Mandisa And Sidewalk Prophets Added To RiseFest Lineup

mandisa_sidewalk_announcement_rf13Sheldon, Iowa — Two more popular Christian artists have been added to the RiseFest 2013 lineup, slated for Sheldon Crossing on Father’s Day Weekend.

We talked to Rob Roozeboom, founder and president of RISE Ministries, the organization behind RiseFest. He told us they’re excited to announce the two additions.

Mandisa is a three-time Grammy nominee and American Idol 2006 finalist. Her song, “Stronger” off her 2011 album “What If We Were Real” peaked at number one on the Billboard Christian Songs chart in June of 2011, while the second single off that album, “Waiting For Tomorrow” peaked at number 3. She has worked with other Christian music stars such as Kirk Franklin, TobyMac, and fellow RiseFest lineup artist, Matthew West.

After touring with the likes of Jeremy Camp and Audio Adrenaline, Sidewalk Prophets rode the popularity of their first World Records release, “These Simple Truths,” to a Dove Award for Best New Artists and a nomination for Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year. Their singles, “You Love Me Anyway,” and “The Words I Would Say,” went number 1 and 3, respectively, on the Billboard Christian Singles Chart.

Roozeboom says they have also added a new option for festival attendees.

More information will be made available on the Friday night activities as the festival draws closer. He says more information about RiseFest camping is also forthcoming, but they wanted to get the word out so attendees could plan accordingly. Of course several other lodging options also exist in Sheldon and the surrounding area as well.


South Dakota Man Charged With Three Theft Counts, Sheldon Police Say He Passed Bad Checks

bank check fraudSheldon, Iowa — A South Dakota man has been charged on three counts of theft after Sheldon Police say he allegedly passed bad checks at Fareway.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that they took the report of theft by deception on Thursday, January 3rd — but it actually happened between December 5th and 12th.

The police arrested 42-year-old Robert Lee DeBoer of South Dakota and charged him with three counts of Fifth Degree Theft, which is a simple misdemeanor. There are two addresses listed for DeBoer on the report — one in Colton, SD, and one in Crooks, SD.

Sheldon officers allege that DeBoer wrote checks on a closed account and got away with merchandise totaling $280. He was cited and released.


Sheldon Police Make Arrests, Citation, Take Attempted Burglary Report In Four Incidents

Sheldon pd sheild dinkySheldon, Iowa — In the latest from the Sheldon Police,

The police arrested 30-year-old Matthew Colvert of Sheldon on New Year’s Day on charges of aggravated Domestic Abuse Assault and Assault causing bodily injury. He was taken into custody and transported to jail in Primghar.

The Sheldon police also took the report of an attempted burglary at the Sheldon Christian School between December 28 and December 31. A door handle valued at $20 was broken. No other damage or missing items were reported.

The police also cited 28-year-old Shayna Richmond of Ashton on Saturday (1/5) on a charge of Driving While Revoked For OWI.

Sheldon Police officers arrested 63-year-old Jeroy VanMiddendorp of Sheldon on Sunday (1/6) on an O’Brien County Warrant for an original charge of Fifth Degree Theft. He was also taken into custody and transported to jail in Primghar.


State D.O.T. Approves Highway 75 Project Through Sioux Center

US75Sioux Center, Iowa — The Sioux Center City Council recently received notification that the 5-lane reconfiguration of Highway 75 has been placed on the Iowa Department of Transportation’s 5-year plan. From as early as 1999, projections have indicated that a 5-lane highway would eventually be needed to effectively accommodate both local and pass-through traffic on Highway 75.

The City Council directed city staff to pursue Iowa Department of Transportation approval and funding of the Highway 75 reconfiguration. From Spring 2008 to Spring 2012, city staff met with D.O.T. officials a number of times to propose the Highway 75 project be included in the state’s transportation budget. In August, 2012, the city was informed that the project had been placed on the State D.O.T. 5-year plan with an allocation of approx. $3.4 million.

Back in 2005 the council commissioned the Downtown Enhancement Committee to research and assess the needs and develop a plan for Highway 75 and the Sioux Center downtown area. But recognizing that a lot of time has passed, the committee considers this an opportunity to begin again with a fresh look at the possibilities and options for the entire Highway 75 corridor. With new and updated information from the engineers and planners, the committee is reconsidering the possibility of retaining parking along the highway in the downtown area, the development of additional parking areas, the relocation and/or addition of downtown stoplights, and many other highway and streetscape-related issues. In addition, the committee intends to address the concerns of businesses and residential properties along the highway outside the downtown area.


Clean Line Energy Representative To Address Development Planners This Month At NCC

Rock Island Clean Line windSheldon, Iowa — One of the men responsible for bringing the wind energy power line concept to northwest Iowa will be in Sheldon this month.

Cary Kottler with Clean Line Energy, will be the featured speaker at the Northwest Iowa Development partners meeting on Wednesday, January 23.

As General Counsel, Kottler is responsible for all legal, contractual, regulatory and compliance matters for Clean Line. In addition Kottler works on Clean Line’s commercial arrangements and advises on business development opportunities and corporate strategy.

Kottler will discuss the $1.7 billion Rock Island Clean Line project, a high-voltage, direct-current line designed to transfer up to 3,500 megawatts of wind power and other generation from northwest Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Minnesota to communities in Illinois and other eastern states by 2017.

Northwest Iowa Development is a regional, six-county partnership focused on promoting Northwest Iowa and growing the regional economy.


Orange City STEM Career & College Academy To Be Launched

Prairie Winds Event Center in Orange CityOrange City, Iowa — The MOC/FV School District, Unity Christian High School (UCHS), and Northwest Iowa Community College (NCC) are launching a new venture to help students seeking degrees in certain areas.

The newly-formed STEM-Career & College Academy will be launched with a luncheon on Friday, January 11th, 11:00 am at the Prairie Winds Event Center in Orange City. CEO’s and HR Directors from the area’s major employers and industries have been invited to attend.

Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, who co-chairs the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, will be the featured speaker at the event. She will be joined by Dr. Aletha Stubbe, President of NCC; Superintendent of MOC-FV Gary Richardson; Unity Principal Wayne Dykstra; Elizabeth McMillen, the Coordinator of Education with Sanford Health; and Orange City Mayor Les Douma.

The new Academy is the result of collaboration between the three educational institutions to address the shortage of high school graduates seeking 4-year college degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering and technology (STEM). It will also address the need to further develop a skilled workforce.