Northwest Iowa — MOC Floyd Valley claimed the team title at Otter Valley Thursday with a team total 197. West Lyon was next at 210 with Sheldon third at 221.

Medalist honors went to Hannah Butler of Okoboji on a tie breaker over Emma DeJong of MOC Floyd Valley after both had carded rounds of 46. The rest of the top six had Brooke Dau of MOC Floyd Valley at 48 followed by Britta Harbers of Sibley Ocheyedan at 49 and Jaden Zenor of MOC Floyd Valley at 50. Megan Grimes of Sibley Ocheyedan rounded out the top five at 51.

For complete results click on the link below
Siouxland Conference Girls Golf GLR 4-27-17

April 27, 2017 - 1:30 pm - Posted in News

hay bale and tractor with balerOrange City, Iowa — A northwest Iowa extension expert is telling farmers about a way to determine the feed value of alfalfa.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Specialist Fred Hall says there’s a pretty good way to determine the “butter zone” between harvesting too early and missing some yield; and harvesting too late and missing some feed value.

Hall says it’s called ” Predictive Equations of Alfalfa Quality or “PEAQ,” and it provides an estimate of the quality, measured as Relative Feed Value, for the first cutting alfalfa standing in the field.

Hall says the relative feed value of alfalfa can be estimated by factoring in the height of the plant and its maturity. He says relative feed values start high (around 240), but get lower as the plant ages. However, the yield or volume starts low and increases as the plant ages. So it’s when these two factors are balanced that the time is right to cut alfalfa — weather permitting, of course.

He says by the time you allow for some losses, you end up with alfalfa in the 150 range for relative feed value.

Click here for a chart that helps you estimate that relative feed value.

Hall will be monitoring alfalfa fields during late April and May in Sioux and Plymouth counties and the information will be posted on the ISU Extension and Outreach Dairy Team website, and will be added to the Northwest Iowa Dairy Outlook blog at

He says for more information you can call him at 712-737-4230.

April 27, 2017 - 12:11 pm - Posted in News

ISPshieldMaurice, Iowa — Two vehicles were heavily damaged after colliding at the intersection of B-58 and Highway 75 in Maurice on Wednesday, April 26th.

The Iowa State Patrol reports that at 3:15 pm on Wednesday, 18-year-old Dylan Opheim of Maurice was driving a 2005 Ford Focus eastbound on B-58, approaching the intersection on Highway 75 and B-58. Fifty-year-old Loun Phomphakdy of Sioux Center was driving a 2011 Nissan Pathfinder southbound on Highway 75. According to the report, Opheim failed to yield the right of way from the B-58 stop sign and entered roadway in front of Phomphakdy. The Nissan swerved left to avoid a crash but still collided with the Ford in the intersection.

The Ford received $10,000 damage. The Nissan received $12,000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

April 27, 2017 - 7:44 am - Posted in News

LIHEAPPrimghar, Iowa — The deadline to apply for winter heating assistance for northwest Iowa residents through the 2016-17 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP is this Friday, April 28th.

LIHEAP was established to help qualifying low-income Iowa homeowners and renters pay a portion of their primary heating costs for the winter heating season.  Val Moermond of Upper Des Moines Opportunity in Primghar says the program is based on income.

Moermond says applications will only be accepted until Friday, April 28, 2017.  The deadline is actually the end of April, but since the 30th falls on a Sunday, the deadline is effectively Friday.

She tells us you need to have certain documents with you when you apply for LIHEAP assistance.

She says the program is not designed to pay your household’s total energy costs, but will provide supplemental assistance based upon several factors, including household income, household size, dwelling type, and type of heating fuel, among others.

Moermond says if you live in O’Brien County and want more information, or wish to apply, contact her office in Primghar.

In case you missed it the Primghar phone number is 712-957-1023. Upper Des Moines Opportunity also serves Buena Vista, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Hamilton, Humboldt, Osceola, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, Webster, and Wright counties. Their Sibley number is (712) 754-2573.

Other parts of our coverage area are served by Mid Sioux Opportunity. They serve Cherokee, Ida, Lyon, Plymouth, and Sioux Counties. Their Sioux Center number is (712) 722-3611. They also have an office in Rock Rapids, but it’s only staffed on Wednesdays.

April 26, 2017 - 10:58 am - Posted in News

National Weather Service NWS logoNorthwest Iowa — The calendar says spring, but winter may not quite be done with us yet here in northwest Iowa.  The National Weather Service Forecast Center in Sioux Falls says there is a chance of frost Wednesday night into Thursday morning, and again Thursday night into Friday morning.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Todd Heitkamp says that’s because of the cooler temperatures following our recent rains.

In addition to the frost in the short-term forecast, Heitkamp says there’s also a chance of snow from Saturday night through Sunday night.

He says that snow this time of year is not unheard of here in northwest Iowa.

We have seen snowfall accumulations as late as May here in our area.  In fact, just 4 years ago, there was a major storm that dropped between 3 and 5 inches of snow on May 1st throught 3rd, 2013.

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LifeServe will be in Granville on Monday, May 1st at the Granville Community Fire Hall, located at 617 Broad Street, from 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 4th LifeServe will be in Sioux Center at the Centre Mall, located at 251 N. Main Ave, from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 11th LifeServe will be in Orange City at the American Reformed Church, located at 407 Albany Street SE, from 12:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

LifeServe will be in Hull on Tuesday, May 16th at the Hull Library, located at 1408 Main Street, from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

LifeServe will also be in Sioux Center on Tuesday, May 16th at Sioux Center Health, located at 1101 9th Street SE, from 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

On Thursday, May 25th 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.

