$2300 Worth Of Copper Wire Stolen From Construction Site In Sheldon

Sheldon, Iowa — Some copper wire was reported stolen from a construction site in Sheldon in the last few days.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that sometime between October 14 and October 16, someone reported that they found that thirteen 16-inch spools of 14, 12, and 10-gauge solid copper wire had been stolen from a construction site.

The spools were valued at $3200.


Hudson Man Charged With Felony Assault After Friday Incident

Rural Rock Valley, Iowa — A Hudson, South Dakota man has been charged with felony assault after an incident on Friday night.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that just before 10 PM that night, they received the report of a domestic disturbance that occurred at a residence 12 miles southwest of Rock Valley.

Upon further investigation deputies discovered that 53-year-old Rodney Osterkamp of Hudson had committed an assault by choking a person that lived at the residence. Following the assault, Osterkamp left the area and could not be located.

Less than three hours later, just into Saturday, about 12:35 AM, Osterkamp was arrested as a result of a traffic stop that occurred in Emmet County, Iowa. He was held at the Emmet County Jail. Osterkamp was later transported to the Sioux County Jail where he was charged with Class D felony domestic assault.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Sioux County Conservation, Iowa State Patrol and the EmmetCounty Sheriff’s Office.


Alton Man Injured In Hull Area Accident In Lyon County

Rural Hull, Iowa — An Alton man was injured in an accident just into Lyon County, near Hull on Tuesday night.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 6:20 PM, 19-year-old Travis Even of Alton was driving his 2001 Dodge Ram pickup traveling north on Ironwood Avenue, about five miles northeast of Hull. Forty-eight-year-old Allen VanZanten of Rock Valley was driving his farm truck traveling west on County Road A52, approaching the intersection with Ironwood Avenue.

Even failed to Yield the right of way. The Sheriff’s Office report says Even, QUOTE, “disregarded the clearly marked stop sign”. The vehicles collided in the intersection.

Even was ejected from his vehicle and landed in the south ditch. He was transported to the Sioux Center c Hospital.

the Lyon county Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the Hull Fire Department Hull Ambulance and Rescue.


Sheldon City Council & School Board Both Scheduled To Meet Wednesday

Sheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon City Council and the Sheldon Community Schools Board of Education will each meet Wednesday.

The City Council will meet at 4:30 Wednesday afternoon in Council Chambers of the Sheldon Community Services Center.  Among the items on their agenda will be a presentation from McClure Engineering and RDG Consultants on the Downtown Street Scape Project.  They’ll also consider a waiver of covenants for the Trilogy Village Replat of Lots 7 through 11, as well as considering a Student Applicant to the Sheldon Fire Company, consider an applicant to the Sheldon EMA, and a Liquor License Renewal for Roller Roulette.

The Council Meeting begins at 4:30 Wednesday afternoon in Council Chambers.

The Sheldon School Board has a laundry list of housekeeping items on their Wednesday agenda.  They’ll elect a new Board President and Vice President, set the date, time and location of regular Board meetings, name depository banks for the District, and appoint Board members to the O’Brien and Sioux County Conference Boards.  In addition, the Board will hear updates on District enrollment, the 2013-14 School Calendar, the East Elementary Building Project, and the Ball Fields/Rec Area.

The Sheldon Community School Board will meet at 6:00 Wednesday evening in the Sheldon High School Library.


Iowa Public Health And Sanford Sheldon Urging Everyone To Get Flu Vaccination

Sheldon, Iowa — It’s autumn — that means flu season is on the way. The Iowa Department of Public Health urges everyone age 6 months and older, to receive a flu vaccine. Surveillance shows cases of influenza have already begun appearing in the state among every age group and in different parts of the state.

We talked with Rick Nordahl, CEO at Sanford Sheldon about getting your flu shot. He says he thinks there are misconceptions out there when people talk about the flu.


He says influenza is not the stomach flu, but an upper respiratory infection, and it’s that infection that is prevented by the flu shot.

Health officials say influenza is like a bad cold, usually accompanied by fever, aches, chills and exhaustion. Nordahl says the best prevention for influenza is a flu vaccine.


He says they are offering flu vaccinations on Monday nights from 4 to 6 PM, by appointment. They accept Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance, and it’s normally covered. Bring your ID card. They’re also offering flu shots on Friday, October 26 from 8 to noon, Thursday, November 8 from 1 to 4 PM, and Monday, November 12 from 4 to 6 PM.

Nordahl says this year has been an unusual year for the flu.


He says summer was more active this year. Coverage for a normal, healthy person lasts for a year. He encourages everyone to get their flu shot so they don’t miss school, work, or other activities.

He says that the Sanford Sheldon medical center staff themselves are trying to make sure 100 percent of staff members have had a flu shot, unless they have a valid medical reason not to. He says it’s very important they protect their patients.

He says other Sanford clinics run by Sanford Sheldon are giving the flu vaccination as well.


He says flu shots are also available at the Sanborn, Hartley, and Boyden clinics.

Plus, HyVee, Lewis, and O’Brien County Public Health are giving the vaccinations as well. In the outlying areas, call your local hospital, community health clinic or public health department, as almost all of them are providing flu shots. Even many pharmacies are making the vaccinations available.

Iowa Department of Public Health Medical Director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk says that this year’s vaccine includes two influenza As and an influenza B virus. If you received a flu vaccine last year, you still need a vaccine this year so you are protected against this year’s circulating viruses. While all Iowans age 6 months and older should receive a flu vaccination, parents of children with underlying medical conditions (especially neurological disorders) should ensure their children are vaccinated because they are very vulnerable to the flu and its complications.

Pregnant women have about five times higher risk of becoming very ill if they get influenza while pregnant or immediately after delivering. Pregnant women who are severely ill with respiratory infection have an increased risk of pre-term labor. Years of data show the flu vaccine is safe and effective for pregnant women, and can be given at any point in the pregnancy. In addition, women who are vaccinated while pregnant pass protection against the flu onto their baby for about the first six months of their life. And that’s important as babies younger than six months old may not receive a flu shot.


Sheldon Fire Crews Called Back Wednesday Morning To Scene Of Tuesday House Fire

UPDATE: Sheldon Fire crews were called back out to the scene of a house fire that they fought on Tuesday. The fire fighters were called back out to take care of hot spots. Chief Jerry Meyer says they just put out the hot spots. He says there was no more damage to speak of, as the house already had extensive damage.

Original story:

Sheldon, Iowa — A stove that somehow got turned on got the blame for a fire in a home where the occupants were moving out, north of Sheldon on Tuesday.

Sheldon Fire Company Chief Jerry Meyer reports the Sheldon Fire Company was called to 3160 Nest Avenue, north of Fareway, about 9:10 Tuesday morning. He says when they got there they saw smoke coming from the eaves of the newer home. The home was owned by Mike Weaver, and according to the chief, they were in the process of moving out of the home, and no one was there at the time.

Meyer says the fire mainly involved the kitchen area and must have burned for some time as there was rafter damage there, plus heat and smoke damage throughout the house. He says the damage was extensive.

Meyer says the stove apparently accidentally got turned on, and they believe that’s what started the fire.

There were no injuries to people, pets, or livestock.

Also responding to the call were firefighters from Sanborn, and personnel from the Sheldon Community Ambulance Team, Sheldon Police Department, and the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office.

Chief Meyer says they used water and foam injected into water to fight the fire, and about 2000 gallons was used. He says crews were there putting out the fire and overhauling the building for 3 to 4 hours.