Sheldon School Board To Meet

Sheldon-Schools-logoSheldon, Iowa — The Board of Education of the Sheldon Community School District will hold their regular monthly meeting for March on Wednesday, March 9th.

Among the items on the agenda is the 2015-16 School Calendar.  Superintendent Robin Spears says there are a total of five snow days that need to be made up, and will discuss with the Board how and when to make up these days.

The Board will also hear a report on the recent meeting of the District Technology Committee.  That committee is tasked with the process of developing a long-range technology/security/facilities plan for the school district.

Superintendent Robin Spears will report to the Board on the preliminary financial information for Fiscal Year 2017 during Wednesday’s meeting.  The Board will also be asked to approve a total of seven Open Enrollment Applications, four for students coming into the District and three for students leaving.  They’ll also be asked to approve a trio of resignations, along with fifteen teaching/coaching contracts, as well as a Student Services Contract for a Sheldon District student who is receiving educational services in another school district.

In other action, the Board will set the time and date for the District Budget Hearing and Certification, as well as set the time and date for a special meeting to approve the final contract for 2016/17 with the Sheldon Education Association, the union representing the District’s teachers.

Wednesday’s meeting will be called to order at 6:00 pm in the high school library.

Sheldon Wastewater Discharges Into Floyd River

Wastewater Treatment PlantSheldon, Iowa — Thanks to an observant fisherman, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the City of Sheldon were alerted to a wastewater discharge Monday.

The DNR says a fisherman emailed them Saturday that he was seeing sewage in the Floyd River below the Sheldon Wastewater Treatment Plant.  THe DNR contacted the treatment plant Monday , and plant operators reported the plant was operating as usual.  However, the DNR says that by Monday afternoon, treatment plant personnel discovered a discharging manhole.

Sheldon Wastewater Treatment Plant operators were working Tuesday morning, jetting an 8-inch sewer pipe to unplug the line and stop a manhole from overflowing.  As of 2:00 pm Tuesday, Public Works Director Todd Uhl says the line has been unplugged, and things are back to normal.

DNR officials say an unknown amount of untreated wastewater has reached the river. Although river flows are high and DNR does not expect a fish kill or observable effects on the stream, residents should avoid contact with the river on the west side of town. They should also keep children and pets away from the area until 24 to 48 hours after the discharge ends.

Anglers, hikers and others can report fish kills, wastewater discharges and other environmental emergencies using the DNR’s 24-hour spill line at 515-725-8694.

The DNR says they will continue to monitor the discharge and cleanup activities.

“Vintage” & Sports Cars May Soon Not Need Front Plates

new iowa license plateNorthwest Iowa — If you live in Iowa, and own a “vintage” vehicle, or a two-seat, low-profile sports car, such as a Corvette, you would no longer be required to display a front license plate if a bill that passed the Iowa House Monday night becomes law.

Representative Josh Byrnes of Osage voted in favor of the bill, and says vehicle collecting is a popular hobby in this state.

The bill, as originally written, would have removed the front license plate requirement for ALL vehicles on Iowa roads. The scaled back proposal now goes to the Senate for consideration.

Representative Clel Baudler, a Republican from Greenfield, is a retired state trooper. He says all vehicles should have plates on the front AND the back, to help law enforcement track down criminals.

Some school buses are also equipped with video cameras which record the front license plates of drivers who do not stop when the bus is stopped as children board and get off the bus.

Unemployment Insurance Scam Uncovered

IWDNorthwest Iowa — Officials at Iowa Workforce Development are warning people who apply for unemployment assistance benefits of a scam that is currently being carried out.

According to Iowa Workforce Development, the scam is in the form of an email informing those who have applied for unemployment that they need to provide further information before their application can be processed.  IWD says they do NOT request sensitive account information through email communications.  They say that individuals filing for unemployment insurance benefits will receive all pertinent information regarding their account through the U.S. Postal Service, NOT through email.  They say the emails in question do NOT come from IWD or any IWD service.

