Sioux Center, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the public’s help to try to figure out who’s responsible for damage caused to a fence north of Sioux Center.Sioux Sheriff Car 84-

On Tuesday, February 25, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office received report that a vehicle had apparently damaged a fence at Trans Ova Genetic Advancement Center, four miles north of Sioux Center.

Upon further investigation the Sheriff’s Office says they discovered that sometime between Monday, February 24 at 4:00 PM and Tuesday, February 25th at 9:00 AM, someone was apparently driving a vehicle southbound on Highway 75. The driver apparently lost control of the vehicle and it entered the west ditch, striking a fence owned by Trans Ova Genetic Advancement Center. The driver and vehicle then left the scene of the accident.

The fence received about $500 damage.

Pieces of the vehicle were recovered at the scene. The headlights found indicate the damage was caused by an older vehicle, possibly late 1980’s to early 1990’s. There were also pieces of the vehicle’s grill at the scene with the word “Plymouth” on it.

If you have any information about this incident, you are asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office.

February 28, 2014 - 10:54 am - Posted in Sports

Gary RichardsonMOC-Floyd Valley Girls Basketball Coach Gary Richardson has been named as the 2014 “Character Counts” Coach of the Year.

The “Character Counts” Coach of the Year Award honors a worthy recipient who embodies the Six Pillars of Character®: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship. Rather than spotlight winning records and isolated acts of heroism or generosity, the Award was conceived to recognize individuals whose coaching lives and achievements demonstrate an enduring commitment to any or all of the following qualities associated with good character.

In recognition of this honor, a $1,000 cash award will be made in the name of Richardson to the MOC-Floyd Valley athletic department to further enhance character development initiatives.

Gary has been a teacher, coach and school administrator since 1978. He has coached at Danville, Harris-Lake Park and MOC-Floyd Valley. He was MOC-Floyd Valley’s Superintendent of Schools from 2002 until his retirement in 2013. Gary served as a volunteer assistant girl’s basketball coach at MOC-Floyd Valley and assumed head coaching duties in 2013. He will be coaching the Lady Dutch in the Class 3A Girls State Basketball Tournament next week.

Richardson will be honored at halftime of the Class 1A championship game Friday, March 7th.

February 28, 2014 - 10:46 am - Posted in Sports

McDonaldPhotoEmily McDonald, a senior from MOC-Floyd Valley High School in Orange City, has been named the 2014 recipient of the E. Wayne Cooley Scholarship Award. Emily was selected from 77 applicants from high schools across Iowa. The scholarship is in the name of longtime Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Union Executive Secretary E. Wayne Cooley. The scholarship is worth $15,000 thousand dollars over four years to assist the recipient as she attends the Iowa College or university of her choice.

Emily plans to attend Central College in Pella, majoring in Elementary/Special Education and coaching. She will be playing volleyball for the Dutch at Central College. McDonald was one of six finalists for the award. The five runners-up all receive $1,000 dollar scholarships.

Emily is very active at MOC-Floyd Valley. She ranks ninth in her class with a 3.99 GPA and served on the student council, National Honor Society, band, choir, and is an all-state speech performer. Emily’s activities outside of school include traveling to Haiti the last two summers on mission trips with her church and she serves as an ambassador for Orange City’s annual Tulip Festival as a member of the 2014 Tulip court.

Athletically Emily is a two-time all-state performer in volleyball, helping the Lady Dutch win the last two Class 3A volleyball championships while earning all-tournament honors last fall. She is also a starter and all-conference performer on the Lady Dutch basketball team and is an all-state softball pitcher.

February 28, 2014 - 10:32 am - Posted in News

Lyon County Sheriff Car Door 60-8A Rock Valley man’s Ford was damaged in an accident on Monday, February 17th near Doon.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that aboud 12:15 AM on the 17th, 17-year-old Brady Blankespoor was driving southbound on K-42, a half mile south of Doon in a 2001 Ford SUV. Blankespoor was passing a slow moving car when, due to the icy roads, he lost control of his vehicle. He entered the east ditch and his vehicle rolled over at least once before coming to rest on its passenger side.

