April 16, 2015 - 4:22 pm - Posted in News

Rock Valley, Iowa — The Rock Valley Community School District is one of three districts to which Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds are paying a visit this month to learn more about how the first year of Iowa’s new Teacher Leadership and Compensation System has gone.

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad

The Governor’s office says Iowa’s Teacher Leadership and Compensation System is the centerpiece of Iowa’s landmark 2013 education reform package. It is being phased in over three years, with a price tag of $150 million annually when fully in place in 2016-17. The Governor’s staff says Iowans agreed to make this investment because it’s critical to restore our schools to best in the nation and give students a globally competitive education.

According to Branstad, better utilizing the expertise of many of Iowa’s top teachers in new roles will help schools improve instruction and raise achievement. Those new roles include instructional coaches, mentors and model teachers. With higher expectations for all students, teacher leaders support the more demanding work teachers must do by analyzing data, fine tuning lessons and co-teaching. The goal is for all districts to have their teacher leadership systems in place in 2016-17.

Branstad says that they are confident that this unprecedented collaboration by teacher leaders, teachers and school administrators will transform education across Iowa. He says that broad, bipartisan agreement in the Legislature allowed us to create the most extensive teacher leadership system in the nation.

Reynolds says that one of the biggest selling points for new Iowa’s Teacher Leadership and Compensation System is that it will do more to attract and retain highly effective teachers. She says that it is changing the culture of schools with more opportunities for ongoing professional development right in the classroom.

The executive pair will be at the Rock Valley Community School District Library on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 12:30 PM for a Sioux County Teacher Leadership Presentation. A tour of Rocket Manufacturing will follow.

April 15, 2015 - 10:49 am - Posted in News

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The Western Christian JETS (Junior Engineering) program recently competed in a national engineering test based on the theme of “The Power of Engineering”.

Three Western Christian teams (2 varsity and 1 junior varsity) took on the task of answering engineering questions related to biofuel, nuclear and solar energy, wind turbines and many more topics. In the JV division the JV team finished 15th out of 42 teams nationally. At the varsity level, the Western Maroon team finished 5th in the state of Iowa and 27th nationally. The Western White team finished 1st in theWestern JVWestern Maroon state and 3rd nationally in division 1. Because of Western White’s high ranking, the team moves on to the next round of the national testing which will be written essays that will be evaluated and scored by test judges


April 14, 2015 - 5:35 pm - Posted in News

Maurice, Iowa — If you’ve parked your vehicle in Maurice recently and have noticed items missing from your vehicle, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office wants to talk to you.
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They report that during the early hours of Sunday, April 12, they investigated reports of burglary and theft that are said to have occurred from a motor vehicle in Maurice.
Upon further investigation, deputies found that someone had allegedly witnessed a perpetrator illegally enter their vehicle and take property from it. When confronted, the person is reported to have left the area driving westbound from Maurice.

Deputies say the suspect vehicle was stopped a short time later by a Plymouth County Sheriff’s Deputy near Le Mars. As a result of the traffic stop, deputies cited a 17-year-old boy from Sioux City on charges of burglary of a motor vehicle and theft.

The investigation revealed that there may be additional residents of Maurice who also had items stolen from their vehicles. If you are missing property and believe that it was stolen when these crimes took place, you are asked to contact the sheriff’s office.

Police Departments from Hawarden, Sioux Center, Orange City, and Le Mars, and the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies remind you to lock your vehicles and remove valuables from them.

They say the case remains under investigation.

April 14, 2015 - 5:29 pm - Posted in News

Hull, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for one or more people who they say defaced a Hull park.
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They report that on Monday morning, April 13, they investigated a report of vandalism that was said to have occurred at the Kids Kingdom Park in Hull.  

Upon further investigation, deputies believe the perpetrator or perpetrators used a black and a grey marker to write obscene drawings and graffiti on extensive areas of park property.

Deputies say they don’t know when this crime occurred.

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

April 14, 2015 - 9:32 am - Posted in News

Des Moines, Iowa — Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has signed a proclamation designating April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.
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Branstad signed the proclamation in his office at the Iowa State Capitol Monday morning. There to witness the signing was the family of 3-year-old Autumn Elgersma who died in the care of her in-home daycare provider, Rochelle Sapp in October of 2013.

