September 21, 2017 - 12:00 am - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — A pretrial conference has been continued in the case of a Hawarden mother and stepfather who are facing felony charges of child endangerment after her 11-year-old told a teacher he was being abused.

According to court records, 33-year-old Nina Spaans and 35-year-old Matthew Spaans were to have had a pretrial conference on Monday of this week. But the conference has now been scheduled for Monday, October 2nd in Sioux County District Court.

Court records say authorities believe that Matthew Spaans abused his 11-year-old stepson, causing injuries. Authorities also believe Nina Spaans told the boy to make up stories about how the injuries were received.

Both Matthew and Nina Spaans are charged with three counts each of Child Endangerment Causing Bodily Injury, a class D felony, and have pled “not guilty.”

A trial in Matthew Spaans’ case has been scheduled for Tuesday, November 14th. Court records do not indicate a trial date in Nina Spaans’ case.

September 20, 2017 - 3:27 pm - Posted in News

Sioux County, Iowa — Harvest season will be upon us in a matter of days, and the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office has published a list of harvest safety tips for motorists, as well as operators of farm implements.

Sioux County Chief Deputy Nate Huizenga says one type of crash involving motorists and farm equipment is the most common this time of year.

Huizenga says if you run up on the back of farm equipment on the roadway, you should pass very carefully.

He reminds motorists that farm equipment has a right to share the road with motorists.

Huizenga also has some advice for the operators of those farm implements.

Deputy Huizenga reminds us that for the next couple of months we should expect to encounter farm implements on the road, and we may have to have a little patience getting to our final destination.

You can find the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office complete list of Harvest Safety Tips by CLICKING HERE.

September 20, 2017 - 8:20 am - Posted in Sports

Anna Kiel was named the NAIA Volleyball National Player of the Week announced by the national office earlier today. Kiel, along with teammates Lacey Wacker and Karsyn Winterfeld, claimed their respective GPAC honor this morning.

Kiel hit for 10+ kills in wins over No.5 Dordt and at Concordia, hitting a team-best .438 in the two match wins. The sophomore totaled 35 kills, averaging 4.3, per set, and has now hit for double figures in 14 straight matches. Kiel, who also earned the weekly GPAC honor on Sept. 5, ranks second in the NAIA with a .419 hitting percentage.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The No. 1 seed out of the Great Plains Athletic Conference, Hastings (Neb.), remained in the No. 1 slot for the fourth consecutive time in Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced on Tuesday. The Broncos were dealt 17 first-place votes. Northwestern jumped to 11th and Dordt fell to 6th place from 5th.

2017 Women’s Volleyball Poll #2 – Sept. 19

1 1 Hastings (Neb.) [17] 11-0 588
2 2 Viterbo (Wis.) [4] 12-0 571
3 3 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 13-0 557
4 4 Park (Mo.) 12-1 534
5 5 Westmont (Calif.) 16-1 497
6 5 Dordt (Iowa) 14-3 488
7 7 Columbia (Mo.) 12-2 477
8 8 College of Idaho 13-1 466
9 9 Midland (Neb.) 10-3 445
10 11 Missouri Baptist 15-2 415
11 14 Northwestern (Iowa) 15-1 410
12 13 Eastern Oregon 11-4 368
13 12 Grand View (Iowa) 11-6 363
14 10 Cornerstone (Mich.) 11-5 322
15 16 Doane (Neb.) 9-5 305
16 15 Corban (Ore.) 10-5 304
17 17 Montana Tech 9-5 299
18 18 Georgetown (Ky.) 6-1 278
19 21 Bellevue (Neb.) 12-3 261
20 22 Madonna (Mich.) 15-2 212
21 NR Missouri Valley 15-2 162
22 NR Ottawa (Kan.) 11-5 151
23 23 Jamestown (N.D.) 7-5 142
24 24 Morningside (Iowa) 9-7 130
25 NR Marian (Ind.) 14-2 124

Dropped from the rankings: No. 19 MidAmerica Nazarene, No. 20 Indiana Wesleyan and No. 25 Northwest (Wash.)

Others receiving votes: MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 111, Northwest (Wash.) 102, Indiana Wesleyan 91, Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 89, Campbellsville (Ky.) 49, Saint Xavier (Ill.) 34, William Woods (Mo.) 24, College of the Ozarks (Mo.) 21, Southern Oregon 14, Union (Ky.) 8, Mobile (Ala.) 6, Tabor (Kan.) 6, Siena Heights (Mich.) 3

September 19, 2017 - 7:27 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — Another source has named one of the Sioux County colleges as one of the best in the state.

