Robert E. Heidebrink

Robert E. Heidebrink age 78 of Little Rock, IA died Wednesday August 28, 2013 at the Good Samaritan Society in George, IA.

Funeral service will be 3:00 p.m., Saturday, August 31st at Salem Reformed Church in Little Rock, IA, with Rev. Michael Weaver officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant View Cemetery in Little Rock.

Visitation will be Friday, August 30th from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m., with the family present from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Jurrens Funeral Home of Little Rock.

Robert Eugene Heidebrink was born on September 23, 1934, the son of Onno and Pauline (Stierler) Heidebrink in Little Rock, IA. He attended school in Little Rock and graduated from Little Rock High School in 1952. After graduation he did carpentry work. In 1956, Robert was united in marriage to Elaine J. Solma at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA. Following their marriage Robert worked as a milk hauler, drove gravel truck and then managed Joe’s Ready Mix for thirty years, retiring in 2003. He and his wife Elaine lived most of their married life near Little Rock. Robert was a member of the Salem Reformed Church in Little Rock, where he served as a Deacon and on the Consistory. He also served as a member of the Little Rock Fire Department and Town & Country Club. Robert was an avid sports fan and loved to watch the Iowa Hawkeye’s play. He enjoyed fishing, golfing and tinkering in his garage. He especially loved spending time with his family and following his grandchildren’s activities. He will be greatly missed.

Robert is survived by his wife of fifty-six years, Elaine Heidebrink of Little Rock, IA; Three children, Robin (Karlene) Heidebrink of Piedmont, SD, Dawn (Roger) Meinerts of Rock Rapids, IA and Rick (Belinda) Heidebrink of Worthington, MN; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two sisters, Glenda (Darold) Hollander of Branson, MO and Mavis Palmer of Spirit Lake, IA; one brother-inl-law, Dale (Joyce) Solma; and extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Onno and Pauline Heidebrink; one brother, Arnold Heidebrink; parents-in-law, Hiko and Dora Solma; two sisters-in-law, Marilyn Heidebrink and Valoris Willemssen; two brothers-in-law, Bill Palmer and Walter Willemssen; and nephew, Scot Willemssen..

Gerald “Jack” Van Es


Mr. Gerald “Jack” Van Es, age 89, of Orange City, passed away on Tuesday, August 27, 2013, at the Landsmeer Ridge Retirement Community in Orange City.

There will be a memorial service on Saturday, August 31, at 11:00am, at the First Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. Mark Haverdink will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. There will be a prayer service on Saturday, at 10:00am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Friday, with the family present from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, at the funeral home.

Art Zevenbergen

Art Zevenbergen, age 80, of Sibley, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at the Country View Manor in Sibley.

Memorial Services will be Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at Salem Reformed Church in Little Rock, Iowa. Rev. Mike Weaver and Rev. David Vanderlaan officiating. Graveside Services will be Saturday, August 31 at 9:00 A.M. at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Sioux Center, Iowa.

Visitation will be Friday, August 30 from 1:00 to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Home in Sibley.

Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent to

The Andringa Funeral Home of Sibley in charge of arrangements for Art Zevenbergen.


Vincent L. Huls

Huls, VinceVincent L. Huls, age 81, of Sheldon and formerly of Boyden, Iowa passed away on Monday, August 26, 2013 at the Sanford Sheldon Senior Care in Sheldon, Iowa.

His services will be 10:30 A.M. Friday, August 30, 2013 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sheldon, Iowa with the Fr. Allan Riecks and Father Robert Krantz ~ officiating. A Private Graveside Service will be held in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Sheldon, Iowa.

Visitation will be Thursday, August 29, 2013 after 4:00 P.M. with the Family present after 5:00 P.M. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sheldon, Iowa.  A Christian Wake Service will be at 7:30 P.M. with a Knights of Columbus Rosary to follow.

The Family request that In Lieu of flowers memorials be left to:  St. Patrick Catholic School in Sheldon or a charity of your choice.

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DNR Weekly Fishing Report For Northwest Iowa

Iowa DNRFor lake locations, maps and other information, go to


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 – Good: Anglers drift fishing with night crawlers have been doing good.  White Bass – Fair: White bass can be caught pulling plugs, crankbaits, or casting white twisters.  Walleye – Slow: Pulling plugs or shad raps continue to be the best producers. 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.


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: Fish seem to be scattered try weeds, rocks, and out in the basin some days are better than others.  Shore anglers have also been catching a few slots around sunset.


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

A few have been venturing out in search of walleyes and are finding a few trolling spinners.  A few white bass are also being found on the outside of the docks.


Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)

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


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.  Fishing around the Linn Grove dam for catfish has been good too.