naia_logoKANSAS CITY, Mo. – As a unanimous selection for the first time in program history, Rocky Mountain (Mont.) held onto the nation’s No. 1 ranking for the fourth-straight week in the Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll according to an announcement Tuesday by the national office. The Battlin’ Bears earned all 22 first-place votes and 622 points.

Northwestern College stays at no. 6 after defeating Dordt and Concordia last week, while Dordt dropped 3 spots from 13 to 16 after losses to Northwestern, no. 10 ranked Midland

RANK LAST WEEK^ SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2014 Record TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Rocky Mountain (Mont.) (22) 17-2 622
2 2 Texas-Brownsville 16-1 602
3 3 Concordia (Calif.) 16-1 616
4 4 Park (Mo.) 20-0 561
5 5 Biola (Calif.) 14-4 535
6 6 Northwestern (Iowa) 18-2 516
7 7 Columbia (Mo.) 19-2 493
8 8 Viterbo (Wisc.) 19-3 481
9 9 Madonna (Mich.) 20-2 463
10 10 Midland (Neb.) 15-3 455
11 12 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 17-2 401
12 11 Eastern Oregon 16-2 399
13 14 Southern Oregon 12-3 386
14 16 Georgetown (Ky.) 12-4 343
15 15 Oklahoma Baptist 14-6 342
16 13 Dordt (Iowa) 10-7 339
17 20 Evangel (Mo.) 15-5 282
18 19 Missouri Baptist 16-1 250
18 21 Vanguard (Calif.) 15-6 250
20 23 Coastal Georgia 17-0 223
21 17 Grand View (Iowa) 11-10 213
22 24 Jamestown (N.D.) 12-4 170
23 24 Ashford (Iowa) 18-4 159
24 22 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 9-8 140
25 RV Davenport (Mich.) 12-4 132
Others receiving votes: Concordia (Neb.) 87; Trinity Christian (Ill.) 83; Cal State San Marcos 72; Bryan (Tenn.) 55; Westmont (Calif.) 52; St. Catharine (Ky.) 44; Concordia (Ore.) 43; Hastings (Neb.) 43; St Thomas (Fla.) 22; Carroll (Mont.) 17; Indiana Wesleyan (12); Baker (Kan.) 11; Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 9; College of Idaho 8; MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 3.
September 29, 2014 - 5:05 pm - Posted in News

Council Bluffs, Iowa — Orange City is among three area cities that have been recognized as All-Star Communities by the Iowa League of Cities.Phoenix Project OC

The league cited Orange City’s Phoenix Project. The Phoenix Project — bringing to mind an image of a mythical Phoenix rising from the ashes — was a unique public/private partnership conceived after a fire destroyed the historic Hawkeye Building in the summer of 2008—taking with it a Hallmark store and a popular clothier.

Phase one of the Hawkeye project was the Hawkeye Center — a replacement building on the corner where the 2008 fire was. The two-story brick structure with Dutch-themed architecture complements Orange City’s “Dutch Village” concept. The upper level features five high-end residential loft condominiums, with underground parking for tenants, and the main street level features a Hallmark Store with an ice cream and coffee shoppe.

Phase two was the Prairie Winds Events Center on the city’s east side. The 17,000-square-foot multi-purpose facility features authentic old-world Dutch architecture on the exterior, and a unique Northern Plains decor inside.

Phase three is the new shared performing arts center at Unity Christian High School, a shared project between the city and the school.

Other projects, such as the new Hampton Inn were also on the list.

Other area cities honored as All-Star Communities by the League of Cities included the city of Spencer, honored for their housing initiatives to help increase the workforce, and Storm Lake, honored for their innovative flood control projects.

Click here to see all the All-Star Communities’ videos.

September 29, 2014 - 5:03 pm - Posted in News

Sheldon, Iowa — There’s a great workshop coming up in Orange City for business people and those thinking of going into business.score_logo

Small business owners, entrepreneurs and individuals exploring a business start-up are invited to attend the free educational workshop on October 8, 2014 at the NCC College & Career Center in Orange City.