Blankespoor’s Ford received $5,000 damage.

There were no injuries reported

February 27, 2014 - 3:17 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — After some controversy in 2011 when the Northwest Iowa Outdoor Sporting Complex wanted to put a gun range there, but were denied — the future of Sandy Hollow near Sioux Center had been somewhat up in the air. Sandy Hollow Sign
The City of Sioux Center still owns the land and a campground had been the only real use of the land since then. But now a lease is being negotiated with the Sioux County Conservation Board.

The campground east of Sioux Center had also been home to a swimming hole and golf course complex, but Sioux Center City Council member Dave Krahling says the city doesn’t feel they are in a position at this point to rebuild or run a park of that size. He says Sioux Center has changed and now has facilities located in the city itself.

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Krahling says a proposed agreement between the City and Sioux County Conservation to lease and operate the Sandy Hollow Recreational Area was received favorably at this week’s Sioux Center City Council meeting.

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The agreement at this point also includes language that would help the city and the county conservation board work toward the transfer of ownership of the area over a period of time.

After the council reviewed the agreement, they authorized the mayor and city clerk to execute a Lease and Development Agreement between the city and the Sioux County Conservation Board. The vote was unanimous. Krahling says final details are still being worked out.

Sam ClovisNorthwest Iowa — A number of candidates are in the running for the U.S. Senate seat that will be open upon the retirement of Senator Tom Harkin. People in Sheldon, Sioux Center, and Orange City will have the chance to see one of them in person on Friday.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sam Clovis will be making stops in northwest Iowa this Friday, February 28th.

Many people think of Clovis as a Sioux City talk show host, and that is something that he has done, but he has a long background in both the military and the private sector.

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Clovis will be a the Prairie Queen Bakery from 8-9:30 AM this Friday. About 9:45, the candidate will be at Sheldon firearms manufacturer, Jard, Incorporated at 3149 Nest Avenue, north of Sheldon. He’ll also be at Casey’s Bakery at the Sioux Center Mall from 12:15 to 1:30 PM and then at the Orange City Library from 3-4:15 PM.

The public is invited to all the appearances and is encouraged to bring their questions.

In addition, Clovis will make an appearance on the KIWA morning show on Friday morning.

February 27, 2014 - 2:35 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.


Big Spirit Lake

There is 28-30 inches of ice and walleye season is closed.  A few bluegills and crappies are being caught in Anglers Bay, with early morning or late afternoon being best.

East Okoboji Lake

Walleye season is closed

West Okoboji Lake

There is 26-30 inches of ice and walleye season is closed.  Bluegill – Slow: Most fishermen have been targeting Emerson and Millers Bay and weeds have been a key factor.  The fishing has been hit or miss with some days being much better than others.  Yellow Perch – Fair: Fish have been 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.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

There is a large open water area in the southeast corner of the lake.  Channel Catfish – Good: Fish in 5-7 feet of water using a spoon tipped with a minnow head or live minnow on a dead stick rod.  White Bass – Good: Fish in 5-7 feet of water using a spoon tipped with a minnow head or live minnow on a dead stick rod.  Walleye – Good: Fish in 5-7 feet of water using a spoon tipped with a minnow head or live minnow on a dead stick rod.

Chatsworth, Iowa — Two people from Chatsworth and one from Alcester, South Dakota were arrested on Tuesday on drug charges according to the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.Sioux Sheriff Car 84-

The arrests occurred after a sheriff’s deputy went to 315 Second Street in Chatsworth to serve a court document. When the deputy made contact with occupants in the house, he found evidence of possible illegal drug activity. A subsequent search was granted by the residents of the home, which resulted in the discovery of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and prescription medication.

