Sheldon City Council Approves Agreement with SCDC

community services center 300pxSheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon City Council has approved a memorandum of understanding between the Sheldon Chamber and Development Corporation or SCDC and the city regarding a change in the status of the Community Development Director.  Under the new plan, the director will be a senior management position of the City and the council will prescribe the powers, duties and terms of employment.  The director will also report to the SCDC Board of Directors to help advance the growth of the community.

In the past the development director has been employed by the SCDC, which does not have a benefit package available similar to that of the City.  Under the new arrangement the director will be paid by the city, but the SCDC will reimburse the city for the salary cost. The city will cover the cost of the benefit package as offered to other full-time employees.  It is felt that this new arrangement will be helpful in attracting qualified applicants to replace Mark Gaul who has submitted his resignation effective September first.

In other business, Public Works Director Todd Uhl told the council that as the Canadian-Pacific Railroad was making improvements along their tracks they uncovered an old storm sewer that has not been used for many years.  The railroad wants to hook on to this old line which they feel will also benefit the city with better drainage.  The railroad will do the installation work, and the Council agreed to use city funds to pay for the sewer pipe.

The next step in the development of a park in Sheldon Crossing was also discussed.  City Manager Scott Wynja told the council that he has been in touch with the O’Brien County Conservation Board, and they are very interested in assisting with the development of the Borrow Pit area.  The Council voted to have Wynja continue his discussions with the Conservation Board.  After decisions have been made about the pit, the council will be ready to discuss the next steps in the park development.


Rock Rapids Woman Taken To Hospital After Sunday Accident Near Little Rock

Little Rock AmbulanceLittle Rock, Iowa — A Rock Rapids woman was taken to the hospital after a rollover accident near Little Rock on Sunday morning (8/18/13).

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 11:55 AM, 53-year-old Betsy Stubbe of Rock Rapids was westbound on Highway 9 when she slowed to make a right turn onto Kingbird Avenue, six miles west of Little Rock.  According to the report, Stubbe was going too fast while attempting the turn and lost control of the vehicle.  It entered the northwest ditch and rolled onto its top.

Stubbe was transported to Sanford Rock Rapids.

Her 1997 Ford Explorer received approximately $9000 in damages.

Stubbe was cited for failure to maintain control.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Little Rock Fire and Ambulance and the Iowa State Patrol.


Doon Steakhouse Burglarized For The Second Time In Three Days; Thieves Take Safe

Lyon County Sheriff Car Door 60-8Doon, Iowa — The Doon Steakhouse in Doon has been burglarized for the second time in three days — and this time the burglars stole the whole safe.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that it appears that the suspect or suspects entered through the same door and removed the safe out of the office area.

A “miscellaneous” amount of cash was in the safe.

If you have any information in reference to these burglaries, you are asked to call the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department at 712-472-8300.


Sheriffs’ Office Looking For Blue Car After Hull Area Accident

Sioux Sheriff Car 84-Hull, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the public’s help. They’re trying to find out if anyone knows anything about a blue car that was southwest of Hull on Tuesday morning (8/20/13).

The Sheriff’s Office reports that about 8 AM, 16-year-old Chase Walker of Boyden was driving a 2004 Chrysler Sebring westbound on 330th Street, two miles southwest of Hull. He reports that a blue four-door car was traveling southbound on Harrison Avenue. Walker swerved to avoid striking the blue vehicle and his vehicle entered the west ditch. The blue vehicle reportedly did not stop and continued traveling southbound from the intersection.

Walker reported minor injuries but declined medical attention.

The Chrysler sustained about $2,000 in damages.

If you know the owner of the blue vehicle or know who was driving it at the time of the accident you are asked to contact the sheriff’s office. You may use the Text‐a‐Tip program if you wish to remain anonymous.


Injuries Minor But Car And Four Tractors Damaged In Distracted Driving Accident

car vs tractorsHull, Iowa — Injuries were minor, but several tractors were damaged when distracted driving caused an accident near Hull, according to Sioux County authorities.

The Sheriff’s Office reports that just into Sunday — at midnight, in fact, 17-year-old Andrea Kersten of Hull was driving a 1999 Plymouth Neon eastbound on Highway 18 when she became distracted by the use of a cell phone. Kersten lost control of the vehicle, which then entered the south ditch and struck four tractors parked on the Van’s Implement lot.

Kersten and a passenger, 17-year-old Aleshia TeSlaa of Rock Valley were both transported by the Hull Ambulance to Hegg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley.

The Plymouth sustained approximately $6,000 in damages. An Agco‐Allis 9445 farm tractor sustained an estimated $5,000 in damages. A 1982 John Deere 4440 farm tractor sustained about $1500 in damages. A 1980 International 1086 farm tractor sustained an estimated $2,000 in damages. And a 1996 Massesy‐Ferguson 8150 farm tractor sustained about $500 in damages.

Kersten was cited for failure to maintain control of the vehicle.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Hull Fire Department and Hull Ambulance crew.


Two Northwest Iowans Caught Trying To Burglarize Rock Valley Business

crime scene tape over lightbarRock Valley, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says two northwest Iowa men were caught red-handed trying to burglarize a rural Rock Valley business on Saturday.

Deputies report that three minutes before midnight on Saturday night, 20-year-old Joshua Humphrey of Granville and 21-year-old Johnathan Oldenkamp of Primghar were caught in the act of committing a burglary at Post Equipment Corporation at 2553 320th Street, a mile south of Rock Valley.

Humphrey and Oldenkamp were both arrested on charges of third degree burglary and second degree theft.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Rock Valley Police Department.