Mark Everson, Republican Presidential Hopeful, Visits Area

Sheldon, Iowa — In recent weeks there has been a parade of Presidential candidates making stops in northwest Iowa.  The latest to visit, Republican Mark Everson, bought lunch and answered questions for a group of northwest Iowa voters during a meet and greet Wednesday at the Sheldon Pizza Everson at Sheldon Pizza RanchRanch.

Everson told the group that he was a New York native, born at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, and raised in Yonkers, New York.  He said he has lived in nine different states, including two here in the midwest, as well as in living and working in Turkey, France and Zambia.

He said that one of the reasons he’s running is to help get the country back to “Constitutional governance”.  He said he thinks it vital to stop the over-reach of the executive branch, and hold that branch of government accountable to Congress and the American people.

Everson said the Republicans need to elect a candidate who will adhere to conservative principles, but like Ronald Reagan, be willing to deal within the context of those principles.

He said that his six years serving in the Reagan Administration overseeing border enforcement operations and then in cold war foreign policy, provided him with a close-up look at that administration.  Everson also served six years in the 2nd Bush administration, serving as both IRS Director, and Deputy Director of White House Budget Office.  He also served for three years with former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, where he ran the state’s unemployment system and job training program.

In addition to his government service, Everson says he is one of the few Republican candidates who has more than limited experience in the private sector, having worked as a senior financial executive at Europe’s largest aluminum company, as well as the world’s largest airline catering company.

Everson says that, as President, he would undertake bold tax reform, favoring a consumption tax.  He’d make Wall Street and big banks follow the law and play by the same rules as everybody else, make real, balanced reforms to our entitlement programs to secure their continued viability, and rewrite our immigration laws to control our borders and reinforce the American tradition of assimilation.

He also said that he would take re-election politics out of Oval Office decision making by serving only a single term.  In fact, he said he favors a Constitutional amendment limiting the President to a single six-year term.

From Sheldon, Everson went on to an early afternoon stop in LeMars.  His northwest Iowa swing will continue Thursday with stops in Spencer and Spirit Lake, before wrapping up his Iowa swing with a GOP meeting in eastern Iowa.

Upgrade Hoped For In Hangar Replacement

Sheldon, Iowa — Recovery continues at the Sheldon Airport after the recent wind storm.

Wind storm damage at Sheldon Regional Airport on June 22, 2015
Wind storm damage at Sheldon Regional Airport on June 22, 2015

We had a chance to talk with Sheldon Airport Board Chairman Skip Tanner, who gave us an update after a recent meeting of the board. He says first of all he wants to thank people for their help after the storm. He says they’re doing work with the insurance companies now.

He says they’re still trying to figure out how much insurance is going to help.

Tanner says that the insurance companies have given them some advance money to make temporary repairs because the Sheldon Regional Airport is an important resource for many aircraft in the area, including medical planes and helicopters, and they need it to be in service as much as possible.

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Ocheyedan Council Election Results Released

Ocheyedan, Iowa — The man who the Ocheyedan City Council appointed to fill a vacancy after a death on the council — will continue in that position.
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The City of Ocheyedan held a special election to fill the vacancy on the city council on Tuesday, July 14th.

Council member Gene Turner passed away recently. The Ocheyedan City Council appointed Kevin Hertz to fill the vacancy until the city election in November.

However, some Ocheyedan residents filed a petition for a special election to fill the vacancy, forcing the election.

Current interim council member Kevin Hertz won the election with 103 votes, against Clyde Hoekstra’s 35 votes. There were also two write-in votes.

The results are unofficial until they are canvassed by the Osceola County Board of Supervisors. That is set for Tuesday, July 21st.

Sentence In Sioux County Burglary Case

Orange City, Iowa — A Le mars man has been sentenced on in a rural burglary case.
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Sioux County Attorney Thomas Kunstle says that 47-year-old Tracy Lee Snedeker of Le Mars pled guilty on Monday, July 13, 2015, in Sioux County District Court to the crime of Burglary in the Third Degree, a Class D Felony.

The County Attorney’s Office says on May 9, 2014, Snedeker entered a home in rural Sioux County with the intent to commit a theft. The homeowner was home at the time and confronted Snedeker, who gave the homeowner a false name and fled.

Snedeker was located when the homeowner ran into him several months later at a grocery store in Le Mars and called law enforcement.

Snedeker was sentenced to five years in prison, and was ordered to turn himself in on September 30, 2015, to begin serving his sentence.

Railroad Traveler’s Death Accidental

Sibley, Iowa – The man who fell off a northbound train north of Sibley and was run over by a train was not a railroad employee, but was riding the rails. That from the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation — the DCI.

The DCI is assisting the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office with the death investigation.
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They say that on July 13, 2015, the body of 29-year-old Brandon Joseph Sage Gould was found near railroad tracks by a pedestrian, approximately a mile-and-a-half north of Sibley. The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office says Gould was from Pleasanton, California.

The DCI and Sheriff’s Office believe he fell off the train and was run over by the train. It is unknown, at this time, how or why Gould fell off the train.

It is believed that he was traveling with his wife, Yvette Gould, aboard a Union Pacific railcar, which was carrying grain. Yvette Gould reported her husband missing to the Union Pacific Railroad Police during the afternoon hours of July 13, 2015, once the train arrived in Mankato, MN. It is not known yet how long the two had been riding aboard the railcar. The train, like most northbounds on that stretch of rail was headed from Council Bluffs to Union Pacific’s Valley Park Yard in Shakopee, Minnesota.

An autopsy was performed on the body of Brandon Gould at the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner in Ankeny. His death has been ruled as accidental.

The DCI says it is an on-going investigation and further information will be released as it becomes available.

Sheldon School Board To Meet Wednesday

Sheldon-Schools-logoSheldon, Iowa — A Closed Session for the Quarterly Evaluation Conference for Sheldon Community School District Superintendent Robin Spears is on the agenda when the Sheldon School Board holds their regular monthly meeting Wednesday evening.

In addition, the Board will appoint the Board Secretary-Treasurer for the 2015-16 school year.  They’ll also scheduled to discuss contracts for students receiving educational services from Children’s Home Society, approve Partnership Agreements between the District and Northwest Iowa Community College, and approve the Teacher Evaluation Process and Procedures Manual.

Superintendent Spears is scheduled to give a review of the Ball Field-Recreation Area Project, as well as provide a review of the Health Insurance Program.

The Board will also consider a change of date for their regular August meeting.

Wednesday’s meeting of the Sheldon Community Schools Board of Education will be graveled to order at 6:00 pm in the Sheldon High School Library.