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Orange City, Iowa — It’s the largest single gift in the college’s history. A couple has donated $6 million to Northwestern College in Orange City. The money is for the new science building being built on the Christian college’s campus.

Duane Beeson, Northwestern’s Director of Public Relations, tells us how college officials feel about the gift.

Construction on the $24.5 million building began about a year ago, and Beeson says things are on track for it to be open by the time students come to school in the fall.

He says while Van Persum Hall — the main classroom building at Northwestern — has had a “science wing” for many years, many disciplines held class in that space. He says the new science building will be only for science departments at this time.

In fact, Beeson says some entry-level general education science courses will continue to be taught in Van Persum Hall.

He says that the $6-million gift from Jack and Mary De Witt is one of several from the De Witt family. He says Jack’s father Marv gave the naming gift for the De Witt Music hall, which, along with Christ Chapel was built during the 1980’s during the Iowa Farm Crisis. He says Marv De Witt encouraged others to take a step of faith and donate, even during those tough times. Jack and Mary De Will also gave the lead gift for the De Witt Learning Commons, which was dedicated in 2013 at Northwestern.

April 17, 2018 - 3:40 pm - Posted in Sports

Jaclyn Vander Waal, a senior at Sioux Center High School, has announced her intention to attend Dordt College and join the Defender soccer program.

Vander Waal has played fullback, midfield and forward over the course of her career at Sioux Center as the Warriors began the program four years ago.

Jaclyn is the daughter of Derrick and Joe’l Vander Waal of Sioux Center, Iowa. She plans to study Education.




April 17, 2018 - 2:25 pm - Posted in News

Rock Valley, Iowa — A Baxter, Minnesota man is dead following a farm accident near Rock Valley late Monday afternoon.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says the mishap occurred on a farm property four miles west of Rock Valley shortly before 4:30 Monday afternoon.

Deputies say 17-year old Joey Van Ginkel, of Rock Valley, was backing a Volvo payloader on the property. They say 52-year old Bradley Peetsch was walking behind the payloader when it drove over him.

Authorities say Peetsch was transported by Rock Valley Ambulance to Hegg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley, and then flown to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Iowa State Patrol and Rock Valley Ambulance.

Authorities say the accident remains under investigation.

April 17, 2018 - 1:16 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — Sioux County has been called by some, a “sanctuary county.” People said that because Sioux County Sheriff Dan Altena, upon the advice of the county attorney in 2014, instituted a policy in which if an inmate whose time was up in the Sioux County Jail was in the United States without paperwork, the Sioux County Jail would not hold them for the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or “ICE.”

Sheriff Altena explains the old policy.

He says that since the county didn’t want to get sued, they felt that their hands were tied and that they had to abide by that policy. However, things are changing in July, says Altena.

Altena emphasizes that the new law will not prevent the county from being sued, but it would give the county a legal reason for holding someone who was in the country illegally. He says people could challenge the state law, but at least it has been made clearer what the county should do.

According to Altena, effective July 1, 2018, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office/Sioux County Jail will begin extending inmates’ detention for up to 48 hours after a valid Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement (“ICE”) detainer request is made to the jail.

April 17, 2018 - 9:01 am - Posted in Sports

Karsyn Winterfeld, a student at Northwestern College, has announced her intention to transfer to Dordt College and join the Defender volleyball program. Winterfeld will have three seasons of volleyball eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2018 volleyball season per Great Plains Athletic Conference transfer rules.

Winterfeld averaged 3.4 kills per set to help Western Christian (Iowa) to a 2016 Class 2A state title. The 5-9, outside hitter also got to 3.01 digs per contest and had a team high 101 ace serves. She was a first-team all-state selection at the conclusion of the season.

In 2017 Winterfeld was a defensive specialist and totaled 87 ace serves and 2.61 digs per set. She earned all-GPAC honorable mention honors at the conclusion of the season.

“Karsyn has had quite the volleyball career through club, high school and college as she has competed on the highest stages at each of those levels. We are thrilled that she is willing to make this transition into our program. We wanted her here straight out of high school and are grateful for this opportunity to have her join us this fall. Her strengths as an attacker and ball control athlete joined with her tremendous serve will help us in all aspects of our program. Karsyn has a soft heart to serve the Lord and a strong desire to bless others through her heart of service,” said Dordt College coach Chad Hanson.

Karsyn is the daughter of Dan and Sara Winterfeld of Sioux Center, Iowa. She plans to study Elementary Education at Dordt College.

April 16, 2018 - 11:54 am - Posted in Sports

Orange City, Iowa — Dylan Harman, of Hull, has signed a letter of intent to continue his football career at Northwestern College next fall.

