Hull, Iowa — Thanks to the same company that’s bringing housing opportunities to Sheldon and Orange City, the city of Hull may soon have some affordable housing.Hull Water Tower-400

We had a chance to talk with Hull City Administrator Aaron Kooiker, who tells us about the situation.

Kooiker says they started researching what could be done.

He says the process works on a number of grants.

Kooiker tells us what they have planned.

He says he and the Hull City Council are behind the project.

Kooiker says they submit the grant application in December and should hear back by March. They hope to start building the Hull duplexes in June or July of 2015, and they hope to have them built about nine months later, some time in 2016.

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Orange City, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for clues to help solve a case of the theft of parts from a business. But it appears as though the perpetrator left investigators a big clue when a reciprocating saw was left at the scene.

Milwaukee Sawzall reciprocating saw found at scene

Milwaukee Sawzall reciprocating saw found at scene

The Sioux County Sheriff’s office says the report came in on Monday morning, October 20. The report was that thefts had occurred from a business in southern Sioux County.

Upon further investigation, deputies discovered that sometime prior to October 20th someone stole vehicle parts, aluminum tire rims and catalytic converters.

At the location of the crime, the perpetrator or perpetrators left a Milwaukee brand saw they apparently used to remove the car parts. It appears the saw’s battery has been
modified to run off of a standard car battery.

If you have information about this crime or about the owner of the saw you are asked to contact the sheriff’s office. You can also use their text-a-tip program. Directions can be found at

October 31, 2014 - 8:09 am - Posted in News

Sheldon, Iowa — A woman living in Sheldon is accused of identity theft.Sioux Sheriff Car 84-

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Tuesday evening, October 28, they arrested 50-year-old Ana Barrera of Sheldon. The arrest occurred at Premium Pet Health in Orange City.

The arrest stemmed from a report that Barrera was using another person’s identity to gain employment.

Upon further investigation, officers believe Barrera used the victim’s identity in 2013 to gain employment at SIG International in Boyden.

Barrera was arrested and charged with two counts of Identity Theft and two counts of Forgery.

October 30, 2014 - 3:25 pm - Posted in Sports

Des Moines, Iowa —  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 of fishing in northwest Iowa, call the Spirit Lake Hatchery at 712-336-1840.




Big Spirit Lake

Walleye – Fair: Cooler daytime and overnight temperatures have dropped the water temperature on Big Spirit. This shift has started to get fish more active and moving into the shallows.  Wader anglers fishing after dark will enjoy excellent catches; fish the traditional wader sites for the best action.


East Okoboji Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Last week’s fish management survey of East Okoboji Lake reflected good numbers of large channel catfish sampled at the East Okoboji Lake beach area. Fish cut bait or any traditional catfish bait in this area will produce some excellent pole bending end of the year action.


Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Walleye – Good: With the drop in water temperatures Wader fishing action will increase with good numbers of fish harvested this fall. Excellent opportunities exist to catch that trophy walleye as reports of 10+ pound walleye is common from this lake in the fall. With the clear water, action will be best after dark.


West Okoboji Lake

Yellow Perch – Good: Reports of limits of small yellow approximately 7.0 – 8.0 inches being harvested from West Okoboji Lake.

October 30, 2014 - 3:12 pm - Posted in News

halloween pumpkin trick or treat jack-o-lanternSheldon, Iowa — It’s time once again for the little northwest Iowa ghosts and goblins to go door-to-door and see what kind of treats they can find.

In Sheldon, Chamber Coordinator Allison Cooke tells us there are three different kinds of trick-or-treating in Sheldon, and all three will be on Halloween — Friday, October 31.

She says this year they have the highest number of participating businesses that they’ve ever had. About 28 businesses will be participating in the downtown trick-or-treating. But it doesn’t end there.

Again, you can start at the library at 3:30, trick or treat downtown from 4:30 to 5:30, Citywide trick-or-treating is from 5 to 7, and trick-or-treating at Sanford Senior Care is from 6 to 7 PM.

In Sibley, Chamber Director Sheryl Peters says they’ll have downtown trick-or-treating too, but they have more planned too.

She says just because Halloween is over on Friday doesn’t mean the costumed fun has to stop.

Again, the race is on Saturday in Sibley.

In Rock Rapids, the fun actually starts on Thursday night, says Chamber Director Angie Jager.

She says they’ll also have the annual downtown Halloween Parade.

