November 29, 2014 - 8:51 am - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — A 113-year-old discount store company with stores in Orange City and Canton is closing its doors in all locations.ALCO going out of business

ALCO Stores, based in Texas, has filed for bankruptcy, and will close next year. The small-town discount retailer is closing after a U.S. Bankruptcy court in Dallas approved an order by the company’s creditors to shutter its stores. ALCO has ten stores in Iowa, including Orange City, Estherville, and Emmetsburg; nine in South Dakota, including Canton, eleven in Minnesota and 16 in Nebraska.

In all, there are 198 stores in 23 states. The chain used to have stores in Cherokee and Le Mars as well. The store sells home furnishings, outdoor products, electronics, sporting goods and clothing.

According to the company’s web site, they will continue to honor their rewards programs. They also say they will honor all gift certificates and store credits, but only through December 4th. The site says they plan to be open regular hours until the closing, and that they will also sell store furniture and fixtures.

Orange City, Iowa — Orange City’s 2015 Tulip Queen was chosen at a pageant this past week.TulipCourt2015

Cara Venema is the new queen. Her parents are Dan and Tonya Venema.

Rounding out the 2015 Tulip Court are Micah Vande Vegte, daughter of Gary and Amy Vande Vegte; Emily Wielenga, daughter of Kevin and Dixie Wielenga; Jennifer Droog, daughter of Rick and Sue Droog; and Sydney Huizenga, daughter of Darren and Dawn Huizenga.

Orange City Tulip Festival organizers are planning the 75th Tulip Festival next May.

Also announced at the pageant was the name of the 2015 Tulip Festival Night Show. This year, the actors will put on Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins.

Auditions for the show are scheduled for January 15th, 19th, and 22nd, 2015 at the Orange City Town Hall. Children can audition on Tuesday, January 20th.

Orange City, Iowa — Northwestern College in Orange City apparently is planning for future expansion.

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A public hearing is planned for Monday afternoon, in which the City of Orange City will take any public comments about their intent to vacate and “dispose of” a portion of Arizona Avenue Southwest.

Northwestern has purchased all the homes on that block and reportedly they intend to use the land for future development and expansion of their campus. The master plan at Northwestern does call for new residence halls in that location.

The meeting will be on Monday afternoon, December 1st at 4:30 PM at the Orange City Council Chambers at City Hall.

For the record, this is not the first time a portion of Arizona Avenue was vacated for Northwestern. Several years ago the city vacated the portion of the street that used to be to the west of what was then Ramaker Library and Heemstra Hall in order to build what was then going to be North Hall, now called Stegenga Hall.

Granville, Iowa — A Granville teen was taken to the hospital after an accident early on Wednesday, November 26.Granville Ambulance

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 12:40 AM, 29-year-old Andrew Pearson of Orange City was driving a 2001 Pontiac Aztec westbound on Highway 10, three miles west of Granville. Nineteen-year-old Susana Salazar of Granville was driving a 2008 Pontiac Torrent eastbound on Highway 10. Pearson lost control of his vehicle, entered the eastbound lane and struck Salazar.

The Granville Ambulance transported Salazar to the Orange City Hospital.
Pearson sought medical attention on his own.

The Aztec sustained approximately $6,000 in damages. The Torrent sustained an estimated $7,000 in damages.

Pearson was cited for failure to maintain control of his vehicle and failure to use a seatbelt.

The Granville Fire Department and Granville Ambulance crew assisted the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheldon, Iowa — There are two arms of the federal farm program, and producers are going to have to choose one of the two. Several meetings are planned in northwest Iowa including one at Northwest Iowa Community College.corn on stalk plant sxc

We had a chance to talk with Iowa State University Extension expert Melissa O’Rourke, who is facilitating some of the meetings.

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She tells us about the next step.

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She says there are some tools to help you do that on the ISU Extension Ag Decision Maker web site. Then, O’Rourke says farmers will need to select either Price Loss Coverage or Agriculture Risk Coverage.

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She stresses that all of this is in addition to whatever private crop insurance farmers may decide to buy. She says that there are meetings planned to help farmers and landowners make these decisions.

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O’Rourke says they’ve been averaging over 200 people per meeting, and she tells us about some of the meetings in our area.

