July 31, 2017 - 3:15 pm - Posted in News

Hawarden, Iowa (Radio Iowa) — A Hawarden native is making waves nearly 10-thousand miles away on the small Island of Diego Garcia.

U-S Navy Lieutenant Commander Jeremy Huls became the officer in charge in May of the computer and naval support facility in the British Indian Ocean.

Huls oversees 95 people at the communications support facility which serves around 35-hundred people.

It is a unique assignment far away from family.

He says you can ask for a second year on the island, but that is rare due to its distance away from everything. Huls has been in the Navy for 16 years and prior to this assignment he was on the Dwight D. Eisenhower in Norfolk, Virginia. Huls says their goal is to improve the communications, facilities and operations on the island that includes a project for the Department of Defense.

Huls is a 1999 graduate of West Sioux Community High School and a 2006 graduate of the University of Kansas. His wife Kelly is a 1998 graduate of West Sioux.

Photo caption:  Jeremy Huls (left) takes over from previous commander Brian Baker.

July 31, 2017 - 2:35 pm - Posted in News

Alton, Iowa — A Sioux City man was transported to the hospital in the aftermath of a one-vehicle rollover crash south of Alton early Monday (July 31st).

Sioux County authorities say the crash took place shortly after 1:00 Monday morning, one mile south of Alton on Highway 60.  According to the accident report, 18-year old Phillip Fleming of Sioux City was southbound in a 1991 Ford Ranger pickup when he lost control of the vehicle.  Deputies say the truck entered the north ditch and rolled, pinning Fleming inside, requiring mechanical extrication by the Alton Fire Department.

Authorities say Fleming was transported to the Orange City Hospital by Alton Ambulance for treatment of his injuries.

Damage to Fleming’s Ranger was estimated at $1-thousand.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Alton Fire Department, Alton Ambulance, Orange City Ambulance, and Orange City Police Department.

Deputies say the crash remains under investigation.

July 31, 2017 - 2:25 pm - Posted in News

Sheldon, Iowa — A Paullina man reported minor injuries after the pickup he was driving sideswiped a semi-tractor west of Sheldon Monday morning.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says 31-year old Daniel Horstman of Paullina was driving a 2000 Ford F-250 pickup westbound on Highway 18, shortly after 5:30 Monday morning, when he met an eastbound 2014 Peterbilt semi tractor-trailer rig, driven by 40-year old John Kleve of Sanborn.  Deputies say as the two vehicles met, they sideswiped each other on the roadway.  Following the collision, both vehicles reportedly entered the north ditch, coming to rest in a field.

Deputies say Horstman reported minor injuries, but declined further medical attention.

Damage to Horstman’s pickup is estimated at $5-thousand, with an estimated $30-thousand damage to Kleve’s semi.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Sheldon Police Department, Boyden Ambulance, and Boyden Fire Department.

Deputies say the accident remains under investigation.

July 31, 2017 - 12:06 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Last week there were several thousand bicycles trekking through northwest Iowa, and now we prepare for a big influx of motorcycles travelling west on area highways, with the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally beginning in the Black Hills of South Dakota later this week.

Triple-A Iowa’s Rose White reminds motorists to watch out for the 2-wheeled vehicles.

Even without the additional motorcycle traffic generated by folks travelling to Sturgis, White says there are still plenty of motorcycles out and about this time of year.

Strengthening the state’s texting-while-driving law may help to prevent crashes. Iowa’s new primary texting law became effective July 1st. White reminds motorists to never tailgate a motorcyclist. Give them extra space as they may need to make sudden lane changes to avoid potholes or road debris. She says motorcyclists need to be cautious and courteous, too.

25 motorcyclists have lost their lives on Iowa roads so far this year, but deaths are tracking much lower than last year at this time.  60 motorcyclists were killed in Iowa during all of 2016.

July 31, 2017 - 10:19 am - Posted in News

Doon, Iowa — A Boyden man was airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital following a single-vehicle rollover crash east of Doon early Sunday morning, July 30th.

Shortly before 1:45 Sunday morning, Lyon County Deputies were dispatched to a report of a single-vehicle rollover crash about 2 miles east of Doon on 260th Street.

