Security System Almost Thwarts Sheldon Area Burglary, Authorities Looking For Public’s Help

crime scene tape over lightbarSheldon, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for clues, trying to solve a Sheldon area burglary case.

They report that about 3 PM on Sunday (3/17), they investigated a report of an attempted burglary that occurred at a residence northwest of Sheldon. Deputies determined that the burglary attempt took place sometime during the evening or overnight hours of Saturday, into Sunday.

The burglar or burglars gained entry to the residence by damaging a door. Once inside, they were turned away by a security system. A security camera on the outside of the house was taken.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to contact the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office. If you wish to remain anonymous you may use the Text‐a‐Tip Program. Directions can be found at

Rock Valley Man Seeks Medical Attention After Car Versus Cow Accident

cow-sxcRock Valley, Iowa — A Rock Valley man sought medical attention after a car versus cow accident near Rock Valley on Sunday morning (3/17).

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 6:05 AM, 32-year-old Jose Pinedo of Rock Valley was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Impala eastbound on Highway 18, two miles east of Rock Valley, when his vehicle struck a cow on the roadway.

Pinedo reported minor injuries but declined medical treatment; he later sought medical attention on his own.

The Chevrolet sustained approximately $3,000 in damages.

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

Le Mars Woman Taken To Hospital After Accident Near Orange City

accident 3-19Orange City, Iowa — A Le Mars woman was taken to the hospital after an accident near Orange City just into Monday (3/18).

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 12:15 AM, 24-year-old Kaitlin Tritz of Le Mars was driving a 1993 Buick LeSabre southbound on Jackson Avenue or K64, a mile south of Orange City when she lost control of the vehicle. It entered the west ditch and came to rest in a creek bed.

Tritz was transported to the Orange City Health System Hospital by the Orange City Ambulance.

The Buick sustained approximately $2,500 in damages.

Downtown Infrastructure Project, Trilogy Village and More On Sheldon City Council Agenda

New-Sheldon-SignThe Sheldon City Council meets Wednesday March 20th  at 4:30 with two public hearings.

The first will be to consider the Plans and Specifications for repairs to the ground storage tank at the Water Plant.  This tank holds a million gallons of water in storage and is in need of extensive repairs.  The engineers estimate that the cost will be about one hundred thousand dollars.  The council will consider the awarding of the contract after the hearing.

The second public hearing will be held to inform the public about the progress, status and activities to date on the Sheldon Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program.  Sixteen residential units are planned for rehabilitation using grant funds for this purpose.

The Council will also discuss the price of lots and revised covenants for the new Trilogy Village addition .  Then they will set the time and date for a public hearing on the lot prices and authorization of the sale of the lots.

In other business they will consider a lease for the city owned ground near the cemetery and talk about adopting the plat and schedule for the downtown infrastructure project.  Copies of plan details will be available at the meeting.  They will also set a date and time for a public hearing on the infrastructure project.  Affected downtown property owners will receive written notification of the April 17th  meeting since it will involve property assessments which will help pay for the project.

Wednesday’s 4:30 meeting will be held in the upper level of the Sheldon Community Services Center.

Sheldon Community Schools Activities Director Resigns

Sheldon-Schools-logoSheldon, IA — The Sheldon Community School District will be looking for a new Activities Director following the School Board’s Monday (March 18) special meeting.

The only agenda item listed for the meeting was a resignation.  Superintendent Robin Spears told the School Board that Activities Director Mike Niece had submitted a letter of resignation, effective June 30, 2013.

The Board voted unanimously, and without discussion or comment, to accept Niece’s resignation.  The meeting lasted a mere ten minutes.

New Computer Business In Sheldon Celebrates With Ribbon Cutting

superht-indoorSheldon, Iowa — Another new Sheldon business celebrated with a ribbon cutting on Friday (3/15). The name is sort of a play on words. Super Highway Technologies is the full name of the new business. That name brings to mind the “information superhighway”, also known as the Internet. Plus, they’re right on the highway — Highway 18 that is. The shortened form of the business name is “Super Hi Tech”, which brings to mind the cutting edge of technology.

Sheldon businesspeople, dignitaries, and the public met on Friday morning to welcome the new business.

City Manager Scott Wynja welcomed the new business on behalf of the City of Sheldon.

Sheldon Chamber and Development President Blake Beahler spoke on behalf of the SCDC.superht-building

KIWA’s Tom Traughber spoke on behalf of the Sheldon Ambassadors.

The owners of the new store are KIWA’s Wayne Barahona and Jon Hellinga. Barahona thanked those present and says he’s excited for the future of their new venture.

Hellinga gives us an idea of what services they’ll be providing.

Super Hi Tech is located at the corner of Washington Avenue and Highway 18, across the street west of the Highway 18 Casey’s.