Sheldon, Iowa — It’s state tournament time, and our very own Sheldon Orab Boys Basketball team is headed to state. Sheldon is the three seed in the tourney, and will open 2A Quarterfinal play on Tuesday (March 5th) at 12:15 PM at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. As usual, the team will be sent off to state with some goody bags, coordinated by Citizen’s State Bank. Jill Dykstra from Citizen’s tells us more.
She says people and businesses have been generous and thoughtful with the items they have donated for the bags.
Dykstra says Citizen’s State Bank has a history of providing goody bags for State-bound Sheldon High athletes.
Again, the Orabs will face sixth seed Pella Christian at 12:15 on Tuesday in Des Moines. Our own Larry Ahrens will have the play-by-play.
Worthington, MN — Construction on Highway 60 between the Minnesota border and Worthington is set to resume in the spring.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) says 2013 will be the final season for construction on the project, and that construction will resume in the spring after weight restrictions are lifted. Work remaining south of the new Union Pacific bridge will include center median work, trail paving, additional lighting and final pavement markings. Retaining wall construction and finishing work will continue in the spring at the bridge itself.
MnDOT also says that work from the new railroad bridge to I-90 will include pavement reconstruction and construction of two additional roundabouts, and one signalized intersection.
A separate contract for landscaping will take place in 2014.
Work on this phase, which is being called “Phase 3” will result in a detour north of County Road 35 in 2013. Highway 59 traffic will be detoured west to County Road 10. Highway 60 traffic will be detoured east on County Roads 35 and 3 and 36.
On the project website, MnDOT thanks the community of Worthington for their patience and understanding during this multi-year project. And they remind area drivers that there’s only one more year of construction and detours.
Washington, DC — Iowa Congressman Tom Latham says he is confident Republicans will field a good candidate for Senate seat that will be open in 2014. Latham took his name out of the running Wednesday — saying he likes the job he already has.
(as he says) “I really am so pleased and proud to represent the Third Congressional District and I didn’t really see any advantage at this time — I’m in the majority party chairing an important subcommittee on appropriations — going over to the Senate as a junior member over there. I think I can accomplish more for the state of Iowa and my district in the position I’m in,” Latham explains.
The Congressman from Clive was considered to be a front-runner for the Republican nomination. He’s not worried about his party finding a good candidate.
(as he says) “We have several people who are certainly interested in it, any one of them would be a great candidate. It’s going to be a very competitive race no matter who is in it…I think we have a good opportunity, no matter who are candidate is,” Latham says.
Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds said today she would discuss the issue with Congressman Steve King, another Republican who is considering a run. Latham says there’s not a big hurry to make a decision.
(as he says) “I think Iowans like most people are still pretty tired of campaigning,” Latham says. “The idea of 18 months or whatever it is more than that of continuous campaigning and getting all the resources together to try and make a competitive race is a big job, but I think a shorter campaign would be to everyone’s benefit. Certainly for the people who have to watch T-V and listen to radio.”
With the decision not to make a Senate run, Latham says he will continue focusing on the work at hand. That includes budget issues and the sequestration cuts scheduled for Friday. He says the hype surrounding the cuts is overblown.
(as he says) “I don’t think anyone’s gonna actually notice to begin with, it will have some affects down the road, but most of it will be delayed,” he says. “Any kind of staff changes there’d be at least 30 days notification. For furloughs you’re talking about maybe a shorter work week for some individuals. I really don’t believe that it should have a major impact.”
Latham says some of it will depend on how the administration manages the cuts.
(as he says) “It was the president’s idea to have the sequester to begin with — they insisted on that in the Budget Control Act. So I think it’s up to the administration to manage it to the best benefit of the American people basically, so that we don’t lose those essential services,” Latham says.
Latham says they will pass what’s called a continuing resolution next week to fund the government through the rest of the fiscal year in September.
Northwest Iowa — It’s that time of year again — time to take the family out and see what’s going on with area merchants at farm and home shows in the area.
We had a chance to talk with Angie Jager, director of the Rock Rapids Chamber — and she tells us about their show.
She says that new this year will be vendor “mini-sessions” in a smaller room in the community center. Informational mini-sessions will be held every 30 minutes between the hours of 2 PM & 7:30 PM. This mini-session will allow vendors to demonstrate/showcase their products or services. She says there will be over 50 booths at the show.
Two days later, on Saturday the 16th, it’ll be time for the Sibley Farm and Home Show. Sibley Chamber Director Sheryl Peters tells us about their show.
Again, the Rock Rapids Farm and Home Show is from 2 to 8 PM on Thursday, March 14th at the Forster Community Center; and the Sibley Farm and Home Show will be at the Sibley-Ocheyedan High School Commons on Saturday, March 16th, from 10 AM to 3 PM.
Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Spokane, Washington man was taken to the hospital after an accident on Friday (3/1) at the state line near Rock Rapids.
The Minnesota State Patrol reports that early Friday morning, 34-year-old Jose Chalchi-Vela was southbound on Highway 75, at the Minnesota-Iowa state line in a 2001 Pontiac, when he lost control and the vehicle hit a sign. The accident came to the attention of law enforcement about 7 AM.
Chalchi-Vela was taken to Sanford Luverne Hospital by Rock County Ambulance.
Chalchi-Vela’s Pontiac received an unknown amount of damage.
The Lyon County, Iowa and Rock County, Minnesota Sheriff’s Offices assisted at the scene.
Sibley, Iowa — A Sibley woman and a Grimes, Iowa woman were taken to the hospital after an accident in Sibley on Saturday (3/31).
The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 10:40 AM, 31-year-old Sally Forrester of Grimes was driving a 2005 Chrysler eastbound on Seventh Street. Thirty-nine-year-old Michelle Perry of Sibley was driving a 2001 Ford southbound on Fifth Avenue. The vehicles collided in the intersection.
The Osceola County Ambulance Service transported both drivers to the Osceola Community Hospital.
There was $7,000 damage to the Chrysler and $3,000 damage to the Ford.
Perry was cited for Failure to Yield to Vehicle on the Right.
The Sibley Fire Department also assisted the Sheriff’s Office at the scene.