Sanford Buys Sioux Falls Biotech Research Firm, Which Will Continue Partnership With Sioux Center-Based Trans Ova

Sanford new logoSioux Falls, SD — The company that runs the hospitals in Sheldon, Orange City, Rock Rapids, and several other northwest Iowa towns has announced the purchase of a Sioux Falls biotech research company.

Sanford Health, based in Sioux Falls and Fargo has acquired Sioux Falls-based biotech company Hematech, Inc., a subsidiary of a Japanese pharmaceutical company. The new company will be re-branded Sanford Applied Biosciences, LLC.

Dave Link, senior executive vice president of Sanford Health says that they are excited about the expertise Hematech researchers bring to Sanford Research. He says that for more than a decade, Hematech has been conducting cutting-edge research in Sioux Falls. By coming together, Link says they believe they can build on Hematech’s expertise and technology and bring about new solutions to serious health issues.

In 2003, Hematech formed a joint venture with Trans Ova Genetics of Sioux Center. Trans Ova is one of the world’s largest bovine embryo transfer companies. The Hematech/Trans Ova Joint Venture was formed to manage all of Hematech’s animal needs, including work at the Research Development Center located near Sioux Center. As part of the acquisition, Trans Ova will continue that work for Sanford Applied Biosciences, LLC.

Orange City Continues To Grow In 2013 Says Mayor

Orange City Mayor Les Douma
Orange City Mayor Les Douma
Orange City, Iowa — Orange City continues to grow in a number of ways in 2013.

Planning continues for the next Puddle Jumper housing addition – Puddle Jumper Addition #5. The new addition will be located adjacent to the Puddle Jumper Trail, directly south of the Orange City Area Health System, says Orange City Mayor Les Douma. The property consists of approximately 44.5 acres and is included in a Tax Increment Finance (TIF) District for the purposes of encouraging affordable housing opportunities.

Installation of a t-ball complex, just east of the swimming pool, is underway. Two t-ball fields will be installed including backstop and baseline fencing. In addition, a practice infield and backstop will also be part of the complex. Douma says infield grading is complete, the fence posts are installed for each of the t-ball diamonds, drainage tiling has occurred and an equipment building is being constructed. Completion of the project will likely be the spring and summer of 2013.

Even in the bad news, there is potential for growth. AdvancePierre Foods ended all production the end of December. Their facility is being marketed to other food processing firms throughout the country. City representatives are aggressively working with interested entities, and, hopefully, some positive news will be received in the next couple of months. The mayor says obviously, many employees have been impacted by this closing, and the community and the entire region surrounding Orange City are affected as well.

Construction on the Orange City Bomgaars store is scheduled to begin in the spring, 2013. The location of the new site will be at the corner of Albany Place SE and 14th Street SE across from Chase Lumber Company. Construction, hopefully, will be completed in early fall, 2013. Significant efforts are also in progress to encourage a new retail business or businesses to occupy the present Bomgaars building in downtown Orange City.

Work continues toward a regional airport with Sioux County and the city of Sioux Center. Land acquisition continues with the assistance of the Federal Aviation Administration. The future use of the present Orange City Airport is being considered as well.

Construction of the Performing Arts Center at Unity Christian High is ahead of schedule, and should be completed when the school year begins this fall. The facility is a partnership between the city and Unity. Douma says it will be a QUOTE, “most suitable venue” for the Tulip Festival production and other City events. The first Tulip Festival Night Show scheduled for the Performing Arts Center will be in 2014.

The Prairie Ridge Care Center is scheduled for completion in September of this year.

Northwestern College’s Learning Commons is being built just to the west of Christ Chapel. The 58,000 square foot building is a $14 million facility and will be home to the library, the Academic Support Center, the Writing Center, the Multimedia Center and the Computer Help Desk. A coffee shop is also planned for the main level.

And last, but certainly not least, work is underway to double the size of Quattro Composites in Orange City. The $11.8 million project holds the promise of 99 new jobs, and will add 45,000 square feet to the facility.

Four Arrested On Paraphernalia Charges In Granville

Drug Paraphernalia (file photo)
Drug Paraphernalia (file photo)
Granville, Iowa — Four young people from elsewhere in northwest Iowa were arrested on drug paraphernalia charges in Granville on Wednesday after a citizen’s report.

Just into Wednesday — at midnight, in fact — the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of illegal activity taking place at the Granville Event Center on Main Street in Granville. Upon further investigation, deputies arrested 19-year-old Michael Wolff of Emmetsburg, 19-year-old Zackery Fay of Spencer, 20-year-old Ryan Dodge of Spencer and 18-year-old Corey Vergith of Spencer for possession of drug paraphernalia.

String Of Business Burglaries Continues With One On Wednesday At Maurice Tire Shop

crime genericMaurice, Iowa — The string of business burglaries in northwest Iowa continues.

Police are trying to determine if there’s a link. The latest one happened between 10 PM on New Year’s Day and 7 AM on Wednesday, January 2nd, at Maurice Tire and Repair, which is located at 418 2nd Street in Maurice.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information concerning this crime to contact their office. You can also use the Sioux County Sheriff Text‐A‐Tip program to report any information if you wish to remain anonymous. Directions can be found at

Hog Confinement Near Orange City Sustains Thousands In Fire Damage

Orange City Fire OCFD Engine 60Orange City, Iowa — A hog confinement near Orange City sustained thousands of dollars in damage in a fire early on Wednesday.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Wednesday(1/2/13) at 5:50 AM, their communications center received a report of a structure fire at 4142 Jay Avenue, two and a half miles northeast of Orange City.

The Orange City Fire Department, Orange City Ambulance, and Alton Fire Department responded to the scene of a hog confinement on fire.

Damage to the building is estimated at $50,000; no animals were in the confinement at the time of the fire. The building was currently undergoing construction improvements.

The cause of the fire has been determined as accidental in a joint investigation by the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, the Orange City Fire Department, and the Iowa State Fire Marshal.

Sheldon East Elementary KIDS Committee Tells Reasons For Planned Renovation/Addition

KIDS East Elementary Open HouseSheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon East Elementary KIDS Committee — that’s Keep Improving District Schools — was formed to determine and assess the East Elementary building needs.

We had a chance to talk with some members of the Sheldon KIDS Committee recently, and they are working with an engineering firm to finalize a renovation and addition plan. Adam Besaw says the project is first and foremost about safety.

Lisa Johnson — also on the committee — says not only are there safety issues, the building is also bursting at the seams with students, and the project would fix that.

We’ll have more from our talk with members of the KIDS committee on future newscasts on KIWA.

The election to decide the fate of the improvements at East will be on February 5.

An Open House is scheduled for Tuesday, January 8 from 6-8pm. Everyone is welcome to come and take a tour of the school and learn more about the addition and remodeling project.

Click here for the link to the KIDS Committee Facebook page, where you can learn more. The committee encourages you to “like” the page for updates.