Coop Members Approve Unification

Rock Valley, Iowa — The members of three northwest Iowa agriculture coops have approved a unification measure.
grain elevator silos
Mark Finck, General Manager of Farmers Elevator Coop tells us about the vote.

Members of the three coops, Farmers Elevator Coop locations based in Rock Valley, Cooperative Elevator Association locations based in Ocheyedan, and United Farmers Coop locations based in George approved the measure by over 70 percent, says Finck. Finck says while they are releasing the fact that the measure passed, they are not releasing the numbers at this time. He says that may be done in the future.

He tells us the name of the new company and about the leadership structure.

Cooperative Farmers Elevator will begin their unified operations on September 1st, 2015.

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Branstad, Reynolds To Make NW Iowa Stops

Northwest Iowa — Iowa’s Governor and Lieutenant Governor are going to be in northwest Iowa this week.

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad

They’ll start in the southern part of our region, and move north, before heading back south again.

In our area, the executive pair will start in Cherokee. On Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 3 PM, Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds will attend the Cherokee Connect Iowa and Skilled Iowa Community announcement at the Spring Lake Yacht Club at 606 Spring Lake Drive in Cherokee.

From there, it’s on to Paullina for a 4:30 PM tour of Mill Creek Machining. That’s at 119 North Willow Street in Paullina.

Then on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 9 AM, Governor Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Reynolds will attend the Sibley Rotary Club meeting, which will be at the Osceola County Courthouse, on the third floor. That’s at 300 Seventh Street in Sibley.

At 10:30, they’ll be at the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Dur-A-Lift facility near George, at 2002 Kingbird Avenue. The ribbon cutting is to celebrate the new facility and the latest milestone in the ongoing growth and expansion of Lyon County’s largest manufacturer. Dur-A-Lift and sister companies Sudenga Industries and Ranger All-Season make up Diversified Technologies, Incorporated.

As we’ve told you previously, at 12:30 PM, they will be at the Rock Valley Community Schools library to hold a Teacher Leadership Conversation. The school is at 1712 20th Avenue in Rock Valley.

At 2:30 PM, the governor will sign a Soil and Water Conservation Week proclamation at the Bob Puetz Farm at
16175 Marble Avenue near Le Mars.

Teen Arrested On Drug-Related Charges

Doon, Iowa — A Maurice teen has been arrested on drug-related charges in Lyon County.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 2 AM on Saturday morning, one of their deputies stopped a vehicle on First Street and Hubbard Avenue in Doon. They report the driver was identified as 18-year-old Kolten Van Voorst of Maurice.

The Sheriff’s Office says that a search of the motor vehicle allegedly resulted in a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia being found. They say Van Voorst was arrested and transported to the Lyon County Jail.

Business Value Workshop Coming Up

Sheldon, Iowa — There’s a free workshop coming up for those who want to know what their business is worth.
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The “What Is My Business Worth?” workshop is planned for Thursday, April 30, 2015 from 2–4 PM at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon.

While the workshop is sponsored by the Western Iowa Score Sheldon chapter, NCC and the Small Business Development Center of Iowa, any area business owner is welcome to register for this event.

Kelly McCarty, Regional Director of the Northwest Iowa Small Business Development Center tells us about the workshop.

He says Schoville will take the time to cover the common challenges of preparing your business for sale, not only to a family member or key employee, but also to an outside buyer.

McCarty says that thanks to SCORE, the class is free.

Even though it’s free, organizers would appreciate knowing who plans to attend to better plan for materials and refreshments. If you are interested in attending, you’re asked to contact Lesa Stofferan at Northwest Iowa Community College (712) 324-5061 ext.195 to reserve a seat for the workshop.

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New NCC Building Under Construction

Sheldon, Iowa — A new Applied Technology Building is going to be built at Northwest Iowa Community College.

We talked to Steve Waldstein with NCC, and he told us about the building.

Left: Hole being drilled for GeoPier. Right: GeoPier being compacted.
Left: Hole being drilled for GeoPier. Right: GeoPier being compacted.

He tells us what’s going to happen to Building D.

NCC Heavy Equipment Operation & Maintenance instructor Roger Solberg says the building is being built using some technology that’s somewhat rare in northwest Iowa. He says it’s called Geopier Foundation Systems, and Peterson Contractors, Incorporated of Reinbeck, Iowa is helping them install the “GeoPiers.”

He says there are several reasons the new technology was used.

L to R: Collin McNeil, Drew Konfrst, Colton Mesman, Conor Heiden, Will Hilpipre

He tells us about the experience that the students gained while helping out.

Ground breaking ceremonies for the Applied Technology Building will be held at NCC on April 24. The ceremony will be from 9:30–10:30 AM with the Sheldon Chamber of Commerce ceremony at 10 AM.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony.

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Garage Destroyed In Fire

Germantown, Iowa — A garage was destroyed in a fire on Thursday, April 16, 2015 in Germantown.
Rotating Light FS Wheeler
According to Paullina Fire Chief Brian Feltman, the Paullina Fire Department has two stations, one in Paullina and one in Germantown. He says about 3:45 PM, they were called to the report of structure fire on the northwest edge of Germantown, on a place owned by Ron Maranell.

The chief says as they approached the scene, the fire department saw a fully engulfed garage and fire in the grove. He says they used water and broke up some of the building to fight the fire.

Feltman reports that there was an explosion while they were fighting the fire. He says they think it was an acetylene or propane tank in the garage. He says there were no injuries.

The fire department was assisted by the Granville fire department, and they had the Marcus department on standby, but the chief says they didn’t need them.

He says the cause of the fire appeared to be sparks from a burn pile.

Chief Feltman reports that the garage was totaled, and there was some damage to other buildings. He says they were able to save another outbuilding behind the garage, the barn, and the house.

He says they used about 8000 gallons of water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene for about an hour.