Feenstra Will Run For Senate District 2

State Senator Randy Feenstra of Hull has thrown his hat in the ring for Senate District 2.
But it won’t quite be the same district.
Feenstra officially filed his nomination papers with Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz this week and pledged to run an aggressive campaign to represent the new Senate District 2, which includes all of Sioux, O’Brien and Cherokee Counties and the eastern four townships in Plymouth County. While some of that territory is new, the district does not include Lyon County, which Feenstra now represents.
Feenstra says he remains committed to transforming government by making it more effective and efficient. He also says he pledges to his constituents that he will work hard at creating more economic opportunity and strong school systems. The candidate says there is a lot of work still ahead when it comes to making Iowa’s tax system fairer and more competitive so that employers can create more jobs and Iowans can keep more of their hard-earned dollars.
Beside his work in the Senate, Feenstra, a lifelong resident of Sioux County, is the Insurance Manager at the Iowa State Bank in Hull. Prior to that, he served two years as the Sioux County Treasurer. He was also the Hull City Manager for seven years and the Sales Manager at the Foreign Candy Company, headquartered in Hull. Feenstra has a Bachelors degree from Dordt College and a Masters of Public Administration from Iowa State University.
To learn more about Feenstra and find a link to his web site, find this story’s page at kiwaradio.com.
Feenstra is also active in his community and church as he currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Dordt College, Sioux Center Executive hospital board and sits on several foundation boards. He has been a Sunday school teacher for over 16 years and previously served as an EMT for 14-yeas. He is actively involved in the Hull Kiwanis club, having served as both President and Treasurer. Feenstra is married to his wife Lynnette of 16 years and they have four children: Taylor, Erika, Dawson and Savannah.
Feenstra, who was first elected in 2008 and currently represents all of Lyon County and most of Sioux and Plymouth Counties, is excited about bringing his optimistic message and hardworking grassroots campaign to every community and in every county with the goal of bringing about a new direction for Iowa and a brighter future for children and grandchildren.
“I look forward to meeting and working with constituents of the new senate district as well as continuing to work with those I already represent,” Feenstra concluded.
To learn more about Senator Randy Feenstra and his leadership for Iowa, visit his website: www.newgenerationrepublican.com

Bancroft Man Taken To Hospital After Hospers Accident

A Bancroft man was taken to the hospital after an accident last Tuesday (2/28) near Hospers.

The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 7:40 AM, 57-year-old Larry Howard Black of Guthrie Center was westbound on B40,near Hospers in a 2007 Volvo semi. Twenty-one-year-old Jacob Becker of Bancroft was northbound on Highway 60 in a 1997 Ford pickup.

The semi attempted to stop for the stop sign at Highway 60 and slid through the intersection due to ice on the roadway. Becker applied his brakes but was unable to stop. The pickup collided with the back duals of the semi in the intersection.

Becker was transported to Sanford Sheldon by personal vehicle.

Black’s Volvo semi received $100 damage. Becker’s Ford pickup received $10,000 damage.

Sheldon Police Cite One, Arrest One, Take Report, Cover Accident

In the latest Sheldon Police report,

They cited 18-year-old Jeremy Sheriff of Sheldon on Saturday, February 18, on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was cited on complaint and released.

They arrested 20-year-old Ethan Movick of rural Sioux City on Thursday, February 23rd on an O’Brien County Warrant for Second Degree Criminal Mischief. He was taken into custody and transported to the O’Brien County Jail.

Someone reported that their Smith and Wesson handgun was stolen from their unlocked pickup, while it was parked near Highway 18 and Second Avenue. The crime allegedly happened between February 17 and February 19.

Innovative Machine and Tool on Second Avenue in Sheldon reported that sometime on Friday the 24th or Saturday the 25th, someone broke into their business. The only thing listed as missing or damaged was the door itself, including its lock and latch, valued at $150.

The Sheldon Police also covered an accident.

A Sheldon woman’s SUV and a Primghar woman’s crossover SUV were damaged in an accident on Friday, February 24 in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 3:20 PM, 43-year-old Laura Gesink of Sheldon was backing out of a residential driveway on Tenth Street, in a 2000 Chevy. Forty-eight-year-old Miriam Wagner of Primghar was westbound on Tenth Street in a 2010 Chevy.

