May 31, 2017 - 1:37 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — A woman living in Sioux Center was arrested recently on identity theft charges.

The Sioux Center Police Department reports that they arrested 26-year-old Lavreana Morales-Ramos on a warrant for failure to appear and on four new charges.

According to court documents, the warrant for failure to appear was on one count of identity theft and two counts of forgery, that happened when she obtained employment at Center Fresh Egg in Sioux Center in July of 2015, allegedly using the identity of a Texas woman.

The new charges include identity theft, two more counts of forgery, and possession of a false license or ID card. Court documents say that the alleged crimes happened when she obtained employment at Golden Crisp in Sioux Center, allegedly using the identity of an Arizona woman.

According to Sioux County Jail records, Morales-Ramos was released the next day after she posted bail.

The earlier count of identity theft is a class D felony. The latter is a class C felony. The forgery counts are all class D felonies, and the possession of a false license or ID card count is a serious misdemeanor.

If she is convicted of a class C felony, Iowa code says she will face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of between a thousand and ten thousand dollars. It says if she is convicted of a class D felony, she would face a five-year prison term and a fine of between $750 and $7500.

May 31, 2017 - 1:25 pm - Posted in News

Boyden, Iowa — A Hull man was taken to a hospital after an accident in Boyden on Tuesday, May 30th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 6:30 p.m., 30-year-old Joseph Plueger of Hull was driving a 2000 Chevrolet pickup westbound on Highway 18. They say 35-year-old Doyle Thorne of Rock Valley was driving a 2006 Dodge Durango eastbound on Highway 18.

According to the report, Thorne attempted to turn northbound onto Colfax Street and struck the Plueger pickup.

The Boyden Ambulance took Plueger to Sanford Sheldon Hospital.

The pickup sustained about $9,000 in damage. The Dodge sustained about $10,000 in damage.

Thorne was cited on a charge of failure to yield when making a left turn.

The Sheriff’s Office says the Boyden Fire Department and Boyden Ambulance Squad assisted them with the response to the accident.

May 28, 2017 - 7:42 am - Posted in Obituaries

Alice Hoff, age 83 of Sioux Center, IA, formerly of Rock Rapids, IA died Friday, May 26, 2017 Royale Meadows Care Center in Sioux Center, IA.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 31st at the Christian Reformed Church in Rock Rapids, IA.

Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery in Rock Rapids, IA.

Visitation will be Tuesday, May 30th from 5:00 to 8:00 PM with family present from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Jurrens Funeral Home in Rock Rapids.

An online registry and full obituary will be available at:

Northwest Iowa — Spring 2017 Boys Golf State Tournaments started on Friday, and continued Saturday, May 27th. Boyden-Hull took 5th place in 1A, Sheldon ended in 4th place in 2A, and MOC-FV ended their year in 3rd place in 3A.

Class 1A: American Legion Memorial Golf Course, Marshalltown

East Buchanan was the State Champion in 1Awith a team score of 614 over the 2 day tournament, and Bishop Garrigan took 2nd with 632. Kaleb Hagge of Winfield-Mt Union was the State Individual Champion with 137 while Parker Oleson of North Union and Chris Cooksley of East Buchanan tied for 2nd place with 143’s.

Individual Qualifiers NOT on a Qualifying Team:
12th – Derrick Schorg – St. Mary’s, Remsen – RD 1 – 81, RD 2 – 75, 156 Total

Boyden-Hull  – Coach Brad Van Roekel
19th – Davis Van Roekel – RD 1 – 84, RD 2 – 77, 161 Total
24th – Keaton Van Roekel – RD 1 – 84, RD 2 – 79, 163 Total
25th – Marcus Rens – RD 1 – 86, RD 2 – 79, 165 Total
30th – Kyle Baartman – RD 1 – 87, RD 2 – 84, 171 Total
44th – Logan Brunsting – RD 1 – 93, RD 2 – 93, 186 Total
52nd – Tyler Woelber – RD 1 – 97, RD 2 – 101, 198 Total
Austin Moss – DNP, DNP

Team Score: 5th place – 660

For Complete Results CLICK HERE

Class 2A: Lakeside Golf Course, Fort Dodge

Clear Lake was the 2A Team Champion with a 601 2-day total, and Kuemper Catholic took 2nd place with a 604. Carter Stochl of New Hampton was the Individual State Champion. Stochl shot a 2-day 140. Will Babcock of Panorama, Ryan Ruzek of Shenandoah, and Dylan Ellis of Aplington-Parkersburg all tied for 2nd with 142.

