Earth Day Elementary students learn about importance of recycling
SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2012
VOL. 39 NO. 44
Kenneth James Weishuhn Jr. committed suicide after dealing with bullying in school. (Photo submitted)
Dealing with loss of student
Surviving the Unsinkable
Lawmakers face impasse once again Legislature still trying to reach 2012-13 budget deal by Dan Breen Staff Writer
DES MOINES—Trouble is brewing again and ideologies are causing hang-ups in a state budget agreement. The situation is déjà vu from last year when Iowa legislators pushed up to the brink of a government shutdown before coming to an agreement in late June. “It’s last year’s story all over again,” said Rep. Royd Chambers (R-Sheldon). With the Republican House majority and
See BUDGET on page A9
Issue of bullying comes to forefront after his suicide by Dan Breen Staff Writer
PAULLINA—The wounds remain fresh at South O’Brien High School in Paullina. If they ever heal, it’s not likely to be soon. “I hope no school ever has to deal with what we had to last week,” said South O’Brien School District superintendent Dan Moore. Freshman Kenneth James Weishuhn Jr. of Primghar took his own life at age 14 on April 15. Relatives have said he was a victim of intense bullying related to his sexual orientation.
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Sanborn native survived tragedy of Titanic with family century ago
SHOW OF SUPPORT: n South O’Brien plans to have a Pink Out Day on Thursday, May 3, to honor of Kenneth Weishuhn. Students will be asked to wear his favorite color to school that day. Many friends and family wore pink to his funeral and some even colored their hair pink.
by Dan Breen Staff Writer
Legislature not expected to make changes this year by Dan Breen Staff Writer
REGIONAL—Barring an unexpected lastminute change in the Iowa Senate, school start days will continue to be determined by local districts. The oft-revived bill prohibiting schools from starting before a certain date gained traction again this month in the Iowa Legislature. Legislation preventing public school districts in Iowa from starting classes before the fourth Monday in August passed the House of Representatives in early April on a nonpartisan 55-44 vote, but it has stalled out in the
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wel Sylvia Cald
Coping with crime trauma
School start issue debated Albert Caldwel
ANBORN—One hundred years ago, the world witnessed one of its worst maritime disasters when the mighty Titanic struck an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada. Once thought unsinkable, the Titanic plunged to its grave in the North Atlantic on April 15, 1912. The facts are well-documented: 1,514 passengers perished; only 709 were saved. Fewer knew the story better than a Sanborn native aboard the fateful ship that date. Albert Caldwell, along with his wife, Sylvia, and their 10-month-old son, Alden, were among the few to escape the tragedy as a family. In fact, Alden was the second-youngest survivor of the Titanic. Julie Hedgepeth Williams, 52, set out to keep the story alive of her great-uncle Albert by publishing a book, “A Rare Titanic Family: The Caldwells’ Story of Survival.” “He was like a second grandfather to me,” said Williams, who lives in Birmingham, AL, where she is a professor of journalism at Samford University. “I heard the Titanic story from the time I was in seventh grade and on. I asked him over
Dan Hally, a captain with the Asotin County Sheriff’s Department in the state of Washington, speaks during a seminar on stalkers and their techniques as part of a National Crime Victims’ Rights Week conference Wednesday in Rock Rapids Community Center. (Photo by Josh Harrell)
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“Sylvia described it as ‘the most heart-wrenching, appalling sound you could ever hear’. Al never talked about it, so one time when he was 90, I asked him about it. His face went dark at that moment, and he said, ‘You just have to forget the screams or you’ll go crazy.’”
Victims in violent incidents respond in variety of ways by
Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Elementary students shuffle into the middle school for a spring concert Thursday in Sanborn. (Photo by Rylan Howe)
— Julie HEdgepeth Williams on what relatives heard during sinking of Titanic
Allison Suesse Staff Writer
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ROCK RAPIDS—Dan Hally’s cousins witnessed the aftermath of their parents’ murders. The two females found their father lying on the ground. The perpetrators unsuccessfully attempted to make the incident look like a suicide: He had been shot 25 times and been covered with a blanket, a Bible placed in one hand and a suicide note and an unfired .38-caliber gun placed in the other. Initially, one sister froze up and was unable to speak. The other experienced a fight
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If a bill passed by the Iowa House had been in place the 2011-12 school year, the earliest schools could have started would have been Aug. 29. All these schools would have had to start 4-12 days later. n Aug. 17: Sheldon; Sibley-Ocheyedan. n Aug. 18: Boyden-Hull; Central Lyon; George-Little Rock; Rock Valley; West Sioux. n Aug. 22: Western Christian. n Aug. 23: Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn; South O’Brien; Spalding Catholic; Trinity Christian; Unity Christian; West Lyon. n Aug. 24: Sioux Center. n Aug. 25: MOC-Floyd Valley; Okoboji.
