September 29, 2012 - 6:40 am - Posted in Sports

Top ranked Boyden Hull Rock Valley Nighthawks remained unbeaten on the year with a 49-0 homecoming win over Sheldon Friday night in Rock Valley.

The Nighthawks scored on their first two possessions as quarterback Brandt Van Roekel scored on touchdown runs of 10 and 38 yards. After the second score a two point conversion pass from Chris Sietstra to J.C. Koerselman made the score 14-0 with 5:52 left in the first quarter.

Following a fumble recovery at the Sheldon 5 yard line Miguel Alvarado scored the first of three touchdowns on the night with a 5 yard run.

The next score came from the special teams as Dillon Schamber blocked a punt and returned it 26 yards for the score. David De Bruin added the extra point and the score went to 27-0 with 10:55 left in the half.

Alvarado followed with a pair of touchdowns scoring his second of the night from 9 yards out. Following a fumble recovery at the Orab 13 yard line Miguel went in from 5 yards out. De Bruin added the point and the lead was 42-0 with 5:34 to go in the half.

Boyden Hull Rock Valley closed out the scoring with 1:37 to go in the first half as Logan Stiens scored on a 23 yard run. The kick was good and the Nighthawks were up 49-0.

With running clock and reserves seeing action there was no scoring in the second half.

With the win Boyden Hull Rock Valley top ranked in both the Class 2A Radio Iowa and AP poll stands at 3-0 in the district and 6-0 on the season. For Sheldon it was their first district loss. The Orabs slip to 3-1 in the district and 4-2 on the year.

Both teams are on the road next Friday with Sheldon traveling to Sioux Center who posted a 41-9 win at Cherokee.

The Nighthawks will be in Orange City to go against an MOC Floyd Valley squad that downed Unity Christian Friday night 23-8.

Other scores from Friday night

CLASS 2A: District 1

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 49, Sheldon 0
Central Lyon/George-Little Rock 42, Estherville Lincoln Central 23 (ND)
MOC-Floyd Valley 23, Unity Christian, Orange City 8
Sioux Center 41, Cherokee, Washington 9

CLASS 1A: District 1

Emmetsburg 40, Western Christian, Hull 7
Gehlen Catholic, LeMars 54, Okoboji, Milford 15
Pocahontas Area 32, North Union 30 (ND)
South O’Brien, Paullina 37, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 14

CLASS A: District 1

Hinton 39, West Sioux, Hawarden 7
West Lyon, Inwood 42, Alta/Aurelia 7
Woodbury Central, Moville 20, Lawton-Bronson 19
Akron-Westfield 54, Sibley-Ocheyedan 18

CLASS 8: District 1

Harris-Lake Park 61, River Valley, Correctionville 8
Kingsley-Pierson 42, St. Mary’s, Remsen 18
Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 70, Whiting 8
Remsen-Union 54, Clay Central-Everly 12

CLASS 3A: District 2

Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City 45, Storm Lake 0
Glenwood 35, Sergeant Bluff-Luton 15 (ND)
LeMars 24, Denison-Schleswig 21
Carroll 28, Spencer 7

September 28, 2012 - 9:25 am - Posted in News

Hull, Iowa — Three people were taken to hospitals, and two trucks and one SUV were damaged in an accident on Thursday morning (9/27) northwest of Hull.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that 21-year-old Jacob Bickett of Beresford, SD was driving a 2010 Dodge Ram 3500 utility truck southbound on Highway 75, four miles northwest of Hull. Bickett reported he fell asleep and drifted into the northbound lane. Fifty-eight-year-old John Fogo of Clay Center, NE was driving a 2007 Kenworth semi-tractor pulling a flatbed trailer northbound on Highway 75 when Bickett entered the northbound lane and the two collided. Following the collision, Fogo lost control of the semi-tractor, which entered the west ditch.

