Annual Heroes Behind The Badges Blood Drive Set For February 16 In Sheldon

The annual Heroes Behind the Badges Blood Drive is coming up again in Sheldon.

Mark your calendar for Thursday, February 16. Ken Ver Steeg, spokesman for the Community Blood Bank says that it’s a friendly competition between two teams of Sheldon emergency responders. One team is the Sheldon Police Department and the Sheldon Community Ambulance Team. The second is the Sheldon Fire Company and Sheldon Emergency Management Agency. He says the teams attempt to recruit the highest number of blood donors.

Ver Steeg says it’s always close. Last year the Fire Company and EMA had one more donation vote than the Police and SCAT. It ended 29 to 28.

He says it doesn’t take much blood to save a life.

He says they could use some more donors as well. That’s because people who want to donate sometimes are prevented from doing so because they have a cold or flu at the time the bloodmobile is in town.

Ver Steeg also says they encourage donors to support their blood type. Especially if you have a rare blood type, your donation is always welcome. But they need all blood types to keep the supply where it should be in case of an emergency.

The fun competition between the departments will be held on Thursday, February 16 from 11 AM to 2 PM and 3 PM to 6:00 PM at the Community Services Building in Sheldon. The public is encouraged to designate their blood donation in honor of the department of their choice. The department with the most donations will receive the traveling trophy and bragging rights for the year.

By Scott Van Aartsen News Director


Rock Rapids Woman Injured In Rock Rapids Accident

A Rock Rapids woman was injured in an accident on Tuesday, January 31.

The Rock Rapids Police Department has just now released the details of the accident. They report that about 4:30 PM, 88-year-old Paulina Knobloch of Rock Rapids was southbound on Highway 75, just south of South Tenth Avenue, near Lyon Manor Nursing and Rehab Center. She was attempting to turn left into Lyon Manor. A semi tractor/trailer driven by 61-year-old Jerold Mann of Luverne, MN was northbound on 75. Knobloch said that she didn’t see the truck coming so she made the turn. The passenger side of the semi tractor struck the passenger side front fender of the Ford.

Knobloch was transported to Sanford Rock Rapids by the Lyon County Ambulance.

Her Ford received about $8000 damage. The semi, owned by White Tail Trucking of Lester, received about $10,000 in damage.

By Scott Van Aartsen News Director


Kibbie Resigns; Johnson Will Not Have To Run For Re-Election


Senator Jack Kibbie, a Democrat from Emmetsburg has tendered his resignation from the Iowa Senate, effective at the end of this session.

That could be good news for Senator David Johnson, a Republican from Ocheyedan.

Johnson currently serves Osceola, O’Brien, Dickinson, Clay, and far eastern Sioux Counties.

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Fire In Sioux Center Destroys Out Buildings

On Saturday, February 4, at 3:22 pm, the Sioux County Communications Center received a report of a fire in progress at 2533 410th St., seven miles southwest of Sioux Center.

The fire fully engulfed an outbuilding containing a tele-handler tractor, silage equipment, tarps and other items. It was considered a total loss.

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Rock Valley Man Airlifted After Sunday ATV Accident Near Rock Valley

A Rock Valley man was airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital after an ATV accident on Sunday.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 5 minutes before 5 that afternoon, 43-year-old James Vanden Bos of Rock Valley was northbound on a 2005 Arctic Cat ATV, in a field about a half mile southeast of 320th Street and Fig Avenue. That’s about a mile southeast of Rock Valley. Vanden Bos encountered rough terrain, causing the ATV to roll.

Vanden Bos was transported to the Hegg Memorial Hospital by the Rock Valley Ambulance and was later airlifted to Avera&8208;McKennen Hospital in Sioux Falls for treatment of his injuries.

The ATV was not damaged.

The Rock Valley Police Department, Rock Valley Rescue Crew and the Rock Valley Fire Department assisted the Sheriff’s Office at the scene.

By Scott Van Aartsen News Director