Sheldon School Board To Hold Budget Hearing

Sheldon high school 100_2191Sheldon, IA — The Board of Education of the Sheldon Community School District will hold a public hearing on their 2013-2014 budget when they meet in regular session Wednesday evening (April 10).  The hearing is scheduled for 6:30 Wednesday evening, and will give District taxpayers an opportunity to speak for or against the proposed budget.

In other action, the Board is set to approve the negotiated contract for the next school year with the Sheldon Education Association, the union representing the District’s teachers.  The contract calls for increases in base salary, an increase in the District’s contribution to employee health insurance premiums, and changes in the paid leave schedule.

They’ll also approve contracts for the high school boys basketball head coach and assistant coach, School Business Official/Board Secretary, Industrial Arts Teacher, and a 4th grade elementary teacher position.  They’ll deal with a trio of open enrollment applications, set compensation for summer driver’s education teachers, and set student fees for driver’s ed, set substitute teacher pay for next year, and adopt a proclamation for “Teacher Appreciation Week”, among other items of business.

The Board will conclude their night in a closed session for the purpose of discussing employee conditions of employees not covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

Wednesday evening’s meeting begins at 6:00 pm, with the Budget Hearing scheduled for 6:30 pm, in the Sheldon High School Library.

Hawarden Man Taken To Hospital After Swerving To Miss Deer, Rolling SUV

Ambulance rear blue and whiteRock Valley, Iowa — A Hawarden man was taken to the hospital after he swerved to miss a deer and rolled his SUV on Saturday.

The SCSO reports that about 10 PM Saturday night, 26-year-old Jeffery Bakker of Hawarden was driving a 1998 Chevrolet Blazer westbound on 315th Street, three miles southwest of Rock Valley. Bakker reported that a deer entered the roadway; he swerved, lost control of his vehicle and rolled the vehicle.

Bakker was transported to Hegg Memorial Hospital by the Rock Valley Ambulance.

The Chevrolet sustained approximately $10,000 in damages.

Bakker was cited for failure to maintain control.

The Rock Valley Police Department, Rock Valley Fire Department and Rock Valley Ambulance assisted the Sioux County Sherifff’s Office.

The accident remains under investigation.

Doon Man, George Woman Arrested In Ashton, Charged With Drug, Other Offenses

Osceola Sheriff Car 72-2Ashton, Iowa — A Doon man and a George woman were arrested on drug and other charges and an Ashton man with them was charged with underage possession of alcohol after a traffic stop Friday morning.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that the arrests stemmed from a traffic stop in Ashton for an equipment violation on Friday morning. They report that 21-year-old Kent Douglas Vink of Doon failed to stop for a deputy and then after finally stopping at a residence on Fifth Street in Ashton, Vink fled on foot. Vink was located after a short search.

Deputies arrested Vink and charged him with allegedly Operating While Intoxicated and Providing Alcohol to a Minor, both Serious Misdemeanors; Failure to Have a Valid Driver’s License, no proof of insurance, Interference With Official Acts and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, all Simple Misdemeanors.

Deputies also arrested 19-year-old Jennifer Ann Miller of George and charged her with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of a Prescription Drug, both Serious Misdemeanors; as well as Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Open Container, both Simple Misdemeanors.

In addition, 20-year-old Devin Paul Groeneweg of Ashton was cited for alleged Possession of Alcohol Under Legal Age.

Vink and Miller were transported to the Osceola County Jail. Vink was released after posting a $3,200 bond. Miller was released after posting a $2,600 bond.

Sanford Again Talking Merger, This Time With Minneapolis-Based Fairview Health Services

Sanford new logoSioux Falls, SD — The health system that runs the medical facilities in Sheldon, Boyden, George, Hartley, Hospers, Inwood, Orange City, Paullina, Rock Rapids, Sanborn, Sheldon, Spirit Lake, and many other area towns is talking merger yet again.

In July of 2012 they merged with Bismarck, North Dakota-based Medcenter One. Sanford merged with Fargo-based MeritCare in November, 2009.

Now Sanford Health and Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services are talking. No decisions have been made yet. The potential merger is raising serious questions, however in Minnesota. A series of public hearings is taking place.

The University of Minnesota Medical Center and clinics have been part of Fairview since 1997. However, Fairview doesn’t own the medical school or employ faculty. University officials are among those who are asking the most questions, as about 70 percent of Minnesota doctors are trained at the U of M.

Sanford is aligned with the University of South Dakota.

Meteorologist: Northwest Iowa Should Get Rain Changing To Snow This Week, Possibly With Freezing Rain Midweek

ice storm freezing rainSioux Falls, SD — Northwest Iowa could see some good rain this week, but according to the National Weather Service, it could change to freezing rain and then snow.

We talked to meteorologist Kyle Weisser from the Sioux Falls Forecast Office, who tells they expect it’s all going to start with a nice rain.

He says tomorrow will be kind of drizzly, but then it’s going to start up again.

Wednesday’s forecast is for mixed precip. And wind.

Weisser says the main icing threat looks to be west of a Marshall to Yankton line. He says it looks like if we get any freezing rain, it would just be for a short period as the rain transitions into snow. Winter Storm Watches and Warnings are posted for areas to our west.

Outdoor Sports And Gun Show Goes Over Big With Area Gun Enthusiasts

photo_004Sheldon Iowa — Gun fanciers came out in droves Saturday for Sheldon’s Outdoor Sports and Gun Show at the National Guard Armory.

According to organizers, well over 500 men and women turned out to view, handle and purchase firearms of all makes and sizes. Gun dealers reported brisk gun and ammunition sales throughout the day.