Modified Two-hook Alabama Rig Meets Iowa Fishing Laws

A new fishing lure may be catching more anglers than fish and is generating quite a buzz on message boards and sports shows across Iowa.

The Alabama Rig, as it is called, is an umbrella-type rig and consists of a weighted head with five wire leaders trailing behind.  Each wire leader can be used to attach lures which when pulled through the water will simulate a school of baitfish.  This new rig has been featured on competitive fishing shows, in magazines and fishing seminars for the past year. It is now sold in major outdoor sports stores in various states which brings the question of, is it legal?

“There has been a lot of confusion over this rig and how it fits or doesn’t fit in our laws,” said Joe Larscheid, chief of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Bureau. “In Iowa our anglers are limited to two hooks per line so the fully-rigged Alabama Rig would be illegal to fish with in Iowa.  However, anglers may use a two-hook version of the Alabama Rig in which five baits are attached to the rig but only two of these baits have hooks.

“The Alabama Rig is used primarily for largemouth bass and some bass tournaments have already banned the use of it during their tournaments,” he said.  “Our officers are aware of the rig and just as they do with all of our fish and game laws, they will be checking for compliance.”

Sterler To Wrestle For Team Iowa

Ryan Sterler of Sheldon has been chosen to wrestle for Team Iowa at the AAU Elementary School Duals in Kingsport, Tennessee April 13th through the 15th.

Ryan earned 2nd place in the 125-pound division during the 2012 AAU Kids State Wrestling Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on February 25th and 26th.

Ryan is a member of the Li’l Orab Wrestling Club (aka the ‘Orange Mob’) and is a 4th grader at Sheldon’s East Elementary School.

Ryan is the son of Bill and Renee Sterler of Sheldon. He is the Grandson of Richard and the late Carol Leth of Hartley and Bob and Arlene Sterler of Sheldon.

Dordt Defender Gold Club All Star Basketball Game Rosters Out

The Dordt College Defender Gold Club has announced the participants for this year’s annual Pizza Ranch All-Star Basketball Games hosted at the De Witt Gym on theDordtCollegecampus.

 Twenty girls and twenty boys from the War Eagle, Lakes and Siouxland Conferences comprise the four teams competing on Saturday, March 17th.  The girls’ game will start at 5:30with the boys’ game to get underway at about 7:15.  

Girl’s particants:

Erica Dreckman-Marcus Meriden Cleghorn

Jalyn Doeden-MarcusMeridenCleghorn

Kayla Foresman-Marcus Meriden Cleghorn

Whitney Vander Maten-BoydenHull

Kassidy Van Voorst-BoydenHull

Paige Naig-Emmetsburg

Steph Rohe-Gehlen

Amber Timmins-Gehlen

Dana Weerheim-West Sioux

Sarah Kruse-George Little Rock

Casie Rehder-South O’Brien

Alyssa Hibbing-Sibley Ocheyedan

Ashley Mahrt-Spencer


Karissa De Jong-Unity

JenniferJohnson-Central Lyon


Monica Harvey-Akron Westfield

Crystal Rodger-Sheldon


Boys’ Participants

Ryan Kliegl-Emmetsburg

Austin Homan-Le Mars

Jordan Eisma-Le Mars


Adam Paulsen-South O’Brien

Blake Zomermaand-Unity

Ross Groeneweg-Unity

Alex Hansen-RemsenUnion

Zach Specht-Marcus Meriden Cleghorn

JD Boer-Western

Brock Babcock-Hinton



Caleb De Haan-MOC Floyd Valley


Bryce Moss-BoydenHull

Taylor Francis-Boyden Hull

Eric Schilling-George Little Rock

Matt Queck-Hartley Melvin Sanborn

RossAckerman-Central Lyon

Two MORE Burglaries In Hull

On Sunday, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reported they investigated two reports of residential burglaries in Hull.

Now the Sheriff’s Office reports that they received the report of two additional burglaries in Hull on Monday.

Upon further investigation, deputies discovered that sometime in the early morning hours of Sunday, March 11, unknown person(s) entered garages of two additional residences. Once inside, the perpetrators took personal property of the residents, which included a portable DVD player and several gift cards

If anyone has information about these incidents, they are asked to contact the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office. You may remain anonymous.

Sioux Sheriff Continues School Zone Enforcement

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is conducting another part of their school traffic safety enforcement project today.

Deputies are focusing extra enforcement on roads known to have a high amount of school traffic. Deputies will patrol various roads used by students traveling to and from school. They will enforce traffic laws and increase their presence during these busy times.

Over the course of the last several years, the sheriff’s office has concentrated on traffic enforcement in an effort to lower the high number of traffic fatalities and injury accidents throughout Sioux County. This project is a continued effort to keep motorists safe.

The officers plan to conduct school traffic safety focus today on these roads:

*Highway 18 from 270th Street to Rock Valley and from Highway 75 to Sheldon

*K52 from B-30 to 270th Street

Birthdays and Anniversaries for March 13th


(40th)  Bridget Brown from Paullina from Family

Riley Dolphin of Cherokee from Friends

Vicki Kincer (pronounced Kin sir) of Sheldon from Friends