Sheldon, Iowa — Now that school is out at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon for the summer (well except for summer classes), it’s time to focus on other priorities. Mark Brown, Director of Operations and Finance at NCC says they are going to be doing some construction projects. One will involve the book store, and one will involve the parking lot.
Brown says the store will also be able to offer some snacks that they hadn’t been able to offer before. He says they aren’t expanding the building, but changing some walls and the use of some space.
Brown says the student lounge will be improved, and the game room, which sees very light use, will be part of the book store. He says the money for the project will not come from tax revenue or tuition at NCC.
Brown says the other project involves paving some areas that are currently gravel.
He says that project should be all but paid for as well.
Both projects will take about 2 to 3 months to complete, and they should get started in June. The bookstore will be moving temporary location, and may still be there when classes start in the fall.
Ames, Iowa — An Iowa State University Economist has released research showing that the fact that ethanol is a player in the motor fuel game has had a significant impact on gas prices. I-S-U economist Dermot Hayes studied ethanol’s impact on gasoline prices over a 11-years beginning in 2000. During that time, Hays says adding ethanol to gas inventories led to a 29-cent-a-gallon drop in gasoline pump prices.
The gas price research includes the entire continental United States, and shows ethanol’s effect during the past two years is even more dramatic. Hayes says it lowered pump prices an average of one-dollar-nine cents ($1.09) a gallon during 2011.
Hayes says the corn-based fuel should be a welcome sight to motorists.
Hayes says adding ethanol to the nation’s fuel supply is enabling the U-S to switch from being a net importer of gasoline to a gasoline exporter. He conducted the ethanol/gas study with a University of Wisconsin economist.
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Sheldon, Iowa — There will be a recognition and reception for the members of the Sheldon Community Schools Board of Education at their regular monthly meeting Wednesday evening. This is School Board Recognition Week, and each member of the Board will be recognized for their service, and will receive an Award Of Achievement Certificate from School Superintendent Robin Spears.
The School Board will also consider the Synergystics Lab update purchase, consider an Architectural Services Agreement for the East Elementary Remodeling Project, and review a proposed 28E Agreement between the District and the City of Sheldon for the proposed new athletic fields planned for the area north of the football field.
Several Open Enrollment Applications will also come before the Board, as well as some coaching resignations, and teacher contracts. The District also has four teachers who will be retiring at the end of this school year, who they will be recognizing at the May and June Board meetings.
Wednesday’s Sheldon School Board Meeting begins at 6:00 pm in the Sheldon Community High School Library.
Hartley, Iowa — One man was injured in an accident that was apparently near Hartley on Friday, May 4. The report was just recently released.
The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 2:10 A.M., William Corder, whose age and city of residence were not listed on the report, was driving a 1997 Chevrolet pickup south on White Avenue when he crossed the center line and went onto the northbound shoulder. Corder over-corrected and swerved back across the roadway putting the vehicle into a four-wheel slide. The vehicle slid into the west ditch and rolled once. Corder was taken to the Spencer Hospital by Hartley Ambulance.
Damage to the pickup was estimated at $2500.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota — A Worthington, Minnesota girl has died as the result of an ATV accident on Saturday.
The Nobles County Sheriff’s Office reports that 10-year-old Alyssa Zamarron of Worthington was riding on an ATV with another girl when they hit a tree. Both girls were transported to Sanford Worthington and Zamarron was airlifted to Sanford Sioux Falls, where she died on Sunday night.
The funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, May 17, 2012 at the First Baptist Church, rural George, with Reverend Stephen May officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be Wednesday, May 16th from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley. They are in charge of arrangements for Alyssa Zamarron.
A memorial fund for Alyssa has been set up at the U.S. Bank in Sibley.
Primghar, Iowa — A special motorcycle motorcade is coming to Primghar this Tuesday. “The Ride for Miracles “ will be coming to Baxter’s Bar in Primghar around 5 PM.
Scott Ressmeyer’s “Ride For Miracles” is a group of motorcycle riders that travel across 48 states in 21 days, raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network. Ressmeyer says this is the 4th year that they have had the ride.
Ressmeyer says they’re from the South.
Ressmeyer says they’ve lost track how many states they’ve been in, but they’re probably about half done geographically, but with the small states out east, those can be covered pretty quickly.
Ressmeyer says his favorite part of the trip is all the people he meets.
All the proceeds they raise in Iowa, stay here in Iowa.
Again, they’ll be at Baxter’s Bar about 5 PM this Tuesday.