September 30, 2016 - 10:18 pm - Posted in Sports

nighthawk logoHull, Iowa — #5 Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley defeated the Cherokee Braves 56-15 at A.R. Hesla Field in Hull on Friday night.

Cherokee’s first drive of the game would end early after a Shane Solberg interception, and a few plays later, Solberg would find the open hole and score from 32 yards making it 7-0 Nighthawks early. With 5:18 left to go in the 1st, benefiting from a short field,  Solberg was on the receiving end of a 32 yard Brett Moser pass for the score making it 14-0 BHRV. After another Solberg interception, Kobe Lutjens was the recipient of a 33 yard TD pass pushing the score to 21-0 Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley. With 1:11 left in the 1st quarter, the Nighthawks again found pay dirt. Jacob Schafer would get into the endzone on a 19-yard screen play. Heading into the 2nd quarter it was 28-0 Nighthawks.

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley added two more scores in the 2nd quarter. Working with a short field after a long Solberg punt return, Brett Moser would rush into the endzone from 15 yards out, and midway through the 2nd, Schafer ran 33 yards for the score. At halftime it was 41-0 BHRV.

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley added another score in the 3rd quarter on a JT Van’t Hul 31 yard scamper making it 48-0. Cherokee responded with their first score of the game. Mason Pitts found Trey Valentine from 12 yards out to make it 48-7. Trevor Lundquist would add another Cherokee score to the board from 2 yards out, but after a Nighthawk drive stalled, Cherokee backup QB Alex Paulsrud would throw a pick-six to Brayton Van Kekerix, making the score, and your final 56-15.

The Nighthawks improve to 5-1 on the year, 4-0 in the district. Next on the schedule is MOC-Floyd Valley in Orange City on Friday night.

Cherokee falls to 3-3 on the year, 3-1 in district play and plays host Central Lyon/George-Little Rock next Friday.


September 30, 2016 - 2:55 pm - Posted in News

accident wordRock Valley, Iowa — A Rock Valley teen suffered minor injuries Thursday afternoon in single-vehicle rollover near Rock Valley.

According to the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, about 4:15 Thursday afternoon, 16-year old Larinda Van Beek, of Rock Valley, was westbound on 315th Street, three miles southwest of Rock Valley, when she lost control of the vehicle, entered the north ditch and rolled.

Deputies say Van Beek was transported by private vehicle to Hegg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley for treatment of minor injuries.

The Buick sustained approximately $8,500 in damage.   Van Beek was cited for failing to maintain control of a motor vehicle.

September 30, 2016 - 8:20 am - Posted in News

Sioux Sheriff 84-8 FacebookSheldon, Iowa — Two vehicles were damaged in an accident near Sheldon on Tuesday, September 27th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 5:27 pm on Tuesday, 52-year-old Robert Hoting of Little Rock was driving a 1998 Ford F-150 northbound on Marsh Avenue, three miles northwest of Sheldon. Eighteen-year-old Ethan Bergendahl of Spirit Lake was driving a 2005 Toyota Camry eastbound on 300th Street. According to the report, Hoting drove into the intersection and struck Bergendahl.

The Ford received $5,000 damage. The Toyota received $3,000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

September 30, 2016 - 5:54 am - Posted in Sports

football 3Northwest Iowa — Week six of the high school football schedule finds Sheldon at Estherville Lincoln Central as the Midgets celebrate homecoming. The Orabs are coming off a home loss to Central Lyon George Little Rock while the Midgets lost to Sioux Center last Friday.

Orab Head Coach Tyler Lloyd sees the Midgets as fundamentaly sound on both sides of the ball.

Keys for an Orab win include playing a four quarter game and playing clean.

Estherville-Lincoln Central Head Coach Andy Umthun is impressed with the Orabs’ athleticism and offensive strategy.

Coach Umthun says Estherville-Lincoln Central’s keys comes down to defense.

Kory Roos joins LA for the coverage on KIWA AM 1550.


Boyden Hull Rock Valley celebrates homecoming at Hesla Field in Hull. It’s a battle of district unbeatens as both come in at 3-0. For the year the Nighthawks are 4-1 with the Braves at 3-2 on the season. The Nighthawks won on the road at Pocahontas last Friday with the Braves posting a win over MOC Floyd Valley.

Cherokee comes in playing with a lot of emotion. Nighthawk Head Coach Cory Brandt agrees that alone makes them dangerous.

