Sheldon Area Preschoolers Can Receive Free Books Through Local Organizations, Dolly Parton

Pre-school kids in the Sheldon School district are in line to receive the gift of reading.

The Dolly Parton Imagination Library is coming to Sheldon. Jessica Brink tells us about the program, in which kids receive a free book every month in the mail.

Brink tells us how they heard about the program.

She says the program is free to the kids and parents, and if they’re in it from birth to age 5, they get 60 age-appropriate books from the program, completely for free. Brink says Dolly Parton’s organization sees to it that the cost to the non-profit sponsors is quite reasonable as well. Again, those sponsors are Prairie Queen Kiwanis and the Prairie Arts Council. She says they try to get each book to each child for $2. For now, the children have to live in the zip code area of Sheldon, Archer, Ashton, or Matlock. Brink does say they’re interested in expanding though, so if you want to help them get it going in another community, you can contact her.

There’s a special kick-off for the program happening this Saturday at 10 AM at the Sheldon Public Library, she says.

Brink says you can sign your child up at the program or after the program. The first 80 children at the program will receive their book there. Otherwise it will be mailed to them.

For more info, you can email Brink at or call her at 712-314-3164. Again, that’s not 324, but 314-3164.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

Questions Remain After Official Caucus Count

Could it be dyslexia?

The Iowa Republican Party has certified the results of the caucuses, even though 8 precincts did not send the certification paperwork. Rick Santorum is the winner by 34 votes over Mitt Romney.

The outcome would not have changed, however, according to party officials, as these 8 precincts would only have increased Santorum’s lead.

Meanwhile, The final Buena Vista County count was 165 votes for Rick Santorum and 156 for Paul. They were the top finishers in the county. But the state had transposed the results to 165 for Paul and 156 for Santorum.

That was also part of the problem with the vote totals at the state level. BV County republicans say they re-checked their results and came up with the same numbers, so they alerted the state party leaders.

The information was corrected and included in the totals released Thursday.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

Two Sheldon Boys Charged With Burglary, Theft

Two Sheldon boys have been formally charged by Sheldon Police for a number of thefts, including the December theft of a snowmobile and trailer from a storage unit.

Sheldon Police identify the boys as 16-year-old Blake Mulder and 15-year-old Trevor Fiddelke, both of Sheldon.

The police allege that one of the incidents occurred on or about December 20th. They report that $500 in cash and a pair of diamond earrings were stolen from a car in the driveway of a home on Ninth Avenue. Mulder and Fiddelke are charged with that crime. The loot was valued at nearly $1000.

The boys are also charged with the theft of a 2010 Polaris RMK snowmobile and a trailer from a locked storage unit in Sheldon. They were valued at over $9000. That incident happened about December 10.

Mulder is charged with Second Degree Theft, Third Degree Burglary, Criminal Mischief, Trespassing, Obstruction of Justice, Aiding & Abetting Burglary in the third debree, and Aiding & Abetting Theft in the third degree. He was cited and released to his mother.

Fiddelke is charged with Third Degree Burglary, Third Degree Theft, Fourth Degree Trespassing, Obstruction of Justice, Aiding & Abetting Theft in the second degree, and Aiding & Abetting Criminal Mischief in the fourth degree. He was cited and released.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

Sioux Center Biotech Company Gets $300,000 From The State In Support of Job Creation and Expansion

A Sioux Center biomedical research company has been awarded $300,000 from the Iowa Economic Development Authority.

Exemplar Genetics is one of five existing Iowa companies chosen to receive funds in support of job creation and expansion projects.

Exemplar develops new models that allow researchers to study human diseases the aim of which is to enable discovery of better understanding, treatments, therapies and cures.

This is done through a patented process that implements pigs as models. Company officials say that animal welfare is always a top priority for all members at the company.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

Could We Be Driving a Golf Cart to Work?

The Sheldon City Council on Wednesday heard reports from department representatives of Sheldon Fire Company, SCAT and EMA.

These reports were followed by updates from Heidi Brown of the Sheldon Marketing Committee and Mark Gaul of the SCDC.

Next on the agenda was a discussion to consider a permanent easement and improvements of the former Puccis site. Much of the discussion centered on who owns the brick ledge attached to the wall of the Katz building. The brick ledge was also part of the east wall of the former Puccis Building.

Al Katz is seeking the city’s help in making improvements at the site. The council agreed, after a lengthy discussion, that they will have the land surveyed. If it is determined that part of the ledge belongs to the city, the city will give $10,000 toward improvements and also deed the brick ledge over to Al Katz. It should be noted that the city manager will seek grants to cover the $10,000 if necessary.

Also on Wednesday’s Sheldon City Council agenda the council voted to asked the city attorney to draft an ordinance allowing the use of golf carts on city streets. ATV’s are currently allowed on city streets with a special license from the city.

Following the golf cart discussion the council went into closed session for the city manager’s evaluation.

We will have more city council news on later newscasts.

Sheldon Emergency Crews Handle Second OfTwo Wednesday Accidents — Puppy Lost

Sheldon emergency crews responded to the second of two accident calls Wednesday, just before 6 PM.

The second one happened a mile west of the Ritter Elevator on B14, about 5:50 PM. A pickup had apparently t-boned a car. The driver of the car was extricated by Sheldon Fire and Rescue.

Two people were transported to Sanford Sheldon.

SCAT, Sheldon EMA, and Sheldon Fire assisted law enforcement on the scene.

Also, the victim of this accident visited our KIWA studios to tell us that his 6-month-old male Rottweiler puppy is missing following the accident. He is black in color and answers to the name Bo. For clarification purposes, the accident happened at the corner of 280th & Monroe which is 1 1/2 miles west of Ritter. If you have seen this puppy, please call 712-470-6752.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director