August 29, 2014 - 11:24 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mary Virginia NeumannMrs. Mary Virginia Neumann, age 86, of Orange City, passed away on Thursday, August 28, 2014, at the Orange City Area Health System.

There will be a funeral service on Friday, September 5, at 10:00 am, 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 4:00 pm on Thursday, with the family present from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Mary Virginia was born on December 2, 1927, in Ames, Iowa, the daughter of John W. and Stella K. (Scott) Prather. She was raised at Ames.

On November 5, 1950, she married Dr. Arlo John Neumann at the First Methodist Church in Ames. She then joined him in Orange City, where she was a homemaker and also the office manager for “Doc’s” veterinary practice. In March of 2013, she became a resident of the Heritage House Nursing Home, and in October of 2013, she transferred to the Prairie Ridge Care Center, both in Orange City.

Mrs. Neumann was a member of the American Reformed Church. She liked assisting in the church kitchen. She also belonged to the Eastern Star and was active in the restoration of the Century House in Orange City.

She enjoyed collecting antiques and interior decorating. She traveled the world with her husband, in his work with draft horses, and she met many distinguished people on those trips.

Survivors include her husband of more than 63 years; three children, Linda Neumann, of Portland, Oregon; David Neumann, and his wife, Barbara, of Libby, Montana; and Penny Neumann Alley, and her husband, Martin Alley, of Vass, North Carolina; seven grandchildren, Corey, Stephanie, and Lindsey Trimble; Greta, and her husband, Andrew Jensen; and Kristin, Erich, and Niklaus Neumann; two sisters-in-law, Barbara and Hazel Prather; and several nephews and nieces.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Cybil Neumann; and three brothers, John “Jack”, James “Jim”, and Joe Prather.

Memorials will be directed to the church kitchen fund and the Century House.


August 29, 2014 - 8:16 am - Posted in News

Sioux County, Iowa — Sioux County is one of the latest counties to see a case of West Nile Virus this year, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Iowa Department of Public Health IDPHThe Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has announced that seven cases of West Nile virus have been confirmed in Iowa: one case each in Buchanan, Clay, Crawford, Monona, Plymouth, Sioux and Woodbury counties. Additional cases are being investigated in Sac and Shelby counties. Two of the confirmed cases were hospitalized, but are now recovering at home.

In addition to the human cases of West Nile virus, four mosquito pools have tested positive for the virus: two pools in Story County, one from Polk County, and one from Woodbury County. Mosquito pools are a method researchers use to see if insects in an area are carrying the West Nile virus, which can then be transmitted to humans through a bite. A horse in Johnson County tested positive for West Nile virus.

IDPH Medical Director Dr. Patricia Quinlisk says her department is now seeing either confirmed human cases, animal cases, or positive mosquito pools across a large area of the state.  Quinlisk says that’s not unexpected as late summer and autumn are the times when mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus are most likely to be circulating.  She says that’s why it’s important to continue to use insect repellent when outdoors, and to take other protective and preventive measures.”


  • Use insect repellent with DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Always read the repellent label and consult with a health care provider if you have questions when using these types of products for children. For example, DEET should not be used on infants less than 2 months old and oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under 3 years old.
  • Avoid outdoor activities at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, shoes, and socks whenever possible outdoors.


  • Eliminate standing water around the home because that’s where mosquitoes lay eggs.
  • Empty water from buckets, cans, pool covers and pet water dishes.
  • Change water in bird baths every three to four days.

Approximately 20 percent of people infected with West Nile virus will have mild to moderate symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches and vomiting, according to Quinlisk. Less than one percent of people infected become seriously ill and rarely someone dies, she says.  Since West Nile first appeared in Iowa in 2002, it has been found in every county in Iowa, either in humans, horses, or birds. In 2013, there were 44 human cases of West Nile virus and zero deaths, according to the IDPH.

To see the latest surveillance report on West Nile virus disease and to learn more about how to prevent it, Click here.

August 28, 2014 - 2:40 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.  Channel Catfish – Fair: Try shrimp, dip bait or cut bait.  Walleye – Fair: Some keepers and slot fish are being caught trolling cranks.

