October 30, 2014 - 3:12 pm - Posted in News

halloween pumpkin trick or treat jack-o-lanternSheldon, Iowa — It’s time once again for the little northwest Iowa ghosts and goblins to go door-to-door and see what kind of treats they can find.

In Sheldon, Chamber Coordinator Allison Cooke tells us there are three different kinds of trick-or-treating in Sheldon, and all three will be on Halloween — Friday, October 31.


She says this year they have the highest number of participating businesses that they’ve ever had. About 28 businesses will be participating in the downtown trick-or-treating. But it doesn’t end there.


Again, you can start at the library at 3:30, trick or treat downtown from 4:30 to 5:30, Citywide trick-or-treating is from 5 to 7, and trick-or-treating at Sanford Senior Care is from 6 to 7 PM.

In Sibley, Chamber Director Sheryl Peters says they’ll have downtown trick-or-treating too, but they have more planned too.


She says just because Halloween is over on Friday doesn’t mean the costumed fun has to stop.


Again, the race is on Saturday in Sibley.

In Rock Rapids, the fun actually starts on Thursday night, says Chamber Director Angie Jager.


She says they’ll also have the annual downtown Halloween Parade.


Orange City Chamber Director Mike Hoffman tells us about festivities in Orange City:


Here’s the list of participating businesses for Sheldon Downtown/Business Trick-or-Treating:
1. A Country Florist
2. Aventure Staffing
3. Ben Franklin
4. Carl’s Footwear
5. Citizens State Bank
6. Contents
7. Evie’s Hallmark
8. Farm Bureau
9. Fieldcrest Assisted Living
10. Gordon’s Redwing Shoes
11. Just Cuts for Men
12. KIWA
13. Lewis Drug
14. Marigold’s
15. Mastbergen Jewelry
16. Missy’s
17. Mr. B’s and Lady B’s
18. Northwestern Bank
19. Prairie Queen Bakery
20. Prins Insurance
21. ProActive Physical Therapy
22. RadioShack
23. Revolution Consignment
24. Sheldon Vision Care
25. Shopko
26. Touch of Hope
27. Travel World
28. Wolff Whorley DeHoogh and Schreurs

Make sure to head to the businesses outside of downtown (Fieldcrest, Shopko, and Lewis Drug). Also, take your kids to Pizza Ranch Friday IN COSTUME and they eat for free with a paying adult. Or, if it doesn’t work to go eat, they can still stop in IN COSTUME for a free mini pizza coupon.

  • Sheldon Library Trick : 3:30-4:30pm
  • Sheldon Downtown/Business Trick-or-Treating: 4:30-5:30
  • Sanford Sheldon Senior Care Trick-or-Treating: 6-7pm
  • Sheldon City-Wide: 5-7pm
  • Sibley Downtown Trick-or-Treating Friday 4:00-5:00 PM
  • Sibley Halloween Matinee at the Max Friday 1:30 PM
  • Sibley Rec Costume Walk/Run/Bike Saturday 10:00 AM
  • Rock Rapids Moonlight Madness Thursday 4:00-7:00 PM
  • Rock Rapids Downtown Halloween Parade Friday 4:00 PM

Rock Rapids Moonlight Madness

  • 4-4:30 pm Lost But Found Thrift Store- SUPER Candle SALE! Only 25 cents
  • 4:30-5 pm Sunshine Foods- 4 lb bag of SHURFINE Sugar 88 cents (limit 1)
  • 5-5:30 pm Country Boutique 40% off Fall décor & $10 22 oz. Pumpkin jar candle
  • 5:30-6 pm Home Ology- 50% off Fall décor.
  • 6-6:30 pm Lillian’s- $10 leggings with a purchase of a tunic and 1/2 price jewelry with any purchase
  • 6:30-7 pm Liquor Locker- Schell’s Brewing 6 pk $6 plus tax
  • Orange City Downtown Trick-or-Treating 12 noon-close
  • Orange City pumpkin judging Friday afternoon

