(Sheldon) -- The O'Brien County Sheriff's office is investigating a shooting that occurred in Sheldon Tuesday evening. The victim, who's name is being withheld at this time, was shot in the head and was transported to a Sioux Falls hospital. The Sheldon Police and the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation are assisting the O'Brien County Sheriff's office with that investigation. Law enforcment advises that there is no threat to the public safety of Sheldon residents.
(LeMars) -- LeMars Gehlen high school students were not in class yesterday, but that doesn't mean they're playing hooky. Instead, students were around town raking leaves, washing windows, trimming hedges and other such seasonal outdoor chores. It was all part of the "Fall Service Day." No doubt that Gehlen high school has enjoyed some success this year with their football and volleyball teams qualifying for state playoffs, and several students being selected to the all-state chorus, but Gehlen Catholic President, Father Kevin Richter says that we are not called upon to be successful, but rather faithful. Richter says the Fall Service Day is an opportunity for the students and staff to use their gifts and talents for the common good, and to build together a strong sense of community. Senior Rachelle Lipp has assisted others for four years and offers an explaination as to why Gehlen students help with the chores.
Lipp says the eldery are apprecitative of the assistance offered by the students.
(LeMars) -- Halloween is just around the corner and the LeMars Police Department wants everyone to remain safe. Senior officer Jay King suggests to make this year's trick and treat event a family affair.
King suggests trick and treaters wear light colored clothing and carry a flashlight or some other type illumination mechanism, and motorists need to be extra aware of the children that may cross in the middle of the street.
The LeMars Police reminds parents that before you allow your children to consume any candy to first check it over.
LeMars Halloween activities are scheduled from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. King reminds residents to have your porch light on during the hours of trick and treating, and to avoid smashed pumpkins, King suggests residents bring inside their pumpkins once the
(Newton) -- Two Iowa based companies are shutting down plants and moving the employees to other facilities. Whirlpool Corp. has announced it is moving about 160 production jobs to Amana as the company closes its refrigerator plant in Fort Smith, Ark.
In a statement released Thursday, the company blamed the closure on a decrease in demand for side-by-side refrigerators and price pressure from competitors. The closure is set for mid-2012 and will
put about 1,000 people out of work.
In addition to side-by-side refrigerators, the plant produces trash compactors and built-in refrigerators. The company said trash compactor production will move to Ottawa, Ohio. The production of built-in refrigerators will come to the Amana refrigerator plant.
Meanwhile, Pella Corporation is asking people to take early retirement. -
Pella Corp. will offer incentives to employees who take early retirement or voluntarily leave the
company and will close a plant in South Carolina as it tries to offset a decline in new home construction.
The Pella, Iowa-based company, which makes windows and doors, says in a news release Thursday that incentives will be offered to employees at plants in Carroll and Shenandoah, South Carolina,
Sioux Center and Pella, Iowa, as well as at plants in Macomb, Illinois and Portland, Oregon.
A Pella spokeswoman says the workforce reductions are the result of the downturn in new home construction, which has fallen more than 70 percent since 2006.