April 30, 2016 - 4:18 pm - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemSioux Center, Iowa — A Sioux Center woman’s vehicle was damaged after striking a JCB Telehandler on Thursday, April 28th near Sioux Center.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 3:28 pm on Thursday, 34-year-old Jon Burt of Hawarden was driving a JCB Telehandler northbound on Garfield Avenue, two miles west of Sioux Center. Sixty-six-year-old Janet Bajema was driving a 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe northbound on Garfield Avenue behind Burt. According to the report, Burt began turning left onto a business driveway as Bajema attempted to pass when she struck the telehandler on the roadway.

The Hyundai received $3500 damage; the JCB was not damaged.

No injuries were reported.

April 30, 2016 - 4:13 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Sheriff 84-8 FacebookRock Valley, Iowa — A Rock Valley teen’s vehicle was damaged in an accident on Friday, April 29th near Rock Valley.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 12:40 pm on Friday, 16-year-old Jennifer Kamstra of Rock Valley was driving 2000 Toyota Camry eastbound on Highway 18, three miles east of Rock Valley. According to the report, Kamstra lost control, entered the north ditch and struck a ditch embankment.

The Toyota received $1400 damage.

No injuries were reported.

April 29, 2016 - 5:20 pm - Posted in News

Des Moines, Iowa — The Iowa Utilities Board has denied motions by some landowners and the Sierra Club to reconsider or have another hearing on the permit for the Bakken oil pipeline, which is to carry Bakken crude through northwest Iowa on it’s way to Illinois.
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The I-U-B denied those motions Thursday.

The three members voted unanimously on March 10th to grant Dakota Access a permit to construct 346 miles of the pipeline through 18 Iowa counties. The board then issued the permit on April 8th after Dakota Access completed certain compliance filings required by the board.

The I-U-B has ordered what’s called a complaint proceeding for allegations that Dakota Access began construction of the pipeline before the permit was actually issued. The company says it was only doing preliminary survey work on the route and had not begun construction.

April 29, 2016 - 5:19 pm - Posted in News

Hawarden, Iowa — An Ireton man and a Wagner, SD woman were taken to the hospital after an accident near Hawarden.
Hawarden Ambulance
The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 3:45 PM on Thursday, April 28, 2016, 21-year-old Logan Vlotho of Ireton was driving a 2006 Volkswagon southbound on Highway 10, about a mile and a half north of Hawarden. Fifty-two year-old Judy Carpenter of Wagner, SD was also southbound on 10 in a 2014 Toyota SUV when the vehicles collided.

The Hawarden Ambulance took Vlotho and Carpenter to the Hawarden Regional Healthcare hospital.

Vlotho’s Volkswagon sustained $5000 in damages, which was enough to total the car. Carpenter’s Toyota SUV sustained $10,000 in damages.

The Hawarden Fire Department and Ireton Ambulance crew assisted at the scene.

No further details are available at this time.

April 29, 2016 - 5:12 pm - Posted in News

Vatican City — A large regional healthcare provider has received a global award from the Vatican.
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Sanford Health officials say that because of their determination to impact health on a global level the Vatican invited them to present on their work at the Third International Conference on the Progress of Regenerative Medicine and Its Cultural Impact this past week in Vatican City.

Sanford officials say they were humbled to be awarded the Pontifical Key Innovation Award. They say the award recognizes game-changing medical innovation exemplified by transformative thinking, creativity and ingenuity used to deliver the highest quality of medical care. Sanford employees were recognized for strides made in children’s health, cancer, type 1 diabetes, genetics and genomics, and biobanking for research and clinical purposes. Sanford officials say these strides would not have been possible without the generosity of philanthropist Denny Sanford.

They say Sanford is a driving force in the endeavors of adult stem cells, immunotherapy and genomic medicine. They say they are on the verge of breakthroughs in cancer, the regeneration of cells, advanced genetic therapy, pharmacogenetics and device design.

In our area Sanford has clinics in Boyden, George, Hartley, Hospers, Inwood, Orange City, Paullina, Rock Rapids and Sanborn as well as hospitals in Orange City, Rock Rapids, and Sheldon, and several other specialty services. They have about 280 locations in eight states and three foreign countries.

exemplar-logoSioux Center, Iowa — A Sioux Center company may be leading something of a shift to swine in medical research. Exemplar Genetics of Sioux Center has genetically engineered miniature pigs for use in research about heart disease.

