UPDATED — Sheldon Emergency Responders Called To Crash

accident wordSheldon, Iowa — A Sanborn teen was transported to the Sanford Sheldon Medical Center in the aftermath of a single-vehicle rollover accident in east Sheldon Sunday evening.

Sheldon Police say the crash happened shortly after 10 pm Sunday when a 2008 Pontiac G6, driven by 17-year old Travis Sterler of Sanborn was eastbound on East 6th Street.  Sterler told police he had fallen asleep at the wheel, causing his car to drift to the right.  Police say the right front wheel of the car hit the curb ramp on the east end of the driveway at 2100 East 6th Street, then continued on, striking a brick and mortar mailbox, before overturning in the roadway.

Sterler was transported to Sanford Sheldon Medical Center by SCAT with undetermined injuries.

Damage to Sterler’s Pontiac was estimated at $6,000, while damage to the mailbox, owned by Thomas Worley, was estimated at $1500.  Sterler was cited for Failure To Maintain Control.

The Sheldon Police Department was assisted at the scene by Sheldon Firefighters, SCAT and the Sheldon Emergency Management Agency.


Sheldon, Iowa — Sheldon emergency crews were called to the scene of a one-vehicle rollover injury accident in town on Sunday night.

According to on-scene reports, the car hit a mailbox and flipped in the middle of the street.

The Sheldon Fire Company, Sheldon Community Ambulance Team, Sheldon Emergency Management and Sheldon Police responded to the call, about 10:15 PM on Sunday night. The accident happened on Sixth Street, south of the football field.

One male victim with unknown injuries was transported to Sanford Sheldon by SCAT.

United Fund Donors Add Over $4000 To Total

Sheldon, Iowa — The 2015 Sheldon United Fund Drive is underway and will continue through the rest of the year. The goal this year is $31,000.
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The funds are now up to $11,139.

The fund drive is now 24% finished. The funds are at about 36% of goal. Nearly $20,000 has yet to be raised. To finish on goal, the drive now needs to average nearly $1,600 per week through the rest of the year. In the last week, donors gave $4,435.

Contributions may be left at any of the four Sheldon banks, or you can also send them to PO Box 41, Sheldon. Essays explaining each organization are available at the banks.

Each week we’re mentioning a few of the organizations that benefit from your donations. This time the list includes:

  • Rise Ministries, Inc.
  • Sheldon Ministerial Association
  • Sheldon Prairie Museum
  • Sanford Sheldon Home Health & Hospice
  • Sheldon Trails Committee

The United Fund will be assisting 25 different organizations in Sheldon and the surrounding communities this year, and they thank you for your contribution.

Sheldon FFA Students Attend Soil Judging Clinic

ffaSheldon, Iowa — Ten members of the Sheldon FFA attended the Iowa Lakes Community College soil judging clinic in Emmetsburg, that was held recently.

While there they judged three pits and then went to three different informational pits where they learned how to judge.  The top four people from Sheldon: Kendra Roetman, Rebecca Beldt, Haley Wagenaar, and Marshall Kleinhesselink, then moved on to judge soil at districts in Sioux City.

They judged four pits while at districts, and then took a written test.  Rebecca Beldt scored the highest out of the four students that went, Marshall Kleinhesselink got second, Kendra Roetman got third and Haley Wagenaar got fourth.  As a team they got 10th out of 22.  Rebecca Beldt got 25th
overall.  The kids say they had an awesome and fun day that day and learned a great deal.

Artisans Road Trip Is This Weekend

Artisans Road Trip LogoNorthwest Iowa — The 2015 Artisans Road Trip is scheduled for this Saturday, October 10th, and Sunday, October 11th.

We talked to Beth Cathcart of the Artisans Road Trip, and she told us how the event got started.

Cathcart says the Artisans Road Trip is a tour in which several northwest Iowa artists open their studios to visitors so that visitors can see what they do, and how they do it.

She says that the artists who open their studios for the Artisans Road Trip work in a wide variety of media.

Cathcart says that, for more information about the artists, their works, or the location of the studios included in the road trip, you can visit the group’s website.

Again, that website is www.artisansroadtrip.com

Hours for this weekend’s Artisans Road Trip are 9 am to 5 pm Saturday, and noon to 5 pm on Sunday.

NCC Enrollments Increase

nursing-1 (002)Sheldon, Iowa — Enrollments at Northwest Iowa Community College are up for the fall of 2015 as compared to fall of 2014. The final numbers for the fall are 1,612 students which is an increase of 2.81% over last fall. This represents about an 80% overall increase in enrollments since fall of 2000 in which NCC had 897 students.

NCC offers over 40 programs of study, including applied technology programs, health and business programs, and Arts & Science transfer programs.  Many of their programs, including both Arts & Science (including Business & Health) and Applied Technology programs, allow a student to take their first one or two years of courses at NCC, then transfer to a four-year college or university. NCC has signed many articulation agreements, so you can make a career plan and transfer your credits to a four-year College or University.  Some of NCC’s partners are:  Iowa State University, University of Northern Iowa, University of Iowa, Briar Cliff University, Northwestern College, Buena Vista University, South Dakota State University, and many more.

Harassment Charge Dropped

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Rock Valley man is no longer charged with harassment.
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Lyon County Magistrate Jenny Winterfield has dismissed a charge of harassment of public officers and employees against 53-year-old Michael Kats.

Deputies say the arrest stems from a three-hour search for Kats in April after he allegedly made a 911 call to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department and sent multiple text messages to Lyon County Deputies. Court records indicate the texts were threats to harm his ex-wife.

Kats was charged with Harassment of a Public Officer, a Simple Misdemeanor, and was also originally charged with Threats of Terrorism, a Class C Felony.

Lyon County Attorney Shayne Mayer moved to dismiss the terrorism charge because of insufficient evidence in April. She moved to dismiss the harassment charge, saying it was “in the furtherance of justice.”