Sioux Center Citizens’ Group Campaigns Against Highway 75 Lane Expansion

US75Sioux Center, Iowa — A citizens’ group in Sioux Center has mounted a serious campaign against a proposed expansion of their Main Street, citing safety risks and pointing out what they claim are errors in the numbers the city is using. The city council wants to expand Highway 75 from three lanes to five where it cuts through the heart of the city.

The group, calling themselves, “Sioux Center Citizens for Responsible Growth” says the proposed expansion is costly, regressive, unnecessary, and poses a threat to safety and quality of life in Sioux Center.

Dozens of residents went door-to-door on Saturday to nearly 2,000 homes in Sioux Center, distributing flyers urging residents to come out to the city’s final informational meeting on the proposed expansion. The meeting takes place Wednesday, March 27, at 5:30 p.m. at the Terrace View Events Center in Sioux Center.

Highway 75 runs through Sioux Center’s downtown commercial district, and the city and DOT partnered to reduce it from four lanes to three in 1999 because of the number of accidents, injuries, and deaths on that stretch of the street. Still, the city began planning for an expansion to five lanes, assuming traffic would outgrow the three-lane solution.

But, according to the citizen’s group, the city’s predictions were wrong, and instead of hitting 16,000 vehicles per day as predicted in 2007, traffic is now only in the 11,000 to 12,000 range, having decreased each of the last three times it was measured, in spite of healthy population growth and economic growth.

Click here for the group’s web site.

Alleged Illegal Living In Sibley Behind Bars, Facing Possible Deportation After Alleged Domestic Assault

Osceola Sheriff CarSibley, Iowa — An alleged illegal alien living in Sibley is behind bars, facing possible deportation after an alleged domestic assault.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports their deputies arrested 34-year-old Araon Gomez-Gonzales of Sibley on charges of Domestic Assault, a simple misdemeanor.  Gomez-Gonzales was arrested after an investigation found that he allegedly had struck his live-in girlfriend after an argument.

Gomez-Gonzales is currently in the Osceola County Jail on a $300 cash bond and is being detained for Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents.

This Is Severe Weather Awareness Week: Today’s Topic Is Warning Reception

radio kiwaSheldon, 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 warning reception.

One of the most important precautions you can take to protect yourself and your family from severe weather is to remain weather aware. Being weather aware means you are informed of the weather forecast and alert to the potential hazards. Knowing what to do and where to go when watches and warnings are issued is key to your safety, but a watch or warning is only helpful if you are aware of them. How do you receive information about watches and warnings? With today’s technology there are many different ways to receive this information but it is up to you to remain weather aware and actively listen for watches and warnings! A weather radio can be programmed to alert you about watches and warnings, but it’s still up to you to remain weather aware in case the radio or transmitter would fail.

National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist Todd Heitkamp, from the Sioux Falls Forecast Office tells us about the ways you can receive weather watches and warnings.

Heitkamp says watches and warnings are not all the same.  One severe thunderstorm warning may warn about large hail and flooding, while another one may warn more about dangerous lightning.  A tornado warning may warn about a small tornado or a very large one.  He says that’s why it’s important to listen to what’s being said, and to act on the information.

A watch is issued to give advance notice when conditions are favorable for the development of severe weather, whether it is severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, or flash flooding. When a watch is issued for your area, it is time to take precautions and make sure you are prepared should bad weather strike.

Warnings are issued when severe weather is occurring or imminent. When a warning is issued for your area, you should take action immediately to protect your life and your property.

For more information, click here for the National Weather Service’s Warning Reception Brochure.

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)

Extension Specialist Talks About Money Class In Storm Lake

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 Extension Family Resource Management Program Specialist Jan Burk about a money class for both men and women, coming up in Storm Lake.

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Little Rock Teen Behind Bars, Charged With Violating Conditions Of Bail

Jail Door2Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Little Rock teen has been arrested on a warrant.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that they arrested 18-year-old Thomas Lee Schuck of Little Rock on Friday (3/22). Schuck was wanted on a valid Lyon County warrant, issued the day before. He had already been out on bond for a prior charge and he allegedly violated conditions of that bond.

Schuck is currently being held in the Lyon County Jail on the charge of violating conditions of bail.

His bond was set at $5,000.

Congressman King Presents Medal To Rock Rapids Silver Congressional Award Winner

Congressman King Presents Susanna Schriever with her Silver Congressional Award
Congressman King Presents Susanna Schriever with her Silver Congressional Award
Rock Rapids, Iowa — Congressman Steve King has awarded Susanna Schriever of Rock Rapids with the Silver Congressional Award. Schriever is the daughter of Darin and Laurel Schriever of Rock Rapids.

The private ceremony took place on Friday, March 22, 2013 at the Forster Community Center.

The award is based on setting and accomplishing personal goals in the areas of volunteer public service, personal development, physical fitness and expedition.

King says the Silver Congressional Award is a significant achievement.

King says he congratulates Schriever on her many accomplishments. He says he’s confident Schriever will continue to excel and be a great example for other young Americans.