ll still have kettle korn and ice cream sundaes, plus kiddie rides, and a petting zoo.


Sheldon City Council to Discuss Fund Raising For Community Park

The Sheldon City Council normally holds their regular meetings on Wednesday, but because of the Holiday they will meet this Tuesday July 3rd at 12:15.

The meeting will open with a public hearing on the Sheldon Industrial Park Improvement project. After the hearing they will consider a resolution approving plans for the project and then consider awarding the contract.

In other business the council will discuss a contract with RDG for strategic planning and fundraising initiative to support the development of the Community Park in the eastern part of Sheldon. Under the contract, RDG planning would guide the local fund raising team through the process, develop materials to be used and assist in grant writing.

Again, a reminder that this council meeting will be held Tuesday July 3rd at 12:15.


Pamida Switching To Shopko, Don’t Be Confused

Sheldon, Iowa — Don’t be confused by the Pamida signs you saw people holding this weekend in Sheldon. The signs said Pamida is closing, leaving some confused.

Lance Hunter, Sheldon Pamida manager says the Sheldon Pamida is going through 12 weeks of liquidation, trying to sell off the remaining Pamida merchandise. He says they are selling most items at a discount.

Starting on September 6th, the Sheldon Pamida will begin the switch over to a Shopko Hometown store, with various departments closing at different times after September 6th to make the switchover and do some remodeling. Hunter says they’ll probably hire some temporary workers at that time to help un-stock and re-stock shelves and so forth. He also says no one is losing their job, all the Pamida workers will work for the new Shopko.

The grand opening of the Sheldon Shopko is tentatively set for October 18.

Hunter stresses that even through the closing of other departments and remodeling going on, the pharmacy will stay open and accessible to customers the whole time.


Ireton Man Airlifted After Motorcycle Accident

Akron, Iowa — A Ireton teen was injured in a motorcycle accident on Thursday (6/28) near Akron.

The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 3 PM, 19-year-old Marcos Lopez was southbound on Highway 3, just south of 170th Street, about 8 miles east of Akron on a 2004 Kawasaki.

Lopez lost control of the motorcycle, which entered the west ditch and flipped several times. A witness on a second motorcycle said it appeared that the front tire began to wobble, which caused Lopez to lose control.

Lopez was taken to Mercy Medical Center by Mercy Air Care.

Lopez’s Kawasaki was totaled.


Body Of Man Presumed Drowned Found In Little Sioux River

Linn Grove, Iowa — Authorities have found the body of a man they believed drowned last week in the Little Sioux River near the Linn Grove Dam.

According to Buena Vista County Sheriff Gary Launderville, they recovered the body of 30-year-old Lihavongsay Nouthavykoun about 4:30 Friday afternoon, about 500 yards from where he was last seen with his friends on Wednesday.

Storm Lake Police received a report at about 5 p-m Wednesday from two men that a friend that they had been with had gone under water and they were unable to locate him. He had allegedly been wading in the river, went in up to his neck, then went under water and came back up yelling for help and then disappeared from sight. The three people that were with Nouthavykoun attempted to find him, but were unable to, so they drove to Storm Lake to summon help.

Launderville says the river is down, but the current is still strong. He says he believes alchohol may also have been a factor.


Electric Utility Serving Sheldon Keeps Watch On Power Usage During Heat Wave

Sheldon, Iowa — Utility companies across Iowa are keeping an eye on the impact of the hot temperatures to make sure there is enough energy to meet the demand. MidAmerican Energy is the electric company that serves Sheldon and a number of other communities in Northwest Iowa. MidAmerican spokesperson, Tina Pothoff, says usage has increased as the temperatures have soared.
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The company has several things they can do to help cut the load when demand goes up.

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Pothoff says there are plenty of ways individual homeowners can cut energy usage, but you have to be sure you are using them.

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For more information on energy usage tips go to: www.midamericanenergy.com.