July 31, 2014 - 3:43 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

Walleye – Slow: Walleye fishing has slowed down considerably, but some anglers are still catching a few around the dredge cuts. Channel Catfish: Fair – try using cut bait, dip bait, or shrimp. 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.

Big Spirit Lake

Northern Pike – Fair: A few pike are being harvested using spinner baits near weed beds.  Walleye – Slow: Walleye fishing has slowed down recently. A few slot fish are still being caught but harvest has been tough the past week or so. The best action has been on live bait presented very slowly near weed lines and rocky points.

Little Spirit Lake

Bullhead – Fair: Anglers continue to harvest 9-11-inch bullheads from the shorelines using crawler rigs.

East Okoboji Lake

Walleye – Fair: Anglers with the best success are working deeper areas with both live bait rigs and deep running crank baits. Yellow Bass – Fair: Deep weed lines and structures are providing the best action to anglers who use small jigs tipped with live bait.

West Okoboji Lake

Yellow Perch – Fair: Fishing has slowed down a little bit but anglers are still catching quite a few perch by working deep weed lines and rocky structures with live bait. Walleye – Fair: A few walleyes are being harvested from rocky points using leeches and crawler rigs presented slowly.

July 30, 2014 - 11:47 am - Posted in News

Boyden, Iowa — A Boyden man is behind bars, charged in connection with the case of a stolen ATV.Sioux Sheriff Car 84-

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 9:30 AM on Monday, July 28th, their deputies investigated a report of a theft of an ATV that was reported to have occurred at a hog confinement, two miles southwest of Sioux Center.

Upon further investigation, deputies believe that 24-year-old Geoffrey Oolman of Boyden took the stolen ATV to a home in Orange City.

As a result of the investigation, Oolman was arrested and charged with Second Degree Theft.

At last report, Oolman remained in the Sioux County Jail on a $2500 bond.

July 30, 2014 - 11:43 am - Posted in News

Hawarden, Iowa — An Orange City man was arrested after a fiery accident near Hawarden on Sunday, July 27.FD fire lightbar

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says late that night, about 11:30 PM, 35-year-old Aaron Canady of Orange City was driving a 2012 Chrysler Town and Country minivan eastbound on 420th Street, four miles northeast of Hawarden, when he lost control of the vehicle, which entered the north ditch. The vehicle then started on fire.

No injuries were reported, but the Chrysler sustained approximately $15,000 in damages.

Upon further investigation, the deputy suspected Canady was allegedly under the influence of alcohol. Canady was subsequently arrested on charges of operating while intoxicated and failure to maintain control of his vehicle.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Hawarden Fire Department, Hawarden Ambulance, Hawarden Police Department, and the Iowa State Patrol.

July 30, 2014 - 10:08 am - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemA Orange City man’s Ford was damaged in an accident on Monday, July 28th near Granville.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 10:08 pm 21-year-old Steve Topete of Orange City was driving westbound on 480th Street, 2 miles south of Granville, in a 2003 Ford F-150, when he swerved to avoid a deer on the roadway, lost control of his vehicle, entered the north ditch and rolled.

Topete s Ford received $8,000 damage

There were no injuries reported.

July 30, 2014 - 10:04 am - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemA Le Mars man’s Chevrolet was damaged in an accident on Saturday, July 26th near Rock Valley .

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 9:46 pm, 47 Year-old Jeffry Koons of Le Mars was driving southbound on Chestnut Avenue, 11 miles southwest of Rock Valley, in a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado when he struck a deer in the roadway.

Koons’ Chevrolet received $3,500 damage.

There were no injuries reported.

July 30, 2014 - 9:59 am - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemA Rock Valley woman’s Cheverolet and a Rock Rapids man’s Ford were damaged in an accident on Saturday, July 26th near Rock Valley.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 11:48 am, 65 -year-old Charlene Van Veldhuizen was driving a 2004 Cheverolet Silverado southbound on 340th Street , four miles south of Rock Valley. Seventeen-year-old Justin Van Otterloo was southbound on Eagle Avenue in a 1996 Ford Explorer. According to the report, Van Veldhuizen turned south onto Eagle Avenue and was struck by Van Otterloo in the intersection.

Van Veldhuizen’s Cheverolet received $2,500 damage. Van Otterloo’s Ford received $3500 damage.

There were no injuries reported.

The 23nd annual Western Christian Booster Club golf tournament will be held on Friday, August 15, at noon at the Ridge Golf Course in Sioux Center.

It will be a four person scramble and the cost to golf is $80 per person and that includes 18 holes of golf, cart, supper, and the chance to win prizes. Mulligans will also be sold at registration.Registration is from 11:00-11:45 with a shotgun start at 12:00 sharp.

To reserve a spot or If you have any questions call Kris Marra at 712-578-9227 or Jamie Van Zee at 712-470-2829.

