IMG_9499_1Attention local farmers!  Would you like some assistance with covering your silage piles this fall?  Immanuel CRC is willing to help you in order to raise funds for their Christian Education Society!  Please call Roz @ 712-324-4569 to schedule or for details.

CommunityNorthwest Iowa Community College and Community Blood Bank will host a community blood drive on Wednesday, September 9th, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at NWICC. 

Blood donations from this blood drive will assist the blood supply just coming off of the Labor Day weekend.  “The Labor Day weekend proves to be one of the holidays where blood transfusion are more frequently needed”, states Ken Versteeg, Executive Director, Community Blood Bank.

For more information or to make an appointment please call 324-5061 or log onto  Walk-ins are always welcome.

Donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 years old with signed parent consent), be in good general health and weigh at least 110 pounds.  It is recommended that a person eat and drink plenty of fluid prior to donating.  Donating blood on the Community Blood Bank bloodmobile takes just 25-30 minutes.


Community Blood Bank is not affiliated with other blood bank organizations and takes pride in being a self-sufficient organization, thanks to the generosity of our local blood donors.

prairie2Celebrate Iowa Prairie History Week with a mix of prairie tales.  Join the O’Brien County Naturalist at the Prairie Heritage Center on Thursday, September 10th at 6:30 p.m.  Step back in time as this program will mix stories about plants and animals – land and people.  The state of Iowa has the most changed landscape in the nation.  Learn about how the land and people have transformed in the past and where the future may take us.

For more information, call the Center at 712-295-7200.

butterflyAll summer a random monarch has been floating past.  Soon those single butterflies will gather in MASS.  Millions of monarchs will be on the move.  The O’Brien County Conservation Board is hosting their annual monarch tagging event at Mill Creek Park on Thursday, September 3rd beginning at 5:30 p.m. 

Bring your butterfly net or borrow one of ours!  Meet at the lodge for a short program on monarchs, their life story and amazing migratory journey.  Then hit the trail for a citizen science project.  Participants will be placing small tags on the butterflies’ wings which will allow data to be returned to scientists studying the monarch migration.

Come and be a part of this event!  Call the Prairie Heritage Center – 712-295-7200 for more information.

prairie Heritage Center 2Women, are you interested in learning new outdoor activities in a supportive environment?  A full slate of activities is on tap for this year’s Women in the Outdoors Event sponsored by the National Turkey Federation and the Lyon,

Make a feast in a Dutch oven!  Sharpen your prairie plant identification skills.  Take aim with a long bow and spear.  Learn about bison and monarch butterflies. Pick up some helpful tips on dog training.  All of these activities are covered with a $45 registration fee.  The fee also includes a National Turkey Federation membership, subscription to the Turkey Federation magazine, and the noon meal.

The Women in the Outdoors Event will be held on Saturday, September 12th at Prairie Heritage Center near Peterson, Iowa.  Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and the event will conclude at 4:30 p.m.  There is an optional canoe float on the Little Sioux River on Friday, September 11 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Advance registration is appreciated.  Check out the website at for a registration form or for more information, contact the O’Brien County Conservation Board at 712-295-7200.

golf 3It’s time for the 26th Annual Sibley Kiwanis Golf Tournament. The theme this year is “Fill It Up!” with the majority of the funds raised going to support the Sibley Aquatic Center Project.  Funds will also be awarded to the Sibley Library, Sibley Rec Dept, STEM, Playground Equipment for Robinson Park, and several other children’s organizations.


The event will be held on Saturday September 12, 2015 and begins at Noon. The cost is $125.00 per couple and includes  9 or 18 holes of golf, a t-shirt and dinner at the banquet following the tournament. The first 9 holes have several exciting hole-in-one prizes which  include:

  • A Gator sponsored by Noteboom Implement
  • $10,000 prize sponsored by Neighbor Insurance
  • A $1000 gift card sponsored by JackRabbit Junction and
  • A Motorcycle sponsored by Zylstra Cycle.

There will also be many prizes awarded at the banquet.  If you are interested in playing, please contact Kyle Grimes at 754-2503.

cupcakeThe Sheldon Public Library will be hosting a literary themed version of  “Cupcake Wars” for students ages 10 through 18. This free event will take place on Wednesday, September 3rd at 3:00 p.m. at the Sheldon Public Library. Creative bakers and non-bakers of all kinds are invited to join us! Pre-registration is required, as space is limited. Call the library at 712-324-2442 or stop in to sign up!

coffeeThe Sheldon American Legion Auxiliary will meet for coffee and dessert at Truly Scrumptious at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 2nd. Dues may be paid at this time. All members and those interested in membership are invited to attend.

