June 30, 2018 - 1:44 pm - Posted in News

Hospers, Iowa — A Hospers-based pork processing company may be buying a plant just north of the area in Luverne, Minnesota.

The plant is not new. In fact, it was built in the 1960’s. The former IBP plant west of Luverne used to be a beef slaughter operation until it closed in 1998, putting 370 people out of work. Later that year, it became a Gold’n Plump chicken processing plant. In December 2016, Gold’n Plump was acquired by Pilgrim’s Pride. Less than 10 months later, Pilgrim’s Pride closed the Luverne plant, this time putting about 200 people out of work.

If everything goes according to plan for Hospers-based Premium Iowa Pork, the area will regain that number of employees, and maybe more.

Dan Paquin is the President of Premium Iowa Pork. He says if they buy the plant, they would probably start with 200 to 225 employees. He tells us why they’re interested in the Luverne plant.


He says the sale is not yet final.


While he says the City of Luverne has yet to sign off on the agreement, he doesn’t anticipate any large challenges.


He says it would cost about $30 million to re-fit the plant to process pork, and that the work would take between twelve and fifteen months to complete.

Paquin says they would start with a slaughter of about 1200 hogs and work up to about 2200 hogs per day.

He says the plant would need a small addition to fit their needs.


Paquin tells us that he’s optimistic about what the future holds for Premium Iowa Pork in Luverne.


Premium Iowa Pork currently employs about 400 workers and slaughters more than 3,000 hogs per day at their Hospers facility.

Orange City, Iowa — Residents of Orange City recently received a notice from the City of Orange City regarding changes to that city’s off-street parking ordinance, that will take effect this weekend.

The City of Orange City says the changes include that a maximum of four vehicles can be stored on a residential zoned lot in that community. The City says that excludes any vehicles stored in an enclosed garage or storage building.

In addition, the notice says temporary parking in excess of four vehicles is permitted for up to ten days, when the vehicles are in road-ready condition.

The notice Orange City residents received defines vehicle as any vehicle road-ready and/or temporarily disabled motor vehicle. According to the notice, this does not include boats, campers and trailers.

The notice says residential parking spaces in Orange City shall be surfaced with Portland cement, concrete, asphaltic concrete material or equivalent hard surface; or two-inch thickness pit run, or one-inch screened gravel.

Notice mailed from the City of Orange City to its residents says that, for a full copy of the new ordinance, or if you have questions, you should contact Orange City’s Code Enforcement Officer, Kurt Frederes.

Orange City’s new parking ordinance goes into effect Sunday, July 1st.

June 28, 2018 - 7:28 pm - Posted in News

Hull, Iowa — A Hull woman was taken to a hospital after a chain-reaction crash near Hull on Wednesday, June 27th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 11:40 a.m., 45-year-old Sara Vink of Hull was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe eastbound on 310th Street (Highway 18), two miles west of Hull and was slowing for the stop sign at Highway 75. They report that 36-year-old Derek Allen of Hawarden was driving a 2006 GMC Envoy eastbound on Highway 18 behind Vink. The Sheriff’s Office says 20-year-old Kylie Van’t Hul of Hull was driving a 2002 Dodge Intrepid eastbound on 18 behind Allen when she struck the GMC. They report that the impact pushed Allen forward and his vehicle struck Vink’s.

The Hull Ambulance took Van’t Hul to the Sioux Center Health System Hospital.

The Vink Tahoe sustained about $200 in damage. The Van’t Hul Dodge sustained an about $4,000 in damage. Allen’s Envoy sustained about $3,000 in damage.

The Sheriff’s Office says they cited Van’t Hul on a charge of failure to maintain control of a motor vehicle.

They say the Hull Fire Department and Hull Ambulance Squad assisted them on the scene.

June 28, 2018 - 7:25 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — After multiple heavy thunderstorms in recent days, many rivers across the region are running at or above flood stage. Some areas of northwest Iowa have seen 12-inches of rain — or more — in the past ten days.

Hydrologist Mike Gillispie at the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls tells us the Floyd River basin is starting to return to normal.


He says the Rock River is starting to look a lot better and will continue to go down.


He tells us the Little Sioux is basically on the way down, with a few exceptions.


He says those hoping the Iowa Great Lakes will be back to normal by the Fourth of July are going to be disappointed.


Meanwhile, on the Missouri River, he says efforts are being made upstream to minimize flooding in the Missouri River valley.


The forecast calls for mostly hotter and drier weather for the next several days, which will help with flooded fields and roads.

June 28, 2018 - 3:57 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.

NORTHWEST
Black Hawk Lake
Water temperatures are in the low 70’s. Water levels are 15 inches over the crest of the spillway. Water clarity is around 2 feet. Bluegill – Slow: Try Town Bay, Ice House Point, and the North Shore. Use a small hair or tube jig with a small piece of crawler fished under a bobber in 3-6 feet of water. Target deeper fish this time of year on the rock piles near Gunshot Hill, Cottonwood Point, and the East Basin. Walleye – Fair: Use leeches fished under a bobber in the shoreline along Ice House Point. Boat anglers have had some luck on the rock piles near Gunshot Hill, Cottonwood Point and the East Basin. 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. Channel Catfish – Fair: Use stink bait, cut bait, or crawler fished on the bottom along Ice House Point and in Town Bay. Look for fish along rocky shorelines this time of year.

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 15-20 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.

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.

Yellow Smoke Park Lake
Bluegill – Fair: Use a small jig fished under a bobber with a minnow or piece of crawler around structure in 5-10 feet of water. 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
Clear Lake is 7 inches above crest. Surface water temperature is 74 degrees. Walleye – Good: Try a slip bobber and leeches or crawlers fished near the edge of vegetation in 3 to 6 feet of water. Yellow Bass – Slow: Use a small jig tipped with a piece of crawler at the edge of vegetation. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish are biting baits fished on the rock reefs and off the jetties. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Try a spinner or topwater bait in the open spots in the vegetation. 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. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Bass are biting spinners and plastic baits. Black Crappie – Fair: Drift or troll small tube jigs in the dredge cut.

