May 31, 2018 - 4:12 pm - Posted in Sports

Spirit Lake, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For more information contact the Spirit Lake fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.


Arrowhead Lake
Bluegill – Fair: As water continues to warm, look for bluegill nest colonies along the west and east shorelines; the highest concentration are likely in the southern end of the lake. Use a small tube jig tipped with a piece of crawler.

Black Hawk Lake
Water temperatures are in the upper 70’s. Water clarity is 5-6 feet. Bluegill – Fair: The bluegill spawn is later than normal, but look for fish to start moving in close to shore again. Use a small hair or tube jig with a small piece of crawler fished under a bobber off the floating fishing pier, the west stone pier, and the inlet bridge. Look for bluegills sitting on nests; you can easily target the males. Walleye – Fair:Try in Town Bay, the shoreline along Ice House Point, and near the inlet bridge. Use leeches fished under a bobber and twisters on the downwind shoreline where walleye are feeding. Black Crappie – Slow: A few have been picked up from Ice House Point, the floating dock, the stone piers and the inlet bridge. Catch fish up to 11 inches with crawlers and leeches fished under a bobber. Look for post-spawn crappie out deeper. Largemouth Bass – Good: Catch largemouth all over the lake using traditional bass lures. Many anglers have found good bass action at the Ice House Point, the east shoreline,and the lake side of the inlet bridge. There is a 15 inch minimum length limit on largemouth bass in Black Hawk Lake.

Brushy Creek Lake
There is a 15 inch minimum length limit on largemouth bass in Brushy Creek Lake, and a 40 inch minimum length limit for Musky. Walleye – Good: Use minnows, leaches and twisters in 5-15 feet of water. Black Crappie – Fair: Try minnows on a jig in 10-20 feet of water. Some males are being caught near shore, so look for the fishing close to shore to improve over the next week. Yellow Perch – Fair: Fish along the vegetation to find the perch. Largemouth Bass – Good: Catch bass along weed lines near shore just about anywhere with traditional bass lures. There is a 15 inch minimum length limit on largemouth bass in Brushy Creek Lake. Muskellunge – Fair: There is a 40 inch minimum length limit for musky on Brushy Creek Lake. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegill are still pre-spawn. Look for bluegill fishing to improve near shore as water continues to warm.

Crawford Creek Impoundment
Bluegill – Fair: Catch bluegill near shore using a small jig tipped with bait fished under a bobber. Look for males guarding nests near shore. Fish are 6-8 inches.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Water clarity is 3-4 feet. Storm Lake has a daily limit of 3 walleye and all 17- to 22-inch walleye must be released; no more than one walleye longer than 22 inches may be taken per day. Walleye – Fair: Much of the walleye action has shifted to the boat anglers. Boat anglers are doing well trolling shad raps or ripple shads or drifting crawler harnesses on the edges of the dredge cuts around the lake in about 8 feet of water. Black Crappie – Fair: Anglers are picking up suspended crappie out mid-lake in the dredge cuts while fishing for walleye. White Bass – Fair: Use crankbaits; most action has been from boat while fishing dredge cuts.

Swan Lake
Water temperature is around 80 degrees. Water clarity is 3 feet. Bluegill – Fair: Use a small jig tipped with crawler along the dam and off the jetties. Most of the fish are 6-7 inches. Look for fish to move closer to shore and the males sitting on nests.

Yellow Smoke Park Lake
Bluegill – Fair: Find bluegill spawning in the arm north of the swim beach and in the coves along the south shore. Yellow Smoke is known for its big bluegill consistently reaching 9 inches or more.

Clear Lake
Surface water temperature is 74 degrees. Black Crappie – Fair: Crappies are biting. Use a small jig or a minnow in the rush beds and areas with vegetation. Walleye – Good: Try a slip bobber and leeches fished in the rocky reefs. Yellow Bass – Fair: Yellows bass have moved off the shallow rocky areas and are out in deeper water. Use a small jig with a minnow or cut bait in the early morning. Channel Catfish – Fair: With recent rains, any spot where water is entering the lake is worth trying for catfish. Fish a dead chub or crawlers on the bottom. The best bite is late evening. Muskellunge – Fair.

