May 23, 2018 - 11:37 am - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa– An Orange City woman was taken to the hospital after an accident in Orange City.

The Orange City Police Department reports that about 3:50 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 41-year-old Rosario Vasquez of Orange City was driving a 2008 Pontiac southbound on Albany Avenue Northeast in Orange City. They say 51-year-old Andra Kamstra of Orange City was eastbound on East First Street in a 2006 Buick SUV.

The report says that Rosario failed to stop for the stop sign and the vehicles collided in the intersection.

The Orange City Ambulance took Vasquez to the Orange City Health System Hospital.

Vasquez’s Pontiac sustained about $5000 in damages, and Kamstra’s Buick SUV sustained about $3500 in damages.

Vasquez was charged with failure to obey a stop sign and no proof of insurance.

May 23, 2018 - 7:36 am - Posted in News

Boyden, Iowa — The Boyden Ambulance Service is holding a fundraiser this Wednesday night.

We talked to Boyden Ambulance Director Les Starkenberg, and he tells us why they’re doing the fundraiser.

He says they’ll have kids’ and adults’ games, with prizes for both.

The fundraiser will start at 6 p.m. on Wednesday night, May 23rd at the Demco Center in Boyden.

May 18, 2018 - 12:33 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa– A business was damaged due to fire on Thursday, May 17, 2018, in Orange City.

According to Orange City Fire Chief Denny Vander Wel, about 11:25 a.m., the Orange City Fire Department was called to the report of an exhaust fan on fire at “The Warehouse” fitness center at 807 Albany Place Southeast, between Subway and Hardee’s.

The chief says when they got there the fire department saw remnants of a fire that had been fought by the occupants with a chemical fire extinguisher. He says they doused the hot spots with water from the department’s water extinguishers and made sure it was out.

Vander Wel says no injuries were reported.

He says the fire appears to have started due to a short circuit or perhaps someone turned on the fan and the blades were blocked, causing the motor to overheat.

Chief Vander Wel reports that there was damage to the fan and the wall and smoke damage throughout the facility.

He says they had been advised before they left the station that the fire was basically out, so they responded with only one truck and five firefighters, leaving the others on standby at the station. He says those who responded were on the scene for about 45 minutes.

Then overnight in the early hours of Friday, firefighters were called to what turned out to be a false alarm at the Orange City Health System Hospital. Ambulance personnel and Alton Firefighters were also paged. Vander Wel says it was a malfunction in the alarm system.

May 18, 2018 - 12:31 pm - Posted in News

Rock Valley, Iowa– A tractor was destroyed in a fire on Thursday, May 17, 2018, near Rock Valley.

According to Rock Valley Fire Chief Brent Eshuis, about 8:20 p.m., the Rock Valley Fire Department was called to the report of a tractor on fire near 2691 278th Street, two and a half miles north and two miles east of Rock Valley along the Rock River.

The chief says the fire department saw a tractor fully engulfed as they approached the scene. He says they used water and foam to fight the fire.

Eshuis says no injuries were reported.

He says the cause of the fire is undetermined, but the roughly fifteen-year-old front-wheel assist Case/IH tractor was totaled.

He says they used about 600 gallons of water to fight the fire, and the 17 firefighters who responded were on the scene for about 25 minutes.

Orange City, Iowa — The 2018 Orange City Tulip Festival is underway, with attractions, food, and activities for everyone. But in the background stand a small group of people whose mission it is to keep visitors and townspeople safe.

When you attend this year’s Tulip Festival you will be see, among the authentic Dutch costumes, men dressed in blue, with badges on their chests. These are the members of the Orange City Police Department, who are charged with maintaining order and safety during the festival.

We talked to Orange City Police Chief Jim Pottebaum, and asked him how his department copes with a ten-fold increase in population for three days in May. He says the biggest issue is traffic.

Pottebaum says that, somewhat surprisingly, there never seems to be a significant increase in crime during each year’s Tulip Festival.

The Chief says his seven-man department, plus a couple of part-timers, has up to five officers on the street at any one time during the festival weekend.

He says that, with such large crowds, The Orange City Police Department just wants to be sure everyone is safe.

Of course, if Orange City officers need assistance, deputies from the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, as well as troopers from the Iowa State Patrol, are available for call during the weekend.

