Granville Man Arrested On Felony Burglary Charge

Granville, Iowa — A Granville man has been arrested on a felony burglary charge.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Thursday (6/21), their officers arrested 37-year-old John Nelson of Granville for Third Degree Burglary, a class D Felony; and Fifth Degree Theft, a simple misdemeanor.

The arrest stemmed from a burglary that occurred at a place on Lily Avenue, two miles west of Granville, on the early morning hours of June 16.

During the investigation it was found that a hay feeder and horse halters were allegedly stolen from a barn.

The stolen property is valued at about $200.


Northwest Iowa Volunteers Sought To Manage Resources And Other Volunteers In Disasters

Northwest Iowa — A group of northwest Iowa Emergency managers and other officials are getting together on Tuesday to come up with ways to organize volunteers and donations in an emergency. According to Wayne Jepsen, the Lyon County Emergency Manager, Community Organizations Active in Disaster — or COAD — pronounced “co add” are attempting to establish a strong volunteer base in northwest Iowa, prepared to respond to a community’s devastation in the wake of a disaster — through partnerships with various organizations and the generosity of the public.

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The northwest Iowa COAD would cover Buena Vista, Cherokee, Clay, Dickinson, Ida, Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola, Plymouth, Sac, and Sioux Counties. Jepsen says at the meeting, they’ll discuss what the volunteers should do.

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Resource and volunteer management would be the focus. Jepsen says this isn’t a call for people to do cleanup work or to donate items, but to manage those things.

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Jepsen says some of the funding would come through Homeland Security through a Citizen Corps Grant.

He says normally when there’s a disaster in a town, people in that area are busy cleaning up their own property and so forth, so this is when the COAD could help, sending in people who are trained in resource and volunteer management.

He says if you’re interested in volunteering for the COAD, you should contact your county emergency manager soon. The meeting is this coming Tuesday, June 26, in Primghar.


Summer Fun In Sheldon Coming Up Monday

Sheldon, Iowa — Sheldon is the place to be on Monday. A lot of fun and important activities are planned.

It’s called “Summer Fun in Sheldon” and it’s in Downtown Sheldon on Monday, (6/25).

Kicking things off will be the SCDC, KIWA Radio, and Community Blood Bank hosting an “All American” blood drive from 10 to 2 and 3 to 6 at the Sheldon Community Services Building.

Ken Ver Steeg with the Community Blood Bank says that with blood supplies at their lowest, due to many traumas and surgery cases, this blood drive will help ensure the availability of blood for additional patients when the need arises. Blood usage has increased in recent days by 28%, placing a heavy burden on the blood supply. All blood types are in immediate need. All who donate will receive a free lunch and an ALL AMERICAN BLOOD DONOR t-shirt.

Sanford Sheldon Medical Center blood needs are supplied by Community Blood Bank. Community Blood Bank has been the sole provider of blood and blood product for Sanford Sheldon Medical Center for over 12 years.

Donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 years old with signed parent consent form), weigh 110 lbs or more and be in good general health the day of the blood drive. Please bring a form of I.D. with you. To schedule an appointment or for more information call the Sheldon Chamber at 324-2813. Walk-ins are welcome.

The Chamber’s Shanelle Matus tells us about all the other activities going on for Summer Fun In Sheldon.

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Waldo from “Where is Waldo?” will be making a special trip to Sheldon for the event too, courtesy of Prairie Moon Books.

For more info, you can contact the Sheldon Chamber.


Illegal Alien Living In Sioux County To Do Four Years In Prison

Sioux City, Iowa — An illegal alien living in Sioux County will do 46 months in federal prison, after he illegally re-entered the United States from Mexico.

The Justice Department reports that 26-year-old Erick Hernandez-Hernandez from Mexico received the prison term after he pled guilty in March to one count of illegal re-entry as an aggravated felon.

Hernandez-Hernandez admitted he was deported from the United States on December 30, 2009.

The feds found out he had re-entered the country when they were advised that he was in the Sioux County Jail in Orange City for forgery this past February.

Hernandez-Hernandez was previously convicted of identity theft and forgery in 2009. Also in 2009, he was convicted of manufacturing, delivering or possessing with intent to manufacture or deliver cocaine.

There is no parole in the federal system.


Sheldon Outdoor Pool Closes For A Half Day, Due To Fecal Contamination

Sheldon, Iowa — Recreation officials with the Sheldon Outdoor Aquatic Center are scratching their heads, trying to understand why they have to keep closing the pool.

For the eighth time in the last three years, the pool had to be closed on Thursday, until 1 PM Friday, due to fecal contamination. The pool needed to be closed in order to treat the water after a diarrhea contamination.

Sheldon recreation director Andy Lueth says there are three different types of contamination with three different responses. Vomit and formed stool contaminations are treated in a short amount of time, and the pool can be opened fairly shortly after cleanup. But a diarrhea contamination needs a long course of strong chlorine after cleanup, and that’s what causes the pool to close for several hours.

Lueth says the chlorine level must be raised to 20 parts per million — instead of the normal 3 — with a pH of 7.5 or less for 12 hours and 45 minutes. The pool has to be closed for the whole time, and may reopen after that time if the chlorine level is back down under 10 parts per million.

He says he wanted to give people a better understanding of why the pool has to close when these events happen. He says he and the pool staff take these events very seriously because of the water illnesses that can be spread by fecal contaminations. He says they want to keep their patrons as safe as possible and have a safe environment in which they can swim. He also notes that these situations are very expensive when they happen and since this is the 8th time in the last 3 years that this has happened they are getting a little frustrated.

Lueth also asks people not to swim if they don’t feel well, and to have the same policy for their children. He asks parents to talk it over with their kids and make sure they know not to go swimming if they don’t feel well. He also reminds parents with kids in diapers that the pool requires them to wear swim diapers when swimming. They also need to be checked often and changed quickly.


Sioux County Roads Under Construction

Orange City, Iowa — Construction is underway on several projects in Sioux County and motorists are having to plan alternate routes or take detours.

Sioux County road B40 is closed for six miles from the Sioux Center City limits, west to Eagle Avenue, or K30 southbound. The Sioux County engineer’s office advises it is closed to traffic with a signed detour route.

Sioux County road B46 is closed from two miles north of Hawarden, east for five miles to K22. That road is also closed to traffic, and includes a signed detour route.

Sioux County road B14 is closed two miles north of Hull, east two miles to Indian Avenue.

On county road L14 — the Boyden to George blacktop — culvert extensions are being put in from Highway 18 at Boyden, north for 5 miles. The engineer’s office advises that the road is open but motorists should beware of one-way traffic and traffic delays.

390th Street is open now near Sioux Center, between Harrison and Hickory Avenues.

Kingbird Avenue, or L14 is now open too from B40 north to Highway 18.


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