April 30, 2018 - 4:04 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — A northwest Iowa company that has been owned by the same family since it began nearly a century ago, has been sold.

Dave Raak of HTC Communications says his family has agreed to sell HTC to Premier Communications of Sioux Center.

We talked to Premier CEO Doug Boone who says Premier and HTC have had a good working relationship for a number of years.

Raak called the HTC area “the hole in the center of Premier’s donut.” Boone agreed.

We asked Boone what HTC customers could expect to see once Premier is their provider.

Boone says the current HTC offices in Hospers will be kept open, and all HTC employees will become Premier employees.

As for Dave Raak, he says he decided it’s time to slow down and go fishing.

The purchase agreement was signed over the weekend, and Boone says they hope to complete the purchase of HTC by July 1st. However, he says the final sale date is dependent upon when the Federal Communications Commission gives their approval.

April 30, 2018 - 2:58 pm - Posted in News

Hull, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the public’s help to possibly get some clues as to the identity of a driver.

They report that on Friday, April 27, at 1:18 p.m., their deputies investigated a motor vehicle accident that occurred on 310th Street, three miles northwest of Hull, east of Highway 75, before 310th turns into Highway 18.

They report that 40-year-old Brandon Schueder of Calumet was driving a 2018 Kenworth semi truck eastbound on 310th Street. Schueder met a black semi truck pulling a flatbed trailer traveling westbound on 310th Street when a piece of wood dislodged from the flatbed trailer and struck the Kenworth.

No injuries were reported. The Sheriff’s Office says the black semi did not stop after the accident and continued driving westbound.

The Kenworth sustained about $5,000 in damage.

They ask that if anyone has any information about this accident that they contact the Sheriff’s Office.

April 30, 2018 - 1:46 pm - Posted in News

Le Mars, Iowa — Three Sioux County fire departments were among six departments that fought a grass fire north of Le Mars on Sunday, April 29th, 2018.

Le Mars Fire Chief David Schipper tells us what happened.


Schipper says the Merrill Fire Department was also asked to help. He says they really appreciated the help from the local farmers. He says without their help there probably would have been another five or six fire departments on the scene.

He tells us what he thinks caused the fire.


He says they probably used between four thousand and five thousand gallons of water to fight the fire. He says they had four grass rigs that are able to pump water and roll at the same time, plus Orange City has a smaller tanker that can get to the action. He says they used the bigger trucks to refill the grass rigs.

He says the roughly forty firefighters were on-scene for about an hour and a half.

April 30, 2018 - 1:29 pm - Posted in News

Hull, Iowa — Some corn stalk bales were destroyed and a barn was damaged in a fire near Hull on Sunday.

The Hull Fire Department and Sioux County Sheriff’s Office report that about 3:20 p.m. on Sunday, April 29, the Hull Fire Department was paged to the report of corn stalk bales on fire at 2970 Indian Avenue, three miles northeast of Hull.

When they got there, they found about 35 round corn stalk bales burning and the fire had begun to spread to a nearby barn. The Hull Fire Department at that point asked for assistance from the Boyden and Rock Valley fire departments.

No injuries were reported.

The barn was saved by the fire departments but sustained about $3,000 in damage.

Authorities say the fire is believed to have been started by hot exhaust from a nearby running tractor.

The Hull Fire Department reports that the Hull Ambulance Squad, Boyden Fire Department, Rock Valley Fire Department, and the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office assisted them at the scene of the fire.

April 30, 2018 - 12:20 pm - Posted in Obituaries

 

Nelvina Mulder, age 85, of Sioux Center, IA, died Sunday, April 29, 2018 at the Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City, IA.

Memorial service will be 11:00 AM Wednesday, May 2nd at First Reformed Church in Sioux Center with Rev. Roger Voskuil officiating. Prayer service will take place at 10:00 AM at First Reformed Church before burial at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Sioux Center.

Visitation will be Tuesday, May 1st from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the Memorial Funeral Home in Sioux Center.

Memorials may be directed to the Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City, IA.

The Northwestern College women’s distance medley took first place at the Drake Relays Saturday at Bulldogs Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.

The team of Bre Harthoorn, Rebekah Muilenburg, Katie Landhuis and Katie Bosch cruised to the title, crossing the finish line with a school record time of 12:00.6, a good 16 seconds faster than second place Central College. They broke the old record, set at the Drake Relays in 2008 by Laura Jacobson, Jessica Regan, Delainye Hardersen and Olivia Johnson, by over six seconds. This is the second consecutive year that Northwestern athletes took home a Drake Relays title and fifth overall.

