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7/31/2020 – Lifelight Still to be Held in Rock Valley

Lifelight music festival is still to be held in Rock Valley despite the coronavirus. CEO Josh Brewer says that the festival is the only large event the ministry is having this year. The event will have plenty of precautions. The festival is planned for August 8th in Rock Valley.

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Upcoming August Blood Drives

LifeServe Blood Center is asking community members to book an appointment to give blood at an upcoming area blood drive. Community blood drives in the area this month: Hospers Community Blood Drive, Monday, August 10, 2020 from 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM at the Community Center, 211 Main Street. Boyden Community Blood Drive, Friday, August 14, 2020 from 12:30 PM …

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7/30/20 – Possible Outbreak in Orange City Care Facility

Prairie Ridge Care center in Orange City Iowa is the location of a potential outbreak of COVID-19. The Iowa Department of Public Health classifies an outbreak as three or more cases in a long-term care facility. So far, a Prairie Ridge staff member and resident have tested positive. Marty Guthmiller, CEO of Orange City Area Health System, gave a message …

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7/29/2020 – NAIA Postpones Most Fall Sports Championships to Spring 2021

Last Tuesday, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) officials voted to postpone and reschedule fall national championships for Cross Country, Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer, and Women’s Volleyball to spring 2021. NAIA conferences are still allowed to compete both during the fall and winter. Scheduling for the Football National Championships is yet to be determined, and decisions regarding the event will …

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7/28/20 – Sioux Center Trails to Receive Added Section

The trails running through Sioux Center have received an addition. A new section was added by Sioux Center Health, looping around the pond to the south towards the Woodbridge addition by 13th Ave SE. Workers have been constructing this added piece since spring, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for August, as stated by Sioux Center’s Darryl Ten Pas. Ten …

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7/27/20 – Sheldon Christian School Renovation Nearly Complete

Sheldon Christian School is 99% done with its 2.2 Million renovation and expansion. The school’s new principal, Marlin Schoonhoven, says that very little work is left for the renovation, which began in April 2019. The project included an expansion of nearly 6,300 feet for new preschool and kindergarten rooms, along with a new library and administrative offices. Schoonhoven, who began …

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7/24/20 – Drought Monitor Report Underestimates Recent Dry Conditions

The area crop specialist says the latest drought monitor report may be underestimating the extent of dry conditions in parts of his district. Joel De Jong says rainfall has been neighborhood dependent. De Jong and other Extension Specialists are preparing a series of online seminars to discuss the drought and its impacts. De Jong says corn and soybean crops in …

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7/23/20 – Open Space Park Construction

This week, the Sioux Center City Council gave final approval to improvements constructed at Open Space Park.  Parks Director Lee Van Meeteren says the largest part of the project was paving the drive leading to the softball and baseball fields. Van Meeteren says the completed project provides better access to the facilities at Open Space Park. Part of the project …

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7/22/20 – Chuck Grassley Stimulus Discussions

Discussions have opened this week in the US Senate on another coronavirus aid package.  US Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa will chair discussions over insurance and other cost issues surrounding coronavirus. Agreement on a final package is several weeks away, but Senator Grassley anticipates there will be another round of stimulus checks sent to Americans. Grassley doesn’t advocate for more …

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7/21/20 – Sioux Center Revised Policy Handbook

Sioux Center’s City Council approved revisions to the city’s Personnel Policy Handbook.  City Manager Scott Wynja says updates to the handbook are done on a regular basis. Wynja says one of the changes made concerned where city employees can live. Sometimes employees are able to move onto the family farm, outside the city, however the new residency requirement allows employees …