Orange City, Iowa — A northwest Iowa community is considering getting out of the telephone, cable, and Internet business.cat 5 rj45 ethernet internet cable

The Orange City City Council is looking at selling their share of the city’s telephone utility. The council is putting it to the voters at a special election, which has been scheduled for August 5th. The question is whether to discontinue their operation of Orange City Communications.

An informational meeting has been set up, at which Orange City residents can get more information and ask questions.  The meeting is set for Monday, July 28, 2014 at 5:30 PM in the Orange City City Hall building.

If the voters think the city’s interest in the company should be sold, the city would sell their portion of the communications utility to their partner, Long Lines of Sergeant Bluff.

At this point, both have half of the business.

The partnership was formed over ten years ago, when a public vote authorized the council to enter an agreement with Long Lines to establish the service. That was in 2003.

Orange City Communications is a provider of telephone, cable TV and Internet service to Orange City.

Along the Rock River, Iowa — Flood cleanup efforts are winding down in northwest Iowa, and some disaster assistance personnel who came to help out are planning their trip out of the area.sba disaster rock rapids office

We have received word that the U.S. Small Business Administration will close its Disaster Loan Outreach Centers in Rock Rapids and Rock Valley on Thursday, July 31 at 5 PM.

Joseph M. Folsom, the U. S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Iowa District Director says that the SBA opened the centers to provide personalized assistance to Iowa residents and business owners affected by the severe storms, flooding, straight-line winds and tornadoes that occurred June 14 ‑ 23, 2014, in Lyon and Sioux counties.  He says that until the centers close, SBA customer service representatives will continue to be available to meet with residents and business owners to answer their questions, explain SBA’s disaster loan program, help them complete their applications and close their approved disaster loans.

Residents and business owners can meet with SBA representatives on the days and times indicated below.  No appointment is necessary.

LYON COUNTY
Disaster Loan Outreach Center
114 First Avenue (corner of First Avenue and Marshall Street)
Rock Rapids, IA  51246
Monday - Friday, 8:30 am – 5 pm
Closes Thursday, July 31 at 5 pm

 

SIOUX COUNTY
Disaster Loan Outreach Center
Faith Reformed Church (lower level, southwest entrance, Room 5)
1305 7th Street
Rock Valley, IA  51247
Monday - Friday, 8:30 am – 5 pm
Closes Thursday, July 31 at 5 pm

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate.  Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

Businesses of any size and private, nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets.  SBA can also lend additional funds to homeowners and businesses to help with the cost of making improvements that protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

For small businesses and most private, nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster.  EIDL assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.

Interest rates can be as low as 2.188 percent for homeowners and renters, 2.625 percent for private, nonprofit organizations and 4 percent for businesses, with terms up to 30 years.  Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based upon each applicant’s financial condition.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure Web site at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955or e-mailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.  Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339.  For more information about SBA’s disaster assistance programs, visit http://www.sba.gov/disaster.

The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is September 8, 2014.  The deadline to return economic injury applications is April 8, 2015.

Orange City, Iowa — A Parker, South Dakota man has been sentenced to fifteen years in prison after he admitted to stealing an ATV.

Sioux County Attorney Thomas Kunstle reports that 37-year-old Thomas Charles Dykshorn of Parker, SD, was sentenced this past week in Sioux County District Court for the crime of Theft in the Second Degree by a Habitual Offender, a Class D Felony.

According to court records, on September 7, 2009, a rural Sioux County business reported that an Arctic Cat four-wheeler had been stolen sometime between September 6 and 8, 2009. On the same date, a McCook County, South Dakota, deputy serving an arrest warrant on a subject in rural Salem, South Dakota, noticed a four-wheeler that appeared out of place. The deputy ran a search for the vehicle identification number, and found it to be stolen out of Sioux County. Dykshorn, when interviewed by law enforcement officers while incarcerated in South Dakota in 2010, admitted that he and a friend saw the four-wheeler parked along the highway, loaded it up, and took it back to South Dakota.

Dykshorn was sentenced to 15 years in prison. The sentence will run concurrently with the sentence he was already serving in the South Dakota prison system.

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Des Moines, Iowa – The first extreme heat wave of the summer is forecast for Iowa this week, with highs in the 90s and the heat indexes in the 100s. With the National Weather service issuing a Heat Advisory, The Iowa thermometer - 102 degreesDepartment of Public Health (IDPH) reminds Iowans even young and healthy individuals can have a heat-related illness if they are active during hot weather.