Northwestern placed 11th in the 4×200 relay later on Saturday, finishing with a time of 1:44.45. Relay members include Devin Bloemendaal, Anna Heusinkveld, Allison Birks and Katie Te Grotenhuis.

April 30, 2018 - 9:28 am - Posted in Sports

The Northwestern College men’s distance medley finished first at the Drake Relays held Saturday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.

The team of Peter Hollinger, Perkins Aiyegbeni, Hans Epp and Tim Rose claimed the prestigious title with a time of 10:09.57, just over six seconds faster than the second place team, Morningside (10:15.63). With the Red Raider women’s DMR also claiming the championship Saturday, Northwestern has now won six titles at the Drake Relays.

The men’s 4×200 relay placed ninth out of 20 teams with a time of 1:28.57. Relay members include Brady Butters, Stephan Sanford, Nathan Wedel and Levi TeBrink.

Northwestern College closed out its 2017-18 season with a third place finish at the 72-hole GPAC Championship completed Saturday at Quail Run Golf Course in Columbus, Neb.

In third place after 54 holes, the Red Raiders solidified its third place spot after posting their spring season-best score of 344 in today’s final round. The 344 was the third lowest score of the day, behind Morningside (321) and Briar Cliff (331).

Northwestern’s 72-hole total was 1,385, 35 strokes ahead of fourth place Mount Marty (1420). Morningside won the GPAC Championship and will represent the conference in the upcoming NAIA Women’s Golf National Championship. Defending champion Briar Cliff finished second, 19 strokes in back of the Mustangs.

Unity grad Chanda Zomermaand closed the championship with a final round 87 to finish alone in ninth place and earning all-conference honors (top 10 finish). Zomermaand’s 72-hole score was 341 (90 / 82 / 82 / 87), three shots in back of eighth place Murphy Sears (Concordia). Anna Perrenoud carded a final round 85, matching her second round score last fall, to finish in 13th place overall with a 347 (90 / 85 / 87 / 85). Mikayla Christensen finished out her career with a season-best 84 to place in a tie for 27th place. The senior shot a 72-hole score of 366 (96 / 97 / 89 / 84). Hayley Carlson shot a 91 for the second consecutive round and Sioux Center graduate Samantha Vander Velde turned in a season-best 88 to round out the Northwestern scores.

Morningside’s duo of Samantha Knight and Maria Zorrilla finished first and second, respectively, with a 308 and 318. Two Briar Cliff golfers followed as Arianna Presilla (328) and Abby Brinkman (329) placed third and fourth.

This ends the season for the Red Raiders.

April 30, 2018 - 9:00 am - Posted in Sports

Sioux City, Iowa – The two brackets for the 2018 Cypress Risk Management Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Postseason Baseball Tournaments are set. Top seed, and regular season champion, Northwestern will serve as one bracket host (1,4,5,8 seeds), while second seed Midland will be the other bracket host (2,3,6,7 seeds) for the two four-team tournaments.

Tournament play will open on Thursday, May 3, at both bracket locations. In Orange City, Iowa, the Northwestern Bracket will host Hastings, Morningside, and Briar Cliff. In Fremont, Nebraska the Midland Bracket will host Doane, Concordia, and Mt. Marty. Games will continue on Friday, May 4, with the bracket championship games on Saturday, May 5. The Northwestern and Midland bracket winners will meet on Tuesday, May 8, in the GPAC Baseball Tournament Championship Game presented by Cypress Risk Management. The final game will be a single nine-inning contest at the highest remaining seed.

Northwestern has secured the league’s first berth to the NAIA Opening Round, while the GPAC Tournament Champion will receive the second berth. If Northwestern wins the GPAC Tournament then the regular season runner-up (Midland) will receive the second GPAC berth to the NAIA Opening Round.

All games in the GPAC Tournament are nine innings and the two brackets will be double elimination. The overall GPAC Baseball Championship Game is a winner take all contest (9 innings) regardless of prior records in bracket play.