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Rock Rapids, Iowa — After the largest flood that the community has ever seen in June of this year, many people’s daily lives in Rock Rapids are back to normal. But that is not the case for those hardest-hit by the flood. Many of them are not able to live in their homes. On Monday night the Rock Rapids City Council voted to condemn ten of the flood-damaged homes.RR FLOOD 2014 fairgounds long angle

The homes have been marked as “dangerous” ever since the flood. According to Mayor Jason Chase, although condemning ten homes sounds like it’s a drastic move, it is one of the expected steps in demolishing the homes and moving forward. Most of the owners are participating in the buyout program, in which the city will become the owner of the property and convert it to green space in an attempt to reduce the amount of damage if the community should suffer another flood. There are several more property owners that are participating in the program, but these ten houses were top priority, since they were marked “dangerous”. All the properties have foundation wall failures and were deemed unsafe by the State Fire Marshal’s office.

Council members also approved an agreement on Monday with Northwest Iowa Planning and Development for administration of the demolition of the flood-damaged homes, and an agreement with the US Army Corps of Engineers “Silver Jackets” to help reduce risks of future flooding.

Lyon County Fair Rapid Speedway Combo SignRock Rapids, Iowa — The Lyon County Fair Board had their annual meeting last night.

The fair dates have been set for 2015. The fair will be July 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24.

They have hired Greenies Balloons, Bob Bohm Show, the wood carver and the zoo mobile.

The first race of 2015 will be April 25 at 10:00 AM. It will be a car show and a noncompetitive race.

The first regular race will be May 1.

Rock Rapids, Iowa — The Rock Rapids City Council met in regular session Monday night at the Community Center.ForsterCenter

The council voted to approve a bid from Alloy Specialty of Omaha for $683 per property to survey and monitor the abatement of any asbestos found in any of the red-tagged “dangerous” flood-damaged homes that the city is planning on demolishing.

The council also approved a resolution condemning the ten tagged homes. This, according to Mayor Jason Chase is one of the expected steps in demolishing the homes. Most of the owners are participating in the buyout program.

Council members also approved an agreement with Northwest Iowa Planning and Development for administration of the demolition of the flood-damaged homes, and an agreement with the US Army Corps of Engineers “Silver Jackets” to help reduce risks of future flooding.

The council decided to sell the police radio from the former police department patrol car to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office. The city will get the car back, stripped of the radio and other police equipment.

They also approved a curb cut application.

Council person Bowers brought up the matter of donating to NEHAMA, the Jewish organization that provided a large amount of assistance during flood cleanup. Utilities Manager Jim Hoye is asking the public for donations of gratitude and the Utility Board is also considering a donation. Bowers is under the impression that the City of Rock Rapids should give a donation directly to the organization. Council person Cody Hoefert says he thinks that Justice For All And ATLAS should be given a similar donation, no matter how much they decide to give. The matter will be on a future agenda.

George, Iowa — A granary, a manure spreader and a silage wagon were all destroyed in a fire on Saturday, October 25, 2014 near George. George Fire FD

According to George Fire Chief Bill Sprock, about 4:20 PM, the George Fire Department was called to the report of structure fire at 3429 220th Street, almost five miles west of the southwest corner of George on the Merle Gronewold place.

The chief says the fire department saw the fire as they were leaving George. The chief says the building was fully engulfed and partially collapsed as they approached the scene.

He says it’s a small acreage, so even though there was no saving the granary or its contents, firefighters were kept busy in defensive mode trying to prevent the other buildings on the farm from starting on fire. He says a dumpster near the house that was being used for scraps from putting new siding on the house did start on fire, but they were able to extinguish that.

Sprock reports that there were no injuries to people, pets, or livestock.

The fire department received water from the Rock Rapids Fire Department and the George Emergency Medical Service stood by, just in case.

He says the cause of the fire was sparks from a nearby rubbish pile fire.

Chief Sprock reports that there was at least $35,000 damage.

He says they used 8000 gallons water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene until 6:30 PM.

Dengler Fire 1Rock Rapids, Iowa — A machine shop, some equipment, a tractor, and a motorcycle were destroyed in a fire on Sunday, October 26, 2014 near Rock Rapids.