Individual Qualifiers NOT on a Qualifying Team:
41st – Carter Broek – Western Christian, Hull – RD 1 – 81, RD 2 – 84, 165 Total

Sheldon – Coach Gene Bomgaars
5th – Tyler Merley – RD 1 – 68, RD 2 – 76, 144 Total
17th – Koby Klatt – RD 1 – 73, RD 2 – 76, 149 Total
27th – Nick Bomgaars – RD 1 – 77, RD 2 – 80, 157 Total
40th – Hunter Lang – RD 1 – 79, RD 2 – 85, 164 Total
42nd – Phil Cain – RD 1 – 84, RD 2 – 82, 166 Total
60th – Dominic Seivert – RD 1 – 76, RD 2 – 104, 180 Total
Tyler Johnson – DNP, DNP

Team Score: 4th place – 608

For Complete Results CLICK HERE

Class 3A: Spring Valley Golf Course, Livermore

Central DeWitt took the Class 3A Team crown with a 2-day 622, and Webster City was 2nd with a 629. The individual champion was Tommy Doyle of Gilbert with a 2-day 141, and runner-up Rielly McGranahan of Central DeWitt shot a 148.

MOC-Floyd Valley – Coach Brady Baker
8th – Tate Arends – RD 1 – 77, RD 2 – 74, 151 Total
14th – Trent DeHaan – RD 1 – 79, RD 2 – 80, 159 Total
16th – Justin Schipper – RD 1 – 78, RD 2 – 82, 160 Total
24th – Charlie Dorn – RD 1 – 79, RD 2 – 85, 164 Total
41st – Collin Root – RD 1 – 89, RD 2 – 85, 174 Total
49th – Kyle Christy – RD 1 – 90, RD 2 – 89, 179 Total
Riley Frederes – DNP, DNP

Team Score: 3rd place – 634

For Complete Results CLICK HERE

May 26, 2017 - 7:06 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — Cover crops are a concept that appears to be taking hold in northwest Iowa, and a Field Day is coming up on Tuesday near Sioux Center where farmers can learn more about grazing cover crops and cover crops in general.

Practical Farmers of Iowa will host the field day on Tuesday, May 30, from noon to 3 p.m., near Sioux Center, at the farm of Matt Schuiteman at 3357 400th St., about two and three-quarters of a mile east of town.

Schuiteman says he has been growing a rye cover crop for more than 10 years. In addition to swine, he also raises 40 Shorthorn cattle. The rye provides forage to the cattle – either through grazing or fed as bales.

He says after they harvest and bale the rye, a few days later, they will plant a corn crop in that same field. He says since that crop will be planted late, they expect a little less yield, but in the end, it doesn’t concern him.

According to Schuiteman, they’ve seen benefits to growing a cover crop such as rye on both the environmental and the main crop yield sides.

He says their location, farming land that’s on top of a big portion of Sioux Center’s water supply, makes it important to be as environmentally-friendly as possible with their crop operation. Plus, he says, “It’s a way to get two incomes out of that same land.”

The event – “Grazing Cover Crops” – is free to attend and will start with a catered lunch from noon to 12:30 p.m. If you’d like a meal, you are asked to RSVP to Alisha Bower, or (515) 232-5661.

Northwest Iowa — With the new fireworks law having been signed by (now former) Governor Terry Branstad, fireworks and what is allowed has been a topic of discussion by the public and by local government leaders.