Company president and C-E-O John Swart says this kind of research has traditionally depended on using mice and rats to test drugs for possible human use.

Swart’s company has just gotten federal approval to sell their miniature pigs to other companies that are conducting tests on new drugs for humans.

Swart says his company hopes to breed other lines of mini-pigs which could help find cures for other diseases like cancer and cystic fibrosis.

Swart says compared to mice, miniature pigs are much closer to humans anatomically, physically and genetically.

April 29, 2016 - 1:04 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — As is quite often the case around this time of year, people are concerned. They’re concerned that with the weather we’ve had that the tulips won’t be in bloom for Orange City’s Tulip Festival, which is always the third weekend in May.

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No doubt some of this concern stems from the fact that many tulip bulbs that are left in the ground from year-to-year tend to bloom in April.

Tulip Festival spokesperson Julianna Pennings says that there’s no need to be concerned. She tells us how tulips are done in Orange City.

She says they know the weather can be unpredictable so they plant several varieties of tulips including early, mid, and late-blooming tulips so that they almost always have some beautiful blooms for the festival.

The Tulip Festival Steering Committee says besides, the festival is about much more than tulips. The events that are the most popular happen every day, including the Dutch Dozen performances, Straat Feest, Street Scrubbing, and Volksparade.

Again, Orange City’s Tulip Festival is always the third weekend in May. This year that’s May 19th through the 21st.

Visit octulipfestival.com for more information.

April 27, 2016 - 12:43 pm - Posted in Sports

Sioux Falls, South Dakota — Todd Heitkamp, the owner of Dakota Angler in Sioux Falls, SD, provides the latest fishing report for the Tri-State area of Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota.

Northeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Enemy Swim A few walleyes.
Horseshoe A few walleyes.
Pelican Slow.
Dry Lake #2(By Willow Lake) Pike fair and a few walleye.
Big Stone Lake A few perch.
Poinsett A few walleye and pike.
Lake Hendricks Slow.
Bitter Lake Walleyes fair.
Waubay A few walleyes.
Reetz A few walleyed.
Dry Lake #3 (By Florence) A few walleyes.
Pickerel Lake Slow.
West Oakwood A few walleyes.
Swan Lake No reports.
Lake Kampeska A few walleyes.
Piyas Slow.
Blue Dog A few walleyes from shore.
Lake Cochrane No reports.
Casey’s Slough A few walleyes.
Indian Springs A few walleyes.
Lynn Lake A few walleyes and pike.
Dry Lake #1 (Clark/Garden City) A few walleyes.
Traverse Slow.
Lake Albert Walleyes fair.
Lake Henry A few walleyes.
Roy Lake Few reports.
Buffalo No reports.

Southeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Madison A few walleyes.
Vermillion Walleyes fair.
Lake Herman Few reports.
Wall Lake A few walleyes.
Lake Alvin Few reports.
Diamond A few walleyes.
Scott’s Slough A few small perch and walleyes.
Island A few walleyes.
81 Ponds A few musky and walleyes.
George WPA Walleyes fair.
Twin Lakes (by Montrose) A few walleyes.
Thompson A few walleyes and pike.
Brandt Walleyes fair.
Whitewood Few reports.
Spirit Lake (North of De Smet) Few reports.
Henry WPA A few walleyes.
Family Park (Western Sioux Falls) A few trout.
Mitchell Slow.
Menno Slow.
Beaver No reports.
Sinai Walleyes fair.
Brush Walleyes fair.
Loss No reports.
East Oakwood A few walleyes.

Northwest Iowa

Lake Fishing Report
Spirit Lake A few yellow bass.
Silver Lake No reports.
East Okoboji Few perch and bluegill.
West Okoboji A few bluegill and perch.
Lake Pahoja A few bluegill.

Southwest Minnesota

Lake Fishing Report
Shetek Few reports.
Sarah Few reports.
Benton A few pike.
West Graham Few reports.
Round Few reports.
Okabena Few reports.

Missouri River

River Fishing Report
Mobridge Fair for walleyes.
Pierre A few walleyes.
Fort Thompson Walleyes fair on jigs and minnows.
Chamberlain Walleyes fair to good. Jigs & Minnows, as well as plugs.
Platte Walleyes fair.
Pickstown Walleyes fair.
Yankton A few walleyes.

