Truck Loses Part Of Load / Springs Fuel Leak In Sheldon Wednesday

Sheldon, Iowa — Sheldon Emergency Services were paged to the scene of a one vehicle accident at the intersection Highway 18 and Oct 15-14 Load LossNorthwest Blvd. about 9:20 this morning.

According to witnesses, a flat bed semi hauling a load of 600-pound steel sheets was westbound on Highway 18 when the driver apparently locked the brakes losing half the load into the intersection. The semi also developed a diesel fuel leak which was quickly blocked by Sheldon Fire before much fuel entered the storm sewer.

The intersection was blocked for nearly an hour as crews cleared the steel sheets.

Sports Scores From Tuesday October 14th

volleyballThe sports schedule for Tuesday featured a busy night for volleyball in the Siouxland, Lakes and War Eagle Conferences. The Siouxland Conference Cross Country titles were decided as well with MOC Floyd Valley sweeping both the boys and girls competition at The Ridge.



Sheldon 25-25-25, Sibley-Ocheyedan 12-11-14
Boyden Hull 28-25-25, Rock Valley 26-23-15
Central Lyon, Rock Rapids 25-25-25, MOC-Floyd Valley 15-16-21
George-Little Rock 27-25-25-25, Okoboji 25-27-21-9
Harris-Lake Park 25-25-24-25, Remsen-Union 21-22-26-14
Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 25-24-25-25, West Sioux, Hawarden 18-26-14-15
LeMars Gehlen Catholic 25-25-25, St. Mary’s, Remsen 13-14-16
Sioux Center 25-26-25, West Lyon 15-24-21
South O’Brien 25-25-23-27-15, Akron-Westfield 19-21-25-29-11
Unity Christian 25-25-25-25, Hinton 27-6-15-10
Western Christian 25-25-25, Cherokee, Washington 9-11-7



Cross Country

Sheldon, MOC Floyd Valley, Okoboji, Sibley Ocheyedan, G-LR Central Lyon and West Lyon at the Siouxland Conference meet hosted by Sioux Center at The Ridge

Girls Team Totals

1. MOC Floyd Valley 20
2. Sioux Center 70
3. Okoboji 78
4. Boyden Hull Rock Valley 107
5. Sheldon 109
6. West Lyon 156
7. George Little Rock Central Lyon 162


MOC Floyd Valley team mates Caroline Ascherl and Kelsey Lang finished one and two with Ascherl winning the conference title in a time of 16:01.77. Lang’s time was 16:03.19. Sheldon had two runners in the top 15 led by Anna Marie Fjeld who was 7th in 16:41.93. Addison Grant was 15th in a time of 17:09.18.


Boys Team Totals

1. MOC Floyd Valley 47
2. Boyden Hull Rock Valley 75
3. Sioux Center 76
4. Okoboji 123
5. West Lyon 130
6. Sheldon 130
7. George Little Rock Central Lyon 138


The boys individual title went to Gable Sieperda of George Little Rock Central Lyon  with a time of 17:06. 12 followed by Haile Duden of Sioux Center in a time of 17:33.44. Sheldon had two runners in the top 12 with Mark Ahlers 6th with a time of 18:05.37 and Dawson Jacobsma  12th at 18:23.29.


Western, Cherokee, Estherville Lincoln Cenrtral, LeMars, Spencer, Spirit Lake and Storm Lake at the Lakes Conference meet at the Emmetsburg Golf Course hosted by Emmetsburg

Sheldon City Council Meets Wednesday

Sheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon City Council meets Wednesday October 15th at 4:30 to hear an update on the recreation facility Council Chambersprogress, and discuss solid waste rates and recycling. They will also consider a donation agreement with Dove Landing LLC.

Other agenda items include change orders and final pay estimates for the Highway 18 Improvement project and the new well project. They will also consider a pay estimate on the 5th Avenue project.

Wednesday’s 4:30 meeting will be held in the upper level of the Sheldon Community Services Center.

Think Safety Before Pheasant Season Opener

Des Moines, Iowa — Hunters heading to the field for the opening weekend of pheasant season are encouraged to review safe hunting practices before they head out.

