Law Enforcement Lightbar redHull, Iowa — Three people from Hull have been arrested after a report of a domestic disturbance that occurred at a home in Hull.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports they investigated the report about 3:10 PM on Sunday, (October 27).

Upon further investigation, deputies discovered that two people had entered a home and assaulted 31-year-old Jose Camacho-Cuevas of Hull. Deputies also determined that Camacho-Cuevas had assaulted another person earlier on Sunday at a residence on Maple Street in Hull.

Deputies arrested 21-year-old Leira Pinon of Hull on charges of Second Degree Burglary and Aggravated assault and 29-year-old Sonia Garza-Carrizalez of Hull on a trespassing charge. Camacho-Cuevas was arrested and charged with Serious Domestic Assault in connection with the incident that occurred earlier in the day at the Maple Street home.

Sioux Sheriff Car 84-Rock Valley, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is again looking for the public’s help to try to find out who took some items that appear to have been stolen from a Rock Valley business.

On Friday (October 25), the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a report of a theft that occurred at Town and Country Implement, a half mile west of Rock Valley.  Sometime on Thursday, October 24, someone stole a power take off (PTO) shaft and computer monitor for a New Holland round baler.  A 2011 New Holland L225 skid loader was also stolen.  It was taken sometime between July 17 and August 1, 2013.

Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to contact the sheriff’s office. If you wish to remain anonymous you may use the Text-a-Tip program.  Directions for the text-a-tip program can be found at

Ambulance LightbarHull, Iowa — A Hull man was taken to the hospital, treated, and then arrested for OWI after an accident early on Sunday.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 12:35 AM, 21-year-old Arturo Tapia of Hull was driving a 1999 Ford Expedition eastbound on 310th Street. Tapia drove across Hickory Avenue, and lost control.

The SUV entered the south ditch, struck a MidAmerican Energy utility pole and rolled.

Tapia left the scene of the accident on foot and was located by deputies a short distance away.

Tapia was transported by the Hull Ambulance to the Sioux Center Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. He was released and deputies arrested him at 4:00 AM for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and failing to obey a stop sign.

The Ford sustained about $10,000 in damages. The utility pole sustained an estimated $5,000 in damages.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Hull Fire Department, Hull Ambulance and the Sioux Center Police Department.

law lightbar blueSpencer, Iowa — An Alton woman has been arrested on Operating While Intoxicated and Child Endangerment charges after a traffic stop near Spencer.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office reports that they arrested 26-year-old Nicole Marie Holtz of Alton in the early hours of Saturday. About 3:05 AM, Deputies were dispatched to a vehicle in the ditch at the intersection of 350th Street and 180th Avenue, two miles west of Spencer. Upon investigation, Clay County Deputies determined Holtz was driving under the influence of alcohol, with two children in the vehicle and no proper child restraints. Holtz was placed under arrest and transported to the Clay County Jail where she was charged with Operating While Intoxicated, Child Endangerment, and Failure to Secure a Child.

Holtz was held in jail to appear before the magistrate.

Sheldon Fire Lightbar Blue on YellowSheldon, Iowa — Sheldon emergency crews were paged out to an accident near the Sheldon Motel on Saturday, but the victims escaped without serious injury.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office covered the accident. They report that about 11:25 AM, 20-year-old Christopher Lynch, of Rock Rapids was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Venture minivan eastbound on Highway 18, about a quarter mile west of Sheldon. Fifty-six-year-old Robert Hartzell of Spencer was driving a 2008 Ford F150 pickup westbound on 18. Lynch attempted to make a left turn and struck the Ford.

No injuries were reported.

Lynch’s Chevy minivan sustained about $6,000 in damages. Hartzell’s Ford pickup sustained about $5,000 in damages.

Lynch was ticketed for Failure To Yield Upon Left Turn and Driving While Suspended.

The Sheldon Police Department assisted the sheriff’s office.

