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Iowa Newspaper Association General Excellence Winner proudly serving the communities of Boyden, Hull and Rock Valley Low week's weather on page A2 A2 News A3 A4 A6 A7 A8 BI 134 0 hear- for April 7 court boys admit- court judge on that they stole money gas station and shot to make it look like had been committed. Lokhorst and Derek both of Hull, to theft and conspira- weapons, and mak- report. and conspiracy are both Class D while carrying is an aggravated mis- and giving a false is a serious mis- before Sioux Court Judge for an "Hearing stem- the Jan. 23 incident the two admitted they $1,800 from Kats Company, where an employee. admitted to using a to inflict minor gun- upon themselves to cover up the telling authorities a male had committed accepted and Kraa enbrink's and ordered the remain on electronic and home detention April 7 dispositional the juvenile court of a sentencing. He them to undergo icalexaminations and any contact with one sentence each is an out-of-home at the State Training Boys in Eldora until birthdays. The mini- would be a pert- said would be her statement about at this time, Count , Melissa O'Rourk the admissions by\ Iceland --- see A6 " A winter ice storm followed by several driving conditions and school cancella- injuries, into the southbound lane, where it struck Highway Department snowplow. inches of snowinterrupted what had been tions across the region. The incident occurred at 7 a.m. on a 1996 Chevrolet driven by Michael Matthew Dubbelde of Sioux Center a relatively mild winter in Northwest The rain turned to snow by late after- Highway 75, one-half mile north of VanWhye of Rock Rapids. was driving a 2003 Freightliner north- Iowa last week. noon and many people spent Saturday Highway 18. All three drivers were taken to the bound on Highway 75 and had stopped on Sioux County residents awoke clearing up to four inches of new snow David Meyer of Archer was driving a Sioux Center hospital by ambulance, the roadway for the three-vehicle accident Valentine's Day to find a thick coat of ice that accumulated on their driveways and 1996 Toyota southbound when he lost The Meyers vehicle sustained $10,000 when the snowplow, driven by Robert covering their homes, automobiles, side- walks overnight, control of the vehicle and crossed the cen- in damage while the Motet and VanWyhe Boyer of Ames, was unable tO stop and walks and streets. The Sioux County Sheriff's terline, striking a northbound 1987 Ford vehicles received $5,000 and $6,000 in the wing of the plow struck the semi. Those conditions, combined with a Department said extremely icy road con- pickup driven by Brandon Moret ofdamages, respectively. There were no injuries reported, how- steady falling rain and wind gusts up to 30 ditions contributed to a three-vehicle acci- Boyden. That collision is being blamed for ever, Dubbelde's semi-truck sustained mph throughout the day, led to hazardous dent in which all three drivers sustained The collision pushed Moret's vehicle another invoh, ing a semi-truck and State $5.000 damage. / The city of Hull is faced with state law, drivers of mopeds and increasing some of its commercial motorcycles are not required to ,ater and sewer rates due to state wear helmets. mandates. - received an update on the Businesses that use a large Highway 18 erosion control pro- amount of water and have a high ject. Feenstra informed'the coun- bacteria limit will eventually be cil he is seeking a $25,000 grant assessed more toward sewer through the Northwest costs, said Randy Feenstra, city Development Fund to h[lp offset admim arator, costs of the project, however, "We're taking a look at who. those monies will not be available will be effected and by how much, until 2006. but we want businesses to know Feenstra estimates total cost of that this isn't something the city the project is $50,000 and wants to do ... it's- something that includes eliminating open ditches is state mandated through regula- along Highway 18 and eventually tions." finishing the curb-and-gutter from At its regular monthly meeting D & S Automotive going west. last week. the Hull City Council: -Approved the third reading of - discussed possible changes to an ordinance amending the code the membership system for the of ordinances by adding provi- Fitness Center. sions regulating the number of - set a planning and zoning animals kept at a single location. heating for 5:05 p.m. on Feb. 24. - Approved the second reading , - discussed the possibility of for parking rules near the Hull implementing a moped helmet Fire Station. ordinance. According to Iowa WINS NAMING CONTEST. Marlys Koele of the Hull Business and Professional