According to, Northwestern College in Orange City is number nine out of the ten best 4-year colleges in Iowa.

Other colleges in order are, number one, Iowa State University, followed by the University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, Briar Cliff University, Grand View University, Mount Mercy University, Graceland University of Lamoni, and Maharishi University of Management. Loras College is number ten. says the data they used came from the National Center for Education Statistics and other U.S. Department of Education Sources. They say they analyzed the stats that covered 13 categories of comparison, from tuition and fees affordability to flexible scheduling factors like the availability of online degrees.

September 19, 2017 - 10:39 am - Posted in Sports

Sioux City, Iowa – The Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) and Hauff Mid-America Sports are proud to announce the following Volleyball players-of-the-week for contests played Sept. 11-17, 2017. Hauff Mid-America Sports is the presenting sponsor of the 2017-2018 GPAC Players-of-the-Week and Players and Coaches-of-the-Year awards program.

Attacker – Anna Kiel, Northwestern College (Middle Blocker)

Northwestern’s Anna Kiel is this week’s GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Volleyball Attacker-of-the-Week. Kiel, a sophomore, from Maurice, Iowa, put down a team-leading 35 kills, averaging 4.3 per set, in wins over 5th-ranked Dordt and Concordia. She hit .438 for the week while also averaging 1.3 digs to go with a pair of ace serves. Kiel totaled double-figures in both matches and has recorded over 10 kills in 14 straight matches for the 14th-ranked Red Raiders.

Setter – Lacey Wacker, Northwestern College

Lacey Wacker of Northwestern College is this week’s GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Volleyball Setter-of-the-Week. Wacker, a freshman from Jackson, Minnesota, averaged 11.8 assists per set and directed an offense that hit .286 in wins over No.5 Dordt and Concordia. Wacker totaled 40 or more assists in each match and also had three aces to go with 1.25 digs per set.

Defender – Karsyn Winterfeld, Northwestern College (Libero)

Northwestern libero Karsyn Winterfeld is this week’s GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Volleyball Defender-of-the-Week. Winterfeld, a freshman from Sioux Center, Iowa, averaged a team-high 4.1 digs per set in wins over No.5 Dordt and Concordia. She was a perfect 44-of-44 in serve receive and also served three aces. Winterfeld posted double figures for digs in both matches, recording a career-high 17 in the win over Concordia.

September 19, 2017 - 8:33 am - Posted in News

Rock Valley, Iowa — No one was injuries were reported after a silage truck and an SUV collided at an intersection near Rock Valley on Friday, September 15th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that just after 5:45 pm on Friday, 23-year-old Ethan McKenney of Larchwood was driving a 1993 Peterbilt silage truck northbound on Cherry Avenue, eight miles west of Rock Valley. Sixty-three-year-old Randall St. Peter of Audubon was driving a 2012 Honda CRV westbound on 300th Street. According to the report, St. Peter turned right onto Cherry Avenue where he was struck by McKenney in the intersection.

The Peterbilt received $15,000 damage; the Honda received $10,000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

September 19, 2017 - 8:23 am - Posted in Sports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Saint Francis (Ind.) extended its top-ranked streak to five-straight, as the Cougars were the unanimous No. 1 in the second regular-season edition of the 2017 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the National Office announced Monday. Saint Francis earned 366 total points. Morningside holds the longest active streak with 128-straight Top 25 mentions. Northwestern College jumped 5 spots to number 19 from 24th

1 1 Saint Francis (Ind.) (16) 3-0 366
2 2 Baker (Kan.) 4-0 352
3 3 Reinhardt (Ga.) 2-0 335
4 4 Morningside (Iowa) 4-0 327
5 5 Montana Tech 3-0 310
6 6 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 3-0 295
7 7 Doane (Neb.) 3-0 278
8 9 Grand View (Iowa) 3-1 251
9 8 Marian (Ind.) 1-1 248
10 10 Southeastern (Fla.) 3-0 237
11 13 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 3-0 223
12 12 Arizona Christian 3-0 216
13 14 Southern Oregon 3-0 210
14 16 Benedictine (Kan.) 4-0 183
15 15 Langston (Okla.) 2-0 176
16 16 Georgetown (Ky.) 2-0 165
17 18 Tabor (Kan.) 1-1 123
18 20 Sterling (Kan.) 2-1 103
19 24 Northwestern (Iowa) 3-0 101
20 21 Dickinson State (N.D.) 2-1 88
21 RV Cumberland (Tenn.) 4-0 81
22 19 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 3-1 48
23 11 Eastern Oregon 1-2 47
24 25 Kansas Wesleyan 2-1 37
T25 RV Concordia (Mich.) 3-0 35
T25 RV Hastings (Neb.) 3-0 35

