January 31, 2015 - 5:27 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Mrs. Alma Langstraat, age 73, of rural Hospers, passed away on Saturday, January 31, 2015, at the Orange City Area Health System.

There will be a funeral service on Tuesday, February 3, at 1:30pm, at the Newkirk Reformed Church in rural Hospers. The Revs. David Powers and Michael Pitsenberger will officiate. Interment will follow the service at the Newkirk Cemetery. 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 Orange City.

January 31, 2015 - 3:52 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Mrs. Katherine Muilenburg, age 93, of Hospers, passed away on Saturday, January 31, 2015, at the Sanford Medical Center in Sheldon.

There will be a memorial service on Wednesday, February 4, at 11:00 am, at the First Reformed Church in Hospers. The Rev. Milton Sikkema and the Rev. Russell Muilenburg will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the Hospers Cemetery. There will be a prayer service on Wednesday, at 10:00 am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hospers.

Visitation will be after 5:00 pm on Tuesday, with the family present from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, at the funeral home.

The 2015 KIWA / Northwest Iowa Community College, Iowa Workforce Development Job Fair is coming to NCC on Wednesday, March 18th.

Businesses, now is the time to reserve your space for this large Job Fair event.

For more information, call NCC at 800-352-4907.  To register your business, click here.

January 30, 2015 - 1:37 pm - Posted in Community Calendar

ElderbridgeElderbridge Agency on Aging will hold a public hearing to obtain comments and input from citizens in regard to the Elderbridge Agency Plan for State Fiscal Year 2016-2017.

The hearing is scheduled to take place at 1:00 p.m. on March 4, 2015 at the Fort Dodge office of Elderbridge Agency on Aging located at 308 Central Avenue, Fort Dodge, Iowa.

Any Iowa resident in the 29 counties in the Elderbridge service area is encouraged to take part. Those counties are Cerro Gordo, Floyd, Mitchell, Worth, Winnebago, Hancock, Franklin, Wright, Kossuth, Humboldt, Webster, Hamilton, Greene, Guthrie, Emmet, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, Calhoun, Dickinson, Clay, Buena Vista, Sac, Carroll, Audubon, Crawford, Osceola, O’Brien, Lyon and Sioux.
For more information or to obtain a copy of the 2016-2017 Elderbridge Area plan please call Doug Merbach at 641-424-0678 extension 7079 or e-mail dmerbach@elderbridge.org

January 30, 2015 - 1:21 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Mr. James Filarski, age 88, of Hospers, passed away on Thursday, January 29, 2015, at the Sanford Senior Care in Sheldon.

There will be a funeral service on Monday, February 2, at 10:30am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City. The Rev. Debra Rensink will officiate. Interment will follow at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. Visitation will be after 2:00 pm on Sunday, with the family present from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, at the funeral home.

Arrangements are under the care of the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

January 30, 2015 - 10:18 am - Posted in News

Fort Madison, Iowa — After some landmark decisions by both the US Supreme Court and the Iowa Supreme Court, a convicted murderer from Alton who has been in prison since the 1970’s is going to be re-sentenced.
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Sioux County Attorney Thomas Kunstle tells us about John Walter Mulder.


Kunstle says multiple decisions in the courts have caused this situation.


Kunstle says Branstad’s thought was that this would eliminate the possibility of having to re-sentence all of the convicts to which the ruling applied. But it didn’t work out that way, he says.


Kuntsle says both sides will suggest appropriate sentences in Mulder’s case, and Judge Steven Andreasen will rule on the sentencing. The hearing is set for February 12th. Kuntsle says Judge Andreasen will probably decide on the sentence at that time.

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Sioux Center, Iowa — A Remsen man faces up to three years in prison after he dumped waste into a tributary of the West Branch Floyd River near Sioux Center.
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According to the United States’ Attorney’s office, 57-year-old Michael J. Wolf of Remsen was employed by the Sioux Preme pork processing plant and oversaw the facility’s wastewater treatment lagoons.

He has pled guilty in federal court in Sioux City to knowingly discharging a pollutant thereby resulting in a fish kill, and was convicted of one count of discharging pollutant in a water of the United States.

At the plea hearing, Wolf admitted in or about August, 2012, Sioux-Preme Packing Corporation contracted with a company to remove and replace debris from their wastewater treatment lagoons, and that beginning on October 23, 2012 and continuing to October 24, 2012, he discharged the contents of the treatment lagoons, including pollutants such as biological material and agricultural waste into a tributary of the West Branch of the Floyd River. Wolf admitted that between October 23 and 24th, 2012, he intentionally and unlawfully discharged approximately 845,000 gallons of untested wastewater and pollutant into the tributary over an 11 and a half hour period.

The DNR says the action caused a fish kill extending over eleven miles downstream.

Wolf’s sentencing date has yet to be set. Among other penalties he faces up to three years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000 per day of violation.

January 30, 2015 - 9:29 am - Posted in Community Calendar

Artists from the four-state region and beyond are invited to apply to exhibit their work at ArtBurst during the 75th annual Orange City Tulip Festival. Scheduled from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 16th, ArtBurst is a juried exhibition of fine art held during the festival. Applications will be accepted from anyone who produces original fine art. All art must be designed and executed by the accepted artist. The application deadline is March 15. To apply, call 712-707-4510, email artburst@octulipfestical.com, or visit octulipfestival.com/artburst.

Join us for The Orange City Tulip Festival’s Production of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s “Mary Poppins.” A Musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film. Original Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. Book by Julian Fellowes. New Songs and Additional Music and Lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. Co-created by Cameron Mackintosh. The production will take place at Unity Christian Knight Center, May 13 – 16, beginning nightly at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets are $20 each and go on sale Monday, February 2, starting at 9:00 a.m. on a first come, first served basis, at the Orange City Tulip Festival/Chamber of Commerce office. Questions can be directed to the festival office at 712-707-4510, or emailed to tulip@orangecitycomm.net.

“Mary Poppins” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY, 10019. Phone: 212-514-4684. Fax: 212-397-4684.

January 30, 2015 - 9:25 am - Posted in Community Calendar

The Orange City Tulip Festival will be held May 14, 15 & 16. Reserved parade seats are $4 each. Seats are reserved beginning at 1:00 p.m. each day of the festival, and are reserved for Straatfeest, street scrubbing, and the Volksparade. Tickets will go on sale Monday, February 2, starting at 9:00 a.m. on a first come, first served basis, at the Orange City Tulip Festival/Chamber of Commerce office. Questions can be directed to the festival office at 712-707-4510, or emailed to tulip@orangecitycomm.net.