Highway 18 was closed for over half an hour, according to a Nixle message from the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office

October 28, 2013 - 12:45 pm - Posted in News


A Weekly Column about Plants, Gardens, & Yards

ISU Extension and Outreach Consumer Horticulture • Lyon-O’Brien-Osceola-Sioux Counties

Gardening Indoors with Houseplants

By: Margaret Murphy, Horticulture Educator/Regional Foods Coordinator Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola & Sioux Counties

Three quarters of Americans decorate their indoors with houseplants. If you are thinking of adding a new houseplant to your home, here are some helpful tips on how to select plants and keep them healthy.

Before you bring home a new houseplant give some thought to where it is going to be placed. Like plants we grow outdoors, houseplants have preferred light requirements, moisture needs and temperature ranges. The type of light a plant requires is one of the most important factors to consider prior to buying and bringing it home. Does the plant do best in bright light or will it do fine in medium or low light? The University of Illinois Extension’s website on houseplants ( has several good suggestions on plant placement based on its light needs.

When it comes to temperature, the good news is that most houseplants can tolerate a rather broad range. The majority of foliage houseplants, for example, manage well with daytime temperatures around 70 degrees F and nighttime temperatures about 10 degrees cooler. Not too different from how many of us keep our homes. However, houseplants can be adversely affected by being exposed to temperature extremes. Avoid placing them near heat vents where they will receive blasts of hot air or too near windows or doors where they may encounter cold drafts this winter.

The moisture needs of a houseplant can be influenced by a number of things including type of plant, type of container, type of soil, time of year and level of relative humidity. If you’re like me, you find it easier to remember to water if you keep to a schedule. I water my houseplants on the same day every week. However, ideally, plants should be watered only when they need it. For most this is when the top inch or two of soil is dry to the touch. If you are not sure of a specific plant’s watering needs and the plant label doesn’t provide it, you can look it up in a book on houseplants or on a reputable website. But no matter what the water requirements are for a plant, it should not be allowed to sit directly in water for too long. Remember to discard the water that drains through to the saucer.

With indoor plants, it is also a good idea to consider the humidity level in the house. Many houseplants favor a more humid environment than the average home provides, especially during winter. A tip to increase the humidity level around a plant is to place its pot on a tray filled with pebbles and water. Make sure the plant roots are not sitting in the water. Grouping plants closely together can also help create a more humid environment.

Other things to consider when selecting a plant is look for one with a well-balanced silhouette that doesn’t look leggy or sparse. Avoid plants that appear stressed or cared for improperly. Your new plant should not start off wilted or with damaged leaves or stems. Check the plant carefully for any signs of insects or disease. Remember that houseplants you buy at a store or garden center will be accustomed to a different environment than what they’ll find in your home. So give them some time to adjust. The University of Illinois Extension also reminds us that often plants will drop leaves or develop yellow leaves when first placed into a new environment. It is recommended to avoid fertilizing during this adjustment period to help minimize stress. If buying a houseplant now, keep in mind that most houseplants don’t need to be fertilized in the winter months.

Lastly, keep indoor plants well-groomed by removing dead leaves or stems. Some types of plants perform better if occasionally pinched back. This is usually best done in the spring or summer. Larger leafed plants may also need gentle dusting from time to time. Though houseplants can become infected with pests or diseases and should be periodically inspected for such; more commonly problems arise due to improper watering or fertilizing. Changes in temperature or light can also cause problems for houseplants. So if you find a houseplant is losing its leaves or otherwise looking stressed, double check that it is receiving the proper amount of moisture, fertilizer and light and is not experiencing too much in the way of temperature changes throughout the day.

For any questions feel free to contact Margaret Murphy by phone (712) 472-2576, email or contact your local County Extension office. Additional information was provided by the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Resource Guide for Iowa Master Gardeners (2011).

Contact information: Margaret Murphy 712 472-2576(office) •605 521-7893(cell) •

October 28, 2013 - 9:31 am - Posted in Obituaries

Funeral Services for Ardith Joan Lammers, age 82, of Boyden, Iowa, who passed away on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at the Sanford Sheldon Medical Center in Sheldon, Iowa. Her services will be 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at the United Presbyterian Church in Boyden, Iowa with Rev. Rollin Haynes ~ officiating.

