Sheldon Woman Transported To Hospital After Accident; Police Cover Another Accident, Arrest One, Cite Another

sheldon pd police car rearSheldon, Iowa — In the latest from the Sheldon Police Department:

A Sheldon woman was taken to the hospital after an accident on Monday in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 4:25 PM, 59-year-old Linda Jansma of Sheldon was westbound on Highway 18 near Eighth Avenue in a 2006 Subaru. Nineteen-year-old Aaron Wiste of Moville was also westbound on 18 in a 1995 Chevy pickup.

Jansma was slowing down and stopping to make a left turn onto Eighth Avenue, when her car was rear-ended by the Wiste pickup.

Jansma was transported to Sanford Sheldon by SCAT.

Jansma’s Subaru received $6000 damage. Wiste’s pickup received $500 damage.

Wiste was cited for failure to maintain control.

An SUV and a car driven by Sheldon teens were damaged in an accident last Friday (2/22) in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police report that about 9:50 AM, 19-year-old Shelby Houtsma of Sheldon was westbound in the 1500 block of East Fourth Street in a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Eighteen-year-old Christopher Balster of Sheldon was eastbound in a 2008 Ford.

Houtsma lost control on the snowy road after negotiating a curve, which caused the rear of the vehicle to slide to the left, causing the vehicle’s front tire to hit the north curb. Houtsma tried to counter steer, but the vehicle went left across the center line, sliding sideways into the path of the Balster vehicle.

Houtsma’s Jeep received $1700 damage. Balster’s Ford received $2200 damage.

There were no injuries reported.

Houtsma was charged with Failure To Maintain Control.

The Police arrested 27-year-old Luis DeJesus of Sheldon last Friday (2/22). He was charged with Simple Domestic Abuse Assault, a Simple Misdemeanor. He was taken into custody and transported to jail.

Sheldon officers cited 30-year-old Jose Jimenez of Sheldon on Tuesday (2/26) on a charge of Driving Under Suspension. He was cited and released.

Duck Dynasty Star To Make Appearance at RiseFest

Risefest DuckDynastySheldon, Iowa — A reality TV star from the hit show “Duck Dynasty,” is going to be joining the RiseFest lineup. RISE Ministries, the organization behind RiseFest, is excited to announce reality TV star Jep Robertson, from “Duck Dynasty,” will be a special guest at RiseFest 2013.

Robertson will join a lineup that already includes MercyMe, Matthew West, Mandisa, Sidewalk Prophets, and more June 15 in Sheldon, Iowa at the Sheldon Crossing.

“The big thing about Jep coming to the festival is that this is the first time RiseFest has had a personality from a reality TV show make an appearance,” said Founder and President of RISE Ministries, Rob Roozeboom. “What is so exciting about it is the fact that Duck Dynasty is one of the biggest reality shows out there right now. You watch this family each week. You’re invited into their lives and you know they’re not afraid to share their faith. It’s a great addition to this year’s festival.”

The youngest son of Phil and Kay Robertston, Jules Jeptha “Jep” Robertson, grew up in the duck blind. Utilizing these years of experience for his role as the cameraman and editor for the family business, Jep is able to think like a hunter behind the camera and therefore, capture excellent footage for the Duckman DVD series and the television show, Benelli Presents Duck Commander. Jep continues with the goal his father began years ago, to bring the “Duckmen style” of hunting out of the swamps, into the editing room, and into the homes of duck hunting enthusiasts around the world. Jep’s passion for capturing the hunt on camera was stoked when he made his filming debut in “Duckmen X,” and it remains his favorite Duckmen DVD to date. Jep resides in Louisiana with his wife Jessica and four children, Lily, Merritt, Priscilla, and River.

RiseFest activities begin Friday, June 14 with camping, sand volleyball, a dance party, a movie showing, and late night worship. Activities will continue into Saturday with the RiseFest Ride and Run and a full day of music, kids zone, vendors, and speakers.Information and registration (open as of March 1) for campsites and the Ride and Run can be found at

King Accepts ACU Conservative Award

King ACU AwardWashington, DC — Congressman Steve King released the following statement after accepting the American Conservative Union (ACU) Conservative Award today.

“Receiving this award today is a great honor,” said King. “The American Conservative Union’s award holds Congress accountable and recognizes those who consistently use conservative principles to guide their legislative decisions.”

“Steve King’s lifetime ACU rating of ’96’ over 10 years of service shows an outstanding commitment to conservative principles on a wide range of issues and is one of the highest ratings in the Congress over that length of time,” ACU Chairman Al Cardenas said.

The award is based on votes taken during the second session of the 112th Congress. The ACU is the oldest and largest grassroots conservative organization in the country and their rating system is considered to be the definitive conservative assessment of Congress. King scored an 88% in 2012 and holds a 96% lifetime rating.

Another Train Derails Near Ritter



derail_submittedRitter, Iowa — Another train has derailed at Ritter.

A tanker car and some grain cars are on their sides near old Highway 60. There is not thought to be any hazard to people in the area at this time, and no injuries have been reported.