Gesink did not see the Wagner vehicle and she continued backing into the path of the Wagner vehicle. Wagner tried evasive action of braking and turning away from the approaching Gesink vehicle, but it struck the right side of the Wagner vehicle.

Gesink’s Chevy received $1500 damage. Wagner’s Chevy received $3500 damage.

There were no injuries.

Republicans Draft $154 million Budget For Courts; Hull Rep. Alons Singled Out For Conservative Views

Republicans in the Iowa House have drafted a 154-million dollar budget plan for the state’s court system, and Representative Dwayne Alons from Hull is being singled out for his conservative views. Representative Gary Worthan, a Republican from Storm Lake, says the G-O-P plan for the courts provides the same amount of money next year that the courts have been operating with this year.[audio:http://www.kiwaradio.com/files/capaustere1.mp3|titles=capaustere1]

Representative Todd Taylor, a Democrat from Cedar Rapids, says the G-O-P plan is too austere.[audio:http://www.kiwaradio.com/files/capaustere21.mp3|titles=capaustere2]

The state’s chief justice has asked legislators to provide 10-million more dollars to the court system in the coming year. While most Republicans in the House voted to provide the courts a “status quo” budget, a handful of House Republicans voted against providing the court any money at all. Representative Dwayne Alons, a Republican from Hull, objects to the court’s 2009 ruling on gay marriage.[audio:http://www.kiwaradio.com/files/capaustere3.mp3|titles=capaustere3]

The Iowa Supreme Court has seven justices. Three justices who joined the court’s unanimous gay marriage ruling were voted off the court in 2010. Four others who signed off on the ruling, including the justice who authored the opinion, are still on the court.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

Plans For New Sheldon Park Being Finalized for City Council Presentation

After many months of meetings and submission of ideas, plans for the proposed new Sheldon Park are nearly ready for presentation to the Sheldon City Council for their consideration.

Wednesday night, Mike Bell of RDG Planning and Design discussed final plans with a small group of citizens meeting in the Sheldon Community Services Center.

The new park is proposed for the area South of Sheldon Crossing and East of Country Club Road. The plans discussed at the meeting include 52 residential lots on the west side of the area. On the north end bordering Sheldon Crossing there will be space for either multi-family housing or commercial businesses. The area just south of this area would contain playground equipment, a basketball half court, and possibly a place for sand volleyball.

The Northeast portion of the area would have a RV park for 24 units. All of these would be pull-through lots with plenty of space between the units. There would be a large open space grassy area adjacent to these features.

Other features that are proposed include several fishing areas, a lot of trails and paths, an outdoor amphitheater, shelters, picnic tables and a winter activity area. Bell also proposed shrubbery and trees for the south end of the park which would separate it from the railroad.

One major feature that had been brought up in previous meetings is a lodge that would accommodate up to three hundred people for occasions such as weddings. The lodge could include an office, a small kitchen, small meeting rooms, and many other features.

Bell will prepare the ideas that he has heard during the series of meetings for a presentation to the Sheldon City Council March 21st.

This will include some estimates on cost of the park amenities. He explained that the City would probably develop the park over a period of time, starting with a series of independent projects such as roads and trails.

Boyden Teen Injured In Accident On Monday

A Boyden teen was injured in an accident on Monday.

On Monday, February 27 at 7:05 PM, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a motor vehicle accident that occurred at the intersection of Kennedy Avenue and 300th Street, one mile north of Boyden. Eighteen-year-old Mikayla Hulley of Boyden was driving a 2002 Ford Taurus northbound on Kennedy Avenue when she lost control, entered the east ditch and rolled. Hulley was transported to Sanford Hospital in Sheldon by the Boyden Ambulance for her injuries. Hulley’s vehicle sustained about $5,000 in damages. Hulley was cited for failure to maintain control. The Boyden Fire and Boyden Ambulance assisted at the scene.

By Scott Van Aartsen

News Director