Ground Broken For Sheldon Elementary School Project

East GB 1Sheldon, IA — Members of the Sheldon Community District KIDS Committee, Sheldon School District administrators, high school cheerleaders, as well as the faculty, staff and student body at East Elementary in Sheldon, along with several community and media members were on Hand Friday afternoon at ground was officially broken for the beginning of the East Elementary remodel and addition project.

School Board President Gary Ihnen talks about the process of getting to this point.

Ihnen told us he got a great feeling when going to the polls for the bond issue election.

He also commented on the reaction of the elementary children at Friday’s ground breaking.

The addition will provide eight additional classrooms, as well as expanded administrative office space and a new gym that will be built to withstand tornado force winds.  Superintendent Robin Spears told the group that the lawn west of the school would begin to be worked within an hour of Friday’s ground breaking ceremony, with foundation work scheduled to begin Monday.

Here is a video of the KIDS Committee’s Lisa Johnson breaking the ground for the project with an excavator. It was posted on the KIDS Committee’s Facebook page.


Iowa Senate Candidate Sam Clovis Visits With KIWA Radio

Sam ClovisSheldon, Iowa — There are currently six Republicans and one Democrat who have announced they are running for the seat now held by US Senator Tom Harkin, who has announced his retirement.

We had a chance to speak with one of the Republican candidates recently. Sam Clovis took time out of his schedule to talk to us. Many people think of Clovis as a talk show host, and that is something that he has done, but he has a long background in both the military and the private sector.


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Clovis says he’s put down roots in the Sioux City area.


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Clovis tells us why he thinks he’s the right person for the job.


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Clovis says we need to look for three things in the next Senator: Leadership and courage to admonish members of both parties, stewardship of resources, and statesmanship — someone who can provide a vision for the nation.

We’ll be posting the entire interview with Clovis on our website in the future.

We have also received word that Clovis will attend the O’Brien County Republican Summer Gala on Friday, August 16, 2013.

The other Republican candidates for Harkin’s Senate seat are State Senator Joni Ernst; attorney and nominee for Iowa’s 4th congressional district in 1988 and 1992 Paul Lunde; car salesman Scott Schaben; former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa and nominee for Treasurer of Iowa in 2002 Matthew Whitaker and former Chief of Staff to Senator Chuck Grassley, David Young.

The Democrat who has announced he’s running is Congressman Bruce Braley.


Ashton Town & Country Days Continues This Weekend In Ashton

Ashton signAshton, Iowa — The summertime festivals continue in northwest Iowa. This weekend, it’s Ashton’s turn.

We talked to Tim Christiansen, whose wife is helping set up Ashton Town and Country Days. He says the softball tournament continues and they’ve got a full slate of activities on Saturday.


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He says they invite you to visit Ashton’s unique museum and stick around for some afternoon and evening activities.


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The street dance will feature the Sioux Falls DJ Squad.

That’s all this weekend in Ashton.


Sheldon Police Cover Two Accidents And A Number Of Incidents

off lightbarSheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon Police have covered two accidents and a number of other incidents recently.

An Ashton woman’s car, a Sheldon woman’s car, and a Sheldon man’s SUV were damaged in a chain-reaction accident on Tuesday, August 6 in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 5:15 PM, 20-year-old Jamie Fettes of Ashton was northbound on 24th Avenue in a 2000 Chevy. Twenty-one-year-old Megan Whitsell of Sheldon was also northbound on 24th behind Fettes in a 2003 Pontiac. Seventy-seven-year-old Wallace Fiddelke of Sheldon was also northbound on 24th behind Whitsell in a 2005 Chevy SUV.

Fettes and Whitsell were stopped for the stop sign. Fiddelke tried to stop, but was unable to stop in time and hit the back of Whitsell’s vehicle, which struck the back of Fettes’s vehicle.

Fettes’s Chevy received $1200 damage. Whitsell’s Pontiac received $2000 damage. Fiddelke’s Chevy SUV received $2500 damage.

There were no injuries reported.

Fiddelke was charged with Failure to Maintain Control.


A Sheldon man’s minivan and a Sanboran man’s car were damaged in an accident on Wednesday (8/14/13) in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 1:05 PM, 88-year-old Grover Petitt of Sheldon was westbound on Highway 18 in the inside lane, near Washington Avenue in a 2007 Chrysler minivan. Thirty-four-year-old John Schreurs of Sanborn was also westbound on 18, but in the outside lane in a 1993 Ford.