Burial will be in the Sheridan Township Cemetery in Boyden, Iowa.

Visitation will be Tuesday, October 29, 2013 after 4:00 P.M. with the family present from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Boyden.

Online memorial condolences may be sent to:

Arrangements under the care of Vander Ploeg Funeral Home, Boyden, Iowa.

Ardith Joan Lammers, the daughter of Antoine “Tony” and Leona (Petersen) Ihry, was born April 4, 1931 on a farm near Royal, Iowa. She held the birth record for Clay County for many years weighing in at 15 lbs. and 2oz. The Dr. then took both mother and baby to the Spencer Hospital to check both of them out, as was unusual for such a large baby born at home being so large and wanted to verify the birth weight again. After her birth, the family moved to Everly when Ardith was 6 months old. She was raised there all of her childhood and graduated from Everly High School in 1949. She became a Telephone Operator during the latter part of her senior year and continued after being married till the birth of their first child. Ardith was united in marriage to Walter Lammers on July 2, 1950 in Everly, Iowa. She was a stay-at-home mom until their 3 sons; Tony Wm., Tracy Lee and Tim E. were in school. She then worked as a receptionist for the Honey Bee Company. The hours usually worked out so she could be home by the time the boys’ got home from school. She stayed employed there until they moved to Boyden, Iowa. Ardith passed away at the Sanford Sheldon Medical Center of Sheldon, Iowa on Saturday, October 26, 2013 reaching the age of 82 years, 6 months and 22 days.

She was a member of United Presbyterian Church in Boyden. “Art” known to her friends enjoyed volunteering wherever possible. She took “Meals on Wheels” while that lasted as “Welcome Wagon”. What a wonderful project; it had all kinds of information of our great little city of Boyden had to offer. She had the great pleasure of volunteering for years in one form or another for the Sioux Blood Bank from Sioux City. Enjoyed working the Blood Drives and having what we called “our little town meeting” after the donors came back to have lunch after “giving the blood of life.” One got great satisfaction helping others in so many fields. She also belonged to the Legion Auxiliary and tried to be as helpful in their projects as health would allow. She loved quilting for many years, but in time was unable to continue do to arthritis in her hands and missed it very much. We had a great fellowship at those “Quilting Bees.” Great memories! Enjoyed crafts of all kinds; spending many hours doing counted cross-stitch as gifts and just for pleasure. Last but not least being part of the UPWO at church and the good works we do in the organization besides our Bible Studies. Also, those coffee parties we three had. How I enjoyed them.

During the years of raising our family we made a camper out of an old school bus and di some weekend camping with our family while they were growing up. It was a great was to have family time together. We took some interesting trips in that old bus, with many wonderful memories. To this day, all the sons enjoy camping and it has followed down to the younger generations.

My biggest challenge and enjoyment in life was raising our 3 fine sons, Tony, Tracy and Tim with the aid of their father, Walt and we can’t forget their G’mpa Tony that was with us for fourteen years to help guide us in the right direction after my mother passed away. We tried very hard to do what was right with the boys while they were growing up. To help teach them to learn how to cope and accept that there will be many disappointments in their lifetime, yet through it all, one can be a stronger person for it. Also be thankful for the goodtimes! We are very proud of each of our sons and what they have accomplished in their lives which include their mates and families.

Ardith leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Walt of 63 years and their 3 sons and spouses, Tony and Denise of Custer, SD; Tracy and Kayleen of Sioux Falls, SD and Tim and Vicki of Boyden, IA; 7 grandchildren, Tori and Cory Lewis, Jessica Krebs; Cody and Jamie Lammers Tara and Ross Miller; Justin, Mariah and Philip Lammers; 8 great-grandchildren, Ashlynn, Megan, Landon, Michael, Delany, Kyler, Alaina and Klaridy; and a sister, Joyce Wagner of Spencer, IA; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Ray Ihry and two other brothers in infancy and a sister, Ruth.