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Boyden-Hull senior makes her prom dress out of tape
It’s pretty what she’s able to do with
duct tape. DAN POTTEBAUM
Boyden-hull high School Principal
Seventeen-year-old Lindsey Cuperus sported a colorful duct tape dress to her senior prom at Boyden-Hull High School on April 20 in Hull. The outfit included duct tape flipflops and a duct tape corsage with her outfit. She collected about 50 multicolored rolls of duct tape from teachers for an ambitious prom dress project. She spent about 40 hours altogether constructing her prom dress along with a corsage and flip-flops almost entirely out of duct tape.
HELDON—Lindsey Cuperus’ mom, Kelli DeBoer, wanted her daughter to have a pretty, elegant gown to wear at her senior prom. But that wasn’t quite how it ended up. Elegant would not exactly be the right word to use when describing Cuperus’ colorful duct tape dress that she wore to the Boyden-Hull High School prom last Friday evening in Hull. The general consensus at prom? The dress was “really cool.” And when DeBoer first saw the dress, she knew it suited her daughter perfectly and thought the dress was “cute.” “I did get quite a bit of attention,” said Cuperus, who lives in Sheldon. “I was expecting that; it’s a duct tape dress.” Cuperus always has been interested in crafting. She has made items out of T-shirts and is good at doing nails. Her grandmother once said that even if there seems no way to work something out, “Lindsey will find a way.” The 17-year-old began working with duct tape earlier in the school year and crafted everything from pen toppers to flip-flops and handbags to belts. Three months ago, Cuperus was inspired to create a prom dress using duct tape after seeing pictures online of other girls who had done a similar project. She mentioned her idea to Boyden-Hull principal Dan Pottebaum who was enthusiastic about the project. He had seen some of her other work and was interested in what else she could do. “It’s pretty amazing what she’s able to do with duct tape,” Pottebaum said. He enlisted the help of teachers to donate rolls of duct tape for her dress and collected about 50 donations. “It was something she created and she can take a lot of pride in that,” Pottebaum said. “She ran with it. It takes a lot of motivation to do that yourself.” Once Cuperus procured the duct tape, she began putting the pieces of the dress together, starting out with bodice. “It took a long time. I had to lay it out first and then connect it behind,” Cuperus said. “I duct taped the ruffles on it, and then I duct taped it all together.” She makes the process sound simple, but there are hundreds of tiny petals that make up the top part of the bodice, each row done in a different color. “I like rainbows, so I did it all rainbow,” Cuperus said. She used wire to help make the ruffles at the bottom of the dress and thought better of making it floor-length, because the outfit turned out to be heavy. Cuperus spent about 40 hours making the dress. “It was an after-school thing when I didn’t have to work,” she said. Putting the dress together proved to be easier than getting into it the night of prom, however. “I had to have my mom help me put it on,” Cuperus said. “She has to pull it on me, and it takes a while.” But the reaction she got when she walked into the dance was worth the effort. “They thought it was really cool,” Cuperus said. “They liked the ruffles; they didn’t think I actually did that.” Since her duct tape prom dress debut, the demand for Cuperus’ duct tape crafts have increased, and people have asked her if she plans to pursue design after graduating May 20, but she is not quite sure yet of what she will do after high school. “I don’t think there’s something for duct tape,” she said.
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Zylstra to give final address at Dordt Commencement to be Friday morning SIOUX CENTER—Commencement ceremonies for the Dordt College 2011-12 academic year will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 4, in the B.J. Haan Auditorium in Sioux Center. D o r d t president Dr. Carl Zyl- Carl Zylstra stra will give this year’s commencement address titled “To The Hilt.” Overflow rooms will be available on campus for those without tickets, and the event will be streamed online at www. dordt.edu/events/commencement. Retiring from the office of president at the conclusion of the academic year, Zylstra has been president of Dordt since 1996, during which time the college has seen significant expansion in it facilities, endowment and academic programs. Zylstra earned his doctorate from Princeton Theological Seminary. He has served as a pastor in the Christian Reformed Church and has held many leadership roles on its boards and committees. Zylstra has been actively engaged in higher education, holding the position of chair of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, Iowa Campus Compact, the Iowa Association of College Presidents, the Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and the Tax Advisory Committee of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. He also has served as secretary of the Iowa College Foundation and as a member of the board of directors of the National Association Independent Colleges and Universities, Iowans for a Better Future and the Barnabas Foundation. Zylstra sits on the board of directors of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and recently chaired its Presidential Search Committee. He also is a member of the Student Aid Committee of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. Zylstra and his wife, Gloria, have three married sons and nine grandchildren.
