February 28, 2015 - 8:21 am - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — Two children were taken to a hospital following an accident this past week.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that shortly after 4 PM on Wednesday, February 25, 31-year-old Danny Estrada of Rock Valley was driving a 1999 Audi A6 northbound on Highway 75. He stopped on the roadway to wait for oncoming vehicles before attempting a left turn onto 360th Street, says the report. It says 42-year-old Reid Stansky of Owatonna, MN was driving a 2012 Dodge Ram northbound on Highway 75 behind Estrada.

Stansky began passing Estrada on the right, says the report and struck the Audi.

Passengers in Estrada’s vehicle, a three-month-old girl and a four-year-old boy, were both transported by
private vehicle to the Sioux Center Hospital.

The Audi sustained approximately $2,500 in damages. The Dodge sustained an estimated $3,000 in damages.

Stansky was cited on a charge of unsafe passing. Estrada was cited on a charge of failure to have a valid driver’s license.

February 27, 2015 - 10:02 am - Posted in Sports

basketballThe South O’Brien Wolverines are headed to Substate following a 53-45 win over Boyden Hull in the Class 1A District 1 final at Sioux Center Thursday night. Their opponent will be Greattinger Terrill Ruthven Ayrshire who defeated Newell Fonda 53-48 for the District 2 title. Tip off will be at 7:00 at the field house in Spencer.

Boyden Hull led 15-9 at the end of the first quarter. South O’Brien would get the game back to even in the second quarter and take a 29-23 lead into half time. At the end of the third quarter the lead was up to 39-30. Down the stretch the Wolverines were able to secure the win at the free throw line. In the final quarter South O’Brien who came in shooting 73% on the year as a team from the line went 10-of-14 in the fourth quarter. For the game the Wolverines were 14-of-19.

South O’Brien was led by Dallas Jalas with a game high 24 points. His line included four 3-point buckets and a 6-of-8 performance from the free throw line in the fourth quarter. Kyle Paulsen hit for 9 points with Damon Struve adding 8 more.

Boyden Hull got 16 points from Chandler Brunsting and 12 each from Dalton Moser and Justin Schmidt.

With the win South O’Brien improves to 21-3. The Comets end the year at 19-5. The 8th ranked Wolverines will meet unranked Greattinger Terrill Ruthven Ayrshire in Saturday’s Substate game with a Boys State Tournament berth on the line. Tip off at 7:00 in Spencer and we’ll bring you the broadcast on KIWA FM 105.3.

Des Moines, Iowa — A bill that would raise the speed limit to 75 miles an hour on many miles of interstate highways in Iowa has cleared its first hurdle in the state senate. Senator Randy Feenstra, a Republican from Hull, says 75 is the posted speed limit in neighboring South Dakota and the data he’s seen doesn’t indicate “an uptick” in traffic accidents and fatalities there.

(as said) “We have done a lot of things on our interstates, specifically putting the wire in between the two roadways, that have made it a lot safer,” Feenstra says, “thus, hopefully, allowing it to have traffic go a little faster.”

Senator Wally Horn, a Democrat from Cedar Rapids, supports a higher speed limit, too.

(as said) “I’ve been in Phoenix where there’s five lanes going 80 miles an hour, so it isn’t a real danger factor, as far as I know,” Horn says. “The roads are built for it and we can do it, so I would support raising it to 75.”

Horn and Feenstra signed off on the bill so it now is eligible for a vote in the Senate Transportation Committee. Senator Chris Brase, a Democrat from Muscatine was also on the subcommittee, but he opposes the higher speed limit.

(as said) “Being a fire fighter/paramedic, it’s just not something that I can be supportive of. I think the speed limits are reasonable at this time,” Brase says. “…I shouldn’t say this, but I think the majority of people are traveling above the posted speed limit on the interstate the way it is.”

According to Iowa D-O-T data, the average speed on Iowa interstates is about 72 miles an hour, just above the current speed limit of 70. Thomas Stanberry, a lobbyist for the Iowa Insurance Institute, says a higher speed limit means a greater number of accidents.