Sheriff’s officials report that 57-year-old Karma Baker of Chatsworth was charged with possession of marijuana, third offense, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Fifty-seven-year-old Edward McMillan also of Chatsworth was arrested on a charge of possession with intent to deliver as well as unlawful possession of prescription medication and possession of drug paraphernalia Fifty-seven-year-old Adrian Hutchinson of Alcester was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by their canine unit and the Hawarden Police Department.

February 27, 2014 - 12:25 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Dennis A. Croatt  61 of rural Granville, Iowa  passed away on Tuesday February 25, 2014 as a result of traffic accident near Sibley,Iowa.

Funeral services will be 10:30 A.M.Saturday March 1, 2014 at the St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Primghar with Father Tim Hogan officiating with burial at a later date at the St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery at Hospers.

Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 7 P.M. with the family present and a scripture wake service at 7 P.M. Friday all at the St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Primghar. The Eldridge Family Funeral Home of Paullina is in charge of arrangements.

Dennis Anthony Croatt was born January 28, 1953 in LeMars, Iowa to David and Jane (Full) Croatt of Sibley, Iowa. The oldest of ten Croatt children, Dennis graduated from Sibley High School in 1971, and immediately set himself up in Northwest Iowa for his lifelong love of farming. On June 2, 1973, he was happily united in marriage to Mary Margaret (Shea) Croatt at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Granville, Iowa. The couple remained together for 40 years, with 32 of those years spent in the communities around Paullina, Iowa. There they raised their four children, Carrie, Nathan, Joshua and Matthew.

Dennis (Denny) was a jack of all trades and was known for ‘Croattizing’ many a piece of equipment. He worked several jobs throughout his career, the longest being in the Maintenance Department at Wells Blue Bunny in LeMars, Iowa. Through his years of working for other companies, Denny kept his full time job of farming. He would spend his days working his fields around the Paullina, Gaza, and Hospers areas and in Minnesota. For Denny farming was a labor of love, and thoroughly enjoyed how much it involved family. He would often be seen working with his father, Dave, uncle, Gerald, brother, Daniel, and especially his boys, Nathan, Joshua and Matthew.

When not working, which was rare, Denny enjoyed traveling to farm sales, antique shops, and flea markets with the other love of his life; his wife, Mary. For Denny, family and friends were everything. He enjoyed hosting and attending gatherings where his distinctive and infectious laughter could be heard above the crowds. Denny loved to socialize and celebrate. He loved a good story. He especially loved the times when his 9 grandchildren would come to visit and find Grandpa ready to walk around the acreage, let them “help” with chores, go for a ride in Big Red, entertain them with his hook, or play a hand of cards. Even after losing Mary in September of 2013, Denny maintained his social calendar and never turned down an opportunity to visit. His laughter, friendliness and good nature will be forever missed.

Left to cherish Denny’s memory are his children; Carrie and her husband, Aaron Moore of Boise, ID; Nathan and his wife, Jennifer of Cloverdale, IA; Joshua and his wife, Ashley of Hospers, IA and Matthew and his wife, Jodi of Glenwood, IA; nine grandchildren, Elliott, Madeline, Anthony, Keaton, Aubrey, Marnie, Shelby, Jacob and Joshua; his parents, David and Jane Croatt; and his siblings Connie (Joel) Marco, Daniel (Sandy) Croatt, Julie (Pat) Eddy, Nick (Val) Croatt, Margie (Ripper) Stevens, Rich (Carla) Croatt, Bob (Maria) Croatt, Bill (Dawn) Croatt and Nancy (Neil) Wozney. He also leaves behind many in-laws, nieces and nephews on the Croatt and Shea sides.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary.


February 27, 2014 - 7:21 am - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — A Granville man has died in a Tuesday morning accident.fatal ambulance II

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that just before 7 AM, 61-year-old Dennis Anthony Croatt of Granville was traveling southbound on Nettle Avenue, about two miles west of Sibley. They report he lost control of his 1995 Ford pickup.

The pickup entered the west ditch and came to rest on its top.

Croatt was pronounced dead at the scene.

Assisting was the Sibley Ambulance and Sibley Fire and Rescue.

The incident is still under investigation.