ISU Students To Present Lyon County Projects

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Lyon County has been getting some free help this semester with several projects throughout the county.
Students in the Iowa State University Retail Scapes program have been working all semester on their Lyon County projects, and will be presenting their final Lyon County projects at the Forster Community Center in Rock Rapids from 4 to 6 PM on Monday, April 27.

The partnership with Lyon County began with the students touring the county earlier this year, on January 25-26 and then selecting projects. The students have been researching, creating, designing and working on their projects since that trip as part of their classroom work. Twenty-eight students will be present on Monday, April 27 to exhibit their Lyon County projects. The public is welcome to attend to view the students’ projects.

ISU officials say the unique course allows the students real-world experience as they study Lyon County and “think outside the box” on potential projects in the county.

Making this possible are Lyon County Economic Development, Rock Rapids Development Corporation, Iowa State University College of Design, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Lyon County Extension Council, Lyon County Riverboat Foundation and Grand Falls Casino and Golf Resort.

Give Stress A Rest Seminar Coming Up

Sheldon, Iowa — A special seminar talking about ways you can beat stress in your life is coming up on Wednesday, April 29th at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon.
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It’ll run from 9 AM to 3 PM, and it’s geared toward health care providers, volunteers and family care givers, but is open to anyone.

Steve Siemens of Siemens People Builders is the speaker. He says the session will give you the tools and skills to take your work to the next level, help you see the “big picture” of what positive attitudes and teamwork can do, and re-energize you with greater passion and satisfaction.

He says he’ll talk about 12 ways to heal the stress around you.

Siemens says not only will you learn something, it’s all wrapped in humor, so you’ll have a good time too.

For more information, you can call NCC at 712-324-5061.

The seminar is sponsored by Baum Harmon Mercy Hospital, Sanford Sheldon, The Beecin Foundation, and Northwest Iowa Community College.

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Trooper: Turning Lanes For Left Turns ONLY

center turn lane onlySheldon, Iowa — Iowa State Patrol Safety Education Officer Vince Kurtz is teaching people the appropriate use of a center turning lane.

Kurtz says he received a question recently from a citizen about the proper use of a center turning lane, like the ones used in several communities in the area, including the new alignment of Highway 18 through Sheldon, Highway 10 through Orange City and Highway 75 through Sioux Center, among others. Kurtz says the citizen says that he or she has seen drivers use it as a passing lane to go around someone making a right turn, or as a merging lane for cars turning onto that street if the regular lane is occupied. They pull out into the center lane and then merge over into the driving lane when they can do so.

Kurtz says he’s heard the questions a lot in Sheldon.

He says the violation would be “Failure To Obey A Traffic Control Device,” and not only is it a large fine, it’s also quite a dangerous thing to do.

He says a white rectangular sign will usually read something to the effect of ‘CENTER TURN LANE ONLY’ or ‘CENTER TURN LANE’. He says solid and dotted yellow lines will border this lane, indicating no passing. White arrows will also be painted in the middle of these lanes to indicate that it is only to be used for turning.

If you have a question for Trooper Kurtz, you can tweet them to him using his Twitter handle of @TrooperKurtz, or call the Iowa State Patrol post in Spencer.

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Groundbreaking Held For New NCC Building

Sheldon, Iowa — A new Applied Technology Building is being built at Northwest Iowa Community College, and Sheldon and NCC dignitaries turned over the symbolic first few shovels of dirt at a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, April 24th.
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The foundation for the building, using GeoPiers has already been constructed.

Several people spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony. Among them was Sheldon Economic Development Director Curt Strouth, who tells us about the building that they’re constructing.

Sheldon Mayor Katricia Meendering says the college’s continued growth since its founding in 1961 is remarkable.

Meendering went on to tell a story about a friend from New Jersey who was looking to get into heavy equipment years ago, when the college was named Northwest Iowa Technical College. She says he checked into NITC and schools in Florida and Texas, but decided to come to Sheldon. Meendering says he’s lived in Sheldon ever since.

NCC President, Dr. Aletha Stubbe says that partnerships are what made the building project possible.

It is hoped that the building will be completed by spring, 2016.

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Three Hull Boys Cited After Vandalism Investigation

Hull, Iowa — Charges have now been filed in connection with a vandalism report that occurred at Kids Kingdom park in Hull.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated that report on Monday, April 13th.

The Sheriff’s Office now reports that on Wednesday they charged three boys from Hull with criminal mischief. They were cited and released their parents.

Sheriff officials believe the boys are the ones who used black and grey marker to write obscene drawings and graffiti on extensive areas of the park’s property.

Woman Taken To Hospital After Crash

Hawarden, Iowa — A Hawarden woman was transported to a hospital after an accident near Hawarden on Thursday.
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The Sioux County Sheriff Office reports about 11:40 AM, 49-year-old Heidi Bintz of Hawarden was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado pickup northbound on Coolidge Avenue, eight miles northeast of Hawarden when she experienced a medical condition and lost control of the vehicle, which entered the west ditch and struck a field driveway.

Bintz was transported to the Hawarden hospital.

The Chevrolet sustained about $7,000 dollars in damages.

The Hawarden Police Department, Hawarden Fire Department, and Hawarden Ambulance crew assisted the Sheriff’s Office.

The accident remains under investigation.