Orange City, Iowa — A northwest Iowa hospital is raising money for a new ambulance in a different kind of way — through a GoFundMe page on the internet.

Orange City’s ambulance service is different from many in northwest Iowa. Most cities or counties own their ambulances, but in Orange City, they’re owned by the Orange City Area Health System, which is a political subdivision of the City of Orange City, with separate financials and budgets.

Orange City Area Health System CEO Marty Guthmiller tells us about the unique way to raise funds for a new unit.

Many cities and counties use tax revenue as well as service charges to help pay for ambulances. Guthmiller says taxes are not part of the equation for Orange City’s ambulance service.

He says that in years past, the operation of the ambulance was enough to support its acquisition. He says that is no longer the case. Guthmiller tells us that they are asking for support for this new ambulance from the City of Orange City, and several corporations, as well as the GoFundMe portion, which is so individuals can contribute. Guthmiller tells us they’re also doing a “Tip Night.”

He tells us that it’s also a great opportunity for the public to show their appreciation for the ambulance service and the ambulance team.

Guthmiller tells us that they will be replacing the older of their two ambulances, which has over 200,000 miles on it.

They tell us the goal is to purchase a new Ford E-450 ambulance that includes high-end features for enhanced safety, reliability and patient comfort.

November 11, 2019 - 3:46 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — An Orange City man has been charged with felony drug charges after a traffic stop by the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s office personnel report that on Saturday, November 9, at about 7:30 p.m., one of their deputies arrested 39-year-old Timothy Droog of Orange City.

The arrest stemmed from a traffic stop that occurred on 16th Street Southwest in Sioux Center.

Upon further investigation, the deputy determined that Droog’s driver’s license was invalid and allegedly discovered a controlled substance, drug scales and drug paraphernalia in his possession.

Droog was charged with possession with intent to deliver more than five grams of methamphetamine, a Class B Felony, according to Iowa code; failure to affix a drug tax stamp, a Class D Felony, according to the code; and a misdemeanor count of operating a motor vehicle with a barred driver’s license.

November 11, 2019 - 2:29 pm - Posted in News

Boyden, Iowa — Boyden and Sheldon firefighters were called out to a fire on Saturday, November 9, 2019, near Boyden.

According to Boyden Fire Assistant Chief Angie Paulsen, about 5:00 p.m., the Boyden Fire Department was called to the report of a field fire near 4238 330th Street, two miles east, a mile south, and a half-mile east of Boyden. However, she says they were already on a call at that time, so they provided a few firefighters, but called for help from the Sheldon Fire Company.

The assistant chief says the firefighters saw a grass field on fire as they approached the scene. She says they used water to fight the fire.

Assistant Chief Paulsen says no injuries were reported.

She says the cause of the fire was a brush pile fire that went out of control.

Assistant Chief Paulsen reports that there was minimal damage to the field, as less than an acre burned.

She says the four Boyden and twelve Sheldon firefighters who responded were on the scene for about a half an hour.

Paulsen says that the other call was for a downed power line at 2782 Jay Avenue, northwest of Boyden, and the call came in at about 4:45 p.m.

She says the issue was a bad splice in the power line, which started the pole on fire. She says minimal grass in the ditch also burned.

No injuries were reported. She says MidAmerican Energy also responded to the scene, and that firefighters were on that scene for about 30 minutes as well.

Orange City, Iowa – The I-29 Moo University is hosting two dairy field days in November. Each field day will start at 12:30 p.m. and wrap up around 3:30 p.m. Light refreshments and SDSU ice cream will be served. The field days are offered at no cost, so be sure to join for a tour of the dairies and in-depth discussions.

Extension experts tell us the first of the dairy days will be in our area, at Summit Dairy, located at 5564 390th Street near Primghar.

According to Extension experts, Owner John Westra will give a tour of the milking parlor, cattle housing, and the commodity and mixing building. Summit Dairy’s breeding strategy will be discussed. Dr. Hugo Ramirez, Iowa State University, will discuss feeding this year’s silage, feeding issues he is seeing and silage pile management.

Extension experts tell us Westra and his family purchased Summit Dairy in 2012. They moved from California and “jumped right into caring for the 400 cows.” Over the years, they expanded the dairy to over 800 dairy cows. The cows are housed in free-stalls and milked three times per day. As part of the expansion, Westra built a commodity and feed mixing building. This allows feed to be loaded and mixed indoors, which reduces waste and decreases moisture variability in the feedstuffs.

Tri Cross Dairy – Wednesday, November 20, 2019: 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

45144 289th St, Viborg, SD 57070

Take a tour of the facilities and engage in open discussion with owners, Tom Koolhaas/Wes Bylsma, and manager, Kris Vander Kooy. They will share their experiences with utilizing crossbreeding within the dairy to create a durable and productive cow herd. Amy Hazel, University of Minnesota, will discuss reasons why interest in crossbreeding in dairy cattle is growing globally, explain the basics of rotational crossbreeding for dairy cattle, and present the detailed results of a 10-year study in high-performance Minnesota dairy herds where ProCROSS cows were found to be more profitable than their Holstein herd mates.

Brothers-in-law, Wes Blysma and Tom Koolhaas, founded Tri Cross Dairy in 2017. They both grew up on California dairies and desired to expand their farms and landed in the I-29 Dairy Corridor, near Viborg, SD. The dairy is named for its Tri-crossed, or Pro Cross breed of cattle, which are a combination of Holstein, Montbeliarde and Swedish or Viking Red Cattle. The 4,000 cows are housed in a 1,200-foot cross-ventilated-free-stall barn and milked in a 100-head rotary parlor.

