December 31, 2017 - 11:30 am - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa– An Orange City woman and a Hawarden teen were taken to the hospital after an accident in Orange City.

The Orange City Police Department reports that about 1:20 PM on Friday, December 29, 2017, 30-year-old Farrah De Jong of Orange City was driving a 2007 GMC northbound on Frankfort Avenue Southeast. They say 16-year-old Caitlyn Bushby of Hawarden was eastbound on Eighth Street Southeast, or Highway 10 in a 2008 Jeep.

The report says that De Jong was turning left and had a green light. It says Bushby had a red light, but that she told the officer that she could not stop, due to icy roads.

The Orange City Ambulance took De Jong, Bushby, and a passenger in Bushby’s Jeep, Angel Vander Zwaag of Sioux Center to the Orange City Area Health System Hospital.

De Jong’s GMC sustained $8000 in damages, and Bushby’s Jeep sustained $10,000 in damages.

Bushby was charged with Failure To Maintain Control.

December 28, 2017 - 12:37 pm - Posted in News

Hull, Iowa — An Omaha man was taken to the hospital after falling asleep at the wheel and crashing his van shortly after 7:00 Thursday morning.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says the crash when a 2017 Ram cargo van, driven by 25-year old Robert Harwell of Omaha, was northbound on Highway 75, four miles northwest of Hull.

Harwell reportedly told deputies that he fell asleep at the wheel, lost control of the van, and entered the west ditch.

Authorities say Harwell was transported to the Sioux Center Hospital by the Hull Ambulance for treatment of minor injuries.

Damage to the van was estimated at approximately $25-thousand. Deputies say Harwell was ticketed for Failure to Maintain Control, and Failure to Use a Seat Belt.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Hull Fire Department and Hull Ambulance.

December 27, 2017 - 5:52 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Theodore DeVries, age 82, of Sioux Center, the former owner of Magic Wheels Roller Skating Rink, passed away Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at Mercy Hospital in Sioux City.

Funeral service will be 10:30 AM, Saturday, December 30th, at New Life Reformed Church in Sioux Center with Rev. Dan Kruse officiating.  Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Sioux Center.

Visitation will be Friday, December 29th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM with family present at Memorial Funeral Home in Sioux Center.

December 27, 2017 - 4:40 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — So you’ve got all that wrapping paper and boxes from Christmas. What should you do with it all? You know you shouldn’t just throw it in the garbage . . .

We talked with Larry Oldenkamp, who’s the manager where they accept almost all of northwest Iowa’s recycling — The Northwest Iowa Solid Waste Agency, north of Hospers. He says they accept recycling and trash from haulers and municipalities in Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola and Sioux Counties as well as several communities in Clay County and the City of Akron in Plymouth County.

Oldenkamp says most of what people throw away after a Christmas party is recyclable.

Since Christmas cards and letters are made out of paper, those are recyclable. He says that cardboard and paperboard (think the type of material used for pop and beer or cereal boxes) are recyclable too.

But he says some of the cardboard to be recycled in the United States, including some cardboard sent to their facility from northwest Iowa homes and businesses — actually goes to China before it’s recycled.

And he says China is cracking down on contaminants in cardboard bundles sent to them. It seems that there are a lot of contaminants that get sent with cardboard. One of the things they see a lot is the packing materials like styrofoam, plastic bags, and packing peanuts, as well as ribbons and bows being sent right out in the cardboard box. He says that’s bad because if it’s not noticed, China could send a whole load back, and that is upsetting the recycling industry.

Of course, packing materials are only part of the problem. Since our recyclables are co-mingled, all kinds of other stuff — even non-recyclable stuff — sometimes makes it through the sorting process and gets mixed in the bundles sent to China. So when you recycle that box from the online superstore, make sure you don’t send it with the packing material inside. For that matter, they’d prefer if you collapse the box before sending it for recycling.

December 27, 2017 - 1:11 pm - Posted in Sports

Dordt College has announced Ross Douma will resign his head men’s basketball coaching position at the conclusion of the 2017-18 season to focus his energy on his responsibilities as the school’s athletic director. Douma was named Dordt College athletic director this past June.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed serving as our head men’s basketball coach since 2009, which makes arriving at this decision so difficult.  The players and coaches who have been a part of our program during this time are very special to me and I will always cherish the relationships that were forged as a result of the game of basketball,” said Douma. “The current men’s basketball team has a tremendous young nucleus that a new coach will inherit and take to new heights.  I am grateful for the opportunity our administration gave me this season to serve as both athletic director and head men’s basketball coach.  That said, it has become increasingly clear in order for our athletic department to realize its vast potential, I need to devote more time to the new and exciting initiatives that are on the horizon for Dordt College athletics.  I look forward to serving the Dordt College community and our passionate fan base in this singular capacity.”

