Feed Truck Cab Destroyed In Fire

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A cab of a feed truck was destroyed in a fire on Monday, February 29, 2016 near Rock Rapids.
Rock Rapids FD Fire Department
According to Rock Rapids Assistant Fire Chief Tanner Vogl, about 3:17 PM, the Rock Rapids Fire Department was called to the report of vehicle fire near 1772 Fir Avenue, about a mile and a half south and two west of Rock Rapids.

The chief says the fire department saw the feed truck’s cab was fully engulfed as they approached the scene. He says they used water with foam to fight the fire.

He says no injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

Assistant Chief Vogl reports that the cab of the truck was totaled, but the feed box was not damaged.

He says crews were on scene for a half hour to 45 minutes.

That call was actually the third one of the day for the Rock Rapids Fire Department. They were called to a fire alarm at Sanford Rock Rapids Hospital in the morning, but it turned out to be a false alarm. They also responded to the call of a tractor fire in the 2 PM hour at Tyler Pedersen’s place at 1734 US 75 Avenue, but by the time they arrived, the tractor’s operator had the fire put out with a bucket and water. Vogl says the cause of that fire was debris around the exhaust, and there was minimal damage to the tractor.


Barn, Contents Destroyed In Blaze

Boyden, Iowa — A barn near Boyden and its contents were destroyed in a fire fought by four fire departments on Sunday.

Boyden FD Fire Department
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Boyden Fire Chief Chris Starkenburg reports they were called out about 12:30 PM to a report of a barn on fire at 3420 Kennedy Avenue, two and a quarter miles south of Boyden.

When they got there, he says they found the entire west half of the barn was on fire.

He says the barn and contents were a total loss with an estimated value of $10,000.

No injuries were reported.

According to Starkenburg, he and the Iowa State Fire Marshal’s office are continuing their investigation at this time.

Starkenburg reports that fire departments from Hull, Matlock and Sheldon as well as the Boyden Ambulance crew and the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office assisted them.


UPDATE: Everly School Evacuated By Bomb Threat

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Everly, Iowa — More information has been released on the bomb threat Tuesday morning at the Clay Central-Everly school in Everly.

Clay County Sheriff Randy Krukow says his department was notified at about 9:10 Tuesday morning.  He says students were evacuated to a secure, off-site location while responding law enforcement personnel worked with the Clay Central-Everly administration and building maintenance to assess the threat and determine the appropriate protocol and actions to be taken.

He says the perimeter of the school property was secured and search teams consisting of various law enforcement officers, supported by school staff, were deployed approximately 10:55 am to make an initial, cursory search of the campus. This search was enhanced by a bomb detection K-9 unit and fire and rescue equipment and personnel were appropriately positioned.

The initial search was completed without suspicions, according to Krukow, and a search of the parking lot was immediately initiated and also completed without suspicions. A secondary search of the campus was then made, utilizing the K-9 unit. This search was also completed without suspicions and the all-clear signal was given to school administration, allowing the return of the students, according to the Sheriff.

Clay County officials say the investigation into the incident is ongoing, and they say they are confident whomever is responsible will be held accountable.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Spencer Police Department and the Algona Police Department K-9 unit, the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Iowa State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Iowa State Patrol, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Clay County Emergency Management, Everly Fire and Rescue and the City of Everly Public Works Department.

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Everly, Iowa — The Clay Central-Everly Community Middle and High School building in Everly was evacuated this morning, due to a possible bomb threat, according to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.

Clay County Sheriff Randy Krukow says his deputies were dispatched at about 9:10 this morning to the school building in Everly.  Krukow says that, as of late this morning, all students and staff were safe and secured at an off-site location with one of his deputies.

Krukow says that three separate law enforcement teams, with the assistance of the Algona Bomb K-9, had entered and were clearing the building.

Krukow says more information will be released later today.


Discussion To Continue On Events Center

Event CenterSheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon City Council will continue their discussion on the proposed Events Center at their meeting this Wednesday, March 2nd. Mike Bell of RDG Planning and Design will be at the meeting to review the details of the project. Then, according to their projected timeline, the Council will put the project out for bids at the March 16th meeting.  At that time they will also set a time and date for a public hearing on the project.

The agenda for Wednesday’s meeting includes a public hearing on the City’s budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year, as well as consideration of support for the Northwest Iowa Regional Trust Fund.  Action on the trust fund was carried over from the previous Council meeting to give the City a chance to gather more pertinent information.

The Council will also continue their discussion with regard to SCAT staffing, consider the sale of a lot in Trilogy Village, and consider changing a Council meeting date.

Wednesday’s meeting begins at 4:30 in the upper level of the Sheldon Community Services Center.


Area, Regional Economy Improving

upward_trend_3Northwest Iowa — Our area, along with the rest of Iowa and the entire Midwest is showing signs of economic improvement, according to a monthly survey.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss compiles the Mid-American Business Conditions Index.

Supply managers in Iowa and eight other Midwest states are surveyed each month and the results are compiled into indexes ranging from zero to 100. Any score above 50 suggests economic growth. The overall index has now increased for two consecutive months.

A strong U.S. dollar and weakness among the nation’s chief trading partners remains a restraint on regional growth, according to Goss.

The survey found a lot of concern about a potential Federal Reserve rate hike later this month.

Goss is predicting there’s a 60-percent chance that the Federal Reserve will move to bump up interest rates in a couple weeks.

For a look at this month’s survey, click this link.


Four Sheldon Girls to Perform With All-Iowa Honor Dance Team

Sheldon Orabs 2Des Moines Iowa — Four members of the Sheldon Dance Team earned spots on the 2016 All-Iowa Honor Dance Team and will perform on Saturday at the State Basketball Tournament. The Orab four include Bryn Groff, Madison Uhl, Alexa VandenHull and Kelsey VanDrie.  The team has become a tradition at the Girls State Basketball Tournament. All dance teams represented are members of the Iowa State Dance Team Association and the girls are chosen based on ability, attitude, dedication and leadership qualities.

Auditions were held last fall at Ames Community Schools. After just hours of practice together the students put on a show that is nationally recognized as one of the finest of it’s kind. Grand View University serves as the host for the Thursday and Friday rehearsals.

The pregame performance will include fifty dancers performing a patriotic salute. The halftime production will perform during the 3A Championship game halftime on Saturday. The halftime group involves 224 dancers representing 100 Iowa high schools. This year’s theme is a medley of songs with the theme of “work”. Opening tip off for the 3A Championship game is set for 4:00 pm Saturday March 5th.