June 30, 2014 - 11:21 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mr. George Huizenga, age 88, of Orange City, passed away on Saturday, June 28, 2014, at the Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City.

 There will be a funeral service on Thursday, July 3, at 10:00am, at the American Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. Gary Hegstad will officiate. Interment will follow at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. Visitation will be after 5:00pm on Wednesday, with the family present from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

George was born on August 26, 1925, in Orange City, the son of Jacob and Agnes (De Vries) Huizenga. He was raised at Orange City. In 1943, he entered the United States Army, serving overseas. He was honorably discharged in 1946, reaching the rank of Staff Sergeant.

On August 20, 1948, he married Thelma Jean Van Bruggen in Ireton. They made their home in Orange City, where he was employed at the Punt Chevrolet-Cadillac dealership, first as an automobile technician and then as their service manager.

Later, George was the senior vice-president of Store Start-up for Hot Topic, where he managed new store openings, traveling to all 48 contiguous states.

More recently, Mr. and Mrs. Huizenga resided at the Landsmeer Ridge Retirement Community in Orange City. Since October of 2013, they have lived at Prairie Ridge.

He was a member of the American Reformed Church and the Pressman-Kosters American Legion Post in Orange City. For many years, he was a volunteer fireman, some of them as chief, and he was a part-time policeman, all in Orange City.

He enjoyed playing cards, golfing, and traveling.

Survivors include his wife of more than 65 years, Jean; a daughter and her husband, LeAnn and Orval Madden, of Santa Barbara, California; a son and his wife, Jay and Jane Huizenga, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; two granddaughters and their husbands, Jessica and Matthew Smith, of South Pasadena, California; and Megan and Matthew Sage, of Sioux Falls; three great-grandchildren; Jacob George Smith, Emmalyn Jane Sage, and Everett Matthew Sage; and two sisters-in-law, Joan (Huizenga) Spronk and Arlys Feenstra, both of Orange City.

He was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister, Otto Huizenga, Ann Van Steenwyk, and Bernard Huizenga.

Sheldon, Iowa — No Republican candidates for Attorney General were on the primary ballot this spring. But there will be a Republican candidate facing Democratic incumbent Tom Miller in the fall. His name is Adam Gregg, and he is originally from Hawarden.adam gregg

We had a chance to speak to Gregg recently. He gives us his background.

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Gregg tells us what he did in the Governor’s office.

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He tells us why his name did not appear on the primary ballot.

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He tells us why he thinks he’s the right person for the job.

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Here is the full interview:

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June 26, 2014 - 3:22 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 fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

The dredge machine is in operation on Storm Lake.  Boaters should use caution and stay clear of the dredge machine, booster pump barge, and pipeline. Water levels were six inches below crest as of Tuesday.  Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish are still being caught with traditional catfish baits.  Walleye – Good: Walleye fishing has slowed down some compared to the last several weeks, but anglers are still picking up fish on leeches under a bobber.  A lot of the walleye are slot fish, but there are some legal fish mixed in.  Some anglers are still picking up walleye with a jig and minnow while drifting in 8-10 feet of water. The daily bag limit for walleye is three.  All walleye between 17 and 22 inches must be released, and only one over 22 inches may be kept.

Big Spirit Lake

Smallmouth Bass – Good: Fishing deep rock piles will produce excellent action. Largemouth Bass – Good: Good largemouth bass bite reported. Fish deeper docks and weed beds will produce the best action.  Walleye – Fair: Some action reported in the early morning, fish weed beds and deeper water for the best action.

East Okoboji Lake

The Spirit Lake spillway began flowing on June 20. Anglers fishing the current area entering East Okoboji Lake will find consistent angling with the action picking up as the flow increases.   Channel Catfish – Good: Fish traditional baits after dark for plenty of pole bending activity.

West Okoboji Lake

Recent storms in the Iowa Great Lakes has limited angling on West Okoboji Lake.  Weed growth is limited; anglers are encouraged to focus on the weed lines as they continue to develop.

June 26, 2014 - 1:48 pm - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemA Boyden woman’s Cheverolet was damaged in an accident on Wednesday, June 25th near Hull.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 7:45 am , 26 -year-old Tiffany Van Roekel of Boyden was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Impala westbound on Highway 18 , two miles west of Hull. Forty-one -year-old Corissa Burnette of Sheldon was westbound on Highway 18 in a 2002 Ford F150 behind Van Roekel. According to the report Burnette struck the rear of the Chevrolet.

Van Roekel’s Cheverolet received $800 damage. Burnette’s Ford received no damage.

There were no injuries reported.

June 26, 2014 - 1:43 pm - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemA Rock Valley woman’s Pontiac and a Orange City man’s Dodge were damaged in an accident on Tuesday, June 24th near Hull.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 5:10 pm , 48-year-old Colleen Van Beek of Rock Valley was driving a 1999 Pontiac Bonneville eastbound on Highway 18 , one mile east of Hull. Fifty-nine -year-old James Smits of Orange City was eastbound on Highway 18 in a 2013 Dodge Ram behind Van Beek. According to the report Van Beek slowed for a farm tractor and Smits struck the rear of the Pontiac

Van Beek’s Pontiac received $7,000 damage. Smits’s Dodge received $3000 damage.

There were no injuries reported.

Sioux Center, Iowa — A Doon woman has been arrested after an alleged assault in a moving vehicle.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 9 PM on Sunday, June 22, their deputies investigated a report of domestic assault that is alleged to have occurred in a vehicle on Highway 75, three miles north of Sioux Center.

Upon further investigation deputies discovered that 31-year-old Catarina Pablo of Doon was driving a vehicle on Highway 75 when she assaulted a male victim inside the vehicle. Following the assault Pablo attempted to stop the male from calling 911.