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 – Good: Use a small piece of crawler and a bobber in 2 to 3 feet of water.

June 28, 2018 - 12:55 pm - Posted in News

UPDATE: The Sioux County Sheriff’s office released a statement at 9:44 a.m. on Thursday, June 28th that the Highway 10/46 bridge has been re-opened. They said the 10th Street bridge remained closed as of that time.

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Original story, posted Jun 27, 2018 at 9:40 a.m.:

Hawarden, Iowa — Things are starting to improve, but flooding continues to be an issue for northwest Iowa communities.

It’s currently more difficult to get to South Dakota from Hawarden or vice versa. The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says that both the Highway 10 (SD Highway 46) and 10th Street (Union County Road 13) bridges across the Big Sioux River are closed due to flooding.

High water has been a problem in Hawarden for nearly a week. National Weather Service Hydrologist Mike Gillispie from the Sioux Falls office tells us the Big Sioux is on the way down for the most part, but it’s slow.


The northwest Iowa flooding issues started almost two weeks ago with flash flooding in O’Brien and Osceola counties on Thursday, June 14th.

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June 28, 2018 - 10:07 am - Posted in News

Hull, Iowa — A Hull woman was taken to a hospital after a chain-reaction crash near Hull on Wednesday, June 27th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 11:39 a.m., 45-year-old Sara Vink of Hull was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe eastbound on 310th Street (Highway 18), two miles west of Hull and was slowing for the stop sign at Highway 75. They report that 36-year-old Derek Allen of Hawarden was driving a 2006 GMC Envoy eastbound on Highway 18 behind Vink. The Sheriff’s Office says 20-year-old Kylie Van’t Hul of Hull was driving a 2002 Dodge Intrepid eastbound on 18 behind Allen when she struck the GMC. They report that the impact pushed Allen forward and his vehicle struck Vink’s.

The Hull Ambulance took Vant Hul to the Sioux Center Health System Hospital.

The Vink Tahoe sustained about $200 in damage. The Van’t Hul Dodge sustained an about $4,000 in damage. Allen’s Envoy sustained about $3,000 in damage.

The Sheriff’s Office says they cited Vant Hul on a charge of failure to maintain control of a motor vehicle.

They say the Hull Fire Department and Hull Ambulance Squad assisted them on the scene.

June 27, 2018 - 11:19 am - Posted in Sports

Sheldon Iowa — The Sheldon and MOC Floyd Valley softball teams played to an 8-8 tie Tuesday night. It was senior night for the Orabs. The game was suspended due to darkness after the end of the 8th inning. The game had been moved to the Sports Complex along Park Street due to wet field conditions at the high school field. There are no lights at the Sports Complex.

Sheldon put 4 runs on the board in the 1st inning. Makenna Kleinhesselink and McKenzie Wagner both reach and then scored on back to back rbi singles by Alexa Vanden Hall and Zoe Keorselman. They would score on an rbi single by Madison Van Meeteren and a fielders choice off the bat of Anessa Schoo.

The Dutch got on the board with a pair of runs in the third as Delanie Niemyer reached on a error and scored on Carlin Smith’s rbi double. Smith scored on an rbi single Jenna Aalbers.

MOC Floyd Valley put 3 more on the board in the fourth as Taryn Nothem, Delanie Niemyer and Zoe Heemstra all reached and scored. The first run came in on an rbi single from Heemstra. The other two scored on an error. At that point MOC Floyd Valley was in front 5-4.

Sheldon tied it up in the bottom half of the inning as Brooklyn Grady walked to lead off the inning and scored on a Vanden Hall rbi single.

The Dutch appeared to put it away with a 3 run seventh inning as Kenzie Kurtz, Jenna Aalbers and Taryn Nothem all reached and scored. Heemstra drove in 1 run and the other two came in on fielders choice plays and the Dutch were up 8-5.

Sheldon responded with 3 of their own as Johnson, Vanden Hall and Zoe Koerselman hit consecutive singles. Koerselman drove in the first run and the other two came in on a 2 run single by Mikayla Simonsen. That tied the score at 8-8 and an inning later that’s how the game would end after being suspended due to darkness.

Sheldon is now 7-12-1 for the year while MOC Floyd Valley is 8-13-1. The Orabs are 4-6-1 in the conference. The Dutch are 5-3-1.

both teams return to action Wednesday night. Sheldon is at Sioux Center. MOC Floyd Valley will host Boyden Hull Rock Valley.

June 27, 2018 - 9:18 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mr. Fred Falkena, age 80, of Hospers, passed away on Monday, June 25, 2018, at the Orange City Area Health System.

There will be a celebration of his life on Friday, June 29, at 5:00 pm, at the First Presbyterian Church in Hospers. The Rev. Dr. Brian Janssen will officiate. Following the celebration, there will be a supper and fellowship at the Hospers Community Center.

June 26, 2018 - 5:01 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — With the floodwaters subsiding and the immediate danger to life and property going down, many northwest Iowa farmers are now thinking about their crops — wondering if they’re alright, or what to do if they aren’t.

We had a chance to talk to Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Crop Field Specialist Joel De Jong. He tells us the crops run the gamut from exceptionally nice — to ruined.


He says the thought of replanting has entered some farmers’ minds. And it’s all a waiting game now to dry out and know what the weather is going to do.


He says replanting can also be a gamble for another reason.


For more information, you can call De Jong at the Plymouth County Extension Office in Le Mars.