December 14, 2017 - 12:03 am - Posted in News

Alton, Iowa — A Sheldon man was taken to a hospital after an accident near Alton on Tuesday evening, December 12.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 10:35 p.m., 52-year-old Kevin Starling of Sheldon was driving a 2004 Ford Ranger pickup northbound on Highway 60, about a mile north of Alton. They report that 30-year-old Trevor Juzek of Le Mars was driving a 2015 Chevrolet Equinox northbound on Highway 60 behind Starling.

The report says Juzek rear-ended the Starling pickup, causing Starling to lose control of the Ford. The pickup entered the east ditch where it rolled onto its top.

The Alton Ambulance took Starling to the Orange City Area Health System Hospital.

His Ford sustained about $9,000 in damage. The Juzek Chevrolet sustained about $20,000 in damage.

Juzek was cited on a charge of following too closely.

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

December 13, 2017 - 1:20 pm - Posted in Sports

Sioux Falls, South Dakota — Todd Heitkamp, the owner of Dakota Angler in Sioux Falls, SD, provides the latest fishing report for the Tri-State area of Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota. Well it looks like the ice fishing has begun, but we still recommend plenty of caution! Dakota Angler Owner, Todd Heitkamp, provides the latest fishing report for the area. Feel free to share!

Northeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Enemy Swim Blue gills fair.
Horseshoe Iced over. .
Pelican Iced over.
Dry Lake #2(By Willow Lake) Few walleyes and perch.
Big Stone Lake Few perch.
Poinsett Few perch and walleye.
Lake Hendricks Iced over.
Bitter Lake Few walleyes.
Waubay Few walleyes in the bays.
Reetz N/A.
Dry Lake #3 (By Florence) Iced over. .
Pickerel Lake Iced over.
West Oakwood Iced over.
Swan Lake Iced over.
Lake Kampeska Iced over.
Piyas Iced over.
Blue Dog Few walleyes.
Lake Cochrane Iced over.
Casey’s Slough Iced over.
Indian Springs Few walleyes.
Lynn Lake Iced over.
Dry Lake #1 (Clark/Garden City) Iced over. .
Traverse Iced over.
Lake Albert Few perch.
Lake Henry Ice Forming.
Roy Lake Iced over.
Buffalo Iced over..

Southeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Madison Iced over.
Vermillion Iced over.
Lake Herman Ice Forming.
Wall Lake Iced over.
Lake Alvin Iced over.
Diamond Iced over.
Scott’s Slough A few perch.
Island A few perch south lake.
81 Ponds A few walleyes.
George WPA Iced over.
Twin Lakes (by Montrose) Few walleyes.
Thompson Few walleyes.
Brandt Iced over.
Whitewood Perch and walleye fair.
Spirit Lake (North of De Smet) Iced over.
Henry WPA Iced over.
Family Park (Western Sioux Falls) Iced over.
Mitchell Iced over.
Menno Iced over.
Beaver Iced over.
Sinai Mostly ice covered, but geese have caused open areas to remain.
Brush Iced over.
Loss N/A
East Oakwood Few walleyes.

Northwest Iowa

Lake Fishing Report
Spirit Lake Ice Forming..
Silver Lake Ice Forming.
East Okoboji Ice Forming.
West Okoboji Ice Forming.
Lake Pahoja Ice Forming.

Southwest Minnesota

Lake Fishing Report
Shetek Ice Forming.
Sarah Ice Forming..
Benton Ice Forming.
East Twin Ice Forming.
Round Ice Forming..
Okabena Ice Forming.

Missouri River

River Fishing Report
Mobridge Ice Forming..
Pierre Walleye fair.
Fort Thompson Walleyes fair.
Chamberlain Walleyes fair to good.
Platte Walleyes fair to good.
Pickstown Walleyes fair.
Yankton A few walleyes.

Other Rivers

River Fishing Report
James River Ice forming
Big Sioux Ice forming.
December 13, 2017 - 9:04 am - Posted in Sports

Sheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon Orabs and MOC-Floyd Valley Dutch split a Siouxland Conference doubleheader Tuesday night at the O-Rena. The girls game went to the Dutch 54-40 while the boys game went to Sheldon 75-51.

