November 30, 2015 - 9:20 am - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemOrange City, Iowa — An Orange City teen was injured in an accident near Orange City on Thursday, November 26th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 8:46 pm, 16-year-old Treyton Schiebout of Orange City was driving a 2005 Chevrolet K2500 pickup eastbound on 400th Street, five miles northeast of Orange City. According to the report, Schiebout lost control of his vehicle, entered the north ditch and rolled.

Sixteen-year-old Luke Nieuwendorp of Orange City, who was a passenger in the vehicle reported minor injuries and refused further medical attention.

The Chevrolet received $10,000 damage.

November 30, 2015 - 9:12 am - Posted in News

Sioux Sheriff 84-8 FacebookRock Valley, Iowa —  A Rock Valley man struck a deer near Rock Valley on Thursday, November 26th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 11:34 pm, 34-year-old Brett Sichmeller of Rock Valley was driving a 2005 Dodge Ram pickup eastbound on Highway 18. According to the report, Sichmeller struck a deer on the roadway.

The Dodge received $2500.

No injuries were reported

November 29, 2015 - 12:02 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — According to Utility personnel with the City of Sioux Center, there has been another power outage in that community.

They report that on Saturday night, November 28th, 2015 about 9 PM, a portion of Sioux Center experienced a power outage that lasted several hours. They report that power was restored to nearly all of the affected area by 12:30 AM Sunday morning, and power was fully restored by 3:30 AM.

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Sioux Center city personnel report that the cause of the outage was a fault caused by a connection in a transformer on the distribution system. They say that due to the nonstandard operating conditions under which the system is currently operating, a much larger area was affected by this outage than would normally have been the case.

Sioux Center’s west substation sustained major damage in a failure during a storm a week ago on Saturday, November 21st. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad issued a proclamation of disaster emergency on Monday, November 23rd for Sioux County due to the utility failures in Sioux Center.

November 27, 2015 - 4:39 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Harriet J. Boone, age 78, of Canton, South Dakota, formerly of Hull, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Center in Canton, South Dakota.

Funeral Services will be Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 1:30 P.M. at the First Reformed Church in Hull, Iowa. Rev. Kevin Yurk officiating.

Burial to follow at Hope Cemetery in Hull, Iowa.

Visitation will be Monday, November 30, from 2:00 to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Home Sheldon Funeral Service in Sheldon.

Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent to

The Andringa Funeral Home Sheldon Funeral Service in charge of arrangements for Harriet Boone.

Van_Ginkel_AndrewVermillion South Dakota — University of South Dakota defensive end Andrew Van Ginkel has been named the Missouri Valley Football Conference Freshman of the Year as announced Wednesday by the conference office.

Van Ginkel, a redshirt freshman from Rock Valley, Iowa, finished second in the MVFC in both sacks (9.0) and tackles­for­loss (18.0). He ranks 12 th and 14 th , respectively, nationally in those categories. He is the Coyotes’ fifth­leading tackler with 56. Van Ginkel also ranks second nationally with three fumble recoveries. He forced two fumbles, blocked a kick, had two pass breakups and six quarterback hurries.

Van Ginkel is the first Coyote to earn the award since South Dakota joined the league in 2012. He is the second South Dakota player to win a major player award, joining Tyler Starr who was Defensive Player of the Year in 2013. Van Ginkel was also second in the voting for MVFC Newcomer of the Year. That award was given to Northern Iowa junior quarterback Aaron Bailey.

Van Ginkel is also the only defensive player on the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) Watch List for Freshman Performer of the Year. He is also on the CFPA Watch List for DE/DT of the Year.

The complete MVFC All­Conference Team will be announced Monday (Nov. 30). The All­Newcomer unit will be announced Tuesday (Dec. 1), and the MVFC AllAcademic Team will be announced Wednesday (Dec. 2).

November 27, 2015 - 5:51 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mrs. Wilmina (Nick) Cleveringa, age 87, of Orange City, passed away on Thursday, November 26, 2015, at the Prairie View Home in Sanborn.

