March 30, 2015 - 8:59 am - Posted in Obituaries


Mr. Bruce Van Schepen, age 66, of rural Orange City, passed away on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at the Banner Baywood Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona.

There will be a memorial service on Saturday, April 4, at 11:0am, at the First Christian Reformed Church in Hull. The Rev. Verlyn Boone will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the Hope Cemetery in Hull. There will be a family prayer service on Saturday, at 9:45am, at the Hope Christian Reformed Church in Hull.

Visitation with the family will be on Friday, from 4:00pm to 7:00pm, at the Hope Christian Reformed Church. Arrangements are with the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.

March 27, 2015 - 3:35 pm - Posted in News

Rock Valley, Iowa — Three agriculture coops in northwest Iowa are considering unification.
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United Farmers Co-op based in George, Farmers Elevator Coop, based in Rock Valley, and Coop Elevator Association, based in Ocheyedan are looking at the move. We talked with Farmers Elevator Coop General Manager Mark Finck, who explains the difference between the term “unification” and the term “merger.”

He tells us why they’re looking at unification.

He says the move just makes sense to him.

Finck says eleven meetings are being held throughout the areas of the three companies, and the findings of the different committees are being reviewed.

He says the meetings wrap up on Wednesday, April 1st, and then the vote will be taken.

He says on April 20th, the companies’ auditors will count the votes. And, says Finck, it’s important that everyone make an informed decision and vote. He tells us why.

Finck shares with us the proposed new company name and leadership structure.

He says while they will not be closing any locations, the head office would be in Rock Valley. Each of the three companies were formed over 100 years ago, with the oldest — Farmers Elevator Coop in Rock Valley — being formed in 1899. He says that’s one of the reasons Rock Valley was selected as the location for the head office.

Finck says no employees would be cut in the move, and everyone’s job is safe.

The new company would have over 20 locations, including two in Minnesota and one in South Dakota. For more information, including meeting times and locations, you can contact any of the local locations, or visit the companies’ websites.

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March 27, 2015 - 1:33 pm - Posted in News

Primghar, Iowa – A Paullina man has been arrested on several felony charges. He is accused of committing several burglaries in the four northwest Iowa counties.
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The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office reports that they arrested 29-year-old Seth William Johnson of Paullina and he has been charged with six counts of Second Degree Theft, a class D felony; seven counts of Third Degree Burglary, a class D felony; and seven misdemeanor counts of Third Degree Burglary.

The Sheriff’s Office says that numerous northwest Iowa law enforcement agencies including the O’Brien, Osceola, Lyon and Sioux County Sheriff’s Offices and the Sheldon, Sutherland and Paullina Police Departments have worked jointly on a series of burglary and theft investigations. They say the investigations involved burglaries to businesses, homes, and vehicles between May and October, 2014 and involved items including guns, cash, jewelry, a motorcycle, tools and fishing equipment.

The charges which are a class D felonies are punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $7,500. The charges that are aggravated misdemeanors are punishable by up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $6250. Johnson has been booked into the O’Brien County Jail on the charges and will make appearances in District Court in the respective counties at a later date.

The public is reminded that a criminal charge is merely an accusation. All persons are innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law. The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected as a part of this investigation.

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

Iowa DNRSpirit 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.


Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Crappie – Fair: Anglers continue to catch walleye in the marina on the west end of the lake using minnows, but the bite is not as good as the previous week due to recent colder temperatures. Yellow Perch – Fair: Yellow perch are also being picked up while fishing with minnows. Walleye – Fair: Anglers are picking up some walleye along shore with minnows and twisters. Water temperatures are about 45 degrees. Expect shore fishing and wader fishing along sand/gravel shorelines to pick up next week with the warming water temperatures.

Clear Lake

Expanding open water near from city beach south along shore and a large section of open water from Dodge’s Point to Venetian Village to north shore pump house. Ice is unsafe and unfishable. Crappie – No Report: Walleye – Slow: There have been a few waders, but no fish yet. Warmer weather should get fish biting. Channel Catfish – Slow.

Help your community and roll up your sleeve to save lives! Donate today with LifeServe Blood Center.

Come out and donate in Hospers on Monday, April 13th at the Community Center, located at 211 Main Street, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 21st you can donate in Hull at the Hull Library, located at 1408 Main Street, from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Donate in Granville at the Granville Community Fire Hall, located at 740 Broad Street, on Wednesday, April 22nd, from 3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Thursday, April 23rd LifeServe will be in Orange City, at the American Reformed Church, located at 407 Albany Street SE, from 8:00 a.m. p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

LifeServe will be in Rock Valley on Wednesday, April 29th at Faith Reformed Church, located at 1305 7th St from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.


