Sioux Center, Iowa — A community health center in northwest Iowa has received a significant amount of funding.Promise Community Health Center Sign

Promise Community Health Center in Sioux Center, formerly Greater Sioux Community Health Center, has been awarded $250,000 for facility improvements through new construction and facility renovations, with a focus on the Patient-Centered Medical Home delivery model.

The American College of Physicians says the Patient Centered Medical Home is a care delivery model whereby patient treatment is coordinated through the patient’s primary care physician to ensure the patient receives the necessary care when and where they need it, in a manner they can understand. It is designed to improve quality of care through team-based coordination of care, treating the many needs of the patient at once, increasing access to care, and empowering the patient to be a partner in their own care.

Promise Community Health Center in Sioux Center is the only Federally-Qualified Health Center in rural northwest Iowa.

The center will use the funding to complete alterations and renovations to the current facility in a multi-phase project. Center Executive Director Nancy Dykstra says that the improvements will improve workflow efficiencies, enhance patient privacy, better integrate primary and behavioral health care services and according to Dykstra, QUOTE “most importantly, expand and improve patient care services.”

comedy tragedy masks theater theatreSheldon, Iowa — Part of the fun of Celebration Days is the Sheldon Community Theater performance.

This year they are presenting Hello Dolly!. The first performance is tomorrow night. Steve De Kok is the director of the show, and he gives us a little background.

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He says the plot starts with one Dolly Levi.

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He says it’s a funny show and there’s a lot of singing and dancing and hilarious moments.

Performance start this Thursday evening, August 28th at 7:30 PM. Then there are two more performances, one on Saturday, August 30th at 7:30 PM, and one on Sunday, August 31st at 2:00 PM, all at the Sheldon High School Auditorium.

Tickets are $10 for students and $15 dollars for adults and are available at HyVee, Fareway, and Contents in Sheldon.

Tickets may also be sold at the door, if there are any left.

sheldon police smallSheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon Police Department kept busy over the last few days.

A Sheldon resident stated that she was supposed to have had a package delivered to her front step on Friday, August 22nd. Tracking showed it had been delivered to her front porch, but she had not received it and believed it to be stolen. Later in the day, someone found the package on a street in Marcus, Iowa, and turned it over to UPS. The package was valued at $75.00.

The police say they received a report that a US Postal Service package containing $64 in cosmetics was stolen from an address on 11th Street in Sheldon that same day.

A full-sized white Dodge cargo van was stolen sometime between the hours of 5 pm Friday, August 22nd and 10 am Saturday, August 23rd.  The van was reported stolen late Saturday morning, but was found several hours later parked 3 blocks away in a parking lot.

Subway in Sheldon broken into again sometime between 11:45 pm Monday, August 25th, and 1:20 am Tuesday, August 26th. Only a window was broken, and the damage was valued at $300.

The police report that 20-year-old Jason Doeden of Sheldon was arrested on Sunday, August 24th in Sheldon. Doeden was charged with trespassing, a simple misdemeanor, and public intoxication, a simple misdemeanor.

And according to the Police, 54-year-old Diane Barker of Sheldon was arrested on Tuesday August 22nd and charged with theft in the 4th degree, a serious misdemeanor. Barker was cited and released.


Rock Valley, Iowa — Sioux County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for clues in a burglary case.
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The Sheriff’s Office reports that they were called to a report of a burglary at 2:15 PM on Monday, August 25th. The alleged burglary was reported to have occurred at a farm building on 330th Street, two and a half miles southwest of Rock Valley.

Upon further investigation, deputies believe that the perpetrator or perpetrators gained access into locked buildings on the property and stole an Emerson flat screen television and a stereo system.

The burglary is thought to have occurred sometime during the night of Sunday, August 24 or early morning hours of August 25.

If you have any information about this crime you are asked to contact the sheriff’s office. If you wish to remain anonymous, the Sheriff’s Office advises that you can use their Text‐a‐Tip Program.  Directions can be found at

Hospers, Iowa — A Worthington, Minnesota man has been arrested and accused of using someone else’s identity.Sioux Sheriff Car 84-

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that they investigated a reported identity theft on Monday, August 25. The sheriff’s office says the arrest happened at a Hospers business.

The arrest occurred after the deputy’s investigation discovered that 22-year-old Ruben Rodriguez of Worthington, was illegally using the identity of another person. He was charged with Identity Theft and Forgery.

Sheldon, Iowa — Sheldon’s Celebration Days are this weekend. In fact, Sheldon Chamber Director Allison Cooke says the activities start already on Thursday.Sheldon Celebration Days Banner

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She says they have “tons” of activities on Labor Day Monday.

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That’s Sheldon’s Celebration Days this weekend. For the full schedule, go to and click on 2014 Sheldon Celebration Days Brochure on the right side of the page.

Orange City, Iowa — An unusual crime has been reported at Northwestern College in Orange City.
The Orange City Police Department reports that they were called on Friday, August 22, 2014 by Northwestern College security employee Peter Boerema. Boerma called to report an incident that occurred at Courtyard Village Apartments on the campus of Northwestern College.

Boerema told officers that about 6 AM, a woman went into apartment #21 at Courtyard Village on Northwestern College Campus, removed a fire extinguisher from the apartment, discharged the extinguisher and then left, taking the fire extinguisher with her.

Officers investigated and talked to a witness that stated that McGrath was the subject who entered the apartment and stole the extinguisher. The police report they have a photograph of McGrath leaving with the extinguisher in hand.

According to court records McGrath’s preliminary hearing is set for Tuesday, September 2nd.

railroad crossing signSheldon, Iowa – As a result of track upgrades on the rail corridor adjacent to U.S. 18 between Hartley and Sheldon, the regulated track speed will be going from 10 mph to 25 mph. This speed change includes the track passing through the communities of Sanborn and Sheldon, and will take effect Sept. 4.

This measure will improve the public traffic flow at railroad grade crossings.

Motorists are reminded when approaching any grade crossing:
 Always be prepared to stop when approaching train tracks.
 Do not attempt to drive around activated crossing gates.
 If a crossing has no flashing lights or gates, look both ways and ensure no trains are approaching before entering the crossing.
 It takes 1 to 1.5 miles for a train to come to a stop after the brakes are applied.
 If your car stalls on the tracks, get out, move off the tracks, and call 911.
 Never walk on the railroad tracks. The only legal place to cross a railroad line is at a marked grade crossing.

For more information on rail safety, visit the Operation Lifesaver website at

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Sheldon, Iowa — Sheldon FFA members recently picked more than 200 dozen ears of sweet corn and donated it to The FFA Sweet Corn DonationBanquet in Sioux Falls.

FFA members also picked over 30 dozen ears of sweet corn and donated that to Love Inc. of Sheldon.

FFA Instructor Gene Bomgaars says that Jan and Darrell Sneiderman delivered the sweet corn to Sioux Falls to The Banquet.  He says the students who came really enjoyed picking because there were so many kids helping.  He says they also knew that they were picking for a good cause and were helping feed hundreds of people.

FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing the potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.