Sioux Enforcement Area

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is doing a traffic safety project today on roads known to have a high rate of school traffic. Deputies are patrolling various roads used by students traveling to and from school. They will enforce traffic laws and increase their presence.
Today’s focus is on three locations:
*Highway 10 from Orange City to Granville
*Highway 18 from Rock Valley to Sheldon
*Highway 10 from Hawarden to K30
Over the course of the last several years, the sheriff’s office has concentrated on traffic enforcement in an effort to lower the high number of traffic fatalities and injury accidents throughout Sioux County. This project is a continued effort to keep motorists safe.

Sheldon Accident Report

A Sheldon teen was injured in an accident on Sunday (February 26) near Sheldon.
The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 6:00 PM, 18-year-old Daniel Boer was northbound on Nest Avenue, near the Lamkin Creek in a 2006 Pontiac. The conditions were very windy, and slush was on the road. He lost control on the slush, and the vehicle went into the east ditch. It then entered a creek and rolled onto its top.
Boer was taken to Sanford Sheldon by private vehicle.
Boer’s Pontiac received $10,000 damage, enough to total the vehicle.
He was charged with failure to maintain control.

Sheldon Home And Design Expo To Inform, Entertain

The 2012 Sheldon Home and Design Expo is this weekend at the new Lifelong Learning and Recreation Center at Northwest Iowa Community College. We talked to Sheldon Chamber rep Shanelle Matus. She says attendees of all ages can expect to be informed, entertained, and well-fed.


She says it’s a great time of year to get out and find out what’s going on with the vendors.


Some new prizes are available as well.


Matus says they’ll have concessions from Prairie Queen Bakery and for vendors, it’s everything from heating and cooling to food vendors to media to health and beauty. Matus advises you can go to for the full list.

Again the Sheldon Home and Design Expo is from 9 to 4 on Saturday. It’s not at the high school this year, but at the Lifelong Learning and Recreation Center at NCC.

Paullina Accident Report

We now have the report of an accident that injured two people near Paullina on February 23.
The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 3:20 PM, 65-year-old Carol Lowe of Sutherland was westbound on 460th Street, when she lost control on the snow and ice-covered roadway. The vehicle began to fish tail and as Lowe attempted to correct, the vehicle entered the north ditch and struck a tree.
Lowe and a passenger in the vehicle, 42-year-old Darin Lowe of Sutherland were transported to Baum-Harmon Mercy Hospital in Primghar by the Paullina Ambulance.
Both the driver and passenger were wearing seat belts.

Feenstra Will Run For Senate District 2

State Senator Randy Feenstra of Hull has thrown his hat in the ring for Senate District 2.
But it won’t quite be the same district.
Feenstra officially filed his nomination papers with Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz this week and pledged to run an aggressive campaign to represent the new Senate District 2, which includes all of Sioux, O’Brien and Cherokee Counties and the eastern four townships in Plymouth County. While some of that territory is new, the district does not include Lyon County, which Feenstra now represents.
Feenstra says he remains committed to transforming government by making it more effective and efficient. He also says he pledges to his constituents that he will work hard at creating more economic opportunity and strong school systems. The candidate says there is a lot of work still ahead when it comes to making Iowa’s tax system fairer and more competitive so that employers can create more jobs and Iowans can keep more of their hard-earned dollars.
Beside his work in the Senate, Feenstra, a lifelong resident of Sioux County, is the Insurance Manager at the Iowa State Bank in Hull. Prior to that, he served two years as the Sioux County Treasurer. He was also the Hull City Manager for seven years and the Sales Manager at the Foreign Candy Company, headquartered in Hull. Feenstra has a Bachelors degree from Dordt College and a Masters of Public Administration from Iowa State University.
To learn more about Feenstra and find a link to his web site, find this story’s page at
Feenstra is also active in his community and church as he currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Dordt College, Sioux Center Executive hospital board and sits on several foundation boards. He has been a Sunday school teacher for over 16 years and previously served as an EMT for 14-yeas. He is actively involved in the Hull Kiwanis club, having served as both President and Treasurer. Feenstra is married to his wife Lynnette of 16 years and they have four children: Taylor, Erika, Dawson and Savannah.
Feenstra, who was first elected in 2008 and currently represents all of Lyon County and most of Sioux and Plymouth Counties, is excited about bringing his optimistic message and hardworking grassroots campaign to every community and in every county with the goal of bringing about a new direction for Iowa and a brighter future for children and grandchildren.
“I look forward to meeting and working with constituents of the new senate district as well as continuing to work with those I already represent,” Feenstra concluded.
To learn more about Senator Randy Feenstra and his leadership for Iowa, visit his website:

Bancroft Man Taken To Hospital After Hospers Accident

A Bancroft man was taken to the hospital after an accident last Tuesday (2/28) near Hospers.

The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 7:40 AM, 57-year-old Larry Howard Black of Guthrie Center was westbound on B40,near Hospers in a 2007 Volvo semi. Twenty-one-year-old Jacob Becker of Bancroft was northbound on Highway 60 in a 1997 Ford pickup.

The semi attempted to stop for the stop sign at Highway 60 and slid through the intersection due to ice on the roadway. Becker applied his brakes but was unable to stop. The pickup collided with the back duals of the semi in the intersection.

Becker was transported to Sanford Sheldon by personal vehicle.

Black’s Volvo semi received $100 damage. Becker’s Ford pickup received $10,000 damage.