Orange City Implement Dealer Hit By Theft, Fire

An Orange City implement dealer has been hit with a double whammy. Not only did someone steal toys from their shop, but a fire appears to have been set in the office as well.

According to a manager at Northwest Implement, someone stole toy tractors from the business, and then it appears that they set fire to a desk in the office area. The fire was basically contained to the desk, but there is heat, smoke and soot damage in the building.

The Orange City Police Department reports that entry was gained by breaking out an office window.

It doesn’t appear that anything else was stolen. The burglary happened sometime between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning.

The state Fire Marshal’s Office and the Orange City Police are investigating.

If you have any information that might help the police solve this case, you are asked to call the Orange City Police at 712-707-4251.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

Bullying Supersession Held For Area Middle Schoolers

More than one thousand middle school students from four area schools came together Tuesday morning in Sheldon for an anti-bullying assembly. Billed as a “Bullying Supersession”, the assembly, which was held at the Sheldon High School, was designed to tackle the subject of bullying, and provide the students with information on how to get out of a bullying situation.

Sheldon Middle School Principal Cindy Barwick talks a little bit about the Bullying Supersession.

Barwick says bullying is something that everybody knows goes on, and that it takes many different forms.

Barwick says that if someone is being bullied, they have options to extricate themselves from that situation.

Barwick says that the Sheldon Community Schools takes bullying very seriously, and like every school system in Iowa, has policies and procedures in place to stop it in it’s tracks.

Tuesday morning’s Bullying Supersession was attended by middle-schoolers from Sheldon, MOC-Floyd Valley, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, Spalding Catholic and Remsen-Union.

By Tom Traughber
News Reporter

Sheldon Vying For Blue Zone Status

The city of Sheldon has submitted their application to become one of ten Blue Zones City in Iowa. The Blue Zones Project is a significant part of Iowas Healthiest State Initiative, which is designed to bring the secrets of the healthiest, happiest, and longest-living cultures in the world to 10 Iowa communities as well as related tools and information for all Iowans.

Greta Giese of the Lifelong Learning and Recreation Center at NCC in Sheldon tells us that Sheldon’t Blue Zones application has been submitted and received.

She says 58 Iowa Communities were invited to apply for the 10 spots that are available in the program.

She says that Sheldon citizens have various ways to show their support, from online sign-up, to text sign-up, to an informational forum that will be held Thursday night at the LLRC.

Giese says the Blue Zones Project is all about subtle changes.

That Informational Forum on the Blue Zones Project will be held Thursday night at 7:30 in the Lifelong Learning and Recreation Center at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon.

By Tom Traughber
News Reporter

Sheldon Police Report Busy Weekend

The Sheldon Police Department reports a busy weekend. Police say they broke up a party on Rainbow Drive early Saturday morning. As a result, 9 individuals, ages 19 and 20, were charged with being in possession of alcohol under the legal age. All 9 were cited and released.

An Orange City man was arrested early Saturday for Driving While License Revoked. 54-year old Antonio Gorza-Velez was stopped in the 300 block of West 7th Street in Sheldon. He was taken into custody and transported to the O’Brien County Jail.

Early Saturday evening, a 34-year old Sheldon man was charged with Possession Of Marijuana and Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia. Jon Michael Rosenboom was cited by police and released.

Approximately 3:15 Sunday morning a 27-year old Sheldon woman was arrested and charged with 2nd Offense OWI. Sarah Reiter was picked up at the intersection of North 2nd Avenue and North 5th Street in Sheldon.

By Tom Traughber

Sheldon Home Damaged By Fire Monday Evening

A garage was destroyed, and the adjoining house damaged by heat and smoke in a fire that happened Monday evening in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Fire Department was called to the residence at 1001 Oak Street about 6:50 Monday evening, after the home’s residents were alerted to a fire in their garage by a couple who spotted the blaze while walking past the home.

Sheldon Fire Chief Jerry Meyer says that when firefighters arrived on the scene the garage was fully engulfed in flames, and the fire was beginning to travel into the attic. Meyer says firefighters were able to put out the flames in the garage, then moved on to access the attic through the roof, and from inside the house. He says burning insulation and rafters were extinguished and insulation removed until the blaze had been completely extinguished.

27 firefighters were on the scene for about 3-1/2 hours, and fortunately there were no injuries to firefighters or occupants of the home.

Meyer says the fire was apparently caused by some burnt popcorn that had been put into a garbage can in the garage. No dollar estimate of the damage is currently available.

By: Tom Traughber, KIWA News

Master Plan Concept Revealed For Proposed Park South Of Sheldon Crossing

About two dozen Sheldon area residents had the opportunity, Monday night, to view, and pose questions about, the Preliminary Master Plan Concept for a new community park in the area south of Sheldon Crossing.

Mike Bell of RDG Planning unveiled the Master Plan Concept for the park, which includes many amenities suggested by community members who had attended earlier meetings. Among these amenities were open space, a day lodge, RV park, a playground and shelter, fishing access to the borrow pit, among others, as well as an area for potential residential and commercial building lots.

Bell told the group that he thought it was important to have a portion of the park space left as a natural prairie area, since many people come to these parks specifically to see nature in such natural prairie areas. He stressed the importance of having both what he called an “urban aspect” as well as an unimproved nature area in the park.

Bell said that the plan would provide everything the state looks for when providing funding for parks, since the plan addresses quality of life, health and economic development.

When questioned, Bell said that the project would be developed incrementally over a number of years. He said the first part would be the pond, or as he put it, “let the pond be the pond”. After that, he said, the city could take a proactive stance and partner with developers to develop the residential and commercial building lots to generate part of the finances required to complete the project.

Bell told those present that the proposed park would put Sheldon in the position of having a better park than 90 percent of the communities in the state of Iowa.

He said that the next step will be a final plan, with a model of the proposed park, and then a presentation to the City Council, complete with cost estimate information, all of which should happen in the next several weeks. He said he would plan another meeting in Sheldon in early February.

By Tom Traughber
News Reporter