June 15, 2018 - 1:05 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Mrs. Thelma Pott, age 100, of Hospers, passed away on Thursday, June 14, at the Sanford Senior Care Sheldon.

There will be a funeral service on Monday, June 18, at 10:00am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hospers. The Rev. Aaron Gonzalez will officiate. Interment will follow the service at the Hospers Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be the hour before the service on Monday, at the funeral home.

Arrangements are with the Oolman Funeral Home in Hospers.

June 15, 2018 - 10:16 am - Posted in Sports

Orange City, Iowa — Kaden Willemssen, of Rock Valley, has signed a letter of intent to continue his track and field career at Northwestern College this fall.

Willemssen recently completed a standout four-year career competing for the Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley High School track and field team. Willemssen qualified for the state meet three years and earned all-conference honors in the high hurdles. He has personal bests of 15.3 in the 110m hurdles and graduated with honors. Willemssen plans to major in sports medicine or business at Northwestern and is the son of Dalton and Heather.

“We are excited to have Kaden join our men’s track and field team,” commented Northwestern head coach Scott Bahrke. “Kaden is a talented hurdler who experienced a great deal of success in high school. He is a hard worker and will thrive under the direction of Coach Vander Ploeg over the next four years.”

Northwestern College is a Christian college of more than 1,200 students in Orange City, Iowa. Rated the nation’s eighth-best baccalaureate college by Washington Monthly and a top-10 Midwestern college by U.S. News & World Report magazine, Northwestern provides an education committed to academic rigor and a Christ-centered worldview.

Sheldon Iowa — The 6th ranked Boyden Hull Rock Valley Softball Team combined hot bats and some costly Orab errors as they downed Sheldon 13-0 in a three inning contest Thursday night at Orab Field.

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The Nighthawks opened the scoring in the first inning as Taylor Richter led off with a single and came in on a 2 run homer over the right field fence by Kaitlyn Van Der Zwaag for an early 2-0 lead.

In the second inning Richter hit a 2 out double to right field and scored on an rbi single by Brianna Kleinwolterink. Kleinwolterink came in to score on a Van Der Zwaag double and the score was 4-0 in favor of Boyden Hull Rock Valley.

A 9 run third inning brought the game to an early end. The inning was keyed by a 3 run homer off the bat of Brooke Zylstra to left. It scored Emma Zoet running for Keely Swanson and Erica Pottebaum who had singled ahead of Swanson. Richter and Joanne Luevano drove in 1 run each in the inning as well.

With the win The 6th ranked Nighthawks run their record to 17-1 on the year and 7-1 in the conference. Sheldon is now 5-8 for the year and 4-4 in the Siouxland. Up next for the Orabs is a Friday night home game against West Lyon. The Nighthawks return to action with a weekend tournament hosted by West Sioux.


June 14, 2018 - 3:36 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.

Black Hawk Lake
Water temperatures are in the mid 70’s. Water clarity is around 5 feet. Bluegill – Fair: The bluegill spawn is later than normal and not as condensed. Try Town Bay, Ice House Point, and the North Shore. Look for males in 2-3 feet of water with the females out a little deeper. Use a small hair or tube jig with a small piece of crawler fished under a bobber. 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. Muskellunge – Fair: There is a 40 inch minimum length limit on Musky at 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 – Fair: Use minnows and leaches in 5-15 feet of water. Black Crappie – Fair: Try minnows on a jig in 10-20 feet of water. Yellow Perch – Fair: Fish along the vegetation to find 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.

Crawford Creek Impoundment
Bluegill – Fair: Catch bluegill near shore with 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)
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: Boat anglers are doing well trolling crank baits or drifting crawler harnesses on the edges of the dredge cuts around the lake in about 8 feet of water. White Bass – Fair: Use crankbaits; most action has been from boat while fishing dredge cuts.

Swan Lake
Bluegill – Fair: Use a small jig tipped with crawler along the dam and off the jetties. Most 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.

