July 31, 2015 - 9:52 am - Posted in News

cow cattle black white faceMaurice, Iowa — Two women, one from Orange City, the other from Luverne, Minnesota struck a cow near Maurice on Thursday, July 29th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports, that at about 10:42 pm on Thursday, 18-year-old Jesse De Groot of Orange City was driving a 1995 Chevrolet Pickup northbound on Highway 75, two miles south of Maurice. Twenty-four-year-old Callan Sawtelle of Luverne was driving southbound on Highway 75 in a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer. According to the report, De Groot struck a cow that was in the northbound lane of Highway 75. The impact pushed the cow into the southbound lane, where it was struck by Sawtelle.

The pickup received $6000 damage; the Trailblazer received $8000. The Cow was lost in the accident and valued at $4000.

Upon further investigation, it was discovered the cow broke through a fence and wandered onto the roadway.

No injuries were reported.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Le Mars Ambulance, Le Mars Fire Department, Maurice First Responders, Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa State Patrol.

July 31, 2015 - 9:46 am - Posted in Community Calendar

dale carnegie workshopWorkshop Planned – How Smart Leaders Create Engaged Employees
Consider this quote: “Throughout my career, I’ve found that the leaders that I trusted the most and whom I felt trusted me the most were those that communicated up, down and across the organi-zation; who actively solicited feedback and pro-vided it in a non-judgmental way; who were visi-ble, accessible and approachable; who were the best of role models; who ‘knew’ their employees; and who had a sense of humor – in short, they were ‘human.’” ~ Anonymous.

On August 27th  from 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. there will be a workshop hosted at the Clay County Regional Events Center aimed at how to engage your employees and create a favorable work environment. To register for the workshop or to receive additional information you can contact Brooke Mass at brooke.maass@dalecarnegie.com


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The 24th annual Western Christian Booster Club golf tournament will be held on Friday, August 14th, at 12:00 p.m. at the Ridge Golf Course in Sioux Center. The cost to golf is $80 per person and includes 18 holes of golf, cart rental, supper, and the chance to win prizes. Mulligans will also be sold at registration. To reserve your spot or if you have any questions feel free to call Kris Marra at 712-578-9227 or Jamie Van Zee at 712-470-2829.

July 30, 2015 - 5:14 pm - Posted in News

Boyden, Iowa — A groundbreaking date has been set for the new feed mill to be constructed in Boyden.

Farmers Coop Society officials say the groundbreaking will take place on Wednesday, August 5 at 1:00 PM.
“Boyden is the heart of FCS’s present feed territory and this location will optimize transportation efficiencies for ingredients as well as finished feed,” said Brad DeVries, FCS’ Feed Manager.

DeVries says the new feed mill will be in addition to their existing feed mills and will have the ability to manufacture a total of 3000 tons per day with 1000 of those tons being in pellets.

“We have focused on where the feed industry is moving in the future. The mill will be state of the art and allows FCS to capitalize on new business opportunities within the industry,” said DeVries.

Farmers Coop Society officials say that when the new Boyden mill is fully operational it will require 45 semi loads of ingredients, up to 70 loads of corn, and produce 115 semi loads of complete feed per day.

Coop leaders say their feed business continues to grow and they have been anticipating the need for an additional mill for the last year and a half.

The feed team and management say they are excited about the opportunity to grow their business in northwest Iowa and the surrounding area.

July 30, 2015 - 3:58 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

Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth can be found under boat hoists, near weed lines, and on the drop offs. Fish these spots with football jigs, crankbaits, or Texas rigs. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouth have moved off beds and are headed towards the rocky drop offs. Fish the rock points that shoot out into the main basin of West Lake, Pillsbury, Fort Dodge, or Gull Point. Fish with jerk baits, football jigs, or swimbaits. Walleye – Fair: Many anglers fishing off Manhattan point after dark are reporting an increase in quality non-slot walleyes. Anglers are trolling deep diving crankbaits and are picking up these walleyes as they come up the point. Yellow Bass – Good: In Smiths bay just north of the amusement park anglers are reporting a high catch rate of large yellow bass. Anglers using orange twister tails or plain hook with worm and split shot are catching yellows on every cast. Yellow Perch – Fair: A perch bite is going on in Millers and Emerson bays with 9-11 inch fish caught in 12-18 feet of water.


