Hull, Iowa — An Ashton man has been arrested in Hull after a disturbance on Saturday night.

Sioux County Sheriff’s Officials report that in the 7 PM hour, they responded to a domestic disturbance that took place at a home on Chestnut Drive in Hull. During the investigation it was found that 29-year-old Jacob Schneidermann of Ashton was allegedly intoxicated and was involved in a verbal argument with his girlfriend. He also allegedly caused a disturbance on a public roadway. Read The Full Story…

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for more information and one of the people involved in an accident last week.

On Friday, April 27 at 11:35 a.m., the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a motor vehicle accident that occurred on Highway 75, two and a half miles northwest of Hull, IA.

Steven Janssen, age 55, of Le Mars, IA was driving a 2011 Ford F150 northbound on Highway 75 when he met a black pickup, unknown make or model, going southbound. The two vehicles collided with each other’s mirrors.

The person in the black pickup did not stop and was unable to be located.

No injuries were reported.

Janssen’s vehicle sustained approximately $300 in damages.

If you have any information about this accident, you are asked to contact the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office at (712) 737-3307 or by using the Sioux County Sheriff text-a-tip program. You may remain anonymous.

April 30, 2012 - 6:44 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the public’s help to find out what happened to some missing diesel fuel.

On Wednesday evening (4/25), their department investigated a theft of approximately 650 gallons of agricultural diesel taken from a farm near Maurice.

The diesel was stored in an outbuilding and the theft occurred within the past six weeks prior to April 25.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (712) 737‐3307 or by using the Sioux County Sheriff text‐a‐tip program. Sheriff’s officials say you may remain anonymous.

April 30, 2012 - 9:22 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mrs. Alice Langstraat, age 87, of Orange City, formerly of Hospers, passed away on Saturday, April 28, 2012, at the Orange City Area Health System Long Term Care Facility.

There will be a funeral service on Friday, May 4, at 2:00pm, at the Newkirk Reformed Church in rural Hospers.  The Rev. David Powers will officiate.  Interment will follow at the Newkirk Cemetery.

Visitation with the family will be on Friday, from 12:00 noon to 2:00pm, at the church.

Alice was born on July 29, 1924, to Henry and Dora (Mantel) De Haan. She attended school in Newkirk and Hospers.

She was united in marriage to Lester “Ted” Langstraat on January 18, 1945, at the home of her parents in Hospers. They made their home on a farm north of Newkirk, where she helped with the farm work, raised chickens, had a huge vegetable garden, and enjoyed her beloved flower garden, being particularly fond of roses. They moved to Hospers in 1977. Ted passed away in June of 1991.

Mrs. Langstraat moved to the Pioneer Memorial Home in Orange City in February of 2009 and became a resident of the Long Term Care Facility in December of 2010.

She was a member of the Newkirk Reformed Church, where she belonged to the Mission Society. She was a founding member of the Golden Hour Society and sang in the Woman’s Chorus.

Alice enjoyed cooking and baking and was a cook at various cafes for many years. She also liked to make crafts, do embroidery, make quilts, play cards, and tend to her flower garden. While at Long Term Care, she was a faithful member of the bell choir.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Faye and Fred Ahlers, of Remsen; a granddaughter, Ann Heerde, of Rockford, Michigan; a grandson, David Heerde, of Le Mars; a sister-in-law, Ida De Haan, of Artesia, California; a brother-in-law, Herman Langstraat, of Sheldon; a sister-in-law, Anna Rensink, of Sheldon, and numerous nephews and nieces.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Don Heerde; a brother, John De Haan; a sister and her husband, Elizabeth and Elden Boone; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Peter and Tracy Langstraat, Bernard Rensink, Grace Langstraat, Winifred Langstraat, Lawrence and Johanna Den Hartog, Nellie Langstraat, and Elmer and Harriet Zorgdrager.

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Sheldon, Iowa — The moratorium on post office closings ends May 15th. That date means different things to different post offices in northwest Iowa. Northwest Iowa Development, a six-county economic development marketing region, has just completed an impact analysis on eleven proposed post office closures in their region. Osceola County Economic Development Director Kirk Grau has been spearheading the impact analysis and has been following the situations of the different offices very closely. He says that on May 15th, when the moratorium on post office closures is over, these post offices will again be considered for closure
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Hull, Iowa — After she told us — and we told you this past week that eighteen-year-old Kate Pomrenke, a senior at MOC/Floyd Valley is one of the five finalists in the second annual Iowa Games National Anthem Contest, a number of KIWA listeners and website readers came forth to let us know that there was not one northwest Iowa finalist, but two. Click here for more.

April 27, 2012 - 12:49 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Mrs. Bernice Van De Griend, age 96, of Hull, passed away on Friday, April 27, 2012, at the Pleasant Acres Care Center in Hull.

There will be a memorial service on Monday, April 30, at 11:30am, at the First Christian Reformed Church in Hull. The Rev. Carl Klompien will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the Hope Cemetery in Hull. There will be a prayer service on Monday, at 10:30am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.

Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Sunday, with the family present from 4:00pm to 6:00pm, at the funeral home.

Bernice Henrietta was born on August 1, 1915, at Hull, the daughter of Charles and Johanna (Hofmeyer) De Boer. She was raised on a farm southeast of Hull and graduated from the Hull High School, where she played softball and basketball.

