Des Moines, Iowa — Counties interested in evaluating proposed confinement facility locations must adopt and file a construction evaluation resolution, then submit the resolution to the DNR between Jan. 1 and 31.

About 87 counties pass a resolution each year, allowing the county to review the master matrix for totally roofed animal feeding operations that need a construction permit before building.

Gene Tinker, the DNR’s animal feeding operations coordinator says that this is an opportunity for counties to provide input to producers on site selection, and the type of structures and facility management being proposed. He says that county supervisors can review and comment on the master matrix that producers submit.

Producers in counties that file the resolutions must meet higher standards than other permitted sites. They must earn points on the master matrix by choosing a site and using practices that reduce effects on the environment and the community.

Counties that participate in the master matrix process may accompany the DNR on site visits to proposed locations. The county board of supervisors may also appeal the DNR’s preliminary approval of a permit to the Environmental Protection Commission.

November 29, 2012 - 3:54 pm - Posted in Sports

Dordt’s Kayla Gesink a sophomore from Sioux Center has been named to the 2012 AVCA NAIA All-West Central Region honor team announced by the American Volleyball Coaches’ Association on Wednesday, November 28.

Gesink claimed the honor after helping the Defenders to a 22-12 overall mark and an 11-5 record in the Great Plains Athletic Conference this season while also claiming first-team all-GPAC honors.

Gesink put up 9.26 assists this season with a 2.5 digs per set average. She recorded a team high 35 service aces and had 105 kills in 121 sets this season. Gesink also accounted for 16 solo blocks and 62 assisted blocks.

“Kayla has added another level of recognition to her resume by making the AVCA NAIA All-Region Team. The coaches in the West Central Region recognize her talent to lead our program, and I am excited that she still has two years remaining,” said Dordt College volleyball coach Chad Hanson. “As a competitor, I know she wants even more program success in the immediate years ahead.”


Class 5A

School Record LW
1 Mason City 2-0 2
2 Iowa CityHigh 3-0 3
3 Muscatine 3-0 4
4 Waukee 1-0 5
5 Iowa CityWest 3-0 6
6 Des Moines East 2-0 8
7 Southeast Polk 1-1 1
8 West Des MoinesValley 2-0 10
9 Cedar RapidsKennedy 1-0 NR
10 Ames 1-1 7

Dropped Out: Cedar Rapids Prairie (9)

Class 4A

School Record LW
1 Bishop Heelan 2-0 1
2 Winterset 3-0 2
3 Benton 2-0 3
4 Cedar RapidsXavier 3-0 4
5 Waverly-Shell Rock 2-0 6
6 Western Dubuque 2-0 8
7 Indianola 3-0 9
8 Ballard 2-0 11
9 DubuqueWahlert 1-1 7
10 Perry 2-0 13
11 Dallas Center-Grimes 0-2 5
12 Washington 1-1 10
13 Denison-Schleswig 1-0 15
14 North Scott 0-2 12
15 Oskaloosa 2-0 NR

 Dropped Out: Lewis Central (14)

 Class 3A

School Record LW
1 DavenportAssumption 1-0 1
2 MOC-Floyd Valley 3-0 2
3 Estherville-Lincoln Central 2-1 3
4 SpiritLake 2-1 4
5 Mediapolis 2-0 5
6 Cascade 2-0 7
7 Mid-Prairie 2-0 9
8 Central Lee 2-0 8
9 North Polk 2-0 10
10 Union 0-1 6
11 Camanche 3-0 11
12 Bondurant-Farrar 0-0 12
13 NewHampton 2-0 14
14 Clarke 2-0 15
15 OA-BCIG 2-0 NR

 Dropped Out: Center Point-Urbana (13)

Class 2A

School Record LW
1 Western Christian 0-0 1
2 IKM-Manning 2-0 2
3 Panorama 3-0 3
4 Aplington-Parkersburg 3-0 5
5 MaquoketaValley 2-0 6
6 Lawton-Bronson 2-0 8
7 MissouriValley 2-0 9
8 North Linn 3-0 11
9 Des Moines Christian 1-0 NR
10 North Butler 0-1 10
11 IowaValley 3-0 14
12 Bellevue 0-1 4
13 Central Decatur 1-1 12
14 North Mahaska 3-0 NR
15 Manson-NW Webster 1-1 15

