Ben Franklin to Open in Former Bomgaars Building



The Orange City Development Corporation announced today the future opening of a Ben Franklin Crafts store in the former Bomgaars Supply store building on Orange City’s main street. Phil and Lori Warnke will be opening their second Ben Franklin Crafts store in the fall of 2014.

“We are thrilled that this important building in our vibrant downtown will be home to a Ben Franklin Crafts store,” reports Lyle Korver, President of the Development Corp. “This corner represents an important piece to our retail market. It will not only serve our residents’ stated wants and needs, but also enhance the ‘destination’ niche that continues to build here… an ethnic tourist experience, sought-after shopping and dining venues, and a quality of life enjoyed by all generations.”

Mike Hofman, Orange City Chamber of Commerce Director, adds that Orange City is on a path to become a destination for retail shopping, entertainment, cultural offerings, as well as great place to live. “Our downtown is home to many niche shops and nationally recognized retailers,” he explains. “We believe that Ben Franklin will be a perfect fit and help to complement our other downtown retailers.”

“We are looking forward to opening our second location, being a long-term member of the community, serving the citizens of Orange City, and helping draw new shoppers to town,” said Phil Warnke, co-owner of Ben Franklin. The Warnke’s have operated their Sheldon, Iowa store for over 20 years. Orange City’s Ben Franklin is expected to open in the fall of 2014.

Tulip Festival’s 2014 Night Show Tickets

Tickets for Orange City Tulip Festival’s 2014 Night Show, “The Music Man” will go on sale on Monday, March 3. The production will begin at 8:00 in the evening on May 14, 15, 16 and 17 at the Unity Christian Knight Center. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased at the Orange City Chamber and Tulip Festival office, located at 509 8th Street SE in Orange City. Additional information can be found on the festival’s website, Questions can be directed to Juliana by calling 712-707-4510.

Northwestern College Calendar of Events: March 2014

Northwestern College

14                    Preview Day, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Northwestern College

                        A cappella Choir home concert, 7:30 p.m., Christ Chapel, Northwestern College


17–21              Senior art exhibit by Jeriah Dunk, Te Paske Gallery, Korver Visual Arts Center, Northwestern



20                    LifeLight Reset Tour concert, featuring Remedy Drive, VOTA, Manic Drive, Jeremy

                        Vanderloop and speaker Josh Brewer, 7 p.m., Christ Chapel, Northwestern College


21–22              World Premiere Festival, 7:30 p.m., Allen Black Box Theatre, Northwestern College


24–28              Senior art exhibit by Kayla Vetter, Te Paske Gallery, Korver Visual Arts Center, Northwestern College



28                    Concert by Baladino, a folk group from Israel, 7:30 p.m., Christ Chapel, Northwestern College


29                    Ethnic Fair, 5 p.m., Rowenhorst Student Center Gym, Northwestern College


31–April 4         Senior art exhibit by Lindsey Vander Velde, Te Paske Gallery, Korver Visual Arts Center, Northwestern


Israeli Ensemble Baladino to Perform: March 24-28

ORANGE CITY – A world music ensemble from Israel will perform in Orange City and surrounding towns March 24-28, as part of a multi-city Midwest tour.

The five-member folk group, Baladino, takes its audience on a journey through music of the Mediterranean region – music carried to Israel by people from Spain, Eastern Europe, Turkey and Arabic countries. They will perform in Orange City on Friday, March 28 at 7:30pm at the Northwestern College Chapel, sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council.

Ensemble members include Tomer Moked, a brilliant string player and musical arranger, Yael Badash, who brings rich vocals to the mix, Yonnie Dror, providing color with a variety of wind instruments, Daniel Spier, with a solid foundation and hip sound on the string bass, and Yshai Afterman, who holds it all together on percussion with mesmerizing Mediterranean rhythm.


The ensemble is part of a series of international music ensembles coming to Orange City, from Israel, Quebec, Brazil and China. In November, Le Vent du Nord was a huge success, said Janine Calsbeek of the Orange City Arts Council. “Great humor and great talent… people of all ages couldn’t stop talking about them! It will be the same with Baladino.”

“Baladino” is actually a combination of two words. “Baladi” is the name for the most popular rhythm pattern in Middle Eastern music, and the word also means “my land” in the Arabic language. Ladino” is the language primarily spoken among Sephardic Jews and the cultural inspiration for much of the group’s music.

