Rock Valley, Iowa — A Sioux Center teen and Rock Valley woman, and her passenger were taken to the hospital after an accident near Rock Valley on Monday, May 13th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that just after 6:15 pm on Monday, 17-year-old Caitlin Castaneda of Sioux Center was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado northbound on Garfield Avenue, two miles east of Rock Valley. Fifty-one-year-old Paula Maassen of Rock Valley was driving a 2005 Chrysler Town and Country minivan westbound on Highway 18.

According to the report, Castaneda failed to obey the stop sign at Highway 18, entered the intersection and struck Maassen.

Castaneda, Maassen and a passenger in Maassen’s vehicle were transported by Rock Valley Ambulance to Hegg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley for treatment of their injuries.

The Chevrolet received $8,000 in damage. The Chrysler received $10,000 in damage

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Rock Valley Police Department, Rock Valley Fire Department and Rock Valley Ambulance.

Castaneda was cited with the charge of failing to obey a stop sign and operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license.

Northwest Iowa — This is National Police Week. And this Wednesday is Peace Officers Memorial Day. In honor and in memory of peace officers who have fallen in the line of duty, flags are being flown at half staff across the nation.

In Iowa, Governor Kim Reynolds has ordered all flags in the state to be lowered to half-staff through sunrise Monday, May 20th in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week. The governor’s order is issued in conjunction with President Donald Trump’s proclamation to lower all United States flags to half-staff.

Flags will be at half-staff on the State Capitol Building and on flag displays in the Capitol Complex. Flags will also be at half-staff on all public buildings, grounds and facilities throughout the state. Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.

President Trump’s order reads, in part:

“On Peace Officers Memorial Day and throughout Police Week, we express our unending gratitude to our Nation’s law enforcement officers.  Those brave men and women selflessly confront danger to protect our families and defend our communities.  We also honor those in blue who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty.  We are especially mindful of the tremendous sacrifices of the 106 heroes who laid down their lives last year while protecting their communities.”

It goes on to say:

“Our Nation’s law enforcement officers serve with courage, dedication, and strength.  They fearlessly enforce our laws, even at the risk of personal peril, safeguarding our property, our liberty, and our lives.  We owe them, and their families, our full and enduring support.”

President Trump also says that he and the First Lady will be lighting up the White House in blue on Wednesday in appreciation for the nation’s law enforcement officers.

May 14, 2019 - 1:28 pm - Posted in News

Larchwood, Iowa — Governor Kim Reynolds has signed the bill into law legalizing betting on college and professional sports. If you are at least 21 years old you will be able to place a sports bets at Grand Falls, or any of the state’s other 18 casinos or online if you go to a casino and register in person for that option. The bill also makes it legal to bet and win at fantasy sports websites like DraftKings and FanDuel.

The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission will now take over as Commission Administrator Brian Ohorilko says they prepare the rules to carry out the law.

He says they can get started on the issue right away.

Ohorilko says there will be a second track following the emergency rule process.

Ohorilko says the commission staff have been preparing for this possibility since the 2018 U-S Supreme Court ruling that legalized sports betting in all states.

He says they have been doing a lot of research and review.

Governor Reynolds had not indicated what she planned to do with the bill, only saying that the support for and against it had been running 50-50 after the end of the legislative session. Critics say this is the largest expansion of gambling in the state’s history. Supporters say people have been betting on sporting events for centuries and the new state law will set up consumer protections to keep bad actors from taking advantage of betters.

May 14, 2019 - 12:08 pm - Posted in News

Statewide Iowa — (RI) — A return to cool, wet weather put the brakes on planting in most areas of the state.

Iowa Ag Secretary Mike Naig says the weekly U-S-D-A crop report showed less than two suitable days for field work last week.

Naig says less than half the projected corn acres are planted.

The U-S-D-A report says this is the smallest percent of corn planted by May 12 since 2013 when just 15 percent of the expected crop had been planted. It is the fifth time in 40 years that less than half the expected crop has been planted by May 12. The soybean planting is six days behind both last year and the five-year average. Naig says farmers are anxious — but this is not new.

He says farmers still have some time before considering a move from corn to beans.

Cool temperatures are also a problem for corn that is already planted, as only five-percent of the corn is emerging.

Northeast Iowa is lagging most in corn planting — at only twenty-four-percent. West central Iowa has the most corn planted at 67 percent.

May 14, 2019 - 11:33 am - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — Sioux County has one less college effective yesterday (Monday, May 13th).

Dordt College officially changed its name effective Monday.

That announcement from Dordt’s president in a video posted online. Dordt started as the Midwest Christian Junior College in 1953. It’s been Dordt COLLEGE since the spring of 1956.

