October 31, 2018 - 11:48 pm - Posted in Sports

Dordt College will be the number one seed when the 2018 Cypress Risk Management Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Volleyball Tournament opens on Saturday, November 3.  The Defenders were the regular season champion with a perfect 16-0 league record.

The two seed with be Northwestern, who finished in a tie with Hastings and Midland at 13-3 in league play.  The GPAC tie-breakers placed the Red Raiders as the two seed, Hastings is the three seed and Midland the fourth seed.

Jamestown will be the five seed, with Morningside the sixth seed.  The final two seeds were between four teams and Doane is the seven seed while Concordia is the #8 seed in the tournament. Doane, Concordia, Briar Cliff, and Dakota Wesleyan all went 5-11 in conference play.  GPAC tie-breakers broke the four-way tie as well.

Dordt will receive the GPAC regular season automatic berth to the 2018 NAIA National Volleyball Championship. The Cypress Risk Management GPAC Volleyball Tournament winner (runner-up if Dordt wins) also receives an automatic berth to the NAIA National Volleyball Championship.

The 2018 NAIA Volleyball National Championship includes a field of 44  teams. Twenty-four teams will compete in 12 opening round matches played on campus sites nationwide on November 17. The top 19 seeds and final site host (TBA) receive an opening round bye. Opening round winners will join the top 19 and host at the final site for a 32-team pool play NAIA National Championship starting on November 27 in Sioux City at the Tyson Events Center.

GPAC Volleyball Quarterfinals – Saturday, November 3

Records listed as (Overall, GPAC)

#8 Concordia (15-11, 5-11) at #1 Dordt (24-2, 16-0), 7pm

#5 Jamestown (21-7, 10-6) at #4 Midland (21-5, 13-3), 7pm

#6 Morningside (13-13, 7-9) at #3 Hastings (18-5, 13-3), 7pm

#7 Doane (13-16, 5-11) at #2 Northwestern (22-6, 13-3), 7pm

GPAC Volleyball Semifinals – Wednesday, November 7

Highest Seed Hosts

#4/#5 Winner vs. #1/#8 Winner, 7pm
#3/#6 Winner vs. #2/#7 Winner, 7pm
GPAC Volleyball Championship – Saturday, November 10

Semifinal Winners, At Highest Seed, 7pm

October 31, 2018 - 3:51 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — The dry spell has allowed farmers to make progress toward getting the 2018 crop out. Combines continue to roar through many fields.

We talked with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Field Agronomist Joel De Jong and he tells us that the percentage of harvest that is complete seems to vary with location.

He says part of that is due to weather and field conditions.

De Jong says that he hopes we can stay rain-free for a while now. He says we have a full moisture profile, and any precip that falls now will just slow down harvest.

According to De Jong, this is the time that he urges people not to be careless — on the roads or in the field.

As of the latest crop report, 49 percent of Iowa’s corn and 71 percent of the state’s soybeans had been harvested.

October 31, 2018 - 3:32 pm - Posted in News

Statewide Iowa — (RI) — One of the most frightening things about October 31st apparently isn’t the ghosts and goblins that may be appearing at your door.

John Pecchio, a spokesman for Triple-A-Iowa, says Halloween is one of the top three days of the year for pedestrian injuries and deaths.

A federal report finds 44-percent of those killed in motor vehicle crashes on Halloween night from 2012 to 2016 were in crashes involving an impaired driver. Getting caught driving under the influence on trick or treat night — or any other time — is no treat.

He recommends all Iowans drive slower through neighborhoods. Driving five miles per hour slower than the posted speed limit will give you extra time to react to children who may dart out in front of you.

Northwest Iowa — Five area water systems — two in our primary coverage area — are among 58 that have received loans for water quality.

The Iowa Finance Authority and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources say that 58 Iowa communities have received a total of more than $171 million in low-interest loans through the State Revolving Fund to assist in advancing water quality projects.

State Revolving Fund Construction Loans are a low-cost construction financing option available for Iowa cities and municipalities for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. Planning & Design Loans are zero percent loans that assist with the first phase of project expenses.

The DNR says the loans will allow the water systems to move pertinent water quality projects forward.

In our area, the city of Alton received a loan of over a million dollars, which will go toward sewer transmission improvements. Sanborn received a loan of $690,000 toward water planning and design.

Just outside our area, Dickinson County received a loan of $80,000 toward non-point planning and design. Spencer received a loan of over $1.5 million toward combined sewer separation. And Merrill received a loan of $1.3 million toward sewer treatment improvements.