In the girls game Sheldon jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead, then MOC-FV went on a 7-0 run of their own and at the end of the 1st quarter the Dutch led 13-6. Sheldon started the 2nd quarter on a 6-0 to get within 1, but MOC Floyd Valley would pull away with a 25-19 halftime lead. Delanie Niemyer had 12 first half points for the Dutch, Brooklyn Grady had 9 1st half points for the Orabs.

Zoe Heemstra for the Dutch got the first 9 points in the 2nd half en route to a 39-27 lead heading into the final quarter and finished the contest with a 54-40 victory.

MOC-Floyd Valley had a game high 16 points from Niemyer and 13 points from Heemstra. Sheldon got a team high 10 points from Grady.

MOC-FV improves to 3-4 on the year, 3-3 in the conference. Sheldon falls to 0-7 on the year and 0-6 in the Siouxland

The boys contest was another long range clinic by the Orabs. The Orabs hit 10 from downtown on their way to a conference victory.

It was a battle in the opening quarter and after 1 Sheldon led 17-16. Heading into the half Sheldon would extend their lead to 35-27. Then Sheldon would pull away for good in the 2nd half. Jaden Kleinhesselink and Steven Van Meeteren each had 10 3rd quarter points on their way to a 61-35 lead heading into the final quater and later came away with the 75-51 win.

Sheldon had 4 players in double figures. Kleinhesselink had a game high 22 points, Tyler Johnson had 12, all coming from beyond the arc, Kyle Boerhave had 10 points, and Van Meeteren had 10 points. MOC-Floyd Valley got a team high 18 from Trenton De Haan.

Sheldon improves to 5-1 on the year and 4-1 in the Siouxland. The Dutch fall to 2-4 on the year and 2-3 in the conference.

Sheldon is on the road on Friday as they take on Sibley-Ocheyedan. MOC-Floyd Valley will be at home against Okoboji on Friday.

December 13, 2017 - 9:04 am - Posted in Sports

Northwestern College is ranked 11th in this week’s edition of the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball coaches’ poll released earlier this afternoon.

The Red Raiders dropped 10 spots after being ranked first in the last coaches’ poll on Nov. 28. Northwestern, with an 11-2 record, totaled 211 points and is one of four teams from the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) in this week’s top 25; Briar Cliff (5th), Morningside (10th) and Dakota Wesleyan (20th). Another GPAC team, Concordia, received votes.

Cornerstone (Mich.), the preseason No.1, regains the top spot in this week’s rating, earning 11 of the 12 possible first place votes. Saint Francis (Ind.) claimed the final first place vote and is second, followed by Indiana East, Indiana Wesleyan and Briar Cliff.

RANK LAST TIME^ SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2017-18 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 2 Cornerstone (Mich.) (11) 12-2 312
2 3 Saint Francis (Ind.) (1) 10-2 302
3 6 Indiana East 10-2 283
4 4 Indiana Wesleyan 11-2 278
5 9 Briar Cliff (Iowa) 12-2 267
6 5 Indiana Tech 10-2 258
7 11 Southeastern (Fla.) 10-1 249
8 8 Southwestern (Kan.) 12-1 233
9 13 Southern Oregon 7-3 227
10 15 Morningside (Iowa) 8-2 220
11 1 Northwestern (Iowa) 11-2 211
12 7 College of Idaho 7-4 207
13 10 Trinity International (Ill.) 10-3 193
14 16 Bethel (Ind.) 10-2 188
15 14 Union (Ky.) 8-5 180
16 21 Spring Arbor (Mich.) 12-2 157
17 19 Montreat (N.C.) 12-1 147
18 22 St. Thomas (Fla.) 7-3 134
19 22 Oregon Tech 8-4 113
20 NR Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 10-4 105
21 NR Stillman (Ala.) 7-1 93
22 17 College of the Ozarks (Mo.) 9-2 92
23 NR Michigan-Dearborn 10-4 91
24 12 Taylor (Ind.) 9-3 78
25 NR Warner Pacific (Ore.) 8-3 55

Others Receiving Votes: Dakota State (S.D.) 53; Keiser (Fla.) 53; Asbury (Ky.) 46; Truett-McConnell (Ga.) 26; Warner (Fla.) 26; Concordia (Neb.) 22; WVU Tech (W. Va.) 18; Antelope Valley (Calif.) 11; Jamestown (N.D.) 11; Governors State (Ill.) 9; Alice Lloyd (Ky.) 3; Corban (Ore.) 3.

