March 30, 2012 - 9:32 am - Posted in News
It’s probably not the end of a Boyden woman’s troubles with her ticket sales business, but it’s certainly a significant ruling.

A district judge in Story County has ordered 44-year-old Ranae Van Roekel of Boyden to pay an Ames businessman $360,000. Half of that is for the fraudulent Superbowl and other premier event tickets she sold Dixon Jensen of Ames, and the other half is for punitive damages.

Van Roekel allegedly acted as an agent, buying and selling tickets for customers. The Superbowl tickets she sold Jensen over a year before the event, never showed up.

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller’s office has received over 50 complaints about Van Roekel’s ticket-selling business, totaling over $500,000 in losses for the victims. The complaints were turned over to the US Attorney’s Office in Sioux City. That case is still being investigated and no criminal charges have yet been filed.

March 29, 2012 - 12:52 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Mrs. Janet Wielenga, age 66, of Orange City, passed away on Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at the Orange City Area Health System Hospital.

There will be a funeral service on Saturday, March 31, at 10:00am, at the Alton Reformed Church in Alton. The Rev. Scott Bonestroo will officiate. Interment will follow at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Friday, with the family present from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Janet Faye was born on September 16, 1945, at Orange City, the daughter of Harold and Christine (Pott) Menning. She was raised in the Newkirk and Orange City areas, where she graduated from the Maurice-OrangeCity High School.

On June 25, 1965, she married Lawrence Andrew Wielenga in Newkirk. They made their home in Orange City, where she was a homemaker. Beginning as a teenager, she worked at several businesses in Orange City. Janet and her daughter, Dawn, also owned and operated the Wagon Wheel Restaurant in Orange City. In addition, she worked with her daughter, cooking and baking at the Tri-State Livestock Auction Café in Sioux Center. Most recently, she was a clerk at the Fareway Store in Orange City.

Janet was a member of the Alton Reformed Church, where she was involved in many of their ministries, including a Bible study.

She enjoyed caring for people, especially her husband and daughter, and she liked spending time with her grandchildren, with whom she would often bake. She was known for bringing food to people and never missed an opportunity to help others. Her favorite saying was, “Smile, you don’t know who is watching”.

Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Dawn Renae Hanson, of Alton, and her special friend, Tony Beegle; four grandchildren, Zachary Michael De Haan, of Alton, and his friend, Kimmi Fuller; Tanya Nicole De Haan, of Orange City, and her friend, Todd Reis; Coleton Lawrence Hanson, of Alton, and his friend Kelsy Stewart; and Carter James Hanson, of Alton; two great-grandchildren, Dawson Andrew Reis and Dakota Rae-Lois Reis; her mother, Christine Menning, of Orange City; a brother and his wife, Stan and Sharon Menning, of Dawson, Minnesota; two sisters, Darlene, and her husband, Randy Immeker, of Sioux Center; and Charlene Palsma, of Alton; and several Wielenga brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

She was preceded in death by her father; Lawrence’s parents, Andrew and Tina Wielenga; a brother-in-law, Lee Palsma; and several Wielenga brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Memorials will be directed to the Orange City Area Home Health and Hospice.

March 29, 2012 - 10:07 am - Posted in News


COUNTY OFFICES:                               

County Auditor:   Lois Huitink       Republican

County Sheriff:      Dan Altena         Republican

County Board of Supervisors (District 1,3,4)

District 1:   John Degen           Republican

District 3:   Al Bloemendaal        Republican

District 4:   Mark Sybesma        Republican


March 29, 2012 - 8:49 am - Posted in News

Northwestern College’s music department has added a music ministry minor to the programs they offer, which include majors in music, music education and music ministry; minors in music and arts administration; and pre-professional programs in music performance and therapy.

Students majoring in music ministry prepare for seminary or full-time careers in church and worship leadership, says Dr. Heather Josselyn-Cranson, music professor and director of music ministry at Northwestern.

