Master Donates Locks For Prom Love Lock Bridge

Sheldon, Iowa — Sheldon Project Prom has been planning to make a small version of the Love Lock Bridge in Paris for Sheldon Prom this year. Visiting couples at the Paris bridge lock a padlock to the bridge to symbolize their commitment.
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But after some publicity on KIWA and at, Project Prom has just received word that the Master Lock company will be donating a number of locks to make the bridge.

We talked to Renee Sterler, one of the people heading up Project Prom this year, and she tells us how it got started.

Sterler says she had spoken with Rachel McDonald at KIWA and had asked for the station to announce that Project Prom was looking for padlocks for this project, and to put a notice on the web site, as well as Facebook. Sterler says she doesn’t know how the Master Lock Company got word of their project.

Sterler says that even though they will be receiving this generous donation from Master, the used padlock search continues.

She says they hope couples will attach a lock to the bridge.

So if you have open padlocks, preferably still with a key, that’s what they’re looking for. They can be dropped off at the Sheldon High School office, or you can contact Renee Sterler at 712-348-1935 or ar

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Man Faces Felony Charge Following Pursuit

Police lightbar chaseO’Brien County, Iowa — An Ashton man faces a litany of charges after he led police on a chase through O’Brien County Sunday afternoon.

According to the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office, approximately 12:45 Sunday afternoon their Communications Center received a call about an erratic driver  westbound on Highway 18 in the Sanborn area.  Deputies say they encountered the vehicle just west of Sanborn, near Roseland Cemetery, and attempted a traffic stop.  Authorities say the driver refused to stop, and attempted to elude deputies.  The chase came to an end just east of the Highway 60 interchange, when Sheldon Police deployed stop sticks, flattening the tires on the suspect’s vehicle, ending the chase.

Deputies say they arrested the vehicle’s driver, 32-year old David Nachtigal of Ashton, who faces charges of:  Felony Eluding; Operating While Intoxicated or Drugged, 2nd Offense; Driving While Barred; Contempt; Excessive Speed; and having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.

Nachtigal was transported to the O’Brien County Jail.

O’Brien County deputies were assisted by officers of the Sheldon Police Department.

Sheldon Planning and Zoning Discuss Ideas

Council ChambersSheldon, Iowa — When the Sheldon Planning and Zoning Commission met recently they began the process of reviewing and updating the city’s comprehensive land use plan. The meeting was led by a representative of Northwest Planning and Development who presented the first five chapters of the plan for their review. These chapters cover the community history, physical features, and natural resources as well as public input and data gathering which was used to create the current plan. Commission members were asked to review the information in these chapters and bring changes to the next meeting.

The discussion then led to the current land use map and changes that are needed to bring it up to date. Commission members were then asked for ideas as to where the next business and residential expansions could take place. The area on the south side of the city between the railroad and the city limits was mentioned most often. There was also some discussion about “squaring up” the City Limit boundaries on the North side where several areas that are not in the city limits, are surrounded on three sides by the city boundaries including one business along Highway 18.

There will be more discussion of these ideas when the commission holds their next meeting scheduled for April 9th.

Authorities Looking For Green Car

Hull, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a car that allegedly didn’t stop after being involved in an accident in Hull on Friday, March 13.
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The Sioux County Sherfif’s Office reports that a Silver 1998 Pontiac Bonneville, owned by Chad Rozeboom of Hull, was parked on Maple Street, near Fifth Street by the Hull city park basketball court. They say that a southbound green four-door car, unknown make or model, allegedly sideswiped the Pontiac and left the scene of the accident.

The Sheriff’s Office says witnesses further described the car as clean and having tinted windows.

Authorites say the suspect car will have damage on the passenger’s side, around the mirror, and that the driver was the only occupant of the suspect car.

Damage to the Pontiac was estimated at $1,000.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, or to remain anonymous, you can use the
text-a-tip program.

Sheriff’s Office Seeks Vehicle After Accident

Sioux Center, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to try to find a car that is believed to have been involved in an accident north of Sioux Center.
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On Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 2:30 pm, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a motor vehicle accident that occurred at 3613 US 75 Avenue, about three miles north of Sioux Center. They say the accident occurred about 1:30 PM on that day.

They say 38-year-old Rebecca Cuperus of Sioux Center was driving a 2009 GMC Acadia northbound on Highway 75. She was stopped on the roadway waiting to turn left onto a farm drive when her vehicle was allegedly struck from behind by what’s thought to be a dark grey or silver four-door car. The sedan was described as being a 2010 or newer model. It is believed to have been driven by an older man with grey hair.

Authorities say the suspect vehicle continued north on Highway 75 and did not stop. The car is thought to have some minor damage to the front.

The GMC sustained about $1,400 in damage.

No injuries were reported.

Anyone with information about the suspect vehicle is asked to contact the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheldon Man Sentenced For Theft From Casino

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Sheldon man has been convicted and sentenced for theft from the Grand Falls Casino near Larchwood.
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The Lyon County Attorney’s Office reports that Travis Dean Paquette of Sheldon was sentenced to Theft in the Second Degree. They report that the charge stems from a complaint stating that Paquette took $10,000 in two separate instances in December, 2013, for a total of $20,000, with the intent to deprive Grand Falls Casino.

Paquette was sentenced to probation to the Third Judicial District for two years. A sentence of five years to the Director of the Iowa Department of Corrections was suspended. Paquette was also ordered to pay victim restitution, fines and court costs.