Sioux Sheriff Car 84-Hull, Iowa — A Hull man has been arrested on several charges after an incident in Hull in which he allegedly tried to grab a sheriff’s deputy’s gun.

On Wednesday, November 27, at 5:15 a.m., the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of a domestic disturbance that occurred at a home on Chestnut Street in Hull. The Sheriff’s Office reports that while the deputy was conducting his investigation, 34-year-old Florencio Ortigoza-Victoriano of Hull, tried to flee from the home. When the deputy attempted to apprehend Ortigoza-Victoriano he is alleged to have resisted and struggled with the officer. The Sheriff’s Office reports that Ortigoza-Victoriano tried to remove the deputy’s firearm from its holster but was unable to do so. Several responding officers arrived on scene and assisted the deputy in apprehending Ortigoza-Victoriano.

Ortigoza-Victoriano was transported to the Sioux Center Hospital by the Hull Ambulance for treatment of minor injuries.

He was released a short time later and arrested on charges of domestic assault, interference with official acts, assault on a peace officer and attempting to disarm a peace officer.

The deputy sustained minor injuries in the incident; he sought medical attention at the Orange City Hospital where he was treated and released.

The case remains under investigation.

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

Ambulance front generic actually SCAT 2Hull, Iowa — A Hospers woman was taken to a hospital after an accident at Perkins Corner, west of Hull.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Wednesday evening November 27th, about 7:50 PM, 20-year-old Austen Klosterbuer of Rock Rapids was driving a 2001 Freightliner semi-tractor pulling a grain trailer northbound on Highway 75, two miles west of Hull at Perkins Corner. Forty-nine-year-old Carla Knibbe of Hospers was driving a 1996 Ford Explorer westbound on Highway 18.

Knibbe reported that she stopped for the stop sign at Highway 75 and then began turning left onto Highway 75 where she was struck by the Freightliner. Following the crash, the Freightliner and trailer entered the west ditch and struck a building and farm equipment.

Knibbe was transported to the Sioux Center Hospital by the Hull Ambulance.

The Ford sustained an estimated $5,000 in damages. The Freightliner sustained about $25,000 in
damages. Some farm equipment and a building owned by Livestock Equipment & Manufacturing of Hull sustained about $10,000 in damages.

Knibbe was ticketed for failure to obey stop sign.

The Iowa State Patrol, Hull Fire Department and Hull Ambulance crew assisted the sheriff’s office.

November 29, 2013 - 10:12 am - Posted in Obituaries


Mrs. Gayla Tiedemann, age 73, of Hull, passed away on Friday, November 29, 2013, at the Rock Rapids Care Center in Rock Rapids.

There will be a funeral service on Tuesday, December 3, at 10:30am, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in rural Hull. The Rev. Robert Gordon will officiate. Interment will follow at the St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery.

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

Arrangements are with the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.


November 26, 2013 - 1:40 pm - Posted in News
From Left to Right: Paige Nibbelink, Marissa Wiese, Queen Ali Achterhof, Lauren Duesenberg and Emily McDonald.

From Left to Right: Paige Nibbelink, Marissa Wiese, Queen Ali Achterhof, Lauren Duesenberg and Emily McDonald.

Orange City, Iowa — In a daylong event culminating in a Queen’s Pageant, Ali Achterhof has been crowned the 2014 Orange City Tulip Queen. The daughter of Rick and Paula Achterhof, she is a senior at MOC/Floyd Valley High School.

Achterhof will preside over the 2014 Tulip Festival to be held the third weekend in May. The 2014 Tulip Festival theme is “A Dutch Welcome.”

Serving with Queen Ali, as members of the royal court, are Lauren Duesenberg, daughter of Gary and Rachel Duesenberg; Emily McDonald, daughter of Todd and Kristin McDonald; Paige Nibbelink, daughter of Jamie and Kim Nibbelink; and Marissa Wiese, daughter of Rob and Tricia Wiese.

Judges for the event were Katie Buntsma, 2008 Tulip Festival Queen, Bruce Miller, movie critic and entertainment editor for the Sioux City Journal and Pastor Mark Vande Zande, pastor of the 1st Christian Reformed Church in Orange City.

volleyballThe Iowa Girls Coaches Association 2013 All State Volleyball Teams have been released.