The key to a Nighthawks win comes down to simply doing things right.

Cherokee Head Coach Travis Schipper talks about the challenge presented by the Nighthawks and being able to play a meaningful game in week six.

The key for the Braves is to be fundamentally sound.

Jon and Justin bring you the call on KIWA FM 105.3. Pregame for both broadcasts begin with the Radio Iowa Scouting Report at 6:05. Kick offs are set for 7:00. We’ll stream from the website at

September 29, 2016 - 3:19 pm - Posted in News

Hull, Iowa– A skid loader was destroyed in a fire on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 near Hull.
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According to Hull Fire Chief Greg Van Roekel, about 4:12 PM, the Hull Fire Department was called to the report of skid loader on fire at the Hulstien Dairy at 3020 Ironwood Avenue, three miles east and almost a mile north of Hull.

The chief says the fire department saw a fully-engulfed skid loader in the field as they approached the scene.
Van Roekel reports that there were no injuries to people, pets, or livestock.

He says the cause of the fire appeared to have been electrical in nature, but is officially undetermined.

Chief Van Roekel reports that the skid loader was totaled.

He says they used two to three hundred gallons of water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene for about a half hour.

September 29, 2016 - 3:11 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Sheriff 84-8 FacebookRock Valley, Iowa — A Rock Valley teen suffered minor injuries in a 3-vehicle crash Wednesday, September 28th, near Rock Valley.

Sioux County authorities say the accident happened shortly after 8 am, at the intersection of  Highway 18 and Garfield Avenue, three miles east of Rock Valley.  Cops say 51-year old Marv Van Beek of Inwood was southbound on Garfield Avenue in a 2004 Pontiac GTO, when he entered the intersection with Highway 18, colliding with an eastbound 2006 Chevrolet Equinox, driven by 15-year old Jillian Dykstra of Rock Valley, as well as a northbound 2011, driven by 63-year old Lois Joffer of Sioux Center.

Deputies say Dykstra complained of minor injuries, but declined medical attenion.

Damage to Dykstra’s SUV was estimated at $6-thousand.  Van Beek’s GTO sustained $6-thousand in damage, as well.  Damage to Joffer’s pickup was estimaated at $500.

VanBeek was cited for failing to yield from a stop sign. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Rock Valley Police Department.

September 29, 2016 - 2:12 pm - Posted in Sports

ighsauThe latest Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union Volleyball poll is out and Lawton Bronson remains at the 7 spot in 1A while LeMars Gehlen Catholic jumps to 12th. Class 2A stays relatively the same for Northwest Iowa teams from last week. Western is #1, Unity is in 3rd, and Central Lyon stays at 6. Class 3A features Sioux Center at the 7 spot, down one from last week, and Spirit Lake keeps their position at number 10.

Class 1A

School Record LW
1 Janesville 13-8 1
2 Hudson 23-4 3
3 Springville 16-7 2
4 Tripoli 10-0 4
5 Grand View Christian 23-11 5
6 Holy Trinity Catholic 20-1 6
7 Lawton-Bronson 21-3 7
8 Sidney 20-2 9
9 Iowa Valley 14-9 8
10 LeMars Gehlen Catholic 20-11 12
11 Siouxland Christian 21-6 10
12 Audubon 20-4 13
13 New London 17-7 NR
14 Edgewood-Colesburg 16-9 NR
15 Starmont 18-5 14

Dropped Out: Burlington Notre Dame (11) Westwood (15)

Class 2A

School Record LW
1 Western Christian 18-3 1
2 Sumner-Fredericksburg 20-3 2
3 Unity Christian 21-2 3
4 Tri-Center 20-0 4
5 Lake Mills 29-0 5
6 Central Lyon 18-3 6
7 Council Bluffs St. Albert 14-3 7
8 North Cedar 23-3 8
9 Woodward-Granger 19-6 9
10 Mediapolis 18-3 10
11  Columbus Catholic 16-7 11
12 Treynor 18-4 12
13 Central Springs 15-2 14
14 South Hamilton 16-3 NR
15 Tipton 18-5 NR

Dropped Out: BCLUW (13), Hinton (15)

