Fulda, Minnesota – Two people were killed and four injured in an accident near Fulda, Minnesota. Fatal Crash 2

The Minnesota State Patrol reports that about 3:20 PM on Sunday, September 14, 2014, 24-year-old Charles Goode of North Carolina was driving a 2005 Chevy westbound on County Road 3. Thirty-eight year-old David Schulz of Worthington was southbound on Highway 59 in a 2009 Toyota.

The report says that the two vehicles collided in the intersection. Both vehicles came to rest in the ditch of the southwest corner of the intersection.

A passenger in the Goode vehicle, 24-year-old Kristen Boynton of Perry, Georgia and a passenger in the Schulz vehicle, 34-year-old Kerry Schulz of Worthington were both killed in the crash.

The drivers, Charles Goode and David Schulz were both transported to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale. Two other passengers in the Schulz vehicle, 12-year-old Jayden VanVickle and 10-year-old Jared VanVickle were transported to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Both Goode’s Chevy and Schulz’s Toyota were totaled

The Fulda Ambulance, the Slayton Ambulance and the Fulda Fire Department assisted on the scene.

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Sheldon, Iowa – A gas leak forced the evacuation of Sheldon’s community daycare center, Children’s World, Monday afternoon.

Around 1:40 Monday afternoon Sheldon firefighters were paged to Children’s World for the report of a gas leak at the facility. The building was evacuated, with students moved to the large lawn east of the structure, and parents were asked to pick up their children as soon as possible. In addition, students in the east wing of East Elementary School were relocated to other areas of the school building. East Elementary is located adjacent to the Children’s World facility.

Children’s World also canceled their Kid’s Crew after school program for East Elementary students for the day Monday, telling parents that they’d need to make arrangements to pick up their children after school.

Crews from MidAmerican Energy reported to the scene to stop the gas leak, and Sheldon firefighters used large fans to help clear the gas from the building.

Sheldon fire crews remained on the scene until approximately 3:25 Monday afternoon.

Children’s World advises they will be open on Tuesday for child care at regular business hours 5:30 AM-6:00 PM.


Children’s World in Sheldon was evacuated Monday afternoon due to a natural gas leak.

Sheldon Fire is on the scene. Parents of kids at Children’s World are being asked to pick up their kids. With fire apparatus blocking part of East 6th Street parents are asked to travel west on East 6th for pickup. With Children’s World closed parents with children in East Elementary that go to school crew at Children’s World must make arrangements to pickup their kids. Please call East Elementary at 324-4337 to make those arrangements.

Also note that while several classrooms at East Elementary have been relocated, there will be no early out.

The Scene Outside Children’s World Monday Afternoon

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The Scene Outside Children’s World In Sheldon Monday Afternoon

Sheldon Firefighters On Roof At Children's World Monday

Sheldon Firefighters On Roof At Children’s World Monday

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Sheldon Firefighters At Children’s World Monday

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Cribs Sit Outside Children’s World Following Monday’s Evacuation Of The Facility

Children Wait To Be Picked Up After Being Evacuated From Children's World

Children Wait To Be Picked Up After Being Evacuated From Children’s World




Sheldon, Iowa — Two Sheldon businesses have been added to the growing number of businesses being burglarized in recent weeks.

sheldon police pd car door logoSometime Saturday night or Sunday, Vogel Paint and Glass in downtown Sheldon was burglarized.  According to the police report, the burglars did $300 in damage to a door to gain entry, but netted less than $25 in cash in that incident.

Shortly after midnight Sunday morning the Verizon Wireless store in east Sheldon became the latest target for burglars.  Police say that a window was broken to gain entry to the building, and a little more than $500 in cash was reported missing from a pair of cash boxes that were broken open in the incident.

Authorities say the investigation into both incidents continues.

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Sheldon, Iowa — The 2014 Sheldon United Fund Drive is underway and will continue through the rest of the year. The goal is $33,000.Sheldon United Fund 2014

The fund is up to $6,926.

The fund-raiser is 11% finished. The funds, however are already at about 21% of goal. To finish on goal, the fund should average about $1706 per week. This past week, $5,141 was donated.

Many organizations benefit from the money donated, and a list of those organizations and descriptions of what they do are available at all the banks in Sheldon.

