February 28, 2013 - 11:47 am - Posted in Obituaries

Reegan Roelfs, infant son of Andrew and Angela Roelfs, of Sioux Center, IA died suddenly Wednesday, February 27, 2013.

A visitation will be held on Saturday from 9:30-10:30AM at Faith Christian Reformed Church of Sioux Center.

A Funeral service will be held on Saturday at 10:30AM at Faith Christian Reformed Church with Rev. Bernie Haan officiating.   Interment will follow the service in Memory Gardens Cemetery of Sioux Center.

Funeral arrangements are being completed with the Memorial Funeral Home of Sioux Center.

February 28, 2013 - 10:42 am - Posted in Obituaries

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Mrs. Carolyn DeHaan, age 82, of Orange City, passed away on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at the Orange City Area Health System Hospital.

There will be a memorial service on Saturday, March 2, at 10:00am, at the American Reformed Church in Orange City.  The Rev. Keith Krebs will officiate.  Interment will be prior to the service at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City.  There will be a prayer service on Saturday, at 9:00am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Visitation will be after 5:00pm on Friday, with the family present from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, at the funeral home.


Koedam hit and runRock Valley, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is on the lookout for a truck that struck an Inwood woman’s car.

They report the accident happened on Monday (2/25) at 6:45 AM at the intersection of 300th Street and Highway 18, nine miles west of Rock Valley.

Twenty-four-year-old Kayla Koedam of Inwood was driving a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix southbound on Highway 18, and was beginning to turn left turn onto 300th Street. A white semi‐tractor pulling a grain trailer was southbound behind Koedam and was attempting to pass her when the truck struck the front driver’s side of Koedam’s vehicle. The truck continued southbound on Highway 18 without stopping.

The truck is described as having blue lettering on the door of the semi‐tractor. The semi‐tractor sustained damages to the passenger side of the semi‐tractor on the steps and rear drive wheels.

No injuries were reported.

The Pontiac sustained about $5,000 in damages.

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


February 25, 2013 - 10:43 am - Posted in News
Marty Guthmiller, CEO for Orange City Area Health System (OCAHS), announced the appointment of Alan Laird, MD, to the position of Chief Medical Officer (CMO). This is a new role for the health system, and involves serving on the administrative leadership team, participating in strategic planning, developing and maintaining quality and patient safety initiatives, and serving as a resource and advisor to the medical staff.
“The implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is uncertain in many respects,” reports Guthmiller. “But one thing is certain — health care access and financing will change. As part of our commitment — our mission — of providing quality healthcare to our region, Dr. Laird, in this new position, will be instrumental in navigating the various wellness aspects of the many programs and insurance plans that healthcare consumers will face.”
Dr. Laird has served as a family practice physician with OCAHS since 1991. A native of Storm Lake, Iowa, Laird graduated from Northwestern College in Orange City, and received his medical degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine. As part of a team of 16 family practice doctors and advanced level practitioners serving in four OCAHS medical clinics, Laird will continue to see patients in the Hospers Family Practice Clinic in addition to serving in the new role of CMO.
“Putting a trusted physician in a leadership position is key to developing and implementing new ‘wellness’ models called for in the ACA,” said Guthmiller, “including a patient-centered, coordinated care approach to wellness across the populations we serve.”
Orange City Area Health System is a comprehensive health system including three family practice clinics; a medical clinic on the campus of Northwestern College; a sports medicine clinic; critical access hospital; diagnostic imaging, OB, and surgical services; physical therapy; home health and hospice; a senior living facility; and nursing homes. More information can be found at ocHealthSystem.org.
February 24, 2013 - 8:36 am - Posted in Obituaries

Arloa MuilenburgMiss Arloa Muilenburg, age 92, of Orange City, passed away on Saturday, February 23, 2013, at the Sanford Sheldon Senior Care in Sheldon.

There will be a funeral service on Thursday, February 28, at 1:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City. The Rev. Keith Krebs will officiate. Interment will follow at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. Visitation with the family will be the hour before the service on Thursday at the funeral home.

Boyden Hull will move on to Substate following a 54-31 win over LeMars Gehlen Thursday night in Sioux Center for the District 2 1A title. The defending State Champs will meet Rock Valley who upset 5th ranked Harris Lake Park 69-52. The Siouxland Conference foes will meet Saturday night at the LeMars High School Gym for a trip to the State Tournament.

