Over $81,000 In Cattle Missing And Presumed Stolen From Hinton Feedlot

Over 81-thousand dollars’ worth of cattle are missing from a rural Hinton cattle yard.

The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office reports that Roger Ruhland, a partner of the Bio Feeds Feed Lot east of Hinton called in on Thursday (4/5). He said that someone had cut the chain of the main gate and opened up several gates to the hoop barns allowing cattle to run at large around the compound.

At the same time, one of the feed lot’s customers was there to remove his cattle from the facility. As a result, a head count and inventory was conducted which indicated the customer was short 26 head of fat Holstein steers.

The inventory also showed that the partner, Roger Ruhland, was also short 30 head of Holstein steers. The value of the missing cattle is estimated at $81,250.

The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office reports that it is believed the cattle came up missing within the past two weeks.

They report the investigation is ongoing.

Vander Plaats Responds To Branstad Dig

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad ridiculed his 2010 Republican Primary opponent on Monday while talking about President Obama’s statements about the US Supreme Court.

Branstad said Obama should avoid taking legal advice from people like his former opponent, Sheldon native Bob Vander Plaats. Vander Plaats had argued the Iowa Supreme Court was an “activist court” by issuing a ruling that legalized gay marriage in Iowa. Vander Plaats had pledged that if elected governor he would issue an executive order to negate that ruling because the ruling had improperly overturned the Defense of Marriage law passed by the legislature.

Vander Plaats suggests Branstad should heed the advice of Iowans who’re upset with the Iowa Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage. The main point of dispute was whether Vander Plaats could follow through on his promise to issue an executive order that would ban gay marriage in Iowa until Iowans have a chance to vote on a constitutional amendment that would ban it.


That’s a reference to the 2010 vote which tossed three Iowa Supreme Court justices off the bench. Vander Plaats says it is “totally within” the U.S. Supreme Court’s authority to decide whether the national health care reform law is constitutional because a court “can void law”.


Vander Plaats says the U.S. Supreme Court would overstep its authority if it decides the entire national health care reform law is unconstitutional, but then tries to enforce sections of it as federal law.

Village Northwest Unlimited Breaks Ground On Treasure Chest Building

The ground has been broken and work is officially underway on Village Northwest Unlimited’s new facility to house The Village Treasure Chest store in Sheldon. About 50 people attended the groundbreaking ceremony on Monday morning.

Village CEO Barry Whitsell says their volunteers told them there wasn’t enough room or parking at the current location, across from Sanford Sheldon Medical Center on Highway 18.


Whitsell says the new building will be built on a 1.56 acre tract of land immediately west of the new Hy-Vee Store on Highway 18 East. He says the store will be built by Poppema-Sikma Construction of Sheldon.


Whitsell says parking is the main issue at the current location.


He says in addition to a number of other features, there will be three fitting rooms – one of which will be handicap accessible, along with a pair of handicap accessible restrooms.


Whitsell says construction should be completed by late fall or early winter of this year. He says that once the new store is open, the Village will seek to sell the existing 6,822 square foot building that currently houses the Treasure Chest.

Saturday Sheldon Easter Egg Hunt Featured 15,000 Easter Eggs, Bicycle Drawing

The Sheldon Chamber and Development had a tremendous turnout Saturday morning for the annual Children’s Easter Egg Hunt at the Sheldon City Park. A total of 8 bikes were given away to the following recipients:

Ages 2-4: 

Josilyn Meyer-Hospers, Iowa

Toby Prins-Sibley, Iowa

Ages 5-7: 

Emma Johnson-Sibley, Iowa

Kayne Julius-Sibley, Iowa

Ages 8-9: 

Jasmine Holtrop-Sheldon, Iowa

Danny Ginger- Sheldon, Iowa

Ages 10-12: 

Alexa VandenHull- Sheldon, Iowa

Taylor Johnson- Hospers, Iowa


The bikes were donated by:

Dr. Cory Borer DDS PC

Eagle Riders #2297


Noon Kiwanis


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The Eighth Annual Sheldon Easter Egg Hunt is this Saturday in Sheldon.

