May 31, 2012 - 5:17 am - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — After word less than a month ago that one factory would be closing this fall, causing 300 people to lose their jobs, it’s not the economic news Sioux County needed right now.

Now more than 100 more Sioux County workers will be without a job this fall. Nemschoff Chairs in Sioux Center plans to close their plant this September, and has already begun laying off workers.

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A northwest Iowa community health center has been named the recipient of a $50,000 grant from the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

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May 30, 2012 - 12:48 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa residents may fish without a license on June 1, 2 and 3 as part of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources free fishing weekend.

Free fishing weekend is the first weekend in June each year. It allows Iowans an opportunity to try fishing without purchasing a license. All other regulations remain in place.

“We hope that someone who gives fishing a try during free fishing weekend will enjoy the experience and want to go fishing more often and become a license holder,” said Joe Larscheid, chief of the Iowa DNR’s Fisheries Bureau.

Free fishing weekend is scheduled during what is traditionally the time when bluegills are close to shore and aggressive.

“This is a great time to take kids fishing because the chance for success is pretty good,” he said.

The best way to catch bluegills, according to Larscheid, is to use small tackle – little hooks, a bobber no larger than a quarter, 4-pound test line and small bait.

Anyone catching their first fish is encouraged to take a photo of it and send it in to receive the DNR’s first fish award. The DNR will commemorate the event with a certificate suitable for framing and the submitted photo.

Information on the first fish program is available in the Iowa Fishing Regulations and online at

Qualifying fish caught during free fishing weekend are also eligible for master angler recognition. For bluegills, the minimum length for master angler award is 10 inches.


May 30, 2012 - 9:33 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mr. James “Jim” Doornink, age 81, of Orange City, passed away on Wednesday, May 30, 2012, at his residence.

Arrangements are being completed by the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

May 30, 2012 - 9:31 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mrs. Anne Muilenburg, age 91, of Orange City, passed away on Wednesday, May 30, 2012, at the Orange City Area Health System Hospital.

Arrangements are being completed by the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

May 28, 2012 - 2:14 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Mr. Jerome Reuter, age 82, of Hospers, passed away on Monday, May 28, 2012, at the Sanford Senior Care in Sheldon.

There will be a funeral service on Thursday, May 31, at 10:30am, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Hospers.  The Rev. Fr. Paul Eisle will officiate.  Interment will follow at St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Wednesday, with a rosary at 5:00pm, a prayer service at 7:00pm, and the family present from 4:00pm to 5:30pm and 6:30pm to 8:00pm, at the church.

Arrangements are with the Oolman Funeral Home in Hospers.

May 24, 2012 - 2:25 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa’s peak boating season begins May 26 and with it comes a reminder about the change to .08 alcohol limit for boat operators that became law on July 1, 2011.

“Going boating with friends is a fun way to spend a day and just like car drivers, boat operators are responsible for their passengers’ safety and for other boaters on the water,” says Jeff Morrison, state conservation officer for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

“A designated boat operator who abstains from alcohol is what we recommend. Consuming even a little alcohol can have its intoxicating effects enhanced due to wind and wave action, the sun and glare off the water,” Morrison says.

“I am expecting it to be a really busy weekend on the water so operators will need to be on the lookout for other boaters in addition to driving their boat. Alcohol can reduce their reaction time and impair their ability to make sound judgments quickly.”

In 2011, 54 boat operators were cited for boating while intoxicated.

“We will have officers patrolling on the water all summer with additional patrols during weekends and holidays when boat traffic is highest,” he says.

Officers will also perform routine safety equipment inspections.

Morrison said boaters should slow their speeds with the expected heavy traffic, watch out for other boaters, go through their boat and trailer looking for problems before leaving the driveway and make sure their safety equipment is on board and in working order.

“We don’t want to send someone off the water to take care of an issue that was easily solvable in their driveway,” Morrison says.  Iowa has nearly 229,000 registered boats.

Safety Tips

• Don’t drink and boat

• Take a boating safety course

• Always wear a lifejacket – it can’t work if it’s not on

• Review boating laws

• Have patience and be courteous on the ramp and water

• Get a weather forecast before heading out

• Keep watch for other boaters, swimmers, skiers or objects in the water


Chatsworth, Iowa — Two Hawarden residents have been arrested after an incident in Chatsworth.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Sunday evening (5/20) at 7:40 PM, their office received a report of someone driving around Chatsworth without a valid driver’s license.

The next night, about 10:30 PM, a deputy from the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was continuing with the illegal driving investigation at 350 2nd Street, Chatsworth. Read The Full Story…

May 21, 2012 - 12:57 pm - Posted in Sports

IOWA CITY, IA – The University of Iowa’s Big Ten Conference football schedules have been announced for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Schedules for all 12 league schools were release today by the Big Ten Conference.

The league slate has Iowa opening conference play with a home game in each of the two seasons.  The Hawkeyes will not play Indiana, Ohio State or Wisconsin either year.  Iowa does not play Ohio State, Illinois and Wisconsin this year and won’t play Illinois, Indiana or Penn State in 2013-14.

Iowa opens the 2015 league schedule Oct. 3 and 10 with successive home games against Northwestern and Michigan State.  Road contests at Purdue and Minnesota follow.  Illinois and Michigan are the other Big Ten home games in 2015.  Other league road contests are Penn State and Nebraska. The open week is Nov. 14.

The Hawkeyes open at home against Minnesota on Oct. 1, 2016.  Other home games that year include Purdue, Penn State and Nebraska.  League road games include Michigan State, Northwestern, Illinois and Michigan. The bye week is Nov. 12.

