Sioux Center AmbulanceSioux Center, Iowa — An Alton woman was transported by helicopter to a Sioux Falls hospital after an accident south of Sioux Center on Monday afternoon.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 12:50 PM, 55-year-old Brian Fryhe of Cushing, Iowa was driving 2011 Peterbilt semi-tractor pulling a gravel trailer northbound on Highway 75. Fryhe stopped the truck and was waiting for oncoming traffic before turning west onto 420th Street. Nineteen-year-old Shea Van Surksum of Alton was driving a 2002 Ford Focus northbound on Highway 75 behind Fryhe. Van Surksum was not able to stop and struck the rear of the gravel trailer.

Van Surskum was trapped in her vehicle and had to be extricated by the Sioux Center Fire Department. She was transported by the Sioux Center Ambulance to the Sioux Center Hospital and was later flown by helicopter to Avera-McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Van Surksum’s vehicle sustained approximately $5,000 in damages. The gravel trailer sustained an estimated $10,000 in damages.

The Sioux Center Police Department, Sioux Center Fire Department and Sioux Center Ambulance crew assisted the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.

October 21, 2013 - 5:04 pm - Posted in News

cowboy bootBoyden, Iowa — The northwest Iowa community came together to wrap its arms around a Boyden girl and her family on Saturday night (10/19/13). Twelve-year-old Mady Hansmann is battling cancer, and her friends and neighbors organized a benefit to help her family “kick cancer” with financial support for their medical and other expenses. It was this past Saturday night at the Boyden-Hull Elementary in Boyden.

One of the organizers of the event, Darnell Clark, says after a little issue with the ice cream machine at the beginning, everything went well.

Click or tap the play button above or this link to listen.

Clark says that due to privacy concerns they will not be releasing the total dollar figure from the supper and auction, so we asked her to describe the auction in a word.

Click or tap the play button above or this link to listen.

Mady Hansmann is 12 years old and attends Boyden-Hull Schools, where she is in the 7th grade.

October 21, 2013 - 10:52 am - Posted in News


A Weekly Column about Plants, Gardens, & Yards

ISU Extension and Outreach Consumer Horticulture • Lyon-O’Brien-Osceola-Sioux Counties

 October is for Planting

By: Margaret Murphy, Horticulture Educator/Regional Foods Coordinator Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola & Sioux Counties


I know it is a bit early to think about spring blooms. After all, most of us are still busy putting our gardens to bed for the winter. But now is the time to plant spring flowering bulbs otherwise known as hardy bulbs. These include daffodils and tulips. Trust me, the reward of seeing their early spring color makes it worth the effort.

Planting bulbs is easy but it is important to plant them at the correct depth. If the package doesn’t include planting depths, the rule of thumb advises planting bulbs 2 to 3 times as deep as they are wide. Place the bulb tip or pointed end facing up. If the top and bottom of the bulb are not obvious, lay the bulb on its side (it will figure out the right way to grow). Once planted, water thoroughly to get the bulbs started on their rooting process.

It is not recommended to place fertilizer in the hole before planting bulbs as this might burn their young roots. Instead, use a light application of slow-release fertilizer on top of the ground or work it into the soil before planting. The fall is the best time to fertilize hardy bulbs since this is when their roots are developing. After the ground freezes, remember to cover your bulb bed with 2 to 4 inches of mulch. Use lightweight mulch such as pine needles or chopped leaves. Lastly, don’t forget to plant some bulbs from the ‘minor’ bulb group such as snowdrops, crocus, winter aconite and striped squill. These are early spring bloomers and can sometimes be seen peeking through the soil while snow is still on the ground.  More information on spring flowering bulbs can be found online in Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach Yard and Garden article Planting Spring-Flowering Bulbs by Richard Jauron and Willy Klein (September, 2011).

Another item you can plant now is garlic. Garlic is grown by planting the cloves. Avoid planting cloves bought in the grocery store as these are often treated to prevent sprouting. This makes them keep longer in your kitchen but can hinder the number of cloves that will develop after planting.

