March 29, 2013 - 10:15 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mrs. Christina Rens, age 89, of Hull, passed away on Friday, March 29, 2013, at the Orange City Area Health System Hospital.

There will be a memorial service on Monday, April 1, at 2:00pm, 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 1:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.

Visitation will be after 3:00pm on Sunday, with the family present from 4:00pm to 6:00pm, at the funeral home.

March 28, 2013 - 1:46 pm - Posted in Sports

footballRosters have been released for the 41st annual Iowa Shrine Bowl Game. After many years of being held on the Iowa State Campus at Ames the annual all star game will move to the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls home of the UNI Panthers and the State Football Semi’s and Finals.

Area athletes invited to participate include Sheldon’s Chris Balster, Brandt Van Roekel of Boyden Hull Rock Valley along with Spirit Lake team mates Cody Poock and Brett Cochran Bray at the “so called skill positions”.

Linemen named to the North squad include Austin Allen of Spencer, Ben Starr of Central Lyon George Little Rock and Tate Kellenberger of West Lyon.

Head Coach of the North Team will be Mike Dirksen of Newman Catholic in Mason City. Assisting Dirksen will be assisted by Josh Bolluyt who led Spirit Lake to the 2a title.

Head Coach of the South Team will be Tom Wilson of Dowling Catholic.

The players are selected by a process of nomination by coaches, balloting by state-wide sports media professionals, and official invitation from a representative of the Iowa Shrine Bowl.

The Iowa Shrine Bowl produces this game each year. The game brings honor and recognition to the players, their schools and their communities. It has also been an effective tool in raising money for Shriners Hospital For Children.

The 2013 game will be the 41st Annual Iowa Shrine Bowl game.

To date, the Iowa Shrine Bowl has raised over $2,268,000 for The Shriner’s Hospitals for Children. Funds for The Shriner’s Hospitals For Children are developed by ticket sales, advertising in the Shrine Bowl program, merchandise sales, contributions and sponsorships.

March 27, 2013 - 4:14 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Mrs. Hendrene Van Gorp, age 87, of Orange City, passed away on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at the Heritage House Nursing Home in Orange City.

There will be a memorial service on Saturday, March 30, at 2:00pm, at the First Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. Mark Haverdink 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 1:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Visitation will be after 5:30pm on Friday, with the family present from 5:30pm to 7:00pm, at the funeral home.

Northwesstern logoTy Koldenhoven of Rock Valley and Jesse Markus of Rock Rapids have signed letters of intent to continue their football careers at Northwestern College next year.
Koldenhoven is a 6’0”, 190-pound offensive/defensive lineman who played four years for the Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley football team. Voted the team’s best offensive linemen of the year, Koldenhoven helped pave the way for an offense that totaled 3,005 rushing yards and scored 47 rushing touchdowns. He registered 23 tackles, 1.5 for a loss, and one sack on defense. Koldenhoven plans to major in education and will also wrestle at Northwestern. He is the son of Jeff and Carla.

“Ty played mostly along the offensive and defensive lines in high school because of his strength and toughness,” commented head coach Kyle Achterhoff. “He will move back to linebacker and we look forward to watching him use those same skills at that position.”

Markus is a 6’1”, 185-pound quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back who played two years for the Central Lyon-George-Little Rock football team. A first team all-district selection, Markus rushed for 520 yards and four touchdowns while throwing for 389 yards and three scores. He also averaged 17 yards per punt return, scoring an additional touchdown, and totaled 40 tackles in the defensive secondary. Markus is the son of Dave and Deb.

“We are very excited to have Jesse at Northwestern,” commented Achterhoff. “He is a great young man and is someone who can make a positive impact both on and off the field. Jesse is a versatile player who will play quarterback but could also play running back, receiver or in the defensive secondary.”

Elijah Ihnen of Round Lake Minnesota has signed a letter of intent to continue his basketball career at Northwestern College next year.

Ihnen is a 6’3” guard who played four years for the Harris-Lake Park basketball team. Ihnen averaged a team-high 23 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, earning second team all-state honors for the second straight year. He was an all-Cornbelt conference selection all four years ended his career as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,644 points. An all-district selection three years, Ihnen helped lead his team to a 21-3 record, losing in the district final.

Ihnen is an honor roll student and plans to major in education at Northwestern. He is the son of Bruce and Kim.

“Eli is a competitor and a winner,” commented Northwestern head men’s basketball coach Kris Korver. “Eli can score in a number of different ways and loves and knows the game of basketball well. We are very excited to have Eli join us and look forward to seeing him improve as a player and teammate the next four years.”

March 27, 2013 - 12:18 pm - Posted in News

Hand Cuffs sxcAlton, Iowa — Two Granville men are charged after the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a burglary report near Alton.

The Sheriff’s Office reports that they investigated a burglary report at about 11:30 PM on Saturday, (3/23). The burglary was reported to have occurred at a home two miles southeast of Alton.