The workshop, which will run from 3 to 5 PM that day, will help participants understand the basic things you need to know about cash flow and how important it is to the survival of a business.

This free workshop is sponsored by SCORE (The Service Corps of Retired Executives). To register for the workshop, contact Lesa at 712-324-5066 or 800-352-4907, Extension 195.

Again, it’s offered through SCORE and NCC, but it will be at the new NCC College & Career Center in Orange City on Highway 10 east.

September 29, 2014 - 4:11 pm - Posted in Community Calendar

pss101114The Boyden Fire, Rescue, and Ambulance teams recognize Fire Prevention Week, October 5th – 11th. The teams will be serving “All You Can Eat” Pancakes and Sausages from 5 – 7:30 pm on Saturday, October 11th at the Boyden Fire Station. All proceeds will go towards the repair of existing equipment and additional equipment needs. Come out, enjoy, and support the Boyden Fire, Rescue, and Ambulance departments on October 11th at the Boyden Fire Department from 5 – 7:30 pm.

orange city arts council (2)ORANGE CITY – They’re the third international music ensemble coming to Orange City in 2013-2015, thanks to the Orange City Arts Council and Arts Midwest World Fest.

It’s Paulo Padilha and Group from Sao Paulo. They’ll bring the swing and rhythm of urban Brazil to Orange City, Sioux Center and Sheldon, Oct. 5-10.

David Fraher, President and CEO of Arts Midwest, finds exceptional music ensembles to participate in Arts Midwest World Fest. His goals are finding ensembles with quality music and performance, a strong commitment to education and a willingness to be ambassadors of their culture.

Fraher looked to Brazil because he finds that region’s music and culture interesting and fun. It’s the first South American group with which Arts Midwest World Fest has worked.

Arts Midwest also selects one city in each of nine midwestern states, to participate in the program. Orange City was chosen for 2013-2015.

Padilha and his five-member band will perform Friday, Oct. 10 at Unity Christian Knight Center at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10 adult, $7 student, and free for children age five and under. Tickets are available at the door, and in advance at Dove Bookstore.

Padilha and Group will perform for students from seven schools, plus residents of Village Northwest Unlimited of Sheldon. They will also do short coffee house shows Monday, Oct. 6 at Fruited Plain Cafe in Sioux Center at 8pm, and Wednesday, Oct. 8 at Old Factory Coffee Shop in Orange City at 7:30pm. There will be a $2 cover charge for each coffee house show. Brazilian cuisine will be available for sale at Old Factory.

For more information, contact the Orange City Arts Council at 712-707-4885 or ocArts@orangecityiowa.com. For links to Padilha and Group, see orangecityarts.net.

September 29, 2014 - 3:17 pm - Posted in Sports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – No. 1 Morningside (Iowa) and the rest of the top-eight teams hold their positions for a second-straight weeknaia_logo in the 2014 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Monday. The Mustangs claimed 14-of-15 first-place votes and 340 points en route to the top-spot in the third regular-season edition.

Morningside, which has now been ranked among the top five in an NAIA-best 29-consecutive polls, was idle this past weekend. The Mustangs are 3-0 and look to remain unbeaten Saturday against Great Plains Athletic Conference Rival Midland (Neb.).

