May 31, 2013 - 4:31 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Mr. John Van Leeuwen, age 90, of Hull, Iowa, passed away on Friday, May 31, 2013, at the Hegg Memorial Health Center in Rock Valley, Iowa.

There will be a memorial service on Monday, June 3, at 11:00am, at the First Reformed Church in Hull.  The Rev. Josh Van Leeuwen and the Rev. Irwin Van Leeuwen will officiate.  Interment will be prior to the service at the Hope Cemetery in Hull.  There will be a prayer service on Monday, at 10:00am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull, with the Rev. Kevin Yurk officiating.

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

sioux sheriff emblem side of carSioux Center, Iowa — A man from Sioux Center and one from Rock Valley managed to avoid injury in a truck versus heavy equipment accident on Wednesday (5/29).

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 2:45 PM, 54-year-old Gerry Nettinga of Sioux Center was driving a 2001 Peterbuilt straight truck northbound on Eagle Avenue, six miles west of Sioux Center. Thirty-seven-year-old Derek Kollis of Rock Valley was backing a Sioux County Highway Department Link‐Belt excavator from a flatbed trailer parked on the shoulder of Eagle Avenue. The Peterbuilt struck the excavator as it passed.

No injuries were reported.

The Peterbuilt sustained about $10,000 in damages. The excavator sustained about $500 in damages.

The accident remains under investigation.

NievesHernandez‐MaciasSioux Center, Iowa — An alleged illegal alien living in Sioux Center has been charged with Identity Theft after a text-a-tip report.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Saturday, May 25, at 11:20 AM, they investigated a Text‐a‐Tip report of identity theft that occurred at a business near Sioux Center.

Upon further investigation, deputies determined that 39-year-old Nieves Hernandez‐Macias of Sioux Center was using the identity belonging to another person to gain employment at Natural Food Holdings,two miles south of Sioux Center.

On Wednesday, May 29, at 8:45 AM,the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office arrested Hernandez‐Macias for identity theft and forgery.

E85 buttonSioux Center, Iowa — Using E85 in flexible fuel vehicles has been an attractive option for some motorists, especially with the recent high price of gasoline. Now northwest Iowa gas stations can get E85 at an even better price.

Siouxland Energy and Livestock Cooperative is a 60 million gallon per year ethanol plant in Sioux Center. They are now offering E85, a fuel blend containing 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline, directly to retailers. The coop reports they are passing on the “RIN value generated by blending ethanol”. A RIN, or renewable identification number, is a free credit earned by the blender of ethanol that can then be sold on the open market to oil refiners, which use the credits to demonstrate compliance with the federal Renewable Fuel Standard.

According to the Oil Price Information Service, recent prices for E85 at Iowa terminals were about $2.69 per gallon, while Siouxland Energy listed the price for their E85 at only $2.17 per gallon.

Siouxland Energy Commodity Manager Tom Miller says he thinks ethanol plants are growing tired of watching a middleman pocket the RIN value to the detriment of consumers. He says their plant wants consumers to understand the real value of homegrown ethanol, so they’ve cut out the middleman and are selling E85 directly to retailers at a much greater discount.

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The second day of the Class 3A & 4A State Golf Meets at Ames were cancelled Wednesday due to inclement weather. The 18-hole scores from Tuesday are now the tournament final results and that means Unity Christian is the third place finisher in the 3A team totals this year.

After the first round of play Unity Christian was in third place with a team total 383. Kuemper led the way at 367 followed by Beckman Catholic at 374.

Individually Alyssa Fedders led the way for the Knights at 86 and 9th place overall. The first round leader put together an opening round of 72 after the first day of play and is officially this years medalist. Other Unity scores included Sarah Bos at 96 and Amber Klynsma at 100. Mackenzie Geels carded a 102 with Ava Grossman in at 110.

Also in the individual competition Megan Mousel of MOC Floyd Valley carded a round of 108.


May 27, 2013 - 11:30 am - Posted in News

drunk driving OWI DWI iStockDoon, Iowa — A Hull woman faces several charges including a felony after a traffic stop near Doon on Friday night (5/24).

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 11:35 PM, a Lyon County deputy stopped a vehicle on Goldfinch Avenue, southeast of Doon.

As a result of the traffic stop, 37-year-old Lila Klein was arrested on charges of Operating While Intoxicated, Third Offense, a Class D Felony; Driving while Revoked, a serious misdemeanor, and open container, a simple misdemeanor.

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Kurt Walker

Spirit Lake, Iowa — An inmate of the Residential Treatment Facility in Sheldon faces several charges after he allegedly stole a pickup.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 9:20 PM on Saturday evening (5/25), they investigated the report of a stolen vehicle, which was taken from a rural location on 310th Street, two and a half miles east of Boyden.

It was reported to the sheriff’s office that a 2001 Ford Ranger pickup had been parked in a field driveway while the owner was working in a field nearby. The keys were left in the vehicle. When the owner returned two hours later the pickup was gone.

The Spirit Lake Police Department located the stolen pickup at 11:40 PM, parked at a residence. Subsequently, 24-year-old Kurt Walker was arrested by the Spirit Lake Police and charged with the theft of the motor vehicle. He was booked into the Dickinson County Jail. Walker had been an inmate of the Iowa Department of Corrections Residential Treatment Facility (RTF) in Sheldon.

Walker will face additional charges from the Iowa Department of Corrections regarding his escape from their custody. He will also be charged with Fifth Degree Theft by the Sheriff’s Office in connection with the theft of a bicycle from Northwest Iowa Community College near Sheldon. The bicycle was found in his possession, along with the stolen pickup.

Sioux Sheriff Car 84-Rural Inwood, Iowa — An Ireton teen faces an alcohol charge after an incident at Inspiration Hills in late April.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that they arrested 18-year-old Jared Thomas of Ireton with providing alcohol to people under the age of 21.

The charge was the result of an investigation by the sheriff’s office on Monday, April 29 when it was reported that people under the age of 21 were consuming alcohol at Inspiration Hills during the overnight hours of April 28.

May 27, 2013 - 8:52 am - Posted in Obituaries

vMrs. Sandra Koele, age 69, of Hull, passed away on Friday, May 24, 2013, at the Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

There will be a memorial service on Friday, May 31, at 10:30am, at the First Christian Reformed Church in Hull. The Rev. Loren Kotman will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the Hope Cemetery in Hull. There will be a prayer service on Friday, at 9:30am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.

Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Thursday, with the family present from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, at the funeral home

May 25, 2013 - 6:42 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Derrick RensinkDerrick Rensink, 24, of Primghar, IA, formerly of Sioux Center, IA, died unexpectedly Friday, May 24, 2013 at Baum Harmon Mercy Hospital in Primghar.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday at New Life Reformed Church of Sioux Center from 4-8PM, with the family present from 5-7PM.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday at 1:30PM at New Life Reformed Church of Sioux Center with Rev. Randy Widbin officiating.   Interment will follow the funeral service in Memory Gardens Cemetery of Sioux Center.

In lieu of flowers or gift items, the Rensink family prefers memorials in memory of Derrick to the South O’Brien Elementary School, c/o the Rensink family.

Condolences can be sent at

Arrangements entrusted to Memorial Funeral Home of Sioux Center, IA.