Primghar, Iowa — Two Granite Falls, MN teens were taken to the hospital after an accident on Monday, July 14, 2014 near Primghar.Ambulance Front Generic

The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 2:10 PM, 16-year-old Sheldon Blue of Granite Falls, MN was westbound on B46, three miles south and about a mile west of Primghar in a 2008 Chevy.

The deputy’s report says Blue lost control of the vehicle on the gravel surface. He over-corrected, and the car skidded across the roadway and entered the north ditch where it rolled onto its top.

Both Blue and a passenger in the vehicle, 18-year-old Hoksida Mountain of Granite Falls, were transported to Baum Harmon Mercy Hospital in Primghar by Primghar Ambulance.

Blue’s Chevy received $5400 damage.

He was charged with Failure To Have A Valid Driver’s License and Failure To Maintain Control.

Sheldon, Iowa — At Wednesday’s Sheldon City Council Meeting, the Council approved street names for streets in the new Sheldon Crossing subdivision, which is being developed between Country Club Road and the Holiday Inn Express.

The map below is color coded to reflect the names and locations of the streets involved.  Please note, on this map, the direction north is on the right side of the image.

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Sheldon, Iowa — The annual RAGBRAI® bike ride starts on Sunday, July 20th in Rock Valley and heads toward Sheldon on Highway 18. Sheldon will be the designated meeting point that day where riders can meet up with their support vehicles, which will be taking a different route. The routes meet in Sheldon.ragbrai logo

Heidi Brown is one of the Sheldon leaders who are organizing what’s going to happen in Sheldon on Sunday. She tells us most of the activities will be in Sheldon’s City Park.

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She says there will be quite a variety for the guests.

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Brown says there will be more than just food vendors.

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Brown says it should be a lot of fun, but she says that getting around in a car or pickup could be a bit of an issue.

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Sheldon Emergency Management Director Walt Pruiksma says he has some advice for motorists.

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Sheldon Police Chief Lyle Bolkema says that traffic on Highway 18 West will be impacted the most, with riders coming in on 18 and leaving town on Country Club Road northbound.

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Pruiksma says it would be best — if you could — to avoid Highway 18 on Sunday morning.

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Speaking of church services, several churches have advised us that they will have a different schedule this weekend.

First Christian Reformed Church will have a 9:30 AM Service. Sheldon United Methodist Church will have one Saturday service, at 4 PM. Immanuel Christian Reformed will have a worship service at 8 AM on Sunday. St. Paul Lutheran Church will have their worship service Saturday evening at 5:30. This service will be recorded and broadcast at the normal time on KIWA-FM Sunday morning at 9:00. Parkview Assembly will have their service in the parking lot on Sunday at 9:30 AM. And in Boyden, Boyden First Reformed Church services will be Saturday night at 7:00 PM at the Presbyterian Church in Boyden.

Pruiksma also emphasizes that people should abide by the No Parking signs and barricades in the blocks east, west and south of the city park on Sunday morning. Several of these closed streets will be used for RAGBRAI activities.

The bike route leaves Rock Valley going east on the north side of Rock Valley taking B14 and K42 to get to Highway 18. The riders will then stay on 18 as it makes the one-mile jog on Highway 75 at Perkins. Riders will continue through Hull and Boyden on their way to Sheldon. The map shows riders leaving Sheldon going north, on Country Club Road and then meeting up with Northwest Boulevard and picking up B14, crossing Highway 60, and traveling east for a few miles. Then they’ll find L40 north and A52 east before jogging a mile north on Highway 59. Then they’ll take A48 through Melvin, do a couple more short jogs and end up in May City before they take A34 to Milford and the lakes area to stay the night.

Meanwhile, there are two support vehicle routes.

