Mrs. Jean Van Zanten

Mrs. Jean Van Zanten, age 96, of Orange City, passed away on Monday, September 23, 2013, at the Orange City Area Health System Hospital.

There will be a funeral service on Thursday, September 26, at 10:00am, at the First Reformed Church Chapel in Orange City. The Rev. Mark Haverdink will officiate. Interment will follow at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City.

Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Wednesday, with the family present from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Anna Jean was born on June 16, 1917, in rural Orange City, near Carnes, the daughter of Theodore “Ted” and Arta (Reekers) Heemstra. When she was six years old, her family moved to a farm by Middleburg. Later they moved to a farm at Alton, where she graduated from high school. She held various occupations, including secretary to Cornelius Vande Steeg, an attorney and mayor of Orange City.

On June 12, 1952, she married Richard William “Dick” Van Zanten in Orange City. They made their home in several communities, where he was a school teacher and later was employed by the United States government. In 1982, they moved to Sioux City, and they retired to Orange City in 1989. He passed away on February 17, 1995, in Orange City, after more than 42 years of marriage.

On July 9 of this year, Jean became a resident of the Heritage House Nursing Home in Orange City.

She was a member of the First Reformed Church, where she participated in the Mary-Martha Circle. She enjoyed singing as a soloist and was a member of women’s choruses. She also liked cooking and baking.

Survivors include her three children, Robert Van Zanten, of Orange City; Debra, and her husband, Michael Cleary, of Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada, and Donald Van Zanten, and his wife, Kristin, of Sioux City; four grandchildren, Sunshine, and her husband, Brian John, of McMinville, Oregon, Dustin Gnewuch, and his wife, Jamie, of Birch Bay, Washington, Shantel Gnewuch, of Seattle, Washington, and Michael Van Zanten, of Ames; five great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Elynor, and her husband, Jack Vander Wilt, of Orange City, Audrey Landegent, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Carole, and her husband, Don Kempema, of Grandville, Michigan.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother and his wife, Merlyn and Audrey Heemstra; and a brother-in-law, John Landegent.

Boyden-Hull Community Schools Receives $25,000 Grant From Monsanto Fund

moneybagHull, IA — Fans who attend tonight’s Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley Nighthawks versus Unity Christian Knights game tonight at Hesla Field in Hull will not only see a high school gridiron contest, but before the kickoff, they’ll also witness the Boyden-Hull school district receive a major grant from America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education.

America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, and offers farmers the chance to nominate a local public school district, which can then compete for a grant of up to $25,000 to enhance math and/or science education.

Boyden-Hull Community Schools faculty, local farmers and Monsanto representatives will participate in a check presentation ceremony before kickoff at tonight’s football game.  The check presented will be for the maximum grant amount possible under the program, $25,000.

America’s Farmers Grow Communities, which offers winning farmers the chance to direct a $2,500 donation to a nonprofit organization in their county, is also part of this effort. To date, these programs combined have contributed more than $15 million to rural communities. To learn more about either program, please visit

Jay De Jong

Mr. Jay De Jong, age 77, of Orange City, passed away on Thursday, September 19, 2013, at the Heritage House Nursing Home in Orange City.

There will be a funeral service on Monday, September 23, at 10:30am, at the Calvary Christian Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. John Klompien will officiate. Interment will follow at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Sunday, with the family present from 4:00pm to 6:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Jay Bertram was born on March 14, 1936, in Orange City, the son of Orville and Elizabeth (Mouw) De Jong. He attended school in Orange City and graduated with the Class of 1953.

He began working with his dad at the Orange Motor Company in Orange City, the local Oldsmobile dealership, eventually going into sales. He married the love of his life, Gloria Marra, of Alton, on November 17, 1954, in Orange City. They lived in Orange City, where they raised three children. When the dealership was sold in 1991, Jay became a jailor at the Sioux County Jail, retiring in 2002.

