February 25, 2018 - 8:15 am - Posted in Sports

11th-ranked Northwestern College earns a spot in Tuesday’s GPAC Championship with a 77-63 win over Doane in a GPAC semifinal played this afternoon at the Bultman Center. The Red Raiders advance to the title game with a 25-5 overall record.

Nathan Wedel scored 25 points to lead Northwestern while both Colton Kooima (21) and Derek Buysse (16) were also in double figures.

After a quick start that led to a 9-2 Northwestern advantage, Doane outscored the hosts 16-4 over a seven-minute stretch to open up its largest lead, 18-13, with nine minutes to go in the first half. Back to back three-pointers by Riley Francis and Buysse put Northwestern back in front briefly until Doane tied the game later (21-21) on a three-pointer by Rylee Zimmerman.

Northwestern followed with its best run of the first half, outscoring Doane 13-4 over the final six minutes to take a 34-25 lead into halftime. Defensively, the Red Raiders limited Doane to two field goals during thi stretch and Kooima scored the final six points during the last minute of the half.

Two free throws by Wedel finished off a 10-4 run as Northwestern extended its lead to 15 at the 16-minute mark. The teams traded baskets over the next five minutes until Doane made one final push, cutting the lead down to eight (58-50) on a three-point play by Quin Connor. Northwestern put the game away by scoring 10 of the next 12 points, getting a key three-pointer from Buysse and a basket by Chris Borchers to put the hosts on top, 68-52, with five minutes left. Doane would not get closer than 14 the rest of the way.

Northwestern shot 40% for the game, 33% (9/27) from beyond the arc, and committed a season-low five turnovers. Both teams pulled down 38 rebounds; the Red Raiders were led by Kooima and Wedel with seven each.

Doane was led by Nick Kornieck with 27 points and Anthony Laravie scored 10. The Tigers close the year with a 14-18 overall record.

Northwestern returns to the GPAC Championship for the second straight year, defeating Briar Cliff 95-89 in last year’s title game.

February 25, 2018 - 8:14 am - Posted in Sports

10th-ranked Northwestern lost to No.8 Dakota Wesleyan 73-58 in a GPAC semifinal played this afternoon at the Bultman Center. Northwestern, now 22-8 on the season, will have to wait until Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 6pm when the NAIA Selection show will announce the 32-qualifiers for the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship tournament.

Kassidy De Jong scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Red Raiders while teammate Renee Maneman scored 13 points, pulled down seven rebounds and dished out four assists.

The teams traded leads over the opening minutes until, with Northwestern leading 12-9 after four straigh points by Anna Kiel, DWU scored the final eight points to take a 17-12 lead at the end of the first quarter. Both Rylie Osthus and Ashley Bray drained three-pointers during the final 1:22, giving the Tigers the lead for good.

Northwestern made it a one-point game on two occasions early in the second, the final on a basket by Darbi Gustafson with 7:15 left in the half. A three-pointer by Jessica Mieras triggered an 11-2 DWU run to push the lead to 10, where it stayed at the half, 36-26.

Ashley Bray scored a three-point play in the opening moments of the third quarter before Northwestern made a charge, outscoring the Tigers 9-2 midway in the quarter to make it a four-point game (43-39) after two free throws by De Jong. DWU responded, however, with the next seven points, and led by nine by the end of the third quarter, 54-45.

Back-to-back three-pointers by Kynedi Cheeseman and Amber Bray extended the Tigers lead to 15 in the beginning moments of the final quarter and Northwestern did not get any closer than 10 the rest of the way.

Northwestern shot 39% for the game, 15% (2/13) from the three-point line, and kept the game close by shooting 86% (18/21) from the free throw line. Both teams pulled down 31 rebounds, five on the offensive end, and the Red Raiders committed 12 turnovers compared to 10 by DWU.

Four DWU players scored in double figures, led by Cheeseman with 19 points, going 5-for-10 from the three-point line. Amber Bray (16), Osthus (15) and Ashley Bray (10) were also in double figures. The Tigers improve to 27-5 and advance to play Concordia in Tuesday’s GPAC Championship game.

February 25, 2018 - 8:11 am - Posted in Sports

Josie Maasdam (Orange City, Iowa) has signed a letter of intent to continue her soccer career at Northwestern College beginning next fall.

Maasdam is a 5’5” defender who has played three years for the MOC Floyd Valley High School soccer team heading into her final season this spring. Maasdam helped lead her team to an 8-8 record last season on her way to being named first-team all-conference. Also a letterwinner in both volleyball and basketball, Maasdam is a member of the National Honor Society and has been on the honor roll every semester. Maasdam plans to major in elementary education at Northwestern and is the daughter of Kirk and Becky.

“Josie is a very hard worker and gifted athlete,” commented Northwestern head coach Ben Karnish. “She is a great teammate, both on and off the field, and it will be fun to see her continue to be a team player at Northwestern College.”

February 25, 2018 - 7:58 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mr. Kenneth Small, Jr., age 71, of Maurice, passed away on Saturday, February 24, 2018, at the Orange City Area Health System.

Arrangements are being completed by the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

February 23, 2018 - 4:46 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Mrs. Luella Grotenhuis, age 92, of Hospers, passed away on Thursday, February 22nd, at the Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City.

There will be a funeral service on Wednesday, February 28th, at 10:30am, at the First Reformed Church in Hospers.  The Rev. Troy Van Beek and the Rev. Michael Pitsenberger will officiate.  Interment will follow the service at the Hospers Cemetery.  Visitation with the family will be after 9:00am on Wednesday at the church.

