January 31, 2014 - 10:11 pm - Posted in Sports

MOC logoMOC Floyd Valley swept a basketball doubleheader in Sheldon Friday night. The girls final was 63-29 with the Dutch winning the boys game 60-49.

Four players hit three point buckets in the first quarter as the Lady Dutch built a 24-6 first quarter lead. They rode that momentum to a 36-10 halftime lead before going on to their 17th win of the season.

Katie Landhuis led all scorers with 22 points including four 3-pointers with three of them part of an 11 point first quarter. He was joined in double figures by Alexis Conaway with 18. Krista Bousema led Sheldon with 10 points coming on a trio of field goals and 4-of-4 free throw shooting.

With the win the Lady Dutch top ranked in Class 3A improve to 17-1 on the year and 15-0 in the conference. Sheldon stands at 9-9 for the year and 7-8 in the conference.

In the boys game MOC Floyd Valley was able to put the game away at the free throw line in a 60-49 win. at the end of the first quarter the Dutch led 19-12 at the end of the first quarter. At halftime the lead was twelve at 33-21. At the end of three Sheldon had trimmed the lead to 47-38 and got as close as four points in the fourth quarter before the Dutch salted away a 60-49 win.

Levi Jansen came up big for the Dutch with a 27 point effort that included three 2-point field goals, four 3-pointers and a perfect 9-of-9 from the free throw line. He was joined in double figures by Parker Mulder with 11.

Sheldon had three players in double figures led by Dylan Ennema with 13. Ian Jongewaard hit for 11 with Collin Wolthuizen hitting for 10 points.

With the win MOC Floyd Valley moves to 13-4 on the year and 13-2 in the Siouxland. Sheldon stands at 5-11 for the year and 4-10 in the conference.

January 31, 2014 - 3:57 pm - Posted in News

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A Hull woman’s vehicle was damaged in an accident on Thursday, January 30th

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 12:30 pm thirty-six year old Marianne Bleeker of Hull was driving a 2006 Honda Odyssey minivan westbound on Highway 18. Forty-seven year old Jeffery Alan Roemeling of Boyden was driving a 2012 John Deere 244J utility tractor with a front loader.

According to the report Roemeling stopped for the stop sign at Highway 18 and then drove into the intersection where he struck Bleeker’s Vehicle

The police also report that the Honda sustained approximately $7,000 in damages. The tractor was not damaged. Roemeling was cited for failing to yield from a stop sign.

January 31, 2014 - 1:25 pm - Posted in News

Orange City Council Minutes

January 27, 2014

The City Council of Orange City met in special session pursuant to adjournment at 4:00 o’clock P.M. with Mayor Deb De Haan presiding. Members present were Rod De Boer, Chad Oolman, Steve Roesner, Mick Snieder, and Earl Woudstra. All members voted aye on the following unless otherwise noted.

Discussed the utility funds for the fiscal year 2014-2015 budget. Gave tentative approval to the 2014-2015 fiscal year budget.

The meeting adjourned at 7:52 o’clock P.M.

Janet Brown, City Clerk

Dwayne AlonsDes Moines, Iowa — Representative Dwayne Alons of Hull wants to make it easier for soldiers to buy personal guns in Iowa. But it’s not likely the bill will go anywhere this year.

Soldiers in Iowa who’re on active duty would be able to buy guns without first acquiring a permit if a bill that cleared a House subcommittee becomes law. Alons, a Republican from Hull, says 37 states allow active duty military to buy guns without a permit.

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(as said) “A person that’s been trained within the military have had good exposure to weapons, have knowledge and ability,” Alons says.

The bill would apply to Iowa National Guard soldiers who’re on active duty within the state, as well as any active duty soldiers who’re in Iowa on a training mission. Alons estimates his proposal might apply to a few thousand active duty soldiers who want to buy a gun.

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(as said) “From my standpoint, I’d rather be talking about Second Amendment rights, constitutional right-to-carry and having a lot of this permitting process eliminated, but we’re not at point today,” Alons says. “And this is, I would say, one small step.”

