June 30, 2016 - 12:53 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa– Firefighters from three communities were called out to a fire call in Sioux Center on Thursday, June 30, 2016.
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According to Sioux Center Fire Chief David Van Holland, about 6:15, the Sioux Center and Hull Fire Departments and the Sioux Center Ambulance crew were called to the report of fire in the basement of the feed mill at the Farmers Coop Society’s feed mill at 288 Third Street Northwest in Sioux Center.

The chief says the fire department saw a considerable amount of smoke as they approached the scene.

No injuries were reported.

The Orange City Fire Department was also called for mutual aid. Chief Van Holland says they provided a Rapid Intervention Team or RIT. This type of rescue team is needed when firefighters may be at increased risk of being injured or trapped.

He says the fire was in the pelleting cooler under the feed pelleter. He says they scooped it empty and poured water on the smoldering pellets. He says it took lots of manual labor. He said there was lots of heat, and the weather was warm as well, making the work more strenuous.

Chief Van Holland reports that basically only the feed in the building was damaged.

He says the official cause is undetermined, but it could possibly have been due to a previous malfunction.

He says they used 600 to 700 gallons of water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene until 8:30 AM.

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LifeServe will be in Sioux Center on Thursday, July 7th at the Centre Mall, located at 251 N. Main Ave, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 14th 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.

You can donate on Tuesday, July 19th with LifeServe in Hull at the Hull Library, located at 1408 Main St, from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

LifeServe will be in Sioux Center on Thursday, July 21st at the Centre Mall, located at 251 N. Main Ave, from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

June 30, 2016 - 8:19 am - Posted in Obituaries

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Mrs. Elaine Koerselman, age 76, of Hull, passed away on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at Sioux Center Health, after a brief illness with cancer.

There will be a memorial service on Sunday, July 3, at 2:00 pm, at the Middleburg Free Grace Reformed Church.  The Revs. Stephen Breen, and Richard Koerselman will officiate.  Interment will be prior to the service at the Capel Township Cemetery near Middleburg.  There will be a prayer service on Sunday, at 1:00 pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.

Visitation will be after 5:00 pm on Saturday, with the family present from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.




June 30, 2016 - 8:13 am - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemIreton, Iowa — A semi and pickup were damaged in a collision near Ireton on Tuesday, June 28th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 2:09 pm on Tuesday, 53-year-old Bobby Chapman of Amarillo, Texas was driving a 2013 Dodge Ram pickup eastbound on Highway 10, two miles northwest of Ireton. Fifty-five-year-old John Anderson of Hawarden was driving a 2014 Kenworth semi-tractor pulling a side dump trailer westbound on Highway 10. According to the report, Chapman began turn left onto Dogwood Avenue and was struck by Anderson.

The Kenworth received $10,000 damage; the Dodge received $20,000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

June 30, 2016 - 8:00 am - Posted in Sports

Sioux Falls, South Dakota — Todd Heitkamp, the owner of Dakota Angler in Sioux Falls, SD, provides the latest fishing 2fishing report for the Tri-State area of Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota.

Northeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Enemy Swim Walleyes fair to good.
Horseshoe Smallmouth bass fair; A few walleyes.
Pelican A few walleyes.
Dry Lake #2(By Willow Lake) Walleyes and Pike fair to good.
Big Stone Lake Walleyes and perch fair.
Poinsett Walleyes fair to good and a few perch and pike.
Lake Hendricks Walleyes fair.
Bitter Lake Walleyes fair to good.
Waubay Walleyes and smallmouth bass fair.
Reetz A few walleyes.
Dry Lake #3 (By Florence) Walleyes fair.
Pickerel Lake A few walleyes and crappie.
West Oakwood Walleye bit has slowed a bit.
Swan Lake Walleyes and pike fair.
Lake Kampeska A few walleyes.
Piyas Slow.
Blue Dog Walleyes fair.
Lake Cochrane No reports.
Casey’s Slough A few walleyes.
Indian Springs Walleyes fair.
Lynn Lake A few walleyes and pike.
Dry Lake #1 (Clark/Garden City) A few walleyes.
Traverse A few walleyes.
Lake Albert Walleyes fair to good.
Lake Henry Walleyes fair.
Roy Lake A few smallmouth bass and walleyes.
Buffalo No reports.

Southeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Madison Walleyes fair, but mainly small.
Vermillion Walleyes fair. A few crappie and pike.
Lake Herman A few walleyes.
Wall Lake Walleyes fair. A few crappie.
Lake Alvin A few largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill.
Diamond A few walleyes.
Scott’s Slough A few small perch and walleyes.
Island A few walleyes.
81 Ponds Walleyes fair along with a few smallmouth bass and musky.
George WPA A few Walleyes.
Twin Lakes (by Montrose) A few walleyes.
Thompson Crappies and walleyes fair, along with a few pike.
Brandt Walleyes fair.
Whitewood Few reports.
Spirit Lake (North of De Smet) Few walleye.
Henry WPA A few walleyes.
Family Park (Western Sioux Falls) A few trout, crappie, and bluegill.
Mitchell A few bluegill and walleye.
Menno A few bluegill.
Beaver Walleyes slow to fair.
Sinai Walleyes fair along with a few crappie.
Brush A few Walleyes.
Loss No reports.
East Oakwood Walleye bite has slowed.

