August 3, 2015 - 1:43 pm - Posted in Community Calendar
dinnerThe Middleburg girls league dinner will be held August 18 at 11:30 AM at the Middleburg Store.

Cost will be $10.

RSVP to Irma Fedders 616-446-5217 or Dorothy Hofmeyer 712-548-7048.

July 31, 2015 - 9:46 am - Posted in Community Calendar

dale carnegie workshopWorkshop Planned – How Smart Leaders Create Engaged Employees
Consider this quote: “Throughout my career, I’ve found that the leaders that I trusted the most and whom I felt trusted me the most were those that communicated up, down and across the organi-zation; who actively solicited feedback and pro-vided it in a non-judgmental way; who were visi-ble, accessible and approachable; who were the best of role models; who ‘knew’ their employees; and who had a sense of humor – in short, they were ‘human.’” ~ Anonymous.

On August 27th  from 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. there will be a workshop hosted at the Clay County Regional Events Center aimed at how to engage your employees and create a favorable work environment. To register for the workshop or to receive additional information you can contact Brooke Mass at


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The 24th annual Western Christian Booster Club golf tournament will be held on Friday, August 14th, at 12:00 p.m. at the Ridge Golf Course in Sioux Center. The cost to golf is $80 per person and includes 18 holes of golf, cart rental, supper, and the chance to win prizes. Mulligans will also be sold at registration. To reserve your spot or if you have any questions feel free to call Kris Marra at 712-578-9227 or Jamie Van Zee at 712-470-2829.

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


Tuesday, August 4th, LifeServe will be in Boyden at the DEMCO Community Center, located at 714 Main Street,  from 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

You can donate on Thursday, August 6th  with LifeServe at the Center Mall in Sioux Center, located at 251 Main Ave, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m

Monday, August 10th, LifeServe will be in Hospers at the Community Center, located at 211 Main Street,  from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, August 18th, LifeServe will be in Hull at the Hull Library, located at 1408 Main Street,  from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

You can donate on Wednesday, August 19th  with LifeServe at the Granville Community Fire Hall in Granville, located at 740 Broad Street, from 3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m


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

July 27, 2015 - 9:52 am - Posted in Community Calendar

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What better way to get outside than to go fishing? Join the naturalist intern at Prairie Heritage Center, Meara Hansen, for some Fishing Fun at Dog Creek Park. Try your hand at one of the great things we can do with our natural resources in Iowa. Meara will teach you how to bait a hook and cast so you can catch the biggest fish of your life! (Or so you’ll tell your friends.)

Program is free to the public. All persons ages 16 and older must have a license. Have a blast while fishing Wednesday, August 5 at 2:00 p.m. Meet at the beach at Dog Creek Park.

For further information, contact the O’Brien County Conservation Board at 712-295-7200.

July 7, 2015 - 1:43 pm - Posted in Community Calendar

fair 1Thursday, July 9
1:00-4:00 PM Clothing Event Judging at Centre Mall
6:30-8:00 PM Clothing Event Fashion Show (Center Court/Centre Mall, Sioux Center)
Friday, July 10
12 PM-8:30 PM 4-H Club Booth Set-Up

