April 30, 2015 - 4:48 pm - Posted in Sports

Spirit Lake, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to Iowa DNRprovide 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

Northern Pike – Fair: Northerns are becoming more abundant in the shallows. Few large females were caught in gill nets Monday night. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Anglers are reporting an increase in smallmouth bass catch on sunny calm days. These fish are being caught over sand flats near rocks. Pulling a crankbait slow is your best bet. Bluegill – Good: Many anglers are having success fishing the canals. Water temperatures are 4 to 5 degrees warmer in the canals which is bringing fish in from the cooler waters. Fish using worm and bobber or small feather jigs. Black Crappie – Slow: Crappie are being seen around Gull Point out from the point and out of the canals and back waters. Largemouth Bass – Good: A good number of largemouth have been seen roaming the banks around rock piles and existing weed lines  at Gull Point, trestle bridge, Smiths Bay, Manhattan, Omaha, and Pikes Point. Yellow Perch – Fair: Schools of perch are being seen by local anglers at the trestle bridge. These perch are not large but there are very high numbers of them schooling up in the warmer waters between east and west Okoboji.

East Okoboji Lake

Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish have been seen in good numbers at Lone Tree Point, little stoney, and near parks marina. These fish are being caught in gill nets and are getting larger as the water temperature increases.  Northern Pike – Fair: Fish black spinner baits around docks just before dark. Many anglers are reporting that fish are coming in shallow to warmer water around dark. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are starting to pick up more bluegill at the trestle bridge. Fish size range from 4-9 inch. Anglers are using small jigs, worm and bobber. Crappie – Fair: More and more crappies are being seen and caught at the trestle bridge. Larger fish are not being caught; most fish caught are 7-8 inch. Largemouth Bass – Good: Anglers are reporting more bass around the trestle bridge while they are fishing. These fish are being seen under boat hoists and around the bridge structures.

 Big Spirit Lake

Northern Pike – Good: Anglers along the grade are still catching northerns; water temperatures are still in the 60s which is holding more fish with this cool down. Fish spinner or large jerk baits. Black Crappie – Fair: The old foot bridge rock piles are holding good numbers of crappie. Anglers are pulling feather jigs along the rocks and catching small 7-10 inch crappie. Larger fish should become more available as water temperatures warm again. Bullhead – Good: A fair number of keeper bullhead are being caught at the Little spirit tube. Many anglers are having to leave to buy more worms. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Smallmouth are being seen along rocky shores and being caught pulling slow deep diving crankbait. Bullhead – Good: The north grade is producing many bullheads. Anglers are reporting good numbers using worms weighted to the bottom. The little spirit outlet is beginning to see more fish. Largemouth Bass – Fair: More and more largemouth bass have been seen around Rednose and Cottonwood Point but not caught. Anglers are having success throwing jerk baits far away from the boat where fish can’t see anglers and working jerk baits slow.

Lake Pahoja

Bluegill – Excellent: Fish the jetties that are placed around the lake; bluegills are thick around all the jetties and in great numbers. Average size ranges between 7.5-8 inches. Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass are being caught around the standing cattails and off the jetties. Fish with small jigs or worm and bobbers.

Five Island Lake

Yellow Bass – Good: Anglers throwing soft plastic minnow baits in 8 feet of water are seeing a steady bite from yellows.

Lost Island Lake

Walleye – Fair: Anglers are seeing many walleyes at the south end of the lake using yellow twister tails. These fish are swimming slowly; persistence will get them in the boat. Yellow Perch – Good: Anglers throwing soft plastic minnow baits are catching 8-10 inch yellows.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Walleye – Good: Anglers are catching walleye using plastics, crank baits, leaches, and minnows fished along the east and south sides of the lake. Anglers are doing well fishing along the dredge cuts between Chautauqua Point and the big island. Fishing the dredge cuts between the big island and Shorty’s Island has also been productive for walleye. Yellow Perch – Slow: A few perch have been picked up with minnows along the east side of the lake. White Bass – Good: White bass are being caught along the east side of the lake and around the dredge cuts; they are biting on plastics, leaches, and minnows.

Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)

Walleye – Fair: Anglers are catching walleye in the evenings using twisters.

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)

Channel Catfish – Good: Channel cats are being caught using any kind of stink bait. Find a deep hole on the outside bend of the river or fish above a riffle. Fish range from 1 to 12 pounds.

West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)

Walleye – Fair: More and more anglers are reporting increased walleye catch along the Hwy. 18 bridge. Fish are being caught using twister tails and shad raps. Fish the snags parallel to the bank. Channel Catfish – Fair: Use stink bait upstream of any snags or deeper pools. Anglers are catching many fish per outing.

West Fork Des Moines (Emmetsburg to Humboldt)

Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish are being caught in fair numbers at any of the bridge access points in Emmetsburg. Anglers are having success using stink bait. Walleye – Slow: Persistent anglers willing to walk to find fish have been successful.  Anglers are using yellow or green twister tails with white or pink heads. Cast parallel to the bank alongside of snags and dead fall.