Other Rivers

River Fishing Report
James River Few reports.
Big Sioux A few walleyes at Flandreau and Spillway.


April 26, 2016 - 11:21 am - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — A 30-year old Hawarden man was sentenced to a total of up to 10 years in prison Monday, on burglary and drug charges, in Sioux County District Court.

According to the Sioux County Attorney’s Office, Jeremy James Langley’s sentence stemmed from an incident in October of last year when police responded to a Hawarden 911 hang-up call.  Authorities say they learned Langley had fled into a field and noticed something 100 yards into a nearby field of tall grass. Police say they approached to find Langley laying prone in the grass wearing a backpack.  He reportedly tried to flee, and police used force to detain him.  Authorities say the backpack contained drug paraphernalia, marijuana, and methamphetamine, as well as $5,600 in cash inside a bank bag that police reportedly later learned was burglarized on October 16 from a Sioux Falls Casino.  The Sioux County Attorney says that while these charges were pending,  Langley was arrested again for a Hawarden burglary that happened on January 31, 2016, when Langley was reportedly found in Le Mars with property stolen from Hawarden.

According to the Sioux County Attorney’s Office, Langley was sentenced Monday on charges of Burglary in the Third Degree, Theft in the Second Degree, and Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine.  He was also simultaneously sentenced on Plymouth County Theft and Drug charges.

The Sioux County Attorney’s Office says Langley was sentenced to up to 10-years in prison for Possession with Intent to Deliver, and was given two 5-year prison sentences, respectively, on the Theft and Burglary convictions.  All sentences will run concurrently.  Authorities say Langley was also ordered to pay $2,300 in restitution for the burglary.

April 25, 2016 - 7:28 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Ethel Hoogland, age 92, formerly of Hospers, IA, died on Sunday, April 24, 2016, at Royal Meadow Care Center in Sioux Center, IA.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 29, 2016, at First Christian Reformed Church in Hospers with Rev. Marvin Leese officiating. There will be a prayer service at 9:30 a.m. at Memorial Funeral Home in Sioux Center, IA, with interment to follow the prayer service at Hospers Cemetery in Hospers, IA.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. with family present from 6-8 on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at Memorial Funeral Home in Sioux Center.  Services have been entrusted to Memorial Funeral Home.  Condolences may be sent online to mfhonline.com.

Ethel was born June 29, 1923, at Carmel, IA, the daughter of Richard and Sarah (DeVries) Hulstein. She graduated from Plato #5 country school.

On June 5, 1946 she married Alfred at her family’s farm in Carmel, IA. The couple lived in Hospers for 56 years. She had been a resident of Royale Meadows Care Center of Sioux Center, IA, for 9 years.  Ethel and Alfred were looking forward to their 70th wedding anniversary in June.   Ethel was a housewife and a seamstress, specializing in weddings. She was involved in Trash for Cash and Ladies Bible Study with the church.


Survivors include: her husband of nearly 70 years, Alfred of Sioux Center, IA, their children; Leonard of Alton, IA, Roger (Deb) Hoogland of Fort Lupton, CO, Stan (Nancy) Hoogland of Granville, IA Edwin (Marla) Hoogland of Orange City, IA grandchildren; Tanya (Matt) Eaton of N. Carolina, Kayla (Matt) Blessinger and their children Mitchell and Lila of CO, Jason (Shelly) Luckel and their children Alexis, Joshua and JJ of PA, Jeremiah Blaglowsky of CO,  Bradley (Stephanie) Hoogland and their daughter Paisley of CO, Darren (Deb) Hoogland of IA, Cory (Ashley) Hoogland of IA, KayLynn (Elmer) Rolfes and their son Carson of IA, Trenton Hoogland of IA, Matt Vande Kieft of IA, Morgan Hoogland of Iowa, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded by: her parents; one brother, William Hulstein; one sister, Sylvia (Marian) Kredit, two grandchildren; Shelly and Nathan Hoogland.

Casket bearers will be Jason Luckel, Jeremiah Blagowski, Bradley Hoogland, Darren Hoogland, Cory Hoogland and Trenton Hoogland.

In lieu of flowers the Hoogland family requests to direct memorial donations to Hospers First Christian Reformed Church or Royal Meadows Care Center.