July 28, 2014 - 11:07 am - Posted in Community Calendar
IMG_7790ORANGE CITY – Onstage Orange City’s Wed., August 6 show will be a SchoolHouse Company show, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
The musical theatre production will be in Orange City’s Windmill Park at 7:00pm August 6. It will also be presented August 8 at 7:00pm at Central Park in Sioux Center.
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown is an average day in the life of Charles M. Schulz’s Charlie Brown — from Valentine’s Day to baseball season, his moods ranging from wild optimism to utter despair, with his best friends — both human and not.
It’s a familiar story and a fun musical, said Lois Estell of The SchoolHouse Company. “It’s our first official musical. We’ve done shows with music in them, but this year the majority of the show is sung or has underscoring. Best of all, we have an orchestra pit!”
The SchoolHouse Company is drawing from both the Orange City and Sioux Center artistic pool, said Estell, plus bringing in Chris Haak from Sioux Falls to play flute, clarinet and alto saxophone. Haak switches  between the instruments at a moment’s notice, she said. “He makes it look so easy!”
Actors are Drew Lemke as Charlie Brown; Amanda Vander Stelt: Sally; Lois Estell: Lucy; Tanner Van Wyhe: Linus; Zach Wright: Schroeder; and Trevor McMahan: Snoopy.
Orchestra members are Hannah McGarvey, director; Pam DeHaan, piano; Chris Haak, reed; Ashley Wielenga, strings; Lexy Kraayenbrink, bass; and Braden Jahn, percussion.
The free show is 90-minutes long.
The SchoolHouse Company has presented theatre in Orange City and Sioux Center for the past six years.
The Onstage Orange City event is sponsored by the Pizza Ranch Restaurant and Onstage Orange City contributors, in conjunction with the Orange City Arts Council. Pizza Ranch will offer concessions: pizza by the slice, cactus bread, soda, water and candy.
The Sioux Center production is sponsored by the Sioux Center Recreation and Arts Council.
Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Rain location in Orange City is the Unity Christian Knight Center August 6 and Centre Mall in Sioux Center August 8. For more information or weather-related announcements, see orangecityarts.net or facebook.com/ocArts, call 712-707-4885 or email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com.

Orange City, Iowa — A northwest Iowa community is considering getting out of the telephone, cable, and Internet business.cat 5 rj45 ethernet internet cable

The Orange City City Council is looking at selling their share of the city’s telephone utility. The council is putting it to the voters at a special election, which has been scheduled for August 5th. The question is whether to discontinue their operation of Orange City Communications.

An informational meeting has been set up, at which Orange City residents can get more information and ask questions.  The meeting is set for Monday, July 28, 2014 at 5:30 PM in the Orange City City Hall building.

If the voters think the city’s interest in the company should be sold, the city would sell their portion of the communications utility to their partner, Long Lines of Sergeant Bluff.

At this point, both have half of the business.

The partnership was formed over ten years ago, when a public vote authorized the council to enter an agreement with Long Lines to establish the service. That was in 2003.

Orange City Communications is a provider of telephone, cable TV and Internet service to Orange City.

July 25, 2014 - 9:42 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mr. Dale Schmith, age 74, of Hull, passed away on Thursday, July 24, 2014, at the Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pennsylvania.

Mr. Dale Schmith, age 74, of Hull, passed away on Thursday, July 24, 2014, at the Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pennsylvania.

There will be a celebration of his life on Tuesday, July 29, at 10:30am, at the First Christian Reformed Church in Hull. The Rev. Loren Kotman will officiate. Interment will follow at the Hope Cemetery in Hull.

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.

Dale Arthur was born on August 17, 1939, at Doon, the son of Arthur F. and Amy Ruth (Techen) Schmith. He was raised at Doon, Granville, and George, graduating from the Doon High School. He was baptized and confirmed at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in rural Hull. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam Conflict.

On January 9, 1960, he married Elizabeth Haveman in Hull. They made their home in Hull, where he was the parts manager of D & S Chevrolet for 35 years. He then worked as a stock manager at the Pella Corporation in Sioux Center for five years. In semi-retirement, he drove a head start bus part-time.

Mr. Schmith was currently a member of the First Christian Reformed Church, where he participated in a fellowship Bible study and a men’s morning Bible study. He also belonged to the William Monster American Legion Post in Boyden.

For more than twenty years, he was a very active member of the Gideons International, serving in all offices of the Northwest Camp. He was currently the President of the Iowa Gideons. For over thirty years, he participated in the M-2 prison ministry at the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls.

Dale enjoyed camping, horses, motorcycles, and tractors.

Survivors include his wife of more than 54 years; a daughter and her husband, Linda and Kevin Roozing, of Hull; two sons and their wives, David and Linda Schmith, of Danville, California; and Darrell and Beth Schmith, of Sioux Falls; seven grandchildren, Matt Roozing, and his wife, Jennilee; Kendra, and her husband, Keith Van Nyhuis; Courtney Roozing, and her fiancé, Ryan Schmidt; Madison Schmith; Alyssa, and her husband, Mitch Chitwood; Zachary Schmith; and Makenzie Schmith; and three brothers and a sister, Dean Schmith, and his wife, Ladonna, of Boyden; Ken Schmith, and his wife, Rosalie, of Fredricksberg; Lila Hatting, of Sibley; and Wes Schmith, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Connie Schmith.