Dropped Out: No. 18 Jamestown (N.D.); No. 24 Warner (Fla.); No. 25 IU Southeast (Ind.).

December 12, 2017 - 6:45 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — “Medical marijuana is not the same thing as recreational marijuana.” That’s from Iowa State Senator Randy Feenstra, who will be one of the members of a panel discussion about marijuana this Wednesday night, December 13th.

The discussion is aimed at college students but is open to the public. It’s going to be on the Dordt College campus in Sioux Center at 7:00 p.m.

Feenstra, Trooper Vince Kurtz, and Cheryl Buntsma will be presenting the latest information regarding legislation, prevention, and impairments.

Buntsma is a Prevention Specialist with Compass Pointe Behavioral Health Services. She says that it will be a wonderful opportunity to share knowledge with the college students and the community, including the difference between medical and recreational marijuana, its impairment affects, and what citizens can do to protect their communities should it ever be fully legalized.

Senator Feenstra says that the media has led us to believe that this drug does little harm. But he says that if one looks at Colorado where it is legal, one can quickly see the dramatic affects it has on people, society, and the cost of government. he says while limited medical marijuana use is legal now in Iowa, most lawmakers are not in favor of fully legalizing the drug for general use.


He says they will talk about the seriousness of marijuana abuse.


Trooper Vince Kurtz, Public Resource Officer with the Iowa State Patrol will lend his knowledge on what is happening in Iowa regarding impairment issues. Kurtz says that even though Iowa has not legalized recreational marijuana, the effects of other states’ actions are already having an impact on statistics here in Iowa. He says that marijuana impairment is similar to that of alcohol, and should be considered just as dangerous.

Again, the discussion is open to the public and there will be ample time for questions and answers after all presenters have shared.

It will be in the Commons area near the Grill on Dordt’s main campus.

December 12, 2017 - 6:43 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — An Orange City man accused of multiple felony sex crimes has entered a plea of “not guilty.”

According to court records, 56-year old Scott McAdam of Orange City faces two counts of Second Degree Sexual Abuse, a class B felony; four counts of Third Degree Sexual Abuse, a class C felony; six counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, a class C felony; an additional count of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, this one an aggravated misdemeanor; eight counts of Invasion of Privacy, an aggravated misdemeanor; and Lascivious Conduct With A Minor, a serious misdemeanor.

The charges were filed in a sex assault investigation that led to McAdam’s arrest on November 20th. Authorities say the investigation led them to believe McAdam allegedly engaged in inappropriate sexual contact with two minor victims that allegedly took place at a home over a two-year time period.

Court records only list one set of initials of a minor victim, but the counts of Invasion of Privacy do not list any victim initials.

Iowa code says class B felonies are punishable by a prison term of 25 years and class C felonies are punishable by a prison term of 10 years and a fine of between $1000 and $10,000 if the defendant is convicted.

At last report, no further court dates had been scheduled in McAdam’s case.

December 12, 2017 - 6:41 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — A Rock Valley man who, according to authorities, admitted to stabbing his grandfather and setting his home on fire — has now pleaded “not guilty.”

According to authorities, on or about Sunday, October 29th, 19-year-old Santos Rodriguez, Jr. allegedly killed his grandfather, 84-year old Luis Luevanos; set fire to his grandfather’s home; and then left for Utah.

Agents from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation traveled to Utah and interviewed Rodriguez. Officials say he admitted to stabbing his grandfather and intentionally setting the fire afterward.

But on Monday, December 11th, Rodriguez filed a plea of “not guilty” to the charges of First Degree Murder (a class A felony) and First Degree Arson (a class B Felony) in Sioux County District Court.

No further court dates have yet been scheduled.

If convicted of a class A felony, Iowa code states that Rodriguez would face a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole. If convicted of a class B felony, he could face up to 25 years in prison.

December 12, 2017 - 2:49 pm - Posted in Sports

Northwestern College dropped three spots in this week’s NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball coaches’ poll released by the national office earlier today.

Ranked 15th in the Nov.28 coaches’ poll, Northwestern fell to 18th in this week’s edition, totaling 141 points. The Red Raiders are 8-4 on the season, 5-1 in GPAC play, heading into Friday’s home game against No.2 Concordia. Head Coach Chris Yaw’s squad is one of five teams from the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) in this week’s top 25, joining Concordia (2), Morningside (6), Dakota Wesleyan (9) and Hastings (16).