Contact Abby Hausmann-Virgil at 1-800-287-4903 or email at

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March 26, 2015 - 11:00 am - Posted in Sports

Northwestern College logoOrange City, Iowa — Mariah Hulstein (Sioux Center, Iowa) has signed a letter of intent to continue her volleyball career at Northwestern College next year.

Hulstein is a multi-sports standout who played three years for the Sioux Center High School volleyball team. The 5’6” libero totaled 29 ace serves and a team-high 317 digs, averaging 3.2 per set, in earning honorable mention all-conference honors. Hulstein was part of a Warriors team that qualified for the state tournament and finished 31-9 overall. Also a letterwinner in track, basketball and softball and an all-conference selection in in softball, Hulstein is an honor roll student and member of the National Honor Society. She plans to major in Social Work at Northwestern and is the daughter of Murray and Fonda.

“Mariah had a great high school volleyball career that concluded with a trip to the state tournament,” commented head coach Kyle Van Den Bosch. “Mariah has the ability to play all three back row positions in our program. We are excited that she will be continuing her education and volleyball career at Northwestern College.”

March 26, 2015 - 8:14 am - Posted in Community Calendar

Ribeye steakJoin Physician Assistant Lori Letner for a free informational workshop on the Ideal Protein weight loss Method at 5:30 pm Monday March 30th at Bliss Salon and Spa. The workshop is free but RSVP is required by emailing or call 712-541-9411. Space is limited to reserve yours today!

March 25, 2015 - 1:48 pm - Posted in Sports

Sioux Center, Iowa– Tyler Stumbo, a senior at Okoboji High School, has announced his intention to attend Dordt College and join the Defender basketball program.

Stumbo, a 6-4 guard/forward, has scored over 1,700 career points, grabbed over 500 career rebounds and handed out over 300 assists during three seasons of basketball.  He was a two-time Twin Lakes All-Conference pick as a sophomore and junior while competing for Laurens-Marathon.  He claimed second-team all-state honors from the Iowa Newspaper Association in 2014 and was a first-team all-area pick by the Storm Lake Times and Storm Lake Tribune.  He averaged 24.6 points per game with 10.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists during the 2013-14 season.  He’s followed that with a 20.6 points per game average with 6.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists this season while competing for Okoboji while converting 52 percent of his field goals.  He was named first-team all-Siouxland Conference for 2014-15.

Tyler is the son of Brett and Danelle Stumbo of Milford, Iowa.

March 24, 2015 - 2:36 pm - Posted in Sports

Northwestern logoSioux City, Iowa – Northwestern pitcher Kayla Tindall is this week’s GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Softball Pitcher-of-the-Week.

Tindall, a 5’10 freshman hailing from Akron, Iowa pitched a complete-game, two-hitter in leading Northwestern to a 6-0 win over Nebraska Wesleyan in game two of a doubleheader. Tindall walked two and struck out four while giving up just two singles in recording her second shutout of the season. The freshman helped her cause with a two-run single at the plate.

March 24, 2015 - 12:27 pm - Posted in News

UPDATE: The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office has released some more information about victims in Monday morning’s accident on Highway 60.
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They say that 64-year-old Alan VanBeek of Orange City, who was the driver of the Orkin pickup was treated, and was then transferred to Sioux Falls with life-threatening injuries.

They report that there were five victims in the 2006 Volkswagen.

One victim from the VW was treated, and then was transferred to Sioux Falls for a fractured arm and remains under their care. Another victim from the VW was treated, transferred to Sioux Falls, and was released there.

Three victims from the VW were treated and released locally.

Original Story:

Sibley, Iowa — Multiple people were injured in an accident near Sibley on Monday morning.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that 64-year-old Alan VanBeek of Orange City was driving a 2011 Ford Ranger, owned by Orkin LLC, eastbound on 210th Street, four miles south of Sibley. Witnesses advised that the Ford Ranger failed to stop at the stop sign at Highway 60. The Sheriff’s Office reports that 32-year-old Erick H Chavez Gallegos, of Worthington, MN, was driving a 2006 Volkswagen, owned by Dylan Malvin.

The Volkswagen hit the Ford Ranger broadside on Highway 60.

There were multiple people injured. The Sheriff’s Office says the severity of injuries is unknown.

The Ford Ranger sustained $5000 damage and the Volkswagen had $8000 damage.

The Sibley Ambulance, Sibley Fire & Rescue crews, Ashton Ambulance crew, Ashton Fire & Rescue personnel, Little Rock Ambulance crew, and George EMS assisted at the scene.