Baladino’s music was born from Jews exiled from Spain and Portugal, traveling through the former Ottoman lands, Turkey, Greece, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, and Morocco. The group brings together instruments and traditions from this wide span of cultures, updating them with their own youthful energy and contemporary backgrounds in jazz improvisation and electronica. Embracing the old and the new, members perform on instruments both ancient and modern, and have made names for themselves collectively and individually.

Tickets for the public concert on Friday, March 28 may be purchased at Orange City Arts Council, Dove Bookstore, Northwestern’s music department and at the door, at $10 adults and $7 students. Children age five and under are free.

Baladino will also do school programs and workshops, and, for the public, coffee house shows.  On Mon., March 24, Baladino will perform at Fruited Plain Cafe at 172 North Main in Sioux Center. On Wed., March 26, Baladino will perform at Old Factory Coffee Shop, 110 4th St. SW in Orange City. Both shows will begin at 7:30pm, with a $2 cover charge.

Through the Orange City Arts Council, Orange City was selected as the one city in Iowa to host the 2013-’15 Arts Midwest World Fest. Arts Midwest, based in Minneapolis, partners with program sponsors like The National Endowment for the Arts and 3M to cover a substantial portion of the cost so that communities like Orange City can enjoy this rich arts experience, said Calsbeek. “It’s a wonderful honor, which we didn’t fully realize until the residency in the fall with Le Vent du Nord.”

The concert is part of the Beyond Onstage series.

For more information, contact Calsbeek at 712-707-4885 or To see Baladino,  and for the week’s schedule, see

Calling All Lifeguards!


Lifeguard certification class available in Sheldon at the Holiday Inn for $150.

• March 3-7 from 5-9 pm
• and March 8 from 8am-12pm

Lifeguard applications for Orange City and Alton pools will be available
Feb. 18th on the City of Orange City web site.

• Applications will be due April 1st (after April 1st will be by discretion only)
• Letters will be sent out April 18th. Contact 707-9494 w/questions or to sign up
• Download The application HERE.
• Email the completed application to or drop off at OC Area Fitness.


Judy Thompson Water Color & Drawing Series

Orange City Arts Council

ORANGE CITY – Artist Judy Thompson will offer a series of drawing and watercolor classes for adults, beginning in early March.

On Monday evenings, March 3-24, Thompson will teach “Drawing FUNdamentals I for Adults.” The class will explore basic techniques with a variety of subjects.

On Thursday evenings, March 6-27, Thompson will teach “Take the Plunge! Beginner Watercolor Class.” Also for adults, the class will explore the “beautiful, fluid medium of watercolor.”

Highlights - Judy ThompsonThompson, a signature member of the Iowa Watercolor Society and the National Association of Art Educators, is an Orange City artist whose watercolors have received regional and national awards, including two artist residencies with the National Park Service.

Both classes will be 6:30-8:30pm at the Korver Visual Arts Center, Northwestern College. The fee is $60 per class if registration is received by Feb. 20. After Feb. 20, the fee is $70.

Sponsor is the Orange City Arts Council, in conjunction with the Northwestern College Art Department. To register, send your name, address, email address, phone number, and fee by Feb. 20 to Orange City Arts Council, PO Box 202, Orange City IA 51041.

For more information, see, email or call 712-707-4885. Thompson’s website is

Northwestern College Calendar of Events



1 Guest vocal recital by Holly Bewlay, assistant professor of music at the State University of New York, Buffalo State, 7:30 p.m., Christ Chapel, Northwestern College

3–21 Art exhibit by Rachel Mindrup, “The Many Faces of NF,” Te Paske Gallery, Korver Visual Arts Center, Northwestern College. Public reception: 7 p.m.,

7 Symphonic Band concert, 7:30 p.m., Christ Chapel, Northwestern College 8 Scholarship Auction, “Buy it Now” begins at 10:30 a.m. and audible auction begins at 11:30 a.m., Rowenhorst Student Center gym, Northwestern College

12 Day of Learning in Community, “Jesus and Justice,” featuring keynoter Alexia Salvatierra speaking at 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Christ Chapel, Northwestern College

14–15 Theatre Preview Weekend, DeWitt Theatre Arts Center, Northwestern College

14,15,20–22 “Man of La Mancha,” 7:30 p.m., England Theatre, Northwestern College

14–22 Orange City Arts Council Regional Exhibition, “Man of La Mancha,” DeWitt Theatre Arts Center, Northwestern College. Public reception: 6–7 p.m.

