Rock Rapids Chamber Report Features City-Wide Rummage Sales, City-Wide Cleanup, Heritage Days

Rock Rapids East Tower 2008 smaller picRock Rapids, Iowa — It’s time for our report from the Rock Rapids Chamber. We talked to Rock Rapids Chamber Director Angie Jager recently. She told us about the city-wide rummage sales going on now, several meetings, some school activities, graduation, city-wide cleanup days, a coffee shoppe, and more.  Plus we also touched on Heritage Days, which is scheduled for June 13th through the 16th.

Click the play button below to hear the chamber report.

You can get more information by going to or by calling the Chamber at 712-472-3456.

Siouxland Conference Art Show In Sheldon Postponed To Monday

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Sheldon, IA — The Siouxland Conference art show that we’ve been telling you about today in Sheldon has been postponed due to unfit conditions for the track meet with which it is associated. Both events have been postponed to this coming Monday, May 6.

Approximately 120 pieces of artwork from students in all 10 of the Siouxland Conference schools will be on display at the Sheldon Middle School on Monday (5/6).

Sheldon High School art teacher Steve McWilliams says the show, which is now in it’s fourth year, was started as a northwest Iowa show, to showcase the work of area student artists, but has since become a Siouxland Conference event.

McWilliams says the artwork chosen for the show was chosen by the conference’s art instructors, and represents works in six different categories.

He says the exhibits will be judged, much like music and speech contests, with ratings placed on each work, as well as other awards that will be given.

The Siouxland Conference Art Show is Monday (May 6) from 4:00 until 8:00 pm in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Sheldon Community Middle School.  Please use the northwest entrance to the building.  The public is encouraged to attend.

Semi Rollover Accident Near Ireton Causes Thousands In Damage To Tractor, Trailer, And Load

semi spills cornIreton, Iowa — Several thousand dollars in damage occurred in a semi rollover accident on Wednesday (5/1) near Ireton.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 7:20 AM, 42-year-old Jerry Sorgdrager of Alton was driving a 2005 International semi‐tractor pulling a Cornhusker grain trailer, which was loaded with corn. He was eastbound on 490th Street, five miles southwest of Ireton when he lost control of the vehicle, which entered the south ditch. The semi‐tractor and trailer rolled onto its side and spilled the load.

No injuries were reported.

The International sustained about $15,000 in damages. The trailer sustained an estimated $5,000 in damages. The corn damaged in the accident was valued at about $10,000.

Moisture Is Double-Edged Sword For Farmers

snow field_sxcNorthwest Iowa — The moisture we’ve received in the past month is a double-edged sword for farmers.

We had a chance to visit with Iowa State University Extension Crop Field Specialist Joel De Jong. He says on the one hand, the moisture and cold weather is keeping farmers from the fields.

He says some northwest Iowa farmers have a good portion of planting done, and some have no crop in the ground at all, depending on specific location.

On the other hand, De Jong says the good thing about all this moisture is — all this moisture.

De Jong also reminds northwest Iowans that very soon, the fields will be very busy. That means the roads will be busy with farm traffic as well. And he says we need to keep in mind that farm traffic moves slower than most, so we need to stay alert to those hazards on the roads.

Sheldon Police Cite Two In Separate Incidents

sheldon pd police car rearSheldon, Iowa — In the latest from the Sheldon Police:

The police say that they received a shoplifting report from the Sheldon Shopko store on Friday, April 19th. The police arrested 38-year-old Tyrone Barrow of Sheldon and charged him with Fourth Degree Theft, a serious misdemeanor. He was taken into custody and transported to jail in Primghar.

The police also report that they arrested 36-year-old Christopher McKee of Sheldon on Tuesday, April 23. He was charged with Driving While Suspended. He was also taken into custody and transported to jail in Primghar.

Sheldon Community Cleanup Day POSTPONED TO WEDNESDAY

hills park300Sheldon, Iowa —

Due to the inclement weather & the resulting saturated ground, Community Clean-Up Day, originally scheduled for Friday, May 3 from 1-3 PM, will be postponed and now held on Wednesday, May 8 from 1-3PM. NCC’s Campus Clean-Up that was to have been held on Friday, May 3 will also be postponed.


The Sheldon Marketing Committee has put together the 8th Annual Sheldon Community Cleanup Day. The main thrust of the event will be WEDNESDAY afternoon (5/8) from 1 to 3 PM.

Marketing Committee Chairperson Heidi Brown says they’re hoping for good weather.

She says they’ve moved the event to Friday afternoons  (normally), and that seems to be working great.

Brown says this year with the April ice storm, there’s even more work to do.

She says they encourage volunteers to come to either City Park or Hills Park.

Brown says gloves are strongly encouraged due to the possibility of sharp objects and sharp sticks and branches. She says if you want to bring your own, that’s fine. They’re looking for people to bring rakes too.

She says if you can’t come out on Friday afternoon, there are other options too.

Brown says this year Northwest Iowa Community College will be holding a Campus Clean Up Day on the same day with faculty and students to clean up out at the college.

She says this is our chance to put Sheldon’s best foot forward for residents and visitors alike, especially with all the festivities coming up this summer, including graduations, Rise Fest on Father’s Day weekend, the Village Independence Day Festival, and Celebration Days in September. She says we all like to use the parks, so we should all help to clean them up.

Again the cleanup day will be Wednesday, May 8th from 1 to 3.