Harris Lake Park’s Ihnen to Join Northwestern Basketball Program

Northwesstern logoElijah Ihnen of Round Lake Minnesota has signed a letter of intent to continue his basketball career at Northwestern College next year.

Ihnen is a 6’3” guard who played four years for the Harris-Lake Park basketball team. Ihnen averaged a team-high 23 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, earning second team all-state honors for the second straight year. He was an all-Cornbelt conference selection all four years ended his career as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,644 points. An all-district selection three years, Ihnen helped lead his team to a 21-3 record, losing in the district final.

Ihnen is an honor roll student and plans to major in education at Northwestern. He is the son of Bruce and Kim.

“Eli is a competitor and a winner,” commented Northwestern head men’s basketball coach Kris Korver. “Eli can score in a number of different ways and loves and knows the game of basketball well. We are very excited to have Eli join us and look forward to seeing him improve as a player and teammate the next four years.”

Birthdays and Anniversaries for March 27

Birthdays and Anniversaries for March 27


Carren Albers of Sheldon from friends

Belated from March 24 (52) Rodney Schisel of New Ulm, MN from Behrens

Courtney Hummel to Join Northwestern Golf

Northwesstern logoCourtney Hummel of Hawarden has signed a letter of intent to continue her golf career at Northwestern College next year. A multi-sports standout, Hummel currently is a three-year letter winner for the West Sioux girls’ golf team heading into her senior year.

Hummel finished third at the War Eagle Conference meet as a junior (2012) and helped lead her team to the state meet as both a sophomore and junior. She is a three-time all-conference selection and has a personal best of an 82. Hummel is a member of the honor roll and National Honor Society. She is the daughter of Matt and Dawn.

“I am very excited that Courtney will be joining the Red Raider women’s golf team next year,” commented head women’s golf coach Catherine Van Der Weide. “She has a lot of potential and I am excited to be able to watch her grow both on and off the course.”

Spring Turkey Hunters in Iowa Should Notice More Birds This Year

DNR logoSpring turkey hunters in Iowa should notice more birds. Dry conditions in 2012 meant a better hatch and first year of growth for poults. As about 45,000 hunters head to the woods through April and May, that can’t hurt their chances of taking a gobbler.

“Across the state, we had about a 25 percent increase. North central and northeast Iowa had great increases in reproduction,” notes DNR forest research biologist Todd Gosselink. East central and southwest Iowa showed healthy increases, too…though with fewer overall sightings.

Poults with hens, sighted by DNR field staff and other cooperators during the late summer, together with fall bowhunter observations, and eventual harvest of year old ‘jakes’ the next spring help formulate Iowa’s hatch and brood success index.

Iowa’s turkey season opens with the April 6-14 youth season. The regular seasons fall in line after that; April 15-18, April 19-23, April 24-30 and May 1-19 for combination shotgun/bow tag holders. A resident archery only tag is good throughout the four regular seasons.

Spring turkey hunting coincides with pre-breeding and then breeding activity of the big gamebirds. With snow on the ground throughout much of Iowa this week, Gosselink is getting inquiries about the effect of a ‘late spring.’

Checking weather patterns for past years, though, he calls 2013–so far–a normal spring.

“They’ll strut this time of year. What we hope for is that when seasons begin, with an increase in temperatures, it will really get the turkey activity going, full steam.”

The expansion again this year of the youth season might seem like an early start. However, the April 15 opening day of the first regular season is on track with season openers in past years.

That nine-day youth season provides extra one-one-one mentoring with hunters under 16. In earlier years, bad weather over the shorter four day season could erase a young hunter’s chances to head to the woods…especially if he or she could only go out on the weekend. Youth hunter numbers set a record in 2012, with 3,450 licenses sold. And with the longer season, harvest success was up a whopping 81 percent.

Across all spring seasons in 2012, hunters holding 45,159 licenses in Iowa harvested 10,457 bearded turkeys. An Iowa resident may obtain up to two spring turkey tags, so long as one is for use in Season 4.

Ahead of your first forays into the turkey woods during the season, turkey experts urge you to do some subtle scouting.

“Go out in the evening. Often, turkeys will gobble before they fly up to roost,” suggests Gosselink…keeping a comfortable distance, with little vegetative cover. With snow cover, though, turkeys may still be clustered as they feed during the day.

What calls to use?

“I will have a couple of mouth calls, a box call and an owl hooter,” suggests wildlife technician Jim Coffey. “Be confident with what you use; practice to build that confidence…even if you don’t use it each time out.”

And while the crack of dawn gobble is exciting, it is not the only time to pursue Iowa’s biggest game bird.

“There’s nothing wrong with heading out at 10 or 11 a.m. That turkey lives where you hunt. He will still be there!” reminds Coffey….again noting that early season vegetation might have you sitting still, to minimize movement and being detected by the eagle-eyed game bird.

NCC LLRC To Operate Sanford Sheldon Wellness Center

NCC lifelong learning and recreation center LLRCSheldon, IA — Two Sheldon facilities with common goals are going to join forces.

The Northwest Iowa Community College Lifelong Learning & Recreation Center (LLRC) is set to take over operation of the Sanford Sheldon Wellness Center, which is located on the Sanford Sheldon Campus.

Coordinator of the Lifelong Learning and Recreation Center, Greta Giese says the merger will give both LLRC and Wellness Center members a unique opportunity.

Giese says that the merger will provide expanded facilities and services to members of both organizations.

Giese says the LLRC is very invested in maintaining the services of the Wellness Center.

Giese says the folks at the LLRC are excited to be partnering with Sanford’s Wellness Center.

Giese says anyone with questions or concerns can contact her by phone at 712-324-5061, ext. 152, or by email at

The merger becomes effective May 1st of this year.

Here Are The Cost Estimates & Individual Property Assessment Estimates For Sheldon’s Downtown Infrastructure Project

streetscape_afterKIWA has obtained, from McClure Engineering, assessment estimates, plat and estimated cost figures for the proposed Sheldon Downtown Infrastructure Project.

The engineer’s estimate of probable costs for the project total just over 1 and a half million dollars, with the net cost after assessments of just over 1 and a quarter million dollars.  To see the complete engineer’s figures, click here.

The engineers have also provided the Preliminary Assessment Plat and Schedule, broken down by address and property owner, which can be viewed by clicking here.  (NOTE:  This is a large file and may take several seconds to load.)

The Sheldon City Council will hold a public hearing on the project on April 17th.  In addition, the Council has discussed holding a public meeting on the issue prior to the public hearing.  Stay tuned to KIWA Radio fore more information as the date draws near.