Club, presents Gabe Van't Land with a check for $25 in Hull Bucks after his entry was selected in the "Name the Celebration" contest for Hull's annual summer celebration. Gabe's entry was "Summer Fest." The Iowa Supreme Court has denied a request by former Sioux County businessman Lawrence Vander Esch to review his convic- tion on four counts of third-degree sexual abuse. In 2001, Vander Esch pleaded guilty to sexual contact with two male teenage employees of his pizza restaurant. He appealed on the grounds that his conduct did not qualify as third-degree sexual abuse as defined in the Iowa Code. The State Court of Appeals heard oral arguments last September and later affirmed the District Court's charges and conviction. The appellate court found that because Vander Esch used fraud -- telling the employees they were participating in a (nonexistent) med- ical study for the University of Iowa, not a sexual act -- their con- sent was invalid. The court also said fraud could be considered along with using violence and drugging a victim as a circumstance constituting third- degree sexual abuse. Vander Esch was sentenced in August 2001 to a prison term not to exceed 10 years. An estimated $60,000 renovation project would add picnic shelters, playground equipment and a new tennis court surface to Hubbling Park in Hull. The city of Hull is accepting contributions toward the project with the project fund being kicked off by a $5,000 donation from the Hull Community Foundation. A $5,000 contribution from equipment, and resurfacing of He said some playground Side. are being reserved and the, Hull Community Fund has the tennis courts, equipment has been removed used constantly," Feenstra point- helped kick offa renovation pro- According to Randy Feenstra. from Hubbling Park for insur- ed out. "The Veteran's Memorial ject for Hubbling Park. city administrator, money from ance liability reasons and has has been a great addition to City officials are hoping to Huil's annual basketball tourna- not been replaced. Hubbling Park and we'd like to raise about $60,000 for the pro- ment is earmarked for the pro- "We're seeing the need for continue to build on that." ject, which will include the addi- ject and private contributions more shelters for people to have Questions and contributions tion of outdoor shelters for small are being solicited from the pub- gatherings under berause the may be directed to the Hull City gatherings, new playground lic. ones at our other park, West Offices. Minnesota native named editor of Ion E. Flatland Index-Reporter Jon E. Flatland, Randy Cauthron, A nearly most recently served as presi- itself, were very attractive to at a newspaper, some aspects of 20-year dent of Custer Newspapers Inc. me, but the communities andit obviously change. The biggest veteran and publisher of the Custerpeople i visited around Sioux change readers will see will of com- County Chief in centralCounty in the past month made come later this spring, when we m u n i t y Nebraska. me want to make this .my expect to begin printing on a newspa- "I'm extremely happy to be home." narrower web, meaning the size pers has here and I thank Lyon-SiouxHe said Index-Reporter read- of the paper will change slight- b e e n Press for presenting me theers can expect few changes in ly." n a m e dopportunity," Flatland said. their newspaper, aside from a Flatland began his new the new "The strength of Lyon-Siouxnew styleofwritinganddesign, responsibilities at the Index- editor ofPress and its people, and the "Every editor does it differ- Reporter last week and is resid- the Siouxstrength of the Index-Reporter ently, so when there's a change ing in Hull. County 38, succeeds who left the Index-Reporter last month to accept a position with an area daily newspaper. A native of Kennedy, Minn., Flatland has owned or managed weekly newspapers in Minne- sota, North Dakota, Missouri and Nebraska. He began his career in 1984 when, at the age of 19, he joined the Warren (Minn.) Sheaf as sports editor. Flatland owned the Ashley (ND) Tribune from 1989-1995 and worked three years as edi- tor-in-chief of Town Krier Publications in central Missouri, where he directed the editorial content and design for 14 week- ly and twice-weekly newspa- pers. He spent three years as gener- al manager/managing editor of the New Town News and the Mountrail County Record, both in western North Dakota, and MORE THAN A HALF-DOZEN BALD EAGLES drew the attention of passing motorists along Highway 18 between Hull and Rock Valley when the majestic birds spent several days feeding in a field near .AJlen Baker farm. Baker said he has seen eagle's around his farm in the past but never this many at one time, i~~