Newkirk Native Televangelist Dies

Artesia, California — According to his family, Newkirk native and mega church founder Robert H. Schuller has died, at the age of 88.
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Schuller’s daughter-in-law, Donna Schuller says he died at a care facility in Artesia, California on Thursday, April 2, 2015.

She says he had been diagnosed with terminal esophageal cancer, but had stopped chemotherapy and radiation treatments in February, 2014, after the death of his wife, Arvella, after whom the organ at Northwestern College’s Christ Chapel is named.

Robert Schuller started his ministry in Garden Grove, California in 1955. The ministry would eventually blossom into a television ministry called the “Hour of Power”. He also spearheaded the building of the Crystal Cathedral, which was dedicated in 1980. His message of Jesus and the books that Shuller wrote included his philosophy of “Positive Thinking.”

After some difficulties a few years ago that included a bankruptcy filing, the church was sold to the Orange County Catholic Dioceses, and Schuller’s Son Bobby Schuller now pastors a nearby church, known as Shepherd’s Grove, according to the ministry’s web site.

No word has been received in regard to funeral arrangements.

Here is an interview with Schuller recorded several years ago with the Archive of American Television. In the beginning, Schuller talks about his upbringing.


Community Center Receives Grant

Sutherland, Iowa — Work on the new one and a half million dollar Legion Community Center in Sutherland continues.
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The project was recently given a shot in the arm by a Vision Iowa “CAT” grant. “CAT” in this case stands for Community Attraction and Tourism. The grant is for nearly three hundred thousand dollars toward the total.

According to chairman of the R.L. Johannsen Community Center board, Steve Koch, it’s hoped the building will be a nice place to have a number of community functions. He says it is planned to include a meeting room, kitchen, restrooms and a storage area for the Legion’s medical equipment that they loan out. It is also to have some space that can be leased to the city for use as the city offices.

If you want more information, you can email sutherlandcommunitycenter@hotmail.com or call 712-446-3834. Koch says they are a 501(c)(3) organization, so all donations to the new community center are tax-deductible.


Golden Egg Found

Sheldon, Iowa — Sheldon’s Golden Egg has been found. The egg hunt, which is usually a week or so before Easter is your chance to win Sheldon Dollars.
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This year, Gwenda Stegemann, Carol Fliear, and Sue Getting found the egg in Sheldon Crossing Tuesday night just west of the borrow pit and won $650 in Sheldon dollars!

The clues are available during the contest at participating merchants. The clues become more obvious each day, but the value goes down each day too, so the quicker it’s found, the more it’s worth. This year the value started at $750, according to the Sheldon Chamber.


School Start Debate Resolved; On To Funding

Des Moines, Iowa — Iowa schools will be able to start fall classes as early as Monday, August 24th this year. Senate Democratic Leader Mike Gronstal withdrew his hold on a bill that will set August 23rd as the earliest date schools may start fall classes and the governor will sign the bill into law.
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Last December Governor Branstad’s administration told superintendents they would no longer get waivers to start school early — meaning schools would have to start fall classes during the week in which September 1st falls. A bill that would set “on or after August 23rd” as a compromise school start date passed both the House and Senate, but Gronstal objected to the bill’s failure to allow year-round high schools in the future. Gronstal had put a hold on the bill last week.

Gronstal says lawmakers are now focusing on trying to get adequate funding for K-12 education.

Branstad says the state’s facing “some difficult financial circumstances” and cannot afford the four percent increase in general state school aid that Gronstal and his fellow Democrats propose.


Lyon, Sioux County Burn Ban Effective Immediately

Northwest, Iowa — Lyon and Sioux Counties have put in a “Burn Ban” effective immediately since conditions in the counties are such that open burning constitutes a danger to life or property.
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According to Lyon County Emergency Management, a Burn Ban is a Resolution limiting open burning within a county by the Board County Commission.  A Burn Ban prohibits the building, maintaining, attending or using any open fire or campfire except in permanent stoves, fireplaces or barbecue grills in developed recreational sites or residential lawns when there is an imminent threat that could be caused by fire.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call Arden Kopischke, the Lyon County Emergency Management/E-911 Coordinator at his office at 712-472-8330, or the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office at 712-737-3307.

Kopischke tells us what prompted the burning ban.


Even after we talked to Kopischke, KIWA received word of several more grass fires in northwest Iowa.

Kopischke says the burning ban will continue until conditions change, which is dependent on the weather.


He says people need to think about how their actions could start a fire.


Kopischke says the penalty for a burning ban violation is written into the code, and would be a misdemeanor, enforced by the Sheriff’s Office at the request of the fire department involved.

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Council To Vote On Note For Aquatic Center

Council ChambersWhen the Sheldon City Council meets Wednesday April 1st they’ll be voting to pay off the loan note that helped finance the city’s Aquatic Center. The final annual payment of $320,000 on the original $3,045,000 note wasn’t due until the year 2020, at an interest rate of 4.75 percent, but the City is now able to pay off the total amount due.

In other business the Council will consider the Scope of Services Agreement with RDG Planning and Design relative to the new Community Park. RDG’s work is intended to include the overall design of the park, with specific attention to the proposed Events Center. At this time there are no definite ideas being considered as the Council wants to see more detailed plans along with projected costs for the project.

The Council will also review Amendment 1 to the Amended and Restated Urban Renewal Plan. This will be followed by the setting of dates for a Consultation Meeting and a Public Hearing.

Wednesday’s 4:30 meeting will be held in the upper level of the Sheldon Community Services Center.