Emerald Ash Borer Meeting Monday

Sheldon, Iowa — Emerald ash borer (EAB), the ash-tree-killing insect, will be the focus of an informational meeting, open to the public, on March 30 at 6:30 p.m. in Sheldon. The meeting will be held at Northwest Iowa Community College, 603 W Park St., Building C, Room 304.
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The meeting is hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.

“These meetings are designed to provide helpful, usable information to prepare for one of the most destructive insects to hit the urban forest in decades,” said Mark Shour, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach entomologist.

Experts will share EAB and ash tree information to help participants learn:

  • How to identify EAB
  • How to identify an ash tree
  • Signs of EAB infestation
  • If the tree is safe and if it is a candidate for treatment
  • Treatment options
  • History of EAB, how it spreads, and efforts to slow the spread of EAB
  • Ash tree replacement options

EAB now has been positively identified in 19 Iowa counties, including most recently in Hedrick, in Keokuk County.

The meeting is free and registration is not required. For more information, contact Shane Donegan at 515-725-8219 orShane.Donegan@dnr.iowa.gov. Locally contact Margaret Murphy, Master Gardener and local food coordinator with ISU Extension and Outreach, mmurphy@iastate.edu or 712-472-2576


Sheldon Ladies Day Out Features Style Show

Sheldon, Iowa — The annual Sheldon Ladies Day Out is Thursday, April 9th.
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We talked to Sheldon Chamber Director Allison Cooke about the day, and she says ladies of any age are welcome, and should have a great time.


She tells us the lunch will be provided by the Prairie Queen Bakery, and the Style Show is courtesy of Carl’s Footwear, Mr. B’s, Lady B’s, Mastbergen Jewelry, Missy’s, and Sweet Puddle Jumpers Children’s Boutique.

She says fewer than 30 tickets are left.


She says everything down to the dessert will have the theme of “petals and pearls.” Cooke says you get a free gift just for attending. The event will be upstairs at the Sheldon Community Services Center. The building has an elevator and is handicapped-accessible. The chamber can be reached at 712-324-2813.

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Arrested On Sex Crime Warrants

Hartley, Iowa — A Hartley man has been arrested on felony sex crime warrants.
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According to O’Brien County Jail records, the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office arrested 41-year-old Chad Russell Demey this past week at a home in the 3500 mile of Tyler Avenue near Hartley.

The records say Demey was picked up on three felony warrants for Third Degree Sexual Abuse and one felony warrant for Lascivious Acts With a Child.

Jail records say he was released the next day on bail or bond.


Teen Taken To Hospital After Accident

Sheldon, Iowa — An Ashton teen was taken to the hospital after an accident near Sheldon.
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The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 9:30 AM on Friday, March 27, 2015, 18-year-old Damond Peters of Ashton was driving a Chevy southbound on Oakhill Avenue, a mile and a half east of Highway 60 on 18, and three miles north.

The report says that Peters became distracted and started crossing the centerline. It says he over-corrected, causing the vehicle to go into a skid. The deputy says the car entered the west ditch where it impacted the ditch thus causing it to spin around and flip onto the roof.

SCAT took Peters to Sanford Sheldon hospital.

Peters’ Chevy sustained $2000 in damages, which totaled the car.


Fund Helps Businesses Start, Expand

Primghar, Iowa — Two new businesses are up and running and one longtime business has expanded in O’Brien County, thanks in-part to the O’Brien County Revolving Loan Fund.
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O’Brien County Economic Development Director Kiana Johnson fills us in on the situation.


She tells us about Complete 180 Degree Fitness in Sanborn.


She says they’ve also been working with Mugshots Bar and Grill in Sutherland.


Johnson says DK Plastics has been around a long time, but they’re expanding.


Johnson says Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds are planning to be in O’Brien County on April 21st, and Senator Joni Ernst is also planning a visit. Johnson says they want to see the economic development taking place in northwest Iowa.

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Sportsmen’s Banquet Saturday Night

Hartley, Iowa — The 28th Annual O’Brien County Sportsmen’s Club Banquet will be held Saturday, March 28th at the Hartley Community Center, on Highway 18 in Hartley.
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We had a chance to talk with Dean Van Marel, who tells us about it.


He says the grand raffle this year is unique.


Van Marel tells us about the auction.


He says all the money raised stays in O’Brien County.


Again, doors will open at 5:00 pm, and the prime rib dinner will be served at 7:00, with the auction to follow.

Tickets are available from any O’Brien County Sportsmen’s Club Director, the names and phone numbers of whom may be found below.

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