Help your community and roll up your sleeve to save lives! Donate today with LifeServe Blood Center.

Donate on Thursday, May 7th at the Center Mall in Sioux Center, located at 251 Main, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, May  14th LifeServe will be in Orange City, at the American Reformed Church, located at 407 Albany Street SE, from 12:30 9.m. p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 19th you can donate in Hull at the Hull Library, located at 1408 Main Street, from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Donate on Thursday, May 21st at the Center Mall in Sioux Center, located at 251 Main, from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Contact Abby Hausmann-Virgil at 1-800-287-4903 or email at

Western Christian

The Board of Directors at Western Christian High School would like to invite all alumni and friends of Western to the Ground Breaking Ceremony at Western Christian High School for the $7.5 million dollar Second Century of Service Campaign.
The ceremony will be held at Western Christian High School on Thursday, May 14 at 3:00 p.m.
Alumni from nine different decades will be participating. Refreshments and tours after the ceremony.

April 27, 2015 - 11:52 am - Posted in Community Calendar


EMS Strong” The Sheldon Community Ambulance Team (SCAT) is having their Annual Fundraiser Supper (featuring Pizza Ranchchicken).  The supper is scheduled for Monday, May 18, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at NCC’s LLRC building in conjunction with Sanford Sheldon Medical Center’s Health Fair.

Tickets in advance will be $8.00 (adult) and $5.00 (child 10 and under).  Tickets at the door will be $9.00 (adult) and $6.00 (child 10 and under).  Proceeds from the fundraiser will be directed toward needed equipment for the ambulances For tickets, contact any SCAT member now or Vogel Paint & Glass after May 11th.

April 24, 2015 - 10:06 am - Posted in Community Calendar

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On Friday, May 8th, Western Christian High School will be hosting Larry & Janice Brown, who will be telling the story of their son Adam, a Navy SEAL killed in action in Afghanistan. Adam was an incredibly strong Christian who loved the Lord and served him until his last mortal breath. This will be a special 45 minute chapel that will begin at 9:15 a.m. The public is invited to join them for this positive, spirit-filled event.

April 22, 2015 - 10:44 am - Posted in Community Calendar

pancakes 1The annual Tulip Festival Fly-In Breakfast, slated for Saturday, May 16th, will feature World War II aircraft and a historical static display of artifacts from that time period.

The Fly-In Breakfast will take place at the Orange City Municipal Airport (KORC). Rise Ministries of Sheldon will serve a pancake breakfast from 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. The event is free to attend, and a freewill donation will be collected for the breakfast.

P-51 MustangThe World War II aircraft on display at the Fly-In Breakfast may include one or more from the Fagen Fighters WWII Museum of Granite Falls, MN collection that consists of a P-51 Mustang, P-40, P-38, B-25 and various training aircraft. The  Joe Foss Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force from Sioux Falls, SD will also bring an aircraft and a historical static display from World War II.

Under the organization of the local Flying Dutchmen Pilots Association the historical aircraft will fly in, weather permitting, at approximately 9:00 a.m. with a departure scheduled at around 10:00 a.m. “These World War II aircraft represent a significant history and patriotism for our country,” says Mark Vogel, a member of the Flying Dutchmen Pilots Association.

In addition to the historic aircraft, the event will feature local fly-in and Medevac aircraft. The Flying Dutchmen Pilots Association, which recently re-formed after their original founding in the 1960’s, aims to promote local aviation. “One of the key objectives of the group is to create an environment for aviation education for the next generation,” says Vogel.

The Fly-In Breakfast has been a highlight of the Orange City Tulip Festival for over 40 years for both the local community and area pilots.

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Community Blood Bank and Northwest Iowa Community College will host a spring community blood drive on Wednesday, April 29th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at NWICC.   This blood drive will benefit the local blood supply.