On December 2, 1938, she married Andrew Van De Griend at Hull. They made their home and farmed ½ mile east and ¾ mile south of Hull, from 1942 to 1960. Bernice kept busy with five young children, helping her husband on the farm, canning many jars of fruits and vegetables from her large garden, and making delicious meals for her family. When her oldest children were in high school, the family moved to Sheldon, where they operated Andy’s Handy Grocery. In 1968, they moved to Hull, where they were custodians at the Western Christian High School, and spent many summers readying the facility for another school year.

In retirement, Andrew and Bernice continued to live in Hull. They enjoyed visiting their children, helping out where needed, taking care of the grandchildren, and getting the family together most Sundays for dinner. The grandchildren have fond memories of the good meals at Grandma and Grandpa’s house, eating apples from their tree, and playing together. Bernice will be remembered for her strength in caring for “Andy” after his stoke for 13 ½ years, until his death on May 3, 2000. He received the best care possible from his best friend. Her simple faith mandated that she care for her husband as long as she was able.

Bernice later moved to the Franken Manor in Sioux Center. More recently, she returned to Hull, where she became a resident of the Pleasant Acres.

She was currently a member of the First Christian Reformed Church in Hull but had also been a member of the Christian Reformed Churches in Middleburg and Sheldon.

Mrs. Van De Griend enjoyed sewing and quilting, making bedspreads for her children and crib blankets for her grandchildren. She also liked watching sports.

Survivors include her five children and their spouses, Alvin and Marcia Van De Griend, of Visalia, California; Roger and Betty Van De Griend, of Hastings, Michigan; Irma and Bernard Fedders, of Orange City; the Rev. Kenneth and Wanda Van De Griend, of Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Lyle and Lois Van De Griend, of Orange City; eighteen grandchildren, Scott (Christine) Van De Griend, Penny Aberson, Tim (Desi) Van De Griend, Randy Van De Griend, Holly Yavanian, Russell (Janna) Van De Griend, Angela (Brad) Todd, Nicholas (Sonja) Van De Griend, Andy (Rebecca) Van De Griend, Kristen (Phil) Dorhout, Brenna (Mark) Walters, Tom (Cheryl) Van De Griend, Jeanie (Jim) Heethuis, Cory (Angela) Van De Griend, Michael (Jocelyn) Van De Griend, Rebecca (Neil) Graves, Philip (Kristin) Van De Griend, and Sarah (Dan) Bonnema; 45 great-grandchildren, and a great-great-granddaughter.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by five brothers and a sister, August, Clarence, Dowie, Gerrit, and Gilbert De Boer, and Ellen De Leeuw.

Bernice was the last surviving member of her generation in both the De Boer and Van De Griend families.

Memorials may be directed to Leadership Resources International, an organization for which Ken and Cory currently work, to train pastors in third world countries.

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Orange City, Iowa — The second annual Iowa Games National Anthem Contest is underway, and again, a northwest Iowa singer is in the running.

Eighteen-year-old Kate Pomrenke, a senior at MOC/Floyd Valley, tells us how she became involved in the contest.Click Here For More.

April 26, 2012 - 11:27 am - Posted in Obituaries

Jean Pruismann, 85, of Sioux Center, Iowa died peacefully on Wednesday, April 25 at her home, surrounded by loved ones.

A visitation will be held on Friday from 4-8PM, with the family present from 6-8PM at the Memorial Funeral Home of Sioux Center.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday at 2PM at the Te Paske Theater located in the Sioux Center Community High School. Interment will follow the service in Memory Gardens Cemetery of Sioux Center.

In lieu of flowers the Pruismann family prefers memorials be directed to the Sioux Center Public Library.

Jeannette Florence Doornink was born January 25, 1927 to Dick W.A. and Fannie (Faber) Doornink. Jean attended Country School #1 and high school in Sioux Center, later graduating from Excelsior Union High School in Norwalk, California in 1945. She attended St. Joseph College of Nursing in Sioux City, Iowa, receiving her RN degree in 1948.

Jean married Marvin Pruismann December 22, 1949. To that union 5 children were born; Kent (Sylvia) Pruismann, Rock Valley, Iowa, Kirk Pruismann, Sioux Center (Charlene Pruismann, Central City, Iowa), Karen (Dan) Mulder, Orange City, Iowa, Kevin Pruismann, Sioux Center and Kay (Jim) Kosters Sioux Center. Marvin and Jean made their home and raised their children on a farm near Rock Valley. They retired and moved to Sioux Center in 1995.

Jean practiced as a Registered Nurse from 1948 through 1991 Nursing was not just a profession for Jean, it was a way of life. She was a caregiver at heart. The door to their home was always open. They took in individuals that became part of the family for months or even years if need be. There was always room in their home and at their table for just one more. Each person she knew had a special place in her heart. Her life was a testimony of what she believed. She will lovingly be remembered for her caring, gentle, quiet and generous spirit.

Jean is survived by her husband of 63 years, her 5 children and their spouses, 17 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, Tom (Kay) Dye, Rock Rapids, Iowa and Joanne Foreman, Hospers, Iowa who were like a son and daughter to her.

She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant sister and brother.

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Sioux City, Iowa – Track repairs to the BNSF Railroad’s crossing on U.S. 75 near the north junction with U.S. 18 will require an emergency road closure beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, April 30, until 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s District 3 Office.

While the crossing is closed, traffic will be detoured on U.S. 18, Sioux County Road K-52 and Lyon County Road A-52. Read The Full Story…