(as said) “The property and casualty industry has a lot of data that shows at five mile per hour increments in the increase in the speed limit, particularly interstate speed limits, the number of accidents increases substantially,” Stanberry says.

Senator Horn jokes that legislators have a basic question to ponder: “Does God decide you die in a car wreck or is it the speed limit?” Legislators raised Iowa’s speed limit from 65 to 70 in 2005 and Iowa is now among the 20 states that have 70 as the upper speed limit for interstate traffic. Sixteen states have a speed limit of 75, while the remaining 14 states have posted speed limits of less than 70 miles an hour. Senator Brad Zaun, a Republican from Urbandale, is the sponsor of the bill that would raise Iowa’s speed limit to 75 miles an hour and he’s “encouraged” the bill is now eligible for a committee vote.

(as said) “There’s a long ways to go in regards to this,” Zaun said after yesterday’s subcommittee meeting. “I just wanted it to get a fair hearing.”

Seventy-five is the posted interstate speed limit in states to Iowa’s west like South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas. The speed limit is 70 in Minnesota, Missouri, and Illinois. Wisconsin is the only neighboring state to have a lower speed limit. Sixty-five is the upper limit on all rural and urban interstates in Wisconsin.

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February 27, 2015 - 8:16 am - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — The Governor and Lt. Governor of Iowa were in Sioux Center on Thursday and took part in some public gatherings.
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One of them was about a STEM grant. The Governor’s STEM Advisory Council has named Sioux Center High School as the recipient of a $50,000 district-matched award to implement a new science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) classroom. Sioux Center High School was one of four recipients chosen from a group of 23 applications submitted last summer.

Sioux Center High School proposed a partnership with Dordt College. The proposal includes plans for redesigned learning spaces and curriculum in partnership with the college. Working together will allow the school district and Dordt to share costs, to partner in professional development, and to better evaluate new technologies and teaching strategies.

Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds also attended the ribbon cutting of Sioux Center’s new universal preschool building, the Discovery Campus Preschool Learning Center.

The preschool is a collaborative endeavor between the City of Sioux Center, Dordt College, Sioux Center Health, Sioux Center Community Schools, and Mid-Sioux Opportunity.

February 26, 2015 - 3:17 pm - Posted in Sports

Sioux Center –- Dordt College has announced the addition of men’s volleyball as an intercollegiate varsity sport, to begin play during the 2015-16 school year. The men’s volleyball program will be the ninth varsity sport offered by Dordt College, joining the current offerings of: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer and track

Dordt College Athletic Director Glenn Bouma said, “Adding men’s volleyball to our intercollegiate offerings has been an ongoing discussion for the past several years. Our club team has been very active and there is a growing interest in men’s volleyball by incoming students.  We’re excited about this opportunity to offer men’s volleyball in our athletic program.”

Tabbed to be head coach of the program is Chad Hanson. Hanson will continue to coach the women’s program, a position he has held since 2011. Hanson has guided the women’s program to an 81-49 record and a berth in the 2013 NAIA National Championship field.

Dordt College has had an active club team competing in men’s volleyball since the 2013-14 school year and this year’s team has won three tournaments and is currently 17-0 in matches.

The men’s volleyball season begins in early January and is capped by the NAIA National Invitational in late April.

February 26, 2015 - 3:16 pm - Posted in Sports

Spirit Lake, 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 contact the Spirit Lake fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.


West Okoboji Lake

Bluegill – Fair: Bluegill are still being caught in the 10-12 feet range in bays with distinct weed lines. These fish are reported to be biting on small gold and yellow jigs. Bays with these weed lines include: Emerson, Miller, Triboji, Echo, and Browns. Yellow Perch – Fair: The perch bite has consolidated into a select few bays including Emerson and Haywards. These bays have been reporting consistent perch in the 9 inch range. Fishermen are moving around following these schools rather than holding in one place. Fish are being caught on jigging rapalas, Acme sidewinder, Lindy little joes, and kastmasters.

Big Spirit Lake

Northern Pike – Fair: Anglers are beginning to have success using tip-ups on the north end of Spirit, Anglers Bay, Hales Slough, and along the grade. Yellow Perch – Slow: Few yellow perch are being caught during the day. The only perch caught are coming from anglers who are staying on the ice past sunset.

