O’Brien Sheriff Seeks Help To Solve Primghar Burglary Case

Primghar, Iowa — Two Primghar businesses were broken into a week ago and it appears the perpetrators attempted to break into a third business.

The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office reports that the burglaries are believed to have occurred on Saturday night, May 12, 2012 and into the early morning hours of Sunday, May 13, 2012. The suspect or suspects gained entry into the Pizza Ranch Restaurant and the Primghar Library and stole an undisclosed amount of cash. Also during this same time frame the suspect or suspects attempted to gain entry into Baxterz Bar & Grill in Primghar but were unsuccessful.

The Crime Dusters program is offering a $200 reward to anyone who provides information on this crime that leads to the arrest and conviction of the offenders.

Call the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office at 712-957-3415 if you have information on this or any other crime. People can also provide information or tips on crimes by using the “Hot Tip” link or “e-mail” button on the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office website at www.obriencountysheriff.com.

Arrangements can be made to assist anyone who wants to remain anonymous but still be eligible for the reward.


Semi Driver Kept Going, Unaware Of Injury Accident

UPDATE: Through the investigation, deputies found that 36-year-old Steven Diekevers of Orange City was driving a 2004 Sterling semi‐tractor pulling a 2007 SmithCo side‐dump gravel trailer northbound on L‐22.

When Diekevers met Diamond, the left‐rear tire on the trailer malfunctioned for unknown reasons, causing the tire and trailer parts to be thrown into the path of Diamond. Diekevers was aware of the malfunction but didn’t realize the truck and tire debris had struck Diamond’s vehicle.

The trailer, owned by Rock Valley Block & Tile of Rock Valley sustained approximately $500 in damages.

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Granville, Iowa — A Cherokee man was injured in an accident, but the other driver kept going and may not have been aware that an accident even occurred.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 3 PM Thursday afternoon (5/17), 59-year-old Duane Diamond of Cherokee was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Express van southbound on L-22, a mile and a half north of Highway 10, two and a half miles north of Granville.

Diamond met a semi driving northbound on L-22 pulling a gravel trailer. When Diamond met the semi, a tire had a failure, sending a part of the tire and trailer through the windshield of the van.

The Granville Ambulance transported Diamond to the Orange City Hospital.

The Granville Fire and Ambulance assisted the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.


Sheldon School Board Hires Two New Teachers; Approves Administrator Pay Raise

Sheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon Community Schools Board Of Education approved the hiring of two new teachers at their Wednesday meeting.

James Healy will be teaching 7-12 Vocal Music, along with being the Musical Vocal Director. Healy is a recent graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, with a Bachelor of Music Education, Choral, and hails from Jefferson, Iowa. He’ll be paid a total of $42,614 for the 2012-2013 school year. Sheldon native Tyler Lloyd will be teaching Special Education next school year. Lloyd graduated from Morningside College with a B.A. in Secondary World and American History Teaching. He is currently pursuing his Masters Degree: Professional Educator, Gifted Education Endorsement and All Social Sciences Endorsement, with completion slated for this summer. He’ll be paid $41,257.

The Board also approved a proposed $3,000 pay increase for each Administrator, at Wednesday’s meeting. The Board dealt with three coaching position resignations. They accepted the resignations of Leon Kleinwolterink from his Middle School Football Coaching position and Tracy Gorter from her High School Cheerleading position. Both resignations will be effective at the end of this school year. The resignation of Benjamin Peake as 9th Grade Wrestling Coach was accepted, contingent on the District being able to fill that position prior to the start of the next wrestling season.

The Board also approved four open enrollment applications. Three of the students will be transferring out of the District into the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn District, and the fourth transferring into the Boyden-Hull District. Superintendent Robin Spears told the Board that all four applications were due to changes in residence.

Spears also updated the Board on the Tornado Warning Event that happened on the afternoon of May 4th. He told the Board that the storm came out of nowhere, and at a time when the buses were already on the road, and had dropped off a few students at in-town bus stops. He commended the Administrators, Teachers and students in each of the District’s buildings for their response to the storm. He also said that this particular storm brought to light some procedural issues that will be revisited at the next Safety Board meeting.

The Sheldon School Board members were honored at Wednesday night’s meeting. Last week was School Board Recognition Week, and Spears presented each Board member with a Certificate Of Appreciation for all the work they do for the Sheldon Community School District.