Jay enjoyed golfing, had a great sense of humor, and enjoyed teasing his family. His children and grandchildren were the joy of his life. He was a member of the Calvary Christian Reformed church. He was a charter member of the Orange City Jaycees, and he helped with sets at Tulip Festival night shows. He was a history buff and enjoyed reading about World War II.

Jay and Gloria entered the Heritage House, nursing home, in Orange City, in February of 2013, where they resided until Gloria passed away on April 25, 2013, after more than 58 years of marriage. Jay continued to live there and enjoyed visiting with many of the residents. He liked to give the staff a hard time and kept them on their toes.

He is survived by his three children, Sherry De Jong, of Carlsbad California, Sheila (Timothy) Cowles, of Sioux City, and Brian De Jong, of Orange City; two granddaughters, Brooke (Jared) Donnelly and Audra (Ronald) Scott; and two great-grandsons, Gavin and Evan Donnelly, all of Omaha, Nebraska; a brother, Hallard (Shirley) De Jong, of Orange City; two sisters-in-law, Olva (Lambert) Hollinga, of Orange City and Mary Marra, of Cedar Falls; and many nieces and nephews.

His family is grateful to the staff of the Heritage House and the Orange City Area Home Health and Hospice for their excellent and loving care.

Memorials will be directed to the Orange City Area Home Health and Hospice.

Wayne W. Loerts

Funeral-male candleWayne W. Loerts, age 84 of Sibley, IA died Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at the Country View Manor in Sibley, IA.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 21st at First Reformed Church of Sibley, with Reverend Bruce Wilterdink officiating.  Burial will follow at the Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley.

Visitation will be Friday, Sept. 20th from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley.

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Weekly DNR Fishing Report For Northwest Iowa

Iowa DNRThe Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff.  For more information contact the Spirit Lake Hatchery at 712-336-1840.




Big Spirit Lake

Smallmouth Bass – Slow: Look around rock piles and weed lines for smallmouth with a combination being even better. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Fish have been found in a few different areas but there doesn’t seem to be a clear cut pattern.  Pitching docks, cranking weed lines, and top water early and late have all caught a few fish. Walleye – Slow: Fishing continues to be slow but a few more fish are starting to come in.  Trolling live bait rigs as well as crankbaits early and late in the day seems to be the best.  Shore anglers are also catching a few.


East Okoboji Lake

Yellow Bass – Fair: Try a pilkie tipped with wigglers over rock piles.


West Okoboji Lake

Bluegill – Slow: Look for bluegills in and around weeds, with open pockets and weed edges being the most productive.  Live bait rigged on a slip bobber rig suspended just above the weeds has been good as well as jigging pilkies and small jigs. A few perch and yellow bass are also being picked up with this presentation.


Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)

The water is low and fish are concentrated in deeper holes.  Try a white twister tail for walleye and a worm on bottom should catch just about anything.


Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)

Good sized catfish are being caught in the deeper pools.  Use a slip sinker and hook and look for current breaks along high banks preferably or the standard snags. Anglers should really focus on the current breaks.  A few walleye can be caught using night crawlers.  The river is in good condition for wading right now.


Little Sioux River (Correctionville to Missouri River)

The walleye bite is good on white twisters.  Fish around rocky habitat and in deeper water in the morning and evening.


Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers drift fishing with night crawlers have been doing well.  White Bass – Fair: White bass can be caught pulling plugs, crankbaits or casting white twisters.  Walleye – Slow: Pulling plugs or Shad Raps continue to be the best producers. The dredge machine on Storm Lake is in operation.  Stay clear of the dredge, booster pump, and pipeline that runs from the dredge to the east shore.  Fishing remains the same as last week.

Carl Folkens

Carl Folkens, age 82 of Rock Rapids, IA died Thursday, September 12, 2013 at the Sanford Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Monday Sept. 16, 2013 at the First Reformed Church in Rock Rapids with Rev. Dan Haggar, officiating. Burial will follow in the Riverview Cemetery at Rock Rapids.

Visitation will Sunday Sept. 15th from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. with the family present from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids.

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