March 29, 2014 - 6:10 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Margaret MeenderingMrs. Margaret Meendering, age 94, of Hull, passed away on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at the Sioux Center Community Hospital.

There will be a memorial service on Tuesday, April 1, at 11:00 AM, at the First Christian Reformed Church in Hull. The Rev. Carl Klompien will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the Hope Cemetery in Hull. There will be a family prayer service on Tuesday, at 10:00 AM, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.

Visitation will be after 4:00 PM on Monday, with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, at the funeral home.

Online memorial condolences may be left at The Oolman Funeral Home in Hull is in charge of the arrangements for Margaret Meendering.

Margaret was born on February 3, 1920, at Rock Valley, the daughter of Albert and Alice (Snieder) De Wit. She was raised on a farm, helping her father in the fields and attending country schools. After graduating from the Western Christian High School in Hull, she attended one semester at the Western Union College in Le Mars. She then taught many grades in country schools, where it was her responsibility to operate the wood burner stove. She especially liked teaching penmanship and math, and she kept many diaries and journals over the years. Later she was a monitor at Western Academy (Western Christian High School).

On December 29, 1943, she married John Meendering at Hull. They made their home in Hull, where she was a homemaker. She sewed many clothes, quilts, and curtains and enjoyed working outside, giving away much garden produce. After John’s retirement, they traveled to the many states where their children resided. She loved helping with newborn grandchildren and enjoyed their visits later in life. John passed away on February 7, 2014, in Sioux Center. Margaret then became a resident of Crown Pointe in Sioux Center.

She was a member of the First Christian Reformed Church, where she led the Calvinette (Gem) program, taught Sunday school classes, belonged to the Ladies Aide and the Christian School Circle, and decorated the church bulletin board. She had a heart for giving and kept in touch with many missionaries. Keeping the Sabbath day holy was important to her.

She will be missed by seven children, Albert Meendering, and his wife, Trudy, of Kansas City, Missouri; Alice Parker, of Rapid City, South Dakota; Phyllis, and her husband, Doyle Van Sant, of Phoenix, Arizona; Donna, and her husband, Bob Bonestroo, of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Marvin Meendering, and his wife, Kim, of Sioux Center; Daryl Meendering, and his wife, Paula, of Hull; and Nora, and her husband, Jerry Vanden Bos, of Rapid City; thirteen grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren; two sisters, Stephena Vander Werff and Betty Vander Griend; two brothers-in-law, Ed Dokter and George Meendering; and two sisters-in-law, Tress De Wit and Catherine De Wit.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two infant children, Harold and Marilyn Meendering; two daughters-in-law, Rachel and Laurel Meendering; two brothers, John Elmer and S. Harold De Wit; and a sister, Adrianna Dokter.

March 28, 2014 - 5:56 pm - Posted in News

Princeton, NJ — A new report ranks the overall health of all 99 Iowa counties, and Sioux County leads the state. The study used some 30 factors to compile the rankings  — things like childhood poverty, smoking, college attendance, physical activity and access to physicians.stethoscope_sxc Julie Willems Van Dijk, deputy director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, says Sioux County ranked as the state’s healthiest county.

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(As above) “They have a very low rate of premature death in that county,” Van Dijk says. “People are living longer lives, they’re living well into their 70s and 80s, for the most part.”

She says Sioux County also ranked high in categories that surveyed social and economic factors, clinical care and the physical environment.

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(As above) “The other thing that influences good health in Sioux County is people are living good lives,” Van Dijk says. “There’s a smaller percentage of people who report they’re in poor or fair health, you’re having healthy babies in that community, a fairly low rate of low birth weight babies, so that’s really encouraging.”

Also in the top five was Lyon County, coming in at number four.  O’Brien County is 21st healthiest, and Osceola is 37th.

The study found Appanoose County, in southeast Iowa on the Missouri border, was the least healthy Iowa county.

