Some Pamida Stores To Close Instead Of Changing To Shopko

Officials now say some Pamida stores will close as part of the merger with Shopko, but it’s still unclear how many, if any, will be shuttered. The merger is expected to close in mid-February.  There are currently Pamida stores in 30 Iowa cities, including Sheldon.

Shopko spokeswoman Tara Powers says the two companies have been linked in the past, but only behind the scenes.

She says they were really run as two separate organizations and they shared some back office functions but they were largely independent of one another. She says the companies are now truly merging together under the Shopko banner as one company, with one corporate office. While some company mergers are just done on a balance sheet, she says customers will see big changes at Pamida locations.

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No changes are planned at any of the Shopko stores, but some $80-million will be invested over the next year to convert most of the 193 Pamida stores into Shopko Hometown stores this year. Combined, the new chain will have almost 350 stores in 22 states. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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There are currently Pamida stores in 30 Iowa cities: Albia, Audubon, Bloomfield, Chariton, Clarion, Corydon, Dyersville, Eldora, Estherville, Forest City, Glenwood, Greenfield, Harlan, Humboldt, Hampton, Ida Grove, Jefferson, Missouri Valley, Mount Ayr, New Hampton, Oelwein, Onowa, Osceola, Perry, Red Oak, Sheldon, Sigourney, Toledo, Waukon and Winterset.

By Scott Van Aartsen News Director

Garretson, SD Man Dies In Rollover On I-90 Near Beaver Creek, MN

A Garretson, South Dakota man is dead after an accident on Monday (1/23) near Beaver Creek, Minnesota.

The Minnesota State Patrol reports that about 4:50 PM, 29-year-old Joseph Dunn was eastbound on Interstate 90, two miles east of Beaver Creek in a 1990 Pontiac.

According to the trooper’s report, the car ran off the right side of the road, entered the ditch & rolled, coming to rest on its roof. The trooper says the driver was ejected. He had not been wearing a seat belt.

Dunn was pronounced dead on the scene.

His Pontiac was totaled.

The Beaver Creek Fire Department and Rock County Ambulance assisted the Minnesota State Patrol.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

Norovirus Outbreaks Continue in Iowa

Best prevention is to stay home when ill

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) continues to see outbreaks of norovirus illness across the state, and reports of activity have been increasing in recent weeks. Anyone can be infected with norovirus and become ill and you can get norovirus illness more than once.

With this virus in our communities and because it is so easy to spread, we need everybody to stay home when they are ill with diarrhea and vomiting, said IDPH Medical Director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk. Theres no vaccine and no antibiotics for norovirus. It can spread in food, in the air, by shaking hands and by touching things like door knobs that an ill person has touched. So the only way to stop its spread is for those who are ill to stay home.

Norovirus is sometimes called a stomach bug. Symptoms of norovirus infection usually include diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and stomach cramping. Norovirus can spread quickly from person-to-person, especially in crowded, closed places like schools, hotels and daycare centers. The viruses are found in the vomit and stool of infected people, and can get into the air. Typically you get it by:

Eating food or drinking liquids that are contaminated with norovirus (someone gets stool or vomit on their hands because they are ill, they then touch your food or drink).

Touching surfaces or objects contaminated with norovirus and then putting your hand or fingers in your mouth.

Being near someone who is vomiting or having diarrhea.

Having direct contact with a person who is infected with norovirus (for example, when caring for someone with norovirus).

There are two critical ways to stop the spread of norovirus:

Stay home when ill and do not prepare food for anyone but yourself until three days after all diarrhea and vomiting have stopped.

Wash hands frequently, especially after using the toilet and changing diapers, and always before eating or preparing food.

Specifics By Friday or No Hot Lotto Jackpot

KIWA has been informed that Iowa Lottery officials and representatives of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and Iowa Attorney Generals Office met on Monday to review the latest information regarding the Hot Lotto jackpot claim from December 2010.