A couple of weeks ago, we told you that some northwest Iowa towns are considering stricter restrictions on fireworks than the new state law, and at least one is choosing to ban them altogether.

We recently spoke with county officials in our area to ask them if they plan any stricter rules on fireworks than the state law. To date, none of the four northwest Iowa counties have enacted any more rules on fireworks, but of course, that’s subject to change.

In O’Brien County, Auditor Barb Rohwer says the Board of Supervisors has talked about the issue and have decided not to pursue tighter restrictions at this time. She says if it becomes an issue, they have said they will re-address it at that time. Rohwer reminds people that the county does have a permit process in place for larger displays such as town or large-group celebrations.

In Sioux County, officials report that the county board has not discussed the issue, but note that it could come up in the future.

Lyon County Auditor Jen Smit says the Lyon County Board has not discussed the issue either, but it could come up for discussion at their next meeting, which is scheduled for Monday, June 12th.

In Osceola County, auditor Barb Echter says the issue was on their agenda at their last meeting, but they tabled it until their next meeting, which is on Tuesday, June 13th. She says so far they have done nothing with it.

Law officers are noting more fireworks calls. They remind people that even under the new law, fireworks are not allowed during most of the year and are only legal to use during two windows: for about five weeks between June 1st through July 8th, and for about three weeks between December 10th through January 3rd.

May 26, 2017 - 9:38 am - Posted in Sports

The first IGHSAU Softball Rankings for 2017 features Akron-Westfield in the #2 spot in Class 1A along with West Sioux at the 8 spot. Class Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley claims the 3 spot in 3A, Sioux Center in the 8th position, and Spirit Lake at 14.

Class 1A

School 2016 Record
1 Kee High 39-6
2 Akron-Westfield 35-3
3 North Butler 26-4
4 Martensdale-St. Marys 34-7
5 Newell-Fonda 29-15
6 Colfax-Mingo 25-10
7 Belle Plaine 21-12
8 West Sioux 21-12
9 Westwood 32-7
10 AGWSR 16-11
11 Wayne 23-9
12 Calamus-Wheatland 24-11
13 Murray 25-8
14 Exira-EHK 20-7
15 Sigourney 16-12

Class 2A

1 CMB 27-9
2 Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 27-9
3 Interstate 35 29-4
4 North Union 33-6
5 Durant 36-6
6 Waterloo Columbus Catholic 30-10
7 Iowa City Regina 28-18
8 Central Springs 34-6
9 Pella Christian 21-8
10 Underwood 14-13
11 Logan-Magnolia 34-3
12 Highland 20-10
13 Cascade 33-6
14 Van Meter 33-7
15 Wapello 25-9

Class 3A

1 Davenport Assumption 41-4
2 Solon 34-10
3 Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 26-9
4 Humboldt 26-7
5 Center Point-Urbana 22-18
6 West Delaware 31-11
7 Atlantic 27-16
8 Sioux Center 19-10
9 Union 23-14
10 Beckman Catholic 26-11
11 Mount Vernon 30-15
12 North Polk 21-13
13 Albia 19-14
14 Spirit Lake 28-4
15 Central Decatur 17-12

Class 4A

1 Oskaloosa 30-7
2 Fairfield 29-12
3 Burlington 27-13
4 Carlisle 38-7
5 Perry 25-14
6 Bishop Heelan 26-13
7 Keokuk 24-17
8 Benton Community 40-2
9 Winterset 30-9
10 Mount Pleasant 28-10
11 Boone 27-11
12 ADM 31-6
13 Cedar Rapids Xavier 18-24
14 Sergeant Bluff-Luton 28-11
15 Lewis Central 30-6

Class 5A 

1 Pleasant Valley 36-9
2 West Des Moines Valley 40-3
3 Urbandale 34-11
4 Cedar Rapids Jefferson 31-9
5 Indianola 33-11
6 Cedar Rapids Kennedy 37-5
7 Fort Dodge 28-17
8 Davenport West 31-14
9 Waukee 34-6
10 Johnston 39-4
11 Ottumwa 30-8
12 Dowling Catholic 21-18
13 Cedar Rapids Prairie 28-15
14 Dubuque Hempstead 25-15
15 Iowa City West 31-11

Hawarden, Iowa — Less than 24 hours into her tenure as Iowa’s Governor, Kim Reynolds made the executive decision to name Hawarden native Adam Gregg as “Acting Lieutenant Governor.”

