February 28, 2017 - 12:57 pm - Posted in News

truck accident 2-27-17Boyden, Iowa — A North Dakota man was taken to the hospital after an accident on Monday, February 27, near Boyden.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 12:35 p.m., 35-year-old Scott Simpson of Oakes, ND was driving a 2006 Volvo semi‐tractor pulling a freight trailer eastbound on Highway 18, about three miles east of Hull,  when he lost control of the vehicle, which entered the south ditch and struck several trees on a farm property.

The Boyden Ambulance took Simpson to Sanford Sheldon Hospital.

The Volvo and trailer sustained approximately $30,000 in damage. Damages to the farm trees and landscape are estimated at $8,000.

The Sheriff’s Office says the Boyden Ambulance and Boyden Fire Department assisted them.

They say the accident remains under investigation.

February 28, 2017 - 11:35 am - Posted in News

RVFD Rock Valley FireRock Valley, Iowa– A garage fire was averted by just a few minutes in rural Rock Valley on Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

According to Rock Valley Fire Chief Brent Eshuis, about 6:10 AM, the Rock Valley Fire Department was called to the report of smoke in a garage and house in the 2900 block of Fir Avenue, about two miles northeast of Rock Valley.

He says it was a two-story house with an attached garage. By the time they arrived, he says the smoke had dissipated. He says one of the people living there does woodworking, and rags used for staining wood were disposed of in a plastic barrel the day before. He says overnight the stain started evaporating and causing significant heat.

He says one of the residents woke up and smelled smoke. He says the walk-out door to the garage was opened and the garage was found to be full of thick smoke. He says the garage door was opened and the car in the garage was backed out. He says the resident told him the smoke was so thick that he couldn’t see the car.

Chief Eshuis says the plastic barrel was moved outside. He says there were no flames yet, but the rags were black and smoking. He says in a very short time, there would have been a major fire.

Eshuis says no injuries were reported.

Chief Eshuis reports that there was minimal to no damage, and crews were on scene for about 20 minutes.

The chief would like to remind people to dispose of solvent-soaked rags properly, such as rags that have absorbed stain, paint, kerosene, gasoline, or even cooking oil. He says when these type of products evaporate, they oxidize and create significant heat. He suggests disposing or storing such items outdoors. The National Fire Protection Association says such rags should be kept in well-covered metal cans and thoroughly dried before collection or transport.

February 28, 2017 - 9:25 am - Posted in News

chickensNorthwest Iowa — Northwest Iowa poultry producers are again on-guard for avian influenza after a wild duck in Montana was recently diagnosed with the illness. Iowa had more losses than any other state after a bird flu outbreak in 2015, with many of those losses coming here in our area.

USDA Chief Veterinarian, Dr. Jack Shere, says producers need to be watchful for any problems in their flocks.

Shere says ramping up biosecurity is one answer but that’s hard to do after an outbreak is already underway.

A large bird flu outbreak was reported recently in South Korea and 30-million birds were destroyed, boosting demand for the export of eggs from Iowa producers. It’s believed the disease is spread by migrating wild waterfowl like geese and ducks. Given the latest case in Montana, Shere says the USDA is continuing to monitor for the virus.

During the 2015 bird flu outbreak, cases were confirmed at 77 Iowa poultry operations in 18 counties. It resulted in the destruction of more than 31-million birds and an economic loss to the state of one-point-two billion dollars.

February 28, 2017 - 8:24 am - Posted in Sports

Comet LogoLeMars, Iowa — Remsen St. Mary’s continued their undefeated streak and earned a trip to the State Tournament after defeating Boyden-Hull 56-51 Monday night in LeMars.

Both teams battled in the opening quarter and heading into the 2nd it was 13-12 Comets. The Hawks got the hot-hand from beyond the arc in the 2nd quarter. Heading into halftime it was 32-28 Remsen St. Mary’s. The battle continued in the 3rd quarter, and after 3 the score was 45-43 Hawks, and Remsen St. Mary’s held on in the final quarter for the 56-51 victory.

Hawks got a game high 18 points from Nicholas Ruden. 13 points came from Colin Schroeder and Jacob Wesselmann added 12 points.

The Comets got a team high 14 points from Marcus Rens and Mitchell Diekevers had 13 points.

Remsen St. Mary’s improves to 24-0 on the year and advances to the State Tournament in Des Moines.  Boyden-Hull ends their year at 17-8.

February 28, 2017 - 8:23 am - Posted in Obituaries

Grace BooteMrs. Grace Boote, age 92, of Hull, Iowa, passed away on Monday, February 27, 2017, at Sioux Center Health.

There will be a memorial service on Friday, March 3, at 11:00 am, at the First Reformed Church in Hull. The Rev. Kevin Yurk will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the Hope Cemetery in Hull. There will be a family prayer service on Friday, at 10:00 am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.

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

February 27, 2017 - 2:47 pm - Posted in News

ALICE 2Sioux County, Iowa — Recently, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office conducted A.L.I.C.E. training sessions with employees of Northwestern College, Northwest Iowa Rural Electric Cooperative, Unity Christian High School and the Orange City Area Health System.  A.L.I.C.E. training is designed to prepare people on what to do in the case of a violent intruder situation.

Sioux County Deputy Waylon Pollema tells us what the acronym A.L.I.C.E. stands for.

He says the Sioux County Sheriff’s Offices goes out to share the A.L.I.C.E. training when organizations in their county request it.

Pollema says the A.L.I.C.E. program came from the lessons learned in the wake of the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado.