IDPH Medical Director Dr. Patricia Quinlisk says that sometimes the body’s temperature control system just isn’t enough.  She says that in such cases, a person’s temperature rises rapidly.  Especially when humidity is high, as it is today, sweat will not evaporate as quickly, preventing the body from releasing heat quickly.

Although anyone at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, Dr. Quinlisk says the people who are at greatest risk include:

  • People age 65 or older
  • Infants and young children
  • Overweight individuals
  • People who are performing manual labor or exercising outdoors
  • People who have a chronic illness, especially those with heart disease or high blood pressure, or who take certain medications, such as those for depression, insomnia, or poor circulation.

She says that to protect your health when temperatures and humidity are high, remember to keep cool and use common sense. The following tips are important:

  • Increase fluid intake, regardless of your activity level. The best way to tell you are well-hydrated is if your urine is light yellow. If it gets dark, stop and rehydrate by drinking water immediately.
  • If experiencing a lot of sweating, replace salt and minerals by eating foods like bananas and salty crackers, or drink rehydrating beverages that contain salts such as sports drinks, and special rehydration fluids.
  • Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and wear sunscreen.
  • Wear hats that shade your face such as sun hats, visors, etc.
  • Keep in the shade or air conditioned areas as much as possible.
  • Work slowly if you are not used to working or exercising in heat and humidity. Stop immediately if you get dizzy, nauseated, or feel weak. Go into an air conditioned space and drink cool liquids.
  • Use a buddy system. Watch others for heat-induced illness, since some people may not realize that they are suffering heat-related illnesses and can become confused or lose consciousness.

For more information about preventing heat-related illness, visit http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/heat_guide.asp.

The National Weather Service in Sioux Falls says that after what has been a relatively cool summer so far, we’re heading into a short stretch of more typical July conditions to begin the week.

A heat advisory is in effect until 9 PM this evening.

The Weather Service says temperatures will climb near 90 degrees in areas east of Interstate 29. In areas west of the Interstate 29 corridor, readings may top out in the low to middle 90s, with areas of central South Dakota reaching 100 degrees. These temperatures are expected to slowly fall during the evening hours. The heat, combined with increasing humidity, will produce heat index values between 100 and 105 degrees.

Precautionary/preparedness actions:

A heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water. Check up on relatives and neighbors, and do not leave children or pets unattended in vehicles.

To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency, call 9 1 1.

The dangerous heat and humidity will be short-lived, however, as high temperatures mainly in the 80s spread back into the region for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Sheldon, Iowa — The annual RAGBRAI® bike ride starts on Sunday, July 20th in Rock Valley and heads toward Sheldon on Highway 18. Sheldon will be the designated meeting point that day where riders can meet up with their support vehicles, which will be taking a different route. The routes meet in Sheldon.ragbrai logo

Heidi Brown is one of the Sheldon leaders who are organizing what’s going to happen in Sheldon on Sunday. She tells us most of the activities will be in Sheldon’s City Park.

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She says there will be quite a variety for the guests.

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Brown says there will be more than just food vendors.

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Brown says it should be a lot of fun, but she says that getting around in a car or pickup could be a bit of an issue.

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Sheldon Emergency Management Director Walt Pruiksma says he has some advice for motorists.

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Sheldon Police Chief Lyle Bolkema says that traffic on Highway 18 West will be impacted the most, with riders coming in on 18 and leaving town on Country Club Road northbound.

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Pruiksma says it would be best — if you could — to avoid Highway 18 on Sunday morning.

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Speaking of church services, several churches have advised us that they will have a different schedule this weekend.

First Christian Reformed Church will have a 9:30 AM Service. Sheldon United Methodist Church will have one Saturday service, at 4 PM. Immanuel Christian Reformed will have a worship service at 8 AM on Sunday. St. Paul Lutheran Church will have their worship service Saturday evening at 5:30. This service will be recorded and broadcast at the normal time on KIWA-FM Sunday morning at 9:00. Parkview Assembly will have their service in the parking lot on Sunday at 9:30 AM. And in Boyden, Boyden First Reformed Church services will be Saturday night at 7:00 PM at the Presbyterian Church in Boyden.