Dropped Out: West Hancock (7), West Branch (13)

 Class 1A

School Record LW
1 Bedford 2-0 1
2 Ar-We-Va 1-0 2
3 BurlingtonNotre Dame 3-1 3
4 Newell-Fonda 2-0 4
5 Central Lyon 1-1 5
6 GrundyCenter 1-0 6
7 Adair-Casey 2-0 7
8 LeMars Gehlen Catholic 2-0 8
9 West Sioux 2-0 9
10 Stanton 0-1 10
11 Clarksville 2-0 11
12 Villisca 1-0 12
13 Preston 1-0 13
14 BellevueMarquetteCatholic 1-0 15
15 Twin Cedars 2-0 NR




November 28, 2012 - 5:49 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Mrs. Theresa Irene Schiebout, age 84, of Orange City, passed away on Wednesday, November 28, 2012, at the Orange City Area Health System Long Term Care Facility.

There will be a memorial service on Monday, December 3, at 2:00pm, at the Calvary Christian Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. Aldon Kuiper and the Rev. David Heilman will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. There will be a prayer service on Monday, at 1:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Visitation will be after 2:00pm on Sunday, with the family present from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, at the funeral home.

For a decade, DNR wildlife workers and other volunteers have combed the countryside during Iowa’s shotgun deer seasons; collecting samples to test for the deadly Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). That effort will expand this year, to concentrate on portions of Wapello, Davis, Pottawattamie and Cerro Gordo counties, following positive tests from deer in hunting preserves and breeding facilities there this summer and fall.

“We will do some added surveillance of free ranging deer here (Davis, Wapello counties), in Pottawattamie County and in eastern Iowa, too,” outlined Dr. Dale Garner, DNR wildlife bureau chief at a November meeting with landowners and hunters in Bloomfield.

Iowa’s first positive CWD test was confirmed this year; from a buck taken at a shooting preserve just north of Bloomfield.

Many of the samples will be collected during the first half of December, as more than 120,000 hunters take part in Iowa’s shotgun deer seasons.

“Our goal is to obtain 300 samples from a five mile radius around the facility. We will also obtain another 200 between Bloomfield and Ottumwa; as well as added samples from Jefferson, Van Buren and Monroe counties,” outlined district DNR wildlife supervisor Bill Ohde, noting they need to know the section from which the deer was harvested, also. “We want adult animals. We will not cut into a trophy buck that is to be mounted.”

Sampling—which involves removing and testing the brain stem and lymph nodes–has been done on free ranging deer across Iowa for years. That attention has been heaviest in northeast Iowa, after Wisconsin and Illinois yielded positive cases in recent years. Sampling there will continue at a slightly lower intensity, to accommodate the additional testing in Davis and Wapello Counties. Since 2002, samples have been taken from 42,557 wild deer in Iowa; with no positive CWD result and from 2,630 animals from hunting preserves, before the positives were returned this year.

Most samples are obtained by wildlife staff, checking with hunters in the field or at home processing points. Others are obtained at meat lockers. In a few instances, sampling is done at pre-announced stations. One will be at Lake Wapello State Park on Dec. 1 and 2, from noon to 6 p.m. Hunters may contact Jeff Glaw (641-799-0793) or Bill Ohde (319-591-1244) for information about the station or if they harvest an adult deer in Davis or Wapello counties.

“We are hopeful CWD has not spread. The only way to know this is to collect samples and do the testing. We will work through all hunting seasons; with the peak being the shotgun seasons in December,” said Garner.

Anyone observing a sick deer is asked to contact their local conservation officer or a wildlife biologist, so that a sample can be obtained.

There are links on the Iowa DNR website to explain CWD, the Iowa response plan, now that it has shown up in the state, and other information on infectious disease. The direct link is

Concordia Nebraska from the GPAC has claimed the top spot in the first edition of the 2012-13 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25. The national office made the announcement on Tuesday.

Concordia collected all 13 first place-votes and 343 points for its second-straight No. 1 ranking.

Moving up a spot to No. 2 is College of the Ozarks with 325 points. Indiana Wesleyan also moved up one position, from Number 4 to Number 3 collecting 322 points. Number 4 Morningside climbed one spot with 316 points, while Number 5 Briar Cliff rounds out the top five notching 297 points.

