June 26, 2017 - 8:19 am - Posted in Obituaries

Frederick H. Lamfers, age 83 of Sioux Center, IA died June 24, 2017 at his residence, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at the First Christian Reformed Church in Sioux Center, IA, with Reverend Carl Klompien officiating.

Burial will follow at the Memory Gardens Cemetery in Sioux Center.

Visitation will be Tuesday, June 27th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., with family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Memorial Funeral Home in Sioux Center.

Family would like memorial to be directed to: Sioux Center Community Home Health & Hospice or Friendship Bible Ministry.

A complete obituary and register can be found at www.mfhonline.com

June 24, 2017 - 10:42 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mr. James “Jim” Dykstra, age 88, of Orange City, passed away on Saturday, June 24, 2017, at the Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City.

There will be a memorial service on Wednesday, June 28, at 10:30am, at the First Christian Reformed Church in Orange City.  The Rev. Mark Vande Zande will officiate.

Interment will be prior to the service at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City.  There will be a family prayer service on Wednesday, at 9:30am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Visitation will be after 5:00pm on Tuesday, with the family present from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, at the funeral home.


June 24, 2017 - 8:09 am - Posted in Obituaries

Adeline Slothouber age 75 of Warsaw, MO, formerly of Sioux Center, IA died June 22, 2017 at Lincoln Community Care Center in Lincoln, MO.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at the Memorial Funeral Home of Sioux Center, IA with Rev. Van Rathbun officiating. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Sioux Center.

Visitation will be Monday June 26th with family present from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Memorial Funeral Home of Sioux Center.

A complete obituary and register can be found at www.mfhonline.com

June 23, 2017 - 5:51 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — The art of a girl who will be a second-grader at Orange City Christian School has been selected as the winner in a kids’ art contest connected with RAGBRAI.

Over 500 elementary-school-aged children in Orange City embraced the spirit of RAGBRAI® by creating original designs for the local kids’ art contest – but only one winning entry will now compete for the state-wide prize as communities throughout Iowa ready for RAGBRAI, which kicks off in Orange City on July 22nd.

Sarah Nyenhuis, who will be in second grade at Orange City Christian School this fall, was awarded local honors with her brightly-colored picture featuring a smiling cyclist and an iconic Dutch windmill representing Orange City.

Amanda Vazquez, one of the art contest judges, says that the judges were impressed with the piece Nyenhuis created. She says Nyenhuis did a great job of incorporating both Orange City and RAGBRAI into her art, and “the quality of her work was amazing.”

Vazquez says the judges were “blown away by the number of entries and the amount of effort put into them by local kids.”

Nyenhuis’ winning entry will now compete for state-wide RAGBRAI art contest honors for a grand prize of $350. The other artsy tulips will adorn Orange City as it serves as the starting overnight host town.

Orange City, Iowa — One of the deputies of the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is now the president of a statewide organization.
lon Pollema tells us about the Iowa Association of School Resource Officers.

He tells us the main goals for the organization.

Pollema says his duties as president will mostly be connected to next year’s conference, including helping to get good speakers and training lined up.

Pollema says that those on the board let him know that he may be up for the president position, but he says he was elected by his peers in the Association during the conference on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

He says for more information, you can visit www.iasro.org or look for the Iowa Association of School Resource Officers on Facebook.

June 23, 2017 - 2:06 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Mrs. Helen Van Gelder, age 93, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, formerly of Orange City, passed away on Thursday, June 22, 2017, at the Dow Rummel Village in Sioux Falls.

There will be a memorial service on Monday, June 26, at 11:00am, at the First Christian Reformed Church in Orange City. The Revs. Mark Vande Zande and Wick Hubers will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. There will be a family prayer service on Monday, at 10:00am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

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

June 23, 2017 - 11:14 am - Posted in Sports

The latest IGHSAU High School Softball rankings have Akron-Westfield maintaining their #2 position in Class 1A, while West Sioux slips to the 6 spot, and Remsen St. Mary’s jumps into the rankings at 14. Class 3A features Sioux Center edging up to the #2 position and BHRV sliding into 3rd. Cherokee jumped to the 12 spot, and Spirit Lake slipped to 14.