n The community is invited to a retirement open house honoring Dordt College president Carl Zylstra 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, in the lower level of the Campus Center in Sioux Center.
T Connie Wagner co-publisher
It’s circus time!
his time of the year, I begin to remember with fondness how as a young girl I looked forward to the circus coming to Yankton, SD, my hometown. The first indication of circus time would occur when I’d spot the circus public relations people attaching colorful posters to telephone poles all over town. They were alerting townspeople that the circus would soon be arriving. From that time on, I would begin the process of pestering my parents, day in and day out, if we could possibly attend the entire circus that year. Our little family, as I remember, would start our annual first circus experience by driving to the railroad tracks at the approximate time it was expected to arrive in town. We’d spot the trains coming, and the excitement would heighten. We’d sit in our car and watch as the long train would pull in and then come to a creaky, moaning stop. Crews of men would all seem to simultaneously jump out of passenger cars and begin to noisily open the sliding cargo doors of the railroad freight cars. We’d try to peer into those dark cars imagining what they might hold. It seemed to me there were dozens and dozens of those huge and colorful cars, but I can’t know that for sure these many years later. But I do remember it was a
wonderfully noisy and exciting experience. I’m not sure how many days they were in Yankton, but I’m sure that the tents went up with elephants. And, although Peter swears it cannot be true, I am sure it was the Ringling Bros. Circus that I watched. After the big tent and the sideshow tents were up and the wagons were set in place, our family had our share of the circus for that day. It was the next evening we’d come back and walk the midway. We’d see what we could do for free while Mom and Dad would be visiting about the circus with their neighbors and friends. It was a fun evening out. If the timing was right, another of our favorite things to do was walk past the tents where everyone in the circus would be eating. We’d see the huge pots of food lined up on long tables and watch as performers and workers would be playfully standing in lines waiting their turn for food. The long lines of tables they ate at were church-like tables with red and white checked oil tablecloths. But most of all, we loved to stand and watch the animals that were out for display — some in cages and some tied or tethered. My dad loved the animals, and I think that was really the reason we’d come to the circus. We’d also take a
quick walk by the magic shows and girly tents and the snake exhibits. Some years, we’d even go into the big tent and actually see the circus, but more often than not, once the show began, we’d go home. Today, I’m not sure if we couldn’t afford the price of the tickets or if all the pre-circus entertainment sufficiently satisfied my parents. Then this cranky, sleepy little girl would go home and not be able to fall asleep for a very long time. I’d lie in my bed fantasizing what circus life must be like and what kind of a circus star I might become when I’d grow up. Little did I know that in my future I’d marry a man who was to become the president of Circus Fans Association of America. Isn’t life funny? Peter and I have just returned home from a long line of Circus Fans conventions, and with each one I become a little more fascinated with the whole process. But it’s quite different watching a circus through a pair of adult eyes. Last year at the circus convention dinner, I sat beside a man whom I didn’t know. He was very quiet and hard to get into a conversation with. Finally, I put two and two together and found out that he indeed was a performer/owner. Before we left the table, I asked his name: He was a Ringling. This year, I was seated beside a very obvious circus performer. She was a
little younger than myself, had blonde hair piled high on her head, long dangling earrings, diamond rings and necklaces, and flamboyant clothing. Perhaps I was profiling or stereotyping, but I knew she was circus. We began to talk, and I asked her if she had been an aerialist. No, she responded she had an act with 16 horses that she had trained and performed with for many years. Her mother had started the act and was an important performer in circus history. The family had owned and operated their own circus and then later became a part of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. She reminisced of the hard life circus people live, especially those with animal acts. Their animals would always come first. They would come before family, holidays, sickness, everything. With fewer and fewer family-owned circuses surviving and with animal rights, PETA, people interfering and not understanding how well the animals are cared for, it is a life that is becoming less and less profitable and satisfying. It was an interesting few days of experiences for this naïve, small-town Iowan. God is so good.