He says they stress mental preparation, and encourage the proper mindset.

Pollema tells us that, So far in 2017, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office has conducted A.L.I.C.E. training at several Sioux County schools and businesses. For some it’s been a refresher; for others it was their initial A.L.I.C.E. training.

For more information on the A.L.I.C.E. training program visit the A.L.I.C.E. Training website, or contact Deputy Pollema at the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.

February 27, 2017 - 1:44 pm - Posted in News

handcuffs - subject inSheldon, Iowa — An Orange City man faces a felony, along with a pair of misdemeanor charges, after being arrested by Sheldon Police Friday evening, February 24th.

According to the Sheldon Police Department, their officers arrested 27-year old Geoffrey Dean Oolman in the 700 block of Western Avenue in Sheldon Friday evening.  Police say Oolman is charged with 1 count of Felony Possession of Contraband, 1 count of Possession of Methamphetamine, and 1 count of Possession of a Controlled Substance.  Both the Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of a Controlled Substance charges are serious misdemeanors.

Oolman was transported to the Sioux County Jail in Orange City following his arrest.

February 27, 2017 - 1:38 pm - Posted in News

Sioux County Community FoundationOrange City, Iowa — The board and the administrator of the Sioux County Community Foundation or SCCF are again reminding the public that the deadline for submitting an application for this year’s grant cycle is coming up. So if your group or organization needs funding for a special project, you might want to take note.

SCCF, an affiliate of the Siouxland Community Foundation, is accepting grant applications from 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and units of local government until March 15th. Applications can be submitted online at:

Sioux County Community Foundation (SCCF)

Since the first Sioux County grants were made in 2006, over $920,000 has been awarded to nonprofit organizations to help support present and emerging needs in the areas of arts and culture, community betterment, education, environment, health, and human services. A detailed list of grants awarded the last three years is available on the website.

The SCCF Advisory Board is well aware that service clubs and organizations have an important role in Sioux County. Even though the Foundation cannot make grants directly to service clubs or other non-501(c)(3) organizations, those organizations are encouraged to collaborate with a qualified nonprofit agency on projects or seek a fiscal sponsor.

Technical assistance and staff support is provided by the Siouxland Community Foundation which currently works with twelve affiliate Foundations.

Some of the grant funding comes from the state, which gives the money to counties that do not have a casino or betting track. The law stipulates that such counties are eligible to receive one-half of one percent of the state’s gross gambling receipts. Private donations to the SCCF are encouraged as well.

Questions about the grant program or application process may be directed to Dale Oltmans, SCCF Advisory Board Chair, at (712) 756-4314 or the SCCF Administrative Office, at (712) 293-3303.

February 27, 2017 - 12:26 pm - Posted in News

ambulance caduceus_SVARock Valley, Iowa– An Orange City woman and 19-year-olds from Doon and Hull were taken to the hospital after an accident near Rock Valley.

The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 5:50 PM on Friday, February 24, 2017, 30-year-old Danielle Mulligan of Orange City was driving a 2015 Chevy SUV westbound on Highway 18, a mile and a half east of Rock Valley. Nineteen year-old Felicia Van Veldhuizen of Doon was eastbound on 18 in a 1998 Chevy pickup. And 19-year-old Elias Nizniz of Hull was driving a 2003 Oldsmobile van westbound on 18 behind Mulligan.

The report says that Van Veldhuizen lost control of her pickup, and it struck Mulligan’s SUV on the driver’s side, and then was struck by Nizniz’ vehicle on the passenger side.

The Rock Valley Ambulance took Mulligan, Van Veldhuizen, and Nizniz to Heeg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley.

Mulligan’s Chevy SUV and Van Veldhuizen’s Chevy pickup sustained $5000 in damages, each. Nizniz’ Oldsmobile van sustained $2000 in damages.

Nizniz was charged with operation without a registration card or plate.

The state patrol says the accident occured in blowing snow with icy conditions on the roadway.

Northwest Iowa — The Boys Siouxland Conference All-Conference Basketball Teams are out. Sheldon and West Lyon each put two players on the the first team.

1st Team
***Isaac Heyer -West Lyon Sr.
Micah Meyer -West Lyon Jr
Tyus Arends -Sioux Center Jr.
Kyle Boerhave -Sheldon Jr.
Jaden Kleinhesslink -Sheldon Jr.
Marcus Rens -Boyden-Hull Sr.
Riley Van Wyhe -Central Lyon Sr.

2nd Team
Brayton Van Kekerix -Rock Valley So.
Brendan Zeutenhorst -Sioux Center Jr.
Josh Haken -George-Little Rock Jr.
Trenton De Haan -MOC-Floyd Valley Jr.
Bryce Peter -Okoboji Sr.

3rd Team
Ryan Van Marel -Sheldon Jr.
Jaden Snyder -West Lyon Jr.
Jason Taylor -Rock Valley Jr.
Tyler Van Beek -Sioux Center Jr.
Shane Solberg -Boyden-Hull Sr.

Honorable Mention
Sam Wagner -Sheldon Sr.
Mitch Rentschler -West Lyon Jr.
Kobe Lutjens Rock -Valley Sr.
Isaac Vietor -Sioux Center Jr.
Mitchell Diekevers -Boyden-Hull Sr.
Caleb Terhark -George-Little Rock So.
Tate Arends -MOC-Floyd Valley Sr.
Ryan Metzger -Central Lyon Sr.
Kip Hurd -Okoboji So.
Grant Brouwer -Sibley-Ocheyedan So.