18 Deep Song Reading Series, featuring Daniel Tysdal, 7 p.m., Te Paske Gallery, Korver Visual Arts Center, Northwestern College

22 “Man of La Mancha,” 2 p.m., England Theatre, Northwestern College 24 Preview Day, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Northwestern College

Orange City Arts Council Regional Exhibition

Fifteen regional artists will be featured in the Orange City Arts Council’s exhibit Feb. 14-22 at the DeWitt Theatre Arts Center at Northwestern College. A reception with the artists will be Sat., Feb. 22 from 6:00 to 7:00pm.

Highlights - Judy Thompson

The juried exhibit, Artists’ Showcase: Orange City Arts Council’s Regional Exhibition, is being held in conjunction with the Northwestern College musical, Man of La Mancha. Artworks are related to the themes in de Cervantes’ tale of Don Quixote: from madness and idealism to the fine line between illusion and reality.


Artists featured in the exhibit are Joanne Alberda, Brenda Schoenherr-Thelen, Vanessa Reusch, Becca (Lokker) Ortner, Judy Thompson, Bob  Huibregtse, David Versluis, Timothy J. Arand-McIlrath, Brian J. Damon, Glenda Drennen, Kali Wolkow, Katlyn Loeschen, Lyric Morris, David Lammers, and Kayla Vetter. They are from McCook Lake, SD, Sioux City, Storm Lake,  Okoboji, Le Mars, Sioux Center and Orange City. 

 David Versluis

Media includes batik, acrylic, oil, watercolor, aqua media, chalk pastel, ink, crocheted yarn, graphite, colored pencil, hot glue, textile, wire, steel, and wood.


Jurors for the exhibit are Rein and Margo Vanderhill, artists from Alton. They will select “best of show” and “honorable mention”, and those artists will receive cash prizes.


Sponsor of the show is the Orange City Arts Council, in conjunction with Northwestern’s Art and Theatre Departments. For more information, call 712-707-4885, email or check the website


For tickets to Man of La Mancha, email

Second City Improv All-Stars

ORANGE CITY – It’s true. Chicago’s legendary comedy theatre, Second City, is coming to northwest Iowa. Second City’s Improv All-Stars will perform at the Unity Christian Knight Center in Orange City Thursday, Feb. 13 at 7:00pm.


The show will be entirely improvised, based on audience input.


Sponsor of the evening is the Orange City Arts Council.


Founded over 50 years ago in Chicago, The Second City has become a premier training ground for the world’s best comedians, with an alumni list that reads like a who’s who of American hilarity: Tina Fey, Joan Rivers, Stephen Colbert, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, John Candy, Gilda Radner and countless others.


Today there are Second City training centers in Chicago, Toronto and Los Angeles. Four touring companies perform throughout North America and abroad. And a communications division teaches improv-based skills to business professionals.


The company to perform in Orange City includes Nick Rees, a native of Sioux City and University of Iowa graduate… in addition to Kellen Alexander, Lisa Barber, Rachel LaForce, Chris Redd, and Christine Tawfik.


The evening promises to bring a family-friendly show with hilarious satire and cutting-edge improvisation.


General admission tickets for Second City Improv All-Stars may be purchased at the Orange City Arts Council office, Dove Christian Bookstore, and at the door. Adults are $10, students $7. For more information, call 712-707-4885, email or check the website:


An afternoon workshop is also being offered, with limited admission. Advance tickets are required for the workshop, at $10. Contact the Orange City Arts Council, 707-4885.


The show is part of the Beyond Onstage series, sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council, with support from Community Bank of Alton & Orange City and the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Donor “perks” for Orange City Arts Council donors

ORANGE CITY ­– The Orange City Arts Council will be conducting its 2013-2014 fundraising phone-a-thon in January, and appreciates your support.

Donations are essential to keep the arts alive and growing in the area. Each year, the Orange City Arts Council receives 36 to 46% of its budget from donors from the community.

This year, the Council is offering donor perks to new members who donate $30 or more and members who donate $100. New members who donate $30 or more may choose between a beautiful canvas tote bag or the latest Bella Ruse CD, Those Were Good Times, Weren’t They?

Those who contribute $100 or more will receive complimentary tickets to select OC Arts Council events, plus a gift card providing discounts on original art by local artists.


