Voters Will Elect Trio Of School Board Members In September

Sheldon, Iowa — With Presidential hopefuls parading through the area these days, we want to remind you that voters will be going to the polls for vote_hereother elections within the next few months.

Voters in the Sheldon Community School District will go to the polls on Tuesday, September 8th in an election for School Board.  Three of the Board’s five members have terms that expire this year.  They are At-Large member Glen Goedken, District 3 Board member Kecia Hickman, and District 2 member Mark Brown.  You may recall that Brown was appointed in November, 2013 to fill the unexpired term of former Board President Gary Ihnen, when Ihnen moved out of state.  Goedken has told KIWA that he will not be seeking reelection.

School Board Secretary LaDonn Hartzell says candidate paperwork for the School Board election may be picked up from her office at the Sheldon High School.  Deadline for filing the paperwork is 5 pm, Thursday July 30th, with voters going to the polls September 8th.

A map of the Districts comprising the Sheldon Community School District can be found by clicking here.

Ernst Condemns Selling Of Fetus Body Parts, Nuke Deal

Washington,DC — Iowa Senator Joni Ernst is reacting to an undercover video where a top Planned Parenthood official discusses selling body parts from aborted fetuses.

(as she says)”I think the video is absolutely reprehensible, it’s vile, it brings up a number of concerns, a number of questions, and I do think those questions do need to be explored,” Ernst says.

The Republican from Red Oak says she backs an investigation into the issue.

(as she says)”And I want to emphasize, it is not only Republicans who are outraged by this, I think it is all Americans and I think that we do need to follow up to make sure it was legal activity,”Ernst says. “Regardless, we have to get to the bottom of this and make sure that we are informing as well as protecting our taxpayers.”

Published reports cite the Planned Parenthood official as saying the abortion provider did not profit from selling the body parts. Ernst says the first step is to determine if there was any illegal activity involved, and she says whether its legal or not, she is still concerned.

(as she says)”But again, I find this video and those acts absolutely vile,”Ernst says.

On another topic, Ernst says she has “very serious concerns” with the Iranian nuclear deal announced by the president. President Obama says the recent U-S involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq has put a strain on the military and factors into America’s ability to use a military option with Iran. Ernst, the only female combat veteran serving in the U-S Senate, does not agree.

(as she says)”I think that was a stretch on the president’s part, that statement,” Ernst says. “I think Iran is going to continue to do what Iran has done for many years — and that is developing a nuclear program. Which I believe goes beyond any peaceful intent. I do think they are on a path for nuclear armament or nuclear weapons.”

Ernst doesn’t believe the agreement solves the problem of Iran developing nuclear arms.

(as she says)”Iran is going to do what Iran wants to do. What we were hoping through these discussions was to prevent Iran from continuing down that path. This does not do that,” Ernst says.

She says the agreement concedes too much to Iran. Ernst says she will take a very close look at the details of the agreement in the 60-day review period.

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Hy Vee Macaroni Salad Recalled

West Des Moines, Iowa — D&D Foods, Inc., based in Omaha, Nebraska, is recalling 3-pound containers of Hy-Vee American Macaroni Salad because they were incorrectly labeled and may contain undeclared milk and wheat (gluten). People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk and wheat (gluten) run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

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The mislabeled 3-pound Hy-Vee American Macaroni Salad product was distributed by D&D Foods, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hy-Vee, Inc., to all of Hy-Vee’s 236 grocery stores located in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

The affected product is typically sold in stores’ ready-to-eat refrigerated cases near the delicatessen. It is packaged in a frosted clear plastic tub with a black plastic lid. The recalled product is labeled as “Hy-Vee American Macaroni Salad” on the lid but “Hy-Vee Dijon Mustard Potato Salad” on the tub. The product is actually Hy-Vee American Macaroni Salad containing milk and wheat (gluten) ingredients, which are not declared on the tub.

The recalled product has a best if used date of “7/31/2015” and a production lot code of “15177D” located on the side of the frosted clear tub. Only one product size and lot are affected by this recall.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The recall was initiated after the incorrect packaging was discovered during routine product review.

Consumers who have purchased Hy-Vee American Macaroni Salad in these mismarked containers are urged to return it to any nearby Hy-Vee store for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Hy-Vee Customer Care representatives 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-772-4098.

Board Reappoints Hartzell As Secretary-Treasurer

Sheldon High SchoolSheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon Community Schools Board of Education approved five open enrollment applications during their regular July meeting Wednesday evening.  The five included two students who will be enrolling into the Sheldon District from the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn District, one who will be enrolling out of the Sheldon District into the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn District, one coming into the Sheldon District from Sibley-Ocheyedan, and one coming into the District from George-Little Rock.

LaDonn Hartzell will continue her role as Board Secretary-Treasurer for the upcoming school year following action by the Board.  The Iowa Code specifies that a District’s Secretary-Treasurer must be appointed or reappointed each year between July 1st and August 15th.

In other action, the Board approved an employment contract with Dawn Meyer, who will serve as the K-12 School Nurse, at an annual salary of $27,500.  They also approved an education contract for a student  receiving educational services from the Children’s Home Society in Sioux Falls, approved five agreements between the District and Northwest Iowa Community College, and approved the Teacher Evaluation Process and Procedures Manual.

Superintendent Robin Spears reviewed the 28E agreement between the District and the City of Sheldon on the Ball Fields-Recreation Project.  He said that, to date, the District has paid a total of $579,851, with $509,451 paid by the City.  Spears says that once all the bills have been paid, the District and the City will meet to discuss balancing the total costs to the 50-50 split that had been agreed upon by both parties.  He said that, since the project is nearing completion, he felt now would be a good time to review the project with the Board.

The Board also discussed changing the date of the regular August monthly meeting, due to some board members’ schedule conflicts.  After an examination of possible alternate dates, it was decided to not change the date for the August meeting.  It will be held at 6:00 pm Wednesday, August 12th in the high school library.

Rock Valley Man Airlifted After Farm Accident

Rock Valley, Iowa — A Rock Valley man was airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital after a farm accident west of Rock Valley on Tuesday.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 6:20 AM, emergency responders were called to 1725 310th Street, which is seven miles west of Rock Valley.
It is believed that 27-year-old Eduardo Martinez of Rock Valley was driving a Bobcat CT445 farm tractor pulling a trailer. Twenty-six-year-old Yansel Martinez of Rock Valley is believed to have been riding on the front of the trailer when he fell off and was struck by a wheel on the trailer.

Yansel Martinez was transported by the Rock Valley Ambulance to Hegg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley for treatment of serious injuries. He was later flown by Sanford AirMed Helicopter to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.
The Sheriff’s Office says the Rock Valley Police Department assisted as well.

Sheriff Touts Dog Vest; Drug Collection Program

Rock Rapids, Iowa — In the latest happenings from the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office:
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Their newest K9 has now been awarded a ballistic vest, and they are now a drop off point for no-longer-needed prescriptions and other drugs.

They report that their K9 Missy was awarded the ballistic vest thanks to a nonprofit organization, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., and Quad City Area Women Police of Bettendorf, Iowa.

They tell us that Vested Interest in K9s, Incorporate is a charity located in Massachusetts, whose mission is to provide bullet and stab-protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. Each vest costs over a thousand dollars.

The drug return box is part of a permanent MedReturn drug collection program. The goal is to reduce the supply of drugs that can potentially harm teens and adults.

Lyon County citizens looking to dispose of excess and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications can now visit the safe and secure permanent drop box owned by the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office will be unveiling the box at the Lyon County Fair. Following the fair, the box will be moved to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office front lobby, where it will be available 24/7. Drugs can be dropped off with no questions asked.

Properly disposing of excess drugs is everyone’s responsibility as a matter of public safety. More than 70 percent of young people abusing prescription pain relievers get them through friends or family, a statistic that includes raiding the family medicine cabinet. Environmental agencies also urge people not to flush their drugs as they could contaminate the water and affect fish, wildlife or humans.

The Sheriff’s Office says that the drug collection unit is produced by MedReturn, LLC of Grafton, Wisconsin. MedReturn, LLC says they are committed to providing a safe, secure and environmentally-friendly way to help law enforcement agencies and communities collect unwanted or expired household medication, including prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs and unused pharmaceuticals.