We’re going to mention a few of the organizations that benefit from your donations every week. This time the list includes:

  • Meals on Wheels
  • Noah’s Ark Preschool
  • Northwest Iowa Life Awareness Council
  • Prairie Arts Council
  • Rise Ministries, Inc.

The United Fund will be assisting 25 different organizations in Sheldon and the surrounding communities this year, and they thank you for your contribution.

Maurice, Iowa — The DNR spill team is back in northwest Iowa today, this time to investigate a manure spill near Maurice.Fish Kill

According to the DNR, they are investigating a spill in a creek called “Orange City Slough Creek”.

They say the fish kill appears to have happened after a wrong switch was pulled Saturday evening at the Brian Roorda Dairy east of Maurice. The switch turned on a pump that moves manure from one lagoon to another. That caused the second lagoon to overflow. Manure from the lagoon ran down a grassed waterway into the creek.

The spill was discovered and then reported to the DNR on Sunday morning. The dairy was able to construct an earthen dam to stop the flow of the manure after the overflow was discovered.

Approximately five miles of the stream had been affected by the spill by early Sunday evening.

Granville, Iowa — A charter bus carrying 39 passengers was involved in an accident on Friday near Granville, and only the driver reported any injuries.charter bus accident

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 12:15 PM, 57-year-old Harold Flavell of Johnston, Iowa was driving a 2007 VanHool charter bus transporting 39 passengers westbound on Highway 10 when he apparently experienced a medical condition and lost control of the bus. It entered the north ditch, struck a fence and came to a stop in a bean field.

The Granville Ambulance transported Flavell to the Orange City Area Health System Hospital. None of the passengers reported any injuries.

The bus sustained about $7,500 in damages. The fence and bean field sustained an estimated $500 in damages.

The sheriff’s office reports they were assisted by the Granville Fire Department, Granville Ambulance Service, and the Spalding Catholic School in Granville. The school provided a school bus to transport the passengers to another charter bus.

CORRECTION: Originally this story said that the window that was broken was the windshield. The Sheriff’s Office reported that it was “the front window”.  We interpreted that to mean “windshield.” We have now been advised that it was the window in the passenger side front door.

Sioux Center, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the public’s help to see if anyone knows anything about vandalism to a car near a rural home.Sioux Sheriff Car 84-

The Sheriff’s Office says they took a report of a car with a broken side window on Friday. It was reported to have happened at a rural home two miles west of Sioux Center.

The deputies’ investigation indicated that one or more people broke the front window of the car on Thursday, September 11, at approximately 10:00 PM. A witness reported seeing someone running from the car back to the road possibly carrying a baseball bat.

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

Lake Ozark, Missouri — It’s a new location, but the job will be similar. Former Buena Vista County Sheriff Gary Launderville has just been sworn in as the Chief of Police in Lake Ozark, Missouri.off lightbar

Launderville, who is 56 years old did not intend to apply for a job in Lake Ozark, he says he planned to retire there. But he realized he wasn’t ready to retire when several of his friends said he should apply for the Chief of Police position.

Launderville has spent his entire career in law enforcement, most recently as the Sheriff of Buena Vista County, where he worked in numerous capacities for 32 years.

Launderville was selected as the new chief and was sworn in on Tuesday, September 9.

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A few more new dates have been set and both defendants have pled not guilty in the Lyon County grain bin kidnapping case.Lyon Courthouse At Night

The two cases are actually being heard separately.

The father, 55-year-old Craig Allen Olson of Canton, SD and his daughter, 32-year-old Oriana Ti Groppetti of Visalia, California are accused of trapping Groppetti’s husband in a grain bin. He escaped and was walking to another location when his wife allegedly picked him up and took him to another grain bin where the Sheriff says the victim was held again. He then escaped and called 9-1-1.

Both defendants were arraigned and filed written pleas of not guilty; Groppetti on Monday, September 8th, and Olson on Friday, September 12th.

Groppetti’s attorney has requested a change of venue in the case. A hearing has been set for Friday, September 26th at 1 PM, with a pretrial conference to happen on Friday, October 10. At this point the trial for Groppetti is scheduled for Tuesday, October 14th in the Lyon County Courthouse in Rock Rapids, however that may change depending on how the judge decides on the change of venue request.

A pretrial conference in Olson’s case will also be on October 10 and his trial is scheduled for the same day as Groppetti’s, on Tuesday, October 14th.