New Kids’ Apparel Store Open In Sheldon

sweet puddle jumpersSheldon, Iowa — There’s a new kids’ clothes store in Sheldon.

Renee Popkes-Heitritter says she’s excited to be opening her new kids’ store, “Sweet Puddle Jumpers”


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Popkes-Heitritter tells us where to find her new shop.


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However, she says it’s not quite that easy with construction going on right now, but it’s still fairly easy to find.


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She gives us the hours of her new shop.


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Popkes-Heitritter tells us her feelings about opening a new kids store in Sheldon.


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She says she was basically destined to open a store of some kind.


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Again, that’s “Sweet Puddle Jumpers”, located on Third Avenue in Sheldon, in the building formerly occupied by Dr. Vander Berg’s dental practice. You can reach “Sweet Puddle Jumpers” at (712) 631-4543, which is a local call from the Sheldon area. So if you’re in Sheldon, just dial 631-4543.


Rock Rapids Attorney Among 22 Iowans Who Have Applied For A Spot On the Iowa Court of Appeals

gavel_sxcDes Moines, Iowa — A Rock Rapids attorney is among twenty-two Iowans who have applied for an opening on the Iowa Court of Appeals.

Larry Eisenhauer — the chief judge of the Iowa Court of Appeals — plans to retire this fall. The state Judicial Nominating Commission will meet Wednesday and Thursday of next week to interview the 22 applicants for the court.

Among those seeking the appointment is 60-year-old attorney Randy Waagmeester of the Waagmeester Law Office in Rock Rapids.

Among the others on the list are former U.S. Attorney Matt Dummermuth of Robins, former state Representative George Eichhorn of Stratford and Jeanie Kunkle Vaudt of West Des Moines, an assistant attorney general. Her husband, former State Auditor David Vaudt, resigned in May to chair the Government Accounting Standards Board in Connecticut. Five district court judges and the Muscatine County attorney have submitted their applications for the slot on the appeals court as well.

The Judicial Nominating Commission will submit three names to Governor Branstad, who will select one of the three for the opening on the Court of Appeals.


Sioux County Authorities Arrest Two As Material Witnesses In Stabbing — One Suspect Remains At Large

crime scene tape over lightbarRock Valley, Iowa — Two material witnesses have been arrested, but the suspect is still at large in a stabbing near Rock Valley on Tuesday night (8/13/13).

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that just before 9 PM, their deputies investigated a reported stabbing that occurred about five miles southwest of Rock Valley.

A caller on 911 advised Sioux County dispatchers that he was bringing in a stabbing victim by vehicle. An Iowa State Trooper stopped the vehicle on the west edge of Rock Valley. The Rock Valley Ambulance responded to his location and transported the victim, a 21-year-old man from Orange City to Hegg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley. He was later transferred to Avera McKennen Hospital in Sioux Falls by the Avera CareFlight helicopter.

At 11:00 PM that night, the Sheriff’s Office says they arrested two people as material witnesses in connection with the stabbing. They were identified as 19-year-old Isidro Topete-Topete, and 19-year-old Tony Chavez, both of Orange City.

The next day (Wednesday, August 14) at about 11:30 AM, deputies attempted to stop a vehicle about six miles southwest of Rock Valley in connection with this investigation. The driver and only occupant of the vehicle stopped on the roadway and ran into a cornfield. Officers pursued on foot but were unable to immediately locate him. Additional officers from the Rock Valley Police Department and Iowa State Patrol assisted with the search. The sheriff’s office canine unit and a heat seeking airplane from the State Patrol were also used with no success.

The sheriff’s office describes the driver as an Hispanic male in his 20s with a small trimmed beard. The investigation continues.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Rock Valley Police Department, Iowa State Patrol and Rock Valley Ambulance.


Spencer Police Seek Public’s Help Locating Missing Juvenile

Brenna StevenSpencer, Iowa — The Spencer Police Department is looking for the public’s help to find a missing girl.

The police have been attempting to locate 16-year-old Brenna Steven of Spencer. She’s 5 feet, five inches tall and weighs about 115 pounds. She has black hair and hazel eyes.

Spencer Police say Steven was listed as runaway by her father in late July. After numerous unsuccessful attempts to run down sightings, they are listing Steven as an endangered missing person.

If you have any information of her whereabouts, Spencer police ask you to contact their office at 712-262-2151.


George Emergency Crews Called To Report Of Barn Fire Wednesday Morning

George Fire 8-14-13Rural George, Iowa — The George Fire Department was paged to the report of a barn fire on Wednesday morning (8/14/13) in the 11:00 hour. The George Emergency Medical Service also responded along with the fire department. The call was at 2323 Indian Avenue — which is K60 or the Edna blacktop; about five miles west and a little over two miles south of George.

From eyewitness reports the fire call didn’t amount to much and may have been an electrical issue. Crews were finished within an hour and back enroute to George.


Sheldon Streetscape Construction Continues; Removal Underway On Ninth Street

Road ClosedSheldon, Iowa — As you may have noticed, downtown construction in Sheldon continues, and the street removal is underway on the 400 block of Ninth Street in front of KIWA.

Some people that have come in to our studios have asked about the project, so we talked to city manager Scott Wynja, and asked him why crews were starting with a third block when they were only supposed to do one block at a time, later increased to two blocks to make up for lost time.

He says that construction crews needed to begin taking out the 400 block of Ninth Street so that the paving crews could move directly from one part of the project to another. He says they’re going to be wrapping up work on Third Avenue sometime in the next two weeks, so they needed to get started on the removal work on Ninth, otherwise the paving crew and equipment would sit idle.

Wynja says they moved to the east end of Ninth at the city’s request, to minimize work in the central part of downtown — in the 300 block of Ninth Street.