Sheldon Man Transported To Sanford Sheldon, Charged With OWI After Accident

A Sheldon man was transported to Sanford Sheldon and then charged with OWI as the result of an accident near Archer on Monday (2/13).
The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 1:50 AM, 26-year-old Zachary Barron of Sheldon was southbound on L40 from Highway 18, about 3 and a quarter miles north of Archer in a 2003 Chevy Impala, when he lost control.  The vehicle entered the west ditch and rolled one time, coming to rest on its top.
The Sanborn Ambulance transported Barron to Sanford Sheldon Hospital.
No seatbelts were used.
Barron was cited for OWI Second Offense, and failure to maintain control.

Hull City Officials Planning Next Steps After Receiving Insurance Settlement From November Fire

The City of Hull has reached an agreement with their insurance company regarding the former city office and maintenance building that was destroyed in a fire last November. City officials report that the city received $550,000 from the insurance company for damages incurred in the fire.

Now the city has a choice to make. They could rebuild on the current site, or find a new location for the offices and maintenance shop. The preference at this time seems to be keeping the facilities together.

The next step is to demolish the remains of the old building. They will take bids for that work. And the city is also advertising for an architect to help them plan what a new facility might look like.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director


Navy To Name New Ship “USS Sioux City”

The U-S Navy has announced that one of its new ships will carry the name of a northwest Iowa city, and another will carry the name of a city just across the river from Iowa. Navy Secretary Ray Maybus, said the ships will be the U-S-S Sioux City and the U-S-S Omaha.
Maybus says he chose the names as a tribute to the heartland of America.

He said both states also have historical links to the Navy.
There are two types of ships in the L-C-S class.

He said when he took over the bids for the ships came in way too high and he decided to have the two builders bid against each other, even though he thought they need two variations of the ships.

The keels will be laid for the Sioux City and Omaha in 2013 and Maybus said they should be ready to launch in 2016. Each ship will have a crew of around 80 sailors. You can see more about the littoral combat ship class on the Navy’s website at:www.navy.mil.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director


Community Foundation Of Osceola County Hands Out Funding

A number of Osceola County organizations and projects are about to receive a nice shot it the arm.

The Community Foundation of Osceola County will distribute $80,328 to twenty-six nonprofit groups representing five different areas of Osceola County.

The purpose of these grants is to assist local groups to promote and support human services, the arts and culture, health and recreation, economic well being, youth development and the educational needs of Osceola County residents. Grants ranging from $872.00 to $3,500 will be announced and distributed at a special ceremony to be held at 5:30 p.m. this Thursday afternoonat the Sibley Senior Center. (612 8th StreetSibley, Iowa) The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

The following projects have been funded for 2012:

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1. Sibley-Ocheyedan FFA Chapter$ 3500
Wiring & electrical boxes for campsites at Hawkeye Point
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2. Ashton Am. Legion Post 290$ 3500
New banquet tables
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3. Melvin Area Econ. Dev. Corp. $ 3500
Paint mural on old bank building
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4. Melvin Am. Legion Post 470 $ 3500
Trailer to hold flags & flagpoles
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5. Hawkeye Pt. Foundation$ 3500
Bathrooms & showers at Hawkeye Pt. campground
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6. Sibley Fire & Rescue$ 3500
Purchase enclosed SCBA bottle fill station
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7. Westerners 4-H Club$ 3500
Viewing platform; and an antique farm machinery display at Hawkeye Pt.
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8. Osceola Co. Conservation Bd. $ 3500
New Rainbow play set for Willow Creek Park
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9. Ashton Public Library$ 1547
Purchase 2 new computers
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10. Tracy House Museum$1500
Re-side part of the museum & clean, sanitize & wall paper museum bedrooms
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11. Ocheyedan Public Library$ 3500
Replace ballast; add sump pump; new shelving re-landscape south side of library
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12. Ashton Town & Country Club $ 2500
Renovate shelter house & put concrete pad on West side of shelter house
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13. DeBoer Grocery Museum$1000
Add screen/storm windows; replace screen doors; add security light
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14. Melvin Fire Dept.3500
Purchase deck gun for grass fires and air exchange for fire station
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15. Osceola Co. Emergency Responders $ 3500
Purchase 3 additional pager/radios for volunteers
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16. Ashton Betterment Committee$ 3500
Landscape & develop picnic area along Hwy. 60
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17. Sibley Park Board$ 3500
New climbing equip. at Robinson Park
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18. VFW Post 7373 $ 3500
Remove old cabinets & fixtures;relocate electrical, water and gas service; install new cabinets and fixtures
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19. Sibley Rec. Dept. $ 3500
Replace soccer goals at soccer fields with Alumagoal Elliptical Elite Aluminum Club Goals
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20. May City Ambulance $ 3500
Purchase Stryker Stair Chair
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21. Ocheyedan Township Cemetery$ 3500
Repair damaged grave marker monuments
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22. Melvin Ambulance $ 3500
Purchase a Stryker Stair Chair
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23. Ashton Fire Dept $ 3500
Replace 2 furnaces in Fire Station
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24. Prevention of Depression/Suicide $ 3500
Public awareness/education regarding depression & suicide (brochures, marketing, day-fairs)
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25. Sibley Public Library $ 3500
Convert microfilm records to searchable digital solution
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26. McCallum Museum $872.05
Repair museum by replacing rotting boards; scrape, prime & paint; caulk boards; & re-nail where necessary

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director


More Bad News For Lewis & Clark Water System Funding

More bad news funding-wise for an area water project.

A few days ago we told you about the Lewis and Clark water system that is to provide Missouri river aquifer water to many tri-state area communities — and that they have received $5 million of a $30 million allocation. The rest is to be split up among other water projects in the U.S. The Bureau of Reclamation divvyed out the funds because due to the earmark ban, Congress wasn’t allowed to split it up. Executive Director of the water project, Troy Larson expressed his opinion projects should not be subject to the earmark ban. The money that we were talking about then was for fiscal year 2012.

Just a few days later — this past Monday, Feb. 13, President Obama released his proposed FY13 Budget, which included $4.5 million for L&C. The FY13 Budget wont be finalized until late 2012 or early 2013.

Larson says their engineers have provided an estimate that if inflation is hypothetically the same in 2012 as it was in 2011 (That’s 4.47% as calculated by the Bureau of Reclamation), that means the price tag for the remaining federal cost share will increase by approximately $8.5 million. While an improvement over the $493,000 the President proposed for L&C in the FY12 Budget, this means the $4.5 million only covers a little more than half of the inflation. The taxpayers will fall roughly $4 million further behind.

Larson says if this funding scenario were to continue, the project would never be finished.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director


Relay For Life Kickoff Planned For Tuesday, February 28

On Tuesday, February 28, the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of O’Brien County will officially get underway as event volunteers and participants gather at Citizens State Bank for the Relay For Life Relay Olympics Team Kickoff party! This kickoff event will give teams the opportunity to register for the June 22nd event, gather fundraising ideas, and meet other Relay For Life volunteers. Snacks and refreshments will be provided and new, exciting plans for this year’s Relay For Life event will be shared. Again, that’s Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 6 PM at Citizens State Bank in Sheldon.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director