November 30, 2016 - 6:50 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — Voters in the Sioux Center School District will go to the polls next Tuesday, December 6th to decide the fate of a Physical Plant and Equipment Levy or “PPEL.”

(file photo)

(file photo)

According to school officials, the levy would just be a renewal of a standing PPEL, and they say taxes would remain about the same. In fact, they also claim that the PPEL has prevented a tax increase for the Sioux Center Community by providing part of the funding for the recent projects at Kinsey Elementary, the Middle School, and the High School.

Superintendent Patrick O’Donnell says that the money will go toward maintenance of existing school property and joint-owned property as well as needed upgrades.

He says the school population is growing at a faster pace than they had anticipated. He says growth rates were in the single digits fifteen years ago and over the last four years they’ve grown nineteen percent. He says they plan on using the funds to meet their technology needs, both for students and district-wide. Plus they will pay loan notes on the construction of some classrooms.

O’Donnell says that between PPEL and the one-cent sales tax, they hope to continue to build the facilities that the district needs to support the education of students. He says, however, that there are several options as to what that could be. He says they have had a facility study done, and they may add on to certain buildings, or even create a new building. He says they’re looking at what kind of projects would benefit both the school and the community.

He says there may be a bond issue in the future, but it would be at least three years out. He says they’re not sure what grade level would get any new building, but if they continue to grow at this pace, they’ll have to consider those options.

According to the Sioux County Auditor’s office, the PPEL measure will need a simple majority to pass. If it passes, the PPEL will be $1.03 per thousand valuation for all property in the district. The levy would generate about $515,000 for this school year, and it is a 10-year levy.

Voters will be able to vote at the Sioux Center Precinct Terrace View Event Centre on Tuesday, December 6th from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

November 30, 2016 - 3:00 pm - Posted in News

Merrill, Iowa– A Sheldon man and his passenger were taken to a hospital after an accident in Merrill.
ambulance caduceus_SVA
The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 5:25 AM on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 22-year-old Hugo Armando of Sioux City was driving a 2005 Pontiac minivan northbound on Highway 75, at the north edge of Merrill. They say 40-year-old Joshua Weber of Sheldon was southbound on 75 in a 2003 Chevy.

The report says that Armando was beginning to cross the Floyd River bridge. The bridge was frost-covered and slick at the time. It says Armando lost control and crossed the center line, and his minivan traveled into the southbound lane of travel. Weber was crossing the bridge southbound. The vehicles struck head-on in the north approach to the bridge. According to the officer, the occupants of the Armando vehicle then fled the scene on foot and were located about an hour later.

The Le Mars Ambulance transported Weber, and the Merrill Ambulance took a passenger in Weber’s vehicle, 50-year-old Thomas Jungers of Hospers, both to Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars.

Armando’s Pontiac and Weber’s Chevy sustained $3000 in damages, each. The report says that was enough to total both vehicles.

It says Armando was finally identified as the driver, and he was arrested on a charge of operating without a license.

The report says the Le Mars and Merrill Fire Departments and Ambulance Services assisted at the scene.

November 30, 2016 - 10:24 am - Posted in News

Sioux County, Iowa — Sioux County authorities are attempting to identify an individual who, they say, attempted to defraud two different Sioux County banks Tuesday morning (November 29th).

Bank Surveillance Photo

Bank Surveillance Photo

Chief Deputy Nate Huizenga of the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office tells KIWA that a middle-aged white male allegedly attempted to obtain funds from accounts that didn’t belong to him, at banks in both Alton and Granville.  Huizenga says the man was denied the funds by the banks, who, in turn, contacted authorities.

The individual is described as a white male in his 40’s, bald, with a cast on his right arm.  Huizenga says he was reportedly driving an older model white Chevrolet Lumina.

Huizenga asks that you please look at the photo at right of this story, and if you recognize the man, call the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office at 712-737-2280.

Click on the photo to see full-size image.

November 30, 2016 - 9:08 am - Posted in Sports

Dordt_Defenders logoSioux City Iowa — Dordt showed no signs of a long layoff in dispatching of St. Francis (Illinois) in the opener of pool play at the NAIA National Volleyball Championships in Sioux City. The defenders won in straight sets 3-0 on scores of 25-18, 25-17 and 25-17.

Dordt had 42 kills to 25 for the Saints and Dordt had 80 digs to 62 for the Saints. Individually Brooke Granstra had 16 kills for the Defenders with 14 digs. Ema Altena had seven kills and an ace serve and Haley Moss also had seven kills. Jamie Gesink recorded 30 assists and had an ace serve. Summer Jansen got to a match high 29 digs.

St. Francis was led by Alyssa Bridleman’s seven kills and Brooke Hartnell and Leah Alles each had 16 digs. Dordt is now 23-7 and will face Madonna (Michigan) on Wednesday at 5:00 pm in the second match of pool play. St. Francis will take a 31-12 record into its match with Grand View on Wednesday at 7:00.

Once again the NAIA Volleyball Nationals are being held at Tyson Events Center in Sioux City.

November 30, 2016 - 8:05 am - Posted in Sports

Boyden-Hull School LogoHull, Iowa — Boyden Hull led at all the breaks as the Comets posted a 46-39 win over the Sheldon Orabs in Hull Tuesday night. The Comets led 15-8 at the end of the first quarter and then pulled into half time with a 26-20 lead. Late in the third quarter the Orabs pulled in front 30-29 but the Comets recovered to go in front 31-30 at the end of the third quarter. A strong fourth quarter at the free throw line was the difference as the Comets went 11-of-14 from the stripe in the final period to seal the win 46-39.