Harman is a 6’2”, 180-pound wide receiver and defensive back who played two years for Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley. Harman totaled seven catches for 90 yards on offense and accounted for 23 tackles and one interception on defense. He helped lead his team to the state semifinals with a 10-2 record. Harman plans to major in Agri-Business at Northwestern and is the son of Michael and Becky.

“Dylan is another great player from Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley to join our program,” commented Northwestern head football coach Matt McCarty. “Dylan is strong, athletic and possesses good football instincts. He has outstanding potential and will be an excellent addition to our secondary.”

Rock Rapids, Iowa — The US Department of Housing and Urban Development or HUD is changing the way the homeless are served. There is now going to be a “coordinated entry system,” which will match the homeless with available housing and services. If your organization provides services to homeless and other vulnerable people, it will need to be included in the system and you are invited to a meeting explaining it in more detail. This particular meeting is aimed at community action agencies, law enforcement, churches, service organizations, veterans organizations, and more in Lyon, Sioux, Plymouth, Ida, and Cherokee counties. The meeting will be on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 at 10 a.m. at the Forster Community Center in Rock Rapids (across the street from Subway on Highway 9). If you have any questions, call Julie De Ruyter at 712-472-3896.

April 15, 2018 - 3:56 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mr. Dave Huitink, age 68, of Orange City, passed away on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at the Orange City Area Health System.

There will be a memorial service on Friday, April 20, at 11:00am, at the First Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. Mark Haverdink will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. There will be a family prayer service on Friday, at 10:00am, at the First Reformed Church Chapel.

Visitation will be after 5:00pm on Thursday, with the family present from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, at the CHURCH.

Arrangements are with the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

April 13, 2018 - 9:56 am - Posted in Sports

Northwestern College turned in the low round of the day and overcame an eight stroke deficit to win the two-day, 36-hole GPAC Preview Meet held at the Woodland Hills Golf Club in Eagle, Neb.

Tied for fourth after a first round score of 305, Northwestern came back with a 295, it best round of the spring season, for a 36-hole total of 600 to claim the title by one shot over Morningside. Midland finished third but just two strokes back with a 602, followed by Doane (608) and Concordia, the leader after the first round, with a 615.

Northwestern’s junior varsity tied for seventh place with a 627, closing the two-day Invite with a 307.

Zach Riddle posted the best score for Coach Aberson’s squad with a 145 (+3), shooting a one-under 70 in today’s final round to finish in a tie for second place. This was Riddle’s best finish of the season and his second top 10 showing. Austin Reitz finished alone in sixth place with a 147, closing today with a one-over 72. Justin Kraft moved up over 20 spots from the day one standings with a final round 70 (-1) to finish tied for seventh overall with a 148. Colton Kooima tied for 16th (152), Evan Schuler tied for 23rd (154) and Isaac Knock tied for 41st with a 162.

In addition to Riddle’s second place finish, the junior varsity was led by Jake Olsen, who turned in a 15th place finish with a 151 (73/78). Dana Van Ostrand tied for 52nd (165) and Ryan Vaden was one shot in back (166) and placed 54th. Brock De Boer tied for 65th at 173.

Russell Pick (DWU) took home medalist honors with a 142, three strokes better than Riddle, Raul Perez (Briar Cliff) and Nolan Zikas (Concordia).

April 12, 2018 - 7:42 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — This week marks the annual National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. Held every year during the second week of April, it’s a time to recognize telecommunications personnel in the public safety community for their service and commitment to the profession.

Major Jamie Van Voorst of the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office tells us their dispatchers deserve a lot of credit and recognition.

He tells us what their dispatchers do.

He says they don’t just handle law enforcement traffic. They dispatch emergency personnel too.

Van Voorst says that one of the new things they offer at the communication center is texting to 9-1-1. He says if your safety would be compromised by calling 9-1-1 using your voice, text to 9-1-1 is an option. Or, if you are deaf or have a speech impediment, texting to 9-1-1 is great for that as well. But Van Voorst says that for a couple of reasons, in most situations, calling 9-1-1 is better if that’s an option for you.

He says the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office employs seven full‐time and six part‐time Telecommunicators. In 2017, Sioux County Communications Center Telecommunicators handled 15,846 calls for service; a portion of those calls consisted of:

455 motor vehicle accidents
132 domestic disturbance calls
37 disturbance calls
19 assault calls and 85 civil disputes
212 suspicious person or vehicle calls
109 burglary or theft calls
162 anonymous crime tips received
267 ambulance calls
114 fire-related calls

Over 2,500 law enforcement traffic stops in Sioux County; some of which led to arrests for alcohol or drug-impaired driving, illegal drug possession, outstanding arrest warrants and other crimes.

Van Voorst and others at the Sheriff’s Office invite you to take time during this week to “recognize these great people who work around the clock to help others.”