August 30, 2013 - 9:30 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mrs. Marie Wallinga, age 87, of Hull, passed away on Thursday, August 29, 2013, at the Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center in Sioux Falls.

Arrangements are being completed by the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.

Blank White Mailbox 2Rural Rock Valley, Iowa — The Sioux and Lyon County Sheriff’s Offices are looking for the public’s help to solve a case of several instances of mailbox vandalism and theft.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that since Wednesday (8-28-13), they have been investigating five reports of theft and vandalism that occurred in the area of 280th Street and Dogwood Avenue, four miles northwest of Rock Valley. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office is investigating similar incidents that occurred nearby in their county.

Mailboxes were either destroyed or stolen at each location. The crimes likely occurred during the overnight hours of Tuesday, August 27 or the morning hours of Wednesday, August 28.

The United States Postal Service is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator or perpetrators.

Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to contact the sheriff’s office or the Postal Inspector. If you wish to remain anonymous you may use the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office Text‐a‐Tip program.
USPS Mailbox Vandalism Reward 8-30-13

August 29, 2013 - 9:05 am - Posted in Obituaries

Albert Kooiker, 86, of Hull, IA died Wednesday, August 28, 2013 Pleasant Acres Care Center in Hull.

A visitation will be held at Hope Christian Reformed Church of Hull on Friday from 4-8PM, with the family present from 6-8PM.

A funeral service will be held at Saturday at 1:30PM at Hope Christian Reformed Church with Rev. Todd Zuidema officiating. Interment will follow the funeral service in Hope Cemetery of Hull.

The Kooiker family prefers memorials be directed to Hull Christian School or Sioux Center Home Health & Hospice.

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August 28, 2013 - 7:31 am - Posted in News

Sioux Sheriff Car 84-Hospers, Iowa — A Hospers man has been arrested on three charges after an incident east of Hospers.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Monday they investigated the report of an assault that occurred at a home a mile east of Hospers on Saturday.

Upon further investigation deputies determined that on Saturday, August 24, at about 11:00 AM, 74-year-old John Solsma of Hospers allegedly went to the victim’s home east of Hospers. While at the home Solsma is accused of assaulting and threatening to cause further bodily harm to the victim.

On Monday afternoon, deputies arrested Solsma on charges of 1st degree harassment, 3rd degree assault and interference with official acts/resisting arrest.

August 27, 2013 - 11:08 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mr. Gerald “Jack” Van Es, age 89, of Orange City, passed away on Tuesday, August 27, 2013, at the Landsmeer Ridge Retirement Community in Orange City.

There will be a memorial service on Saturday, August 31, at 11:00am, 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 10:00am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Friday, with the family present from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, at the funeral home.

August 23, 2013 - 9:27 pm - Posted in News

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Food Preservation: Freezing

By: Christina Lloyd, ISU Extension and Outreach Agriculture and Natural Resource Intern

Food preservation comes in many different forms and has a history dating back to before 12,000 B.C. Countless civilizations have long dried, fermented, pickled, cured and froze their food as a way to preserve it. Freezing is a form of preservation that may seem like a new advancement with today’s technology but it has been practiced for many years. Ancient cultures living in cold climates would use the winter weather to their advantage to freeze their food. Over the years people have also placed their food items in cool streams, caves, cellars, ice houses, ice boxes and, eventually, in the 1800’s mechanical refrigeration was developed and today we have our modern freezers.

Many of the fruits and vegetables grown in the home garden or bought at a store or farmers market can be preserved in the freezer. It is important to remember that when preserving any type of produce that it is done in a way that promotes food safety. Bacteria are a leading cause of food borne illness so it’s important that bacteria growth is slowed or prevented. In addition, natural enzymes in food can cause changes in color, flavor and texture. Freezing produce works by slowing the growth of bacteria, molds and yeasts as well as natural enzyme activity. In order to promote food quality and safety, all materials that are being used for preservation should be clean; this includes the produce, pots and storage containers.

Freezing starts with fresh fruits and vegetables. Make sure that all produce used is mature but not over ripe. When freezing most vegetables you will need to blanch them in boiling water or steam to prevent further enzyme activity from taking place. To do this, place your vegetables in a pot of boiling water, or to steam, hang them in a wire rack or cheese cloth 1 to 2 inches above rapidly boiling water and place a lid over the pot. Each vegetable has a set time for blanching so make sure that you know how long you need to blanch your vegetables before starting. Blanching time usually starts as soon as the lid is on the pot. Once the vegetables are finished blanching they should be immediately cooled. Do this by using ice. Use one pound of ice per pound of vegetables. After the vegetables have been cooled they are ready to freeze.