Douma, has served as the head men’s basketball coach since 2009-10 and has guided the Defenders to a 180-94 record. His .656 winning percentage is the highest of the nine men’s basketball coaches who have served the program.  Douma coached the Defenders to NAIA National Championship Tournament berths in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

“Ross Douma has done an exceptional job building the men’s basketball program. His skill set has been an asset to the basketball program and the whole athletic department across the board. Ross has communicated his excitement to take up the mantle and legacy that Glenn Bouma has built. Ross is a gifted leader who will use those talents to lead and serve our coaching staff while they develop holistic student-athletes through the Defender Way,” said Dordt College Provost Eric Forseth.

The search for Dordt College’s tenth men’s basketball coach will begin immediately.

December 27, 2017 - 10:59 am - Posted in News

Boyden, Iowa – A Rock Rapids teen was injured after a collision in Boyden on Christmas Day.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that just after 3:30 pm on Monday, December 25th, 17-year-old Melissa Hinderks of Boyden was driving a 2007 Chrysler Sebring eastbound on Highway 18 in Boyden. Nineteen-year-old Dayna Korthals of Rock Rapids was driving a 2001 Ford Taurus westbound on Highway 18. According to the report, Hinderks attempted to turn north onto Colfax Street and the vehicles collided in the intersection.

The Chrysler received $4,000 damage; the Ford received $5,000 damage.

Korthals reported minor injuries but declined further medical attention.

December 26, 2017 - 8:00 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — There’s a workshop coming up for dairy professionals in Orange City in January, and registration is open now. In fact, you can save some money if you register by this Friday, December 29th.

The I-29 Moo University collaboration will be offering their Winter Workshop Series January 8-12, 2018. They encourage all dairy producers, students, stakeholders and industry personnel to attend.

The series focus is From Field to Bunk: Growing and Feeding Dairy Quality Forages. The workshop series will take place in five locations, one of which will be in Orange City.

Registration by December 29, 2017 is $50 per person and $25 for students. Late registration is late $65 and $30 for students. Late registration fees begin December 30. To register, visit

The Iowa workshop will be held January 11, 2018, in Orange City at the Sioux County Extension Office (400 Central Ave. NW, Suite 700, Orange City, IA 51041).

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Field Specialist Fred Hall says that the learning objective is to improve the sustainability of the dairy production system. He tells us what to expect. 

He tells us about the focus after lunch.

He says they’ll touch on almost every aspect of forage this year.

For more information or to register go to:

More information is available from Northwest Iowa Extension Dairy field Specialist Fred M. Hall at 712.737.4230 or by email at:

December 26, 2017 - 8:46 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mrs. Roberta “Bert” Boogerd, age 84, of Hull, passed away on Monday, December 25, 2017, at the Pleasant Acres Care Center in Hull.

There will be a memorial service on Saturday, December 30, at 11:00 am, at the First Reformed Church in Hull. The Rev. Kevin Yurk will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the Hope Cemetery in Hull. There will be a family prayer service on Saturday, at 10:00 am, at the church.

Visitation will be after 5:00 pm on Friday, with the family present from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, at the church. Arrangements are with the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.

December 25, 2017 - 9:52 am - Posted in News

Sioux City, Iowa — A new judge has been appointed to serve one of the districts in our coverage area.

We have received word that Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has appointed Tod Deck as district court judge in the Judicial District 3B. Deck will fill the judicial seat formerly held by Judge Edward Jacobson.

Jacobson announced his retirement this past summer and retired effective October 9th, 2017.

Among his judgments rendered in our area was the one in Rochelle Sapp’s murder trial, in which she was accused of causing fatal injuries to 3-year-old Autumn Elgersma of Orange City in 2013. About a year later, she pleaded guilty to lesser charges and was sentenced to two 50-year prison terms to run back-to-back, or “concurrently”. About a year after that, in 2015, Judge Jacobson cut Sapp’s sentence in half when he ruled that the terms should run together instead of back-to-back. The reconsideration was unprecedented in the State of Iowa in a case involving a victim. Sapp remains incarcerated in the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville, Iowa, and is tentatively scheduled for release in the year 2038, according to the Iowa Department of Corrections.

The new judge — Tod Deck, of Sioux City — received his law degree from the University of Louisville and his undergraduate degree from Morningside College. He currently serves as a judicial magistrate in Woodbury County.

