May 23, 2016 - 3:17 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — The MOC-Floyd Valley Middle School in Alton may be getting some new classrooms.
MOC-FV School Logo
According to MOC/Floyd Valley Superintendent Russ Adams, the district’s board of education is looking into the possibility of gutting the current, partially-finished classroom that’s in the MOC/FV Middle School basement now, and starting over with four to six classrooms in the basement space.

Adams says they are in the preliminary stages now. They have contacted an architect, and preliminary drawings have been done. He says a special meeting is being held on Tuesday morning to see where the board wants to go from here.

Adams says if the project gets the green light, it would have to be put out for bids. He says if it’s approved, they’d like to be done with the construction by Christmas, 2016. Due to that tight time schedule and the schedule of the engineers, a special meeting needed to be called.

Orange City, Iowa — A few days ago we told you about a report issued by Auditor of State Mary Mosiman that told about a special investigation into the finances and records of the City of Boyden, which Sioux Sheriff Car 84-identified $36,227.60 of improper and unsupported disbursements. The investigation had been requested by Boyden City officials as a result of concerns regarding payments from a City bank account by former City Clerk, Beth Sipma. Mosiman said that copies of the report had been filed with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Sioux County Attorney’s Office, and the Iowa Attorney General’s Office.

Now the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that the Sioux County Attorney’s Office has asked them to investigate the matter as well for possible criminal charges against former clerk Sipma.

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May 20, 2016 - 2:42 pm - Posted in News

Hospers, Iowa — A Sheldon man was taken to the hospital after an ATV accident near Hospers on Thursday, May 19.
Hospers Ambulance
The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 6:15 PM, they investigated an all‐terrain vehicle (ATV)
accident that occurred on 370th Street, three miles northwest of Hospers.

They say it appears that 59-year-old Robert DeJong of Sheldon was driving a Polaris 425cc ATV eastbound on 370th Street when he lost control of the vehicle and it entered the south ditch. DeJong was ejected from the ATV in the ditch.

The Hospers Ambulance transported DeJong to the Sheldon Hospital.

The ATV was undamaged.

May 19, 2016 - 3:55 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — A car was destroyed and a corn crib was damaged in two fires on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 in and near Orange City.

AccorOrange City Fire OCFD Engine 60ding to Orange City Fire Chief Denny Vander Wel, about 2:35 AM, the Orange City Fire Department was called to the report of vehicle on fire behind 419 Colorado Avenue Southwest. That’s a little over a block south and a block west of the Sioux County Courthouse.

He says the cause of the fire is unknown but is believed to be electrical in nature. He says the owner of the vehicle had reported the battery cables becoming very warm before the fire.

Chief Vander Wel reports that the vehicle was a complete loss.

Later that day, Vander Wel says about 11:05 AM, the Orange City Fire Department was called to the report of corn crib on fire at 3689 460th Street, south of Orange City on K64 and then a little west.

The chief says the fire department saw the roof of the building on fire as they approached the scene. He says they used water to fight the fire.

He says someone had been burning cardboard boxes before the fire and some of the burning boxes floated up to the roof and started it on fire.

Chief Vander Wel reports that there was moderate damage to the roof, plus the fire burned through the roof and started some of the building contents on fire as well.

He says fire crews were on scene for an hour.

May 18, 2016 - 8:29 am - Posted in News

Sioux Sheriff 84-8 FacebookOrange City, Iowa — A Remsen man was injured after hitting a deer near Orange City on Tuesday, May 17th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 6:58 am on Tuesday, 41-year-old Steven Reiter of Remsen was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado northbound on Jackson Avenue, four and one-half miles south of Orange City. According to the report, Reiter struck a deer on the roadway.

The Chevrolet received $3000 damage.

Reiter reported minor injuries and was transported by private vehicle to seek medical attention on his own

May 18, 2016 - 8:28 am - Posted in News

deer_sxc2Rock Valley, Iowa — A Boyden man’s semi-tractor was damaged after it struck a deer in the early morning hours of Tuesday, May 17th near Rock Valley.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 4:30 am, 53-year-old Bryan Watson of Boyden was driving a 2010 Peterbilt semi-tractor eastbound on Highway 18, two miles west of Rock Valley. According to the report, Watson struck a deer on the roadway.

The Peterbilt received $7500 damage.

