September 30, 2015 - 9:38 am - Posted in Sports

volleyballNorthwest Iowa — Volleyball and cross country were on the Tuesday sports schedule. Sheldon played host to West Lyon in a Siouxland Conference volleyball match up.

West Lyon 25-23-25-25, Sheldon 22-25-10-14
Akron-Westfield 25-25-25, South O’Brien 21-20-15
Harris-Lake Park 21-21-25-25-16, St. Mary’s, Remsen 25-25-11-13-14
Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 21-26-27-25, South O’Brien 25-24-25-17
Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 25-25-19-25, Akron-Westfield 23-21-25-17
LeMars Gehlen Catholic 25-25-24-27-15, Trinity Christian, Hull 21-10-26-29-13
LeMars Gehlen Catholic 25-25-25, West Sioux, Hawarden 15-12-11
Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 28-27-7-20-15, Harris-Lake Park 26-25-25-25-7
Okoboji 16-14-25-25-15, MOC-Floyd Valley 25-25-17-23-8
Sioux Center 25-25-25, Rock Valley 12-14-10
Trinity Christian, Hull 25-25-25, West Sioux, Hawarden 9-19-19
Unity Christian 25-25-25, Hinton 17-16-19
Western Christian 25-25-25-25, LeMars 16-21-27-15


Cross Country
Boyden-Hull, Gehlen Catholic, George-Little Rock, LeMars, MOC-Floyd Valley, Odebolt Arthur – BCIG, Sioux Center, Trinity Christian, Unity Christian, West Lyon, and Sergeant Bluff-Luton at the Western Christian invite being run at Rolling Hills Country Club

September 30, 2015 - 9:36 am - Posted in Sports

Dordt_Defenders logoDordt’s Haley Moss is this week’s GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Volleyball Attacker-of-the-Week for matches played September 21-26. Moss, totaled 25 kills in a pair of 3-0 league wins over Morningside and Nebraska Wesleyan last week. For the week she had an attack percentage of .595. The right side also added two solo and five assist blocks as Dordt improved to 13-1 overall and 5-0 in the GPAC.

“Haley had a strong week for us with production in offensive and defensive efforts. She has really continued to develop this season in all areas and is a fun teammate to have on the floor,” said Dordt College coach Chad Hanson.

Moss is averaging 2.6 kills per set this season and has a kill efficiency of .311 while also averaging 1.06 blocks per outing.

Dordt will play three road matches this week as they are scheduled to travel to Northwestern on Wednesday night, Jamestown (North Dakota) on Thursday and the College of Saint Mary on Saturday.

naia_logoKANSAS CITY, Mo. – Biola (Calif.) tops the fourth regular-season edition of the 2015 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday.

From the GPAC, Midland leads the conference at #4, Northwestern dropped a spot to the 12 spot. Dordt and Concordia both remain at 14 and 18 respectively, while Hastings and Doane both fall 1 spot to #22 and #25

1 1 Biola (Calif.) (16) 14-0 557
2 2 Viterbo (Wis.) (3) 16-0 543
3 3 Missouri Baptist 17-1 524
4 4 Midland (Neb.) 18-0 506
5 5 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 16-3 481
6 6 Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 13-4 464
7 7 Eastern Oregon 13-1 452
8 8 Southern Oregon 15-0 431
9 9 Evangel (Mo.) (1) 21-0 428
10 10 Vanguard (Calif.) 11-4 395
11 12 Columbia (Mo.) 11-4 374
12 11 Northwestern (Iowa) 16-4 356
13 13 Coastal Georgia 15-1 340
14 14 Dordt (Iowa) 13-1 339
15 15 Madonna (Mich.) 17-3 295
16 16 Westmont (Calif.) 11-4 293
17 17 Georgetown (Ky.) 14-2 264
18 19 Park (Mo.) 11-5 247
18 18 Concordia (Neb.) 16-4 247
20 T21 Montana Tech 14-6 199
21 23 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 15-7 189
22 T21 Hastings (Neb.) 13-6 173
23 RV Oklahoma City 9-3 140
24 RV Indiana Wesleyan 15-3 139
25 24 Doane (Neb.) 12-6 101

Dropped from the Top 25: No. 20 Wayland Baptist (Texas); No. 25 The Master’s (Calif.).

