Teen Taken To Hospital After Accident

Sheldon, Iowa — An Ashton teen was taken to the hospital after an accident near Sheldon.
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The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 9:30 AM on Friday, March 27, 2015, 18-year-old Damond Peters of Ashton was driving a Chevy southbound on Oakhill Avenue, a mile and a half east of Highway 60 on 18, and three miles north.

The report says that Peters became distracted and started crossing the centerline. It says he over-corrected, causing the vehicle to go into a skid. The deputy says the car entered the west ditch where it impacted the ditch thus causing it to spin around and flip onto the roof.

SCAT took Peters to Sanford Sheldon hospital.

Peters’ Chevy sustained $2000 in damages, which totaled the car.

Fund Helps Businesses Start, Expand

Primghar, Iowa — Two new businesses are up and running and one longtime business has expanded in O’Brien County, thanks in-part to the O’Brien County Revolving Loan Fund.
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O’Brien County Economic Development Director Kiana Johnson fills us in on the situation.

She tells us about Complete 180 Degree Fitness in Sanborn.

She says they’ve also been working with Mugshots Bar and Grill in Sutherland.

Johnson says DK Plastics has been around a long time, but they’re expanding.

Johnson says Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds are planning to be in O’Brien County on April 21st, and Senator Joni Ernst is also planning a visit. Johnson says they want to see the economic development taking place in northwest Iowa.

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Sportsmen’s Banquet Saturday Night

Hartley, Iowa — The 28th Annual O’Brien County Sportsmen’s Club Banquet will be held Saturday, March 28th at the Hartley Community Center, on Highway 18 in Hartley.
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We had a chance to talk with Dean Van Marel, who tells us about it.

He says the grand raffle this year is unique.

Van Marel tells us about the auction.

He says all the money raised stays in O’Brien County.

Again, doors will open at 5:00 pm, and the prime rib dinner will be served at 7:00, with the auction to follow.

Tickets are available from any O’Brien County Sportsmen’s Club Director, the names and phone numbers of whom may be found below.

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Three NW Iowa Coops Consider Unification

Rock Valley, Iowa — Three agriculture coops in northwest Iowa are considering unification.
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United Farmers Co-op based in George, Farmers Elevator Coop, based in Rock Valley, and Coop Elevator Association, based in Ocheyedan are looking at the move. We talked with Farmers Elevator Coop General Manager Mark Finck, who explains the difference between the term “unification” and the term “merger.”

He tells us why they’re looking at unification.

He says the move just makes sense to him.

Finck says eleven meetings are being held throughout the areas of the three companies, and the findings of the different committees are being reviewed.

He says the meetings wrap up on Wednesday, April 1st, and then the vote will be taken.

He says on April 20th, the companies’ auditors will count the votes. And, says Finck, it’s important that everyone make an informed decision and vote. He tells us why.

Finck shares with us the proposed new company name and leadership structure.

He says while they will not be closing any locations, the head office would be in Rock Valley. Each of the three companies were formed over 100 years ago, with the oldest — Farmers Elevator Coop in Rock Valley — being formed in 1899. He says that’s one of the reasons Rock Valley was selected as the location for the head office.

Finck says no employees would be cut in the move, and everyone’s job is safe.

The new company would have over 20 locations, including two in Minnesota and one in South Dakota. For more information, including meeting times and locations, you can contact any of the local locations, or visit the companies’ websites.


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Man Faces Charges In Alleged Burglaries

Primghar, Iowa – A Paullina man has been arrested on several felony charges. He is accused of committing several burglaries in the four northwest Iowa counties.
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The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office reports that they arrested 29-year-old Seth William Johnson of Paullina and he has been charged with six counts of Second Degree Theft, a class D felony; seven counts of Third Degree Burglary, a class D felony; and seven misdemeanor counts of Third Degree Burglary.

The Sheriff’s Office says that numerous northwest Iowa law enforcement agencies including the O’Brien, Osceola, Lyon and Sioux County Sheriff’s Offices and the Sheldon, Sutherland and Paullina Police Departments have worked jointly on a series of burglary and theft investigations. They say the investigations involved burglaries to businesses, homes, and vehicles between May and October, 2014 and involved items including guns, cash, jewelry, a motorcycle, tools and fishing equipment.

The charges which are a class D felonies are punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $7,500. The charges that are aggravated misdemeanors are punishable by up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $6250. Johnson has been booked into the O’Brien County Jail on the charges and will make appearances in District Court in the respective counties at a later date.

The public is reminded that a criminal charge is merely an accusation. All persons are innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law. The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected as a part of this investigation.

Be Prepared For Severe Weather

Sheldon, Iowa — This is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Iowa. Each day this week, the National Weather Service is focusing on a different severe weather topic.

Today’s topic is family preparedness.

Disasters of all kinds disrupt hundreds of thousands of lives every year. FEMA and the National Weather Service say that each disaster has lasting effects, both to people and property. If a disaster occurs in your community, local government and disaster-relief organizations will try to help you, but you need to be ready as well. Local responders may not be able to reach you immediately, or they may need to focus their efforts elsewhere. Being prepared for a disaster can reduce fear, anxiety, and losses that accompany disasters.

According to FEMA, There are five key elements to a disaster plan:

  1. Learn about possible dangers in your area and become familiar with your community’s disaster response plan. Common disasters in Iowa include flooding, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes.
  2. Talk to your family about what to do in the event of an emergency. Pick two locations where you will meet: one close to your home and another removed from your neighborhood to be used if you are unable to return to your residence.
  3. Develop a crisis communications plan to insure that your family will be able to stay in contact if you are separated during a disaster.
  4. Create emergency preparedness kits for your home, office and car.
  5. Practice your plan.

Sioux County Emergency Management Director Nate Huizenga says there are certain things we should keep in a disaster kit.

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For more information about what to keep in a disaster kit and a first aid kit, developing your family evacuation plan, preparing your home and just generally being prepared for disasters, follow these links.

To register for the Nixle service click here.

For more information, click here for the National Weather Service’s Family Preparedness Pamphlet.

For severe weather safety and preparedness information in Spanish, please click here (en Español).

Para obtener información sobre la preparación de mal tiempo, haga clic aquí. (en español)