For those meeting bikers in Sheldon, they will leave Rock Valley southbound on K30. They will meet up with B30 and head east through Carmel. At Highway 75, they’ll head south to Sioux Center. There they’ll pick up B40 westbound and take that through Newkirk and turn north on Highway 60 at Hospers. They will be asked to take either Exit 31, which is the Business 60 exit, or the Country Club Road Exit (Exit 33) at Sheldon. There is no designated meeting point in Sheldon. Each team will make those arrangements individually. The support vehicles will then leave Sheldon on Highway 18 eastbound and turn on Highway 71 northbound in Spencer and travel north to Milford.

For those support vehicles not planning to meet in Sheldon — if they are going to be using the north campgrounds in the Lakes Area, they can take a north route out of Rock Valley. That route takes K30 northbound, and picks up A34 just east of Alvord. From there they follow A34 to near the Lakewood Corner on Highway 75. They’ll take Highway 75 northbound to Rock Rapids, and then take Highway 9 straight through to the Lakes Area.

For more information, click here for our RAGBRAI page.

Click here for the map of activities around City Park.

Click here for the bike map of Sunday’s route.

Click here for the Sunday and Monday support vehicle maps. Note that there is also a north route for support vehicles if they are not meeting their bikers in Sheldon and they are using the north campgrounds in the Lakes area.

Alvord, Iowa — A truck driver was able to avoid striking a train near Alvord on Wednesday, July 16th, but he was transported to the hospital after he rolled the truck, which sustained major damage.BNSF

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 5:50 PM, 34-year-old Michael Fleshman of Inwood was driving a 2012 Freightliner truck owned by Farmers Elevator Coop on County Road K30, about three quarters of a mile southeast of Alvord. As Fleshman approached the railroad crossing he swerved to avoid colliding with a northbound train.

The truck entered the east ditch and rolled on to the driver’s side.

Fleshman was transported to Hegg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley.

The truck received approximately $100,000 in damages.

Alvord Fire and Rescue personnel, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, and Trackside Service and Repair assisted the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon City Council settled on street names for the new streets in the Sheldon Crossing Addition on Sheldon’s east side.  The street names include:  Larkspur Way, Prairie Trail Road, Sunflower Avenue, city counciland Birch Lane.  City Attorney Micah Schreurs told the Council that these street names could be designated through a resolution, but that it would require an amendment to the plat of the subdivision, as well as coordination with the O’Brien County Auditor and County Recorder before they become official.

Click Here for a map indicating the new street names.

In other action, the Council voted to pass to the Second Reading a resolution to adopt the Sheldon Regional Airport Land Use and Airport Height Zoning Regulations.  City Manager Scott Wynja told the Council that the Federal Aviation Administration requires such a resolution for the City to continue to qualify for FAA funding of airport projects.  He said that these FAA grants provide 90% of the funds needed for the projects, with only a 10% City match required.  He said that the City is working with McClure Engineering on the regulations, and that the final regulations will need to be approved by both O’Brien and Sioux Counties.

Wynja also reported to the Council on the new sports complex that the City, in partnership with the Sheldon Community School District will be constructing north of the current high school football field.  He reported that the total cost of the project is just over $1,027,000, with the City’s half of the cost coming in at just under $514,000.  He said that the City’s portion of the cost would be funded from the Water Improvement Fund.  This is the fund that was established to pay for Sheldon’s expenses on the Lewis & Clark Water Project.  He says that since that project is stalled for lack of federal funding, those funds can be used for the sports complex project.  Wynja says that 3 to 4 years of local option sales tax revenues will then be used to repay the Water Improvement Fund.  He says that the Community Building project will be paid off this year, which will free up those local option sales tax dollars to use for that repayment.

When asked about the status of the demolition of the Buddz’s building along Highway 18, Wynja told the Council that the asbestos removal people hope to be in the building July 28th, and that the actual demolition of the structure will begin as soon as they have completed their work.  He blamed the delays on the fact that the asbestos removal permit from the State of Iowa took longer to be granted than had originally be anticipated.

