Fire Truck - FreightlinerThe Little Rock Fire & Rescue team will be hosting a Steak Supper Fundraiser on April 4th, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Little Rock Fire Hall.

The meal will include a 10 oz. Ribeye steak, Baked potato, Vegetable, Roll, Steak toppings, and a drink. Cost of the meal is $15 per plate.

Proceeds will go toward updating the Grass/Brush Fire Truck.

Sheldon library 1The Sheldon Public Library will be hosting a poetry night on April 13th at 6:45 p.m. to honor National Poetry Month and to promote engagement in community culture. No preregistration is required.

Individuals looking to share material can bring their own original work or favorite poems. This event is open to all ages and families are encouraged to attend together. Local poets will be sharing their published material. Beverages will be provided.
Please stop by or call the library at 712-324-2442 with any questions or concerns.

first reformed 50Wednesday, April 1st is April Fool’s day but no foolin’, the coffee is FREE! From 6:30 to 8:30 am in the parking lot at the First Christian Reformed Church in Sheldon, it’s coffee with a cause. Drive through and grab a FREE cup of Haitian Coffee. You don’t even have to get out of your vehicle. Why? It’s simple. The people of First Reformed want to show Christ’s love to the community. When you grab a cup of coffee, you’ll help provide dignity to Haitian coffee farmers and economic sustainability to their communities. Don’t forget, the coffee’s free at First Reformed Church in Sheldon on April 1st. NO FOOLIN’.

NCC lifelong learning and recreation center LLRCThe Sheldon Home Show is this Saturday at the LLRC on the Northwest Iowa Community College campus in Sheldon. Attend the show and take time to visit with these merchants:

Bruce’s Repair in Matlock will be on hand at the Sheldon Home and Design Expo Saturday March 28th at the LLRC. Visit with Bruce about new equipment or too repair your current items.

Northstar Credit Union will be on hand at the Saturday Show to talk about the advantages of Credit Union. Visit with Hayley about how they can help with your savings plans.

Northwest Décor Sheldon will have beautiful American made furnishing setup so you can see how the Ten Clay family takes pride in your home. Stop and see what’s new at the Home and Design Show at the LLRC.

A and A Window Treatment of Ashton offers great savings on window coverings for a current residence or new home. Free estimates and tremendous savings during the Home and Design Expo this Saturday at the LLRC on the NCC campus.

Morton Buildings has been known as a pioneer in the construction industry since 1903. Morton is known for its versatility, strength and dependability. They now show new innovation in exclusive concrete foundation system. See them at the Home and Design Expo in Sheldon.

Missy’s in downtown Sheldon. Stop in and see Missy for all your Formal wear needs. For prom or your wedding stop in at Missy’s

Downtown Hardware of Sheldon would like to help with those household projects. They have the tools to make projects easy all at Downtown Hardware.

Glen’s Copier Located in Alton, LeMars, and Sheldon for all your office needs. Customer Service, Top Notch Quality and Affordable all at Glen’s Copier.

The Sheldon Home show this Saturday on the Northwest Iowa Community College campus in Sheldon.

ncc 1Instructor for all classes: Larry J. Battaglia LL.B

1. The Affordable Health Care Act - Iowa approved class for 4 hours general credit. Tuition includes state filing fee. 1 session on Wednesday, April 8 from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm, Section #43894, Cost: $55

2. Tax Issues for Life and Health Insurance - Iowa approved class for 5 hours general credit. Tuition includes state filing fee. 1 session on Wednesday, April 8 from 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Section #43898, Cost: $65

3. Conduct Becoming - Iowa approved class for 3 hours ethics credit. Tuition includes state filing fee. 1 session on Wednesday, April 8 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Section #43900, Cost: $45

4. Suitability of Product Selection - Iowa approved class for 4 hours general credit. Tuition includes state filing fee. 1 Session on Thursday, April 9 from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm, Section #43902, Cost: $55

5. Living Trusts - Iowa approved class for 5 hours general credit. Tuition includes state filing fee. 1 session on Thursday, April 9 from 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Section #43903, Cost: $65

ncc 1Northwest Iowa Community College to Offer Microsoft Excel 2013 Level 2 Course

If you have had a taste of using formulas in Excel, you probably realize that you can use formulas and functions for a multitude of calculations. In this class, we will dig deeper into how to use the capabilities of Microsoft Excel 2013 to perform simple and complex tasks using formulas, functions, filtering, conditional formatting and if-functions. Then students will work on the enhanced analyzing tools in Excel 2013 – Charts, Sparklines, Slicers, Pivot Tables and more. The use of VLOOKUP to find values in Excel lists or tables will also be explored.

This class will be held at Northwest Iowa Community College in Room 514H, Section #43946 on Tuesdays, April 7 and 14 from 5:30—9:30 pm OR in the Sioux Center Library Computer Lab, Section #43945, on Thursdays, April 9 and 16 from 12:30—4:30 pm.