Sixty-three-year-old Kathy Van Essen of Sioux Center was driving a 2004 Ford Explorer northbound on Highway 75 behind Bickett. In an attempt to avoid the collision between Bickett and Fogo, Van Essen took the west ditch where the vehicle rolled onto its top.

Van Essen and a passenger, Orlan Van Essen, were both transported to the Sioux Center Hospital by the Sioux Center Ambulance. Fogo was transported to the Rock Valley Hospital by the Hull Ambulance.

The Dodge, owned by Cummins Central Power of Sioux Falls, SD sustained about $40,000 in damages. The Kenworth, owned by WN Morehouse Transportation of Omaha, NE sustained about $70,000 in damages. The cargo on the flatbed trailer, consisting of cement cattle feed troughs, sustained about $15,000 in damages. The Ford Explorer sustained about $15,000 in damages.

The Hull Fire Department and personnel from the Hull Ambulance and Sioux Center Ambulance squads assisted the Sheriff’s Office at the scene.

The accident remains under investigation.

Orange City, Iowa — It’s not only dueling congressional candidates in Orange City today, but dueling sides on the judge retention issue as well.

Both groups for and against the retention of Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins will be in Orange City, telling their story.

The group, “Iowans for Freedom” and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum launched their “NO Wiggins” Bus Tour from the Iowa State Capitol Monday. Led by Santorum and Sheldon native Bob Vander Plaats, Iowans for Freedom has launched a campaign educating Iowans on why they say they should vote no on Wiggins’ retention. Wiggins was one of seven justices who ruled that same-sex marriage was legal in Iowa. Three of the seven have already been ousted.

Vander Plaats says that if Iowa judges are willing to redefine the institution of marriage, then they won’t blink an eye when they take away your private property, when they take away your guns; when they take away your freedom of religion or freedom of speech. He says that Iowans need to vote Wiggins out on November 6. He says, QUOTE: “This is about every one of your freedoms you hold dear.”

The “NO Wiggins” bus will be at Windmill Park Square In downtown Orange City at 4:30 PM this afternoon (Thursday, September 27, 2012). The campaign vehicle is a big red bus.

Meanwhile, the “Yes Iowa Judges” tour will be in the same location at the same time, 4:30 PM, this afternoon.

The “Yes Iowa Judges” tour is focused on providing Iowans with what they call accurate information about the 74 judges and justices standing for retention in the November 6 election, and about Iowa’s judicial system and the role the courts play in the state’s democratic form of government.

The “Yes Iowa Judges” side will have a short presentation from an Iowa State Bar Association leader following the Iowans for Freedom news conference, then take questions. They will also hand out a backgrounder containing information correcting what they call the “frequent misstatements” issued by the anti-retention groups.

The campaign vehicle of “Yes Iowa Judges” is a truck with a red, white and blue “Yes Freedom, Yes Liberty, Yes Iowa Judges” sign on the sides.

September 27, 2012 - 8:31 am - Posted in Sports

Orange City, Iowa — Dordt College squandered a 2-0 match lead before taking a 3-2 victory over Northwestern on Wednesday night at at the Bultman Center in Orange City. The Defenders pulled away late in set five to secure their fifth win in as many tries to stay atop the GPAC race. Game scores: 25-19, 25-16, 18-25, 25-27, 15-11.

Dordt is now 15-3 overall and 5-0 in the GPAC while Northwestern is 3-2 in the league and 13-5 overall.

Orange City, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office has handled several property damage accidents recently:

On Tuesday, September 25 at 9:50 AM, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a motor vehicle accident that occurred at the intersection of Main Street and 2nd Street in Hull.

Burdette Oelrich, age 77, of Hull was driving a 2010 Dodge Journey westbound on Second Street; she then stopped for the stop sign at Main Street. Peggy Pollema, age 41, from Rock Valley was driving a 2002 GMC Envoy southbound on Main street approaching Second Street. Oelrich drove westbound into the intersection and collided with Pollema.

No injuries were reported.

