August 31, 2015 - 2:00 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — Two people from Orange City were taken to the hospital after an accident in Orange City.
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The Orange City Police Department reports that about 2:00 PM on Thursday, August 27, 2015, 51-year-old Florence Rueter of Orange City was driving a 2009 Mazda westbound on Second Street Southwest. Seventy-nine year-old John Kaericher of Orange City was southbound on Arizona Avenue Southwest in a 2006 Pontiac.

The report says that Rueter did not yield the right of way to the Kaericher vehicle, and pulled out in front of it. The Kaericher Pontiac struck the Rueter Mazda and pushed it across the intersection, where the Rueter vehicle hit a light pole.

A private vehicle took Rueter to Orange City Area Health System Hospital.
The Orange City Ambulance took Kaericher to that hospital as well.

Rueter’s Mazda sustained $16,000 in damages, and Kaericher’s Pontiac sustained $10,000 in damages. Both cars were totaled. The light pole owned by the City of Orange City sustained $1000 in damages.

Rueter was charged with failure to yield to vehicle on the right.

August 31, 2015 - 6:32 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mrs. Bernetta “Nettie” De Jong, age 87, of Orange City, passed away on Sunday, August 30, 2015, at the Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City.

There will be a memorial service on Saturday, August 5, at 11:00 am, at the Newkirk Reformed Church in rural Hospers. The Rev. David Powers will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the Newkirk Cemetery. There will be a family prayer service on Saturday, at 10:00 am, at the church. Visitation will be after 5:00 pm on Friday, with the family present from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, at the CHURCH.

Arrangements are with the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

August 30, 2015 - 2:26 am - Posted in News

Valley Springs, South Dakota — Law officers in three states are joining together for an enforcement project. This tri-state drunk driving education and enforcement campaign, which runs from now through September 7th, is part of the national campaign coordinated by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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Officers from South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota are part of the enforcement campaign announced Friday at the Minnesota/South Dakota Rest Area and scale on I-90 near Valley Springs, S.D. The effort is focused around next weekend’s Labor Day holiday.

In Iowa it’s called “operating while intoxicated,” or OWI. In Minnesota it’s “driving while intoxicated,” or DWI. In South Dakota it’s “driving under the influence,” or DUI. Whatever you call it, it’s a big problem.  More than 36,000 drivers are arrested for drunk driving in the three states each year. In 2014, the Iowa State Patrol made 1,450 such arrests, South Dakota arrested 9,450 and in Minnesota more than 25,000 such arrests were made. In the last five years (2010-2014), 1,215 people have died in drunk driving-related traffic crashes in the three states, including 239 in 2014 alone.

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At the kick-off event, Brad Bigler, a survivor of a drunk driving crash that killed his five-month-old son, Dreke, shared his powerful story. The loss of a loved one at the hands of a drunk driver can have lifelong implications on the victims, their families and even the first responders. He says one decision can alter the lives of countless people.

In his part of the presentation, Nobles County Public Works director Steve Schnieder said that now is the time to make sure you don’t make the decision to get behind the wheel after drinking too much.

Captain Bruce Verdoes of the Minnesota State Patrol tells us why they brought the three states together for this effort.

He says the main goal is to cut down on serious injury accidents and fatalities.

Alan Welsh, Captain with the South Dakota Highway Patrol echos his Minnesota counterpart’s sentiments.

Trooper Vince Kurtz, safety officer with the Iowa State Patrol says that the Iowa State Patrol is glad to be participating in the tri-state effort.

Prevent Drunk Driving

  • Plan for a safe ride – designate a sober driver, use a cab/public transportation or stay at the location of the celebration.
  • Offer to be a designated driver, or be available to pick up a loved one anytime, anywhere.
  • Buckle up – the best defense against a drunk driver.
  • Report drunk driving – call 911 when witnessing impaired driving behavior. Be prepared to provide location, license plate number and observed dangerous behavior.

The enhanced DWI enforcement campaign is a component of Minnesota’s Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) program.

Click here for more on the Toward Zero Deaths program.

August 29, 2015 - 7:57 am - Posted in News

Family Leader LogoSioux Center, Iowa — A pair of Republican Presidential candidates will speak at the Family Leader’s Northwest Iowa Regional Summit this coming Tuesday at the Dordt College Campus Center in Sioux Center.

