Rock Valley Man Injured In Accident On Monday

Sioux Sheriff Car 84-Rock Valley, Iowa — A Rock Valley man was injured in an accident on Monday.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that just into Monday morning — at midnight — 20-year-old Jesse Eppinga of Rock Valley was driving a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix westbound on 320th Street, two miles southeast of Rock Valley.

They report that Eppinga attempted to turn right onto Fir Avenue and lost control of the vehicle. It entered the west ditch and rolled.

Eppinga reported minor injuries but declined medical attention.

The Pontiac sustained approximately $7,000 in damages.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Rock Valley Police Department.


Two Granville Men Arrested On Assault Charges After Saturday Incident

Law Enforcement Lightbar redGranville, Iowa — Two Granville men have been arrested on assault charges after an incident in Granville on Saturday.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 11 PM, their deputies investigated a report of an assault that occurred at a home in the 700 block of Pine Street in Granville.

Upon further investigation, deputies determined that an altercation had taken place earlier in the evening at the home.

As a result ofthe investigation, 35-year-old Rockne McIntosh and 27-year-old James Jensen, both of Granville, were arrested and charged with assault.


Extension Horticulture Specialist Talks About Upcoming Webinar, Farm to Fork Tour and More

margaret murphyIowa State University Extension and Outreach helps carry Iowa State’s land-grant mission beyond campus, to be the university that best serves the citizens of Iowa. With Iowa State University, Extension embraces the land-grant philosophy of:

  • access to high-quality education
  • research applied to the needs of Iowa, the nation, and world
  • extending knowledge to strengthen Iowa’s economy and citizens’ quality of life

Iowa State University Extension does that by offering practical, how-to education based on powerful university research. It’s available to any resident of Iowa and is tailored to meet the needs of Iowans, needs we know firsthand. Extension educators, specialists, and volunteers live and work in all 99 Iowa counties.

We recently spoke with ISU Horticulture Specialist Margaret Murphy about several horticulture opportunities in the next few weeks including a webinar and a “Farm to Fork” tour.

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CNN Live Truck To Be In Rock Rapids For Senator Santorum’s Appearance At Republican Fundraising Dinner

The last time satellite trucks were in Rock Rapids: Senator Santorum's 2012 appearance
The last time satellite trucks were in Rock Rapids — Senator Santorum’s 2012 appearance

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Senator Rick Santorum is going to be in Rock Rapids for a fundraising dinner tonight (8/8/13), along with several prominent Republicans.

He’s traveling 400 miles around the state today, and the media is all over it. In fact, a CNN satellite truck and live crew plan to be in Rock Rapids tonight. They figure Santorum would only come back to Iowa for one reason — he’s campaigning for another run for President in 2016. Santorum has made no such announcement yet. The closest he came to saying anything about his plans for 2016 was on Sunday’s NBC “Meet The Press” program, where he stated, “I’m open to looking into a presidential race in 2016”. Santorum carried Iowa in the 2012 caucuses.

We talked to Lyon County Republican Party Chair Cody Hoefert, who tells us about the event, which starts at 5:30 at the Forster Community Center in Rock Rapids.


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Hoefert tells us more about the event.


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Again that’s tonight in Rock Rapids at 5:30 and the Forster Community Center. At last check, nearly 350 tickets had been sold and there were just a handful left. For tickets, you can call 712-470-3543.


Sheldon City Council Approves Water Tower Painting Contract…Sets New Garbage Collection Rates

New-Sheldon-SignSheldon, IA — The Sheldon City Council has responded to a request for the vacating of an alley by passing it on to the Planning and Zoning Commission.  In a letter to the council, the Vice President of Iowa State Bank, Ken Hengeveld stated that based on observations, traffic in the alley on the south side of the bank is now exclusively limited to customers and employees of the bank. He added that if the alley would be vacated it would allow for potential investments in bank facilities to better serve their customers and the community.  If approved by ‘Planning and Zoning’ they would make a recommendation to the council for further action.

The Council also approved a contract with Utilities Services of Perry, Georgia for the blasting and re-coating of the interior of the city water tower.  The project which will cost $118,700 will not begin until sometime after the end of August, because of the high use of water this month.  Public Works Director, Todd Uhl told the council that the winning bidder is required to have the work completed by June 14th, 2014. This broad time-parameter was offered in order to attract more bidders, and possible lower bids.   Uhl says that while the work is being done water pressure will be maintained by the city’s water pumps.  The tower would probably be out of service from seven to ten days.

In other business the council agreed to an increase in the garbage collection rates which have become necessary due to drastic increases in the landfill rates.  It was noted that the higher landfill rates are necessary to pay for complying with new DNR regulations.  The current rate for Sheldon residences is fourteen dollars per month, plus a one dollar fuel surcharge.  The new rate will be fifteen dollars plus the surcharge.  The fuel surcharge can fluctuate as it is based on the current fuel prices.  The new contract with the garbage haulers also provides for a twenty-five cents per month increase each year of the three year agreement.

And, the Council agreed to work with the Sheldon Chamber and Development Corporation to formulate an agreement under which the position of Sheldon Development Director could be a city position and be eligible for city employee benefits. Council member Ron Rensink noted that the City has always helped finance the SCDC, but there was no accountability to the city. The council was told that the SCDC Board is also interested in such an agreement which could be helpful to them in their search for a new Director to replace Mark Gaul who recently tendered his resignation.


Sheldon Chamber Director Says Construction Going Well, Volunteers Needed For Celebration Days

Sheldon Downtown Streetscape ConstructionSheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon Downtown Streetscape Project continues in Sheldon.

Downtown Sheldon is in the process of getting a facelift.

We recently had a chance to talk with Sheldon Chamber and Development Chamber Coordinator Allison Klett. She tells us about the progress of the project.


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The project includes a five-block area of downtown Sheldon in which sidewalks and streets are being replaced, and bump-outs and decorative streetlights are being installed. Colored concrete at crosswalks and plantings will round out the look.

Incidentally, Sheldon’s big festival, Celebration Days is coming up over Labor Day weekend. Klett says they could use some volunteers for that.


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To volunteer, you can call the chamber at 324-2813.

Also, the annual Sheldon Hot Dog Day is this coming Monday, August 12th.