Hull, Iowa — 2016 is almost completely in the history books. Shortly into the new year, the gavel will fall at the statehouse and lawmakers will again be busy in Des Moines.
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Senator Randy Feenstra of Hull serves Iowa Senate District 2, which includes all of Sioux, O’Brien, and Cherokee counties, and the eastern four townships in Plymouth County.

We asked Senator Feenstra what legislation he’d like to see happen this year.

Of course these are just the big picture, or as Feenstra puts it, “30,000-foot ideas”. Feenstra says he’s personally involved in writing some legislation as well.

Feenstra says he’s a big proponent of local control of schools. He says some smaller things that they’ll talk about include possible legalization of fireworks and elimination of traffic cameras. Plus, he says he thinks they need to create more oversight of the new Medicaid system in Iowa.

We asked Feenstra if he would support a bill that would provide temporary funding for the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System construction while promised funding from the federal government continues to trickle in. He says they’ve been working with Iowa Economic Development Director Debi Durham on this.

He says the incoming Trump administration has also expressed interest in infrastructure spending.

Feenstra says the atmosphere will be a little different in Des Moines this year with Republicans controlling the House, the Senate, and the Governor’s chair. He says the push will be on to reduce taxes and regulations and create a business-friendly environment to improve the economy. He says they also will push on social issues like ensuring religious freedom and minimizing abortion.

Feenstra can be reached by his constituents at (712) 439-1244 or after the legislature gets underway you can ask for his office when you call the Iowa Senate switchboard at (515) 281-3371.

December 29, 2016 - 2:10 pm - Posted in News

Ireton, Iowa– A chicken confinement was damaged in a fire on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 near Ireton.
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According to Ireton Fire Chief Richard Steckelberg, about 12:15 PM, the Ireton Fire Department was called to the report of a chicken confinement fire at 2017 470th Street, four miles west of Ireton. He says the building is owned by Center Fresh Eggs.

The chief says the smoke was visible as they left Ireton. He says they saw flames and heavy smoke as they made entry into the building and put out the fire.

Steckelberg says no injuries were reported.

He says he was told a power washer started the fire.

The chief reports that the Hawarden Fire Department provided assistance.

There was significant damage to the building’s wood frame, says Steckelberg, but the building didn’t have any chickens in it at the time.

He says they used 4,500 gallons of water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene for an hour and 45 minutes.

baked potatoHull First Christian Reformed Church will be hosting a Baked Potato Supper on Wednesday, January 11th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Hull Christian School. A freewill donation will be taken for the Christian Education Fund.

December 29, 2016 - 8:18 am - Posted in Sports

Sioux Falls, South Dakota — Todd Heitkamp, the owner of Dakota Angler in Sioux Falls, SD, provides the latest
ice fishing_sxcfishing report for the Tri-State area of Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota. Here’s the last Dakota Angler 2-Minute Fishing Report for 2016. Plus in Todd’s Tackle Tips, Todd discusses Rattle baits. Please share!

Northeast South Dakota

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

Southeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Madison A few perch, walleye, and crappie.
Vermillion A few perch, crappie, and walleye.
Lake Herman Few reports.
Wall Lake A few walleyes.
Lake Alvin A few perch and bluegill.
Diamond A few walleyes and perch.
Scott’s Slough A few perch.
Island Perch fair and few walleye on south Island.
81 Ponds Walleyes fair and few perch.
George WPA Few reports.
Twin Lakes (by Montrose) Few walleyes and perch.
Thompson Walleyes fair, along with a few perch and crappie.
Brandt A few walleyes.
Whitewood A few perch.
Spirit Lake (North of De Smet) Few reports.
Henry WPA Few perch.
Family Park (Western Sioux Falls) A few pike, bluegill, perch, and crappie.
Mitchell A few bluegill and perch.
Menno Bluegill fair.
Beaver A few walleye.
Sinai Crappie fair along with walleye.
Brush Few reports.
Loss Few reports.
East Oakwood A few walleyes.

Northwest Iowa

Lake Fishing Report
Spirit Lake A few walleye and perch.
Silver Lake Few reports.
East Okoboji Fair for perch and bluegills and a few walleye.
West Okoboji Bluegills fair. A few perch and walleye.
Lake Pahoja Bluegills fair.

Southwest Minnesota

Lake Fishing Report
Shetek Perch and crappie fair, along with a few walleye.
Sarah Perch fair to good.
Benton A few walleye and pike.
East Twin A few walleye.
Round Few reports.
Okabena A few walleye.

Missouri River

River Fishing Report
Mobridge Fair for walleyes.
Pierre A few walleyes.
Fort Thompson A few walleyes.
Chamberlain Walleyes fair.
Platte Walleyes slow.
Pickstown Walleyes slow.
Yankton A few walleyes and crappie.

Other Rivers

River Fishing Report
James River Slow.
Big Sioux Slow.
December 28, 2016 - 12:20 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — A Rock Valley man and his passenger were taken to a hospital after an accident near Sioux Center on Wednesday, December 28th.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 9:35 a.m., 28-year-old Andrew Wissink of Rock Valley was driving a 1996 Dodge Intrepid southbound on Highway 75, about a half mile south of Sioux Center. They report that 79-year-old Ellen Johnson of Alcester, SD was driving a 2014 Ford Escape eastbound on 420th Street.

