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About Sheldon, Iowa

"...while populous states like New York and Texas may seem the most attractive for job-seekers, it’s Iowa that may be the best bet for people looking for work." Market Watch, May 3, 2019 Here’s the No. 1 state for jobs in the U.S. — and it’s not California or New York

Whorley Heidman Law Firm was established over 80 years ago and is committed to the community. In fact, being an integral part of the community and giving back has been one of the many traits of historical significance about our heritage. In 2017 Wolff-Whorley Law Firm merged with Heidman Law Firm in Sioux City (established 1891), solidifying our commitment to northwest Iowa. 

Situated in northwest Iowa at the heart of some of the best agricultural farmland in U.S., the hard-working and dedicated people of Sheldon have a hometown pride that resonates throughout the community. Some families have been here for generations and give a wave and nod to everyone they pass by. These same people also welcome those who choose to move to Sheldon to take advantage of the small-town American culture with family values and school pride. With Northwest Iowa Community College and two prestigious private colleges (Dordt University and Northwestern College) just a stones-throw away, education, culture and economic development are constantly in motion.

The Sheldon Chamber and Development Corporation promotes the area by developing an atmosphere where people want to visit, live and conduct business. The Chamber works to help each of the member businesses achieve more and succeed. Recent economic development efforts have been rewarded by seeing the fruition of several endeavors. In 2017 construction was completed on the $5.3million Crossroads Pavilion Events Center. In 2018 construction Prairie Trail Village, a 38-unit multi-family housing complex was completed.

The Sanford Sheldon Medical Center (Hospital) clinics and long-term care facility take excellent care of those living in Sheldon and the surrounding communities. Affiliated with Sanford Health in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the Sanford Sheldon Center has access to a multitude of specialists and medical technology.


Sheldon offers a variety of housing options from apartments or duplexes to traditional ranch, charming craftsman bungalows or new-build open floorplan homes. Whether you prefer to live in a planned or an established neighborhood there are affordable choices for every live-style.


Tom Whorley, Partner, had this to say about the education system in Sheldon. “…Today, Sheldon has one of the more unique school systems in Iowa. They have one campus for the high school, middle school, elementary school and the athletic fields.”

There’s plenty to do around town in Sheldon. A 40-acre community park in Sheldon Crossing is in the preliminary planning phase which will include an extensive trail development, neighborhood park, shelter houses, fishing piers, access to aquatic play. The Lifelong Learning and Recreation Center is located on the campus of Northwest Community College. It provides wellness and recreation facilities and equipment, as well as space for trainings, conventions, conferences, and trade shows. Take a swim at the outdoor aquatic center or community indoor pool – a shared business venture with Holiday Inn. Culture and the arts are also at play in Sheldon, the Jay Shelp Community Theatre provides a wide variety of plays and musicals to participate in or enjoy every summer for over 50 years. Along with many different team and individual sports and other activities to keep you busy year-round. Check out more about Sheldon’s recreation and activities right here! Sheldon Community Guide. Whether it’s a weekend getaway or a family vacation, the Iowa Great Lakes, Okoboji and Spirit Lake are just down the road and offer boating, skiing, swimming and more. Sheldon has an active church community and is the home to numerous denominations.

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