Crystal Lake
Bluegill – Fair: Bluegill are biting. Use a small piece of crawler and a bobber in 2 to 3 feet of water. Black Crappie – Fair: Crappie are biting. Use a small minnow and a bobber in 3 to 6 feet of water.

Lake Smith
Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass are biting on a variety of baits. Bluegill – Fair.

Rice Lake
Largemouth Bass – Fair: Bass are biting on plastic baits. Bluegill – Fair: Use a small piece of crawler and a bobber in the edge of the vegetation.

Silver Lake (Worth)
Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass are biting on plastic baits. Bluegill – Fair: Use a small piece of crawler and a bobber in 2 to 3 feet of water.

Center Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Cast mini jigs in shallow water wood habitat.

East Okoboji Lake
Channel Catfish – Good: Use traditional baits in the evening. Black Crappie – Fair: Anglers report a panfish bite of bluegill and crappie in shallow water; best bite during early evening hours. Walleye – Good: Report of anglers catching fish from the south end; best bite during the evening hours.

Five Island Lake
Channel Catfish – Good: Use traditional baits during evening hours. Walleye – Fair: Action is picking up with lots of angler acceptable size and larger being caught.

Lake Pahoja
Bluegill – Good: Recent surveys show good numbers of large angler size fish in the lake.

Lost Island Lake
Walleye – Good: Report of a walleye bite at Lost Island Lake. Yellow Bass – Good: Report of yellow bass being caught. Use small lures such as a twister tail or hair jigs.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Walleye – Good: Troll crank baits when there is a good walleye chop on the lake.

Spirit Lake
Marble Beach campground, including the boat ramp, is closed for the season for renovation. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Use a jig tipped with a minnow in shallow rock structures. Action is best during sunny, calm days. Black Crappie – Good: Fish the bulrush on the lake for spawning crappie. Cast a mini-jig and swim the bait slowly back to the boat to find active fish. Walleye – Good: Best action is during the night off the docks. Fish leeches under a bobber or cast a twister tail. Cast crankbaits or a jig and minnows in emerging weed beds.

West Okoboji Lake
Bluegill – Good: Wooden docks in deeper water and new aquatic growth will produce good numbers of angler acceptable sized fish.

Orange City, Iowa — A Christian elementary school here in northwest Iowa has been working on an expansion plan that their constituents overwhelmingly approved in a vote taken Wednesday evening.

Orange City Christian School Principal Jason Alons tells KIWA that the amount of support the expansion plan received from the school’s constituents was amazing.

The measure approved Wednesday evening, is Phase 1 of a three-phase project. Alons talks about what Phase 1 entails.

Now that the project has been given the go-ahead by Orange City Christian School’s constituents, Alons says the next step is raising the funds to pay for it.

He says there are always two votes for a project like this, the vote to approve, and the vote with the checkbook.

Alons says the fundraising effort for the project is beginning immediately.


May 30, 2018 - 3:44 pm - Posted in Sports

Class 2A – Lake Panorama National Golf Course
Unity Christian Qualified as a team. No area individuals advanced to State
4th – Unity Team Total +200
25th – Kate Fessler +20(F) – 2 Day Total +46
T32nd – Justine Malenke +29(F) – 2 Day Total +50
36th – Laura Beltman +30(F) – 2 Day Total +53
42nd – Kerri Kroeze +23(F) – 2 Day Total +59
45th – Chloe Krommendyk +36(F) – 2 Day Total +64
75th – Cori Franken +51(F) – 2 Day Total +108

Class 3A – Coldwater Links, Ames
MOC-FV qualified as a team with no individual qualifiers advancing to the State Meet
10th – MOC-FV Team Total +230
T29th – Alexa Arends +21(F) – 2 Day Total +37
T44th – Jaden Zenor +21(F) – 2 Day Total  +50
T57th – Brooklyn Dau +29(F) – 2 Day Total +64
71st – Sophie Swart +41(F) – 2 Day Total +79
T73rd – Madisyn Mulder +43(F) – 2 Day Total +96
Brooke Venema – DNP

May 30, 2018 - 3:32 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Mr. Willis Van Kalsbeek, age 75, of Hospers, passed away on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at the Sioux Falls VA Health Care System in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

There will be a funeral service on Monday, June 4, at 10:00 am, at the First Christian Reformed Church in Hospers. The Rev. Aaron Gonzalez will be officiating. Interment will follow the service at the Hospers Cemetery near Hospers.