Garlic needs to be planted in a location that receives plenty of sun. Make sure the soil is well-drained. Garlic also does not compete well with weeds so it’s best to maintain a tidy garlic bed during the growing season. Before planting, gently separate the individual garlic cloves. The largest cloves will be the most productive.  Plant the cloves about one inch deep with the pointed side facing up. Cloves should be placed 3 to 5 inches apart in the row with rows spaced at about 18 to 24 inches apart. When finished planting, put down several inches of mulch to insulate the cloves over winter. Remove the mulch in early spring after the threat of a hard freeze is over.

Garlic is considered a “heavy feeder” so before planting work some all-purpose garden fertilizer into the soil. In the spring, side-dress the plants about three weeks after you see the first shoots emerge. This involves lightly sprinkling fertilizer along each side of the row keeping it about 3 to 4 inches away from the shoots. It’s recommended not to apply nitrogen after the first week of May as this may delay bulb development.

For hardneck cultivars, flower shoots (called scapes) begin to form in midsummer. The scapes should be removed when they begin to curl. This encourages the plant to focus its energy on bulb growth rather than flower development. If not removed, the bulb production can be reduced. But don’t throw those scapes away. Young, tender scapes are considered a delicacy and can be chopped up and put in salads or other dishes to add a mild garlic flavor. Harvest garlic when the foliage begins to dry and turn brown. In our area, that usually happens in August. For more information on growing garlic, see ISU Extension article Growing Garlic by Cindy Haynes (October, 2009).

So even though it seems like we should put our gardening thoughts away for awhile, it’s still time to get out and get some planting done! For any questions feel free to contact horticulture educator, Margaret Murphy, by phone (712) 472-2576, at email or contact your local County Extension office.


Contact information: Margaret Murphy 712 472-2576(office) •605 521-7893(cell) •

October 18, 2013 - 5:21 pm - Posted in News

hansmann 013Boyden, Iowa — A little girl from Boyden is battling cancer, and her friends and neighbors are rallying around her and her family.  The Benefit Supper and Auction for Mady Hansmann will be held Saturday, October 19 at the Boyden-Hull Elementary School in Boyden. Serving will be from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. with the auction to follow.  Supper will consist of taverns, hot dogs, pork patties, applesauce , chips, baked beans, ice cream and cake. Mady Hansmann is 12 years old and attends Boyden-Hull Schools, where she is in the 7th grade.

One of the organizers of the event, Darnell Clark, says there’s a special theme.

Click or tap the play button above or this link to listen.

Clark says they’ve got lots of items for the live auction.

Click or tap the play button above or this link to listen.

If you have any questions about the events, or if you have items or pies for the auction, you can contact Darnell Clark at 725-2663 or LaVonne Sietstra at 725-2090.

View the list of auction items by clicking here.

Lets Give Cancer the Boot!!


A Benefit Supper and Auction for Mady Hansmann will be held on Saturday, October 19 at the Boyden-Hull Elementary School in Boyden. Serving will be from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. with the auction to follow.  Supper will consist of tavern , hotdogs, pork patty, applesauce , chips, baked beans, ice cream and cake.

Mady Hansmann is 12 years old and attends Boyden-Hull Schools, where she is in the 7th grade. This past spring Mady had an 11 pound tumor removed, along with 1 ovary.  Sadly, the tumor was cancerous. Last week doctors found another tumor and she will go undergo another surgery Thursday (October 10th) to have it removed, which will most likely be followed up with chemo treatments. Mady is the daughter of Dwayne and Becky Hansmann, and she has two older brothers, Matthew and Adam.  Mady is a very energetic young lady, and she proudly wears her “cancer boots” with the motto “Lets give cancer the boot!”  So if you are planning on attending this event …..wear your boots!!

If you have any questions about Saturday’s events, items or pies for the auction, contact Darnell Clark at 725-2663 or LaVonne Sietstra at 725-2090.

 Here is an update post from Mady’s Mom, Becky, after surgery on Thursday, October 10.

