Benjamin “Benjy” Goldhorn

Benjamin “Benjy” Goldhorn, age 34 of Sanborn, IA passed away at the Sanford Sheldon Medical Center in Sheldon, IA on Thursday, November 15th.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, November 19th at 11:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Sanborn.  Rev. Gregg Johnson will be officiating.

Visitation will be at the Sanborn Funeral Home Chapel from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 18th with the family present at that time. Burial will be at Roseland Cemetery in Sanborn at 10:15 a.m. on Monday, November 19th prior to the memorial service.

The Sanborn Funeral Home in Sanborn is in charge of the arrangements for 34 year-old Benjamin “Benjy” Goldhorn of Sanborn. Online condolences may be sent to the family at:

Alexis Bart And Kayla Gesink Named All-GPAC Volleyball First Teamers

The all-GPAC Volleyball Teams have been released for this season and a pair of area athletes were named to the first team. Earning first team honors were Northwestern sophomore Alexis Bart from Sheldon and Dordt sophomore Kayla Gesink from Sioux Center.

Gesink  leads a list of five Dordt College volleyball players earning all-GPAC honors for the recently completed 2012 season.

Gesink earned first-team honors while Kayla Broekhuis (Junior; Edgerton, Iowa), Danae Geels (senior; Sheldon) and Katelyn Schuller (sophomore; Orange City) all claimed second-team honors. Lindsey Floen (junior; Sioux Center) and Loy Sahr (senior; Sutton, Nebraska) were named to the honorable mention list.

Gesink led the Defenders in assists with 9.26 per set and also had a 2.5 digs per set average along with 35 ace serves. Geels earned second-team honors for the third time in her career after averaging 2.57 kills with a .262 kill efficiency. Schuller came back from an early season injury to average 2.46 kills with a .193 kill efficiency to claim second-team honors one year after taking first-team accolades. Broekhuis led the team in digs with a 4.32 per set average and she also had 30 ace serves.

Also named to the first team for Northwestern was sophomore outside hitter Kaitlin Floerchinger from Treynor.

Named to the second team was senior outside hitter Jaci Moret from Orange City.

Science Fair Results

On Tuesday, November 13, 2012, Sheldon Middle School held its 17th Annual 8th Grade Science Fair.

The fair involves 8th grade students designing a controlled experiment to help solve a problem or answer a question.  The top three winners will move on to the State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa competition, which will be held in Ames at Hilton Coliseum on the Iowa State University Campus. The date of the State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa will be on April 5 and 6, 2012.

Congratulations to all students who participated and best wishes to those moving on to the State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa. Those students/groups taking the top three places, as well as those receiving honorable mention are listed below.

Place Group Members Project Title

1st Alex Albrecht Testing how sunscreen with different SPF’s affects the growth of yeast

2nd Haley Wagenaar Testing how the recipe in making asphalt affects it strength

3rd Parker Nissen / Connor Vaselaar Testing how the means of curing meat affects the quality (size and tenderness) of the meat

Honorable Mention Austin Theis Testing how the type of wood affects how easily a nail can be driven into it

Honorable Mention Dominic Seivert / Mitchal Van Gorp Testing how the amount of fat in ground beef affects the amount of grease and shrinkage when it is cooked

Honorable Mention Nick Huesman / Sam Wagner Testing how the amount of water and ink ratio affects the clarity and quality of print on newspaper

Honorable Mention Bryn Groff Testing how the type of substance affect its temperature change when it is exposed to light.

Honorable Mention Tyler Whitcanack Testing how the type of liquid drink affects how well a steel plate corrodes in the liquid

Honorable Mention Sydney Naber Testing how the type of treatment affects how well the treatment kills thrush on the hooves of horses

Honorable Mention Megan Tutje Testing how the hardness of water affects how well it lathers up when mixed with shampoo/soap

Winter Bird Feeding Season is Here Tips From The DNR

Overnight lows in the teens and 20’s are a chilly reminder. The winter bird feeding season is here. For a lot of us, it has been here for some time. Whether you feed birds year-round or gear up as the snow flies, birds lock in your location along their daily feeding regimen. They may be summer nesters which stick around longer, migrants passing through or winter arrivals which spend the cold weather months here.

“Fall is the perfect time to go out and get your feeders cleaned, to make sure your water source is in place,” recommends Pat Schlarbaum, wildlife diversity technician with the Iowa DNR. “Putting out the water in the fall is a proven strategy to have birds in your backyard.”

I keep a sunflower feeder and thistle tube filled most of the year. From there, I follow my “firewood schedule.” As I start hauling wood from the stack to the back door, the winter feeders get a soapy-water scrubbing, and regular fill ups. Safflower seed goes out. When the woodstove is fired up for more than three or four days in a row, the wire suet cages are hung and the last few feeders go up—more sunflower, thistle and safflower, maybe peanuts if the squirrels are looking the other way.

“We recommend the black oil sunflower seeds. They are getting pretty pricey, but are worth every penny,” advises Schlarbaum. “Cardinals, white-throated sparrows, the more desirable songbirds all like sunflower seeds. With peanuts for the tufted titmice and nyger (thistle) for the finches, you’ll have a full palette of color in your winter backyard.”

Sunflower seed has gotten expensive in the last few years. Producers have to decide whether to grow birdseed or high dollar corn or soybeans. It remains, though, a much better choice than the cheaper heavy-on-millet, milo or grain mixes.

Also, consider the quality of the seed. Fat content is important. Serious birders swear they’ve seen songbirds sorting through seed. The cheaper stuff ends up on the ground. Compare the ingredients on the shelves; higher fat content will be worth the price.