Orange City’s 2018 Tulip Festival began Thursday morning and ends with a Community Worship Service Sunday morning.

May 16, 2018 - 5:15 pm - Posted in News

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Rock Valley, Iowa — The City of Rock Valley is someday going to have an event center on Highway 18.
Rock Valley City Administrator Tom Van Maanen tells us the latest about the plans for the facility.

He tells us about the financing for the facility.

He says the project is unique in that part of the building will be transformed into a new space for city offices, and the remaining part will be made into the event center. And grants for the event center do not apply to the city offices.

He says they expect the city offices portion to cost in the neighborhood of $650,000. Van Maanen tells us where the remaining financing will come from.

Van Maanen says they want to thank those that donated to make the CAT Grant possible.

The building that is going to be transformed into the event center and the city offices started life as one of the many northwest Iowa factories for K-Products — a company that made seed corn caps and other promotional merchandise in several northwest Iowa towns. Most recently the building had been used by Hope Haven, Incorporated of Rock Valley.

May 16, 2018 - 2:03 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — An Inwood woman was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries received in a single-vehicle crash near Sioux Center Tuesday evening (May 15th).

Sioux County authorities say that around 7:50 Tuesday evening, 79-year old Geraldine VandeVegte of Inwood, was northbound on Highway 75 a mile south of Sioux Center, in a 2007 Buick Rendevouz, when she lost control of the vehicle, entered the east ditch, and struck a cement culvert.

Deputies say VandeVegte was taken to the Sioux Center Hospital by the Sioux Center Ambulance for treatment of what officials called “minor injuries.”

VandeVegte’s car sustained damages estimated at about $5-thousand, and deputies report about $1-thousand damage to the culvert.

Sioux County Deputies were assisted at the scene by the Sioux Center Fire Department, Sioux Center Ambulance, and Sioux Center Police Department.

May 16, 2018 - 11:15 am - Posted in News

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Hawarden, Iowa — Construction is complete on a $14-million construction and remodeling project at Hawarden Regional Healthcare, and a ribbon cutting is scheduled for this Thursday, May 17th.

Hawarden Regional Healthcare administrator Jayson Pullman tells us about the celebration.

He says most of the hospital is new or renovated.

Pullman says of the $14 million price tag, $8.8 million came from a USDA Rural Development Loan, $2 million came from local bank participation, $2.5 million came through fundraising, and the rest will come through equity.

May 16, 2018 - 9:47 am - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — The 2018 Orange City Tulip Festival begins in earnest Thursday (May 17th), with a wide variety of attractions and entertainment available.

Things kick of at 9:00 each morning with the beginning of the horse-draw trolley rides, antique tractor show, and opening of several exhibits around Orange City. At 10:00 am daily, there are wooden shoe carving demonstrations, along with the Tulip Court Meet & Greet.

The first of several Dutch Dozen performances hapen daily at 10:30 am. Also at 10:30, you’ll be able to enjoy the music of the dutch street organ.

At 1:00 each afternoon is the Straat Fest, or Street Festival, followed at 2:00 by the traditional scrubbing of the streets, and at 2:15 the Volksparade. This twice-daily parade is also held at 6:00 each evening. Each day of the Orange City Tulip Festival is capped off by the Tulip Festival Night Show production of Beauty and the Beast.

The 2018 Orange City Tulip Festival runs Thursday through Sunday this week, with Sunday’s lone activity being a Sunday morning Community Worship Service Sunday at 11:00.

For more information about the 2018 Orange City Tulp Festival, along with a complete list of activities, visit

Hull, Iowa — A Hull man was taken to a hospital after his vehicle collided with a railroad maintenance-of-way vehicle near Hull on Monday, May 14th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about at 12:15 p.m., 55-year-old Randall Westra of Hull was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado eastbound on 340th Street. They report that 39-year-old Jeromy Van Beek of Garretson, SD was driving a 2016 Ford F‐250, operating the vehicle as a railway inspection vehicle southbound on the BNSF railway when the two met and struck in the railroad crossing.

The Hull Ambulance took Westra to the Sioux Center Health Hospital.

His Chevrolet Silverado sustained about $14,000 in damage. The BNSF Ford F-250 sustained about $12,000 in damage.

Westra was cited on a charge of failure to yield the right of way at a railroad crossing area.