Construction Underway Downtown, But Weather Has Forced A Change

Road ClosedSheldon, Iowa — Construction is underway in downtown Sheldon on a project that should make for a nicer street and a more decorative downtown — but a change has been made to the way the construction is going to take place. We had a chance to talk with Sheldon City Manager Scott Wynja.

As you may have noticed — Wynja mentioned a two-block area is under construction. He says that’s not they way they wanted to do it, but the weather has forced their hand.

He says that they remain committed to keeping access to every business downtown during the construction.

Wynja also gives us an update on the other major street project in Sheldon — the Highway 18 project.

If you have any questions, contact the city office, or the SCDC office.

Sheldon School Board To Meet In Special Session

east elementary 290px for webSheldon, IA — The Board of Education of the Sheldon Community School District will meet in Special Session at noon today for the purpose of approving the plans, specifications and cost estimates for the East Elementary Building/Remodeling Project.  In addition, the Board will set a date and time for a Public Hearing on that project.

Today’s meeting begins at noon in the Sheldon High School Library.

Free Supper, Dairy Farm Tour, Fun Kids Activities Planned At Rock Rapids Dairy Farm Tonight

cow-sxcRock Rapids, Iowa — How about a free supper, fun for the kids, and a little entertainment for yourself as well? Tonight, the Western Iowa Dairy Alliance will celebrate the sixth annual June Dairy Month open house.

This year’s event will be at Multi-Rose Jerseys dairy farm near Rock Rapids, owned and operated by the Metzger families. We talked to LeAnne Philips with the Western Iowa Dairy Alliance, who gives us an idea of what to expect.

She tells us why they are doing such an event.

Part of that tour, she says, includes an introduction to the 40-cow carousel milking platform. Philips tells us about the Metzgers and Multi-Rose Jerseys.

She says there’s also lots of other technology people can see at the farm.

Plus, don’t forget that free supper.

All parking for the event will be at Central Lyon High School in Rock Rapids, with free shuttles running from 4 until 7.

Details here:

Vermillion, SD Man Escapes Injury In Rollover On Highway 60 Near Sibley

Law Enforcement Lightbar redSibley, Iowa — Fire and ambulance crews were paged, but a Vermillion, South Dakota man actually escaped injury after rolling his car on Highway 60 on Sunday (6/23/13) near Sibley.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 1:05 PM on Sunday, 21-year-old Jacob David Evenson of Vermillion, SD, was driving a 2003 Pontiac GrandPrix, northbound on Highway 60, north of 170th Street, or the north Sibley exit.

The report says Evenson became fatigued behind the wheel. His vehicle drifted off the left shoulder of the highway. Evenson attempted to steer the vehicle back onto the highway causing the vehicle to flip onto its passenger side and come to rest in the median.

Evenson’s vehicle sustained approximately $3500 damage.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, Sibley Fire and Rescue, Sibley Ambulance Service and Iowa State Patrol responded to the scene.

No injuries were reported.

Evenson was cited for Failure to Maintain Control.

Sheldon Police Handle Four Property Damage Accidents

law lightbar blueSheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon Police report several recent accidents.

A Sanborn man’s pickup and a Worthington woman’s SUV were damaged in an accident on Thursday (6/20/13) in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 12:15 PM, 34-year-old Leon Aaron of Sanborn was northbound on 34th Avenue, near Taco John’s in a 1999 Ford pickup. Twenty-two-year-old Jessica Alvarez of Worthington was southbound on Runger Avenue in a 2007 Jeep SUV. Runger Avenue and 34th Avenue meet at Highway 18.

Alverez attempted to proceed northbound through the intersection. The vehicles collided in the intersection. The report says traffic flow was heavy making the driving challenging.

Aaron’s Ford pickup received $1000 damage. Alvarez’s Jeep SUV received $3000 damage.

There were no injuries reported, and no charges were filed.

A Sheldon teen’s car and a Sheldon man’s SUV were damaged in an accident on Friday (6/21/13) in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 10:25 AM, 17-year-old Olivia DeKok of Sheldon was backing westbound from a driveway in a 2002 Ford. A 2012 GMC SUV owned by Ron Beenken of Sheldon was parked facing south on Normal College Avenue.

DeKok backed into the SUV, which had been legally-parked, according to the report.

DeKok’s Ford received $500 damage. Beenken’s GMC SUV received $2500 damage.

There were no injuries reported.

DeKok was charged with unsafe backing.

A Rock Valley man’s car and a Sheldon man’s pickup were damaged in an accident on Friday, June 14 in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 4:40 PM, 23-year-old James Richters of Rock Valley was eastbound on Highway 18, in a 1998 Dodge. Sixty-four-year-old Calvin Van Beek of Sheldon was westbound on 18 in a 2006 Ford pickup.

Van Beek slowed down to turn south on Country Club Road. The report says that due to the high volume of traffic, Van Beek didn’t see the Richters vehicle and turned in front of it.

Richters’s Dodge received $2200 damage. Van Beek’s Ford pickup received $1700 damage.

There were no injuries reported.

Van Beek was charged with Failure To Yield on Left Turn.

Buicks driven by a Boyden man and a Sheldon man were both damaged in an accident on Saturday, June 15 in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 10:25 AM, 96-year-old William Zenk of Boyden was eastbound in the Bomgaars parking lot, in a 2003 Buick. Sixty-six-year-old George Schneider of Sheldon was southbound on Second Avenue in a 1992 Buick.

Zenk was waiting to turn north and pulled out and struck the Schneider vehicle as it was passing by. Zenk reported that he did not see the other car since it was raining and his Transitions lenses were still dim.

Zenk’s Buick received $1000 damage. Schneider’s Buick received $1800 damage.

There were no injuries reported.

Zenk was charged with Failure To Yield.

SCDC, City Of Sheldon Tout Improvement Projects

Sheldon Road ClosedSheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon Chamber and Development Corporation is publicizing the Highway 18 project and the Streetscape project in a press release to media in the region.
The release tells people around the region that the Downtown Streetscape Project means Downtown Sheldon will get a facelift. It notes that the project will include a five-block area of downtown Sheldon in which sidewalks will be replaced, streets replaced, bump-outs installed, decorative streetlights installed, and colored concrete at crosswalks and plantings will be installed.
The release also mentions that work has started in the widening of US Highway 18 from 24th Avenue through the New Sheldon Crossroads Industrial Park just east of the intersection of 4-lane Highway 60 & Highway 18.  It says there will then be a complete overlay of the Highway 18 corridor through Sheldon from 2nd Avenue through the Crossroads Industrial Park creating a 3-lane corridor through the community of Sheldon.
The SCDC says that this is significant for the community of Sheldon as they are two of several projects scheduled for the summer of 2013 in which the City of Sheldon will invest over $9.2 million in capital projects. The capital projects include the Downtown Streetscape Project, Trilogy Housing Development (16 residential lots), Sheldon Crossing Housing Development (57 residential lots), a new Multi-Purpose Recreation Area, Highway 18 improvement project (widening and overlay), Country Club Road / East 9th Street Improvement Project, New Deep Well and numerous street repair and overlay projects.
City officials say if you have any questions you are welcome to call City Administrator Scott Wynja or SCDC Executive Director Mark Gaul.