Connie Wagner lives in Sibley. She is the co-publisher of The N’West Iowa REVIEW and may be reached at email@example.com.
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Terrace View Event Center ready to host many affairs Sioux Center facility to hold open house May 3 by Dan Breen Staff Writer
SIOUX CENTER—Sioux Center got to pull back the curtains on its newest building Friday when the Terrace View Event Center hosted its first event. Sioux Center High School had the honor of opening the $3.7 million building by holding its prom at the facility. Terrace View will have an official public grand opening on Thursday, May 3. “It’s so crazy to see everything you’ve been working on the past eight months come together,” said event center manager Jenn Vermeer. “It’s kind of like having a baby. You’ve waited so long; now it’s here.” The building has been in the works for a long time in the community. The idea for the event center came from a lack of places in the community to have wedding receptions, seminars, conventions, business conferences and other large-group events. “The goal and hope is that it will bring more business to town — people going out to eat, going to gas stations, staying at hotels,” Vermeer said. A focal point of Terrace View is the 2,000-square-foot skylight lobby, which extends the length of the building and has room to seat 220 people. It also is an ideal setting for hors d’oeuvres and beverages prior to entering the main banquet hall. The 6,800-square-foot main banquet hall has seating for up to 500 people at round tables. The room has a mobile dance floor and stage area, allowing for several setup arrangements. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the banquet hall are located on the north side of the banquet hall, lending itself to beautiful views of The Ridge Golf Club. The windows also have automated shade filters and darkeners to keep the light out. “It really shows off the golf course,” Vermeer said. “With the floor-toceiling windows on the north side, you
Manager Jenn Vermeer talks about the numerous arrangements that can take shape in the 500-seat capacity banquet hall at the Terrace View Event Center in Sioux Center. (Photos by Rylan Howe)
AT A GLANCE: Structure: Terrace View Event Center Address: 230 St. Andrews Way, Sioux Center Completion: May 2012 Architect: Toi Sullivan of FEH Associates in Sioux City General contractor: Dan Klein of M&D Construction in Sheldon Size: 16,300 square feet Cost: $3.7 million Manager: Jenn Vermeer Contact: (712) 722-8439 or (712) 449-8198 Online: www.theterraceview.com
GRAND OPENING: n The Terrace View Event Center will host a grand opening event on Thursday, May 3. A chamber coffee and ribbon cutting will take place at 3 p.m. with self-guided tours starting
never have to worry about the sun.” Other banquet room amenities include a full-service kitchen with drive-in access for caterers, a fullywired sound system, projector screens and wall partitions that can divide the area into two or three smaller rooms. The room also has a walkout patio. Terrace View can provide up to 12 part-time workers for events: A banquet manager, bartenders and a fullservice kitchen staff.
for the public at 5. Terrace View also will offer samples of the hors d’oeuvres and beverages it will have available for events. The main banquet hall will be set up like the public can expect for an event.
The building is certified with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, meaning it is eco-friendly. The initial groundwork for the project began in March 2010. The building was enclosed by November, allowing the interior work to go full-speed ahead during the winter months. Funding for the event center is coming from three sources: A $625,000 grant from Vision Iowa’s Commu-
The 6,800-square-foot main banquet hall at the Terrace View Event Center includes a mobile dance floor and stage and can comfortably seat up to 500 guests. The new $3.7 million facility will hold an official grand opening Thursday afternoon, May 3, in Sioux Center. nity Attraction and Tourism program, $300,000 in fundraising donations, tax increment financing bonds and a hotel-motel tax increase approved in May 2010. Thirty-five events already have been booked for the facility, mostly from mid-May through June. The facility also will be a voting site in November. “There’s a lot of interest,” Vermeer said. Although the facility is ready to open,
a few details still need attention. One of the main areas is landscaping, but that will evolve over the course of the summer. Some interior design also needs to be completed. Vermeer said her job will transition from getting the facility ready for operation to hosting and maintaining. “I like just managing everything and seeing it all come together and making it happen,” she said. “It’s almost like a new job now.”
