Sheldon Has Enough Water . . For Now

The ongoing drought is a topic of concern for the city of Sheldon.  At the latest city council meeting, council members and city staff discussed how much of a problem exists, and what potential exists.

We had a chance to talk with public works director Todd Uhl.  He says it’s not a big deal yet, but it could be, in the not-too-distant future.


Uhl says that the reason some communities have more immediate problems in drought conditions has to do with how deep their wells are.  Sheldon has two kinds of wells.


Of course the problem with using water from that well is that it’s not as good.  It’s harder water, for one thing, says Uhl.


He says it also has more dissolved minerals in it, plus sulfates and ammonia that need to be taken out of the water through filtering and chlorine.  That’s why they don’t use the deep well unless they really need it, says Uhl.

He says a recent TV story talked about the possibility that people would have to conserve water if the fire department went out on a call.  Uhl says so far, that’s not the case.


If water supply becomes a long-term issue, Uhl says they do have some ideas.


Speaking of Lewis and Clark — the regional water system that is supposed to deliver Missouri River Aquifer water to several towns in the tri-state area — we also talked with Sheldon City Administrator Scott Wynja about that system.  Wynja says it is a sure thing, we know it’s coming — the question is the timeframe.


He says it’s kind of hard to give a timeline now, with the earmark ban in place.


Wynja says the earmark ban was set up as a two-year ban, so he hopes they can get Congress to see that funding for Lewis and Clark is not an earmark for a pet project.  He says there’s more good news on the horizon too.


Since we had June weather in March the water usage in Sheldon has increased by as much as 100,000 gallons per day compared to a normal March, according to Uhl.  This means that Sheldon is pumping water from their deep well about four hours a day at this point.

Fifty Pigs Lost In Semi Rollover Near Hull

There were no human injuries, but 50 pigs were lost in a crash near Hull on Thursday morning (3/22).

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 5:45 AM, 29-year-old Paul Hibbing of Sutherland was driving a 1987 Peterbilt semi pulling a 2009 Wilson livestock trailer loaded with pigs eastbound on 300th Street.

About four miles northeast of Hull, Hibbing attempted to turn south onto Indian Avenue when the trailer entered the west ditch of Indian Avenue, rolling the trailer and semi onto its side in the ditch.

The Peterbilt sustained about $25,000 in damages. The trailer sustained about $12,000 in damages. Fifty of the 185 pigs were lost. They were valued at about $9,500.

No human injuries were reported.

Hibbing was cited for failure to maintain control.

The Hull Fire Department assisted at the scene.

Sioux Falls Man Dead After ATV Accident Near West Lyon School On Saturday Evening

A Sioux Falls man is dead after an ATV accident near Larchwood on Saturday evening (3/24).

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 6:25 PM, 62-year-old Norman Walter Ranschau of Sioux Falls, was riding his 4-wheeler in the vicinity of A-26 & IA 182.

Ranschau was riding along the shoulder of the road when he lost control and rolled down into the ditch coming to rest against a sign post.

Ranschau was pinned under the 4-wheeler which caused fatal injuries.

Senator Feenstra Says Giving State Money To Private Social Clubs Would Take The State Down A Dangerous Path

There was a somewhat snarky debate in the Iowa Senate this week over giving the Des Moines Social Club 150-thousand dollars in state gambling taxes. The money would have been used to buy or lease an historic firehouse to serve as the Des Moines Social Club’s new clubhouse, but senators ultimately decided against making the move. Senator Mark Chelgren , a Republican from Ottumwa, objected to giving the Social Club any state tax dollars.


Senator Matt McCoy, a Democrat from Des Moines, called that “constitutional nonsense” and defended the Des Moines Social Club as an organization that allows young professionals to network as they enjoy concerts, comics and other cultural events.


Senator Randy Feenstra, a Republican from Hull, argued against giving a non-profit group like the Des Moines Social Club any support from state taxpayers.


The money would have come from state gambling taxes that are deposited in the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund and legislators decide how that money is spent. Senator McCoy didn’t give up easily, however, arguing the Des Moines Social Club should be rewarded for catering to 20- and 30-year-olds.

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Primghar Community Playhouse To Present Over The River And Through The Woods

Over the River and Through the Woods
The Primghar Community Playhouse will be presenting a spring play this year.
KIWA’s Jessica De Boer, who’s in the play tells us about the Over The River and Through the Woods by Joe DiPietro, which will be on stage March 30 and 31 and April 1.
DeBoer tells us about the plot and says the cast should include some familiar faces.
So, says DeBoer, Nick’s grandparents start scheming to keep him around.
DeBoer says there are several ways to see the play, some with dinner, some not.
She says if you elect to have the meal, you won’t be disappointed.
DeBoer gives us dinner and curtain times.
She says tickets are easy to get.
Again, Over The River and Through the Woods will be on stage at the Primghar Community Playhouse on March 30 and 31 and April 1.

Alton Woman, Le Mars Man Injured In Accident On Thursday On Orange City’s East Side

An Alton woman and a Le Mars man were injured in an accident on Thursday (3/22) on the edge of Orange City.

The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 10:35 AM, 58-year-old Margret Hoffman of Alton was eastbound on Highway 10, on the east edge of Orange City in a 2010 Ford. Fifty-five-year-old Randy Stream of Le Mars was westbound on 10 in a 2006 Peterbilt, owned by GCC Alliance Concrete of Orange City.

Hoffman drove into the path of the truck.

Hoffman was transported to Mercy Medical in Sioux City. Stream was also listed as injured, but according to the report was not transported to a medical facility.

The Orange City Police and Ambulance personnel assisted the trooper at the scene.