March 25, 2016 - 10:05 am - Posted in News

Sioux Sheriff 84-8 FacebookSioux Center, Iowa — One vehicle, a power line, and a mailbox were all damaged in an accident on Thursday, March 24th near Sioux Center.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 6:58 am, 52-year-old Glenda Van Roekel of Sioux Center was driving a 2010 Ford Expedition on Goldfinch Avenue and stopped for the stop sign at 360th Street, four miles northwest of Sioux Center. Twenty-one-year-old Cody Byl of Rock Valley was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Impala eastbound on 360th Street. According to the report, Van Roekel turned left onto 360th Street, then Byl swerved to avoid striking the Ford. Byl lost control of the Impala, struck a mailbox, entered the south ditch, and struck a MidAmerican Energy utility pole. The impact caused the power lines to detach from the pole.

The Impala received $10,000 damage; the utility pole and power lines received $1200 damage.

The accident remains under investigation.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Sioux Center Fire Department and Sioux Center Ambulance.

March 25, 2016 - 10:05 am - Posted in News

Sioux Sheriff Car 84-Sheldon, Iowa — An Iowa Department of Transportation sign and a Boyden woman’s vehicle were damaged in an accident on Thursday, March 24th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 5:45 am, 21-year-old Keri Sneller of Boyden was driving a 2007 Dodge Caliber eastbound on Highway 18, two miles west of Sheldon. According to the report, Sneller lost control of the vehicle, struck an Iowa Department of Transportation traffic sign and entered the south ditch.

The Dodge received $3000 damage; the sign received $100 damage.

No injuries were reported.

Orange City, Iowa — A Hull man’s vehicle was damaged in an accident near Orange City on Thursday.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 6:10 am, 28-year-old Randy Kooiman of Hull was driving a 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix southbound on Jackson Avenue, four miles north of Orange City. According to the report, Kooiman lost control of the vehicle and entered the west ditch.

The Pontiac received $500 damage.

No injuries were reported.

Boyden, Iowa — A South Dakota woman and her family were injured in an accident after her van rolled near Boyden on Thursday.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 10:57 am, 28-year-old Aracely Magali of Huron, South Dakota was driving a 2007 Dodge minivan southbound on Kennedy Avenue. according to the report, Magali lost control of the vehicle, entered the west ditch and rolled.

The Dodge received $9000 damage.

Magali and four children received minor injuries and declined further medical attention.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Boyden Fire Department and Boyden Ambulance.

March 25, 2016 - 10:00 am - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemHawarden, Iowa — A Nebraska woman’s vehicle was damaged in an accident near Hawarden on Wednesday, March 23rd.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 11:01 pm, 30-year-old Elizabeth Bissen of Papillion, Nebraska was driving a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica westbound on 420th Street, two miles north of Hawarden. According to the report, Bissen lost control of her vehicle and entered the south ditch.

The Chrysler received $1200 damage.

No injuries were reported.

Rock Valley, Iowa — A Rock Valley man escaped injury after rolling his vehicle near Rock Valley Wednesday night.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 10:33 pm on Wednesday, 43-year-old Nicolas Ruvalcaba of Rock Valley was driving a 1997 Ford F-150 eastbound on Highway 18. According to the report, Ruvalcaba lost control of his vehicle, entered the north ditch and rolled.

The Ford received $4500 damage.

No injuries were reported.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol

Sioux Center, Iowa — A Hawarden man’s vehicle was damaged in an accident on Wednesday, March 23rd near Sioux Center.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 9:02 pm on Wednesday night, 57-year-old Jeffrey Smith of Hawarden was driving a 2005 Dodge Stratus eastbound on 420th Street, three miles west of Sioux Center. According to the report, Smith lost control of the vehicle and entered the south ditch.

The Dodge received $1200 damage.

No injuries were reported.

March 24, 2016 - 4:28 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — The new Home-Delivered Meals program in Orange City and Alton is about a month old.
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Orange City Area Health System Food Services Manager Sharon VerMeer says the program replaces the Meals on Wheels program.

She says that about the only things that stayed the same were the food, the delivery times and the price. She says while they couldn’t do the program without all of their volunteers, it was becoming harder to do the hot meal program due sometimes to churches not being able to find the volunteers. Plus, Char Ten Clay, Orange City Area Health System Director of Senior Care says that society has changed. She says that nationally, there’s a trend toward fewer deliveries and using frozen meals. She says they realize this is a huge change for their clients, but to make it easier on their volunteers they felt they had to make the change.

VerMeer says there are certainly some positive aspects of the change.

Plus, she says the frozen format gives them a little more flexibility because people can now order as many meals as they want. They can use them as lunch and supper meals, and can order enough meals for a weekend. Plus, if they’re going to be away, the meal can just stay in the freezer for another time.

She says that there are now choices you can make.

VerMeer stresses that the program still uses lots of volunteers, and without them it still would not be possible.

If you or your loved one would like to know more about the Orange City and Alton Home Delivered Meal Program, she says you can call Meals Coordinator Pam DeHaan at 712-737-8954.

March 23, 2016 - 1:08 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa – Seven fire departments helped put out a cornstalk bale fire in which three thousand large square bales were destOrange City Fire1royed on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 near Orange City.

According to Orange City Fire Chief Denny Vander Wel, about 2:30 PM, the Orange City Fire Department was called to the report of a grinder on fire at Robert Wassenaar’s dairy farm at 4280 Jackson Avenue, just north of the Orange City city limits on K64.

The chief says that when they got there, the fire department saw a hay and corn stalk grinder on fire and the silage that was being made on fire as well. That fire spread into the large square bales, he says. According to the chief, they used side dumps and manure spreaders to haul the burning bales out into a field, spread them apart, and doused them with water.

Vander Wel reports that a cow was reportedly lost in the fire, but no injuries to people or pets were reported.

Fire departments from Alton, Hospers, Granville, Boyden, Sioux Center, and Le Mars assisted the Orange City Fire Department. The Orange City and Sioux Center ambulance crews, the Sioux Center Ambulance Rehab trailer, and personnel from the Orange City Utilities, Orange City Police Department, and the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office assisted as well.

He says the cause of the fire appeared to be an issue with the grinder, but it’s not known if it was a malfunction or what happened exactly.

Chief Vander Wel reports that all 3000 bales were lost, but the grinder was salvageable.

He says they used 500,000 to 600,000 gallons of water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene over eight hours — until 10:45 PM.

March 23, 2016 - 9:49 am - Posted in News

Sioux Sheriff 84-8 FacebookSioux Center, Iowa — A Rock Valley woman struck a grain trailer near Sioux Center on Monday, March 21st.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 2:35 pm, 31-year-old Rebecca Horton of Rock Valley was backing a 1997 Chevrolet Blazer from a residential driveway onto Garfield Avenue, five miles northwest of Sioux Center. Twenty-six-year-old Matthew Bruggeman of Larchwood was driving a 2010 Kenworth semi-tractor pulling a grain trailer northbound on Garfield Avenue. According to the report, Horton struck the grain trailer on the roadway.

The Blazer received $5000 damage, the grain trailer received $1000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

March 23, 2016 - 9:49 am - Posted in News

sioux sheriff emblem side of carMaurice, Iowa — Two vehicles were damaged in an accident in Maurice on Tuesday, March 22nd.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 11:43 am, 47-year-old Anthony Smythe of Primghar was driving a 2002 Freightliner semi-tractor pulling a tank trailer eastbound on 4th Street in Maurice, and stopped for the stop sign at Highway 75. Twenty-nine-year-old Derek Knopp of Spokane Valley, Washington was driving a 2015 Ford F-250 pickup northbound on Highway 75. According to the report, Smythe drove into the intersection and struck Knopp.

The Freightliner received $4000 damage. The Ford received $5000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

March 21, 2016 - 4:10 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — Sheep producers and agri-business professionals are invited to attend a hands-on computer workshop Tuesday, March 29 at the Sioux County Extension Office in Orange City.
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The workshop begins at 6:30 p.m. and features two computer programs – Sheep BRANDS and the ISU Sheep Feedlot Monitoring Program, according to Iowa State University Extension’s Beth Doran.

She says the BRANDS program aids in formulating sheep diets; and the Feedlot Monitoring Program monitors and projects the performance of feedlot lambs.

She tells us about the facilitators of the workshop.

The workshop is jointly sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Iowa Sheep and Wool Promotion Board, the Iowa Sheep Industry Association and the Northwest Iowa Sheep Producers. Computers will be supplied so participants do not need to bring their computers. To register, please call the Sioux County Extension Office at 712-737-4230 no later than this Friday, March 25.

Doran says the workshop is similar to a test drive, and will offer producers a chance to “try before they buy.”

MOC-FV Pride of Dutchmen Dutchman Marching Band 2Orange City, Iowa — The Pride Of The Dutchmen Marching Band from MOC-Floyd Valley High School are going Hollywood.  More accurately, they’re going TO Hollywood during their Thanksgiving break this fall.

According to Band Director Steve Connell, the Pride of the Dutchmen Marching Band has accepted an invitation to perform at the Hollywood Christmas Parade in Hollywood, California.  The band will be one of 17 bands from across the country and around the world that have been invited to march down Hollywood Boulevard at the Hollywood Christmas Parade on Sunday, November 27th.

Connell says this will be the first Thanksgiving holiday trip for the Pride Of The Dutchmen Marching Band.

He says the application process to be invited to march in the parade was quite extensive.

Connell says that, as exciting as the Hollywood Christmas Parade is for the band, they will have other performances while in Southern California, as well, including one at Disneyland on November 25th.

Connell says that he and his wife traveled to southern California a few weeks ago to line up hotels, as well as other arrangements for the band’s trip.  He says that while there, they toured the USS Iowa Battleship Memorial, which is permanently docked at Long Beach Harbor.  It was there, he says, that a chance conversation with a ticket seller at the museum landed a third performance opportunity for the band.

The Pride Of The Dutchmen will perform a 30-minute concert at the USS Iowa Battleship Memorial beginning at 10:30 Sunday morning, November 27th.  They will be in southern California from November 23rd through November 28th

March 21, 2016 - 10:23 am - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — An Orange City man has thrown his hat into the ring for the open Iowa General Assembly House District 4 seat recently held by Dwayne Alons, and after his death, during this session by John Kooiker.
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Jeff VanDerWerff, a Professor of American Government at Northwestern College for the past 17 years, filed his nominating petitions and affidavit of candidacy with the Secretary of State’s office in Des Moines this past week.

VanDerWerff says he wants to be “the voice that champions the conservatism animating Sioux County.”

“Home to a livestock boom, a thriving machine shop industry, an impressive agricultural mix of feedlots and biotechnology, not to mention hard work, health care, and higher education, Sioux County is thriving. While many small towns and rural counties across the state are losing jobs and/or population, profits as well as people are flowing into communities like Sioux Center, Rock Valley, Hull and Orange City, among others,” noted VanDerWerff.

He contends that what is happening in Sioux County is an example worth emulating, a cultural climate that needs to be protected and preserved.

Photo: (L-R) Michael Ross, Deputy Secretary of State and Jeff VanDerWerff (R), filing paperwork placing name on the primary ballot