Hull, Iowa — Thanks to the same company that’s bringing housing opportunities to Sheldon and Orange City, the city of Hull may soon have some affordable housing.Hull Water Tower-400

We had a chance to talk with Hull City Administrator Aaron Kooiker, who tells us about the situation.

Kooiker says they started researching what could be done.

He says the process works on a number of grants.

Kooiker tells us what they have planned.

He says he and the Hull City Council are behind the project.

Kooiker says they submit the grant application in December and should hear back by March. They hope to start building the Hull duplexes in June or July of 2015, and they hope to have them built about nine months later, some time in 2016.

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Orange City, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for clues to help solve a case of the theft of parts from a business. But it appears as though the perpetrator left investigators a big clue when a reciprocating saw was left at the scene.

Milwaukee Sawzall reciprocating saw found at scene

Milwaukee Sawzall reciprocating saw found at scene

The Sioux County Sheriff’s office says the report came in on Monday morning, October 20. The report was that thefts had occurred from a business in southern Sioux County.

Upon further investigation, deputies discovered that sometime prior to October 20th someone stole vehicle parts, aluminum tire rims and catalytic converters.

At the location of the crime, the perpetrator or perpetrators left a Milwaukee brand saw they apparently used to remove the car parts. It appears the saw’s battery has been
modified to run off of a standard car battery.

If you have information about this crime or about the owner of the saw you are asked to contact the sheriff’s office. You can also use their text-a-tip program. Directions can be found at

October 31, 2014 - 8:09 am - Posted in News

Sheldon, Iowa — A woman living in Sheldon is accused of identity theft.Sioux Sheriff Car 84-

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Tuesday evening, October 28, they arrested 50-year-old Ana Barrera of Sheldon. The arrest occurred at Premium Pet Health in Orange City.

The arrest stemmed from a report that Barrera was using another person’s identity to gain employment.

Upon further investigation, officers believe Barrera used the victim’s identity in 2013 to gain employment at SIG International in Boyden.

Barrera was arrested and charged with two counts of Identity Theft and two counts of Forgery.

October 30, 2014 - 3:12 pm - Posted in News

halloween pumpkin trick or treat jack-o-lanternSheldon, Iowa — It’s time once again for the little northwest Iowa ghosts and goblins to go door-to-door and see what kind of treats they can find.

In Sheldon, Chamber Coordinator Allison Cooke tells us there are three different kinds of trick-or-treating in Sheldon, and all three will be on Halloween — Friday, October 31.

She says this year they have the highest number of participating businesses that they’ve ever had. About 28 businesses will be participating in the downtown trick-or-treating. But it doesn’t end there.

Again, you can start at the library at 3:30, trick or treat downtown from 4:30 to 5:30, Citywide trick-or-treating is from 5 to 7, and trick-or-treating at Sanford Senior Care is from 6 to 7 PM.

In Sibley, Chamber Director Sheryl Peters says they’ll have downtown trick-or-treating too, but they have more planned too.

She says just because Halloween is over on Friday doesn’t mean the costumed fun has to stop.

Again, the race is on Saturday in Sibley.

In Rock Rapids, the fun actually starts on Thursday night, says Chamber Director Angie Jager.

She says they’ll also have the annual downtown Halloween Parade.

Orange City Chamber Director Mike Hoffman tells us about festivities in Orange City:

Here’s the list of participating businesses for Sheldon Downtown/Business Trick-or-Treating:
1. A Country Florist
2. Aventure Staffing
3. Ben Franklin
4. Carl’s Footwear
5. Citizens State Bank
6. Contents
7. Evie’s Hallmark
8. Farm Bureau
9. Fieldcrest Assisted Living
10. Gordon’s Redwing Shoes
11. Just Cuts for Men
12. KIWA
13. Lewis Drug
14. Marigold’s
15. Mastbergen Jewelry
16. Missy’s
17. Mr. B’s and Lady B’s
18. Northwestern Bank
19. Prairie Queen Bakery
20. Prins Insurance
21. ProActive Physical Therapy
22. RadioShack
23. Revolution Consignment
24. Sheldon Vision Care
25. Shopko
26. Touch of Hope
27. Travel World
28. Wolff Whorley DeHoogh and Schreurs

Make sure to head to the businesses outside of downtown (Fieldcrest, Shopko, and Lewis Drug). Also, take your kids to Pizza Ranch Friday IN COSTUME and they eat for free with a paying adult. Or, if it doesn’t work to go eat, they can still stop in IN COSTUME for a free mini pizza coupon.

  • Sheldon Library Trick : 3:30-4:30pm
  • Sheldon Downtown/Business Trick-or-Treating: 4:30-5:30
  • Sanford Sheldon Senior Care Trick-or-Treating: 6-7pm
  • Sheldon City-Wide: 5-7pm
  • Sibley Downtown Trick-or-Treating Friday 4:00-5:00 PM
  • Sibley Halloween Matinee at the Max Friday 1:30 PM
  • Sibley Rec Costume Walk/Run/Bike Saturday 10:00 AM
  • Rock Rapids Moonlight Madness Thursday 4:00-7:00 PM
  • Rock Rapids Downtown Halloween Parade Friday 4:00 PM
  • Orange City Downtown Trick-or-Treating 12 noon-close
  • Orange City pumpkin judging Friday afternoon

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October 30, 2014 - 8:22 am - Posted in News

Sioux Sheriff Car 84-Across the river from Fairview, SD — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to try to solve a theft case.

