Minneapolis Man Arrested In Connection With Brewster Bank Robbery

A Minneapolis man has been arrested in connection with that bank robbery in southwest Minnesota. The Rolling Hills Bank in Brewster was robbed on Tuesday (1/3).

Forty-nine-year-old Mark Wetsch was charged on Thursday (1/5) in Nobles County with Aggravated Robbery, Terroristic Threats and Theft, all Felonies.

Authorities report the gun he used in the robbery was a fake one.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director


Minneapolis Man Arrested In Connection With Brewster Bank Robbery

A Minneapolis man has been arrested in connection with that bank robbery in southwest Minnesota. The Rolling Hills Bank in Brewster was robbed on Tuesday (1/3).

Forty-nine-year-old Mark Wetsch was charged on Thursday (1/5) in Nobles County with Aggravated Robbery, Terroristic Threats and Theft, all Felonies.

Authorities report the gun he used in the robbery was a fake one.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director


Sheldon Council Hears Report on Street Scape–No Discussion

The Sheldon City Council held a quite brief meeting for their first session of the new year Wednesday mostly taking care of routine ‘first of the year’ business.

This included appointments of city council members to various boards and commissions. Mayor Meendering named Dave Popkes as Mayor Pro Tem and also assigned him to the Airport Commission, Cable TV, and Museum Board. Duane Seehusen was named to represent the council on the Board of Adjustment, Housing Review Board and Recreational Trails committee. Greg Geels was named to the Cemetary Board and SCDC Board. Ron Rensink was assigned to the Library Board and the Planning and Zoning Commission. Brad Hindt will represent the Council on the SCDC Board and Park Board.

Heidi Brown submitted a report on the Street Scape project. She mentioned that the City had agreed to pay for the design and infrastructure costs. She said the committee has continued to meet in order to address budget suggestions and bond constraints for the enhancement portion of the project. But, before presenting a formal recommendation, the committee has decided to investigate the possibility of including the renovation of the former Pucci’s property. Her hope is that she will be able to present the committee’s recommendation in the near future.

The council also set February 15th at 4:30 as the date and time for a public hearing on the sidewalk project. City Manager Scott Wynja told the council that repairs have been completed at two locations, 321 Washington Avenue and 520 11th Street. Since these repairs were completed after the council had begun to take formal action there could be some money owed to the City. Therefore, they will remain on the list of properties included for further consideration.


O’Brien County Farm Bureau Spearheads Campaign To Purchase Grain Rescue Tubes

The O’Brien County Farm Bureau has spearheaded an effort to get “grain rescue tubes” to every fire department in O’Brien County

Jay Hoftland says the Farm Bureau board identified the need.

Hoftland emphasizes that this is not just a Farm Bureau project.

Hoftland tells us how the grain tube system works.

He says it’s a quick and efficient way to keep the grain from flowing around someone. He says if you don’t have a way like this of keeping the grain from encircling a victim, it’s nearly impossible to pull that victim out of flowing grain.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director


Sheldon Pamida To Become Sheldon Shopko

The Sheldon Pamida store will soon have a new name.

Shopko Stores and Pamida have just announced they will merge to create one of the largest US retailers focused on serving smaller and rural communities. The combined entity will have nearly 350 locations in 22 states, and plans for new store growth the second half of 2012 and beyond. Financial details of the merger, which is expected to close in in mid-February were not disclosed.

Company officials say that Pamida and Shopko are highly complimentary in terms of locations and communities served, as well as a shared focus on brand-name selection, personalized service, value, pharmacy services, and strong community involvement. They claim that customers will benefit from their combined resources, buying power, and merchandising expertise, which will also set a solid foundation for future growth.

There will be no change to Shopko stores, and approximately 80 million dollars will be invested over the next 12 months in the the conversion of most Pamida locations to the Shopko Hometown store concept and brand that Shopko has been using in smaller communities. While they are just now merging, Shopko actually acquired Pamida Holding Company in 1999.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director


Hull Woman, Wisconsin Man Injured In Hull Accident

A Hull woman and a man from Sheldon, Wisconsin were injured in an accident on Wednesday.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that 83-year-old Margaret Hoekstra of Hull was driving a 2002 Buick Century eastbound on Highway 18, just east of Main Street in Hull. She was merging in the westbound lane to make a left turn. Fifty-year-old Scott O’Brien of Sheldon, Wisconsin was driving a 1997 Peterbilt semi westbound on 18. The vehicles collided head-on.

O’Brien and Hoekstra were both transported to the Sioux Center Hospital by the Hull Ambulance. Hoekstra was later transported to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City by the Hull Ambulance.

O’Brien’s semi sustained $15,000 damage. Hoekstra’s car sustained $10,000 in damage.

The investigation continues.

The Hull Fire Department and Iowa State Patrol also assisted at the scene.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director