Visitation will be after 2:00 pm on Sunday, with the family present from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hospers.

May 30, 2018 - 12:13 pm - Posted in Sports

Koralee Heynen (Boyden, Iowa) has signed a letter of intent to continue her softball career at Northwestern College next fall.

Heynen is a 5’8″ pitcher and outfielder who has played four years for Trinity Christian heading into her senior season. Heynen hit .353 with six extra-base hits while posting a 4-12 record and 6.68 earned run average in earning all-state and first team all-conference honors as a junior. She recorded 137 strikeouts in 87 innings last summer and also earned all-conference honors as a sophomore and freshman. Heynen plans to major in Accounting at Northwestern and is the daughter of Veryl and Kandace.

“We are very excited to have Koralee join us in the fall,” commented Northwestern head softball coach Chris Nachtigall. “She is a quality young lady, both on and off the field. Koralee is the kind of player we are looking for in our program; hardworking, competitive, and a great teammate.”

May 30, 2018 - 10:34 am - Posted in Sports

Haley Smit of Orange City, has signed a letter of intent to continue her dance career at Northwestern College next fall.5907

Smit competed four years for the Unity Christian Dance Team where she served as team captain as a senior. Smit was named to the All-Iowa Honor Dance Team two years and helped lead the Knights to a first place finish at state in novelty as a junior. She was part of teams that claimed several second and third place finishes, including second place in lights two years and third place in Hip Hop as a junior and senior.
Smit has trained at the Robin’s School of Dance in Sioux Center several years.

An outstanding student who is a member of the high honor roll, Smit plans to major Nursing at Northwestern with a Spanish minor. She is the daughter of Jason and Kara.

“Haley is an excellent addition to both the Red Raider Dance team and the Northwestern Community,” said Northwestern Dance Coach Taylor Barthman. “Haley is a very skilled dancer and has outstanding work ethic. She has also exhibited great leadership skills and we are very excited to have her join our team next year.”

May 29, 2018 - 8:00 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Mr. Gregory Jeltema, age 64, of Orange City, passed away on Monday, May 28th, at the Happy Siesta Care Center in Remsen.

There will be a funeral service on Friday, June 1st, at 2:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.  The Rev. Mark Vande Zande will officiate.  Interment will follow the service at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City.

Visitation with the family will be after 1:00pm on Friday at the Oolman Funeral Home of Orange City.

May 29, 2018 - 3:51 pm - Posted in Sports

Class 2A – Lake Panorama National Golf Course
Unity Christian – 4th Place +98
T21st – Justine Malenke +21(F)
24th – Laura Beltman +23(F)
T33rd – Kate Fessler +26(F)
T40th – Chloe Krommendyk +28(F)
T54th – Kerri Kroeze +36(F)
77th – Cori Franken +57(F)

Class 3A – Coldwater Links, Ames
MOC-FV – 10th Place +118(F)
22nd – Alexa Arends +16(F)
T47th – Jaden Zenor +29(F)
T57th – Brooklyn Dau +35(F)
T64th – Sophie Swart +38(F)
71st – Brooke Venema +47(F)
T73rd – Madisyn Mulder +53(F)

May 25, 2018 - 5:11 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Memorial Day will be observed in the United States on Monday, May 28th.

Originally called “Decoration Day”, and celebrated on May 30th, the day was created to honor Civil War dead. It has since been expanded to honor all veterans who have died in service to the United States, and Memorial Day is now observed on the last Monday of May.

In addition to national observances, many local communities will hold Memorial Day services and events in northwest Iowa.


The Sheldon First Christian Reformed Church Young People will be holding a Pancake Breakfast on Monday, May 28th, serving from 7:00 – 9:30 am. This event will take place at the Sheldon Christian School. Freewill donations will be accepted, with proceeds going towards the First CRC Young People.

