Burglars Break Into ATM Machine

sheldon police pd car door logoSheldon, Iowa — Authorities are investigating a burglary that took place sometime during the wee hours of yesterday morning at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon.

According to the police report, sometime between 1:20 and 2:50 yesterday morning someone broke into an ATM machine containing an undisclosed amount of cash at NCC.  In addition to damaging the ATM machine, the burglars are said to have damaged a double-pane window at the school.

Police estimate the value of the damage to the ATM machine at $5,000, and the damage to the window at $1,000.  Police aren’t saying how much cash was inside the machine when the burglary happened.

Sheldon Police say the investigation is continuing.

Driver Injured When Ready Mix Truck Rolls

Sibley, Iowa — A Spencer man was injured and a ready-mix truck was damaged in an accident near Sibley on Monday, November 2, 2015.

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The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that 33-year-old Wayne Grimes of Spencer was driving a ready-mix truck owned by Great Lakes Concrete, southbound on Highway 59, a mile and a half south of Allendorf or five miles east of Sibley. The report says Grimes attempted to make a right turn onto A30 or 180th Street. Due to the speed and shifting load of the vehicle, the report says Grimes lost control and the truck rolled into the south ditch and came to rest on its right side.

A private vehicle transported Grimes to the Osceola Community Hospital.

The sheriff’s office reports there was $60,000 in damage to the truck.

Grimes was cited on a charge of Failure to Maintain Control.

Adopt-A-Family Sharing Christmas With Needy Families

Primghar, Iowa — It’s the holiday season. Many people are making Christmas plans this time of year, but for some people they just hope to be able to survive as a family from day-to-day.
Upper Des Moines Opportunity sponsors and runs a program every year in O’Brien County called “Adopt-A-Family”. We talked to UDMO’s Amber Jederberg. She says it’s a program that lets community members and groups or organizations provide holiday gifts for low-income families.

She says needy families have until November 13th to apply to be adopted. Meanwhile the list is already starting to take shape. For the list of O’Brien County families, you can click here, and then call Upper Des Moines at 957-1023 to adopt a family. Jederberg says they will continue to update the list with new families and will indicate on the list when a certain family number has been adopted.

She says that they hope to have all the families adopted by “Black Friday” so that the donors can get some good buys on their gifts, and hope to have all the gifts taken care of by the middle of December.

She says the turnout last year was great and they’re hoping this year turns out the same.

Again, the list of families can be found here. Pick your family and then call Upper Des Moines to adopt them. If your family or one you know of is needy and would like to apply to be “adopted,” contact Upper Des Moines in Primghar at 957-1023.

King Explains Vote For Ryan

steve king forster centerNorthwest Iowa — When Iowa 4th District Congressman Steve King visited the KIWA Studios a couple of weeks ago he said he was backing Florida Congressman Daniel Webster to replace John Boehner as Speaker of the House.

However, King says the Florida congressman got just 43 votes in a private vote among House Republicans and Wisconsin’s Paul Ryan got 200. King says it was then that decided to cast his vote for Paul Ryan when the House took a public vote late last week.

King says Ryan wants to “heal up” the divisions among Republicans in the U.S. House and King says his vote FOR Ryan sends the message that he is working “on the same cause.”

King says former House Speaker John Boehner was “heavy handed” and that’s why King and other conservatives “rose up” to push Boehner out. Boehner and King publicly clashed at times over some of King’s statements on immigration reform.

October Goes Down As Warmer, Drier Than Normal

thermometer - 102 degreesSheldon, Iowa — The just ended month of October was warmer and drier than normal across Iowa. State climatologist Harry Hillaker says the statewide average rainfall total for the month was one-and-three-quarters inches (1.75 inches), about one inch less than usual for October.

Hillaker said this was the 52nd driest October in Iowa in 143 years of record keeping. Most of the month was ideal for farmers who were working to complete the harvest.

Hillaker said many areas of central and southern Iowa have yet to record a hard freeze this fall. There was a range of 72 degrees between temperature “extremes” across Iowa last month.

While Sheldon didn’t get as warm as Sioux City, we did experience a high of 85-degrees on October 11th, with the lowest temperature measured at the KIWA Weather Center being 28-degrees, which came a week later.

Hillaker says the month of November is starting off dry and warm — as highs are forecast to reach the 70s again today and tomorrow. Showers and much cooler conditions are expected to push into the state Thursday and Friday.

Council To Discuss Sheldon Crossing Pond

Council ChambersSheldon, Iowa — The Pond at Sheldon Crossing will be a topic of discussion at the Sheldon City Council meeting this Wednesday November 4th. The pond has been stocked with fish and now it has been recommended that the City install an aerator.

The Council will also consider a preliminary planning proposal for the Wastewater Treatment Facility. Since the Iowa DNR is requiring the City to apply for a new operating permit, the council will consider a proposal from DGR Engineering to gather the information needed for that application. The total estimated fee for this work is $19,500.

The Council is scheduled to set the date and time for a public hearing on the five year Capital Improvement Project and consider changing the date for the second meeting in November.

Wednesday’s 4:30 meeting will be held in the upper level of the Sheldon Community Services Center.