Several local artists are offering discounts on the purchase of original art – watercolor, fiber art, collage, ceramics, stained glass and more – to those who donate $100 or more. With your donation, you’ll receive a gift card offering discounts of 10 to 25 percent, from the following artists: Jo Alberda, Gerry Punt, Julie Punt, Rola Sowienski, Judy Thompson, Margo Vanderhill and Rein Vanderhill.


To donate, please send your contribution to Orange City Arts Council, PO Box 202, Orange City IA 51041, or drop a check to Orange City Arts Council in the city hall mail slot.

Thanks for your support from the Orange City Arts Council’s board members: Phyllis Van Gelder, Mark Volkers, Angela Kroeze Visser, Sandie Vant Hof, Becky Donahue, Susan Le Mahieu, Gail Marincovich, Jennifer Sabo, Jim Schaap, Kimberly Seligman, Richard Sowienski, and Emily Stokes, and from the Arts Council director Janine Calsbeek.  

For more information, call 712-707-4885, email, or visit To see if you donated for 2013-2014, check the website: click on “About” then “Membership & Board.”

christmas trees disposal

If you need to dispose of your “real” Christmas tree after the holiday season, OC residents are reminded that a complimentary pickup service will be provided on Saturday, Jan. 4th.  Please set your tree out at your regular pickup site by 7 AM.  All decorations must be removed.  Also, the tree must not be enclosed in a plastic bag.

winter heating cost preview

As the weather cools down, we start to get customer questions about our projections for home heating costs. Heating costs are dependent upon two main factors: temperatures and the market price of natural gas.

While we can’t predict the weather, we do forecast that the market price of gas that OCMU pays and passes through to customers will be higher this year than last year. This means that overall bills could be around 5% higher.

Keep in mind that our projections could change as quickly as the Iowa weather. We’ll keep you updated as we move through the heating season.

keep your sidewalks clear









Property owners are encouraged to keep their walkways cleared this winter, especially when you are out of town. When removing snow, never push or blow snow from the property, sidewalk, or driveway into the street. Property owners are responsible for keeping their public sidewalks clear of snow and ice within 24 hours of accumulation. The City inspects uncleared sidewalks on a complaint basis, and property owners are notified of violations and given 24 hours to clear their sidewalks. If sidewalks remain uncleared upon re-inspection, the City will clear the snow and ice at the owner’s
expense. To report an uncleared sidewalk, please call 707-4885 and provide the address of the property.

heating season: natural gas safety

We want you to know how to safely use natural gas in your home and to recognize hazards when they occur.

gas leaks
While natural gas is typically a safe and efficient fuel choice, it is important to recognize that it is a flammable
gas that is easily ignited by nearby heat, sparks, or flames. Natural gas is colorless and odorless in its
natural state. Orange City Municipal Utilities (OCMU) adds a distinctive “rotten egg” odor to help alert you to
potential gas leaks.

If you are inside and suspect a gas leak, leave the home immediately without turning any lights on or off. If
you are outside and detect a gas leak, move away from the area and stay upwind of the leak. If you suspect
a leak anywhere, call OCMU’s emergency gas line at 707-5000 from a neighbor’s home or cell phone when
you are safely out of the area. You can also call 911. Our crews will respond 24 hours a day, 7 days a

carbon monoxide
Burning natural gas can produce toxic gases such as carbon monoxide. If appliances are maintained and
used property, the amount of carbon monoxide present is usually not hazardous.

If appliances are not working properly or are used incorrectly, dangerous levels of carbon monoxide can
result. You can’t see or smell carbon monoxide, but at high levels it can kill a person in minutes. Symptoms
of mild exposure to CO poisoning include flu-like signs (no fever) such as nausea, headache, shortness of
breath, and fatigue. Continued exposure leads to a severe throbbing headache with drowsiness, confusion,
and a fast heart rate.

Carbon monoxide detectors are available to help alert you if levels rise in your home. Never ignore a carbon
monoxide alarm! If it sounds, move to fresh air and call 911 and OCMU at 707-5000. If your alarm does not
sound, but you still suspect symptoms of poisoning, leave the home and call 911 and OCMU.

Carbon monoxide alarms are important, but an alarm is only added protection. The best thing you can do to
protect your family is to have your appliances inspected every year by an expert. For more information,
please call OCMU gas services at 707-5000.

Puddle Jumper #5 Lots are for sale!