Beeds Lake
Black Crappie – Good: Drift fish or troll with tube jig or a small minnow. Bluegill – Fair: Use a small piece of crawler under a bobber in 2 to 4 feet of water.

Clear Lake
Surface water temperature is 70 degrees. Black Crappie – Slow: Crappies are done spawning and have moved to deeper water. Walleye – Fair: Try a slip bobber and leeches fished in the rocky reefs. Yellow Bass – Slow: 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 – Good: Use stink bait, chicken liver or crawlers on the bottom. Best bite is late evening. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Try a spinner or topwater bait in the open spots in the vegetation.

Crystal Lake
Bluegill – Good: 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. Drift fish the dredge cut with tube jig or a small minnow 4 to 6 feet under a slip bobber. Walleye – Fair: Use leeches or nightcrawler in the old road bed. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Bass are biting spinners and plastic baits fished near vegetation.

Lake Smith
Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass are biting on a variety of baits. Bluegill – Good: Bluegill are biting. Use a small piece of crawler and a bobber in 2 to 3 feet of water.

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.

East Okoboji Lake
Channel Catfish – Good: Use traditional baits in the evening. Black Crappie – Fair: Anglers report a improving panfish bite of bluegill and crappie. Try traditional baits fished in weed lines. Walleye – Good: Use crawlers or leeches. Yellow Bass – Good: Yellow bass activity has improved.

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: Use bottom bouncers tipped with crawlers or leeches. Yellow Bass – Good: Reports 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: Anglers report good action on the lake. Walleye – Good: Use live bait trolled on the bottom. Yellow Perch – Good: Try jigs tipped with wigglers along the weedlines.

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

Des Moines Iowa — The latest Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union poll is out. Akron Westfield is the highest rated area team coming in at #4 in the 1A poll. West Sioux is #6 in 2A. In Class 3A Boyden Hull Rock Valley is ranked #6 with Spirit Lake #7. Cherokee remains in the #14 Spot.

Class 1A
School Record LW
1 Lansing, Kee 11-2 1
2 Collins-Maxwell 11-0 3
3 Clarksville 7-2 2
4 Akron-Westfield 9-2 4
5 Sigourney 8-1 7
6 North Union 7-2 5
7 Lisbon 14-0 11
8 AGWSR 10-3 12
9 Martensdale-St. Mary’s 9-4 6
10 Westwood 10-3 9
11 Newell-Fonda 9-5 13
12 Mason City Newman 10-3 14
13 Woodbury Central 7-5 10
14 Grand View Christian 9-2 NR
15 Murray 8-3 NR
Dropped Out: Belle Plaine (8) New London (15)

Class 2A
School Record LW
1 Durant 10-1 1
2 Des Moines Christian 8-1 3
3 Central Springs 9-1 2
4 IKM-Manning 10-1 4
5 Alta-Aurelia 9-0 5
6 West Sioux 11-4 6
7 Iowa City Regina 7-5 7
8 Louisa-Muscatine 13-2 11
9 Treynor 8-2 8
10 Logan-Magnolia 12-2 9
11 East Marshall 11-2 10
12 Van Meter 13-2 14
13 Jesup 9-6 13
14 North Linn 11-2 12
15 Earlham 7-5 15
Dropped Out: None

Class 3A
School Record LW
1 Davenport Assumption 17-2 1
2 Waterloo Columbus 9-0 2
3 Humboldt 12-0 3
4 Albia 14-1 6
5 Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 16-2 5
6 Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 11-0 2
7 Spirit Lake 14-2 4
8 Atlantic 10-0 9
9 Roland-Story 8-0 11
10 North Polk 6-4 7
11 Solon 8-4 12
12 Crestwood 8-4 10
13 Benton 12-5 NR
14 Cherokee 9-1 14
15 Camanche 9-4 NR
Dropped Out: Clarke (13), Centerville (15)