One last post for the day….Mady was taken back to the OR around 11 this morning. At that time her PICC line was placed as well as the stint in her left ureter tube. The surgeon began his work around 12:15 and we were told it would take about 3 hours. Answered prayers, he was finished at 1:20 and was able to do 100 % of the operation laparoscopically!!!!!!! This tumor was attached to the colon, uterus and fallopian tube that was left from her surgery back in March, and was about the size of an orange. We even got pics….not sure if it’s something I really wanted to see, but they are nice keepsakes for Mady!!! She was moved to 6th floor around 330ish. By 4 the nausea and vomiting was setting in….her surgeon thinks its from the anesthesia wearing off. She’s had a saltine cracker and kept that down so hopefully were going in the right direction. Her pain level seems to be ok, she did get morphine to keep it from getting out of control. We do not know the results of the mass nor when she will start chemo….hopefully we have answers by Monday. Dwayne and I want to thank you so much for your love, support and prayers… powerful and touching!!! Hoping to be back in Boyden soon…..POSSIBLY tomorrow!!!!! Good night from Children’s Omaha…..
Modern Woodmen …..will match $1,000!!! towards this event!!

Auction items are as follows, with more being added daily:
4 wristbands to Nickelodeon Universe at Mall Of America
Chanhassen dinner and show for 2
Chanhassen dinner and show for 2
1 month single membership to Life Long Learning & Recreation Center (NICC)
Velero duffel bag Velero wind breaker jacket mag lite flashlight Velero small thermos Nike Basketball Wilson volleyball
Hair on Hickory : 1 – 30 minute massage with Kara Vis 1 – hair cut with Jacque Meendering 1 – hair cut with Kristi DeYager 2 – 30 minute massages with Donna Tea
CRM Vinyl : 2 – Family Birthday Boards 1 – personalized Camel Bak water bottle 2 – family last name tiles 1 – personalized small piggy bank
Alyssa Mohning –1 night of babysitting
Gas Card Boyden Coop Gas Card Boyden Coop
Gun—savage model 93, 22mag, black stock & magazine
2 rounds of golf (9 holes) & cart Otter Valley

