Northwest Iowa Development 2012 Partner Meeting

More than 100 people were on hand Thursday noon for the 2012 Partner Meeting for Northwest Iowa Development, a partnership of economic development agencies in Lyon, Osceola, O’Brien, Sioux, Plymouth and Cherokee Counties.

Their job, in a nutshell, is to sell northwest Iowa to prospective businesses and industries looking for a place to locate, as well as assisting current business and manufacturing concerns in their continued success and expansion.

The featured speaker at Thursday’s luncheon meeting was Debi Durham, the Director of the new Iowa Economic Development Authority, an organization born by the desire of Governor Branstad to recreate the Department of Economic Development from a strictly state agency into a public/private partnership to increase it’s effectiveness. Durham told the group that the Economic Progress Partnership is made up of the Development Authority which is the public component, and the Iowa Innovation Corporation made up of innovators in the private sector.

Durham briefly outlined a list of priorities and goals in the area of economic development that had been put forth by Governor Branstad. Among those goals is a 25% increase in family income for Iowans. A goal, she said, that will be dependant on not just additional jobs in Iowa, but quality, high-paying jobs. She also talked briefly about what the state is doing to further the cause of economic development in Iowa, including international trade.

The Northwest Iowa Development Partner Meeting was held at the Lifelong Learning and Recreation Center on the campus of Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon.

For more information on Northwest Iowa Development, you can visit their website at

Primghar Couple Face Drug Charges

A Primghar couple face drug charges following a raid on their rural Primghar residence Wednesday.

O’Brien County Sheriff Mike Anderson tells KIWA that his office received information regarding drugs at a rural Primghar residence. That information led to the issuance of a search warrant that was served at the rural home of Roger Vanden Brink.

Deputies recovered what they believed to be a controlled substance during the incident. Charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia are 45 year old Roger Dean Vanden Brink, and 37 year old Lana Faye Vanden Brink.

Both were booked into the O’Brien County Jail, and later released after posting bond. They will appear in court at a later date.

Sheldon Native To Be Featured On Mayo Clinic Program On KIWA

A Sheldon native is being featured on a national medical program that is airing around the country.

“Medical Edge Weekend” is a program that airs weekly on KIWA and KIWA-FM on Sunday mornings, shortly after 7 AM. The program is a weekly one-hour radio program that talks about health and medical information on interesting topics from Mayo Clinic specialists.

This coming Sunday, January 15, the program will feature Mayo Clinic cardiologist, and Sheldon native, Dr. Michael Ackerman, talking about Long QT Syndrome. Long QT syndrome is a heart rhythm condition caused by abnormalities in your heart’s electrical system, says Dr. Ackerman.

The condition is called “Long QT Syndrome” because of the appearances of the electrocardiogram, on which the interval between the Q and the T waves is elongated. Dr. Ackerman’s work has been with the genetic causes of Long QT, and developing tests that help to diagnose the problem, which is diagnosed most frequently in children and young adults.

Again the program will air shortly after 7 AM this Sunday morning on KIWA.

Watch a YouTube video of Dr. Ackerman explaining one of the genetic tests for Long QT Syndrome below.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

The day after the program airs on KIWA, it will be posted here for you to hear.

Audit At CCE Schools Shows Displaced Funding

An audit has revealed a lot of displaced funding at Clay-Central/Everly Schools.

The displaced funds include over $41,000 in improper purchases on a credit card used by former Superintendent Monte Montgomery, plus $55,000 worth of unsupported purchases made with credit cards used by Montgomery and former business manager Donna Ott.

There were also over $153,000 in Medicaid reimbursements that were not applied for.

Charges are pending with the Clay County Attorney’s office.

A state financial audit is coming up as well.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

Sheldon School Board To Hear About Guided Studies Program

The Board Of Education of the Sheldon Community Schools will have a fairly routine agenda when they meet in their regular monthly session tonight (Wednesday).

In addition to the normal business, the Board will consider a pair of open enrollment applications, as well as the contract for a Special Education Transportation Aide, along with the review of some employee policies.

The Board will also witness a presentation from the Guided Studies Program. The program’s instructor will explain to the Board how the program operates, and students will share how the class had an impact on them during the first semester. The Guided Studies Program is designed to assist students and guide them in developing good study habits to be successful at the high school level.

Tonight’s meeting begins at 6:00 pm in the Sheldon High School Library.

By Tom Traughber
News Reporter

Legislature Pushes Through Tuition Money For Iowa National Guard Under Sheldon Rep’s Guidance

State lawmakers are fast-tracking extra money to cover tuition costs for Iowa National Guard soldiers who’ve been awarded college tuition assistance from the state. The Iowa Guard cut its “Education Assistance Program” grants by 13-hundred dollars for this spring semester. Representative Royd Chambers of Sheldon is a first sergeant in the Iowa Air Guard and he’s well aware of the problem.

Legislators are tentatively setting aside one-point-three million dollars to provide the full tuition grant. Senator Daryl Beall of Fort Dodge says this tuition assistance helps the Iowa Guard retain its soldiers at a higher rate than many other state units.

Beall is chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. Chambers is the chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee in the Iowa House.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director