Following that meeting, Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich released the following statement:

The Iowa Lottery continues its investigation into the claim of the Hot Lotto jackpot won on Dec. 29, 2010, with a ticket purchased in Des Moines. We share information with the DCI and Attorney Generals Office on any number of matters throughout the year and will continue to keep them updated in this instance as well.

From the time that this winning ticket was presented in late December, we have repeatedly stated that we need information to ensure that the ticket was legally purchased, legally possessed and legally presented. That information has not been shared with us, and we therefore have not paid the prize.

We met on Jan. 17 with local counsel from the Davis Brown Law Firm in Des Moines and Crawford Shaw, who signed the winning ticket as the trustee for Hexham Investments Trust. It was a cordial meeting, but the details we sought were not provided. We did learn during the meeting that the name of the trust that owns the ticket was misspelled when the winning ticket was signed. The name is Hexham, not Hexam, as is reflected on the back of the ticket.

In the days since then, court documentation has revealed that a person named Crawford Shaw is associated with criminal proceedings and bankruptcy filings in New York and Delaware. What does any of that have to do with the jackpot-winning ticket? We don’t know; it could be nothing. But the fact that the information exists means it is something that the Iowa Lottery will need to review.

In addition, the lottery has been contacted by numerous people, each of whom individually alleges that the winning ticket was stolen from them. While we can’t speak to the veracity of any of those claims, we do need the specifics we have requested in order to address them.

We are now nearing one month since the winning ticket was presented. That milestone will be reached on Sunday, when the lottery’s offices are closed. We have therefore set 3 p.m. CST Friday (Jan. 27) as the deadline by which the information we seek must be shared with the Iowa Lottery. If that information is not shared by that time, we will deny the prize payment. The Iowa Lottery this afternoon is delivering a letter explaining these specifics to the Davis Brown Law Firm in Des Moines.

As we have said before, were glad that the winning ticket has been turned in. We look forward to learning more details about the situation. However, the jackpot prize has not been paid — and will not be paid — until the lottery has been able to complete the security process for this jackpot win.

This is the first time the lottery has experienced a situation like this in its 26-year history, and we will continue our work, understanding that the security and integrity of the Iowa Lottery and its games cannot be compromised.

The jackpot-winning ticket from the Hot Lotto drawing on Dec. 29, 2010, was presented at Iowa Lottery headquarters in Des Moines with less than two hours to go before it would have expired on Dec. 29, 2011. The ticket was presented by two lawyers from the Davis, Brown, Koehn, Shors & Roberts law firm in Des Moines on behalf of Hexham Investments Trust, with Crawford Shaw as the trustee. No member of the trust was present when the ticket was presented.

Sheldon Council Plans Budget Workshop

The Sheldon City Council will meet Wednesday morning for a budget workshop.

Budget requests from the various city departments will be reviewed as the council works toward formulating the budget for the coming fiscal year.

The workshop will begin at 7 a.m. in Council Chambers of the Sheldon Community Services Center.

Sheldon Looks at ‘Gap’ Business Opportunities; Link To Information Included

Sheldon retail businesses produce more sales than most communities of Sheldon’s size but, there are still ‘gaps’ where there are more business opportunities in the city.

That was part of the message delivered to Sheldon business operators and city leaders at a meeting Monday. The presenter at the meeting was Ed Andrews from Smart Solutions in Des Moines who conducted an extensive survey in a six county area of Northwest Iowa.

Sheldon Development Director Mark Gaul told the group at the meeting that this was sponsored by O’Brien County Development, Northwest Iowa Development and the Sheldon Chamber and Development Corporation.

Andrews said that industry gap opportunities exist where potential sales are greater than actual sales for a particular type of business.

Gaul says he has all the information on the gap opportunities for Sheldon including financial information at his SCDC office and will provide pertinent information to anyone interested. He says that he uses the data from the research in helping prospective new businesses decide on whether they should locate in Sheldon.

By Frank Luepke
News Reporter