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Boyden buildings ruined by February fire, April high winds

Shane D. Johnson | Staff Writer Dan and Carla Hulstein had plans to build their future home along property south of Highway 18 in Boyden. They purchased the property in June 2020 and started planning the layout of the home and even went so far as to purchasing...

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Time for tea

Hull Historical Society hosts high tea event FANCY DRESSES, FANCY HATS Those who helped during the Hull Historical Society’s high tea event are as follows: Front row left to right: Virginia Bylsma, Virginia Linneman, Jeanne Visser, Lynne Hoehammer, Cindy Smith, Sandy...

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Van Der Zwaag Customs wins Best of Show

AWARD-WINNING WORKMANSHIP This is a photo of Tyler Van Der Zwaag’s award for Best of Show for a working bobtail.  The award was presented at the Mid-America Truck Show in March. (Photo/Submitted) Shane D. Johnson | Staff Writer Hull native Tyler Van Der Zwaag won the...

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Hull’s newest city administrator reflects on new opportunity

APPOINTED TO A NEW ROLE Heidi Kramer has recently been chosen to take on not only her role as Hull’s city clerk, a position she has held since November 2021, but also the addition of the duties of Hull’s city administrator.  She comes to the new role with a passion...

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Betty Winter reflects on 45-year banking career

Shane D. Johnson | Staff Writer Betty Winter has been a central figure at Citizens State Bank and in the community of Boyden. She will be celebrating her 45-year banking career with a retirement open house April 25 from 2-6 p.m. at Boyden’s Citizens State Bank. ...

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Wheels are turning on new business

TACO TORRES GRAND OPENING AND RIBBON CUTTING A grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for Hull’s newest business, Taco Torres, Thursday, April 7.  Members of the Hull Chamber of Commerce, community members and Hull Mayor Arlan Moss came to the ceremony to...

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Attention on safe driving

After two fatalities near Hull in two days, motorists again reminded to avoid distractions Shane D. Johnson | Staff Writer Two separate accident fatalities took place near Hull the week of March 28. On Monday, March 28, the Iowa State Patrol was called to the scene of...

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Area libraries celebrate National Library Week

HULL PUBLIC LIBRARY SCAVENGER HUNT To celebrate National Library Week, the Hull Public Library hosted a scavenger hunt for area kids to enjoy. (Photo/Julie Bosma) Shane D. Johnson | Staff Writer Hull and Boyden Public Libraries celebrated National Library Week, which...

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Making room for future development

PAVING THE WAY FOR NEW OPPORTUNITY IN HULL The Hull Industrial Development Corporation recently began the process of taking down the acreage buildings at 516 Black Forrest Road, starting with the barn on the property. The project is the start of plans being...

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Entertainment and BBQ on tap at The Grain House

PAPA’S SMOKIN’ MEATS STOPS IN HULL Spirit Lake-based Papa’s Smokin’ Meats food truck provided barbecue food for guests who were entertained by The Usual Suspects at The Grain House Saturday, April 2. (Photo/Shane D. Johnson) Shane Johnson | Staff Writer Food and...

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New representative sworn on to Hull City Council

Shane D. Johnson | Staff Writer Hull resident Faye De Kam was sworn onto the Hull City Council Thursday, March 31.  Councilor De Kam comes to the position with a deeply-engrained understanding of Hull and its citizens.  She has worked as the Hull...

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Final flight as Nighthawk coaches

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley defensive coordinator Heath Swanson yells out instructions to the Nighthawks' defense from the sidelines during the Class 3A state title game against Harlan this past fall. Swanson announced he has stepped down from the position on the...

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712 Realty gains new realtor

712 REALTY NEW REALTOR Boyden native Ashton Kraai comes to 712 Realty to work alongside owners Darren and Darla Van’t Hul.  She will work to introduce clients to commercial and residential properties as well as assist in property management for the company....

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Hair On Hickory welcomes new stylist

Ready To Serve Clients Owner of Hair On Hickory Shondra Wielenga (left) welcomes the salon’s newest hair stylist Alyssa Huber (right).  Huber began her new position at Hair On Hickory Tuesday, March 22 where she will serve clients by providing haircuts for all ages...

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Making an impact down south

college spring service projects One of the Northwestern College football players flips a football on an option play during a camp Cody Moser and his fellow Spring Service Project teammates did in New Orleans during spring break from March 7 to March 11....

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Preparing for all types of severe weather

Emergency management coordinates Severe Weather Week siren test Shane D. Johnson | Staff Writer On Wednesday, March 23, a state-wide tornado drill will take place at 10 a.m. The drill provides an opportunity to test the severe weather sirens during Severe Weather...

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Hull couple starts 712 realty

Ready to Serve Clients Darla and Darren Van’t Hul have recently began their very own real estate brokerage firm, 712 Realty.  They are prepared to introduce clients to acreage properties, commercial real estate, property management, and residential opportunities. ...

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