Sheldon Chamber Releases Names Of Bike Winners In Annual Easter Egg Hunt

easter-bunnySheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon Chamber and Development is pleased to recognize winners of the bikes from the Children’s Egg Hunt on Saturday morning (3/30):

Ages 2-4:
Taylor McPeek-Sheldon, Iowa
Jacob Oldenkamp- Sheldon, Iowa

Ages 5-7:
Emma Wynja- Sheldon, Iowa
Drew Sauer- Sheldon, Iowa

Ages 8-9:
Jordyn Lich-Sheldon, Iowa
Johnathan VanMeeteren- Sheldon, Iowa

Ages 10-12:
Kallie Poppema- Archer, Iowa
Eric Heibult- Sheldon, Iowa

Orange City Teen Arrested, Charged With Drug Offenses

Andrew HemmelmanOrange City, Iowa — An Orange City teen was arrested on drug charges after an investigation.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Thursday evening (3/28), their office and the Orange City Police Department conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of Second Street Northwest and Colorado Avenue in Orange

The traffic stop stemmed from an ongoing joint investigation between the two agencies.

As a result of the investigation, 18-year-old Andrew Hemmelman of Orange City was arrested and charged with delivery of a controlled substance to a minor, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Rock Valley Man Charged With Animal Negligence

BolksRock Valley, Iowa — A Rock Valley man was arrested and charged with animal negligence after an investigation by the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s Officials report that the investigation into the incident began on Saturday, March 23. That afternoon, deputies investigated a report of animal negligence that occurred at a residence southeast of Rock Valley.

Upon further investigation, deputies determined that 80-year-old Harvey Bolks of Rock Valley allegedly illegally disposed of animals that belonged to another person.

As a result of the investigation, on Thursday, March 28, Bolks was arrested and charged with three counts of animal negligence.

“Contents” Opens In Old Rockman Clothing Location, Celebrates With Ribbon Cutting

rockman clothingSheldon, Iowa — Another new Sheldon business celebrated with a ribbon cutting on Friday (3/29).

Blake and Sara Beahler bought Rockman Clothing a while back, and have now merged their Prairie Moon Books store into the former Rockman location at the corner of Ninth Street and Fourth Avenue in Downtown Sheldon.

Blake Beahler tells us about the new store.

Sheldon businesspeople, dignitaries, and the public met on Friday morning to welcome the new business. City Council Member Greg Geels welcomed the new business on behalf of the City of Sheldon.

Sheldon Chamber and Development Executive Director Mark Gaul spoke on behalf of the SCDC.

KIWA’s Tom Traughber spoke on behalf of the Sheldon Ambassadors, and presented the Beahlers with a plaque.

Beahler says they’re excited to open with the new name in the Rockman location.

He says they have something for everyone.

Again, the new store — “Contents” is located at Ninth Street and Fourth Avenue in Downtown Sheldon.

Iowa Farmers Expected To Plant About The Same Number Of Acres With Corn, And More To Soybeans

young soybean plants in fieldNorthwest Iowa — The USDA spring planting survey shows farmers across the country intend to plant more corn acres and fewer soybean acres in the upcoming growing season. Iowa goes slightly against that trend. The state was the top corn producer in the nation last year and estimates show farmers will plant the same number of acres with corn this year — 14-point-two-million acres. Iowa soybean acres are expected to increase by one-percent to nine-point-four-million acres.

Greg Thessen, director of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Office Iowa Field Office, says the information comes from the annual survey of over 2,000 Iowa farmers conducted during the first two weeks of March.

For the complete report, including national information, as well as information for other states and crops, go to

Two Taken To Hospital After Thursday Night Accident North Of Rock Rapids

Lyon County Ambulance 60-A3 smRock Rapids, Iowa — Two people were taken to the hospital after an accident near Rock Rapids last night (3/28).

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 10:35 PM, 19-year-old Rykker Harr of Rock Rapids was driving a 2013 Volkswagon Beetle north bound on Harding Boulevard, north of Rock Rapids, when he swerved to miss a deer.

The Volkswagon went into the east ditch and then ramped the ditch of Hark Boulevard. The vehicle then landed in the north ditch, went into some bushes, ramped up and hit a couple of trees and rolled. It came to a rest in the east ditch of Harding Avenue.

The Lyon County Ambulance took both occupants to Sanford Rock Rapids Hospital.

Harr’s grandfather, Rickie Niessink is the owner of the Volkswagon Bug which received $12,000 in damage.

The Iowa State Patrol and Rock Rapids Fire and Rescue assisted the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office at the scene.