S-O FFA member Brockshus elected state president Earll chosen as an Iowa vice president by Dan Breen Staff Writer
SIBLEY—A Sibley-Ocheyedan High School FFA member has been elected state president for the first time in the 75-year history of the chapter. Steven Brockshus, a 2011 graduate of Sibley-Ocheyedan, was chosen to lead the state in 2012-13. The Iowa FFA is made up of 219 chapters and more than 15,000 members. Brockshus was elected during the 84th State Leadership Conference April 23-24 on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames. The election took place Tuesday. “Words can’t explain it. I’m just very humbled and very blessed that I’ve been put in this position by my peers,” said the 18-year-old Brockshus, a student at ISU. “I really look forward to this next year. I’m very excited. It’s going to be a fun year.” Sibley-Ocheyedan FFA adviser Mike Earll said Brockshus is deserving of the honor. “To have a state president is a unique situation. It’s exciting that Steven is our very first one,” Earll said. “He’s a young man who will do a super job. He is super dedicated. It’s just very fitting that it worked out that he would be the one to be our first state president.” Along with Brockshus, SibleyOcheyedan senior Josh Earll, Mike and Mary Earll’s son, was elected as the state vice president representing the Northwest District. Josh Earll is the fourth vice president selected from Sibley-Ocheyedan in the
last six years and 10th overall from the chapter. This also will be the first time Sibley-Ocheyedan has had two state officers in the same year. “These guys grew up a mile away from each other,” Mike Earll said. “It’s kind of a neat scenario that both were elected to state office at the same time. As a father it’s kind of a neat thing to have your son involved in that as well.” Brockshus said he did not start thinking about the president position until after Christmas this year. “Knowing who I am and learning more about who I am this year, I decided to run because I really like helping people and I like the values that the FFA has,” said the son of Jason and Shanise Brockshus of rural Sibley. To be elected as a state president, a candidate must have served on a state officer team. Brockshus was vice president representing the Northwest District this past year. Candidates also must have earned the Iowa FFA Degree. To start out, all candidates had to take a state writing practicum about reasons they were running for the office. Brockshus then had to fill out his application for his American FFA Degree, the highest degree the National FFA can bestow on an individual. He had two rounds of interviews in front of a nominating committee made up of members from across the state. On April 23, Brockshus found out he was one of two individuals selected to be put on the ballot for president. Both candidates had to give a twominute speech in front of the entire delegate body made up
FAMILY TIES: n Steven Brockshus and Josh Earll both have ties to past state FFA officers, their fathers. Jason Brockshus and Sibley-Ocheyedan FFA adviser Mike Earll both served as FFA state vice presidents during their time at Sibley-Ocheyedan. Mike was a vice president 1977-78 and Jason was a vice president 1992-93.
SIBLEY-OCHEYEDAN STATE OFFICERS: George Helmers................. vice president............... 1941-42 Mike Earll............................. vice president............... 1977-78 Shanelle Krause................. state reporter............... 1991-92 Jason Brockshus............... vice president............... 1992-93 Renae Rubsam................... vice president............... 1996-97 Kari Zevenburgen.............. vice president...........1999-2000 Tim Hibma........................... vice president............... 2001-02 Cortney Schmidt................ vice president............... 2007-08 Jacob Fox............................ vice president............... 2009-10 Steven Brockshus.............. vice president............... 2011-12 Josh Earll............................. vice president............... 2012-13 Steven Brockshus..................president................... 2012-13
AT A GLANCE: Name: Steven Brockshus Position: 2012-13 Iowa FFA president Age: 18 Residence: Rural Sibley Education: 2011 graduate of Sibley-Ocheyedan High School in Sibley; freshman at Iowa State University in Ames, majoring in agricultural education. Family: Parents, Jason and Shanise Brockshus; three brothers: Brandon, Dylan, Andrew. Interests: Talking to and meeting new people, working out and being active outdoors. of members from every chapter in the state. “It wasn’t nerve-racking be cause this past year we’ve been put in a lot of situations where we’ve been put in front of a lot of people,” Brockshus said. The hardest part for Brock shus was that he was running against his good friend Michael Mardesen of Griswold who he
worked with last year on the leadership committee when Mardesen was the state vice president from the Southwest District. Each of the 219 state chapters get two votes for the president. The six vice presidents are selected by district. Brockshus and Josh Earll will have a number of responsibili-
Josh Earll ties during the next year. They will conduct numerous leadership and personal development workshops, represent the association at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, make chapter visits and conduct agriculture business and industry tours. They will represent Iowa at the National FFA Convention in
Indianapolis in October, meet and consult with state and national elected officials and promote the FFA in schools and with commodity groups. Brockshus is majoring in agricultural education at ISU. Josh Earll plans to attend ISU this fall majoring in agricultural business, focusing on land appraisal and auctioneering.
