Sheldon Doctor Advises To Get Flu Shot, Practice Proper Hand Hygiene To Avoid Flu

Sheldon, Iowa — Many cases of the flu are being reported in northwest Iowa, and the normal way most people avoid the flu is not working as well as was hoped.
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We had a chance to visit with Dr. Amy Badberg at Sanford Sheldon Hospital. She tells us that the flu vaccine does not work as well against the “A” strain of the flu virus this year, so they have some suggestions.

The Iowa Department of Health clarifies that all three of the flu strains currently circulating are covered by this year’s vaccine, although some of the A(H3N2) viruses may only be partially covered in the vaccine. Dr. Badberg says that although the flu season is in full swing, it’s not too late to receive a flu vaccination, and they still recommend that you do if you haven’t yet, as even if you get the type of flu that’s not fully covered, you may have the flu for a shorter amount of time, or have fewer symptoms.

Dr. Badberg says that when it comes to treating those that already have the flu, their hands are tied.

She tells us what to do if you think you have the flu.

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Here’s some more information about the flu from the Iowa Department of Public Health.

In addition to vaccination, IDPH recommends the Three Cs for preventing flu illness: Clean your hands frequently; Cover coughs and sneezes; and Confine germs by staying home when ill. “We certainly understand that keeping an ill child home from school or daycare puts a burden on working parents who have to adjust their work schedule to be home as well,” said IDPH Medical Director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk. “But the risk of severe illness is very real. Even if you think your child can ‘stick it out’ for the school day, it’s important to remember that other children in the classroom may be at risk for serious complications from the flu and your child could spread the virus to them. This includes children with weakened immune systems or chronic conditions.”

IDPH continues to receive reports of influenza-related hospitalizations and outbreaks. IDPH has confirmed two influenza-related deaths in children (age 0-17). A third pediatric death is under investigation. People at high risk for serious flu complications include: people with underlying chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, or neurological conditions; pregnant women; those younger than 5 years or older than 65 years of age; or anyone with a weakened immune system. A full list of high risk factors is available at


Antivirals drugs are a second line of defense to treat flu illness. People at high risk should take antiviral medications for the treatment of influenza illness if they have been prescribed. It’s important to contact your health care provider right away if you or your child shows symptoms of the flu, since antivirals work best if given within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms. These symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Tiredness
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Nasal congestion
  • Body aches


Illness typically lasts two to seven days. The flu is a respiratory illness caused by viruses. The flu comes on suddenly and may cause severe illness or even death. The “stomach bug,” which causes diarrhea and vomiting, is not caused by the influenza virus but usually by norovirus; thus, the flu vaccine will not protect you against this illness.

The flu season typically peaks in February and can last as late as May. To learn more about influenza in Iowa, visit Contact your health care provider or local health department to find out where the vaccine is available in your community or use the Flu Vaccine Finder at

Two Sioux Falls Men Arrested, Charged With March Burglary In Little Rock

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Two Sioux Falls men have been charged in a burglary case in Little Rock from back in March of 2014.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department reports that they charged 30-year-old Nathan Bradley Perkins and 19-year-old Jared Christian Gates, both of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, with 3rd degree burglary, a Class D Felony; and 4th degree criminal mischief, a Serious Misdemeanor.

The two are accused of burglarizing the Bucksaw Bar in Little Rock, Iowa on March 14, 2014.

Both men are currently in the Minnehaha County Jail in Sioux Falls on separate charges.

Nine Arrested On Drug-Related Charges In Orange City

Orange City, Iowa — Nine people, seven of them from Orange City have been arrested and charged with drug-related offenses.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s office reports that in the 1 AM hour on Wednesday, January 7, their deputies carried out a search warrant following a drug investigation at an apartment on Fourth Street SE in Orange City.

Upon further investigation, deputies found marijuana, cocaine, acid paper, THC wax and drug paraphernalia.