The Comets opened a 14-9 first quarter lead as Riley Francis hit a pair of three-pointers and JC Koerselman hit a trio of two-point buckets. At the half the lead was 23-15. At the end of the third quarter Boyden Hull was in front 42-23 heading into the final 8 minutes. The Comets would pick up the win 54-31.

Collin Bolkema scored a game high 23 points including an 11 point third quarter. He would finish with 3 three-point buckets all in the third quarter along with 4 two-point buckets and a 4-of-4 night at the free throw line. Brandt Van Roekel and JC Koerselman added 9 points each.

The Jays got a team high 17 points from Michael Whitehead and 7 points from Solomon Freking.

With the win second ranked Boyden Hull improves to 21-3 on the season while the Jays end the year at 18-5.

February 21, 2013 - 2:11 pm - Posted in Sports

Big Spirit Lake

Walleye season is closed until May 4. Northern Pike – Slow: A few have reported seeing pike while sight fishing for bluegills. Try putting tip-ups in shallower areas and around weeds. Bluegill – Slow: A few bluegills are being caught in Anglers Bay using small jigs tipped with live bait or plastic. Yellow Perch – Slow: Perch continue to be finicky but a few are being caught once located. Try spoons and small jigs with wigglers.


East Okoboji Lake

Walleye season is closed until May 4. Yellow Bass – Fair: Finding a school of yellow bass may be challenging but once located, they can be fairly active. Try jigs tipped with live bait or plastic.


West Okoboji Lake

Walleye season is closed until May 4. Northern Pike – Slow: Try putting tip-ups around weeds. Bluegill – Slow: Emerson and Miller bays continue to be the most popular areas to fish for bluegills with Smiths Bay gaining some attention. Sight fishing with small jigs and light line can be a good way to catch a few fish. Yellow Perch – Slow: A few perch are still being caught deep as well as in the weeds while fishing for bluegills.


For more information contact the Spirit Lake Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

February 19, 2013 - 2:23 pm - Posted in Sports

With a three-point play early in Dordt’s game with Doane on Saturday, February 16th, Brianna Spronk a senior from Edgerton, Minnesota scored her 1,000th point at Dordt College.

Spronk ended the day with 14 points, moving her career total to 1,011. She also tied the career games played record on Saturday while pushing that total to 120, tying a record held by Amber Soodsma and Bailey Spencer.

Spronk stands number 13 all-time in scoring heading into the quarterfinal round of the GPAC Post-Season Tournament on Wednesday, February 20th. The Defenders will take to the road to face Concordia in Seward, Nebraska at 7:00. Spronk is no. 11 in career rebounds with 620 and has 144 career assists which puts in 21st place all-time.

February 19, 2013 - 2:16 pm - Posted in Sports

Northwestern guard Ben Miller is this week’s GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Men’s Basketball Player-of-the-Week.

Miller, a senior from Volga, South Dakota, helped lead fifth-ranked Northwestern to a 2-0 record last week. He averaged 23.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and seven assists per game in wins over Dakota Wesleyan and Midland. Miller scored 25 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in the Red Raiders 86-83 win at Dakota Wesleyan, a win that clinched the GPAC regular season title for Northwestern, and followed with a near triple-double performance in the win over Midland, scoring 22 points along with nine rebounds and nine assists.

Miller hit a late go-ahead three-pointer and then clinched the win with a couple of free throws down the stretch. Northwestern has won seven straight games and is the top seed in the upcoming GPAC Tournament that opens on Wednesday. The Red Raiders will host Dakota Wesleyan in an 8pm game in Orange City, Iowa.

sioux sheriff emblem side of carGranville, Iowa — Two burglary reports in Granville yesterday (2/18) have Sioux County Authorities looking for clues.

At 8:50 AM, the Sheriff’s Office responded to a business burglary that occurred at G & H repair, 727 Elm Street, in Granville.

At 10:10 AM, the Sheriff’s Office responded to a second burglary complaint that occurred at the concession stand located at Vosberg Field, Main Street, in Granville.

In both burglaries, the perpetrator(s) damaged doors to gain entry. The burglaries remain under investigation to determine what property was stolen.

Anyone with information regarding either of these crimes is asked to contact the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office. If you wish to remain anonymous you may use the Text‐A‐Tip Program.