Deputies say their investigation determined that a 2000 Pontiac Bonneville, driven by 22-year old Brandon Driesen of Boyden, was eastbound on 260th Street, when the car entered the south ditch, and became disabled after rolling.

According to authorities, Driesen was transported by Lyon County Ambulance to the Sanford Rock Rapids Hospital, and was then taken by Avera Careflight to Sioux Falls for further treatment.

Depties estimate the vehicle sustained approximately $6000 in damage.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, Lyon County Ambulance, Doon Fire & Rescue, Doon EMS, and K&J Body Shop.

Authorities say their investigation into the crash is continuing.

July 30, 2017 - 9:29 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mrs. Darlene Van Es, age 84, of Alton, passed away on Saturday, July 29, 2017, at the Orange City Area Health System.

There will be a funeral service on Thursday, August 3, at 2:00 pm, at the Alton Reformed Church.  The Rev. Scott Bonestroo will officiate.  Interment will follow the service at the Nassau Township Cemetery, near Alton.  Visitation will be after 5:00 pm on Wednesday, 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.

July 30, 2017 - 9:21 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mrs. Elma Hiemstra, age 84, of Orange City, passed away on Friday, July 28, 2017, at the Orange City Area Health System.

There will be a memorial service on Monday, July 31, at 2:00 p.m., at the First Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. Mark Haverdink will officiate. Interment will follow the service at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. Visitation will be after 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, with the family present from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Online condolences can be sent through oolman.com.

July 28, 2017 - 6:59 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — A ground hay pile was destroyed in a fire fought by five fire departments on Thursday, July 27, 2017 near Orange City.

According to Orange City Fire Chief Denny Vander Wel, about just before 2:00 p.m., the Orange City Fire Department was called to the report of a hay fire at Robert Wassenaar’s dairy farm at 4280 Jackson Avenue, just north of the Orange City city limits on K64.

The chief says the fire department saw the hay pile ablaze as they approached the scene. Round bales of hay were being ground up, and the pile of ground hay was on fire. Vander Wel says they moved the large pile of hay due to its proximity to a large silage pile, then broke it up with payloaders and front-end loaders and cooled the hay with water.

Vander Wel says no injuries were reported.

The fire department was assisted at the scene by fire departments from Alton, Hospers, Granville, and Sioux Center. In addition, VanderWel says the Le Mars Fire Department covered Orange City’s fire station in case any more calls came in.

He says the cause of the fire is undetermined, but he would guess that perhaps some metal or something got in the hay and created sparks when it was ground up.

No damage estimate is available.

He says they used 10,000-12,000 gallons of water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene for about an hour and 45 minutes.

July 28, 2017 - 2:52 pm - Posted in Sports

Des Moines Iowa — The Iowa Girls Coaches Association All State Softball Teams are out. Senior Ann Hedlund of Akron Westfield earned a spot on the 1A team. Junior Kaitlyn Van Der Zwaag and senior Jessica Harald of Sioux Center were named to the Class 3A team.

Class 1A All-State
Taryan Barrick AGWSR 10
Ann Hedlund Akron-Westfield 12
Gigi Byrkeland Bishop Garrigan 11
Katie Banowetz Calamus-Wheatland 12
Kori Wedeking Clarksville 9
Amy Russell Colfax-Mingo 12
Reis Wilson Colfax-Mingo 11
Jade Hays Coon Rapids-Bayard 11
Sophia Peppers Exira-EHK 11
Madison Whitver Glidden Ralston 12
Courtney Cooper Kee, Lansing 12
Kendra Cooper Kee, Lansing 11
Kaci Sherwood Martensdale-St. Marys 12
Kylie Sherwood Martensdale-St. Marys 11
Kayla Wookey Murray 10
Breianna Klein Murray 10
Olivia Larsen Newell-Fonda 10
Jillian Dunn Newman Catholic 12
Taylor Graven North Butler 12
Makenna Thomas River Valley 12
Autum Barthelman Sigourney 12
Haylee Fortune Wayne 11
Halle Gray Woodbury Central 12
Coach of the Year: Dan Thompson – Westwood