As a result of the investigation, Pablo was arrested and charged with domestic assault and obstructing an emergency phone call.

According to jail records, she was booked into the Sioux County Jail on a $1000 bond. The next day she posted an unsecured bond and was released.

Orange City, Iowa — A woman who was headed to the Sioux County Jail to serve time has ended up being arrested again when she got there because she was allegedly drunk.Sioux Co Jail

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that 58-year-old Karma Bakker of Chatsworth arrived at the Sioux County Jail on Sunday evening, June 22, to serve time on unrelated charges. Upon further investigation it was discovered that Bakker was intoxicated when she arrived at the jail.

She was charged with Public Intoxication.

Rock Valley, Iowa — Officials in Rock Valley say they will continue with plans to host the kick off to this summer’s big bicycle ride across Iowa despite last week’s flood that heavily damaged the northwest Iowa town. Mayor Kevin Van Otterloo says it was not a decision that was not taken lightly and any money generated by the RAGBRAI ragbraistop will have a distinct purpose — to help residents who were displaced and to repair damaged property.

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(As above) “The city council has already announced that any proceeds that come from this will go directly into the flood relief program,” Mayor Van Otterloo says. “We’re not going to forget about the people that are up front. We do have some RAGBRAI people coming in this weekend that are going to help with the clean-up again from other towns.”

Funds have been set up at the three local banks. The Rock River crested last week at Rock Valley some 11 feet over flood stage, breaking records set in the Flood of 1993. At least 150 homes in the town were damaged. The Rock Valley RAGBRAI Committee will make arrangements for housing in the coming weeks, as some of the people who were hosting bicycle riders have seen damage to their properties. Van Otterloo says the recovery is going well, but it’s slow.

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(As above) “The clean-up on the outside is doing really well, for the streets and everything like that,” he says. “If you came in now, you probably wouldn’t be able to tell we had a flood. It’s inside the homes now where people don’t see it. A lot of these people, their houses have taken a huge hit. We’re going to have another massive clean-up day on Saturday for everybody here.”

The mayor says it was overwhelming to hear from so many mayors and other community leaders from nearby and far away, offering to help in the recovery process, along with the many hundreds of volunteers who showed up.

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(As above) “That was really humbling watching the sandbaggers out there last week,” Van Otterloo says. “It didn’t make any difference which school you went to, which church you went to, which town you came from, what the color of your skin was, it didn’t make any difference. They were all standing there together as brothers and sisters and working together to stop that water from destroying homes.”

RAGBRAI kicks off in Rock Valley on Saturday, July 19, with riders leaving to head towards Okoboji on Sunday the 20th.

Rock Valley officials are asking for assistance in clearing debris from homes and curbs as well as assisting residents and the city clean up grounds after the floods. Interested volunteers are encouraged to call the helpline that’s been used to organize the volunteer and assistance effort. The helpline will be open on Saturday, June 28, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM by calling 712.451.HELP.

Van Otterloo says that the town has made great strides over the last several days. He says this weekend they are hoping to help residents clear things they have taken out of their homes from their yards.

Dump sites, located at the parking lot of the Netherlands Reformed Church and West of the Christian School at the Old Block plant, will be opened up over the weekend for residents to take damaged items to be hauled away.

Volunteers are needed to help residents remove items from their homes and yards and take them to the dump sites.

The city will also begin to clean the campgrounds and other city properties affected.

City Administrator Tom Van Maanen says that this will be their last organized push to collect a large amount of damaged items and haul them away. Mayor Van Otterloo says that volunteers have helped save residents and the city a lot of money because of how quickly things have progressed. He says they are so grateful for the willingness of their community.

Radio Iowa assisted with this story.

June 24, 2014 - 2:16 pm - Posted in Community Calendar

Everyone is invited to Music in the Park, a free outdoor gospel music concert on Thursday, July 10, at 7:00 p.m. in Westside Park in Hull.

This event is sponsored by the First Reformed Church in Hull and free will donations will be accepted for church mission projects.  Performers this year include:  The Vermeer Family from Sioux Center; Arnie and the Sohl Brothers from Hull; and James and Rachelle Vanden Bos from Rock Valley.

Free root beer floats will be served during the concert.  Remember to bring your lawn chairs.

1bc2d9_48c9d3badd4c4445b7cd686c7ebcf322.jpg_srz_980_523_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srzORANGE CITY – High-spirited. Exuberant. Entertaining. First-class! That’s Exit 113 from Des Moines. Exit 113 takes the stage at Orange City’s Windmill Park Wednesday, July 2 at 7:00pm.

The free concert, part of the Onstage Orange City series, is sponsored by Northwestern Bank and Quatro Composites™.
Exit 113 features Bob Long on lead guitar; Jill Belgarde, lead vocals and saxophone; Travis Belgarde, bass; Marty Fisher, percussion; Taylor Telford, keyboard; and Jerry Anderson, sound. Their specialty is classic rock ’n’ roll from the 50s and 60s, but they throw in 70s and 80s favorites, a bit of country, and originals. They call themselves a “rockin’ roll band.”

“Watch out! You’ll be blown away with their versatility!” said Diane Larson of Snus Hill Winery. “Sultry, upbeat and wild… they do it all and do it well.”

Their playlist is listed on orangecityarts.com and Facebook.com/ocArts, classics including I’m a Believer, Great Balls of Fire, Hound Dog and Mustang Sally. Vote for your favorites on Facebook by June 26. Watch their music video on orangecityarts.net.

Bring your dancing shoes; a dance floor will be available.
Onstage Orange City is a program of the Orange City Arts Council.

Concessions will be offered July 2. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Rain location is the Unity Christian Knight Center. For more information or weather-related announcements, see the OC Arts website or Facebook page, call 712-707-4885 or email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com. Exit 113’s website is exit113.com .