The City of Orange City is pleased to announce that the low cost residential lots in our Puddle Jumper 5th
Addition are now available for sale to the public. This addition is directly south of Orange City Area Health
System and Puddle Jumper Trail.

The City hopes to see a lot of activity in the Puddle Jumper #5 Addition next year and in the years to come.
These lots sell for $20,000 each. We have already sold the first lot and the construction will start yet this fall.
We encourage any builder or family looking to build a new home to check these lots out! Contact any local real
estate agent or go to to find out more about this exciting opportunity.

mayor douma provides december update for citizens

Welcome to the Mayor’s Update.

The Mayor’s Update is an attempt, on a monthly basis, to better inform Orange City’s citizens and others on the progress and activities occurring within the community.  City Council decisions, retail and commercial development progress, business activities and other actions affecting the community will be included in a brief and, hopefully, informative manner.


I would like to express my gratitude for the opportunity of serving Orange City as its mayor for the past four years.  It has been a rewarding four years. Former President Theodore Roosevelt was quoted as saying, Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. I was able to embrace that ‘prize’ in the field of education, working in various roles, for over 42 years.  Indeed, the arena of education was work worth doing.


Then, four years ago, I had the good fortune of being elected as Mayor of Orange City.  Once again, I was reminded of Roosevelt’s quote…the chance to work at work worth doing. I was given the opportunity to serve in the role as mayor of one of the finest communities one might imagine, to support the citizens’ vision for that community to be all Orange City should be, to work with City management, employees and staff of that community in a quest for daily excellence, and to partner with a City Council that continually held the welfare of the community at the center of all decisions made. Truly, the role of Mayor of Orange City has been work worth doing.


Some time ago, I received a bit of good advice, When you work or when you follow your passion, do it because you love to do it and are hoping to make a contribution. Give of yourself – of what you have and what you can give. If what you give makes a substantial difference, wonderful. If it doesn’t, that is okay too. In any event, give what you have. As mayor, I was privileged to serve along side many special people in attempting to make a difference on behalf of Orange City.  For the successes, it only happens through the collective efforts of many.  For those areas where I failed to meet expectations, I apologize.  Hopefully, the shortcomings were not due to a lack of effort.


So, thank you, Citizens of Orange City, for making my four years enjoyable and for making Orange City such a special place to live, work, and worship.


Finally, I want to wish Mayor-Elect Deb DeHaan the very best.  She will serve our community extremely well as she assumes her responsibilities on January 1, 2014.


Les Douma

Mayor, Orange City

on sale | christmas bonus bucks

The Orange City Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Christmas Bonus Bucks are on sale today!  You can buy Chamber Bucks at a 10% discount thanks to over 30 local businesses that made this years discounted bonus bucks program possible. Stop in the Chamber’s windmill office today!

Our Sponsors:
Community Bank
Edward Jones
Iowa State Bank
Farm Bureau Financial Services
Northwestern Bank
Van Engelenhoven Insurance

Participating Businesses: (spend your bucks here)

Centrum Foto
De Zoete Winkel
Don’s Food Center
Dove Christian Bookstore
Dutch Mart
Dutch Mill Pharmacy
Hands Around the World
Holland House Interiors
Joe’s TV & Appliance
Kraai Furniture Carpet One
Landsmeer Golf Club
Mulder Oil
Neal Chase Lumber
Next Door Boutique
Pizza Ranch
Radio Shack
Sinclair Highway Service
Szechuan Inn
Windmill Park Jewelers
Woudstra Meat Market

Must buy in increments of $100, limit $1,500 per household.


orange city development corp. announces significant projects


Contact: Marty Guthmiller, Orange City Development Corp.,




New Hampton Inn, Casey’s General Store expand community’s hospitality and services


Orange City Iowa, July 9 2013 — The Orange City Development Corporation (OCDC) announced today two significant projects designed to contribute to economic growth, residential and visitor services, and tourism for the community and northwest Iowa. 


The first project is the development and construction of a new $6.2 million Hampton Inn adjacent to the $4 million Prairie Winds Event Center that opened last summer on Highway 10 East in Orange City. The 3-story, 60-room hotel will serve the needs of visitors, businesses, and tourists to the town of 6,000 located in the northwest corner of the state. The Hampton Inn will include an indoor pool, breakfast area, and other important amenities.