Alons, who is a retired Air Force officer, tried last year to extend the no-permit-needed gun buying authority to any military veteran who was honorably discharged, but the bill failed to clear a committee. The chairman of the Senate committee that would review Alons’ bill has said he has no interest in considering gun-related legislation in 2014.

Story from Radio Iowa

 basketballThe latest  Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union basketball polls are out and Western Christian continues to top the 2A poll while MOC Floyd Valley remains atop the 3A poll. In 2A Hinton dropped one spot to #4, and in class 3A Sioux Center moved up 3 spots to #10
Class 1A
  School   Record   LW
1 Newell-Fonda   15-1   1
2 Burlington-Notre Dame   15-1   2
3 Janesville   14-1   3
4 Colo-Nesco   15-1   5
5 Lynnville-Sully   15-2   6
6 Stanton   16-1   3
7 Dunkerton   15-3   7
8 Adair-Casey   15-3   10
9 Ar-We-Va   14-2   8
10 Murray   14-2   14
11 Northwood-Kensett   10-4   9
12 Fremont-Mills   15-2   NR
13 LeMars Gehlen Catholic   10-5   13
14 Ankeny Christian Academy   14-2   NR
15 Grandview Park Baptist   13-3   NR
Dropped out: English Valleys (11), Winfield-Mount Union (12), Midland (15) 
Class 2A
  School   Record   LW
1 Western Christian   15-1   1
2 Cascade   16-0   2
3 North-Linn   17-0   4
4 Hinton   16-1   3
5 Fort Dodge St. Edmond   14-1   5
6 Hudson   14-1   7
7 North Butler   12-1   8
8 Dike-New Hartford   11-2   6
9 Manson-NW Webster   13-2   9
10 Iowa City Regina   14-2   10
11 South Central Calhoun   15-2   11
12 Treynor   14-2   12
13 Iowa Valley   13-1   13
14 Panorama   14-2   14
15 Maquoketa Valley   15-1   15
Dropped out: None
Class 3A
  School   Record   LW
1 MOC-Floyd Valley   16-1   1
2 Clear Lake   16-1   2
3 Crestwood   12-2   3
4 Mediapolis   15-1   4
5 Nevada   13-3   5
6 Unity Christian   13-3   6
7 Williamsburg   14-2   8
8 Bondurant-Farrar   12-3   9
9 North Polk   13-4   7
10 Sioux Center   12-4   13
11 Center Point-Urbana   11-5   14
12 Spirit Lake   12-4   10
13 Camanche   10-4   12
14 Northeast   11-5   NR
15 Hampton-Dumont   12-5   11
Dropped Out: Shenandoah (15)
Class 4A
  School   Record   LW
1 Harlan   15-0   1
2 Sioux City Bishop Heelan   13-2   3
3 Ballard   15-2   4
4 Perry   14-2   2
5 Davenport Assumption   11-6   6
6 Western Dubuque   14-1   6
7 Lewis Central   11-4   8
8 Dallas Center-Grimes   14-2   9
9 North Scott   10-5   7
10 Waverly-Shell Rock   12-3   10
11 Grinnell   14-2   13
12 Cedar Rapids Xavier   8-9   11
13 West Delaware   13-3   12
14 Carlisle   11-6   NR
15 Indianola   9-6   14
Dropped Out: Mount Pleasant (15)
Class 5A
  Name   Record   LW
1 Iowa City High   17-0   1
2 West Des Moines Valley   17-0   2
3 Dowling Catholic   14-1   3
4 Waukee   13-0   4
5 Des Moines East   15-2   5
6 Waterloo West   14-2   6
7 Muscatine   15-2   8
8 Cedar Rapids Washington   12-3   10
9 Southeast Polk   11-5   NR
10 Ankeny Centennial   10-5   9
Dropped Out: Cedar Rapids Kennedy (7)  
January 30, 2014 - 3:57 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNRThe 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.

Northwest Iowa

West Okoboji Lake

There is 18-22 inches of ice. Northern Pike – Slow: Tip-ups fished near weed beds have provided some action. Bluegill – Slow: Most have been targeting Emerson and Millers Bay and weeds have been a key factor. The fishing has been hit or miss: some days are much better than others.  Yellow Perch – Fair: Fish are in 40 plus feet of water and lots of small fish have been caught.  Keep in mind that fish coming out of deep water have a higher mortality rate.