In observance of Memorial Day, flags will be displayed at the Sheldon City Park. They are going to be put out on Monday, May 28th, at 7:00 a.m. weather permitting, and taken back down at 5:30 p.m. Over thirty volunteers are needed to help put the flags out and take them back down. If you are able to help, they ask you to meet at the City Park.

All are welcome to help the Sheldon American Legion decorate the graves of Veterans for Memorial Day weekend: This will be done on Saturday, May 26 at 9:00 a.m.  Meet at East Lawn Cemetery for instructions.  Take down will occur Monday, May 28th right after flags are taken down in central park.

There will be a Memorial Day Service in Sheldon on Monday, May 28th, beginning at 10:00 am at the Sheldon Community High School. Participating in the service are the American Legion, Sheldon High School Band, and several community residents. The guest speaker will be Pastor Cory Van Sloten of the Lebanon Christian Reformed Church. This service is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend and pay tribute to those who have served our country. The service will be recorded for broadcast on KIWA AM 1550 and FM 100.7. at noon on Monday.


In Boyden, the Boyden American Legion is asking for volunteers to help put up the Avenue of Flags on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28. You are asked to meet at the Boyden Cemetery at 6:30 a.m. Take down will be at 1:00 p.m.

The Boyden Memorial Day Service will be held at the Demco Center on Monday, May 28 at 9:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.


The Hawarden Christian Reformed Church will be hosting a Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast on Monday, May 28th, from 7:30 until 10:00 a.m., at the Hawarden Community Center. Breakfast for Adults is $8, Children ages 5-12 are $5, and children under the age of 5 eat free.


American Reformed Church in Hull at 911 First Street is hosting a Pancake Breakfast on Monday, May 28 (Memorial Day) from 7-10 a.m. at the church. A freewill offering will be accepted with proceeds going to covering costs for Rocky Mountain High and Power Connection.


Ireton Christian Reformed Church’s Christian Ed Unit is putting on a Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast from 6:00 until 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 28. Freewill donations will be accepted.

Orange City:

The Orange City Memorial Day service will be at 9:30 a.m. at West Lawn Cemetery. The inclement weather location is at First Reformed Church in Orange City. The speaker will be Dan McCarty from the Orange City Area Health System. Participants in Girls State and Boys State will do readings. Recorded music will be played. They will do the usual gun salute and Taps will be played. All events are presented by the American Legion Pressman Kosters Post 329 of Orange City.

Sioux Center:

Sioux Center has several events planned to honor veterans. They’ll start with a service on Sunday night, May 27th, at the First Reformed church. God’s Word will be shared by Army Chaplain (Major) Peter Hofman. He’ll also give his personal testimony. A freewill offering will be accepted for the Sioux Center Doornink-Brunsting American Legion Post 199. They ask that veterans meet at 6:45 p.m. in the fellowship hall and be seated as a group.

On Memorial Day, the events will start with a VFW Bike Decorating Contest at 8:30 a.m. in the Beaver Eye Care parking lot, then kids can join the parade, which will be at 9:15 a.m., starting at the Sioux Center Public Library parking lot. That will continue south along Highway 75 to Memory Gardens Cemetery. The service there will follow the parade.


May 25, 2018 - 5:07 pm - Posted in News

Rock Valley, Iowa — In an effort to avoid the summer blood shortage, the Community Blood Bank and Hegg Health Center Avera will host a community blood drive.

The blood drive will be held on Tuesday, May 29 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Hegg Health Center.

Community Blood Bank is hospital-operated as a shared resource of Avera and Sanford Health Systems, meaning when you donate on the bloodmobile the donation will go directly back to Hegg Health Center Avera to save local lives.

Ken Versteeg, Executive Director, Community Blood Bank. says that the summer months are considered some of the most difficult when keeping up with the demand for blood products within our community. He says that there are many weeks where usage is outpacing collection by 40%. He says they hope to start the summer months strong with an ample blood supply and keep this momentum moving to avoid any summer blood shortages.

Ver Steeg says donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with a signed parent consent form found at, weigh 110 lbs. or more and be in good general health the day of the donation.

For more information visit or call Hegg Health Center Avera.