SUV and Semi Truck Collide North Of Hull

Hull, Iowa — A Sioux Falls, South Dakota man’s SUV was damaged when it crossed in to the path of semi-tractor with trailer three miles northwest of Hull Monday afternoon.

43-year-old Sanjeev Angal of Sioux Falls, SD was driving a 2007 Hyundai Tucson eastbound on 310th St. heading to the intersection with Highway 75. Angal stopped at the stop sign, then proceeded southbound on Highway 75 and in to the path of an oncoming semi tractor pulling a grain trailer. The semi, driven by 33-year-old Luke Dagel of Sheldon, sustained around $2000 damage with $5000 damage to Angal’s Hyundai.

Angal was cited for failure to yield from a stop sign and no injuries were recorded.

Schnepf’s Reign as State Fair Queen Ends, New Journey Begins

Granville/Des Moines, Iowa — An unforgettable year for the 2011 Iowa State Fair Queen and Granville native comes to an end as the new fair queen is crowned.

18-year-old Paris Schnepf’s reign as state fair queen is over but the experiences have helped ready her as she pursues her post-royalty career: college.

Schnepf will attend the University of Iowa this fall to pursue a degree in music therapy. Her decision has led to some good natured teasing in the Schnepf household as her sister, Sterling, will be a junior this year at Iowa State.

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Music therapy involves the use of music to help individuals cope with special physical, emotional, cognitive or social challenges.

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The Spalding Catholic High School graduate sings and plays several instruments including the piano, alto saxophone, mandolin and guitar. As Iowa State Fair Queen, Schnepf collected a $2,800 scholarship. This week, Paris helped crown the 2012 Iowa State Fair Queen, 17-year-old Abrah Meyer of Readlyn. Paris’ sister, Sterling, is the 2012 Iowa Pork Princess.

Pictured above: Left – Paris Schnepf | Right – Sterling Schenpf

UPDATE, Names Released: Three Bicyclists Hit By Motorcycle In Lyon County

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A group of five teens riding bicycles were struck by a motorcycle on County Road K-52 near Rock Rapids Monday night, injuring three, sending two to a Sioux Falls hospital by helicopter.

The Lyon County Sheriff reports that around 9:14 PM, five teenage girls were riding bicycles traveling south at the 1300 block of Harrison Avenue on K52 when 3 of the girls were struck from behind by a motorcycle, who was also southbound. The collision resulted in injuries to 17-year-old Morgan Herda of Rock Rapids, 15-year-old Mackenzie Lutmer of Rock Rapids and 17-year-old Tori Figge or Rock Rapids. Herda and Lutmer were transported by helicopter to Sanford Sioux Falls for further medical treatment.

The driver of the motorcycle, 54-year-old Daryl Hasche of Rock Rapids also received medical treatment for minor injuries. Hasche’s 1985 Harley Davidson sustained $5,000 damage.

The incident is still under investigation.

Sheldon City Council to Hear Update on Lewis and Clark Water Project; Athletic Fields 28E Agreement Back Before The School Board Wednesday

The proposed 28E Agreement between the Sheldon Community Schools and the City of Sheldon for the development of athletic fields will be back in front of the School Board at their meeting Wednesday evening.

At last month’s meeting, the Board objected to a wording change made by the City, which called for the transfer of title of the property to the School District only after a Capital Improvement Project was developed, a construction bid let, and a construction contract approved. The School District had intended to begin with some dirt work on the area north of the current athletic field yet this fall, and therefore expressed concerns about spending money on land they don’t own. As a result, they sent the agreement back to City Council for reconsideration. The City Council addressed the District’s concerns by adding language to the agreement that would protect both parties in the event the agreement were terminated after the District had made improvements to the property. This amended agreement will be considered by the School Board Wednesday evening.

The School Board will also hear an update regarding the East Elementary Building Project, get a yearly progress report on No Child Left Behind, address an Open Enrollment Application,and approve a handful of employment contracts for the upcoming school year, along with other items of business.

Wednesday’s School Board Meeting begins at 6:00 pm in the Sheldon High School Library.



An update on the Lewis and Clark Water System is on the agenda for the Sheldon City Council when they meet Wednesday.  The council will also consider a Utility Extension Agreement with Mid-American Energy.

Mid-American will put electrical service into the new Industrial Park at no extra charge to the City.  However, there will be a fee to run a gas line into that area, and this will need council approval.

In other business the council will consider approval of a liquor license and consider the approval of an EMA applicant.

Wednesday’s meeting begins at 4:30 in the upper level of the Sheldon Community Services Center.



Sheldon Police Chief Talks Back To School Safety

The new school year is upon us, and it’s time to remind drivers and students alike about being safe as the school bells begin ringing for the year. Sheldon Police Chief Lyle Bolkema urges parents to sit their kids down and have a talk before they head out the door for the new school year:

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In addition, the Chief says that drivers need to be extra careful these days, as well.

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Classes in Sheldon begin Wednesday, August 15th, with other area schools cranking up for the year within the next week or so, and if everyone cooperates and looks out for one another, Bolkema believes we can have a safe and happy back to school season.

Public Intoxication Violation Turns To Felony Burglary Arrest for Sibley Man

Sibley, Iowa — A Sibley man who was originally detained for Public Intoxication ends up being arrested for felony burglary and drug charges Saturday evening.

25-year-old Jacob Kollasch of Sibley was arrested by an Osceola County Deputy on the charge of Public Intoxication around 6:30 PM Saturday evening. A search warrant was later served on Kollasch’s residence by the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office and Iowa State Patrol. While searching the residence, law enforcement authorities found items from two separate recent burglaries as well as prescription medication that was in someone else’s name.

Kollasch was charged with two counts of 3rd Degree Burglary, a Class “D” felony and Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drugs, a serious misdemeanor. Kollasch remains behind bars in Osceola County on a $12,000 bond.