The need for blood is consistent; this is why people need to donate on a regular basis to ensure the blood supply is at an adequate level at all times.  With just one donation, a person will save up to three peoples’ lives.  The whole donation process takes 30 to 35 minutes.  You will help save a cancer, surgery, trauma, or burn patient with your donation.

To be eligible to donate you must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with a signed parent consent form found at, weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good general health the day of the donation.  Please bring an ID with you.  It is recommended that a person eat and drink plenty of fluids prior to donating blood.  Walk-ins are always welcome.

Community Blood Bank is the sole blood provider to Sanford Sheldon and 30 other local hospitals.  Community Blood Bank is accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB), the College of American Pathologist (CAP) and is compliant with all Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines.

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The Northwestern College Jazz Band and Percussion Ensemble will perform a joint concert Friday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Christ Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.

Directed by Dr. Timothy McGarvey, professor of music, the Jazz Band will perform a variety of pieces, including “Duke It Out!” by Dominic Spera, “Front Burner” by Sammy Nestico and Marcus Miller’s “Tutu,” arranged by Michael Philip Mossman.

The band will also perform two pieces by Duke Ellington, “The Shepherd (Who Watches Over the Night Flock),” featuring sophomore Drew Lemke on trumpet, and “I Like the Sunrise,” with a vocal solo by sophomore Amanda Vander Stelt. The Jazz Band will also perform Mark Lathan’s “Eschale toda Las Ganas,” or “Give It All You Got.”

The Percussion Ensemble, directed by Tim Hillyer, lecturer in music, will perform Vince Krysl’s “Welcome to Tromaville,” Nils Rowher’s “Trio Mar” and Robert Damm’s “Hoo-Daiko.” The ensemble will also perform George Hamilton Green’s “Spanish Waltz,” arranged by Bob Becker and featuring a xylophone solo by senior Brianna Darling.

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Northwestern College will host a launch party for the college’s literary arts magazine, Spectrum, on Tuesday, April 28th, at 7:00 p.m.  The free event will take place in the Te Paske Gallery.

The annual publication, sponsored by the English department, includes a selection of poetry, fiction, literary nonfiction and artwork, chosen by a panel of students.

The event will feature the revealing of the cover design and winning authors, as well as readings from the published entries and a showing of the included artwork.

Harlem QuartetThe Harlem Quartet will be making an appearance at Northwestern’s Chapel on Monday, April 21st at 7:00 p.m. They’ve performed in such places as Carnegie Hall, on the Today Show, and at the White House for the president and first lady. They’ve been awarded two Grammys – for their recent recording with Chick Corea & Gary Burton. You can hear a sample of their music by clicking on this link

Be sure to come out and see this performance for yourself!

The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales, the symbol of quality and tradition for Anheuser-Busch since 1933, are scheduled to make several appearances in the area beginning on 5/14/2015, including two at the Tulip Festival in conjunction with the parade.

The eight-horse hitch will be harnessed and hitched to the famous red beer wagon at the parade on 5/14/2015 and 5/16/2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. On 5/15/2015, the “Gentle Giants,” as they are often referred to, will participate in the Clay County Speedway races. The showing begins at 5:00pm in Spencer, IA.
The Clydesdales’ appearance in Orange City is one of hundreds made annually by the traveling hitches. Canadians of Scottish descent brought the first Clydesdales to America in the mid-1800’s. Today, the giant draft horses are used primarily for breeding and show.
Horses chosen for the Budweiser Clydesdale hitch must be at least three years of age, stand approximately 18 hands – or six feet – at the shoulder, weigh an average of 2,000 pounds, must be bay in color, have four white legs, and a blaze of white on the face and black mane and tail. A gentle temperament is very important as hitch horses meet millions of people each year.
A single Clydesdale hitch horse will consume as much as 20-25 quarts of feed, 40-50 pounds of hay and 30 gallons of water per day.
Each hitch travels with a Dalmatian. In the early days of brewing, Dalmatians were bred and trained to protect the horses and guard the wagon when the driver went inside to make deliveries.