Elizabeth Winship, age 18, of St. John, IN, Zacariah Wothe, age 21, of Le Mars, IA, Chance Wetter, age 19, Kevin Moore, age 21, Trey Beltman, age 19, Sierra Johnson age 20, Cody Langel, age 19, Samantha Van Grouw, age 18, and Sarah Eubank, age 21, all of Orange City, were arrested and charged with possession of controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Economic Development On Sioux Center’s North Side Includes New Digs For Car Dealership

Sioux Center, Iowa — Economic development continues in Sioux Center.
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The city is selling about a half acre of land to the Iowa DOT to improve access to the Highway Commercial Park in north Sioux Center. The DOT will build a turning lane to allow access at Highway 75 and 22nd Street. That new development area already has one tenant there. Ver Hoef Chevrolet is building a new dealership there, and will receive a five year property tax abatement.

Meanwhile it looks like Sioux Center could stand to get some more road use tax revenue if they can prove the city’s population is over 75-hundred people. They’re going to do a special census of the city to find out. If it is over that threshold, the city would be eligible for an additional 45-thousand dollars a year in road use tax revenue.

ISU Extension Offering Training Courses For Pesticide Applicators

Orange City, Iowa — Iowa State University Extension is launching a series of training sessions for private pesticide applicators. Joel De Jong, an extension field agronomist in northwest Iowa, says the sessions target farmers who apply restricted-use pesticides to their own fields.
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(As above) “If you have a private pesticide applicator license in Iowa, the first time around, you have to take and pass the test offered by the Department of Agriculture,” Dejong says. “After that, you can continue to renew that three-year license by attending a training session every year or by taking a test every three years.”

De Jong says the sessions will cover a variety of information that’s important to anyone who will come in contact with and use all kinds of pesticides.

(As above) “We spend a lot of time talking about health and safety and the risks that go with application, how do we keep the product on the location and reduce the amount of drift,” De Jong says. “We spend time talking about what happens with those pesticides in the environment so we know and understand what kind of risks for the long-term they might cause.”

He says the session will also cover what’s known as integrated pest management.

(As above) He says, “We talk a lot about when we need to use pesticides and when we need to scout for pests so we know when — or when not — to use those products.”

The Sioux County Extension Office will host a training session on January 15th at 7:00 PM, among the first of some 25 meetings being held across Iowa for about 22-hundred private applicators to gain re-certification. That first meeting will be in the Extension Office, Lower Level Meeting Room in Orange City. The registration fee is $20 and pre-registration is required.

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Crude Oil Pipeline Company Chooses Sources Of Agriculture Expertise

Dallas, TX — The company that wants to build the pipeline to carry crude oil from the Bakken oil fields across northwest Iowa on its way to a refinery has chosen two companies to help them with agriculture issues.
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Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. has hired Key Agricultural Services, Inc. of Macomb, IL and Duraroot of Colorado Springs, CO to serve as independent sources of agriculture expertise to advise and monitor the acquisition, construction and reclamation processes of its proposed 1,134 mile Dakota Access Pipeline Project.

Energy Transfer Partners says Key Agricultural Services and Duraroot will work with landowners along the route to develop site-specific agricultural mitigation plans to ensure the full restoration of all impacted land. Energy Transfer Partners says their commitment to landowners extends from initial surveys to the reclamation of land after construction through the ongoing operation and maintenance of the proposed crude oil pipeline that will carry domestically produced oil through North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois.

The track record and commitment of these companies to protecting valuable natural resources will aid in the construction process of the Dakota Access Pipeline, according to Energy Transfer Partners. In addition to working with landowners, Energy Transfer Partners says that Key Agricultural Services and Duraroot also will be important overseers of the entire construction process to ensure land, soil, and other resources are respected and returned to their pre-construction state.

Additionally, Energy Transfer Partners has committed to using union labor, with at least 50% of the workers sourced locally, to construct the pipeline. Energy Transfer Partners says they are also committed to procuring local products and services during the construction process when possible to provide an economic boost to the communities along the route.

Energy Transfer Partners hopes to receive the appropriate permits by late 2015 with a projected in service date for the pipeline of the fourth quarter of 2016.