O’Brien County Auditor Gives Primary Election Information

Primghar, Iowa — The Primary Election is coming up on Tuesday. Barb Rohwer, the O’Brien County Auditor says that people can register on election day if they need to, but it will slow down the process. She also says you need to declare a party when you vote, and you can choose to switch parties that day if you like. Rohwer also reminds people that there are candidates on both parties tickets this year, so it would behoove voters to know with what party their candidate is affiliated. If one of your preferred candidates is of one party and one is of another, you will have to choose what party’s ballot you want to vote on, as you can’t vote more than once. So in that scenario, you would only get to vote for one of your preferred candidates.

Rohwer tells us more about electing County Board members in O’Brien County.


BUT, Rohwer says if you live in another county, it may be different, and it would be good to know what to expect when you go to vote, as each county can choose from three choices how to vote for supervisor candidates.

If you can’t vote on Tuesday, you can still vote absentee at the Auditor’s Office. They’ll be open Saturday May 26, from 9 AM to 5 PM for absentee voting for the Primary Election, plus you can do that regular hours on Monday as well — 8 to 4:30 at the Auditor’s office in Primghar.

Monday is the last day to have absentee ballots turned in or postmarked too.

Sheldon Woman Charged With Theft At Village Northwest Unlimited

Sheldon, Iowa – Authorities say a Sheldon woman committed theft at Village Northwest Unlimited.

The Sheldon Police say that they received the report of the theft in January of this year. On Monday, 33-year-old Jennifer Moser of Sheldon was charged with two counts of Third Degree Theft, after she is alleged to have submitted fraudulent and edited receipts for Village residents’ purchases.

The police and Village officials allege the violations occurred between September, 2010 through October, 2011. They report that the value of the thefts was over $1600.

Hospers Woman Arrested On Drug Charges After Anonymous Tip

Hospers, Iowa — A Hospers woman has been arrested on drug charges thanks to an anonymous tip to the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.

On Wednesday, May 30 at about 10:40 AM, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation into an
anonymous tip reporting illegal drug use at 303 Locust Street in Hospers. The tipster also reported that a
six year old child was living in the residence.

As a result of the investigation, 40-year-old Pauline R. McDonald of Hospers was arrested and charged with
possession of drug paraphernalia a simple misdemeanor and possession of methamphetamine. Since this is
the third possession of drugs violation for McDonald it becomes an enhanced drug charge, a class D felony.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by child protection workers of the Department of Human

Two Charged With Arson, Burglary After Rural Hartley Fire

Hartley, Iowa — Mobile homes and other property have been destroyed by fire and two people are charged with arson.

The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Tuesday (5/29), they received a report of a fire at 3283 Yew Avenue near Hartley. The Hartley Fire Department was dispatched along with a Sheriff’s deputy. The Iowa State Fire Marshal from Spencer was dispatched after firefighters arrived on scene.

The fire destroyed some mobile homes and other property.

Further investigation resulted in the arrest of two people. Charged with Second Degree Arson and Third Degree Burglary were 20-year-old Cassie M. Engelkes of Hartley and 26-year-old Erik G. Sundstrom-Reis of Pocohontas, Iowa.

Bond was set at $10,000 for both charges. The two were transported to the O’Brien County Jail. The latest information available is that Sundstrom-Ries had been released on bond and Engelkes remained in jail.

Both will appear in District Court at a later date to answer the charges.

Sheldon School Board Talks Budget Amendment, Ball Fields

Sheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon Community Schools Board of Education addressed two main issues when they met in special session this week. One of those was an amendment of the current budget and the other was the 28-E agreement with the city for the development and operation of new recreational facilities on the north side of the High School and Middle School Property.

The budget amendment was mainly a bookkeeping procedure to facilitate two items. One of those was the paying off the remaining 4.2 million dollars on the original Middle School bond. This is being funded by refinancing of that bond which was done at a savings of three hundred thousand dollars. The other item was a $l63,000 payment on the PPEL (pepple) capital loan note. The only member of the public to speak during the public hearing was Marv Van Riesen who had asked that the public hearing be put off until the public had a chance to learn more about it. Superintendent Spears pointed out that this had been started back in April and had been published for this date. Van Riesen then challenged the procedure used by the school with regard to the Middle School Loan, saying that it was not handled in the way they were told it would be done. Spears told him that the board was exactly following the procedures outlined in the resolution that had been approved by the voters. He then outlined step by step how this loan has been handled, but Van Riesen persisted in his protest. Eventually the hearing was closed and the board proceeded to approve the budget amendment.

The second topic at the meeting was the approval of a 28-E agreement with the city which would govern the creation and operation of the proposed new recreation facilities. Superintendent Spears distributed a copy of costs of the project which had been developed by Cannon, Moss, Brygger and Associates. This showed the cost of individual items for each portion of the project at a total estimate of one million, four hundred thousand dollars. Spears pointed out several areas where costs could be cut, and estimated that they could easily reduce the cost by three to four hundred thousand dollars or more.

Board President Gary Ihnen stated that they don’t want to spend any more than they have to, but still want to have a quality facility.

The board then proceeded to discuss the 28-E agreement between the City and School District. The agreement stipulates that the city shall transfer the land formerly known as the Schemper property to the school district. It also says the agreement will be administered jointly by one representative of the City and one representative appointed by the School District. This will be School Superintendent Spears and City Manager Scott Wynja. The cost of construction of the facilities and their operation will be shared evenly among the two entities. There was a discussion with city representatives who were present at the meeting about several points in the agreement. School Board member Glenn Goedken said he would never vote for the agreement until they get the cost of the project figured out. City Manager Scott Wynja stated that the 28-E agreement is necessary to get the ball rolling. Then Marv Van Riesen entered the discussion declaring that the City is holding the School hostage with the former Schemper property. He said the City doesn’t need this property and the Board should concentrate on the East Elementary project.

Board president Ihnen said this is a chance to pull off something good and everyone benefits. Other members also spoke favorably about the agreement. Eventually the board approved the agreement four to one with Goedken voting no. It now will come to the City Council for their approval.

Farmers’ Market Senior Nutrition Checks Available At Sheldon Chamber

Sheldon, Iowa — Iowa Farmer’s Market Senior Nutrition checks are now available at the Sheldon Chamber and Development Corporation office between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday. The office is closed from noon until 1:00 p.m.

Seniors that are eligible to receive these checks must reach the following guidelines:

  • 60 years of age or older
  • Must live in the service area of this Area Agency on Aging (Northwest Aging)
  • Single yearly income is less than $20,665
  • Married yearly income is less than $27,991

The Sheldon Chamber and Development Corporation would like to remind the public that the Farmers Market is located in the Community Services Parking Lot.

Farmers’ market will be open THIS Friday, June 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Farmers market is held every Monday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and every Friday 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Hope to see you there!