January 28, 2016 - 5:00 pm - Posted in News

Clipboard01Sioux Center, Iowa —  A Sioux Center man’s vehicle rolled into a creek on Thursday, January 28th near Sioux Center.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 5:56 am, 24-year-old Jonathan Chausse of Sioux Center was driving a 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue eastbound on 400th Street, four miles north of Orange City. According to the report, Chausse lost control of the vehicle and entered the south ditch. The vehicle rolled onto its top, coming to rest in a creek.

The Oldsmobile received $6000 damage.

No injuries were reported

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Orange City Fire Department, Orange City Ambulance and Orange City Police Department.

January 27, 2016 - 9:00 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Sheriff Car 84-Sioux Center, Iowa — A California man and his passenger were injured in an accident near Sioux Center on Monday, January 25th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 2:39 pm on Monday, 21-year-old Jesse Perez-Chenge of Chula Vista, California was driving a 1991 Chevrolet Caprice eastbound on 390th Street, six and one-half miles west of Sioux Center. According to the report, Perez-Chenge lost control of his vehicle, entered the south ditch and rolled.

The Chevrolet received $3000 damage.

Perez-Chenge and a passenger, eighteen-year-old Sydney Huizing of Sioux Center reported minor injuries and sought medical attention on their own.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol

January 27, 2016 - 7:45 pm - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemSioux Center, Iowa — A Wisconsin man’s vehicle was damaged in an accident near Sioux Center on Monday, January 25th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 2:56 pm on Monday, 22-year-old Zachariah Stiensma of New Berlin, Wisconsin was driving a 1998 Dodge Ram westbound on 390th Street, six and one-half miles west of Sioux Center. According to the report, Stiensma lost control of his vehicle and entered the south ditch.

The Dodge received $2000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol

January 27, 2016 - 2:38 pm - Posted in News

sioux sheriff emblem side of carRock Valley, Iowa — An Inwood man was arrested after an accident near Rock Valley on Monday, January 25th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 8:54 pm on Monday, 40-year-old Juan Dominguez-Flores of Inwood was driving a 2000 GMC Jimmy northbound on Highway 18, eight miles northwest of Rock Valley. According to the report, Dominguez-Flores lost control of the vehicle, entered the east ditch and rolled.

The Jimmy received $4000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

The report continues that Dominguez-Flores was arrested with charges of operating a motor vehicle without a valid license, no insurance (accident related) and failing to maintain control of a motor vehicle

Bush-CarsonSioux Center, Iowa — Two Republican presidential contenders will hold rallies at Dordt College in Sioux Center this weekend in an effort to sway northwest Iowa Republicans prior to Monday’s Iowa Caucus.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will speak at 6:45 p.m. Friday evening in the Campus Center DeJager Activity Area at Dordt College.  Doors at Dordt will open for the Jeb! Countdown To Caucus Tour stop at 5:45 Friday afternoon.  Tickets for Bush’s Sioux Center rally are free, and are available at eventbrite.com.

Saturday afternoon Dr. Ben Carson will hold a rally in the Campus Center at Dordt at 3:00 pm.

Dordt has extended an open invitation to all presidential candidates—both Democratic and Republican—who want to visit campus leading up to Monday’s Iowa Caucuses.

 

January 26, 2016 - 10:54 am - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — A comment made by Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump at Dordt College in Sioux Center has received worldwide attention.Trump

During his appearance at Dordt on Saturday, January 23rd, 2016, while he was praising the loyalty of his supporters, Trump stated, “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose any voters.”

Dordt’s president, Erik Hoekstra has responded to the comment, saying the college doesn’t support the “odd and inappropriate comment”. In his statement, however, Hoekstra says they will continue to welcome Presidential candidates to their campus, citing their students’ wisdom to discern “what Christ-like leadership looks like.”

Dordt has extended an invitation to all Presidential candidates, including those from both major parties to speak at Dordt. Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush will visit Dordt on Friday, January 29. Bush is scheduled to speak at 6:45 p.m. Friday in the Campus Center at Dordt.

 

Hoekstra’s statement:

Prior to Mr. Trump’s visit to Dordt College, I wrote an open letter to explain Dordt College’s reasons and rationale behind inviting candidates of both parties to our campus. I continue to stand behind the decision to allow our students and the broader community to have first-hand access to the American political process and capture the unique opportunities we have in Iowa as the first state to cast actual votes each presidential cycle.

