Sheldon KIDS Committee Educating Public On Plans For Elementary Improvements Before Tuesday Election

east elementary 290px for webSheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon KIDS Committee is hosting two more town meetings on Saturday to show people the expansion and remodeling plans they have for East Elementary in Sheldon.

KIDS Committee member Lisa Johnson tells us some of the details of the current plan.

She says in order for the project to proceed in its current plan, voters will have to decide the fate of more than one ballot issue.

Committee member Adam Besaw says he doesn’t think it’s common knowledge, but the School District is not paying for the Middle School building that was built with property tax dollars.

There are two more town hall meetings regarding the East Elementary project, both on Saturday (2/2):

  • Matlock Fire Hall – Saturday, February 2, 2013, 9:00 a.m.
  • Sheldon Community Building – Saturday, February 2, 2013, 10:30 a.m.

Again, the election to decide the fate of the improvements at East will be on Tuesday, February 5.

Click here for the link to the KIDS Committee Facebook page, where you can learn more. The committee encourages you to “like” the page for updates.

F2F (Face To Face) Exploratory Workshop Scheduled For Monday, February 4th At NCC

ncc 1Sheldon, Iowa — Eight students from a pair of northwest Iowa high schools will take part in what Northwest Iowa Community College is calling an F2F, or Face-to-Face Exploratory Collision Repair Technology Exploration Workshop Monday at NCC in Sheldon.

NCC Auto Body Instructor Steve Youngs says the purpose of the 2 and a quarter hour long session is to give the kids an opportunity to experience the daily activities that make a collision tech’s job exciting and fun.  Youngs says the students will sand, mask and clean a car fender in preparation for applying painted flames, then actually lay down the flames on their fender.  He says the session will allow them a hands-on opportunity to use some of the tools they would be using in a body shop, including paint guns and air brushes, and is designed to be both fun and informative for the kids.

Youngs says the session was limited to eight students due to space limitations in the college’s body shop, and that there are two additional sessions scheduled for later this month.  Youngs says the students for Monday’s session come from Boyden-Hull High School and Netherlands Reformed High School.

Area High School Jazz Choirs Perform In Spirit Lake On Monday, February 4th

musicSpirit Lake, Iowa — The Sheldon High School Jazz Choir will be one of fourteen jazz choirs from around northwest Iowa that will be taking part in the Iowa High School Music Association State Jazz Choir Festival Monday in Spirit Lake.

The event will start at 3:oo o’clock Monday afternoon, and continue through about 9:00 that evening, at the Sami Bedell Center For The Performing Arts, which is located adjacent to the Spirit Lake High School.

Sheldon High School Vocal Director Adam Orban tells KIWA that 10 of his students will be participating, and will perform “Sweet Georgia Brown”, the ballad “Goodbye Love”, and the comedy song “Short People”.  The Sheldon vocalists are scheduled to perform at 4:12 Monday afternoon.

The Festival will begin at 3:00 when Okoboji’s jazz choir takes the stage, followed by Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn at 3:24, Sibley-Ocheyedan at 3:48, Sheldon at 4:12, Harris-Lake Park at 4:46, Akron-Westfield #1 at 5:10, Central Lyon at 5:34, Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn at 5:58, Kingsley-Pierson at 6:22, Akron-Westfield #2 at 6:46, Spencer #1 at 7:40, Forest City at 8:04, Spirit Lake at 8:28 and Spencer #2 at 8:52.

The public is welcome to attend, with a $5 admission charge for adults, and $3 for students.

New Challenge Issued In Sheldon High NHS Penny Drive For American Red Cross

pocket changeSheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon High School National Honor Society is sponsoring a Penny Drive for the Red Cross. Mrs. Prewitt at Sheldon High says Bob Kirschbaum, the Chapter Support Officer with the Red Cross out of Sioux City talked to her about the possibility of a penny drive.

Four teachers were selected as “heroes”.  The idea was people would put pennies and dollars in the bucket of the teacher they’d want to win — and the silver-colored coins and $5 bills were a way to sabotage other teachers’ buckets, as they counted to the negative. The winning teacher would then get to throw a pie in the faces of the loosing teachers on Monday.

HOWEVER — Now a challenge has been issued to  the students of Sheldon High School – if they donate $250 by Monday morning at 11:45, High School Principal Matt Meendering has volunteered to be the recipient of all four pies in the face!

As of Friday morning, $99.86 had been donated by students for the Penny Drive. The buckets will be out at Friday night’s home double-header basketball game starting at 6:30 and will located be by the concession stand for members of the community who would like to help the high school students meet or exceed the challenge!

The pie throwing will happen at a pep rally at 2:55 Monday afternoon in the high school gym.

All proceeds will go to the Red Cross.

Railroad Releases Details About Train Derailment Near Ritter; Crews Clean Up Area

Thursday night at the scene of the derailment

Ritter, Iowa — According to Union Pacific Officials, a train derailed on the Union Pacific Tracks Thursday night near Ritter, or about four miles northeast of Sheldon.

Immediately after the derailment on Thursday evening, members of the Sheldon Emergency Management Agency carefully approached the scene to see if any of the affected railroad cars were carrying hazardous materials which could affect the residents of Sheldon.

According to Union Pacific Spokesperson Tom Lange, the 58-car train was en route northbound from Sioux City to Valley Park, Minnesota, about 6:05 PM, when the train encountered a broken rail. He says twenty-five cars derailed, but in upright position; none of them fell over.

Lange says 22 of the derailed cars were empty, and the other three were carrying sand and/or wheat.

He says crews hope to have the line open sometime Friday afternoon

We have also been told the train blocked the crossing at B14 — the Matlock blacktop for a time. However Northwest Boulevard — Old Highway 60 — remained open. We’ve received reports that B14 is again open and crews are on-scene cleaning up the area.

Thursday night at the scene of the derailment


Thursday night at the scene of the derailment
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Crews work on Friday to clean up after Thursday evening’s derailment


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Equipment lined up Friday to cleanup after derailment

Sheldon Christian School Student’s Lions Club Peace Poster Wins State Competition

Megan HeneveldSheldon, Iowa — A Lions Club Peace Poster created by a middle school student in Sheldon has won not only at the district level, but also at the state level.

The poster created by 13-year-old Meagan Hengeveld, a student at Sheldon Christian School, and daughter of Joel & Julie Hengeveld was the honored poster. The posters were created this past fall, and have progressed through a number of levels. The 9NW district level competition was held on December 15th.

Hengeveld’s poster won that competition and also won at the state level recently. Lion District Governor Ken Mark Essing of Manson, Iowa says that the poster was of a very high quality in all aspects. He congratulated her for the good work in what he called her, “inspiring poster”. The local Sheldon Lions Club extended its congratulations also. They say they are proud to have Hengeveld represent Sheldon.Megan Hengeveld Poster

During this next year, Hengeveld’s poster will make the tour of the various Lions conferences and it will be featured at the Lions State Convention in June in Cedar Rapids, where she will again be honored.

The international judging results will be announced around February 1st. We at KIWA join with the Lions members in wishing Hengeveld good luck in that competition.

Click here to read a press release from the local Lions Club and find out more.