Subsoil Moisture Nearly Back Up To Normal After Recent Rains

Sheldon, Iowa — Last fall, we were quite concerned about this year’s crop. The moisture profile was quite dry compared to normal. Iowa State University Extension Crop Field Specialist Joel De Jong tells us about the subsoil moisture profile.

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De Jong says the recent rains in northwest Iowa have helped quite a bit.

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But, De Jong says now the other areas of the state are in short water supply.

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De Jong says he has had some reports of stressed plants from flooding, wind or hail damage from the recent storms, but for the most part the northwest Iowa crops are looking quite good.

In fact the US Drought Monitor, which not too long ago showed most of northwest Iowa in a condition known as “Severe Drought”, now has most of northwest Iowa in moderate drought to only “abnormally dry”. Plus, the Seasonal U.S. Drought Outlook has upgraded northwest Iowa’s drought forecast from “some improvement” to “improvement.

Click here for the US Drought Monitor for Midwest Region

Click here for the Seasonal U.S. Drought Outlook


Other Sheldon Victim Of Minnesota Motorcycle Accident Passes Away

Spirit Lake, Iowa — We reported earlier that a Sheldon woman had died after a motorcycle accident just across the Minnesota state line in Jackson County. Now her husband, the other motorcycle rider has passed away as well.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Saturday (5/26) at about 5:45 PM, they were notified of an accident about two miles north of Big Spirit Lake, in Jackson County.

They report that apparently, 35-year-old Brian Engelkes of Sheldon was westbound on 715th Street, or County Road 4, with his wife, 39-year-old Michelle Engelkes on his 2011 Harley Davidson motorcycle. Engelkes motorcycle entered the north ditch and struck a driveway embankment. Both Engelkes were ejected from the motorcycle and were not wearing helmets.

Both Brian and Michelle Engelkes were transported to Lakes Regional Hospital in Spirit Lake and later airlifted to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. Michelle Engelkes passed away on Monday and Brian Engelkes passed away on Wednesday due to their injuries.

The Lakefield Fire and Ambulance personnel and Lakes Regional Hospital Ambulance assisted the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office at the scene.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office reports the incident remains under investigation.

The red pushpin in the far northeast corner of the map indicates the approximate location of the accident.

Click here for the obituary and funeral arrangements.

St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sheldon, IA has created a fund for the Engelkes family at Peoples Bank of Sheldon. Donations can be made at Peoples Bank of Sheldon and Northwestern Bank of Sheldon to the Brian and Shelly Engelkes Fund. Northwestern Bank of Sheldon also has a fund set up for the family.


NW Iowa Community Health Center Gets Grant To Prevent Breast Cancer In Lyon County Women

Sioux Center, Iowa — A northwest Iowa community health center has been named the recipient of a $50,000 grant from the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Clinical Nurse Manager Brittany Hamm with the Greater Sioux Community Health Center in Sioux Center tells us about the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

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She says the grant will focus on screening, awareness, and education.

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Hamm says all the grants are awarded through an application process.

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Ham says the $50,000 grant actually focuses on Lyon County women.

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She says the women of Lyon County may have higher breast cancer rates for a number of reasons, but it could be in part because women in the area don’t have access to such screenings and care, or they don’t come in soon enough for exams. She says they’re already up and running with part of the project.

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She says they’ll do screenings at their office in Sioux Center, and the mammograms will be given through local hospitals. She says they’re still working out those agreements, but at least one hospital is already signed on — that being Heeg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley. The mammograms will be offered free, based on the patient’s ability to pay.


Sheldon School Board To Meet Wednesday, May 30th

Sheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon School Board will meet at 6 PM Wednesday with a public hearing on an amendment to the current budget.  They will also consider the proposed 28E agreement between the Sheldon Community School District and the City of Sheldon.  This agreement  spells out responsibilities of both the District and the City with regard to the creation and operation of a new baseball field, softball fields and a green space that will include soccer and football fields.

The final item of business will be in closed session for Superintendent Evaluation.

The six o’clock meeting will be held in the Library of the Sheldon Senior High School.


Motorcycle Accident In Dickinson County Injures Minnesota Man

Superior, Iowa — Here’s the report on the motorcycle accident that DID occur in Dickinson County over the weekend.

The Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office investigated an accident involving two motorcycles that occurred on 320 Ave at 3:48PM near Swan Lake, north of Superior, Iowa.

Two motorcycles were driven northbound on 320 Avenue. A 1991 Harley Davidson driven by Karl Palmquist (47) of St. James MN and a 2010 Yamaha driven by Earl Palmquist (47) of St. James MN. The two motorcycles were riding side by side through the curves near Swan Lake. They both failed to negotiate the final curve. Both bikes went off the roadway and collided with the ditch on the west side of the roadway. The two bikes did not make contact.

Karl Palmquist was transported to Lakes Regional Healthcare by Ambulance with incapacitating injuries and later air-lifted to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Earl Palmquist sustained possible injuries and refused transport on scene.

The accident remains under investigation.


PICTURES: Storm Damages Several Trees, Structures In Northwest Iowa

Northwest Iowa — Several trees and structures in northwest Iowa were damaged by high winds accompanying the thunderstorms on Sunday night.

Some new grain bins and a grain leg were toppled on Rock Rapids’ south side. The new grain bins had only been up since late September of last year. The grain leg part was so tall, that it had to have a red aircraft warning light. The only other structures with such lights are the water towers and the grain elevator in town. The privately-owned grain bins and grain leg appear to have been empty when they were hit. Two of three bins and the leg were flattened.

Here is a picture of the grain bin being built — a “before” picture, if you will — on September 28, 2011.
In this picture, only one of the two taller bins has been built.

This barn, only a half mile west of the grain bin location had half of the roof blown off by strong winds as well.

A Main Street business in Alvord also had its roof torn off.

The National Weather Service reports that 70 to 80 mile per hour winds were responsible for the damage.

Many trees and limbs across Rock Rapids came down, including trees in both cemeteries, such as this one in Riverview Cemetery.

Numerous trees, branches and electrical power lines were downed in Hawarden, Hull and Boyden as well as some rural areas around those towns. Power outages up to three hours were reported. Minor structural damage occurred to various homes in Hull and Boyden due to fallen trees and branches.

There were reports of trees falling on houses and cars in many locations in northwest Iowa. Winds flipped empty trailers as well.

Work continues Tuesday in some of the worst-hit areas.

Here are some more storm damage pictures from the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office: