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Lyon County: Glenn Anderson Is Back — And He’s Running For County Auditor

Remember the man who spearheaded the idea of a casino in Lyon County? The year was 2008, and the man was Rock Rapids native and former Lyon County Economic Development Director Glenn Anderson. Anderson said he got the idea while talking to a man from Washington County, Iowa, where Riverside Casino is located.

While the effort was started and eventually did culminate in a multi-million dollar casino on the state line near Larchwood, a little over a year after Anderson got the ball rolling — without much explanation — the county board decided to terminate the county’s contract with Anderson.

Well, Anderson is back. This time he’s running for the position of Lyon County Auditor.

Anderson announced his intentions at a press conference on Monday morning in Rock Rapids. Read more


Milford Man Faces 5 Years In Prison And A $5 Million Fine

A Milford man must serve at least 5 years in prison and pay a $5 million fine after he pled guilty to distributing methamphetamine.

The Justice Department reports that 32-year-old Terry Lowry of Milford was convicted of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine on Tuesday.

At the plea hearing, Lowry admitted his involvement in a conspiracy that from 2010 through February 2011 distributed more than 50 grams of methamphetamine in the Spencer area.

Lowry faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years in prison and a possible maximum sentence of 40 years, a $5,000,000 fine, a special assessment of $100, and 4 years up to life of supervised release following any imprisonment.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director


Merlyn Richter

Merlyn Richter, age 74 of Hartley, IA passed away at the Prairie View Nursing Home in Sanborn, IA on Wednesday, February 29, 2012.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 3rd at 10:30 a.m. at St. Pauls Lutheran Church in Hartley. Inturnment will be at Pleasant View Cemetery in Hartley, IA at a later date. Rev. David Ericksen will be officiating.

Visitation will be Friday, March 2nd at the Hartley Funeral Home Chapel from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with the family present from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday evening.

Merlyn Edwin Richter the son of Edwin and Lavina (Edwoldt) Richter was born at Granville, IA on December 6, 1937. He spent his youth living on a farm near Granville and attended school in Germantown and Paullina.

On October 4, 1964 Merlyn was united in marriage to Joyce Petersen at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sheldon, IA and to this union three sons were born; Kevin, Gary and Brian. Following their marriage they made their home in several towns including Cherokee, Germantown, Sutherland, Granville and then Hartley. During his working years Merlyn was employed in a number of different jobs which included; construction, truck driving, farm hand and the meat packing industry.

Merlyn passed away at Prairie View Nursing Home on February 29, 2012.

Merlyn’s special interests included listening to and collecting old time music and dancing. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hartley.

Merlyn is survived by his wife Joyce; three sons; Kevin (Janet) Richter of Hospers, IA, Gary (Jeanna) Richter of Hartley, IA, and Brian (Hope) Richter of Forreston, IL; eight grandchildren; one great grandchild; one brother Marlyn Richter of Granville, IA; one sister Marlys Richter of Hospers, IA; and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by both parents; a brother Virgil Richter and a sister-in-law Naomi Richter.


Sheldon Man Arrested for Assault

A Sheldon man has been arrested on an assault charge.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that they investigated a domestic disturbance Monday night that occurred at a home 3 miles west of Sioux Center. Upon further investigation it is alleged that 22-year-old Ralph Donovan Jr. of Sheldon had assaulted his girlfriend. Donovan was arrested for Domestic Assault, a serious misdemeanor, and Driving While Suspended, a simple misdemeanor.

The Sioux Center Police Department assisted the Sheriff’s Office at the scene.


Theodore Pranger

Theodore Pranger, age 90, of Ocheyedan, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, at the Country View Manor in Sibley.

Memorial Services will be Saturday, March 3, 2012, at 11:00 A.M. at the Christian Reformed Church in Ocheyedan, Iowa. Rev. Bill Van Der Heide officiating.

Burial will be at 9:30 A.M. Saturday at Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley.

Visitation will be Friday, March 2, 2012, from 2:00 to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:30 to 8:00 P.M. all at the Christian Reformed Church in Ocheyedan.