The Nebraska games are currently set for Saturday dates, following Thanksgiving, in the 2013-16 time frame.  That could change.  The Iowa and Nebraska athletic directors will meet following this year’s game at Kinnick Stadium to determine if a Friday game, following Thanksgiving, is still in the best interests of both schools.

Iowa’s football schedules for the 2013-16 time frame are listed below.


Aug. 31     Northern Illinois

Sept.   7     Missouri State

Sept. 14     at Iowa State

Sept. 21     Western Michigan

Sept. 28     at Minnesota

Oct.    5     Michigan State (HC)

Oct.  12     Open

Oct.  19     at Ohio State

Oct.  26     Northwestern

Nov.   2     Wisconsin

Nov.   9     at Purdue

Nov. 16     Open

Nov. 23     Michigan

Nov. 30     at Nebraska


Aug. 30     Northern Iowa

Sept.   6     Ball State

Sept. 13     Iowa State

Sept. 20     at Pittsburgh

Sept. 27     Open

Oct.    4     at Wisconsin

Oct.   11    Open

Oct.   18    Ohio State

Oct.   25    Purdue

Nov.    1    at Michigan

Nov.    8    at Northwestern

Nov.  15    Minnesota

Nov.  22    at Michigan State

Nov.  29    Nebraska


Sept.   5     Illinois State

Sept. 12     at Iowa State

Sept. 19     Pittsburgh

Sept. 26     North Texas

Oct.    3     Northwestern

Oct.   10    Michigan State

Oct.   17    at Purdue

Oct.   24    at Minnesota

Oct.   31    Illinois

Nov.    7    at Penn State

Nov.   14   Open

Nov.   21   Michigan

Nov.   28   at Nebraska


Sept.   3     North Dakota State

Sept.  10    Iowa State

Sept.  17    Central Michigan

Sept.  24    TBA

Oct.     1    Minnesota

Oct.     8    at Michigan State

Oct.   15    Purdue

Oct.   22    at Northwestern

Oct.   29    at Illinois

Nov.    5    Penn State

Nov.  12    Open

Nov.  19    at Michigan

Nov.  26    Nebraska

May 21, 2012 - 10:16 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mr. Donald Zwiep, age 88, of Orange City,Iowa, passed away on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at the Avow Hospice in Naples, Florida.

There will be a memorial service on Saturday, May 26, at 10:30am, at the American Reformed Church in Orange City.  The Rev. Keith Krebs and the Rev. John Hubers will officiate.  There will be a committal service on Saturday, at 1:00pm, at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City.

Visitation with the family will be the hour before the service and the half hour after the service at the church.

Donald was born on March 18, 1924, in Hull, IA, the son of Daniel and Pietronella (Nellie De Stigter) Zwiep. He graduated from the Hull Public Schools and attended Northwestern Junior College in Orange City. He volunteered for the US Army Air Force in l943 and flew 59 missions as a B-24 pilot and crew commander in the China/Burma/India Theater (10th Air Force, 7th Bomb Squad, 492nd Squadron). He retired from the Reserves in 1989, as a Lieutenant Colonel. He graduated from Iowa State University, Ames, with a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering in 1948 and l951. He worked as a junior design engineer at Boeing Corporation in Seattle, and then joined the faculty of Colorado State University l951-l957.

He was Professor and Head of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) 1957-1988, when he became the Acting Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. He retired in 1990. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from WPI in 1964.

Under his leadership, the department’s enrollment quadrupled and graduate programs at the masters’ and doctoral levels were begun. His responsibilities included the WPI Nuclear Reactor Program, the Alden Research Laboratory, and the Manufacturing Engineering Application Center. He helped found and became co-head of the Management Engineering Department in l964. Always willing to encourage students’ efforts, he joined them in everything from the MA to CA Clean Air Car Race in 1970, to advising their projects in Washington, D.C., London, The Netherlands, and the Goddard and Johnson Space Centers. He made presentations or was invited to give papers in the field of engineering education throughout the world.

Beginning as a student in 1947, he was an active member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) at local, state, and national levels. He served as President 1979-80, the Society’s Centennial year. He was honored by ASME as a Life Fellow in 2004, receiving the Distinguished Service Award and Honorary Membership.

He was also a lifelong member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). He served on the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and served on 15 regional accreditation teams.

He was Chairman of the James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation 1976-2000, serving as judge and director of their annual awards contests for students and professionals.

He is cited in Who’s Who in America and Engineering. He was named a Distinguished Alumna from Northwestern College and from Iowa State Mechanical Engineering Department. He was an elder in the Fort Collins Presbyterian Church, CO.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Marcia Hubers Zwiep; his four daughters: Donna (William F.) Williams, of Ridgewood, NJ, Mary Zwiep (Russell Fraser), of Honolulu, HI, Joan Zwiep (Thomas Hoster), of Palo Alto, CA, and Helen Cornely (C. Michael), of Miami, FL; 9 grandchildren: Kate Williams Stone (Peter), Evan Williams (Maria), Griffith Williams (Megan), Anna Williams, Zoe and Alexandra Hoster, and Diana, Joseph, and Daniel Cornely, 2 great-grandchildren: Shane Stone and Tressa Williams, and 13 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters: Helen Shultz, Marie Mears, and Jeanette Reed, and his brothers: Cecil, Tunis, and Leonard.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Donald Zwiep M.E. Memorial Fund at WPI Mechanical Engineering Department, c/o Pamela St. Louis, 100 Institute Road, Worcester, MA 01609.

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