Man Taken To Hospital After Accident

Everly, Iowa — A Hartley man was taken to the hospital after an accident near Everly on Friday.
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The Clay County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 7:25 AM on Friday, April 24, 2015, 30-year-old Jason Huff of Lake Park was driving a Chevy pickup southbound on M27, about three miles north of Barb’s Corner near Everly. Thirty-four year-old Matthew Williams of Hartley was northbound on M27 in a 2004 Chrysler.

The report says that Huff saw the vehicle in front of him swerve and saw Williams traveling north in the south bound lane. Huff slowed down and pulled onto the west shoulder to avoid a collision, but the vehicles collided.

The Spencer Ambulance took Williams to the Spencer hospital.

Huff’s Chevy pickup sustained $20,000 in damages, and Williams ‘s Chrysler sustained $5000 in damages.

Williams was charged with driving on the wrong side of a two-way highway and no proof of insurance.

Everly Fire and Rescue, the Spencer Ambulance and Bud’s Service assisted at the scene.

Feekes Interns At SCDC/Plans Downtown Event

SCDC sheldon chamber door signSheldon, Iowa — Sheldon High School Senior Allorie Feekes has spent this quarter of the school year working as an intern at the Sheldon Chamber & Development Corporation Office.  Chamber Director Allison Cooke says that Allorie’s overall project while at the SCDC has been planning a spring downtown event.

The event, which Feekes has dubbed “Sheldon Spring Bash”, will be held downtown in Sheldon on Satruday May 16th from 11 am to 2 pm.  Feekes has reportedly planned food, inflatables, sidewalk chalk for the kids, and other fun events.  Cooke says there will also be downtown promotions that day, as well.  She says that Feekes has designed the day as a family fun day in downtown Sheldon!!

Law Inspired By Casey Kasem Case Signed By Governor

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Governor Terry Branstad (file photo)

Des Moines, Iowa — Iowa has passed a groundbreaking law that gives family members a new legal avenue to use if they’re blocked from seeing a relative who is incapacitated. The law is inspired by the case of Casey Kasem, the legendary radio D-J who was host of “America’s Top 40.” Kerri Kasem, his oldest daughter, was at the Iowa capitol this afternoon (Friday) to watch Governor Branstad sign the bill into law.

(as said) “My dad would probably still be alive today if we had this bill in California,” Kasem said.

Casey Kasem, who died last June, suffered from Parkinson’s disease. Kasem’s wife, Jean, refused to let his children from a previous marriage see their father. Jean Kasem moved the radio legend out of a Santa Monica hospital last May and took him to the Seattle area, where he died a month later. Then she took his body first to Montreal, then Oslo, where it sat in a freezer for months until he was buried in an unmarked grave shortly before Christmas.

(as said) “This is a silent epidemic. There are so many abuses of guardianships and so many abuses of caretakers,” Kerri Kasem said. “…We have seen thousands of cases of isolation — thousands — and it’s legal. And all of the laws are on the abusers side and there is nothing you can do.”

The new Iowa law would allow relatives in a situation like Kasem’s to ask a judge to enforce visitation rights. Twenty-nine-year-old Misty Davis of Cedar Rapids hasn’t been able to see her step-brother, Jim Davis, who lives in Washington. Her step-mother — as the legal guardian for James — will not let Misty or anyone from her late husband’s family see Jim, who has an intellectual disability.

(as said) “I last saw him approximately two months ago,” Davis says. “I get told by people where he’s at and I’ll show up randomly if it’s a public place and then within five minutes I’m kicked out or threatened with the law.”

The new law that would help Davis seek to enforce visitation rights goes into effect July 1st. Until then, Davis has a list of what her stepbrother is missing.

(as said) “Memories, love, attention, respect, family,” Davis told reporters.

The last time Davis saw her stepbrother for an extended period of time was when they sat next to one another at their father’s funeral in January of 2013.

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ISU Students To Present Lyon County Projects

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Lyon County has been getting some free help this semester with several projects throughout the county.
Students in the Iowa State University Retail Scapes program have been working all semester on their Lyon County projects, and will be presenting their final Lyon County projects at the Forster Community Center in Rock Rapids from 4 to 6 PM on Monday, April 27.

The partnership with Lyon County began with the students touring the county earlier this year, on January 25-26 and then selecting projects. The students have been researching, creating, designing and working on their projects since that trip as part of their classroom work. Twenty-eight students will be present on Monday, April 27 to exhibit their Lyon County projects. The public is welcome to attend to view the students’ projects.

ISU officials say the unique course allows the students real-world experience as they study Lyon County and “think outside the box” on potential projects in the county.

Making this possible are Lyon County Economic Development, Rock Rapids Development Corporation, Iowa State University College of Design, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Lyon County Extension Council, Lyon County Riverboat Foundation and Grand Falls Casino and Golf Resort.

Give Stress A Rest Seminar Coming Up

Sheldon, Iowa — A special seminar talking about ways you can beat stress in your life is coming up on Wednesday, April 29th at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon.
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It’ll run from 9 AM to 3 PM, and it’s geared toward health care providers, volunteers and family care givers, but is open to anyone.

Steve Siemens of Siemens People Builders is the speaker. He says the session will give you the tools and skills to take your work to the next level, help you see the “big picture” of what positive attitudes and teamwork can do, and re-energize you with greater passion and satisfaction.

He says he’ll talk about 12 ways to heal the stress around you.

Siemens says not only will you learn something, it’s all wrapped in humor, so you’ll have a good time too.

For more information, you can call NCC at 712-324-5061.

The seminar is sponsored by Baum Harmon Mercy Hospital, Sanford Sheldon, The Beecin Foundation, and Northwest Iowa Community College.

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Trooper: Turning Lanes For Left Turns ONLY

center turn lane onlySheldon, Iowa — Iowa State Patrol Safety Education Officer Vince Kurtz is teaching people the appropriate use of a center turning lane.

Kurtz says he received a question recently from a citizen about the proper use of a center turning lane, like the ones used in several communities in the area, including the new alignment of Highway 18 through Sheldon, Highway 10 through Orange City and Highway 75 through Sioux Center, among others. Kurtz says the citizen says that he or she has seen drivers use it as a passing lane to go around someone making a right turn, or as a merging lane for cars turning onto that street if the regular lane is occupied. They pull out into the center lane and then merge over into the driving lane when they can do so.

Kurtz says he’s heard the questions a lot in Sheldon.

He says the violation would be “Failure To Obey A Traffic Control Device,” and not only is it a large fine, it’s also quite a dangerous thing to do.

He says a white rectangular sign will usually read something to the effect of ‘CENTER TURN LANE ONLY’ or ‘CENTER TURN LANE’. He says solid and dotted yellow lines will border this lane, indicating no passing. White arrows will also be painted in the middle of these lanes to indicate that it is only to be used for turning.

If you have a question for Trooper Kurtz, you can tweet them to him using his Twitter handle of @TrooperKurtz, or call the Iowa State Patrol post in Spencer.

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