Northwest Iowa

Lake Fishing Report
Spirit Lake Walleye, perch, bluegill, and Yellow Bass fair to good. Fair for smallmouth bass.
Silver Lake Fair to good for walleyes.
East Okoboji Yellow bass, Perch, Crappie, and Bluegill fair to good. Also fair to good for catfish!
West Okoboji A few walleye, but crappie and bluegill fair to good.
Lake Pahoja A few crappie and bluegill.

Southwest Minnesota

Lake Fishing Report
Shetek A few walleyes and crappies.
Sarah A few walleye.
Benton A few walleye and pike.
West Graham Few walleye.
Round Bullheads fair.
Okabena A few walleyes and crappie.

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. Floating Raps from shore!
Platte Walleyes slow to fair.
Pickstown Walleyes fair.
Yankton A few walleyes and crappie.

Other Rivers

River Fishing Report
James River Few catfish and walleyes.
Big Sioux Catfish fair along with a few walleyes.


June 29, 2016 - 3:02 pm - Posted in News

Carnes, Iowa — Two people were taken to a hospital after an accident near Carnes on Highway 60 on Monday, June 27th.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 11:47 AM, 43-year-old Amina Badasso of Sioux Falls, SD was driving a 2003 Honda Accord southbound on Highway 60 in the right lane, four miles south of Orange City. They report that 58-year-old Richard Grosvenor of Ponca, NE was driving a 2014 International Prostar semi‐truck pulling a trailer southbound on Highway 60 in the left lane following Badasso.

The officer reports that Badasso abruptly drove into the left lane before attempting to turn onto 500th Street and was struck by Grosvenor.

The Orange City Ambulance took two passengers in the Badasso Honda to the Orange City Health System Hospital.

The Honda sustained approximately $7,000 in damage. The International semi sustained an estimated $3,500 in damage.

Badasso was cited on a charge of improper use of lanes.

The Sheriff’s Office says the Orange City Ambulance crew and Orange City Fire Department assisted them.

June 29, 2016 - 2:44 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — An Orange City man has died in an ATV accident that happened on Tuesday.Fatal ATV

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 7:14 PM, emergency responders were called to an all-terrain vehicle accident near the intersection of Jackson Avenue and 390th Street, five miles north of Orange City. A passing motorist had seen the ATV in the ditch with a person pinned beneath it.

After their investigation, sheriff’s deputies believe that 65-year-old Kenneth VanGorp of Orange City had been driving a 2009 Yamaha 4 ATV pulling a sprayer trailer westbound in the south ditch of 390th Street, when he apparently lost control of the ATV. The ATV and sprayer rolled in the ditch and pinned VanGorp beneath it.

The Orange City Ambulance took VanGorp to the Orange City Health System Hospital where they say he died of his injuries.

The Sheriff’s Office reports that the Orange City Police Department, Orange City Ambulance crew and the Orange City Fire Department assisted them.

June 29, 2016 - 1:26 pm - Posted in Sports

ihsaa_officeBoone Iowa — District baseball tournament brackets are out and Sheldon will host first round games in 2A District 1. On Saturday July 9th the 5:00 pm game will match  Sioux Center and Unity in the upper bracket with the winner taking on Hinton who got a first round bye.

In the  lower bracket Sheldon will host Western in the 7:00 pm game. The winner will draw West Lyon who got a bye into the semi finals. Hinton will host the semis on Tuesday July 12th and the District final on Saturday the 16th.

For a look at all the brackets state wide in 1A and 2A CLICK HERE

June 29, 2016 - 8:27 am - Posted in News

Sioux Sheriff 84-8 FacebookHospers, Iowa — A Hospers woman was injured in an accident near Hospers in the afternoon hours of Monday, June 27th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 1:40 pm on Monday, 48-year-old Pamela Schmit of Hospers was driving a 2000 Chevrolet pickup southbound on Marsh Avenue, two miles southeast of Hospers. Twenty-one-year-old Jennifer Auchstetter of Hospers was driving a 2006 Mercury Milan westbound on 410th Street. According to the report, the two met in the intersection of 410th and Marsh, where the accident happened.

Auchstetter was transported by private vehicle to the Orange City Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The Chevrolet received $7000 damage; the Mercury received $12,000 damage.

Auchstetter was cited with a charge of failing to yield right of way and failing to use seat belt.

June 29, 2016 - 8:27 am - Posted in News

deer_sxc2Orange City, Iowa — A Remsen woman struck a deer on Monday, June 27th near Orange City.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 5:02 am on Monday, 44-year-old Kerry Sudtelgte of Remsen was driving a 2014 Kia Forte northbound on Jackson Avenue, five miles south of Orange City. According to the report, Sudtlegte struck a deer on the roadway.

The Kia received $5000 damage.

No injuries were reported.