Iowa DNRMegan Wisecup, hunter education administrator with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, said hunters should get reacquainted with the techniques used to hunt pheasants – be sure to walk in a straight line and know where members of the hunting party are at all times, especially in low visibility areas like terraces, tall switch grass and standing corn.

“Go through the zones of fire with each member of the hunting party, talk about avoiding target fixation and swinging on game,” Wisecup said. “Wear plenty of blaze orange especially on the upper one third of your body. We are encouraging hunters to wear more blaze orange than the minimum required.  The goal is to be seen by other hunters.

“The top pheasant hunting incidents all are related to not being seen. The shooter swings on a rooster, the victim is out of sight of the shooter or the rooster flew between the shooter and the victim.”

Wisecup said safety also extends to the canine companions.

“Avoid low shots to prevent injuring your hunting dog,” she said.

“The hunting plan and safety practices are all part of a responsible hunt. The goal at the end of the day is for everyone to return home safely.”

Iowa Pheasant Opener Prospects Are Good

Des Moines, Iowa — Iowa pheasant hunters should see more of what they came for, as they step into the field this fall. More pheasants.

pheasantA strong rebound in August roadside counts of Iowa’s most popular game bird has buoyed expectations, heading toward the October 25 opener.

“It’s not the ‘good old days,’ but hunters will see noticeable improvement,” says DNR pheasant biologist Todd Bogenschutz. “We have the best pheasant numbers since 2008. People are telling me that more birds are flushing; that they are hearing more crowing and cackling out there.”

Counts this summer averaged 17.4 pheasants per 30 mile survey route, up 151 percent from last year’s 6.9…an all-time low. Of the nine regions monitored, eight had increases ranging from 102-290 percent. Only northeast Iowa showed no change.

Bogenschutz says drought conditions across the past two summers probably kept pheasants in the fields on August mornings, rather than pushing up to road edges, to escape heavy dew. That may have kept many from being tallied on the 200 gravel road routes surveyed. Hunters harvested 10,000 more pheasants in 2013, despite the record low counts.

So, where do you find them, on a fall morning?

“The best habitat will hold birds; good winter cover, good nesting cover, too. Hunters should be happy hunting those areas, over just decent nesting cover,” predicts Bogenschutz.  “Hunt around the best habitat, and you will be pleasantly surprised. Talk to the farmers where you will be hunting. Ask what they have seen while harvesting the crops.”

With a better bird outlook, the numbers of hunters should climb, too. Last year, only 41,000 pheasant hunters were in the fields.

“If word gets out of the early season success expected, we could see 60,000 hunters this fall,” predicts Bogenschutz. “We could have a harvest of 200,000 to 300,000 birds.”

Early in the season, standing crops are going to be a factor.

“Harvest is running a little behind. The season is starting a couple days earlier, too,” reminds Bogenschutz. “That could be a challenge for hunters, until the corn is out. Our counts were up; hens with broods were way up. There will be a lot of young roosters, who aren’t wise to the ways of the wild, yet.”

Hunting hours for Iowa’s pheasant seasons are 8 a.m. until 4:30 each day. The daily limit is three rooster pheasants. The season closes on January 10.

Sheldon Police Arrest RTF Resident / Investigate Accident

Sheldon, Iowa — A resident of Sheldon’s Residential Treatment Facility (RTF) was arrested at the RTF Friday accident wordevening (10/10/14).

Sheldon Police say 67-year old Stephen Craig Leonard was taken into custody shortly before 8 o’clock Friday evening on an RTF Hold Order.

No injuries were reported in a 2-vehicle accident Wednesday, October 8th on Highway 18 near the Sheldon Hy-Vee store.

Police say the crash happened when a 1999 Buick, driven by 16-year old Katlyne Strouth of Ashton pulled from the Hy-Vee driveway into the path of a 2000 Chevy truck, driven by 36-year old Israel Bautista-Gabriel of Marcus.  Police estimate the damage to Bautista-Gabriel’s truck at $2500, with an estimated $1500 damage to Strouth’s Buick.  Strouth was cited for Failure To Yield From A Stop Sign.