Boyden Hull got a game high 12 points from Mallory Nilles followed by Brianna Kleinwolterink with 9. Her scoring effort including a three point bucket and 6-of-6 free throw shooting in the fourth quarter.  Sheldon was led by Emily Meyer and Mallory McQueen with 9 points each.

With the win Boyden Hull is 1-1 on the season and in the conference. Sheldon is 0-2 in the conference and for the season. Next action for the Comets will be their first boys-girls doubleheader of the season as they host Okoboji Friday night. The Sheldon boys will see their first action of the year in the home opener Friday against Sioux Center as the Orabs host the Warriors in boys and girls basketball.

November 29, 2016 - 6:11 pm - Posted in News

Hull, Iowa — It’s Winterfest in Hull this weekend. Lots of events are planned, from a cookie walk to a kids carnival, bingo to a chili cook-off, plus some activities to benefit the less fortunate as well.
The Hull Chamber’s Shelly Van Otterloo tells us they’re happy to be able to put on Winterfest. She says it all starts with business open houses that start on Thursday and run the whole weekend.

Van Otterloo tells us more, starting with some information about a popular activity — the Gingerbread House Contest.

She tells us about a soup, sandwich, and cinnamon roll supper, and more.

For the full schedule, click here.

November 29, 2016 - 11:47 am - Posted in Sports

Northwestern logoOrange City Iowa — Northwestern guard Kassidy De Jong is this week’s GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports women’s basketball player-of-the-week.

De Jong, a sophomore guard from Hospers helped the Red Raiders to a 98-97 road win over No.4 Morningside. The Unity Christian graduate scored a career-high 36 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for her third double-double of the season. She made 3-of-5 from beyond the arc and went 17-for-19 from the free throw line. Northwestern improved to 7-3 on the year.

November 29, 2016 - 11:44 am - Posted in Sports

cid_image001_jpg01d24a34Sioux Center, Iowa — Ben Gesink, a senior at Western Christian High School (Iowa), has announced his intention to attend Dordt College and join the Defender basketball program.

Gesink played point guard for the Western Wolfpack the last two seasons and helped Western to a 2016 state title and a state tournament berth in 2015. He averaged nine points a game last season and averaged three rebounds and three assists per game with 1.5 steals. In 2015 Gesink averaged 10.8 points per game with a little over three rebounds and nearly four assists per game. He was also a reserve on the 2014 team that won a state title.

A multi-sport athlete at Western, Gesink earned all-district and all-state honors in football this season as Western won a Class 1A title and he claimed second-team all-conference honors in basketball as a junior.

“We are very excited to have Ben join our basketball family. He is a dynamic guard who will continue to develop and improve over the course of the next several years while becoming a very good college player,” said Dordt College coach Ross Douma. “Ben will have an outstanding senior season under coach Bill Harmsen and has proven, playing for Jim Eekhoff, that he knows how to win at the highest level.

Moreover, Ben has developed leadership skills that will serve our campus community well in many capacities during his time here.”

Ben is the son of Kevin and Shelley Gesink of Sioux Center, Iowa.

November 29, 2016 - 11:43 am - Posted in News

Sioux Sheriff 84-8 FacebookSheldon, Iowa — A Sheldon woman was arrested on Sunday, November 27th after an accident south of Sheldon.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 6:09 pm on Sunday, 35-year-old Shannon Maasdam of Sheldon was driving a 2010 Ford Focus southbound on McKinley Avenue, one-half mile south of Sheldon. According to the report, Maasdam lost control of the vehicle, struck a bridge guard rail and entered the west ditch. The report continues that upon further investigation, deputies suspected that Maasdam was under the influence of alcohol. Maasdam was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and cited with a charge of failure to maintain control of a motor vehicle.

The Ford received $10,000 damage; the guard rail received $2,000 damage.

Maasdam received minor injuries but declined medical attention.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office and the Sheldon Police Department.

brenda-millerSioux Center, Iowa — Promise Community Health Center in Sioux Center has a new Director of Operations.

Brenda Miller, of Hinton, has been named Director of Operations for Promise Community Health Center in Sioux Center, according to a release from the agency.

According to the release, Miller has worked with families who struggled to obtain the medical and mental health care that they need in her previous job.  Therefore, she said she was interested in going into a field where she could help ensure that people receive accessible and high-quality care.

The release says Miller grew up in Ponca, NE, where she graduated from high school. Her career background includes working in insurance, business management and personnel management and owning and operating family businesses. She also served six years in the Army Reserves, including active duty overseas during Operation Desert Storm.  She received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City in 2006. She earned a master’s degree in management, with an emphasis in human resources management and health-care administration, from Briar Cliff in 2014.

Miller served for the past 10 years as a housing analyst for the Sioux City Housing Authority prior to taking on her new role at Promise, according to the press release.

Miller’s volunteer work includes serving as the board vice president for Mid-Step Services in Sioux City, a nonprofit organization that serves disabled and medically fragile people; chairwoman for the Plymouth County Veterans Affairs Commission; and poultry superintendent for the Plymouth County Fair, the release says.