NCC To Hold Inaugural Thunder Road Race THIS Saturday

Sheldon, Iowa — The inaugural NCC Thunder Road Race is coming up on Saturday, October 27th, with the race start time at 8 AM. The race is sponsored by KIWA Radio.

We talked to Northwest Iowa Community College Lifelong Learning and Recreation Center Coordinator Greta Giese, who told us how the idea for the road race came about.

She says it’s to raise money for student scholarships. They thought, what better way to do a fundraising opportunity than a fun event for the entire community.

Giese gives us some of the particulars about the road race.

She says that there will be a 1-mile walk, a 5k walk/run and a 10k run. She says there’s something for everyone and you don’t have to be an avid runner.

Giese says it’s good for your heart and good for NCC students, but they’ve also got a lot of fun planned.

She says there will be a costume contest. Prizes will be awarded in three areas. There’s also a pre-race yoga session with NCC personal trainers.

She says you can register at, and search for NCC Thunder Road Race, or you can register via the NCC web site, or you can register in person at the Lifelong Learning and Recreation Center. A long-sleeve t-shirt is part of the registration fee, and refreshments will be available.

For more information, you can call Northwest Iowa Community College or visit their web site, listed above.

Sioux County Sheriff’s Office Looking For Public’s Help To Solve Theft Of Sprinkler Heads Near Rock Valley

Rock Valley, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a rather unusual theft. They report that someone has stolen several sprinkler heads from an area near Rock Valley.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Saturday, (10/15) their deputies investigated the thefts that occurred at 1614 and 1660 310th street, eight miles west of Rock Valley.

Sometime between October 7 and October 15, someone stole 60 sprinkler heads that were being used for dust control on the road. There were 30 Hunter PGP, and 30 Rainbird 5000 Plus sprinkler heads. The sprinkler heads are valued at $20 each, for a total of $1200-worth of sprinkler heads.

Anyone with information is asked to contact to the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office or by using the Text-A-Tip

Parent Company Of Mercy Medical Considering Consolidation With Catholic Health East

Novi, Michigan — The parent company of Sioux City’s Mercy Medical Center — who runs Baum Harmon Hospital in Primghar — is considering consolidating with another leading Catholic health system.

Mercy Medical Center is part of the Mercy Health Network, based in Des Moines. Mercy Health Network is a member of Trinity Health, of Novi, Michigan, the fourth largest Catholic healthcare system in the nation.

The boards and sponsors of Trinity Health, and Catholic Health East (CHE) have announced that they signed a non-binding Letter of Intent to come together into a unified national health system that will enhance their mission of service to people and communities across the United States.

The consolidation would create a health system that serves people in 21 states from coast to coast with 82 hospitals, 89 continuing care facilities and home health and hospice programs that provide nearly 2.8 million visits annually. More than 87,000 employees, including 4,100 employed physicians, would provide care in the new system.

The development of the consolidation is in its preliminary phase. Over the next few months, the systems’ boards and management will pursue the potential consolidation and conduct due diligence with a goal of reaching a Definitive Agreement in spring 2013.

“Trinity Health and Catholic Health East are strong Catholic health care systems that share a Gospel-based mission and an unyielding commitment to care for people who are poor and underserved,” said Sister Mary Mollison, CSA, chair of Trinity Health. “This consolidation advances the vision of congregations of Sisters that founded these health care ministries, addresses the changing health care environment and takes a bold next step for Catholic health care.”

“The joining together of Catholic Health East and Trinity Health represents the next step in the courageous journey begun more than a century ago by the women religious of our founding congregations,” said Sister Barbara Wheeley, RSM, CHE’s Sponsors Council coordinator. “We are confident this will help preserve and strengthen Catholic health care for generations to come.”

“A unified ministry allows us to better leverage our talents and size, and to use our resources more effectively in furtherance of our mission,” said Dennis Fitzpatrick, chairperson of Catholic Health East’s board of directors. “Together, we will have a greater ability to influence and transform health care at the national level.”

The new system would have annual operating revenues of about $13.3 billion and assets of about $19.3 billion, and would return almost $1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other programs.

“To serve people best in today’s health care environment, health systems must have ready access to resources and ideas across the broad spectrum of care, and this consolidation would help us achieve that goal with an exceptional national network,” said Joseph Swedish, president and CEO, Trinity Health. “We are excited about the benefits our combined organizations will bring to people and communities nationwide.”

The consolidation will help address the rapidly changing health care environment that requires more focus on population health and the delivery of more coordinated and integrated care and health and wellness services.