Big Spirit Lake

Northern Pike – Fair: Anglers using spinner baits near weed edges have been catching a few harvestable size fish.  Largemouth Bass – Fair: Soft plastics and spinner baits worked near vertical structures should produce a few decent bass right now.  Walleye – Slow: Harvest has been slow but a few anglers are having good success with live bait presented VERY slowly. Let the action of your leech or shiner bring in the fish, don’t be drag racing them around the lake.

East Okoboji Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Cut bait, chicken livers, and stink bait presented in the evenings and overnight hours is producing a number of nice aggressive catfish for anglers. Bluegill – Fair: Small ice jigs tipped with red worms or other live bait when presented near weed lines is producing some angler acceptable fish right now. Early morning seems to be when most folks are fishing these spots.  Yellow Perch – Fair: Pilkies tipped with red worms worked near rocky points have been producing a few nice perch. Be prepared to sort some small ones, but anglers can count on keeping some for the freezer.  Walleye – Fair: Anglers with the best success are working deeper areas with both live bait rigs and deep running crank baits. Trolling across the deep ends of structure is producing a few nice keepers. Make sure to slow your presentation way down when using live bait, fish have been hitting very softly.  Yellow Bass – Good: Deep weed lines and structures are providing the best action to anglers who use small jigs tipped with live bait.

West Okoboji Lake

Bluegill – Good: Tiny jigs tipped with live bait have been producing a few keepers when worked near the edges of weed beds. The bite seems to be best at first light.  Yellow Perch – Good: Smaller fish need to be sorted out, but red worms tipping a pilkie have been producing some nice action for anglers.  Walleye – Fair: A few walleyes are being harvested from rocky points using leeches and crawler rigs presented slowly. Lots of folks have been fishing these areas at first light until 9 a.m. or so.  Yellow Bass – Good: Small jigs tipped with wigglers will get you some nice action.

Hull, Iowa — There’s another attempted burglary report. This one is reported to have happened in Hull.Law Enforcement Lightbar red

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says they investigated the report at a residence on Linden Street in Hull on Wednesday.

Upon further investigation, deputies believe the perpetrator or perpetrators cut a sliding screen door in an apparent attempt to break into the home. Entry was not gained, however.

They think the crime took place sometime during the daytime hours on Tuesday, August 26.  

Anyone who witnessed suspicious activity or people in that area, or has information about this crime is asked to contact the sheriff’s office. If you wish to remain anonymous you can use their Text‐a‐Tip Program. 

August 28, 2014 - 7:05 am - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — A community health center in northwest Iowa has received a significant amount of funding.Promise Community Health Center Sign

Promise Community Health Center in Sioux Center, formerly Greater Sioux Community Health Center, has been awarded $250,000 for facility improvements through new construction and facility renovations, with a focus on the Patient-Centered Medical Home delivery model.

The American College of Physicians says the Patient Centered Medical Home is a care delivery model whereby patient treatment is coordinated through the patient’s primary care physician to ensure the patient receives the necessary care when and where they need it, in a manner they can understand. It is designed to improve quality of care through team-based coordination of care, treating the many needs of the patient at once, increasing access to care, and empowering the patient to be a partner in their own care.

Promise Community Health Center in Sioux Center is the only Federally-Qualified Health Center in rural northwest Iowa.

The center will use the funding to complete alterations and renovations to the current facility in a multi-phase project. Center Executive Director Nancy Dykstra says that the improvements will improve workflow efficiencies, enhance patient privacy, better integrate primary and behavioral health care services and according to Dykstra, QUOTE “most importantly, expand and improve patient care services.”

August 27, 2014 - 7:47 am - Posted in News

Hospers, Iowa — A Worthington, Minnesota man has been arrested and accused of using someone else’s identity.Sioux Sheriff Car 84-

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that they investigated a reported identity theft on Monday, August 25. The sheriff’s office says the arrest happened at a Hospers business.

The arrest occurred after the deputy’s investigation discovered that 22-year-old Ruben Rodriguez of Worthington, was illegally using the identity of another person. He was charged with Identity Theft and Forgery.

Rock Valley, Iowa — Sioux County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for clues in a burglary case.
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The Sheriff’s Office reports that they were called to a report of a burglary at 2:15 PM on Monday, August 25th. The alleged burglary was reported to have occurred at a farm building on 330th Street, two and a half miles southwest of Rock Valley.

