June 28, 2017 - 12:14 pm - Posted in News

Boyden, Iowa — A Boyden woman was taken to the hospital after a crash on Tuesday night, June 27th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 9:40 p.m., 30-year-old Alisha Horn of Boyden was driving a 2003 Pontiac Bonneville westbound on Highway 18, two miles east of Boyden, when, according to the report, she lost control of the vehicle and it entered the south ditch.  

The Boyden Ambulance took Horn to Sanford Sheldon Hospital.

The Pontiac did not sustain any damage.

Horn was cited on a charge of failure to maintain control. The Sheriff’s Office says the Boyden Fire Department and Boyden Ambulance Squad assisted with the response to the accident.

Orange City, Iowa — A proposal for an $8.7 million addition to Unity Christian High School was defeated by the Unity constituency last night.

According to information on the school’s website, the vote was 46% in favor and 54% opposed.

The proposal was to build an addition to the west and east sides of the school for a projected cost of $8.7 million, of which $3 million had been pledged by ten donors in a silent phase of the campaign.

According to information provided to constituents, the board felt that the athletic facilities needed upgrades and expansion, to include court space, new locker rooms, and a turf field. They also said that their student musicians would be best served by moving the music room next to the Knight Center as originally intended. The project also would have expanded the cafeteria into the current music room. It also would have created a secure home for school buses and vehicles. They say that freeing up the current bus barn would have provided space for the shop area to expand in service to the agricultural program.

The information says that business partners Dale Zevenbergen, Jay Schuiteman and Jesse Moret would have managed the new addition as a health and wellness business. Their lease payments, estimated to be $200,000 a year, would have been applied toward the building project’s expected debt.

The City of Orange City also was committed to giving a half a million dollars toward the project, as the City would have used the new athletic facilities for their recreational needs.

June 27, 2017 - 10:57 am - Posted in News

Rock Valley, Iowa — A Rock Valley teen was injured after her vehicle rolled near Rock Valley on Saturday, June 24th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that just before 8:30 pm on Saturday, 15-year-old Mikayla Kooima of Rock Valley was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer eastbound on 330th Street, two miles south of Rock Valley. According to the report, Kooima lost control of the vehicle, entered the south ditch and rolled into a cornfield.

The Trailblazer received $8,000 damage.

Kooima reported minor injuries but decline further medical attention.

June 26, 2017 - 4:24 pm - Posted in News

Rock Valley, Iowa — “Hundreds of motorcycles” were destroyed in a fire on Sunday, June 25, 2017 near Rock Valley. That from Rock Valley Fire Chief Brent Eshuis.

Eshuis says that about 10:30 PM, the Rock Valley Fire Department was called to the report of a barn fire three miles west and two north of Rock Valley.

The chief says the fire department saw the whole south end of the barn on fire with fire up to the haymow as they approached the scene. He says that the building was being used to store hundreds of motorcycles for parts. He says the owner had been selling motorcycle parts on the Internet. He says the haymow alone had over 200 motorcycles in it, and the main floor of the barn was full of motorcycles and parts as well.

Eshuis says no injuries were reported.

He says the Inwood, Doon, and Hudson fire departments were also summoned to bring water to the fire.

He says the cause of the fire is undetermined at this time.

He says they used between 25,000 and 30,000 gallons of water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene until 1:30 a.m.

June 26, 2017 - 12:29 pm - Posted in News

Rock Valley, Iowa — A dairy building was saved from fire on Saturday, June 24, 2017 near Rock Valley.

According to Rock Valley Fire Chief Brent Eshuis, about 4:05 PM, the Rock Valley Fire Department was called to the report of a hay fire at Ysselstein Dairy, about seven miles west and a mile north of Rock Valley.

The chief says the fire department saw light smoke from a loose hay pile next to one of the buildings as they approached the scene. Eshuis says workers at the dairy had scooped the hay away from the building before firefighters got there. He says firefighters then broke up the hay and doused it with water to fight the fire.

Eshuis says no injuries were reported.

The fire department was assisted by the Inwood Fire Department, who brought water and more firefighters, according to the chief.

He says the cause of the fire is undetermined but he suspected it might have been a case of spontaneous combustion.

Chief Eshuis reports that damage was limited to the hay pile and some charred metal on the outside of the building.

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

June 23, 2017 - 5:51 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — The art of a girl who will be a second-grader at Orange City Christian School has been selected as the winner in a kids’ art contest connected with RAGBRAI.

Over 500 elementary-school-aged children in Orange City embraced the spirit of RAGBRAI® by creating original designs for the local kids’ art contest – but only one winning entry will now compete for the state-wide prize as communities throughout Iowa ready for RAGBRAI, which kicks off in Orange City on July 22nd.

Sarah Nyenhuis, who will be in second grade at Orange City Christian School this fall, was awarded local honors with her brightly-colored picture featuring a smiling cyclist and an iconic Dutch windmill representing Orange City.

Amanda Vazquez, one of the art contest judges, says that the judges were impressed with the piece Nyenhuis created. She says Nyenhuis did a great job of incorporating both Orange City and RAGBRAI into her art, and “the quality of her work was amazing.”