No injuries were reported

May 17, 2016 - 2:12 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — Tulip Festival 2016 starts this Wednesday evening, May 18th, in Orange City.
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Wednesday night’s activities include Ride Night — the only time during Tulip Festival where you can get a wristband and ride the carnival rides as many times as you want; the Tulip Festival Car Show; the first performance of this year’s Tulip Festival Night Show, West Side Story, and an Onstage Orange City free concert in Windmill Park featuring “The Usual Suspects” from Orange City. Tulip Festival and Community Tourism Director Juliana Pennings says a free concert is actually planned for every night of the festival.

Pennings tells us that one of the things you are sure to see in Orange City during Tulip Festival is not on any list of activities. That’s the community’s Dutch hospitality.

She says the community really comes together to help pull off the festival every year.

Again the Tulip Festival runs this Wednesday night through Saturday in Orange City. For a schedule and more information, visit or install the Orange City Iowa app for Android or iOS.

May 16, 2016 - 4:40 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — This is the week of the 76th Orange City Tulip Festival. Schneider Schneider

Preparations continue for the annual celebration of all things Dutch, according to Julianna Pennings, one of the organizers of the annual event.

She says that one of the several things that visitors should take in during the festival is the Straat Feest, or Street Festival.

Many of the events take place each day — Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at the Tulip Festival. However some events only happen once. There is a free concert every night in Windmill Park, starting on Wednesday night.

The Tulip Festival Car Show has been moved to Wednesday night, plus the carnival midway will be open for “Ride Night” on Wednesday night. Purchase a wristband for $15 and ride unlimited rides on Wednesday, May 18, from 6:00 to 10:30 PM. The wristbands are only valid for Wednesday evening.

Pennings says people should make sure to take in the Tulip Festival Night Show as well, which is usually a Broadway musical performed by northwest Iowa amateur actors. This year, they are doing West Side Story.

May 16, 2016 - 2:06 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — A total of over $101,000 in grants were given to sixteen non-profit entities and units of government on Monday, May 16th, 2016 at the Prairie Winds Events Center in Orange City.
Sioux County Community Foundation
The Sioux County Community Foundation awarded the grants in support of projects and programs throughout Sioux County. This brings the total grants awarded to over $919,000 since the first grants were made ten years ago in 2006. Funding for the grant program is a result of County Endowment Fund legislation (HF2302) passed in 2005, which provides that a percentage of state gambling revenues be distributed among all Iowa counties.

Receiving grants of $10,000 were Greater Sioux Community Health Center for dental chair unit replacement; the Sioux County Library Association toward the Sioux County Library Technology Improvement project; and the Sioux County Regional Airport, toward an Approach Lighting System and Terminal Building Enhancements.

Grants of less than $10,000 were given to many projects in Sioux County including improvements and renovations to parks and other outdoor facilities, a rehab home, money toward a new fire truck and a new ambulance, other emergency equipment upgrades and replacements, and funding towards a veterans’ memorial.

Here is the full list:

Name Project Title Amount
Maurice Volunteer Fire Department SCBA Cylinder replacement $1,664.00
Granville Community Veterans Granville Veterans Memorial $3,000.00
Rock Valley Fire Department Thermal Imaging Camera $3,650.00
Hull Bright Start, Inc. Bright Start Kitchen Remodel $5,000.00
Hawarden Ambulance Ambulance Equipment Upgrade $5,846.00
Boyden Area Fire Department Air Pack Replacement $7,300.00
Hospers Ambulance Service Hospers Ambulance – New Ambulance $7,300.00
Ireton Community Fire Dept. New Fire Truck $7,300.00
City of Boyden Tennis Court/Basketball Court Renovation $7,500.00
City of Hospers Hospers South Side Park Campground Cement Project $7,500.00
City of Rock Valley Rock Valley Sports Complex Playground Equipment Project $7,500.00
Siouxland Habitat for Humanity Ireton Rehab Home $7,500.00
Greater Sioux Community Health Center Dental Chair Unit Replacement $10,000.00
Sioux County Library Association Sioux County Library Technology Improvement $10,000.00
Sioux County Regional Airport MALSR Approach Lighting System/Terminal Building Enhancements $10,000.00
Total $101,060.00


May 15, 2016 - 7:56 am - Posted in News

Sioux Sheriff 84-8 FacebookOrange City, Iowa — A Sioux Center teen rolled her vehicle near Orange City on Friday, May 13th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 9:17 am on Friday, 17-year-old Nikole Van Engen of Sioux Center was driving a 2010 Hyundai Elantra southbound on Ironwood Avenue, three miles north of Orange City. According to the report, Van Engen lost control of the vehicle, entered the west ditch and rolled.

The Hyundai received $10,000 damage.

No injuries were reported.