Sheldon, Iowa — This week is National Catholic Schools Week, and the faculty and staff at St. Patrick’s School in Sheldon are celebrating with different themes for each day of the week.
St. Patrick’s Principal Mendy Haefs tells us what Catholic Schools Week is all about.
Haefs says Monday was “Show Your Spirit Day”, where students and faculty were encouraged to dress in St. Patrick’s School attire. The day ends with a Taco Supper from 4:30 to 7:00 in the church basement. She says Tuesday, weather permitting, will be “Book Character Day”.
Wednesday, she says, is “Dress For Success Day”.
Haefs says they also have something special in store for Thursday and Friday.
National Catholic Schools Week begins on the last Sunday in January each year, and this year is January 31st through February 6th.
Sheldon, Iowa — A reward is now being offered in connection with a pair of burglaries that happened in Sheldon last week. In each incident, the perpetrators forced their way into the buildings, making off with an undetermined amount of cash.
The Sheldon Police Department is asking for the assistance of anyone who might have information about these burglaries, which took place at Perspective Insurance and Rise Ministries. Anyone with information is asked to contact their local law enforcement agency. The O’Brien County Crime Dusters program is offering a $600 reward to anyone who provides information on this crime that leads to the arrest and conviction of the offenders.
You may provide information on this crime or any other crimes by calling the Sheldon Police Department at 712-324-2525 or the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office at 712-957-3415. Upon calling you will be put in contact with a police officer who will take your information. People can also provide information or tips on crimes by using the “Hot Tip” link or “e-mail” button on the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office website.
Arrangements can be made to assist the people who want to remain anonymous but still be eligible for the reward.
In the latest from the Sheldon Police Department:
Two Sheldon businesses have reported break ins recently. The Police department says they received a report of a break in at Perspective Insurance on Highway 18 on Wednesday morning, January 27th. The crime is thought to have occurred between 6 PM Tuesday and 7:45 AM Wednesday. Officers also report that they received an break in report from Rise Ministries on Friday morning, January 29th. That crime is thought to have occurred overnight or sometime on Thursday.
A Sheldon teen has been apprehended after the police believe he took a vehicle. The Sheldon boy is charged with operation without owner’s consent. The vehicle is thought to have been taken in the 10 AM hour on Wednesday morning, January 27th from an address on 11th Street in Sheldon. The boy was apprehended on Thursday.
Doon, Iowa — Two people were taken to the hospital after an accident near Doon on Monday morning, February 1st.
The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 8:15 AM, 16-year-old Ross VanBemmel was driving a 1996 GMC Jimmy eastbound on 260th Street, three miles east of Doon and a mile north of the county line. The deputy’s report says VanBemmel came to the intersection at Highway 75, stopped, and continued through the intersection.
According to the report, he did not see a northbound 2005 International semi and trailer driven by Donald Facile of Sherman, SD. VanBemmel’s SUV ran into the driver side of the semi’s cab below the door.
The Lyon County Ambulance crew took VanBemmel and a minor passenger to the Sioux Center Health Hospital.
The GMC sustained heavy damage and is considered a total loss, The International truck and trailer sustained approximately $6000 in damage.
VanBemmel was cited on a charge of Failure to Yield Upon Entering Through Highway
The Lyon County Sheriff’s office reports the Lyon County Ambulance crew, Doon Fire and Rescue personnel, and the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office assisted them on the scene.
Northwest Iowa — A February blizzard is forecast to arrive in the area late tonight, and continue raging through the day tomorrow. Our primary broadcast area of O’Brien, Osceola, Lyon and Sioux Counties are under a Blizzard Warning, as is most of the northwestern quarter of Iowa and parts of southwestern Minnesota.
Phil Schumacher is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls, and he said this time it will be different that the heavy snow events we’ve experienced earlier this winter.
Schumacher says the snow should begin late tonight, and become heavy by tomorrow morning. He says that the winds that will howl with this storm will cause the biggest problems.
He says we’ll see the worst of the weather during the day tomorrow.
Schumacher says snowfall amounts will vary, but the heaviest amounts will be in the southeastern parts of the area.
He says the relatively warm temperatures will cause the snow to be wetter and heavier, which will allow conditions to improve more quickly.
Several basketball games and other events scheduled for tomorrow have already been rescheduled. To keep on top of the postponements and cancellations, 24/7, click on the “Closures/Delays” tab at kiwaradio.com.
Speaking of blizzards, new research indicates that the reported number of annual blizzards has doubled since the 1960’s. Jill Coleman, a meteorologist at Ball State University says that from 1960-94, the United States averaged about 9 reported blizzards each year, but jumped to about 19 a year since 1995. Coleman’s research also found that blizzards are concentrated in the Dakotas, western Minnesota and northwest Iowa, with this area averaging at least one blizzard per year over the study’s 55-year reporting period.
Statewide Iowa — This year’s Iowa Caucuses are tonight — Monday, February 1st at 7:00 PM.
The Iowa caucuses are an electoral event in which residents of Iowa meet in precinct caucuses and elect delegates to the county conventions.
There are 99 counties in Iowa, so there are 99 conventions. These county conventions then select delegates for both Iowa’s Congressional District Convention and the State Convention, which eventually choose the delegates for the presidential nominating conventions.