Canton Man Arrested On Drug Paraphernalia, OWI Charges After Stop Near Sanborn

Sanborn, Iowa — A South Dakota man has been arrested after the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a person driving all over the road.

The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office reports that the call came in last Wednesday (6/27), around 5 PM. The car was reported to be east of Sanborn.

When the car was stopped, one of the Sheriff’s Deputies discovered some drug paraphernalia and subsequently determined the driver could be under the influence of a narcotic drug. A Sioux County Sheriff’s deputy trained in drug recognition was called.

The O’Brien County deputy arrested 44-year-old Richard Smith of Canton, South Dakota on charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and OWI.

Smith was transported to the O’Brien County Jail and released the next day on a $1,000 bond.

The Sanborn Police Department also assisted at the scene. Smith will appear in District Court at a later date.

George Gets Grant To Fix Up Depot

George, Iowa — The city of George has received a grant to help fix up an old train depot.

From the 1880’s until the 1970’s, Sheldon, Matlock, George, Edna, Rock Rapids, Archer, Primghar, Gaza, Calumet and other northwest Iowa communities were served by the Cherokee to Sioux Falls subdivision of the Illinois Central Railroad. Depots were built by the railroad to serve the community passenger and freight traffic. When the railroad ceased operations, the depots were sold, usually to adjoining property owners.

According to the George Chamber, in January of this year the United Farmer’s Coop Lumberyard, who had acquired the George depot announced they would be selling the depot and that if it was not sold, it was to be torn down. Since that announcement, volunteers have been trying to save the depot.

The city of George and the George Community Foundation recently received word that they had been selected to receive a $5000 grant from Keep Iowa Beautiful, to help fix up the old depot.

The Chamber says that United Farmers’ Coop donated the building for its preservation and have played an important role in the project through the preservation of the building until now and have shown the vision to allow it to become a main attraction in George.

A committee with representation from five George organizations has begun the process to preserve this building. Plans are to move 50 feet of the depot to the Locker Park pond area to be used as a shelter area, in trying to keep as much of the original appearance as possible and yet meeting all the requirements necessary. The east room will be made into a public restroom. The middle room will have counter tops added and electrical outlets for picnic items. The west room will house picnic tables. Access to the shelter area will be through the original sliding doors.

Donations for the “Train Depot Project” may be directed to the George Community Foundation – Train Project.

Along with the George Depot grant, Keep Iowa Beautiful announced $75,000 more in grants for the 2012 Community Beautification program. This is the third year of the grant program that provides a major boost for community beautification and enhancement in communities of 5,000 and under.

“A total of 21 beautification projects were awarded for a total of $80,000,” said Gerry Schnepf, Executive Director of KIB. “The interest and need for these type of grant dollars in our smaller Iowa communities is apparent by the 65 applications requesting nearly one quarter of a million dollars,” he added.

Funding and reimbursement is available for expenses incurred only after July 1, 2012 and the project must be completed by June 30, 2013. Funding is authorized by the Iowa Legislature from the Solid Waste Alternative Program (SWAP).


Organization; Project; Grant Amount

Bristow/Bristow Betterment; Rolling Prairie bike trail enhancements; $4,000

Clermont/Elgin Turkey River Recreation; Beautification of land and water trails.; $5,000

Eldora/City of; Pine Lake Park tree reforestation project.; $5,000

Elkader/City of; Downtown butterfly garden.; $2,670

Elkport/Immanuel Preservation Society; Handicapped parking and church landscaping; $2,230

Fontenelle/Adair County 4H; Restore and landscape recreation slab.; $5,000

George/George Community Foundation; Preserve the old train depot.; $5,000

Griswold/City of; Cocklin Fish Farm rehabilitation.; $2,500

Lansing/Main Street Matters; Black Hawk Bridge park beautification.; $5,000

Lisbon/City of; Signs and landscaping to parks and main street.; $4,765

McGregor/City of; Riverfront park shelter improvement & landscaping. $5,000

Mechanicsville/North Cedar Elementary; School nature playscape and learning lab.; $1,633