According to Rock Rapids Fire Chief Ed Reck, about 9:20 AM, the Rock Rapids Fire Department was called to the report of shop on fire at the Greg and Shar Dengler farm at 3147 190th Street, three miles south of Rock Rapids and a little east.

The chief says the fire department saw the shop fully engulfed in flame and nearly caving in as they approached the scene. Dengler Fire 2He says they used water to fight the fire and kept everything else cool. A nearby corn field was not damaged.

Reck reports that there were no injuries to people, pets, or livestock.

He says the cause of the fire was undetermined, but it’s believed it may have been electrical in nature.

Chief Reck reports that the shop and its contents, which included oil, batteries, and tanks, as well as the motorcycle and tractor, were a complete loss.

He says they used 10,000 gallons of water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene for nearly three hours.

Boyden, Iowa — A George woman and a Sheldon woman were taken to the hospital after an accident near Boyden on Monday morning.Ambulance Front Generic

The Sioux County Sheriff’s office reports that about 7:35 AM, 33-year-old Emily Denekas of George was driving a 2007 Ford Edge westbound on Highway 18. The report says she stopped for oncoming traffic before attempting a left turn onto Jackson Avenue, also known as K64. Thirty-eight-year-old Rachel McDonald of Sheldon was driving a 2010 Ford Escape westbound on Highway 18 behind Denekas.

The report says McDonald was unable to stop and struck the Denekas Ford on the roadway.

Denekas and McDonald were transported by Boyden Ambulance and Hull Ambulance squads to Sanford Sheldon Hospital.

Denekas’ Ford sustained approximately $10,000 in damages. The McDonald Ford sustained an estimated $9,000 in damages.

The Iowa State Patrol, Boyden Fire Department, Boyden Ambulance crew and Hull Ambulance crew assisted on the scene.

McDonald was ticketed for following too closely.

October 24, 2014 - 5:02 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — If you need to register to vote for the November 4th General Election, or absentee vote in person at your local county auditor’s office, you have a couple of Saturday opportunities coming up.voting optical reader machine

In Osceola, O’Brien, Sioux, and Lyon Counties, the Auditors’ Offices are going to be open from 8 AM to 5 PM this Saturday for early voting and voter registration.

Voter registration ends this Saturday, October 25th. However, if you are registered, their offices are going to be open next Saturday, November 1st too for early voting. Osceola, Sioux, and Lyon County Auditors’ Offices will be open from 9 to 5 next Saturday, November 1st, and O’Brien County will be open from 8 to 5 that day.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail is November 1st too, but election officials stress that there would be a time crunch if you wait that long to request a mailed ballot because returned ballots need to be postmarked no later than election day, Tuesday, November 4th.

Iowa does have election day registration, but the auditors strongly encourage you to be registered by this Saturday, October 25th.

better central lyon logoOriginally, there was to be no school at Central Lyon on Monday, November 10th, and that’s what is on the printed version of the Central Lyon School Calendar.

However, there has now been a schedule change. Instead of there being no school that day, there will be school, but it will be dismissed early.

Monday, November 10th, Central Lyon students will go to school at the normal time and will be dismissed at 1 PM, according to Central Lyon officials.

Northwest Iowa — Rick Stewart — the independent candidate for US Senate running vs Joni Ernst and Bruce Braley — is visiting northwest Iowa today for his “Let’s Talk, Iowa” Tour. Everyone is encouraged to drop by his mobile ‘living’ room, designed by an award-winning Iowa cartoonist, discuss issues, and eat a homemade cookie. Here’s the schedule:

  • Lyon County Courthouse in Rock Rapids at 8 AM
  • Sioux County Courthouse in Orange City at 10 AM
  • Plymouth County Courthouse in Le Mars at noon
  • Cherokee County Courthouse in Cherokee at 2 PM
  • O’Brien County Courthouse in Primghar at 4 PM

Stewart says:
“Voters should send a strong signal to Democrats and Republicans in this year’s election, Instead of wasting their votes giving Democrats and Republicans yet another chance to prove they cannot govern the country, voters need to cast every vote for an Independent. That’s a wake up call worth making.”