NW Iowa Community Health Center Gets Grant To Prevent Breast Cancer In Lyon County Women

Sioux Center, Iowa — A northwest Iowa community health center has been named the recipient of a $50,000 grant from the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Clinical Nurse Manager Brittany Hamm with the Greater Sioux Community Health Center in Sioux Center tells us about the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

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She says the grant will focus on screening, awareness, and education.

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Hamm says all the grants are awarded through an application process.

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Ham says the $50,000 grant actually focuses on Lyon County women.

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She says the women of Lyon County may have higher breast cancer rates for a number of reasons, but it could be in part because women in the area don’t have access to such screenings and care, or they don’t come in soon enough for exams. She says they’re already up and running with part of the project.

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She says they’ll do screenings at their office in Sioux Center, and the mammograms will be given through local hospitals. She says they’re still working out those agreements, but at least one hospital is already signed on — that being Heeg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley. The mammograms will be offered free, based on the patient’s ability to pay.


Sheldon School Board To Meet Wednesday, May 30th

Sheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon School Board will meet at 6 PM Wednesday with a public hearing on an amendment to the current budget.¬† They will also consider the proposed 28E agreement between the Sheldon Community School District and the City of Sheldon.¬† This agreement¬† spells out responsibilities of both the District and the City with regard to the creation and operation of a new baseball field, softball fields and a green space that will include soccer and football fields.

The final item of business will be in closed session for Superintendent Evaluation.

The six o’clock meeting will be held in the Library of the Sheldon Senior High School.


Motorcycle Accident In Dickinson County Injures Minnesota Man

Superior, Iowa — Here’s the report on the motorcycle accident that DID occur in Dickinson County over the weekend.

The Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office investigated an accident involving two motorcycles that occurred on 320 Ave at 3:48PM near Swan Lake, north of Superior, Iowa.

Two motorcycles were driven northbound on 320 Avenue. A 1991 Harley Davidson driven by Karl Palmquist (47) of St. James MN and a 2010 Yamaha driven by Earl Palmquist (47) of St. James MN. The two motorcycles were riding side by side through the curves near Swan Lake. They both failed to negotiate the final curve. Both bikes went off the roadway and collided with the ditch on the west side of the roadway. The two bikes did not make contact.

Karl Palmquist was transported to Lakes Regional Healthcare by Ambulance with incapacitating injuries and later air-lifted to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Earl Palmquist sustained possible injuries and refused transport on scene.

The accident remains under investigation.


PICTURES: Storm Damages Several Trees, Structures In Northwest Iowa

Northwest Iowa — Several trees and structures in northwest Iowa were damaged by high winds accompanying the thunderstorms on Sunday night.

Some new grain bins and a grain leg were toppled on Rock Rapids’ south side. The new grain bins had only been up since late September of last year. The grain leg part was so tall, that it had to have a red aircraft warning light. The only other structures with such lights are the water towers and the grain elevator in town. The privately-owned grain bins and grain leg appear to have been empty when they were hit. Two of three bins and the leg were flattened.

Here is a picture of the grain bin being built — a “before” picture, if you will — on September 28, 2011.
In this picture, only one of the two taller bins has been built.

This barn, only a half mile west of the grain bin location had half of the roof blown off by strong winds as well.

A Main Street business in Alvord also had its roof torn off.

The National Weather Service reports that 70 to 80 mile per hour winds were responsible for the damage.

Many trees and limbs across Rock Rapids came down, including trees in both cemeteries, such as this one in Riverview Cemetery.

Numerous trees, branches and electrical power lines were downed in Hawarden, Hull and Boyden as well as some rural areas around those towns. Power outages up to three hours were reported. Minor structural damage occurred to various homes in Hull and Boyden due to fallen trees and branches.

There were reports of trees falling on houses and cars in many locations in northwest Iowa. Winds flipped empty trailers as well.

Work continues Tuesday in some of the worst-hit areas.

Here are some more storm damage pictures from the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office:


Lightning Strike Update

Sheldon, Iowa — We now have official word on the lightning strike incident at Maintainer Corporation.

We received a press release from Maintainer Corporation on Tuesday, but it does not contain the names of those injured. Company officials confirm that they will not be releasing that information, at least not at this time. The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office and Sheldon Police Department have record of the ambulance call, but no report was filed, as law enforcement did not do an investigation. Ambulance and hospital records are sealed, due to the HIPPA privacy act.

Via the press release, Maintainer Corporation of Iowa confirms that on Friday, May 25, two employees were injured in a lightning strike at the plant location in Sheldon. The incident occurred at approximately 4:10 P.M. in the west employee parking lot. The two employees were walking to their personal vehicles following completion of their shift. Both employees were administered first aid by employee First Responders, before being transported to Sanford Sheldon Hospital.

Maintainer Corporation wishes to express sincere appreciation to the employee First Responders, the Sheldon Community Ambulance Team and the team of medical providers at Sanford Sheldon Hospital for the expert and effective care delivered to both employees following this unfortunate incident.


Hull Man Arrested For OWI After Crash Near Hull

Hull, Iowa — A Hull man was arrested for OWI after a crash near Hull on Saturday.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that the arrest stemmed from a call received by Sioux County Communications reporting that a vehicle that was in the ditch near the intersection of Hickory Avenue and 300th Street, a mile north of Hull.

Upon further investigation, deputies found that 46-year-old Raul Martinez-Munoz of Hull was driving a 1995 Ford Explorer westbound on 300th street when he lost control, struck a mailbox and entered the ditch and a planted farm field.

No injuries were reported.

Martinez-Munoz’s vehicle sustained approximately $400 damages. The mailbox owned by Jake Ney, of Hull, sustained approximately $250 in damages.

Martinez-Munoz was charged with operating while intoxicated, a serious misdemeanor, as well as failure to maintain control and no proof of insurance, both simple misdemeanors.