To freeze vegetables place them tightly in a plastic bag or freezer-safe container leaving ½ inch to 1 ½ inches at the top for expansion. Vegetables may also be frozen by placing them in a single layer on a baking dish that is then placed in the freezer until the vegetables are almost frozen. At this point, take them out and put them in freezer bags or other containers then store back in the freezer. Always make sure to label each container and also make sure to write the date it was prepared.

To freeze fruit, prepare the fruit by removing any seeds or pits and cut it to match how it will be used. Next, use an anti-darkening agent to keep it from turning brown. This can be done by adding ascorbic acid or a mixture of sugar and lemon juice. After this, fruit can be packaged unsweetened, sugar packed or syrup packed. To package unsweetened place fruit on a shallow tray and freeze; once frozen place in freezer bags or containers to store back in the freezer. To sugar pack freeze fruit with sugar over the fruit and stir until the pieces are all coated. To syrup pack make sugar syrup by dissolving sugar in water and mix until the solution is clear. Place this syrup in a refrigerator to chill and then add just enough to the fruit to cover. Place both syrup packed and sugar packed fruit in freezer bags or containers to store in the freezer.

If properly prepared, frozen fruits and vegetables will hold their quality anywhere from 8 to 12 months. For more information on how to properly prepare various fruits and vegetables for freezing see the Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach publication, Freezing: Fruits and Vegetables, revised July 2011 (

For any questions, please feel free to contact me at my email, by phone at (712) 737-4230 or through your local County Extension office. Additional information was provided by ISU Extension and Outreach article, Harvesting and storing vegetables (2002), ISU Extension and Outreach article, Food Preservation (2004), the Clemson Cooperative Extension article, Freezing Fruits & Vegetables (2011) and the National Center for Home Food Preservation article, Historical Origins of Food Preservation (2002).

Contact informationMargaret Murphy 712 472-2576(office)•605 521-7893(cell) •

Sioux Sheriff Car 84-Hull, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the public’s help. They’re trying to find out if anyone knows anything about a blue car that was southwest of Hull on Tuesday morning (8/20/13).

The Sheriff’s Office reports that about 8 AM, 16-year-old Chase Walker of Boyden was driving a 2004 Chrysler Sebring westbound on 330th Street, two miles southwest of Hull. He reports that a blue four-door car was traveling southbound on Harrison Avenue. Walker swerved to avoid striking the blue vehicle and his vehicle entered the west ditch. The blue vehicle reportedly did not stop and continued traveling southbound from the intersection.

Walker reported minor injuries but declined medical attention.

The Chrysler sustained about $2,000 in damages.

If you know the owner of the blue vehicle or know who was driving it at the time of the accident you are asked to contact the sheriff’s office. You may use the Text‐a‐Tip program if you wish to remain anonymous.

Sioux Sheriff Car 84-Hull, Iowa — A Hull man escaped injury, but almost half a million dollars in damage was caused to a concrete pumping truck in a construction accident in Hull on Friday (8/16/13).

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that just after 4 PM, they investigated a construction accident that occurred at a residential construction site near the intersection of First and Okey Streets in Hull.

They say that 44-year-old Gregory Rens of Hull was operating a 2014 Mack Cement Pumper boom when the pump tube came into contact with an overhead MidAmerican Energy electrical power line. The line became severed and fell onto the pumper truck, causing the tires to melt and one of them to rupture which struck the truck’s windshield, damaging it. Other electrical operating systems in the truck were also destroyed.

No injuries were reported.

Electrical power was interrupted in portions of Hull for an hour and a half while utility crews repaired the damaged section of the electrical line.

The Mack sustained approximately $400,000 in damages. The electrical line sustained an estimated $500 in damages.

August 19, 2013 - 11:19 am - Posted in News

jail behind barsHull, Iowa — A Hull man is behind bars after being charged with sex abuse of a victim under 12.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that they arrested 46-year-old Todd Bonestroo of Hull on Friday (8/16/13) and charged him with Second Degree Sexual Abuse.

The arrest stemmed from an investigation involving an incident where Bonestroo is alleged to have committed a sex act with a victim under the age of 12 at a rural home near Hull.

drunk driving OWI DWI iStockHospers, Iowa — Two Hospers residents have now been arrested on alcohol-related violations after a traffic stop early on Sunday morning, August 11.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that shortly after 5 AM that day, one of their deputies made a traffic stop at the intersection of Jackson Avenue and 410th Street, three miles north of Orange City.

The deputy arrested 19-year-old Courtney Siege of Hospers on a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Upon further investigation, six days later, on Saturday, August 17th, the Sheriff’s Office arrested 23-year-old Ashley Hendrickson of Hospers and charged her with supplying alcohol to an underage person.