Child Abuse Awareness Rally Set For Wednesday

seasons logoOrange City, Iowa — Seasons Center For Behavioral Health will be hosting a rally in support of Child Abuse Awareness Month on Wednesday of this week.  Northwest Iowa Law Enforcement, DHS offices, county attorneys, County Board of Supervisors, area Senators and Representatives, as well sa Governor Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Reynolds have all been invited to participate.

Seasons has partnered with the Phil and Jen Elgersma family from Orange City, to honor and memorialize their three-year-old daughter, Autumn, who died at the hands of her babysitter.

Wednesday’s rally will be at the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office in Orange City at 10:00 am.  The rally will be a time to reflect on victims of child abuse and what communities can do to prevent it.

For more information, visit www.seasonscenter.org or call 1-800-242-5101.


Fair Gets Grants

Sioux Center, Iowa — The Sioux County Youth Fair has been awarded matching grants from Alceco, a farmer-owned cooperative and majority owner of Ag Partners, L.L.C., and CoBank, a national cooperative bank.

Gerald Droog (left) Presents A Check To Marv Reitsma
Gerald Droog (left) Presents A Check To Marv Reitsma

The fair was awarded $4,000, which will be used toward the purchase of new pens for the sheep and swine barn on the fairgrounds.
More than 100 exhibitors show sheep and swine at the youth fair each year, according to Marv Rietema, chairman of the sales committee for the Sioux County Youth Fair. He says the pens the fair has been using are 40 years old.

He says the pens are in dire need of replacement, and says the Fair is very appreciative of Alceco and CoBank for their donation to help Sioux County’s youth.  Rietema said the new pens will be in place prior to this year’s fair, held July 11-16 2015.

The checks were presented by Gerald Droog, customer sales representative with Ag Partners.


SOS Student Attends White House Science Fair

South O'Brien WolverinePaullina, Iowa — A South O’Brien High School senior made an appearance at the White House last week.  Eric Koehlmoos received a special invitation to participate in the 2015 White House Science Fair on Monday, March 23rd in Washington.

Koehlmoos presented his award-winning project at the event, which recognizes the accomplishments of STEM students from across the United States.  STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  Koehlmoos was one of about 100 of the country’s brightest who were invited to the 5th Annual White House Science Fair, which features innovative STEM projects from across the country.

Koehlmoost is from rural Granville, and is a senior at South O’Brien High School.


Home Show A Huge Success

SCDC sheldon chamber door signSheldon, Iowa — Saturday’s 2015 Sheldon Chamber & Development Corporation Home and Design Expo was a huge success, with more than 1500 people through the doors during the day.  Michelle Honkomp of the SCDC tells us more.

Honkomp says that, in addition to the exhibitors on hand, there were other activities, as well.

She extended her sincere thanks to everyone who made Saturday’s expo such a huge success.

Saturday’s Home and Design Expo was held at the Lifelong Learning and Rec Center at Northwest Iowa Community College. And although this year’s Expo was a huge success, Honkomp tells us that there is no time to savor that success, due to the busy schedule in the next few weeks.

The SCDC Children’s Easter Egg Hunt starts at 10:00 Saturday morning at the Sheldon City Park, while the SCDC Ladies Day Out is scheduled for Thursday April 9th at 11:30 am.  Honkomp says there are still a few tickets left for that event.  For more information, contact the SCDC Office at 712-324-2813.


Area 8th Graders To Tour Nation’s Capital City

White House Half StaffSanborn, Iowa — A group of 8th graders from the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn area will be leaving late Tuesday night for a four-day trip to Washington, DC.  Kim Rieck is the organizer of this trip, and says this is the second time a group of 8th graders have taken such a trip.

She says the 25 students involved have held a series of fundraisers to finance this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Rieck says the first leg of the trip is a charter bus ride to the airport in Omaha.

She says the kids will have a busy four days once they arrive in the nation’s capital.

Rieck says the 25 students and 5 parents will return home late Saturday evening, right before Easter.


Area Under RED Flag Warning – FIRE DANGER Till 8 Tonight

red flag* WIND…SOUTHWEST WINDS WILL TURN WEST AND THEN NORTHWEST THIS
AFTERNOON. SPEEDS WILL AVERAGE 15 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 35
MPH.
* HUMIDITY…MINIMUM HUMIDITY VALUES WILL RANGE FROM 15 TO 25
PERCENT ACROSS THE AREA.
* IMPACTS…ANY FIRES THAT DEVELOP WILL LIKELY SPREAD RAPIDLY.
OUTDOOR BURNING IS NOT RECOMMENDED.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…
A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW…OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF
STRONG WINDS…LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY…AND WARM TEMPERATURES CAN
CONTRIBUTE TO EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR.