Poverty Simulation Coming To Sheldon

Sheldon, Iowa — There are many poor people among us. The general public and especially those who help the poor are getting a chance to “walk a mile in their shoes”.
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The Family Life Awareness Council, in connection with the Northwest Iowa Area Education Agency is hosting a Poverty Simulation at NCC in Sheldon on Friday, April 23rd from 9 AM until noon. It’s free of charge and open to the public.

Jennifer Mars with the Northwest AEA says the purpose is to create an awareness of factors that can stress many of the families.

She tells us about the history of the event.

Mars says they are inviting community members to attend.

She says that during the simulation, participants role-play the lives of low-income families, from single parents trying to care for their children to senior citizens trying to maintain their self-sufficiency on Social Security.

Mars says it can be a great teaching tool.

If you’re interested, you can call and register with NWAEA by calling Joyce Vander Wilt at 1-800-572-5073 Ext 7805. Again it’s Friday, April 23rd at NCC in Sheldon.

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Ernst Visits Sheldon

Senator Joni ErnstSheldon, Iowa — United States Senator Joni Ernst was in Sheldon Friday morning as part of her 99 County Tour.  She says she uses all of her “work breaks”, or Senate recess periods, to visit the counties around the state.  Ernst indicated that she intends to visit each of Iowa’s 99 counties each year during her Senate tenure.

Ernst’s visit to Sheldon included a tour of the facilities at Village Northwest Unlimited, and she said she was very impressed by the facility.


She said she was especially impressed with the way the Village integrates into the Sheldon community, and the level of community support shown.


Ernst says she’s been to Sheldon many times as Battalion Commander for the Iowa National Guard, and that the 2168th Transportation Company, located in Sheldon, is near and dear to her heart.



Ernst says she’s been pleasantly surprised by the number of Iowans who take the time to come to the nation’s capitol to sit down with her.


When asked about President Obama’s nomination of Loretta Lynch to replace Eric Holder as U.S. Attorney General, Senator Ernst said she has “real issues” with Lynch’s confirmation.



Senator Ernst started her day Friday with a tour of Little Sioux Corn Processors in Cherokee County, then on to Sheldon for her O’Brien County stop, before heading for a visit to the Crittenton Center Children’s Shelter in Woodbury County.  As of Friday, the Senator says she’s past the halfway point of her 99 County Tour for 2015.

Text-A-Tip Results In Alcohol Violations

Hawarden, Iowa — Twelve young people were charged with alcohol violations after the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office received a “Text-a-Tip.”
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They report that early on Sunday, at 12:35 AM, their officers investigated the report that said that a large group of people under the age of 21 were consuming alcohol at a farm building at 2081 400th Street, five miles northeast of Hawarden.

Upon further investigation, deputies did locate several people under the age of 21 consuming alcohol. Deputies charged 12 individuals under the age of 21 with illegal consumption of alcohol; of those 12 people, three were juveniles who were cited and released to their parents.

Additionally, 18-year-old Chantel Caskey of Hawarden was charged with contributing to the delinquency of minors.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Hawarden Police Department and Sioux County Conservation Office.

Spencer Hy-Vee Gets Bomb Threat

Spencer, Iowa — Some tense moments this Thursday, April 9th at the Spencer Hy-Vee store.
According to Spencer Police, in the 12 PM hour, Spencer Hy-Vee management contacted the Spencer Communication Center and advised they had received a bomb threat.

They say Hy-Vee management along with Spencer Police evacuated the business as quickly as possible.

Once evacuation was complete, authorities say Hy-Vee management along with emergency personnel searched the store but no suspicious devices were located.

Hy-Vee re-opened their business at about 2:40 PM.

The Spencer Police Department advises that their officers and the Division of Criminal Investigation are currently investigating the incident.

The Spencer Fire Department, State Fire Marshall’s Office, Spencer Ambulance personnel, Emergency Management, the Iowa State Patrol, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, the Algona Police Department, Spencer Public Works, Hope Reformed Church, and Hy-Vee management assisted the police department.

Landfill, Engineering Firm Pay Penalty

Orange City, Iowa — The Northwest Iowa Area Solid Waste Agency near Hospers has paid a $100,000 civil penalty for illegally dumping waste into its landfill.

Landfill Compactor (generic file photo)
Landfill Compactor (generic file photo)

The following information is from the Iowa Attorney General’s Office:

In an order called a consent decree, Third Judicial District Chief Judge Duane E. Hoffmeyer Wednesday approved the payment to resolve a lawsuit filed in 2013 by Attorney General Tom Miller on behalf of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

The lawsuit alleged that for approximately six months beginning in November 2011, the agency illegally dumped 300,000 tons of solid waste into the Northwest Iowa Area Sanitary Landfill. According to the lawsuit, the agency deposited solid waste into unapproved landfill cells with no liner or leachate collection system, as required by state law.

The lawsuit also alleged that the agency began constructing two cells without first obtaining required state permits from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

The Northwest Iowa Area Solid Waste Agency, which is ultimately responsible for complying with state environmental laws and regulations, asserted that the agency relied on advice and direction from licensed civil engineer Elliot D. Waddell, owner of Five States Engineering PC of Westfield, Iowa. According to the agency, Waddell and his company represented to the agency that the landfill was in compliance.

In addition to the penalty, the consent decree requires the agency to take certain actions by November 30, 2017 in landfill areas that were not in compliance. Those actions include installing interim final closure caps, adding soil and vegetation, and installing a final cover system designed to minimize infiltration and erosion.

On March 13, 2014 the agency obtained a $100,000 default judgment against Waddell and Five States Engineering.

On July 11, 2013, the Iowa Engineering and Land Surveying Examining Board reprimanded Waddell for failing to include all relevant and pertinent information in reports submitted to a governmental agency. The board ordered Waddell to complete an engineering ethics course.

The Northwest Iowa Area Solid Waste Agency Landfill and Recycling serves, Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola and Sioux Counties as well as several communities in Clay County and the City of Akron in Plymouth County.

American Legion Assists With Honor Flight

Sheldon, Iowa — The McGlothlen-Cowie Post 145 American Legion in Sheldon wants to thank everyone who helps and supports their Post.
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We talked to Jeremy Beenken from the post and he tells us that because of the support they received, they were able to donate $1200 to the Bushy Creek Area Honor Flight.

It is free of charge to the veterans that fly out, he says. According to Beenken, the money raised for the honor flights come from memberships.

Beenken tells us about membership and about the fact that they need more volunteers to help with military funerals.

Beenken is asking veterans to come and see what it is all about. He says they meet in the Legion Building in City Park across from Parkview Assembly.

If you are interested in hearing more about the Honor Flight program, Deanna Akeson from the O’brien County Veterans Affairs will be the next meeting to talk about it. It’s tonight, April 9th, 2015, at 7:30 PM.

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