The Northwestern Red Raiders came in at number 8 with Hastings number 25 as the Great Plains Athletic Conference had three teams in the top five, four in the top ten and five teams total in the top 25.

The Dordt College Defender men’s basketball team is no. 3 in the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Poll announced late Tuesday by the national office.

The Defenders took 286 points after starting the season with a 7-1 record and held the same spot they had in the pre-season poll. The Defenders will play two conference games this week on the road against Dakota Wesleyan on Wednesday, November 28 and Midland on Saturday, December 1st.

Northwood, the pre-season no. 1 team and the 2012 National Tournament runner-up, received all 12 first place votes in the poll conducted by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and independents.

GPAC members Northwestern at number 6, Doane at number 14 are also in the poll. Briar Cliff and Hastings are both in the receiving votes category.

Le Mars, Iowa — The Orange City Fire Department was called to help put out a house fire in Le Mars on Monday.

The call went out about 1 PM to a fire at 335 Third Avenue Southeast in Le Mars. The fire involved a Victorian-style home and apartments. Smoke could be seen for several blocks. When fire fighters arrived, the home and apartments were fully engulfed.

No injuries were reported.

Le Mars Fire officials called for help from the Merrill Fire Department and an aerial truck from the Orange City Fire Department.

The upper floor sustained extensive damage, and the rest of the house had smoke and water damage.

While the fire appeared to have started in the upper story, a cause has not been determined.

The fire remains under investigation.

November 27, 2012 - 8:44 am - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — Usually theft gets people put IN jail. This theft HAPPENED in jail.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s office reports that they investigated the report of a theft in the Sioux County Jail in Orange City on Friday (11/23).

They report that the investigation showed that an inmate of the jail, 24-year-old Brittany Rich of Richmond, TX used $90 of another inmate’s phone card without permission.

Rich was charged with 5th degree theft, a simple misdemeanor.

Class 4A

1. Iowa City West, vs 3A #3 Assumption (Thur)
2. WDM Valley, vs DSM Lincoln (Tue)
3. Dubuque Senior, vs Clinton 12/4
4. Ankeny, @ Ottumwa (Tue)
5. North Scott, @ Dubuque Wahlert (tonight)
6. Urbandale, vs DSM East (Fri)
7. Cedar Falls, vs Decorah (Fri)
8. Johnston, vs DSM North (Fri)
9. Bettendorf, vs CR Washington (Fri)
10.Linn-Mar, @ Waukee (Tue)

Class 3A
1. Sioux City Heelan, vs Sioux City West (Fri)
2. Waverly-Shell Rock, vs Waterloo West (Tue)
3. Davenport Assumption, @ 4A #1 Iowa City West (Thur)
4. Atlantic, @ Glenwood (Fri)
5. Grinnell, vs South Tama (Fri)
6. Vinton-Shellsburg, @ Dyersville Beckman (Tue)
7. Solon, vs Waterloo Columbus (Tue)
8. Iowa Falls-Alden, vs Webster City (Fri)
9. Creston, @ Lewis Central (Fri)
10.Keokuk, vs Burlington (Tue)

Class 2A
1. West Fork, vs Garner-Hayfield (Fri)
2. MFL Mar-Mac, @ Sumner-Fredricksburg (Fri)
3. Western Christian (Hull), vs Sioux Center (Fri)
4. West Branch, vs Mediapolis (tonight)
5. Fort Dodge St. Edmond, vs Algona Garrigan (Tue)
6. Nodaway Valley, @ Clarinda (Tue)
7. New Hampton, @ Sumner-Fredricksburg (Tue)
8. Carroll Kuemper, vs Carroll (Tue)
9. Sheldon, @ Sibley-Ocheyedan (Tue)
10.IKM-Manning, vs Audubon (tonight)

Class 1A
1. Boyden-Hull, @ Rock Valley (Tue)
2. Danville,vs Harmony (Tue)
3. Storm Lake St. Mary’s, @ Denison-Schleswig(Tue)
4. North Iowa, vs West Bend-Mallard (tonight)
5. Iowa Mennonite, vs Highland Riverside (Tue)
6. Harris-Lake Park, @ Estherville/LC (Tue)
7. Dunkerton, vs Clarksville (Tue)
8. Riverside (Oakland), vs Bedford (Tue)
9. Lone Tree, vs Pekin (Tue)
10.West Lyon, @ Sioux Center (Tue)