April 30, 2015 - 4:24 pm - Posted in News

Hawarden, Iowa — A corn crib was destroyed in a fire on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 near Hawarden.
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According to Hawarden Fire Chief Jon Strong, about 11:05 AM, the Hawarden Fire Department was called to the report of corn crib fire at a place owned by Ron Seik at 1894 480th Street, three miles south and three miles east of Hawarden.

The chief says the fire department saw an old corn crib on fire as they approached the scene. He says they used water to fight the fire.

Strong says that there were no injuries reported.

The Ireton Fire Department was called for additional water. The chief says the Hawarden Ambulance crew normally responds with the fire department, but they were out of town on a transfer so the Ireton Ambulance responded instead.

He says the cause of the fire appeared to be burning embers from a garbage fire.

He says crews were on scene about two hours.

April 30, 2015 - 3:44 pm - Posted in News

Ames, Ifried eggowa — Avian influenza does not impact the foods that consumers eat, says an Iowa State University food safety expert.

Dr. Angela Shaw, assistant professor in food science and human nutrition and extension specialist in food safety says that consumers should feel safe to eat properly-cooked and prepared meat and eggs from poultry.

She says the disease is caused by an influenza virus that can infect poultry, such as chickens, turkeys, domestic ducks and geese, and is carried by migratory birds such as ducks, geese and shorebirds. She says it’s technically not impossible for humans to be infected with the virus, but most cases involve very close direct contact with sick birds.

She says it doesn’t matter if you get your eggs and poultry meat from the store or direct from a farmer.

Shaw said the Food and Drug Administration maintains that properly-cooked poultry and eggs pose no threat. She advised that consumers always should follow the FDA’s procedures for safe handling and cooking of poultry products:

  • Wash hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds before and after handling raw poultry and eggs.
  • Clean cutting boards and other utensils with soap and hot water to keep raw poultry or eggs from contaminating other foods.
  • Cutting boards may be sanitized by using a solution of 1 tablespoon chlorine bleach and 1 gallon of water.
  • Cook poultry to an internal temperature of at least 170°F. Consumers can cook poultry to a higher temperature for personal preference.
  • Cook eggs until the yolks and whites are firm. Casseroles and other dishes containing eggs should be cooked to 170°F.
  • Use pasteurized eggs or egg products for recipes that are served using raw or undercooked eggs. Some examples of these kinds of dishes are Caesar salad dressing and homemade ice cream. Commercial mayonnaise, dressing and sauces contain pasteurized eggs that are safe to eat. Pasteurized eggs and egg products are available from a growing number of retailers and are clearly labeled.

Shaw says she encourages people to continue to support poultry and egg farmers by eating eggs and poultry meat because, as she puts it, “it’s our livelihood.”

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The Egg Industry Center at Iowa State University has additional information for consumers at:  http://www.ans.iastate.edu/EIC/Templates/AvianInfluenzaConsumers.dwt

The ISU College of Veterinary Medicine has avian influenza information, including materials to protect backyard flocks, at:  http://vetmed.iastate.edu/aiv-background-and-resources

Angela Shaw, Food Science and Human Nutrition, (515) 294-0868,angelaml@iastate.edu
Ed Adcock, Agriculture and Life Sciences Communications Service, (515) 294-2314,edadcock@iastate.edu

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

Thursday, May  14th LifeServe will be in Orange City, at the American Reformed Church, located at 407 Albany Street SE, from 12:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 19th you can donate in Hull at the Hull Library, located at 1408 Main Street, from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Donate on Thursday, May 21st at the Center Mall in Sioux Center, located at 251 Main, from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 27th you can donate in Ireton at the the Community Center, located at 402 4th Street, from 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, May  28th LifeServe will be in Orange City, at the American Reformed Church, located at 407 Albany Street SE, from 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.


Contact Abby Hausmann-Virgil at 1-800-287-4903 or email at communitycalendar@lifeservebloodcenter.org.

April 30, 2015 - 11:02 am - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office advises that their deputies recently participated in a drug enforcement operation, which covered several counties in multiple states and netted 73 arrests.

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They report that it took place from April 1, 2015 to April 21, 2015. We are told it included law enforcement agencies from federal, state, and local levels, covering Omaha Nation and Winnebago Nation Tribal Lands, Plymouth, Woodbury, Sioux, and Monona counties in Iowa, Union County in South Dakota, and Dakota County in Nebraska. The Operation was called “Blue Fog,” an enforcement operation led by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Tri‐State Drug Task Force which targeted low level drug dealers/users.

The Operation made 73 arrests and issued 19 drug citations; additionally, seven search warrants were executed.

Drugs seized were crystal methamphetamine, crack cocaine, marijuana, marijuana wax, THC chocolate candies, THC gummy bears, Molly (Ecstasy,) Adderall, Hydrocodone, and Xanax pills. Other items seized were a meth lab, 30 drug pipes, 14 drug scales, a marijuana grinder, MSM (cutting agent for methamphetamine), a false bottom container, baggies, and other misc. drug paraphernalia.

The investigation is on‐going and additional drug arrests are pending.

