It’s Sheldon EMA / Fire by a Pint

Heroes Behind the Badges Reaches Record Collection

The 5th annual Heroes Behind the Badges blood drive ended with tremendous record setting success.

The blood drive held on February 7 and 16 was a friendly competition between Sheldon Police Department / SCAT and Sheldon Fire Department / EMA. It was a close competition right up to the end of the blood drive.

In the end it was the Fire Department / EMA winning with 59 donation votes vs. the Police Department / SCAT with 58 donation votes. A total of 117 community members participated in this years blood drive event making this the most successful Heroes Behind the Badges.

During the blood drive donors could designate their donation to the department of their choice. All the blood collected helped local area patients of Sanford Sheldon.

This was a terrific event, states Ken Versteeg, Executive Director, Community Blood Bank. February is a very difficult time for the blood supply, primarily due to a decrease in donations because of the cold and flu season. This was a very well attended event and will make a difference in many local patients lives.

Sheldon Chamber and Development Corporation, Sanford Sheldon and Community Blood Bank would like to thank all the departments and community members involved with this years event, helping to save many patients lives.

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

George Man Claims Quarter-Of-A-Million-Dollar Lottery Prize

A George man is a quarter of a million dollars richer after scratching a $250,000 lottery ticket.

Sixty-five-year-old LeRoy Kruger says he initially thought his “Cash Bonanza” ticket was a non-winner, so he stuck it in a drawer and almost forgot about it; he later learned the ticket won him a top prize of $250,000.

He says he didn’t realize he had a winning ticket until he checked it over a second time.

Kruger immediately told his wife, Delinda, the big news.

“She said, ‘You liar!'” Kruger said with a laugh. “I’m the kind of guy to joke, though, so I can’t blame her.”

Kruger, who is from George, claimed his prize Monday at the Iowa Lottery’s regional office in Storm Lake.

“I just had to get it over with,” he said. “We must have looked at it – oh, I don’t know how many times because we couldn’t believe it was real.”

Kruger took the ticket back to Casey’s, 301 E. Michigan Ave. in George where he purchased it to have it validated before claiming the prize.

“As a joke I said, ‘Can you cash this?’ And she said, ‘No.’ She looked at it again and I thought she was going to faint!” Kruger said.

Kruger, who is a welder and part-time farmer, said he plans to share some of the winnings with his family and save the rest.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

Sheldon Man Transported To Sanford Sheldon, Charged With OWI After Accident

A Sheldon man was transported to Sanford Sheldon and then charged with OWI as the result of an accident near Archer on Monday (2/13).
The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 1:50 AM, 26-year-old Zachary Barron of Sheldon was southbound on L40 from Highway 18, about 3 and a quarter miles north of Archer in a 2003 Chevy Impala, when he lost control.  The vehicle entered the west ditch and rolled one time, coming to rest on its top.
The Sanborn Ambulance transported Barron to Sanford Sheldon Hospital.
No seatbelts were used.
Barron was cited for OWI Second Offense, and failure to maintain control.

Hull City Officials Planning Next Steps After Receiving Insurance Settlement From November Fire

The City of Hull has reached an agreement with their insurance company regarding the former city office and maintenance building that was destroyed in a fire last November. City officials report that the city received $550,000 from the insurance company for damages incurred in the fire.

Now the city has a choice to make. They could rebuild on the current site, or find a new location for the offices and maintenance shop. The preference at this time seems to be keeping the facilities together.

The next step is to demolish the remains of the old building. They will take bids for that work. And the city is also advertising for an architect to help them plan what a new facility might look like.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

Navy To Name New Ship “USS Sioux City”

The U-S Navy has announced that one of its new ships will carry the name of a northwest Iowa city, and another will carry the name of a city just across the river from Iowa. Navy Secretary Ray Maybus, said the ships will be the U-S-S Sioux City and the U-S-S Omaha.
Maybus says he chose the names as a tribute to the heartland of America.

He said both states also have historical links to the Navy.
There are two types of ships in the L-C-S class.

He said when he took over the bids for the ships came in way too high and he decided to have the two builders bid against each other, even though he thought they need two variations of the ships.

The keels will be laid for the Sioux City and Omaha in 2013 and Maybus said they should be ready to launch in 2016. Each ship will have a crew of around 80 sailors. You can see more about the littoral combat ship class on the Navy’s website

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

Community Foundation Of Osceola County Hands Out Funding

A number of Osceola County organizations and projects are about to receive a nice shot it the arm.

The Community Foundation of Osceola County will distribute $80,328 to twenty-six nonprofit groups representing five different areas of Osceola County.

The purpose of these grants is to assist local groups to promote and support human services, the arts and culture, health and recreation, economic well being, youth development and the educational needs of Osceola County residents. Grants ranging from $872.00 to $3,500 will be announced and distributed at a special ceremony to be held at 5:30 p.m. this Thursday afternoonat the Sibley Senior Center. (612 8th StreetSibley, Iowa) The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

The following projects have been funded for 2012:

1. Sibley-Ocheyedan FFA Chapter$ 3500
Wiring & electrical boxes for campsites at Hawkeye Point
2. Ashton Am. Legion Post 290$ 3500
New banquet tables
3. Melvin Area Econ. Dev. Corp. $ 3500
Paint mural on old bank building
4. Melvin Am. Legion Post 470 $ 3500
Trailer to hold flags & flagpoles
5. Hawkeye Pt. Foundation$ 3500
Bathrooms & showers at Hawkeye Pt. campground
6. Sibley Fire & Rescue$ 3500
Purchase enclosed SCBA bottle fill station
7. Westerners 4-H Club$ 3500
Viewing platform; and an antique farm machinery display at Hawkeye Pt.
8. Osceola Co. Conservation Bd. $ 3500
New Rainbow play set for Willow Creek Park
9. Ashton Public Library$ 1547
Purchase 2 new computers
10. Tracy House Museum$1500
Re-side part of the museum & clean, sanitize & wall paper museum bedrooms
11. Ocheyedan Public Library$ 3500
Replace ballast; add sump pump; new shelving re-landscape south side of library
12. Ashton Town & Country Club $ 2500
Renovate shelter house & put concrete pad on West side of shelter house
13. DeBoer Grocery Museum$1000
Add screen/storm windows; replace screen doors; add security light
14. Melvin Fire Dept.3500
Purchase deck gun for grass fires and air exchange for fire station
15. Osceola Co. Emergency Responders $ 3500
Purchase 3 additional pager/radios for volunteers
16. Ashton Betterment Committee$ 3500
Landscape & develop picnic area along Hwy. 60
17. Sibley Park Board$ 3500
New climbing equip. at Robinson Park
18. VFW Post 7373 $ 3500
Remove old cabinets & fixtures;relocate electrical, water and gas service; install new cabinets and fixtures
19. Sibley Rec. Dept. $ 3500
Replace soccer goals at soccer fields with Alumagoal Elliptical Elite Aluminum Club Goals
20. May City Ambulance $ 3500
Purchase Stryker Stair Chair
21. Ocheyedan Township Cemetery$ 3500
Repair damaged grave marker monuments
22. Melvin Ambulance $ 3500
Purchase a Stryker Stair Chair
23. Ashton Fire Dept $ 3500
Replace 2 furnaces in Fire Station
24. Prevention of Depression/Suicide $ 3500
Public awareness/education regarding depression & suicide (brochures, marketing, day-fairs)
25. Sibley Public Library $ 3500
Convert microfilm records to searchable digital solution
26. McCallum Museum $872.05
Repair museum by replacing rotting boards; scrape, prime & paint; caulk boards; & re-nail where necessary

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director