Both vehicles each sustained about $3,000 in damages.

Oelrich was issued a citation for fail to obey stop sign.

On Monday, September 24 at 6:15 PM, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a motor vehicle accident that occurred on Highway 12, three miles north of Chatsworth.

Todd De Boer, age 52, of Le Mars was driving a 2008 Dodge Caravan southbound on Highway 12. Matthew Osterkamp, age 22, of Le Mars was driving 1998 Dodge Dakota southbound on Highway 12 behind De Boer. Osterkamp began passing De Boer as De Boer started turning left onto a farm driveway and the two collided.

No injuries were reported.

De Boer’s vehicle sustained about $4,000 in damages. Osterkamp’s vehicle sustained about
$3,000 in damages.

On Monday, September 24 at 4:22 PM, the Sioux county Sheriff’s Office investigated a motor vehicle accident that occurred on Highway 75, two miles south of Maurice.

David Vlieger, age 28, of Maurice was driving a 1997 Haige field sprayer northbound on Highway 75. Bruno Ferreira, age 32, of Council Bluffs was driving a 2005 Peterbuilt semi‐truck pulling a gravel trailer northbound on Hwy 75 behind Vlieger. Ferreira began passing Vlieger as Vlieger began turning left onto a field driveway and the two collided.

No injuries were reported.

The Peterbuilt, owned by Steve Mc Mahon Trucking of Westfield, sustained about $8,000 in damages. The Haige sprayer, owned by Verity Farms of Maurice, sustained about $4,000 in damages.

Ferreira was cited for unsafe pass.

On Monday, September 24 at 9:50 AM, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a motor vehicle accident that occurred on Willow Street in Hull.

Shane Meerdink, age 17, of Hull was driving a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am northbound on Okey Street; he then turned west onto Willow Street where he collided with a parked and unattended 1995 Ford Taurus.

No injuries were reported.

The Pontiac sustained about $4,500 in damages. The Ford, owned by Amanda Nunn of Sioux Center, sustained about $2,500 in damages.

Meerdink was issued a citation for fail to maintain control.

On Sunday, September 23 at 11:05 PM, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a motor vehicle accident that occurred on 420th Street, two miles north of Hawarden.

Jenness Wolgen, age 29, of Orange City was driving a 1996 Chevrolet Corsica eastbound on 420th street when a deer entered the roadway where the two collided.

No injuries were reported.

The Chevrolet sustained about $3,500 in damages.

September 26, 2012 - 8:48 am - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — A group of demonstrators is being gathered to demonstrate before the Steve King and Christie Vilsack debate on Thursday night at Northwestern College in Orange City.

Citizens of Sioux County are invited to attend an event before the debate. The group, focused on “Christians standing together with our immigrant neighbors,” will gather at 4:45 PM at the JayCee Park on Albany Avenue just north of Hospers Hall on the college campus. Free T-shirts with the words “Love Our Immigrant Neighbors” will be given to the first 80 people in attendance. After a word of prayer, at about 5:00 the group plans to join a line of those waiting to enter Christ Chapel, the site of the debate. Doors open at 6:00 and the debate starts at 7:00 PM.

According to Harold Heie, one of the organizers of this event, while waiting in line, those in attendance will sing some favorite and familiar Christian hymns and choruses, led by two accomplished singers and guitarists. He says the event is not an endorsement of either candidate. Rather, it is QUOTE, “an endorsement of the teachings of Jesus to love our neighbors (Mark 12: 31), and to welcome the stranger and care for the marginalized in our midst (Matthew 25).”

Everyone is invited to join the group, whether or not they have a ticket for the debate.

Those who have questions can call (712) 737-8676.

A Dordt College professor has received a sizable grant toward genetics research.

The National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded Dordt College Associate Professor of Statistics Nathan Tintle a $392,000 grant to work with students on researching how to most efficiently sort and organize the vast amounts of genetic information scientists are generating.