Twyla Vogel will be the instructor for the class. The cost is $59.


Northwest Iowa Community College to Offer the Course “Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2013”

In today’s environment, presentations have moved far beyond flip charts and overhead projectors. Audiences expect that your presentations are in an electronic format and that your presentations be unique and sophisticated. You can learn how to create presentations for industry or pleasure, for a new proposal or for a wedding or family presentation. You will learn the keys of building a good Powerpoint slideshow.  How to build a master template, different layouts, backgrounds, links, pictures and inserting video will be taught in this hands-on class using Microsoft Powerpoint 2013. If you have some experience with Microsoft Word, it is time to discover the tools and features of Microsoft Powerpoint!

Class information:

Wednesdays from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm on April 8 and 15 at Northwest Iowa Community College in Room 427D, Section #43941 OR Fridays from 12:30-4:30 pm on April 10 and 17 in the Sioux Center Library Computer Lab, Section #43942

Twyla Vogel will be the instructor for the class. The cost is $59.


Learn the Basics of Using your iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone

In this “Apple iOS 101” class, you will learn how to connect to WIFI, customize your device, take pictures/video, download apps, setup/use e-mail and using i-Cloud with your device. New features and changes in iOS 8 will also be covered.

Students – you will need to bring your device to class and please inform them at  registration what type of device you will be bringing to class.

This class will meet on 3 Wednesdays from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, starting on April 8 and ending on April 29 in the Sioux Center Library Computer Lab.

The course number is #44902 and the cost is $49. Eric Ortner will be the instructor.

To register, call Northwest Iowa Community College at 712-324-5061 or 800-352-4907 and ask for Continuing Education.

community blood bankRock Rapids Community Blood Bank will host a community blood drive on Wednesday, April 1st from 7:30am to 11:00am and 12:30pm to 3:30pm at Central Lyon High School.  All blood types are in extremely urgent need.

“This spring’s community blood drive will help ensure that blood is available for all types of surgeries, traumas, burn treatment and cancer treatment,” states Ken Versteeg, Executive Director, Community Blood Bank.  “When you donate blood on April 1st you are helping local patients in their time of need.  Your donations will make blood readily available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.   We encourage new donors as well as those donors that have donated multiple times to give the gift of life.”

Community Blood Bank is a joint cooperative venture of Sanford Medical Center and Avera McKennan Hospital. The Community Blood Bank currently serves 31 hospitals in eastern South Dakota, northwestern Iowa, and southwestern Minnesota. In addition to local area hospitals, the Community Blood Bank is the sole blood provider for Sanford Rock Rapids, Sanford Medical Center, Avera McKennan, Avera Heart Hospital, Sanford Heart Hospital, Sanford Children’s Hospital and the V.A. Medical Center.   Community Blood Bank is not affiliated with other blood bank organizations and takes pride in being self-sufficient because of the generosity of our local blood donors.

Blood donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with a signed parent consent form found at weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good general health.  It is recommended that a person eat and drink plenty of fluid prior to donating blood.  Additional questions regarding blood donations may be answered by calling Central Lyon High School at 472-4051 or Community Blood Bank directly at 1-877-877-3070 or log onto

Community Blood Bank is accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB), the College of American Pathologist (CAP).

The Prairie Arts Council is moving the Baker Township Country School to Sheldon as part of the Prairie Arts Council Campus. The moving date had been set for April 1, 2015, but a delay in that date has accrued due to finding that an “Open Public Hearing” must be held before the building can be moved. This Open Meeting will be held on March 28th at 10:00 a.m.

The Prairie Arts Council set a goal of $40,000 to move and update the building. Of that, $25,000 has been raised, and the Council sincerely thanks the businesses and area residents that have made contributions.

The building needs the basement windows replaced, roof repairs, painting, etc. All donations are tax deductible. Contributions can be sent to: Prairie Arts Council, P.O. Box 61, Sheldon, IA 51201. For further information, please contact a Member of the Board of Directors:

Hal Tuttle 324-4190, Bernie Van’t Hull 324-2100, Karin Vanden Berg 324-9718, Trisha Meendering at the Sheldon City Office.

Help your community and roll up your sleeve to save lives! Donate today with LifeServe Blood Center.

Thursday, April 2nd you can donate in Sioux Center at the Center Mall, located at 251 N. Main Ave from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Donate on Tuesday, April 7th at the DEMCO Community Center, located at 714 Main St in Boyden from 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 9th LifeServe will be in Orange City, at the American Reformed Church, located at 407 Albany Street SE, from 12:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Come out and donate in Hospers on Monday, April 13th at the Community Center, located at 211 Main Street, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Contact Abby Hausmann-Virgil at 1-800-287-4903 or email at