Sioux Sheriff Investigating Burglary Reports

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two reports of residential burglaries in Hull.

The information received is that sometime in the early morning hours of Sunday, March 11, a person or persons entered both the garage and living quarters of the two residences. Once inside, the perpetrators took personal property of the residents, which included, cash, a computer, cell phone, portable car navigational system and various tools. Both homes were unlocked and the residents were inside sleeping at the time of the burglaries.

If you have any information about these incidents, you are asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office. You may remain anonymous.

Sheldon School Board To Hear About Audit

The Sheldon Community School Board Of Education will hear the School District Independent Auditor Report when they meet Monday night in regular session. A representative from the State Auditor’s Office is scheduled to be present to provide the Board with a verbal presentation on the audit that was conducted last fall. This had been scheduled for a previous meeting, but had to be postponed due to inclement weather at that time.

In other action, the Board will view a Student Presentation from the Success Program at East Elementary, take up a couple of Open Enrollment applications, and consider several employment contracts for coaching positions, along with several items of general housekeeping.

Monday night’s meeting begins at 6:00 in the Sheldon High School Library.

Orange City Man Sentenced To Five-Year Prison Term For Assault

An Orange City man has been sentenced to a five-year prison term for domestic abuse assault.

Sioux County Attorney Coleman McAllister reports that 25-year-old Alan Joel Kooiker of Orange City has been sentenced for the crime of Domestic Abuse Assault, 3rd Offense, a Class D Felony.

On January 31, 2012, at about 2:15 PM, the victim, a 19-year-old Orange City woman, went to the Orange City Police Department and reported that Kooiker had assaulted her by throwing her down on a bed and “choking” her by putting his hands around her neck and squeezing until she could not breathe. The officer further observed injuries around the victim’s neck. The officer went to Kooiker’s residence to interview him, but Kooiker refused to make any statements to the officer.

Kooiker was subsequently arrested and charged with Domestic Abuse Assault – Third Offense.

Kooiker had been previously convicted of assault in 2008 and 2009.

He was sentenced to five years in prison. He must serve a mandatory minimum sentence of one year before he is eligible for parole. He was also ordered to again successfully complete a Batterer’s Education Program.

Three Arrested On Marijuana Possession, Paraphernalia Charges In Sibley

Three people were arrested for drug offenses on Saturday in Sibley.

An Osceola County Deputy arrested three subjects from Mankato, Minnesota after locating a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana along with several pieces of paraphernalia. Twenty-one-year-old Erik Gunnar Oas and 21-year-old Kyle David Van Vleet were both charged with possession of a controlled substance — marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia (both Simple Misdemeanors). Lindsay Rae Lawler Benishek was charged for alleged possession of drug paraphernalia.

Benishek posted a $300 cash bond while Oas and Van Vleet were held on a $1,300 cash bond in the Osceola County Jail. The arrests stemmed from a traffic stop in Sibley.

Friday Evening Rock Valley Fire Destroys Shop, Equipment, Car And Motorcycle

An attached shop housing a machining business in Rock Valley was destroyed in a fire Friday evening.

Rock Valley Fire Chief John Wallenburg reports that the fire was at Marv Hoogendorn’s home-based business at 1609 20th Street, where he manufactures motorcycle parts. The building that burned is a shop, which is attached to a garage, which is attached to the house. He reports that the fire did not reach the main garage or house.

The fire department was called out shortly after 7:15 PM. When they arrived, says Wallenburg, the shop was fully engulfed, with fire coming out of one side of the overhead door. He says they attacked the fire with probably 10 to 20 thousand gallons of water.

He says the shop and all its contents, including a car and a motorcycle are a total loss. He says it will be a high damage amount, due to the type and amount of equipment that was kept there. He estimates there was probably over $150,000 in damage.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Rock Valley firefighters were on-scene for two hours.

Sheldon’s Risefest To Feature Top Freestyle Skateboard Evangelist

A top freestyle skateboarder has been added to the list of performers at this year’s Risefest, which is to be held in Sheldon for the first time this year.

RISE Ministries says that professional freestyle skateboard evangelist Tim Byrne has been added to this summer’s RiseFest lineup. Byrne joins a lineup of music that already includes Tenth Avenue North, Natalie Grant, Matt Maher, Rapture Ruckus, and Remedy Drive.

Founder and President of RISE Ministries Rob Roozeboom says that Tim Byrne is one of the top freestyle skateboarders in the world. He says that what Byrne can do with a skateboard in an 8×8 area is unbelievable. But, Roozeboom says that what really stands out is Byrne’s friendship, his passion, and desire to share the life-changing message of Jesus Christ.

Roozeboom says it’s always a blessing to have Tim Byrne at the festival.

Tim Byrne, one of the pioneers in skateboard ministry has been traveling and sharing the Gospel for 10 years. After his radical salvation in 2000, Tim joined Manna Skateboards, which was the first company to book and market a skateboard company to the Christian public. The tours in the early 2000’s would often place these skaters with the top Christian artists such as Pillar, Newsboys, TobyMac, POD, Skillet, Kutless, etc. “Every year I look forward to being a part of Rise Fest. It is by far one of my favorite events of my summer tour,” says Byrne “Even though there are 1000’s of people that swarm the small town of Sheldon IA, you still feel that down home vibe and of course the love of Christ shines through these humble servants. I feel genuinely blessed to be invited back once again for 2012.”

The past 10 years Tim has had the privilege to see hundreds of 1000’s come to Jesus and share the gospel in nearly every state in the U.S. as well as overseas. Today Tim is on the forefront as a speaker and pro skater to a world that needs Jesus, he has partnered with Reach Your City in Nashville who helps connect him with local churches trying to reach their communities for Christ. Tim is also part of the Luis Palau NGA Alliance. Tim and his wife Liz are both involved in full time ministry at home in Portland, Oregon.

In it’s seventh installment, RiseFest, the one day Christian music festival, is scheduled June 16th, 2012 at the Sheldon Crossing on the Highway 60 bypass. The festival kicks off with a revamped Rise Run, will have food and merchandise vendors, a Kids Zone, seminars and other activities. Children 10 and under are free! Fans can take advantage of $15 tickets and the Early Bird Special package by purchasing 8 tickets and getting 2 free. The special lasts until April 30.

For more information or to order tickets, visit or call 712-324-9763