Village Panthers Successful at Iowa Special Olympics State Competition

Members of the Village Panthers Special Olympics program had the opportunity to compete at the Iowa Special Olympics Summer Games competition held the weekend of May 18 at Iowa State University in Ames. Members of the Village Panthers competed in both individual and group events consisting of Soccer Skills, Track & Field and Bocce Ball. To qualify for the state competition individuals and teams had to qualify based on their placement during the state qualifying event held in Sioux Center on April 21, 2012.

 The following individuals placed in the Soccer Skills competition:

1st Place – Darcy Espey & Brad Friedland

2nd Place – Zach Arrick, Brian Post & Les Van Engen

3rd Place – Austin Buurman & Justin Groen

4th Place – Jill Smith, Matt Stoll & Chad Wassenaar

 Individuals competing in the Track & Field events achieved the following results:

30 Meter Straight Wheelchair Race – Eric Graves 2nd Place

30 Meter Slalom Wheelchair Race – Roger Vogel 2nd Place, Eric Graves 3rd Place & Meagan Bonestroo Participation Ribbon

100 Meter Dash – John List 6th Place

50 Meter Dash – Zach Arrick 1st Place, Keith Krumm 1st Place

Mini Turbo Javelin Throw – Stephanie Landhuis 1st Place & Bob Stewart 1st Place

Running Long Jump – Scott Wheeler 1st Place

Standing Long Jump – Mike Kramer 5th Place

Softball Throw – Abby Paulsen 1st Place & Austin Buurman 6th Place

Standing Long Jump – Abby Paulsen 1st Place

Shot Put – Mike Kramer 4th Place

This is the first year Village Northwest participated in Bocce Ball and consisted of the following team members: Abby Paulsen, Bob Stewart, Matt Kramer, Mike Kramer, and Scott Wheeler. They secured 3rd Place overall.

Village Panther Named Iowa Special Olympics Male Athlete of the Year

Keith Krumm of Sheldon and a resident of Village Northwest Unlimited has been named the Iowa Special Olympics Male Athlete of the Year for 2012.

Krumm received the award on Thursday, May 17 during the Iowa Special Olympics Summer Games Opening Ceremonies at the Hilton Coliseum at Iowa State University.

Krumm received the award based on his years of participation, passion for the games, respect for coaches and teammates and his enthusiastic personality. Krumm has participated in the Special Olympics program at Village Northwest Unlimited since July of 1976. Krumm participates in a number of Special Olympics events including: Track & Field, Basketball, Volleyball, Softball and Bolwing.

In the past, Krumm also participated in ice skating through the Village Special Olympics program. Krumm’s Special Olympics coach, Deb Middle, commenting about Krumm said, “Keith always takes pride in his team and their effort and encourages everyone to do their best. Keith is the heart of our program and his enthuism is contagious to his teammates and those watching him compete. We are proud of him and his accomplishments as an athlete”.

When asked what it means to him to be named the Iowa Special Olympics Male Athlete of the Year, Krumm said, “It’s good to have the award. It’s an honor. Thanks to my Coach Deb and to have my sisters here. Thanks again”. Krumm is the third Village Northwest Unlimited athlete to receive this honor. Past recipients from the Village have been Les Van Engen and Bob Stewart.


Area High School Softball & Baseball From Thursday

High School Softball

LeMars@ Sheldon – suspended after 1 1/2 innings

Estherville Lincoln Central 13, Forest City 7

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 8, South O’Brien 3

Sergeant Bluff-Luton 11, Sioux City, East 1

Spirit Lake 16, Harris-Lake Park 9


High School Baseball

Game 1 – Sergeant Bluff-Luton 10, Sioux City, East 5
Game 2 – Sioux City, East 7, Sergeant Bluff-Luton 6

Sports Schedule For Friday 5/25/12

The Sheldon Orabs are on the road to Boyden Hull Rock Valley for a Friday Siouxland Conference Double Header. Other conference match ups feature Spencer at MOC Floyd Valley and Sioux Center at West Lyon. George Little Rock Central Lyon is at Okoboji for softball while George Little Rock is hosting Harris Lake Park in Baseball. Also on the baseball side Central Lyon is at Western Christian.



Sheldon at Boyden Hull Rock Valley

Spencer at MOC Floyd Valley

Harris Lake Park at G-LR

Sioux Center at West Lyon

Alta Aurelia at Okoboji

West Sioux at Remsen Union

MMC at Akron Westfield

Remsen St Mary’s at HMS

Spalding at South O’Brien

Central Lyon at Western


Sheldon at Boyden Hull Rock Valley

Sioux Center at West Lyon

Spencer at MOC Floyd Valley

G-LR at Okoboji

West Sioux at Remsen Union

MMC at Akron Westfield

Remsen St Mary’s at HMS

Spalding at South O’Brien

Hinton at Sioux City West

Western at Spirit Lake

Heavy Boat Traffic Expected for Memorial Day Holiday

Iowa’s peak boating season begins May 26 and with it comes a reminder about the change to .08 alcohol limit for boat operators that became law on July 1, 2011.

“Going boating with friends is a fun way to spend a day and just like car drivers, boat operators are responsible for their passengers’ safety and for other boaters on the water,” says Jeff Morrison, state conservation officer for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

“A designated boat operator who abstains from alcohol is what we recommend. Consuming even a little alcohol can have its intoxicating effects enhanced due to wind and wave action, the sun and glare off the water,” Morrison says.

“I am expecting it to be a really busy weekend on the water so operators will need to be on the lookout for other boaters in addition to driving their boat. Alcohol can reduce their reaction time and impair their ability to make sound judgments quickly.”

In 2011, 54 boat operators were cited for boating while intoxicated.

“We will have officers patrolling on the water all summer with additional patrols during weekends and holidays when boat traffic is highest,” he says.

Officers will also perform routine safety equipment inspections.

Morrison said boaters should slow their speeds with the expected heavy traffic, watch out for other boaters, go through their boat and trailer looking for problems before leaving the driveway and make sure their safety equipment is on board and in working order.

“We don’t want to send someone off the water to take care of an issue that was easily solvable in their driveway,” Morrison says.  Iowa has nearly 229,000 registered boats.

Safety Tips

• Don’t drink and boat

• Take a boating safety course

• Always wear a lifejacket – it can’t work if it’s not on

• Review boating laws

• Have patience and be courteous on the ramp and water

• Get a weather forecast before heading out

• Keep watch for other boaters, swimmers, skiers or objects in the water


Area High School Softball & Baseball From Wednesday, May 23rd

Here are the the local area scores from baseball and softball games played on Wednesday, May 23rd 2012. If you have any additional information to add to this story, you can e-mail the information to


Emmetsburg 12, West Hancock 4

Estherville Lincoln Central 15, Graettinger-Terril 5

George-Little Rock/Central Lyon 13, Sibley-Ocheyedan 3

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 12, Clay Central-Everly 1

Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 8, South O’Brien 1

Sioux Center 8, Okoboji 4

Spalding Catholic 12, Unity Christian 2



Harris-Lake Park 4, Sibley-Ocheyedan 1 (Suspended game in 5th inning)

Hinton 5, West Sioux 5 (Suspended bottom 7th. To be completed June 18)

Remsen St. Mary’s 13, Akron-Westfield 6

Remsen-Union 6, LeMars Gehlen 0

South O’Brien 8, Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 7

Western Christian 6, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 3 (Final – 6 innings)