The report says Johnson stopped for the stop sign at Highway 75, began turning left and was struck by Wissink in the intersection.

The Sioux Center Ambulance took Wissink and a passenger to the Sioux Center Hospital. Johnson reported minor injuries and sought medical attention on her own.

The Wissink Dodge sustained about $4,000 in damage, according to the Sheriff’s Office. They report the Johnson Ford sustained about $10,000 in damage.

Johnson was cited on a charge of failure to yield from a stop sign.

The Sheriff’s Office reports that the Sioux Center Fire Department and Sioux Center Ambulance assisted them with the accident.

December 28, 2016 - 12:07 pm - Posted in Obituaries

arnold-kreberArnold Kreber, 98, of Alton died Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, at Happy Siesta Health Care Center in Remsen, Iowa.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 31, 2016 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alton, with the Rev. Terry Roder officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Alton.

Visitation with family present will be 4-7 p.m. Friday, with a parish rosary at 5 p.m. and a vigil prayer service at 7 p.m. followed by a Knights of Columbus Rosary, all at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alton.

Services have been entrusted to Fisch Funeral Home and Monument in Remsen, Iowa.

December 27, 2016 - 3:53 pm - Posted in News

Ireton, Iowa — An Orange City woman was taken to a hospital after an accident early on Christmas morning.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at 12:53 a.m., 21-year-old Leannna Zomermaand of Orange City was driving a 2005 Jeep Liberty eastbound on Highway 10, two miles northwest of Ireton, when she lost control of the vehicle. It entered the south ditch and struck a fence, coming to rest on its side.

Zomermaand required extrication from the vehicle by Ireton Fire and Rescue.

The Ireton Ambulance took her to the Hawarden Hospital.

The Jeep sustained approximately $6,000 in damage.

Zomermaand was cited on a charge of failure to maintain control of a motor vehicle.

The Sheriff’s Office reports that the Ireton Fire Department, Ireton Rescue, Ireton Ambulance and the Hawarden Police Department assisted them with the accident.

December 27, 2016 - 3:48 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Over 1000 people were without power for a time on Christmas Day evening in Sioux and O’Brien counties.
Debora K. Blume, Director of Communications with MidAmerican Energy reports that wind gusts in excess of 60 miles per hour, heavy rain, and lightning resulted in a significant number of downed trees and power lines and caused damage to their electric distribution equipment on Christmas night when a storm blew into northwest Iowa just after 9 p.m.

Customers started reporting outages at approximately 9:20 p.m. MidAmerican Energy Company line mechanics, electrical contractors, and tree crews worked through the night to assess and repair damage from the December 25th storm. Crews reported a number of broken or damaged poles and trees or tree branches on power lines.

She says that while the vast majority of customers had power restored by Monday morning, some customers in the hardest-hit areas like Sioux City were without power until early Monday evening. Nearly 1,800 customers in Sioux City lost power.

Weather reports showed severe weather was expected throughout much of MidAmerican Energy’s service area and Blume says MidAmerican began to closely monitor weather forecasts starting on Friday to assess and identify areas with the highest potential for strong winds. She says they activated their storm planning process and took the necessary steps to prepare for possible difficult weekend weather conditions.

Outages were reported in the following locations:

City Affected customers

Blume says that with the arrival of winter, comes the chance for outages caused by high winds, ice and snow. She says the weekend storm was a good reminder to have an outage safety kit ready to go that includes flashlights, a battery-powered radio, extra batteries and extra blankets and warm sweaters.

December 27, 2016 - 10:08 am - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemSioux Center, Iowa — A Sioux Center teen was injured in an accident when her vehicle rolled near Rock Valley on Saturday, December 24th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at 11:18 p.m. on Christmas Eve, 16-year-old Trinity Vonk of Sioux Center was driving a 2002 Jeep Liberty southbound on Elmwood Avenue, four miles south of Rock Valley. According to the report, Vonk lost control the vehicle, which entered the west ditch and rolled.

The Jeep received $7,000 damage.

Vonk reported minor injuries and declined further medical attention.

bible-study-1A new year is beginning soon. Take a break with us, a Coffee Break, to study the Bible. This weekly program is for women of all ages and denominations. We will begin our new year study on January 4 at 10:00 a.m., meeting every Wednesday morning at Hope Christian Reformed Church on the corner of 6th Street and Chestnut in Hull. We welcome your young children to join in Little Lambs and  we provide free child care in the nursery. We would love to have you join us in studying the word of God.

Please contact Myriam at 712-439-2903 for more information.

Un nuevo año comienza pronto. Tómese un descanso con nosotros, un Coffee Break, para estudiar la Biblia. Este programa semanal es para mujeres de todas las edades y denominaciones. Comenzaremos nuestro estudio de año nuevo el 4 de enero a 10:00. Nos reunimos cada miércoles por la mañana en la Iglesia Reformada Cristiana de Esperanza en la esquina de calle 6 y Chestnut, Hull. Damos la bienvenida a tus niños a participar en Corderos Pequeños y guardería infantil gratuita. Nos encantaría que únase a nosotros en el estudio de la palabra de Dios.

Para más información por favor póngase en contacto con Myriam a 712-439-2903.