Big Spirit Lake

There is 22-24 inches of ice.  Bluegill – Slow: Anglers Bay has put out a few bluegills all winter; the numbers are not great but they are quality fish.  Most activity is early and late in the day. Crappie – Slow: Like the bluegills crappie activity has been best early and late in the day in Anglers Bay.  Yellow Perch – Slow: Adult perch numbers are low but many five-inch perch have been observed with underwater cameras. Walleye – Slow: Walleye fishing has been very slow with only a handful being caught. Underwater cameras have shown many fish coming in with no interest in the offering.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

There is 22-24 inches of ice and a few shacks on the main lake basin.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Ice conditions range from 15-20 inches. Walleye – Slow: Fish are being caught on small spoons tipped with minnow heads. Most are around 10 inches with a few slot fish also being caught. Best areas have been near the Methodist Manor and Chautauqua Park jetty. Geese have a small open hole between the islands. All walleye between 17-22 inches must be immediately released and no more than one over 22 inches may be kept per day.  The daily limit is three.

January 30, 2014 - 10:01 am - Posted in Sports

Dordt_Defenders logoThe Dordt College Defender men’s basketball team held at the number 5 spot in the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Poll released Tuesday, January 28th.

The Defenders went 2-0 last week to improve to 21-2 this season with wins over Mount Marty and Dakota State.  The Defenders took 328 votes in the polling, the same total they had in the January 21 poll.

Fellow GPAC members Midland and Hastings both improved their standings with Midland moving up three spots to number 7 and Hastings jumped two spots to number 13.   Morningside is in the receiving vote’s portion of the poll.

Cardinal Stritch of Wisconsin holds the top spot for the second week in a row with Indiana Southeast number 2.  The top six teams in the poll remained unchanged from last week.

January 28, 2014 - 10:28 pm - Posted in Sports

basketballRock Valley swept a conference basketball doubleheader from Sheldon Tuesday night in Rock Valley. The girl’s final was 52-49 with the Rockets winning the boys contest 69-65.

In the girls game Sheldon opened a 14-13 first quarter lead with Rock Valley moving in front 31-27 at halftime as Kensy Vande Hoef hit a three as time expired. At the end of the third quarter Sheldon had re taken the lead 38-36 with Rock Valley pulling out the win 52-49.

Vande Hoef led all scorers with 24 points in the ballgame. Karen Sanchez joined her in double figures with 11. Sheldon put two players in double figures with Krista Bousema knocking down five 3-pointers on the night on route to a team high 19 points. She was joined by Sami Kleinwolterink with 10 points.

With the win Rock Valley improves to 8-7 on the year and 7-7 in the conference. Sheldon falls to 9-8 for the season and 7-7 in the Siouxland as well.
The boys game was a back and forth affair as well with Sheldon taking a 15-13 first quarter lead. The teams pulled into halftime even at 27-27. At the end of three Sheldon led by a point 48-47. With the Rocket hitting some key free throws down the stretch they would hold off the Orabs for a 69-65 win. In the fourth quarter the Rockets went 14-of-16 from the line and finished the night 21-of-27 from the charity stripe.

Jesse Vande Weerd led four Rockets in double figures with 18 points. Bryce Heemstra hit for 15 with Andrew Van Ginkel netting 13 and Jarod Hanson hitting for 11 including a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter.

Sheldon was led by Ian Jongewaard with a game high 21 points including a trio of threes to go with five 2-point buckets and a 2-of-3 performance from the line. Also in double figures were Collin Wolthuizen with 16 and Dylan Ennema with 12 points.

With the win Rock Valley moves to 12-3 on the year and 10-3 in the conference while Sheldon moves to 5-10 for the year and 4-8 in the Siouxland.

January 28, 2014 - 2:00 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNRBy Joe Wilkinson

Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Future fishing sits in trays and raceways, in the DNR trout hatchery near Manchester this winter. With the final spawning of rainbow trout, the stocking class of 2015 is taking shape.

