Hardwick, Minnesota Man Dies In Monday Accident

Hardwick, MN — A Hardwick, Minnesota man was killed an accident on Monday (7/24), just north of our area, near Hardwick.

The Minnesota State Patrol reports that about 8:30 AM, 43-year-old Michael Hansen of Sioux City was northbound on Highway 75 at the Hardwick corner in a 2007 International Truck. Fifty-five-year-old Dale Slieter of Hardwick was southbound on 75 on a 1983 Honda motorcycle.

Hansen initiated a left turn onto 191st Street directly in front of Slieter. Slieter’s motorcycle struck the right side of the truck.

Slieter was pronounced dead at the scene.

Hansen’s International truck received minor damage. Slieter’s Honda motorcycle was totaled.

Mercury Spill Puts Several People At Risk In Armstrong

Armstrong, Iowa — A rather unusual chemical spill in Armstrong, Iowa. A home and a bar were contaminated and over 12 people have been exposed to the toxic liquid metal, mercury.

According to Armstrong Police, a glass container containing 15 ounces of the heavy metal, and weighing about 40 pounds had been sitting in the basement of an Armstrong home for several years. Apparently, a painter getting the house ready for renters found the mercury and took it to a local bar, where the container was dropped and broke, spilling the poisonous metal. Authorities say that’s when the bar’s owner tried to clean it up with a shop vac, possibly spraying tiny particles of mercury around the bar.

According to police, the painter was able to recapture some of the mercury and take it back to the house. But the problem didn’t end there. The renters moved in on Sunday and three small children found the mercury, pouring some of it into a sandbox. One child touched the mercury.

Those exposed are being watched for signs of mercury poisoning, and both the home and bar were quarantined for a time while the EPA evaluated and cleaned the sites.

Alleged Illegal Alien Facing Charges After Accident Near Sibley

Sibley, Iowa — An alleged illegal alien faces charges of OWI, driving without a license, and failure to maintain control after an accident near Sibley on Saturday (7/21).

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports they arrested Ramiro Ruiz-Gordillo for allegedly Operating While Intoxicated, Driving without a Valid Driver’s License, and Failure to Maintain Control.

The charges stem from an accident on Highway 59, south of 170th Street. Ruiz-Gordillo lost control of a 1996 Chevrolet Blazer and rolled into the east ditch before coming to rest on its driver side of the vehicle on a residential driveway. The vehicle sustained approximately $5,500 damage.

Following an investigation, an Osceola County Deputy could detect an odor of alcohol coming from Ruiz-Gordillo’s breath. A check of Ruiz-Gordillo’s driving record showed he did not have a valid driver’s license. Ruiz-Gordillo is currently held in the Osceola County Jail on a $1,600 cash bond and is also being held on an ICE Detainer. No injuries were reported.

Stolen Hull Vehicle Recovered Shortly After Report, Sheriff Looking For Answers

Hull, Iowa — A stolen vehicle from Hull was recovered shortly after it was reported stolen on Tuesday (7/24), thanks to the Nixle program.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 9:30 AM, they received the report of a stolen vehicle from 1135 Main Street in Hull. The stolen vehicle was a Black 1996 Oldsmobile Bravada. It was taken sometime after 11:00 PM, on Monday (7/23). At 10:30 AM, on Tuesday — just an hour after the initial report — the stolen vehicle was recovered in an alley on the 1300 block of Second Street in Hull.

It was located within two minutes after the sheriff’s office put out a broadcast of the stolen vehicle on its Nixle system – a program used to provide public safety information to the public.

The vehicle sustained fifteen hundred dollars damage on the passenger side. Anyone with any information on this incident is asked to contact the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office or use the text-a-tip program.

Over 150 People Come To Show Support Of Sheldon Implement

Pete Riley (L) & John Van Gorp (R)

Sheldon, Iowa — Over 150 area farmers, businessmen and women, and concerned citizens alike packed the Sheldon Community Services Building  to lend support to Sheldon Implement in the wake of the announcement that John Deere would be pulling the franchise.

To view the meeting’s handout, click on the link: SheldonImpMeetingJuly2012

Pete Riley, son of the late owner Tom Riley explained how the situation unfolded.


John Van Gorp with Sheldon implement says John Deere’s decision is not sales or service related, and has only to do with passing of Tom Riley.

He says they want to pull the dealership this year.


Van Gorp reminded those in attendance that they just finished a new $800,000 shop, and they’d like to continue to use the new facility.

Van Gorp encouraged farmers to tell John Deere corporate that if Sheldon Implement pulls out, the farmers may may “switch colors” — to a different brand rather than take their business out of town.


Van Gorp says that if Sheldon Implement closes, farmers can expect labor rates to go up, the wait time to go up, and quite possibly there would be much slower or maybe no on-the-farm service.

He says he doesn’t think that a farmer’s inconvenience having to go 20 miles down the road would be much of an issue to John Deere.

He also asked, somewhat rhetorically — what is the cost to John Deere to have a dealership in Sheldon?  Van Gorp says Sheldon Implement pays for almost everything including advertising and the money that it takes to get the machinery trucks to come to Sheldon.

Sheldon Chamber and Development director Mark Gaul spoke for a few minutes as well.  He told how important Sheldon Implement is to the community.


Gaul says we have just about all John Deere could ask for.  He says we even have the data that proves that the community is growing faster than state average.

A letter writing campaign has begun.  Sheldon Implement officials held a letter writing clinic during the meeting.

 John Deere Petition Form

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