Iowa Workforce Development advises anyone receiving such an email to NOT click on any of the links provided in the email, including the unsubscribe link.  If you have already provided credit card information, IWD advises you to contact your credit card company or bank immediately.  IF you provided your Social Security number, and/or date of birth and are concerned about being the victim of identity theft, IWD suggests that you contact the Iowa Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 515-281-5926.

Iowa Workforce Development says the email below is the actual email sent to those targeted by the scammers.  Again, they stress that this is a scam and is is no way connected with Iowa Workforce Development, or the Unemployment Insurance Program:

Sender: “Unemployment Assist” <>
Subject: Verification Required: 2nd Request

This is our 2nd email is to inform you that we have received your initial request for Unemployment Assistance.

Our system indicated that you did not complete step 2, until you do, we will not be able to offer you any further assistance. You can either cancel your request, and we will delete your information, or you can go back to the registration form to continue.

To go back to the registration form, click below:
=> Click here to continue your unemployment registration

Please understand that your chances of getting denied go up the longer you wait to submit your official application.

Don’t miss any of your benefit payments. Click the link below:
=> Click here for the unemployment registration form

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Deputies Investigate Burglary, Ask For Help

Hawarden, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the public’s help to solve a burglary case.
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They report that on Sunday evening, they investigated a burglary that occurred at a farm property on 490th Street, four miles south of Hawarden.

Upon further investigation, deputies believe that the perpetrator or perpetrators entered onto the property and stole a chainsaw, Nipco brand heater, battery charger, a pair of Yamaha paddle tires and two log chains from a storage building.

Deputies believe the crime likely occurred sometime between Friday, March 4 and Sunday, March 6.

If you have information about this crime you are asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office. You can call 737-2280 or text a tip anonymously via their Text-a-Tip program. Find directions at

Western and MOC Floyd Valley Open Tournament Play Tuesday

ihsaa_officeDes Moines — Western Christian and MOC Floyd Valley open State Tournament play on Tuesday.

(22-2) Western Christian is the #2 seed and opens the 2A quarterfinals against (18-6) Kuemper Catholic the #7 seed in 2A. Pregame begins at noon for a 12:15 opening tip.

It will mark the final State Tournament for long time Western head coach Jim Eekhoff who has announced he will retire at the end of this season.

The Wolfpack feature three players who average double figures per game. Josh Van Lingen has averaged 18.1 points per game with Taylor Miedema at 12.1 per game and Jesse Jansma at 11.5 per game. From three point range Jansma has hit on 45.5 percent of his attempts.

Van Lingen is the rebounding leader at 243 on the year and assists with 82. He’s also blocked 62 shots. Ben Gesink leads the team in steals with 33.

Kuemper Catholic is led by Matt Dentlinger who is averaging 18.6 points per game. Dentlinger also leads the team in rebounds with 258. He’s also blocked 65 shots. Parker Badding leads the team in assists with 68 while Spencer Collison is the steals leader with 28.

Pregame is set for 12:00 noon with a 12:15 opening tip on KIWA FM 105.3.


The Western – Kuemper quarterfinal will be followed by MOC Floyd Valley’s 3A quarterfinal with Dabuque Wahlert. The Dutch are the #4 seed at 21-3. Wahlert is the #5 seed at 19-5.

The Dutch have two players averaging double figures on the year with Levi Jansen hitting for 17.3 points per game. Christian Korver adds 14.8 per game hitting 41.8 percent from 3-point range. Jansen leads the team in rebounds with 178, assists with 120 and steals with 44.

Wahlert is led by two players in double figures led by Cordell Pemsl at 21.8 per game and David Wedewer with 11.8 points per game.

Pemsl is the rebound leader with 245 and steals with 40. Riley Till leads the team in assists with 72.

Pregame is set for 1:45 with a scheduled 2:00 pm opening tip on KIWA FM 105.3.We’ll stream from the website at