Judicial District 3B includes Sioux County in our immediate area, as well as Crawford, Ida, Monona, Plymouth, and Woodbury counties.

December 21, 2017 - 10:00 pm - Posted in Sports

Dordt College head football coach Joel Penner has announced the first ten recruits for fall 2018.

The group includes six offensive lineman and athletes from six different states. The recruits will join a program that posted a 5-5 record last season and posted three wins in the Great Plains Athletic Conference.

Joining the Defender program will be Kellan Anderson, Walter Black, Josh Elmore, Austin Gallagher, Garrett Giesick, Shane Mathis, Dylan Moeller, Bryce Simnacher, Mitchel Van Regenmorter and Lucas Warner.

“The objective of our recruiting efforts this year is two-fold, find players who will thrive in this environment and find world-class teammates for our current players. I couldn’t be more pleased with the first round of signees. We set a goal of signing 10 players before Christmas and we are well on our way towards a dynamic class. Building our roster this year requires us to focus heavily on defensive difference makers, offensive line, and offensive players that make things happen with the ball in their hands. We are also thrilled to be breaking into new markets – Mitchel Van Regenmorter from MOC-Floyd Valley and Lucas Warner from Pella High are tremendous players and even better young men,” said Dordt College football coach Joel Penner.

Anderson is a senior at Wolfe City (Texas) High School where he played offensive lineman. He received first team all-district honors as a junior and was part of the 2017 Bi-District Championship football team. Anderson also competes as a powerlifter and was a regional qualifier in 2015 and 2016. He’s listed 6-3, 265 pounds.

Black competed for Albertville (Alabama) High School. He’s an offensive lineman and started for three years at Albertville and earned all-county and all-region honors in both 2016 and 2017. He’s listed 6-3, 290 pounds.

Elmore is a senior at Plainfield South (Illinois) High School and played in the defensive secondary for the Cougars. He was part of a senior laden team that was coached by Bill Bicker who was in his second year as head coach at Plainfield South High School.

Gallagher is a senior at Houston Christian High School (Texas). He’s played various positions in football ranging from quarterback to tight end and slot receiver. He has amassed a total of 717 yards in passing as quarterback and rushed for 105 yards and caught passes for 250 yards. Gallagher finished his high school career with four touchdowns and earned football honors as the most improved player as a junior and was voted first team all-district as a senior.

Giesick played football for Bellevue East (Nebraska) High School. A 5-10, 275 pound offensive lineman, Giesick served as his team’s captain and was a powerlifting state champion.

Mathis is a senior at Florence (Arizona) High School. Mathis played safety and slot receiver for the Gophers. As a senior, Mathis accumulated 77 tackles, 5 interceptions and returned one interception for a touchdown. During his senior year Mathis totaled 652 receiving yards and averaged 21.7 yards a catch. Throughout his high school career, he totaled 166 tackles, 79 which were solo and tallied nine interceptions. Shane earned first team all-region as a senior for the and helped the Gophers finish third in their conference with an 8-3 record.

Moeller competed for Victoria East (Texas). Moeller was a three-year letter winner and totaled nearly 300 tackles during his career while playing linebacker on defense. He was an academic all-district pick in 2015 and claimed the same honor in 2016 while also being named honorable mention all-district and second team all-area. He helped his team to the state quarterfinals in 2016 and missed much of the 2017 season with injury. Moeller is listed 5-11, 200 pounds.

Simnacher is a senior at Hereford High School (Texas) and played played offensive and defensive line. The 6-3 lineman finished the high school season as a first team all-district pick on the offensive line. He helped Hereford finish the season with a 6-4 record. Simnacher also gained honors as the 806 Sports Offensive Lineman of the Week during the 2017 season. Simnacher is listed 6-3, 280 pounds.

Van Regenmorter is a senior at MOC Floyd Valley High School (Iowa). He was an offensive and defensive lineman for the Dutch and earned first team all-district honors while helping to pave the way for a team that ran for 1,760 yards and averaged 4.8 yards per rushing attempt. On defense he had 12 tackles with 1.5 sacks and two tackles for loss. He was picked as his team’s most valuable lineman and was a three-year letter winner. Van Regenmorter is listed 6-1, 250 pounds.

Warner competed for Pella High School (Iowa) and played offensive tackle and tight end for the Dutch. He averaged 11.4 yards per catch as a senior and was a middle linebacker on defense where he was the team leader in tackles as a sophomore, junior and senior. He finished his high school career with 235 total tackles, 32 tackles for a loss, seven solo sacks, seven fumble recoveries and two interceptions. Warner is 6-3, 235 pounds.