High School Basketball Scores From Friday, January 25th

Orange City, Iowa — It was a basketball Friday night around northwest Iowa, with a full line-up of girl/boy dooubleheader match-ups.  In Sioux Land Conference play, the Sheldon Orab girls dropped a 52-26 contest to MOC-Floyd Valley in Orange City, while the Orab boys beat the Dutch 64-53.  Elsewhere around the area……..



MOC-Floyd Valley 52, Sheldon 26

Central Lyon 63, Boyden-Hull 39

Sioux Center 63, George-Little Rock 53

Okoboji 57, Rock Valley 48

Sibley-Ocheyedan 46, West Lyon 38

Akron-Westfield 43, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 24

South O’Brien 56, Spalding 34

Western Christian 86, Spirit Lake 47



Sheldon 64, MOC-Floyd Valley 53

Boyden-Hull 53, Central Lyon 43

Sioux Center 69, George-Little Rock 40

Rock Valley 74, Okoboji 58

West Lyon 68, Sibley-Ocheyedan 34

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 50, Akron-Westfield 29

South O’Brien 71, Spalding 41

Western Christian 60, Spirit Lake 35

Northwest Iowa Development Hears About Electric Transmission Project At Wednesday Meeting

Hans DetweilerSheldon, Iowa — Representatives from Clean Line Energy Partners, the company planning to construct a 500 mile electric transmission line connecting wind energy suppliers in this area,  with energy purchasers in the Chicago area, were on hand Wednesday to talk about the project at the Northwest Iowa Development Partner Meeting, which was held at the Lifelong Learning & Recreation Center on the campus of Northwest Iowa Community College.

Clean Line Energy Partners Director of Development Hans Detweiler told the group that the northwest Iowa area was chosen as the perfect location for the project, due to it’s wind patterns and proximity to Chicago.

Detweiler says the project will have a major economic impact on the area, creating jobs, increased property tax revenues, and more.

Detweiler says the project would create about 5500 jobs, including more than 500 permanent jobs, including those that would be created by the new wind farms that the project would encourage here in northwest Iowa.

Detweiller says, best of all, residents in northwest Iowa would see no increase in their electric bills to pay for the project.

Detweiler said that his company is currently in the coordinating stages for this project, named “Rock Island Clean Line”, and they expect construction to be completed and the system to go on line sometime in 2016 or 2017.

High School Basketball and Wrestling Scores From Tuesday, January 22nd

Northwest Iowa — It was another Tuesday night of high school girl/boy double-header basketball games around the area.  In girls action, Sheldon fell short in Siouxland Conference play, losing to Rock Valley 51-44, while the Orab boys downed Rock Valley 75-49.  In other action………..


Rock Valley 51, Sheldon 44

Central Lyon 72, Okoboji 48

MOC-Floyd Valley 54, George-Little Rock 23

Sibley-Ocheyedan 52, Sioux Center 39

West Lyon 64, Boyden-Hull 56

South O’Brien 55, West Sioux 53

Western Christian 80, LeMars 55



Sheldon 75, Rock Valley 49

MOC-Floyd Valley 74, George-Little Rock 54

Sioux Center 78, Sibley-Ocheyedan 30

Boyden-Hull 46, West Lyon 40

South O’Brien 67, West Sioux 26

Western Christian 62, LeMars 59 (Win Number 600 for Coach Jim Eekhoff)




Central Lyon/George-Little Rock 46 Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 24

Central Lyon/George-Little Rock 42 Storm Lake 29

Moc-Floyd Valley 46 Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 31

Moc-Floyd Valley 53 Storm Lake 18

Sheldon School Board Set To Present Initial Proposal To Teachers Union January 23rd

The Board of Education of the Sheldon Community School District will meet in special session Wednesday, January 23rd.  The lone item on the agenda is the presentation of the District’s Initial Collective Bargaining Proposal for the 2013-2014 school year to the Sheldon Education Association, the union representing the District’s teachers.

The union presented their initial proposal to the School Board last week, and Wednesday’s meeting will allow the District to respond to that proposal.

The Special Meeting begins at 5:00 pm Wednesday, in the Sheldon Community High School Library.

Virgil Ray Vahl

Virgil Ray Vahl, age 56 of Steen, MN died Monday, January 21, 2013 at the Sanford Hospice Cottage in Luverne, MN.

Funeral service will be 10:00 AM, Saturday, Jan. 26th, at the Reformed Church of Steen, MN, with Pastor Mike Altena officiating.  Burial will follow at East Side Cemetery in Steen.

Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 25th from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Jurrens Funeral Home in Hills, MN.

Online memorial condolences may be left at

Malcolm T. Hunt

Malcolm T. Hunt, 94, of Clare, formerly of Ocheyedan, passed away on Sunday, January 20, 2013.

Services will be 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 25, at the Gunderson Funeral Chapel in Ft. Dodge, with the Rev. Jim Davis officiating. Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery, Barnum, IA.

The visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Gunderson Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Ft. Dodge.  Memorials may be directed to Trinity Hospice, Elderbridge or to Calvary Missions.

Gunderson Funeral Home in Ft. Dodge is in charge of the services for 94 year old Malcolm T. Hunt of Clare, formerly of Ocheyedan.

A complete obituary is available online at