The Chamber’s Shanelle Matus says there are lots of prizes available in the Easter eggs. She does remind parents that this is a kids’ event and that they should stay behind the barriers and not help “too” much. Matus says there are different age categories for the Easter Egg Hunt — it’s not a free-for-all — everyone will get a chance, she says.


She says they’ve had lots of help.


Matus gives us an idea of how the Easter Egg Hunt will go down.


In addition — in a drawing that is not connected to the egg hunt, but will be held right after the hunt — several bicycles will be given away.


She says you won’t be able to get bike contest registration forms at the park, you’ll need to download the form at sheldoniowa.com, and then take the completed form with you to the Easter Egg Hunt.

Again, the hunt is free and it starts at 10 AM sharp at the Sheldon City Park — but you’ll certainly want to get there earlier than that, especially if you’re registering for the bikes.

Nine Fire Departments Battle Blaze: Over 500 Cornstalk Bales Lost; All Buildings Saved

Over 500 round cornstalk bales went up in flames, but all the buildings on the farmplace were spared in a fire on Saturday that was fought by no fewer than nine area fire departments.

The fire was in the Sioux Center fire district, eight miles west of Sioux Center at 2320 400th Street, on the farm of Pete Haverhals. According to Sioux Center Fire Chief David Van Holland, the call went out about 3:30 Saturday afternoon. He says when they got there, there was lots of smoke and fire. A number of round cornstalk bales were burning.

Van Holland says he’s unsure on a cause, but he would speculate that the fire might have been caused by an old fire that was smoldering under the feedbunk fenceline and caught flame with Saturday’s high winds.

Van Holland says they called for help from multiple sources including the fire departments from Maurice, Rock Valley, Hawarden, Orange City, Hospers, Hull, and Ireton, as well as Hudson, South Dakota. Plus ambulance and rescue personnel from Sioux Center and Ireton manned the Sioux Center Ambulance rehab trailer. Also, the chief reports there were 14 payloaders moving burning bales out of harm’s way and pulling them apart too.

The chief says one fireman got too much of it and suffered some heat exhaustion, but he is okay now. No other injuries were reported to people, pets, or livestock.

Van Holland says the hog building on the place did start on fire, but they were able to put it out. However, over 500 cornstalk bales, and maybe close to 800 bales, says the chief, were a total loss.

The chief says copious amounts of water were used. He estimates somewhere in the neighborhood of 60,000 gallons was pumped on the fire. Water trucks from the various fire departments filled up multiple times, says Van Holland.

Fire crews were on scene until about 8 PM — a total of about four and a half hours.

Sheldon Native’s Band To Be Inducted Into South Dakota Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

A Sheldon native and his band have been officially inducted into the South Dakota Rock & Roll Hall of fame. “Something New” along with other inductees will appear at the South Dakota Rock & Roll Association’s “Hall of Fame” Induction Concert at the Sioux Falls Ramkota Convention Center, on Saturday, April 21.

Sheldon native Mark Kimmel is one of the group’s co-founders.


The band started playing all types of music, but now play basically rock and roll. Kimmel tells us his feelings upon being selected for the Hall of Fame.


After growing up in Sheldon, Kimmel attended Morningside for a year, and then graduated from Dakota State University in Madison, South Dakota. Kimmel has taught in Salem, South Dakota’s High School system for over 25 years.

Kimmel says he owes a lot to teachers at Sheldon Schools and other people from northwest Iowa that helped him get started.

Since he has formal training in the area of vocal music, he arranges vocal parts and sings a good portion of the leads in the “Something New” band. In addition to singing, Kimmel plays bass guitar and handles some of the bookings for the band. He has played and toured in various groups since he was 14.

If you’d like to hear the full interview, where Kimmel talks about some of the people that gave him his start in Sheldon, click on the “play” button below.


Also, you can find out more about the Something New band at www.somethingnewband.com.