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(As above) “They have more people dying earlier, they have more people reporting they’re in poor health, they have more babies who are being born earlier and of a lower birth weight,” Van Dijk says. “Appanoose County also ranks 98th out of 99 counties in those health factors and so has real opportunities to improve in things like smoking and healthy eating and active living.”

While Sioux County ranks as Iowa’s healthiest county, the rest of the top five are: Winneshiek, Chickasaw, Lyon and Mitchell at number-five. On the other end, the bottom five are: Montgomery, Wayne, Mills, Adams and Appanoose at 99th.

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(As above) “The county health rankings are not meant to shame a county that’s ranking at the lower end of the scale but to serve as a call to action,” Van Dijk says, “to say, what can we do to move these health factors forward and improve on these areas so residents of our community can live longer, healthier lives?”

The rankings come from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest health-focused philanthropy organization. This is the fifth year of the rankings, published online at:

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March 27, 2014 - 2:17 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.




Big Spirit Lake

Ice conditions are detraining, foot travel is recommended and walleye season is closed.    Bluegill – Fair:   Crappie – Fair:


East Okoboji Lake

Ice conditions are detraining, foot travel is recommended and walleye season is closed.


West Okoboji Lake

Ice conditions are detraining foot travel is recommended and walleye season is closed.  Northern Pike – Fair: Try putting a tip-up out while bluegill fishing for a bonus pike.  Bluegill – Fair: Most activity has taken place in Millers and Emerson bays.  Yellow Perch – Fair: Continue to look in 30 plus feet of water.


Five Island Lake

Ice conditions are detraining foot travel is recommended.  Try fishing the edges of the dredge cuts for crappie, perch, walleye, and catfish.


Orange City, Iowa — KIWA radio has learned of a possible case of alcohol poisoning of a Northwestern College student. Law Enforcement Lightbar red

Because the investigation is not complete, we cannot bring you full details. What we know is that according to Orange City Police Chief Jim Pottebaum, about midnight early Sunday morning, March 23rd, the student was taken to the Orange City Health System hospital by ambulance. The student was later transferred by helicopter to a Sioux City hospital, and was treated.

The student has since been released, says Pottebaum.

Orange City Police are investigating, and we will bring you the details if and when they become available.

Rock Valley, Iowa — A Rock Valley man was arrested on drug and other charges after a traffic stop in Rock Valley on Monday, March

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that they arrested 27-year-old Marco Dominguez-Hernandez of Rock Valley on charges of preventing apprehension, possession of marijuana and methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The arrest stemmed from a traffic stop on Highway 18 in Rock Valley. During the stop Dominguez-Hernandez presented the deputy with false identification. His real identity was later found, which showed his driver license was suspended.

The Sheriff’s office was assisted by the Rock Valley Police Department.

Iowa DNRHunters with a youth turkey season license who are not successful at harvesting a turkey in the April 5-13 youth turkey season can now get a do-over. They may use that unfilled youth license in any of the spring turkey hunting seasons. Youth hunters may also obtain an additional license for the fourth season, if they choose.

Last year, 4,100 hunters participated in the youth turkey season and reported harvesting 1,050 turkeys.

This new regulation became effective when Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed the bill into law March 14.

The youth season information in the hunting regulations was updated online at to reflect the change in the law. This change occurred after the printed regulations booklets were issued last August.

March 25, 2014 - 12:51 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNRJudging by the inquiries at late winter outdoor shows, anglers and boaters are getting ready for spring. One of the most-asked questions at the DNR booth was about a new regulation requiring drain plugs to be pulled as a boat leaves a ramp.

That regulation went into effect last July, so it did not make the 2013 regulations booklet. In the 2014 version, the regulation change is summarized on page 3, but is explained more fully on page 24; “Drain plugs and other water draining devices must be removed and/or remain open during transport. If you want to keep live bait when leaving a water access, you must replace water in bait containers with tap or bottle water.”

Anglers leaving with fish are recommended to put them on ice, whether in a cooler, a bucket or a live well (plug must still be removed and/or opened)

The new regulation is to avoid spreading invasive species from one body of water to another; through residual water inside your boat or vegetation which remains attached to your boat, motor or trailer. Enforcement was ‘soft’ last summer. It will step up this year.

