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Tournament of Roses Association President to Personally Invite MOC/FV Band To The Rose Parade

Orange City, Iowa – This year, the Orange City Tulip Festival will feature not only tulips, but one special event will feature roses. The Pasadena Tournament of Roses, that is. The 2013 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association President, Sally Bixby, will visit the Orange City Tulip Festival on May 18 and 19 to formally welcome the Pride of the Dutchmen as one of 22 bands chosen from around the world to make the historic 5 ½ mile journey down Pasadena’s Colorado Boulevard on Tuesday, January 1, 2013.

As President of the 935 volunteer members of the Tournament of Roses Association, Mrs. Bixby will present The Pride of the Dutchmen with the traditional Rose Parade flag, which represents the band’s prestigious participation in the 124th Rose Parade. The annual Rose Parade will spotlight thematically designed floral floats, high stepping equestrian units and spirited marching bands.

Nearly one million people are anticipated to line the Rose Parade route, while more than 350 million people in over 100 countries are expected to view the Rose Parade on television.


MOC/FV Senior In Contest To Sing National Anthem At Iowa Games

Orange City, Iowa — The second annual Iowa Games National Anthem Contest is underway, and again, a northwest Iowa singer is in the running.

Eighteen-year-old Kate Pomrenke, a senior at MOC/Floyd Valley, tells us how she became involved in the contest.

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Pomrenke tells us about her musical background.

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She says she’ll be studying music in college too.

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Pomrenke is the daughter of Scott and Colette Pomrenke.

To vote for Pomrenke, go to the Iowa Games Facebook page at www.facebook.com/IowaGames


Sibley Woman To Spend 60 Days In Jail, Serve Suspended Prison Term, Probation After Felony Conviction

Sibley, Iowa — A Sibley woman will spend 60 days in jail, and serve both a suspended prison term and probation after she was found guilty of felony theft and misdemeanor forgery.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that they determined that from April 2008 through June 2011, 56-year-old Debra Jeddeloh of Sibley falsified documents and misappropriated funds belonging to a female victim and cashed them.

Jeddeloh pled guilty to 2nd Degree Theft , a Class “D” Felony; and Forgery, an Aggravated Misdemeanor.

She is to pay a fine of $425, court costs, restitution of any court-appointed attorney fees, and any victim restitution. On the Theft charge, Jeddeloh was sentenced to a suspended 5-year prison term and will serve three years’ probation. On the Forgery charge, she was sentenced to 60 days in the Osceola County Jail.


Uittenbogaard Construction Discovers Broken Window

Sheldon, Iowa — In the latest report from Sheldon Police, Uittenbogaard Constrution reported that sometime on Wednesday or Thursday of this past week(4/25 or 4/26), someone broke a double-pane window and screen at their place of business on North Second Avenue. The window and screen were valued at $500. The police are investigating. If you have any information on the crime, you can call Sheldon Police at 324-2525.


Sioux County Sheriff Deputies Arrest Two In Separate Incidents

(Orange City, Iowa) — An Ireton man has been arrested after he was allegedly found driving when he shouldn’t have been.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 9 PM on Tuesday (4/24), they arrested 26-year-old Kyle Spencer of Ireton for driving while barred, an aggravated misdemeanor.

Deputies were initially conducting an investigation from a citizen who reported that some people had wrongfully taken some of their property. During the course of the theft investigation, it was found that Spencer had driven to the person’s residence while he was barred from having a driver’s license.


A Hospers woman has been arrested after she allegedly assaulted someone.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 7:15 PM on Tuesday (4/24), they investigated a report of an assault that occurred at 112 Highland Avenue in Hospers. During the investigation, deputies found that 36-year-old Jessica Van Roekel of Hospers had committed the assault.

There were no serious injuries as a result of the assault and the victim refused medical treatment.

Van Roekel was arrested and charged with simple assault, a simple misdemeanor.


UPDATE With Names: Explosion And Massive Fireball Erupt As Gas Line Is Hit In Plymouth County

Hinton, Iowa — Two people were injured Wednesday (4/25) when their trenching machine hit a gas line in rural Plymouth County. Plymouth County Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo says the explosion and massive fireball happened just before two o’clock about 14 miles south of Le Mars.

He says 33-year-old Christopher Derocher of Le Mars and 28-year-old Jacob Brown of Sioux City who were running the machine suffered burns and were flown by Mercy Air Care to the hospital. He says it didn’t appear their injuries were life threatening.

Sheriff Van Otterloo says the heat was so intense that crews at first could not get close to the fire.

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Utility crews were able to shut down the gas line and contain the fire in around one hour. Witnesses say the blast created a huge fireball and flames and smoke were visible from two miles away.

Northern Natural Gas officials say the explosion could have been prevented. A quick call to 8-1-1 is all that’s required for utilities to come out and mark the locations of gas, electric, and other utility lines. It’s a toll-free call, and all you have to do is dial the three digits.

The Northwest Iowa Power Coop was also called out as the fire burned one of their poles and took out power to the area.

Radio Iowa assisted with this story.