Western Christian

The Board of Directors at Western Christian High School would like to invite all alumni and friends of Western to the Ground Breaking Ceremony at Western Christian High School for the $7.5 million dollar Second Century of Service Campaign.
The ceremony will be held at Western Christian High School on Thursday, May 14 at 3:00 p.m.
Alumni from nine different decades will be participating. Refreshments and tours after the ceremony.

April 29, 2015 - 5:47 pm - Posted in News

OrSioux County Courthouse_svaange City, Iowa — A Rock Valley man’s inappropriate behavior around minors has led to jail time for a probation violation.

Sioux County Attorney Thomas G. Kunstle says that 33-year-old Daniel Stephen Leeney of Rock Valley, has been sentenced to 30 days in jail after a probation violation. After his jail sentence, Leeney is to continue on probation under additional conditions that he be
prohibited from being within 300 feet of a school, public library, child care facility, playground, recreational or sport-related activity area, swimming pool when used by minors, or be present on a school bus.

Leeney was originally sentenced on August 26, 2014, to 70 days in the Sioux County Jail and was placed on probation for two years, for the crime of Attempt to Entice a Minor Under 16, an Aggravated Misdemeanor.

Kunstle says Leeney’s probation violation began on September 18, 2014 when he exhibited inappropriate behaviors inside the Rock Valley City Hall. On March 19, 2015, Kunstle says that Leeney, in his spray-painted black car, slowly followed an 8-year-old girl walking home from school. Three days later, on March 21, Kunstle says Leeney “methodically” drove circles around a park, eventually leaving his car and sitting on a park bench while staring at an 11 year-old girl and her younger brother. He says that when the children’s father arrived, Leeney immediately fled the scene. Three days later, says Kunstle, on March 25, Leeney “systematically” followed two young teenagers around the public library.

On April 3, 2015, the State filed a probation violation based upon the above reports received by the Rock Valley Police Department that Leeney was displaying inappropriate and/or intimidating behavior towards several children and teenagers.

April 29, 2015 - 3:49 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Mrs. Arlene Cleveringa, age 88, of Orange City, passed away on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at the Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City.

There will be a funeral service on Saturday, May 2, at 11:00am, at the Newkirk Reformed Church in rural Hospers. The Rev. David Powers will officiate. Interment will follow the service at the Newkirk Cemetery. Visitation will be after 5:00pm on Friday, with the family present from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, at the CHURCH.

Arrangements are with the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

April 29, 2015 - 3:09 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — A Sioux City woman has been arrested after authorities say she stole some checks and cashed them at an Orange City bank.
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According to Orange City Police, on Monday, April 27th, they arrested 33-year-old Agnes Rose Sully of Sioux City on charges of Forgery and Theft in the Second Degree, both Class D Felonies.

Orange City Police Chief Jim Pottebaum says the case started on October 30th, 2013, when Sully allegedly cashed two stolen checks at Iowa State Bank in Orange City. The checks had been drawn on the account of an Iowa State Bank customer.

The theft was discovered when the customer tried to use her debit card, but was unable to, due to insufficient funds in the account. Pottebaum says that’s when they looked into it further and found that checks had been stolen.

Chief Pottebaum says Sully was eventually identified with the use of surveillance video. Sully was subsequently arrested.

April 29, 2015 - 2:48 pm - Posted in News

Hy-Vee LogoWest Des Moines, Iowa — On April 27, 2015, Hy-Vee, Inc. issued a recall for Hy-Vee Summer Fresh Pasta Salad that is sold in its stores’ kitchen department cold cases and salad bars. The pasta was recalled after Hy-Vee was notified the frozen vegetables used to make the ready-to-eat pasta were potentially contaminated with Listeria. The frozen vegetables were produced by Inventure Foods, Jefferson, Georgia.  A Hy-Vee spokesman told KIWA that Listeria was discovered in the Inventure Foods plant, and the grocery chain pulled the product purely as a precautionary measure.

The company spokesman says the only store in the four-county area that had received any of the recalled salads is the Hy-Vee in Sioux Center.  In addition, stores in Storm Lake, the Gordon Drive store in Sioux City, and the South Louise Avenue location in Sioux Falls were also affected.

Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The Summer Fresh Pasta Salad is packaged upon customer request from the kitchen cold case and would have been packaged in 16oz. (1 lb.) or 32oz. (2 lb.) clear plastic containers. A light tan scale-produced label with the product name, weight and price would have been affixed to the container.

The recalled product would have been available in a limited number of stores between April 9, 2015 and April 27, 2015.

Hy-Vee has since pulled the ready-to-eat Summer Fresh Pasta Salad from its distribution channels and the stores in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota to which it was distributed. All stores that received the product have been instructed to dispose of the product.

To date, Hy-Vee says they have not received any complaints associated with the Summer Fresh Pasta Salad.

Customers who purchased Summer Fresh Pasta Salad from the Hy-Vee kitchen department cold case or salad bar between April 9, 2015 and April 27, 2015, should dispose of the product or return it to the store for a refund.

A complete list of the affected Hy-Vee stores can be found at Hy-Vee.com