Invasive species could range from vegetation such as Eurasian watermilfoil or brittle naiad to water dwelling animals such as zebra mussels—or even minnows purchased elsewhere. Once introduced into another water body, the unwanted species can spread throughout, often with few or no natural predators or vegetation to control the spread. That crowds out native species; disrupting the ecology of the lake or stream…as well as fishing and other recreation.

Is it worth the extra few seconds to pull a drain plug or clean that aquatic plant trailing from your boat motor? It can cost a couple million of your license dollars…and three or four years of your fishing recreation to draw down a lake, kill out the invasive species, renovate it, restock it and wait for fish to grow back to catchable size.

March 25, 2014 - 7:40 am - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — Three Sioux City residents were arrested on drug charges by the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday, March 23.marijuana pot sxc

About 6:10 PM, the sheriff’s office reports they arrested 26-year-old Matthew Bell, 27-year-old Ricardo Carranza and 29-year-old Josi Pilcher, all of Sioux City. The arrests were made in reference to a drug investigation that began in December of 2013.

Bell and Pilcher were both charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Carranza was charged with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver; two counts of Delivery of Ecstasy; Operating While Intoxicated, Second Offense; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

The sheriff’s office K-9 and Drug Recognition Expert officers assisted with the arrests.

March 24, 2014 - 10:14 am - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemA Hospers man’s Ford was damaged in an accident on Thursday, March 20th in Hospers.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at 11:00 am on the 21st, 27-year-old Tyler Evenhuis of Hospers was driving a 2001 Elgin 2001-P Street Sweeper on Walnut Avenue. Walter Timmerman’s 2014 Ford Focus was parked on the roadway in front of Timmerman’s residence on Walnut Avenue. The Street Sweeper struck Timmerman’s Vehicle. According to the report, upon further investigation, the Sheriff’s Office found that the accident actually occurred on Thursday, March 20th at 2:00 pm.

The Street Sweeper received no damage. Timmerman’s Ford received $4000 damage.

There were no injuries reported.

March 24, 2014 - 9:36 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mr. Marius Evertse, age 90, of Hull, passed away on Sunday, March 23, 2014, at the Pleasant Acres Care Center in Hull.

There will be a memorial service on Wednesday, March 26, at 10:30am, at the First Reformed Church in Hull. The Rev. Kevin Yurk will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the Hope Cemetery in Hull. There will be a family prayer service on Wednesday, at 9:30am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.

Visitation will be after 4:30pm on Tuesday, with the family present from 4:30pm to 7:00pm, at the funeral home.

The Oolman Funeral Home in Hull is in charge of arrangements for Marius Evertse.

Marius was born on January 19, 1924, in Haamstede, The Netherlands, the son of Cornelius and Mina (Slager) Evertse. He was raised in The Netherlands. During World War II, he was forced into slave labor in Nazi Germany.

On April 29, 1949, he married Lena Johanna Dykgraaf in The Netherlands. They immigrated to the United States in September of 1950. They settled at Hull, where he was a carpenter.

Mr. Evertse was a member of the First Reformed Church. He enjoyed camping, dancing, Dutch singing, fishing, spending time with his family, and wood working.

Survivors include his wife of more than 64 years; a daughter and her husband, Evelyn and Larry Lyman; and a son and his wife, Ken and Ida Evertse, all of Hull; seven grandchildren, Shawn Lyman, and his wife, Jamie; Tim Lyman, and his fiancé, Chrysti Crane; Jay Lyman, and his wife, Leanne; Mitchell Evertse, and his wife, Jenni-Lee; Austin Evertse; Stephen Evertse, and his wife, Laurel; and Erin, and her husband, Doug Alaimo; fifteen great-grandchildren; and three sisters, a sister-in-law, and a brother-in-law, all in The Netherlands.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers and three brothers-in-law.