Extension Report Highlights "Your Money, Your Future" Seminar At Iowa Lakes CC

Jan BurkIowa State University Extension and Outreach helps carry Iowa State’s land-grant mission beyond campus, to be the university that best serves the citizens of Iowa. With Iowa State University, Extension embraces the land-grant philosophy of:

  • access to high-quality education
  • research applied to the needs of Iowa, the nation, and world
  • extending knowledge to strengthen Iowa’s economy and citizens’ quality of life

Iowa State University Extension does that by offering practical, how-to education based on powerful university research. It’s available to any resident of Iowa and is tailored to meet the needs of Iowans, needs we know firsthand. Extension educators, specialists, and volunteers live and work in all 99 Iowa counties.

We recently spoke with ISU Educator ISU Extension Family Resource Specialist Jan Monahan about a seminar coming up at Iowa Lakes Community College in Spencer, called “Your Money, Your Future”.

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Sioux And Lyon County Deputies, USPS Investigating Cases Of Mailbox Vandalism, Theft

Blank White Mailbox 2Rural Rock Valley, Iowa — The Sioux and Lyon County Sheriff’s Offices are looking for the public’s help to solve a case of several instances of mailbox vandalism and theft.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that since Wednesday (8-28-13), they have been investigating five reports of theft and vandalism that occurred in the area of 280th Street and Dogwood Avenue, four miles northwest of Rock Valley. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office is investigating similar incidents that occurred nearby in their county.

Mailboxes were either destroyed or stolen at each location. The crimes likely occurred during the overnight hours of Tuesday, August 27 or the morning hours of Wednesday, August 28.

The United States Postal Service is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator or perpetrators.

Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to contact the sheriff’s office or the Postal Inspector. If you wish to remain anonymous you may use the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office Text‐a‐Tip program.
USPS Mailbox Vandalism Reward 8-30-13


Lyon County’s Own Freedom Rock In Place In George

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George, Iowa — The Freedom Rock is in place in George and has been painted with four beautiful murals. The artist, Ray “Bubba” Sorensen II started with a boulder near Greenfield, Iowa and has now decided that there should be a Freedom Rock in every county in Iowa.

We talked with George Chamber President Scott Heibult, who tells his feelings about the Lyon County Freedom Rock at Locker Park in George.


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Heibult tells us a little about the process.


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Heibult says unlike the original Freedom Rock in Greenfield, the other Freedom Rocks will not be re-painted with new scenes every year, so they used a very long-lasting paint with the hopes of enjoying the artwork for many years.

Heibult gives us an idea of what the Freedom Rock looks like.


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Heibult says the community was very impressed both with Sorensen’s work and with the man himself. He says Sorensen tended to draw a crowd when he worked — especially kids.


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The Lyon County Freedom Rock is located on George’s north side in Locker Park. Locker Park is along County Road A34, or 210th Street — also called Dakota Avenue in George.

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Northwest Iowans Gather To Talk With Senator Chuck Grassley

grassley at rr pub lib Aug 2013Northwest Iowa — Iowa US Senator Chuck Grassley was in northwest Iowa this week. He was in Primghar, Sioux Center, and Rock Rapids in our area.

Several topics came up. Among them concern about rural hospitals not being able to be certified for medicare funds, and new regulations stipulating that a physician has to be in the building when certain procedures, such as starting IV’s are performed. Many people brought up the possibility of defunding the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare.

Other topics included support for the Renewable Fuel Standard and concern about what is going on in Syria.

Representatives of “America’s Voice” — a group pushing for immigration reform — thought it was noteworthy that Grassley, who is one of the chief opponents of the Senate immigration bill; conceded at the Rock Rapids meeting that the Senate bill is not amnesty.

In response to a constituent’s question—“Do you consider the Senate immigration bill amnesty?”—Grassley replied, “I don’t use that word. It’s a little bit different than what we did in 1986. I would call the immigration bill in 1986 amnesty.”

Grassley went on to explain what he thought were the flaws in the 1986 bill and its inadequate provisions for border security. In comparison, the Senate bill as written by the Gang of 8 earlier this year contained clauses that required strict border security before legalization could begin.

Grassley tells us what issues were on the minds of the northwest Iowans he met with this week:


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He says as far as the farm bill goes, he thinks as a matter of compromise, it has to include both food stamps and agriculture programs to appeal to members of Congress from both urban and rural states.


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At the Rock Rapids meeting, a delegation from the Lewis and Clark Regional Water system were there to try to pin the Senator down on an issue. Sheldon City Manager Scott Wynja tells us they wanted to hear that Grassley would be in support of a measure to differentiate money for authorized projects from money for pork barrel earmarks.


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He says he understands why Grassley was reluctant, but still thinks money for authorized projects should not be considered earmarks.


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Hull City Administrator Aaron Kooiker told the Senator and the audience there the at the Agropur cheese plant is ready to do a $50 million expansion at their Hull facility, but cannot, due to the fact that the Lewis and Clark Project hasn’t come to Hull yet. He says it would increase the economic impact of the Agropur plant from $500 million in the local area to $1 billion.


Sheldon Police Report Two Recent Break-Ins, One Accident

sheldon pd police car rearSheldon, Iowa — In the latest from the Sheldon Police Department:

The police say they took reports of two recent burglaries. The first one happened at an apartment on Pine Street. Stolen were two $100 bills from the top of the kitchen table. A window screen, valued at $20 was also damaged in the break-in. It happened sometime between 8:30 AM and 10:40 PM on Monday (8/26/13).

The second burglary was reported at Prairie Queen Bakery. It happened between 1:45 AM and 5 AM on Tuesday (8/27/13). Taken was a blue neon bag containing $354 in cash. The denomination and number of the bills was listed on the report.


A Sheldon woman’s car and a Orange City woman’s car were damaged in an accident on Wednesday (8/28/13) in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 7:30 AM, 28-year-old Shelly Phillips of Sheldon was northbound on South Fifth Avenue in a 2003 Ford. Twenty-seven-year-old Sarah Dykstra of Orange City was eastbound on 16th Street in a 2006 Ford.

The report says Phillips stopped at the stop sign, but then proceeded into the path of the Dykstra vehicle, and the two collided.

Phillips’s Ford received $3500 damage. Dykstra’s Ford received $2500 damage.

There were no injuries reported.

Phillips was charged with Failure to Yield from a Stop Sign and No Proof of Insurance.


Sheldon Airport To Receive Federal Funds To Rehabilitate Runway

Sheldon Airport 3Sheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon Airport has received some big funds from the federal government to keep up their runway.

We talked with Sheldon Regional Airport Commission Chairman Skip Tanner, who tells us about the grant from the Federal Aviation Administration.


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He says the total project funds amount to $516,820, or just over half a million.

Tanner says the project will not affect the Celebration Days Flight Breakfast, as it will start after Labor Day.

He tells us how it came about.


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Tanner says the fact that the FAA gave the Sheldon Regional Airport the extra funds speaks to the fact that the FAA realizes that the airport is an important airport in the area.


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He says the project is preemptive maintenance for the runway.