May 23, 2018 - 11:37 am - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa– An Orange City woman was taken to the hospital after an accident in Orange City.

The Orange City Police Department reports that about 3:50 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 41-year-old Rosario Vasquez of Orange City was driving a 2008 Pontiac southbound on Albany Avenue Northeast in Orange City. They say 51-year-old Andra Kamstra of Orange City was eastbound on East First Street in a 2006 Buick SUV.

The report says that Rosario failed to stop for the stop sign and the vehicles collided in the intersection.

The Orange City Ambulance took Vasquez to the Orange City Health System Hospital.

Vasquez’s Pontiac sustained about $5000 in damages, and Kamstra’s Buick SUV sustained about $3500 in damages.

Vasquez was charged with failure to obey a stop sign and no proof of insurance.

May 23, 2018 - 10:24 am - Posted in Sports

Taylor Rus, a senior at Western Christian High School, has announced her intention to attend Dordt College and join the Defender track and field program.

Rus has qualified for the state meet in all four of her seasons at Dordt and was part of a state champion 4×200 relay team. She has a career best 12.99 in the 100 meters and has earned all-conference honors from the Lakes Conference in all four of her years at Western.

“We are excited that Taylor will be joining us next year! Taylor has had a great track and field career at Western Christian, and she will be a positive addition to our sprints group. Taylor is a versatile sprinter who will be able to contribute in a variety of sprint events. She will bring enthusiasm to the team. We look forward to working with Taylor next year!” said Dordt College track and field coach Craig Heynen.

Taylor is the daughter of Howard and Janelle Rus of Sioux Center, Iowa.

May 23, 2018 - 7:36 am - Posted in News

Boyden, Iowa — The Boyden Ambulance Service is holding a fundraiser this Wednesday night.

We talked to Boyden Ambulance Director Les Starkenberg, and he tells us why they’re doing the fundraiser.

He says they’ll have kids’ and adults’ games, with prizes for both.

The fundraiser will start at 6 p.m. on Wednesday night, May 23rd at the Demco Center in Boyden.

May 22, 2018 - 8:23 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mrs. Nelva Schreur, age 85, of Orange City, passed away on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at the Orange City Area Health System.

There will be a memorial service on Friday, May 25, at 11:00 am, at the Trinity Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. Dr. Brian Keepers and the Rev. Donald Lenderink 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 10:00 am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Visitation will be after 6:00 pm on Thursday, with the family present from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, at the Oolman Funeral home.

Hegg Memorial Health Center Avera Health and Community Blood Bank come together to host a community blood drive in effort to avoid summer blood shortage within the local area.  The blood drive will be held on Tuesday, May 29 from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm at Hegg Memorial.  The public will have an opportunity to donate blood to impact patients in Rock Valley.

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

“The summer months are considered some of the most difficult when keeping up with the demand for blood products within our community,” states Ken Versteeg, Executive Director, Community Blood Bank.  “There are many weeks where our usage is outpacing collection by 40%.  Our hope is to start the summer months strong with an ample blood supply and keep this momentum moving to avoid any summer blood shortages.  Join us to save lives at Hegg Memorial and show your support for those who serve and impact the community in many ways.”

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.  Please bring an I.D.  It is recommended that a person eat and drink plenty of fluid prior to donating.  Community Blood Bank is not associated with any other blood bank organizations.

For more information log onto or call Hegg Memorial Health Center Avera Health.  Community Blood Bank is not associated with any other blood bank organizations.

May 21, 2018 - 11:46 am - Posted in Community Calendar

American Reform Church in Hull  (911 1st St Hull ) is hosting a Pancake Breakfast on Monday May 28 (Memorial Day) from 7-10 am at the church.

Freewill offering with Proceeds going to covering costs for Rocky Mountain High and Power Connection

May 21, 2018 - 11:30 am - Posted in Community Calendar

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

The Memorial Day Service will be held at the Demco Center on Monday, May 28 at 9:30 a.m.  Everyone is welcome to attend.
May 21, 2018 - 11:25 am - Posted in Community Calendar

The Sweet on Life Charity Tractor Pull will be taking place on Friday, June 1st at the Rock Valley Tractor Pull in Rock Valley, Iowa. All proceeds will go to benefit the American Cancer Society. Come out and help support a good cause!

May 18, 2018 - 12:33 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa– A business was damaged due to fire on Thursday, May 17, 2018, in Orange City.

According to Orange City Fire Chief Denny Vander Wel, about 11:25 a.m., the Orange City Fire Department was called to the report of an exhaust fan on fire at “The Warehouse” fitness center at 807 Albany Place Southeast, between Subway and Hardee’s.

The chief says when they got there the fire department saw remnants of a fire that had been fought by the occupants with a chemical fire extinguisher. He says they doused the hot spots with water from the department’s water extinguishers and made sure it was out.

Vander Wel says no injuries were reported.

He says the fire appears to have started due to a short circuit or perhaps someone turned on the fan and the blades were blocked, causing the motor to overheat.

Chief Vander Wel reports that there was damage to the fan and the wall and smoke damage throughout the facility.

He says they had been advised before they left the station that the fire was basically out, so they responded with only one truck and five firefighters, leaving the others on standby at the station. He says those who responded were on the scene for about 45 minutes.

Then overnight in the early hours of Friday, firefighters were called to what turned out to be a false alarm at the Orange City Health System Hospital. Ambulance personnel and Alton Firefighters were also paged. Vander Wel says it was a malfunction in the alarm system.

May 18, 2018 - 12:31 pm - Posted in News

Rock Valley, Iowa– A tractor was destroyed in a fire on Thursday, May 17, 2018, near Rock Valley.

According to Rock Valley Fire Chief Brent Eshuis, about 8:20 p.m., the Rock Valley Fire Department was called to the report of a tractor on fire near 2691 278th Street, two and a half miles north and two miles east of Rock Valley along the Rock River.

The chief says the fire department saw a tractor fully engulfed as they approached the scene. He says they used water and foam to fight the fire.

Eshuis says no injuries were reported.

He says the cause of the fire is undetermined, but the roughly fifteen-year-old front-wheel assist Case/IH tractor was totaled.

He says they used about 600 gallons of water to fight the fire, and the 17 firefighters who responded were on the scene for about 25 minutes.