Building Key
4HEXB      4-H Exhibit Building
MPB          Multi-Purpose Building
FBA           Farm Bureau Arena
HA             Horse Arena
HV             Heritage Village
CEXB         Commercial Exhibit Bldg
GS             Grandstands
SB              Swine Barn
SGB           Sheep and Goat Building
BB             Beef Barn
FO             Fair Office
SS             Sioux Speedway
BT             Big Tent
Saturday, July 11
8:00 AM Open Dairy Goat Show (SB)
8:30 AM 4-H Static Exhibit Judging (MPB)
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Open Class Exhibits Entered (4HEXB) Sponsored by: American State Bank
12:00 PM 4-H Cow-Calf Show (FBA)
12:30 PM 4-H Feeder Calf Show (FBA)
1:00 PM Discover 4-H Exhibits Entered (MPB)
1:00 PM 4-H Dog Show (CEXB)
2:00PM Open Beef Show (FBA)
4:00 PM Advanced Cattle Feeder Pen Evaluation
4:00 PM County Council Mud Volleyball (SS)
6:00 PM Open Sheep Show (FBA)
Sunday, July 12
5:30 PM Queen and Little Miss Coronation (MPB) Sponsored in part by: Citizens State Bank and Primebank
Monday, July 13
7 AM – 10 AM Fair Board Breakfast Fundraiser (MPB)
9:00 AM 4-H Horse Show (HA)
9:00 AM 4-H Rabbit Show (FBA)
10:30 AM 4-H Communications Evaluations Educational Presentations, Share the Fun & Extemporaneous Speaking) (MPB)
12:00 PM 4-H Exhibit Building Opens
1:00 PM Greased Pig Sign-Up (near Grandstand Entrance) Sponsored in part by:   American State Bank
3:00 PM 4-H Poultry Show (FBA)
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM “Goss’ Wilt” Detection & Prevention Advanced Crop & utrition Conference (MPB)
3:00 PM – 8:30 PM Commercial Exhibits Open (CEXB)
4:00 PM Advanced Cattle Feeder Evaluations
4:00 –8:00 PM Inflatables Sponsored in part by: Farm Bureau
Mini Train Rides (near BT)
Petting Zoo Sponsored by: Northwest Bank
Pony Rides Sponsored by: Farmers Mutual Ins.

5:30—7:00 PM Pork Feed by the Pork Producers (MPB) Presold Tickets at fair office Saturday and Monday by 3 PM: $10 Adults $3 Kids Meal is available

After 3 PM Monday: $12 at the door
Contact: Sheila Meyer at 712-539-8976
This is a great way to support the fair board fundraising effort!
50/50 Fundraiser

6:30 PM Farm Bureau Watermelon Feed (BT)
6:30 PM Sheep Showmanship Clinic (FBA)
7:00 PM NW Iowa Youth Classic Open Swine Show (FBA)
7:30 PM Grandstand Entertainment (SS)
6:00 PM Beer Tent Opens

Madd Hoss Jackson Concert
$5 Admission and 50/50 Fundraiser
Sponsored in part by: Memorial Funeral Home

9:00 PM 4-H Exhibit Building Closes

Tuesday, July 14 – Kids Day
7 AM – 10 AM Fair Board Breakfast Fundraiser (MPB)
7:30 AM Beef Showmanship (FBA)
8:30 AM 1st Year BBC Show
9:00 AM 4-H Breeding & Market Beef Show
10:00 AM 4-H Exhibit Building Opens
10:00 AM Discover 4-H Tour and Activities (MPB)
10:30 AM 4-H Working Exhibits (MPB)
12:00 – 2:00 PM Kids Corner (MPB)
1:00 PM 4-H Dairy & Dairy Goat Show (FBA)
2:00 – 4:00 PM County Council Heritage Games (HV)
3:00 PM – 8:30 PM Commercial Exhibits Open (CEXB)
4:00 PM 4-H Goat Show
4:00 – 7:00 PM Conservation Station (near BT)
4:00 –8:00 PM Inflatables Sponsored in part by: Farm Bureau
Mini Train Rides (near BT)
Petting Zoo Sponsored by: Northwest Bank
Pony Rides Sponsored by: Farmers Mutual Ins.
4:30 PM 4-H Consumer Judging Contest (MPB)
4:30 –7:30 PM Mr. Twister (BT)
**Shows at 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Balloon Art until 7:30 PM
5:30 PM Kids Pedal Tractor Pull (SS) Sponsored by: North West REC
6:30 PM Greased Pig Contest (Near the HA)
50/50 Fundraiser

