City of Sheldon to Save About $160,000 With Reduced Interest Rate on Loan

With the cooperation of the four banks in Sheldon, the City will save about $160,000 in interest on an existing loan.

In 2007 Sheldon borrowed 1.9 million dollars from the banks to pay the city’s obligation to the Lewis and Clark Water project. The interest rate on the loan was set at 4.59 percent. However because interest rates have gone down since that time, the banks have agreed to amend that rate to 2.47 percent for the remainder of the loan period. City Manager Scott Wynja told the city council this should save the city about $160,000.

The Council also approved the sale of property to Evelyn Kats for one dollar. The property involved is a two and a half foot strip on the East edge of the former Pucci’s property. Part of the adjacent Kats building is situated on that strip of land.

In other business at their Wednesday meeting the Council approved the preliminary and final plats of the Runger’s 4th Addition, approved rezoning of the property just west of the new Hy-vee store from light industrial to arterial commercial, and approved rezoning the former Data Dimensions property on Western Avenue to Residential Multiple. This will make it possible for Crossroads Community Church to purchase and use this building for their church.

And the council approved the third reading of an ordinance which will make it legal to use golf carts on City Streets. People who wish to drive a golf cart on city streets must get a permit at the city office and abide by all provisions of the ordinance.

MidAmerican: Sheldon Power Outage Was Due To Downed Pole

A power outage was reported on Wednesday afternoon in Sheldon.

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Potthoff says the pole and the equipment on it were repaired and service was restored.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

Humane Society Takes Dogs From Melvin Dog Breeder

A dog breeder in Melvin has 14 fewer dogs.

The USDA says the unidentified licensed breeder probably has more dogs than she can handle, and they want her to reduce the number of dogs she cares for.

The Siouxland Humane Society was called in on Monday to take over 14 of the dogs, but it isn’t the first time they’ve been there. They were there in October of last year as well to collect 11 dogs.

Officials with the Humane Society don’t know how many dogs the breeder has, but they imagine it’s quite a few.

Over half of the dogs taken on Monday have already been adopted.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

O’Brien And Sioux County Boards Working On Agreement To Share Sioux Engineer

O’Brien County engineer Steve Struble is resigning his post next month to take another job.

That leaves the engineer’s office in a bit of a pickle. They need a bonded engineer to sign off on documents certifying work on road projects in the county.

But a solution is being worked out. The O’Brien County Board of Supervisors is working out an agreement with the Sioux County Board of Supervisors to share the services of Sioux County Engineer Doug Julius.

County Attorneys Coleman McAllister and Michah Schreurs are working out the details of a 28E agreement.

Julius says he’ll help O’Brien County sign off on official documents, but he’s too busy to help with day-to-day duties.

The agreement will be presented to the Sioux County Board in two weeks.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

Sutherland Car Stolen

A Cherokee man has been arrested in connection with a stolen vehicle report in Sutherland.

The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office received the report on Sunday Morning (3/4) from a rural Sutherland resident. The vehicle was taken sometime between the late evening on Saturday and Sunday morning. The keys had been left in the vehicle.

An attempt to locate the vehicle was put out to northwest Iowa law enforcement. Further investigation revealed an abandoned vehicle some distance away from where the stolen vehicle was reported. The vehicle was later located in Cherokee.

A Sheriff’s deputy located the driver of the abandoned vehicle and later arrested 23-year-old Theodore Reinert of Cherokee on charges of Operation without Owners Consent, Criminal Trespass and Failure to Maintain Control of a vehicle. Mr. Reinert was transported to the O’Brien County Jail and later released on his own recognizance bond of $2,000. Mr. Reinert will appear in District Court at a later date.

Plymouth County Authorities Find Dead Body In Rural Wooded Area

Plymouth County authorities have found a dead body in a rural wooded area.
The Plymouth County County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Monday, about 7:30 PM, they received a call of a missing person in rural Plymouth County.  Deputies went to a rural home to speak with the family of the missing person.  Authorities conducted a search near the home, and at about 11:30 PM, a female body was located east of the residence in a wooded area.  It appears that the woman sustained a single gunshot wound which appeared to be self-inflicted.
The woman was identified as 44-year-old  Amy Lynn Mace of rural Westfield.
No foul play is suspected in the incident.  The body was sent to the state medical examiner’s office in Ankeny for further examination.
The incident remains under investigation by the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office.
The Akron Fire and Rescue, Akron Ambulance, Akron Police Department, Iowa State Patrol, Plymouth County Conservation, and the Plymouth County Medical Examiner’s office assisted the Sheriff’s Office at the scene.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director