Harriet Thies

Funeral-female1Harriet Thies, aged 71, Laguna Niguel, CA, formerly of Ashton, IA passed away at her home in Laguna Niguel, CA on Thursday, June 27 following a courageous battle with ovarian cancer.

A Memorial Mass will be 11:00 AM, Monday, August 12th at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ashton, IA, with Father John Vakulskas as Celebrant.

Inurnment will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Ashton.

Donations in Harriet’s honor can be made to the American Cancer Society, 250 Williams St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30303.

The Jurrens Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Dick Dykstra

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Mr. Dick Dykstra, age 77, of Hospers, passed away on Wednesday, August 7, 2013, at his residence.

There will be a funeral service on Saturday, August 10, at 10:30am, at the First Christian Reformed Church in Hospers.  The Rev. Marvin Leese will officiate.  Interment will follow at the Hospers Cemetery near Hospers.

Visitation will be after 5:00pm on Friday, with the family present from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, at the church.

Arrangements are being completed by the Oolman Funeral Home in Hospers.

Craig Klatt Wins Sheldon Country Club Championship

Club ChampionshipSaturday’s 2013 Sheldon Country Club Championship was completed late in the afternoon on the beautifully sculptured Sheldon Country Club where the rough was tight and greens fast but true. Garrett and staff worked hard to make the Sheldon course a bit tough to master this year. All said and done congratulations are in orders for many very good players in Sheldon.


There was a nice crowd to watch the players coming in to the final hole and the players did not disappoint. With the Championship round coming down to the final couple of holes with Craig Klatt and Rian Vos vying for the Sheldon title. The Club Champ for 2013 is Craig Klatt shooting a 27 hole total of 113 with 2nd going to Rian Vos with a 27 hole tally of 115. Matt Postma came from back in the pack a ways to take 3rd place with a 117 and Greg Andringa 4th with a 119.

Crowd At Last Green
Crowd Gathers At Last Green

Here are the finals for all flights played August 3rd 2013.


1st flight:

1st Brandon Wolfswinkel

2nd Ron Prostrollo

3rd Jim Jansen

4th Mark Koerselman


2rd flight:

1st  Mike Oldenkamp

2nd Jason Muecke

3rd Paul Wollmuth

4th Randy Weber


3nd flight:

1st Judd Andringa

2nd T. J. Ennema

3rd Erin Campbell

4th  Curt McClintic


Weekly Fishing Report From The Iowa DNR

Iowa DNR

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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For more information contact the Spirit Lake Hatchery at 712-336-1840.




Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Channel Catfish – Fair: Try drifting for catfish using night crawler harnesses.  White Bass – Fair: White bass can be caught pulling plugs, crankbaits, or casting white twisters. The dredge machine on Storm Lake is in operation.  Stay clear of the dredge, booster pump, and pipeline that runs from the dredge to the east shore.


Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)

Channel catfish have been hitting hard on chicken livers. Use a slip sinker and toss into a snag or along a high bank.  The river has come down and is in good shape.


Big Spirit Lake

Smallmouth Bass – Slow: Look around rock piles and weed lines for smallmouth with a combination being even better.  Largemouth Bass – Slow: Fish have been found in a few different areas but there doesn’t seem to be a clear cut pattern.  Pitching docks, cranking weed lines, and top-water early and late have all caught a few fish.  Walleye – Slow: A few fish have been caught trolling the basin but only a few fish have been coming in.


West Okoboji Lake

Bluegill – Fair: Look for bluegills in and around weeds, with open pockets and weed edges being the most productive.  Live bait rigged on a slip bobber rig suspended just above the weeds has been good as well as jigging pilkies and small jigs. A few perch and yellow bass are also being picked up with this presentation.  Smallmouth Bass – Slow: The smallies have been relating more so to deeper weed edges and drop-offs.  Largemouth Bass – Fair: Look for weed pockets or weed edges for largemouth.


Lost Island Lake

Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish action has been fairly steady with 3-5 pound fish.  Try stinkbait, cutbait, or worms fished on the bottom around dusk or after dark.


Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)

The water is low and the fish are concentrated in deeper holes.  Try a white twister tail for walleye and a worm on bottom should catch just about anything.





Terry Vander Ploeg Randazzo

Funeral - femaleTerry Vander Ploeg Randazzo, age 52, of Metairie, Louisiana, formerly of Hospers, passed away July 9th.

Memorial services will be held Saturday at 2:00 pm, in the Fellowship Hall of First Reformed Church of Hospers.

Refreshments and visiting with the family will follow the service.


Bids Awarded For East Elementary School Project

East ElementarySheldon, IA — Bids in an amount totaling a little more than $5.3 million were awarded for the East Elementary remodel/construction project at a special noon meeting of the Sheldon Community Schools Board of Education Monday.

The General Contractor contract was awarded to Wiltgen Brothers, Inc, in the amount of $3,029,000.  The Mechanical Contractor will be C.W. Suter, who put in the winning bid of $1,437,987.  K&W Electric won the Electrical contract, with a bid of $433,761.  The Civil Contractor will be Vander Pol Excavating, whose winning bid came in at $271,110.  And the Abatement Contractor, who deals with asbestos removal, was awarded to ESA, with their winning bid of $161,000.

The architects told the Board that construction can begin as soon as the shop drawings are completed, probably within about a month.  The project should be completed sometime in early 2015.