Earl Woudstra To Be Inducted To Hall Of Fame


Former Northwestern College women’s basketball coach Earl Woudstra is one of 18 individuals who will be inducted into the NAIA Hall-of-Fame Tuesday night in Sioux City. The honor is the highest honor bestowed by the NAIA. Individuals inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame must be persons of outstanding quality, high moral character, fine leadership and must be held in high esteem by colleagues, coaches and athletes. The Hall-of-Fame ceremony is part of the Banquet of Champions and coincides with the 2012 NAIA Division II Womens Basketball National Championships. The ceremony will take place at the Sioux City Convention Center.

Woudstra led the Red Raiders to a 403-139 record during his 17 years as head coach, the all-time winningest coach in the program’s history (.744). Northwestern won four national championships under his direction, including back-to-back titles in 2010 and 2011. He also guided the Raiders to titles in 2001 and 2008, winning national coach of the year honors each of those years, as well as being named the WBCA coach of the year in 2011. Woudstra stepped down from his coaching duties last March, one week after winning his fourth championship.

Northwestern qualified for 10 national tournaments during Woudstra’s tenure and holds the record for the most wins at the national tournament. In addition to the national championships, the Raiders were runners-up in 2000 and advanced to the Final Four in 2006 and 2009. Under his direction, Northwestern won over 30 games five seasons and massed 20 or more wins 11 times.

Woudstra had a 152-40 record in the very competitive Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) and guided the Raiders to four GPAC regular-season championships and three postseason conference championships. In addition, Woudstra coached 25 NAIA All-Americans, three national players of the year and 30 Scholar-Athletes.

Woudstra will be inducted at the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship in Sioux City, Iowa on March 6, 2012. He becomes the fourth Northwestern player and/or coach to be inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame, joining Larry Korver (1989), Lee McKinstrey (1993) and Paul Bartlett (2008).

Paulsen To Play Basketball At Briar Cliff


Adam Paulsen of South O’Brien has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Briar Cliff University, next season.

“Adam is a tremendous addition to our basketball program at Briar Cliff,” said BC head coach Nic Nelson. “He is a very talented guard with the ability to both score and distribute. Adam is very skilled with the ball and he is a tough competitor. He is also a high-character student-athlete and we think he will have an outstanding career here.”

Paulsen a 6-1 point guard led Iowa Class 2A in scoring this year with 25.2 ppg and was seventh in all classes in scoring. The team captain and 1000-point club member shot 51.5 percent from the field and 42.4 percent from beyond the arc (67 three-pointers). In addition to Paulsen’s scoring abilities, he also averaged 7.3 rpg, handed out 63 assists and collected 47 steals.

On February 1st he knocked down eight three-pointers as he scored a school-record 42 points in a 56-44 win over Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn. On the season, he led the Wolverines to a 17-5 record and is expected to be a first team all-state selection.

As a junior, Paulsen averaged 15.0 ppg and 4.0 rpg, earned first team all-district and all-conference honors and was named his team’s overall MVP and offensive MVP. He finished his basketball career at South O’Brien as the school’s all-time leader in points in a career, in a season and in a game.

During the summers, Paulsen played AAU basketball for the Iowa Mavericks. Paulsen also participated in football, baseball and track for the Wolverines of South O’Brien. This past fall, he was a second team all-state football selection.

The son of Randy and Julie Paulsen is undecided on his area of study. Paulsen will make his way to the Cliff in the fall of 2012.

Eileen Grave

Eileen Grave, age 60, of Sibley, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, March 4, 2012, at Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Funeral Services will be Friday, March 9, 2012, at 10:30 A.M. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sibley, Iowa. Rev. Jim Berka and Rev. Durwood Clausen officiating. Burial in Gilman Township Cemetery in Ashton, Iowa.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 8, from 2:30 to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. all at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Sibley.

Eileen Joy Grave was born on January 19, 1952 in Sheldon, Iowa. She was the daughter of Emory and Henrietta (Kamies) Mohlenkamp. She lived her youth in Melvin, Iowa until she graduated from high school in 1970. Following graduation she attended Sheldon Vocational School in the secretarial program.

Eileen was united in marriage to James A. Grave of Sibley, Iowa on July 21, 1972 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sibley. They lived in Sibley where Eileen worked for Don Skiver, Title Company and as Deputy Clerk. Later, Eileen was appointed Clerk of Court for Osceola County, and eventually Lyon County as well. She loved her work.