Register for one or both field days at
Questions about the field days can be directed to Northwest Iowa Dairy Specialist Fred Hall at or 712-737-4230.

The field days are hosted by I-29 Moo University, a collaboration of South Dakota State University, University of Minnesota, Iowa State University, North Dakota State, and University of Nebraska Extension Services, Iowa State Dairy Association, South Dakota Dairy Producers Association, Nebraska State Dairy Association and MN Milk Producers Association.

November 8, 2019 - 3:49 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Monday is Veterans Day in the United States, and ceremonies are planned throughout northwest Iowa and the nation.

Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day, and the first one was 100 years ago this year, on November 11, 1919, one year after the signing of the armistice that ended World War I.

All Sioux County Veterans and their spouses are invited by the Sioux County Veterans Affairs Commission to a free breakfast on Monday, November 11th from 7:30-10 a.m. at the Terrace View Event Center in Sioux Center. There will be a Veteran’s Day Service at the Demco Community Center in Boyden on Monday, November 11, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. The Boyden American Legion invites the public and all veterans to the service.

The Rock Valley Community Veterans Day program will be at the Rock Valley Community Elementary School. The welcome message will be by Principal Patti Kruger, K-5 students will have the program and will sing songs, there will be a folding of the flag presentation, and the Hoogendoorn family will do the Pledge of Allegiance.


November 8, 2019 - 3:07 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — The 2020 Orange City Tulip Queen Pageant will be held Monday, Nov. 11 at the Unity Christian Knight Center.

Organizers tell us the doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the event will begin at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $5 for all attendees, regardless of age or whether they choose to vote.

Click here to find a link to purchase tickets.

Candidates for the 2020 Tulip Queen include: Julia Howe, daughter of Sean and Kristyn Howe; Madisyn Mulder, daughter of Scott and Jill Mulder; Sophie Swart, daughter of John and Mary Swart; BreElle Van Zee, daughter of Tim and Sara Van Zee; and Aubyn Zwart, daughter of Brad and Shawn Zwart.

Organizers say Tulip Queen candidates will give presentations on Orange City and will be interviewed by both the judges and emcees of the event. Attendees will have the opportunity to cast their vote for the 2020 Tulip Queen during the pageant. The 2020 Tulip Queen will be crowned as a conclusion to the event.

November 8, 2019 - 2:53 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — Some fabrication equipment was damaged by fire at an aerospace manufacturer in Orange City on Thursday, November 7, 2019.

According to Orange City Fire Chief Denny Vander Wel, about 3:25 p.m., the Orange City Fire Department was called to the report of a fire alarm at 403 14th Street Southeast, at Aim Aerospace.

The chief says they found that a machine that was used for cutting metal with a blade similar to a drill bit was cutting titanium when the titanium filings caught fire because they were too hot. He says those at the plant had the fire extinguished with their extinguishing equipment prior to the firefighters’ arrival, but they didn’t know for sure it was out. Vander Wel says firefighters checked for extension of fire and ventilated the building with fans and opened doors. He says the ventilation took a while since it is a large building.

Vander Wel says no injuries were reported.

The fire department was assisted by the Le Mars, Alton, and Sioux Center fire departments. According to the chief, “When you have a facility worth as much as this, you don’t take any chances.”

Chief Vander Wel reports that the damage was limited to the machine and some light smoke damage. He says the damage to the machine might be substantial if the extinguishing chemicals got into the controls.

He says the 40 firefighters who responded were on the scene for about an hour and a half.

Statewide Iowa — (RI) — The Iowa Department of Revenue is updating its income tax withholding tables for 2020 to comply with recent tax law changes. Revenue spokesman John Fuller says employers will be trimming the amount of Iowa tax withheld from employees’ paychecks starting January 1st, meaning, changes in Iowans’ take-home pay.

So, how much more money will we be seeing in our paychecks next year?

Iowans who mark “zero” on their withholding may consider raising that to a “one” or “two,” or they may not need to make any alterations at all to their W-4 form.

While it may seem like a nice reward to get a fat tax refund check every spring, Fuller says many Iowans like to adjust their earnings to come out closer to the break-even point.

The Iowa legislature enacted sweeping tax reforms in 2018 and the changes are being put in place gradually for the 2019 and 2020 tax years. You can find the new tax tables and the Withholding Calculator at the Iowa Department of Revenue website.

November 8, 2019 - 11:00 am - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — An Orange City man has been arrested in connection with incidents in Rock Valley and Orange City.

According to court records, Timothy Randall Droog is accused of entering Concrete Construction in Rock Valley and making off with more than $13,000 worth of tools from the business, then offering them for sale on Facebook Messenger. Rock Valley Police were assisted in the investigation by officers of the Orange City Police Department. Court records indicate Droog was charged with 1st Degree Theft in the Rock Valley case, which is a Class C Felony.

He is also charged with 3rd Degree Burglary, which is a Class D Felony, in connection with an incident in Orange City. According to court records, Droog is accused of forcing entry into an Orange City garage, and stealing a Milwaukee Job Site Radio, which he allegedly concealed in his grandmother’s garage.

Online court records indicate that Droog is scheduled for a Preliminary Hearing at 2:00 pm on Monday, November 18th.

Orange City, Iowa — Unity Christian High School officials are looking into expanding their facilities in Orange City.

Unity Christian Principal Wayne Dykstra tells us about it.

He says the voting day for the supporters, alumni, and parents will be Tuesday, November 19th.

He tells us the board has set a threshold of $6.5 million of cash-in-hand or pledges from supporters, businesses, and alumni, after which they will seek a loan of up to $1.5 million.

Dykstra says the mood appears positive at this time.

Mr. Dykstra encourages people to call the school if they’d like a tour. There is also more information available by clicking here.