June 23, 2017 - 5:51 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — The art of a girl who will be a second-grader at Orange City Christian School has been selected as the winner in a kids’ art contest connected with RAGBRAI.

Over 500 elementary-school-aged children in Orange City embraced the spirit of RAGBRAI® by creating original designs for the local kids’ art contest – but only one winning entry will now compete for the state-wide prize as communities throughout Iowa ready for RAGBRAI, which kicks off in Orange City on July 22nd.

Sarah Nyenhuis, who will be in second grade at Orange City Christian School this fall, was awarded local honors with her brightly-colored picture featuring a smiling cyclist and an iconic Dutch windmill representing Orange City.

Amanda Vazquez, one of the art contest judges, says that the judges were impressed with the piece Nyenhuis created. She says Nyenhuis did a great job of incorporating both Orange City and RAGBRAI into her art, and “the quality of her work was amazing.”

Vazquez says the judges were “blown away by the number of entries and the amount of effort put into them by local kids.”

Nyenhuis’ winning entry will now compete for state-wide RAGBRAI art contest honors for a grand prize of $350. The other artsy tulips will adorn Orange City as it serves as the starting overnight host town.

Orange City, Iowa — One of the deputies of the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is now the president of a statewide organization.
lon Pollema tells us about the Iowa Association of School Resource Officers.

He tells us the main goals for the organization.

Pollema says his duties as president will mostly be connected to next year’s conference, including helping to get good speakers and training lined up.

Pollema says that those on the board let him know that he may be up for the president position, but he says he was elected by his peers in the Association during the conference on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

He says for more information, you can visit www.iasro.org or look for the Iowa Association of School Resource Officers on Facebook.

June 22, 2017 - 4:35 pm - Posted in News

Boyden, Iowa — If you’re looking for some fun this weekend, one of your options is the festivities going on in Boyden for this year’s Boyden Bash.

It starts this Friday at noon with a golf tournament. Friday evening there will be Ferris wheel and train rides, inflatables and carnival games in Centennial Park. Also at the park will be a pork sandwich meal starting at 5:30, and a dessert auction starting at 7.

At 8, there’s a Glow In The Park 1-mile and 5K. Then at 9:30 there’s an outdoor family movie.

Saturday’s activities at Centennial Park start at 8 a.m. with a bean bag tournament, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, and concessions. At 10:30 it’s the kiddie parade, and at 11, frozen treats will be available, and the cook-off begins.

At 12:30, there will be a magic show, and at 1:30 they’ll recognize donors and the citizen and student of the year.

On the FCS property south of New Taft Street, the mini tractor pull gets underway at 11:00.

Also getting underway at 11, but at Centennial Park, it’s Skeeball and Soccer Darts and the inflatables, along with an obstacle course. The photo booth starts at 11:30.

Starting at 1:30 is the Spot Shot Contest. At 2, there will be Creative Spirits Painting in Centennial Park. They’ll try to have that in the open shelter, but if the weather doesn’t cooperate, they’ll have it at the Demco Center.

Sunday’s activities start at 9 a.m. with a frisbee golf tournament. The community worship service starts at 10 at the Boyden First Reformed Church. The omelette brunch starts at 11:30 at the Demco Center, with freewill donations going to the park.


Des Moines, Iowa — The Lewis & Clark Regional Water System is one of the top infrastructure priorities on a list that Iowa’s governor has sent to the President.

President Trump is pushing Congress to pass a spending plan to upgrade the nation’s infrastructure. Trump asked each governor to submit a list of their top five infrastructure priorities.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has put three water-related projects on her list. “Modernization” of the Upper Mississippi River Locks and Dams is at the top.

Number two on Reynolds list is the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System. When complete, it will provide drinking water to 300-thousand residents in northwest Iowa, southwest Minnesota and southeast South Dakota. Lewis & Clark was incorporated in 1990. Ten years later in 2000, the project was authorized. While the member communities and water systems have paid their share, the federal government has been slow to keep up their end of the bargain, according to Lewis & Clark Executive Director Troy Larson. The estimated cost to complete the system is over $580 million. While cities and systems are slowly being connected, the system has yet to reach Sioux Center, Hull, Sheldon, and Sibley in Iowa; Worthington, Minnesota; and Madison, South Dakota. Rock Rapids is the only system in Iowa that’s connected in any way so far.

Number three on Reynolds’ list is the Cedar Rapids Flood Mitigation Project. Reynolds also lists reconstruction of the interchange in the Iowa City area where Interstate 80 and Interstate 380 intersect as number four. The fifth project on the governor’s priority list is the expansion of the terminal at the Des Moines Airport.

June 21, 2017 - 6:34 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa  — The four northwest Iowa counties in our primary coverage area remain in the top 10 for lowest unemployment in the state, and three of the counties are ranked first, second, and third.