They say that on Tuesday morning, October 28, they investigated a report of theft that was reported to have occurred at a location on 290th Street, one mile northwest of Fairview, South Dakota, in Sioux County Iowa.

Upon further investigation it is believed that someone stole about 700 gallons of fuel from a fuel
tank, as well as a generator. The theft is thought to have occurred sometime between Thursday, October 23 and Monday, October 27.

The value of the fuel is estimated at $2,100.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s office.   

October 30, 2014 - 8:20 am - Posted in News

Sioux County, Iowa The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office has recently investigated several reports from Sioux County residents stating they were contacted by someone claiming to be a representative from Publisher’s Clearing House.Scam Alert

The residents were told they had won a large sum of money. The caller then asks to meet them in a parking lot of a local business; supposedly to give them more details about the prize they’ve won. In some cases the caller asks the resident to stay on the phone as they drive to the local business. Sherrif’s officials theorize that the caller most likely does this to keep the resident from checking into the legitimacy of the call.

The Sheriff’s Office says this is likely a scam and residents are encouraged not to follow up on this type of phone call. You should also immediately report it to law enforcement authorities.

Boyden, Iowa — A George woman and a Sheldon woman were taken to the hospital after an accident near Boyden on Monday morning.Ambulance Front Generic

The Sioux County Sheriff’s office reports that about 7:35 AM, 33-year-old Emily Denekas of George was driving a 2007 Ford Edge westbound on Highway 18. The report says she stopped for oncoming traffic before attempting a left turn onto Jackson Avenue, also known as K64. Thirty-eight-year-old Rachel McDonald of Sheldon was driving a 2010 Ford Escape westbound on Highway 18 behind Denekas.

The report says McDonald was unable to stop and struck the Denekas Ford on the roadway.

Denekas and McDonald were transported by Boyden Ambulance and Hull Ambulance squads to Sanford Sheldon Hospital.

Denekas’ Ford sustained approximately $10,000 in damages. The McDonald Ford sustained an estimated $9,000 in damages.

The Iowa State Patrol, Boyden Fire Department, Boyden Ambulance crew and Hull Ambulance crew assisted on the scene.

McDonald was ticketed for following too closely.

October 24, 2014 - 5:02 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — If you need to register to vote for the November 4th General Election, or absentee vote in person at your local county auditor’s office, you have a couple of Saturday opportunities coming optical reader machine

In Osceola, O’Brien, Sioux, and Lyon Counties, the Auditors’ Offices are going to be open from 8 AM to 5 PM this Saturday for early voting and voter registration.

Voter registration ends this Saturday, October 25th. However, if you are registered, their offices are going to be open next Saturday, November 1st too for early voting. Osceola, Sioux, and Lyon County Auditors’ Offices will be open from 9 to 5 next Saturday, November 1st, and O’Brien County will be open from 8 to 5 that day.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail is November 1st too, but election officials stress that there would be a time crunch if you wait that long to request a mailed ballot because returned ballots need to be postmarked no later than election day, Tuesday, November 4th.

Iowa does have election day registration, but the auditors strongly encourage you to be registered by this Saturday, October 25th.

soup and pieBoyden, Iowa — A soup and pie supper is planned to benefit an Ashton man who suffered a stroke this past summer. The supper is at the St. John Lutheran Church of Boyden. We talked to St. John pastor Daniel Hart, and he tells us about Eric Johnson.

Johnson and his wife Kim have one child at home near Ashton.

Pastor Hart says the church has a soup supper every year.

The supper is this Saturday, October 25th at St. John Lutheran Church of rural Boyden. That’s at 3941 280th Street, four miles north of Boyden on Kennedy Avenue, and a little west. They’ll have homemade soups and pies, and they’ll be serving from 5:00 to 7:30 PM. Thrivent Sioux County will provide supplementing funds.

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Northwest Iowa — Rick Stewart — the independent candidate for US Senate running vs Joni Ernst and Bruce Braley — is visiting northwest Iowa today for his “Let’s Talk, Iowa” Tour. Everyone is encouraged to drop by his mobile ‘living’ room, designed by an award-winning Iowa cartoonist, discuss issues, and eat a homemade cookie. Here’s the schedule:

  • Lyon County Courthouse in Rock Rapids at 8 AM
  • Sioux County Courthouse in Orange City at 10 AM
  • Plymouth County Courthouse in Le Mars at noon
  • Cherokee County Courthouse in Cherokee at 2 PM
  • O’Brien County Courthouse in Primghar at 4 PM

Stewart says:
“Voters should send a strong signal to Democrats and Republicans in this year’s election, Instead of wasting their votes giving Democrats and Republicans yet another chance to prove they cannot govern the country, voters need to cast every vote for an Independent. That’s a wake up call worth making.”