Family Leader President Bob Vander Plaats says the purpose of these summits is to introduce candidates to his organization’s base.

Vander Plaats tells us that Tuesday’s Northwest Iowa Regional Summit will have a somewhat more narrow focus, however.

He says that two Republican Presidential candidates, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum have committed to speaking at Tuesday’s event.

Vander Plaats says that, in addition to the two Presidential Candidates, former Senate Primary candidate Sam Clovis will also speak at the event.

He says that the Family Leader’s Northwest Iowa Regional Summit is a free event, but tickets will be required.


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The Family Leader is holding the Northwest Iowa Family Leadership Regional Summit in partnership with the Dordt College political science department.

For more information about The Family Leader, or the events, visit


August 27, 2015 - 7:13 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: Fish football jigs, crankbaits, or Texas rigs under boat hoists, near weed lines, and on the drop offs. 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.  Use 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. Crappie – Fair: Crappies are starting to bite. Fish the bays with 22-24 feet of water. Crappies are suspending at 5-10 feet in the deeper waters. Fish a small white jig with light line to catch 10-12 inch fish. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills can be caught in 25 feet of water off the points using pilkies tipped with red worms. Northern Pike – Good: Northern pike are biting on spinner baits in Millers bay. Fish the north bank with a black spinner bait in 7 feet of water. Fish range in size from mid-20s to 30 inches. Also try top-water for these fish.

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. Crappie – Fair: Large numbers of crappie are being caught on the north side of the narrows. 10 inch fish are being caught using pilkies, small jigs, or minnows.

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 throughout the water body. Yellow Perch – Fair: While setting hoop nets yellow perch were seen in the 10+ inch range 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: While setting hoop nets there were over a dozen 5-6 pound channel catfish caught along the west shore of the south bay.

Big Spirit Lake

Largemouth Bass – Good: Fish are being caught under boat hoists around the lake. Fish jigs, wacky worms, or spinner baits. Fish the inside and outside edge of weed lines with Texas rigs, drop shots, swimbaits, or crankbaits in 8-9 feet of water. Smallmouth are hitting top-water along the west shore in the evening. Walleye – Fair: 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 in 12-20 feet of water. Use small jigs and wigglers. Black Bullhead – Slow: The bullhead bite at the north grade is slowing. Creeled anglers are taking home single digits of 12-14 inch fish. Successful anglers are leaving worm on the bottom and fishing around submerged vegetation. Northern Pike – Slow: Anglers using weedless frogs or surface lures back in the north grade in the dense weeds are catching smaller northerns. Bluegill – Slow: A few bluegills are starting to show up on anglers’ hooks with all the rain lately. Anglers fishing at the north grade are reporting catching a few 8 inch bluegills.

Center Lake

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

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: Throwing spinner baits or soft plastics for the aggressive males will produce bites.

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: Walleye have been caught while trolling shad colored crankbaits in 7 to 10 feet of water. Fish the dredge cuts. Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers are using dip baits, cut bait, and chicken liver from boat and shore. White Bass – Fair: White bass are being caught on crankbaits while fishing for walleyes.


Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)

As of Thursday, discharge around Linn Grove is 319 cfs (66th percentile) and around Correctionville is 1430 cfs (91st percentile).


Little Sioux River (Correctionville to Missouri River)

As of Thursday, discharge around Turin is 2520 cfs (90th percentile).


Five Island Lake

Walleye – Fair: 14-17 inch walleye are being caught just north of town bay. 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.

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Thursday, September 10th, LifeServe will be at Sioux Center Health in Sioux Center, located at 1101 9th Street SE, from 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m

On Thursday, September 10th, 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, September 15th, LifeServe will be at the Hull Library in Hull, located at 1408 Main Street, from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m

You can donate on Thursday, September 17th  with LifeServe at the Center Mall in Sioux Center, located at 251 Main Ave, from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m

On Thursday, September 24th, 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.



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August 26, 2015 - 9:41 pm - Posted in News

Boyden, Iowa — A major local employer is reportedly engaging in a large employee layoff today.

Sources tell KIWA that Dethmers Manufacturing in Boyden, better known as Demco, is laying off what is described as a “substantial” number of people.