Pruiksma also emphasizes that people should abide by the No Parking signs and barricades in the blocks east, west and south of the city park on Sunday morning. Several of these closed streets will be used for RAGBRAI activities.

The bike route leaves Rock Valley going east on the north side of Rock Valley taking B14 and K42 to get to Highway 18. The riders will then stay on 18 as it makes the one-mile jog on Highway 75 at Perkins. Riders will continue through Hull and Boyden on their way to Sheldon. The map shows riders leaving Sheldon going north, on Country Club Road and then meeting up with Northwest Boulevard and picking up B14, crossing Highway 60, and traveling east for a few miles. Then they’ll find L40 north and A52 east before jogging a mile north on Highway 59. Then they’ll take A48 through Melvin, do a couple more short jogs and end up in May City before they take A34 to Milford and the lakes area to stay the night.

Meanwhile, there are two support vehicle routes.

For those meeting bikers in Sheldon, they will leave Rock Valley southbound on K30. They will meet up with B30 and head east through Carmel. At Highway 75, they’ll head south to Sioux Center. There they’ll pick up B40 westbound and take that through Newkirk and turn north on Highway 60 at Hospers. They will be asked to take either Exit 31, which is the Business 60 exit, or the Country Club Road Exit (Exit 33) at Sheldon. There is no designated meeting point in Sheldon. Each team will make those arrangements individually. The support vehicles will then leave Sheldon on Highway 18 eastbound and turn on Highway 71 northbound in Spencer and travel north to Milford.

For those support vehicles not planning to meet in Sheldon — if they are going to be using the north campgrounds in the Lakes Area, they can take a north route out of Rock Valley. That route takes K30 northbound, and picks up A34 just east of Alvord. From there they follow A34 to near the Lakewood Corner on Highway 75. They’ll take Highway 75 northbound to Rock Rapids, and then take Highway 9 straight through to the Lakes Area.

For more information, click here for our RAGBRAI page.

Click here for the map of activities around City Park.

Click here for the bike map of Sunday’s route.

Click here for the Sunday and Monday support vehicle maps. Note that there is also a north route for support vehicles if they are not meeting their bikers in Sheldon and they are using the north campgrounds in the Lakes area.

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Sioux Center, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is again looking for the public’s help to solve a case. This time it’s a case of mailbox vandalism.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says that on Monday, July 14, at 8:20 PM, they investigated a report of vandalism that occurred at a home on Ibex Avenue, two miles east of Sioux Center.

Upon further investigation it was determined that the someone used an explosive device to destroy a mailbox there.

The property damage was estimated at approximately $75.

If you saw suspicious people or vehicles in the area or have any information about this crime you are asked to contact the sheriff’s office. If you wish to remain anonymous you can use the Text‐a‐tip program. Directions can be found at siouxcountysheriff.com.

Washington, DC and Des Moines, Iowa — The president has approved a federal disaster declaration for nine Iowa counties and a second request, for a disaster declaration involving northwest Iowa is in the works. RR FLOOD 2014 fairgounds long angle

Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division spokesperson, Stephanie Bond, says the federal declaration that was approved covers Adams, Clarke, Decatur, Mills, Montgomery, Pottawattamie, Ringgold, Taylor and Wayne counties.

The federal disaster declaration was announced Monday, the same day the governor asked that more counties be added to the list.

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(as she says)”Governor Branstad has asked for another presidential disaster declaration for 26 more counties,” Bond says. “This time it was for a storm that began on June 14th. The presidential declaration that we already got was for storms on June three and four.”

Bond says it may take a little time to find out if those new counties get the federal designation.

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(as she says)”It might be a couple weeks or a month before we hear. I know the disaster declaration that we just had, the request was put in on July 7th,” Bond says.

The state has to assess all the damage and then let the federal officials know so they can determine if the amount of damage warrants a federal designation. Bond believes the totals will prove the case for the new counties.

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(as she says)”We’re very hopeful, the state really got pummeled in June with several sets of storms that rolled through and they just kind of continued one on top of another. And as a result we had plenty of damage from wind and tornadoes and flooding. So yes, we are really hopeful that we will get that designation,” Bond says.

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For emergency work, repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities, and it also might include debris removal, emergency protective measures, repair of damaged property, and loans needed by communities for essential government functions,” Bond says.