Saint Xavier (Ill.), one of six teams still undefeated in NAIA D-II, holds down the top spot for the second straight poll, earning seven of the 12 possible first place votes for 308 points. Concordia received the final first place votes and accounted for 306 points. Southeastern (Fla.), College of the Ozarks (Mo.) and Marian (Ind.) round out the top five.

RANK WEEK SCHOOL [FIRST PLACE VOTES] RECORD POINTS
1 1 Saint Xavier (Ill.) [7] 9-0 308
2 2 Concordia (Neb.) [5] 10-0 306
3 3 Southeastern (Fla.) 12-0 291
4 4 College of the Ozarks (Mo.) 12-0 283
5 4 Marian (Ind.) 12-2 270
6 8 Jamestown (N.D.) 13-2 252
6 10 Morningside (Iowa) 12-2 252
8 8 Eastern Oregon 9-2 250
9 6 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 10-2 238
10 11 Indiana Tech 11-2 211
11 12 Southern Oregon 8-1 208
12 13 Indiana East 8-2 203
13 20 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 10-3 183
14 7 St. Francis (Ill.) 7-4 177
15 23 Indiana Wesleyan 10-2 170
16 19 Hastings (Neb.) 9-2 169
17 14 Tabor (Kan.) 8-3 149
18 15 Northwestern (Iowa) 8-4 141
19 NR Valley City State (N.D.) 10-0 134
20 17 Saint Francis (Ind.) 7-4 104
21 21 Friends (Kan.) 8-4 100
22 24 Lawrence Tech (Mich.) 10-2 99
23 16 Mayville State (N.D.) 9-3 98
24 25 Northwest Christian (Ore.) 8-0 91
25 NR Point (Ga.) 9-3 85

Dropped from the Top 25: No. 22 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) and No. 18 Reinhardt (Ga.)

Others Receiving Votes: Roosevelt (Ill.) 34, Rio Grande (Ohio) 27, Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 27, Taylor (Ind.) 27, Tennessee Wesleyan 27, Ave Maria (Fla.) 20, Cardinal Stritch 15, Sterling (Kan.) 8, Reinhardt 7, Concordia (Mich.) 7 and Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) 4.

December 12, 2017 - 1:17 pm - Posted in Sports

Ryan Fedders, a senior at Unity Christian High School, has announced his intention to attend Dordt College and join both the Defender golf and basketball programs.

Fedders has competed for the Unity Christian Knights as a freshmen, sophomore and junior in the golf program earning ten medalist finishes through that span. Fedders competed in ten 9-hole rounds and four 18-hole rounds in the 2017 spring season and averaged 39 in his 9-hole meets and shot a season low of 37. Through his 18-hole rounds, Ryan averaged a 79 with a season low 74 in the 2017 season. Fedders will be finishing his senior year of high school wrapping up with a season of spring golf.

“Ryan comes to Dordt from a strong golf program at Unity Christian (Orange City) coached by Cody Harskamp and Jon Holwerda. Ryan has had some great accomplishments in his high school golf career, with 10 medalist finishes and earned War Eagle All-Conference honors three times. He and his team are looking forward to a great season in 2018. Ryan is a perfect fit for our program at Dordt both academically and athletically and I look forward to coaching him in college,” said Dordt College golf coach Mark Christians.

Fedders also competes for the Unity Christian boys’ basketball program where he has been a varsity performer since his sophomore season. He helped the Knights to a 12-10 mark as a sophomore and a 14-10 record last season.

“We are excited Ryan will be a part of our program next year. Ryan and his teammates are off to a nice season at Unity Christian under Coach Cliff Warner and we look for him to bring his winning ways to Dordt College. We like that Ryan is a multi-sport athlete who enjoys competing and leading at various levels. In addition, he is a high character young man who will better our campus community,” said Dordt College golf coach Ross Douma.

Ryan is the son of Ron and Marg Fedders of Sioux Center, Iowa. He plans to study Business Administration at Dordt College.

December 12, 2017 - 11:48 am - Posted in Sports

Kassidy De Jong was named the GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports women’s basketball player of the week as announced by the league office Tuesday.

De Jong averaged 18 points, 6.5 rebounds and two assists in leading No.15 Northwestern College to a 2-0 record last week. The junior guard shot 46% for the week in wins over Dordt and College of Saint Mary.

Northwestern improved to 5-1 in GPAC play, 8-4 overall.