There was a non-contact vehicle stopped in the inside lane at the Washington Avenue stoplight in front of Casey’s, waiting to make a left turn. Petitt changed lanes to go around the stopped vehicle, but struck the Schreurs vehicle as it came up into his path of travel from behind.

Petitt’s Chrysler minivan received $2000 damage. Schreurs’s Ford received $500 damage.

There were no injuries reported.

Petitt was charged with improper use of 3 or more lanes.


The Sheldon Police took a report of a damaged Pepsi machine at the Holiday Inn Express on Thursday (5/15/13). It happened on Monday or Tuesday. The pop machine was valued at $400.

They also took a report of several items stolen from a car parked on 10th Street on Thursday (5/15/13). Taken was a set of fog lights and a radar detector valued at a combined total of $34.

A Browning rifle was recovered on Eighth Avenue on Thursday (8/15/13). Police say this was taken from a vehicle on Seventh Avenue.

The Police also took a report from someone on Ninth Street that they had left their vehicle unlocked behind a store overnight Wednesday night (8/14/13) and when they returned on Thursday morning, they found someone had taken a radar detector and garage door opener transmitter. The estimated value of the allegedly stolen property was not listed in the report.

Sheldon Police officers also arrested 48-year-old Marc Jon Muhlbauer of Sheldon on Friday (8/16/13) on a warrant for Failure To Appear. He was transported to jail in Primghar. According to court records, this is in regard to a refusal or failure to pay fines and court costs from a 1998 case in which Muhlbauer pled guilty to Interference With Official Acts Causing Bodily Injury.


Sheldon Police Make Arrests, Take Reports

sheldon pd police car rearSheldon, Iowa — In the latest from the Sheldon Police Department:

The police arrested 34-year-old John Wild of Sheldon on Sunday, August 4. He was charged with Serious Assault Causing Injury.

The police arrested 42-year-old Brian Ramsey of Sheldon on Wednesday, August 7. He was charged with Driving Under Suspension.

Officers arrested 38-year-old Ronald Roberts of Granville on Tuesday (8/13/13). He was also charged with Driving Under Suspension.

All three were taken to jail in Primghar.


On Tuesday (8/13), the police cited 49-year-old Dale Timmerman of Sibley with three counts of Credit Card Theft. One of them was a Class D Felony, the other two were aggravated misdemeanors. He was cited and released.

Sheldon police also took a report of a burglary at an address on South Eighth Avenue. Stolen was $1500 worth of tools. Some of them were power tools and some were new in the case. It happened sometime between midnight and 5 PM on Saturday the 10th.

Officers also took a report of a burglary on B Street in Sheldon on Sunday. It happened between 11:30 PM on Saturday the 10th and 2 PM on Sunday the 11th. Taken was a 6-horsepower Johnson outboard motor and a 6-inch Jiffy ice auger, valued at a combined total of $1000.

On Monday evening (8/12), the Sheldon Plaza Convenience Store reported a gas drive off. $10 worth of gas was taken.



Sheldon Welcomes New Cat Dealership

Ziegler 2013Sheldon, Iowa — The ribbon at Sheldon’s new Cat dealership has been cut, and the business and its workers have been officially welcomed to Sheldon. Zieger Cat is located in the new industrial park on the east side of the Highway 60 expressway. Sheldon residents and dignitaries were on hand to welcome Ziegler to Sheldon.

Councilman Brad Hindt spoke on behalf of the City of Sheldon.


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Speaking on behalf of the Sheldon Economic Development Commission was president Blake Beahler.


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Skip Tanner spoke on behalf of the Sheldon Ambassadors and reads from the plaque that was presented to Ziegler.


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Ziegler owner Bill Hoeft tells us about their company.


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He says they sell and service many lines of equipment.


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The new location sells and services the full line of CAT® compact and heavy construction equipment, the new vocational truck, and generators. A complete line of new and used agricultural equipment is also offered, including Challenger® tractors; LEXION® combines; RoGator®, TerraGator®, and SpraCoupe® application equipment; White Planters; and Sunflower® tillage equipment. An overnight shuttle system connects the Sheldon facility with Ziegler’s 22 other locations in Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin, providing customers with an unmatched array of products, parts, and services.