As a result of the investigation, on Monday evening (3/25), deputies arrested 38-year-old Charles Aulenbach of Granville on charges of trespassing, criminal mischief, and theft.

Deputies also cited 53-year-old Timothy Schmidt of Granville on charges of trespassing and theft.

March 26, 2013 - 3:22 pm - Posted in Sports

Courtney Hummel of Hawarden has signed a letter of intent to continue her golf career at Northwestern College next year. A multi-sports standout, Hummel currently is a three-year letter winner for the West Sioux girls’ golf team heading into her senior year.

Hummel finished third at the War Eagle Conference meet as a junior (2012) and helped lead her team to the state meet as both a sophomore and junior. She is a three-time all-conference selection and has a personal best of an 82. Hummel is a member of the honor roll and National Honor Society. She is the daughter of Matt and Dawn.

“I am very excited that Courtney will be joining the Red Raider women’s golf team next year,” commented head women’s golf coach Catherine Van Der Weide. “She has a lot of potential and I am excited to be able to watch her grow both on and off the course.”

Sioux Sheriff CarSheldon, Iowa — Four young people have been charged with alcohol violations after a traffic stop south of Sheldon.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports the stop occurred on McKinley Avenue, a mile south of Sheldon, on Saturday, March 23, at 11:30 PM.

Upon further investigation, the deputy determined that the driver, 18-year-old Shane Meerdink of Hull was driving with a suspended driver’s license and had been consuming alcohol. Three passengers in the vehicle were also allegedly illegally in possession of alcohol.

Meerdink was cited for underage possession of alcohol, driving while license suspended, and a .02 violation. Eighteen-year-old Samantha Thompson of Paullina and 20-year-old Brady Schelling of Hull were issued citations for underage possession of alcohol. Also, a 17-year-old boy from Hull was cited into Juvenile Court for underage possession of alcohol and was released to a parent.

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

March 25, 2013 - 2:56 pm - Posted in Sports

For the next six summers, fisheries staff from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will be mapping Iowa lakes using some sophisticated equipment that will provide more accurate maps for anglers and information for the lake restoration program.

Visitors to Iowa lakes may see the operation in progress. A DNR fisheries boat loaded with two lap top computers, a flat screen, a suitcase that contains the brains of the program, and equipment hanging off the side running about five miles per hour crisscrossing the lake.

The software will record lake depth plus information on what type of material is on the lake bed (sand, gravel, muck) and, if aquatic vegetation is present, the height and density of that vegetation. It will also collect information for lake restoration projects.

Lewis Bruce, fisheries technician working on the project, said they plan to map 115 of the significantly publicly owned lakes in Iowa.

He said they can set up the software so when the information is collected it will generate a file where they can add existing habitat and background information to create new lake contour maps.

The DNR recently placed new maps for Arrowhead Lake, Badger Lake, Avenue of the Saints Pond, Binder Lake, and Center Lake online at In 2013, they will begin collecting information on Clear Lake, Carter Lake, Brushy Creek Lake, Mariposa Lake, Blue Lake, Springbrook Lake and Volga Lake, if conditions allow.

Bruce said they will avoid mapping on windy days because the waves could cause accuracy issues. He said water level in many lakes is also a concern.

“Low water levels could play a role in what we can and can’t map,” he said. “Mapping Clear Lake is important but in its current condition with extremely low water level and much of the lakebed now dry land, we may need to wait until the water level improves to have an accurate product.”



US75Sioux Center, Iowa — A citizens’ group in Sioux Center has mounted a serious campaign against a proposed expansion of their Main Street, citing safety risks and pointing out what they claim are errors in the numbers the city is using. The city council wants to expand Highway 75 from three lanes to five where it cuts through the heart of the city.

The group, calling themselves, “Sioux Center Citizens for Responsible Growth” says the proposed expansion is costly, regressive, unnecessary, and poses a threat to safety and quality of life in Sioux Center.

Dozens of residents went door-to-door on Saturday to nearly 2,000 homes in Sioux Center, distributing flyers urging residents to come out to the city’s final informational meeting on the proposed expansion. The meeting takes place Wednesday, March 27, at 5:30 p.m. at the Terrace View Events Center in Sioux Center.

Highway 75 runs through Sioux Center’s downtown commercial district, and the city and DOT partnered to reduce it from four lanes to three in 1999 because of the number of accidents, injuries, and deaths on that stretch of the street. Still, the city began planning for an expansion to five lanes, assuming traffic would outgrow the three-lane solution.

But, according to the citizen’s group, the city’s predictions were wrong, and instead of hitting 16,000 vehicles per day as predicted in 2007, traffic is now only in the 11,000 to 12,000 range, having decreased each of the last three times it was measured, in spite of healthy population growth and economic growth.

Click here for the group’s web site.