Friday Evening Rock Valley Fire Destroys Shop, Equipment, Car And Motorcycle

An attached shop housing a machining business in Rock Valley was destroyed in a fire Friday evening.

Rock Valley Fire Chief John Wallenburg reports that the fire was at Marv Hoogendorn’s home-based business at 1609 20th Street, where he manufactures motorcycle parts. The building that burned is a shop, which is attached to a garage, which is attached to the house. He reports that the fire did not reach the main garage or house.

The fire department was called out shortly after 7:15 PM. When they arrived, says Wallenburg, the shop was fully engulfed, with fire coming out of one side of the overhead door. He says they attacked the fire with probably 10 to 20 thousand gallons of water.

He says the shop and all its contents, including a car and a motorcycle are a total loss. He says it will be a high damage amount, due to the type and amount of equipment that was kept there. He estimates there was probably over $150,000 in damage.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Rock Valley firefighters were on-scene for two hours.

Sheldon’s Risefest To Feature Top Freestyle Skateboard Evangelist

A top freestyle skateboarder has been added to the list of performers at this year’s Risefest, which is to be held in Sheldon for the first time this year.

RISE Ministries says that professional freestyle skateboard evangelist Tim Byrne has been added to this summer’s RiseFest lineup. Byrne joins a lineup of music that already includes Tenth Avenue North, Natalie Grant, Matt Maher, Rapture Ruckus, and Remedy Drive.

Founder and President of RISE Ministries Rob Roozeboom says that Tim Byrne is one of the top freestyle skateboarders in the world. He says that what Byrne can do with a skateboard in an 8×8 area is unbelievable. But, Roozeboom says that what really stands out is Byrne’s friendship, his passion, and desire to share the life-changing message of Jesus Christ.

Roozeboom says it’s always a blessing to have Tim Byrne at the festival.

Tim Byrne, one of the pioneers in skateboard ministry has been traveling and sharing the Gospel for 10 years. After his radical salvation in 2000, Tim joined Manna Skateboards, which was the first company to book and market a skateboard company to the Christian public. The tours in the early 2000’s would often place these skaters with the top Christian artists such as Pillar, Newsboys, TobyMac, POD, Skillet, Kutless, etc. “Every year I look forward to being a part of Rise Fest. It is by far one of my favorite events of my summer tour,” says Byrne “Even though there are 1000’s of people that swarm the small town of Sheldon IA, you still feel that down home vibe and of course the love of Christ shines through these humble servants. I feel genuinely blessed to be invited back once again for 2012.”

The past 10 years Tim has had the privilege to see hundreds of 1000’s come to Jesus and share the gospel in nearly every state in the U.S. as well as overseas. Today Tim is on the forefront as a speaker and pro skater to a world that needs Jesus, he has partnered with Reach Your City in Nashville who helps connect him with local churches trying to reach their communities for Christ. Tim is also part of the Luis Palau NGA Alliance. Tim and his wife Liz are both involved in full time ministry at home in Portland, Oregon.

In it’s seventh installment, RiseFest, the one day Christian music festival, is scheduled June 16th, 2012 at the Sheldon Crossing on the Highway 60 bypass. The festival kicks off with a revamped Rise Run, will have food and merchandise vendors, a Kids Zone, seminars and other activities. Children 10 and under are free! Fans can take advantage of $15 tickets and the Early Bird Special package by purchasing 8 tickets and getting 2 free. The special lasts until April 30.

For more information or to order tickets, visit or call 712-324-9763

Weather Service Cautions: Wildfire Risk High Today, Avoid Use Of Fire If Possible

Very dangerous fire weather conditions are expected Saturday across far southeast South Dakota, northwest Iowa, southwest Minnesota and extreme northeast Nebraska. Strong south to southwest winds combined with dry air across the region will create the potential for rapid fire growth across the region today. As temperatures warm Into the 60s and 70s this afternoon, relative humidities are expected to fall to 15 to 25 percent. This will result in very dangerous fire weather conditions.

A warning for such weather is called a “Red Flag Warning,” and one has been issued for northwest Iowa today. Any fires that do start will spread rapidly due to the dangerous windy and dry conditions, coupled with dormant vegetation.

The grassland fire danger index will also be in the extreme category.

The National Weather Service advises that debris burning is the number one cause of wildfires. We are advised to please be careful with any use of fire, and postpone any use of fire if at all possible.

Mapleton Man Shot Second Time, More Questions Raised

A Mapleton man who authorities allege made up a story about being shot and then had someone shoot him — has been shot again.

Authorities won’t say much about this second shooting, but they do say they are NOT looking for suspects at this time.

The man is 32-year-old Darren Hieber of Mapleton. According to the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation or DCI, Hieber was found at his home early Thursday morning with non-life-threatening injuries.

Authorities responded in February to the report of a burglary at a truck stop. It was later alleged by authorities that Hieber made the whole story up and had one of his employees, 24-year-old Brady Chapman, shoot him. They say it was to gain sympathy from Hieber’s estranged wife.

For that incident, he was charged with Conspiracy, Reckless Use of a Firearm and False Reporting. Chapman faces Reckless Use of a Firearm, Willful Injury and False Reporting.

Sioux County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Skid Loader Theft

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the public’s help to find out what happened to two skid loaders that appear to have been stolen from a rural Hull implement dealer.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by Van’s Implement on Thursday, and they reported that two skid loaders were stolen during the early morning hours of March 7. Upon
further investigation it was discovered that the skid loaders were driven off of the dealership lot and into a field, where they were later loaded onto a trailer. The skid loaders are both equipped with tracks.
Anyone with information regarding this crime is requested to contact the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office. You may remain anonymous.
The phone number to call is 712-737-3307. You can also contact them via anonymous text or email. Details can be found at

Dordt Students, Staff Help Victims Of Branson Tornado

An EF2 tornado left mounds of rubble and piles of work to do in Branson, Missouri last week.

Because Dordt College’s men’s basketball team would be playing nationals there, college personnel knew that alumni and friends of the college attending the games might want to help in the cleanup.

The college coordinated its efforts with the First Presbyterian Church in Branson. On Wednesday, March 7, 25 volunteers showed up in the morning of the Dordt/Cal-Maritime game and worked in two different locations. On Thursday, March 8, the group more than doubled to 55 volunteers, but heavy rain caused the work to end earlier than expected. Read more