Upon further investigation, deputies believe that the perpetrator or perpetrators gained access into locked buildings on the property and stole an Emerson flat screen television and a stereo system.

The burglary is thought to have occurred sometime during the night of Sunday, August 24 or early morning hours of August 25.

If you have any information about this crime you are asked to contact the sheriff’s office. If you wish to remain anonymous, the Sheriff’s Office advises that you can use their Text‐a‐Tip Program.  Directions can be found at

Orange City, Iowa — An unusual crime has been reported at Northwestern College in Orange City.
The Orange City Police Department reports that they were called on Friday, August 22, 2014 by Northwestern College security employee Peter Boerema. Boerma called to report an incident that occurred at Courtyard Village Apartments on the campus of Northwestern College.

Boerema told officers that about 6 AM, a woman went into apartment #21 at Courtyard Village on Northwestern College Campus, removed a fire extinguisher from the apartment, discharged the extinguisher and then left, taking the fire extinguisher with her.

Officers investigated and talked to a witness that stated that McGrath was the subject who entered the apartment and stole the extinguisher. The police report they have a photograph of McGrath leaving with the extinguisher in hand.

According to court records McGrath’s preliminary hearing is set for Tuesday, September 2nd.

August 26, 2014 - 3:17 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Mrs. Henrietta Alons, age 82, of Hospers, passed away on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, at the Pleasant Acres Care Center in Hull.

There will be a funeral service on Friday, August 29, at 10:30am, at the First Christian Reformed Church in Hospers. The Rev. Marvin Leese will officiate. Interment will follow at the Hospers Cemetery. Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Thursday, with the family present from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hospers.

Henrietta Gertrude was born on August 21, 1932, in Saranac, Michigan, the daughter of Henry and Gertrude (Cleveringa) Duistermars. At the age of seven, her family moved to Sioux Center and eventually, Orange City, where she attended the Christian School and graduated from the Public School.

On March 27, 1951, she married Daniel L. Alons at the Second Christian Reformed Church in Orange City. They made their home by Hospers, where she was a homemaker. She also worked as a telephone operator and as a cook at the Hi-way Café in Hospers.

Mrs. Alons was a member of the Hospers Christian Reformed Church, where she belonged to the Golden Hour Circle and served on the flower committee and as a Sunday school teacher.

She was a woman of many talents, including cake decorating, sewing (especially wedding dresses), crocheting (blankets for the grandchildren), oil painting, and playing the piano. She enjoyed reading mystery novels, watching Lawrence Welk, cooking, baking, and flower and vegetable gardening (roses).

Survivors include her husband of more than 63 years, Dan; six children, Gail, and her husband, Randy Grotenhuis, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Loren Alons, and his wife, Reena, of Hospers; Cheryl Morrison, and her friend, Steve Artz, of Doon; Daryl Alons, and his friend, Patti Graeber, of Sioux Falls; Lynn Mark, and her fiancé, Lloyd Webb, of Sheldon; and Ruth, and her husband, Russell Coons, of Ireton; 23 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Larry Van’t Hof; and a brother and four sisters, Katie Lems, Clarence Duistermars, Ruth Wilson, Wilma Franken, and Dorothy Coats.

Memorials will be directed to the church elevator fund and Campus Crusade for Christ for Robyn and Dan Van Roekel.

Inwood, Iowa — A Hull teen was airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital and his passenger was taken to a hospital via ground ambulance after an accident east of Inwood on Tuesday morning, August 26th.Sanford Air Med 9

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 7:45 AM, a Netherlands Reformed Christian School bus, driven by 35-year-old Karena Van Der Weide, was stopped at a home at 1983 240th Street when it was rear-ended by a 2010 Chevy Impala driven by 16-year-old Tyler Niemeyer of Hull.

No one on the bus reported any injuries at the scene. Niemeyer was transported to the Canton-Inwood Hospital. His passenger, 14-year-old Caleb Niemeyer, was air-lifted to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Damage to the bus was estimated at $5000 and damage to the Impala was estimated at $15,000.

The Inwood Fire Department, Inwood Rescue, Lyon County deputies, Iowa State Patrol troopers, and the Canton-Inwood Ambulance responded to the scene. Helicopters from both Sanford and Avera McKennan were also called to the scene.