“The Human Genome Project took more than $3 billion and 13 years to discover the gene sequence for just one person,” Tintle said. “Because of major technological breakthroughs in the last few years, the cost to sequence a single person is now less than $10,000 (and dropping), and it takes an inconsequential amount of time.”

Because of these advances, researchers are experiencing a tidal wave of massive genomics data sets, with little clarity as to how to best analyze and interpret such data to provide insights into the genetic component of many common diseases.

Tintle says that’s where he comes in as a statistician. If we are trying to better understand the hereditary aspects of diseases, we need a good way to analyze all of that data.

Tintle’s proposed research, which one NIH reviewer said, will QUOTE “provide very good training opportunities for undergraduates,” END QUOTE seeks to create design and analysis strategies for genetic association studies, with the goal of helping researchers better understand the genetic architecture of diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and mental illness.

Tintle will be working with more than 20 students from Dordt and other universities over the next three years, and he expects this work will result in various publications in scientific journals that will contribute to the greater body of knowledge in this area.


“Advances from this work are likely to be used widely and inspire other statisticians to work on similar problems,” said one of the NIH reviewers in written comments about the significance of the research proposal. Another called it an “exceptional application” and described Tintle’s summer research program as “one-of-its-kind” for statistical genetics, resulting in the placement of nearly all of the student assistants in prominent graduate programs.

While Tintle acknowledges that there is some concern with creating massive human genetic datasets, he also sees the potential benefits of knowing more about how people’s genes predispose them to various diseases.  “Clearly, we need to be appropriately cautious about how this data will be used,” he says. “However, I think the promise of the good that can come – identifying and better understanding the way God created human beings – has the potential to help greatly in the treatment of many of the most common and debilitating human diseases.”

Tintle is associate professor of statistics, and along with teaching the majority of statistics courses at Dordt, has recently initiated a new minor in statistics and a major/minor in actuarial science. College and high school students interested in learning more about Tintle’s research and learn how to get involved should visit

Orange City, Iowa — Orange City is among seven Iowa towns vying to be among the “Prettiest Painted Places in America.”

The national contest is helping people across the country to discover what Iowa residents have long known: The Hawkeye State has some of the most beautiful towns and neighborhoods to be found anywhere.

Sponsored by the Paint Quality Institute, whose mission is to educate the public about quality paints and coatings, the “Prettiest Painted Places” competition has drawn seven entries from Iowa. The nominees are Orange City, Adams County, Albia, Decorah, Greater Des Moines, Grinnell, and Pella.

Over the next few weeks, the seven Iowa communities will vie with nearly 200 nominees from other states for regional and national honors, as judges with expertise in color selection, exterior painting, and home improvement review the entries, conduct additional research and make selected site visits. Finalists will be announced soon, and the nation’s 12 “Prettiest Painted Places” will be revealed in mid-October.

September 25, 2012 - 12:07 pm - Posted in Sports

Class 4A

1. Ankeny (5-0), LW #1 @ Ames
2. Iowa City West (5-0), LW #2 @ Dubuque Hempstead
3. Pleasant Valley (5-0), LW #3 @ #7 Muscatine
4. Cedar Falls (5-0), LW #4 @ CR Prairie
5. Urbandale (5-0), LW #5 @ WDM Valley
6. Cedar Rapids Xavier (5-0), LW #6 @ CR Washington (Thur)
7. Muscatine (5-0), LW #7 vs #3 Pleasant Valley
8. Iowa City High (4-1), LW #8 vs Dubuque Senior
9. Dowling Catholic (4-2), LW #9 idle
10. Sioux City East (4-1), LW (X) vs Indianaola