She was very active at Trinity Lutheran and in her community. She served as coordinator of the Old 18th, was a member of Friends of the Library, and P.E.O. She golfed on women’s league and bowled for many years. She served on the church council several times and was currently on the call committee and the secretary of W.ELCA.

Jim and Eileen spent a great deal of time fishing in bass tournaments. They traveled many miles fishing and spending time with their tournament friends. Together they did very well and Eileen received many accolades for her bass fishing. Most summer weekends Jim and Eileen were fishing or enjoying their place at Okoboji.

The only two things that outranked bass fishing were her granddaughters, Isabelle (10) and Ilsa (4). Eileen cherished the time with them most of all. Whether it be shopping or playing Husker Du, dance programs or watching cartoons, Eileen was quick to drop everything to spend time with them. Eileen loved to travel but loved it most when it was with her family.

Eileen lived an exceptional life of high quality. For herself and for all those around her she expected much and set a high bar. Through much hard work and discipline she excelled and motivated those around her in excellence. At the same time she was a woman of great kindness and compassion. She touched many lives in deep and meaningful ways.

Eileen passed away on Sunday, March 4, 2012, at the Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Eileen was 60 years old.

Those left to cherish her memories are her husband of 39 years: Jim Grave of Sibley, IA; her son and daughter-in-law: Jay and Elizabeth Grave of Windom, MN; two granddaughters: Isabelle and Ilsa; brothers-law; sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great nieces, nephews, and many, many friends.

Preceded in death by her parents, two brothers-in-law and her two sisters, Norma Scheiber and Phyllis Sterler.

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NOTICE:   The Osceola County Courthouse will be closed from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm to attend the funeral service for Eileen Grave, Osceola County Clerk of Court who passed away on Sunday, March 4th.  Eileen has been in the Osceola County Clerk of Court office for over 30 years.


No Gun Range At Sandy Hollow

It’s not known what will become of Sandy Hollow — the former campground, swimming hole, and golf course east of Sioux Center. One thing is sure though — it won’t become a gun range any time soon.

Backers of the Northwest Iowa Outdoor Sporting Complex had received approval from Sioux County Planning and Zoning, but opponents formed a group known as “Park Green” to oppose the idea. Many of them were not opposed to the idea of a gun range per se — they just didn’t want Sandy Hollow to become a gun range.

A district judge ruled that Planning and Zoning didn’t have the final say on the issue — that was up to the Sioux County Board of Supervisors.

In August, the issue came before the County Board, and they tabled it indefinitely.

The issue came off the table at the February 28th County Board Meeting, and by a 3 to 2 margin, the county board rejected the gun range proposal.

Those in favor were supervisors Al Bloemendaal of Sioux Center and John Degan of Hawarden. Those opposed were Mark Sybesma of Sioux Center, Dennis Wright of Hull, and Arlyn Kleinwolterink of Orange City.

Hospers Man Arrested for Assault

A Hospers man has been arrested on an assault charge.
The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that they investigated a domestic disturbance that occurred at 3939 Marsh Avenue, two miles east of Hospers on Friday morning.
Upon further investigation it is alleged that 20-year-old Tyler Grave of Hospers had assaulted a family member.
Grave was arrested for Domestic Assault, a serious misdemeanor.
The Iowa State Patrol assisted the Sheriff’s Office.

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Auto Accident near Hudson, SD

A Sioux Center woman was transported to a hospital after an accident on Friday near Hudson, South Dakota.
The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 9 AM, 30-year-old Josh Waddell of Larchwood was driving a 1997 Peterbuilt semi pulling a grain trailer eastbound on 360th Street, Near Dipper Avenue, four miles east of Hudson, SD. He was attempting to turn onto a residential driveway. Twenty-three-year-old Brittany Haan of Sioux Center was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Aveo westbound on 360th Street.
Waddell collided with Haan near the residential driveway.
Haan was transported to the Sioux Center Hospital by the Hudson Ambulance.
The Peterbuilt sustained about $5,000 in damages. The Chevrolet sustained about $16,000 in damages.
The Iowa State Patrol, Hudson Fire and Hudson Ambulance assisted the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.