Sioux Center, Iowa — The Sioux County Youth Fair has been awarded matching grants from Alceco, a farmer-owned cooperative and majority owner of Ag Partners, L.L.C., and CoBank, a national cooperative bank.
The fair was awarded $4,000, which will be used toward the purchase of new pens for the sheep and swine barn on the fairgrounds.
More than 100 exhibitors show sheep and swine at the youth fair each year, according to Marv Rietema, chairman of the sales committee for the Sioux County Youth Fair. He says the pens the fair has been using are 40 years old.
He says the pens are in dire need of replacement, and says the Fair is very appreciative of Alceco and CoBank for their donation to help Sioux County’s youth. Rietema said the new pens will be in place prior to this year’s fair, held July 11-16 2015.
The checks were presented by Gerald Droog, customer sales representative with Ag Partners.
Paullina, Iowa — A South O’Brien High School senior made an appearance at the White House last week. Eric Koehlmoos received a special invitation to participate in the 2015 White House Science Fair on Monday, March 23rd in Washington.
Koehlmoos presented his award-winning project at the event, which recognizes the accomplishments of STEM students from across the United States. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Koehlmoos was one of about 100 of the country’s brightest who were invited to the 5th Annual White House Science Fair, which features innovative STEM projects from across the country.
Koehlmoost is from rural Granville, and is a senior at South O’Brien High School.
Sheldon, Iowa — Saturday’s 2015 Sheldon Chamber & Development Corporation Home and Design Expo was a huge success, with more than 1500 people through the doors during the day. Michelle Honkomp of the SCDC tells us more.
Honkomp says that, in addition to the exhibitors on hand, there were other activities, as well.
She extended her sincere thanks to everyone who made Saturday’s expo such a huge success.
Saturday’s Home and Design Expo was held at the Lifelong Learning and Rec Center at Northwest Iowa Community College. And although this year’s Expo was a huge success, Honkomp tells us that there is no time to savor that success, due to the busy schedule in the next few weeks.
The SCDC Children’s Easter Egg Hunt starts at 10:00 Saturday morning at the Sheldon City Park, while the SCDC Ladies Day Out is scheduled for Thursday April 9th at 11:30 am. Honkomp says there are still a few tickets left for that event. For more information, contact the SCDC Office at 712-324-2813.
Sanborn, Iowa — A group of 8th graders from the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn area will be leaving late Tuesday night for a four-day trip to Washington, DC. Kim Rieck is the organizer of this trip, and says this is the second time a group of 8th graders have taken such a trip.
She says the 25 students involved have held a series of fundraisers to finance this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Rieck says the first leg of the trip is a charter bus ride to the airport in Omaha.
She says the kids will have a busy four days once they arrive in the nation’s capital.
Rieck says the 25 students and 5 parents will return home late Saturday evening, right before Easter.
* WIND…SOUTHWEST WINDS WILL TURN WEST AND THEN NORTHWEST THIS
AFTERNOON. SPEEDS WILL AVERAGE 15 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 35
* HUMIDITY…MINIMUM HUMIDITY VALUES WILL RANGE FROM 15 TO 25
PERCENT ACROSS THE AREA.
* IMPACTS…ANY FIRES THAT DEVELOP WILL LIKELY SPREAD RAPIDLY.
OUTDOOR BURNING IS NOT RECOMMENDED.
A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW…OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF
STRONG WINDS…LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY…AND WARM TEMPERATURES CAN
CONTRIBUTE TO EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR.
Sheldon, Iowa — Emerald ash borer (EAB), the ash-tree-killing insect, will be the focus of an informational meeting, open to the public, on March 30 at 6:30 p.m. in Sheldon. The meeting will be held at Northwest Iowa Community College, 603 W Park St., Building C, Room 304.
The meeting is hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.
“These meetings are designed to provide helpful, usable information to prepare for one of the most destructive insects to hit the urban forest in decades,” said Mark Shour, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach entomologist.
Experts will share EAB and ash tree information to help participants learn:
How to identify EAB
How to identify an ash tree
Signs of EAB infestation
If the tree is safe and if it is a candidate for treatment
History of EAB, how it spreads, and efforts to slow the spread of EAB
Ash tree replacement options
EAB now has been positively identified in 19 Iowa counties, including most recently in Hedrick, in Keokuk County.