July 26, 2017 - 10:32 am - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — Even though parts of the area have received some recent rainfall, our area remains somewhat dry, and that is raising a concern among farmers. According to the latest U.S. drought monitor information, all of the four northwest Iowa counties are abnormally dry, with over half of the area in what is called “moderate drought.”

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Beef Field Specialist Beth Doran says that on the cattle-producing side, dry pastures are a concern for some.


Doran says there are basically two coping strategies for dealing with dry pastures.


She says economics will probably dictate what feed is used for supplements.


She says farmers could also sell some cows from the herd.


There’s one other consideration, says Doran.


For more information, you can contact your local extension office.

July 26, 2017 - 12:06 am - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — A man who was arrested on a felony drug charge near Sioux Center was scheduled to be sentenced on Monday, July 24th. But his plea taking and sentencing has been pushed back a second time.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that on April 17th, one of their deputies arrested 43-year-old Omar Bautista Rodriguez of Sioux City. Authorities say Bautista‐Rodriguez was the subject of a joint drug investigation between the Sioux and Lyon County Sheriff’s Offices, and that he was charged with delivery of a controlled substance, a class C felony.

At last report, Bautista-Rodriguez was considering a plea agreement. The plea-taking and sentencing is now scheduled for Monday, August 21st at 11:00 a.m. in Sioux County District Court in Orange City.

July 25, 2017 - 1:39 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — An Orange City man was taken to the hospital Tuesday morning after his personal mobility scooter struck a semi in Orange City.

According to the Orange City Police Department, the mishap took place about 7:20 Tuesday morning aat the intersection of Albany Avenue Southeast and Highway 10 in Orange City.

Officers say a 2006 Mack semi tractor-trailer rig, driven by 42-year old Joshua Regnier of Donovan, Illinois was making a right turn from Albany Avenue onto Highway 10, when a personal mobility scooter, operated by 73-year old Jerome Munro of Orange City attempted to cross the highway, and struck the trailer of Regnier’s rig.

Munro was transported to the Orange City Health System Hospital by Orange City Ambulance.  Regnier was uninjured in the mishap.

July 25, 2017 - 9:34 am - Posted in News

Maurice, Iowa — A Sioux Center teen was uninjured after her vehicle struck a culvert near Maurice on Sunday, July 23rd.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that just after 5:00 pm on Sunday, 18-year-old Marisol Rodriguez-Hernandez of Sioux Center was driving a 2012 Toyota Scion westbound on 460th Street, one mile southeast of Maurice. According to the report, Rodriguez-Hernandez lost control of her vehicle, entered the north ditch, and struck a culvert.

The Toyota received $2,000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

Alcester, South Dakota — Two people are dead after a car hit a group of people and a building just west of our area on Monday morning.

According to South Dakota Department of Public Safety Public Information Officer Tony Mangan, the crash happened about 9:30 on Monday morning, when a vehicle hit a group of people outside Alcester Care and Rehab Center on Church Street in Alcester. Mangan confirms that two people have died as a result of the crash.

He says an additional six people, including the driver of the vehicle, are injured and have been taken to various area hospitals. Some of the ambulances responding were from Hawarden and Ireton.

Mangan says the South Dakota Highway Patrol believes this was an unintentional act.

Names have not been released, and the investigation continues.

Orange City, Iowa — “And all of a sudden, it was quiet.” That’s how Orange City’s RAGBRAI publicity committee chairperson Jenon Scallon described the mood late Sunday morning in Orange City after thousands of RAGBRAI bicyclists and support people left town.

Scallon says all-in-all, things went off without a hitch.


She says many riders even told them how much they enjoyed the Orange City experience.


Scallon says it was a different experience.


She says that thanks to their Tulip Festival, Orange City is used to having thousands of visitors, but the pace of this experience is much quicker.


RAGBRAI riders and those supporting them headed for Spencer on Sunday and Algona on Monday. Tuesday night will be spent in Clear Lake, with Charles City, Cresco and Waukon being the overnight towns on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. The ride will conclude Saturday in Lansing.

July 24, 2017 - 10:38 am - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — Sioux County authorities are asking the public to be on the lookout for a trailer that was stolen from a rural Orange City residence.

Sioux County Sheriff’s deputies say they received the report late Thursday evening about the trailer, which had been stolen from a rural residence about one-quarter mile east of the intersection of 460th Street and Jackson Avenue.

Deputies say their investigation revealed that someone had entered the property and  made off with a 2010 Stealth model trailer with black vinyl wrap, Iowa license plate number CF0571.

Authorities say the trailer should be fairly easy to spot, since it’s marked with the business name , “Epic Realty”, with photographs of two realtors emblazoned on the trailer.

Authorities ask you to call the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office at 712-737-2280 if you spot this trailer.

July 24, 2017 - 7:54 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mrs. Pamela Vander Lugt, age 65, of Orange City, passed away on Sunday, July 23, 2017, at the Orange City Area Health System.

There will be a memorial service on Wednesday, July 26, at 11:00 am, at the Calvary Christian Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. John Klompien 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 9:45 am at the church.

Visitation will be after 4:00 pm on Tuesday with the family present from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the church. Arrangements are with the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Orange City, Iowa — A man arrested on a felony drug charge near Sioux Center is scheduled to be sentenced on Monday, July 24th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that on April 17th, one of their deputies arrested 43-year-old Omar Bautista Rodriguez of Sioux City. Authorities say Bautista‐Rodriguez was the subject of a joint drug investigation between the Sioux and Lyon County Sheriff’s Offices, and that he was charged with delivery of a controlled substance, a class C felony.

After being postponed once, the plea-taking and sentencing is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. in Sioux County District Court in Orange City.

July 21, 2017 - 3:45 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — A Yankton, SD man facing a number of charges in Sioux County after a traffic stop near Rock Valley has pled not guilty.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that they arrested 47-year-old Wilbert Givihan of Yankton, South Dakota in the early hours of Thursday, July 6th, near the intersection of 310th Street and Coolidge Avenue, four miles west of Rock Valley, after a traffic stop.

They say the arrest stemmed from a joint drug investigation between the Sheriff’s Office and the Rock Valley Police Department.

Givihan was charged with a class C felony count of delivery of methamphetamine, as well as possession of methamphetamine, operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, open container of alcohol, driving without a valid driver’s license and no proof of motor vehicle insurance.

Givihan’s arraignment had been scheduled for Monday, July 24th, in Sioux County District Court in Orange City, but on Friday, through his attorney, Givihan filed a written arraignment and plea of “not guilty.” His attorney also filed a motion for bond reduction. At last report, Givihan remained in custody in lieu of a $10,000 bond.