Home Show A Huge Success

SCDC sheldon chamber door signSheldon, Iowa — Saturday’s 2015 Sheldon Chamber & Development Corporation Home and Design Expo was a huge success, with more than 1500 people through the doors during the day.  Michelle Honkomp of the SCDC tells us more.

Honkomp says that, in addition to the exhibitors on hand, there were other activities, as well.

She extended her sincere thanks to everyone who made Saturday’s expo such a huge success.

Saturday’s Home and Design Expo was held at the Lifelong Learning and Rec Center at Northwest Iowa Community College. And although this year’s Expo was a huge success, Honkomp tells us that there is no time to savor that success, due to the busy schedule in the next few weeks.

The SCDC Children’s Easter Egg Hunt starts at 10:00 Saturday morning at the Sheldon City Park, while the SCDC Ladies Day Out is scheduled for Thursday April 9th at 11:30 am.  Honkomp says there are still a few tickets left for that event.  For more information, contact the SCDC Office at 712-324-2813.


Area 8th Graders To Tour Nation’s Capital City

White House Half StaffSanborn, Iowa — A group of 8th graders from the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn area will be leaving late Tuesday night for a four-day trip to Washington, DC.  Kim Rieck is the organizer of this trip, and says this is the second time a group of 8th graders have taken such a trip.

She says the 25 students involved have held a series of fundraisers to finance this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Rieck says the first leg of the trip is a charter bus ride to the airport in Omaha.

She says the kids will have a busy four days once they arrive in the nation’s capital.

Rieck says the 25 students and 5 parents will return home late Saturday evening, right before Easter.


Area Under RED Flag Warning – FIRE DANGER Till 8 Tonight

red flag* WIND…SOUTHWEST WINDS WILL TURN WEST AND THEN NORTHWEST THIS
AFTERNOON. SPEEDS WILL AVERAGE 15 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 35
MPH.
* HUMIDITY…MINIMUM HUMIDITY VALUES WILL RANGE FROM 15 TO 25
PERCENT ACROSS THE AREA.
* IMPACTS…ANY FIRES THAT DEVELOP WILL LIKELY SPREAD RAPIDLY.
OUTDOOR BURNING IS NOT RECOMMENDED.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…
A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW…OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF
STRONG WINDS…LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY…AND WARM TEMPERATURES CAN
CONTRIBUTE TO EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR.


Emerald Ash Borer Meeting Monday

Sheldon, Iowa — Emerald ash borer (EAB), the ash-tree-killing insect, will be the focus of an informational meeting, open to the public, on March 30 at 6:30 p.m. in Sheldon. The meeting will be held at Northwest Iowa Community College, 603 W Park St., Building C, Room 304.
emerald ash borer
The meeting is hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.

“These meetings are designed to provide helpful, usable information to prepare for one of the most destructive insects to hit the urban forest in decades,” said Mark Shour, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach entomologist.

Experts will share EAB and ash tree information to help participants learn:

  • How to identify EAB
  • How to identify an ash tree
  • Signs of EAB infestation
  • If the tree is safe and if it is a candidate for treatment
  • Treatment options
  • History of EAB, how it spreads, and efforts to slow the spread of EAB
  • Ash tree replacement options

EAB now has been positively identified in 19 Iowa counties, including most recently in Hedrick, in Keokuk County.

The meeting is free and registration is not required. For more information, contact Shane Donegan at 515-725-8219 orShane.Donegan@dnr.iowa.gov. Locally contact Margaret Murphy, Master Gardener and local food coordinator with ISU Extension and Outreach, mmurphy@iastate.edu or 712-472-2576


Sheldon Ladies Day Out Features Style Show

Sheldon, Iowa — The annual Sheldon Ladies Day Out is Thursday, April 9th.
ladies day out 2015
We talked to Sheldon Chamber Director Allison Cooke about the day, and she says ladies of any age are welcome, and should have a great time.


She tells us the lunch will be provided by the Prairie Queen Bakery, and the Style Show is courtesy of Carl’s Footwear, Mr. B’s, Lady B’s, Mastbergen Jewelry, Missy’s, and Sweet Puddle Jumpers Children’s Boutique.

She says fewer than 30 tickets are left.


She says everything down to the dessert will have the theme of “petals and pearls.” Cooke says you get a free gift just for attending. The event will be upstairs at the Sheldon Community Services Center. The building has an elevator and is handicapped-accessible. The chamber can be reached at 712-324-2813.

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Arrested On Sex Crime Warrants

Hartley, Iowa — A Hartley man has been arrested on felony sex crime warrants.
O'Brien Jail
According to O’Brien County Jail records, the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office arrested 41-year-old Chad Russell Demey this past week at a home in the 3500 mile of Tyler Avenue near Hartley.

The records say Demey was picked up on three felony warrants for Third Degree Sexual Abuse and one felony warrant for Lascivious Acts With a Child.

Jail records say he was released the next day on bail or bond.