Mrs. Arlyna Vande Griend

Mrs. Arlyna Vande Griend, age 85, of Hull, passed away on Friday, April 20, 2012, at the Sioux Center Community Hospital and Health Center.

There will be a funeral service on Wednesday, April 25, at 11:00am, at the First Christian Reformed Church in Hull.  The Rev. Carl Klompien will officiate.  Interment will follow at the Hope Cemetery in Hull.

Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Tuesday, with the family present from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.

On April 20, 2012, after a sudden, brief illness (our mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother), Arlyna Vande Griend went home to be with her heavenly Father (Lord and Savior).

Arlyna Harriet was born on December 28, 1926, the daughter of Adrian and Aartje (Mouw) Scholten. She grew up in Hull, and on September 25, 1947 she married Henry James Vande Griend.

Arlyna and Henry moved to their farm southeast of Hull, where Arlyna enjoyed homemaking, taking care of her family, working on the farm, gardening, and watching goldfinches and other birds. She also enjoyed travelling to visit her many relatives and friends. Arlyna continued to enjoy farm life, even after Henry passed away in 1993, until just 10 days before God took her home.

Arlyna is survived by four children and their spouses, Larry and Marina Vande Griend of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Linda and Wilson Brouwer of Raymond, Minnesota,; David and Betty Vande Griend of Hull; and Jason and Jennifer Vande Griend of George; a son-in-law, Eugene McCarty of Hartley; nineteen grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; a sister, Martha Zandstra of Michigan; and a sister-in-law, Bernice Vande Griend of Hull.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a daughter, Beverly McCarty; and three brothers and seven sisters, Jennie Berkenpas, Pauline Bliek, John Scholten, Cornelia Berkenpas, Morris Scholten, Hendrika Reyelts, Adrian Scholten, Arta Collins, Marie Sneller, and Marie Scholten.

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Birthdays and Anniversaries for April 20th


Kyle Petrich of Calumet from Family
Jodi Vermeer of Sheldon from Friends
Tami Roetman of Sheldon from Friends
Terri Malenke of Sheldon from Friends
Kaylynn Hoogland from Friends


(50th) Randy Feekes of Archer from Family & Friends
Piper Iedema of Archer from Friends
Stephanie Rohwer of Sheldon from Family & Friends
Dr. Ken Fertig of Sheldon from Friends
Elvie Smith of George from Cheri Van Voorst

Tim DeBoer of Archer from Jessica, Kids, Grandkids, and Family



Jon & Krisit Fuerstenberg of Sheldon from Friends

Phil and Jody Vander Ploeg of Spirit Lake from Family

Brody Van Roekel To Play Football At Northwestern

Brody Van Roekel of Sioux Center has signed a letter of intent to continue his football career at Northwestern College next year.

Van Roekel is a 5’10”, 225-pound center and defensive end who lettered three years for the Sioux Center High School football team. Van Roekel earned first team all-district honors and was named co-captain as a senior. He was a member of an offensive line that helped pave the way for a Warriors rushing attack that averaged nearly four yards per carry and 140 yards per game. A member of the Academic All-District and All-State team, Van Roekel plans to major in history and political science at Northwestern. He is the son of Mark Van Roekel and Lisa Gritters.

“Brody is a natural leader both on and off the field,” commented head football coach Kyle Achterhoff. “He is a smart player who works very hard to be the best player that he can be. We look forward to Brody being a part of the Red Raider football family.”

Sports Schedule For Friday 4/20/12

Coed Track

Sheldon Clay Central-Everly, Granville Spalding, Ruthven Ayrshire, Sheldon, Sibley-Ocheyedan, South O’Brien, St. Mary’s, George-Little Rock at Hartley Melvin Sanborn

Girls Soccer

MOC Floyd Valley at Storm Lake

Boys Soccer

Storm Lake at MOC Floyd Valley

Coed Golf

Spalding and Sergeant Bluff Luton at Akron Westfield

Hinton at South O’Brien

Latest Northwest Iowa Fishing Report As Of 4/19/12

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Fishing has been pretty slow at Storm Lake. Walleye – Slow: Anglers are catching a few walleye but the action has not been real fast. The point off the north side of the marina has been producing some walleye. Boaters should use caution on Storm Lake. The hydraulic dredge is in operation in the east basin of the lake. There is a pipeline running from the dredge to the shoreline and may rise to the surface at times.

Big Spirit Lake

Walleye and musky season is closed. Panfish are being caught off the North Grade and Templar Park. A few smallmouth bass along with white bass may be caught on rock piles in various parts of the lake. Bullhead – Fair: A few bullheads have are being caught off the north grade and templar park as well as a few other places around the lake. Northern Pike – Fair: Try using spoons, and spinner baits around vegetation. Largemouth Bass – Slow: A few largemouth bass have moved in to pre-spawn areas around the lake.

 East Okoboji Lake

Walleye and musky season is closed. Bullhead – Fair: Try using worms on bottom. Yellow Bass – Good: Many yellow bass are being caught try looking for rocks and wood and use small baits.

 Minnewashta Lake

Yellow Perch – Fair: Some perch are being caught try using small jigs and tipped with worm. A few yellow bass and bluegills may be caught at the same time.

West Okoboji Lake

Walleye and musky season is closed. As the deepest lake in the chain, its water is not warming up as fast as the other lakes but is still ahead of normal. Panfish and largemouth bass are being caught in the canals as well as in some of the bays. Both largemouth and smallmouth bass may be caught near docks and there outskirts a few white bass and northern pike may be picked up at the same time.

With cooler temperatures last week and over the weekend, the water has cooled a bit and fishing has slowed down but should pick back up as the weather improves.


Area Sports Officials To Be Honored April 28th

A total of 158 officials are scheduled to receive awards at the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s 18th Annual Officials’ Banquet and Recognition Ceremony, Saturday, April 28th at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines.

The list of honoree includes five officials who each have 50 years of service. Those officials are Ronald Smith from George, Charles Adair of Mondamin; Terry Curtis from Williamsburg; Richard McMahon of Latimer; Robert Nystrom from Havelock.

Area officials being recognized for 15 years of service will be Dave Van Essen of Sheldon, Brad Te Grootenhuis of Hospers, Cory E. Spangler of LeMars and Kevin Vander Ploeg of Sioux Center. Spangler was also named the NFOA State Official of the Year for Baseball.

Area officials with 25 years of service include Douglas Stubbe of George, Cory Isebrand of LeMars and Steve Rhode of Spencer. 35-Year Honorees include Al Van Wyhe of Hawarden.