Employees Able To Keep Damage To A Minimum In Vogel Paint Fire

Orange City, Iowa – Fire crews were called to a fire at the Vogel Paint factory in Orange City on Tuesday, January 20th, but employees were able to keep the damage to a minimum.
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According to Orange City Fire Chief Denny Vander Wel, about 11:30 AM, the Orange City Fire Department was called to the report of fire in the aerosol department at Vogel Paint.

The chief says some fire fighters who are also employees reported lots of smoke. He says the fire was actually outside of the building – in the pump that pumps propellant into the paint cans.

Vander Wel says employees had used extinguishers to fight the fire, and it was basically out by the time the fire department arrived. Vander Wel says fire crews helped with overhaul.

He reports that one employee sustained minor burns in the fire.

The Alton Fire Department responds to all structure fires in Orange City, and vice versa, so they responded as well. Vander Well says he also asked for the Sioux Center and Le Mars Fire Departments to be put on standby just in case.

He says the cause of the fire is being investigated.

He says crews were on scene for 45 minutes, and no damage estimate is available.

City Council To Review Questionnaire Results

Council ChambersSheldon, Iowa — Quite often the Sheldon City Council hears concerns about garbage and recycling in the city. Recently the council asked the city office to send out questionnaires to residents asking for comments on the subject. About seven hundred were returned to the city office and the results will be reviewed at the council meeting this Wednesday, January 20th. The City has tabulated some results and listed all the comments for the council to review. 540 of the respondents said they recycle on a regular basis while 114 said they do not. Of those who recycle regularly 277 said they use the curbside service, 78 use the container provided by the city and 137 use a combination of both. 87 of those who do not recycle blamed the confusing schedule and 28 complained about the size of the container. The council has been provided over twenty pages of comments received in the survey.

In response to the idea of the city requiring larger cans for both recycling and garbage 219 said yes, 390 said no.
Many respondents complained that the large container in the city parking lot was always full. City Clerk, Angela Beckman tells KIWA that the landfill controls the dates when they will accept its contents.

The council will also discuss a lot in the Trilogy Addition and consider median improvements on 34th Avenue. The last item on the agenda is a City Manager evaluation, which will possibly be held in closed session.

Wednesday’s 4:30 meeting will be held in the upper level of the Sheldon Community Services Center.

Osceola County Sheriff’s Office Makes Two Drug Arrests, One Trespassing Arrest

Sibley, Iowa — Two Sibley residents have been arrested on drug charges — one of them a felony — after a search by Osceola County Deputies.
The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that they arrested 67-year-old Thomas Ray Stewart, and 58-year-old Debra Kay Stewart, both of Sibley on Monday, January 19th, 2015.

Osceola County deputies carried out a search warrant on Second Street Northeast in Sibley on Monday. During the search of the home, deputies found several items of drug paraphernalia, concentrated marijuana wax and marijuana plant material.

Thomas Stewart was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, a serious misdemeanor; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor; Prohibited Acts, an aggravated misdemeanor; and Failure to Affix a Drug Tax Stamp, a class “D” felony. Debra Stewart was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Prohibited Acts.

Both were booked into the Osceola County Jail, and at last report were being held there, Thomas Stewart on a $5000 bond and Debra Stewart on a $2000 bond.

In other news from the Osceola County Sheriff’s office, one of their deputies arrested 57-year-old Randall Dean Bruns of Ashton on Monday, January 19th, 2015. Bruns was allegedly on private property without the owner’s permission. He was charged with trespassing and at last report was being held on a $300 bond.

Boyden Man Injured In Explosion On Monday At Site Of Friday Fire

Boyden, Iowa — Emergency responders were again called to the site of a Friday night fire on Monday, this time for an explosion and injury.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 2:15 PM on Monday, January 19th, they received a call of a farm accident that occurred at 3768 360th Street, seven miles southwest of Boyden. They report that 34-year-old Scott Mulder of Boyden was unloading a feeder in a hog building when an explosion occurred near a pit area of the building.

Mulder sustained serious injuries and the Boyden Ambulance took him to Sioux Center Health Hospital. He was later flown by fixed-wing aircraft to a burn unit in Minneapolis, MN.

Fire departments from Boyden, Hull, and Orange City, the Sioux Center Fire Chief, and ambulances from Boyden and Orange City responded to the scene.

Rock Rapids Residents Still Waiting On FEMA In Regard To Home Buyout Program

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Last June’s flood is only a memory for most, but several Rock Rapids homeowners are still dealing with the aftermath and are participating in a buyout program.
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Rock Rapids Economic Development Director John Hulshof has been instrumental in dealing with the aftermath of the flood, especially how it affected the housing situation, homeowners and occupants of flood-damaged homes in Rock Rapids. We had a chance to catch up with Hulshof, and he gives us an update.

Hulshof says just like anything else that involves the federal government, it takes time.

Additionally, Hulshof says after the buyouts are completed, individual homeowners are potentially eligible for the replacement grant program.

If you need more information, you can contact Hulshof at (712) 470-3762.

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Vander Plaats Talks About Family Leader’s Presidential Lecture Series

Urbandale, Iowa — Sheldon native and Family Leader CEO Bob Vander Plaats is planning some upcoming presidential forums.

Bob Vander Plaats
Bob Vander Plaats

The events will feature national conservative leaders, including many presidential hopefuls. The Family Leader organization says that the end goal is educating Iowans about the men and/or women who want to lead our nation.

We had a chance to talk with Vander Plaats recently, and he told us about what they are calling the “lecture series”.

He tells us they think that it will be a great “first date” — a first opportunity to meet the candidates.

Vander Plaats says the events will be free, but you will need a ticket to attend. He says you can find more information on their web site, thefamilyleader.com. The Sioux Center event will be on March 23rd, and at this time it’s planned to be at Dordt College. It’s slated to run from 6:30 to 9 PM.

Several Republicans may be running for President in 2016, possibly including Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, Rand Paul, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Scott Walker, and many more. Vander Plaats says no candidates have been formally invited yet, so they are not sure yet who’s going to be there, but as soon as they know, they will be making an announcement.

The forums, Vander Plaats says will lead up to the organization’s big annual event, the Family Leadership Summit in August.

Plus, he says they’ll have a Presidential Family Forum in November.

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