January 30, 2017 - 2:21 pm - Posted in News

Hull, Iowa — The second semester is well underway at area high schools. One of the area schools has been trying out a couple of new things since the beginning of the school year.

We had a chance to catch up with Western Christian principal, Mr. Dan Barkel. One of the things that they’re getting used to this year is opting out of the federal Hot Lunch Program. Barkel says it was just too restrictive. He says things seem to be going well on their own for lunch.

Barkel says there were a lot of restrictions on what products they may serve in what amounts.

He says they’re watching costs closely, but so far it appears to be working out.

He says he’s not sure their steps would work at every school, but they seem to be working for them.

Western Christian students also started school in a different environment. A $7 project to remodel and renovate the science wing, create a space for a new vocational agriculture room, renovate the old gym into an event center and add a new entry was completed last year.

Barkel says if anyone is interested in donating food, you can contact the school at 712-439-1013.

January 30, 2017 - 11:03 am - Posted in Sports

sioux county sheriff emblemAlton, Iowa — A Cherokee teen escaped injury after his truck and trailer jack-knifed near Alton on Saturday morning.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that just after 8:30 am on Saturday, 19-year-old Jeremiah Anderson of Cherokee was driving a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado pulling a livestock trailer eastbound on Highway 10, half of a mile east of Alton. According to the report, Anderson lost control of the pickup, entered the north ditch, and the trailer jack‐knifed in the ditch.

The Silverado received $10,000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

Sheldon Iowa — Sheldon and MOC Floyd Valley split a Siouxland Conference basketball doubleheader in Sheldon Friday night. The girls game went to the Dutch 54-30 with Sheldon taking the boys game 68-42.

MOC Floyd Valley led at all the breaks in the girls game. They were up 16-5 at the end of the first quarter and 32-12 at the half. The lead was 45-24 at the end of the third quarter as they went on to a 54-30 win.

The Lady Dutch had two players in double figures getting a game high 16 from Ashley Kelderman and 13 from Lily De Haan. Sheldon was led by Emily Meyer with 9 points and Bryn Groff with 8.

MOC Floyd Valley improves to 11-7 on the year and 11-4 in the conference. Sheldon is 3-13 on the season and 2-12 in the conference.


In the boys game the Dutch opened with a 13-11 first quarter lead with the Orabs taking a 30-26 lead at half time. Sheldon took control in the third quarter with a 49-32 lead going into the fourth quarter as they posted a 68-42 win.

Three Orabs hit double figures led by Jaden Kleinhesslink with a game high 17. Ryan Van Marel added 11 with Kyle Boerhave hitting for 10. Trenton De Haan led the Dutch with a 10 point night.

With the win Sheldon is 12-3 for the year and 10-3 in the conference. With the loss MOC Floyd Valley is 4-13 on the year and 3-11 in the Siouxland. A quick turnaround for the Orabs finds them at Spencer for make up games Saturday. The girls tip off at 3:00 with the boys game to follow. We’ll bring you the coverage on KIWA FM 105.3 beginning with pregame for the girls at 2:50. Next action for MOC Floyd Valley will be Tuesday when they host Okoboji.

January 29, 2017 - 12:47 pm - Posted in News

Orange City Ambulance OCOrange City, Iowa — Four people were taken by ambulance to a hospital after a four-vehicle accident on Friday night, four miles north of Orange City.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 6:45 p.m., 40-year-old Melissa Mulder of Sioux Center was driving a 2008 Ford Escape eastbound on B40 or 400th Street. She stopped for emergency personnel assisting other motorists. Fifty-year-old Arlan Kooiman of Hospers was driving a 2006 Mercury eastbound and stopped behind Mulder. Twenty-four-year-old Guadalupe Ramirez‐Espitia of Worthington, MN was driving a 2001 Oldsmobile Alero and stopped behind Kooiman. The Sheriff’s Office reports that 17-year-old Haley Smit of Orange City was driving a 2002 Chevy Impala behind this line of cars, when she struck the Ramirez‐Espitia vehicle. The impact caused the other cars to strike each other.

The Orange City Ambulance took Ramirez‐Espitia and her passenger, 21-year-old Mario Gonzalez, of Worthington, MN as well as Smit and her passenger, 17-year-old Katlyn Hoogland of Orange City, to the Orange City Hospital. Kooiman was transported by private vehicle.

The Mulder Ford sustained approximately $2,000 in damage. The Kooiman Mercury sustained an estimated $5,000 in damage. The Ramirez-Espitia Oldsmobile sustained approximately $2,500 in damage. The Smit Chevy sustained an estimated $4,000 in damage.

Smit was cited on a charge of following too closely. Ramirez‐Espitia was cited on a charge of violation of the conditions of an instructional permit.

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

January 28, 2017 - 11:01 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Hoogland, Alfred folder picAlfred Hoogland, age 99 of Sioux Center, formerly of Hospers, IA died on Friday January 27, 2017 at Royale Meadows Care Center in Sioux Center, IA.

The funeral service will be 11:00 AM Friday, February 3, 2017 at the First Christian Reformed Church of Hospers with Pastor Marvin Leese officiating. Burial will follow at Hospers Cemetery in Hospers, IA.

The family will greet guests from 9:30 until the time of service Friday morning at the church.

January 28, 2017 - 10:32 am - Posted in Obituaries

Nicholas HulstMr. Nicholas “Nick” Hulst, age 88, of Orange City, passed away on Saturday, January 28, 2017, at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls.

There will be a funeral service on Thursday, February 2, at 10:00 am, at the First Reformed Church in Orange City. The Revs. Mark Haverdink and Ronald Johnson will officiate. Interment will follow the service at the Hospers Cemetery in rural Hospers.