Northwestern College moved up 4 spots from 16 to a tie for 12th after defeating Nebraska Wesleyan 8 – 0 on Saturday

2014 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 3 (Sept. 29)
RANK LAST TIME^ SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2014 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Morningside (Iowa) (14) 3-0 340
2 2 Baker (Kan.) (1) 4-0 327
3 3 Tabor (Kan.) 4-0 313
4 4 Faulkner (Ala.) 5-0 294
5 5 Carroll (Mont.) 2-1 283
6 6 Georgetown (Ky.) 3-0 276
7 7 Southern Oregon 5-0 264
8 8 Grand View (Iowa) 3-1 258
9 11 Missouri Valley 2-1 234
10 13 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 3-1 217
11 15 William Penn (Iowa) 4-1 211
T12 16 Northwestern (Iowa) 3-1 171
T12 19 Robert Morris (Ill.) 4-0 171
14 18 Cumberland (Tenn.) 3-1 170
15 9 Saint Francis (Ind.) 2-2 158
16 12 St. Francis (Ill.) 3-1 148
17 21 Eastern Oregon 3-1 131
18 10 Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 3-2 123
19 20 Marian (Ind.) 2-1 122
20 22 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 3-1 91
21 14 Benedictine (Kan.) 2-2 80
22 17 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 3-2 67
23 25 Ottawa (Kan.) 2-2 49
24 RV MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 3-0 35
25 NR Evangel (Mo.) 3-1 13
Others Receiving Votes: Valley City State (N.D.) 11; College of Idaho 9; Campbellsville (Ky.) 8; Oklahoma Baptist 6; Kentucky Christian 3.

Northwestern College defensive back Justin Wohlert is this week’s GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Defensive Player-of-the-Week. Wohlert, a junior, from Hartley, Iowa, finished with five solo tackles. More impressive is the fact that he had two interceptions for the third straight game and ranks second in the NAIA with six total interceptions. He also broke up five passes and forced one fumble in leading Red Raiders to their first shutout since the 2012 season. Northwestern improved to 3-0 in the GPAC, 3-1 overall and has next week off.

September 29, 2014 - 3:15 pm - Posted in Sports

Spirit Lake and Sioux Center continue to run two and three in the Radio Iowa 2A poll out Monday morning. A showdown is coming this Friday with Sioux Center at Spirit footballLake. In Class 1A Hinton and West Lyon are running eight and nine to highlight area teams efforts.

 

Class 4A
Rank School LW Next Opponent
1 Bettendorf #1 @ Iowa City West
2 Cedar Rapids Washington #2 vs Ottumwa
3 Dowling Catholic #3 vs #7 Sioux City East
4 WDM Valley #4 @ C.B Abe Lincoln
5 Waukee #5 vs Urbandale
6 Ankeny Centennial #7 vs DSM Hoover
7 Sioux City East #6 @ #3 Dowling Catholic
8 North Scott #9 @ Clinton
9 Johnston #10 @ DSM Roosevelt
10 Dubuque Hempstead NR @ Davenport North (Thurs)
Class 3A
1 Cedar Rapids Xavier #1 vs Western Dubuque
2 Pella #2 @ #10 Carlisle
3 West Delaware #3 @ Charles City
4 Carroll #4 vs Boone
5 Sioux City Heelan #5 @ Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley
6 Solon #7 @ Central DeWitt
7 Waverly-Shell Rock #8 vs 2A #1 Clear Lake
8 Humboldt #10 @ Greene County
9 Newton #6 @ Ballard
10 Carlisle NR Vs #2 Pella
Class 2A
1 Clear Lake #1 @ 3A #7 Waverly-Shell Rock
2 Spirit Lake #2 vs #3 Sioux Center
3 Sioux Center #3 @ #2 Spirit Lake
4 Williamsburg #4 vs Mid-Prairie
5 Albia #5 @ Davis County
6 New Hampton #7 vs Oelwein
7 Center Point-Urbana #6 @ Mount Vernon
8 North Fayette Valley #8 vs Dyersville Beckman
9 Hampton-Dumont #9 vs Estherville Lincoln Central
10 Mediapolis #10 vs Wilson
Class 1A
1 Iowa City Regina #1 vs Columbus Junction
2 South Winneshiek #2 vs Jesup
3 Fort Dodge St. Edmond #3 @ Madrid
4 West Branch #4 @ Durant
5 Ogden #5 vs Woodward Academy
6 St. Ansgar #6 @ A #4 Nashuwa-Plainfield
7 IKM-Manning #7 @ OA-BCIG
8 Hinton #8 @ #9 West Lyon
9 West Lyon #9 vs #8 Hinton
10 Dike-New Hartford NR @ MFL MarMac
Class A
1 Maquoketa Valley #1 vs North Linn
2 Logan Magnolia #2 vs Tri-Center
3 AGWSR (Ackley) #3 @ Denver
4 Nashua-Plainfield #4 vs 1A #6 St. Ansgar
5 Pekin #5 vs Cardinal (Eldon)
6 Gladbrook-Reinbeck #6 @ North Tama
7 Montezuma #8 vs Colfax-Mingo
8 Bedford NR @ #10 Mt. Ayr
9 Algona Garrigan #9 @ North Butler
10 Mt. Ayr NR vs #8 Bedford
Eight-Man
1 Don Bosco #1 vs #6 HLV
2 Fremont Mills #2 @ Stanton
3 Janesville #3 @ Tripoli
4 Exira/EHK #4 @ Woodbine
5 Central Elkader #5 vs #9 Turkey Valley
6 HLV (Victor) #6 @ #1 Don Bosco
7 Glidden-Ralston #7 vs Adair-Casey
8 Coon Rapids-Bayard #8 @ Murray
9 Turkey Valley #9 @ #5 Central Elkader
10 Lamoni #10 vs Mormon Trail (Tonight)
NWC Athletic Practice Facility

