July 18, 2018 - 1:37 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa– A minivan was destroyed in a fire on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, near Orange City.

According to Orange City Fire Chief Denny Vander Wel, about 7:00 p.m., the Orange City Fire Department was called to the report of a minivan fire at the intersection of 460th Street and Ironwood Avenue, three-quarters of a mile southwest of the Orange City Airport.

The chief says the fire department saw the minivan fully engulfed as they approached the scene. He says that while it was a major fire, they were able to quickly extinguish the blaze.

Vander Wel says no injuries were reported.

He says the cause of the fire is undetermined, but the owner of the vehicle did mention that the vehicle was overheating earlier. He says they know that the fire started under the hood, but it was hard to determine any more than that as even the radiator was melted by the intense heat.

Chief Vander Wel reports that the Mazda minivan was less than ten years old and was totaled in the blaze.

He says they used about 200 gallons of water to fight the fire, and the 13 firefighters who responded were on scene for about an hour.

July 16, 2018 - 5:45 pm - Posted in News

Rock Valley, Iowa — A Rock Valley man has been arrested on felony OWI charges.

The Sioux County arrest log shows that on Saturday, July 14th, a Rock Valley Police officer arrested 28-year-old Devin Van Sloten of Rock Valley.

Court records indicate Van Sloten is charged with allegedly Operating While Intoxicated, Third Offense, which is a class D felony.

It says the arrest stemmed from a traffic stop at Twelfth Street and 21st Avenue in Rock Valley. The officer says Van Sloten was speeding. When the officer pulled him over, an odor of alcohol could be detected, according to the officer’s statement on the court document. It also says Van Sloten allegedly failed field sobriety and blood-alcohol tests.

Jail records indicate Van Sloten was released the same day after posting a $5000 bond.

July 13, 2018 - 2:46 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — Saturday will be the last full day of activities at the 2018 Sioux County Youth Fair.

The Fair Board Breakfast Fundraiser will begin the day Saturday at the fair, and will run from 7:00 to 10:00 am. At 10:00 am the 4-H Building opens, BBC Interviews begin, and the 4-H Beef Show gets underway.

Mr. Twister will be on hand from noon to 3:00, with shows at noon and 1:30 pm. The 4-H BBC Show starts at 2:00, with the 4-H Showmanship Contest scheduled for 3:00. Special K’z the Clown will be on-hand from 3:00 until 6:00 pm.

Kids can have fun on the inflatables, mini-train rides, pony rides, and the petting zoo from 4:00 until 8:00 pm. Commercial Exhibits will be open from 4:00 until 9:00 pm.

The Tractor Pull starts at 5:00, and will be followed at 7:00 by the Truck Pull. Saturday’s Sioux County Youth Fair schedule culminates with a free concert by Locked N Loaded, from 8:00 to midnight.

No activities are scheduled for Sunday at the Sioux County Fair, and the lone item on the schedule for the fair’s final day, Monday, July 16th, is the 4-H Ribbon Auction, which will be held at 9:00 Monday morning.

July 12, 2018 - 2:29 pm - Posted in News

Rock Valley, Iowa — Construction continues on a $1.7 million construction project at the Rock Valley Community School.

Rock Valley Community School District superintendent Chad Janzen‎ tells us about the project.

He says originally the construction was supposed to have started in April, but due to the late snow, it got pushed back to May.

Janzen says they’ll make do until then.

He says that they didn’t need to bond for this project, so there was no public vote. Janzen tells us that the money for the project will come from the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy or “PPEL” funds and penny sales tax dollars.

July 12, 2018 - 1:00 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — Two of four people charged after an assault in Orange City in March have been sentenced.

Court records indicate that 24-year-old Julian Barrientos of Sioux Center and 18-year-old Gustavo Rodriguez of Orange City were charged with willful serious injury, a class C felony, and trespassing while causing injury or damage, a serious misdemeanor. The records say that Orange City Police believe that on March 18th, Barrientos and Rodriguez went to an address on Second Street Southwest in Orange City to pick up the female living at the home. When they got there, officers believe that they assaulted a male victim, breaking his leg.

Orange City Police report that there were two others involved in the alleged assault. One was a juvenile. The other was 21-year-old Gabriel Barajas of Orange City, who they say they arrested the previous week on similar charges.

Barrientos and Barajas have now been sentenced.

Court records indicate that Barrientos has been sentenced to 90 days in jail with credit for time served, and one year of probation. He must also pay a $300 fee and a $315 fine, plus court costs and a surcharge.

They say Barajas will also serve a 90-day jail sentence with credit for time served. He must also complete an anger management course, pay a $315 fine, plus court costs and a surcharge.

The trespassing charges against both Barrientos and Barajas were dismissed.

The case against Gustavo Rodriguez continues in Sioux County District Court.

July 11, 2018 - 3:44 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center — The Sioux County Youth Fair has another full day scheduled for Thursday.