The Board set Wednesday May 30, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. as the date and time for the Budget Amendment Hearing. This hearing had originally been scheduled for Wednesday’s meeting, but a mix-up in the publication of the official announcement forced the postponement. The Budget Amendment Hearing will be held Wednesday May 30 at 6:00 p.m. in the Sheldon High School Library.


Sheldon Council Needs More Info Before Arranging Financing For Streetscape Project

Sheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon City Council is asking for more information before they move forward on arranging financing for the downtown infrastructure work that will be the first step of the Streetscape project.

During their Wednesday meeting the council voted four to one to enter into a contract with Mc Clure Engineering that would provide the information including projected cost figures. The dissenting vote was cast by Ron Rensink who said he felt that the public is entitled to vote on this project before the city makes a final commitment to it.

In other business the council heard the first reading of a new water and sewer ordinance which would increase water rates by two percent and sewer rates by three percent. This probably will be presented at two more council meetings before action is taken.

The proposed agreement between the City and Sheldon School District for the development and operation of the new sports complex was also discussed.. This would include two softball fields, one baseball field, a soccer field, football field and green space area. According to the first draft of the agreement, the school would maintain the premises and have responsibility for scheduling 7th and 8th grade baseball and softball and City organized sponsored events. The School District would hold the legal title to the real estate.

The cost of the project would be evenly split between the School District and the City. The agreement would be administered by one representative appointed by the city and one appointed by the school district. The agreement would be in force for fifty years at which time it could be extended for an additional 25 years. And according to the proposed agreement, the school district would retain ownership of the property.

The council also approved an agreement with Farmers Market to make sidewalk improvements where the property owners have not complied with the city order to make those improvements. This involves nineteen locations with the individual costs ranging from one hundred dollars at 621 6th Street to $2007.50 at 1134 9th street. Work is to be completed by August 1st. The cost of the sidewalk work plus engineering costs and interest will be paid by the property owners through their property taxes.


You Can Register To Vote On Election Day, But Auditor Encourages You To Take Care Of That Now

Primghar, Iowa — The primary election is coming up in Iowa, and O’Brien County Auditor Barb Rohwer has some information for voters, especially if they’re not registered to vote.

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Rohwer emphasizes that just because you could vote either for Republican candidates or Democratic candidates does not mean you can vote more than once. If you switch affiliations at the polls, you can’t switch back and vote for the candidates from the party you were affiliated with when you walked in. Once you vote, that’s it.

Also, Rohwer says if you’re not registered to vote at all, even though you may do that at the polls on election day, she encourages you to get that taken care of before the election.

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Rohwer says it is somewhat unusual in O’Brien County that there are candidates for both parties so make sure you know what party your candidate of choice is affiliated with.

She also says sample ballots are available on the O’Brien County Auditor’s web site. You can also find a voter registration form there, as well as an absentee ballot request form.


Click It or Ticket to Boost Seat Belt Use – Day and Night

Northwest Iowa — Motorists who decide not to wear their seat belts – beware. The 2012 National Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization kicks off May 21, 2012. Iowa’s city, county, and state law enforcement are teaming up with highway safety advocates across the country to help save more lives by enforcing seat belt laws around the clock. In our area, those that we know of that are participating include the Sheriff’s Offices in Osceola, Plymouth, and Sioux Counties, the Iowa State Patrol, and the police departments in Rock Valley and all the police departments in O’Brien County.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data shows in 2010, 61 percent of the 10,647 passenger vehicle occupants killed during nighttime (6 p.m. to 6 a.m.) motor vehicle traffic crashes were not wearing their seat belts. The daytime, unbelted traffic fatality rate is 42 percent.

In 2011, there were 360 motorists killed in crashes on Iowa roadways, which was a 66 year low. However, 115 of those killed were not wearing their seat belts.

Seat belt use saves thousands of lives each year. The Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau and its law enforcement partners are helping spread the word. NHTSA statistics show that in 2010 alone, seat belts saved roughly 12,546 lives nationwide.

While this year’s Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization runs from May 21 through June 3, 2012, motorists should know officers are enforcing seat belt law year-round. The enforcement period encompasses the Memorial Day Weekend too.

Iowa’s seat belt law has now been in effect for nearly 26 years.

For more on the national Click It or Ticket mobilization, please visit www.nhtsa.gov.