“But many church musicians are volunteers or part-time church employees,” she explains, adding that the new music ministry minor will prepare students pursuing a variety of careers to also serve their churches as worship leaders.

The music ministry minor includes courses in music theory and the history, theology and practice of church music in many different styles. Students in the program will also take voice and piano lessons.

For more information about the program, including a list of course requirements, visit

March 28, 2012 - 9:13 am - Posted in Obituaries

Clara Hoefler, 85 years old, of Earling and formerly of Granville, Iowa died on Monday March 26, 2012 at Little Flower Haven in Earling, IA.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 29, 2012 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Granville with Rev. Richard Ball officiating and Rev. Robert Hoefler concelebrating. Burial will be in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Granville.

Visitation will be anytime after 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28, 2012. There will be a parish rosary at 5 p.m., and a vigil prayer service at 7 p.m., all at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Granville.

Services have been entrusted to Fisch Funeral Home and Monument in Remsen. Condolences may be sent online to

Clara was born February 9,1927, in Fleming, CO. She was the daughter of Anton & Stefany (Tepley) Brekel. She graduated from St. Peter’s High School (the only member of her class).

On May 14, 1946, she married Arnold Hoefler, to whom she was married 62 years. Together, they had two sons, Jim & Fr. Bob. They lived in Granville from 1946 on, first in town (no running water), then on the farm east of town (with running water), and finally in town again after retirement. She moved to Little Flower Haven in Earling, IA, in April, 2008. She remained there until her death. Arnold died May 31, 2008.

During her time in Granville Clara was an active member in the community, St. Joseph Catholic Church & church guild. The love of her life was making music. For 40 years, she was the organist at St. Joseph Church. She loved to provide background music at the parish’s annual turkey suppers. She loved to lead musical sing-alongs at area bars. She helped out on the farm, but left most of that work to her husband, although she would help bring in the crop at harvest time. She took care of the house and garden. Although a native of Colorado, she came to love her new community through her active involvement. The pinochle card club lasted for many years.

Survivors include her son Fr. Bob of West Des Moines, her daughter-in-law Sharon of Jasper, AL, & nieces & nephews scattered throughout the U.S.

Preceded in death by her parents, her son Jim, her sisters Anna, Elizabeth, Martha & Sister Lucilla, her brother Joe & Louise.

Daniel Jansen of MOC Floyd Valley and Whitney Vander Maten of Boyden Hull earned MVP honors as Northwest Iowa all star teams won both the boy’s and girl’s team titles at the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association All Star Games at Dallas Center Grimes High School Saturday.

The Northwest boy’s team posted a 93-86 win over the Northeast squad in the title game after a 101-91 win over the Southeast.

 In the championship game Jansen; who will play college ball at Augustana inSioux Fallsled his team with 24 points. Austin Homan from LeMars who is headed for Briar Cliff hit for double figures as well with 10 points.

 Jansen also led his team in scoring in the win over the Southeast. South O’Brien’s Adam Paulsen who is headed to Briar Cliff pumped in 15 points.

In the girls games Whitney Vander Maten opened with 28 points in an 88-69 win over the Southeast and then hit for 18 more in an 86-84 championship win over the Northeast.

In the win over Southeast Dana Weerheim of West Sioux hit for 16 points and Erica Dreckman of Marcus Meriden Cleghorn pumped in 15 points.

The Northwest girl’s squad was coached by Central Lyon Co-Head Coaches Dan Kruse and Bruce Eckenrod.


March 27, 2012 - 10:25 am - Posted in News
Save The Date & Set Your Alarm
In December 2011 we launched Good Morning Orange City, a new power breakfast series.
It’s time again to get the latest reports on Orange City’s march towards a vibrant future.
Whether it is city and county government, public and private education, or community and
economic development, people are making things happen in this community. Please join us
on April 10—along with community leaders—to share in these efforts.
When? Tuesday, April 10 @ 7:00–7:50am
Where? Staples Promotional Products (1520 Albany Place SE)
What? It is free to attend. Please RSVP by April 6! Click here to RSVP or email


An Alton woman and a Le Mars man were injured in an accident on Thursday (3/22) on the edge of Orange City.