Arrangements are with the Oolman Funeral Home in Hospers.


February 22, 2018 - 3:39 pm - Posted in News

Hull, Iowa — A Hull man was taken to a hospital after a crash early Wednesday morning.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 4:50 a.m., 72-year-old Harold Schelling of Sioux Center was driving a 2014 Ford Econoline van northbound on Maple Street. They say 25-year-old Matthew De Wild of Hull was driving a 1999 Dodge Intrepid westbound on Fourth Street. The two struck in the intersection. The Hull Ambulance took De Wild to the Sioux Center Health Hospital.

Schelling’s Ford van sustained about $5,000 in damage. The De Wild Dodge sustained about $1,500 in damage.

Schelling was cited on a charge of failure to yield to a vehicle on the right. The Sheriff’s Office says the Hull Fire Department and Hull Ambulance Squad assisted at the scene.

February 22, 2018 - 3:10 pm - Posted in News

Des Moines, Iowa — A 90-minute event at the statehouse Thursday morning gave lobbyists and a few members of the public a chance to weigh in on the billion-dollar tax cut package Republicans in the Iowa Senate unveiled Wednesday. Senator Randy Feenstra, a Republican from Hull, opened the subcommittee meeting by calling Iowa’s CURRENT tax system complicated and onerous.

Iowa Chamber Alliance president John Stineman was among the lobbyists paid to monitor legislation who said they hadn’t had time to read the 130-page bill.

Charlie Wishman of the Iowa Federation of Labor suggested a one billion dollar tax cut will worsen the state’s budget woes.

In addition to a 30-percent reduction in PERSONAL income taxes, the bill would cut the state’s CORPORATE tax rate from 12 to seven percent. Jennifer Kingland of the Iowa Taxpayers Association says her group’s still reviewing the bill, but she says it appears to create a “simpler, fairer, less complex tax structure.”

Brad Hudson is a lobbyist for the Iowa State Education Association, the state teacher’s union. Hudson says there’s no assurance, yet, of how FEDERAL tax cuts may impact state tax collections.

Others who testified objected to provisions in the bill that would get rid of tax CREDITS for firefighters and E-M-Ts as well as the solar industry. Derek Sadler owns Current Renewable Efficiencies, a business that installs solar panels. He asked lawmakers why a tax credit for research activities that’s claimed by some of the state’s largest businesses will continue, but the limited tax credit for installing solar panels will be eliminated.

Representatives of the state’s financial community weighed in on the bill, too, as it would change tax policy for credit unions.

February 22, 2018 - 3:00 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — One of the seven Democratic candidates for Iowa Governor is going to be in several communities in northwest Iowa over the next few days.

According to his campaign website, John Norris “is a fifth-generation Iowan, raised on the Montgomery County family farm his Great-great grandparents settled in 1881. Educated at Red Oak Community Schools, Simpson College and The University of Iowa College of Law, [Norris] benefited from having a strong family, a close-knit rural community, and a world-class Iowa education.”

On Saturday, Norris will be at The Bear Coffeehouse and Wine Bar in Spencer at 5 p.m. At 7:30 p.m. that night, he’ll be at the Spirit Lake Public Library.

On Sunday, Norris will be in Sibley at noon at the Pizza Ranch. Later that afternoon — at 2 — he’ll be at the Grand Falls Casino Resort west of Larchwood. He’ll make two more stops on Sunday in northwest Iowa — at the Town Square Coffee House in Orange City at 4, and at the Cherokee Family Table Restaurant at 6:30.

On Monday, the candidate will visit Jays Restaurant and Lounge in Sanborn at 8 a.m. and he’ll be at a Plymouth County Democrats Forum at 6:30 that night at the Hinton Community Center.

On Tuesday, Norris will be in Le Mars at Lally’s Eastside at 9 a.m. and at the Northwest Iowa Sierra Club Gubernatorial Forum at 6:30 p.m. that evening at the First Unitarian Church of Sioux City.

February 21, 2018 - 4:48 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — Some controversy is brewing over some books at a northwest Iowa Library.

A Northwestern College professor has drawn up and circulated a petition that has garnered over 340 signatures in nine days. Terry Chi, an assistant psychology professor at Northwestern began the petition in response to some LGBTQ materials at the Orange City Public Library. LGBTQ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning. The petition calls for the labeling and separating of LGBTQ materials and a public discussion before the acquisition of new materials.

We talked to Orange City Public Library Director Amanda Vazquez. She gives us her perspective on what’s happening.

She says that there were comments on both sides of the issue.

She tells us what happens next.

Vazquez says that while they did not feature a display on LGBTQ material specifically, they do display new materials from time to time.

She says one of the books was mentioned by name.

Vazquez says that they do have some guidance to follow.

However, the only policy that Vazquez mentioned in regard to what they can and cannot acquire is that the library will not acquire illegal material. But she was quick to say that, the amount of material that “is illegal is smaller than what people might find concerning.”

February 20, 2018 - 10:07 am - Posted in News

Sioux County, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information about a pickup, which is pictured in a security camera photo at right, that was reportedly involved in a burglary.

Authorities say they believe the truck they’re looking for is a late 1980’s to early 1990’s model Chevrolet pickup with a lift kit. They say the truck has flood lights mounted on top, one of which is not working.

Deputies say the pickup is suspected to have been involved in a burglary in the western part of Sioux County, where its image was caught on a security camera.

If you have information, or if you recognize this truck, you’re asked to call the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office at 712-737-2280.