Others receiving votes: The Master’s (Calif.) 97; Wayland Baptist (Texas) 79; Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) 64; Carroll (Mont.) 53; Grand View (Iowa) 38; Lourdes (Ohio) 23; St. Thomas (Fla.) 20; Mobile (Ala.) 15; Cumberlands (Ky.) 10; IU Kokomo 8; Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 8; Great Falls (Mont.) 7; Ottawa (Kan.) 5; Jamestown (N.D.) 4; Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 3.


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Tuesday, October 15th, LifeServe will be at the Community Building in George, located at 117 S Main St, from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

On Wednesday, October 14th LifeServe will be at the Granville Community Fire Hall in Granville,located at 740 Broad St, from 3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

You can donate on Thursday, October 15th  with LifeServe at the Center Mall in Sioux Center,located at 251 Main Ave, from 12:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 20th, LifeServe will be at the Hull Library in Hull, located at 1408 Main St, from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

On Thursday, October 22nd, 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.

You can donate on Thursday, October 28th  with LifeServe at Faith Reformed Church in Rock Valley,located at 1305 7th St, from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.


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September 29, 2015 - 11:00 am - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — A Sanborn man will spend up to 20 years in prison following his sentencing Monday in Orange City on a Sioux County charge of Possession of Methamphetamine, Third or Subsequent Offense as a Habitual Offender, a Class D Felony.

Sioux County Attorney Thomas Kunstle says the case against 48-year old Michael Eugene Rydstrom, of Sanborn, was prosecuted by the Sioux County attorney’s office in a collaborative effort with O’Brien County Attorney Micah J. Schreurs for crimes committed by Mr. Rydstrom in both Sioux and O’Brien Counties.

According to Kunstle, the case arose in March of this year, when Sioux County deputies were patrolling Highway 60 for illegal drug interdiction. A deputy recognized Mr. Rydstrom’s vehicle and initiated a traffic stop for speeding. Kunstle says Rydstrom consented to a drug dog walking around his vehicle. After the dog indicated drugs were present, Rydstrom admitted he had a scale used to measure methamphetamine inside the vehicle. The scale was found which still contained methamphetamine.

According to Kunstle, Rydstrom was sentenced to a prison term of up to 15 years, with a mandatory minimum of three years.  The sentence was ordered to be served consecutively to the sentence imposed in an O’Brien County case, and concurrently with a case in Plymouth County, for a total term not to exceed twenty years in prison.

September 29, 2015 - 10:59 am - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — A Rock Valley man was sentenced in Sioux County District Court Monday for Perjury, a Class D Felony; and Gathering where Controlled Substances are Unlawfully Used, a Serious Misdemeanor.

Sioux County Attorney Thomas Kunstle says that the case against 46-year old Clarence Earl Werner of Rock Valley, arose during a civil protective order hearing on February 2nd of this year.  Kunstle says Werner’s ex-wife testified that Werner violated the no contact order by calling her on December 23, 2014.  Werner confirmed this by testifying under oath that he did call her one day when he was in treatment.  Werner was later criminally charged with a Violation of a No Contact Order and the trial was held April 7th of this year.  Kunstle says that, after being placed under oath at the criminal trial, Werner gave conflicting testimony that he did not call his ex-wife.

Werner was sentenced to five years in prison and on the Perjury charge and to 365 days in jail on the Gathering charge, where he will serve 45 days with work release and the prison term and remaining jail time was suspended.

September 29, 2015 - 7:37 am - Posted in News

Maurice, Iowa — An Ireton man was arrested recently on drug charges after someone called in a complaint.
The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Saturday evening, September 26, they received a complaint of a Buick Park Avenue Electra, which was being driven in a dangerous manner near the intersection of 470th Street and Highway 75 in Maurice. Deputies located the vehicle a short time later on 470th Street, a mile east of Ireton and stopped it.