The day begins with the Fair Board Breakfast Fundraiser from 7:00 to 10:00. The 4-H Sheep Show gets underway at 7:30 Thursday morning. The 4-H Exhibit Building opens at 10:00 am, with 4-H Communication Evaluations scheduled for 10:30.

Thursday afternoon’s activities begin with the 4-H Dairy & Dairy Goat Show at 12:30. Commercial Exhibits will be open from 4:00 until 9:00 pm. Special K’z the Clown will be on the fairgrounds from 4:00 until 7:00 pm Thursday, with inflatables, mini-train rides, the petting zoo, and pony rides operating from 4:00 until 8:00 pm.

Thursday night will culminate in the Sprint Car Races, which start at 7:00.

The Sioux County Youth Fair Continues through July 16th at the fairgrounds in Sioux Center.

July 11, 2018 - 2:42 pm - Posted in News

Primghar, Iowa — Northwest Iowa families can now visit six libraries throughout the region and check out STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) educational backpacks.

The backpacks were created by Iowa State University students and are sponsored by local county extension councils and an Excellence in Extension grant, according to ISU Extension and Outreach Human Sciences Program Coordinator Mackenzie DeJong.

She says there are two books in each bag.

DeJong says that each library is free to determine their own plan for checkout and use of the backpacks. Some of them may offer them for checkout, some may have patrons use the backpacks and their materials only at the library. But she encourages people to “check out” the backpacks. Again, they are available at the public libraries in George, Hull, Sibley, Sanborn, Everly, and Milford.

Photo caption: Mackenzie DeJong (left) and Sue Boettcher (middle) deliver four STEM backpacks to Gillian Anderson (right), Milford Public Library Director.

Orange City, Iowa — A northwest Iowa institution of higher learning has been named in three lists honoring online college programs.

SR Education Group, an education publisher founded in 2004 says Northwestern College in Orange City has been ranked in their 2018 Top Online Christian Colleges list and their 2018 Most Affordable Online Christian Colleges list.

SR Education Group says that to develop these rankings, they researched over 300 Christian colleges offering online degrees, looking into religious affiliation, online degree offerings, annual tuition, and academic strength, among other details.

SR spokesperson Kelsey D’Ewart says their methodology for the Best Colleges list considers academic strength scores and annual tuition rates in order to provide a list based on value.

On the Most Affordable list, she says they highlight the 25 most-affordable online Christian colleges according to annual tuition rates. Northwestern College is ranked 4th on the Best Colleges list and 17th on the Most Affordable Online Christian Colleges list.

Also on the “best” list is Augustana University in Sioux Falls at number two. Augustana is also listed on the “affordable” list, tied for number ten. All of the others mentioned on both lists are outside our area.

The full rankings and additional details are available here:

Best: http://www.guidetoonlineschools.com/online-schools/christian#featured-schools
Most Affordable: http://www.onlineu.org/most-affordable-colleges/christian

Meanwhile, Northwestern College’s online RN to BSN program has been ranked among the nation’s top-50 programs of its kind by BestCollegeReviews.org.

The website ranks Northwestern’s program 41st on its list of the Top 50 Online RN to BSN Programs for 2018. The ranking is based on recognition by U.S. News & World Report as a top school for online bachelor’s programs, program customization options, a “wow” factor as determined by the ranking site, and cost. The website collected its data from College Navigator and PayScale.com.

July 10, 2018 - 3:16 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — Wednesday is a big day at this year’s Sioux County Youth Fair. The day starts bright and early with the Fair Board Breakfast Fundraiser serving from 7:00 to 10:00 am.

At 8:00 Wednesday morning the 4-H Rabbit Show gets underway, with the 4-H Horse Show getting underway at 9:00. The 4-H Exhibit Building will be open from noon to 9:00 pm Wednesday.

At 1:00 Wednesday afternoon, Greased Pig Sign-Up begins. At 3:30 is the 4-H Meat Goat Show. The Northwest Iowa Youth Classic Open Swine Show gets underway at 6:30 Wednesday evening, with the Great Rhubard Contest & Games, and the Best Pie Contest both scheduled for 7:00 Wednesday evening.

The 4-H County Awards Program and Clothing Event Fashion Show will begin at 7:30 pm, and will cap off the day.

The 2018 Sioux County Youth Fair continues through July 16th.

July 10, 2018 - 3:11 pm - Posted in News

Hull, Iowa — The summer festivals keep rolling in northwest Iowa. It’s just about time for what’s billed as the “biggest and best candy parade in northwest Iowa.” That would be the Hull Summerfest.

Hull Chamber Director Faye DeKam tells us it starts this Wednesday, July 11th.

She tells us about Thursday’s activities.

Friday’s activities start with a Shoot For a Cure golf tournament.

Saturday’s first activity is the American Legion Pancake Breakfast, starting at 7:00 a.m. at the West Side Park.

DeKam tells us they’ve also got a tasty way to put the final touches on the 2018 Hull Summerfest.

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