Orange City, Iowa — Orange City Tulip Festival goers are used to horses in the parade, but this year there will be some world-famous horses. The Budweiser Clydesdales will be making two appearances in this year’s Tulip Festival, and one appearance in Spencer, all in May.
Budweiser says the Clydesdales have been the symbol of quality and tradition for Anheuser-Busch since 1933. The horses are scheduled to make several appearances in the area beginning on May 14th, 2015, including two at the Tulip Festival in conjunction with the parade.
The eight-horse hitch will be harnessed and hitched to the famous red beer wagon at the parade on Thursday and Saturday, May 14th and 16th from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. The day between — Friday the 15th, the Clydesdales will participate in the Clay County Speedway races. The showing begins at 5:00 PM in Spencer, IA.
The Clydesdales’ appearance in Orange City is one of hundreds made annually by the traveling hitches. Canadians of Scottish descent brought the first Clydesdales to America in the mid-1800’s. Today, the giant draft horses are used primarily for breeding and show.
Horses chosen for the Budweiser Clydesdale hitch must be at least three years of age, stand approximately 18 hands – or six feet – at the shoulder, weigh an average of 2,000 pounds, must be bay in color, have four white legs, and a blaze of white on the face and black mane and tail. A gentle temperament is very important as hitch horses meet millions of people each year.
A single Clydesdale hitch horse will consume as much as 20-25 quarts of feed, 40-50 pounds of hay and 30 gallons of water per day.
Each hitch travels with a Dalmatian. In the early days of brewing, Dalmatians were bred and trained to protect the horses and guard the wagon when the driver went inside to make deliveries.
Sheldon, Iowa — When the Sheldon City Council meets Wednesday, April 15th, they will hold a public hearing on a street resurfacing project. This project consists of five blocks near the downtown area. Knife River Midwest of Sioux City has submitted the apparent low bid totaling $226,465.00, which is approximately 5.6 percent below the engineer’s estimate.
The Council will also consider contracts for a Topographic Survey and Geotechnical Survey for the area where the proposed events center would be located in the new Community Park at Sheldon Crossing. These surveys would include soil conditions, grading recommendations, recommendations for foundation construction, research of records at the courthouse, preparation of a plat survey and other items pertinent to the construction of the events center and surrounding area.
The Council will also consider an application for Tax Increment Financing, hear a presentation by O’Brien County Economic Development Director Kiana Johnson, a presentation by Dave Raak of HTC Communications, and a request from AGP to close 8th street at the Union Pacific Railroad crossing from May 21st to May 28th. During that time they plan to correct what is called the “wide gauge” at that crossing. This is a pro-active action to prevent rail accidents which could cause possible damage to public or private property. At that time new concrete crossing panels will be installed which will provide a smoother crossing for traffic. The panels will extend to the loading area just south of the 8th Street crossing, creating an area off the street for the rail car mover to mount and dismount the rails, easing traffic congestion.
Wednesday’s meeting will be held at 4:30 in Council Chambers located in the upper level of the Sheldon Community Services Center.
The public is reminded that at 6 p.m. Wednesday everyone is invited to the presentation of the updated Community Park Master Plan. This will also be held in Council Chambers.
Sibley, Iowa — After initially reporting that they were searching for someone who dumped puppies off a bridge north of Sibley, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office is now saying they weren’t puppies after all.
They report that on Sunday, April 12, 2015, one of their deputies pulled two carcasses from the creek where the alleged dead puppies were dumped. The Sheriff’s Office was unable to identify the animal or its breed at that time.
The next day (Monday, April 13th) the sheriff’s office reports that they contacted the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to examine the carcasses. The DNR determined that the animals were not puppies but were raccoons.
The Sheriff’s Office is still looking for information on who dumped the raccoons in the creek. If you have any information please contact the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office at (712)754-2556 or if you want to remain anonymous you can make a Text-A-Tip report. A link to Text-A-Tip can be found online at www.sheriffosceolacounty.org.
ORANGE CITY, IA. – New Tulip Festival promotional banners were recently hung on 40 light poles in Orange City after the Friends of the Festival Foundation received funding from the Iowa Tourism Office.
The new light pole banners were funded in part by a $5,000 grant from the Iowa Tourism Office.
The banners feature four Tulip Festival scenes, depicting the Dutch heritage and events that highlight the festival each year. Ten banners of each of the four designs were created, and hang along Albany Avenue and 8th Street/Highway 10.
“We extend our sincere gratitude to the Iowa Tourism Office for their significant financial support in the creation of our new light pole banners,” says Juliana Pennings, Tulip Festival and Community Tourism Director. “We feel the new banners are a wonderful representation of the rich culture our community holds and celebrates at Tulip Festival.”
In addition to the financial support of the festival’s new light pole banners, the Iowa Tourism Office actively assists in the promotion of travel to Orange City and Tulip Festival throughout the year.
“We are grateful for our partnership with the Iowa Tourism Office and their continued work in promoting travel to our community and around Iowa,” says Pennings. Information about the Iowa Tourism Office and the state’s many destinations and events can be found at www.traveliowa.com.
Sheldon, Iowa — The pretrial conference for a Sheldon optometrist accused of assault has been pushed back.
According to the Sheldon Police Department, 68-year-old Dr. Allen Jones is charged with Aggravated Assault, a Serious Misdemeanor, in connection with an incident police say happened at a Sheldon business in December.
The pretrial conference had been set for Monday, April 13, 2015, but it has been postponed until Thursday, May 28th. The trial had been set to begin on April 28th. Court records indicate that no new trial date has been set.
Jones’ written plea was taken at an arraignment in February.
Rock Valley, Iowa — A hog confinement building, some rabbits and some chicks were all destroyed in a fire on Monday, April 13, 2015 near Rock Valley.
According to Rock Valley Fire Chief John Wallenburg, about 2:45 AM, the Rock Valley Fire Department was called to the report of structure fire at 2610 300th Street, a mile east and a mile north of Rock Valley, on Galen Kats’ place.
The chief says the fire department arrived to find a fully engulfed building.
Wallenburg reports that along with the building, an undetermined number of rabbits and chicks were destroyed in the fire, but the building was not being used for hogs at the time of the fire.
He says the cause of the fire is undetermined. He said there were heat lamps in use for the chicks, but he said he did not know if they were the cause of the fire.
Chief Wallenburg reports that the building and its contents were totaled in the fire. He says what was left of the building fell into the empty manure pit under the building.
He says they used about 5000 gallons of water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene for about an hour and a half.