The Council also approved appointments to several City Boards and Commissions, but Mayor Katricia Meendering says there are still openings available on the Board of Adjustment, Cemetery Board, Park Board, Museum Board, Trails Committee, and Planning and Zoning.  The mayor encourages any interested Sheldon residents to contact her, their council representative, or the City Office to volunteer to serve on any of these boards and commissions.

Sibley, Iowa — Northwest Iowa native and Nashville recording artist Shawn Mayer is returning to northwest Iowa Shawn Mayerto perform at the Osceola County Fair Thursday (July 17th) evening at 6:30.

Mayer, who has been lending her voice to background vocals, as well as spending a good deal of time writing songs for the past couple of years, will appear prior to the Figure 8 races and demolition derby Thursday night at the fair in Sibley.

We caught up with Shawn during her drive back to northwest Iowa from Nashville, and she gave us a preview of what she has planned for the fair.

We asked her if if performing before a hometown crowd was more nerve-wracking than performing before a group of strangers.

Mayer’s show will kick off at 6:30 Thursday evening at the Osceola County Fairgrounds in Sibley, with her finale being the National Anthem prior to the start of the Figure 8 Race at 7:30.

To hear the complete interview we did with Shawn, Click Here.

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Luverne, Minnesota woman is behind bars in Lyon County, charged with two felony counts.Jail Door2

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that they arrested 22-year-old Wendy Kooiker of Luverne on Monday, July 14th. She was charged with two counts of Identity Theft, which is a Class D Felony.

Kooiker’s charges stem from a house burglary that happened in Rock Rapids on July 2, 2014.

She is being held in the Lyon County Jail on a $10,000 bond.

Sheldon, Iowa — Maintainer Corporation of Iowa, Inc. has broken ground on a project that will expand the production capacity at its Sheldon manufacturing plant.main

The ceremony took place at 9 AM on Tuesday morning, July 15th.  At the ceremony, Executive Director Curt Strouth spoke on behalf of the Sheldon Chamber and Development Corporation.

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Sheldon Mayor Tricia Meendering spoke on behalf of the City of Sheldon.
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SCDC Board President Aaron Prewitt also had some well wishes for Maintainer.

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Skip Tanner represented the Sheldon Ambassadors and presented the ceremonial golden shovel.

Maintainer General Manager Shelley Morris tells us how they feel about the groundbreaking.

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Maintainer’s administration says the plant addition will increase factory space by 30%; will cost over a million dollars to build, and will mean at least 15 new jobs.

The expansion, which is expected to be fully completed by Spring 2015, will add 17,750 square feet to the existing manufacturing facility. Maintainer also plans to add 3,000 square feet to its office space.

Here is the audio of the entire groundbreaking ceremony:

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Sheldon, Iowa — In the latest from the Sheldon Police Department:

Sheldon officers took the report of a theft in the 500 block of Third Avenue. Stolen from the driveway of that location were keys to both a 2000 and a 1998 Ford Taurus SE. Also the dome lights to both cars were taken as well. The theft is thought to have taken place on Thursday evening, July 10th or on Friday, July 11th before 1:25 PM. Officers noted no forcible entry.Sheldon PD Car 2

Sheldon officers are also investigating the report of a theft that allegedly occurred sometime between Friday, July 11th and Monday, July 14th in the 1600 block of Park Street. Missing was a push button 4-wheel drive switch off of a 1997 Chevy S10 Blazer.

In other news from Sheldon Police, officers arrested 44-year-old Lucinda LeFrancis of Sheldon on Sunday, July 13th. She was charged with simple domestic abuse assault. She was taken into custody and was transported to jail in Primghar.

Early on Tuesday, July 15th, Sheldon officers arrested 70-year-old Burton Johnson of Sheldon on a charge of simple assault. He was taken into custody and was transported to jail in Primghar.

The Sheldon Police also arrested 19-year-old Beau Mason of Sheldon. He was arrested on a warrant for an original charge of possession of marijuana. The arrest happened on Monday mid-morning. Mason was taken into custody and was transported to jail in Primghar.