Sapp was convicted of Involuntary Manslaughter and Child Endangerment resulting in death this past October, and was sentenced to a 100-year prison term.

Click here to read the proclamation, which honors Autumn Elgersma’s memory.

April 14, 2015 - 9:29 am - Posted in News

Rock Valley, Iowa — A hog confinement building, some rabbits and some chicks were all destroyed in a fire on Monday, April 13, 2015 near Rock Valley.
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According to Rock Valley Fire Chief John Wallenburg, about 2:45 AM, the Rock Valley Fire Department was called to the report of structure fire at 2610 300th Street, a mile east and a mile north of Rock Valley, on Galen Kats’ place.

The chief says the fire department arrived to find a fully engulfed building.

Wallenburg reports that along with the building, an undetermined number of rabbits and chicks were destroyed in the fire, but the building was not being used for hogs at the time of the fire.

He says the cause of the fire is undetermined. He said there were heat lamps in use for the chicks, but he said he did not know if they were the cause of the fire.

Chief Wallenburg reports that the building and its contents were totaled in the fire. He says what was left of the building fell into the empty manure pit under the building.

He says they used about 5000 gallons of water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene for about an hour and a half.


ORANGE CITY, IA. – New Tulip Festival promotional banners were recently hung on 40 light poles in Orange City after the Friends of the Festival Foundation received funding from the Iowa Tourism Office.
The new light pole banners were funded in part by a $5,000 grant from the Iowa Tourism Office.
The banners feature four Tulip Festival scenes, depicting the Dutch heritage and events that highlight the festival each year. Ten banners of each of the four designs were created, and hang along Albany Avenue and 8th Street/Highway 10.
“We extend our sincere gratitude to the Iowa Tourism Office for their significant financial support in the creation of our new light pole banners,” says Juliana Pennings, Tulip Festival and Community Tourism Director. “We feel the new banners are a wonderful representation of the rich culture our community holds and celebrates at Tulip Festival.”
In addition to the financial support of the festival’s new light pole banners, the Iowa Tourism Office actively assists in the promotion of travel to Orange City and Tulip Festival throughout the year.
“We are grateful for our partnership with the Iowa Tourism Office and their continued work in promoting travel to our community and around Iowa,” says Pennings. Information about the Iowa Tourism Office and the state’s many destinations and events can be found at www.traveliowa.com.

April 13, 2015 - 4:10 pm - Posted in News

Boyden, Iowa — Farmer’s Coop Society has announced their intention to build a new $14.75 million dollar feed mill in Boyden.

The new feed mill will be in addition to FCS’s existing feed mills and will have the ability to manufacture a total of 3,000 tons per day, with a third of that amount being in pellet form.  Brad DeVries, FCS Feed Manager says Boyden is the heart of his company’s present feed territory, and the new mill will optimize transportation efficiencies for ingredients as well as finished feed.  DeVries says the mill will be state of the art, and allow FCS to take advantage of new business opportunities within the industry.

When the mill is fully operational it will require 45 semi loads of ingredients, up to 70 loads of corn, and produce 115 semi loads of complete feed per day.  DeVries says the FCS feed team is excited about the opportunity the new mill will provide to grow their business in northwest Iowa and the surrounding area.

April 13, 2015 - 9:33 am - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — An Alton man has been arrested on four charges after an incident early on Sunday.
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The Orange City Police Department reports that about 2:50 AM, they received a report from the public. They responded and after investigating the situation, they arrested 23-year-old Lennon Maras of Alton.

He was charged with Public Intoxication, Trespassing, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Disorderly Conduct.

According to jail records, he was released after posting a $1000 cash or surety bond.

April 10, 2015 - 9:42 am - Posted in News

Hawarden, Iowa — Twelve young people were charged with alcohol violations after the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office received a “Text-a-Tip.”
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They report that early on Sunday, at 12:35 AM, their officers investigated the report that said that a large group of people under the age of 21 were consuming alcohol at a farm building at 2081 400th Street, five miles northeast of Hawarden.

Upon further investigation, deputies did locate several people under the age of 21 consuming alcohol. Deputies charged 12 individuals under the age of 21 with illegal consumption of alcohol; of those 12 people, three were juveniles who were cited and released to their parents.

Additionally, 18-year-old Chantel Caskey of Hawarden was charged with contributing to the delinquency of minors.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Hawarden Police Department and Sioux County Conservation Office.