Sheldon Police Cover Accident, Theft Of Headphones, Plus Advise Public Of Winter Parking Ordinance

Sheldon, Iowa — In the latest from Sheldon Police:

A Primghar woman’s car and a Sheldon woman’s car were damaged in an accident on Tuesday (10/23) in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 2:30 PM, 34-year-old Adrian Warnke of Primghar was southbound in the Shopko parking lot in a 2011 Chevy, waiting to exit the lot onto Highway 18. Fifty-year-old Kathleen Sterler of Sheldon was also southbound in the lot in a 2008 Ford, behind Warnke.

Sterler stated that Warnke started moving ahead and then had to stop to yield to a vehicle on Highway 18. Sterler rear-ended the Warnke Chevy.

Warnke’s Chevy received $1500 damage. Sterler’s Ford received $100 damage.

The police also report that on Friday the 19th, they took a report at McDonald’s that someone stole a $400 pair of headphones belonging to a 17-year-old employee from Sanborn.

In addition — it’s that time of year again. The Sheldon Police Department wishes to remind motorists that beginning on November 1st, the Overnight Parking Ban on the city streets goes into effect. Motorists are not allowed to park their vehicles on any street in Sheldon between the hours of 2 A.M. and 6 A.M. from November 1st until April 1st. Motorists are also reminded that the fine amount for these violations is $10. Residents are encouraged to remind all of their overnight guests of this ordinance.

Other communities in northwest Iowa have similar ordinances, so we at KIWA encourage our listeners to know the details of the winter parking ordinance that may be in effect in your community.

Burning Ban Remains For Only One County In Iowa: Lyon County

Des Moines, Iowa — Several of the Open Burning Bans in northwest Iowa have been lifted or will be lifted soon.

We have received word that the O’Brien County Burning Ban was lifted on Wednesday. Sioux County is lifting their ban on Saturday. Osceola County lifted their ban on Thursday. At this point, the only county in the state with an active Open Burning Ban is Lyon County.

The bans stay in effect until all the fire departments with some or all of their district in that particular county advise the State Fire Marshal’s Office that hazardous burning conditions no longer exist, or they let the county representative know, and the representative alerts the Fire Marshal’s Office. The representative is usually one of the fire chiefs or the County Emergency Management Director.

Fire officials advise that even if burning is now legal where you live, we are still in an extreme drought situation, so they advise extra caution when burning.

Boyden Area Farmland Brings Record Price Of $21,900 Per Acre

Boyden, Iowa — It may be another new record farmland price in Iowa — and it’s right here in our area.

According to the Sioux City Journal, an 80.5-acre plot near Boyden, sold for $21,900 on Thursday (10/25). That works out to over $1.76 million for the plot. Vander Werff and Associates was the auction company. The buyer was not disclosed. The seller was Henry Boelsma. The property is near 330th and Kennedy Avenue, just a mile south of Highway 18 in Boyden.

The last record we reported wasn’t too far away — a 74-acre plot near Hull sold for $20,000 per acre in December, 2011.

Hull Teen Transported To Hospital After Accident Near Rock Valley

Rock Valley, Iowa — A Hull teen was transported to the hospital after an accident on Thursday near Rock Valley.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 4:30 PM , 17-year-old Shane Meerdink of Hull was driving a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am northbound on Coolidge Avenue, four miles west of Rock Valley, when he lost control and the vehicle rolled into the east ditch.

Meerdink was transported to Hegg Memorial Hospital by the Rock Valley Ambulance. Two passengers in the vehicle, 19-year-old Frederick Hinojosa of George, and 19-year-old Marcus Negaard of Rock Valley each received minor injuries and refused medical treatment.

The Pontiac sustained approximately $4,000 in damages.

Meerdink was cited for failure to maintain control and violation of conditions of a restricted license.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Rock Valley Fire Department and Rock Valley Ambulance.

Thousands In Propane Fittings Stolen From Sheldon Farmers Coop Oil Company Propane Warehouse

Sheldon, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking to the public again to help solve a burglary case — this time it happened near Sheldon.

The Sheriff’s office reports that on Wednesday, (10/24), the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a burglary that
occurred at a business storage building one‐half mile south of Sheldon.

Upon further investigation it was discovered that sometime during the overnight hours of Tuesday into Wednesday (10/23-10/24), the Sheldon Farmers Coop Oil Company propane service warehouse was burglarized. Entrance was gained by prying open a walk‐in door. Once inside, unknown person(s) opened an overhead garage door and parked their vehicle inside. Items taken include a variety of copper and brass fittings and pipes. Some of the valves are valued at $300 each. The total value of the stolen items is approximately $5,000.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.

Tony Hulstein Sentence Slashed: No Jail Time, No Fine in Federal Firearms Case

Sioux City, Iowa — In the culmination of a federal firearms case against a Sheldon man that lasted nearly five years, the U.S. District Court has sentenced Tony Hulstein Jr. to three years probation with no fine.

Hulstein tells KIWA that, in pronouncing the sentence, U.S. District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett said it was his opinion that Hulstein had already paid a high enough price:

Hulstein said Judge Bennett told him at the hearing that he (Hulstein) had paid a higher price than anyone who had come before him in District Court

Judge Bennett issued the statement during a hearing held Friday morning in District court. Hulstein was facing a 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 following the conviction on 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 March 1st (2012), after a 3-day trial in federal court in Sioux City.

Hulstein was ordered to three years probation with 50 hours of community service each year and a $500 special assessment.


Here is our entire conversation with Mr. Hulstein (portions of the conversation have been edited for brevity):