Heat Wave Prompts Sibley Hospital Officials To Open Facility To Those Needing A Break From The Heat

thermometer on tree 101 degrees FSibley, Iowa — The heat is prompting at least one area hospital to open their air conditioned facility to those who may not have air conditioning or for whatever reason need a break from the heat.

Administrators of the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley advise that since the local area is currently under a heat advisory that has been extended through Saturday, they are opening their doors to the public. Osceola Community Hospital CEO Janet Dykstra explains.


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Osceola Community Hospital Director of Nursing, Julie Schroder says that the hot and humid conditions will create a heightened risk of heat-related stress and illness, especially for the young, the elderly and those without air conditioning.


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Schroeder says anyone spending time outdoors should be alert to the signs of heat exhaustion as well.

If you do not have access to air conditioning or a cool place and need assistance, you are invited to call Osceola Community Hospital at 712-754-2574. They say the hospital will be available for anyone who needs it 24/7


Sheldon Community Theatre Doing "Leaving Iowa" For Celebration Days Show

Leaving IowaSheldon, Iowa — As part of this weekend’s Celebration Days activities in Sheldon, Sheldon Community Theatre is doing the play “Leaving Iowa” by Tim Clue and Spike Manton on Thursday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoon at the Sheldon High School Auditorium in Sheldon.

We had a chance to talk with director Karen Appleton about the show.


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Appleton says the actors include those with some familiar names to northwest Iowa audiences.


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Appleton says it’s a funny show and gives us a little idea of the plot.


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She says there will be three performances.


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Again, the show dates are Thursday, August 29th, Saturday, August 31st, and Sunday, September 1st. As usual, there will be no performance on Friday evening, due to the Sheldon Orabs’ first football game of the season.


Four More NW Iowans Arrested, Accused Of Burglarizing Rural Rock Valley Business

Hand Cuffs sxcRock Valley, Iowa — Four more northwest Iowans have been arrested, accused of burglarizing Post Equipment near Rock Valley since we brought you news of two people being caught red-handed there on August 17.

Upon further investigation, deputies determined that several additional incidents of burglary occurred in January, February and early August, 2013 at Post Equipment Corporation, a mile south of Rock Valley.

As a result of the investigation, on Thursday (8/22/13), deputies arrested 20-year-old Drew Kersten of Sheldon on charges of 3rd degree burglary and 3rd degree theft. On Friday (8/23/13) they arrested 18-year-old Jasmine Prellwitz of Spencer, 18-year-old Angie Padilla of Hawarden, and a 17-year-old boy from Boyden on charges of 3rd degree Burglary and 3rd degree theft.

The juvenile was issued Juvenile Court citations and released to his parents.


Oregon Man Taken To Hospital, Vehicle Totaled After Accident West Of Rock Valley

Iowa State Patrol logoRock Valley, Iowa — A Salem, Oregon man was taken to the hospital and his car was totaled after an accident on Tuesday, August 20 near Rock Valley.

The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 11:50 AM, 21-year-old Helgar Serrano of Inwood was westbound on 300th Street, seven miles west of Rock Valley in a 2001 semi, owned by Meadowvale Dairy, LLC. Seventy-four-year-old Howard Van Otterloo of Salem, Oregon was southbound on Highway 18 in a 2013 Buick.

According to the trooper’s report, Serrano failed to stop for the stop sign before crossing Highway 18. Van Otterloo observed that the semi was not going to stop at the stop sign and attempted to slow down but was unable to avoid contact. The car struck the semi in the fuel tank on the passenger side.

Van Otterloo was transported to Heeg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley by Rock Valley Ambulance.

Serrano’s semi received $750 damage. Van Otterloo’s Buick was totaled, with $25,000 damage.


Heavy Boat Traffic Expected for Labor Day Weekend, DNR Urges Caution, Common Sense

Okoboji at night from city dockDes Moines, Iowa — Boaters heading out for the Labor Day holiday will likely find busy waterways and lower water levels.

Susan Stocker, boating law administrator and education coordinator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, says that boat operators need to operate with caution and to watch for hazards in the water, starting at the boat ramp. She says they should use caution when loading and unloading the boat.  She says to back in only as far as necessary to get the boat on and off the trailer to avoid backing into a scour hole or off the end of the ramp.

The weekend weather forecast is favorable for boaters and combined with a three day weekend should produce heavy boat traffic. Stocker says ramps will likely be busy, placing boating etiquette at a premium. She says that everyone is excited to get on the water and says that her advice is to be patient, and when it’s your turn be ready to launch.

point oh eight BWI 08She says an obvious way to prevent problems is for boat operators to avoid alcohol while operating the craft.

She says that preparing for a safe day on the water begins in the driveway, and to make sure to have a properly-fitting life jacket for each person on board. She says to make sure that all of the safety equipment, including a properly working fire extinguisher, is on board. She also reminds boaters that although the law only stipulates having enough life jackets for those on board, life jackets only work when you wear them.

Boating safety Tips

  • Alcohol and boating don’t mix. Wind, sun, glare and heat can enhance the effects of alcohol hindering the operator’s ability to make decisions.
  • High water is impacting certain areas. Check for open ramps or water hazards before heading out.
  • Before leaving the house, check the trailer lights, wheel bearings and the hitch.
  • Make sure there is a current fire extinguisher and horn/whistle, a wearable life jacket for everyone and a USCG approved throwable device onboard.
  • File a float plan with a friend, including your destination, expected time of return and type of boat.
  • Wear your lifejacket – it floats, you don’t.
  • Inflatable lifejackets are light weight, comfortable and USCG approved. Wear it.
  • Take a boater education course. It has valuable information and many insurance companies will offer a discount on boatinsurance.
  • Top two safety violations in Iowa are having inadequate life jackets and operating too fast and too close to other vessels.

Two Northwest Iowans, One From Spencer Sentenced On Meth Charges

Jail Door2Sioux City, Iowa — Two people from northwest Iowa will serve time in prison after admitting to making and selling methamphetamine.

Court records show 50-year-old Vicki Shannon of Spencer and 52-year-old David Robley of Early pled guilty in May to conspiracy to manufacture and distribute meth.

The investigation found store purchase logs where Shannon and Robley had bought products containing 500 grams of pseudoephedrine, one of the key ingredients in making meth. Officers later stopped their vehicle as they were leaving a building in Clay County.

They obtained a search warrant for the building and found numerous items inside that are used in making meth, including lithium batteries and empty pseudoephedrine boxes. Shannon was sentenced to 14 months in prison and Robley eight months.

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