“A recognized hotel brand like Hampton will perfectly complement the event center,” reported Marty Guthmiller, OCDC vice president. “The event center and hotel together will enhance the ‘destination’ aspect of our community, boosting our ability to host a variety of corporate and private events and meeting the needs of both residents and visitors.”


Hampton® is “a recognized leader in the midscale hotel segment, setting trends while building guest loyalty and satisfaction.” Currently there are over 1,800 Hampton properties in the U.S., and Hampton was named #1 Franchise in 2011 and 2012 by Entrepreneur Magazine.


“Ever since the launch of The Phoenix Project three years ago following the fire that devastated our main street,” explained Guthmiller, “we’ve been dreaming big and saying ‘a rising tide floats all boats.’ We’ve seen that rising tide happen as we built each of the three phases of the Phoenix Project: the Hawkeye Center, the Prairie Winds Event Center, and the new Performing Arts Center at Unity Christian High School.” He continued: “While this fourth phase is a little different than the boutique hotel and Dutch village originally imagined, we believe it is the very finest complement to our goals of being a true destination.”


The Hampton Inn property includes approximately two acres, and is located directly to the east of the Prairie Winds Event Center. The land was purchased by the OCDC from Deb and Clayton Korver, who had donated an adjacent parcel for the event center two years prior. A portion of the newly-acquired site – including a pond, fountain, and walking path – was  then donated by the OCDC to the City of Orange City. The remaining hotel property has been exchanged for an equity position in Prairie Winds Hotel Holdings LLC, a group of 20 local investors which will own and operate the new Hampton Inn. Managing members of the corporation – elected by the members – include Guthmiller, Steve Roesner, Doug Vogel, and Daryl Beltman, and this management group is currently finalizing the franchise for the hotel, with expected groundbreaking this fall and opening in April 2014.


The second announcement today involved the acquisition of a 44,000-square-foot site, also on Highway 10 East, by Casey’s General Stores. A current motel, the Dutch Colony Inn — on property encompassing a total of 125,000 square feet — was purchased by the OCDC, with the portion of the site subsequently sold to Casey’s for the construction of a new 4,200-square-foot store.


According to Brian Johnson, Vice President of Finance for Casey’s General Stores, Inc., the company was looking for an opportunity to expand in Orange City. “We’ve been looking for a new location for some time and are thrilled with this site,” said Johnson. “We look forward to expanding our services and meeting the needs of residents and visitors alike as part of this growing community and region.” The new Casey’s store will be more than double the size of their current Orange City store on the west end of Highway 10. “The new store will have expanded food service offerings, including made-to-order sandwiches, pizza, and of course donuts, a ‘beer cave,’ and an expanded coffee bar,” reported Johnson.


Casey’s General Stores, Inc., headquartered in Ankeny, Iowa, owns and operates over 1,730 convenience stores in 14 Midwestern states. They rank among the top 10 retailers in the nation for pizza and donut sales.


“There is no doubt that both of these projects have broad economic impact for Orange City and the region,” said Guthmiller. “They come on the heels of several years of aggressive, diverse development projects that reach across many, varied areas of business, retail, industry, culture/ entertainment, recreation, and education growth and expansion in our community, while enhancing quality of life for our residents and visitors.”


Other major projects in progress, completed, or nearing completion in Orange City include the Hawkeye Center on main street, consisting of retail space and five occupied loft condos; the Prairie Winds  Event Center; Unity Christian High School’s $5 million state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center; Northwestern College’s $15 million Learning Commons; Orange City Area Health System’s new $19 million Prairie Ridge Care Center; the purchase of Advance Pierre Foods by Premium Pet Health, with a re-opening of the plant this fall and an expected employment of 125; and new shovel-ready lots in the city’s industrial park, alongside recent new business growth by Pioneer, Pizza Ranch corporate, Quatro Composites, and a new Bomgaars store. The community has also opened new residential housing developments, and is developing a new recreation area and expanded trail systems in cooperation with neighboring Alton.


“The exciting plans involving Hampton Inn and Casey’s General Store further enhance the vibrancy of Orange City,” said Les Douma, Orange City’s Mayor. “These developments support our city’s focus on being a business-friendly, progressive, and visionary community. Indeed, Orange City’s position of being a great place to live, work, worship, and play has been strengthened.”

orange city’s got talent winners

ORANGE CITY –  Amanda Haverdink, Andres Ortiz Cantu and The Acappellors took the prizes in the third annual Orange City’s Got Talent!

