Board Reappoints Hartzell As Secretary-Treasurer

Sheldon High SchoolSheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon Community Schools Board of Education approved five open enrollment applications during their regular July meeting Wednesday evening.  The five included two students who will be enrolling into the Sheldon District from the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn District, one who will be enrolling out of the Sheldon District into the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn District, one coming into the Sheldon District from Sibley-Ocheyedan, and one coming into the District from George-Little Rock.

LaDonn Hartzell will continue her role as Board Secretary-Treasurer for the upcoming school year following action by the Board.  The Iowa Code specifies that a District’s Secretary-Treasurer must be appointed or reappointed each year between July 1st and August 15th.

In other action, the Board approved an employment contract with Dawn Meyer, who will serve as the K-12 School Nurse, at an annual salary of $27,500.  They also approved an education contract for a student  receiving educational services from the Children’s Home Society in Sioux Falls, approved five agreements between the District and Northwest Iowa Community College, and approved the Teacher Evaluation Process and Procedures Manual.

Superintendent Robin Spears reviewed the 28E agreement between the District and the City of Sheldon on the Ball Fields-Recreation Project.  He said that, to date, the District has paid a total of $579,851, with $509,451 paid by the City.  Spears says that once all the bills have been paid, the District and the City will meet to discuss balancing the total costs to the 50-50 split that had been agreed upon by both parties.  He said that, since the project is nearing completion, he felt now would be a good time to review the project with the Board.

The Board also discussed changing the date of the regular August monthly meeting, due to some board members’ schedule conflicts.  After an examination of possible alternate dates, it was decided to not change the date for the August meeting.  It will be held at 6:00 pm Wednesday, August 12th in the high school library.

Rock Valley Man Airlifted After Farm Accident

Rock Valley, Iowa — A Rock Valley man was airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital after a farm accident west of Rock Valley on Tuesday.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 6:20 AM, emergency responders were called to 1725 310th Street, which is seven miles west of Rock Valley.
It is believed that 27-year-old Eduardo Martinez of Rock Valley was driving a Bobcat CT445 farm tractor pulling a trailer. Twenty-six-year-old Yansel Martinez of Rock Valley is believed to have been riding on the front of the trailer when he fell off and was struck by a wheel on the trailer.

Yansel Martinez was transported by the Rock Valley Ambulance to Hegg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley for treatment of serious injuries. He was later flown by Sanford AirMed Helicopter to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.
The Sheriff’s Office says the Rock Valley Police Department assisted as well.

Sheriff Touts Dog Vest; Drug Collection Program

Rock Rapids, Iowa — In the latest happenings from the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office:
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Their newest K9 has now been awarded a ballistic vest, and they are now a drop off point for no-longer-needed prescriptions and other drugs.

They report that their K9 Missy was awarded the ballistic vest thanks to a nonprofit organization, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., and Quad City Area Women Police of Bettendorf, Iowa.

They tell us that Vested Interest in K9s, Incorporate is a charity located in Massachusetts, whose mission is to provide bullet and stab-protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. Each vest costs over a thousand dollars.

The drug return box is part of a permanent MedReturn drug collection program. The goal is to reduce the supply of drugs that can potentially harm teens and adults.

Lyon County citizens looking to dispose of excess and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications can now visit the safe and secure permanent drop box owned by the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office will be unveiling the box at the Lyon County Fair. Following the fair, the box will be moved to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office front lobby, where it will be available 24/7. Drugs can be dropped off with no questions asked.

Properly disposing of excess drugs is everyone’s responsibility as a matter of public safety. More than 70 percent of young people abusing prescription pain relievers get them through friends or family, a statistic that includes raiding the family medicine cabinet. Environmental agencies also urge people not to flush their drugs as they could contaminate the water and affect fish, wildlife or humans.

The Sheriff’s Office says that the drug collection unit is produced by MedReturn, LLC of Grafton, Wisconsin. MedReturn, LLC says they are committed to providing a safe, secure and environmentally-friendly way to help law enforcement agencies and communities collect unwanted or expired household medication, including prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs and unused pharmaceuticals.

Local Girl Returns From National American Miss Pageant

NAM 1Sheldon, IA — Brianna Huff, a 19-year-old Sheldon native, returned this week from the National American Miss (NAM) Pageant in Clearwater, Florida, where she placed as the second runner-up for the title of America’s US Junior Miss Hawkeye State Ambassador.

While at the pageant, which took place from July 6th through July 10th, Brianna also received other honors. The girls had the opportunity to write essays about their biggest female, male or sponsor influence in their life. Brianna chose to write about her mother, Lisa Huff, and received the award for Parent of the Year, an honor she bestowed on her mother in recognition of the support that Lisa has shown to her daughter throughout her life. Brianna also came home with the Spirit Award, which is given to the girl who shows the most positive attitude during the competition, not just for what she is doing in her own life, but for the encouragement and support she showed to everyone she came in contact with while at the competition.

Brianna isn’t new to the pageant world. When she was five years old she competed for Little Miss Ashton and came home with that title and then went on to win the Osceola County Fair Queen. After such a positive start she competed again the following year, then took a break from pageants until 2012, when, as a Junior in high school, she became the newest Miss Sheldon. In 2013 she won the title of Miss Iowa Teen USA.

NAM isn’t what you think a typical pageant would be like. Yes, there are trophies, prizes, scholarships and cash awards, but NAM goes beyond that. In fact, only 30% of a girl’s score has anything to do with appearance. According to their site “the majority of the scoring in our pageant is based on communication. Good communication and presentation skills are what we want to recognize and encourage… The judges are giving you scores based on where you are in life, just the way you are.” NAM is also a big promoter of community service, and works closely with Feed My Starving Children and the Wounded Warriors, and a portion of each girl’s score is based on the volunteer work they perform.

Brianna stated that she entered NAM after being encouraged by a friend, who happens to be last year’s winner of the same pageant. She realized once she got past the first couple rounds of elimination that it was going to take a little more help, and so Brianna went around to the local area businesses looking for sponsorship. Among those who helped her along the journey are A Country Florist, Edward Jones/Darrell Burns, KIWA Radio, Iowa Lakes Community College, Iowa Information, Elegance by Sarah Ruhs and many friends and family members. She acknowledges that her success wouldn’t have been possible without their support and is very thankful to all who have helped and encouraged her along the way.

Brianna says that she entered the pageant as a confidence booster; she likes who she is as a person and feels comfortable in her own skin, and she felt she possessed the qualities the pageant looks to promote in young women. She also saw it as an opportunity to do something to show her mother just how much her support and encouragement in all that she’s done over the years has meant to her. Congratulations on your success, Brianna!

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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