That’s Dordt University vice president Brandon Huisman. Dordt awarded more than 150 masters in education degrees last year and is starting masters in public administration classes this fall, with plans for masters degrees in social work and statistics underway. Huisman says another reason for the name change is Dordt’s “global footprint.”

The name change was announced a year ago and the new university logo was unveiled last October. Huisman says the new Dordt University name and logo are being installed around campus. The basketball court has already been repainted and the signpost that’s the gateway to campus will be updated in June.

A special fund created decades will cover much of the name-transition costs. Dordt University has an enrollment of around 16-hundred students.

Sioux County, Iowa — The Sioux County Community Foundation has announced their grant recipients for 2019.

Fifteen Sioux County projects and programs claimed more than $108-thousand in grants recently. That brings the total grants awarded to over $1.2-million since the first grants were made in 2006.

The latest rounds of Sioux County Community Foundation grants ranged from $2500 to the City of Orange City for an Automatic Electronic Defibrillator, to $10,000 grants to the City of Hawarden for a parks and playground upgrade, the City of Hull for the Hubbing park Restrooms, Hunger Free Kids of Sioux County for the Sioux County Sack Pack Program, and Rock Valley Recreation for shade coverings for the Sports Complex.

Formally established in 2005 through affiliation with the Siouxland Community Foundation, the SCCF is governed by a local twelve-member advisory board composed of representatives from each of the communities in Sioux County:  Alton, Boyden, Granville, Hawarden, Hospers, Hull, Ireton, Matlock, Maurice, Orange City, Rock Valley, and Sioux Center. The mission of the SCCF is to encourage and provide opportunities for charitable giving, to manage and distribute funds in a responsible manner, and to enhance the quality of life for the people of Sioux County.

The complete list of grants for this year can be seen by CLICKING HERE.

Orange City, Iowa — The Orange City Tulip Festival is this week. And while you’re taking in the Volksparade, the Straatfeest, the Vogel Windmill, and eating your poffertjes, don’t forget to take in some art at ArtBurst.

ArtBurst is a two-day juried fine art fair that is free to the public and is held on the courthouse lawn in downtown Orange City during Tulip Festival. Anita Cirulis is one of the people who help organize it, and she tells us about it.


Cirulis tells us that while the deadline is past for this year, they are always looking for artists who might be interested in showing their art at ArtBurst.


According to Cirulis, last year they switched from a one to a two-day show, and it will be a two-day show this year, on Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (May 17th and 18th)

May 13, 2019 - 4:28 pm - Posted in News

Boyden, Iowa — A Boyden man was taken to a hospital after an accident in Boyden on Monday morning.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 6:50 a.m., 20-year-old Davis Van Roekel of Boyden was driving a 2007 Toyota Camry eastbound on Highway 18. He stopped for traffic before attempting a right turn onto Colfax Street. They report that 27-year-old Brady Gonzales of Orange City was driving a 2012 Ford Taurus eastbound on Highway 18 behind Van Roekel and struck Van Roekel in the intersection.

The Boyden Ambulance Squad took Van Roekel to Sanford Sheldon Hospital.

They tell us the Van Roekel Toyota and the Gonzales Ford sustained about $7,000 in damage, each.

Gonzales was cited for following too closely.

The sheriff’s office says the Boyden Fire Department and Boyden Ambulance Squad assisted them with the response to the accident.

Orange City, Iowa — One of the festivities at the Orange City Tulip Festival is just a little early this year.

One of the folks setting up the Tulip Festival Cruise-In Car Show, Gerry Bomgaars, tells us about it.


It’s a come-and-go cruise-in. He says there’s no registration fee and no trophies are given out. It’s basically just for fun and one of the first chances of the season for the owners to show their cars. Bomgaars tells us many different kinds of cars will probably be there.


Again, the Orange City Tulip Festival Cruise-In Car Show is this Wednesday, May 15th. He says cars start showing up about 4 p.m.

Northwest Iowa — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reminds everyone who drives to Share the Road during Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month this May. Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month coincides with May, as the month ushers in warmer weather, and motorcyclists begin to hit the streets.

They tell us that with thousands of deaths each year, motorcyclists are significantly overrepresented in traffic crashes and fatalities. In fact, per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclists are about 27 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to die in a motor vehicle crash, and 5 times more likely to be injured.

Iowa State Patrol Safety Officer for our area, Trooper Nick Erdmann, says that motorcyclists need to be extra aware, because other drivers may not see them.


He says Motorcycle Safety Month is a good reminder to drivers of other vehicles to be looking for motorcycles.


He reminds us that all motorists should avoid alcohol and drugs and to be aware of the interactions of prescription drugs with each other and with alcohol, and to stay off the roads if they are impaired.

You can find more information about motorcycle safety at:
https://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/get-materials/motorcycle-safety/motorist-awareness-motorcycles.