East Okoboji Lake

Yellow Bass – Good: Large numbers of yellow bass are being caught near East Okoboji beach near the boat docks. Fish vary from small to a few larger 8-9 inch fish. Throw soft plastic shad for them. Anglers fishing under the highway 9 bridge are catching fair numbers of yellows using small plastic minnows. Yellow Perch – Fair: Numbers of smaller yellow perch are being caught while anglers are fishing for yellow bass. Pulling similar baits near the bottom will force more perch into your bucket. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Fish near the inlet to upper gar along the rocks to find a fast paced bass bite. Anglers are seeing bass bedding up in upper gar then swimming into East Okoboji. Walleye – Fair: Parks Marina and Lone Tree point are reporting a hot bite for walleye. Anglers are drifting minnows along the bottom before dark. Larger walleye are being caught in 10-12 feet of water. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are catching low numbers of 8 inch bluegills while fishing docks throughout East Okoboji. Anglers are fishing small jigs under docks tipped with wax worms.


Big Spirit Lake

Largemouth Bass – Good: Fish are being caught under boat hoists around the lake. Fish jigs, wacky worms, or spinner baits. Go out into 8-9 feet of water and fish the inside and outside edge of weed lines with Texas rigs, drop shots, swimbaits, or crankbaits. During the evening smallmouth are hitting top water along the west shore. Walleye – Good: Local anglers are catching walleye around 7:00 till dark at the North Grade. Fish above and below the slot are being caught and creeled. Successful anglers are using jigging raps, bobber and leech, or just jigging a leech. Walleyes are also being caught along the weed line in Anglers bay in 16-17 feet of water. This weed line runs east to west and larger walleyes are swimming along this edge. Fish jigs tipped with a leech. Yellow Perch – Excellent: Yellow perch are biting on the south end right in 12-20 feet of water. Use small jigs and wigglers. Black Bullhead – Fair: The bullhead bite at the north grade is slowing. Creeled anglers are taking home single digits of 12-14 inch fish. The most successful anglers are leaving the worm on the bottom and fishing around submerged vegetation. Northern Pike – Good: Anglers using weedless frogs or surface lures back in the north grade in the dense weeds are catching smaller northerns.


Center Lake

Bluegill – Fair: 6-8 inch bluegill are being caught in low numbers along the north bank. Fish were being harvested using small lipstick jigs tipped with a night crawler. Crappie – Good: Smaller crappies are being caught on the north and east side of Center Lake. Anglers are using jigs tipped with wax worms.


Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Walleye – Good: Anglers are catching limits of walleye on Silver Lake in Lake Park. Many anglers are catching limits using leeches, crankbaits while trolling, or slip bobbers with minnows. Anglers are catching these fish throughout the water body. Yellow Perch – Fair: While setting hoop nets 10+ inch yellow perch were seen in the west end of Silver Lake. Higher numbers of 8-9 inch perch have been seen in nets in the north bay. Channel Catfish – Fair: Over a dozen 5-6 pound channel catfish were caught while setting hoop nets. These fish were found along the west shore of the south bay.


Lake Pahoja

Bluegill – Good: Bluegills are schooled up off the jetties. Bluegills are very large with many 7-8 inch fish. Fish a worm and bobber. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth are beginning to bed in the shallows along the south banks in shallower water. Throwing spinner baits or soft plastics for the aggressive males will produce bites.


Five Island Lake

Walleye – Fair: Anglers fishing just north of town bay are catching 14-17 inch walleye. Anglers using bottom bouncers are stumbling upon numbers of walleyes as they approach the shallows.


Lost Island Lake

Yellow Bass – Good: Large yellow bass can be caught under the overhang at the outlet of little lake. A large number of smaller fish can be caught near the bridge where Lost Island dumps into little lake. Black Bullhead – Excellent: A large number of bullhead are being seen at the mouth of little lake just west of the bridge while crews are electrofishing on Lost Island.


Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Boaters should use caution around the dredge barge, booster pump barge, and pipeline. Walleye regulations for Storm Lake are three fish per day, all fish between 17 and 22 inches must be released and only one over 22 inches may be kept.  Walleye – Fair: Anglers are picking up walleye trolling crankbaits and fishing leeches in the dredge cuts. Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers are catching catfish using dip baits, cut bait, and chicken liver fishing from boat and shore. White Bass – Fair: White bass are being caught on crankbaits while fishing for walleyes.

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

Sioux Center, Iowa — Highway 75, known as Main Avenue in Sioux Center has been a topic of discussion for years. Car versus car and car versus pedestrian accidents, which used to be more common, are down, according to city leaders since the implementation of a three-lane alignment with a center turning lane in the downtown area.
But, says Sioux Center City Council member David Krahling, traffic flow continues to be an issue. He says safety and traffic flow were two of the main elements in a study that has just been completed.

So, Krahling says the council members’ thoughts appear to be that doing nothing is out. He says they’ve also pretty much eliminated another option.

He says one option that came up in this study was a divided four-lane highway with a landscaped median. He says they’re considering that possibility and what it would mean, among other ideas.

Krahling says that last time frustrations included the expensive price tag, and the fact that it was difficult to generate community support without a final design.