2018 GPAC Baseball Tournament Brackets

Northwestern Bracket

Thursday, May 3, 2018
Game #1 – (4) Hastings (23-24, 15-11) vs. (5) Morningside (23-23, 14-12) – 3 pm
Game #2 – (1) Northwestern (26-18, 19-7) vs. (8) Briar Cliff (22-23, 11-15) – 6 pm

Friday, May 4, 2018
Game #3 – Winner Game #1 vs. Winner Game #2 – Noon
Game #4 – Loser Game #1 vs. Loser Game #2 – 3pm
Game #5 – Winner Game #4 vs. Loser Game #3 – 6pm

Saturday, May 5, 2018
Game #6 – Winner Game #3 vs. Winner Game #5 – Noon
Game #7 – If necessary (Game #6 winner/loser) – 3pm

Midland Bracket

Thursday, May 3, 2018
Game #1 – (3) Doane (26-23, 15-11) vs. (6) Concordia (25-20, 13-13) – 3pm
Game #2 – (2) Midland (29-19, 16-10) vs. (7) Mt. Marty (27-19, 13-13) – 6pm

Friday, May 4, 2018
Game #3 – Winner Game #1 vs. Winner Game #2 – Noon
Game #4 – Loser Game #1 vs. Loser Game #2 – 3pm
Game #5 – Winner Game #4 vs. Loser Game #3 – 6pm

Saturday, May 5, 2018
Game #6 – Winner Game #3 vs. Winner Game #5 – Noon
Game #7 – If necessary (Game #6 winner/loser) – 3pm

GPAC Baseball Championship Game – Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Game #8 – Northwestern Bracket Winner vs. Midland Bracket Winner (at highest seed)
3pm (no lights) or 6pm (lights)

Note – There is no 10-run rule in postseason

April 29, 2018 - 10:05 am - Posted in Sports

Sioux City, Iowa – The two brackets for the 2018 Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Postseason Softball Tournaments are set. Top seed, and regular season co-champion, Midland will serve as one bracket host (1,4,5,8 seeds), while second seed, and co-champion, Morningside will be the other bracket host (2,3,6,7 seeds) for the two four-team tournaments.

Tournament play will open on Friday, May 4, at both bracket locations. In Fremont, Nebraska, top-seed Midland will host #4 seed Dordt, #5 seed Dakota Wesleyan, and #8 seed Mount Marty. In Sioux City, Iowa, second-seed Morningside will host #3 seed Northwestern, #6 seed Doane, and #7 seed Concordia. Play will continue, including bracket championship games, on Saturday, May 5. The Midland and Morningside bracket winners will meet on Monday, May 7, at the highest remaining seed in the GPAC Softball Tournament Championship Series presented by Cypress Risk Management. The final series will be a best two out of three format.

Midland has secured the league’s first berth to the NAIA Opening Round (by way of tie-breaker), while the GPAC Tournament Champion will receive the second berth. If the Warriors win the GPAC Tournament then the tournament runner-up will receive the second GPAC berth to the NAIA Opening Round on May 14-16. The two brackets will be double elimination, with the final the best two of three.

The NAIA Opening Round winners advance to the NAIA World Series (10 teams). The NAIA Softball World Series is in Clermont, Florida, on May 25-31.

2018 GPAC Softball Tournament Brackets

Midland Bracket

Friday, May 4, 2018

Game #1 – (4) Dordt (22-18, 11-9) vs. (5) Dakota Wesleyan (15-23, 11-9) – Noon
Game #2 – (1) Midland (28-11, 16-4) vs. (8) Mount Marty (13-21, 9-11) – 2pm
Game #3 – Winner Game #1 vs. Winner Game #2 – 4pm
Game #4 – Loser Game #1 vs. Loser Game #2 – 6pm

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Game #5 – Winner Game #4 vs. Loser Game #3 – Noon
Game #6 – Winner Game #3 vs. Winner Game #5 – 2pm
Game #7 – If necessary (Game #6 winner/loser) – 4pm

Morningside Bracket

Friday, May 5, 2018

Game #1 – (3) Northwestern (30-9, 15-5) vs. (6) Doane (11-9, 27-19) – 10am
Game #2 – (2) Morningside (28-11, 16-4) vs. (7) Concordia (21-19, 10-10) – Noon
Game #3 – Winner Game #1 vs. Winner Game #2 – 2pm
Game #4 – Loser Game #1 vs. Loser Game #2 – 4pm

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Game #5 – Winner Game #4 vs. Loser Game #3 – Noon
Game #6 – Winner Game #3 vs. Winner Game #5 – 2 pm
Game #7 – If necessary (Game #6 winner/loser) – 4 pm

GPAC Softball Tournament Championship Series – Monday, May 7, 2018

Midland Bracket Winner vs. Morningside Bracket Winner (at highest seed)
(Best 2 of 3 Format)
11am (Game 1), 1pm (Game 2), 5pm (or TBA) (Game 3, if needed)