Arrested for third OWI
motor vehicle that contained stolen merchandise. Deputies located the stolen property in Sioux Center. The property had been taken hours earlier from a residence near Battle Creek. Deputies charged David Turner Jr., 37, Ida Grove, for operating a vehicle without owner’s consent, an aggravated misdemeanor, and driving without a license, a simple misdemeanor; Cheryl Martinez, 38, Hull, for aiding and abetting in the theft, an aggravated misdemeanor; and Tyler Sandbulte, 22, Sioux Center, for second-degree theft, a Class D felony. The investigation is ongoing.
LAW & ORDER info sought on signs
ALTON—The Sioux County Sheriff’s Department is seeking information regarding an investigation into the report of two stop signs stolen sometime between Friday evening, April 20, and Monday, April 23. The signs were located at the intersections of 440th Street and Kennedy Avenue and 440th Street and Jefferson Avenue, one mile north of Alton. Someone removed the signs by sawing through the wooden posts just beneath the stop signs. The signs are owned by the Sioux County Engineer’s Office and valued at $150 each. Anyone with information is
asked to contact the sheriff’s department at (712) 737-2280 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or through Text-A-Tip at 274637 scso.
threatens with knife
GEORGE—The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department reported the arrest of Ryan Earl Klein, 23, George, at about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, following a high-speed pursuit. Authorities initially responded to a disturbance at 417 W. Michigan Ave. in George, where it was reported that Klein displayed a knife and threatened bodily harm. Klein then got into his 1998 Pontiac Bonneville
and led deputies on a pursuit through the city streets of George. The pursuit left George and continued 15 miles to Rock Rapids. During the pursuit, speeds reached up to 100 miles per hour. The pursuit came to a stop in the 400 block of South Boone Street, where Klein was arrested without incident. Klein was charged with eluding, an aggravated misdemeanor; six counts of failure to obey stop signs; one count of speeding; and one count of careless driving. It also was discovered that Klein had two valid warrants for his arrest for an incident that took place on March 25 in George. Klein was arrested and
charged domestic abuse assault, an aggravated misdemeanor; and reckless use of a firearm, a simple misdemeanor.
cited for public intox
HOSPERS—The Sioux County Sheriff’s Department reported the arrest of Theodore Douglas Wood, 23, Ashton, at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, April 15, on a charge of public intoxication, a simple misdemeanor, on Main Street in Hospers. The arrest stemmed from a call received by the Sioux County Communications Center that a disturbance was taking place near Hospers Public Library.
ROCK VALLEY—The Rock Valley Police Department reported the arrest of Jason Philip Vis, 26, Doon, on a charge of operating while intoxicated third-offense, a Class D felony following a routine traffic stop for a violation of a city ordinance Saturday, March 31. He was transported to the Sioux County Jail in Orange City.
Three charged in theft
SIOUX CENTER—The Sioux County Sheriff’s Department arrested three people after investigating Three a tip was received about 10 p.m. Saturday, April 14, regarding the theft of a
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Board at NWC passes strategy ORANGE CITY—The Northwestern College Board of Trustees gathered recently in Orange City for its spring meeting and unanimously approved the institution’s new strategic plan. Among the plan’s five strategic goals are resource investment in key academic programs; expanding the delivery of Northwestern’s distinctively Christian liberal arts education to include online programs; and embracing growth that results in an increasingly diverse population ethnically, geographically and socioeconomically. The college’s previous strategic plan was approved in 2007.
U.S. Highway 18 will require an emergency road closure beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, April 30, until 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, weather permitting. While the crossing is closed, traffic will be detoured on Highway 18, Sioux County blacktop K52 and Lyon County blacktop A52.
School art show slated for Sibley
‘Comfy, Cozy Clothing Construction Zone’ Lindsay Clark sews a pair of pants while Shonna Ritz serges seams as members of three Sioux County 4-H clubs participated in an activity titled “Comfy, Cozy Clothing Construction Zone” last Saturday in Orange City. Working 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., the youth, along with adult volunteers and two students from Dordt College in Sioux Center, made 75 pairs of pants matched with T-shirts donated by Staples Promotional Products. The outfits were donated to Mid-Sioux Opportunity, ATLAS, Family Crisis Centers of Northwest Iowa and The Bridge. The service project was organized by the sewing group from Floyd Venturers 4-H Club in (Photos submitted) Hospers.
