Sheldon Council To Act On Sale Of Trilogy Lot

new Sheldon signThe Sheldon City Council will act on the sale of another lot in Trilogy Village when they meet this Wednesday, February 19th.  Trilogy is the newly created residential area located east of Fieldcrest in Sheldon.  In other business the council will act on a pay estimate for the well project, and review budget changes.  They will also set the date and time for a public hearing on the budget for the coming fiscal year.

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

Saturday Birthdays February 15th

Saturday Birthdays

Dolly McQueen

Jed Cox

Alicia Buse

Jeff Jager in Rock Rapids from Sheldon relatives


Ken Kooiman Is KIWA Valentine Sweetheart Grand Prize Winner

Valentine Grand Prize Winnert
Ken Kooiman Receives Grand Prize Package from KIWA Program Director Tom Traughber

Sheldon, Iowa — For the past week several hundred northwest Iowans have attempted to get qualified for the KIWA Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Giveaway, with 13 becoming finalists, but only one becoming the Grand Prize winner.

On the Valentine’s Day Edition of the KIWA Morning Show, the show’s crew drew the name of Ken Kooiman of Sheldon as the Grand Prize winner.  An excited Kooiman visited the KIWA studios Friday morning to claim his prize package.  He says he and his wife, Tonya, were listening to the show this morning to see who the winner would be, not thinking that it would be them.

Kooiman described their reaction upon hearing his name drawn.

He says he feels that today’s win was appropriate for a couple of reasons.

As Grand Prize winners, Ken and Tonya’s prize package includes: A Deluxe Dozen Bouquet of Roses with attractive Vase from A Country Florist; $100 gift certificate to be used store-wide at Contents; $50 Gift Card for her and $50 Gift Card for him for that special outfit from Missy’s; a $100 Gift Card to be used store-wide at Fareway in Sheldon; White Gold ladies ruby and diamond pendant with a sparkling marquise shape ruby surrounded by a halo of white diamond – Value $350.00 from Mastbergen Jewelry; a culinary delight fit for the winning couple, this gourmet meal will include appetizers, Entrée for 2, desserts and beverages, with a Value of $100.00 from Old 60 Steaks & Chops; a plush suite for the winning couple to enjoy includes the comfort of a king size bed, hot tub, kitchenette and lounge area, Value $185.00 from Holiday Inn Express; a gift package which includes a bottle sparkling white wine, a bottle of red wine, a gift box of Tequila Rose Strawberry including glasses, and edible hibiscus flowers to garnish your glass of spirits from Jensen Liquor; A gift package including silk scarf, necklace and ear rings to coordinate along with a classy leather handbag. Value $100.00 from Evie’s Hallmark; Work yourself and significant other back into summer shape with a two month fitness membership from Lifelong Learning and Recreation Center at Northwest Iowa Community College; $100 Gift Certificate to pamper her from Impressions Salon; $100 Gift Basket which will include a variety of delicious baked goods from Prairie Queen Bakery & Restaurant.

The other 12 qualifiers will each receive a tin of gourmet chocolate-dipped strawberries, which they must pick up at Prairie Queen Bakery and Restaurant sometime Friday or Saturday.

Ardis Ann McAlpine

83-year old Ardis Ann McAlpine of Omaha, formerly of Osceola County, passed away.

Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10:30 am at Mary Our Queen Catholic Church in Omaha, with burial at Resurrection Cemetery in Omaha.

Visitation is from 4:30 to 6:30 pm Tuesday, February 11th, with a Vigil Service at 6:30 pm, at the West Center Chapel in Omaha.

Ardis was born May 1, 1930 to John and Minnie Ackerman in Osceola County, Iowa.  She married Michael J. McAlpine on July 3, 1950.  She is survived by husband of 63 years; sons: Michael G. “Greg” (Linda), James (Judy), and Steven (Lisa); grandsons, Jacob and Jordan; granddaughter, Megan (Greg); great-grandchildren, Kaden and McKenzie. Preceded in death by parents and brother, Larry Ackerman.

Birthdays & Anniversaries – February 11th


Olivia Vogel of Spirit Lake from her family

Kourtney Engel


Eloise Kuiper from Children, Grandchildren and Great Grand Children



Mr. John De Groot

Mr. John De Groot, age 91, of Orange City, passed away on Monday, February 10, at the Sanford Sheldon Hospital in Sheldon.

There will be a funeral service on Thursday, February 13, at 10:00am, at the Redeemer United Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. Todd De Rooy and the Rev. Jeremy Wiersema will officiate. Interment will follow at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. Visitation will be after 5:00pm on Wednesday, with the family present from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

John William was born on February 25, 1922, at Doon, the son of Abraham and Jennie (Koele) De Groot. He was raised on a farm south of Sioux Center, where he attended a country school. He served in the United States Army at the end of World War II.

On September 26, 1945, he married Nelvina Elizabeth Kroeze at Orange City. They lived in northwest Iowa, mostly in Orange City and Alton. He was a self-employed farmer, a brick layer for Rens Construction, and he did maintenance work at the Farmers Cooperative Elevator in Orange City. Mrs. De Groot passed away on March 25, 2008, in Orange City.

John was currently a member of the Redeemer United Reformed Church and a former member of the First Christian Reformed Church in Orange City. He taught Sunday school classes and participated in Men’s Bible Study. He had a strong faith and encouraged his family to memorize scripture verses. He was also a fervent prayer warrior.

He enjoyed fishing, playing pool and Rook, and helping his children with home improvement projects.

Survivors include his four children and their spouses, Eileen and Larry Fedders, of Sheldon; Mary and Terry Hubers, of Sioux Center; Merlin and Betty De Groot, of Sheldon; and Jerry and Marlys De Groot, of Alton; fourteen grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Lena Fedders, of Sioux Center; Gertrude Vis, of Rock Valley; and Edna Vander Broek, of Orange City; and three sisters-in-law, Eleanor De Groot, of Orange City; and Jackie Keizer and Frances Kroeze, both of Sheldon.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by three sisters and their husbands, Jacoba and Albert De Weerd, Marie and William “Bill” De Weerd, and Anna and Richard Kroon; three brothers, Henry De Groot, and his wife, Jean; Abraham “Bud” De Groot, and his wife, Edna; and Cornelius “Cornie” De Groot; five brothers-in-law, Ben Fedders, Edward Vis, Norman Vander Broek, Richard Keizer, and Gerritt Kroeze; and a sister-in-law and her husband, Ida and Guywood Kuyper.

Memorials will be directed to the Mid-America Reformed Seminary.