Orange City Chamber Director Mike Hoffman tells us about festivities in Orange City:

Here’s the list of participating businesses for Sheldon Downtown/Business Trick-or-Treating:
1. A Country Florist
2. Aventure Staffing
3. Ben Franklin
4. Carl’s Footwear
5. Citizens State Bank
6. Contents
7. Evie’s Hallmark
8. Farm Bureau
9. Fieldcrest Assisted Living
10. Gordon’s Redwing Shoes
11. Just Cuts for Men
12. KIWA
13. Lewis Drug
14. Marigold’s
15. Mastbergen Jewelry
16. Missy’s
17. Mr. B’s and Lady B’s
18. Northwestern Bank
19. Prairie Queen Bakery
20. Prins Insurance
21. ProActive Physical Therapy
22. RadioShack
23. Revolution Consignment
24. Sheldon Vision Care
25. Shopko
26. Touch of Hope
27. Travel World
28. Wolff Whorley DeHoogh and Schreurs

Make sure to head to the businesses outside of downtown (Fieldcrest, Shopko, and Lewis Drug). Also, take your kids to Pizza Ranch Friday IN COSTUME and they eat for free with a paying adult. Or, if it doesn’t work to go eat, they can still stop in IN COSTUME for a free mini pizza coupon.

  • Sheldon Library Trick : 3:30-4:30pm
  • Sheldon Downtown/Business Trick-or-Treating: 4:30-5:30
  • Sanford Sheldon Senior Care Trick-or-Treating: 6-7pm
  • Sheldon City-Wide: 5-7pm
  • Sibley Downtown Trick-or-Treating Friday 4:00-5:00 PM
  • Sibley Halloween Matinee at the Max Friday 1:30 PM
  • Sibley Rec Costume Walk/Run/Bike Saturday 10:00 AM
  • Rock Rapids Moonlight Madness Thursday 4:00-7:00 PM
  • Rock Rapids Downtown Halloween Parade Friday 4:00 PM
  • Orange City Downtown Trick-or-Treating 12 noon-close
  • Orange City pumpkin judging Friday afternoon

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October 30, 2014 - 8:22 am - Posted in News

Sioux Sheriff Car 84-Across the river from Fairview, SD — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to try to solve a theft case.

They say that on Tuesday morning, October 28, they investigated a report of theft that was reported to have occurred at a location on 290th Street, one mile northwest of Fairview, South Dakota, in Sioux County Iowa.

Upon further investigation it is believed that someone stole about 700 gallons of fuel from a fuel
tank, as well as a generator. The theft is thought to have occurred sometime between Thursday, October 23 and Monday, October 27.

The value of the fuel is estimated at $2,100.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s office.   

October 30, 2014 - 8:20 am - Posted in News

Sioux County, Iowa The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office has recently investigated several reports from Sioux County residents stating they were contacted by someone claiming to be a representative from Publisher’s Clearing House.Scam Alert

The residents were told they had won a large sum of money. The caller then asks to meet them in a parking lot of a local business; supposedly to give them more details about the prize they’ve won. In some cases the caller asks the resident to stay on the phone as they drive to the local business. Sherrif’s officials theorize that the caller most likely does this to keep the resident from checking into the legitimacy of the call.

The Sheriff’s Office says this is likely a scam and residents are encouraged not to follow up on this type of phone call. You should also immediately report it to law enforcement authorities.

October 29, 2014 - 4:01 pm - Posted in Community Calendar


To honor our local Veterans, the Sioux County Veterans Affairs Commission will host a FREE BREAKFAST ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH from 7 am – 9 am at the Prairie Winds Event Center in Orange City. Sioux County Veterans and their immediate families are invited to join the Commission for Cinnamon and Caramel Rolls, Fruit, coffee, and juice! There will be free gifts available for our service members as well as several information booths to browse through at your leisure while breakfast is served, including free blood pressure screening and door prizes

October 29, 2014 - 3:57 pm - Posted in Community Calendar

A weekend conference for mothers and their teenage daughters, grades 7-12, is scheduled for Nov. 7 and 8 at Trinity Reformed Church in Orange City, Iowa. “His Revolutionary Love” will feature Lynn Cowell, an author and speaker with Proverbs 31 Ministries, sharing about relationships, communication, confidence and self-esteem.

The conference begins Friday at 6 pm and ends Saturday at 1 pm. Tickets are $50 for 2 attendees and $15 for each additional teen prior to October 31st. After October 31st, the cost is $65 for two tickets and $20 for each additional teen. Individual tickers for female youth leaders or moms with younger daughters are available for $30 per person. The registration fee includes a Friday evening meal and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. For more information or to register, visit

October 29, 2014 - 3:51 pm - Posted in Community Calendar

comedy tragedy masks theater theatreWestern Christian High School’s drama department presents the spirited and charming show Meet Me in St. Louis on November 6 and 7 at 7 p.m. in Western’s gym. Meet Me in St. Louis depicts growing up and discovering what is truly important in life, while incorporating enough mischief to keep it interesting. Experience this family friendly show, promoting the importance of home and family. Tickets can be purchased at the door.