Final ensemble concert at Dordt SIOUX CENTER—The final Dordt College Choral Ensembles Concert of the academic year will be presented at 7:30 p.m. today (Saturday, April 28) at B.J. Haan Auditorium in Sioux Center. Ensembles include the Bella Voce Women’s Chorus, Chorale, Concert Choir and Kantorei.
Watercolor show displayed at NWC ORANGE CITY—The 2011-12 Iowa Watercolor Society traveling show featuring the work of 26 Iowa watercolor artists will be exhibited through May 3 at Northwestern College’s DeWitt Theatre Arts Center in Orange City. A reception for the artists will be held 6:45-7:25 p.m. today (Saturday, April 28).
‘Courageous’ to be shown in Melvin MELVIN—The action-packed film “Courageous” will be shown at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 29, for Community Movie Night at First Reformed Church in Melvin. The movie is about
four police officers who consistently give their best on the job but good enough seems all they can muster as fathers until a tragedy put their faith to test.
‘Iowa Ethiopia’ on N’West Iowa tour REGIONAL—The touring company of Northwestern College’s theatre department will present “Iowa Ethiopia” 9:30 a.m. Sunday, April 29, at First Reformed Church in Sheldon and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at First Reformed Church in Maurice.
Living with Grief event to be May 2 ORANGE CITY—Orange City Area Health System is hosting a Living with Grief videoconference, “End-of-Life Ethics,” by Hospice Foundation of
America, 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, at its main campus lower level conference room. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free, but preregistration is necessary by April 30. For more information or to register, call (712) 7375260 or register online at www. ochealthsystem.org.
Dordt, community join for preschool SIOUX CENTER—The Learning Ship, Bullfrogs & Butterflies, and the Dordt College Education Department have combined forces to create Stepping Stones Preschool, a venture that will benefit preschool students, Dordt’s education students and the Sioux Center community. Dordt education students will be able to spend 100 or more hours with young children in classrooms prior to
their student teaching semester. For more information or to enroll your child, contact Christy Hulstein at gwcjh@ mtcnet.net.
LifeServe mobile sets blood drives REGIONAL—LifeServe Blood Center will hold a blood drive 3:30-6 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, at the Ireton Community Center and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at Centre Mall in Sioux Center. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-287-4903 or visit www.lifeservebloodcenter.org.
Railroad repair to close Hwy. 75-18 REGIONAL—Track repairs to the BNSF Railroad Company’s crossing on U.S. Highway 75 near the north junction with
SIBLEY—The Sibley-Ocheye dan High School Fine Arts Department will host the Northwest Area Education Agency Northern Iowa Conference Art Show open house, featuring art from area schools, 6-8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, May 1 and 2, in the high school commons in Sibley. A conference awards presentation will be held 1-3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3.
Speaker to tell of bipolar disorder SIOUX CENTER—The speaker will share his story about living with bipolar disorder when the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Sioux County Support Group meets 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, at Central Reformed Church in Sioux Center. Individuals and family members coping with mental illness are invited to come for education and support. For more information, call Shirley Matheis at (712) 722-4462.
Dordt orchestra to perform May 5 SIOUX CENTER—Dordt College’s Chamber Orchestra will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at B.J. Haan Auditorium in Sioux Center.
Wings, wetlands fest is May 11-12 SUTHERL AND—O’Br ien County Conservation will hold its annual Wings and Wetlands Festival May 11-12. The festival will be linked with an Iowa Wildflower Week hike planned for 6 p.m. Friday, May 11, at Steele Prairie. A carpool will leave at 5:45 p.m. from the Prairie Heritage Center near Sutherland. Start Saturday, May 12, with “Breakfast for the Birds.” Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the heritage center for rolls and coffee. After breakfast take a
birding hike at the center and then carpool to Wanata State Park in Peterson for more bird viewing. For more information on any of the activities, call (712) 295-7200.
Legion Auxiliary to hold May meeting SHELDON—The American Legion Auxiliary of Sheldon will meet at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, in the second floor meeting room of the Christian Retirement Home to plan for Poppy Day on Monday, May 21.
African children’s choir to perform ORANGE CITY—The Watoto Children’s Choir will present an energetic music and dance show at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at First Reformed Church in Orange City. The program, “Beautiful Africa: A New Generation,” features original and vibrant African music with dance routines and life-transforming stories.
NWC ensembles to present concert ORANGE CITY—Northwestern College’s Jazz Band and Percussion Ensemble will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 4, at Christ Chapel in Orange City.