He says the next step is a petition drive for a referendum vote.

He says he would expect there to be more formal action regarding the referendum at the next Sioux Center City Council meeting. Assuming they can get 108 signatures on the petition, Krahling says it would probably be on the November ballot. He says a time for public input in the design process would follow.

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July 30, 2015 - 11:10 am - Posted in News

Cherokee, Iowa — A group of Iowa landowners is suing the Iowa Utilities Board, saying it’s an effort to protect their property from the Dakota Access pipeline, which aims to carry crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields, through South Dakota, Iowa and into south-central Illinois. They claim that agents from the proposed Dakota Access pipeline have told them if they don’t agree to easements that allow the pipeline onto their property, they will have their land seized by the state of Iowa. Attorney Bill Hanigan says the state’s utilities board has no authority to grant eminent domain to Dakota Access, because the pipeline doesn’t provide services in the state.

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“Dakota Access however delivers nothing to Iowans and it receives nothing from Iowans. Furthermore crude oil is not even consumable by anyone until further refined. And Iowa has not crude oil refineries,” Hanigan says. Landowners also say the pipeline will harm agricultural production because it will cause excessive heat and water. Boone County farm owner, Dick Lamb, says he does not want to allow the Dakota Access pipeline onto his property, and says he’s being threatened by agents of the company.

“The buyers have said if you don’t settle with us, you’re going to have to face eminent domain. And that is going to be a terrible situation that you don’t want to go through,” Lamb says. “So yes, I would say I feel threatened.” Texas-based Energy Transfer — the parent company behind Dakota Access — and the Iowa Utilities Board both say they do not comment on pending litigation. The pipeline company says it has obtained easement agreements on more than 61 percent of the tracts along the proposed route in Iowa.

The lawsuit was filed this week in Cherokee County District Court.

July 30, 2015 - 9:59 am - Posted in Sports

Dordt_Defenders logoJosh Van Lingen, a senior to be at Western Christian (Iowa) High School, has announced his intention to attend Dordt College and join the Defender basketball program.

Van Lingen has been a rare three-year starter for the Western Christian basketball team and has averaged double digits in points and rebounds the last two seasons. Van Lingen scored 19.0 points per game with 12.8 rebounds per contest in 2014-15 and blocked 59 shots. He was a first-team all-state basketball selection last season and helped Western to a state tournament berth.

As a sophomore Van Lingen averaged 16.6 points per game with 10.7 rebounds and blocked 51 shots and helped Western to a state title. He claimed first-team all-conference honors in both 2014 and 2015 and earned All-Northwest Iowa Review honors those two years as well. The 6-7, 225 pound forward broke into the lineup as a freshman and scored 11.5 points per game with 5.7 rebounds per contest that season. He earned second-team all-conference honors in 2013.

Van Lingen has scored 1,185 points in high school and is Western’s career leader in rebounds with 740. He’s a National Honor Society member and on the honor roll at Western and also played football for the Wolfpack.

“We are excited to add Josh to our basketball program and campus community at Dordt College,” said Dordt College coach Ross Douma. “Josh has had an outstanding career at Western Christian under coach Jim Eekhoff and we look forward to watching him excel during his senior year. In three years in a Wolfpack uniform, Josh has made a significant impact for that storied program. The past several summers Josh has also played AAU for the Dakota Bucks, who were coached by Scott Van Egdom. Having Josh commit early is a tremendous way for us to begin recruiting for the class of 2016. Josh not only excels on the basketball court, but is also an exemplary student in the classroom as well. We look forward to seeing Josh grow and develop in all areas of his life while at Dordt College.”

Josh is the son of Jeff and Nancy Van Lingen of Sioux Center, Iowa.

July 29, 2015 - 1:12 pm - Posted in News

deer_sxcHospers, Iowa – A Hospers woman’s vehicle was damaged in an accident on Tuesday, July 28th north of Hospers.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 11:34 am, Crystal Gloden of Hospers was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Impala northbound on Highway 60, three miles north of Hospers. According to the report, Gloden struck a deer in the roadway.

The Impala received $1500 damage.

No injuries were reported.

July 27, 2015 - 11:21 am - Posted in News

Hull, Iowa — A Hull teen was taken to a hospital after his moped struck a pile of rock left in the street.

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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that they investigated the accident on Friday morning, July 24. Upon further investigation, they believe the accident happened on Thursday, July 23, at about 10:15 PM.

They say 14-year-old Gavin Dykstra of Hull was driving a 1989 Honda moped eastbound on First Street when he struck a portion of a pile of landscape rock that had been placed on the street by a resident.

Dykstra was transported by private vehicle to the Sioux Center Health hospital.

The Honda sustained approximately $100 in damages.