Already, tiny brook trout and brown trout move like dark clouds in the indoor raceways…aware of any movement as they wait for aluminum feeders to clang open. Every 20 minutes, the timer hits and commercial feed drops to feed them. The first of the season’s rainbow trout are now sac fry. They and the late spawned eggs sit under a constant, cold stream of spring water. This hatchery, originally a federal facility, was sited here in the late 1800s because of the volume and quality of the water.

“Typically, we rear between 300-350,000 rainbow trout and 50-75,000 brook trout to catchable size annually; with adjustments for fingerling availability, changes in stream management and weather,” explains Manchester hatchery manager Dave Marolf. “We also produce between 125,000-175,000 brown trout fingerlings to stock as two-inch fish in May into watersheds that do not already have natural reproduction. That supplements reproduction of browns, in about half of the spring-fed watersheds in northeast Iowa, which do not have to be stocked.”

So, about once a week from October through January, it’s time to spawn fish. Late in the rotation now, that means netting 6 to 8 pound ‘ripe’ female rainbows. The brood fish are stripped by hand, as workers gently but firmly rub bellies to steer streams of bright orange eggs—up to 4,000 to 6,000 per fish– into a net and then plastic bowl.

With similar motions, sperm is extracted from two smaller males—to provide genetic diversity—and mixed into the egg mass. Stirring for 30 seconds with a turkey feather produces 95-99 percent fertilization…dozens of times better than leaving it up to Nature in the stream.

Sometimes, the week-to-week chore turns into a field trip destination, for potential biologists-in-training.

“Pretty interesting. I’ve never held a trout that big before; really slimy, really small scales. It was difficult to grab on to the tail and support her head,” reports Zach Hall of Council Bluffs–a student in Dr. James W. Demastes’ Field Zoology class.

Each of a dozen junior or senior University of Northern Iowa biology or education majors pulled on a raincoat and elbow-length rubber gloves to coax a stream of eggs into the waiting net.

“We just started our fish unit. They have been studying specimens for about a week. This gives them a chance to go out and look at animals in the middle of winter,” notes Demastes.

The hands-on approach was overseen by hatchery technician Randy Mack.

“Once fertilized, eggs go into trays; then to the incubator unit for 30-45 days (depending on water temperature) before they hatch,” says Mack. “From there, it is four or five months indoors before being moved to the big raceways outside…or at the Decorah or Elkader rearing stations.”

It takes about a year and a half for them to reach 11-inch, half-pound catchable size. Fish spawned this fall and winter will be in the stocking class of 2015. Come this spring, fish hatched last winter will be on the trucks.

Up to 40,000 of us go after trout each year. That number has grown, with the expansion of Iowa’s cold weather urban trout program. Unable to survive in warm weather, trout can make it through the winter in 17 small lakes, ponds or renovated quarries throughout the state. Some of the new anglers enjoy the new pastime locally…while others hear the call to head to the bluffs of Trout Country in northeast Iowa.


January 28, 2014 - 1:58 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNRIowa’s midwinter bald eagle surveys indicate high numbers of eagles in areas of open water where gizzard shad are plentiful, but the Mississippi River has the greatest concentration.

The Mississippi from Fort Madison to Keokuk reported as many as 2,300 eagles. During Keokuk’s Annual Bald Eagle Appreciation Days, upwards of 900 eagles were in the area, many perched on the giant cottonwoods and oaks along the bluffs.

Bald eagles will provide spectacular eagle viewing until the spring thaw. Bald eagle watch events are scheduled into mid-March.

2014 Bald Eagle Watch Events

O’Brien County Bald Eagle Watch on March 1, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

  • Prairie Heritage Center, 4931 Yellow Ave., Peterson
  • There will be spotting scopes and binoculars available.
  • Ty Smedes will be presenting his book “The Return of Iowa’s Bald Eagle” at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • For more information call Charlene Elyea 712-295-7200

Sioux Rapids on March 22

American Legion Building, 200 Main Street, Sioux Rapids

  • Registration from 8:30 to 10 a.m.
  • Speakers from 10 a.m. to Noon
  • Refreshments will be served in the morning. There will be a free will offering lunch at 12:15 p.m.
  • Outdoor viewing at selected sites.
  • Can pre-register by contacting Wonders of Nature
  • For more information call: 712-296-4920 or 712-295-7200