Missouri Valley/City of; City park and caboose beautification project.; $2,630

Montezuma/Montezuma Community Development; Clean-up, landscaping & beautification of town.; $5,000

Neola/Hoo Doo Days Celebration; Downtown revitalization and beautification project.; $5,000

Persia/City of; Landscaping around flag poles.; $4,314

Shell Rock/Shell Rock in Bloom; Holley Park beautification.; $5,000

Sidney/Fremont County Historical Society; Beautification of museum, school and park.; $2,421

Stratford/Stratford Tree Board; Community residential tree planting.; $1,000

Woodbine/City and Main Street; Main street improvement and landscaping.; $5,000

Woodward/Envision Woodward; High Trestle Trailhead litter/recycling containers.; $5,000

About Keep Iowa Beautiful
Keep Iowa Beautiful was established in 2000 becoming the 23rd State Affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. It is a 501c3 charitable organization working with Iowa citizens, neighborhoods, communities and regions in improving the quality, beauty and cleanliness of our State. KIB empowers Iowan’s to have a greater commitment in building pride and respect in the places we live. For additional information, visit

One Arrested On Weapons Charge, Two On Public Intox In Hospers

Hospers, Iowa — An Inwood man was arrested on a weapons charge, and both he and another man were arrested for public intoxication after an incident early on Saturday (6/30) in Hospers.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that just before 2:40 AM, they were called to a report of a man with a gun at Box Car Billies in Hospers.

When they arrived, officers arrested 21-year-old Derik Van Ginkel of Inwood on charges of Carrying Weapons, an aggravated misdemeanor, and public intoxication, a simple misdemeanor.

While they were there, they also arrested 21-year-old Kyle Wichers-Heine on a charge of public intoxication.

Village Northwest Unlimited Independence Day Celebration Gets “Facelift”

Sheldon, Iowa — Those familiar with Village Northwest Unlimited in Sheldon know that their annual Independence Day Celebration is never actually ON Independence Day, and is normally the day before.

That’s the way it is this year. But Village Northwest Director of Advancement Stacie Jorgensen says while that’s back to normal, they’ve given the Independence Day Celebration a facelift this year.


Jorgensen says the entertainment will start at 6.


She says they’ll cap off the night with the largest fireworks display in this area.

Plus, Jorgensen says they’ll still have kettle korn and ice cream sundaes, plus kiddie rides, and a petting zoo.

Sheldon City Council to Discuss Fund Raising For Community Park

The Sheldon City Council normally holds their regular meetings on Wednesday, but because of the Holiday they will meet this Tuesday July 3rd at 12:15.

The meeting will open with a public hearing on the Sheldon Industrial Park Improvement project. After the hearing they will consider a resolution approving plans for the project and then consider awarding the contract.

In other business the council will discuss a contract with RDG for strategic planning and fundraising initiative to support the development of the Community Park in the eastern part of Sheldon. Under the contract, RDG planning would guide the local fund raising team through the process, develop materials to be used and assist in grant writing.

Again, a reminder that this council meeting will be held Tuesday July 3rd at 12:15.

Pamida Switching To Shopko, Don’t Be Confused

Sheldon, Iowa — Don’t be confused by the Pamida signs you saw people holding this weekend in Sheldon. The signs said Pamida is closing, leaving some confused.

Lance Hunter, Sheldon Pamida manager says the Sheldon Pamida is going through 12 weeks of liquidation, trying to sell off the remaining Pamida merchandise. He says they are selling most items at a discount.

Starting on September 6th, the Sheldon Pamida will begin the switch over to a Shopko Hometown store, with various departments closing at different times after September 6th to make the switchover and do some remodeling. Hunter says they’ll probably hire some temporary workers at that time to help un-stock and re-stock shelves and so forth. He also says no one is losing their job, all the Pamida workers will work for the new Shopko.

The grand opening of the Sheldon Shopko is tentatively set for October 18.

Hunter stresses that even through the closing of other departments and remodeling going on, the pharmacy will stay open and accessible to customers the whole time.