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Again, for more information you can call your local extension office. There are several other meetings planned as well if one in a different location or on a different date works better for you. You don’t have to go to the meeting in your home county, as O’Rourke says they’re all basically the same.

Incidentally, the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation is also hosting a number of meetings about the same topic. Those meetings start December 15th and run through February 3rd. There is no cost to attend, but registration is requested. A complete list of the meetings and their locations can be found at www.iowafarmbureau.com. If you have questions about the Farm Bureau meetings, you can call 515-225-5633.

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November 24, 2014 - 4:34 pm - Posted in News

Hull, Iowa — A Lennox, SD woman was taken to the hospital after an accident near Hull on Friday, November 21.Ambulance rear blue and white

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that just before 4 PM, 20-year-old Jeremy Van Den Berg of Rock Valley was driving a 2005 Dodge Stratus westbound on Highway 18, two miles east of Hull. Twenty-three-year-old Michelle Donelson of Lennox, SD was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier westbound on 18 behind Van Den Berg.

Van Den Berg slowed down for a school bus and the Donelson Chevy struck the Van Den Berg Dodge.

The Hull Ambulance transported Donelson to Sanford Sheldon Hospital.

The Dodge sustained about $2,500 in damages. The Cavalier sustained about $5,000 in damages.

Donelson was ticketed for following too closely.

The Hull Fire Department, Hull Ambulance crew and the Iowa State Patrol assisted the Sheriff’s Office.

crime scene tape over lightbarHawarden, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is again asking for the public’s help to find clues related to a business burglary case near Hawarden.

They report that on Monday morning, November 24, they investigated a burglary report that is alleged to have occurred at a Birch Avenue home, two miles north of Hawarden.

Upon further investigation, deputies believe the perpetrator or perpetrators used a blunt object to break open a door to a construction business building. Once inside the building, a safe was stolen.

Deputies believe the burglary likely occurred sometime between Friday, November 21 and Monday, November 24.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s office.

November 24, 2014 - 4:29 pm - Posted in News

Boyden, Iowa — A Boyden man has been arrested on child pornography charges.Child Porn gavel_sxc

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Friday, evening November 21, one of their officers arrested 57-year-old Rodney June of Boyden.

The arrest stemmed from an investigation which began in February of 2014.

June was charged with possession of child pornography.

The Iowa Internet Crimes against Children Task Force assisted the Sheriff’s Office with the investigation. The Sheriff’s Office did not release the circumstances surrounding the arrest or provide any further information at this time.

According to Sioux County Jail records, June bonded out the next day.

Orange City, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an accident and a report of driving without owner’s consent — and they’re asking the public to help them find out who was involved.magnifying glass_sxc

On Friday, November 14, at in the 6 AM hour, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a motor vehicle accident that occurred on a parking lot at Natural Food Holdings, 4241 Highway 75, one mile south of Sioux Center. The accident happened sometime after 11:00 PM on Thursday, November 13 and prior to 6:00 AM on Friday, November 14.

A vehicle traveling on the parking lot struck a parked and unattended 1999 Ford Taurus, owned by 31-year-old Nathan Jans of Rock Valley. After the accident the suspect vehicle left the area in an unknown direction of travel, without reporting the incident.

The vehicle that struck the Ford is possibly a white pickup or SUV. The Ford sustained approximately $1,000 in damages.

The accident remains under investigation. If anyone has any information about this accident you’re asked to contact the sheriff’s office.


On Sunday, November 16 in the 2 PM hour, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a report of trespassing and operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent. The incident occurred at a home on 460th Street, a mile west of Ireton.

Upon further investigation sheriff’s deputies found that someone had removed and driven a Silver 2003 Chevrolet Suburban, which had been parked in an attached garage. The vehicle was returned to the garage prior to the owner’s return.

The incident most likely occurred sometime between Saturday, November 15 and Sunday, November 16. If you have any information about this investigation please contact the sheriff’s office.-

Sioux Center, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the report of a missing gun, which is thought to have been stolen.Sioux Sheriff Car 84-

On Monday evening, November 17, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a report of theft that occurred from a building near a home two miles west of Sioux Center.

Upon further investigation it is thought that someone entered the unlocked building and stole a Uberti model 397 .357 caliber revolver.

Authorities believe the alleged crime occurred sometime in the two weeks prior to November 17.

If you have any information about this investigation please contact the sheriff’s office.