Named to the Elite All State Team were Alexis Conaway of MOC Floyd Valley and Kasey Reuter of Hinton. Conaway was also named player of the year in 3A with John Mouw of the Lady Dutch named coach of the year in Class 3A.

Also earning first team status in 3A were Jessica Van Beek of Sheldon and Shelby Schouten of MOC Floyd Valley.

Named to the 2A All State First Team were Jamie Gesink, Haley Moss and Alissa Pollema all of Western Christian.

In Class 1A Morgan Whitehead of Gehlen Catholic earned first team All State honors.



All District teams were also announced and in the 3A West District, Marti Vogel and Jessica Van Beek were named first team. Orab head coach Eric Maassen shared Co-Coach of the year honors with Keith Stickrod of Kuemper Catholic. Other members of the all district team were Emily McDonald, Alexis Conaway and Shelby Schouten of MOC Floyd Valley along with sophomore Anna Kiel of Unity.

The Class 2A North West District team includes Jade Schaap, Jamie Gesink, Ema Altena, Haley Moss and Alissa Pollema of Western Christian. Also named to the team was Courtney Schafer of Boyden Hull along with Lauren Hedlund and Kasey Reuter of Hinton. Their coach Jodi Cook was named District Coach of the Year.

The Class 1A North West All District Team saw the greatest area participation. The squad included Nicole Gritters and Vanessa Van Den Top of Trinity, Noreen Morrow and Macy Gunderson of Harris Lake Park. Morgan Whitehead and Baily Wiltgen of LeMars Gehlen were named to the team. Central Lyon was represented by Angel Rasmussen, Sarah Halse and Ashley Vande Stouwe. Lions coach Jamie Helmers was named District Coach of the year.


For complete team rosters click on the links below

Click here (PDF) or here (MS Word) to download the All-State Volleyball Teams
Click here (PDF) or here (MS Word) to download the All-District Volleyball

Law Enforcement Lightbar redGranville, Iowa — A Red Oak, Iowa man faces sexual assault charges after an alleged victim sought medical attention at Sanford Sheldon.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that in the 7 AM hour Sunday morning, November 24th, they arrested 23-year-old Stewart Andersen of Red Oak, IA.

The arrest stemmed from a report received at 4:00 AM that day from a Sheldon Police Officer. The officer informed the sheriff’s office that a victim of an apparent sexual assault had come to Sanford Sheldon Hospital to seek medical attention. The assault reportedly occurred sometime earlier that morning at a home in Granville.

Upon further investigation of this incident, deputies arrested Andersen and charged him with two counts of
sexual abuse.

The Sheriff’s office was assisted by the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office and Sheldon Police Department.

marijuana pot sxcHull, Iowa — A Hospers man and four juveniles face drug charges after an incident in Hull.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Monday, November 18, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a report of suspicious activity in a parking lot at the Boyden-Hull JR/SR High School in Hull.

Upon further investigation the sheriff’s office found that the incident had actually occurred sometime Friday
morning, November 15. The sheriff’s office determined that several juveniles and one adult were involved in
illegal drug activity on or near school property.

As a result of the investigation, a Boyden boy was charged with delivery of marijuana and transported to the Youth Emergency Services (Y.E.S.) Center in Cherokee, IA. Those charges are enhanced due to its occurrence on school property.

Additionally, in connection with this incident, 25-year-old Bradley Punt of Hospers was arrested on Saturday,
November 23, on a charge of delivery of marijuana. Two boys from Boyden and an Orange City girl were issued Juvenile Court citations for delivery of marijuana as well.

The sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer and Drug Task Force Unit assisted with the investigation.

prescription rx pills radioiowaHull, Iowa — A Hull man was arrested on Thursday on a drugged driving charge after someone notified authorities.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 9:40 PM, they arrested 37-year-old Brian Busse of Hull and charged him with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence-drugged.

The arrest stemmed from an investigation in which witnesses reported that a Dodge Charger was driven in a reckless manner over a residential yard on Saturday, November 16, at 8:25 PM.