Goodwill trailer in Sioux Center SIOUX CENTER—The Am bassador trailer of Goodwill Industries Wall Street Mission in Sioux City will receive donations through May 1 in the Centre Mall parking lot in Sioux Center. Goodwill accepts clothing, working small appliances, household goods, sporting goods and toys.
Late death notices: n Bernice Van De Griend, 97, Hull, died Friday, April 27, at Pleasant Acres Care Center in Hull. Arrangements are being completed by Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.
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UROLOGY 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 – Patrick Walsh, MD
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family practice team We are pleased to introduce Kara DeGroot, who will join our family practice team this summer. Kara will serve patients in the Orange City and Hospers medical clinics as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP). The addition of Kara brings Orange City Area Health System’s family practice medical team to 11 physicians and ﬁve mid-level providers. Kara has eight years of nursing experience in a variety of positions, including supervising the neonatal intensive care unit at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. She is currently studying for her advanced practice credentials at South Dakota State University. As an ARNP, Kara’s scope of practice will include patient physicals,
• Cook, Hospital - casual • Sr. Care Nurse Assistant, Long Term Care - FT or PT • Nurse Assistant - Hospital - FT or PT • Housekeeper - casual • Treatment Nurse (RN), Long Term Care - PT and casual • Sr. Care Nurse (RN), Long Term Care and Heritage House - casual • Nursing Assistant/Unit Coordinator diagnoses, and ordering tests, Hospital - FT or PT prescriptions, and treatments of care. She holds certiﬁcation as a S.T.A.B.L.E. • Home Health & Hospice Aide - PT and casual Neonatal pre-transport care lead in• Clinic Receptionist - casual structor, and will bring that skill and experience to OCAHS’s obstetrics team Questions? Call Human Resources 737-5236. as well. Kara and her husband and children currently live in Sioux Center. For information and to apply on-line click ocHealthSystem.org She attended Northwestern College and received her B.A. In Nursing from Augustana College.
save your skin Celebrating National EOE
Mark your calendar for these May events ... • Hospice videoconference Living with grief: end-of-life ethics Wednesday May 2 • 1-4pm Main campus lower level To pre-register call 737-5260 or online at ocHealthSystem.org
• Auxiliary’s spring plant sale Thursday May 3 • 7am-1pm Main campus front lobby
• Cardiovascular/stroke/ osteoporosis screenings Thursday May 10 • 1-4pm Call to pre-register: 737-5241
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Dr. Mark Turek oﬀers dermatological evaluations and procedures for a variety of conditions, right here in our clinic, close to home. Utilizing dermoscopy – a method of detection for pre-cancerous or cancerous lesions – allows Dr. Turek to determine if a biopsy is needed. He can perform biopsies and excisions of a variety of skin lesions. There are daily slots available for these evaluations at our Orange City Family Practice Clinic. Call 737-2000 for an appointment.
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Do you know your risk factors for skin cancer? A family history of melanoma.
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Severe sunburns in adolescence or adulthood. Precancerous skin lesions. Multiple moles.
Are you a biker? Plan to join the Children’s Miracle Network “Bikes & Babes Rally for Miracles” ride on Saturday June 2. Join up with the group riding from Vermillion to Sioux Falls as they enjoy lunch at Prairie Winds Event Center in Orange City at noon. Watch for details or call Lisa Burg at 737-5367.
During the week of May 7 we will be honoring our health system team ... from the medical clinics to materials management ... housekeeping to home health ... surgeons to servers. Thanks to this dedicated team of 500 employees, OCAHS was voted Best Hospital in Northwest Iowa recently. Help us celebrate!
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VOL. 38 NO. 48
� Sioux County ranks 11th in Iowa for Hispanic population.
� Latinos contributed $2.4 billion to the state’s economy in 2008 alone.
� 26% of students in West Sioux School District are Hispanic.
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Myriam Castelan of Hull explains through writing on a marker board why she was late to an adult literacy program being held on a recent evening at Hull Public Library. The educational program is offered through Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon and is aimed at helping participants improve their English.
Hispanic population is on the rise, making an impact on N’West Iowa
Iowans is Hispanic Source: 2010 U.S. Census
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WEEKEND WEATHER: SATURDAY
HIGH: 71 LOW: 52 CHANCE OF PREC: 0%/30%
HIGH: 66 LOW: 59 CHANCE OF PREC: 20%/60%
MONDAY (MEMORIAL DAY) HIGH: 83 LOW: 58