Union Pacific spokesperson Raquel Espinoza says that 19 cars derailed from a southbound train about 2:35 this morning (2/28).  She says  four cars released soybean oil and three released soybean meal, all of which will be picked up.  No cars contained hazardous materials. She says they have secured the area and crews are on-site doing cleanup.  Espinoza says they don’t have a timeline yet for how long cleanup will take.  She says that although there is a vacuum truck there with hazardous material logos on it, it is just there because the vacuum truck is the easiest and safest way to pick up the soybean oil and soybean meal.

The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office reports that  Northwest Boulevard (Old Highway 60) from Nest Avenue south to 300th Street is closed until further notice.  Also, we are being told that B14 — also called 280th Street — is closed as the train is blocking the intersection at Ritter.

Electric Fish Barrier Complete And Operational Below Iowa Great Lakes

Little Sioux Temporary Fish Barrier
This is the old TEMPORARY barrier that was put in place last summer. It has been removed and the new barrier was installed in this location.

Milford, Iowa — Installation is complete on an electric fish barrier that’s intended to keep more unwanted Asian carp from moving into the Iowa Great Lakes.

Iowa Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist, Mike Hawkins, says two species of invasive carp were discovered in the lakes and it’s believed they swam in during the flooding in 2011.

(as he says) “At this point, all of our data and investigation indicates that fish did make it in — both bighead and jumping silver carp made it in — but it looks that they’re are at a low enough density that we’re not going to have an incident, or kind of a low probability of an incident,” Hawkins says. “That’s kind of the community’s goal here, to keep it that way. We don’t want to accumulate any more of them through future flood events.”

The two types of carp have been rapidly spreading throughout the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers since they escaped in the 1980s. They take over and push out other species of fish, and the jumping silver carp have become infamous for doing what their name says — jumping out of the water and into boats. Hawkins says the fish fence now in place is made up of electrodes in a 21-foot barrier on top of the dam at the outlet for the lakes. The electrodes create an electrical barrier.

(as he says) “As a fish approaches from downstream, they’ll encounter this electrical field most of the time before they even encounter the top of the deck. Fish are very sensitive to electrical fields in water, and most fish won’t even challenge the structure, they’ll just stay away from it,” Hawkins explains. “If a fish does challenge it and try to get over the top of the dam, they can actually get immobilized, and the current will push them down the stream.”

He says that the electricity will not kill or even damage the fish, and people are warned to stay away from the area.

(as he says) “The barrier is situated in an area that’s a little bit off the beaten trail. There shouldn’t be any boating traffic through that area. There’s a road on the upstream side in the lake that would prevent any boats from coming down there. They probably wouldn’t be able to pass over the dam anyway. That would probably be a bad thing to have happen. The barrier is going to have some signage on it. We’ll have signs on the upstream and downstream sides. They will be signs that warn people to stay away from it. They don’t want to be out on that deck. The electrical field is a weak electrical field. There isn’t a lot of wattage in the water. But it would be very uncomfortable to be in that field. We certainly don’t want to risk anybody being out on the deck.”

It is not believed any of the carp currently in the lakes will reproduce. Hawkins says this type of barrier does not take a lot of electricity to work, and doesn’t cause other problems along the dam.

(as he says) “One of the huge benefits of an electrical barrier is there is nothing in the water that can catch debris or cause problems with flow and impact water levels,” Hawkins says.

The barrier costs nearly 961-thousand dollars. Local fundraisers took care of 400-thousand dollars of the cost, the Iowa D-N-R contributed in 300-thousand dollars, and our neighbors to the north also kicked in.

(as he says) “The Minnesota D-N-R through their outdoor legacy funding came through with 261-thousand dollars for the project. And that was because of the threat to some of the Minnesota waters just across the border here,” Hawkins says, “We’re sitting nearly on the border and the watershed or the land area that drains into the great lakes comes out of Minnesota, part of it does. So this barrier will protect a number of water bodies in southwest Minnesota.”

Hawkins says the barrier is working and the only work left on the project is some restoration around the site. He says they hope the barrier will keep the unwanted fish out and protect the lakes, which are a major tourist attraction for the state.

RadioIowa assisted with this story.

Congressman Latham Says He Won’t Run For Senate In 2014

Tom LathamWashington, DC — A Republican Congressman mentioned as a possible candidate for the U-S Senate says he is not going to run. Iowa Congressman Tom Latham, has announced he will not seek the U-S Senate seat being left open in 2014 by the retirement of Democrat Tom Harkin.

In an e-mail to supporters, the Republican Latham said “The opportunity to serve Iowa in the U.S. Senate is appealing to this farm kid who grew up here, raised a family here, and helped grow a family business in Iowa. I love Iowa. However, only 56 days ago I took an oath to “faithfully discharge the duties” of an office with which the people of Iowa’s Third Congressional District entrusted to me. I cannot in good conscience launch a two-year statewide campaign that will detract from the commitment I made to the people who elected me, at a time when our nation desperately needs less campaigning and more leadership.”

Congressman Bruce Braley, a Democrat from Waterloo has announced he will seek the Senate seat. Fourth District Republican Congressman Steve King who represents most of northern and western Iowa has been mentioned as a possible candidate, but has not said if he will run. King has been mentioned by a new GOP group formed to help the party nominate strong Senate candidates as an example of someone who would have a tough time winning statewide.

Radio Iowa assisted with this story.