Concept drawing of Ron & Peg Juffer Fieldhouse

Orange City, Iowa — Ground has been broken for the new athletic training facility at Northwestern College in Orange City, and the future facility has a name.

“We’re excited to see work begin on this facility,” says Dr. Earl Woudstra, director of athletics. “It will benefit all athletes by providing a place for strength and conditioning work and allow our spring sports teams to better prepare for their seasons by practicing indoors.”

The $3.2 million, 33,000-square-foot building will include a multipurpose area for team practices, an athletic conditioning space, batting and pitching cages for baseball and softball, hitting nets and a practice green for golf, and a weight room for athletes. Located just west of the Rowenhorst Student Center and connected to the DeWitt Physical Fitness Center, it will relieve demands placed on the fitness center’s four-court area, which currently serves athletes, students and Orange City community members.

At the ceremony last week, the building’s name was announced. It will be the Ron and Peg Juffer Fieldhouse. The name honors now-retired longtime education professor and baseball coach Ron Juffer and his wife.

September 27, 2014 - 2:26 pm - Posted in Obituaries

photo(2)John “Jake” Daniel Wright Holley, 24, of Orange City died September 24, 2014 at home.

A memorial service will be at 10:30 AM Thursday October 2, 2014 at Pedrick Funeral Home in Douds, Iowa with Pastor Jeff Richard officiating. Visitation will be after 3 PM on Wednesday at Pedrick Funeral Home in Douds with the family present from 5-7 PM. Burial will be at a later date in Mt. Moriah Cemetery north of Douds, Iowa.

Memorials to the Culinary Arts Department of Indian Hills Community College may be left at the funeral home or cemetery or mailed to the family at 10417 Dewberry Avenue, Libertyville, IA 52567.

Jake was born September 23, 1990 in Bakersfield, California. He grew up in the Libertyville, IA community, and graduated from Fairfield Community High School and Indian Hills Community College Culinary Arts Program where he was honored by being on the Dean’s List. He was a chef at Northwestern College, Orange City. In 2008 he was the first State of Iowa Army Youth Volunteer of the year Award Winner.

Surviving are his parents, Aaron and Juli Waugh of Libertyville, Lee Gant of Fairfield and Kent Holley of Grand Island, NE; two brothers, Steve Gant (Lauren) of Muscatine and Matthew “Rusty” Gant of Boulder, CO; a niece and nephew, Elsie and Chase and grandparents, James Waugh of Libertyville and Duane and Kay Holley of Grand Island, NE.