Thank you Lord, for being there for us and guiding us all the way. A good Job Well done, especially in the eyes of a mother.

film slate clapperSioux Center, Iowa — A documentary movie that was shot among other locations in parts of Orange City, Le Mars, and Rock Rapids, will have a special, one night only screening tonight in Sioux Center.

The film Caucus follows eight Republican candidates leading up to the 2012 presidential election as they campaign through the state.  For nine months, A-J Schnack and his team piled into a rental car and followed the candidates into nearly every corner of the state. Schnack says Iowans approach elections with the knowledge that quite a bit hinges on their votes.

Click or tap the play button above or this link to listen.

(as he says) “There are people in the film who you would see each candidate — that just doesn’t happen everywhere. People make their mind up and then they’re done,” Schnack says.

The film shows everyone from Michele Bachmann to Tim Pawlenty making their case to Iowans at fundraisers and campaign events-often asking outright for a vote–but it also shows voters asking questions, even grilling candidates with their concerns.

Click or tap the play button above or this link to listen.

(as he says)”That is a really amazing piece to the American political system. I’m not sure anyone understands how rigorous that is, and what a task it is for these candidates,” according to Schnack.

Schnack says he’s wanted to document the Iowa caucuses for years-and lucked out with his cast of characters. He says Santorum’s decision to visit each of Iowa’s 99 counties posed a challenge.

Click or tap the play button above or this link to listen.

(as he says) “We were either staying the night in Des Moines and Iowa City, then getting up early to driving and trying to find out where he was at,” Schnack says. “You’d drive for hours and and hours and get to a place and there would be 10 to 15 people there, and you’d be like, how do any of these candidates do it!” Schnack says.

But Schnack says the Iowans featured in the film became characters themselves as he says the voters at campaign events took their role seriously, remaining skeptical and asking questions.

The movie opened on Friday in Des Moines, and will have a special, one night only screening at Cinema 5 in Sioux Center tonight (Monday, October 28) at 6:30.

Radio Iowa assisted with this story.

October 24, 2013 - 2:40 pm - Posted in Sports

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For more information contact the Spirit Lake Hatchery at 712-336-1840.



West Okoboji Lake

Bluegill – Slow: bluegills should start to move shallower as the water cools. Continue to fish around weed edges and open pockets.  Yellow Perch – Fair: Try using a pilkie tipped with wigglers for perch around some sort of structure be it weeds, rocks, drop-offs, or a combination.  Most are reporting many small fish with a few nice ones mixed in.


East Okoboji Lake

Yellow Bass – Fair: Try a pilkie tipped with wigglers over rock piles.


Big Spirit Lake

Yellow Perch – Slow: Only a handful of perch are being caught and the few that are mostly small fish in the 4-7-inch range with keepers being rare. Walleye – Slow: Fishing during the day has been spotty at best with the best bite coming around sunset and into the night.  The water has cooled into the 40s and a slow presentation has been the best.


Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Wader fishing should be picking up try fishing the late evening with twister tails or a jig and minnow.


Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

The dredge machine on Storm Lake is in operation.  Stay clear of the dredge, booster pump, and pipeline that runs from the dredge to the east shore.  Recent sampling has indicated a fair amount of walleye (less than 17 inches) are in the state marina complex.


Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)

Try white twister tails in the deeper holes for walleye.


Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)

Anglers are catching lots of walleye in the Little Sioux River from Cherokee to the Correctionville/Anthon area. Large white twisters are working great.  Live chubs have been producing good walleye as well.  Focus efforts on deeper pools, such as below rock riffles, near bridges, and around snags.


October 23, 2013 - 8:28 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mr. Arthur Kooiker, age 93, of Hull, passed away on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, at the Sanford Senior Care in Sheldon.

There will be a memorial service on Thursday, October 24, at 11:00am, at the American Reformed Church in Hull.  The Rev. Steven Bierly will officiate.  Interment will be prior to the service at the Hope Cemetery in Hull.  There will be a prayer service on Thursday, at 10:00am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.

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