Across Iowa, we spend $300 million each year viewing wildlife—primarily bird feeding and bird watching. It is surpassed only by gardening, according to the every-five-year outdoor recreation survey assembled by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

“It just brings the colors of nature to the picture window,” says Schlarbaum. “I recommend having those feeders where the family can enjoy them. It’s just a great way to enjoy the great outdoors.”

Birding “To Do” List…

Wash your feeders. Hot water with a 10 percent bleach solution washes away loose, old—possibly moldy—seed and minimizes threat of disease.

Provide open water. A bird bath, with an attached heating element is used for a drink and to splash in, even in cold weather. The quick bath allows birds to “thermoregulate,” or stay warm.

Stick with the good stuff. Black oil sunflower, striped sunflower, safflower, nyger thistle, suet and reject peanuts are magnets for the “desirable” songbirds. Cheaper “discount” mixes, heavy on millet, milo or cracked corn, are less desirable.

If you want, scatter the lower-cost mix on the ground to divert sparrows, grackles and other birds away from your feeders.

Squirrels? No squirrels? No peanuts if you want to minimize squirrel traffic. They will pass up safflower, but do eat sunflower seeds. Full service bird feeding stores have squirrel proof feeders or baffles that keep them out.

Northwestern Has Seven Named to GPAC All-Conference First Teams Sheldon Grad Named to Second Team

Jordan Carlson from Northwestern was named the Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Defensive Player-of-the-Year while Joel Nixon from Morningside has been named the Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Offensive Player-of-the-Year. Steve Ryan from Morningside was named the Hauff Mid-America/GPAC Coach-of-the-Year.

Morningside was the regular season conference champion for 2012 (9-0). Morningside and Northwestern qualified for the NAIA Football Championship Series opening on Saturday, November 17th, with first round action. Morningside will host Montana Tech, while Northwestern travels to Marian of Indiana.



GPAC Football First Team Offense 2012

QB Joel Nixon Morningside Sr. Wakefield, Neb.
RB Brandon Smith Northwestern Sr. Mankato, Minn.
RB Josh Endres Dakota Wesleyan Sr. Ethan, S.D.
RB Theo Bartman Northwestern Jr. Rock Valley, Iowa
WR Bryce Harshman Briar Cliff Sr. Tucson, Ariz.
WR Tyrone Curry Doane Sr. Lincoln, Neb.
WR Kyle Schuck Morningside Jr. Cherokee, Iowa
SLOT Joel McCabe Morningside Jr. Jefferson, S.D.
TE Austin Klett Morningside Jr. Everly, Iowa
OL Nathan Nieuwendorp Northwestern Sr. Orange City, Iowa
OL Dillon Carmichael Doane Jr. Loomis, Neb.
OL Cole Albright Morningside Sr. Bronson, Iowa
OL Nathan Little Dakota Wesleyan Sr. Aberdeen, S.D.
OL Tanner Paxton Hastings So. Lincoln, Neb.
OL Wil Van’t Hof Northwestern Sr. Alvord, Iowa

GPAC Football First Team Defense 2012

DL Jordan Carlson Northwestern Sr. Storm Lake, Iowa
DL Russell Walton Nebraska Wesleyan Sr. Franklin, Neb.
DL Marcus Smith Morningside Sr. Crete, Neb.
DL Phil Latimer Nebraska Wesleyan So. Broomfield, Colo.
DL Ethan Lensch Northwestern Sr. Glidden, Iowa
DB Jared Goforth Morningside Sr. Polk City, Iowa
DB Colby Henderson Morningside Sr. Wakefield, Neb.
DB Darnell Woods Concordia Jr. Phoenix, Ariz.
DB Cody Eiler Nebraska Wesleyan Sr. O’Neill, Neb.
DB Nick Carlson Midland Sr. Tucson, Ariz.
LB Chris Calvillo Morningside Sr. Sioux City, Iowa
LB Aaron Jansen Northwestern Sr. Orange City
LB Brett Kaczor Nebraska Wesleyan Sr. Ewing, Neb.
LB Jeremy Wallace Doane Jr. Omaha, Neb.
LB Aaron Roberg Morningside Jr. Grand Island, Neb.

GPAC Football First Team Special Teams 2012

K Kenny Zoeller Concordia Sr. Houston, Tex.
P Kelby Vandenberg Nebraska Wesleyan Jr. David City, Neb.
KRS Colby Henderson Morningside Sr. Wakefield, Neb.
PRS Derek Blessing Concordia Jr. Ogallala, Neb.

Sheldon grad Brett Doorenbos, a 6-2, 255 lb. junior defensive lineman from Boyden was named to the second team defense.

Playing for Morningside Doorenbos totaled 27 tackles, including 8.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage for losses of 33 yards during the regular season. He has a team-high three quarterback hurries and is second on the team with four quarterback sacks.

O’Brien County Board of Supervisors Agenda

O’Brien County Board of Supervisors Agenda

Date of Meeting November 14, 2012 (Wednesday)

Agenda           9:00 a.m.Canvass General Election

                       9:30 a.m. County Engineer

                     10:00 a.m.  Janelle –CPC– Regional Agreement

                      10:30 a.m.  Approval of Urban Renewal Dist. Annual Rpt.


    Date of Meeting November 20, 2012

Agenda           9:00 a.m. Karr Tuck Pointing Presentation

                       9:30 a.m.  Jack Reed IA Negotiation Services

                     10:00 a.m. County Engineer

                     10:30 a.m.

                      11:00 a.m.

    Date of Meeting November 27, 2012

Agenda           9:00 a.m.

                       9:30 a.m. County Engineer

                     10:00 a.m.

                     10:30 a.m.