Sioux County Sheriff’s Statement Aims To Reassure Public After Rash Of Hull Break-Ins

A message from Sheriff Dan Altena, concerning the recent break‐ins and burglaries in Hull:

Several citizens in the Hull area have expressed concerns about their safety in reference to the most recentbreak‐ins and burglaries in Hull.

I want to assure you that our investigators and deputies are devoting their full time and attention to not only solve these crimes, but also to protect the community of Hull and its surrounding area.

I would again ask that you report anything that looks suspicious or any information you may have about the recent crimes.

Also, please take basic security precautions: always lock your vehicles, garages and homes. Do not keep valuables where they can be observed by others.

If your information needs to be reported immediately, use 911; all other calls should be made to 712‐737‐3307. If you want to remain anonymous you may use our Text‐A‐Tip program, which can be found on our website at

Iowa Senate Shifts $200,000 To Proposed Electric Fish Barrier At Iowa Great Lakes

An update to the jumping carp story we brought you a couple days ago.

We told you that residents and people who use the Iowa Great Lakes were trying to get both private and public funding together to build an electric fish barrier that would keep silver jumping carp out of the Iowa Great Lakes chain. The fish can grow as big as 100 pounds, and can jump as high as 10 feet out of the water, according to DNR officials, and can strike a boater, skier, or operator of personal watercraft, sometimes causing severe injury.

Now we have received word that the Iowa Senate has found $200,000 that they hope to send to help pay for the barrier. The Iowa Senate would shift the money from the state’s lake-restoration account to finish financing the electric barrier.

The measure now goes to the House.

PHOTO CAPTION: A similar electric fish barrier near Windom, Minnesota

Remsen Man Was Pursuing Alleged Gas Drive-Off Suspect When He Crashed

Last week, we reported that a Remsen man was taken to a hospital after an accident near Granville on Saturday.

While that was apparently true, now we have received what Paul Harvey would have called, “the REST of the story.”

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reported that about 6:05 PM, 56-year-old Peter Heidesch of Remsen was driving a 1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass northbound on Marsh Avenue, about a quarter mile north of Granville when he lost control of the vehicle, which entered the east ditch, rolled and collided with a utility pole.

Heidesch was transported to the Orange City Hospital by private vehicle, and his vehicle sustained about $3,000 in damages.

Now the Sheriff’s Office reports that upon further investigation it was found that Heidesch, an employee of the Shortstop convenience store in Granville, was pursuing another vehicle after that person allegedly left the convenience store in Granville without paying for their fuel.

The Sheriff’s Office is seeking any information about the vehicle that left without paying for gas. The vehicle is described as a white Ford Taurus or similar vehicle and was driven by a white male, age 17‐19 years of age with a slender build.

If anyone has information concerning this incident, they are asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office by phone, email or by using the text‐a‐tip program. They say you may remain anonymous.

Several O’Brien County People File Papers To Be On June Primary Ballot

A number of candidates have returned papers at the county level to be on the ballot for the June 5th Primary Election in O’Brien County.

Potential candidates for county offices have until Wednesday, March 28th, at 5 PM to file, and they need two percent of the 2010 vote for the gubernatorial candidate of the party in the county or 100 signatures, whichever is less.

So far, for the O’Brien County Board of Supervisors, there is one candidate for District 1, which is all of eastern O’Brien County except for the southernmost tier. James DeBoom is running as a Republican.

There are four running as Republicans for District 2, which is most of Franklin Township, Summit Township, including the city of Primghar, and most of Dale Township. They are Clara Black, John Haack, Wes Schnack, and John Steensma.

For the new District 3, which is western Sheldon from Washington Avenue to Western Avenue, there are three Republicans and one Democrat. The Republicans are Rob Hegenbarth, Nancy McDowell, and Edmond Stephens. Duane Kooistra is running as a Democrat.

District 4 is the rest of Sheldon that’s in O’Brien County, as well as most of Floyd Township, Carroll Township, and some of Baker Township. There are two Republicans running. They are Tom Farnsworth and Richard Haack.

One Republican and one Democrat are running for District 5, which is the rest of the county — basically southern O’Brien County including the towns of Germantown, Paullina, Calumet, and Sutherland. The Republican is Dan Friedrichsen and the Democrat is Darwin Dau.

County Auditor Barbara Rohwer is so far unopposed as a Republican.

No other candidates have filed their papers yet.

For a map of the new O’Brien County Supervisor Districts, please click here.

Industrial Park, Community Park, Downtown Development and More on Sheldon City Council Agenda

The Sheldon City Council has a busy agenda waiting for them when they meet Wednesday March 21st.

One of the topics is the Development Project for the Crossroads Industrial Park which is located just East of Highway 60 and South of Highway 18.

Another is the Presentation on the community park master plan which has been developed through a series of meetings where the committee invited the involvement of the public.

The Council will also be asked to consider a proposal from the downtown development committee, commonly known as the Street Scape Plan. This plan was presented to the council sometime ago, but since that time the committee has been reviewing their proposal for this presentation.

The council will also consider a Tax Increment Financing application and Development Project. In other business they will consider the ordinance for re-zoning a parcel of land just West of the new Hy-Vee store and the former Data Dimensions property on Western Avenue.

Other agenda items include a request from Perspective Insurance for the use of the City Parking lot for a Civil War Exhibit, and a discussion on the Library Board budget.

Wednesday’s meeting begins at 4:30 in the upper level of the Sheldon Community Services Center.

One Of Two People Suspected In Rock Rapids Vandalisms, Theft Arrested

One of two people alleged to have vandalized several vehicles and stolen a TV from a Rock Rapids Business has been arrested.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that they have arrested 18-year-old Jared Gerloff of Rock Rapids, and charged him with one count of criminal mischief in the second degree, a class D felony, and one count of theft in the fourth degree, a serious misdemeanor. Gerloff is currently being held at the Lyon County Jail on a $5,000 bond.

The charges stem from a rash of vandalisms of eleven vehicles in Rock Rapids and a theft of a television from the Rock Rapids Pizza Ranch.

Charges are pending for a second suspect.