Homecoming King & Queen Crowned

King & Queen 2Sheldon, Iowa — Bayleigh Iedema and Kaleb Groeneweg will reign over Sheldon’s 2015 Homecoming after being crowned at a Coronation Ceremony held Tuesday evening in the Sheldon High School Gym.

Queen Bayleigh, is the daughter of Nic and Jamie Iedema.  The rest of Queen Bayleigh’s Court is made up of:  Sydney Iedema, the daughter of Troy and Jen Iedema; Haley Jungers, the daughter of Alan and Jill Jungers; Jessica Karolczak, the daughter of Todd and Paulette Karolczak; and Kayla Van Meeteren, the daughter of Larry and Connie Van Meeteren.

King Kaleb is the son of Ryan and Tonia Groeneweg, and the other men on the Homecoming Court are:  Ian Jongewaard, the son of Bill and Lori Jongewaard; Colby Kleinhesselink, the son of Kevin and Staci Kleinhesselink; Chad Nelson, the son of Marvin and Beverly Nelson; and Joe Weppler, the son of Greg and Julie Weppler.

Queen Bayleigh and King Kaleb will reign over the week’s festivities, culminating in the Homecoming Football Game Friday night against Sioux Center.

Each day of Homecoming Week has a theme.  Wednesday’s theme at East Elementary is USA Day.  At the Middle School Wednesday is Nerd Day, and at the High School it’s Workout Wednesday.

2015 Orab Homecoming Court ~ Photo Courtesy Tammie Boone
2015 Orab Homecoming Court ~ Photo Courtesy Tammie Boone

Avera McKennan Honored For Fiscal Responsibility

Sioux Falls, SD — A hospital that’s part of a health system that has several locations in northwest Iowa has received an award for being fiscally-responsible.
Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center of Sioux Falls and Avera St. Luke’s Hospital of Aberdeen have been awarded Community Value Leadership Awards by Cleverley + Associates, based in Columbus, Ohio. These awards recognize the value a facility provides to the community by measuring financial viability, facility reinvestments, maintenance of a low cost structure and high quality patient care at reasonable prices.

Avera McKennan was the only hospital in South Dakota named to the Community Value 100® Hospitals list in 2015. This is a listing of the 100 hospitals that achieved the highest scores in their respective size/geographic group.

“One of Avera’s three values is stewardship, along with compassion and hospitality. In our mission of health ministry, we feel it is imperative to make careful use of the resources entrusted to us, as well as our patients’ resources, so our patients receive the highest quality care possible at the best value,” said Dave Kapaska, DO, Regional President and CEO of Avera McKennan. “We’re proud to have received the Community Value recognition, which validates that we are indeed providing our residents with the best possible value in health care.”

In addition to Avera McKennan, Avera has several facilities in the tri-state region. In our area, the The Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley, Sioux Center Health in Sioux Center, and Hegg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley are connected to Avera, and so are the Larchwood and Hull medical clinics and Whispering Heights in Rock Valley.

Farm Safety Tips: Electrical

electric power poleDes Moines, Iowa –  The agriculture sector ranks among the most dangerous in the nation with more than 500 deaths recorded in 2014 and a fatality rate of more than 24 deaths per 100,000 workers, according to the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In observance of National Farm Safety and Health Week this week, MidAmerican Energy Company encourages all workers in the agriculture industry to focus on safety this harvest season. Here are 13 tips to help farmers stay safe when working around electricity:

1. Be aware of overhead power lines, particularly when moving equipment. People and equipment should remain at least 10 feet away from power lines.

2. Know the height of equipment; cultivators and planters, for instance, may be taller in the fold-up position than they are during field use. Lower augers to transport level when moving even a short distance, and always make sure the auger system has a good ground connection.

3. Never attempt to raise or move a power line. If you need assistance with power lines, call your electric utility.

4. Watch for guy wires, which support utility poles. Although they are not energized, damaging a guy wire can bring down live power lines.

5. Do not erect fence wire along the same route as overhead lines, and do not string fence wire where it may come into contact with an overhead line.

6. If a tractor you are operating comes into contact with a power line, remain seated until help arrives. If there is danger of fire, jump as far away from the tractor as possible and keep your feet together when you land. Do not allow any part of your body to touch the equipment and the ground at the same time. Do not attempt to touch or get back on the equipment after dismounting – this is when many injuries occur.

7. All electrical outlets used on the farm should be three-hole, grounded outlets with faceplates. A certified electrician should be hired to perform all electrical work.

8. Ground the entire electrical system, and protect ground wires and rods from damage.

9. Install a lock-out switch that can turn off all electricity from one area. This will be vital in the event of an emergency or in need of repair.

10. If there are any doubts about the condition of the electrical circuits, wiring or equipment on the farm, have a licensed electrician inspect them.