The May 2017 county-by-county unemployment rates were just released, and Lyon County again has the lowest (non-seasonally-adjusted) unemployment rate in the state, at just 1.5 percent, unchanged from April. Sioux County is second, with 1.7 percent, also unchanged from April. Osceola and Story counties are tied for third at 1.9 percent unemployment. Osceola is unchanged from April. A little further down the list, rounding out the top 10 at number 10 is O’Brien County with just 2.2 percent unemployment, up a tenth of a percent from the April figure of 2.1 percent.

Lee County, in the opposite corner of the state, had the highest unemployment in May, at 5.1 percent.

Statewide, the employment rate stayed the same, but the state did add some jobs, according to Iowa Workforce Development Communications Director Cory Kelly.

He says the good news continues for Iowa.

Kelly says that hiring in trade, health care, and manufacturing establishments helped keep the state growing.

He says that while the state added jobs and the unemployment rate stayed the same, more people were unemployed in May than in April.

Kelly says that you can visit www.iowalmi.gov for more information about current and historical data, labor force data, nonfarm employment, hours and earnings, and jobless benefits by county.

Perkins Corner, west of Hull, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the public’s help to try to solve a theft case west of Hull at Perkins Corner.

The Sheriff’s Office reports that on Tuesday, June 20, one of their deputies investigated a theft report from Automated Waste Systems. They say the alleged theft happened at Automated Waste Systems’ 3115 320th Street location, two miles west of Hull.

Upon further investigation, deputies believe that someone stole a 2007 PCE HC8 fluid delivery hose cart reel from the equipment display area. The equipment is believed to have been taken within the past week.

Sheriff’s officials say that if you have any information about this crime you are asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office.

Des Moines, Iowa — All courthouses in northwest Iowa, and around the state, will be gun-free zones, after an order signed Tuesday by Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady.

Cady says in his order that, after reviewing the policies on guns across the state, he found 44 of Iowa’s 99 counties already prohibit weapons in their courthouses.  Additionally, Cady wrote that 11 counties prohibit guns in all county buildings, and 16 prohibit weapons in areas controlled by the judicial branch.

In O’Brien County, for example, the only area of the courthouse that had previously been a gun-free zone was the third floor, which houses the courtroom, Clerk’s Office and Judge’s Chambers.

In Tuesday’s decision, Cady writes, “the inconsistent policies and gaps in protection must be corrected for our unified court system to uniformly protect all Iowans.”

The order says, the new policy “serves to establish a safety perimeter for each courthouse or justice center that
allows for the efficient implementation and enforcement of a weapons prohibition and is intended to prohibit the general public from entering any courthouse or justice center with a weapon.”

Cady’s order bans all weapons from courtrooms, court-controlled spaces, and public areas of courthouses and other justice centers occupied by the court system.  The exception to the ban would be law enforcement officers who are acting within the scope of their duties.

To see Chief Justice Cady’s order, CLICK HERE.

June 20, 2017 - 11:20 am - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — A car was destroyed in a fire on Monday, June 19, 2017 near Sioux Center.

According to Sioux Center Fire Chief David Van Holland, about 6:35 PM, the Sioux Center Fire Department was called to the report of a car on fire at 380th Street and Hickory Avenue — or K52, about two miles west of the Pella Window factory in Sioux Center.

The chief says the fire department saw the car was fully engulfed, with the tires burning as they approached the scene. He says they quickly extinguished the fire.

Van Holland says no injuries were reported.

He says the cause of the fire is undetermined.

Chief Van Holland reports that the older vehicle was totaled.

He says they used about 300 gallons of water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene for a half hour.

June 20, 2017 - 9:44 am - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — No injuries were reported after a head-on collision near Sioux Center on Friday, June 16th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that just after 1:40 pm on Friday, 77-year-old Earl Heibult of Albuquerque, New Mexico was driving a 2015 BMW X3 northbound on Highway 75, three miles north of Sioux Center. Thirty-six-year-old Jeff Burdette of Alton was driving a 1999 Ford Mustang southbound on Highway 75. According to the report,  Burdette crossed the center line and struck Heibult.

The BMW received $10,000 damage. The Ford received $5,000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

June 20, 2017 - 9:39 am - Posted in News

Ireton, Iowa — No one was injured after an Ireton man struck the rear of a boat on a trailer near Ireton on Saturday, June 17th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that just after 5:00 pm, 52-year-old Murray Anderson of Alton was driving a 2013 Ford F-150 pulling a trailer carrying a boat eastbound on Highway 10, two miles northwest of Ireton. Seventy-year-old Calvin Bootsma of Ireton was driving a 1998 Dodge Ram pickup eastbound on Highway 10 behind Anderson. According to the report, Bootsma struck the rear of the boat and trailer.

The trailer and boat received $10,000 damage. The Dodge received $5,000 damage.

No injuries were reported.