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.

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 - 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 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.

Orange City, Iowa — The 2018 Orange City Tulip Festival is underway, with attractions, food, and activities for everyone. But in the background stand a small group of people whose mission it is to keep visitors and townspeople safe.

When you attend this year’s Tulip Festival you will be see, among the authentic Dutch costumes, men dressed in blue, with badges on their chests. These are the members of the Orange City Police Department, who are charged with maintaining order and safety during the festival.

We talked to Orange City Police Chief Jim Pottebaum, and asked him how his department copes with a ten-fold increase in population for three days in May. He says the biggest issue is traffic.

Pottebaum says that, somewhat surprisingly, there never seems to be a significant increase in crime during each year’s Tulip Festival.

The Chief says his seven-man department, plus a couple of part-timers, has up to five officers on the street at any one time during the festival weekend.

He says that, with such large crowds, The Orange City Police Department just wants to be sure everyone is safe.

Of course, if Orange City officers need assistance, deputies from the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, as well as troopers from the Iowa State Patrol, are available for call during the weekend.

Orange City’s 2018 Tulip Festival began Thursday morning and ends with a Community Worship Service Sunday morning.

May 16, 2018 - 5:15 pm - Posted in News

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Rock Valley, Iowa — The City of Rock Valley is someday going to have an event center on Highway 18.
Rock Valley City Administrator Tom Van Maanen tells us the latest about the plans for the facility.

He tells us about the financing for the facility.

He says the project is unique in that part of the building will be transformed into a new space for city offices, and the remaining part will be made into the event center. And grants for the event center do not apply to the city offices.

He says they expect the city offices portion to cost in the neighborhood of $650,000. Van Maanen tells us where the remaining financing will come from.

Van Maanen says they want to thank those that donated to make the CAT Grant possible.

The building that is going to be transformed into the event center and the city offices started life as one of the many northwest Iowa factories for K-Products — a company that made seed corn caps and other promotional merchandise in several northwest Iowa towns. Most recently the building had been used by Hope Haven, Incorporated of Rock Valley.

May 16, 2018 - 2:03 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — An Inwood woman was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries received in a single-vehicle crash near Sioux Center Tuesday evening (May 15th).

Sioux County authorities say that around 7:50 Tuesday evening, 79-year old Geraldine VandeVegte of Inwood, was northbound on Highway 75 a mile south of Sioux Center, in a 2007 Buick Rendevouz, when she lost control of the vehicle, entered the east ditch, and struck a cement culvert.

Deputies say VandeVegte was taken to the Sioux Center Hospital by the Sioux Center Ambulance for treatment of what officials called “minor injuries.”

VandeVegte’s car sustained damages estimated at about $5-thousand, and deputies report about $1-thousand damage to the culvert.

Sioux County Deputies were assisted at the scene by the Sioux Center Fire Department, Sioux Center Ambulance, and Sioux Center Police Department.

May 16, 2018 - 11:15 am - Posted in News

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Hawarden, Iowa — Construction is complete on a $14-million construction and remodeling project at Hawarden Regional Healthcare, and a ribbon cutting is scheduled for this Thursday, May 17th.

Hawarden Regional Healthcare administrator Jayson Pullman tells us about the celebration.

He says most of the hospital is new or renovated.

Pullman says of the $14 million price tag, $8.8 million came from a USDA Rural Development Loan, $2 million came from local bank participation, $2.5 million came through fundraising, and the rest will come through equity.