Hospers Man Arrested for Assault

A Hospers man has been arrested on an assault charge.
The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that they investigated a domestic disturbance that occurred at 3939 Marsh Avenue, two miles east of Hospers on Friday morning.
Upon further investigation it is alleged that 20-year-old Tyler Grave of Hospers had assaulted a family member.
Grave was arrested for Domestic Assault, a serious misdemeanor.
The Iowa State Patrol assisted the Sheriff’s Office.

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Auto Accident near Hudson, SD

A Sioux Center woman was transported to a hospital after an accident on Friday near Hudson, South Dakota.
The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 9 AM, 30-year-old Josh Waddell of Larchwood was driving a 1997 Peterbuilt semi pulling a grain trailer eastbound on 360th Street, Near Dipper Avenue, four miles east of Hudson, SD. He was attempting to turn onto a residential driveway. Twenty-three-year-old Brittany Haan of Sioux Center was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Aveo westbound on 360th Street.
Waddell collided with Haan near the residential driveway.
Haan was transported to the Sioux Center Hospital by the Hudson Ambulance.
The Peterbuilt sustained about $5,000 in damages. The Chevrolet sustained about $16,000 in damages.
The Iowa State Patrol, Hudson Fire and Hudson Ambulance assisted the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheldon PD

In the latest report from Sheldon Police

The police took a report from a resident on South Ninth Avenue that sometime on Saturday (2/25), someone stole their snow thrower, valued at $300.
The police report that they cited 23-year-old David Moessner of Sheldon on Monday afternoon (2/27) on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was cited and released.
A Sheldon teen’s pickup was damaged in an accident on Thursday, February 23 in Sheldon.
The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 7:07 PM, 19-year-old Eric Lay of Sheldon was eastbound on Twelfth Street in a 2007 Toyota.
Lay lost control due to the snowy road conditions. The vehicle rode over the curb and into the grass, striking a 4 x 4 inch wood post with a railroad crossing sign on it.
Lay’s Toyota received $1500 damage. The sign post was valued at $100.
There were no injuries.
The report says Lay was driving too fast for conditions and he was charged with failure to maintain control.

Sibley Native Running For Osceola County Sheriff

A Sibley native is running for Osceola County Sheriff.

Matt Block, a 1998 Sibley-Ocheyedan High School Graduate has thrown his hat in the ring.


He says he intends to run for the Republican nomination for sheriff of Osceola County, and believes he will make a great sheriff for the people of Osceola County. He says that he pledges to serve the people with the highest professionalism, integrity, and honesty.


Block says he has over ten years of experience in law enforcement.


He says that with his ten years’ experience and knowledge of the job, he’s confident he can also perform the job cost-effectively for the people of Osceola County. Block says that while his experience in management is limited, he has several professional connections with sheriffs and other law enforcement leaders, and will also depend on advice from staff. He says he would be an open leader.


To find out more about the candidate, you can visit this story’s page at kiwaradio.com.

Press Release from Block For Sheriff:

Police Officer Matt Block Announces

Candidacy for Osceola County Sheriff

For More Information: Matt Block March 2, 2012

Ph 712-261-3106, MattBlockforSheriff@gmail.com

Spencer, IA – My name is Matt Block and I am announcing my intention to run for the Republican nomination for sheriff of Osceola County. I believe I will make a great sheriff for the people of Osceola County. I pledge to serve them with the highest professionalism, integrity, and honesty. If elected, I commit to be a sheriff that will be fair, dedicated, will uphold the laws of Iowa, and respect the Constitutional freedoms of all the county’s citizens. My benchmark is to be a sheriff that will apply the law equally to all, showing no favoritism.

I was born and raised in Sibley and graduated from Sibley-Ocheyedan High School in 1998. My wife Crystal and I have been married 13 years and would love to come back home to raise our six children and give them the same roots and morals that we were brought up with.

My dream as a child was always to become a peace officer; I started that dream as a jailer at the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office in 2001. In 2002, I accepted a position as a patrolman for the Sanborn Police Department and in January 2004 graduated from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. After serving Sanborn for 3 years, I joined the Spencer Police Dept in 2005, where I’m currently employed. With my ten years experience and knowledge of the job, I’m confident I can also perform the job cost effectively for the people of Osceola County.

If elected, one improvement I would like to implement is to place myself into the patrol rotation with my officers (especially evenings) in an effort to reduce any over-time costs to the county. Also, Buena Vista County and Cherokee County don’t patrol 24 hours per day. I’d like to survey even more counties, then research this and see if it’s something we could implement to reduce costs in Osceola County, while still having an officer on call and able to respond quickly to the few late night needs.

With my experience, help from the current staff and by seeking advice from current and past Sheriffs that I have professional acquaintance with, I’m confident I will get the job done right.

Again, I pledge to be a sheriff for all the people of Osceola County. I would appreciate your support on June 5. Thank you.

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 https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl. 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.