A spokesman for Governor Reynolds says that the governor decided to name an “acting” lieutenant governor to avoid a lawsuit after Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller issued an opinion that the Iowa Constitution doesn’t give the Governor the power to name a Lieutenant Governor.

Back here at home in northwest Iowa, the news of Gregg’s appointment was met with excitement.  Iowa Republican Party Co-Chair Cody Hoefert says he believes Reynolds was looking for a “partner”, and found one in Gregg.

He went on to say that he believes having a northwest Iowan in that role is important.

Hoefert says he couldn’t be more excited about Gregg’s appointment.

Like Hoefert, Iowa District 4 State Representative Skyler Wheeler, of Orange City, says Gregg’s appointment is exciting for northwest Iowa.

Wheeler says his research indicates that Gregg has now become the highest-ever-ranking politician from Sioux County.

Wheeler says that Governor Reynolds and Acting Lieutenant Governor Gregg will be holding an event in Hawarden Friday morning as part of their “Building A Better Iowa Tour.”

He says that tickets for Friday morning’s Hawarden event can be acquired, free of charge, online at Here’s a link to the eventbrite page for tickets to Friday morning’s event in Hawarden.

Original Story posted at 10:40 am 5/25/17

Hawarden, Iowa — Less than 24-hours into her tenure as Iowa’s Governor, Kim Reynolds has made the executive decision to name Hawarden native Adam Gregg as “Acting Lieutenant Governor.”

Gregg served on the Branstad/Reynolds staff before running for Iowa Attorney General in 2014, a race he lost to incumbent Democrat Tom Miller.  Former Governor Terry Branstad then named Gregg State Public Defender.

Governor Reynolds Deputy Chief of Staff says the governor decided to name an “acting” lieutenant governor rather than a replacement, in order to avoid a lawsuit.

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller said early this month that his read of the Iowa Constitution indicates Reynolds lacks the authority to name a new lieutenant governor. Albrecht says Gregg will be a “governing partner” to Reynolds. However, because of the attorney general’s opinion and the threat of a lawsuit, he would NOT become the next governor if something were to happen to Reynolds.

Reynolds and Gregg are embarking on a four-city tour of the state, starting with a Thursday evening event in Reynolds’ home town of Osceola.

May 25, 2017 - 2:41 pm - Posted in News

Rock Valley, Iowa — The search for a new CEO at Hope Haven, Incorporated continues in Rock Valley. But we are told that the process may be coming to fruition soon.

Hope Haven’s Cheif Executive Officer David Van Ningen is retiring from his post in about a month, so a replacement needs to be found, he says. He gives us an update on the search process.

Van Ningen says that he and his family found Rock Valley a great place to call home, but he says at some point after he retires, they’ll probably move back to Minnesota to be near family.

May 25, 2017 - 9:33 am - Posted in News

Hull, Iowa — A Sanborn teen struck a Sheldon teen’s vehicle near Hull on Tuesday, May 23rd.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that just before 3:45 pm on Tuesday, 15-year-old Bryan Hoekstra of Sheldon was driving a 2012 Ford Fusion eastbound on Highway 18, two miles east of Hull. Sixteen-year-old Halle Andringa of Sanborn was driving a 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix eastbound on Highway 18 behind Hoekstra. According to the report, Hoekstra slowed for a turning vehicle and was struck by Andringa.

The Ford received $3,000 damage. The Pontiac received $5,000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

Andringa was cited with a charge for failing to maintain control of a motor vehicle.