Sheldon Man’s Pickup, Boyden Man’s Minivan Damaged In Monday Accident

Sheldon pd sheild dinkySheldon, Iowa — A Sheldon man’s pickup and a Boyden man’s minivan were damaged in an accident on Monday (3/4) in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 3:50 PM, 57-year-old Gerald Sievert of Sheldon was northbound on Fifth Avenue in a 2009 Dodge pickup. Sixty-nine-year-old Edwin Baartman of Boyden was eastbound on Seventh Street in a 2006 Chrysler minivan.

The vehicles collided in the uncontrolled intersection.

Sievert’s Dodge pickup received $2500 damage. Baartman’s Chrysler minivan received $5500 damage.

Baartman was cited for failure to yield to vehicle on right.

There were no injuries reported.

Sheldon Council to Discuss Trilogy Covenants and Plans Wednesday

When the Sheldon City Council meets Wednesday, they will set the time and date for a public hearing on the ground water storage reservoir.

At an earlier council meeting, public works director Todd Uhl reported that this storage unit has developed leakage problems, and needs extensive work to prevent leakage and further deterioration. The council will also consider the proposed Covenants for the Trilogy Village residential development.  They will also set the date and time for a public hearing to approve the plans and specs as well as awarding of the contract.

The downtown infrastructure project is also on the agenda, but this is only to consider a preliminary resolution for construction, a formality in the process which does not give approval to specifics of the project.   The actual details of the work that is proposed for the downtown will be brought to the next  council meeting for their discussion and possible action.

The final agenda item will possibly go into closed session to discuss the disputed Highway 18 project financial closeout. Wednesday’s Council meeting begins at 4:30 in the upper level of the Sheldon Community Services Center.

Alton Man Charged With 10 Counts Of Making Alcohol Available To Persons Under Legal Age

James BaughAlton, Iowa — Another person has been arrested in connection with the party that was busted last week near Alton. In the original story we told you that nine young people were cited on alcohol charges and one on and interference charge early Tuesday morning, February 26th, at a place southeast of Alton.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office now reports that this past Saturday morning, their officers arrested 23-year-old James Baugh of Alton. He was charged with 10 counts of making alcohol available to persons under legal age.

Rock Rapids Teen Faces Several Charges After Leading Lyon County Deputy On Chase

Lyon County Sheriff Car DoorRock Rapids, Iowa — A Rock Rapids teen faces several charges but only sustained minor injuries after leading a Lyon County deputy on a chase and then rolling the pickup he was driving.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that early on Sunday, about 1:45 AM, one of their deputies attempted to stop a vehicle on Indian Avenue for a minor traffic violation. The vehicle, a 1998 Chevy S-10 pick up, turned off it’s headlights and proceeded north at a high rate of speed. The vehicle left the roadway just north of 130th Street. The pickup traveled through a field to the east. At that point the Deputy stopped the pursuit.

On Sunday afternoon the Sheriff’s Department was notified that the vehicle was involved in an accident shortly after it left the roadway during the pursuit. The driver, 17-year-old Alex David Ohling of Rock Rapids hit a terrace out in a field and the pickup rolled about 4 times.

Ohling sustained minor injuries.

He is being charged with aggravated eluding, driving without headlights, reckless driving, violation of restricted license, and driving on wrong side of the highway.

The pickup, owned by David Ohling sustained about $8,000 in damage.

Sheldon High School Jazz and Show Choirs Take Home Honors At Emmetsburg Extravaganza

Sheldon High SchoolSheldon, Iowa — Sheldon High School students are being honored in many ways this week, and there are state honors not only in basketball, but also in vocal music.

We talked with Sheldon High School Choral Director Adam Orban, who told us that congratulations are in order for the show choir and jazz choir for fantastic performances on Saturday.

Mr. Orban gives us the details about the Jazz Choir performance.

He says the Show Choir did very well too in the afternoon competition in Emmetsburg.

Mr. Orban says the Show Choir was 6th Runner Up against schools as big as those in Carroll, Des Moines, and Sioux Falls.  He says the singers were happy with how it turned out.

Orban says it was very gratifying to see the singers in the choirs get so excited about performing and the honors they received.

Meetings To Be In Sheldon, Spencer Thursday To Discuss Possible Hunting, Trapping Rule Changes

Corbett DeerSheldon, Iowa — Hunters and trappers across the state will get a chance later this week to weigh in on possible new regulations for this fall. Willy Suchy, Wildlife Research Supervisor with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, says a new process is being used this year as public meetings are taking place before any rule changes are proposed.

(as said) “In the past, we’ve had it after we’ve gotten initial recommendations,” Suchy says. “Now we’re being asked to try to involve stakeholders as much as possible prior to coming up regulation changes.”

The Iowa DNR will host public meetings over the Iowa Communications Network on Thursday (March 7) from 6 to 9 p.m. Suchy expects hunters will have a few concerns.

(as said) “Number one is the number of deer and where we’re at,” Suchy says. “Are we shooting too many? Are we shooting too few?”

Deer numbers in some parts of Iowa are at their lowest point in a decade. DNR staff members will facilitate a discussion at each meeting site and Suchy says the topics covered will be up to those who attend.

(as said) “It’s up to whoever wants to come and talk to us. We’re there to record the comments and then we’ll use that, plus our harvest survey information, to come up with some good recommendations to take to the Natural Resource Commission,” Suchy said.

Any rule changes must be approved by the Natural Resource Commission and then go back to the public for further comment before taking effect next fall. The ICN meetings this Thursday night will be held in Boone, Calmar, Cedar Falls, Chariton, Clinton, Council Bluffs, Creston, Dubuque, Fort Dodge, Johnston, Marshalltown, Mason City, Ottumwa, Sac City, Sergeant Bluff, Sheldon, Spencer, Tiffin and West Burlington.

Complete ICN locations are available online at

Northwest Iowa Area Community College
603 W Park Street
Building D, Room #402

Iowa Lakes Community College
1900 N. Grand Avenue,
Room #118

Radio Iowa assisted with this story.