The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 10:35 AM, 58-year-old Margret Hoffman of Alton was eastbound on Highway 10, on the east edge of Orange City in a 2010 Ford. Fifty-five-year-old Randy Stream of Le Mars was westbound on 10 in a 2006 Peterbilt, owned by GCC Alliance Concrete of Orange City.

Hoffman drove into the path of the truck.

Hoffman was transported to Mercy Medical in Sioux City. Stream was also listed as injured, but according to the report was not transported to a medical facility.

The Orange City Police and Ambulance personnel assisted the trooper at the scene.

March 26, 2012 - 9:44 am - Posted in News

There were no human injuries, but 50 pigs were lost in a crash near Hull on Thursday morning (3/22).

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 5:45 AM, 29-year-old Paul Hibbing of Sutherland was driving a 1987 Peterbilt semi pulling a 2009 Wilson livestock trailer loaded with pigs eastbound on 300th Street.

About four miles northeast of Hull, Hibbing attempted to turn south onto Indian Avenue when the trailer entered the west ditch of Indian Avenue, rolling the trailer and semi onto its side in the ditch.

The Peterbilt sustained about $25,000 in damages. The trailer sustained about $12,000 in damages. Fifty of the 185 pigs were lost. They were valued at about $9,500.

No human injuries were reported.

Hibbing was cited for failure to maintain control.

The Hull Fire Department assisted at the scene.

March 22, 2012 - 10:30 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mrs. Bertha Vander Stoep, age 96, of Orange City, passed away on Thursday, March 22, 2012, at the Heritage House Nursing Home in Orange City.

There will be a memorial service on Monday, March 26, at 3:00pm, at the American Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. Jonathan Opgenorth will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. There will be a prayer service on Monday, at 2:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Visitation will be after 2:00pm on Sunday, with the family present from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, at the funeral home.

Bertha Henrietta was born on June 1, 1915, in rural Orange City, the daughter of Henry and Dena (Reinders) Vellinga. She was raised in the Carnes and Middleburg areas.

On February 15, 1937, she married Roy Arthur Vander Stoep in Middleburg. They made their home in Orange City, where she was a homemaker. Roy passed away on August 19, 1994, after more than 57 years of marriage.

In 2008, she moved into the Heritage House, after spending some time at both the Pioneer Memorial Home and Landsmeer Ridge Assisted Living, both in Orange City.

Mrs. Vander Stoep was a very active member of Trinity Reformed Church and the community. Throughout her life she was an avid reader, and she enjoyed discussing world events and politics. She was an excellent seamstress and made many clothes for her daughters, herself and others. She treasured every moment spent with the family. For over 50 years she was a member of the Birthday Club, whose focus was good desserts, good coffee, and great friendships.

Survivors include her two daughters and their husbands, Francine and Marvin Muilenburg, of Orange City; and Diane and Dr. Tim Daniels, of Storm Lake; five grandchildren, Lacey and Matt Jones, of Vernal, Utah; Cora and Matthew Brumlow, of Chicago, Illinois; and Caleb and Amy Vander Broek, Renee Vander Broek, and Michael Vander Broek, and his fiancé, Hannah Bus, all of Orange City; nine great-grandchildren, Sean Muilenburg, Patrick Muilenburg, Kayden and Avery Jones, Cole and Kendall Vande Brake, and Taylor, Christian, and Jaxon Vander Broek; two brothers and their wives, Rodney and Irene Vellinga, of Orange City; and Robert and Mona Vellinga, of Texas; two sisters-in-law, Mary Vellinga and Joy Vellinga Kreykes; as well as many beloved nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Thomas Vander Broek; a grandson, Matthew Muilenburg; two brothers, John and Harvey Vellinga; and three sisters, Wilma Klopfenstein, Nell Mouw, and Helen Korver.

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