Class 3A

School Record LW
1 Kuemper Catholic 17-0 1
2 Dike-New Hartford 30-3 2
3 Union 19-3 3
4 West Delaware 29-2 4
5 Mount Vernon 15-4 5
6 Davenport Assumption 15-5 7
7 Sioux Center 21-4 6
8 Humboldt 22-0 8
9 Gilbert 18-5 9
10 Spirit Lake 22-7 10
11 Beckman Catholic 16-5 11
12 East Sac County 20-4 12
13 North Polk 27-7 13
14 Osage 15-8 15
15 Forest City 17-2 14

Dropped Out: None

Class 4A

  School Record LW
1 Pella 18-4 1
2 Marion 17-5 3
3 Dubuque Wahlert Catholic 14-2 6
4 Cedar Rapids Xavier 23-4 5
5 Sioux City Bishop Heelan 19-6 2
6 Charles City 15-3 4
7 Lewis Central 21-6 9
8 Nevada 20-6 8
9 Sergeant Bluff-Luton 19-6 7
10 ADM 16-5 10
11 Independence 19-3 12
12 Clinton 15-10 13
13 Waverly-Shell Rock 18-13 11
14 Norwalk 19-10 14
15 Ballard 12-6 NR

Dropped Out: Dallas Center-Grimes (15)

Class 5A

School Record LW
1 Cedar Falls 26-2 2
2 Ankeny Centennial 19-2 1
3 West Des Moines Valley 25-3 3
4 Ankeny 22-4 4
5 Linn-Mar 20-5 7
6 Dubuque Hempstead 16-4 6
7 Cedar Rapids Kennedy 12-5 5
8 Iowa City West 14-9 9
9 Bettendorf 10-7 8
10 Dowling Catholic 18-11 10
11 Urbandale 16-7 11
12 Iowa City High 11-9 NR
13 Cedar Rapids Prairie 12-6 12
14 Johnston 9-9 13
15 Pleasant Valley 10-7 14

Dropped Out: Southeast Polk (15)

September 29, 2016 - 12:19 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — A Matlock man facing sexual abuse charges has been found guilty.
According to Sioux County Attorney Thomas Kunstle, 33-year-old Daren Thomas Leikvold of Matlock was found guilty on September 29, 2016 in Sioux County District Court for one count of Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree, a Class C Felony.

Kunstle says that in February of 2016 authorities were contacted by Sheldon school officials who learned a 12-year-old child reported she was twice raped by her mother’s boyfriend, Daren Leikvold, who denied he ever inappropriately touched the child. After investigating, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office arrested Leikvold, charging him with two counts of Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree.

Court records say Leikvold pled not guilty, waived his right to a jury trial, and the case proceeded to a bench trial before the Honorable Chief Judge Duane Hoffmeyer on July 19-20, 2016. Leikvold choose not to testify. In July, after the bench trial, but before the verdict, court documents say that the defense moved to that all evidence that was worked on by State Criminalist Amy Pollpeter be struck from the record. According to the Iowa Department of Public Safety, Pollpeter was fired after she violated the department’s social media and general conduct policies in an unrelated matter.

On Thursday (September 29, 2016,) before announcing his verdict, Judge Hoffmeyer said that according to past case law, the unrelated misconduct by Pollpeter did not invalidate the results of the evidence she processed.

Hoffmeyer found Leikvold guilty on one count of Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree. Leikvold will appear for a sentencing hearing at 10:00 a.m. on October 31, 2016. Because Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree is a forcible felony, Leikvold was taken into immediate custody pending sentencing.

September 29, 2016 - 12:00 pm - Posted in Sports

fishing 5As the month of September comes to a close, Dakota Angler Owner Todd Heitkamp provides the latest fishing report and status of the Perch bite. Plus, he discusses something that we all need to hear!

Northeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Enemy Swim Walleyes and perch fair and Bluegills good.
Horseshoe Smallmouth bass fair; A few walleyes.
Pelican A few walleyes.
Dry Lake #2(By Willow Lake) Pike good. Walleyes and Perch fair.
Big Stone Lake Perch fair to good. Walleyes fair.
Poinsett Walleyes fair to good, perch and crappie fair along with a few pike.
Lake Hendricks Walleyes fair.
Bitter Lake Walleyes fair to good. A few perch.
Waubay Walleyes and smallmouth bass fair.
Reetz A few walleyes.
Dry Lake #3 (By Florence) A few Walleyes.
Pickerel Lake A few walleyes and crappie.
West Oakwood A few Walleyes.
Swan Lake A few Walleyes and pike.
Lake Kampeska A few walleyes.
Piyas Slow.
Blue Dog A few Walleyes.
Lake Cochrane A few bass and bluegills.
Casey’s Slough A few walleyes.
Indian Springs Walleyes fair, along with a few perch and pike.
Lynn Lake A few walleyes and pike.
Dry Lake #1 (Clark/Garden City) A few walleyes.
Traverse A few walleyes.
Lake Albert A few pike and Walleyes.
Lake Henry A few Walleyes.
Roy Lake A few smallmouth bass and walleyes.
Buffalo Bluegills fair to good.

Southeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Madison A few Walleyes, crappie, and perch.
Vermillion Walleyes fair during the evening. A few crappie and pike.
Lake Herman A few walleyes.
Wall Lake A few Walleyes, bluegull, catfish, and crappie.
Lake Alvin A few largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill.
Diamond A few walleyes and perch.
Scott’s Slough Perch fair to good a long with a few walleyes.
Island A few walleyes.
81 Ponds Walleyes fair along with a few perch, smallmouth bass, and musky.
George WPA A few Walleyes.
Twin Lakes (by Montrose) Perch fair to good. A few walleyes.
Thompson Crappies and walleyes fair, along with a few perch and pike.
Brandt A few crappie and walleye.
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 A few crappie and Walleye.
Sinai Walleyes, perch, and crappie fair to good.
Brush A few Walleyes.
Loss No reports.
East Oakwood A few Walleye.

Northwest Iowa

Lake Fishing Report
Spirit Lake Perch good. Walleye, bluegill, and Yellow Bass fair. Fair for smallmouth bass.
Silver Lake Fair for walleyes.
East Okoboji Yellow Bass, perch, and bluegill good in morning and evening hours off bridges and docks. Also look for rock piles.
West Okoboji Bluegill fair to good fishing the weed line.
Lake Pahoja Bluegill fair along with a few crappie.

Southwest Minnesota

Lake Fishing Report
Shetek Walleyes fair along with a few perch and crappies.
Sarah Perch fair to good with a few walleye.
Benton A few walleye and pike.
East Twin Walleyes fair.
Round Bullheads fair.
Okabena A few walleyes and crappie.

Missouri River

River Fishing Report
Mobridge Fair for walleyes.
Pierre A few walleyes.
Fort Thompson A few walleyes pulling plugs or spinners.
Chamberlain Walleyes slow to fair in deeper water.
Platte Walleyes slow to fair in deeper water.
Pickstown Walleyes slow to fair in trees and deeper water.
Yankton A few walleyes and crappie.

Other Rivers

River Fishing Report
James River Good for Cats!
Big Sioux Catfish fair along with a few pike.


September 28, 2016 - 6:06 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — The Orange City Tulip Festival Steering Committee has revealed the theme for the 2017 celebration as “A Tribute to Tulips.” The event, set for May 18-20, will be Orange City’s 77th annual Tulip Festival.
In determining a theme for the upcoming festival, Jeff and Renee Guthmiller, co-chairpersons of the 2017 Steering Committee, say they wanted to emphasize the significance and long-standing history of tulips to the annual event. Jeff Guthmiller says that when thinking of Tulip Festival, it’s hard not have tulips at the forefront of your mind. He says that no matter how many tulips are in bloom during the festival, they are a significant part of the celebration. Thus, the theme for the 2017 festival is ‘A Tribute to Tulips.

The history of tulips and the annual celebration dates back to May 1933, when Orange City’s Lawn and Garden Club, Women’s Club and Lions Club co-sponsored a tulip show and contest. Orange City’s first official Tulip Festival, which included 40,000 to 50,000 tulips in addition to new events, was held in May 1936.

Today, an estimated 50,000 tulip bulbs in more than 50 varieties are planted in Orange City each year.

Plans are well under way for next year’s Tulip Festival, and the Steering Committee encourages community members of all ages to consider joining the event in one of many volunteer opportunities.

After an election last week, the 2017 Tulip Court was also chosen. A Queen’s Tea and Pageant will be held on November 14 to crown the 2017 Tulip Queen.

Tulip Festival news, event information, volunteer opportunities and more can be found on the festival’s website at

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Orange City’s 2017 Tulip Court (L-R): Karli Lang, Noelle Sampson, Emma De Jong, Sydnee Olson and Olivia Duesenberg