“By bringing Catholic Health East and Trinity Health together, we will enhance our ability to create innovative models of care and advance clinical quality across the continuum,” said Judith Persichilli, president and CEO, Catholic Health East. “This is a wonderful opportunity for both ministries to build upon our common mission, and enhance our collective ability to be a transforming, healing presence in the communities we are privileged to serve.”

Sheldon Community School Board Hold Annual Meeting

Sheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon Community Schools Board of Education held their Annual Meeting Wednesday evening, and covered a laundry list of items.

Gary Ihnen was elected Board President for the coming year, and Kecia Hickman was elected Vice President.  The Board set the second Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. as the date and time of their Regular Monthly Meetings, and the High School Library as the location.  They also designated the Sheldon Mail Sun and Northwest Iowa Review as the District Publication Newspapers for the 2012-2013 school year, appointed Wolf Whorley DeHoogh and Schreurs as legal counsel for the District and named Citizens State Bank, Northwestern Bank, Iowa State Bank, Ashton State Bank and Peoples Bank as depositories of School District funds.  The Board appointed Randy Merley to represent them on the O’Brien County Conference Board, and Kecia Hickman as the representative on the Sioux County Conference Board.

The School Board proclaimed the week of November 11 through 17 as the annual observance of American Education Week in the District, and scheduled a Staff Breakfast for Monday morning of that week at the High School.

They also approved a handful of employment contracts, and approved career increment pay raises for several members of the teaching staff.

The Board heard an update on the East Elementary building project.  You’ll recall that cramped space issues at East had previously led the Board to form a committee to look into ways to alleviate the overcrowded conditions at the building.  The KIDS (Keep Improving District Schools) Committee had been looking into the possibility of an addition to East, as well as a renovation of the existing structure.  Some of the KIDS Committee members were on hand for Wednesday’s meeting, and said that the idea had been brought to them to look into building a new elementary building, rather than remodeling and enlarging the existing structure.  School Board members expressed some concerns with that idea, including the potential cost of such a project, as well as the protracted amount of time that would be taken to build a building designed to solve what one Board member called an “immediate need”.  The KIDS Committee is scheduled to tour Sioux Center’s elementary school this weekend, to take a look at how that project combined an addition with a renovation of the existing structure.

Although the Board had decided earlier in the meeting to meet the third Wednesday of every month, due to a scheduling conflict, their regular November meeting will be held on Monday, November 12 at 6:00 p.m. in the high school library.

Sheldon City Council Gets TIF Request For Fieldcrest Expansion Project

Sheldon, Iowa – The Sheldon City Council approved a TIF request from Fieldcrest Assisted Living in Sheldon at their regular meeting Wednesday.  The request was for the amount of $142,500 which would be used to extend the street, water and sewer to the north side of the Fieldcrest property.  SCDC Executive Director Mark Gaul told the Council that Fieldcrest is planning a $3.7 million expansion project that would increase the property’s taxable valuation by approximately $2.5 million.  He said that Fieldcrest currently employs a staff of 19 people, and the expansion would create 13 additional jobs in the first year, with 2 or 3 more jobs added in the second year.

The Council also approved a replat of an area of 24th Avenue in east Sheldon.  City Manager Scott Wynja told the Council that the original plat included covenants to lots in that area that the City didn’t own, and that the replat would remove those covenants allowing the lots to be sold.  The Council was told that Bob Poppema will be purchasing lots 7 through 11 in that area.  Poppema intends to construct a spec house on one of the lots, and a condominium complex on the other 4.

The Council also heard a report from RDG Planning and McClure Engineering on the proposed Downtown Street Scape Project.  They were given cost estimates for various options, from milling and overlaying of the streets, to mill and overlay with new curb and gutter, to full reconstruction of the streets, sidewalks, curb and gutter.  The recommendation they made to the Council was for full reconstruction for a major portion of the downtown area.  The Council said they would like to see some other options added in, and it was agreed that those options would be included and the information presented to the Council at their first meeting in November.

The Council also adjourned into Closed Session to discuss the possible purchase of property, but took no action on the matter.

Football Stands To Turn Pink For Breast Health Awareness Thanks To Sanford Sheldon

Sheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon Orab football stands will look much less orange and much more pink on Friday night. Sanford Sheldon is sponsoring what’s being called a pink-out for breast health awareness.

Sanford Sheldon CEO Rick Nordahl tells us about it.

He says that’s why they choose the Sheldon versus HMS football game.

He says some other festivities are planned as well.

Again that’s this Friday night at the Sheldon Orabs versus Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Hawks football game in Sheldon.