Visitation will be after 6:00 pm on Wednesday, with the family present from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

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On Monday, February 13th LifeServe will be in Hospers at the Hospers Community Center, located at 211 Main Street, from 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m

LifeServe will be in Hull on Tuesday, February 21st at the Hull Library, located at 1408 Main Street, from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

You can donate with LifeServe on Wednesday, February 22nd in Rock Valley, at Trinity Christian Reformed Church, located at 2020 8th St SE, from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 23rd LifeServe will be in Orange City at the American Reformed Church, located at 407 Albany Street SE, from 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

LifeServe will also be in Hawarden on Thursday, February 23rd at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, located at 1123 Ave L, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Biomusic: The Sounds of Nature

Conservation Program held at your local library.

Join the O’Brien County Naturalist to learn about the music of nature

And the nature of music!

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Thursday, February 2 at 2:00  – Paullina Library

Thursday,  February 9 at 2:00 – Sanborn Library

Monday, February 13 at 4:00 – Sutherland Library

Monday, February 13 at 6:30  – Sheldon Library

Tuesday, February 21 at 6:30 p.m. – Archer Library

Wednesday, February 22 at 3:00 p.m. – Hartley Library

Thursday, February 23 at 2:00 p.m. – Primghar Library

For more information about this and other programs offered by the O’Brien County Conservation Board please call 712-295-7200.

January 27, 2017 - 9:21 am - Posted in Sports

Charlie Poppema, a senior at Unity Christian, has announced his intention to attend Dordt College and join the Defender football program.

Poppema is 6-1, 200 pounds and played linebacker and quarterback this past season after missing much of 2015 with an injury. He totaled 11.5 tackles in limited time on defense and completed 65 passes for 765 yards and six touchdowns during his senior season and ran for three touchdowns. As a junior Poppema had eight catches for 127 yards and was in on 13.5 tackles on defense.

“Charlie is a great addition to this growing recruiting class. His playing career at Unity reflected his diversity in skill set. Although Charlie has played a variety of positions, we primarily see him as a Linebacker in college. He was a great leader Unity and an outstanding fit for our program,” said Dordt College football coach Joel Penner.

Charlie is the son of Jim and Lori Poppema of Orange City, Iowa. He plans to study Business at Dordt College.

January 27, 2017 - 9:10 am - Posted in Sports

ighsauDes Moines Iowa — The latest IGHSAU basketball polls are out and Sioux Center has jumped ahead of Pocahontas Ares for the top spot in Class 3A. Cherokee is ranked # 4. In Class 2A Western is ranked #5. West Sioux is #12 with West Lyon in the 14 spot.In Class 1A Kingsley Pierson is #8 with Akron Westfield in the 15 spot. In 4A LeMars come in at #14.

Class 1A
1 Springville 14-2 1
2 Turkey Valley 14-2 2
3 Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton 16-0 3
4 Glidden-Ralston 12-2 4
5 Kee 9-3 5
6 Newell-Fonda 11-3 7
7 Marquette Catholic 14-3 6
8 Kingsley-Pierson 15-1 9
9 Sidney 15-1 10
10 Lynnville-Sully 18-0 11
11 Janesville 15-0 12
12 Easton Valley 12-4 8
13 Burlington Notre Dame 13-4 13
14 Colo-Nesco 14-2 14
15 Akron-Westfield 14-2 15
Dropped Out: None

Class 2A
1 Iowa City Regina 18-0 1
2 Treynor 12-0 2
3 Central Decatur 13-0 3
4 North Linn 18-0 4
5 Western Christian 13-2 5
6 Pella Christian 11-5 7
7 Mount Ayr 15-1 8
8 Panorama 16-1 9
9 Van Meter 14-2 6
10 Cascade 14-2 10
11 Logan-Magnolia 15-1 11
12 West Sioux 15-1 14
13 Rockford 14-1 13
14 West Lyon 13-3 12
15 Maquoketa Valley 14-3 NR
Dropped Out: Highland (15)

Class 3A
1 Sioux Center 16-0 2
2 Pocahontas Area 13-1 1
3 Crestwood 12-0 3
4 Cherokee 14-1 4
5 Center Point-Urbana 14-2 5
6 Clear Lake 13-1 6
7 Union 15-2 8
8 Davenport Assumption 9-6 9
9 Mount Vernon 9-4 11
10 West Marshall 16-1 7
11 Shenandoah 12-2 12
12 Mid-Prairie 12-4 14
13 Red Oak 13-3 15
14 Algona 13-2 10
15 PCM 12-3 NR
Dropped Out: Humboldt (13)

Class 4A
1 Marion 16-1 2
2 Nevada 14-1 3
3 Grinnell 12-3 4
4 Pella 13-3 1
5 Lewis Central 14-1 5
6 Cedar Rapids Xavier 9-6 7
7 Western Dubuque 13-1 8
8 North Scott 11-5 6
9 Dallas Center-Grimes 10-6 9
10 Waverly-Shell Rock 12-4 10
11 Ballard 11-4 12
12 Boone 12-4 11
13 Carlisle 13-3 13
14 Le Mars 11-3 15
15 Fairfield 11-4 14
Dropped Out: None

Class 5A
1 Indianola 15-0 1
2 West Des Moines Valley 15-2 6
3 Iowa City West 14-2 3
4 Davenport North 13-2 4
5 Iowa City High 14-1 2
6 Cedar Falls 13-1 5
7 Dowling Catholic 14-2 7
8 Pleasant Valley 14-2 8
9 Waukee 12-3 10
10 Johnston 13-3 11
11 Ankeny Centennial 10-5 9
12 Southeast Polk 11-5 12
13 Ames 11-5 13
14 Linn-Mar 11-6 14
15 Bettendorf 11-4 15
Dropped Out: None