They report that the vehicle was driven by 25-year-old Nathan Clipperton of Ireton. Upon further investigation, deputies suspected that Clipperton was intoxicated on drugs.

Clipperton was arrested and was charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated‐drugged, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and illegal possession of prescription drugs.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by an Iowa State Patrol Drug Recognition Expert (DRE).

September 28, 2015 - 3:30 pm - Posted in Sports

naia_logoKANSAS CITY, Mo. – Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) made program history this week, as the Blue Raiders garner their first-ever No. 1 ranking in the third regular-season edition of the NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Monday

From the GPAC, Morningside falls from the top spot to #4, Doane jumps to 10th after defeating Northwestern, who fell to 15th and Dakota Wesleyan jumped 4 spots to 13th, up from #17

1 2 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (12) 3-0 338
2 T4 Southern Oregon (1) 3-1 310
3 T4 Faulkner (Ala.) (1) 3-0 308
4 1 Morningside (Iowa) (1) 3-1 306
5 6 Carroll (Mont.) 3-1 300
6 8 Marian (Ind.) 3-1 277
7 9 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 4-1 250
8 3 Baker (Kan.) 4-1 248
9 11 Grand View (Iowa) 4-1 240
10 13 Doane (Neb.) 4-0 229
11 14 Saint Francis (Ind.) 4-0 211
12 7 Robert Morris (Ill.) 3-1 188
13 17 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 5-0 183
14 19 Reinhardt (Ga.) 4-0 165
15 10 Northwestern (Iowa) 3-1 156
16 20 Tabor (Kan.) 3-1 139
17 16 Montana Western 3-1 128
18 21 Montana Tech 3-1 125
19 12 William Penn (Iowa) 3-2 95
20 25 Peru State (Neb.) 4-1 94
21 24 Kansas Wesleyan 4-0 91
22 23 Webber International (Fla.) 2-2 50
23 RV Benedictine (Kan.) 3-2 45
24 NR St. Francis (Ill.) 3-1 39
25 RV St. Ambrose (Iowa) 3-0 18

Dropped from the Top 25: Valley City State (N.D.) (No. 15); MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) (No. 18); Missouri Valley (No. 22)

Others Receiving Votes: Dickinson State (N.D.) 16; Valley City State (N.D.) 13; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 4; MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 4; Langston (Okla.) 4.

September 28, 2015 - 3:09 pm - Posted in News

Iowa State Patrol logoHospers, Iowa — A Boyden man’s vehicle was damaged and a Sheldon woman’s vehicle was damaged in an accident near Hospers on Friday, September 25th.

The Iowa State Patrol reports that at about 9:34 am on Friday, 72-year-old James Kray of Boyden was driving a 2007 Freightliner Semi tractor pulling a trailer, and stopped at a stop sign at the intersection of Hospers Driver S and Highway 60, and waiting to turn onto Highway 60. Thirty-one-year-old Crystallyn Sterler of Sheldon was driving a 2009 Ford Explorer southbound on Highway 60 in the right lane.

According to the report, another vehicle was also traveling southbound on Highway 60 in the right hand lane in front of Kray, who stated that he looked left and did not see any approaching vehicles. He turned right and began to travel southbound on 60. Kray stated that he was fully loaded and knew that he would take a little time to get up to speed so he turned his four-way flashers on. The other vehicle observed the Freightliner enter Highway 60 and changed lanes to avoid colliding with the Semi. Sterler said she was attempting to locate cigarettes in her vehicle and did not see the Freightliner enter Highway 60 collided with the rear of the Semi.

No injuries were reported.

The Freightliner received $8000 damage; the Ford received $10,000 damage.

September 28, 2015 - 1:05 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Mr. Albert Kroese, age 86, of Muskegon, Michigan, formerly of Hull, passed away on August 23, 2015, at Mercy Health in Muskegon.

There will be a memorial service on Saturday, October 3, at 1:30pm, at the First Christian Reformed Church in Hull. The Rev. Loren Kotman will officiate. Interment will follow at the Hope Cemetery in Hull. Visitation with the family will be on Saturday, from 10:30am to 12:00noon, at the church.

Arrangements are with the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.