Class 1A

School Record LW
1 Kee 22-1 1
2 Akron-Westfield 19-2 2
3 Martensdale St. Marys 23-1 3
4 AGWSR 19-5 5
5 Newell-Fonda 20-8 4
6 West Sioux 17-6 5
7 Clarksville 18-2 7
8 North Butler 17-4 8
9 Westwood 18-9 9
10 Woodbury Central 18-8 15
11 Colfax-Mingo 16-8 11
12 Belle Plaine 15-4 14
13 Murray 19-5 10
14 Remsen St. Marys 16-7 NR
15 Calamus-Wheatland 18-6 NR

Dropped Out: Sigourney (13)

Class 2A

1 Interstate-35 17-2 2
2 North Union 22-3 1
3 CMB 21-5 6
4 Durant 18-5 4
5 Beckman Catholic 22-8 NR*
6 Waterloo Columbus Catholic 21-3 6
7 Iowa City Regina 17-9 7
8 Pella Christian 17-4 8
9 Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 23-6 3
10 Central Springs 19-3 9
11 Logan-Magnolia 22-2 10
12 Lisbon 22-4 12
13 BCLUW 19-7 15
14 Alta-Aurelia 20-3 11
15 IKM-Manning 16-4 NR

Dropped Out: Louisa-Muscatine (13), Treynor (14)

*reflects Beckman Catholic move to from Class 3A to 2A

Class 3A

1 Davenport Assumption 25-1 1
2 Sioux Center 16-3 3
3 Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 22-2 4
4 Humboldt 20-2 2
5 Atlantic 23-6 6
6 Mount Vernon 22-9 8
7 Solon 19-8 5
8 Center Point-Urbana 18-6 9
9 West Marshall 22-2 10
10 Algona 14-4 13
11 Albia 20-5 14
12 Cherokee 18-5 15
13 West Delaware 22-10 11
14 Spirit Lake 18-6 12
15 Southeast Valley 17-6 NR

Dropped Out: None (Beckman Catholic moves to 2A)

Class 4A

1 Benton 25-4 1
2 Fairfield 24-4 2
3 Winterset 22-5 4
4 Oskaloosa 21-7 6
5 Ballard 24-4 3
6 Bishop Heelan 23-3 6
7 Perry 20-7 7
8 Mount Pleasant 22-5 8
9 Carlisle 15-9 13
10 Sergeant Bluff-Luton 19-7 9
11 Burlington 13-13 11
12 ADM 17-12 12
13 Boone 19-8 10
14 Denison-Schleswig 21-2 14
15 Charles City 21-3 NR

Dropped Out: Des Moines Hoover (15)

Class 5A

1 Waukee 24-2 1
2 West Des Moines Valley 23-4 2
3 Johnston 28-3 4
4 Cedar Rapids Jefferson 24-3 5
5 Pleasant Valley 19-6 6
6 Urbandale 20-6 3
7 Cedar Rapids Kennedy 19-5 8
8 Indianola 20-5 9
9 Davenport West 19-6 7
10 Dowling Catholic 18-7 10
11 Bettendorf 21-6 13
12 Muscatine 17-8 12
13 Linn-Mar 19-8 NR
14 Dubuque Hempstead 17-9 10
15 Southeast Polk 19-10 14

Dropped Out: Cedar Rapids Prairie (15)

June 22, 2017 - 4:35 pm - Posted in News

Boyden, Iowa — If you’re looking for some fun this weekend, one of your options is the festivities going on in Boyden for this year’s Boyden Bash.

It starts this Friday at noon with a golf tournament. Friday evening there will be Ferris wheel and train rides, inflatables and carnival games in Centennial Park. Also at the park will be a pork sandwich meal starting at 5:30, and a dessert auction starting at 7.