In Lieu of Flowers the family would like memorials directed to Alzheimer’s Research.

Theodore “Ted” Pranger was born on November 4, 1921 in rural Sibley, Iowa. He was the son of John and Jennie (Schwier) Pranger. He lived his youth in the Sibley, Iowa and Bigelow, Minnesota areas. In 1943, Ted moved with his parents to a farm in the Ocheyedan, Iowa area now known as the Willow Creek Park. He attended the same country school for all eight years of his education.
He was united in marriage to Sadie Smits of Round Lake, Minnesota, on October 26, 1944. They moved to their farm in rural Ocheyedan in 1946, where they continued to live and farm. Ted enjoyed traveling, gardening and tinkering in his shop.

He enjoyed working on his own machinery and also did electrical and plumbing work for his friends. He was the Wilson Township Clerk for 40 years. During the years of their married life, Ted and Sadie, read the entire Bible 58 times. Sadie passed away on November 12, 2002. Ted continued to live on the farm until October of 2005, when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and moved to the Country View Manor in Sibley.

He was a member of the Christian Reformed Church of Ocheyedan where he served as an elder. He was a former member of the Christian Reformed Church of Bigelow, Minnesota where he served as a deacon. Ted also served as the Christian School Treasurer.

He passed away on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at the Country View Manor of Sibley, Iowa.

Those left to cherish his memories are his daughter and son-in-law: Lorene and Ted Bruxvoort of Middleville, MI; two sons and daughters-in-law: John and Deb Pranger of Wyoming, MI, Bill and Renee Pranger of Ocheyedan, IA; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sadie, and his parents.


Marian Betten

Mrs. Marian Betten, age 88, of Orange City, passed away on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, at the Orange City Area Health System Hospital.

There will be a funeral service on Saturday, March 3, at2:00pm, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sheldon.  The Rev. Daniel Hart and the Rev. Keith Krebs will officiate.  Interment will be at the West Lawn Cemetery in OrangeCity.

Visitation will be after 4:30pm on Friday, with the family present from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Marian Loretta (Juhl) Betten was born on October 19, 1923, on a farm in Plymouth County, near Remsen, the daughter of Christian and Mary (Mortensen) Juhl. She was baptized and confirmed in the Nazareth Lutheran Church (now Faith Lutheran) in Marcus. She attended a rural school and graduated from the Marcus High School in 1941.

Marian was united in marriage to Warren John Betten at the Nazareth Lutheran Church on March 21, 1943. They farmed in the Boyden area until 1961, when they moved south of Carnes. They retired to Orange City in December of 1999. Warren passed away on December 11, 2005, in Remsen, after 62 years of marriage.

On September 29, 1946, Mr. and Mrs. Betten became members of the St. Paul Lutheran Church, where she belonged to the Esther Circle. In later years, she also worshipped at the American Reformed Church in Orange City, where their pastor called on her many times. She often prayed to the Lord for help, even when backing a load of grain into the machine shed when a storm was coming or hooking onto wagons.

Marian was a true farmers’ wife, always helping her husband, whatever the work would be, from going to the field with a tractor, to the barn with a shovel, to helping with livestock, and to mowing the lawn on her Dixon mower. Many stories were told about these jobs. She and Warren enjoyed working side by side, even bringing coffee along to the field.

She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, always ready to help anyone when needed, and doing it with a smile and a hug. Her family was the love of her life. Her daughter was her pride and joy and was taught to help with all the farm work. After moving to town and Warren’s death, to keep her hands busy, she started making quilts for her family and has completed one for each member.

She will be lovingly remembered by her daughter and her husband, Sandra and Alvin J. Nibbelink, of Orange City; two granddaughters and their husbands, Rhonda and Dwaine Tiedemann, of Canton, South Dakota, and Lynette and Alan Lems, of Doon; and two great-grandchildren, Dalton Lems, and his wife, Brittany, and Sable Lems, all of Doon.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Myrtle Bleasdell Riter, Della Gray, and Irma Garvin; and a brother, Howard Juhl.

Memorials will be directed to the Orange City Area Home Health and Hospice and the Health System Hospital.