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Plans For New Sheldon Park Being Finalized for City Council Presentation

After many months of meetings and submission of ideas, plans for the proposed new Sheldon Park are nearly ready for presentation to the Sheldon City Council for their consideration.

Wednesday night, Mike Bell of RDG Planning and Design discussed final plans with a small group of citizens meeting in the Sheldon Community Services Center.

The new park is proposed for the area South of Sheldon Crossing and East of Country Club Road. The plans discussed at the meeting include 52 residential lots on the west side of the area. On the north end bordering Sheldon Crossing there will be space for either multi-family housing or commercial businesses. The area just south of this area would contain playground equipment, a basketball half court, and possibly a place for sand volleyball.

The Northeast portion of the area would have a RV park for 24 units. All of these would be pull-through lots with plenty of space between the units. There would be a large open space grassy area adjacent to these features.

Other features that are proposed include several fishing areas, a lot of trails and paths, an outdoor amphitheater, shelters, picnic tables and a winter activity area. Bell also proposed shrubbery and trees for the south end of the park which would separate it from the railroad.

One major feature that had been brought up in previous meetings is a lodge that would accommodate up to three hundred people for occasions such as weddings. The lodge could include an office, a small kitchen, small meeting rooms, and many other features.

Bell will prepare the ideas that he has heard during the series of meetings for a presentation to the Sheldon City Council March 21st.

This will include some estimates on cost of the park amenities. He explained that the City would probably develop the park over a period of time, starting with a series of independent projects such as roads and trails.


Boyden Teen Injured In Accident On Monday

A Boyden teen was injured in an accident on Monday.

On Monday, February 27 at 7:05 PM, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a motor vehicle accident that occurred at the intersection of Kennedy Avenue and 300th Street, one mile north of Boyden. Eighteen-year-old Mikayla Hulley of Boyden was driving a 2002 Ford Taurus northbound on Kennedy Avenue when she lost control, entered the east ditch and rolled. Hulley was transported to Sanford Hospital in Sheldon by the Boyden Ambulance for her injuries. Hulley’s vehicle sustained about $5,000 in damages. Hulley was cited for failure to maintain control. The Boyden Fire and Boyden Ambulance assisted at the scene.

By Scott Van Aartsen

News Director


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.