Sheldon, Iowa — Construction is underway for the City of Sheldon’s new $5.3-million Event Center, which is being built south of the Holiday Inn Express in the Sheldon Crossing area.
At this point, the facility lacks a name, but that will no longer be true in a few weeks. Earlier, the City announced a Naming Contest, where citizens of Sheldon could submit their suggestions for a name for the new facility. The City reports they received 63 different name suggestions, during Phase I of the contest.
Last week, the top four names, which had been selected by the Event Center Design Review Committee, were approved by the Council, and are now being voted upon by the citizens of Sheldon.
The names being considered for the facility are: 1860 Regional Event Center; The Water’s Edge Regional Event Center; The Water’s Edge Pavillion; and the Crossroads Regional Event Center.
Voting is open through 4:00 pm July 29th. The name receiving the most votes will be the name of the facility.
Northwest Iowa — Farmers in northwest Iowa, as well as other parts of the Midwest, are being sent a survey designed to monitor farm financial health in the region.
Mat Habrock, Nebraska’s Assistant State Ag Director, says they’re working with the Ag Economics Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on the regional survey.
The survey asks a variety of questions about farming operations, including purchasing decisions. Habrock says all responses will be kept confidential.
Habrock says they’re hoping for a large response to get the most valuable information possible. Responses are due by July 24th. If you don’t receive one in the mail, farmers can access the survey online by clicking here.
Inwood, Iowa– A newer tractor was destroyed in a fire on Monday, July 11, 2016 near Inwood.
According to Inwood Fire Chief Mike Knobloch, about 9:56 AM, the Inwood Fire Department was called to the report of tractor fire on property owned by John Van Gammern at 1380 200th Street. The chief says that’s up in the hills, close to the Big Sioux River, about four miles north and five west of Inwood, so it took a while to get there.
The chief says that while they were still on the road, they saw the tractor was fully engulfed, with even the tires on fire as they approached the scene.
Knobloch says no injuries were reported.
He says the cause of the fire appeared to be something under the dash, either electrical in nature or perhaps a fuel leak.
Chief Knobloch reports that the tractor was totaled in the fire.
He says they used 200 gallons of water plus foam to fight the fire, and crews were on scene for 45 minutes.
Sheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon Community Schools Board of Education will cover numerous items when they hold their regular monthly meeting Wednesday evening.
The Board will be faced with appointing the Secretary/Treasurer for 2016-17, as well as appointing a District Equity Coordinator, along with members of the District Leadership Team.
In other action, the Board will be asked to approve partnership agreements with Northwest Iowa Community College for the upcoming fiscal year, and approve a Student Services Contract with Children’s Home Society of Sioux Falls.
A sound baffling system for the East Elementary gym will also be on the agenda. The Board is scheduled to hear recommendations, and consider the purchase of the sound baffling equipment during Wednesday’s meeting.
The Board will also be asked to consider the purchase of a new sound system for the high school football field/track complex, as well as a sound/recording system for the high school band room, along with numerous other items of business.
Wednesday’s regular meeting of the Sheldon Community Schools Board of Education will begin at 6:00 pm in the high school library.
Over 40 people attended an impromptu rally in Sheldon in support of law enforcement officers in the area at noon on Monday.
The Facebook post that invited people to the rally asked people to “Stand silently together as a community to thank our local law enforcement and show what a great community we live in.”
The rally at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Ninth Streets was near the Sheldon Community Services Center.
Four Sheldon Police officers were in attendance as well. They told KIWA that they appreciated the support.