Dropped from the Top 25: Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) (No. 22); St. Ambrose (Iowa) (No. 23)

Others Receiving Votes: St. Ambrose (Iowa) 21; Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 18; Midland (Neb.) 8; Peru State (Neb.) 6.

September 19, 2017 - 8:22 am - Posted in Sports

ORANGE CITY, Iowa—Three Northwestern College graduates who earned All-American honors will be inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, Sept. 30. The honorees, along with the 2017–18 Red Raider Club Coaches of the Year and Barnabas Award recipients, will be recognized at a luncheon at 11 a.m. in the Vermeer South Dining Room and at halftime of the football game against Morningside, which starts at 1:30 p.m.

Charity (Miles) De Lawyer of Rapid City, S.D.; Hillary (Hanno) Gingerich of Oskaloosa, Iowa; and Cody Van Sloten of Burtrum, Minn., will bring the number of Hall of Famers to 113. Cory Brandt of Rock Valley and Mike Meyer of Orange City will receive Red Raider Club Coach of the Year honors. The Barnabas Award—which recognizes Raiders who encouraged others to strive for their best performance athletically, academically and personally, and who used their sport as a way to bring others to a knowledge of Jesus Christ—will be bestowed upon Kristen (Te Grotenhuis) Olson of Kalamazoo, Mich. The late Derrick Rensink will also receive the Barnabas Award posthumously.

Van Sloten, a defensive end on the football team who graduated from Northwestern in December of 2008, received NAIA/AFCA All-American honors and Victory Sports Network second team All-American recognition in 2007 and was named to the College Fanz first team All-American squad in 2008. He is sixth in all-time sacks in Northwestern’s record books with 24.5. He also recorded 122 assisted tackles and 46 tackles for loss. A 2004 graduate of Boyden-Hull High School, he teaches fifth grade math at Holdingford (Minn.) Schools, where he is the defensive coordinator for the high school football team and a junior high basketball and softball coach.

Brandt, who graduated from Northwestern in 1992, led last year’s Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley football team to the Class 2A state championship with a 12-1 record. In his career as a head coach, his teams have compiled a record of 154-70. A 1987 graduate of M-OC High School, Brandt teaches life sciences at Rock Valley High School.

Meyer, a 1979 Northwestern alumnus, is in his 12th year as the head volleyball coach at Le Mars Gehlen High School, where his teams have compiled a 274-127 record and qualified for the state tournament seven times. Last year’s team compiled a 25-12 record. A 1975 graduate of Sheldon High School, Meyer has been a coach for 38 years, including 16 years at Northwestern College, where the volleyball team recorded a 452-151 record and he also coached women’s basketball and baseball.

Olson, who graduated from Northwestern in 1993, lettered four years in cross country and track and qualified for nationals multiple times. She is a home-school mom and volunteer coach of the Kalamazoo Cougars home-school cross country team. Olson previously coached cross country in Estherville, Iowa, and cross country and track in Mattawan, Mich. She graduated from M-OC High School in 1989.

Rensink, a 2011 Northwestern alumnus, lettered two years in football and was also a member of the basketball team. A 2007 graduate of Sioux Center High School, he taught fourth grade and was the head girls’ basketball coach and junior high baseball coach for the South O’Brien School District in 2012–13. He died following a car accident on May 24, 2013.

The public is invited to attend the luncheon. Tickets are $10 apiece. For more information, contact Kara Smit in Northwestern’s athletic department, 712-707-7280 or

September 19, 2017 - 8:21 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mrs. Antoinette “Toni” Ten Haken, age 92, of Sheldon, formerly of Boyden, passed away on Sunday, September 17, 2017, at the Fieldcrest Assisted Living in Sheldon.

There will be a memorial service on Thursday, September 21, at 11:00 am, at the First Reformed Church in Boyden. The Rev. David Poppen will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the Hope Cemetery in Hull. There will be a family prayer service on Thursday, at 10:00 am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull. Visitation with the family will be after the lunch on Thursday at the church.