Gift card Doon Steakhouse
The Wild Things Blanket and matching book
Iowa State Blanket
Iowa Hawkeye Blanket
Tanning Pkg, Al’Round Brown
Pizza Hut coupon book
6 coupons for free subs at The Station in Hull
Dinner for 4 Cedar Rock
Dinner for 2 Cedar Rock
Pizza Ranch Orange City 1 free lg 1 free lg 1 free med 1 free med
Langers Gift Card
3 Iowa State 23″ Collegiate signs Made in Boyden
3 Iowa Hawkeye 23″ Collegiate signs Made in Boyden
Catahoula lab cross puppy female yellow 12 wks old
Foreign Candy Gift basket
Free Hair Cut from Kristi DeYager Hair on Hickory
6 youth passes at All Season Center
Toddler sofa , pic of Case tractor on it and folds out into little bed
Gift Basket from Green Meadows
Seasonal Wreath
Assorted Varieties of pies
Black and gold ruffled scarf
Blue and silver ruffled scarf
Tan and brown ruffled scarf
Crochet baby blanket
Denim quilt
Movie basket (includes zebra fleece blanket, movie, popcorn, pop and assortment of Mady’s favorite candies)!!
Massy Ferguson toy tractor
Crochet baby/toddler hat
Crochet adult scarf
Hair product gift basket
Bicycle computer with free install (keeps track of miles, time etc)
Grand Falls –Buffet for 2
Great Bear Recreation Center– 4 weekend tubing passes to Kirby Family Tubing Hill
Water Park of America $200 gift card (right across from Mall of America)
Courtyard in Sheldon–100 tanning points
Courtyard in Sheldon 5 fitness classes gift cert
Ticket for 2 to the Iowa-Iowa State Basketball Game Dec 13 @ 8:30, center court lower section 111, row 12, seat 8 & 9
Chanhassen gift card for a 1 night Jacuzzi suite @ Country Inn & Suites & 2 tickets for a Dinner Theater of Choice–never expires!
Gift Cert to Old 60 Steaks and Chops
2 gift cards to Lewis Family Drug Sheldon
Pampered Pups—Free Groom
Gift Cert for GreenWorld in Sioux Center
Gift Cert to Minervas in Sioux Falls
4 hours of babysitting from Autumn VanDerBrink
Wagging Tails Dog Resort 5 free night stays & free weekend stay
Texas RoadHouse Sioux Falls 2 -Dinner for
2 Ramkota In Sioux Falls 1 night stay
VanDerBrink Designs T-shirt designed by Tami VanDerBrink
Sioux Center Theater Buy 1 get 1 free movie pass
2-  gift cards to Scheels
5- cert. for a free combo of choice, Hardees (Sheldon)
5- cert for a free sandwich of choice , Hardees (Sheldon)
Ozone solutions Fridgezone ordor remover unit for fridge
Ozone solutions Home Unit Air Purifier (removes ordors from your house, car etc)
Boer & Sons- 1 load of crushed concrete and delivery
10 cert. for free extra value meal at McDonalds
2- wash cards for Daves Auto Wash
Gift card for Sioux County Livestock Co. Restaurant in Sioux Center
4- tickets to Sioux City Musketeers game with a 25% off entire check at Perkins
Pizza Ranch Sioux Center: 1 free Large Pizza 1 free Large Pizza
Handmade Wooden Bench (green treated lumber)
Handmade 3-D Bible woodart
Handmade wood lantern (plugs in)
Stealth Flyer 11 micro wireless indoor helicopter
Nike football
2 Old time Charm prints of Boyden
2 scarves
Angel tree decorations
Baby small tag toy
2 firefighter pocket knives
Paul Mitchell pro-tools pink blowdyer
Paul Mitchell hairspray& brush
2 free grooms at Michelle’s Pet Grooming (Sioux Center) gift cert
$400 towards new tires up to 17″
Boyden Hull Cheerleaders : (driveway or sidewalk) 1 comet painting 1 nighthawk painting Both nighthawk and comet painting
Rise Fest 2014 Backstage Package!!
Nov. 22 Council Bluffs 7 p.m. MidAmerica Center : TobyMac continues his “Hits Deep Tour”! Bringing along with him American Idol Stars Mandisa, Colton Dixon; Singer Songwriters Chris August, Brandon Heath, Jamie Grace; and introducing the Capital Kings! This show has something for everyone and is sure to be an incredible night of music and praise!
Biolage hair product gift basket
2 rounds (9 holes)  & cart…Sheldon Golf & Country Club
Pets R 1st , Sheldon free groom (up to $40)
4 tickets to Omaha Zoo
Childs multi colored blanket
2 decorated wine bottles
Fall wreath
5 Floral arrangments
Halloween pumpkin filled with goodies
Pallet of wood chips (45 bags) & delivery
34 1/2 x 57 ” Iowa Hawkeye barn door
$100 towards a puppy from Fureverfriends2luv…Misti Fykstra
Pampered Chefs kids cookie making set
10 cert free bowling Sweet Sixteen Lanes in Lemars
Center Sports gift cert
5 assortedt sport flexers Sig….
3 boxes (14-15 # avg) pork chops
Thirty one gift basket
Tastefully Simple gift basket
Crochet baby hat
The Ridge:  Foursome to 18 holes and cart Hair product gift bag
Case Monster tread tractor toy
Ertl toy tractor
Ranchers Choice 40lb bag dog food
4 piece adjustable wrench set
Case tractor childs dinner plate
Red zone Hawkeye t shirt
2 livestock paddles
4 tickets to Dakota Dome Nov. 9 South Dakota vs Montana Sec 6 /row 11/ seats 8,9,10,11
Sony CD Boom Box / work radio
7 days of the week embroidered dish towels
Family picture :1 free family session Jessica Boonestroo
Harley Davidson wall hanging
2 small Iowa State Collegiate signs
Gift bag of Norwex cleaning supplies
2 Boy Baby taggy blankets
2 Girl Baby taggy blankets
Basket of Comet & NightHawk items
20 # of ground beef…Anonymous
9 rounds of Golf with cart : Silverlake Country Club, Lake Park
1 free yard cleanup within city limitsAlex, Andrew, Brady Frick
Free Gallon of Blue Bunny Ice Cream (10)
50 x 60 scrappy quilt
Dale Earnhardt ¼ scale small coke hood
Dale Jr. Oreo/Ritz raced version diecast 1/24 scale
Waterpark party at the Holiday Inn Express in Brandon , SD
Free Subway reg 6” sub (5)
Subway gift card
1 free professional bleaching – The Dental Office
Mini fruit basket includes a Fareway gift card also
2 youth and 2 adult passes..Great Plains Zoo- Sioux Falls
Blue Bunny gift cert (3)
Bottle of Calvin Klein Escape perfume
Bottle of Calvin Klein Eternity perfume
3/8 “ pvc air hose
3 piece adjustable wrench set
3/8 “ x 50’ pro blue flex hose
¼ drive 21 piece SAE & Metric Socket Set
3/8 “ 21 piece SAE & Metric Socket Set
18 piece air compressor kit
14 piece Wrench set
Limited edition Porcelain doll
16” genuine porcelain doll
Iowa Hawkeye pink & black scarf, mitten, and lap blanket set
2 tickets to a Broadway show: 1 of 4 choices at the Sioux City Orpheum Theater
1 Hand sewn John Deer sofa pillow
1 Hand sewn Case IH sofa pillow
Taggy Blankets..2 girls, 2 boys, & 1 Halloween to choose from
4 tickets to UNC – Wilmington-Iowa Basketball game
If we have extra food from the supper we will sell that also so bring a container please
October 17, 2013 - 4:03 pm - Posted in News