Class 2A All-State
Abby Kraemer Alta-Aurelia 10
Amber Boeckenstedt Beckman Dyserville 12
Hannah Ausenhaus Central Springs 10
Abbey Kahler Collins/Maxwell Baxter 12
Mikayla Houge Collins/Maxwell Baxter 9
Taylor Hogan Columbus Catholic 12
Cathy Ralf Durant-Bennett 12
Kamryn Meyer Durant-Bennett 10
Haegen Boyer Eddyville-Blakesburg 12
Randie Richmond Eddyville-Blakesburg 11
Claire Jager Eddyville-Blakesburg 12
Kelsey Hora Highland, Riverside 12
Carlyn Stanley Interstate 35, Truro 12
Josie Wickett Interstate 35, Truro 12
Kylan Straight Logan-Magnolia 11
Randyn Carter Louisa Muscatine 12
Anna Ingalls North Union 12
Emma Schnell Pella Christian 12
Elizabeth Van Manen Pella Christian 12
Sarah Lehman Regina, Iowa City 12
Emma Corkery Regina, Iowa City 12
Katie Bracken Regina, Iowa City 10
Coach of the Year: Tony Fenton – Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont

Class 3A  All-State
Hannah Isley Albia 11
Jena Lawrence Albia 9
Ally Anderson Atlantic 11
Alexis Handel Atlantic 11
Kaitlyn Van Der Zwaag Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 11
Katelyn Banning Center Point Urbana 12
Maddie Karr Center Point Urbana 11
Vanessa Bakley Clarke 12
Sydnee Redman Clarke 12
Nicole Timmons Davenport Assumption 12
Emma Valainis Davenport Assumption 12
Hannah Kelley Davenport Assumption 11
Ellie Jacobson Humboldt 9
Libby Ryan Mount Vernon 12
Sammy Moss Mount Vernon 10
Jayci Vos PCM 12
Jessica Harald Sioux Center 12
Bryn Hanrahan Solon 12
Jess Heick Solon 12
Peyton Parker Union Community, LaPorte City 12
Maleah Georgen West Delaware 12
Kallie Malloy West Marshall 12
Coach of the Year: Ron Ferrill – Davenport Assumption

Class 4A All-State
Abby Carlin Ballard 12
Skylar Rigby Ballard 9
Angie Gorkow Benton 10
Dianna Slight Boone 12
Laura Anderson Boone 12
Mia Ruther Burlington 12
Taylor Dubois Carlisle 12
Brooke Kramer Dallas Center-Grimes 12
Madisen Blackford Des Moines, Hoover 12
Brynna Bowman Fairfield 12
Kaylee Watson Fairfield 12
Mackenzie Hupke Independence 10
Michaela Davis Keokuk 11
Bailey Johnson Mt. Pleasant 12
Alyx Witt Norwalk 11
Amron Born Norwalk 12
Alexis Groet Oskaloosa 12
Emma Olejniczak Perry 12
Johanna Diw Perry 11
Macy Johnson Winterset 12
Coach of the Year: Steve Corkrean – Winterset

Class 5A  All-State
Peyton Daugherty Ankeny 11
Lindsey Culver Cedar Rapids, Jefferson 10
Avery Guy Cedar Rapids, Jefferson 12
Ashley Hamilton Cedar Rapids, Kennedy 12
Kaylin Kinney Cedar Rapids, Kennedy 9
Lexy Monty Davenport, West 12
Hannah Pals Dowling, Catholic 11
Brylee Klosterman Iowa City, West 9
Taleah Smith Iowa City, West 12
Brooke Wilmes Johnston 12
Alexia Lara Pleasant Valley 11
Erin Micklus Southeast Polk 12
Skyler Shellmyer Urbandale 11
Mackenzie Ward Valley, West Des Moines 12
Alex Honnold Valley, West Des Moines 9
Morgan Nealey Waukee 12
Sarah Schaefer Waukee 12
Coach of the Year: Steve Saladino – Davenport West

July 28, 2017 - 8:41 am - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — $10-thousand worth of cattle were killed Wednesday morning when the semi trailer in which they were being transported overturned near Sioux Center.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says the mishap happened just after 8:15 am on Wednesday, when 65-year-old Joseph Alday of Hospers lost control of the semi he was driving southbound on Eagle Avenue, due to a muddy portion of roadway.  Deputies say the trailer entered the west ditch where it rolled onto its side, killing the cattle.

Authorities say Alday escaped injury in the crash.

The Peterbilt and trailer received an estimated $40-thousand damage.