11. If it is necessary to enter a grain bin, shut off and lock out electricity before entering. Use a safety harness and safety line, and have people available outside the bin in case of emergency.

12. Know the National Electric Safety Code requirements for horizontal clearance between the side of the grain bin and adjacent power line and the vertical clearance above the bin to the nearest line. Contact your electrician to learn more about NESC.

13. Contact your local electrical utility before constructing or remodeling a grain bin to ensure the electrical transformer is of adequate size.

If farm equipment comes in contact with a utility line or other piece of electrical equipment, call your local electric utility immediately.

Man Sentenced For Escape From RTF

Tray EhlersOrange City, Iowa — A Sioux City man was sentenced Monday on charges that he escaped while a prisoner at Sheldon’s Residential Treatment Facility.

Sioux County Attorney Thomas Kunstle says that 22-year old Tray Scott Ehlers was sentenced in Sioux County District Court for the crime of Escape from Custody, a Class D Felony.

Kuntsle says Ehlers was residing at the Sheldon Residential Treatment Facility on July 17th of this year, after being paroled on Plymouth County Burglary and Failure to Appear convictions.  He says staff could not locate Ehlers and found his window screen was cut, indicating he had escaped the facility via his window.

Ehlers, who has domestic violence convictions and alleged Sioux City gang affiliations, was sentenced to five years in prison on the felony Escape from Custody charge.  His five-year prison term will be served after his current Burglary and Failure to Appear prison terms expire.

Homecoming Coronation Tonight

Sheldon, Iowa — Homecoming Week continues today at Sheldon Community Schools.  Yesterday was celebrated at East Elementary with Mismatch Day.  At the Middle School and High School, yesterday was PJ Day.

2015 Orab Homecoming Court
2015 Orab Homecoming Court

Today at East Elementary they’re celebrating Super Hero Day, while the Middle School and High School are observing Twin, or Multiplicity Day.  In addition, the Cross Country Team will host a meet this afternoon at the Sheldon Golf & Country Club.

The main event is the Coronation Ceremony at 8 o’clock tonight in the high school gym, otherwise known as the O-Rena.  Queen candidates include:  Bayleigh Iedema, the daughter of Nic and Jamie Iedema; Sydney Iedema, the daughter of Troy and Jen Iedema; Haley Jungers, the daughter of Alan and Jill Jungers; Jessica Karolczak, the daughter of Todd and Paulette Karolczak; and Kayla Van Meeteren, the daughter of Larry and Connie Van Meeteren.  King candidates are:  Kaleb Groeneweg, the son of Ryan and Tonia Groeneweg; Ian Jongewaard, the son of Bill and Lori Jongewaard; Colby Kleinhesselink, the son of Kevin and Staci Kleinhesselink; Chad Nelson, the son of Marvin and Beverly Nelson; and Joe Weppler, the son of Greg and Julie Weppler.  Guest speaker at tonight’s Coronation Ceremony will be former Orab Head Boys Basketball Coach Claude Struve.

Tonight’s Coronation Ceremony will be held at 8 in the high school gym.

Public Meetings To Be Held On Proposed Good Earth State Park

Granite, Iowa — A tract of land along the Big Sioux River near Granite is on the road to becoming part of a first-of-its kind two-state, state park.
blood run

The Iowa DNR has scheduled two public meetings Wednesday, September 23rd and Thursday, September 24th to provide information to and gather input from the public on the Good Earth at Blood Run cultural landscape master plan.

The Blood Run National Historic Landmark is located in Lyon County and encompasses a culturally-significant landscape, providing links to the people and traditions associated with the past use of the site. This area between the Big Sioux River and Blood Run Creek was home to the Oneota people between 1300 and 1720 AD and later the Prairie Sioux. The area will eventually be part of Good Earth State Park complex, a first-of-its-kind state park shared between South Dakota and Iowa.

The Wednesday meeting will be held in an open house format from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Grand Falls Casino in Larchwood, Iowa. Project materials will be on display and project team members will be on hand to answer questions and listen to comments from the public.

The Thursday meeting will be held from 10:00 AM to 4:15 PM at the same location. This day-long workshop will include a formal presentation of background information and key points of the Good Earth at Blood Run project in Iowa. The facilitated workshop will focus on project goals and guiding principles using input from the public. A one-hour lunch break will be available between noon and 1:00 PM.

Todd Coffelt, Iowa DNR State Parks Bureau chief says that they hope to have a good number of people taking advantage of this opportunity to learn more about this undertaking and provide input on the project. He says it’s an Iowa treasure and the DNR needs to know Iowans’ thoughts on how best to showcase it.

More information about the Good Earth at Blood Run project visit www.goodearthbloodrun.com