11815864_779721720044_224342974_nCelebration Days will take place from Thursday, September 3rd – Monday, September 7th, 2015 in Sheldon this year. 

Thursday, September 3rd

7:30 p.m. — Jay Shelp Community Theater presents “Almost, Maine” in the high school auditorium. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door.


Friday, September 4th

images8:00 p.m. — Movie in the Park - Big Hero 6, rated PG, will be playing in the City Park. Free admission.


Saturday, September 5th

9:00 a.m. — Zumba in the Park - near the enclosed shelter – free

images1:30 p.m. — Mini Rod Tractor Pulls - at the Sheldon Horse Arena (1 mile North of Casey’s on Washington Ave) – free

7:30 p.m. — Jay Shelp Community Theater presents “Almost, Maine” in the high school auditorium. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door.

8:00 p.m.Midnight — Dueling Pianos - An interactive musical experience for the whole family! In the parking lot of Langer’s Bar & Grill – free


Sunday, September 6th

3:00 p.m. — Jay Shelp Community Theater presents “Almost, Maine” in the high school auditorium. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door.

classic cars 37:00 – 10:00 p.m. — Classic Car Cruise - at Cook’s Cafe/Langer’s Bar & Grill – bring your lawn chair to watch a variety of classic cars cruise. Register for door prizes & enjoy live DJ entertainment!


Monday, September 7th

*Food Booths Open All Day in the City Park*

imgres6:30  - 11:00 a.m. — Fly-In Pancake Breakfast & Aircraft Display - at the Sheldon Regional Airport. Pancakes, sausage, O.J. milk & coffee will be served. Check out the experimental antique & vintage airplanes that will be visiting.

6:30 a.m. — Register for the 5K Walk/Run & 10K Run, as well as the 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk, races begin at 8:00 a.m. at Northwest Iowa Community College LLRC. Call 324-6151 for more information.

9:00 a.m. – Noon — Union Depot Open House & Activities - 1200 S 2nd Ave – Visit the historical Train Depot & enjoy many crafts and activities for the whole family! - free

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. — Farmer’s Market - in the City Park just West of the gazebo

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. — Arts & Crafts in the Park - Many crafters & vendors offer a wide selection of handcrafted items & goods.

9:00 a.m.Noon & 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.Sheldon Prairie Museum - located at the corner of 4th Ave & 10th St – Tour the displays of early industry, military, past school life and much more!

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. — Classic Car Show - at the Sheldon high school parking lot – register from 9 a.m. – Noon w/Shine & Show from Noon – 4:00 p.m. followed by judging & awards – free

sheldon ave of flags10:00 a.m. — Veterans Opening Ceremony - at the City Park Armed Forces Memorial – Join our local veterans for a memorial ceremony.

10:00 a.m. — George of the Juggle – Magician & Juggler - at the City Park West ball diamond.

10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. — Army National Guard Interactive Exhibit - at the West end of the City Park. The Sheldon Army National Guard will have an Air Soft target range set up – free

10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. — Inflatables, Mini Ferris Wheel & Mini Train - at the West end of the City Park. Bring your kids over to enjoy several inflatables including Zorb Balls on a criss cross track, a 4-person standing bungee jump, Frozen jumper & much more. Wristbands are $8 for the whole day!

10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. & 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. — Mr. Twister - located West of the Information Booth in the City Park.

11:15 a.m. — Duke Otherwise – Children’s Musician - at the City Park West ball diamond.

cow patty bingo12:00 p.m. — Cow Patty Bingo - located at the East ball diamond in the City Park. Cost is $10 per square, winner receives $2,000! 4 other squares will be drawn at random to win $125 each.

12:30 p.m. — Laura Ernst – Juggler, Acrobat & Aerialist - at the City Park West ball diamond.

11798070_779721740004_29254751_n1:00 p.m. – Parade lineup begins, Parade starts at 2:00 p.m. in Downtown Sheldon – Our annual Celebration Days parade features bands, floats, tractor & so much more! Our 2015 Parade Grand Marshall is 3 year old Parker Lloyd.

 3:30 p.m. (immediately following the parade) — Noon Kiwanis Duck Dive - at the Sheldon Outdoor Aquatic Center. Ducks can be purchased at a cost of $5 of 1, $20 for 5 or $100 fr 25. One lucky duck will win $1,000 and 5 luck ducks will win $100 each. Purchase @ the SCDC office or from any Noon Kiwanis member.

6:00 p.m. — Community Worship Service & Supper - at the Sheldon high school football field – Guest speaker will be principal Aaron Thomas of Aplington-Parkersburg HS. Hot dogs, chips, pop, & ice cream will be served afterwards.