6:30 PM 4-H Youth Council NEW Member Find Out
7:00 PM Great Rhubarb Contest & Games (HV)
7:00 PM Best Pie Contest (HV)
7:30 PM 4-H County Awards Program (MPB)
8:30 PM Entertainment (BT)
9:00 PM 4-H Exhibit Building Closes
Wednesday, July 15
7 AM – 10 AM Fair Board Breakfast Fundraiser (MPB)
7:30 AM 4-H Swine Show (FBA)
10:00 AM 4-H Exhibit Building Opens
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM “Why Compost” Learn the Benefits Advanced Crop & Nutrition Conference (MPB)
2:00 PM 4-H Pet Show (BT)
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM “Forage, Storage & More” Advanced Crop & Nutrition Conference (MPB)
3:00 PM – 8:30 PM Commercial Exhibits Open (CEXB)
4:00 –8:00 PM Inflatables Sponsored in part by: Farm Bureau
Mini Train Rides (near BT)
Pony Rides Sponsored by: Farmers Mutual Ins.
4:00 PM Livestock Judging Contest (FBA/MPB)
5:00 PM Barnyard Olympics (HA)
7:00 PM Discover 4-H Pet Show (BT)

7:00 PM Sprint Car Race Sponsored by: Ver Hoef Automotive (SS) $17 Admission / Adults, Ages 9-12 / $5
50/50 Fundraiser

9:00 PM 4-H Exhibit Building Closes
Thursday, July 16
7 AM – 10 AM Fair Board Breakfast Fundraiser (MPB)
7:30 AM 4-H Sheep Show (FBA)
10:00 AM 4-H Exhibit Building Opens
1:00 PM 4-H Super Showmanship Contest (FBA)
3:00 PM Ribbon Auction (MPB) or immediately following Super Showmanship
3:00 PM Livestock, Static, Open Class Release
Friday, July 17
7:30 AM Clean-up of ALL buildings and grounds – ALL clubs MUST be represented  – sign in at the fair office!
ENTERTAINMENT: Madd Hoss Jackson is a band as unique as its name. Like a breath of fresh air Madd Hoss Jackson is a group that will bring you an energetic live show with music that is diverse as any act you have ever seen and they’ll do it naturally and keep any crowd entertained from their very first song to the very last.
No matter what the song calls for, be it driving, guitar oriented new country, strong fiddle and perfect harmonies for classics like Alabama and Charlie Daniels, or in your face new rock and classic rock, Madd Hoss Jackson will do it all and knows just when to pull out the style needed to keep any crowd entertained.

grant smithGrant Smith, a meterologist from KELOLAND TV in Sioux Falls, SD, will be coming to the Oakdale Evangelical Free Church to participate and share about weather during their VBS program on Tuesday, July 14th!

magicIllusionist Eric Michaels Brings FREE Family-Friendly Magic Show to Orange City. 

Orange City’s Windmill Park will transform into a center for summer celebration on July 15 with a magic show, carnival and community meal.

Audience members of all ages will be captivated by illusionist Eric Michaels’ show-stopping magic skills as he takes the stage for a free performance on July 15 from 7 to 8 p.m.


The show is made possible by sponsor Revival Animal Health of Orange City, in conjunction with Orange City Arts. The event is part of the Onstage Orange City summer series,

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Before the magic show, families are encouraged to attend a children’s carnival boasting an array of games, activities, and attractions.

Sponsored by the Orange City Public Library, the carnival will celebrate the library’s summer reading program, as well as its 100-year anniversary. The carnival begins at 5 p.m., and will feature a duck pond, bounce house and airbrush tattoos.

“We’re celebrating our centennial!” says Amanda Vazquez, coordinator of programming and technical services at Orange City Public Library. “We ramped up our summer reading program in general, and we thought that one way we could celebrate summer reading would be to have a carnival on a Wednesday night. There’s going to be something for everybody!”

Attendees can earn tickets through the reading program, or purchase budget-friendly tickets at the event.

community mealCommunity members are also invited to enjoy the Orange City community appreciation meal in Windmill Park from 5 to 7 p.m., hosted by the City of Orange City.

Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to the free outdoor concert. Unity Christian Knight Center is the event’s rain location. For more information or weather-related announcements, contact or visit or

July 1, 2015 - 11:30 am - Posted in Community Calendar

BP LOGO BWORANGE CITY – Blackbeard the Pirate!

Missoula Children’s Theatre is coming to Orange City again this summer! Audition for the show Blackbeard the Pirate. Up to 55 local children will be selected to perform with two actors from Missoula Children’s Theatre, Ariana Mai Lucius and Kayla Elizabeth.

Auditions will be held Monday, July 13 from 9:45 a.m. to noon at Northwestern College’s DeWitt Theatre. Local students entering grades 1-12 may audition and all participants must stay for the entire audition session. All children that are cast in the show must be available to attend rehearsals Monday through Friday, July 13 – 17 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The fee for each child participating in Blackbeard the Pirate is $25 if registered by July 8, $30 if registered after July 8.

Among the roles to be cast are Blackbeard and his crew of bearded pirates, sailors of the high seas, cranky crabs and crocodiles, magical mermaids and seaweed creatures, parrots and even a group of beach bums. Assistant directors will also be chosen to aid in rehearsals and handle essential backstage responsibilities.

The show will be performed on Friday, July 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 18 at 2 p.m. at Northwestern College’s DeWitt Theatre. Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for students K-12.

In addition, Ariana Mai and Kayla will be running several free drama workshops for all interested children. For children entering grades 1-2, there will be The Marvelous Mini-Musical workshop on Tuesday, July 14. A workshop on Wednesday, July 15, for grades 3-6, is called Let’s Make-up. For youth entering grades 7-12, the workshop Mime Time will be offered on Thursday, July 16. All workshops will be held at Northwestern College’s DeWitt Theatre from 2:45 to 3:30 p.m.

Orange City Arts, sponsor of the Missoula Children’s Theatre residency, requests that children register online by July 8 at the Orange City Summer Recreation website. Students must attend school at MOC-FV, OCCS, Spalding or Unity, or be homeschoolers in the MOC-FV school district. (Registration is available in person on July 13 if you miss the online deadline.)

For more information, call 707-4885, email or see

Thunder In The Valley

The 12th Annual Thunder in the Valley Outlaw Truck & Tractor Pull will take place on Friday, July 10, and Saturday, July 11 at the Thunder in the Valley Tractor Pulling Arena in Rock Valley, Iowa. This pull is an Outlaw Ultimate National Truck & Tractor Pull, one of the largest pulls across the Midwest.  It has also been voted ‘Pull of the Year’ 10 years in a row by the Iowa Tractor Pulling Association and seven times by the Outlaw Truck & Tractor Pulling Association.

There are two tracks, two sleds, and three sessions featuring all classes.  The event kicks off on Friday, July 10, at 7:00 p.m.  On Saturday, July 11, the event resumes at 12:30 p.m. and then again at 6:00 p.m.  Concessions are available and coolers are permitted.

“This will be bigger and better than ever this year, featuring 14 classes of pulling vehicles during three sessions and paying out a purse over $100,000,” says Rich Rozeboom.

Thunder in the Valley Pulling Arena recently made upgrades to their facility including; additional bleacher seating, a larger pit parking area and free camping sites.

The city of Rock Valley has hosted pulls for many years and 12 years ago Valley Pullers partnered with Outlaw Truck and Tractor Pulling Association. The first Outlaw pull only had three classes with a purse of $12,000.  Valley Pullers Inc., has 10 directors that promote the pulls each year in Rock Valley. There are approximately 250 volunteers.

Rozeboom says “We wouldn’t be able to pull off this event without the help of our volunteers and sponsors. We are so grateful for their help.”

Sponsors for this year’s pull include; the City of Rock Valley, A&I Products, Case IH, Town & Country Implement, Farmer’s Elevator Coop, Dekalb, and Extreme Performance & Tire Cutting.

On the day of the event to line up interviews, please contact Travis Olson at 712-441-5016.