Arthur Knobloch

Arthur Knobloch, age 83 of Lester, IA died Wednesday August 15, 2012, at the Lyon Manor Nursing and Rehab Center in Rock Rapids, IA.

Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, August 20th at the Apostolic Christian Church in Lester, IA.  Burial will follow in the Apostolic Christian Cemetery at Lester.

Visitation will be Sunday, August 19th from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. and from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. with the family present at the Apostolic Christian Fellowship Hall in Lester.  Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids is in charge of arrangements.

UPDATE, Names Released: Three Bicyclists Hit By Motorcycle In Lyon County

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A group of five teens riding bicycles were struck by a motorcycle on County Road K-52 near Rock Rapids Monday night, injuring three, sending two to a Sioux Falls hospital by helicopter.

The Lyon County Sheriff reports that around 9:14 PM, five teenage girls were riding bicycles traveling south at the 1300 block of Harrison Avenue on K52 when 3 of the girls were struck from behind by a motorcycle, who was also southbound. The collision resulted in injuries to 17-year-old Morgan Herda of Rock Rapids, 15-year-old Mackenzie Lutmer of Rock Rapids and 17-year-old Tori Figge or Rock Rapids. Herda and Lutmer were transported by helicopter to Sanford Sioux Falls for further medical treatment.

The driver of the motorcycle, 54-year-old Daryl Hasche of Rock Rapids also received medical treatment for minor injuries. Hasche’s 1985 Harley Davidson sustained $5,000 damage.

The incident is still under investigation.

Arthur Vander Pol

Mr. Arthur Vander Pol, age 83, of Orange City, passed away on Wednesday, August 15, 2012, at the Happy Siesta Care Center in Remsen.

There will be a funeral service on Saturday, August 18, at 10:30am, at the Newkirk Reformed Church in rural Hospers.  The Rev. David Powers will officiate.  Interment will follow in the Newkirk Cemetery.

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

Emery Remmers

Emery Remmers, age 96 of Sanborn, IA and formerly of Melvin, IA passed away at the Prairie View Nursing Home in Sanborn on Tuesday, July 10, 2012.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 18th at 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Melvin. Rev. David Ter Beest will be officiating.

Visitation will be at the Church one hour prior to the memorial service with the family present at that time. Inurnment will be at Baker Township Cemetery in Melvin.

The Sanborn Funeral Home in Sanborn is in charge of the arrangements for 96 year old Emery Remmers of Sanborn and formerly of Melvin. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Deer Hunting Licenses On Sale August 15th

We’re still a month out from Iowa’s earliest deer seasons but that doesn’t stop the planning as deer hunters mix and match seasons, their days off and which tags to buy. With a couple significant changes this season, however, many hunters will have to make adjustments.

That scramble begins August 15th. That’s the first day residents can purchase deer tags. With a short supply of early muzzleloader licenses (only 7,500 available), they have been snapped up in just a few days over the last six years.

This year hunters purchasing early season muzzleloader licenses won’t be hunting during the shotgun season, on the antlerless-only tags. The other major change is the number of county-specific antlerless tags available. Those quotas grew through the 2000s, with pressure to harvest more does. Hunters did the job across most of the state. Lower antlerless quotas now reflect it.

Hunters still can purchase one any deer gun season tag and fill in with various combinations, using the 119,000 available antlerless tags for the seasons they are hunting while they last. Those county quotas, though, may be filled sooner. Iowa’s south central and southeastern two tiers of counties still have strong antlerless allotments. Another option is the various urban, park or special hunt zones.

As always, if you qualify as a landowner/tenant, your options are more flexible. Reduced fee tags are available, across the seasons, on your farm property.

Two lesser changes are elimination of the Thanksgiving weekend antlerless season and reducing the late January a week early.


Sheldon City Council to Hear Update on Lewis and Clark Water Project; Athletic Fields 28E Agreement Back Before The School Board Wednesday

The proposed 28E Agreement between the Sheldon Community Schools and the City of Sheldon for the development of athletic fields will be back in front of the School Board at their meeting Wednesday evening.

At last month’s meeting, the Board objected to a wording change made by the City, which called for the transfer of title of the property to the School District only after a Capital Improvement Project was developed, a construction bid let, and a construction contract approved. The School District had intended to begin with some dirt work on the area north of the current athletic field yet this fall, and therefore expressed concerns about spending money on land they don’t own. As a result, they sent the agreement back to City Council for reconsideration. The City Council addressed the District’s concerns by adding language to the agreement that would protect both parties in the event the agreement were terminated after the District had made improvements to the property. This amended agreement will be considered by the School Board Wednesday evening.

The School Board will also hear an update regarding the East Elementary Building Project, get a yearly progress report on No Child Left Behind, address an Open Enrollment Application,and approve a handful of employment contracts for the upcoming school year, along with other items of business.

Wednesday’s School Board Meeting begins at 6:00 pm in the Sheldon High School Library.



An update on the Lewis and Clark Water System is on the agenda for the Sheldon City Council when they meet Wednesday.  The council will also consider a Utility Extension Agreement with Mid-American Energy.

Mid-American will put electrical service into the new Industrial Park at no extra charge to the City.  However, there will be a fee to run a gas line into that area, and this will need council approval.

In other business the council will consider approval of a liquor license and consider the approval of an EMA applicant.

Wednesday’s meeting begins at 4:30 in the upper level of the Sheldon Community Services Center.