Lyon County Relay For Life Is Friday Night

Relay for life RFL luminaria bagsRock Rapids, Iowa — The Lyon County American Cancer Society Relay for Life is this Friday night (6/28/13) at the Central Lyon Track.

We talked to one of the event co-chairs, Jill Funke.  She says the Relay is a very important event.

She gives us an idea of what to expect at the relay.

She says there’s lots of fun and food too.

There is a Survivors Lap celebrating victory over cancer, and a Caregivers Lap, honoring caregivers for their support.

Funke tells us about the Luminarias and says that ceremony is a touching event.

She says they really want to say thanks to their sponsors and the county.

Again, the Lyon County Relay For Life is this Friday evening, June 28th from from 6:30 PM until 1 AM early Saturday at the Central Lyon Track in Rock Rapids.


Sheldon Police Charge 13-Year-Old Boy With Serious Assault; Deal With Other Incidents, Handle Accident

sheldon pd police car rearSheldon, Iowa — In the latest from the Sheldon Police Department:

The Police charged a 13-year-old boy from Sheldon on Friday (6/21/13) with Serious Assault. He was released to his mother on a referal to juvenile court.


Sheldon officers took the report of an assault at the trailer court on West Seventh Street on Saturday (6/22/13). Arrested on an OWI charge was 26-year-old Glenda Barrios of Sheldon. Arrested on an Assault charge was 27-year-old Luis DeJesus. Both were taken into custody and transported to jail in Primghar.


On Monday (6/24/13) the Police say they took a report of a tire being punctured on Pleasant Court Drive. It was reported to have happened sometime on Sunday or Monday. The tire was valued at $100.


A Sheldon man’s car and a Sheldon woman’s SUV were damaged in an accident on Tuesday, June 18 in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 5:40 PM, 35-year-old Abel Espino-Palma of Sheldon was westbound on Highway 18 in a 1999 Oldsmobile. Twenty-five-year-old Jessica Klein of Sheldon was also westbound on 18 behind Espina-Palma in a 2003 Chevy.

Espino-Palma was stopped in the inside lane, waiting to turn left onto Normal College Avenue. Klein reports she was distracted by her phone and didn’t see the stopped car, and struck it.

Espino-Palma’s Oldsmobile received $1000 damage. Klein’s Chevy received $4000 damage.

There were no injuries reported.

Klien was ticketed for Failure To Have Control. Espino-Palma was charged with No Driver’s License


Orange City Mayor Douma Will Not Seek Another Term

Les DoumaOrange City, Iowa — The mayor of one northwest Iowa town has decided he will not run again when his term is up.

Orange City Mayor Les Douma has notified the Orange City City Council and the City Manager. The letter was also posted on the city’s web site.

Douma says his present term as Mayor of Orange City comes to a close at the end of this calendar year, and he says he does not intend to seek another term as Mayor of Orange City.

Douma goes on to say that it has been a privilege and honor to partner with the council and citizens of Orange City, in pursuing excellence within the community. Douma writes, QUOTE “Indeed, Orange City is a special community [in which] to live, work and worship.”

He says he has been blessed, and he continues to be blessed, to serve as Mayor and he looks forward to a productive and successful completion of his responsibilities.


Orange City Home Sustains $300,000 In Damage In Early Wednesday Fire; Alton Firefighter Hurt

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Picture courtesy Sioux County Sheriff’s Office

Orange City, Iowa — An Orange City home sustained about $300,000 in damage in a fire in the early hours of Wednesday morning (6/26/13), and one firefighter was taken to the hospital.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 1:40 AM, their emergency center paged the Orange City Fire Department to a report of a structure
fire. The fire was reported to be at 508 Providence Avenue Southeast in Orange City.

When the fire department got there, they could see the roof of the house and garage were engulfed in flames.

Everyone who had been in the home had safely evacuated by the time emergency personnel arrived.

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Picture courtesy Sioux County Sheriff’s Office

An Alton Firefighter sustained minor injuries at the scene and was treated and released from the Orange City Hospital.

The cause of the fire has been determined to be due to spontaneous combustion from wood‐stain soaked rags that were left in the garage.

The house and its contents sustained an estimated $300,000 in damages.

The Orange City Fire Department remained at the location until nearly 5 AM.

The Orange City Fire Department was assisted by the Alton Fire Department, Orange City Police Department, Orange City Ambulance, and the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.


King Reaction to SCOTUS Marriage Rulings

Congressman Steve King OfficialWashington, DC — Congressman Steve King released the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled against key provisions in Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in the case United States v. Windsor:

“I am disappointed in the Court’s ruling today because the American people should hold the power to determine marriage policy, not the Supreme Court,” said King. “I believe DOMA meets all constitutional standards and I am disappointed that a technical, standing issue means that gay marriage is legal in California despite the will of the voters who enacted Proposition 8.

It is important to realize that the Supreme Court intentionally chose not to find a constitutional right to marry anyone you choose, whether same-sex, or otherwise. The definition of marriage is not redefined this day. Legally speaking, states are now the sole body responsible for identifying legal marriages. Thirty-eight states to date have chosen to identify only traditional marriage. The attempt to redefine marriage will not change the fact that limited government should be responsible for making this decision, and that marriage marks the sacred union of one man and one woman.”


Sheldon School Board Approves Plans, Specs & Cost Estimates For East Elementary Project

Sheldon-Schools-logoSheldon, IA — The Board of Education for the Sheldon Community School District approved the plans, specifications and cost estimates for the East Elementary Building/Remodel Project at a special meeting held Wednesday noon.

The project involves two additions of roughly 24,000 square feet to the existing structure, consisting of administration areas, an exercise gymnasium, and eight classrooms.  Structural systems for the addition include load-bearing masonry walls and steel roof joists, with precast concrete for the exercise gym to meet ICC 500 standards for a tornado shelter.  The project also includes extensive renovation of the existing building, which will largely take place during the summer of 2014, and includes fire sprinkler systems, new boilers and HVAC systems, new doors, casework and finishes.  Some existing classrooms will be renovated into areas for students with special needs.  All phases of the project should be completed no later than December of 2014.

The estimated costs, provided by the architects, and approved by the Board at Wednesday’s meeting, include just over $3.5 million dollars for architectural, $1.76 million for mechanical, and $400,000 for electrical, for a total of just over $5.73 million dollars.  This estimated figure allows for approximately $600,000 in contingencies before reaching the maximum amount approved by the District’s voters.

The architects indicated to the Board that they have already received a great deal of interest in the project by contractors who intend to bid on the job, including a phone call from a local contractor.  They say they are confident that the construction market is very competitive at this time, which should allow the bids to come well within the District’s budget for the project.

There will be a Public Hearing on the East Elementary Building/Remodel Project during the Board’s regular July meeting, which is scheduled for Wednesday, July 10th.