Sheldon Man Convicted Of 5 Federal Firearms Charges

A Sheldon man faces a possible sentence of 10 years in prison and a quarter of a million dollar fine after he was convicted of dealing firearms without a license and traveling to other states to deal firearms.

The US Attorney’s Office in Sioux City reports that 62-year-old Tony Hulstein of Sheldon was convicted of one count of dealing firearms without a license and four counts of traveling in interstate commerce to deal firearms. He was convicted by a jury on Thursday (3/1), after a 3-day trial in federal court in Sioux City.

The verdict was returned following about three hours of jury deliberations. The evidence at trial showed that Hulstein, over a period of about four and a half years, obtained and disposed of over 800 guns and was in possession of nearly 100 more at the time of his arrest. Hulstein also traveled to Michigan three times and Texas once to acquire firearms in furtherance of his unlicensed dealing.

Sentencing before United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett will be set after a pre-sentence report is prepared. Hulstein remains free on bond previously set pending sentencing.

Hulstein faces a possible maximum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, $500 in special assessments, and up to three years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office and was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Sheldon Police Department, and O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office.

Court file information is available at The case file number is 09-4028.

Pamida Dodges Bullet

The merger between Pamida and Shopko is complete, and the northwest Iowa area Pamida stores have dodged the bullet.
It was reported earlier that Shopko would be converting most of the Pamida stores into Shopko “Hometown” stores, but some of them would be closed completely. The Sheldon Pamida was not one of the stores that are being closed. The stores that will close are in Albia, Corydon and Red Oak, Iowa; Sparta and Ontonagon, Michigan; and Mt. Vernon, Missouri.
Shopko spokeswoman Tara Powers says the two companies have been linked in the past, but only behind the scenes. She says they were really run as two separate organizations and they shared some back office functions but they were largely independent of one another.
She says the companies are now truly merging together under the Shopko banner as one company, with one corporate office. While some company mergers are just done on a balance sheet, she says customers will see big changes at Pamida locations. The Pamida name will be eliminated and most product lines changed.
No changes are planned at any of the Shopko stores, but some $80-million will be invested over the next year to convert the remaining Pamida stores into Shopko Hometown stores this year. Combined, the new chain will have almost 350 stores in 22 states.

Sioux Enforcement Area

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is doing a traffic safety project today on roads known to have a high rate of school traffic. Deputies are patrolling various roads used by students traveling to and from school. They will enforce traffic laws and increase their presence.
Today’s focus is on three locations:
*Highway 10 from Orange City to Granville
*Highway 18 from Rock Valley to Sheldon
*Highway 10 from Hawarden to K30
Over the course of the last several years, the sheriff’s office has concentrated on traffic enforcement in an effort to lower the high number of traffic fatalities and injury accidents throughout Sioux County. This project is a continued effort to keep motorists safe.

Sheldon Accident Report

A Sheldon teen was injured in an accident on Sunday (February 26) near Sheldon.
The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 6:00 PM, 18-year-old Daniel Boer was northbound on Nest Avenue, near the Lamkin Creek in a 2006 Pontiac. The conditions were very windy, and slush was on the road. He lost control on the slush, and the vehicle went into the east ditch. It then entered a creek and rolled onto its top.
Boer was taken to Sanford Sheldon by private vehicle.
Boer’s Pontiac received $10,000 damage, enough to total the vehicle.
He was charged with failure to maintain control.

Sheldon Home And Design Expo To Inform, Entertain

The 2012 Sheldon Home and Design Expo is this weekend at the new Lifelong Learning and Recreation Center at Northwest Iowa Community College. We talked to Sheldon Chamber rep Shanelle Matus. She says attendees of all ages can expect to be informed, entertained, and well-fed.


She says it’s a great time of year to get out and find out what’s going on with the vendors.


Some new prizes are available as well.


Matus says they’ll have concessions from Prairie Queen Bakery and for vendors, it’s everything from heating and cooling to food vendors to media to health and beauty. Matus advises you can go to for the full list.

Again the Sheldon Home and Design Expo is from 9 to 4 on Saturday. It’s not at the high school this year, but at the Lifelong Learning and Recreation Center at NCC.

Paullina Accident Report

We now have the report of an accident that injured two people near Paullina on February 23.
The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 3:20 PM, 65-year-old Carol Lowe of Sutherland was westbound on 460th Street, when she lost control on the snow and ice-covered roadway. The vehicle began to fish tail and as Lowe attempted to correct, the vehicle entered the north ditch and struck a tree.
Lowe and a passenger in the vehicle, 42-year-old Darin Lowe of Sutherland were transported to Baum-Harmon Mercy Hospital in Primghar by the Paullina Ambulance.
Both the driver and passenger were wearing seat belts.