The 26 counties in the new request are: Allamakee, Buchanan, Buena Vista, Butler, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Fayette, Franklin, Hancock, Humboldt, Ida, Kossuth, Lyon, Osceola, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Pocahontas, Sac, Sioux, Winnebago, Winneshiek, Woodbury, and Wright.

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Northwest Iowa — Northwest Iowa flood victims are being offered disaster assistance through the U.S. Small Business Administration, and officials are setting up shop in Rock Valley and Rock Rapids.money cash bills dollars

Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to Iowa residents and business owners affected by severe storms, flooding, straight-line winds and tornadoes that occurred from June 14 – 23, 2014, according to U.S. Small Business Administration — or “SBA” — Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster in response to a request SBA received from Gov. Terry Branstad on July 7, 2014.

The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in the primary Iowa counties of Lyon and Sioux and the neighboring Iowa counties of Cherokee, O’Brien, Osceola and Plymouth; the neighboring Minnesota counties of Nobles and Rock; and the neighboring South Dakota counties of Lincoln, Minnehaha and Union.

Contreras-Sweet says that the U. S. Small Business Administration is strongly committed to providing Iowa with the most effective and customer-focused response possible, and they will be there to provide access to federal disaster loans to help finance recovery for residents and businesses affected by the disaster.

Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, nonprofit organizations whose property was damaged or destroyed by this disaster. Beginning at 10 AM Tuesday, July 15, SBA representatives will be on hand at Disaster Loan Outreach Centers in Rock Valley and Rock Rapids to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each individual complete their application. The centers will be open on a regular schedule until further notice. No appointment is necessary.

LYON COUNTY:

Disaster Loan Outreach Center
114 First Avenue
(corner of First Avenue and Marshall Street)
Rock Rapids, IA 51246

Opens: Tuesday, July 15 at 10 am
Mondays – Fridays, 8:30 am – 5 pm

SIOUX COUNTY:

Disaster Loan Outreach Center
Faith Reformed Church
1305 7th Street
Rock Valley, IA 51247

Opens: Tuesday, July 15 at 10 am
Mondays – Fridays, 8:30 am – 5 pm

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

Businesses of any size and private, nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to homeowners and businesses to help with the cost of making improvements that protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. EIDL assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.

Interest rates can be as low as 2.188 percent for homeowners and renters, 2.625 percent for private, nonprofit organizations and 4 percent for businesses, with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure Web site at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955 or e-mailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov (link sends e-mail). Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339. For more information about SBA’s disaster assistance programs, visit http://www.sba.gov/disaster.

The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is September 8, 2014. The deadline to return economic injury applications is April 8, 2015.

Orange City, Iowa — A Boyden man and an Orange City teen were taken to a hospital after a two-pickup accident on Thursday near Orange City.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 12:45 PM on Thursday afternoon, July 10, 27-year-old Mark Mulder of Boyden was driving a 2011 Ford F150 pickup northbound on Jackson Avenue, about four miles north of Orange City. Orange City Ambulance OCEighteen-year-old Jalyn VanZee of Orange City was driving a 1997 Ford F150 pickup northbound on Jackson Avenue behind Mulder.

Mulder slowed down for a farm tractor and VanZee struck the Mulder pickup on the roadway.

Mulder’s pickup sustained about $4,000 in damages. Van Zee’s pickup sustained an estimated $2,000 in damages.

Both Mulder and VanZee were transported to the Orange City Health System Hospital — Mulder via the Orange City Ambulance and VanZee by private vehicle.

Van Zee was cited for following too closely.

The Orange City Fire Department and Orange City Ambulance crew assisted the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.

Rock Valley, Iowa — Rock Valley flood victims are going to be getting a little help from an unlikely source — seven-time Tour de France winner, Lance Armstrong.Ragbrai

Armstrong has been in northwest Iowa for RAGBRAI before. In 2007 he dipped his bike tire in the Rock River in Rock Rapids. That was years before the international athlete was stripped of his Tour de France titles, in August of 2012 after a doping scandal.

This time, according to RAGBRAI, Armstrong plans to be a guest bartender at a Rock Valley street party to raise money for the town that was among those struck by flooding last month.

Armstrong says RAGBRAI was the first organization to support and welcome him back after he was stripped of his titles, and he will always remember that.