There will be a memorial service on Monday, November 30, at 11:00a m, at the American Reformed Church in Orange City. The Revs. Michael and Elizabeth Hardeman will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. There will be a family prayer service on Monday, at 10:00 am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Visitation will be after 3:00 pm on Sunday, with the family present from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm, at the funeral home.

November 25, 2015 - 3:19 pm - Posted in Sports

Northwestern College logoOrange City, Iowa — Austin Folsom has signed a letter of intent to continue his football career at Northwestern College next year.

Folsom is a 5’8”, 165-pound wide receiver who transfers from Northern State University and played three years for the Spirit Lake High School football team. Folsom earned first team all-state honors after totaling 49 catches for 1,067 yards and 13 touchdowns in leading his team to an 11-1 record and state quarterfinals. He earned first team all-district honors two years and was named the special teams’ most valuable player. Folsom also recorded 36 catches for 846 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior. He plans to major in agri-business at Northwestern and is the son of Allen and Penny Brockshus and John Folsom.

“Austin is an explosive wide receiver with great speed,” commented head coach Kyle Achterhoff. “He will make an immediate impact at our receiver position and we are looking forward to getting involved this coming spring semester.”

November 25, 2015 - 3:17 pm - Posted in Sports

football 1Orange City, Iowa — Beau Kellenberger has signed a letter of intent to continue his football career at Northwestern College next year.

Kellenberger is a 6’2”, 220-pound offensive and defensive linemen who played three years for the West Lyon High School football team. Kellenberger is a two-time all-district selection and helped lead the Wildcats to a postseason playoff berth and a 6-4 overall record this year. He totaled 58 tackles and two sacks on defense and helped pave the way for one of the top rushing offenses in the state as a member of the o-line. Kellenberger was also a member of a West Lyon team that was the state runner-up in 2014. He is the son of Ladell and Michelle.

“Beau is a great addition to either our offensive or defensive line,” commented head coach Kyle Achterhoff. “He won our “Big-Man Challenge” at our camp last summer and has had a great career at West Lyon. It will be fun to have him join his brother, Tate, as a Red Raider.”

November 25, 2015 - 1:13 pm - Posted in Sports

Northwestern logoOrange City, Iowa — Breana Schuiteman has signed a letter of intent to continue her basketball career at Northwestern College next fall.

Schuiteman is a 5-8 point guard who is a three-year letterwinner for the MOC-Floyd Valley basketball team heading into her senior year. Schuiteman led the Dutch in scoring last season, pouring in 14.3 points per game to go with a team-high 46 three-pointers. She shot better than 40% from beyond the arc and also averaged 4.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. Schuiteman earned second team all-conference honors and was named to the class 3A Iowa All-District Basketball team. An honor roll student and a member of the National Honor Society, Schuiteman plans to major in Athletic Training at Northwestern. She is the daughter of Kyle and Brenda.

“We are excited to have Bre join our women’s basketball program,” commented head coach Chris Yaw. “Bre will be a positive impact to both our team and to the Northwestern College campus. She is a hard-working and positive young lady with a competitive spirit. Bre will be a great teammate who will challenge both herself and others to get better every day.”

November 25, 2015 - 9:47 am - Posted in News

Des Moines, Iowa — After municipal utility failures in Sioux Center this past weekend, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for Sioux County.


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The governor’s proclamation allows State resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of a winter storm that affected Sioux County beginning Nov. 21, 2015. The proclamation states that during the storm, an electrical distribution transformer box explosion coupled with a water main break and other electrical failures resulted in damage to public property and power outages throughout the city of Sioux Center.

The governor says he issued the proclamation since local resources and capabilities have been exhausted and state assistance and resources are needed to respond to and recover from the effects of this event.

The proclamation activates the disaster response and recovery aspect of the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department’s Iowa Emergency Response Plan and those additional response plans and authorizes the use and deployment of all available state resources, supplies, equipment, and materials that are reasonably necessary to assist citizens.