Vazquez says the judges were “blown away by the number of entries and the amount of effort put into them by local kids.”

Nyenhuis’ winning entry will now compete for state-wide RAGBRAI art contest honors for a grand prize of $350. The other artsy tulips will adorn Orange City as it serves as the starting overnight host town.

Orange City, Iowa — One of the deputies of the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is now the president of a statewide organization.
lon Pollema tells us about the Iowa Association of School Resource Officers.

He tells us the main goals for the organization.

Pollema says his duties as president will mostly be connected to next year’s conference, including helping to get good speakers and training lined up.

Pollema says that those on the board let him know that he may be up for the president position, but he says he was elected by his peers in the Association during the conference on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

He says for more information, you can visit www.iasro.org or look for the Iowa Association of School Resource Officers on Facebook.

June 22, 2017 - 4:35 pm - Posted in News

Boyden, Iowa — If you’re looking for some fun this weekend, one of your options is the festivities going on in Boyden for this year’s Boyden Bash.

It starts this Friday at noon with a golf tournament. Friday evening there will be Ferris wheel and train rides, inflatables and carnival games in Centennial Park. Also at the park will be a pork sandwich meal starting at 5:30, and a dessert auction starting at 7.

At 8, there’s a Glow In The Park 1-mile and 5K. Then at 9:30 there’s an outdoor family movie.

Saturday’s activities at Centennial Park start at 8 a.m. with a bean bag tournament, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, and concessions. At 10:30 it’s the kiddie parade, and at 11, frozen treats will be available, and the cook-off begins.

At 12:30, there will be a magic show, and at 1:30 they’ll recognize donors and the citizen and student of the year.

On the FCS property south of New Taft Street, the mini tractor pull gets underway at 11:00.

Also getting underway at 11, but at Centennial Park, it’s Skeeball and Soccer Darts and the inflatables, along with an obstacle course. The photo booth starts at 11:30.

Starting at 1:30 is the Spot Shot Contest. At 2, there will be Creative Spirits Painting in Centennial Park. They’ll try to have that in the open shelter, but if the weather doesn’t cooperate, they’ll have it at the Demco Center.

Sunday’s activities start at 9 a.m. with a frisbee golf tournament. The community worship service starts at 10 at the Boyden First Reformed Church. The omelette brunch starts at 11:30 at the Demco Center, with freewill donations going to the park.


Des Moines, Iowa — The Lewis & Clark Regional Water System is one of the top infrastructure priorities on a list that Iowa’s governor has sent to the President.

President Trump is pushing Congress to pass a spending plan to upgrade the nation’s infrastructure. Trump asked each governor to submit a list of their top five infrastructure priorities.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has put three water-related projects on her list. “Modernization” of the Upper Mississippi River Locks and Dams is at the top.

Number two on Reynolds list is the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System. When complete, it will provide drinking water to 300-thousand residents in northwest Iowa, southwest Minnesota and southeast South Dakota. Lewis & Clark was incorporated in 1990. Ten years later in 2000, the project was authorized. While the member communities and water systems have paid their share, the federal government has been slow to keep up their end of the bargain, according to Lewis & Clark Executive Director Troy Larson. The estimated cost to complete the system is over $580 million. While cities and systems are slowly being connected, the system has yet to reach Sioux Center, Hull, Sheldon, and Sibley in Iowa; Worthington, Minnesota; and Madison, South Dakota. Rock Rapids is the only system in Iowa that’s connected in any way so far.

Number three on Reynolds’ list is the Cedar Rapids Flood Mitigation Project. Reynolds also lists reconstruction of the interchange in the Iowa City area where Interstate 80 and Interstate 380 intersect as number four. The fifth project on the governor’s priority list is the expansion of the terminal at the Des Moines Airport.

June 21, 2017 - 6:34 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa  — The four northwest Iowa counties in our primary coverage area remain in the top 10 for lowest unemployment in the state, and three of the counties are ranked first, second, and third.

The May 2017 county-by-county unemployment rates were just released, and Lyon County again has the lowest (non-seasonally-adjusted) unemployment rate in the state, at just 1.5 percent, unchanged from April. Sioux County is second, with 1.7 percent, also unchanged from April. Osceola and Story counties are tied for third at 1.9 percent unemployment. Osceola is unchanged from April. A little further down the list, rounding out the top 10 at number 10 is O’Brien County with just 2.2 percent unemployment, up a tenth of a percent from the April figure of 2.1 percent.

Lee County, in the opposite corner of the state, had the highest unemployment in May, at 5.1 percent.

Statewide, the employment rate stayed the same, but the state did add some jobs, according to Iowa Workforce Development Communications Director Cory Kelly.

He says the good news continues for Iowa.

Kelly says that hiring in trade, health care, and manufacturing establishments helped keep the state growing.

He says that while the state added jobs and the unemployment rate stayed the same, more people were unemployed in May than in April.

Kelly says that you can visit www.iowalmi.gov for more information about current and historical data, labor force data, nonfarm employment, hours and earnings, and jobless benefits by county.