At 8, there’s a Glow In The Park 1-mile and 5K. Then at 9:30 there’s an outdoor family movie.

Saturday’s activities at Centennial Park start at 8 a.m. with a bean bag tournament, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, and concessions. At 10:30 it’s the kiddie parade, and at 11, frozen treats will be available, and the cook-off begins.

At 12:30, there will be a magic show, and at 1:30 they’ll recognize donors and the citizen and student of the year.

On the FCS property south of New Taft Street, the mini tractor pull gets underway at 11:00.

Also getting underway at 11, but at Centennial Park, it’s Skeeball and Soccer Darts and the inflatables, along with an obstacle course. The photo booth starts at 11:30.

Starting at 1:30 is the Spot Shot Contest. At 2, there will be Creative Spirits Painting in Centennial Park. They’ll try to have that in the open shelter, but if the weather doesn’t cooperate, they’ll have it at the Demco Center.

Sunday’s activities start at 9 a.m. with a frisbee golf tournament. The community worship service starts at 10 at the Boyden First Reformed Church. The omelette brunch starts at 11:30 at the Demco Center, with freewill donations going to the park.


Des Moines, Iowa — The Lewis & Clark Regional Water System is one of the top infrastructure priorities on a list that Iowa’s governor has sent to the President.

President Trump is pushing Congress to pass a spending plan to upgrade the nation’s infrastructure. Trump asked each governor to submit a list of their top five infrastructure priorities.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has put three water-related projects on her list. “Modernization” of the Upper Mississippi River Locks and Dams is at the top.

Number two on Reynolds list is the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System. When complete, it will provide drinking water to 300-thousand residents in northwest Iowa, southwest Minnesota and southeast South Dakota. Lewis & Clark was incorporated in 1990. Ten years later in 2000, the project was authorized. While the member communities and water systems have paid their share, the federal government has been slow to keep up their end of the bargain, according to Lewis & Clark Executive Director Troy Larson. The estimated cost to complete the system is over $580 million. While cities and systems are slowly being connected, the system has yet to reach Sioux Center, Hull, Sheldon, and Sibley in Iowa; Worthington, Minnesota; and Madison, South Dakota. Rock Rapids is the only system in Iowa that’s connected in any way so far.

Number three on Reynolds’ list is the Cedar Rapids Flood Mitigation Project. Reynolds also lists reconstruction of the interchange in the Iowa City area where Interstate 80 and Interstate 380 intersect as number four. The fifth project on the governor’s priority list is the expansion of the terminal at the Des Moines Airport.

June 21, 2017 - 6:34 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa  — The four northwest Iowa counties in our primary coverage area remain in the top 10 for lowest unemployment in the state, and three of the counties are ranked first, second, and third.

The May 2017 county-by-county unemployment rates were just released, and Lyon County again has the lowest (non-seasonally-adjusted) unemployment rate in the state, at just 1.5 percent, unchanged from April. Sioux County is second, with 1.7 percent, also unchanged from April. Osceola and Story counties are tied for third at 1.9 percent unemployment. Osceola is unchanged from April. A little further down the list, rounding out the top 10 at number 10 is O’Brien County with just 2.2 percent unemployment, up a tenth of a percent from the April figure of 2.1 percent.

Lee County, in the opposite corner of the state, had the highest unemployment in May, at 5.1 percent.

Statewide, the employment rate stayed the same, but the state did add some jobs, according to Iowa Workforce Development Communications Director Cory Kelly.

He says the good news continues for Iowa.

Kelly says that hiring in trade, health care, and manufacturing establishments helped keep the state growing.

He says that while the state added jobs and the unemployment rate stayed the same, more people were unemployed in May than in April.

Kelly says that you can visit www.iowalmi.gov for more information about current and historical data, labor force data, nonfarm employment, hours and earnings, and jobless benefits by county.