Class 3A
1. Decorah (5-0), LW #1 vs Vinton-Shellsburg
2. Sioux City Heelan (5-0), LW #2 vs Storm Lake
3. Harlan (5-0), LW #4 @ Creston/OM
4. Norwalk (5-0), LW #5 @ Winterset
5. Grinnell (5-0), LW #6 @ Saydel
6. ADM (Adel) (5-0), LW #8 @ Atlantic
7. Boone (5-0), LW #7 vs Iowa Falls
8. Williamsburg (4-1), LW #10 vs Washington
9. Lewis Central (4-1), LW #3 vs Perry
10.Solon (4-1), LW (X) @ Anamosa

Class 2A
1. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley (5-0), LW #2 vs Sheldon
2. Mediapolis (5-0), LW #1 vs West Liberty
3. Carroll Kuemper (5-0), LW #3 @ Shenendoah
4. West Marshall (6-0), LW #5 idle
5. Spirit Lake (4-1), LW #4 @ East Sac County
6. New Hampton (5-0), LW #6 vs Central Springs
7. Union (LaPorte City) (4-1), LW #7 @ Waukon
8. Bondurant-Farrar (5-0), LW #8 @ Clarke
9. Forest City (4-1), LW #9 vs South Central Calhoun
10.Dyersville Beckman (4-1), LW (X) vs Waterloo Columbus

Class 1A
1. Iowa City Regina (5-0), LW #1 vs Alburnett
2. Fort Dodge St. Edmond (5-0), LW #2 vs #9 IKM-Manning
3. Pella Christian (5-0), LW #3 @ Ogden
4. South Winneshiek (5-0), LW #4 vs North Fayette
5. St. Albert (Council Bluffs) (4-1), LW #5 vs Treynor
6. Aplington-Parkersburg (4-1), LW #6 vs South Hamilton
7. Emmetsburg (4-1), LW #7 vs Western Christian
8. Dike-New Hartford (5-0), LW #9 @ Sumner-Fredricksburg
9. IKM-Manning (5-0), LW (X) @ #2 St. Edmond
10.Saint Ansgar (4-1), LW #8 @ MFL MarMac

Class A
1. Woodward-Granger (5-0), LW #1 vs Earlham
2. Wapsie Valley (5-0), LW #2 @ North Linn
3. West Hancock (4-1), LW #3 vs Lake Mills
4. Lawton-Bronson (5-0), LW #4 vs Woodbury Central
5. Akron-Westfield (5-0), LW #5 @ Sibley-Ocheyedan
6. North Tama (5-1), LW #6 @ Gladbrook-Reinbeck
7. Logan-Magnolia (4-1), LW #7 vs Westwood (Sloan)
8. Pekin (5-0), LW #8 @ English Valleys
9. West Lyon (4-1), LW #9 vs Alta-Aurelia
10.Lisbon (4-1), LW #10 vs WACO

1. Murray (6-0), LW #2 vs Moravia
2. Don Bosco (5-0), LW #4 vs Rockford
3. Newell-Fonda (5-0), LW #3 vs Graettinger-Terril
4. Melcher-Dallas (5-0), LW #5 @ #10 HLV
5. Fremont-Mills (5-0), LW #6 @ #7 Sidney
6. Adair-Casey (5-1), LW #1 vs Grandview Park Baptist
7. Sidney (5-0), LW #8 vs #5 Fremont-Mills
8. Marcus MMC (5-0), LW #9 @ Whiting
9. EHK/Exira (5-0), LW (X) @ Coon Rapids-Bayard
10.HLV (Victor) (5-0), LW (X) vs #4 Melcher-Dallas

September 24, 2012 - 2:16 pm - Posted in News

Hospers, Iowa — An alleged illegal alien has been arrested on felony identity theft and fraud charges.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Saturday, September 15, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office received a report that someone was using a false name to maintain employment at a farming operation near Hospers.

Upon further investigation it was found that 31- Israel Trejo-Olmedo of Sioux Center was using the identity of another person to maintain his employment. Deputies located and arrested Trejo-Olmedo on Friday, September 21 in Rock Valley, for identity theft, a class D felony and fraudulent practices, a class C felony.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Rock Valley Police Department.