Barry Brandt to Receive Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Athletic Director-of-the-Year Award

BarryBrandt Barry Brandt, who recently stepped down as Northwestern College’s athletic director, has been selected by his colleagues as the Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Athletic Director-of-the-Year for 2013-14.  Brandt won the same honor 2007.

Northwestern’s athletic director since 2000, Brandt announced on April 1st that he would assume the associate athletic director’s role this summer as he prepares to retire in May of 2015. Dr. Earl Woudstra, the assistant athletic director since 2004, became the athletic director on June 1st.

Brandt, a 1969 Northwestern College alumnus, has served the college for 31 years. After a year of part-time coaching in the early 1970s, he began full-time employment in 1984 as the head men’s and women’s track coach and assistant football coach.

During Brandt’s tenure as athletic director, Northwestern teams won seven NAIA national championships (men’s basketball in 2001 and 2003 and women’s basketball in 2001, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012) and the athletic department’s staffing was strengthened so nearly all of the head coaches are full-time college employees. Facility upgrades have included major improvements to the football field and outdoor track at De Valois Stadium and the soccer complex. Northwestern is currently raising funds for a new indoor athletic practice and training facility.

The Red Raiders finished third in the 2013-14 GPAC All-Sports Trophy Standings.  Red Raider teams won or shared three conference titles this past year (volleyball, women’s basketball, and softball).

Brandt will receive a plaque from Hauff Mid-America Sports for his achievement.




Mitch Peschon and Cody Groskreutz Earn All-American Baseball Honors

Northwestern logoMitch Peschon of Spirit Lake and Cody Groskreutz of Apple Valley, Minnesota were named NAIA baseball All-Americans Monday. Peschon a junior was named to the second team outfield while Groskreutz a senior, earned honorable mention status.


The pair helped Northwestern post a 42-13 season record. In the process the Red Raiders set the school record for wins in a single season.

This past season Peschon who was also named the GPAC Player of the Year hit .367 with 45 RBI’s. The Red Raiders right fielder had 28 extra base hits on the year including 13 home runs, 12 doubles and 3 triples.


Groskreutz hit .359 and drove in 56 runs. He committed just 14 errors in 143 chances at short stop for a fielding percentage of .939.


Peschon and Groskreutz are among a group of 34 players named to the first and second teams with an additional 34 individuals received honorable mention recognition.

Total Number Of Iowa Farms Decreases, USDA Says

usda_logoDes Moines, Iowa — The total number of farms in Iowa in 2013 was 88,500, that’s down 100 farms compared to a year earlier, according to a report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, Iowa Field Office.  In addition, the number of farms with sales of agricultural products and government payments in the $500,000 and over range increased by 700 farms in 2013, according to the report.

The report says total land in farms in 2013 was 30.6 million acres, unchanged since 2010.  Farms in the $500,000 and over sales class showed an increase over the past 5 years, from 13.1 million acres in 2008 to 18.3 million acres in 2013.

The report says the average farm size in Iowa in 2013 was 346 acres, up one acre from last year.  The average farm size in the $500,000 and over sales class decreased by 37 acres from 2012.

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service’s complete report can be found by clicking here.

Former Sheldon Business Highlighted In Forbes Magazine Article

curves september 2012An O’Brien County woman and a Sheldon business are mentioned in an article in the upcoming June 16th issue of Forbes Magazine.

In an article about the Curves company losing thousands of locations, Spring Kamp and the Sheldon Curves location are highlighted as an example of a Curves location that couldn’t make it.

Kamp says in the article that she had to close the business after not making any money, and taking on a lot of personal debt instead.

We talked to Kamp and she says that while she was having issues, she was willing to fulfill the full three-year lease in the building. She says her landlord really helped her out.

But the building was sold, and Kamp says she had no where to go. She says she checked into leasing space elsewhere in Sheldon, but there was no other place where the rent fit her budget.


Area Sports Scores From Tuesday, May 28th

baseball fieldArea softball and baseball teams got their schedules underway during a beautiful Tuesday evening across the KIWA listening area. Here’s how our area teams fared:

Spirit Lake 6, Sheldon 5
Akron-Westfield 4, Unity Christian, Orange City 1
Gehlen Catholic, LeMars 17, Trinity Christian High School 0 (4 inn)
Harris-Lake Park 8, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 7
MMC-RU 7, West Sioux, Hawarden 6
Akron-Westfield 14, Unity Christian 0
George-Little Rock/Central Lyon 13, Clay Central-Everly 6
Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 6, Harris-Lake Park 5
LeMars Gehlen Catholic 13, Trinity Christian, Hull 0
Sioux Center 12, MOC-Floyd Valley 0
Spirit Lake 13, Okoboji 1