We have, thus far, been unable to reach Demco officials for comment, but will bring you further information when it becomes available.

August 26, 2015 - 4:15 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — The only community health center in our area has received a grant of recognition.
Promise Community Health Center of Sioux Center has been awarded $44,438 in federal funding to recognize its achievements in providing high-quality, comprehensive care.
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The Health Resources and Services Administration announced Tuesday that Promise was among 1,153 health centers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and seven U.S. territories to receive $63.3 million in Health Center Quality Improvement Grants under the Affordable Care Act for fiscal year 2015-16.

The health centers receiving the grants are being recognized for high levels of performance in various categories. They will use the funds to expand current quality improvement systems and infrastructure and improve primary care service delivery in the communities they serve.

Nancy Dykstra, executive director of Promise Community Health Center says that the award speaks to the hard work and quality work of their staff. She says that at Promise, they are serving more patients and demonstrating success with documented improvements in disease management, care of chronic illnesses, and reducing health disparities of their target population – individuals and families at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.

Promise was awarded $20,000 in the Access Enhancers Awards category for increasing the number of patients served between 2013 and 2014. Just two of the 14 community health centers in Iowa were recognized with that award. Nationwide, 340 health centers received about $9.7 million in the category.

Promise was awarded $15,000 in the Electronic Health Records Reporters Awards category for using EHRs to report clinical quality measure data on all of its patients. Nine health centers in Iowa were recognized with that award. Nationwide, 491 health centers received about $7.3 million in the category.

Promise was awarded $9,438 in the Clinical Quality Improver Awards category for demonstrating improvements in one or more clinical measures. All 14 community health centers in Iowa were recognized with that award. Nationwide, 993 health centers received about $19.7 million in the category.

HRSA acting administrator Jim Macrae says the grants award health centers that are achieving the highest levels of clinical quality performance and improvement.

“The awards will help health centers continue to provide comprehensive primary care to the nation’s most vulnerable communities,” Macrae said.

Promise is among more than 1,300 community health centers that provide care to nearly 23 million patients nationwide. For a list of Quality Improvement Awards recipients for fiscal year 2015-16, click here.

August 26, 2015 - 8:01 am - Posted in Obituaries


Glenn SalmonGlenn Salmon, 89, of Boyden and Sheldon, IA, died Tuesday, August 25, 2015, at Sanford Sheldon Medical Center in Sheldon, IA.

A visitation will be held on Friday from 4-8PM, with the family present from 5-7PM at the First Reformed Church of Boyden, IA.

A funeral service to honor the lives of Glenn Salmon and Priscilla Salmon, who died on July 30, 2015, will be held on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 10:30AM at the First Reformed Church of Boyden with Rev. Dr. Verlyn Boone officiating. Interment will follow the funeral service in Sheridan Township Cemetery of Boyden.

Arrangements entrusted to Memorial Funeral Home of Sioux Center, IA.

Complete obituary at

August 25, 2015 - 10:53 pm - Posted in News

Orange City,Sioux Sheriff Car 84- Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a vehicle and a potential thief in two separate cases.

In the first case, officials say the took a report on Thursday afternoon, August 20th of a burglary that
occurred on Fourth Street in Hull.

Deputies believe the perpetrator or perpetrators entered an unlocked vehicle parked on the street and stole $500 from a wallet and removed the license plate renewal sticker from the rear license plate on a vehicle that was parked on a driveway.

They believe the crime likely occurred on Thursday, August 20 between 12:00 AM and 7:00 AM.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office.

In the second case, officials are searching for a vehicle that was the cause of an accident.

On Saturday afternoon, August 22, they report that 22-year-old Moises Ramos of Sioux Center was driving a 2005 Mitsubishi Galant eastbound on 390th Street, two miles west of Sioux Center, when he reported that he swerved to avoid a white, make and model unknown pickup traveling westbound in the eastbound lane. Ramos lost control of his vehicle, which entered the south ditch and struck a ditch embankment.

No injuries were reported.

The Mitsubishi did sustain about a thousand dollars in damage, but what happened to the white pickup is unknown.

Anyone with information about the white pickup involved this accident is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office.

Ramos was cited for driving a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license.