On Wednesday, October 16, 2013, the Rock Valley Police Department arrested Thomas Van Horsen age 28 from Sheldon, Iowa.  Authorities say Van Horsen was charged with two counts of sexual abuse.  Each charge is a Class “B” Felony.

Rock Valley police say the arrest stemmed from an investigation into an allegation that Van Horsen had committed sex acts with a victim under the age of 12 at a residence in Rock Valley.

The Rock Valley Police Department was assisted by the Sheldon Police Department.

text-a-tipOrange City, Iowa — The Sioux County Text-a-Tip program is behind drug charges for three juveniles and one 18-year-old recently.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Friday evening (10/11/13), they investigated the Text‐a‐Tip report of illegal drug use occurring at a place four miles southwest of Orange City.

Upon further investigation deputies located three 17-year-olds and one 18-year-old using marijuana.

As a result of the investigation, three juveniles — two from Orange City and one Granville — were issued Juvenile Court citations for possession of a controlled substance. They were released to their parents.

Eighteen-year-old Kaitlin Van Klompenburg of Orange City was charged with possession of a controlled substance and was also released to her parents.

Sioux Sheriff Car 84-Granville, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fairly strange case of vandalism near Granville.

On Monday morning (10/14) the Sheriff’s Office investigated the report of vandalism in a ditch near the intersection of 490th Street and Marsh Avenue, three miles south of Granville.

Upon further investigation it was discovered that the perpetrator or perpetrators severed a six-inch and an eight-inch manure hose, which were in the ditch. No spill or leakage occurred as a result of the damage. The hoses were cut with a sharp object sometime between Saturday evening, October 12 and Monday morning, October 14.

Damages are estimated at $300.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office. If you wish to remain anonymous you may use the Text-a-Tip program.

October 16, 2013 - 4:20 am - Posted in News

stop sign on wooden post_sxc_editOrange City, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is trying to find out who may have destroyed some signs in their county.

On Monday afternoon, October 14, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a report of road signs that were cut down and stolen from poles at the intersection of 440th Street and Kennedy Avenue, one mile north of Alton.

Upon further investigation, a stop sign was also cut down and removed from its pole at the intersection of 440th Street and Indian Avenue, a mile northwest of Orange City.

A stop sign, black and orange bridge crossing signs and weight limit signs have been stolen in these incidents.

The Sheriff’s Office says that crimes likely occurred between Sunday, October 6 and Monday, October 14.

Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to contact the sheriff’s office. If you wish to remain anonymous you may use the Text-a-Tip program.

Sioux Sheriff Car 84-Alton, Iowa — Two people from Le Mars and one from Orange City face drug delivery charges after early Sunday arrests.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that in the early hours of Sunday, their deputies arrested three people as a result of an ongoing drug investigation. The arrests were made in Alton. 

Authorities report that they arrested 27-year-old Sione Toki of Orange City, 20-year-old Randall Messelhiser and 21-year-old Kelsey Clark both of Le Mars following a traffic stop. 

Toki was charged with two counts of delivery of methamphetamine and two counts of conspiracy to deliver 
methamphetamine.  Messelhiser was charged with conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine and possession of 
methamphetamine.  Clark was charged with conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine and operating while 
The sheriff’s office was assisted in the investigation by the Sioux County Drug Recognition Expert, Orange City 
Police Department and Le Mars Police Department. 
The case remains under investigation.