Event/Convention Center Still A Priority For New Sheldon Park

Sheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon Community Park Planning Committee has re-affirmed their consideration of an Events/Convention Center as their top priority for the new community park area New-Sheldon-Signon the east side of the City.

At their meeting Tuesday, Mayor Katricia Meendering reported that a small core group of their committee is having discussions about this project and would like to see that moved on a faster track than the rest of the process. The SCDC, City of Sheldon and the Marketing Committee have agreed to share a portion of the cost of moving forward with more specifics.

The committee also discussed a wide range of other possibilities for the park area. This included a playground, open shelter houses, basketball courts, and sledding hills, as well as an open space area of 5 to 7 acres. The development of the pond is being coordinated with the O’Brien County Conservationist and will be stocked with fish this year.

It was generally agreed that the recreational trails should circle the pond with some access points to the water. Trail features such as shelters, benches and connection with other park amenities were also discussed.

The next meeting of the committee will be set on a date when a representative of RDG Planning and Development can attend.

Sheldon and MOC Floyd Valley Split Conference Doubleheader

Siouxland Conference logoSheldon and MOC Floyd Valley split a Siouxland Conference basketball doubleheader Tuesday night in Orange City. The girls game went to Sheldon 44-41 with the boys game going to the Dutch 72-37.

The Lady Dutch led 13-11 at the end of the first quarter and were up 28-20 at halftime. Sheldon went on a 13-4 run in the third quarter to take the lead 33-32 going into the fourth quarter. Down the stretch the Orabs would do just enough at the free throw line to get the win 44-41.

Sami Kleinwolterink was the games top scorer with 14 points. Kelsey Den Hartog and Emily Johnson hit for 9 points each and Katie Kneifl added 8 in the team win.

MOC Floyd Valley was led by Breanna Schuiteman with 13 points on the night. Destiny Einerwold was next with 7 points.

With the win Sheldon improves to 6-10 on the year and 5-9 in the conference. The Lady Dutch are 5-12 on the year and 5-9 in the Siouxland.

In the boys game MOC Floyd Valley led 15-12 at the end of the first quarter and with a trio of threes from Levi Jansen were up 29-21 at halftime. Coming out of the break it was a trio of threes from Christian Korver that would be the springboard to a 46-26 third quarter lead as the Dutch went on to claim a 72-37 win.

Jansen and Korver would finish with 22 points each. Sheldon was led by Dylan Ennema with 9 points followed by Andy Cooper and Collin Wolthizen with 6 ponts each.

With the win MOC Floyd Valley ranked 9th in Class 3A move to 13-2 for the year and 12-1 in the conference. For Sheldon it was just their fourth set back of the year as they fall to 11-4 on the season and 9-4 in the conference.

Up next for the Orabs will be a friday nigth home doubleheader with Sioux Center. MOC Floyd Valley travels to Rock Valley on Friday night.

Sheldon Police Arrest Two, Take Theft Report

Sheldon, Iowa — Sheldon police arrested a pair of Sheldon residents in separate incidents on Thursday, January 22nd, and took the report of a theft from a residence on Friday, January 23rd.

sheldon police pd car door logoAccording to information released by the Sheldon Police Department, 37-year old Clarence Melvin Paulsen of Sheldon was arrested on a 5th Degree Theft Warrant issued by the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office.  The arrest took place about 1:15 Thursday afternoon.  Paulsen was transported to the O’Brien County Jail in Primghar.

Around 2:55 Thursday afternoon Sheldon Police say they observed 25-year old Allison Jerel Stone of Sheldon allegedly operating a motor vehicle on North 7th Avenue in Sheldon.  According to the report, Stone was arrested on a charge of Driving While License Suspended, and taken to jail in Primghar.

During the noon hour on Friday, police received a report of a package containing approximately $50 worth of Tupperware products that had been stolen from the front door of a residence in the 1900 block of East 9th Street.

Doris M. McClain

Doris McClainDoris M. McClain, age 100, formerly of Harris, IA died Friday, January 23, 2015 at the Country View Manor in Sibley, IA.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at United Methodist Church in Harris, IA, with Reverend Emmanuel T. Naweji officiating. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery at Harris.

Visitation will be Tuesday, January 27th from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m., with family present from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley, IA.

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Orabs and Rockets Split Conference Doubleheader

Siouxland Conference logoRock Valley —The Sheldon Orabs split a conference basketball doubleheader at Rock Valley Friday night. The Rockets took the girls game 55-43 with Sheldon taking the boys contest 71-52.

In the girls game Rock Valley opened with a 14-9 first quarter lead and were up 25-18 at half time. At the end of the third quarter it was 36-29 with Rock Valley going on to win 55-43. Sheldon’s Emily Johnson and Rock Valley’s Alexis Mousel shared game high honors with 23 points each. Samatha Blum was in double figures for the Rockets with 21 points.

With the win Rock Valley improves to 6-9 on the year and 5-8 in the conference with Sheldon at 5-10 for the year and 4-9 in the Siouxland.

In the boys game Sheldon got off to a strong start and never looked back. They led 23-11 at the end of the first quarter and were up 39-18 at halftime. At the end of the third quarter the lead was 61-30 with the Orabs going on to win 71-52.

The Orabs were on fire all night long from behind the arc. Five players combined to knock down 15 threes in the contest.

Sheldon had three players in double figures with Ian Jongewaard pumping in 22 points including six 3-pointers. Turner DeJong had 12 points with all four behind the arc. Dylan Ennema added 12 more with a pair of 3-point buckets.

Rock Valley had two players in double figures getting 14 points from Kobe Lutjens and 10 from Myles Van Maanen.

With the win Sheldon moves to 11-3 on the season and 9-3 in the conference. Rock Valley is 7-7 on the year and 5-7 in the conference.

Up next for Sheldon is a Tuesday trip to MOC Floyd Valley. For Rock Valley it’s a Tuesday trip to Okoboji.

December Iowa Milk Production Numbers Are In

Washington, DC — Milk production in Iowa during December 2014 totaled 404 million pounds, up 5 percent from usda_logoDecember 2013 according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Milk Production report.

The average number of milk cows during December, at 209,000 head, was up 2,000 from last month, and 3,000 more than a year ago. Monthly production per cow averaged 1,935 pounds in December 2014, up 65 pounds from last December. This is tied with 2012 for the highest December milk per cow for Iowa on record, and is the highest December milk production since 1967.

Milk production in the 23 major States during December totaled 16.2 billion pounds, up 3.2 percent from December 2013. November revised production at 15.5 billion pounds, was up 3.5 percent from November 2013. The November revision represented an increase of 12 million pounds or 0.1 percent from last month’s preliminary production estimate.

Production per cow in the 23 major States averaged 1,886 pounds for December, 35 pounds above December 2013. This is the highest production per cow for the month of December since the 23 State series began in 2003.

The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major States for December, was 8.61 million head, 107,000 head more than December 2013, and 16,000 head more than November 2014.

Milk production in the United States during the October – December quarter totaled 50.9 billion pounds, up 3.4 percent from the October – December quarter last year.

The average number of milk cows in the United States during the quarter was 9.28 million head, 16,000 head more than the July – September quarter, and 83,000 head more than the same period last year.

The entire report can be viewed by clicking here.