Following that report, deputies determined that Busse was the driver of the Dodge and suspected that he was impaired by prescription medication.

November 23, 2013 - 10:48 am - Posted in News

HoldiayGiftsforGardenersGifts for the Gardener

Margaret Murphy Horticulture Educator/Local Foods Coordinator

The holiday season is quickly approaching bringing with it family gatherings and gift giving. So, if you are in need of some gift ideas for gardeners, maybe I can help with a few suggestions.
For gardeners who are already missing their garden, give them a kit for starting an indoor herb garden. During the cold months ahead the herbs can provide fresh flavors for savory dishes plus will fill the kitchen with wonderful scents. You can also make your own kit to give. Include containers that are at least four inches in diameter and have drainage holes. Decorate the pots to make them more special. Supply a potting mix and the herbs. There are a number of herbs that do fine indoors such as basil, sage, rosemary, thyme, chives, parsley and oregano.
Staying on the herb theme, while shopping, I recently came across a hanging rack for drying herbs. Many gardeners like to dry freshly cut garden herbs and store them for future use. Traditionally, the cut stems are gathered into small bunches and hung upside down in a well-ventilated area. If you know of a gardener who enjoys drying herbs in this fashion, then a hanging rack may be just the ticket. Hanging racks come in a range of styles and designs. They can be as simple as an old, wall-mounted coat rack that needs a new purpose. With a fresh coat of paint, it would make a nice refurbished gift for a gardener or cook. One popular design that I „P„P„P
have seen on several shopping sites for gardeners is a metal, circular hanging rack (available for under $20). The circular rack usually includes six hooks but more can be added. An additional idea is to include a set of small, glass jars with air tight lids for storing the dried herbs.
Looking forward to the next growing season, what gardener wouldn¡¦t benefit from a well organized and fully stocked tool caddy? Caddies can be made from baskets, wooden boxes, buckets or canvass totes. They easily accommodate being personalized for each individual gardener. Fill the caddy with the basics such as a garden trowel, clippers, hand cultivator, weeding tool and gloves. Make sure there is a place to store a water bottle as gardening is often hot and sweaty work. Plus, throw in a tube of sunscreen. Lastly, add items that you know will be particularly appreciated by your gardener friend.
Another item that would fit nicely into a tool caddy is a garden journal. Garden journals offer a great way to keep track of so many things such as timetables for starting seeds, plant profiles, weather, pest control and the numerous tasks to be done throughout the growing season. Gardeners can also record their observations, new things they learn or great ideas they want to employ in the future. Garden journals can be purchased or easily made. Like so many homemade gifts, journals too can be readily personalized for the individual gardener. If you make one to give as a gift consider including a section for sketching. A quick sketch of how the vegetable garden is laid out will make it easier to remember where to rotate certain crops for next year. If giving a journal to a child, include interactive opportunities like recipes to try using the vegetables they grow, or challenge them to see how many garden insects they can record and identify. If you are not sure where to start when it comes to creating a garden journal, many ideas and free templates are available online.
Lastly, if you know a gardener who enjoys a little garden whimsy, give the gift of garden art. The possibilities are almost endless when it comes to decorative accents.
For an additional surprise, include with your gift a card embedded with seeds that can be planted indoors for a winter garden or outdoors next spring. A number of companies now offer plantable greeting cards that are available with flower, herb or vegetable seeds.
For any questions, please feel free to contact me at my email, by phone at (712) 472-2576 or through your local county Extension office. Happy Holidays, everyone!

Margaret Murphy Horticulture Educator/Local Foods Coordinator
710 North 2nd Avenue East, Suite 103
Rock Rapids, Iowa 51246 Email:
Office: 712-472-2576

November 23, 2013 - 8:25 am - Posted in Obituaries

Myrna Boonstra, age 85, of Orange City, passed away on Saturday, November 23, 2013, at the Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City.

There will be a memorial service on Wednesday, November 27, at 11:00am, 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 family prayer service on Wednesday, at 10:00am, at the church.

Visitation will be after 4:30pm on Tuesday, with the family present from 4:30pm to 6:30pm, at the church. Arrangements are with the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.