The State Revolving Fund has awarded Iowa communities and municipalities with more than $3.4 billion in Construction Loans and more than $198 million through Planning & Design Loans since the program’s inception. The low-interest loans have saved communities millions of dollars in interest. More information is available at IowaSRF.com.

The Iowa Finance Authority administers the State Revolving Fund in partnership with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The fund assists communities with the costs of upgrading or constructing local wastewater and drinking water infrastructure projects.

October 31, 2018 - 3:13 pm - Posted in News

Statewide Iowa — (RI) — Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate met with officials from the Iowa National Guard, Iowa Homeland Security, the Iowa Department of Public Safety and the chief technology officer for the State of Iowa to discuss election security earlier this week.

It’s an issue Pate has been discussing as he travels the state.

Pate says while votes are tabulated electronically, every Iowa voter uses a paper ballot and that is the ultimate election security measure for Iowa voters.

Pate’s Democratic challenger, Deidre DeJear, met with students at three Des Moines area high schools to explain the voting process and encourage 18-year-olds to participate in 2018.

October 31, 2018 - 2:42 pm - Posted in News

Statewide Iowa — (RI) — Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says he supports the troop buildup on the U-S border with Mexico as a caravan of several thousand Central American migrants approaches.

Initially, 800 active duty soldiers were going to be dispatched to the border. Now, the number is over five-thousand troops, combined with another two-thousand-plus National Guard members who were already assigned there.

More than 73-hundred troops should be at the border before Election Day, which is reportedly more American soldiers than are now deployed in Iraq and Syria combined. Grassley says the U-S would welcome these people — if they’d follow the rules.

Grassley says he wouldn’t want anyone who’s already in the U-S legally to be “displaced,” but he believes there’s plenty of room — and opportunity — here for these migrants, should they choose to enter legally.

The troops are being deployed to three main staging areas in Texas, California and Mexico for what’s being called Operation Faithful Patriot. The armed troops include medical personnel, aviation units and engineering battalions, with one report saying they’re hauling 22 miles worth of barbed wire.

October 31, 2018 - 2:41 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — The Orange City Police Department is looking for the public’s help in regard to an investigation.

According to Sioux County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Nate Huizenga, the Orange City Police Department contacted them and asked them to post to their social media a surveillance video in which one person can be seen.

The description of the video reads, “The Orange City Police Department is seeking to identify the person in this video regarding an investigation.” The person in the video appears to be a dark-skinned male wearing a black coat with a hood and a black baseball-type cap with a white logo.

No further information was shared. When asked the location where the video was shot, the Sheriff’s Office said, “The Orange City Police Department is not releasing the location at this time.”

Here is the video:

October 31, 2018 - 9:28 am - Posted in Sports

The Lakes Conference All Conference Volleyball Teams are out. Unanimous selections to the first team were Madison Hofman and Olivia Granstra of Western Christian, and Emma Loveall of Spirit Lake.

Other first teamers from Western Christian include Chandler Schemper and Tori Wynja.

For Complete Teams CLICK HERE

October 30, 2018 - 11:50 pm - Posted in Sports

Dordt scored 30 or more points in three different quarters and closed the game with a 16-3 fourth quarter to defeat Buena Vista 112-49 in non-conference play on Tuesday night in Sioux Center.

An 8-0 run by the Defenders midway through the first quarter put them in control 14-6 and the hosts were up 31-18 after one period.

The lead quickly grew to 20 and was 62-34 at halftime and the lead grew steadily through the second half before Dordt took the 63 point verdict.

October 30, 2018 - 11:37 pm - Posted in Sports

The Dordt Defender volleyball finished the regular season with a sweep of Bellevue on the road Tuesday night.

Dordt seized the early lead in set one and was up 7-3 before the hosts fought back to tie the set at 20-20. The Defenders were up at one point 18-14 but the Bruins put together a three point run and led 21-20.

The set was tied at 21, 22, 23 and 24.  Lydia Smits had a kill to allow Dordt to survive one set point but the Bruins had two more tries at winning the set before Jessi De Jager tied it at 27-27 with a kill and Jamie De Jager followed with a kill for a 28-27 lead. Bellevue was saddled with an attack error to finish the set and Dordt won 29-27.

Set two was never close as Dordt quickly got up by a 12-4 count and went on to win 25-11 with kills by three different players on the final three points.

Bellevue seemed to regroup and led 15-12 but the Defenders managed to put together a six point run to go up 21-17 and the Defenders were 25-20 winners with Ema Altena putting down the final point with a kill.