The event was held Wednesday, June 19 at Windmill Park in Orange City.  The ten acts included The Hull House, Amy and Dustin Vanden Hull, Nate Johnston, Devon Cadwell and Gabe Harden, a guitar/ banjo/ percussion/ vocals ensemble; dancer Rafael Maldonado; violinist Caleb Rohrer; a mother-daughter duo, Brooke and Stephanie Mansker; and three pianist/ vocalists: Vanessa Stokes, Linda Dykstra and Danny Ray Henderson.

Amanda Haverdink of Orange City took the top prize, dressing as Eponine and singing On My Own from Les Miserables. Laura Haverdink was her accompanist.

Second place went to The Acappellors, a group of MOC-Floyd Valley students and graduates: Travis Balt, Drew Lemke, Kory McMahan, Trevor McMahan and Amanda Vander Stelt. They sang For the Longest Time by Billy Joel.

Andres Ortiz Cantu from Sioux Center took third place, dancing to Chris Brown’s Fine China.

The three winners won cash prizes of $100, $75 and $50 respectively.

The evening ended with Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better from Annie, Get Your Gun, performed by emcees Lois Estell and Laird Edman.

Talent show judges were Laura Rankin, Kurt Van Noord and Sara Weber. Planning committee members were Aaron Beadner, Leanne Bonnecroy, Lois Estell and Mike Stokes.

The Orange City Arts Council’s Onstage Orange City event was sponsored by the Orange City Area Health System and Four Way Roofing of Alton.















Winners of the Orange City area talent show were, first place, Amanda Haverdink (right), who dressed as Eponine in Les Miserables and sang On My Own; second place, The Acappellors (left): Drew Lemke, Amanda Vander Stelt, Travis Balt, Trevor McMahan, and Kory McMahan; and third place, dancer Andres Ortis Cantu (second from right). The third annual Orange City’s Got Talent! was held June 19 at Windmill Park.

mayor to not seek re-election

My present term as Mayor of Orange City comes to a close at the end of this calendar year. This letter is to inform the Council, the City Manager and the citizens of Orange City that I do not intend to seek another term as Mayor of Orange City.

It has been a privilege and honor to partner with each of you, along with the citizens of Orange City, in pursuing excellence within our community.  Indeed, Orange City is a special community to live, work and worship.

I have been blessed, and continue to be blessed, to serve as Mayor and look forward to a productive and successful completion of my responsibilities.

Les Douma

Mural Dedication

Mural by Mark Alsum 2013 

The new mural in downtown Orange City will be dedicated at 9:30 am on Thursday, June 13th.

Mark Alsum
Mark Alsum
Mark Alsum is an artist who graduated from Northwestern College. Mark created the mural over the course of several weeks. With this mural and the one created by Mark in 2011, he has framed a 2 block area of downtown Orange City.  Mark, who grew up in Alton, and his wife Rebecca will be moving to Duluth at the end of June.

In Memory of
Becky Kleinwolterink

The new mural will be dedicated in memory of Orange City Arts Council board member Becky Kleinwolterink. Becky was an energetic and proactive member of the Orange City Arts Council board. She worked on OnStage events and many other Arts Council activities.



storm damage announcements

Many OC residents have experienced damage to their homes due to this past weekend’s heavy rainfall.  Cleanup is underway to remove and dispose of damaged floor covering and other personal items. As you look to restore your homes, Community Health Partners of Sioux County has provided a number of educational brochures to help you mitigate your situation as safely and effectively as possible.

Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact them at 211 Central Ave. SE, Orange City, IA, 712-737-2971 or visit their website at:

Make sure to check out the resources available on the city website located here:

rules for wind energy systems

The growing popularity of wind turbines and wind farms in rural Iowa continues to grow.  However, their use in urban settings creates a different set of circumstances to ponder.  The OC City Council is doing just that.   A wind energy system ordinance is being reviewed that would dictate set back distances, heights, free fall zones, and minimum ground clearances for City zoned properties. Ken Meendering, the City Code Enforcement Officer, had presented the Planning & Zoning Commission’s recommendation to the City Council on May 6th.  For the proposal to be approved as a City Ordinance, it must be affirmed by the City Council on three different “readings” or votes.  At their May 20th meeting, the Council granted its 2nd approval.   The 3rd and final vote is scheduled for June 3rd.

To see the detailed ordinance, go to or contact Ken at 707-4885 or