In that statement, I said, “Each time a candidate comes to campus, I have a certain sense of ‘cringe’ for what it says to our students—political speeches are always full of broad-brush promises about what the candidate will do. There isn’t a candidate or party that can be 100% biblical or reformational—at least it seems that way to me. Opening our facilities to political candidates in no way implies an endorsement of their views.” I continue to stand by that statement.

Today’s comment by Mr. Trump regarding the loyalty of his followers, namely that “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose any voters,” went far beyond a broad-brush promise about his policies or plans for our country. In no way do I, nor does the college, support such an odd and inappropriate comment. I have no concept of why Mr. Trump thought that was an apt example to highlight the loyalty of his followers.

However, we will continue to invite candidates to our campus. Our students can handle such comments and they are wise enough to discern what Christ-like leadership looks like. I also trust our faculty and staff to walk with students through the important process of putting their faith into action in every area of life. I’ve talked with many students about the various candidate visits, including conversations with students today after Mr. Trump’s visit, and our students are all more discerning about how to vote in the upcoming caucus because of this first-hand access.

If people are wondering about Dordt College and our application of Scripture to everyday challenges, I’d say: Come study with us. We won’t spoon-feed you the answers to every question, but you’ll grow in your faith in Jesus Christ and be challenged to put real-world decisions into the context of Scripture—and we’ll walk with you through that process.

January 26, 2016 - 9:23 am - Posted in News

Sioux Sheriff 84-8 FacebookHospers, Iowa — Two vehicles were damaged at an intersection at a Hospers intersection in Hospers on Saturday, January 23rd.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 2:06 pm on Saturday, 81-year-old Keith Bilsland of Sheldon was driving a 2008 Buick LaCrosse eastbound on 400th Street in Hospers. Fifty-eight-year-old Gary Christoffel of Granville was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe northbound on Hospers Drive South. According to the report, Bilsland stopped for the stop sign at Hospers Drive South, drove into the intersection, and struck Christoffel.

The Buick received $2000 damage. The Chevrolet received $1500 damage.

No injuries were reported

January 25, 2016 - 9:52 am - Posted in News

orange city alton police oc pd ocpdOrange City, Iowa — A Spencer woman’s vehicle was damaged in an accident on Saturday, January 23rd near Orange City.

The Orange City Police Department reports that at about 11:14 am on Saturday, 20-year-old Mackenzie Schindler of Spencer was driving a 2003 GMC Pickup southbound on Highway 60. According to the report, Schindler lost control on a bridge due to icy surface conditions and struck the bridge.

The GMC received $3000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

January 25, 2016 - 7:30 am - Posted in News

Hull, IoWestern Christianwa — National School Choice Week is January 24-30, 2016.

Organizers say it will be America’s largest-ever celebration of opportunity in education, featuring more than 16,000 independently organized events across all 50 states.

We talked with Western Christian High School principal Dan Barkel, who tells us the Hull school supports school choice initiatives.

Barkel says that contrary to popular belief, Western is not “run” by the Christian Reformed Church. He explains.

We asked him if he’d support a school voucher system.

Principal Barkel also says that another myth is that it costs a lot to go to a Christian school.

He says if you are interested in having your children attend Christian schools, but worry if you can afford it, you are invited to contact the school for more information.

Organizers say that National School Choice Week is a nonpartisan, nonpolitical public awareness effort, and that it shines a positive spotlight on effective education options for students, families, and communities around the country – from traditional public schools to public charter schools, magnet schools, online learning, private schools, and homeschooling, several of which are available in northwest Iowa.

January 24, 2016 - 9:03 am - Posted in News

Sioux Sheriff 84-8 FacebookHull, Iowa – A Hull woman was injured in an accident on Friday, January 22nd near Hull.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 6:18 am on Friday, 25-year-old Janet De Leon of Hull was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Impala southbound on Highway 75, two miles west of Hull. According to the report, De Leon lost control of her vehicle, entered the west ditch and rolled.

The Chevrolet received $3000 damage.

De Leon reported minor injuries and refused further medical attention.