Eleven Bidders Vie For Sheldon Crossing Project

community services center 300pxSheldon, Iowa — A total of eleven contractors submitted bids for the Sheldon Crossing Project, with a South Sioux City firm producing the lowest  bid.    The bids ranged from a little over 1.8 million dollars to 2.4 million dollars with the lowest bid coming from the D.A. Davis Company of South Sioux City.  The engineer’s estimate had been 2.4 million.   Pat Bickett representing the Schlotfeldt  Engineering firm told the council that they had not worked with the Davis Company, but he had received a good report on the work they have done in Sioux City.  Work on the sanitary sewer system as well as the watermain and storm sewer connections to Country Club Road and Highway  18 must be completed no later than October 30th of this year.   The rest of the work on the new residential development must be completed by July 1, 2014.

The council also approved a proposal for engineering services for repainting the interior of the City’s water tower.  The proposal by DGR Engineering covers specifications, bidding services, and construction services.  City Public Works Director Todd Uhl told the council he had hoped to delay the project for a few years, but after the results of the last inspection of the tower it was decided to proceed sooner than they had planned.  The work will consist of a complete blasting of the interior surface, followed by a new coating.  This could take place this Fall or next Spring.  During the work, the tower would be out of use for at least three weeks and water pressure would have to be maintained with the water plant’s pumps.

Speaking of water Uhl said they have been unable to depend on an adequate supply from the shallow wells.  He pointed out that while Sheldon has an average of 29 inches of precipitation per year, we have only received 21 inches in 2011 and 19 inches in 2012.  This has resulted in a shortage of over ten inches during the past thirty months.  Therefore the ‘Water Watch’ will remain in place.  This is a voluntary program to eliminate any type of unnecessary use of water.   If the public does not cooperate by reducing the use of water, and rainfall remains scarce, the City could take the next step which would make the program mandatory.


Rock Rapids Chamber Report Features Lyon County Fair, Crazy Days And More

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 fair, crazy days, the Depot Museum, 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 rockrapids.com or by calling the Chamber at 712-472-3456.


Sioux County Sheriff’s Office Seeking Information On Hit-And-Run Accident

Sioux Sheriff Car 84-Orange City, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for more information on a hit-and-run accident that happened Saturday night near Orange City.

They report that they investigated the accident on Sunday afternoon, June 30th. The accident happened at 3561 440th Street, a mile west of Orange City.

A vehicle was eastbound on 440th Street sometime during the overnight hours ofJune 29 into June 30th, when it struck a residential mailbox. The driver did not stop and notify the owner ofthe damage. The mailbox sustained about $100 in damages. They say the vehicle likely has damage to the passenger side and possibly the windshield.

Anyone with information about the accident is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office. If you wish to remain anonymous you may use the Text‐a‐Tip program. Find directions at siouxcountysheriff.com.


Madison, SD Man Airlifted To Sioux Falls Hospital After Orange City ATV Accident

Sanford helicopter new in 2012Orange City, Iowa — A Madison, SD man was airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital after an ATV accident on Saturday near Orange City.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 4:40 PM, 20-year-old Matthew Lemair of Madison, SD was driving a 2012 Arctic Cat 550 ATV on the farm property at 3554 490th Street when the ATV struck a cement barrier. Before it hit the barrier, Lemair jumped from the ATV.

LeMair was taken to the Orange City Health System Hospital by private vehicle. He was later airlifted to Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD.

The Arctic Cat ATV sustained about $100 in damages.


Extension Expert Gives Advice On Farmland Tiling And Drainage

Kris KohlIowa State University Extension and Outreach helps carry Iowa State’s land-grant mission beyond campus, to be the university that best serves the citizens of Iowa. With Iowa State University, Extension embraces the land-grant philosophy of:

  • access to high-quality education
  • research applied to the needs of Iowa, the nation, and world
  • extending knowledge to strengthen Iowa’s economy and citizens’ quality of life

Iowa State University Extension does that by offering practical, how-to education based on powerful university research. It’s available to any resident of Iowa and is tailored to meet the needs of Iowans, needs we know firsthand. Extension educators, specialists, and volunteers live and work in all 99 Iowa counties.

We recently spoke with ISU Extension Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Specialist Kris Kohl about farmland drainage issues.

Click the play button (triangle) below to hear the report.


Spencer Native Who Was On “The Voice” To Headline Village Northwest Unlimited July 3rd Celebration

caseySheldon, Iowa — Village Northwest’s Independence Celebration is this Wednesday, the 3rd. Headlining the evening’s entertainment will be Casey Muessigmann from Season 3 of “The Voice.”

We caught up with Muessigmann (which although it sound like “Music Man” is actually spelled M-u-e-s-s-i-g-m-a-n-n). We asked him how this all got started.

Muessigmann is originally from Spencer. Following a wrestling career-ending knee injury, Muessigmann made the decision to focus on his music.
He impressed the judges on the hit TV show “The Voice” last fall by singing “Sweet Home Alabama” and joining Blake Shelton’s team . He recently released his latest single entitled “Maybe.”

We asked him to describe his musical style.

Muessigmann will take the stage at about 6:45 Wednesday evening, following the Bill Riley Talent Search, which begins at 5. He says he can’t wait to perform in Sheldon.

Of course there are several other reasons to go to the celebration including lots of kids activities, lots of food and an incredible fireworks show. That’s all this Wednesday evening, July 3rd at Village Northwest Unlimited in Sheldon.