Center Lake

Bluegill – Fair: Few anglers have been successful fishing for bluegills on the south end. Reports show few quality fish in the 8 inch range. Much sorting is needed.

Minnewashta Lake

Bluegill – Good: Fishermen are reporting an increase in activity for quality bluegill.  Fish size ranges from 6-10 inches. Anglers are using similar presentations everywhere, using small jigs varying in color and size tipped with wax worms. Keep the jig about a foot off the.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Yellow Perch – Fair: Anglers are noticing an increase in perch activity around the lake. Fish are said to be schooling in deeper holes and staying for longer periods of time allowing anglers to harvest good numbers. Small spoons and jigging raps are proving to produce the most success.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Most of Storm Lake has around 16 -21 inches of ice; there are reports of several small areas of open water: one near College Island, one just north of the big island, and one just off of the Chautauqua Park jetty.  Yellow Perch – Fair: Yellow perch 6-7 inches are being picked up near Kings Point using a small spoon and wax worm. White Bass – Fair: Anglers are picking up some white bass 8-9 inches near the Kings Point area and in the deeper dredged areas while fishing for walleye. Walleye – Slow: Anglers have had the most luck fishing near Stony Point.   A few are also being picked up in the dredge cuts on the east side in about 13-14 feet of water. Spoons and minnows work best.

February 26, 2015 - 11:03 am - Posted in News

If you have some experience with Microsoft Word, it is time to get hands-on experience discovering the tools and features of Microsoft Excel 2013. Excel is a powerful program that helps users to create and organize spreadsheets that will save you time, help you communicate better and have a professional look. In this class, the instructor will guide you through the steps of building a user-friendly worksheet, both for the reader and the creator. Then you will be introduced to the important formula/function feature in Excel. Learning how to use Excel formulas is very critical for the successful use of spreadsheet software. The more you learn about formulas, the more you will want to know!

This class will be held at Northwest Iowa Community College in Room 514H, Section #43940 on Tuesdays, March 17 and 24 from 5:30—9:30 pm. OR in the Sioux Center Library Computer Lab, Section #43939, on Thursdays, March 19 and 26 from 12:30—4:30 pm.

Twyla Vogel will be the instructor for the class. The cost is $59.

To register, call Northwest Iowa Community College at 712-324-5061 or 800-352-4907 and ask for Continuing Education.

February 25, 2015 - 2:29 pm - Posted in Community Calendar

pancakes and sausageThe Boyden Fire and Ambulance Services invite you to join for an “All you can eat” pancake and sausage supper at the Boyden Fire Station on Saturday, March 7th. They will be serving from 5 – 7:30pm and the proceeds for this event is to be used for updating the personal protective equipment. Help support the local services in Boyden, Iowa.

February 24, 2015 - 3:56 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — A man from Arkansas has been sentenced in Sioux County District Court to a ten-year prison term for delivery of methamphetamine.
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Sioux County Attorney Thomas Kunstle says that 30-year-old James Kent Skoglund of Saint Joe, Arkansas, has been sentenced in Sioux County District Court for the crime of Delivery of Methamphetamine.

Kunstle’s office says that on November 8, 2014, an undercover officer made arrangements, through a confidential informant, to purchase an “8 ball” of methamphetamine from Skoglund for $325. Through the informant, they say Skoglund sold methamphetamine to the undercover officer in an apartment in Rock Valley. After the transaction, uniformed officers searched the apartment where the transaction took place finding methamphetamine, a scale, a pipe, and a butane lighter, all located near Skoglund.

He was sentenced to an indeterminate ten-year prison term, in addition to charges, surcharges, fees, costs, and other penalties.

February 24, 2015 - 12:02 pm - Posted in Community Calendar

ORANGE CITY, Iowa—The U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus will present a concert on Sunday, March 15, at 3 p.m. in Northwestern College’s Christ Chapel.

The concert is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Tickets can be obtained in the Northwestern music department’s office in DeWitt Music Hall Monday through Thursday between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. or by visiting www.armyfieldband.com/tickets.