Class 4A
School Record LW
1 Charles City 17-1 3
2 Independence 13-1 2
3 Carlisle 11-4 4
4 ADM 14-1 10
5 Winterset 9-5 1
6 Oskaloosa 11-2 6
7 Denison-Schleswig 9-1 5
8 Cedar Rapids Xavier 8-6 7
9 Lewis Central 10-2 9
10 North Scott 10-5 11
11 Sergeant Bluff-Luton 11-4 12
12 Norwalk 7-4 NR
13 Newton 9-1 13
14 Western Dubuque 9-3 8
15 Glenwood 7-0 NR
Dropped Out: Dallas Center-Grimes (14), Waverly-Shell Rock (150

Class 5A
School Record LW
1 Cedar Rapids Kennedy 13-2 1
2 Pleasant Valley 10-5 2
3 West Des Moines Valley 9-3 5
4 Waukee 10-2 6
5 Dubuque Hempstead 12-3 3
6 Indianola 12-2 7
7 Cedar Rapids Jefferson 14-4 4
8 Urbandale 7-1 7
9 Dowling Catholic 5-5 9
10 Southeast Polk 9-1 11
11 Fort Dodge 14-2 15
12 Iowa City High 12-5 10
13 Burlington 17-1 NR
14 Johnston 6-5 14
15 Muscatine 14-2 NR
Dropped Out: Linn-Mar (12), Ankeny (13)

June 13, 2018 - 6:09 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Mrs. Marie Pilling, age 77, of Orange City, passed away on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at the Orange City Area Health System.

There will be a funeral service on Monday, June 18, at 2:00 pm, at St. John’s United Church of Christ of Lyman in rural Griswold. The Rev. Mark Andersen will officiate. Interment will follow the service at the St. John’s Cemetery at Lyman.

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 Orange City.

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Ireton, Iowa — A number of antique items that had been stored in an unoccupied house in Sioux County for several months have been reported stolen.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says they are investigating a report of a burglary that occurred at a Century Farm home, located on 500th Street, five and a half miles southwest of Ireton.

They say that deputies discovered that someone forcibly entered the home and stole several antique items. They tell us that the home was not occupied when the alleged crime occurred and was discovered when property owners checked the home.

Deputies believe the crime likely occurred sometime between October 10th, 2017 and June 5th, 2018. If you have any information about this crime, you are asked to contact the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.

Photos of some of the missing items can be viewed above.

June 13, 2018 - 4:01 pm - Posted in Sports

Madison Byl, a recent graduate of Western Christian High School, has announced her intention to attend Dordt College and join the Defender soccer program.

Byl was an attacking midfielder for the Wolfpack and during her career also played forward and sweeper. She scored eight goals and had four assists during her career and Western was 34-19 in her three years.

Madison is the daughter of Randy and Pat Byl of Rock Valley, Iowa.

June 13, 2018 - 9:27 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mr. Norman Tiedemann, age 83, of Hull, passed away on Monday, June 11, 2018, at the Pleasant Acres Care Center in Hull.

There will be a memorial service on Friday, June 15, at 11:30 am, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in rural Hull. The Rev. Aaron Deutsch will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery. There will be a family prayer service on Friday, at 10:30 am, at the church.

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

Arrangements are with the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.

Orange City, Iowa — An Orange City provider of physical therapy services is going to be joining the Orange City Area Health System.

Orange City Physical Therapy will soon be part of the Orange City Area Health System, says Orange City Area Health System CEO, Marty Guthmiller.

Guthmiller says Orange City Physical Therapy offers a full range of physical therapy services.

He says the downtown location of Orange City Physical Therapy will not change.

He says no personnel changes are anticipated except that employees of the hospital’s physical therapy department and Orange City Physical Therapy may spend time at both locations.

Guthmiller says that while Sanford Health has many different types of agreements with medical facilities in northwest Iowa, their agreement with Orange City Area Health System is what’s called a “management agreement”. He says that gives the Orange City facility purchasing power and access to Sanford’s computer platform. He says other than that, all decisions, including the decision to enter into the purchase agreement with Orange City Physical Therapy, are made locally through an elected governing board and their staff.