Highway 18 Improvement/Conversion To 3-Lane Through Sheldon Continues

Highway 18 Construction August 2013Sheldon, Iowa — Work and progress continues on Sheldon’s Highway 18 project.

City manager Scott Wynja tells us that crews continue to work on the storm sewer improvements in the south ditch of Highway 18 and have started this past week on the shoulder removals on the north section.

The plan is to widen the concrete to the north to match with the section that currently travels from 18th Avenue past Hy-Vee to about 24th Avenue. This work will continue all the way east to the Highway 60 Expressway. They will eventually convert that portion of the road into a 3-lane cross-section as well.

Wynja says there will also be additional improvements at the intersection of Highway 18 and Country Club Road, which will also be converted to a 3-lane cross-section. After the widening portion of the project is complete, they will do a complete overlay of the asphalt portions of the old roadway through the entire Highway 18 corridor.

Wynja says the city asks people to use extreme caution in these areas due to the amount of work taking place and changes in traffic patterns.

Construction Work Continues In Downtown Sheldon

Sheldon Downtown Construction 8-9-13Sheldon, Iowa — Sheldon’s downtown face-lift is in full swing.

Sheldon City Manager Scott Wynja provided us with an update. He says that progress continues on Third Avenue. The main lines for both blocks on Third Avenue have been completed and Mid-American Energy is in the process of setting and placing the new street lights. Crews continue to frame and pour the bumpout areas and are in the process of working on the removal and replacement of some sidewalk sections.

Soon, Wynia says, crews will start with the color concrete that will be placed in the bumpout and crosswalk areas to enhance these sections. Once those sections are completed, he says they’ll switch the pedestrian traffic to the street until the sidewalks are done.

Construction workers have done some removals on the intersection of Third Avenue and Ninth Street and plan to complete this in two sections to reduce congestion on the flow of traffic.

There have been a handful of issues as it relates to some of the sidewalk sections, but they continue to work through those as they are uncovered. A majority of the work over the next couple of weeks will be on sidewalks and then soon moving toward the next sections of removals on Ninth Street.

If you have any questions that are specific to your business or general questions about the project, Wynja says you can contact the city office.

Boyden Man Taken To Hospital After Truck Rollover On Wednesday

truck axBoyden, Iowa — A Boyden man was taken to the hospital after he rolled a truck near Hull on Wednesday.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s office says about 4:30 PM, 73-year-old Arlin Pfingsten of Boyden was driving a 2001 Peterbuilt dump truck eastbound on Highway 18, about two miles east of Hull. Pfingsten reported that one of the truck’s tires ruptured, causing the truck to enter the south ditch and roll onto its side.

Pfingsten was trapped in the truck and later extricated by Hull Fire Department and Ambulance personnel.

Pfingsten was transported to Sanford Sheldon Hospital by the Hull Ambulance.

The Peterbuilt sustained about $10,000 in damages.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Hull Fire Department and Hull Ambulance.

Santorum Says Republicans Need To Stand Up For What They Believe In

Rick and ScottRock Rapids, Iowa — It was probably the place with the highest concentration of Republicans and Republican office holders in the state Thursday night.

The Lyon County Republicans hosted a fundraising dinner in Rock Rapids and invited the Osceola, Sioux, and O’Brien County Republicans as well. There were several prominent speakers including Secretary of State Matt Shultz, Congressman Steve King, and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds. But the keynote speaker was Senator Rick Santorum, who won the Iowa Caucuses last year. Santorum did not come back to northwest Iowa to announce his candidacy for President in 2016, as some national media speculated. We asked Santorum why he DID come back to northwest Iowa.

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Over 350 tickets were sold for the event.

Santorum encouraged the people at the event to fight — to stand up for what they believe and not sit idly by. He also told the people that the Republican party needs to reach out to all people. He says there are plenty of people who don’t like the policies of President Obama but some of these people think the Republican party doesn’t want them. He says he wanted to bring his message to Iowans because we have an impact as we get to see the Presidential candidates first.

George Teen, Rock Rapids Woman Charged In Two Separate Incidents

Lyon County Sheriff Car Door 60-8Rock Rapids, Iowa — Two people from Lyon County face charges in two separate incidents.

A teen has been arrested on a charge of Domestic Assault after an incident that happened during the early hours on Friday, August 2nd. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports they arrested 19-year-old Carol Thomas on the charge, which is a simple misdemeanor. The arrest stems from an incident that happened in George.

A Rock Rapids woman has been charged with Child Endangerment after a June incident.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports they charged 35-year-old Erica Rose Daniels of Rock Rapids with Child Endangerment in connection with an incident that occurred on June 18, 2013, in which a three-year-old child was found sitting along Highway 9 in Rock Rapids.

Calumet Teen Arrested After Authorities Say He Made Threats

law lightbar blueHospers, Iowa — A Calumet teen was arrested after an incident in Hospers on Tuesday (8/6/13).

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that shortly after 10 PM, their deputies investigated a report of harassment that occurred at Den Hartog Industries at 4010 Hospers Drive in Hospers.

Upon further investigation, deputies determined that 18-year-old Dusty Schueder of Calumet made threats to harm another person with a weapon. Deputies arrested Schueder on a charge of First Degree Harassment.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office.