Sheldon Man Injured In Accident That Killed Algona Man

A Sheldon man was injured in an accident that killed an Algona Man near Cylinder, Iowa Monday morning (3/5).
The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 7:40 AM, 47-year-old Ronnie William Menneke of Algona was westbound on Highway 18 near Cylinder. For an unknown reason, his vehicle crossed the centerline, causing a head-on collision with an eastbound 2010 Freightliner driven by 39-year-old Craig Mitchell Klatt of Sheldon.
Menneke was pronounced dead at the scene. Klatt was transported to the Emmetsburg Hospital by the Palo Alto County Ambulance. He was treated and released.
The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Department, Palo Alto County Medics, Emmetsburg Fire Department, Cylinder Fire Department and the Iowa Department of Transportation assisted the Iowa State Patrol at the scene.
The patrol is still investigating the accident.

No Gun Range At Sandy Hollow

It’s not known what will become of Sandy Hollow — the former campground, swimming hole, and golf course east of Sioux Center. One thing is sure though — it won’t become a gun range any time soon.

Backers of the Northwest Iowa Outdoor Sporting Complex had received approval from Sioux County Planning and Zoning, but opponents formed a group known as “Park Green” to oppose the idea. Many of them were not opposed to the idea of a gun range per se — they just didn’t want Sandy Hollow to become a gun range.

A district judge ruled that Planning and Zoning didn’t have the final say on the issue — that was up to the Sioux County Board of Supervisors.

In August, the issue came before the County Board, and they tabled it indefinitely.

The issue came off the table at the February 28th County Board Meeting, and by a 3 to 2 margin, the county board rejected the gun range proposal.

Those in favor were supervisors Al Bloemendaal of Sioux Center and John Degan of Hawarden. Those opposed were Mark Sybesma of Sioux Center, Dennis Wright of Hull, and Arlyn Kleinwolterink of Orange City.

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

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,

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.