Vermillion Woman Sentenced On Meth Delivery

Orange City, Iowa — A Vermillion woman has been sentenced in Sioux County Court for conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine.
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Sioux County Attorney Thomas Kunstle says that 34-year-old Shelly Lee Snow of Vermillion, SD, was found guilty in December of Conspiracy to Deliver and/or Possess with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine, a Class C Felony, and was sentenced this past week.

On July 11, 2013, a controlled drug buy was set up by the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office through a confidential informant being utilized and monitored by the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office. Police placed a “wire” audio transmitting device on the confidential informant so they could hear what was going on inside the home during the buy. Deputies also gave the confidential informant $350 to purchase an “8-ball” of methamphetamine, after which he entered the home stating he was “looking to buy meth.”

Two deputies set up surveillance to monitor the Hawarden home where the controlled buy was to take place. Deputies observed a black Cadillac Escalade, a vehicle they knew to be driven by Shelly Snow, arrive at the home. The deputies also heard the female voice they recognized to be Shelly Snow through the “wire.”

Inside the home, the confidential informant handed the $350 to Shelly Snow saying he “needed an 8-ball.” Court records indicate she left the home, drove to Sioux City, returned to Hawarden, and someone else gave the meth to the informant.

Snow was sentenced to a suspended ten year prison sentence and three years of probation. Among other conditions, she also has to pay a fine and is to obtain a substance abuse and/or mental health evaluation and follow any recommended treatment; maintain full-time employment; not frequent places that primarily serve alcohol and/or beer; abstain from all alcohol and illegal drugs, and be subject to random drug and alcohol tests.


Police Release Details In Children’s World Crash

Sheldon, Iowa – We now have the details of the accident to which Sheldon emergency crews were called on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at Children’s World. One child was taken to the hospital.
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The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 8:35 AM on Thursday, 24-year-old Yuri Mendoza Amador of Sheldon was driving a GMC Yukon westbound and had stopped in a parking spot in front of Children’s World.

The report says that she was dropping off her daughter. It says Mendoza Amador was wearing slippers, and when she went to brake, her foot slipped off the brake and hit the accelerator pedal. The SUV struck the Children’s World building.

A young child and the swing she was in was knocked over. The child was taken to Sanford Sheldon by Sheldon Ambulance.

Mendoza Amador’s GMC Yukon sustained $1000 in damages, and damage to the building was estimated at $20,000.

Mendoza Amador was charged with driving without a valid license.

Sheldon Fire, Ambulance, and EMA personnel assisted the Sheldon Police at the scene.

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Sheldon, Iowa — Sheldon emergency crews were called to Children’s World on Thursday morning, February 19th.

According to on-scene reports, a vehicle had crashed into the building at 1221 East Sixth Street.

An eyewitness reports that at least one person was transported to Sanford Sheldon by SCAT.

Responding were SCAT, Sheldon Fire and Police, and Sheldon EMA.

According to Children’s World officials, the building was evacuated to East Elementary. Since that time, MidAmerican Energy, a building inspector, and all other related authorities have reportedly been in and cleared the building as safe so that normal activities may resume. If you have questions you may call Tresa Chester, Children’s World Director, at 324-4837.


Le Mars Man Arrested On Highway 60

Alton, Iowa — A driving complaint of a car going the wrong way on the Highway 60 expressway has led to an arrest of a Le Mars man.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that they arrested 29-year-old James Jensen of Le Mars in the 3 AM hour on Wednesday, February 18th, .

The arrest stemmed from a report that Jensen was driving his vehicle southbound in the northbound lane of Highway 60, about a mile south of Alton.

A Sioux County deputy located Jensen’s vehicle and suspected that he was under the influence of alcohol. Jensen was arrested on a charge of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, second offense.

The Orange City Police Department assisted the Sheriff’s Office.


Extension Pork Conference Offered

Sheldon, Iowa — Iowa pork producers are invited to learn more about disease preparedness, development and implementation of common industry audits, and swine health research at the 2015 Iowa Pork Regional Conference coming up in Sheldon on Monday, February 23rd.
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We had a chance to talk to Iowa Swine Field Specialist Dave Stender. He says the day will start out with some optional training for Pork Quality Assurance, or “PQA”.


During the conference, one of the topics will be what Stender calls a “game changer” in the pork industry.


He says they’ll also talk about PEDV — the Porcine Epidemic Diarhea Virus that is a hot topic whenever pork production is discussed.


Stender says that had PEDV caused other countries not to accept American pork for import, this could have been a very serious situation. He says a new extension swine veterinarian will also be introduced.


Stender calls the conference a “must see” for pork producers.

The conference is this coming Monday, February 23rd at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon, Building A. Again, the PQA training starts off the day at 9:30. The conference itself starts at 1 PM.

Contact The Iowa Pork Producers Association at 1-800-372-PORK (7675) to register for the conference and for more information.

There are also conferences planned on Tuesday, Feb. 24th in Carroll; Wednesday, Feb. 25th in Nashua; and Thursday, Feb. 26th in Iowa City.

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Extension Beef Producer Workshops To Be Offered

Orange City, Iowa — A series of workshops targeting Iowa beef producers will be held across western Iowa next month which will compare various types of cattle operations. Beth Doran is a beef program specialist at the Iowa State University Extension, based in Orange City. She says the workshops are targeted towards potential and current producers.
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(As above) “We’re going to try to give an overview of facility types,” Doran says. “We’ll be talking about different kinds of facilities, hoop barns, monoslope barns, open lots, deep-pitted slotted-floor barns. We’ll talk about the advantages and disadvantages of them and review some of the research on those types.”

Doran says producers will receive several production resources and tools as well as an updated manual on feedlot systems.


(As above) “We’re also going to give the workshop participants several scenarios and they’ll have to work through making appropriate choices for an operation,” Doran says. “That might involve their financing decisions, cost-benefit measurements and taking a look at that production environmental risk that’s going on with that.”

Doran says northwest Iowa contains a lot of the different operations that will be discussed in the workshops. Producers interested in attending should call their local extension office to pre-register. The workshops will be held on March 3rd in Emmetsburg, March 4th in Cherokee, March 18th in Lewis, and on March 25th in Carrol.

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Council Discusses Audit

Council ChambersSheldon, Iowa — When the Sheldon City Council met Wednesday they heard a favorable report from the City’s auditing firm. Tom Hinrichson, representing the accounting firm of Winther, Stave and Company reported that they had discovered only a few minor items where there was room for improvement and steps have been taken by the city to make the necessary changes. The audit was for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014. Hinrichson did comment that he felt the end of the year general fund cash balance of $587,830 was a ‘little low’, but after some council members asked how he arrived at that view, he did agree that it was not a real concern.

Hinrichson exressed his appreciation for the cooperation of the City staff and for the good work they have been doing.

At their Wednesday meeting the council approved Jett Korver as a new member of the Sheldon Community Ambulance Team and approved the final payment of the 2014 Runger Street Improvement project.