April 26, 2017 - 10:15 am - Posted in Sports

fishing 4Sioux Falls, South Dakota — Todd Heitkamp, the owner of Dakota Angler in Sioux Falls, SD, provides the latest fishing report for the Tri-State area of Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota. Here’s the latest Dakota Angler 2-Minute Fishing Report as Owner, Todd Heitkamp, tells you where they’re biting and what people are using. Also Todd discusses the infamous Shinee Hinee in Todd’s Tackle Tips.

Northeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Enemy Swim A few walleyes and perch.
Horseshoe A few walleyes and smallmouth.
Pelican A few walleyes and perch.
Dry Lake #2(By Willow Lake) N/A.
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. A few perch.
Waubay Walleye and perch fair.
Reetz N/A.
Dry Lake #3 (By Florence) N/A.
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 A few Walleyes.
Lake Cochrane Few reports.
Casey’s Slough N/A.
Indian Springs Walleyes fair and a few perch.
Lynn Lake N/A.
Dry Lake #1 (Clark/Garden City) N/A.
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 Walleyes fair.
Vermillion Walleyes fair late afternoon and evening.
Lake Herman A few walleyes.
Wall Lake Unsafe ice.
Lake Alvin A few bass, crappie, and perch.
Diamond A few walleye.
Scott’s Slough N/A
Island A few walleye and perch.
81 Ponds A few walleyes.
George WPA A few walleye.
Twin Lakes (by Montrose) N/A.
Thompson A few walleyes and crappie.
Brandt A few walleyes.
Whitewood A few perch.
Spirit Lake (North of De Smet) A few walleyes.
Henry WPA A few walleyes.
Family Park (Western Sioux Falls) A few bluegills and pike..
Mitchell A few crappie and perch..
Menno A few walleye.
Beaver A few walleye.
Sinai Walleyes fair along with a few crappie.
Brush A few walleye.
Loss N/A
East Oakwood A few walleye.

Northwest Iowa

Lake Fishing Report
Spirit Lake Yellow bass fair to good. A few bluegills and crappie..
Silver Lake few reports.
East Okoboji Few perch and bl;uegills.
West Okoboji A few perch and bluegills.
Lake Pahoja A few bluegills.

Southwest Minnesota

Lake Fishing Report
Shetek Few perch.
Sarah Few reportas.
Benton Few reports.
East Twin Few reports.
Round Few reports.
Okabena Few reports.

Missouri River

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

Other Rivers

River Fishing Report
James River Slow.
Big Sioux Slow.

OC RAGBRAI Dutch Till DawnOrange City, Iowa — Over 200 people were introduced to Orange City’s theme as the starting overnight host town for RAGBRAI® XLV during a Town Hall Event on Monday, April 24.

Orange City’s RAGBRAI publicity committee chairperson Jenon Scallon says the theme, “Dutch ‘til Dawn” reflects the community’s Dutch heritage and hospitality – and the city’s architectural style – which has made Orange City a popular tourist destination for its annual spring Tulip Festival. She tells us a local student came up with the theme.

She says another big “reveal” during the town hall event was the entertainment scheduled for the main stage in Windmill Park on July 22.

The Orange City RAGBRAI hospitality committee is also inviting residents to decorate for RAGBRAI with bicycles and white Christmas Lights. The Christmas light idea will also be a contest and is being called “Light It Up Orange City.”

…more information from Orange City’s RAGBRAI Committee:
They say that community members can create a truly inviting and memorable atmosphere for riders and visitors. Residents are encouraged to decorate their property with a variety of old bikes and accessories that will be collected by the committee, and businesses are invited to adorn their storefronts and windows for the occasion. A “Light It Up Orange City” initiative is designed to spark community-wide beautification for the week RAGBRAI is in town. Residents are asked to hang white lights on their homes and in their yards. The goal is to provide soft ambient lighting in the neighborhoods as guests walk and bike throughout the community – from the downtown area featuring entertainment, vendors, and a beverage garden … to the campgrounds and other housing facilities. A local “celebrity judge” will choose winning “Light It Up” homes and businesses, whose residents and employees will be invited to a special block party and a free meal.

Also shared at the Town Hall Event was information about a children’s art contest, housing and volunteer opportunities, and the sale of Orange City RAGBRAI logoed T-shirts. The winners of T-shirts and a child’s bike were announced, and attendees were able to visit with committee members at specific break-out booths.

The 2017 RAGBRAI is July 23-29.

pancakes-2American Reformed Youth Group in Hull is hosting a Pancake Breakfast on Memorial Day May 29th. Serving is from 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. at the American Reformed Church in Hull.

Freewill donations with proceeds going for Power Connection and Rocky Mountain High.

Address of American Reformed Church is 911 1st St. in Hull, Iowa

moc_Floyd Valley logoRock Rapids Iowa — MOC Floyd Valley won the team title at the Siouxland Conference girls golf meet hosted by Central Lyon Monday. The Lady Dutch fired a team total 192 followed by Sioux Center at 208. Sheldon was one shot back at 209. West Lyon was next at 211 with Okoboji at 217 to round out the top five.

Medalist honors went to Emily VandeKop of Central Lyon. She won a tie breaker with Megan Grimes of Sibley Ocheyedan with both golfers shooting 43. Hannah Butler of Okoboji was next at 44. Abby Vander Laan of G-LR and Rainie Hoogendorn of West Lyon were both at 45. Jaden Zenor of MOC Floyd Valley fired a 46 to round out the top six. Sheldon was led by Sierra Seivert at 47.

For complete results click on the link below
Siouxland Conference Girls Golf C-Lyon 4-24-17