Flags To Fly At Half Staff On Friday In Honor Of Neil Armstrong

Washington, DC — President Barack Obama has ordered that all federal government US flags fly at half staff on Friday, in memory of US Astronaut Neil Armstrong.

Armstrong was the first human to set foot on the surface of the moon on July 21, 1969.

Armstrong died on August 25, in Cincinnati, Ohio, following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures. He will be laid to rest on Friday. A private family service is planned in Cincinnati.

The President’s proclamation calls for the flag of the United States to be flown at half-staff at the White House and on all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset on Friday. All United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations. As a sign of respect, other government facilities, businesses and individuals are asked to fly the flag at half staff as well.

Full Presidential Proclamation:

As a mark of respect for the memory of Neil Armstrong, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that on the day of his interment, the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset on such day. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-seventh day of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

Barack Obama

Red Flag Warning — Don’t Burn, And Be Careful With Hot Equipment, Smoking Materials

Sioux Falls, SD — The National Weather Service says conditions are right for explosive fire growth today. A Red Flag Warning has been issued that includes our four-county listening area — O’Brien, Sioux, Osceola, and Lyon Counties. A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will occur in the near future. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures will create explosive fire growth potential.

The forecast is for very hot and dry conditions to persist south of Interstate 90 today. Winds will be from the southwest at 10 to 20 miles per hour with gusts up to 30 miles per hour. Relative humidity will be as low as 18 percent. Temperatures will be in the upper 90’s, with 100 degrees not out of the question. Fire behavior will again be critical in areas south of Interstate 90, with the strong southwest winds and extremely low humidity levels.

The Red Flag Warning is in effect from noon to 8 PM this evening.

The Weather Service says any fires that ignite will spread rapidly. They advise to postpone outdoor burning.

An open burning ban continues in Lyon, Sioux, and O’Brien Counties in our four-county area, but today it’s extremely critical. It is suggested that people use extreme caution with anything that could get hot, like farm equipment, welding equipment, and smoking materials. Do not throw lit cigarettes from moving vehicles.

Firefighting is also more difficult in these conditions and the Weather Service says fighting fires at the flanks is recommended in red flag conditions.

Highway 60 Detour To Change Again Around Worthington

Worthington, MN — The Highway 60 detour around the Worthington area is changing again.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation or Mn/DOT says that beginning late Thursday afternoon, the Highway 60 northeastbound lanes will be closed from across from Graham Tire to 500 feet northeast of the Blue Line Truck Stop Entrance. Highway 60 traffic will all be shifted over to the reopened Highway 60 southwestbound lanes.

The previously closed I-90 westbound ramps will also be reopened to traffic at that time.

This traffic layout will continue through this winter, and will not change until Spring of 2013.

The detour south of Worthington remains the same, using Nobles County
Roads 4 and 5 and a very small portion of County Road 33 in Worthington.

Click here for a map of the affected area.

Click here for more information on the project.

Joyride Ends in Prison for Sheldon Man

A Sheldon man who unlawfully took a 2011 Kenworth truck from a local trucking company has been sentenced to two more years in prison.

O’Brien County Attorney Micah Schreurs reports that 51-year-old Jeffrey Alan Chrestiansen was convicted and sentenced on August 6th for Operating a Motor Vehicle without Owner’s Consent, an aggravated misdemeanor.  Chrestiansen was ordered to pay a fine, various surcharges and court costs, and victim restitution in the amount of $1,680 for damage done to the truck.  Chrestiansen was also sentenced to a two-year prison term.

Chrestiansen, who had been on parole for two felony offenses, must serve his new prison sentence after he completes his revoked sentence for those prior offenses.

According to police reports, Chrestiansen took the Kenworth truck during the early morning hours of June 9, 2012. GPS tracking from the truck and video surveillance at various northwest Iowa businesses confirmed that Chrestiansen then drove the truck on a 148-mile joyride that included stops at Siouxpreme Egg Products in Sioux Center and the Le Mars Truck Stop in Le Mars.

The Sheldon Police Department assisted with the investigation.


The Pajama Game To Be Performed During Celebration Days This Weekend

Sheldon, Iowa — A special performance awaits during Sheldon’s Celebration Days this weekend.

Sheldon Community Theatre will perform the musical, The Pajama Game. King Hickman and Karen Appleton are the co-directors. Hickman gives us a brief overview.


Appleton says the cast features quite a number of people, voices, and talents. She says they’ve been rehearsing for a while to be ready this weekend.


Hickman and Appleton tell us who’s in the production.


In the show, conditions at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory are anything but peaceful, as sparks fly between new superintendent Sid Sorokin and Babe Williams, leader of the union grievance committee. Their stormy relationship comes to a head when the workers strike for a 7 and a half cent pay increase, setting off not only a conflict between management and labor, but a battle of the sexes as well.

Appleton says the show’s got some great music.


The Pajama Game will be Thursday night, August 30th and Saturday night, September 1st at at 7:30 PM; and Sunday, September 2nd, they’ll have a matinee at 2 PM. Just a point of clarification — performances are Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. There will be no performance on Friday.

It’s general admission. Advance tickets $10. They are available at HyVee, Prairie Moon Books, Fareway, Pamida, and the SCDC office. Admission at the door is $12.

Sergeant Bluff Man To Serve Five-Year Prison Term On Sioux County Drug Charges

Orange City, Iowa — A Sergeant Bluff man will serve a five-year prison term after he pled guilty to a Sioux County charge of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.

On March 20, 2012, a concerned citizen called 911 to make a complaint of an erratic driver southbound on Highway 75 at the Lyon County border. The caller was able to give the 911 operator a partial license plate number and a vehicle description. A Sioux County deputy was dispatched to the area and the deputy observed a vehicle matching the description given by the caller cross the centerline and go over onto the shoulder of the roadway. The deputy stopped the vehicle, which was being driven by 47-year-old Sakdarif Lokhamkouak.

The deputy searched the vehicle and found nearly a pound (14.8 ounces) of marijuana and over $2,400 in cash in Lokhamkouak’s possession.

The Court sentenced Lokhamkouak to serve five years in prison and he was further ordered to pay a fine in the amount of $750 plus court costs and statutory surcharges.